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Here you will find a community of artists dedicated to building their musical career. At WCS, members establish important relationships, both professionally and personally, that enhance and accelerate their development. Music ceases to be a solitary pursuit and becomes a shared endeavor through the focus, feedback, collaboration, contacts/networking and support that WCS provides.

WCSer & iSing Silicon Valley Girlchoir, soloist Elizabeth Foster "Light of a Clear Blue Morning" by Dolly Parton, arranged by Craig Hella Johnson

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Songwriting: The Real Stuff Is The Good Stuff by Mark Cawley 

This article was first published in USA Songwriting Competition and is, in part from my book “ Song Journey” to be released on April 2nd, 2019. 

There is no one way to write a song. You may write melody first or mix it up but for our purposes, let’s start with writing your lyric. 


What’s a good place to start once you have a title or an idea of what you’re going to write about? Prose. Think about the title, say it out loud ... a bunch. What does it bring to mind? Got something? Take a few minutes…

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