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Creativity - Songwriting Workshops

In this hybrid workshop, Freebo will explore the creative process, how we are born with pure creative potential, how we’re gradually put in a non-creative box by family, friends, and society, and how we can reclaim our inner child and achieve the creative goals of which we’ve so often dreamed.

He will also give you specific tools and hints for your songwriting, song-arrangement, and performing, all within the context of honoring your special gifts and giving yourself permission and the courage to become the artist/musician you’ve always wanted to be.

In a world of judgment and criticism, we are filled with the voices of others telling us how to be. Freebo will help you to find your own voice, figuratively and literally. Along with the craft of songwriting, he will also help you to shape your song with arrangement, chord substitutions, and phrasing ideas.

And in performing your song, Freebo covers the topics of fear, preparation, tools, timing, and communication. How do you connect to your audience? You become one with them!

 


 

WORKSHOP TESTIMONIALS

 

Thank you, Freebo!  Your workshop was PRACTICAL and MAGICAL.  Positive and honest.  You are a shining example of what you teach.  Despite participants' widely varied history, you facilitated an empowering experience for each.  During those hours with you, strangers and friends connected, transcending time and distance.  Now our songs can, too.

 Sincerely, Toni Brink, Coburn, Pennsylvania

 

 


 

Just want to let you know how much I enjoyed the Workshop you gave for the Houston Songwriters Association on Sept. 28 at J.P. Hops House.  I loved the circle setting and appreciated the individual attention everyone was given.  It was very inspiring and encouraging, especially, for those of us who are still a little shy with performing.  I look forward to the next part of the workshop.

Pat Bishop



 

After having time to reflect a little more on the workshop at Bill’s house on Sunday, I wanted to drop you a line.

First of all, I want to say, what a marvelous experience I had. I love the casual feeling and the openness you created for us. Telling your story up front, opened the door for all of us to walk in and safely share ours. Talking about creative oppressors, really encouraged usto put aside our egos and focus on the song, (what’s really important)!

As I said in the workshop, I am normally very reserved. But given the right environment, can open up and flourish. I feel like I got constructive feedback from you and everyone else on my song start. As a result my spirit feels renewed and I have hope that something I write will make a positive difference to someone. And at the end of the day, having a sense of purpose, means more than anything to me.

It’s refreshing to meet someone like you. You have obviously done a lot of work on the self and it shows. As a matter of fact, you’re glowing!

Thanks for inspiring all of us, Bob Bost




 

TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT TO THE HOUSECONCERT & THOSE WHO SHARED SO MUCH AT THE WORKSHOP MSA & MEMPHISHOUSECONCERTS APPRECIATES THE SUPPORT.

FREEBO WAS UNBELIEVEABLE, HE MAKES IT ALL LOOK EASY. BUT FOR THOSE OF US WHO WORK HARD AND STRIVE TO DEVELOP OUR SONGWRITING & PERFORMANCE SKILLS, WE KNOW THERE AINT NUTHIN EASY ABOUT IT.

HIS MELODIES ARE GARUNTEED TO STICK WITH YOU, WHICH IN MY OPINION IS THE PROOF OF TRUE SONGWRITING ABILITIES. FREEBO DOESNT JUST PERFORM, HE CREATES AN ENERGY THAT DRAWS THE AUDIENCE INTO A GLEEFUL PARTICIPATION WHICH BECOMES THERAPUTIC.

THE SUNDAY WORKSHOP TRANSENDED THERAPUTIC AND BECAME A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY. I HAVE NEVER ATTENDED A SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP THAT HAS INDUCED SUCH INTERPERSONAL INTROSPECTIVE REFLECTIONS ENCOURAGING EACH OF US TO ACKNOWLEDGE & HONOR ONES CREATIVE SELF.  THE SECOND HALF OF THE WORKSHOP WAS AS POWERFUL WITH EACH ATTENDEE SHARING THEIR CREATIVE WORK WITH FREEBO & THE GROUP. FREEBO WAS AN HONORABLE, GENTLE, DISTINGUISHED AND ABOVE ALL HONEST TEACHER OFFERING EACH STUDENT CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS ON HOW TO IMPROVE AND ENHANCE THEIR WORKS. THE LEVEL OF SENSATIVITY & SENSABILITY IN A FREEBO CREATIVITY WORKSHOP IS UNSURPASSABLE.

THANKS FREEBO

Phillip Beasley

Memphis Songwriters Association
President 2008-2010


 


 

Freebo, I just want to thank you for the workshop you gave last Thursday night. It was inspirational and insightful on many levels for me. It seemed to open me up and turn on the creative current, which has been dormant. Your sharing with us all has planted the seed. We just need to tend it and watch it grow. Once again, I want to thank you for unselfishly sharing your talents and knowledge...

Bill




 

A friend of mine, Freebo, is probably best known as the bass player for Maria Muldaur (Midnight at the Oasis) and Bonny Raitt for many years and albums, is now an acclaimed singer/songwriter who travels the country giving small intimate concerts and conducting workshops on songwriting and creativity.   He is finally coming to Long Island this October 3 and 4 at the Central Nassau Unitarian Congregation in Garden City for a concert and a workshop.  I have attended several workshops that he has conducted and brought away a great deal of musicality and creativity from every one.  I highly recommend his workshops to anyone who is involved songwriting, composing or any other creative arts.  He is engaging, funny, personal and very inspiring.  If you can commit the time (and money), I am sure it will be well worth your while.

Phil Kennelty-Cohen

 


I got so much out of the time spent at your workshop; encouragement and a renewed sense of purpose in my own needs and desires to be more intimately involved in musical expression, in performance, and in continued writing and delving into the artistry that keeps me truly connected.  In the best sense of connection,


Jean Roman


Thanks so much for sharing your time, talents, wisdom, and love. I gleaned so much from your workshop and am glad I finally got to attend! I have been fortunate in the past several years to have surrounded myself with people who are my musical/personal growth supporters, and spending time with you was definitely a high point in my journey. Thank you for having the courage to help us to open up and really be honest with ourselves, and for the willingness to share your own experiences and insights. You are a true teacher.