The Song Journal

Miscellaneous news and writing by Bob Franke, mostly about songs as a portable art form, and the process of creating them and enabling them to do their work in the world.

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from Bob Franke began his career as a singer-songwriter in 1965 while a student at the University of Michigan. Upon graduation in 1969 with an A.B. in English Literature, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has since made New England his home. Bob has appeared in concert at coffeehouses, colleges, festivals, bars, streets, homes and churches in 33 states, four Canadian provinces and England.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Black Hills Songwriters

I just finished a week in the Black Hills of South Dakota working with a wonderful, small community of songwriters and my esteemed and dear colleague Cosy Sheridan . Being one of two faculty at a weeklong camp was pretty intense, but the level of talent I encountered here was matched by the level of compassion, and every bit of energy I put out was returned tenfold. Ken and Cory Tomovick were exquisite hosts; some of the participants commuted, and some stayed at the Tomovicks' family compound. Mornings were dedicated to songwriting, afternoons to performance, with a guitar workshop toward the end of the week. Thanks to Ken and Cory, and the entire group, for a welcoming home away from home in which both Cosy and I were enabled to be the best mentors we could be.