This week the Holiday Music Hotel is host to an all-star cast of 45 songwriters who will present freshly written originals in the theme of Halloween at the Third Avenue Playhouse on Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29.
How does the songwriting weekend begin? Musician and songwriter Pat MacDonald explains the collaboratively creative process.
It All Starts With a Spin of the Bottle
The songwriters arrive on SundayWe have dinner in the motel,then go to the Tambourine Lounge and listento the previous year’s “best of” album.Then we talk, introduce newcomers, etc.Then everybody goes downstairs to “the lab”where everyone stands in a big circleand i spin the bottle to pick the first songwriterto spin for a group. The first songwriter spinsa second songwriter, and the second spins athird. That’s the first group.The third songwriter from the first groupthen spins the first songwriter of the secondgroup. And so on, until we have all the groups(approx. 15)Then they go off to write and record a song.The next night, we listen to new recordingsand then spin again for new groups.After that, they can write withanyone. It becomes really spontaneous.Strong new relationships are formed.A few write alone and recruit “collaborators”(mostly to fill out the recording ensemble).Lots of good songs are written in the “no spin”days (with momentum, comradery, and sleepdeprivation all in the mix).The last days are also used to rehearse forthe TAP shows on Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29.It’s pretty amazing how it all happens.
Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 at 7:30$5 at the door. No advance ticketing.Two completely different shows Friday and Saturday night!”Music so fresh, it’s frightening!”