This seemingly simple art form has long been a vehicle for the human spirit and the expression of frustrations and the darker emotions that attend us when our hearts break, when we are mistreated, when the world throws us off balance. And none of that, of course, is simple.

In this class we’ll explore the verse form, strategies for creating moving and emotionally open verses used by the likes of Robert Johnson, and we’ll brainstorm a topic to explore and work to build verses together and then choose a musical setting for that suits them as a way of modeling and exploring what it is to write a blues.

Bring your heartbreaks, we’ll supply the rest….