In my songwriting workshops at Carpe Diem Arts Camp this year, we focused on what it means to seize the day and wrote a collaborative song. Below is the recording we made after our two work sessions. As a songwriting teacher, I believe it’s important to talk about how to sing the song once it is written; so, after finishing the song, we debated vocal dynamics and instrumentation (how to play our ukes and when not to use them). Notice how the uke starts with plucking but switches to a strum on the chorus and then drops out on the bridge. Also notice how the girls grow progressively louder at the end.