Songs of the People

Through my experience teaching songwriting, I have witnessed the incredible potential it holds for healing. Writing a compelling and coherent song asks a person to confront and integrate uncomfortable or dissociated realities, enabling us to move on from old beliefs and thought patterns. Even a song that is an expression of joy can have depth and dimension - when it reveals the journey that was made in its pursuit. Through songwriting we can seek and acknowledge the universal human experience within.

I have to say, this process has changed my writing on a deep level, and I am honored and eternally grateful for all the truths that many brave folks have shared with me. It is also a welcomed break from an often-times solitary endeavor, rummaging around in one's own experience for inspiration. I encourage anyone who has something they want to process, an experience to share, an important relationship, a trauma or trial they have endured, and especially folks who think they have nothing that would be interesting or of value to anyone. I can guarantee that you do. Often the best material is where you least expect it.

The Process: I conduct an interview, usually an hour or so over the phone, and write and produce a song about your life experience, whatever you choose to share. Turn around time varies depending on my schedule and any potential deadlines you may have; four weeks is the average. I will send you an MP3 of your finished song to do with as you wish (except sell for a profit).

The Fee: $300

*Please note - I will retain artistic license in this process, but I will certainly consider amendments of inaccurate information. I will retain the rights to these songs, and there won't be any royalty payments made to any of the participants. The fee is for personal songs - If you are interested in having a song written to promote your business/cause/event, drop me a line.

If you are interested, contact me here.


What folks are saying

"Joe Stevens is a brilliant and sensitive lyricist, storyteller and songwriter.  I jumped at the chance to have him write a song that reflects such a bittersweet love story -he took an hour-long phone conversation and weaved it into a poignant and touching melody that makes us feel loved, hopeful, sad cherished and tingly inside. The song captures our longing for each other and shines a light on the little things that make us special together. It's soulful, sweet - deep and honest."
- Michele and Marlo, San Francisco CA

"Joe's Songs of the People project was an incredible opportunity for me to share a story of my life and see it transformed into music which could communicate the message far more clearly than I ever could in words alone."
- Mike Waters, Seattle WA
"My interview with Joe was as simple as talking with a friend who knows how to ask the questions to help me tell my story more fully. It was a comfortable and enjoyable time. Hearing the song is still remarkable! I hear my story and my hopes."
- Jane Brazell, Tacoma WA

"I was trying to find a way to be able to express to my partner how I felt about her. Since music and poetry are one of her favorite modes of communication, I thought that Joe creating a song for her would be perfect. The experience of working with Joe was a calming and rich process. It  really helped me remember why I fell so deeply in love with her in the first place. He gently coaxed information out of me about Molly and myself. The end result was this deeply layered song that rings true, is a bit sexy, loving and best of all, tells our story in a way that we get. Molly said it is hands down the best gift she has ever received. I'm so grateful that we now have "our song" forever."
- Annie Carouba, Santa Rosa CA

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