A huge crop of new songs at the April meeting as we watched snippets of 10 short videos and heard how the songwriters had interpreted them as songs. In addition we heard some great non-assignment songs. That’s what can happen in April. We forget all about winter’s forgetful snow and breed “lilacs out of the dead land”. Well, May is pretty good for breeding lilacs too, so let’s go for it again on May 12. If you’d like to attend, go to the Contacts page and complete the form so we can include you in our monthly meeting email list, or send us a message via the TSA Facebook page.
This month’s assignment was for each of us to try to write and present a song that had anything to do with a product: a real one or a fake one.
Assignments are shared well ahead of the meetings so everybody has time to create. Membership is free and open to anybody. The membership hashtag for the month is: #SeekingFewerWhiteMales
The next meeting will be on Thursday evening April 13, 2017 at a member’s home in the Etobicoke area. To join, even as a spectator, contact us through this website, or through the Toronto Songwriters Google Group, or message us on the Facebook Page.
‘Twas a small meeting this month. A combo of terrible weather, colds (and maybe the song assignment?) kept folks away. The four of us made the best of it, however — each presenting a new song based on the idea of “no emotion.”
Some of us kicked off the new year by completing this month’s assignment: to present a new song that had anything to do with Leonard Cohen. Kenna the dog seemed to like all of the results.
Since our scheduled meeting (the 2nd Friday of every month) fell on November 11 this year, the assignment was to write and present a song that had something to do with Remembrance Day. Most of the attendees did so, and there was lots of great constructive feedback and praise for the results. Welcome to first-time attendees Nicholas, Jayne and John.
It was a good yet mellower-than-usual meeting. Was it the heat? We played our songs and gave and received constructive feedback as usual. The assignment for the month was to write a song that had anything to do with a cause.
The air conditioning was on because it was damn hot outside.
The assignment was to write a song about a mythical creature or a fictional character. But then this suspicious lot from west end Toronto showed up. Most of them did have assignment songs though, so in the end it was okay. We had time to dig deeply into analysis and feedback. We learned a thing or two about songwriting.
What was in the punch? The assignment for the month was for each of us to write and present a song that had at least a little bit of talking or spoken word in it. Piano, acoustic guitar, classical guitar and mandolin all made appearances for accompaniment. Welcome to first-time TSA meeting attendee Roy.
At one of our member’s homes. The assignment for this month was to write and present a song that had only one word in the chorus. Most of us delivered.
A bunch of us at a member’s home. Our assignment this month was to present a new original song based on one that we already loved, but with our own unique chords, melody and lyrics.
The moment before the songs. And the drinks.