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Creative Storytelling through Songwriting

This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time.

All Levels | Not so different from a poem or short narrative, songwriting is simply storytelling with a musical backdrop. Songs share intimate tales of heartbreak, joy, rage, triumph, and defeat; understanding how to write them adds a useful skill to your writer’s toolbox. Work with singer, songwriter, and producer SassyBlack to learn foundational techniques used throughout the music industry. You’ll find out how to write to the beat of your own myth or memoir as well as how to intermingle your words within the pulse of the musical landscape of your choosing.

Instructor: Sassy Black

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Term: Summer 2020

Start Date: 06/15/2020

End Date: 07/20/2020

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Sassy Black

A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, SassyBlack, who first started performing in clubs at 18, hit the public consciousness in 2008 with her hip-hop duo, THEESatisfaction, releasing two records on Sub Pop. Since, she has fostered a solo career, writing and producing all of her music and releasing 11 projects since 2015. With melodies often compared to Herbie Hancock and a voice often compared to Sarah Vaughan, Black has received acclaim from myriad publications, including Pitchfork, Noisey, Afropunk, SPIN, and Essence.

With the gravity of a celestial body the gods themselves would fawn over, the artist will release her next record, Ancient Mahogany Gold, fall of 2019. Black, who has shared stages with performers like Princess Nokia and Charles Bradley, has played popular summer festivals like Capitol Hill Block Party and SXSW. And along with her music, which has been featured on the Adult Swim compilation, LUXE, her acting prowess has been featured on the HBO series, Vinyl, and Comedy Central’s Broad City. In short, she’s a modern day creative oracle.

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