When Craig Cardiff was a student and just starting out as a musician, he didn’t have the luxury of today’s technology or having a singer / songwriter teach him the ropes. “I had really good teachers, I had phenomenal teachers in high school”
The Juno nominated folk singer was in Sault Ste. Marie Friday to return the favour so to speak as a special guest at the Senior music class at Superior Heights high school. Cardiff was part of a songwriting workshop and seminar with music teacher Anthony Aceti.
“I hope the students get to feel expressive and creative and a chance to do some experimenting with making music and their own music” Aceti told SaultOnline.com
The one day workshop allowed the students to break off into small groups to create a song, or at least fragments of a song. “What I like to teach them is getting un-stuck, that’s when you want to create something but you get stuck in either the words or the melody, so we just start a discussion around how to be silly and bring some joy into making stuff up” Cardiff said, “the kids said it best here, that it must start with an emotional connection”
At the end of the day, the students will produce a song that Cardiff can perform.
Cardiff was received a Juno nominated in 2012 for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year , Floods and Fires. Since then he has been active touring the country and shows up at a number of different venues like camps, backyards, prisons, churches, basements, festivals, kitchens and hundreds of living rooms as well as small cafe’s and concert halls.
“it’s fun to have a day where we just drop everything and do some song writing, what we want to say, what we want to express as an artist, because at the end, that’s our goal at music class to be able to say something as a musician” Aceti said.