Welcome to Blue Crush
Mission & Vision
Our mission is to organize and host the best songwriting camps and retreats for songwriters. Our ultimate goal is to improve the quality of songwriting and do it in fun and inspirational way.
Our songwriting retreats take place at the edge of a wild river canyon. We will take you far away from your normal every day world!
Our wilderness resort, and home each summer for the REO Songwriting retreats and camps, is 2.5 hours from Vancouver, British Columbia. We are well off the beaten track! Instead of the urban noise of our modern world, you get to relax, learn and write songs in one of the most intimate and beautiful places. Our retreat features two kilometers of private river frontage on one of the most amazing rivers you will ever see. The sound of the river is rushing by 24 hours a day. Sleep to the sound of the river!
2015 Songwriting Camps and Retreats: TBA
2014 Retreat info: www.reorafting.com/site/retreats/songwriters-retreat.html
A Note From Bryan FogelmanAs the founder of Blue Crush Music and the REO Rafting Adventure Resort, I've tried to combine the best of two worlds: great songwriting instruction and an amazing, natural setting.
An unusual combination you may say?
Well, bringing songwriters to me clearly became my only alternative if I ever wanted to become a successful songwriter; I was devoted to my rafting resort and my young family. I was challenged to find the time and resources to improve my songwriting, and most importantly, meet other songwriters.
Tthe retreat has evolved over the last 15 years and we now feature many of the best songwriting mentors and teachers available in North America. I'm thankful to Pat Pattions for his vision and support and all the songwriters who have made the trek to this remote, yet enchanting, part of the world.
Recommendations: I highly recommend the following songwriting workshops, conferences, books and instructors:
- How Music Really Works, by Wayne Chase (An essential songwriting resource book)
- Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) www.nashvillesongwriters.com (The best songwriting organization for country music writers)
- Alex Forbes at Creative Songwriter www.creativesongwriter.com
- SongU (an online community with courses, song evaluations, song pitches and more)
- West Cost Songwriters Association http://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/
- TAXI conventions www.taxi.com
- Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) www.songwriters.ca
- Pat Pattison http://www.patpattison.com/news/
- Steve Seskin www.steveseskin.com
- Jason Blume www.jasonblume.com
- Ralph Murphy http://murphyslawsofsongwriting.com
- Online courses from Berklee College of Music www.berkleemusic.com
- Online courses from Educator.com