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Louisville VA Medical Center


Songwriting Workshop

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The arts contribute to a healing environment for patients, families, and staff. In addition to improving the quality of the patient’s experience, the arts have been shown to shorten hospital stays, reduce pain medication, increase staff satisfaction and retention and ensure effective and efficient use of healthcare dollars.

By Public Affairs Office
Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Conference Room D010

Come and learn the basics of songwriting with John Gage. Explore techniques for writing blues lyrics as a means of self expression in dealing with feelings, issues, or telling a story. Participants will learn a process for identifying a subject, determining what to say about it, and morphing that into a song lyric with the basic blues format and melody.

John Gage is an established, Louisville based, folk singer/song-writer who has made a career of entertaining audiences with his resonant tenor voice and flat-picking guitar. John is a veteran stage emcee at major festivals across Kentucky, and is host and emcee of Kentucky Homefront, a radio show that preserves Kentucky’s cultural heritage through storytelling and traditional music.

Robley Rex VA Medical Center is partnering with the Kentucky Center for the Arts to bring “Arts in Healing” to the medical center and community based outpatient clinics. Volunteers in this program provide entertainment and/or instruction on musical instruments, song, dance, painting, sculpting and other forms of art.

Staff members are encouraged to check it out to see if there is a way that your area could benefit from this partnership. For additional information, please contact Rhonda Smith, Voluntary Service Specialist, at 502-287-6898.

Visit the The Kentucky Center Arts in Healing Program webpage.


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