On December 13th, DSA presented it's Song Contest Awards at the Christmas Dinner at Son's of Hermann Hall. A celebration of the year's most talented songwriters the evening featured performances by some the semifinalists, including Hayley McDaniel, John Mason, Rick Babb , Rio King, Ireland Casteel, Richie Smith, Shawn Layer, DeDe Wedekind, and Chris Michael Siostrom. The event is streamed on facebook and you can find the program with photos on our website at https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-awards-program-photos/
Our grand prize winner is Read Grand Prize Judge Roy Elkins comments. See the complete list https://dallassongwriters.org/2016-dsa-song-contest-winners/
Next Deadline for the Winter Lyric Contest is March 31st See #5 below.
DSA now has 7 regular monthly events. Our regular DSA monthly events are 1st and 3rd Monday SongSwaps and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursdays, (NO OPEN MIC ON THE LAST MONDAY) and our 2nd Tuesday Workshop and Critiques. The 4th Saturday Showcase at Angela's IS THE 3RD SATURDAY THIS MONTH. NO HALF PRICE OPEN MIC IN MARCH.
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.
For those of you that didn't know... Al Johnson, former Parks Director for the City of Richardson and founder of the Wildflower Festival passed away on Monday, December 26. His is a huge loss to the singer-songwriter world. His memorial celebration was held at the Eisemann Center in Richardson last Friday and Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines, Will and Crystal Yates, Bill Ward and Michael Hatley, and Tim Phillips all performed various songs that Al liked and requested. Al was the key to DSA's involvement at the Wildflower Festival. He contacted me and asked for our help in getting out the word about the festival many years ago and asked me to judge the entries. I've had the good fortune to do so a number of times over the years. One thing led to another and DSA found themselves managing a stage and our involvement has evolved to running the Courtyard Stage. Al has been a big influence on DSA through the years. He will be greatly missed by the songwriting community way beyond the DFW area. Listen to Al's favorite song by Guy Clark, The Cape.
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/
|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
|Bobby Montgomery awards Chris Michael 3rd place Country for Wanted Man|
|Barbe awards Rick Babb 3rd place Novelty/Childrens for Roly Poly. Rick also won 3rd place Chrisian for Praise You|
|Harry Hewlett awards Richie Smith Honorable Mention in Pop for For A Reason|
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.
An old fashion guitar pull where songwriters can come and perform their works in front of a small group of fellow artists for feedback and positive critique. You songs can be a work in progress or a completed song. Bring lyrics for people to write down their comments. Also, this is a chance for us to hear performers who have been wanting a slot at the Wildflower Festival.
We will have a CD player and a bluetooth speaker, so if you do not perform, bring your recorded material in any form. This is free to members and visitors alike, So bring a friend. Let's get to know the talent in DSA and help each other grow our songwriting talent.
Our Prez will also present the new plans we have for DSA in the coming year of 2017.
2900 Live Oak
Sign in and Networking begins at 6:30
OUR MONTHLY SONG COMPETITION HAS MOVED ONLINE
We will still be doing monthly song critiques for free at each meeting after the guest speaker presentation, The feedback will be free. The competition has moved online and is still $10 for MEMBERS ONLY to compete for Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. You can enter online or email an Mp3 to Harry, or give him a CD at the meetings.
Feb 2: MOVES TO 1ST THURSDAY at Half Price Books - Rod Phelps from the American Music Channel
March 20th: MOVES TO 3RD MONDAY at TINO'S TOO in Plano
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/
January - Time to Leave by Beth Murphy
February - My Pickup Truck by Charles Carter
March - Last Chance to Dance in Texas by Rio King
April - I'm Singing My Heart Out In Dallas Tonight by Charles Carter
May - Dallas by Charles Carter
June - none
July - none
Aug - no meeting
Sept - Play Me Sump'm Like Dat - Rio King
Oct - no critiques
Nov - That Window Closes Fast by Rio King
Q&A With Winner, Dori Weaver
is Rio King with the most wins at the meeting critiques
4. SHOWCASES AND OPEN MICS -
I wanted to let you know that Half Price Books is hosting an author event on Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m. NO OPEN MIC IN MARCH.
DUNN BROTHERS COFFEE HOUSE - Addison
3rd Saturday 6:30 -8:30
SUMMER 2016 -WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Addiction by Ireland Casteel, Grapevine, TX
|Barbe presenting to Ireland|
Addiction by Ireland Casteel, Grapevine, TX
Blue Collar Man by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx
River of Memories by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
The Whole Nine Yards by John Coughlin, Eureka, MO
Angels and Strangers by Bill Kapac, Williamstown, NJ
Friday Night by Bill Kapac, Williamstown, NJ
Open Blinds by Bill Kapac, Williamstown, NJ
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
6. MEMBER NEWS -
Secretary - Ginger Stanoiu
Harry Hewlett - A/R
VACANCY - VP of Membership
Joe Milton, Ken Duren - At Large
Rachel Wilheim - Technology
Marcus Belmore - 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
WELCOME NEW MEMBER and RENEWED MEMBER SONG CONTEST WINNERS: Hayley McDaniel, Debra M Gussin, Denise Rosier, Deborah "DeDe" Wedekind, Al Marcy, Don Coyne, Robert Graham, Richie Smith, Renee Safier, Charles Carter, Pamela Olivia, Jared LoStracco, Tim Sharp, Bill Wren , Rick Babb, Michael Roth, Randy Sauer, Ireland Casteel, Christopher Siostrom, Nitanee Paris Lawson, Conrad Swartz, Randy Overton
EXPIRED IN MARCH: Pete Miller, Tippy Balady, Phoenix Rose, Tim York
EXPIRED IN APRIL: Phillip Wildman, Shane Andrews
EXPIRED IN MAY: Ted Pearce, Mark Evans, Tamara Stamps, Ray Baker, Timothy McGarity
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, Raquel Nguyen, 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
TIME TO RENEW: Jeff Moxcey, Robin Carr, Gene Schillaci, Troll Mallow, Andrew Plan, Terry Bloss, Cousin Don Brown, Erin ( Cat) McGee, 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, John Jaggers, Clark McAlister, Ginger Stanoiu
7. WORKSHOPS - DSA WORKSHOPS
NEW SONGWRITING CAMP in Tucson, Arizona.
February 9-12, 2017
The camp is limited to 30 participants to ensure that each participant has time to interact with each of the three instructors - Sally Barris, Cliff Eberhardt, and Cosy Sheridan – WHO all nationally known touring singer/songwriters, and each is also in demand as a teacher, for both beginning and experienced songwriters. The camp will be held at the Biosphere 2 conference center, and will include workshops, song circles, and one-on-one critiques. For more information, see http://tucsonsongwriting.wordpress.com or contact Melissa Tatum at email@example.com or 520-375-3811
Songwriter Symposium 2017: JAN 11 - 15. Your chance to pre-register for ASG's Songwriter Symposium 2017 at the discount price of $225 expires at midnight on Wednesday, the 30th of November. On Thursday, the 1st of December the price to register will increase to $375.00. For details and to register, visit the Symposium 2017 page at the ASG website. http://austinsongwritersgroup.com/asgs-13th-annual-songwriters-symposium-2017-registration/
Steve Seskin's 13th Annual Songcrafting Seminar at the Bluebird Cafe. JAN 27 - 29 . This year is going to be better than ever with new workshops and our very special guests including hit songwriters JT Harding (Kenny Chesney “Somewhere With You"), Heather Morgan, (Brett Eldredge “Lose My Mind”), and publisher Dan Hodges. The details about the event are below. For more information please email Phil Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can jump right in and REGISTER HERE!
Read the Review of the Roy Elkins Workshop
8. EVENTS - Featuring local and worldwide events of the songwriting community including, seminars, conferences, and showcases.
11 DSA Open Mic at Burger Edge
21 DSA Showcase at Angelas
27 - 29 Steve Seskin's Songcrafting Workshop at Bluebird, Nashville, TN
1-3 ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop
12 Grammy Awards
14 DSA Second Tuesday Meeting
14- 19 Folk Alliance Conference, Kansas City
20 DSA Song Swap at Tinos
27 - 29 Steve Seskin's Songcrafting Workshop at Bluebird, Nashville, TN
2 NO HALF PRICE BOOKS OPEN MIC
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 6:30pm - Terri and Lloyd - Black Box Songwriter Concert Series
9. Featured Articles:
Bas Grasmayer takes a look at the changing role of the consumer, the ways in which music is evolving, and some of the business models attached to it
By Daniel Adrian Sanchez
Warner/Chappell (WCM) together with Girl Scouts of the USA announced the launch of the youth organization's first-ever original song with the help of WCM songwriters.
By Cari Romm
Posted by Bruce Houghton
American songwriter, producer, entrepreneur and a cappella singer, arranger, and digital music powerhouse Peter Hollens has 1.5M followers on YouTube and another 500K on Facebook. His videos regularly get millions of views and have won support from thousands of fans on Patreon...and he says he's on track to gross over seven-figures this year. And here’s what Hollens wants the world to know: You can build a substantial career, with substantial income, by throwing some of the old industry rules and structures out the window. Continue Reading
By Janelle Rogers
A goal without a plan is just a wish. Continue Reading
By Paul Corsi
How do you know if you're doing everything right? Here are a few ways to know if you're actually sabotaging your PR success. Continue Reading
With CD Baby's cover song licensing, you can license and distribute your cover song (to platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc.), manage it all from one account, and CD Baby will handle all of your accounting and mechanical royalty payments FOREVER. Continue Reading
By Angela Mastrogiacomo
Bob Baker discusses how many beginning musicians often go astray when pitching their music to tastemakers, and how setting and working towards clear goals is important to achieving success as an artist. Continue Reading
By Rachel Bresnahan
You are probably too young to remember, but there was a time when great music and great sound intersected and the experience was oh, so sublime.
Setting up an awesome sound system from your PC can be daunting, with various file formats, storage options, and external equipment to consider. This primer will get you rocking. Continue Reading
By Liam Duncan
Let's face it, it happens. At some point in your career as an artist, you will be offered the "opportunity" to pay to play a show. These offers come in all shapes and sizes. From sneaky promoters looking to take advantage of naive bands to legitimate opportunities. ... Should band pay to play ... in short ... maybe. Continue Reading
By Ari Herstand
Remember, nothing in the music industry is black and white. Not streaming. Not pirating music. Not playing gigs for free. Is playing for free ever okay? Short answer is yes. Should bands take free gigs? Short answer is maybe. But nothing in the music industry can accurately be answered with a short answer. Use this guide to help you decide if the gig is right for you. Continue Reading
By Colin Fleming
"Strawberry Fields Forever" represents one of the most daunting achievements of the Beatles' career, and a landmark in 20th-century music as a whole, but what if someone was to say there exists a "Strawberry Fields" recording that surpasses the single released in February 1967? A fatuous claim? Or a gateway to the most revealing of all Beatles recordings? Read how song evolved from intimate John Lennon demo into sublime studio attempt and immortal finished version Continue Reading
Al Johnson at Wildflower with Mains and Hendricks
Al's favorite song by Guy Clark
By Seymour Stein
The Sire Records chairman recalls Reynolds' 1957 hit "Tammy" and the music revolution underfoot. ... "Tammy" which in 1957 topped the Billboard charts and became the year's highest ranked song by a female artist. "It was a MOST important year for music and Debbie Reynolds was a big part of it," Stein says. 'Tammy' had to be unique to fare so well in the face of such dramatic changes." Continue Reading
We Were All "Young Guns" Then: George Michael and the Early Days Of Wham!, The Coolest Band In London
By Tony Fletcher
I interviewed George Michael in 1983, soon after he became a teen idol. But before that, he was our new music hero. Continue Reading
Train passengers enjoy a Magical Piano in Chicago Union Station that responds in real time to its environment. Continue Reading
Musician Keith Medley makes beautiful music on his one-of-a-kind 27-string guitar that he created. Continue Reading
CRAFT OF SONGWRITING
By Helen Brown
Buddy Holly's 1958 performance inspired the young Mick Jagger to form his own band. Continue Reading
By Jeff Bond
How intimidating is it to be the first person other than John Williams to score a Star Wars film? “… We were at Fox, and we used the Star Wars main title as a warm-up, to have some fun and test our mics. And when that started playing, I just thought, ‘Oh my God, this is insane that I get to be doing this.’ It wasn't until that moment that I really got scared.” -Michael Giacchino. Continue Reading
By Ryan Delarosa
Barbe McMillen's blog, The Craft of Songwriting
DSA Song Contest Closed - Winners Announced Dec 13
US State Dept Seeks Artists for International Touring
Application Deadline is 11:59pm PST on January 27, 2017
Texas music bands and ensembles of 3-5 members are encouraged to apply for the 2017-2018 American Music Abroad (AMA) Tour Season, a program funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Association of American Voices."
"The AMA program is designed to foster communication and people-to-people connection around the world through month-long tours by American bands in countries with little or no access to live American musical performances and expertise," writes Executive Director of American Voices, John Ferguson.
AMA is seeking ensembles that demonstrate outstanding musical talent, in addition to strong community outreach, educational programming and cultural diplomacy skills that can be scaled and tailored to fit any type of international audience. "We welcome any traditionally American musical genre; hip hop, rock & roll, indie, Latin, R&B, jazz, blues, country, Broadway, gospel, Native American, soul and more," Ferguson continued.
The FREE online application - http://amvoices.org/ama/apply/application/
Criteria - http://amvoices.org/ama/apply/criteria/
FAQ - http://amvoices.org/ama/apply/faqs/