A Closer Look: Jess Baldwin

Jess Baldwin is new to the CSW family of instructors. After attending one of our workshops we realized that Jess would be great teaching a vocal class. If you don’t believe us, take a look at her long list of accomplishments. Recently moving from Marietta Ohio Jess has her own band and performs regularly mixing styles of art pop, soul, and jazz. We sat down to ask her a little about her writing and what to expect on July 27th when she leads a vocal class. Here’s Jess:
CSW: How long have you been writing songs, also tell us a little about what’s next for you.
JESS BALDWIN: I’ve been writing songs for about three years. I’m getting ready to record my first EP of originals, and I’m looking forward to playing in Columbus more now that I’m living here full time.

CSW: What is your process with writing. Are you one that writes a little every single day, or is it more sporadic? Is the process uniform or is it varied?
JB: I definitely write sporadically, but my process is pretty uniform. I do sense-based stream-of-consciousness writing until some juicy phrases and words start to come through, and then I expand on those with the rhyming dictionary and thesaurus, creating a spreadsheet of pieces to put together like a puzzle. If the writing starts to feel too dry or calculated, I go back to stream-of-consciousness for more material.

CSW : Can you share a little about what people can expect in your class?
JB: I’ll be talking about how to find the balance between accepting your voice’s personality and expanding your voice’s capacity. Sometimes we get to push our voice into new territory, and sometimes we have to learn to love its limitations. I’ll share thoughts on ways to do both.

CSW: Do you have any advice for up and coming writers?
JB: Read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattison.

Thanks to Jess, and don’t forget to Pre-Register for a discounted $50 at ColumbusSongwritingWorkshop.com/Pre-Register and follow us on Instagram @ColumbusSongwritingWorkshop

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A Closer Look: Billy Zenn

It’s time again to take a closer look at the upcoming Instructors for the next Columbus Songwriting Workshop. We’ve asked Billy Zenna little about him and what to expect in his upcoming class. Remember to Pre-Register for only $50, prices will go up soon. Here’s Billy:

CSW: How long have you been writing songs, also tell us a little about what’s next for you.
BILLY ZENN:
I’ve written for nearly 40 years, and I’m currently working on a new CD-length project.

CSW: What is your process with writing are you one that writes a little every single day, is it more sporadic? Is the process uniform or is it varied?
BILLY ZENN:
Sporadic, definitely. I tend to work as the muse strikes, whether it’s outlining a new tune or finishing something I’ve carried around for awhile.

CSW: Can you share a little about what people can expect in your class?
BILLY ZENN:
Being able to perform effectively is key to advancing your songwriting career.After hosting Open Mics around town for many years, I’ve seen a lot of what works , and a lot that could use improvement. We’ll be talking about all of it, as well as getting on our feet to examine various techniques for becoming a better performer.

CSW: Do you have any advice for up and coming writers?
BILLY ZENN:
Don’t be afraid to keep your own counsel for long stretches, and don’t be afraid to share your work when the time is right.

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A Closer Look: RJ Cowdery

It’s time again to take a closer look at the upcoming Instructors for the next Columbus Songwriting Workshop. We’ve asked RJ Cowdery, an award winning songwriter from right here in Columbus, a little about her writing and what to expect on July 27th at the Barnett Center3231810:
CSW: How long have you been writing songs, also tell us a little about what’s next for you.
RJ: A long time. As a kid I sang and then started to learn guitar. Writing and playing progressed as I found friends who did the same. My first songs were definitely a form of therapy to express my feelings.
What’s next – Working on tours to support my new record and and getting that out to radio and press.
CSW: What is your process with writing are you one that writes a little every single day, is it more sporadic? Is the process uniform or is it varied?
RJ: I typically write when I have something to say. I have ideas in my head that bounce around and I think might be an interesting to talk about. I play guitar all the time and write lots of snippets down. I am constantly trying to put those snippets in songs. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. I tend to move on quickly if I don’t find it compelling.
CSW: Can you share a little about what people can expect in your class?
RJ:  I live by the WRITE.SING.PLAY. tag line as a songwriter/performer. It’s the way I write songs and even more importantly how I incorporate that as a mostly solo performer. They are all equal partners in my process when creating a song. I’ll share ways that I try and achieve that and offer tips and discussion on how to reach your full potential as a performer and writer.
CSW: Do you have any advice for up and coming writers?
RJ: Find your tribe. Listen and be open to lots of different music. Write up. Practice. Practice. Practice.

Venue (July 27th 2019)

The Barnett Center is Located inside Sullivant Hall right on High Street on OSU’s campus. It’s directly across from the Starbucks (the older location) at 106 1813 N High St , Columbus Ohio 43210.IMG_20190510_113326139_HDR copy IMG_20190510_113221564copy IMG_20190510_113151303copy IMG_20190510_113235269_HDRCOPY