“Everyone has songs living within, ready to emerge,” Cris Williamson writes. “The mind may say, ‘I cannot do this.’ The mind may say, ‘I’m not a musician.’ The mind may say, ‘I cannot sing.’ The mind may say, ‘I’m just too shy.’ These things don’t matter. What does matter is coming here just as you are, and showing up to write and cast your lines deep into the stream of consciousness.
“If you’re a songwriter, you may already know this and be eager to hone your skills, and fire up your creativity. The mind may say, ‘This sounds so interesting, but is it for me?’ Even if you already are a songwriter, I assure you, it’s interesting, it’s for you, it’s for everyone. Beginner’s mind is a wonderful thing that allows all of us, beginners and advanced, to start fresh every moment, every day. At the end of each day — sometimes working with others, sometimes just by ourselves — we’ll have made small, beautiful things called songs. Songs are made things. It takes practice, but practice is fun and we’ll do it together. I’ve seen it happen time and again, the making of nothing into something, sound out of silence, songs out of Soul.”
Please bring a dictionary, rhyming dictionary, thesaurus, works -in-progress, and an instrument if you play one. A keyboard will be available.