TALENTED: Allan Caswell is holding song writing workshops in Gladstone for people interested in writing their own songs.
TALENTED: Allan Caswell is holding song writing workshops in Gladstone for people interested in writing their own songs. Contributed.

Sharing the art of song writing

IF YOU have a song in your head and can't find the way to put it on paper, song writing classes may be the way to go.

One of Australia's leading song writers, Allan Caswell, will be holding song writing workshops in Gladstone on Saturday.

"I've always felt the best way for people to write songs is to write songs,” Caswell said.

"Students come out (from my workshops) with a lot of songs they can use and lots of artists even are about to record their first EP.”

Having written 64 songs that were recorded in 2016 alone, Caswell shows the proof is in the pudding.

"It's the method I use,” Caswell said.

"You get an idea about what you want to write about, find something we call a hook (a clever way of getting idea across), then write four or five lines around it and then start singing it.

"You can't write song lyrics on a page ... I always write with a guitar on my lap because the words and music have to blend.”

With no age limit for the song writing workshops, Caswell said he taught 16-year-olds through to people in their 60s.

"I give them a method I believe works, it's so simple they remember,” he said.

"There's no point writing songs if people don't hear them.”

Caswell will perform at the Camelot Motel from 7.30pm on Saturday. Tickets can be bought at the door for $20..

The song writing workshop is the same day from 10am-5pm, costing $80 which includes the concert.

Phone Rob Hopkins on 0414 982 318 for bookings.



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