Thursday, March 14, 2013
5:45 PM to 7:45 PM
The Roots of Songwriting, music and discussion workshop
Cambridge Center for Adult Education
42 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA USA
phone: (617) 547-6789
Songs were always created by writers who sang, but the idea of the singer-songwriter is fairly new. How did it evolve? Alarik looks at how folk songs existed in people’s lives, and how that led to the rise of professional songwriting, from madrigals to broadsides to the popular songs of Robert Burns and Stephen Foster. Then he follows the faster currents of the music industry, charting how that led to the birth of modern pop, country, and folk. Along the way, he asks what makes a song last, how lyrics are different than poems, how tools like imagery, alliteration and metaphor evolved, and what the greatest songwriters say about the songwriting process.