Want to write your first song? Want to write your 100th song? Want to write better songs? I’m so dang proud of this book and the accompanying workshops, and they are really making a difference for so many writers. What are you waiting for?
Open to writers of all levels of ability.
What are Workshop Attendees saying about this course?
“This is such a unique songwriting technique. I’m really surprised that no one else have ever taught this method. This workshop will definitely take my writing to the next level. Absolutely amazing.”
“Caring, insightful and useful songwriting tools & tips.”
“This workshop was great fun. Nancy and Laura do a great job of presenting the material and making the workshop interactive.”
“This is an innovative, accessible approach to writing that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Brilliant. Brava to the authors.”
Nancy Beaudette met Louisa Branscomb at a festival a few years back, and they’ve been friends and co-writers ever since. We are thrilled to tell you their song “End Of The Line” is included on Louisa’s new CD release, “Gonna Love Anyway”.
Bluegrass fans will surely know the song, “Steel Rails”, recorded by Alison Krauss in 1990 which was a billboard success and went on to earn her a grammy. That song was written by Louisa and helped to propel her songwriting career to what it is today – she has either won or has been nominated for the industries most prestigious bluegrass awards.
This album features a new version of “Steel Rails” and a phenomenal group of singers and instrumentalists, like Tina Adair, Dale Ann Bradley, Alison Brown, and many more, all performing their versions of Branscomb’s songs. Two-time Grammy winner Becky Buller takes the lead vocals on “End of the Line”.
Co-producer Missy Raines helped select the songs for the album and explains, “We took a designer approach to thinking of who we felt best matched each song.”
There is a wonderful theme of ‘trains’ that rolls through this project. In Louisa’s own words, “Trains know where they are going. They are going to take every bend, it’s just the way it is. They go through it all– the mountains, deserts, seaboard cities, deserted farms, hobo camps. They carry people to their dreams, their homes, and their deaths. They are courageous in their power and in their giving in. Even with all that iron and steel and fire, they accept. They surrender to the track, to what lies ahead.They are hope, wisdom, and courage.”
We sincerely hope you’ll get yourself a copy of “Gonna Love Anyway”, and especially have a listen to “End of the Line”, appropriately placed as the last cut on the album, but certainly not the least among this superb song collection.
This book is focused on the ‘craft’ of songwriting and the care and nurturing of your ‘creative being’. Intended for both novice and experienced songwriters, “SongC.R.A.F.T.– Writing In Your Authentic Voice” is an invitation to dig deep into your personal memories and experiences and write in your most vulnerable, courageous voice.
Nurture your creative process
Learn to find ideas from personal experiences
Write fabulous and meaningful songs
Find out why having a special creative room is important
Recognize and avoid common mistakes
How to find an audience to perform your song to
Leave the critic behind and write your best work
Award-winning songwriters and authors, Nancy BeaudetteandLaura Zucker, will guide you through a series of exercises and reflections which will help you write a song lyric by the end of the book. Nancy and Laura have been using the “SongC.R.A.F.T.” method throughout their professional careers, and teach this process to writers across the country.
Forward by Berklee College of Music Songwriting Professor – Susan Cattaneo.
Singer-songwriter Laura Zucker wins audiences over with a hard-won perspective and a positive spin. The powerful imagery of her songs and stories ring so true you might think she’s read your diary – and you’ll find yourself humming her infectious melodies for days to come. She’s a two-time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk competition in Texas, a 2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist and has received numerous accolades and awards from organizations around the world.
I’m so thrilled to be part of this extraordinary Songwriter Retreat in Georgia at the end of February. Louisa Branscomb is a powerhouse songwriter with Grammys and a multitude of other awards to her credit. I’ll be presenting on marketing & social media, offering private consultations on songwriting and marketing to attendees, and performing at a special House Concert on Saturday night along side Louisa and Johnny & Jeanette Williams.
Here’s a little more info on the event:
Jeanette, reigning (4 time winner) Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year (SPBGMA) is a multi-winning vocalist as well as member of IBMA Recorded Event winners Daughters of Bluegrass, and has won the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest in Bluegrass. Johnny, known as award winning guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, is distinguished as one of the most revered early songwriters in bluegrass to contribute new, fresh songs that capture the integrity of the founding bluegrass sound. Johnny’s name is a household word in bluegrass, considered a master traditional singer, guitar player, and songwriter.
Louisa’s honors include over 140 songs recorded in bluegrass anda acoustic music, SPBGMA Song of the Year, 2 Grammy selections (Krauss, Denver), 2 IBMA Recorded Event of the Years, 2 nominations for the 2011 awards, longest running chart hit in bluegrass (“Steel Rails”), #36 bluegrass song 2011 (“I’ll Take Love”), and selection in the Atlanta Music Hall of Honor, three time nominee for Songwriter of the Year (SPBGMA), and member of the “Daughters of Bluegrass.”
Nancy Beaudette is an award winning singer-songwriter, originally from Canada, who makes her home in Boston, MA. Nancy was a Canadian finalist in 2009 and 2010 in the Mountain Stage New Song Competition, and a finalist in both The 2010 New England Song Contest and the 2010 Acoustic Roundtable Song Competition. Her co-write with Louisa, “My Silvertone Guitar,” was included on her Christmas CD which garnered her a place in the top 50 folk roots music releases in December, 2012.
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