On Sunday 23rd October 2011 20 Guernsey musicians attended a day long songwriting workshop led by professional songwriter and producer Tim Bran and his locally based writing partners Jim Delbridge and Nick Windsor.
The day was organised by our Music Sub-Committee and supported by NatWest and gave local musicians the chance to get some hints and tips from a pro and work with new people on some original music.
Music Sub-Committee Member and Communications Officer (and musician), Tom Girard took part and shared his thoughts on the day:
“The day started with 20 people arriving at Blanchelande College, most of whom had never even met, let alone worked together, before.
The workshop began with Tim, Jim and Nick sharing some of their processes for writing songs and music. The main important points I got from that were to constantly challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone and make sure to record as much as possible so you don’t forget good ideas.
From there we were all split off into smaller groups of between two and four people to start working on a new song. I was paired with guitarist Phil Retz.
After only a few minutes chatting Phil and I had found some words I’d written before the event that we both liked and had the beginnings of a song coming together which in less than two hours we were both happy with and had a basic version recorded on my iPhone.
This was my first time writing with someone else and was a challenging yet greatly rewarding experience for me as an unashamedly novice songwriter.
After the lunch break we were back to it putting the finishing touches to the first song and beginning work on a second which again came together quickly and by 4 O’clock when we all got back together Phil and I had two complete songs to share.
All the groups performed what they had been working spanning many styles and sounds in a friendly and supportive atmosphere led by Tim, Jim and Nick and we had a chance to share in some amazing music – it was a great day and a unique experience.”
Photo by Andrew Le Poidevin at TallPictures.