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What: Songwriters Workshop.
When: July 1 at 6.30 p.m.
Where: The stage door, 224 Putnam Street, Marietta.
Who: Everyone is welcome.
Source: The stage door.
For the first time in more than a year, local musicians have come together to receive commentary, laughter and a tear or two as they discuss songs written throughout the coronavirus shutdown.
the “quick and dirty” prompt for words for this month: Fire.
Some have written songs about faith and a metaphorically burning fire in the heart; others have written about the loss or the passage of time.
“I will often tell people that this song colony is like a therapy session,” smiles Todd Burge, after hearing Michael Stocky explain the impetus of a song he wrote after losing his stepfather to coronavirus.
Stocky, guitar in hand, explained how the impact of death remains raw due to his stepmother’s Alzheimer’s disease.
His notes and words explained this dynamic, the need to “Therapeutic lie” to avoid tearing this wound of loss to her over and over again.
“It was the hardest part to learn, I don’t like to lie and that’s what it feels like” Stocky explained.
The Stage Door Songwriters Workshop allowed each of the nine attendees to reconnect to the music once again, after several teleconference times last year weren’t the same.
They passed Burge’s desk around the circle, laughing at the anecdotes, picking up melody and rhythm brains, and even learning a bit of history.
Mike Ratliff, of Zanesville, shared the story of the New Straitsville Mine Fire, a famous 1884 fire that still burns today.
The free workshop returns inside The Stage Door on July 1 at 6:30 p.m. with the following prompt “Confuses” offering aspiring, novice and seasoned musicians the challenge of writing a song in half an hour or less related to the prompt.
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