Telling Stories Through Songs with Sarah McQuaid
What is it in a story – whether it be a fairytale, a historical event or a recent news item – that makes it worthy of a song?
A strong image? A phrase that resonates? An added layer of metaphorical meaning? Is there a message we’re trying to deliver? What are the elements (chronological, geographical, thematic) of the story and how will they determine the structure of the song we write? Does the story have a climax? A repetitive theme? A dramatic twist? Who tells the story? How do we turn a straightforward narrative into poetic lyrics that the listener will remember and want to hear again and again?
Sarah McQuaid has presented guitar, songwriting and music business workshops at music schools, festivals, arts centres, private homes and other venues in the UK, Ireland, the USA, Netherlands and Germany. She has also given presentations and workshops at primary and secondary schools in the UK, Ireland and USA. Below are descriptions of some of her most popular workshops and school presentations, followed by comments from attendees and letters of recommendation from school staff.