It’s chocolate time

Chocolate is the theme for this year’s Da Capo Music Summer School

Summer School Front

… and I am, as in previous years, writing the lyrics. Because it’s a music course, the music comes first. So my job starts with listening over and over again to the sound files, to get the mood of each piece. After a lot of listening, I find that I’ll get a phrase or two for each song, and then I build up from there. The rules of this type of writing are very tight: one syllable per note, strong words on the strong beats of each bar: it’s like writing very disciplined poetry – and it’s a slow job.

Obviously, though, there are the compensations of research…

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