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|"This songwriting retreat was EXACTLY what I've been needing."
AND THEY SAID
"This weekend was EXACTLY what I've been needing."
On Friday I went and picked up my colleague Vincent Troyani and we took off for CT to attend The Connecticut SongWriters Association's retreat on top of a mountain at Camp Whightman. The grounds are beautiful, with all the charm of a New England forest, rock walls covered in lichen and all.
This was my 3rd year attending this retreat. Last years' occurred just a few weeks after my father had passed, so it was a far more introspective and rejuvenating experience. A chance to escape and heal. This year my focus was on attacking my Canada-sized goal list with a fury, and of course to absorb the workshop.
In a nutshell, the workshop covers Song Writing Technique and Theory, which is really musical Grammar. English, Poetry, etc and we do on the spot critiques of each person's chosen and presented work. One of my favorite aspects is "The Creative Compass" which Kay Pere has been developing for some years.
The retreat was great. It's like "The Real World": CT Music edition -- 16 strangers in a house together for almost 48 hours. Everyone was amazingly talented and unique. As always little tribes formed and we all had our own little "crew" for the weekend, though all "tribes" played well together as a community. --- Jimmy Clark, songwriter, recording artist
Hi, Bill and Kay! I Just wanted to tell you how much I feel I profited from the weekend. I have been madly revising since arriving home yesterday, using suggestions from the critique sessions as well as from the material covered. The fact that I had several pieces to submit for critiquing made all the difference in the creative energy that remains with me after the weekend.
Mine is merely one account, but you should know that your efforts were not for naught. I feel sure that the weekend furnished me with the shot in the arm that I need to make it to the finish line, and believe it likely equipped many others with a similar renewed dedication as well as new skills. Thank you both! -- Jane Bate, composer, librettist, playwritght
"A great cosmic thank you to you and Kay for the amazing experience! "
-- Vincent Troyani", songwriter/producer
Our sincere thanks for a weekend of fellowship, learning and personal growth.
What a wonderful group! We truly enjoyed collaborating with one another throughout the weekend.
The process of "taking it all in" and then applying that new knowledge going forward is empowering.
We are inspired and have you both to thank!
-- A. Mallory, Songwriter
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