"Experimenting and Adapting your Poetry and Prose into Song" with Joshua Mendrala

Saturday, May 29, 9 - 12 pm

Bring your prose and poetry to life in song! We’ll examine what differentiates song from poetry, and what the two have in common, and reference “How to Write One Song” by Jeff Tweedy. After going over some basic understanding of songs, we will open up to discussion on what song is and what creates lyrical form. Joshua will introduce basic chord structure, rhythm and cadence in songwriting.

We will briefly look at the operatic and baroque genre, of which has been adapting poetry to song since pre-Romantic era,  and will look at how this has moved to modern song. Come with three or more pieces of prose or poetry you’re interested in adapting into music and we’ll experiment with the pieces that will most adequately translate to song.


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Saturday, May 29, 9 - 12 pm. At the Center

Included in  Mountain Words Literary Festival Pass, or $35 single entry.

Masks required.