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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.


Anonymous ctomovick said...


This is Cory Tomovick, host to Bob and Cosy for our week long writing workshop. I had a tough time saying goodbye to our instructors, but especially to Bob because the intensity of the week finally caught up with me the evening of Bob's performance at the Songbird Cafe in Custer, South Dakota. Bob reminded us as to why we write. He reconnected us to our deepest selves. He gave us permission to go the source of our woundings and dig around and let them surface. Thank you Bob. You've raised the bar once again. Blessed be your work.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bob,

Mike Linderman from the Black Hills Songwriters here, checking in to thank you for an amazing week. You and your songs touch us in genuine places and stand as examples of the importance of honoring our 'self' and the healing that that can bring to us all. As an instructor you encourage us to visit those places in our own writing. Rather than be intimidated by it, I feel priviledged to have my 'inner Bob' as a travelling companion along my songwriting journey. Whatever it's course it will be more truthful and fulfilling for this experience. Be well, and please come back.

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Hank said...

Bob, Hank here. Thank you for sharing your time, energy and ability to "get to the heart" of a song. I have field tested my sing-along tune and it's a hit. Thanks for your patience.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous John Mills said...

Hi Bob - John Mills here. I now have six or more pages of writing trying to come up with a bridge for "Somebody's Listening" that will project the essence of the song. I have two that are acceptable, but none has passed the "inner Bob" test - so I'll keep writing. Thank you for coming. Thank you for challenging us. Thank you for your FOCUS on the other writers during the week and your refusal to "perform" during class time. THANK YOU. Your performance at the Songbird Cafe Saturday night was inspiring. Please come back and we will work to fill the rest of the seats.

5:28 PM  

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