One word you will never hear to describe Farrel Droke is “introverted.” His eagerness
to love and explore life permeates his approach to his melodies and lyrics.
Farrel grew up in a Southern Oklahoma family that constantly played or sang music. He
learned to play a borrowed guitar at age 13 but waited until nearly 50 to learn to
read music and study music theory. This musical education led him to realize there
was a purpose for those unique melodies floating around in his head! So, in the summer
of 2008, Farrel started writing his own original songs.
Farrel’s songs focus, so far, on family experiences and growing up in Oklahoma. Now
he is taking his adventuresome ideas into songs about more complex human relationships.
His songwriting has been influence by many experiences, such as the encouragement
of his singer-songwriter friend, Johnsmith, and his ability to make life seem interesting
even if it is not! He has attended the weeklong “Songwriting from the Heart” workshop
at the Esalen Institute at Big Sur, California two years in a row and the songwriting
workshop at the Kerrville New Folk Festival. Farrel draws inspiration his many different
careers, interests, and his observation of everyday people. Voice-over-guitar always
tends to sound “folk” but Farrel’s music comes from a wide range of genres – jazz
and old Broadway show tunes – to name a couple.
His song, “Needle and Thread” was awarded an Honorable Mention in the July / August
American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Contest. Farrel hopes to record his first CD in
2010 with the help of his musical friends and a good local producer.
Farrel is a Member of the Songwriters Association of Norman (SWAN). He performs regularly
at Cafe Plaid, in Norman, Oklahoma, the Songwriter Spotlights at various venues as
well as “open mic” and “song circle” opportunities in the area. He plans to expand
his “touring” this year and has several local venues booked in the spring.