You may, or may not, remember an earlier post by Tom Cooney about “Songwriters in the Round” (listed in the MMUP program as Songwriters Circle, scheduled for 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Upper Perk YMCA). This is a new offering for Make Music Upper Perk;
One of the special sessions at this year’s Make Music Upper Perk festival on June 21 is a “Songwriters in the Round” session. It’s an opportunity for songwriters of all levels, including beginners, to share songs with each other in a relaxed and informal environment.
The “in the round” format is fun! Everyone sits in a large circle with their instruments and we “pass the song” … Meaning, we go around the circle and each share one song at a time. Each person sets up the song they are sharing with a brief intro, and then they play it live. (If you have any pre-recorded accompanying track(s) you want to use, that’s ok.)
It’s a supportive setting where fellow songwriters express their appreciation for what you play. It’s NOT a songwriting workshop or a critique session. It’s just playing and sharing. There’s usually a small audience at these sessions too.
A nice mix of songwriters have signed up to participate in this event next Tuesday evening, as part of MMUP. However, I have been reliably informed that folks wishing to share an original song may join in on that night.
Here are the names of those who have signed up to be part of the Circle, as of today;
Tom Cooney – Judy Lalinsky – Justin Leigh Walters and Kelly Joy Klein – Bob Grover – Chris Macy – Alan Kent – Bob Grover – Al Fox – Steve Walker