Well, hasn’t it been a time!
Dateline: January 2017, Pinhole Coffee, San Francisco, CA
We're facing a tough road ahead, folks. I'm convinced we are going to need each other and all our creativity to make it through mostly intact. To that end, I am hosting a songwriting workshop taught by Tom Kimmel for 10 participants in my cozy Bernal Heights living room.
Tom Kimmel Songwriting Workshop
Tom Kimmel is an award winning songwriter for film (Twins, Runaway Bride, Serendipity), television (Touched By An Angel, Dawson’s Creek, Miami Vice), and for many artists including Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker and The Spinners. A soulful entertainer, speaker, poet and teacher, Tom tours widely and has released seven albums and a book of poems.www.tomkimmel.com
Tom is also a sought after teacher of songwriting and creative living who has led workshops around the US and in Europe.
Here’s Tom’s song, Blue Train, one of the songs that inspired me when I began playing and singing again. This song is on the remastered Trio Album (Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris. It’s also the source of my favorite misheard lyric. I’ll reveal it at the workshop! https://youtu.be/0uWnGK_-njc
Please see Tom's website for more: http://www.tomkimmel.com/
What: Songwriting Workshop
When: 1/21/2017 11am–2pm
Cost: $35 payable directly to Tom Kimmel.
Where: Contact Nina Jo Smith for address.
Note: We meet before the SF Women’s March. (Rally at 3:00; March at 5:00.) Please join us to focus the best of our creativity and fellowship for the coming year.
This is the beautiful songwriting camp where I met Tom Kimmel and many other great friends. It nourishes my spirit and my art. I always say that each camp grows my skills by about 2 years every 6 months.
WinterSongs West is a 5-day gathering for songwriters that takes place at spectacular Camp Ocean Pines overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Cambria, CA. We will be offering an all-levels buffet of classes in songwriting, guitar, singing, harmony, piano, performance, and more in addition to a full menu of concerts, coffeehouses and song circles. Students and teachers alike will share songs, information, insights, trade stories and perform for the community we have grown to love. Teachers will include Penny Nichols, Susan Marie Reeves, Brooks Williams, Teresa Tudury, Mark Dann, Dale LaDuke, Ed Tree and our fabulous roster of guest coaches.
I’m planning to offer individual coaching on using your body skillfully to prevent (or recover from) overuse injury.
PS I’m coordinating Work Scholarships!
What: Songwriting Retreat
Where: Camp Ocean Pines, Cambria, CA
Register here: http://www.summersongs.com/
Save the Date
I’m very excited to announce my long-awaited debut performing at The Lost Church, San Francisco. In the round! With Jean Mann and Annie Bacon.
Jean Mann is one of my very best friends and favorite touring musicians. Based in Seattle, she will beguile you with her tenor guitar and poetic lyrics. http://jeanmann.net/
Annie Bacon always knocks my socks off with her musicality, her wit, her skills and humanity. In fact this entire evening is brimming with gorgeous humanity. And everyone knows, everything’s better with Bacon! http://www.anniebacon.me
What: Private Parlor Show
Where: The Lost Church, San Francisco
Peace, love and music,
On New Year's Eve 1979 my brother was murdered. For a long time I couldn't even listen to music. Instead I devoted myself to martial arts, teaching self-defense and other anti-violence activism.
Twenty years later I picked up my guitar again and found I could still play and people wanted to listen. I've been picking and singing and loving and learning ever since.
"Nina Jo Smith has written and recorded a seminal folk classic in 'Hey Songwriter'."
"This is what every songwriter feels when the song comes out of nowhere. Sure, we’re none of us 'Dylan, Taylor & Prine', but we’re fishing in the same stream, just downstream a bit. Produced by Martin Young, with Alan Thornhill on backup vocals, you’ll get goose pimples if you’ve ever wondered where some songs come from."