From September to December members of 3rd Stage, an over 50s group who meet to do creative activities at Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield have been learning the art of songwriting with local musician and composer Susanna Hewitt.
The group explored different ways of writing songs including a consequences style exercise where a song’s lyrics were made of seemingly random sentences and writing a tune “by numbers” and in a “higher or lower” style. This process meant the songs had a very contemporary feel.
By the end of the project the group had produced 2 songs which were recorded in the final session. One was a kind of 3rd Stage anthem “We’re the LBT 3rd Stagers…” which included the different activities the groups have done recently. Sean’s circus skills session got a mention!!! The other appeared to be a contrast between the reality of life and dreaming of what individual’s dream lives would be….”a dishy man to mow the lawn” was a particularly memorable lyric!
The group really enjoyed the sessions and hinted that they might like Susanna back to help them achieve their dream of being next years Christmas number one-forget X Factor and Rage Against the Machine!!!