Songwriting workshops and coaching

"Andy has a great knowledge of song structure and a real appreciation for the relationship between lyrics and melodies. He has a conversational teaching style through which he offers a wide range of insights and techniques to help in writing and improving your songs. Andy doesn’t try to dictate how you should write your songs, instead he aims to open your mind to possibilities and give you tools to develop your own style of song writing." Jonathon Menz

"I attended the first Songwriters Workshop that Andrew organized back in '01. I would encourage anyone with an interest to attend these sessions - they did me a world of good on many levels...
Andy brings a wealth of experience and a good understanding of what it takes to pen a tune, and he brought out the best in each of us. Hope you enjoy as much as I did!" Ron Cooke

The “Language of Song”, is a simple, effective appreciation of how songs are put together and what makes them sing. This is combined with a gentle and intuitive examination of our writing process. The workshop is led by respected songwriter/producer Andy Meyers, whose skilled and relaxed approach, deep love for the subject, and broad experience, will make deepening your connection with song entertaining and fun.

 "Andy has an intuitive sense of how best to nurture novice songwriters  to take the next step in their development". PC Oliphant, singer/songwriter, Jamway

We spend the first segment of each session considering an aspect of songwriting technique and approach and examine how it is dealt with by some of the masters: Rogers and Hart, Dylan, Bowie, Mitchell, Lennon/McCartney, Van Zant, Gershwin, Oberst, etc.  We’ll explore different types of songs, looking at what these songs do and how they do it.  Then we will share our own songs in a circle, exploring how we can make them their strongest and clearest. There is lively feedback and discussion, and a supportive, focused environment.

The 11th Allowed Sound Songwriting Intensive begins the week of February 16 2016 and runs for four weeks, one evening biweekly, 7-930 pm. (We’ll pick an evening based on participant’s schedules.) The cost is $95.  The workshop takes place at Allowed Sound Studio on Blackburn Road.

The Allowed Sound Songwriting Intensive is open to all.   Novice or experienced songwriter, whether or not you play an instrument, whether you write music and lyrics or just lyrics, you will  complete the workshop having had fun, gained valuable insight and experience with songwriting, and having written a few new songs.

For more information or with any questions, please contact Andy Meyers at 250-537-2294

Critical Response to Andy Meyers’ songwriting with his Toronto band The Scenics:

“Original & uncompromising....  Brainy crackpot art-pop with an ear for off-kilter melody, a headful of magic & twitchy grooves to burn.”  Ben Rayner Toronto Star

“This is some of their strongest material in terms of composition...This is a band that deserves to be heard.”

 “Growing Pains has a gentle touch... It's a hymn for the street underdog. Following the somewhat surrealistic poetry is a big part of the fun here... The Scenics were Toronto's secret art-pop gems of the 70s, revitalized in the last decade by leader Andy Meyer's' continued mastery of a psychedelic twist shoved into gorgeous melodies. At the heart of the guitar art, you'll find graceful songwriting, both tender and playful, and Meyers is just as much that classic troubadour on his own.”    Bob Mersereau. CBC, Author of  “the Top 100 Canadian Albums”

“I Can’t Be Careful” is the best song here. The stunning ballad’s lyrics are filled with both direct imagery & abstract poetic logic”

Meyers has been producing CDs at his Allowed Sound Studio since 1999, including "How Does it Feel to be Loved", which made a "Top 10 CDs of 2008" list in New York's Village Voice weekly.  His song "Do the Wait" was featured on the May 2010 cover CD of the British music magazine UNCUT.  Ramesh has produced CDs for many fine artists, including 5 with BC Country music hall of famer Alan Moberg.  In 2014 Andy completed a Canada Council funded CD of Brian Brett’s poems set to music composed by Susheela Dawne and himself. In 2016 an LP release of original music by The Scenics was released on LP/CD in Europe by the Italian label Rave Up Records, In Canada by Dream Tower Records and distributed in the USA through Light In The Attic. Over the past few years Meyers has worked on recordings for a variety of songwriters including CR Avery, Art Bergmann, Tom Hooper, ESL, Jade Bell and Blind Focus, Gwen Gagne, and Alan Moberg.

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