Singer/Songwriter Workshop with Freebo
Sun. Nov. 19
1 pm to 4 pm
at private home, Silver Spring, MD
Fees: $40 SAW, WAMA, NSAI, BSA members; $50 non-members
This hybrid workshop covers the topics of “Song Writing,” “The Courage to be An Artist,” “Song Arrangement,” and “Performance.” It will give you specific tools and hints for your songwriting, arranging, and performing, all within the context of honoring your special gifts and giving yourself permission to become the artist/musician you’ve always wanted to be. In a world of judgment and criticism, we are filled with the voices of others telling us how to be. In this workshop, Freebo will help you to find your own voice, figuratively and literally. “Song Arrangement” will help you shape your song, making it ready to record and perform by defining the chorus, verse, bridge, and intro, as well as giving you simple alternative chords to make your song even more interesting. In the “Performance” part of the workshop, Freebo will cover Fear, Preparation, Tools, Timing, Pace, Tricks and ultimately Communication and Communion with the audience. How do you relate to the audience? You become one with them!
Freebo is a genuine folk, rock and blues icon who, after over 40 years of recording and touring with many of the great artists of our time (Bonnie Raitt 10 years, CSN, Maria Muldaur, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Neil Young, & many more) is regarded as one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of today. A multi award winner and finalist in numerous songwriting contests, Freebo was also recognized as the 'Best Folk Artist 2007' by the Los Angeles Music Awards. In addition, he has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Muppet Show, The Midnight Special, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap.
Freebo’s compassionate concern for the world and people around him, as evidenced both in his lyrics and his open stage banter, has helped him connect with listeners worldwide. He will take an audience from insights about what kind of positive mark we hope to leave on the world upon our own passing with “Standing Ovation” to where you stand with your pets and your partner with “She Loves My Dog More Than Me.” A musical evening with Freebo will be astute, insightful, clever, and truly melodic.
Here's what critics are saying about Freebo:
"Freebo is more than one of LA's best players, he's also a richly gifted and distinctive songwriter, as expressive in his writing as on a bass" (Paul Zollo, Songwriters On Songwriting)
"Freebo's intimate and go-down-easy personable vocals tie in light-hearted fare, social commentary and spiritual quest with love-sweet-love, and make it sound seamless." (Janet Goodman, Music News Nashville)
"Standing Ovation is an astounding song which encompasses a profound view of life, destined to become a classic." (Russ Paris, Folkworks.org)
"Listening to Freebo is like riding on a cumulus cloud of peaceful awareness, a cosmic blend of folk/country/rock/soul ear-pleasing genre-defying music." (Walt Falconer, Cool Album Of The Day) "Freebo sounds as if he's not really singing to you; he's talking to you. One of the best albums of the year." (John Shelton Ivany, jsitop21.com)