2013 February 6

Click for more info on the 2013 Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival!WE CAN’T

…to see the look on the kids’ faces this afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club.

Starting at the end of 2012, Jon and I began working with the 8 year old and up kids at the Gatlinburg Boys & Girls Club teaching lyric writing as a part of the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival Out of the Mouths of Babes Lyric Writing Contest.  This is the second year of the program.

The purpose of the program is to encourage confidence
through creativity in children.


Learn more about the Gatlinburg Boys & Girls Club!

This is attempted by having them write lyrics for songs and then pairing songwriters with those lyrics to bring it all together.  I spent a lot of one on one time with the kids, and I enjoyed every minute.  The younger children met the task head on with enthusiasm, while the older kids met the challenge with more caution resulting in some more thoughtful, and sometimes humorous, results.

Tonight we get to hear the result of the kids’ lyrics paired with the songwriters’ arrangements and music.  We are proud to be amongst the songwriters that get to perform, and we could be happier.

4 Responses
  1. February 6, 2013

    As a singer/songwriter, every growth spurt I had started with the courage to share my songs with someone wiser. Those who took me under their wing and said, “You know what? I see talent in you and I want to help it grow,” are the mentors that have shaped me as an artist. “Out of the Mouths of Babes” is a chance for me to give that gift back and I’m grateful to be a part.

  2. Cyndy Montgomery Reeves permalink
    February 6, 2013

    Rachel and Jon, the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival appreciates The Pea Pickin’ Hearts for their participation with SMSWF since it began. We especially appreciate all the time and energy you guys have spent helping last years students and this years kids from the Gatlinburg Boys and Girls Club learn how to write lyrics. Yes, this indeed is going to be an incredible day when this performance takes place. Can’t wait to watch those kids’ faces…….

  3. February 6, 2013

    Our time with the kids has been priceless. Thanks for giving us the opportunity!

  4. February 6, 2013

    As are we, Martha! Grateful.

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