PMB Song Writing Workshop

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PMB Song Writing Workshop by Mind Map: PMB Song Writing Workshop

1. Venue

1.1. Maritzburg Christian School

1.2. Food

1.2.1. Tuckshop - organised

1.2.2. Lunch

1.2.2.1. Finger food to support networking/ workshopping

1.2.3. Supper - order at lunchtime

1.3. Presentation

1.4. Workshops

1.5. Gig

2. People

2.1. John vd Laar

2.1.1. http://www.sacredise.com/

2.2. Charlotte Hillebrand

2.2.1. http://paperdart.deviantart.com/

2.3. Mark Houston

2.4. Music & Backing

2.4.1. Drums: Brian Stone

2.4.2. Guitar(s) Mark Houston

2.4.3. Keys: Malcolm H

2.5. Tech

2.5.1. Grant Hillebrand

2.5.2. Live Sound

2.5.3. Recording

2.6. Support & Admin

2.6.1. HELP!

3. Workshop Planning

3.1. Input Sessions

3.1.1. 10h00 - 12h00

3.1.2. Brief Intro Grant H

3.1.2.1. Who's who

3.1.2.2. What this is not

3.1.2.2.1. Worship leading

3.1.3. "The Anatomy of a Song" John vdL

3.1.3.1. A lot of this seems to be covered by Charlotte - so maybe it's not necessary (and I'm ok with that). I would probably have looked briefly at the different parts (verse, chorus, bridge, hook, pre-chorus, etc.) John, I think you'd probably cover this better than me! I just thought it needed to be in there somewhere, but I'm not particularly familiar with the structure.

3.1.3.2. Some possible thoughts that could add value here:

3.1.3.2.1. Different types of songs (including the varieties from Biblical/Church history)

3.1.3.2.2. "An Open Letter to Worship Song Writers" - Brian McLaren (http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/open-letter-to-worship-songwrite.html

3.1.3.2.3. Songwriting as a "theological" exercise.

3.1.3.2.4. Perhaps I could say little about lyrics here - Charlotte covers that - but pick up on musical techniques in song writing (although this may be covered by Mark H?):

3.1.3.2.5. Song themes that the Church desperately needs more of (Lament etc. - see open letter [above])

3.1.4. Wordsmithing Charlotte H

3.1.4.1. Scansion, rythm,

3.1.4.1.1. Metre: feet(definitely iambs and probably trochees but not all of them!) Relating the number of feet/syllables per line to the time signature.

3.1.4.2. Form (this might come up elsewhere too?)

3.1.4.2.1. the 'narrative' or structure of common verse/chorus/bridge forms - I will just mention what John vdL said, I think

3.1.4.2.2. rhyme: end rhyme, internal rhyme, vowel rhymes. Misconception that songs/poetry have to rhyme produces some really awkward-sounding stuff

3.1.4.3. Lyrics

3.1.4.4. Meaning

3.1.4.4.1. Is this where I say that every word should contribute to the theme/message of the song, and if it doesn't, cut it, because you can do something better with that time?

3.1.4.4.2. The sound & connotations of words

3.1.4.5. Purpose

3.1.4.6. Wordsmithing 101

3.1.4.6.1. musesmuse.com > Poem-vs-lyric

3.1.4.6.2. google.co.za > Search ? ...

3.1.4.7. Not sure what else/less I need to say. Maybe some stuff about poetic devices? Vater mein, what do you want from me?

3.1.4.7.1. Basically, about 20 minutes of guidelines and thoughts and hooks to hang thoughts on around words. This can't be a full year course, with reading, theory and practise. It's a heads up and 'be aware' of these things - ringing bells and opening minds

3.1.5. Arranging Mark H

3.1.5.1. What is the song

3.1.5.2. What works/ doesn't

3.1.5.3. Styles

3.1.5.3.1. Who are you?

3.1.5.3.2. What is it for

3.1.5.4. Intent

3.1.5.4.1. Mood/ etc

3.1.5.5. Backing

3.1.5.5.1. Can they play the way the song requires

3.1.5.6. Recording

3.1.5.6.1. See other notes

3.1.6. Publishing John vdL

3.1.6.1. "You've written a song. Now what?"

3.1.6.1.1. "Why did you write it?" Why do you want others to sing it?"

3.1.6.2. Looking at how to get songs "out there" to be used, registering with CCLI and some other info that might be helpful.

3.1.6.3. G: Could we look at formats - chords, leadsheets, etc?

3.1.6.4. Publishing

3.1.6.4.1. Copyright. Industry "issues". Personal responsibility etc.

3.1.6.5. Recording

3.1.6.5.1. Probably best to cover under Mark H's stuff?

3.1.6.5.2. GCH: I can talk a little to the producing space, certainly to recording & mixing & a little to mastering, + some of the 'impartial ears' stuff

3.1.6.6. CCLI

3.1.6.7. Web

3.1.6.7.1. + Social Media

3.2. Workshop

3.2.1. 13h00 - 15h00

3.2.2. Small 'stations'

3.2.2.1. we can use classrooms as quietish, privat-ish venues

3.2.2.2. The hall stage will have drums & kbd

3.2.3. take your song, work it in the different dimensions

3.2.3.1. Work with other delegates as well

3.2.3.2. Take the time

3.2.3.3. Have coffee etc on sale too!

3.2.4. Words

3.2.5. Arrangement

3.2.6. This will require more people

3.2.7. Create space for peer input/ review/ workshoping

3.2.7.1. Use classrooms?

3.2.7.2. Outside space

3.3. Practise

3.3.1. 15h30-17h00?

3.3.2. Get it doable in public

3.3.3. This could be a time crunch issue?

3.3.4. Backing band

3.3.4.1. Mix & match

3.3.4.2. Some resource people as well

3.3.4.2.1. drummer

3.3.4.2.2. bassist

3.3.4.2.3. KBD

3.3.5. Soundcrew

3.3.5.1. MCS Crew

3.4. "The Gig"

3.4.1. 18h30 - 20h00

3.4.2. (What) do we charge?

3.4.3. Small, informal 'performance' of some of the material

3.4.4. Some thoughts - see the notes under the (=) icon

3.4.5. Recorded

3.4.5.1. Delegates get a CD of mp3/ stems

3.4.5.2. Would have to be after the event - real time is too tight

3.4.6. Order a demo level mix

3.4.6.1. Do a post-production mix

4. Timing

4.1. Start:

4.1.1. 10h00? - I would go with this ( says John vdL)

4.1.1.1. Other votes?

4.1.2. 14h00?

4.2. Gig: 18h30 - 20h00

5. Useful Tools & Resources

5.1. Stuff to help get organised

5.2. Freemind - for working offline

5.3. Music Notation S/W for leadsheets?

5.3.1. MuseScore?

5.3.1.1. Free

5.3.1.2. Does the job, including transposing letter based chords

5.3.1.3. The 'local' manual is enough to get going

5.3.2. I've used Noteworthy - but that's $49

5.3.3. Denemo?

5.4. Recording and Mixing

5.4.1. Reaper $40 - fully functional - for mixing music

5.4.2. Audacity - free for simple recording

5.5. Songwriting sites

5.5.1. CD Baby

5.5.2. Berklee

5.5.2.1. Songwriters

5.5.3. http://www.music-composition-studio.com/music-composition-education.html

5.6. Dropbox

5.6.1. This is where online versions of mixes will likely go

5.6.2. Or would anyone prefer soundcloud

6. This is totally up for debate - please add/ suggest!

7. Date: 16 July

7.1. Booked

8. Material

8.1. Workshop Notes

8.1.1. McLaren's article

8.1.2. Other notes/ materials

8.1.3. CCLI Stuff?

8.1.4. CD of tools?

8.2. Merchandise