Songwriting 201 - for Experienced Songwriters

Songwriting 210 - for Experienced Songwriters

 Are you an experienced songwriter wishing to upgrade your skills? Do your songs ‘work’ but not ‘inspire’? Do you experience writer’s block or seem to keep writing the same song over and over? 

In this 7-week course, you’ll learn how to inspire listeners with imaginative and evocative lyrics, create melodies that are fresh and memorable, develop songs that move bodies and hearts and originate songs that are intriguingly intricate or simply profound. This class will help you elevate songs from a passive ‘listening’ experience into eloquent investments in the exchange of ideas and values with your listeners through the power of songs.

Seven Alternating Thursdays: Jan 28, Feb 11, 25, Mar 11, 25, Apr 8, 22. 7-8:30 PM $75

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LIVE! From the Rainbow Room @ Alderthyme!

Every Tuesday night starting about 8 PM Brian Kaufman and I present an hour of social distance fun, frolic, and music through Facebook Live. This is a relaxed, chat-room-participation evening where we celebrate the weeks' highs and lows, toast what's happening, commiserate what's happening, share non-political viewpoints, tell stories, and sing lots of songs - familiar, popular, traditional, original, and sometimes we make stuff up on the spot! Open the chatbox and join in the conversation or just enjoy passively in the comfort of your underwear - a guaranteed GOOD TIME! If you feel the lack of social interaction in your Covid-world, join us online for inventive, interactive party-fun and music. ALL are welcome! FREE!

(Donations Welcome via PayPal.ME/MartinSwinger)

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Songwriting 101: a Beginner's Class via ZOOM

Seven Classes on alternating Thursday nights beginning Jan 21, Feb 4, 11, Mar 4, 18, Apr 1, 15: 7 - 8:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time). $75

We'll play songwriting games, creative writing challenges, explore song forms, melodic development, sensory and detail writing, and have a great time sharing ideas and lifting each other up as writers. If you've ever thought you might have something to say in a song, here's where to begin! This class will be held on ZOOM so you can join from anywhere! BYOB and pants are optional! 

Class size is limited to 10 participants so jump on this opportunity now! Get a friend to join you! 


Upcoming Gigs

Zen of connecting with your audience: A Zoom workshop w Maine Songwriters Association.

August 15, 7-9 PM

 Indulge your inner-artist! Join an invigorating 2-hour conversation with Martin Swinger about the Art and Craft of writing Songs Worth Listening To.  Martin will lead the discussion through ways to turn an audience of ‘spectators’ into a room full of ‘listeners.’  We’ll discuss Performance Philosophies, Things That ‘Matter’, Sensory Stimulation, Singing Community, Actions You Can Take, and more. Writing exercises are included, BYO tools.  (MSA Members only.) 

Old Town Library Virtual Concert   Tuesday, April 20, 6:30 PM

Link details TBA. 

Dan and Faith Song Swap, Weds, Jan 20 7:30 PM

Online. Details TBA

Concerts in the Garden