There are lots of ways to write songs. Jack Hardy used to go for a walk with a penny whistle and come up with a melody, then go home and write is lyric. That’s one way. Sometimes it’s a line, like “Sassafras Tea, Hard A-Lee,” which suggest a melody; I can almost hear the notes.
This week, Lisa and I will be focusing on those where the lyric was suggested by the rhythm and the shape of an existing melody. For me the game has been to make it sound as if the words were wrtten first. We’ll do some standards with their familiar lyric, one for which Lisa wrote a lyric, and one where I appointed myself to try and improve on the better-known version. We also include some originals written this way.
We’re looking forward to loads of fun, and hope you do, too! Look in EVENTS for additional details.
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