This class was an interesting mix of students who had taken the songwriting course for the second, or third, time and had a lot of experience to draw upon as well as first-time songwriters. I was surprised by the musical risks they were willing to take and the confidence they approached them with. Usually students shy away from the big studio mic at first, but the majority of this class dove right in and gave it their best effort. I call that a win, because even though we’re making music, we’re really measuring success in terms of academic, personal, and social growth. We had a lot of laughs and great discussions throughout. That’s one of the things I love most about Lighthouse. Freedom to learn becomes genuine curiosity, and being able to support that spirit of intellectual exploration is really a refreshing way to work.
There’s a lot of great variety in this set of songs as well. We’ve got jazz numbers, metal, grunge, folk, rock, rap, and whatever “shiggle-diggle-diggle” is.