MCL Grand Songwriting Workshop with BettySoo
Sometimes it's hard to know what is keeping us from writing our best songs. Why do we have songs that are "almost there?" We all have songs we think we've finished, only to discover weeks or months later that we're not quite satisfied. It's easy to get frustrated and tell ourselves we're big imposters, it's not worth it, and we are never going to be any good at this. Then there are those days when even the idea of sitting down to write seems so daunting, we never even get around to doing it in the first place.
BettySoo's been there. During this workshop, BettySoo will demonstrate why certain great songs work. She'll pull apart songs of great writers as well as go through the process of creation with some of her own work, pulling back the curtain on the not-so-romantic mystery of songcraft. Students are strongly encouraged to bring their own works-in-progress – IF they are willing to receive true and constructive criticism! BettySoo will give the same serious editing attention she gives her own songs, along with the encouragement of the rest of the participants, to help all willing songwriters to sharpen their craft.
BettySoo has garnered multiple songwriting awards, including the New Folk at Kerrville, Songwriter of the Year at Big Top Chautauqua, The Dave Carter Songwriting Award at Sisters Folk Festival, and the Mountain Stage New Song Competition. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and lunch will be provided. Tickets are $50 per person and include lunch and two tickets to BettySoo’s Black Box Songwriter Series concert scheduled for Sunday, March 31. Workshop is limited to 20 people.
The 7th annual MCL Grand Songwriting Workshop is part of the Black Box Songwriter Concert Series, which features performing singer-songwriters in an intimate, listening room setting. The series has attracted a variety of celebrated songwriters, such as Susan Gibson (“Wide Open Spaces” - Dixie Chicks), Walt Wilkins (“Trains I Missed,” “Seven Hillsides” - Ricky Skaggs), Ronny Cox, and numerous Kerrville Folk Festival Finalists. If you want to hear the stories behind some great songs sung by those that wrote them, the Black Box Songwriter Series is for you.