You Write the Songs that Make the City Sing—Ask any honest musician, no matter how prolific, and they'll be straight-up with you: It ain't easy writing original music. Even the professionals get their share of funks where the chords clash and the lyrics just aren't flowing like they used to. What happens if you've lost your inspiration? What if your knowledge of music theory is a little flat, or you can't seem to find time to get your ideas down? These are just a few of the potential pitfalls of the songwriting process that a new city-sponsored program, The Albuquerque Songwriters Series, is hoping to guide you through.
On the first Thursday of each month, the City of Albuquerque Music Office will present four featured songwriters who'll play original compositions and discuss how their songs came to be.
"This series is not about performance, nor is it about perfect voices or playing," says City Music Liaison Tom Frouge in a press release. "It is about the art of songcraft, and is not an open mic presentation. The stripped down setting, whether the songs are rock, rap, jazz, classical, folk, world, Latin or country, will showcase the compositions presented as they were written, on a single instrument.” He adds, “it will allow the Albuquerque songwriting community the opportunity to display their wares to other songwriters, perhaps learn from one another and, hopefully, help nourish that part of the music business in Albuquerque.”
The first session in the series will take place Alfredo's Coffee Shop (2104 Charlevoix NW, 244-0774) in Old Town on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. The scheduled songwriters for the evening are host Roberto Martinez, Jr. (of New Mexico's multiple award-winning Los Reyes de Albuquerque), Michelle Collins, Steve Poulton and Tom Frouge.