Other regular DSA monthly events are the open mics on the 2nd and 3rd Thursdays,1st Monday, the 3rd Saturday Showcase at Angela's, and the Song Swap on the 3rd Monday.
DSA is presenting a Susan Gibson (Dixie Chicks - Wide Open Spaces) workshop coming up April 22. Sign up online. Special price if you want to bring a spouse. See # 4. below. https://dallassongwriters.org/shop/songwriting-workshop-susan-gibson/ Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1252209441542387/
The Wildflower Songwriting workshop with Joe Crookston will be on May 19. See workshops below.
The deadline for the BW Stevenson songwriting contest is April 10. Check the Poor David's Pub website for details.http://poordavidspub.com/Comp.htm
July brings our 2nd Annual Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame on the 22nd. Inductees include Songwriters Cindy Walker, Freddy King and Sam The Sham, Musician and cultural icon Trini Lopez and composer/arranger Gus Levene. The No Contact Band with Ian Dickson and guest Barbe McMillen will be the featured entertainment performing songs by the inductees, as well as, their own songs.
Did you know we are live streaming on Facebook? Thanks to Harry Hewlett you can view some of our open mics and guest speakers in a live stream on Facebook? See guest our guest speakers, and latest Angela's showcase. Can't make it? Then tune into Facebook/dallassongwriters. Want to be on our facebook streams? Show up and perform.
Thanks to Paul Zander, Michael Brandenberger, Bobby Montgomery, Jon Jaggers, Mimi Balkey, Suzi Morse, Rio King, Jared LoStratto and Bill Kapac for their contributions to DSA. Just a reminder that we are a non-profit and your tax deductible donations are always welcome. Follow this link to our donation spot on the website. https://dallassongwriters.org/shop/donation/
1. ANNUAL SONG CONTEST - WINNERS ANNOUNCED https://dallassongwriters.org/2016-dsa-song-contest-winners/
Winner Bill Wren with his Grand Prize, a Casio Privia keyboard. Notice Broadjam.com is up on the screen in the background. Part of the suite of prizes.
|Grand Prize Winner Bill Wren|
1. Enchanted Kingdom by Bill Wren and Frank Ralls, Port Aransas, TX
Known as the Songbird of Texas, Bill Wren is an award winning songwriter who says, about his undying love for songwriting,"Music is the way I express what's in my heart without words. I strive for beauty and peace in the songs that I compose and hope that they bring the same peace and enjoyment in others." Bill was born in Corpus Christi, and is now settled on the water in Fulton, TX . http://billwrenmusic.com/full-bio/
|Runner Up Jared LoStracco|
Growing up in East Texas, Jared LoStracco picked up is love for music listening to his father`s country records. In high school, LoStracco learned to play the guitar from his older brother and quickly started playing his favorites songs from artists such as Willie Nelson, Waylong Jennings, Robert Earl Keen, and Pat Green. http://www.broadjam.com/jrlostracco
SEE PICS FROM THE DEC 2016 AWARDS DINNER HERE
Winner of the Drawing for the IPod - Jeffery Moore, Baton Rouge, LA His entry, This Love, #102 was drawn.
Awards Dinner Streamed on Facebook
Photos of the Awards Dinner
2nd Runner up
2015 SONG CONTEST WINNER T EDWIN DOSS WITH GRAND PRIZE CASIO PRIVIA
Hard Copy of Songwriters Notes Spring 2016 issue with 2015 winners
2001 - 2007 Winners Compilation CDs available at the DSA store
All winning songs are on a CD Compilation that was given out at the Awards Ceremony. To get any 3 double CD's simply make a quarter note donation to DSA through our online store and send us an email to request which 3 years of Cd's you want us to mail you.
PERFORMANCE RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS: $$$ FOR SONGWRITERS
Rod discovered Garth Brooks and Maranda Lambert
For the April meeting, we are pleased to have an attorney and Music VIP as guest speaker.
When Rod was at Baylor he started booking acts like Bob Hope and Brother Dave Gardner. Bob Hope you've heard of, and Bro. Dave had a comedy act that gave rise to the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.
It was this activity that induced his cousin, Sheri Helt, a student at Oklahoma State University, to call him about a singer who was playing the "Strip" in Stillwater, OK. She said that all of the students at OSU really liked this new guy, and suggested that he go hear him.
He went to a place called Wild Willie's on a Friday night and, walking in, he had some immediate concerns. One, the air was blue from cigarette smoke, and he's a non-smoker. Two, Wild Willie's didn't take credit cards, so he had no idea how he was going to pay for an evening's tab just to listen to some dude who probably wouldn't be any good anyway. Three, the men's room didn't have a commode, it had a bathtub that served as a urinal.
He listened to the guy and introduced himself afterwards and told him that he was pretty good and he would like to do a demo on him. He found an 8-track facility and the next Friday they did four live sets, two cover and two original. They mixed them on Saturday, and on Sunday he came by the house and he gave him the reel-to-reel demo we had done, a list of his contacts in Nashville, the confirmation number of the hotel he had set up for him to stay in, and a handful of his credit cards.
He said, "Rod, I'm going to have to use these credit cards because I don't have any money". Rod told him that he had given them to him to use, and all Rod asked was that he (1) go to Nashville, (2) become a star, (3) pay him back when he could, and to (4) thank him when he won his first Grammy.
Well sir, Garth Brooks went to Nashville, became a star, paid Rod back when he could, but never thanked him when he won his first Grammy. You can read about this in "Chicken Soup for the Country Soul".
Rod's nephew, Tye Phelps, who owns the Love and War in Texas restaurants, asked him to listen to a female act playing at the Plano L&W. Rod went to listen to her, and she wasn't all that good. The other act on the bill who did impress me was a young blond from Lindale, Texas. Rod got a couple of demos from her dad, Rick Lambert, and sent them to his contacts in Nashville, mostly label heads. The rest is history.
Other folks Rod has helped over the years include Chris Cagle (whom Rod hired as nanny because he said he had no money, no job, and no place to live) and Rory Lee Feek (former DSA member of Joey and Rory fame), whom Rod moved to Nashville, along with his two daughters. He had two daughters the same age, and Rod gave Rory the downstairs master bedroom suite. Rory signed with Harlan Howard soon thereafter (one of the most prolific songwriters in Nashville history) and Rory went on to become one of the best known Christian songwriters and performers of all time, especially when he joined forces with, and married, Joey.
Rod also has had the good fortune to work with Larry Weiss ("Rhinestone Cowboy", "Bend Me, Shape Me"); Richard Leigh ("Don't you Make My Brown Eyes Blue", "Greatest Man I Never Knew"); Don Schlitz ("The Gambler"); Tommy Barnes ("Cherokee Outlaw"); Randy Boudreaux ("Goodnight Sweetheart", ""Brokenheartsville", "Alibis", "Who Needs You Baby").
Rod has helped these local folks you might recognize as DSA writers include David Banning, Dickie Kaiser and Steve Hood.
By simply hanging around individuals in broadcasting, Rod worked with Howard Cosell, Verne Lundquist (Rod got him his divorce from his first wife and introduced him to his second wife) and Roger Staubach, whom Rod got on the speaking tour.
Rod was the first attorney Buddy Magazine turned to some 44 years ago.
This is only a few of many stories Rod has about the music business. His contacts are endless. Rod is an educator and loves to help careers. Come meet Rod Phelps who is doing a series of talks at DSA every other month. He's starting with PROs. Rod will be staying to hear your songs.
The monthly meeting will continue to have the song critique session but the format will be a little different. Instead of judging a "winning" song each month that is eligible for the "Song of the Year", all songs submitted at the meeting will be entered in the DSA Member Best Songs of the Meeting at the end of the year for Song of the Year and Songwriter of the year. We are considering adding a peoples choice awards.
Each song entry will receive friendly feedback from two music industry professionals, Joe Milton and Barbe McMillen. Joe has been an LA touring musician, studio musician and songwriter and currently owns Jo Musik, a Dallas area music production company and studio that has done music for film and TV, voiceover and dialogue, plays, live shows, jingles, industrials and videos. Barbe is currently Associate Professor of Songwriting at Collin College and President Emeritus of the DSA. She is also a voting member of the Recording Academy that votes for the Grammy Awards. As a recording artist she has recorded five albums. She has written songs in all genres, including a musical called "Give Me Break".
Songs can be on a CD, or emailed to Harry Hewlett at firstname.lastname@example.org, or performed live, or even mailed in (you don't have to be present) or members can enter online at https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-meeting/song-of-the-month/. Just let him know if you want to get a spot at the meeting because we are limited on time and you must be a member to submit your song(s). The song entry/critique fee is $10 for each song. Preferred entry is online, so we can know how much time to allot to critiques, however, don't let that stop you, you can bring a recorded song to the meeting or just sing it at the meeting. Be sure to provide copies of lyrics for the group so they can give friendly feedback too. Good thing is that you can bring your song in for a pro critique and submit your rewritten or updated song at anytime during the year before the cut-off date. This is to encourage members to use the critique sessions during the editing phase of your song. You can have plenty of time for a re-write and re-submit.
Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1858860727694763/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%22106%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D
May 4th: TBA - HALF PRICE BOOKS ON THE 1ST THURSDAY
June 1st - Rod Phelps - Half Price Books
Recordings of past DSA Second Tuesday guest speakers
Sept 2016 Joe Milton on Preparing for a Recording Session
Reviews of past DSA Second Tuesday guest speakersOct 2015 Tirk Wilder https://dallassongwriters.org/busy-dsa-october-began-with-tirk-wilder/
JAN - Love Without Money by Bobby Montgomery and Barbe McMillen
Oklahoma Grit by Rio King
Your The Best by Michael Brandenberger
Caribbean Holiday by David Alan Claer
Johnny's Place by Bill Kapac
Mean Woman Grill by Morri Hartgrave
Oklahoma Grit by Rio King
Six Gun Sally by Bill Kapac
Stay (Until The Sunrise) by Steve Valenzuela
Storm (instrumental) by Yulia Petrova
The Days by Ireland Casteel
When There Is Nothing (instrumental) by Yulia Petrova
You Made My Day by Michael Brandenberger
Goodbye by Yulia Petrova
Gypsy (Girl) King by James Pappas
House On The Hill by Bill Kapac
I Found Myself In Austin by Morri Hartgraves
Island Red by Ricky Gene Wright
Never by Ireland Casteel
2016 Winners & Finalists
Q&A With Winner, Dori Weaver, Song of the Year 2015
is Rio King with the most wins at the meeting critiques
4. WORKSHOPS - DSA WORKSHOPS
DSA PRESENTS SUSAN GIBSON WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE
THE BLANK PAGE: Finding and following through on your inspiration, Grabbing
the songs from thin air, Fishing with a line versus a net.
Performing Songwriter Susan Gibson, writer of Wide Open Spaces performed by the Dixie Chicks, will present a workshop on Saturday, April 22. Workshop, pizza dinner and performance all included for $35.
Susan has taught songwriting workshops to all ages. She has been a mentor at the Real Life, Real Music Summer Camp in The Woodlands, Texas for the past five years. She's also given workshops and talks at The Brauntex Theater, The San Antonio Songwriters' Saloon, The Songwriters Serenade Competition, The Bugle Boy Soldier' Songs Program, Belmont University, UT Austin, NSAI Nashville and Houston Chapters, and at The Boys and Girls Club among others.
Susan draws from her experience as a commercially successful songwriter as well as a nationally touring, independent artist with 5 albums of original material in her catalog. She can address a variety of topics from writing to business.
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WILDFLOWER WORKSHOP WITH JOE CROOKSTON - MAY 19
Performing songwriter Joe Crookston will be leading the Songwriting Workshop at the Wildflower! Festival this year! The workshop will be on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 9 am - 4 pm at the Courtyard by Marriott on Spring Valley (same location as last year). For more information and to sign up, click on the link below:
REO RAFTING RESORT SONGWRITING WORKSHOPS
How Music REALLY Works July 9-14, 2017
Learn the songwriting techniques of the master songwriters with best-selling author Wayne Chase. Learn how you can use these tools to craft great songs. Includes FREE library, books, music charts & more ($400 value).
SongMatrix Retreat August 13-18, 2017
Hands on, in-depth exploration of your original songs using more than 40 specific SongMatrix musical & lyrical techniques. Create brilliant melodies and emotion-evoking lyrics. Includes 1-year post-retreat mentoring with SongMatrix author Wayne Chase.
Read the Review of the Roy Elkins Workshop
Want to study songwriting but don't want to get out of your PJ's?
* Take a class online through a songwriting workshop yahoo group with Barbara McMillen, associate professor of Songwriting and Music Business at Collin College.
* Check out the https://songtown.com songwriter learning community.
5. SHOWCASES AND OPEN MICS -
If you want peer feedback on a song bring a few lyric sheets
DUNN BROTHERS COFFEE HOUSE - Addison
3rd Saturday 6:30 -8:30
3rd Saturday 7:30 - 11:00 Check out our facebook page where Harry is posting live streaming.
7:30 M'Lynn Musgrove
8:00 Baylis Laramore
8:30 Jeff Stachowski
9:10 "Guest host" Harry Hewlett
SUMMER 2016 -WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The Days by Ireland Casteel, Grapevine, TX
Still by Lonnie Jordan, Casar, NC
The Cowboy Rides Away by Lonnie Jordan, Casar, NC
Big Enough To Be Small by Bill Kapac, Williamstown, NJ
Cufflinks by Bill Kapac, Williamstown, NJ
I'll Make Your Dreams Come True by Bill Kapac, Williamstown, NJ
That Makes Two and a Half Times You Broke My Heart by Derek Houghton
AND THE 2016 WINNERS ARE.........
See Summer winners on the website: https://dallassongwriters.org/2016-summer-lyric-contest-winners-announced/
2016 Spring Winners on the website: :
See winners from 2016 and 2015 listed in the DSA 2016 Fall Hardcopy of Songwriters Notes featuring winner, Bill Kapac on front page. This issue was handed out at the Arlington Guitar Show in October.
See Winter 2016 on website: https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-lyric-contest-winners-winter-2016/
SUMMER and FALL 2015 RESULTS
CRITIQUES FOR SUMMER AND FALL 2016
7. MEMBER NEWS -
Secretary - Ginger Stanoiu
Harry Hewlett - A/R
Milani Shaw - VP of Membership
Gene Schillaci - Lyric Contest Director
Joe Milton, Ken Duren - At Large
Rachel Wilheim - Technology
Marcus Belmore - Executive VP, Webmaster
NEW MEMBERS: Have you joined our member only yahoo group where you can talk with the group and get special offers and last minute updates on events? subscribe: email@example.com
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Ricky E Wright, Bianca Rodreguez, Stephen Valenzuela, Yulia Petrova
EXPIRED IN JUNE: John Thomas Lane
EXPIRED IN JULY: Michael Franceus, Tom Prasado Rao, Crystal Taylor, Bill Sibley
EXPIRED IN AUG: Yanna Zovich, Minnie Murray, Warren Hanson
EXPIRED IN SEPT: Tom Thomas,
EXPIRED IN OCT: Denise Rosier, Katie Hardyman, Charlie Hill, Darren Rozell, M'Lynn Musgrove, Stephen McKinnell, Jenni Peal, Jay Gallagher, Rick Webster
EXPIRED IN NOV: Mike Hyden
EXPIRED IN DEC: Michael Brandenberger, Buck Morgan, Ross Vick, Anthony Groom, Kathryn Taylor, David Morales, Ashley Sichler, Brad Davis, Scott White
EXPIRED IN JAN: Jeff Moxcey, Robin Carr, Andrew Plan, Cousin Don Brown, Tony Ramey, Lucia Comnes, Gracie Lott, James Bennett, Rob Cariddi, Tyler Hook, Sarah Ashley, Christopher Hart, John Keawe, Katie Riley, Marc Tilson, Mathew Stemme, Patrice Luce Chapman, Clark McAlister, Ginger Stanoiu
EXPIRED IN FEB: Trevor Dahlen, Anthony Castillo, Mark Pierce, Katrina Pitts
EXPIRED IN MARCH: Carol Shaw, Ken Duran
TIME TO RENEW: Helene Cronin, John Mason, Ireland Casteel, Kathy Adams, Jim Collins
8. EVENTS - Featuring local and worldwide events of the songwriting community including, seminars, conferences, and showcases.
13 DSA Open Mic at Burger Edge
15 DSA Showcase at Angelas
17 DSA Song Swap at Tino's Too
28- May 7 JAZZ FEST, NOLA
11 DSA Open Mic at Burger Edge
13 - Joe Ely - Full band, Texas Tunes Series @ MCL Grand Lewisville, 8pm
15 DSA Song Swap at Tino's Too
16 - Music Biz 2017, Nashville
19 - 21 Wildflower Festival, Richardson, TX
June 10 - John Ford Coley - solo (Texas Tunes Series) 8pm
He also gets a star on Denton's Arts Walk of Fame at noon that day!
9 - Ronny Cox (Black Box Series) 6:30pm
22- DSA Hall of Fame Dinner and performance at Sons of Hermann Hall
and soon to be announced...
August 26 - Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros w/Susan Gibson
(Texas Tunes Series Encore) 8pm
9. Featured Articles:
Barbe McMillen's blog, The Craft of Songwriting
28th Annual BW STEVENSON PERFORMING SONGWRITER CONTEST
The deadline for Poor David's Pubs BW Stevenson Performing Songwriter Contest is fast approaching - April 10. For more information, go to http://poordavidspub.com/ to learn how you can win $1,000!
Lonestar Songcrafters is having a performing songwriter contest every Sunday at the Texas Muscians Museum in Irving. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=lonestar%20songcrafters