Monday, 6 July 2009

Workshop interview #2: The Only Way to Write A Song (and at least 10 other ways to do it)

Name: Colin Clary

Title of workshop: The Only Way to Write a Song (and at least 10 other ways to do it)

A little bit about Colin:
Colin Clary plays and sings with The Smittens, Let’s Whisper, and on his own and loves to make up songs and help other folks figure out how to make up songs, too.

Description of your workshop:
I will answer questions and try to facilitate discussion on various approaches to writing a song and offer quick tips and tricks and methods for getting song ideas to flow in a fun and natural way. If we are lucky, we will make up a song together or make up a number of songs. If you’ve never written a song, or if you’ve written loads of them, or just want to pick someone’s brain about the process or want to collaborate on making up a song today, you are welcome and encouraged to come.

If you can sing, or have an instrument, or an idea or an open mind, this could be a fun way to spend part of a sunny day. This will hopefully be a constructive and non-intimidating experience and maybe we can even make up a song together to sing around the campfire or on the train platform.

What are you looking forward to the most at Indietracks?
Well, I’ve never seen Camera Obscura live before, so that is sure to be a highlight! Honestly, though, I’m pretty much looking forward to ALL of Indietracks – last year’s fest was such a magical experience and I can’t wait to see some of the folks I met there last year and to be surprised by bands I haven’t seen yet. I am interested in seeing the MLS acoustic set and Gordon Mcintyre’s solo set and Northern Portrait and Tender Trap and Butcher Boy, too!

(Colin then goes on to list practically every band playing the festival, we get the picture Colin!)

I’m also psyched to play on the train with Let’s Whisper and on the big stage with the Smittens!

Do you have any camping tips?
Drink some water before you go to sleep!

Have you been to the festival before? Do you have any Indietracks stories/gossip you'd care to divulge?
Last year’s fest was the highlight of my summer! I don’t think I know any gossip.

We think Colin is hiding something there, we hear he was the centre of all the campsite rages last year!

Colin's workshop will take place at 12.30pm on Saturday, in the Workshop Wigwam.

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