Mather’s—More Than a Cafe offered their patrons a songwriting workshop. Being a person who enjoys a challenge, signing up for the workshop seemed the thing for me to do. Writing a poem is something I’m good at doing, so writing a song should also be easy; (it wasn’t that easy). I signed up with the receptionist and it was off to the song writing workshop I went.
The workshop was one and a half hours in duration for six weeks on a Friday which was the right day and time for me. Not too much time, but enough time to complete a song and sometimes two. It depended on how prepared the writer was. There were times when the songwriter needed a week to gather his or her thoughts. There were ten people who signed up for the class, six women and four men. The teacher was Dean Milano who I found to be an outstanding teacher.
We started by telling Dean the subject of our song. The subjects were varied, including a wedding song for a one person’s daughter; another about a high school student who was hit by a train while wearing ear phones; and a blues song about a women who had done her man wrong. We were eager, filled with creative energy and we let suggestion fly. Dean maintained order and controlled our zealous group. It was a great brainstorming session. I was stimulated.
I was in the process of writing a children’s book titled, “River Village Polly and the Pirates.” The book is about a Canada goose who is captured by pirates; the theme of the book is about planning so I wrote a song titled “Planning Now.”
Planning to and fro
In a way that makes it fun
Over the plans we go
Thinking on the run
Deciding what is right
Oh what fun it is to sing
The planning song tonight
Planning now, planning now
Planning all the way
Make yourself a daily plan
And have a happy day
This is the final version. The original song was originally sung to the tune of Jingle Bells but Dean played the song in a somewhat different tune.
Thanks to the sponsors of the Songwriting Workshop, they made this older adult feel creative and challenged. While writing the song, I didn’t feel old; I felt I was growing younger. I’m aging well.
Mather has the songs posted on YouTube: