Showing posts with label songwriting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label songwriting. Show all posts

Monday, June 21, 2021

Ode To Davis Thayer (video) Composed by Jamie Barrett

"We say goodbye to Davis   later on today
I've offered up to sing a song   I don't know what to say
He's forever been a part of our Franklin families
Feel like I'm swimming in a flood of memories 

He lived a good long life   almost a century 
Started as a high school ended as elementary
So many came to him with a thirst for knowledge 
So many left and went to work or away to college

Things keep changing that's what they say
And we don't miss nothing till it's gone away
But the truth will be here till we're old and grey
You can take away Davis… but in our hearts he'll always stay

He was our home for many a year
He's seen every burst of laughter and every tear
From the comical and crazy to the calm and the cool
And all of the excitement of a brand new day of school 

Classrooms bursting with creativity
All staff and teachers feeding the kids curiosity 
Amazing artwork and staying fit with ol' Phys Ed
And the Sound of Music keeps on playing in my head

Things keep changing that's what they say
And we don't miss nothing till it's gone away
But the truth will be here till we're old and grey
You can take away Davis… but in our hearts he'll always stay

And now the halls are empty and everything is silent
Once filled with an energy so vital and so vibrant
But as sure as that ol' church bell will chime 
The DT door behind me closes one   last   time…"

By Franklin's own Jamie Barrett

Friday, April 10, 2020

Jamie Barrett makes a slight revision to "Sisu Ubuntu"

Jamie Barrett writes:
"Haste makes waste! As many of you don’t know, I wrote and recorded this song very hastily. In that haste, I forgot 4 words submitted by folks!
I’ve added them, fixed a few flubs, and here it is... again!"
Franklin Action Needed: YouTube limits what Jamie can do as a performer until he has 1,000 subscribers to his YouTube Channel. He has 665 as we write today. Franklin can do this for Jamie! Let's get Jamie to 2,000.

YouTube link =

Listen to Jamie and I talk about the writing of the song

Jamie Barrett makes a slight revision to "Sisu Ubuntu"
Jamie Barrett makes a slight revision to "Sisu Ubuntu"

Monday, April 6, 2020

FM #237 Jamie Barrett - "Sisu Ubuntu" 4/02/20 (audio)

FM #237 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 237 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Jamie Barrett, Franklin teacher and singer/songwriter. We had our conversation via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

We jump right into the making of “Sisu Ubuntu”, his new song, collaborated on with over 100 word suggestions, and as we find out, it came together once he picked up his guitar to work on the music to frame the lyrics.

We also talk about TuNesDay and his “Wake up with Mr Barrett” Live concert that he performs on Tuesday mornings at 8 AM. We also raise another challenge for Franklinites to help Jamie get more than 2,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. He really needs 1,000 but we believe Franklin can do better than that, so let’s go for 2,000.

This recording runs about 15 minutes, so listen to my conversation with Jamie and get some insights into the creative process for this teacher and singer/songwriter.


If you haven't heard it, you can listen to the “Sisu Ubuntu” song here

Please subscribe to Jamie’s YouTube channel here:

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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

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FM #237 Jamie Barrett - "Sisu Ubuntu" 4/02/20 (audio)
FM #237 Jamie Barrett - "Sisu Ubuntu" 4/02/20 (Twitter photo)

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Jamie Barrett: new song - Sisu Ubuntu (YouTube)

"Jamie Barrett asked folks to give him one word each and around 100 (+/-) participated to create this song. Jamie created the music to go with the words that were given to him. He also arranged the words. Hope you like...?"

For more music and story videos by Jamie Barrett

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Help Jamie Barrett write a new Song ...

Hello!  Here's my latest idea... Help Mr. Jamie Barrett write a new song Listen to this short video to find out how:

It's very simple, very easy and, hopefully, very fun for all who decide to participate! Details, again, are in the short video above!

Please share with EVERYONE you know!!! The more, the merrier!

This is time sensitive and your (very simple) end of the project will close by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday)! The new song (that you can be a part of!!!) will be featured in my next LIVE event! Maybe even the first song? Thanks so much for your consideration! Thought this might be fun for all!

Trust me... this IS simple... and might be very entertaining for all... Looking forward to your involvement!!!



James H. Barrett
General Music K - 5
Jefferson/Davis Thayer


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Help Jamie Barrett write a new Song ...
Help Jamie Barrett write a new Song ...

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

FSPA to Offer New Songwriting Class

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) is excited to announce a new class offering this year. New faculty member Cordelia Tapping will introduce a Songwriting course to the school. The class will focus on the process of songwriting by exploring each of its elements in depth: lyrics, melody, harmony, rhythm, and the ways they create emotional impact. Part of each class will be devoted to listening to and discussing songs from a variety of different genres and artists. 

Students will be encouraged to bring in material, whether it be a song they love, a poem that speaks to them, or something they have written or are in the process of writing that they would like to workshop.
Cordelia Tapping
Cordelia Tapping

Cordelia Tapping holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory. She is a singer and songwriter who has performed throughout the U.S. including at the Off the Hook Arts Festival in Colorado, Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis, Rockwood Music Hall in New York, the Celebrity Series in Boston, and in NEC’s Jordan Hall as backup for Lake Street Dive and as a soloist with the NEC Jazz Orchestra. At NEC, Cordelia taught songwriting workshops through the Community Performances and Partnerships department.

For more information about this class, the school, or to request a course catalogue and class schedule, call (508) 528-8668 or visit