Last weekend I was heading to Bore Place with my guitar and, arguably, an ambitious number of notebooks.
I had been invited down to a songwriting weekend in an old manor house in Kent by the unbelievably generous Tom Robinson. The idea is that 12 people gather in a place for a weekend, cut off from the outside world, and try and write 20 songs. As soon as I was invited I spent the next week wondering what exactly to expect. Tom and Sue (Tom’s partner) had provided plenty of information, but my being unsure was more about what it would be like working in an environment like that.
Collaborative work when it comes to music is something pretty new to me. I’ve done some here and there, but generally it has been done more remotely via email or messages on Facebook or something, adding parts and gradually building something. This is a totally different kind of collaboration to sitting in a room with someone and just writing. Read the rest of this entry