By Shea M., Age 14
I had attempted to write songs before last weekend’s workshop in BP Hall at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, but had never actually succeeded. I wondered what I would write about, and whether my lyrics would be any good. However, once I stepped into BP Hall I quickly found myself feeling excited and eager to learn. We got to sit down and talk with professional songwriters about things like song structure, rhythm, and how to choose a creative title. They had lots of great tips and I thought it was really cool to be able to have that kind of one-on-one experience with someone who knows so much about the music industry.
One of the ideas that stuck out while I was writing my song was to write from personal experience and be creative when picking a theme. With Valentine’s Day coming up I decided that it would be fitting to write a love song, though I’ve never actually been in love. I decided to write a “not” love song from my point of view… a young girl who only knows about love from the books she reads and the movies she watches.
Our flashlights glow
From under the covers
It’s just you and me now
Without any others
We’re lost in these stories
We’re lost in each other
My heart is a firework
Bursting with color
Oh how beautiful, how wonderful it would be
If it weren’t just a fantasy
By the end of the workshop I couldn’t wait to hear everyone’s songs, performed by the guest singer-songwriters – I even had the confidence to submit my own. Hearing my song being performed live was amazing, and rocking out to everyone else’s songs was a ton of fun. I can’t wait until the next WriteGirl workshop.
WriteGirl Mentee Shea participated in the 12th Annual WriteGirl Songwriting Workshop. To learn more, visit our press page!