Local Band to Teach Kids How to Write Rock Songs



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In July, Cleveland band Herzog played a concert on the plaza of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. They didn’t just stumble into this opportunity; they put a lot of work and thought into their songs and their sound which they’ve showcased on two album: 2009’s Search and their latest, Cartoon Violence.

This Saturday from 1-3 p.m., the band’s lyricist Tony Vorell and singer/guitarist Nick Tolar will host a workshop at Ohio City Writers, a newly launched creative writing nonprofit, where they’ll share with kids entering grades 5-12 what they need to know to become songwriters. After demonstrating the basic blues structure that drives so many rock tunes, they’ll invite participants to create verses for a collaborative tune. Then they’ll split the kids into subgroups to write more tunes. Everything will be taped for participants’ post-workshop listening pleasure and study. 3208 Lorain Ave. The workshop is free, but you’ll need to register here.

Ohio City Writers is working on lining up other talented local writer/performers to share their songwriting expertise in future workshops.

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