Songwriting Workhop-"The Language of Song"
|Full Name||Andy Meyers|
"I attended the first Songwriters Workshop that Andrew organized back in '01, and again in 2018. I would encourage anyone with an interest to attend these sessions - they did me a world of good on many levels...Andy brings a wealth of experience and a good understanding of what it takes to pen a tune, and he brought out the best in each of us. Hope you enjoy as much as I did!" Ron Cooke
The “Language of Song”, is a simple, effective appreciation of how songs are put together and what makes them sing. This is combined with a gentle and intuitive examination of our writing process. The workshop is led by songwriter/producer Andy Meyers, whose skilled and relaxed approach, broad experience, and deep love for the subject, makes deepening your connection with song entertaining and fun.
"Andy has a great knowledge of song structure and a real appreciation for the relationship between lyrics and melodies. He has a conversational teaching style through which he offers a wide range of insights and techniques to help in writing and improving your songs. Andy doesn’t try to dictate how you should write your songs, instead he aims to open your mind to possibilities and give you tools to develop your own style of song writing." Jonathon Menz
At the “Language of Song” sessions, we’ll share our songs in a circle, exploring how we can make them their strongest and clearest. There is lively feedback and discussion, and a supportive, focused environment. The thrust of the “Language of Song” is an understanding that songs speak through lyrics, melody, chords, and structure in a unified way. We’ll learn skills and an ability to work on these individual aspects to support the whole. We ‘ll also examine songs by the masters --Mitchell, Bowie, Rogers and Hart, Lennon/McCartney, Van Zant, the Gershwins, etc. We’ll examine what makes these songs sing, looking at what these songs do and how they do it.
“I just wanted to send a note to thank you for the great songwriting workshop sessions. I learned a ton, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone and hearing all the different styles, approaches, ideas, commiserations . it was all wonderful! This workshop has opened up a whole new world to me, and I can't thank you enough. Looking forward to more songwriting... “ Joanne O'Driscoll
The 16th Allowed Sound Songwriting Intensive begins the week of October 20th and runs for three sessions, one evening weekly, 7-900 pm. (We’ll pick an evening based on participant’s schedules.) The cost is $85. The workshop takes place at Allowed Sound Studio on Blackburn Road.
"Thanks for all your continued help with my musical evolution. The Workshop was amazing, super fun and I learned a ton!! I want to do more... " Gina-Lily D'Attilio, singer/songwriter
The Allowed Sound Songwriting Intensive is open to all. Novice or experienced songwriter, whether or not you play an instrument, whether you write music and lyrics or just lyrics, you will complete the workshop having had fun, gained valuable insight and experience with songwriting, and having written a few new songs.
For more information or with any questions, please contact Andy Meyers at 250-537-2294 firstname.lastname@example.org
"Andy has an intuitive sense of how best to nurture novice songwriters to take the next step in their development". PC Oliphant, singer/songwriter.
Meyers has been producing CDs at his Allowed Sound Studio since 1999, including "How Does it Feel to be Loved", which made a "Top 10 CDs of 2008" list in New York's Village Voice. His song "Do the Wait" was featured on a cover CD of the British music magazine UNCUT. Andy has been awarded two Canada Council grants for composition and production, which he completed with collaborators Brian Brett and Susheela Dawne.
In 2016 an LP release of original music by Meyers’ band The Scenics was be released by the Italian label Rave Up Records, and distributed in North America by Seattles’Light in the Attic label. The next Scenics album is coming out in the summer of 2019. In recent years Meyers has worked on recordings for a variety of songwriters including CR Avery, Tom Hooper, ESL, SIlva, Jade Bell and Blind Focus, Art Bergmann, Carmanah, Katie Burke, Ron and Denny, Gwen Gagne, and Alan Moberg.
Andy Meyers’ songwriting with his Toronto band The Scenics:
“Original & uncompromising.... Brainy crackpot art-pop with an ear for off-kilter melody, a headful of magic & twitchy grooves to burn.” Ben Rayner Toronto Star
“This is some of their strongest material in terms of composition...This is a band that deserves to be heard.” popmatters.com
“Growing Pains has a gentle touch... It's a hymn for the street underdog. Following the somewhat surrealistic poetry is a big part of the fun here... at the heart of the guitar art, you'll find graceful, playful songwriting, and Meyers is just as much that classic tr