I wrote a song after-school yesterday with some super smart, funny kids at Fairview-Clifton German School in Cincinnati, OH. For some people collaborative songwriting with friends you just met might be daunting, but clearly for these children it was no big deal – we knocked this out in about an hour of brainstorming, laughing, goofing around and exploring a few deep thoughts too.
Our topic was Courage (yes, I did mean to use a capitol C). Have a listen and see what you think:
People often ask how much of the songs actually come from the kids. The way I see it, I just drive the bus. The kids generate and choose pretty much everything I can get them to create. It is collaborative brainstorming – hard to say the origin of any particular idea or word – the songs are a syntheses of pretty wacky energy and ideas. And deep kid sweetness. And some serious silliness too.
But I am there and I am a songwriter, so I push them to dig a little further into an idea, into themselves. They spout out the word trust. I say “Who do you truly have to trust to have courage?” They say “parents”. They say “teachers”. I say, “Really? Who do you REALLY have to trust to be courageous?” They say “yourself”. And that makes the song. I love my job!
Once we got rolling the kids and I could have written a whole bunch more verses, but moms started to appear and stomachs started to rumble.