Songwriter's Tool Box
What it is and how to
SAW Songwriter’s Toolbox is a monthly songwriting
workshop series, held on the fourth Saturday of each month
from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Lab at Convergence. Convergence's
address is 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria VA, at the intersection
with Crestwood Drive. The Lab is a brick building facing
Crestwood. It has no address on it, but 1781 Crestwood Drive
pinpoints it in Google Maps. Directions: Take the Shirlington
exit off of I-395 and follow the signs to Quaker Lane, then
take the second left on Crestwood Drive. The Lab at Convergence
is the first building on the left. Map: http://tinyurl.com/5wnz9g.
The Lab at Convergence is a facility that's part of the
Convergence Church across the street, but SAW and the Songwriter’s
Toolbox are unaffiliated with them or any religious group.
The ambiance is secular, and the room is designed for performance.
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Songwriting & Performance Workshop!
with Singer Songwriters Celeste Krenz and Sally Barris.
is a workshop for songwriters who want to take it up a notch.
There are songs and then there are “songs”! What
makes a song magic? What gives it the mojo to transcend time
and space? How do you reach a wider audience and even get to
a pro level?
Each student will receive in-depth feedback, a full tool kit
of strategies, and new skills that will widely broaden their
songwriting horizons. Please plan to share 1 song and bring
copies of your lyrics to share with the class.
a chance for you to:
* Play a song that you’ve written and have it seriously
listened to and critiqued.
* Get advice on the art and craft of songwriting.
* Find your own voice and learn how to come into your own as
Sally Barris is an A-list Nashville songwriter who has had songs
covered by such top-level artists as Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride,
and Lee Ann Womack. Her song “Let The Wind Chase You”,
recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, received a Grammy
nomination for vocal collaboration in 2009.
her writing credits mightily impress, fans and peers are most
captivated by her bright spirit and expressive mountain soprano.
Dirty Linen says “Barris knows how to write lyrics that
are as forthright as a stream of clear water and how to support
them with melodies that share that quality”.
Sally is not touring solo, she is known as “Sister Waymore”
in the power trio; The Waymores with Tom Kimmel and Don Henry.
In the last 2 years, the Minnesota native has performed Mountain
Stage, New Bedford Summer Fest, The Kerrville Folk Festival
and taught at The Swannanoa Gathering. Sally is currently touring
with her new cd “Wilder Girl”.
Celeste Krenz has been a touring/ recording artist for the past
18 years releasing 10 albums and crossing genres with her award
winning recordings. Throughout her career Celeste charted on
Gavin's Americana, college and folk formats. She has taught
at Rocky Mtn. Folks Festival Song School, Kerrville Folk Festival,
Flatrock, Music In The Mountains and many other national festivals.
Robert Oermann Of Music Row Magazine writes of Krenz, "The
purest folk voice I've heard in years, and that little catch
in her throat gives it just a touch of hillbilly soul. I was
so enchanted that I practically held my breath."
Public or Walk-ins $55, SAW/WAMA/NSAI Members $50,
LOCATION: The Fab Electric Maid, 268 Carroll Street,
NW, Washington, DC 20012
DAY/ TIME: Sunday April 21, 2013 1 - 5 PM
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Song Critique Session is hosted by board member Robert Keelin
and takes place on the second Saturday of each month at the
Surge Community Church, 1988 Kirby Road, McLean, VA 22101, from
4 PM to 6 PM. It's free and open to the public, so all are welcome
The format is simple: bring your completed song or your work-in-progress,
along with 10 to 12 copies of your lyrics, and obtain valuable,
supportive feedback from fellow songwriters. You are encouraged
to bring your instrument and perform your song live; however,
a CD player and MP3 docking station will be available for those
bringing pre-recorded material. An acoustic piano is also available
Please note: by participating in the Critique, participants
acknowledge and agree that they have no legal claim to copyrights
on any other participant's music and/or lyrics based on feedback
or suggestions they offer, whether such feedback or suggestions
be oral, written, or in some other form. All are free, however
to seek and form new songwriting partnerships in order to write
the next great song!
The Critique will be followed at 7 PM by the long-standing Second
Saturday Open Mic.
Questions concerning the Critique may be directed to Robert
Keelin at email@example.com.