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Roots of Songwriting Musical Discussion with Scott Alarik

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 3:30pm
With live music, archival recordings and stories, author-folksinger Alarik reveals how professional songwriting grew from the musical traditions of ordinary people, from folk ballads to medieval broadsides, parlor songs to pop tunes. Along the way, he asks what makes a song last, how lyrics are different than poems, the origins of imagery, metaphor, and symbolism, and what the greatest songwriters say about the power of song. Topics: Was Ben Franklin the Woody Guthrie of Colonial Boston? The mysterious meaning of “Parsely, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme.” Receipe for herbal preservatives––or for the perfect lover? Did cowboys invent the modern pop song? How women used songs to teach their daughters about life––and love. How a sea chantey can be a lousy poem––and a brilliant lyric. Tickets: $5, members $0