Local rescue farm holds first-of-its-kind songwriting workshop

Staff Reports • Oct 2, 2017 at 5:41 PM

Hickory Hill Farm, a rescue farm that also provides programs for adults and children, held a unique songwriting workshop for children at a Mt. Juliet foster farm last weekend.

Musicians Leah Burey, Charlie Murphey and Kata Rhe Crutcher joined children at Hickory Hill Farm for the Saturday-morning workshop to assist children with discovering and developing their songwriting skills. Hickory Hill Farm assistant director Jenna Gibbons discussed the importance of music and expressing one’s emotions with the group.

“Our morning on the farm was something truly special. These wonderful artists gave the children the opportunity to express themselves and create a beautiful piece about something important to them. We were blessed with amazing musicians, dedicated volunteers, great children, and it was a morning that I was honored to be a part of,” Gibbons said.

She shared the influence of the rescued animals at Hickory Hill and how their stories could even influence their writing, too.

The artists kicked off the morning by sharing their stories, advice and original songs with the group. Everyone then gathered around a campfire next a pasture full of rescued and personally owned horses to put their ideas to paper.

“Always write something that you know and believe in. If it doesn’t make you cry, if it doesn’t make you laugh, if it doesn’t make you feel the strongest version of any emotion, don’t do it,” Burkey said.

Each child worked with the artists to come up with his or her own song before it was the children’s time to shine on stage with the songs they wrote.

To wrap up the day, children got to spend time meeting the rescue horses on the foster farm before grabbing photos with the artists and their goodie bags.

“Addison was in heaven – playing her music in a beautiful barn, writing a song around a campfire, with horses and friends,” said Misha Deem, mother of a participant in the workshop.

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