Paul Reisler, songwriter, composer, master songwriting teacher and founder of Trapezoid, learned this during an elementary school songwriting residency project in rural Rappahannock County, VA.
co-wrote over 50 songs with all 600 children in the county.
The songs were funny, touching, goofy, gross-and completely enchanting.
They turned out to be so good that Reisler
asked a number of the county's professional musicians-many of them nationally and internationally known-to record one song each in their own style.
and Terri Allard wrote songs with children during 8 week-long residencies at 8 schools in Charlottesville.
One day, Paul Reisler
brought a Kid Pan Alley workshop to her
The resulting song, "Whispering in Spanish" combined English verses with a Spanish chorus to create a magical love song joining child-like imagination with the craft of a songwriter who has written over 3000 songs.
Not only did Cecila have a lot of great ideas for the song but she
also translated for the other kids as they worked back and forth in English and Spanish.
A week later, Paul
came back with some musicians from the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and they arranged the song.
HOW IT WORKS http://bit.ly/aYcZeQ: Songs are generally written in one or two class periods with the students working in a group process developed by Paul Reisler
Paul Reisler - Founder and Artistic Director
PAUL REISLER is the founder and Artistic Director of Kid Pan Alley.
has been performing for over 35 years and he
started writing songs when he
was 5 years old.
As the founder and leader of Trapezoid
performed close to 3,000 concerts worldwide.
has been involved in over 35 recording projects in various roles as a musician, engineer, producer and composer with artists such as Beth Nielsen Chapman, John McCutcheon, Holly Near and many others.
His new band, Paul Reisler
and a Thousand Questions featuring Angela Kaset and Howard Levy has just released a new album, At Night the Roses Tango.
also writes for theatre, film and TV.
is completing work on a full-length piece for orchestra and narrator based on Aesop's Fables with libretto by Tom Paxton.
one of the most popular songwriting teachers in the country and has taught workshops and songwriting schools throughout the country including Rocky Mountain Song School
, Utah Song School
, New Song Academy
, Swannanoa Gathering
, Augusta Workshop
in the Mountains and many others.
He is the host of the 6-Day Intensive Songcamp in Charlottesville, VA.
So you're probably wondering how Paul
let Kid Pan Alley
take over his
Well, here's his