Thursday, October 6th
Join Brian Laidlaw of The Family Trade as he leads a workshop to write a song to be performed at the Street Fest on Saturday, October 8th.
Songs often originate from nothing more than a tiny ripple of language: a surprising image, an unfamiliar idiom, a slip of the tongue. In his travels as a folksinger and site-specific artist, Brian Laidlaw has found that every single place has its own rich trove of "localisms," everyday sayings that exist only in that particular community and landscape. (For example in Duluth, Minnesota, some locals say "the hawk is out" when the wind off Lake Superior is blowing especially cold and hard.) As it turns out, these sayings can provide ideal starting-points for writing songs of place; in this workshop we'll do some brainstorming of "lyrical localisms" from our own home-places, and then work through the process of building an entire song out of a single phrase.
Brian Laidlaw is an author-songwriter who, after completing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Denver, now makes his home in Moab, Utah. His previous releases include the poetry collections The Stuntman and The Mirrormaker (Milkweed Editions) and the new vinyl LP This Aster (Fonograf Editions.) Brian is also a co-founder of Unrestricted Interest, an organization offering creative writing mentorship to neurodivergent poets and songwriters. He continues to tour nationally with his band The Family Trade, and moonlights - often literally - as a rock climber.