Over the week between classes, participants were asked to review the songs they had written for the Ghost Writing exercise during the first session. On returning, songwriter James Grant sat with each participant and helped putting their words to music.
Luckily, most of the participants can play guitar and brought their own. They were able to sit with James, and discuss and try out ways of playing for their particular song.
Two sisters who attend the class were really working well together to make a full song. One had written the lyrics, the other helped change the format where needed and sang while playing along with the guitar which James had helped them with chords for.
At the end of the lesson, they were given another task to do, which entailed thinking of a place by the sea. They initially started this piece of writing in the class, but were asked to finish it off in the week betweem workshops so that they could return the next week to writing another song. They were encouraged to imagine the sights, sounds and smells they would experience, at a location of their choice, and this led into a discussion about the views of the Clyde from Greenock, and the Inverclyde area, and how a lot of residents may take this sight for granted, as they are surrounded by this in their everyday lives.
If you fancy trying your hand at some songwriting, call RIG Arts for more info on 01475 649815 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CLASSES ARE FREE AND SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES although those under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.