The Lifelong Learning Series at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg presents Songwriting: The Art and the Process on Saturday, January 20, 2018. The free, open-to-the-public program begins at 2PM in the community room of First Christian Church, 101 E. Gay Street in Warrensburg. Featured in the program are three accomplished composers, representing the musical fields of Blues, Folk, New Orleans-style Jazz, Country, Blue Grass, Show Tunes, Gospel, and Americana. In the case of hazardous driving conditions on the day of the program, it will be re-scheduled to Saturday, January 27. The latest updates can be found at the program’s Facebook page here.
Novice and accomplished songwriters alike are bound to pick up tips and inspirations from the presentation team of Arthur Kemp, Mick Luehrman and Kasey Dawn Rausch. The three will speak about their individual inspirations and the processes they use to fashion their compositions. The afternoon will conclude with original songs being performed by each of the three presenters.
Dr. Arthur Kemp has served as faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Central Missouri since 1990, but he also has a rich history in keyboard performance and composition. Kemp has been composing Gospel songs since 1984, when he wrote the contemporary Christian tune “God Gave Me to You.” The 1990 album Come And Go Jesus featured a number of Kemp compositions, including “Just When You Need Him Most,” “I Feel The Power,” “Jesus Is The Sweetest Name I Know,” “The Holy Spirit,” “I Love Him,” and “Come And Go With Jesus.” His works and performances can be found on line.
Mick Luehrman has been performing professionally as a musician and singer-songwriter since the 1970s as a founding member of Kansas City acts Diamond Jim, Mr. Smith, and The Hummin’ Birds, as well as the Columbia, Missouri, group Monkey Grip. Currently he is a member of and chief songwriter for two working bands: The Lucky Dogs, a roots rock and blues band, and Luehrman, Shaffer, & Check (LS&C), an eclectic group of multi-instrumentalists with roots in the Americana genre. Luehrman, Shaffer, & Check have just released their CD, “12-Piece Trio,” including 16 of Luehrman’s songs. Luehrman is an eclectic songwriter with influences including folk, old time country, New Orleans jazz, country blues, and even Broadway-styled tunes.
Kasey Dawn Rausch
Kasey Dawn Rausch is a 5th generation songwriter & musician, and also co-producer/host of the roots music radio show River Trade Radio on KKFI 90.1 FM. Her family and musical roots can be traced to Parkville, Kansas City, the Missouri Ozarks, Winfield, Kansas and deep, Southeast Texas. Rausch tours nationally with pedal steel and guitar master Marco Pascolini as The Country Duo and plays locally with classic country honky tonkers The Naughty Pines and songwriter Scott Stanton. Rausch’s album, Guitar in Hand, debuted at #3 on the Roots Music Reporting charts and was voted one of the top three albums of the year by readers of The Pitch, KC’s weekly entertainment guide.
The Lifelong Learning Series
The University of Central Missouri’s Lifelong Learning series is designed to produce and promote events that enlighten and inform people throughout the West-Central Missouri region. The LLL series is sponsored by UCM’s Office of Extended Studies, in conjunction with the UCM Emeriti and Alumni Associations. This program is co-sponsored by KKFI Radio and KC Cafe Radio.