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Summer Songwriting Workshops!



Scott & I have had many requests for shorter, one-day workshop gatherings since we started our 5-day songwriting retreat in 2013.

We are finally delivering! We've partnered with a beautiful music facility, Stages Music Arts in Timonium, MD for four 4-hour sessions. Here's the schedule. This Master Class is limited to 18+ and VIP Stages students.  

sign up for one or ALL of the sessions

Show, Don't Tell
Humans are storytellers. Our default is to communicate directly. Bending this approach can be one of the toughest hurdles, but it can be the difference between mediocre and great lyrics. 

July 9 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm - $100 


Deconstructing a Hit
We'll reveal the architecture of a hit song. Once we understand precisely why a song is appealing (to the masses, anyway) we can use those same elements to add appeal to our own songs. 

July 23 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm - $100 


Song Critique Session
Bring your best song to perform for the group and find out what is great about it and what might be improved. 

August 6 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm - $100 


Enhance Your Performance, Enhance Your Song 

The final test of a song is in its performance. Often we don't find out until we're recording in the studio that we've written ourselves into a corner, vocally or instrumentally. The last workshop will focus on the final re-writes and adjustments to dovetail a great song with an outstanding performance.

August 20 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm - $100 

MIDNIGHT TRAIN (from the album Just the Clothes on My Back)

Featured in Episode 2 of Reacher (Amazon Prime TV)

With a little help from Naked Blue, Lee Child revisits and re-writes the hot scene from The Affair that won The Guardian's 2011 Bad Sex Award :). We think he got it right this time! From the album, Just the Clothes on My Back. Get it here.



After a decades-long friendship born of unlikely coincidence and  mutual fandom, best selling author Lee Child and  Jen & Scott Smith (Naked Blue) spent some quality time exploring their favorite character, Jack Reacher, in a new medium. The result is a full length album, Just the Clothes on My Back.

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