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Songwriting w/Jim Bruno & Maurice Tani

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New to songwriting? Always wanted to try it out but didn't know where to start?

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New to songwriting? Always wanted to try it out but didn't know where to start? Experienced at the art form but in a creative rut? This class series addresses all of these needs. We'll discuss lyric writing, melody writing, song concepts, song components and their function and much more. The focus is on making you a better songwriter and, at the same time, instilling an appreciation of the art form. The teaching style is one of coaching rather than criticizing, and the emphasis is on the work of the participants and not on the lecturing of the teacher.

Jim Bruno

Jim Bruno is a Bay Area based singer and a published songwriter. Shawn Colvin, Chuck Prophet, Cliff Eberhardt, Mary Lou Lord, Thad Cockrell, and Laurie MacAllister have recorded songs he's written or co-written. He currently teaches two accredited Songwriting courses at Foothill College in Los Altos, CA.

Maurice Tani

San Francisco native, Maurice Tani, is a "rye-to-romantic" singer-songwriter with seven albums to his credit -the latest being The Lovers Card, released on the Little Village label. With his band, 77 El Deora, Tani has been the source of untold, but exquisite suffering on the Bay Area Americana scene for over 15 years.

Tani uses the term, “Supercalifornigraphic” to describe his particular flavor of Americana. While rooted in country music, Tani's writing is centered on a West Coast perspective. “Though much of my material is based on fictional characters and situations, I still write what I know. I'm not particularly comfortable or interested in the rural imagery of tractors, 4x4s or general agriculture common in much country music. What attracts me most about country is the story telling side of it. My stories are more likely to be centered around an urban experience. I'm a Californian from a large metropolitan area and I write about the things that hold my attention. I think of these songs as a sort of cinema for the blind. Short musical narratives of life on the left coast.”

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