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    • 11/27/2022
    • 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    • Private Zoom Meeting, provided via e-mail upon registration
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    Registration

    Free registration for this event is open to all members of PMN.  Not a member?  Check out our inclusive sliding scale membership policy.

    Immediately upon registering, you will receive an e-mail confirmation that provides you a link to a private Zoom meeting.

    Description

    Come join us in this shared experience of Community and Heart.  You're invited to enjoy a (digital) community circle where inspirational and empowering songs from many traditions rise up from the group.  Singers offer a song one by one without instruments or song sheets.  These are songs that people know or can learn easily without requiring a lot of teaching.

    In this online event, we are drawing upon the tradition of Songs of the Spirit, which has been a consistent feature of PMN/SFS Gatherings since 1977.  One person will sing and others will sing along.  We ask everyone to mute themselves while the one person is singing, allowing all of us to at least see each other as we fill our separate physical spaces with music.

    Between songs, we pause, breathe and feel the energy and connection of the group. We are sustaining this rich tradition during the pandemic, despite the inherent limits of Zoom.  One part of our tradition is recognizing that the silence is sacred.  In avoiding the urgency to fill a space with song, once we finally do fill a space with song, that song sinks in more deeply.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to build community and to harmonize (in your own home) and to start the day with some grounded sacredness.

    This event will not be livestreamed or recorded.

    If you have any questions, please contact the facilitator:

    • Charlie King <vaguelyrem@aol.com>

    SPECIAL INVITATIONS:  If you can think of a person you know who would enjoy Songs of the Spirit, but they are not a PMN member, you can invite them to participate in this event.  All you need to do is contact Joanne Tuller ,jt4cmn@yahoo.com> and let her know that you are inviting folks.  He will send you very simple instructions for how to invite guests to be part of this experience.

    • 11/28/2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting info provided after registration. Confirmation provided by Steve Deasy <stevedeasy@hotmail.com> on day of Workshop.
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    *** Registration Deadline: Sunday, November 27 at 10:00 PM. 

    Workshop Description

    Songwriters in People's Music Network strive to write songs that wake people up, challenge the status quo, and reach people’s hearts and minds. We don't believe it takes larger-than-life talent to create powerful songs. Rather, the craft of songwriting involves skill, practice, hard work, and the willingness to listen to how our words and music land with others.

    Through our monthly “If I Had a Song” workshops, PMN is building a loving and supportive creative community that provides songwriters with the honest listening we need. Participants present a song-in-progress to like-minded songwriters, and then receive constructive feedback. We’d love to have you join us.

    BREAKOUT GROUPS:  During the session, we'll break into groups of 4-5 songwriters presenting songs-in-progress.  Each presenting songwriter gets 15 minutes to share their song and receive peer critique from the group.  We'll explore giving and receiving kind, truthful and supportive feedback, while striving to make our songs more effective.  One may register for the workshop as a supporting songwriter to listen and give feedback.  Breakout groups may have 1-3 supporting songwriters.

    LYRIC SHARING: On the day of the workshop, all confirmed registrants will receive an email containing the Zoom Link plus a link to a google drive folder.  Confirmed registrants will receive a separate notification via google drive, which gives you the ability to make written comments on other people's lyrics-in-progress.  This can be done before, during, or after the session.

    Requirements for Participation:

    There is no wait list for the session.  Every registrant who meets the following requirements will be confirmed to present a song in progress for peer critique: 

    1. At the time of registration, if you are bringing a song to the group for critique, you must submit a lyric sheet of an original song in progress.  This means 1) you wrote the lyrics and 2) your intention is to get feedback from others to help you do further work on your song to improve it.   If the songwriter believes their song is finished and does not intend to do further work on the song, it should not be submitted. 
    2. The song-in-progress you submit should connect with PMN’s mission of using music as a catalyst for a just and peaceful world.

    Eligibility to Participate:

    Participants in this workshop must:

    1. be PMN members in good standing* 
    2. register using this form
    3. have a computer with functioning video camera and microphone.

    * If you are not a PMN member, you may join here: https://www.peoplesmusic.org/join-PMN

    Workshop Facilitators:

    • Marcie Boyd:  Marcie Boyd is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, activist, and longtime PMN member.  She lives in Berkeley, CA, where she sings with Occupella and the LaPeña Chorus.
    • Steve Deasy:  Award-winning American-Canadian performing songwriter, producer and arranger; socially conscious in the tradition of Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger with contemporary musicality.  PMN Steering Committee member. www.stevedeasy.com
    • Eric H. F. Law: Singer/songwriter, visual artist, Episcopal Priest, author of over 10 books on building justice and inclusive communities and founder of the Kaleidoscope Institute for diverse and sustainable communities. PMN Steering committee member.  https://erichflaw.hearnow.com/
    • Joanie Calem is a musician, singer/songwriter, storyteller, disability awareness activist, community-builder, cross-cultural worker and teacher. She has been teaching music and performing since 1983. Joanie uses music to break down stereotypes, build community and foster connection.

    INVITE ANOTHER SONGWRITER TO THIS WORKSHOP

    Help us build the community social change songwriters offering one another peer support!  Share the Facebook Event and invite friends:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1279419409567365

    FACILITATORS EXPLAIN THIS PROCESS

    Watch our 3 minute video explaining how members of the People's Music Network are building a community of peers who are writing songs for social change: 

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