Tuesday, 10/20: Free songwriting workshop in Long Island

Free songwriting workshop at Five Towns College in Dix Hills/Melville area,
Tuesday night at 7pm-9:30

with Steve Seskin , a successful songwriter, and inspirational teacher


At Five Towns College there is a free event with a songwriter giving a two day workshop. The first night was tonight. It was great.

It will be easy to come to the second night only, please just show up! The sponsors encouraged everyone to bring a friend. And, the sessions were divided so that each night would be informative by itself. Tomorrow night is “Lyrics”.

I have a feeling that it will be inspirational for poets as well as songwriters. Steve Seskin has great ideas for looking at things in new ways, and shaking things up when you have a block. The workshops were advertised as being for beginner to expert, and  that is how it was.

(You may also run into some of the Long Island’s celebrity songwriters, who I got to see tonight!)

For the workshop leader: http://www.steveseskin.com

For more info or to register contact Jerry Silverstein at
jsilvers at suffolk dot lib dot ny dot us

Directions to Five Towns College (Which is NOT in the Five Towns area ! It is in Suffolk County, in Dix Hills/Melville area)

From the East:

Long Island Expressway (Rte. 495) to Exit 51, Deer Park Avenue (Rte. 231). Continue west on North Service Road for 1.5 miles to Burr’s Lane. Turn right and proceed to the College entrance on the right.

From the West:

Long Island Expressway (Rte. 495) to Exit 50, Bagatelle Road. Turn left at Bagatelle Road and right at Half Hollow Road. Go to Burr’s Lane, make a right and proceed to the College entrance on the left.

Background on Steve Seskin:

Steve Seskin is a successful songwriter who has written seven number one songs, including Grammy-nominated “Grown Men Don’t Cry,” recorded by Tim McGraw, and “Don’t Laugh at Me,” winner of NSAI Song of the Year and Music Row Magazine Song of the Year in 1999 as recorded by Mark Wills.

**“Don’t Laugh at Me” was recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary and became the impetus for the Operation Respect/Don’t Laugh at Me project, a curriculum designed to teach tolerance in schools****

His other #1 hits are “No Doubt About It” and “For a Change,” both recorded by Neal McCoy, “No Man’s Land” and “If You’ve Got Love,” both recorded by John Michael Montgomery, and “Daddy’s Money,” recorded by Ricochet. Other chart toppers include “I Think About You,” recorded by Colin Raye, and “All I Need To Know,” recorded by Kenny Chesney. The video for Raye’s “I Think About You” single was named the Academy of Country Music’s Video of the Year in 1997, and the song and video were also given an award by the Tennessee Task Force Against Domestic Violence. Recent recordings of his songs include “Pictures,” by John Michael Montgomery, “We Shook Hands,” by Tebey, and “I’ll Always Be There For You,” by Brian McComas.

While Steve is best known for writing hits, he is also a successful performer and recording artist. He is currently touring in support of his latest CD, Steve Seskin “Live”. This is his 17th recording released on his own record label.

“Don’t Laugh at Me” was recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary and became the impetus for the Operation Respect/Don’t Laugh at Me project, a curriculum designed to teach tolerance in schools. This program has already been implemented in more than 20,000 schools across the country. Steve now enjoys performing at school assemblies in support of this program. The song is now available as a children’s book, Don’t Laugh At Me, which was featured on PBS’s Reading Rainbow in September 2002.

Steve is also an active keynote speaker and songwriting teacher for the West Coast Songwriters Association, the Nashville Songwriters Association International, the Swannanoa Gathering, and the Song School at Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.

Steve spends time in Nashville writing for Larga Vista Music and pitching his songs, while maintaining an active performing career both back home in Northern California and at festivals and acoustic venues throughout the United States and Canada. He has been a featured performer at the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, the Vancouver Folk Festival, and the Napa Valley Music Festival.

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