Most good ideas stem from conversation, and most good art comes from collaboration. I hope we can all be humble enough to learn from one another as we pull from the various life experiences we’ve been given.
— Garrett Russell

Workshop description:

Writing Against the Machine: Lyrical Composition that Matters

In this brief primer on meaningful lyric writing, we will navigate through the seemingly disparate subjects of linguistics, literature, art history, psychodynamic theory, and the urgency of social narrative in the underground music paradigm. This lesson will be equal parts lecture, Q&A, and hands-on activity as we uncover the power of integrating disciplines and the sacred witness of intentional art in a violent world. I look forward to sharing my creative process with you (including the lyrics I am writing for LP III), as well as learning from your life experiences and how they shape your approach to writing. Collaboration is essential to good art, and I look forward to these sessions where we can make something beautiful.

Garett Russell started his current band Silent Planet in 2009, during his Freshman year of college. He graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, then going on to received his Master’s Degree in Psychology from Fuller School of Clinical Psychology in 2014. He has spent the last 3 years of his life touring full-time, and spends his time at home working on a collection of essays, new lyrics, and dabbling in grant writing. 





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TEI Workshops are group educational experiences.  The workshops are not structured for meet and greets, autograph signings, or individual photo opportunities with Gurus. Please be respectful of these guidelines. A separate Vans Warped Tour ticket is needed to attend the workshop (buy here).

Photo credit:
Headshot: Juan Pardo
Live shot by Jonathan Kemp