Songwriters serve up Coffeehouse

May 23, 2014
David Dodson, center, and John Nicholas, left, lead the 2014 Library Songwriters as they prepare for the Songwriters’ Coffeehouse.

Camden — The songwriters of the Camden Public Library’s Songwriters Session have been enjoying working this winter on their new songs in preparation for the Thursday, June 5, Library Coffeehouse. The evening of music will get underway at 7 p.m. Suggested donation at the door is $5.

Led by veteran songwriters David Dodson and John Nicholas, the group has been producing original work that spans styles from rockabilly to singer-songwriter, blues, ballads, love songs, hymns and more. The Songwriters Sessions are an opportunity to get some positive feedback and perhaps even some harmony or instrumental backup for budding songwriters.

“We concentrated on some of the decision-making processes that go into choosing lyrics, melodies, chords, styles, rhythms and rhymes,” said Dodson. “I used some of my recently-written songs to illustrate choices and changes that can be made to help a song come up to its potential. We worked on structure, rhythm, melody, and of course the meaning of life.”

Dodson also will perform, along with Rachel and John Nicholas and the musicians of the Songwriters Sessions. Camden Public Library maintains a year-round tradition of live music, usually folk and acoustic, on the first Thursday of the month’s Library Coffeehouse. The series has been hosting live musicians for 10 years now. For more information, visit librarycamden.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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