“This music not only swings, rocks, and grooves–it matters. It’s the voice of a real community, with a sound and a message the world needs to hear.”
A four-phase collaborative songwriting workshop process that works for people of all ages, requires no previous experience and produces a new song every time.
This creative empowerment process builds community and provides individuals with valuable tools, experience and confidence to bring into future creative projects. The workshop takes 90-120 minutes from beginning to completion. Supported by a Changemaker Fellowship from Rotary Charities of Traverse City, “Collaborative Songwriting for Collective Liberation” workshops are informed by anti-oppression themes and built on 15 years of experience successfully facilitating collaborative songwriting.
I have been humbled and affirmed as I have witnessed individuals and groups become inspired and empowered through the experience of collaborative songwriting. The process I have developed works on many levels. The experience begins with establishing a safe space for collaboration and deep listening – a shame-free zone where ideas will be accepted, individuals can pass at any time and the group will be inquisitive. The creative process itself is an exercise in shared humanity and pure potential. The end result is always a brand new song, written by a brand new band, which is very exciting and satisfying for everyone involved. The group has become a band, and decides on a name for their band and their song and we record it together.
Those involved in the process experience something unique and transformative, empowering them to continue to approach work for justice with compassion, creativity and curiosity.
It will take imagination to move from structural injustice to collective liberation, and the process of songwriting is a strong and invitational container that has transformative power. The engaging creative process is extremely effective in transforming tendencies toward defensiveness and guilt into curiosity and creativity, when dealing with conversations about race, power, and privilege. Moving from feelings of discomfort into imagining possibilities.