Friday, March 25, 1 – 2:15 PM—SASFest Master Class

Mary Gauthier’s job as a songwriting instructor is to encourage courage. She gently guides songwriters to dig deep into their inner selves, push through firewalls of fear, confusion and self-doubt, and make peace with vulnerability to help them discover, uncover, and use their own unique voice. The beauty of this challenging work is the discovery that the deeply personal is universal. Once we understand this and become willing to be honest in our songs, they will start to connect us to ourselves, to others, and to the world in ways we never could have imagined. These new connections inevitably bring us joy. We are returned to our own hearts as we share our humanity with others. We go from feeling narrated, into narrating. We take a step back, observe, and become our own witness. The space created in this act offers an opportunity to discover, name, and abandon self-defeating patterns. The uncovering and revealing of oneself in our human brokenness can then become a source of transformative beauty, the creation of art.

Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon, $20 or VIP Pass or SAS Registration