Last year, something caught the attention of Scott Whiddon, musician and director of the Transylvania University Writing Center and member of the Southeast Writing Center Association.
“More and more conversations I have (and observe other artists having) with engineers and producers is quite similar to conversations between student writers and writing center staffers. Furthermore, every time I go to a conference, I meet someone else who does music (as an at-home hobby, as a weekend player, in a vocal ensemble or choir, or in other kinds of music)…”
With the support of the SWCA Conference, chaired by Stacia Watkins, who helped closely with the project, he put out a call last fall to the writing center community–not to write a paper, or panel another presentation, but to contribute music.
The result was Write It Like Disaster, described as “a compilation of music made by writing center staffers, professionals, and allies.”
Scott shares, “All of us grew up with music. I lead a split life as a writing center director and as a working musician (performance, curation, session work, film scoring). After a few talks with Stacia, and with lots of help via various listservs, we put this together over the course of Fall 2014. We’re quite proud.”
Complimented with artwork from graphic designer Brad Walker, an instructor at Lipscomb University closely involved with their writing center, the resulting compilation is over two hours long. It features “a range of genres and recording styles,” from the rockabilly stylings of “Lazy Bones” by Jack Wilkinson, to the harmonica-infused opener of “Swing Swing” by Robert Russell and the Sore Losers, to the scratchy, piano driven “O Sole Mio” performed by Chuck Bazerman.
All the tracks are either original pieces or from the public domain; all of the artists donated their work and time without compensation.
Will they repeat their labor of love in the future?
Scott, at least, is in. “It took a lot of time, but it’s worth it. ”
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