If I could have one superpower, I would want to be able to write songs.
And wouldn’t you know that one of my very favorite places to hang out – Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa – is giving me a way to take this off my bucket list and onto my “I did it!” list with its Lyrics & Lore weekend Jan. 11-14.
This event is designed so that anybody can experience songwriting and storytelling firsthand. You don’t have to want to pursue a songwriting career to enjoy Lyrics & Lore – you just need to love songs and stories and have an adventurous spirit that’s always looking for new and different things to try. Folks from the Dollywood Entertainment team and The International Storytelling Center (ISC) are bringing together some super talented people to share their stories and inspiration at the event and show folks like me who are attending what the process is to actually write a song!
So much is planned for this long weekend, and you can do as much or as little as your schedule allows. I’m going to try to be there the entire weekend because I want to do everything! It starts by being part of either the Co-Write Storytelling Session with an international storyteller or the Co-Write Songwriting Session with a hit songwriter – I still haven’t decided which one I want to do most! Then I’m going to “Find My Story” by listening to these pros tell how they do it; part of this workshop tells you how to brainstorm creatively and learn how to make a story song flow. I can hardly wait to get started!
On Friday and Saturday nights, there’s a showcase of some of the singers and songwriters that are leading the sessions during the day. Artists include Deborah Allen, Mike Loudermilk, Steve Williams, Doug Crider and Suzy Bogguss, one of my favorite Dollywood entertainment alums. I’m so excited about being in the same room with these talents that have written so many amazing songs.
When I was looking at the schedule of events for the Lyrics & Lore weekend, one thing that stood out in the materials was a line of encouragement that spoke to me, saying “We all have a story to tell.” I’m so excited that I’m going to get to test my skills at songwriting and tell some of my stories with help from professional writers who make their living by moving people with their words and music. I’m not sure that I’m going to write a song that will become the next #1 hit, but you never know. As a Lyrics & Lore alum, I’m going to try to write the songs that make the whole world sing! Too bad somebody already wrote that one, but I’ll keep trying. How about “I Will Always Love You”? Oops – sorry Dolly. I think you’ve got dibs on that title.
There’s still time to be part of Lyrics & Lore at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa – check it out!