How to Write a Song with Chris Difford

Chris Difford

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What is the secret to writing a great song? How can you turn a story or a personal experience into memorable lyrics? The Idler Academy has teamed up with award-winning lyricist Chris Difford of Squeeze to teach the art of songwriting in a unique interactive course. Chris himself will give you direct feedback on your homework, and we’ll give the best songwriters on the course the chance to perform at a live event.

For over thirty years, Chris Difford has brought us characters and sketches from everyday life, turning the mundane into the beautiful. With his partner and Squeeze co-founder Glenn Tilbrook, Chris has written some of the most enduring and best-loved songs of our time, including “Up The Junction”, “Cool For Cats” and “Labelled With Love” and “Tempted”, to name but a few. With sixteen Squeeze albums, three critically acclaimed solo albums, countless hits and tours under his belt, Chris is the perfect guide on your songwriting journey.

Over the course of seven lessons, Chris will share his life story and how he became a successful lyricist, teaching you how to find inspiration in your own life and the world around you. He will talk about his top focussing techniques to combat writer’s block. He’ll show you how to learn from the masters – Joni Mitchell, Noel Coward, Johnny Mercer and more. There will be homework given after each lesson, and Chris will provide direct feedback on your lyrics and progress.

The Idler Academy will also organise a few evenings a year for songwriting students to get together with Chris and discuss lyric writing over coffee. Upon completion of the course, all students are invited to submit their final lyrics or song via email, as an mp3 or just in text form. Chris will select two winners each year to come and perform their song at an Idler Dinner or Festival.

How to Write A Song doesn’t teach you to adhere to strict rules or structures. It allows you to explore your creativity and to find inspiration in your daily life, turning chance encounters and conversations into great songs. It’s the perfect course for any aspiring songwriter.

Course Outline

Introduction: Chris Difford’s Life Story – How I Became a Lyricist, with Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson (10.03)

Lesson One: Be Yourself – Your Life Story (9.02)

Lesson Two: Focussing Techniques (9.06)

Lesson Three: Self-Inspiration and Where to Find it (8.29)

Lesson Four: Writing Partnerships (9.57)

Lesson Five: Listening to the Masters (4.55)

Lesson Six: Sharing Our Lives (8.35)

Lesson Seven: Show and Tell (2.39)


About the Tutor

Award-winning lyricist and Chris Difford has brought us characters and sketches from everyday life, turning the mundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite, for over 30 years. With his partner, collaborator, friend and Squeeze co-founder Glenn Tilbrook, Chris has written some of the most enduring and best-loved songs of our time. “Up The Junction”, “Cool For Cats”, “Labelled With Love” and “Tempted”, to name but a few.
 
Chris has sixteen Squeeze albums, three critically acclaimed solo albums, countless top 20 hits, 52 American tours, 50 UK tours and a variety of global tours under his belt. He is one of the country’s most respected songwriters and has co-written with a host of musicians and performers that reads like a veritable who’s who of the industry – Elton John, Trilok Gurtu, Marti Pellow, Lamont Dozier, Willie Mitchell, Bryan Ferry Jools Holland and Paul Carrack. Chris Braide and Sarah Brightman.


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£60

What You Get

Seven video lessons with handy pdf notes; direct feedback from Chris Difford on your homework each week; access to the community forum where you can share your lyrics with Chris and other students; quarterly get-together with Chris and other students to share ideas and collaborate; win the chance to perform at an Idler Dinner or festival.

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