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If you live and breathe then you have all the elements of a song.
I see songwriting like a jigsaw puzzle. I wait until all the pieces are in place and then watch as the image comes into sharp focus.
I can always find the inspiration to write. I know a few tricks to keep me ready for pen and paper.
I want all the same ingredients in a song as a great glass of wine; the barrel would represent the body of my song. The grapes represent the lyric and melody and age would reflect the time it takes to write it right.
Songwriting is a discipline.
I try to stay thoughtful throughout the construction of my composition, hoping to write my experience in a universal way so that the listener can claim my song as their own.
When melody and lyric come together magic happens.
The biggest, fastest, most important rule in songwriting is there are no rules!
You want to write a book? You want to write a sermon? You want to write a poem? Our songwriting workshops are for you!
It all starts with a single idea.
Great songs will always trigger a great memory.
It's so fun to watch your song blossom in a recording session.
Study with us
If you have ever dreamed of sitting in a room filled with souls excited about music and songwriting, sharing ideas that might drive you down different paths where you will improve your craft, and develop new relationships with people who hold the same passion for something as personal as songwriting, you need to join us here at Songwriting Escape Songwriting and Instrumental Workshops!
What it's like
Why attend Songwriting Escape?
"Thank you Rick and Donna for helping me become a better songwriting. The tips I got from youtube were an eye opener."
"When I came to the workshop I hadn't written anything in thirty years and now I have written three songs".
"You have helped me immensely as I continue to work on our craft."
"Aside from being great folks, you have a vast knowledge of writing and making a song more interesting for the listener".
"Even though I had read your book, I felt like I learned so much more hearing you in person. It was great hearing others share their songs and aspirations."
"Rick is a true melody man and Donna has the tricks to pull a song out of you from thin air".
"So if you think you have a line, and you want to make it rhyme, believe me brothers and sisters, you're going to have a great time."
"This January will be my third excursion to the east coast for Songwriting Escape, simply, because I love, respect and cherish songwriting."