…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.
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.