Songs. Learnings. Friends. Vibe. It's been almost 2 weeks since I got back from Song School in Lyons and I still haven't quite wrapped my head (and my heart) around the experience. It's been 7 years since I was there last. 7 years and 2 children to be exact. I loved the time to concentrate on music. It's that final wordsmithing that takes so long for me. I felt like Thomas Edison - I explored so many blind alleys before I found the right approach. Hurray! And here are some of my wonderful teachers (although I learned something from everyone I met): Amy Speace (set list flow & guts), Ron Browning (voice & inner diva), Pat Patterson (prosody & preciseness), Susan Warner (song gestalt & interpretation), Ellis (encouragement from one of the sweetest hearts I met), Steve Seskin (songwriting with emotional truth), Annie Wentz (yoga and storytelling songs), Rebecca Folsom (song smithing & encouragement), JJ (the next step in arranging), Arthur Lee Land (guitar embellishment & looping), Justin Roth (guitar smoothness), Paul Reisler (KidPan Alley - writing songs with and for kids) ... Wow! I'll be soon setting up links for these folks, so give them a visit.