Teaching songwriting to kids

I started a new gig last week: teaching a songwriting class to middle-schoolers at Woodland Star Charter School in Sonoma.


I can tell this is going to be a pretty serious ride. The wild hearts of 12-, 13-, and 14-year olds, trusting themselves to my, well, what? What they imagine to be my superior knowledge. And as far as nuts-and-bolts - crafting lyrics, melody, chord progressions, and so forth, sure, I know some stuff. I know a lot of stuff.

But that's not really the essence of songwriting, is it? The essence of songwriting is the essence of life, and as far as that goes, they know more than I do. I'm just a grown-up. I've been through the wars. I've got filters over my eyes.

I'm looking forward to learning from them.

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