Rob is a singer-songwriter. Signed to Virgin Records in 1991, his debut self-titled album World on Edge went platinum and was followed by a gold-certified second album titled Against all Gods. He has toured Canada, the United States and Europe numerous times. He was nominated for a Juno in 1994 for the most promising band and received a SOCAN award for his song Standing Push and Fall. In 1999, he came in second place in a Canada-wide song writing contest with his song Faded. In 2006, he started a band called Liquid Edge. He also plays regularly as part of the duo known as Simply Meyer. He is currently working on a solo album. As a lifelong musician, Rob finds words and music a great way to communicate and express yourself. Rob Meyer offers a workshop conducted in tandem with artist Danny Rhoby-Lafrance.
Rob realized at an early age that music requires self-discipline. He knew that if he was to have any measure of success, he would have to measure up to the best in the industry, and it was the best outlet for him emotionally. As a sensitive and empathetic person, he has always questioned himself and the world and tried to understand others. He did so by drawing musical inspiration from life’s ups and downs. Rob has written about a wide variety of subjects over the years, from love to loss, forgiveness to hate, humanity’s beauty and its ugliness. Rob has found that these are not just songs or thoughts, but messages that can withstand time and hopefully make some people stop and think.
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Express yourself with words and music
Ideally, this workshop is a three-step process. First, the students will discuss and decide on a subject and a musical style they wish to explore (text can be provided to teacher about basic music styles), followed by writing a poem and/or ideas on the chosen subject. The second step would be to have Rob and Danny come visit them (instruments, laptop and speakers). They would then discuss song writing, rhythm, melody and placement of lyrics in correlation with syllables. A song will be created by the end of the class. The third step would be to have them return to record the song with the help of the class. There’d be singing, percussion and maybe playing instruments, if possible. Finally, Rob and Danny would mix down the song and send a copy to all students. The teacher could have the students collaborate on a cover to add to the CD. This is a wonderful way to have students express themselves, think outside the box, collaborate with others on a human level and get an understanding of how music is created.
If the musicians are hired for a second day, they will record the song with the participation of the students (singing, percussion, etc.). The musicians will then mix and send the song to the teacher. Each student will receive a CD with their song. The production costs will be $1 per student, for a maximum of $100.
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