Perhaps you've heard the line, spoken jokingly, "Is that a real song... or one you wrote?"
The correct answer is, of course, "it's a real song that I wrote..."
All the artists that perform at A Winter's Tune are songwriters - most are performers as well. Some play with bands, others walk the troubador path. They make music in styles that range from "singer/songwriter" to folk, indie-pop, soul to 60's pop all mixed in. The one common trait is that all are songwriters.
Artists are invited to play AWT because:
- Each are songwriters (while there are many good players and performers, this show is about songwriting)
- Each are actively playing for audiences
- Each have made and are selling recordings
The show itself requires each artist:
- Write a NEW song relating to the winter holiday season
- Learn and create an ARRANGEMENT (cause that's how most of us learned to write) of a song "traditionally sung" during the winter holiday season
The program is made up of local songwriters from Grand Rapids, Michigan; it's metro, suburban and rural surrounds. AWT also brings in one artist from another area of Michigan, building mutual roadways between audiences and artists.
AWT features both experienced and beginning songwriters as it's important for "young" writers to "stand beside" someone farther up the path - a way to learn things that can't be taught in words (even if using words is a primary tool for a songwriter's to learn about...)
We proud to present these performing artists at AWT concerts, but they are playing frequently and many are happy to travel. We are rightly excited about those working around us, but writers of passion, conviction, humor and beauty are your town, country and language. We hope you will support them and believe they have something as valuable as scientists, builders, farmers, lawmakers, and religion leaders to offer you.
And all you have to do is to lend them your ear.