Class Report

Songwriting for Superheroes

Teacher: Courtney Dowe, singer/songwriter (far left)
Documentarian: Dan Hollander
Location: Takoma Park Neighborhood Library
Date: Jan. 11, 2014

Take-home message: “That songwriting is both sacred and spontaneous; that I could write a thousand songs on my walk home, and even if each one is beyond silly, atrociously atonal, or will never be sung again, they would all contain at least a little bit of magic,” Dan says.

How did you get interested in songwriting?
Courtney: I was raised by a gifted songwriter and she imparted her love of the craft to me.

What do people tend to wrongly assume about songwriting before learning about it?
Courtney: That writing a song is a choice. For me, it is something I can invite myself and others to do but cannot force.

What can people read/watch for more information on this topic?
Courtney: I would read an autobiography or biography of a songwriter you like for more insight into the process. There is little separation between the artist and the work.

Are there any groups dedicated to this topic in the area?
Courtney: Check out Songwriters Asssociation of Washington for local songwriting events, open mics, and contests.

Daniel Hollander writes for sustenance and serenity and absolutely adores alliteration. Also, food. Food is great.