Let’s talk songs. How to start writing one. How to finish writing one … even one you began way back when. We’ll discuss why some choruses work and others don’t, why some melodies work and others don’t. We’ll get real about rewriting songs and rewriting a rewrite. We might even write a song together in the afternoon. This workshop is about the nuts and bolts of songwriting and how to do it in a way that doesn’t give you a panic attack or make you feel like shit about yourself.
*Please bring an instrument if you play one; if you don’t, that’s okay too! If you’ve got a song, bring it. If you’re working on a song but it’s not finished, bring that too!
Kate Schutt is an award-winning songwriter, singer, guitarist, and producer whose voice NPR calls “glassily clear and glossily sweet.”
Kate studied the influence of jazz on modern poetry at Harvard, and studied jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music. Canada’s Globe and Mail captured her sound perfectly when it said,”Schutt’s classy songwriting, boho grooves and feathery singing could be summed up as ‘jazzy melodious pop.’”
Currently, Kate is working with legendary producer/arranger Rob Mounsey on a new album inspired by her mother’s diagnosis and death from ovarian cancer. Kate spent four years as her mom’s primary caregiver, along the way writing songs about life, loss, and (to use Christopher Hitchen’s potent phrase) living dyingly. Known for her authenticity and deep connection to her fans, Kate’s been blogging about this life/death experience from the start.
Kate’s songs have won top honors from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and ASCAP. She’s worked and shared stages with such artists as Terri Lyne Carrington, Bill Frisell, and Julian Lage, to name only a few.
After nearly a decade living and making music in Canada, she now calls New York City home.