Thursday, January 4, 2018


Hello Songwriter, 

Happy New Year 2018! This will be another shorter version of the newsletter.

  Our Awards Banquet was held on Friday December 8, 2017 at the historic Sons of Hermann Hall celebrating with top songs of the year performed by first rate talent. Some of our DSA Song Contest Semi finalists and Best Songs of the Meeting Finalists performed, including local artists Loralai Milton, Ireland, Megan SullivanDon WallAl Lumbreras, Allen Larson and Virginia native, Mike Ryan. 

Here is a recap in pictures in case you were unable to  attend. Thanks to Gene Schillaci for taking these photos at the awards.

Here is a pdf of the program hard copy handed out at the event.

See the 2017 song contest winners here:…inners-announced/
Hear the song contest winners playlist:
See the 2017 Summer lyric contest winners here:…inners-announced/

See the Best Songs of the Meeting and Songwriter of the Year Winners here:…r-year-announced/

Our newly elected Board of Directors are meeting this Saturday to plan for the year 2018.

Our monthly meeting features guest speaker, Terry Jennings, son of Waylon Jennings. See details below.

 Other regular DSA monthly events are the open mics on the 2nd Wednesday, 3rd Thursdays and 1st Monday.

Thanks to Paul Zander, Jon Jaggers, Bobby Montgomery, Ginger Stanoia, Kenneth Shoemaker, and Kristi Myers for their recent contributions to our fall fundraiser. Other contributors include Ireland, Jon Jaggers, Bill Kapac, Rio King, Mimi Balkey, Suzi Morse, and Jared LoStrato. There is still time to donate. Go to this link:

 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 past Angela's showcases. Can't make it? Then tune into Facebook/dallassongwriters. Want to be on our facebook streams? Show up and perform.

Spring 2017 Songwriters Notes Get a pdf version here.
Spring 2016 Songwriters Notes Get a pdf version here.
Fall 2016 Songwriters Notes Hardcopy pdf version


GRAND PRIZE  -   A Casio Privia Piano

1st Runner Up
 wins studio time at
River Sounds Recording Resort

2nd Runner up
wins recording time at 

Grand Prize winners receive:
($199.95 Value) 
Includes Artist Website, 1 Yr. Hosting
1 Yr. Sonicbids Membership

Category winners get cash prizes


Thursday, Jan 4: Terry Jennings, Waylon's son is guest speaker @ Half Price Books, 6:30

We have special event for you at our January 4, 2018 general membership meeting! Terry Jennings, son of Waylon Jennings has written a book about his father “Waylon, Tales of my Outlaw Dad”, and will be our guest speaker.

Terry toured with his dad for decades, and will be sharing many never before told stories of Waylon and his friends followed by a Q and A session. Don’t miss this opportunity to get an insightful look into one of country music greatest stars! Read ore here:


Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus - Waylon ... - YouTube
Oct 20, 2017 - Uploaded by Cinemax
The father of 'Outlaw' country music, Waylong Jennings never quite fit in with the Nashville sound. It took ...

You can see the full episode on Cinemax on Demand.

Listen to Honky Tonk Heroes :

Terry will also be signing books and it will be open to the public, so come early to get a seat...and bring all your friends! There will not be any song critiques at this meeting, but as a special gift, any member who buys a book will also receive one free song critique at a future member meetings during 2018.

Location: Half Price Books/Northwest Highway in Dallas
6:00 pm: Doors Open/Networking and visiting
7:00 pm: Program followed by book signing

BEST SONGS of the Meeting winners were announced at the Awards Dinner. Contest for 2018 starts in February.
2017 Song of the Year - Lucky Man by Craig Langford, Dallas, Tx
2017 Winner Songwriter of the Year - Craig Langford

Finalists -



Austin Songwriting Group - Song Symposium - January 17 -21
ASG is extending the deadline for the Advance Registration Discount for 5 days only. Register by midnight Friday, January 5th for only $250 and save $125 off the full registration price of $375. The 14th Annual ASG Songwriters Symposium is scheduled for January 17-21, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Midtown in Austin, Texas. Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman, Chuck Cannon, Kimmie Rhodes, Jim Photoglo, Bob Livingston and more all in attendance.

MUSIC MAKERS CLINIC with Tony Ramey and Brad Davis
Saturday, February 3rd, Commerce, TX
Among a dozen other things, They’ll be covering topics that range from vetting new inroads into film and television, cutting production costs without sacrificing quality, implementing “underground” independent distribution and promotional strategies, discovering the art and craft of collaboration, and navigating the new landscape of streaming for the intellectual copyright owner and publisher. There’ll be some cool door prizes and discounts offered on national brands in music recording equipment and DAW accessories. 
DSA members get 15% discount. Look for an email to the membership group giving the code.
More info: URL:

Darrell Scott Songwriting Retreat

February 9-11, 2018

Join us for 3 days in the beautiful Texas Hill Country for an immersive songwriting experience led by 3-time Grammy nominee Darrell Scott. All experience levels welcome.  
Grammy Nomination – “Long Time Gone” Dixie Chicks 2003
Americana 2007 Song of the Year – “Hank Williams’ Ghost”
ASCAP Songwriter of the Year 2002
Songs recorded by: Dixie Chicks, Keb Mo, Faith Hill, Guy Clark, Sam Bush, Maura O’Connell, Kathy Mattea, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Garth Brooks, Patty Loveless, Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw …




 HALF PRICE BOOKS OPEN MIC - NORTHWEST HIGHWAY - Rotating guest host featured artist
EVERY 1ST MONDAY - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Sign up begins at 6:30
If you want peer feedback on a song bring a few lyric sheets

EVERY 3RD THURSDAY - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Hosted by  Harry Hewlett
In November 2017, DSA will celebrate 13 years at Dunn Brothers
see review of

BURGER EDGE - Richardson
EVERY 2ND WEDNESDAY - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Hosted by Michael Brandenberger and rotating guest host.
7529 Campbell Rd. at Coit

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EVENTS Featuring local and worldwide events of the songwriting community including, seminars, conferences, and showcases.

1 DSA Open Mic at Half Price Books
DSA Monthly Meeting
11 DSA Open Mic at Burger Edge 
18 DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
17 - 21 Austin Songwriters Songposium, Austin, TX
26-28 Steve Seskin workshop at the Bluebird, Nashville

1 DSA Monthly Meeting
3 Tony Ramey and Brad Davis Music Makers Clinic, Commerce, Tx
5 DSA Open Mic at Half Price Books 
  • Joe Crookston is a songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Residence and signed to Tamulevich Artist Management along with John Gorka and Peter Yarrow. His songs are being made into films. He'll surprise you and awaken the cynics. He's plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next

9-11 Darrell Scott Workshop, Blue Rock Studios, Wimberly, TX
14 - 18 Folk Alliance, Kansas City
14 DSA Open Mic at Burger Edge 
15 DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers

9 - 18 SXSW, Austin, TX
See Texas Music Office events calendar
Moses Avalon's List of Top Ranked Music Conferences.
See house concerts and coffee houses here:

DSA depends on your support.

Giving Rocks! While it never hurts to remind you that DSA is a non-profit organization (and so your contributions are tax-deductible) -  this year it means so much more. We're proud to be celebrating our 25th Anniversary as a non-profit. DSA has been an organized songwriter group since 1985 and became a non-profit in 1990.

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If you like what we do, and want to help us keep doing it, please make a contribution today. Gifts of all sizes are meaningful and appreciated.
Donations are welcome year round. 
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  Barbara McMillen, Editor
  Songwriter Notes
  Founding President Emeritus,
  Online Songwriting Workshop