DE34 Owen Kortz from Denver Colorado Inspires all with his music and his Teaching!
Published November 4, 2015
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    DE 34 Owen Kortz

    Welcome back to the dHarmic Evolution podcast with me James Kevin O’Connor, singer/songwriter and master storyteller. In today’s episode, we go all the way to Denver, Colorado to speak with another talented artist, Owen Kortz.

     

    Owen grew up in a musical family, with a major Beatles influence. In high school, he took his first guitar lessons and easily fell deep in love with musicmaking. While learning, his mother who also wrote songs coached him, hence becoming the powerful musician and lyricist he is today. He relies on his feelings, emotions, and experiences when writing songs; Owen is also a fan of co-writing, enjoying his time with friends who also love making music.

     

    His major influencers for his style of music include The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, and more. As to the kinds of music he likes to listen to at the the moment, he tells me that it varies, probably because of the extensive background and exposure he has been through all these years of listening, writing, and creating music.

     

    Aside from writing and playing songs, Owen keeps himself busy by helping out music students enrolled in the Songwriting Program of the Music and Entertainment Industry Studies department at the University of Colorado-Denver. In addition, he volunteers for the Urban Peak Homeless Youth Shelter. Talk about a music man with a heart!

     

    Check out the full interview for more of Owen’s stories.



    On this episode:

    • You’ll learn about Owen’s style in music writing
    • Owen’s major influences in music
    • How Owen came to help with the songwriting program at the University of Colorado-Denver
    • Sound clips of Owen’s songs---which are awesome!
    • The details on Owen’s albums and other amazing stuff you don’t want to miss!

     

    Quotes from Owen Kortz:

    • “It’s just a matter of starting with an object or a guitar riff.” -on how he gets inspiration for writing lyrics
    • “I ask myself, ‘How can I put this in such a way that will connect with my extended family - my audience, my community?’”
    • “I between gigs, I do a lot of writing.”
    • “It’s just about bringing people together around music.”

     

    Owen Kortz Songs featured:

    • I’m There
    • I Love You
    • Hello, Old Friend
    • Leave My Love with You

     

    Resources:

    The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

    The Craft of Lyric Writing by Sheila Davis

    Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattison



    Follow Owen:

    Owen Kortz’s website

    Facebook: Owen Kortz

    Twitter: @owenkortz

    Soundcloud: Owen Kortz

    YouTube: Owen Kortz

     

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