Songwriting for Poets: From Dylan Thomas to Bob Dylan
Thurs. 11/2 & Tues. 11/14, 7-9p, Gordon Square Arcade Conference Room, 6516 Detroit Ave, Cleve.
$: 30 / 25 for members
In this workshop, we will explore the intersection between poetry and song lyrics. From Scottish Border Ballads to the blues to raps, we will put our words to music across multiple genres. What makes a good poem—imagery, narrative, concision — are the same techniques in writing good song lyrics. You do not need to be a musician for this workshop. Kevin Richards from Roots of American Music is well versed in Americana and will provide the tunes. Ray McNiece will lead the writing component and play along as well. You can try out your songs at the monthly Tongue in Groove Poetry Music Jam at the Fillmore.
Ray McNieceis the author of eight books of poems and dramatic monologues. The Orlando Sentinel reporting on Ray’s solo show at the Fringe Festival called him “a modern day descendant of Woody Guthrie. He has a way with words and a wry sense of humor.” He toured Russia with Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Italy twice with legendary Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He has performed at Cleveland Playhouse, Dobama, Ensemble and the Cleveland Public Theatre where he premiered his newest solo theater work, "The Lives of A Poet," in 2015.
Kevin T. Richards is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who specializes in pre-war acoustic blues, country, traditional and jazz music playing guitar, steel guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin. Kevin has shared the stage with music greats such as Robert Lockwood Jr., Jorma Kaukonen and John Hammond. Kevin fronts the band the Spyder Stompers (Americana) and is a member of Hot Djang (gypsy jazz/swing). Recently he founded the Green Diamond Zephyr, a band created to help educate and preserve music of the Great American Songbook. Kevin is Artistic Director of Roots of American Music.