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Planet Song: Songwriting with Hannah Read (July '21)

Planet Song: Songwriting with Hannah Read (July '21)

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All access to lecture recordings, songwriting prompts and all course materials for Hannah Read's (Lomelda) songwriting workshop taught in October 2021. By purchasing this past course, you're able to watch Hannah's lectures and go about the course at your own pace!


    Here's a quote from Hannah on this course...

    “I believe that songwriting, or rather singing a song, is a unique act of participation with each other and the universe. Squishing and stretching words into melodies and rhythms is unlike other forms of communication like say, writing a letter or having a conversation because it invites everyone to say what i'm saying, to sing-a-long. Or dance! or just listen too, yes. The meanings are multiple and require no reply, just participate for the duration. I like this about songs. And this belief motivates my songwriting. To me, this participation with each other is sublime! and is the purpose of writing a song and singing it.

    Thus! I smash as much meaning as I can into every word, melody, rhythm, breath, every piece of the song in order to achieve critical mass and suck y'all in to the gravitational pull (or push) of the song with me. My hope is that we can feel held together through the song, and the song becomes our song. I think songs do this naturally all on their own, but it's nice to go into it knowing what you're after.

    In this course we will explore several ways that I load up a song with meaning and mass to give it that gravity tug, that “hold us together” ability. We will pick apart our example song "Hannah Sun" in each lesson. We will see if the song can go into orbit and withstand the spinning & seasons.” - Hannah

      This course also includes songwriting prompts from Hannah such as "Smash 1: Orbit", "Lyrics Core", "Rhythming Around the Sun Together", and "Fun Core".



      This "Past Course" includes:

      1. Class Video Recordings – Watch all 5 of Hannah Read's lectures + Q&A's on her songwriting process.
      2. All course materials, including songwriting prompts crafted by Hannah.
      3. Access to the "community jukebox" – upload your new songs to the jukebox and share the tunes with fellow classmates!


      Q: What musical experience is required to understand the material in this course?

      A: People across all musical levels will be able to gain something from the course. However, it will be helpful to be comfortable playing a few basic chords on any instrument of your choice in order to complete the songwriting prompts.

      Q: What if I’ve never written a song before? Can I still participate in this workshop?

      A: Yes! As with any new skill, just starting is usually the hardest part. This workshop will provide the structure and accountability we all need to get started and follow through, for beginners and old guard writers alike.

      Q: What is different about watching this past course versus participating while the workshop is run live?

      A: By purchasing this course, you'll have access to the same resources as the students who took the course while it was running other than the live songshares. 


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