Stuck for a Christmas Present for a Squeeze Fan? Lyric Writing with Chris Difford anyone?

You can go on a two day course with Chris if you follow the link here:

Lyric-writing bootcamp with Chris Difford
Join Chris Difford, Ivor Novello Award-winning lyricist and founder member of Squeeze, for a crash course in the art and philosophy of writing words that matter.

Dates: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 January 2015
Times: 10am-4pm

Lyric writing bootcamp with Chris Difford Masterclass

Lyrics are often seen as an afterthought to songwriting, when in fact they’re a critical part of the process. Good lyrics are the key to making a song connect with an audience by imbuing it with an emotional heart – great lyrics will even drive a song’s melody and tone. But many songwriters struggle with writing lyrics, whether through lack of confidence or lack of inspiration.

This practical, philosophical and entertaining course offers budding songwriters an amazing opportunity to work in a small group with Chris Difford, the much-loved Squeeze lyricist renowned for his ability to spin everyday life into classic songs such as [[Up the Junction]] and [[Tempted]]. Of course, the best lyrics are true to the writer, conveying ideas and emotions that are personal to them. Whether your head is in the clouds, the kitchen sink or the gutter, Chris will help you use your own feelings and experiences to write lyrics that will resonate with listeners and add new depth to your music.

This course is for you if…
You’re a budding songwriter who wants to establish a personal style for your lyrics
You’re a more experienced musician looking to develop your lyric-writing technique

Course description

This practical weekend course mixes tuition, discussion and practical workshops with award-winning Squeeze lyricist Chris Difford. Attendees will explore and experiment with various lyrical perspectives and techniques to help develop a personal style of expression that will have a lasting effect on their songwriting. Topics covered over the weekend include:

  • Introduction to lyric-writing
  • Using the imagination
  • Fictional writing
  • Poetry as lyrics
  • Presentation: show and tell
  • PLEASE NOTE: While no formal qualifications are required, an ability to play a musical instrument is advantageous. Attendees may being an instrument along if they wish, but it is not essential.

    Tutor profile

    Chris Difford is a founder member of Squeeze and the lyricist behind classic songs such as [[Up the Junction]], [[Black Coffee in Bed]] and [[Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)]]. Chris is the winner of numerous awards, including two Ivor Novellos, one of which was for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Chris also teaches songwriting at Brighton Music College.

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