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Juxtaposing Macro and Micro: Songwriting with Jolie Holland (May '21)

Juxtaposing Macro and Micro: Songwriting with Jolie Holland (May '21)

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


    Jolie's lectures cover the following topics and themes:

    • Recognize that as artists we are incapable of judging our own work. All we can gauge is the quality of our process. We will find ways to nurture and respect our awareness both within and independent of what we might consider the creative process.
    • Perspective and meditation within lyrics, by describing grand vistas versus fine detail, and outwardly focused as opposed to inner language.

    • How to hone our craft without chiseling away at ourselves - by tuning our critical ears on music that is familiar to us we will develop tools for disarming our inner critic.

    • Examining our respective cultural backgrounds to bring forth elements of our ancestral musical traditions into contemporary forms.

      This course also includes songwriting prompts from Jolie such as "Different Lenses", "Imitate, Integrate, Innovate", "Significance", and "Letters".



      This "Past Course" includes:

      1. Class Video Recordings – Watch all 5 of Jolie Holland's lectures + Q&A's on her songwriting process.
      2. All course materials, including songwriting prompts crafted by Jolie.
      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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