SongWorks – adventures in co-writing: Part 1

Posted by on Mar 16, 2011

I feel humbled and blessed today. I am part of a 3 day songwriting camp called SongWorks presented by the Songwriters Association of Canada. It’s ran by Vince Degiorgio  and takes place at the newly built Noble Street Studios. There’s 9 writers, being placed into 3 configurations over 3 days. Each day *should* produce at least 3 songs. The days start at 9:30am with coffee (thank god) and  a quick breakfast before we’re tossed into a room with 3 almost strangers to write a hit song…no pressure 😉 There’s a break for lunch and then back at it…until 7ish…or 9:30ish as it was in our case today.

Today I was writing with Yonathan Ayal and Adam Royce – with wicked engineering skillz, yes with a Z, and some serious Beat dropping action! Ideas were rolling from the getgo. This was probably the 3rd co-writing session in my life, and the first that requires a recorded produced track at the end of it. It was definitely a challenge, but a welcome one. I, being the ‘singer-songwriter’ of the bunch was faced with the daunting task of coming up with most of the lyrics and some melody. It took a lot of brainstorming, some story telling, and creating a character that Yoni fell in love with, before we had anything useful. In the end, we ended up with what sounds like a solid start to a hot pop/dance single.

I can’t believe I just lived this! It’s so amazing to be thrown into deep water, having to learn to swim very very quickly, and finding a way to stay afloat. I feel like I truly accomplished something today and I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!


                                            The boys laying down some beats!

Today’s Lunch: Thai – Pad Thai

Approximate wrap time: 9:30pm