Stuck on a song? Not sure where to take it? Or maybe you think it’s awesome but you’d like a second opinion? Well come on down to The Rose Shamrock Hotel at 709 Plenty Road, Reservoir, at 7.30 pm on Monday 9 September (after you’ve RSVPed to firstname.lastname@example.org so we know who's coming) and share your work in progress (or old song you're not sure about) with a friendly critical audience. Workshops are a great way to dig into a song and figure out how to polish it up to really make it shine. They can also be a challenge: can you write a new song between now and then?
Once again we have an optional theme/challenge for people who want to write a song specifically for the workshop.
This month it’s to write a song based on a poem. Rachel Wilson volunteered to nominate a poem, and here is what she has come up with:
I've chosen Sonnet 30 as starting point for this month's songwriting challenge – a meditation on how sad and difficult memories are relieved by thoughts of friendship. Great theme, and its full of really fabulous language, some of which has a familiar ring…
Those who take this challenge can use the sonnet in any way they are inspired, from using the words as they are, to writing new words on the theme, or any mix of these.
For inspiration, listen to Paul Kelly's Seven Sonnets and a Song. For an explanation of the meaning of each phrase of the sonnet, see http://www.shakespeares-sonnets.com/sonnet.php?id=30
Sonnet 30 William Shakespeare
When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,
For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
And weep afresh love's long since cancelled woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanished sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restor'd and sorrows end
So have a go! or bring another song you've been working on and want some feedback on.
Please RSVP if you’re planning on coming. See you there!