Tuesday, September 13, 2016

SONGWRITERS NOTES E-NEWS #179 SEPTEMBER 2016

Hello Songwriter,

Our annual DSA Song Contest is coming to a close with a deadline of Sept 30th. See #1 below for details.

Our fall fundraising drive has kicked off. Thanks to Bobby Montgomery with the first kick off donation. Jon Jaggers has followed up. Thank you, Jon and Bobby. We need your tax deductible donations to keep DSA running. Here is the President's letter to DSA.

"Dallas Songwriter Association Members and friends,
Fall is almost here and so is our annual fundraising drive!  Basically our funds come from dues and song contest fees, but those sources can fluctuate greatly.  We need your help keep the DSA a viable non-profit association that benefits our members and the community.  Your tax deductible donation will help the DSA keep alive all of the following, which makes us one of the busiest musical associations in the country.
• Educational programs and music industry speakers at regular monthly meeting.
• Song critiques by industry experts for your songs at each monthly meeting.
• Songwriting feedback sessions at Song Swap workshops twice a month.
Worldwide lyric contests four time a year.

Worldwide song contest once a year featuring 8 song categories and industry judges.
• Open mics for anyone to perform original songs 3 times a month, including the Kitchen CafĂ©, Dunn Brothers and Half Price Books
• Saturday night showcases for members at least once a month
• Performance opportunities for members at the Wildflower Festival and Poor David's Pub,
• Workshop opportunities with great song writers like the Girls From Nashville (Liz Rose, Allyssa McHeala, Ashley Ray, Heather Morgan) and musi c industry experts like Larry Beaird
• Monthly on-line newsletter with music industry information and help for songwriters
• A DSA website that enables members to having e their own page on the website to share their music and activities.
With $25 you will receive a DSA T-shirt, with $50 you will get a great DSA cap, and for $75 you get the DSA cap, T-shirt, and 2 DSA cuzzies.  For donations of $100 or more you will get the gift premiums plus recognition in the DSA newsletter every month as a special contributor to the DSA.
To donate, just go to the DSA website at Home - Dallas Songwriters Association and click on the donation link.
Many thanks. ... Michael Brandenberger, President, Dallas Songwriters Association 
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Several DSA members have volunteered to play for a DSA fundraiser.
WHAT  DSA potluck dinner and concert invitation
WHEN  September 16, 2016 6:00pm
WHERE First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
323 W. Wheatland Rd. Duncanville, tx. 75116
Admission: $10.00 per person and your favorite covered dish. What a great evening of entertainment we have planned for you, friends, family, food and music. It's a bit of a drive for some, but it is well worth it! With all the fine cooks in church and DSA, the banquet will be to die for! And of course the "cream of the crop" line up of DSA entertainers is outstanding! Performing are Barbe M, Dickey J, Bobby M, Harry H, Michael B, Dan Roark, Ian Dickson and Paul Zander.
All proceeds go to the benefit of DSA. So clear your calendar and RSVP, ASAP.
RSVP and pay your $10.00 at the door. That's when I need to turn in the head count for table set up.... Bobby


We're celebrating  Prez Michael Brandenberger's Birthday on Sept 13 at the DSA Meeting. Let us eat cake! Our guest speaker for this month is Joe Milton.   Are you considering recording your songs? He will tell you how to prepare for a recording session. Also, bring your songs in for critique or submit via the website if you can't be there.
 

The Dallas Songwriters Inaugural Hall of Fame Ceremony honoring Blind Lemon Jefferson and T-Bone Walker and featuring Jimmy Wallace and the Stratoblasters was held at Sons of Hermann Hall on July 22. Here's what VP Bobby Montgomery had to say about the event.
"Michael Brandenberger did an outstanding job, with his radio DJ voice, MC'ing the event. Jimmy Wallace and the Stratoblasters did excellent renditions of those great blues songs of days gone by as well as two hours of blues tunes through the decades. Sons of Hermann Hall Ball Room was the perfect venue. The audience was so drawn in to the program that many just had to get up and dance. This was the first of an annual event honoring those who have contributed so much to the craft of songwriting in all genres by inducting them into the newly formed "Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame".  Did you miss it this year, well don't miss it next Year. ----- Bobby Montgomery, DSA VP"
The Spring Lyric Contest currently being judged. Our next deadline is Sept 30th See #5 below.

Fun was had by all at the DSA Picnic Jam and Pool Party on Saturday, August 13 at the home of Joe & Linda Milton's. Joe gave studio tours, some of us swam and most of us jammed. Oh yes, and the BBQ and fixin's were yummy.

DSA now has 8 regular monthly events. Our regular DSA monthly events are 1st and 3rd Monday SongSwaps and 1st and 3rd Thursdays and last Monday Open Mic, 4th Saturday Showcase at Angela's, and our 2nd Tuesday Workshop and Critiques. For details, see #2 and #4 below. Some of us like to visit the Poor Davids Pub (hosted by Mr Troll) or Angela's Open Mic every Monday.

Did you know we are live streaming on Facebook? Thanks to Harry Hewlett you can view some of our open mics in a live stream on Facebook? Can't make it? Then tune in to Facebook/dallassongwriters. Want to be on our facebook streams? Show up and perform.

For a complete calendar list see #8 Events below.

Thanks to Paul Zander, Michael Brandenberger, Bobby Montgomery, Jon Jaggers,  Mimi Balkey, Suzi Morse 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/

Songcerely,
Barbe


Spring 2016 Songwriters Notes Get a pdf version here.

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1. ANNUAL SONG CONTEST - 2016 NOW OPEN - DEADLINE Sept 30th

Enter on DSA website 

Enter on Broadjam  

Now in its 26th year, The DSA 2016 Song Contest is one of the longest running international song contests for amateur songwriters. Over $5,000 in cash and prizes.

GRAND PRIZE  -   A Casio Privia Piano
and a Nashville recording session at Beaird Music Group. 
Beaird Music Group


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







2nd Runner up
wins recording time at 
Jo-Musik


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

Category winners get cash prizes
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2015 SONG CONTEST WINNER T EDWIN DOSS WITH GRAND PRIZE CASIO PRIVIA

Read interview with 2015 winner T Edwin Doss and learn about out other Grand Prize Winners❤ 
Did you miss the Awards Dinner? Here's a blow by blow courtesy of Dan Roark

GRAND PRIZE WINNERS
1. Jessie Brown by T. Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, MD
2. Real Love Next Time by Bonnie Warren, Philadelphia, PA
3. Aina Hanu by John Keawe, Kapaau, Hawaii



WINNERS

MC and GRAND PRIZE JUDGE,  ROY ELKINS, left us with extensive comments on the grand prize winners and more. https://dallassongwriters.org/roy-elkins-on-songs-from-dsa-song-contest/

Hard Copy of Songwriters Notes Spring 2016 issue with 2015 winners
http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/8182067/dsanewsspring2016-pdf-2-4-meg?da=y 

SEMIFINALISTS   http://dsasongcontest.blogspot.com/ 

 WINNER OF THE IPOD – Samuel Miller, Chico, CA


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Click here for more info about this contest, and for more information about joining DSA (membership not required to enter contest). Click here to view a list of frequently asked questions. 
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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.

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2. DSA MEETINGS - SECOND TUESDAY WORKSHOP

  Sept 13th: Joe Milton - Preparing for a Recording Session 
Joe Milton is well-known for his independent recording studio, Jo-Musik, where he writes and records his own material and produces new talent. Joe's songs have been featured in film and television, including the NBC mini-series, Hunt For the Unicorn about fugitive Ira Einhorn. http://joemilton.com/mus.htm

Meadows Conference Center
2900 Live Oak
Free to Members | $5 for visitors
Sign in and Networking begins at 6:30
Announcements at 7PM
Program about 7:30
Song Critiques follow – Members only may enter for $10

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Reviews of past DSA Second Tuesday guest speakers  

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MONDAY SONG SWAPS for peer critique
Song Swap Workshops
Monthly 7:30-10 PM
Free, Visitors Welcome
Where songwriters perform their songs for peer review. Bring your guitar and a few lyric sheets. This is like an old fashioned guitar pull with comments between songs.

FIRST MONDAY in East Dallas - 
Half Price Books, 5803 E Northwest Hwy Dallas, TX 75231-6519 (214) 379-8000
 Jame Pappas, Gigi Gostas coordinating.
We'll be in the Community Room at the back left in the building.

THIRD MONDAY in PLANO - 
Tino's - Steve Sullivan, Gigi Gostas coordinating.
Tino's Too Mexican Restaurant 2205 Ave K, Plano, Tx  972 881-9226
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3. BEST SONGS of the 2nd Tuesday Meeting

Harry Hewlett, Dori Weaver, Michael Brandenberger
Harry Hewlett, Dori Weaver, Michael Brandenberger
2016 
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 
MayDallas by Charles Carter
June - none
July - none
Aug - no meeting

2015 Winner - Waiting to Breathe by Dori Weaver   
2. Jimmy Loves Jesus by Buck Morgan
3. Give 'Em Time Lord by Bobby Montgomery

Here is the list of winners of the meeting critiques from which the top three were chosen thanks to Judge, Ian Dickson, former DSA Director and Wildflower Contest winner.

Q&A With Winner, Dori Weaver
https://dallassongwriters.org/qa-song-year-winner-dori-weaver/ 

Songwriter of the Year 2015 
is Rio King with the most wins at the meeting critiques
To view past winners go to the Best Songs blog. http://bestsongsofthemeeting.blogspot.com/
To hear the winners go to our Soundcloud page https://soundcloud.com/dsa-best-songs

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4. SHOWCASES AND OPEN MICS -

http://showcases-openmics.blogspot.com/

OPEN MICS

HALF PRICE BOOKS OPEN MIC - NORTHWEST HIGHWAY - Rotating guest host featured artist
EVERY 1ST THURSDAY - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Sign up begins at 6:30

DUNN BROTHERS COFFEE HOUSE - Addison
EVERY 3RD THURSDAY - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Hosted by  Craig St.Clair 
In November 2015, DSA celebrated 11 years at Dunn Brothers
see review of

KITCHEN CAFE' - North Dallas
EVERY LAST MONDAY - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Hosted by Michael Brandenberger

SHOWCASES

ANGELA'S AT THE CROSSWALK in downtown Plano
4th Saturday 7:30 - 11:00 Check out our facebook page where Harry is posting live streaming.
Hosted by Buck and Harry

Sept 24, 2016
7:30 Harry Hewlett
8:00 Jerialice Arsenault, our featured guest from the Hill Country
8:45 Loralee Pearman
9:15-John Mason feature
10:00 Mark Evans
10:30 Buck Morgan

Oct 22
7:30 Buck ’n’ Harry
8:00 Michael Franceus
8:30 Sugar Daddy and the M&Ms
9:30 Gregory Waits
10:00 Marcus Belmore
10:30 Allen Larson

Other area open mics OPEN MICS
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5. DSA LYRIC CONTEST - Next deadline postmarked SEPT 30

or by mail
 FALL 2016 -WINNERS
 WINNER
IN HIS HANDS © Lauren Smith, Livermore, CA

 SEMIFINALISTS
IN HIS HANDS © Lauren Smith, Livermore, CA
TASTE OF LOVE SO SWEET © Bill Kapac, Williamstown, NJ
LONG TIME GONE © Ynana Zivich, San Luis Obispo, CA
SO LONG KAREN © Brian Kerr, Merida, Mexico

See comments on website: https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-lyric-contest-winners-winter-2016/

 SUMMER and FALL 2015 RESULTS

LYRICISTS GAIN RECOGNITION THROUGH COMPETITION
Next Lyric Contest Deadline is June 30th for Spring Lyric Contest
Entry fee is $10
Please see lyric contest webpage for details.

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6. MEMBER NEWS -

Wanna get involved? Become a committee member. It's fun! Be apart of the inner workings of the DSA. We have committee positions open. Let us know if you'd like to be on the board. Just show up a our membership meeting.

Directors elected at our Nov 11th Annual Membership Meeting were:
Michael BrandenbergerBobby MontgomeryDicky JohnsonRachel WilhelmDan RoarkBarbe McMillenJoe Milton, Stephen McKinnell, Steve Sullivan, Ken Duren, James Pappas and Harry Hewlett. Welcome new board members Ginger, Marcus, and Charles

Current Officers
Michael Brandenberger -  Prez
Bobby Montgomery - Executive VP, VP Programs
Dicky Johnson - Treasurer
Secretary - Ginger Stanoiu
Dan Roark - Lyric Contest Director, showcases, workshops
Barbe McMillen - Communications, Administration, Newsletter
Harry Hewlett - A/R
Stephen McKinnell - VP of Membership 
Steve Sullivan and James Pappas - SongSwap Coordinators
Joe Milton, Ken Duren - At Large
Rachel Wilheim - Technology
Marcus Belmore - Webmaster

If you are not a DSA Member, you missed these tips sent out through our yahoo group:

* Publisher looking for Childrens songs
* Artists/Producers looking for original material for recording artists
* Major Brand X (To be disclosed at a later time) Seeks Independent artist for music campaign.
* Where to get your cd reviewed
* Music related job listing
* Film Licensing Co. seeking instrumental music
* Cheap and free tickets - Free tickets to selected Winspear Opera House events.

Lyricists are invited to co-write with music writers by submitting your lyric through the member yahoo group.
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: dallassongwriters-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

                   PATRON SAINTS: PAUL ZANDER
Patron Sponsor L3: Bobby Montgomery, Michael Brandenberger
Patron Sponsor L1: Cliff Monroe, Suzi Morse, Jon Jaggers
Patron Sponsor: Mimi Balkey

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Stephen Houpt, Haley McDaniel, Joe Austin, Robin Dossey, Ginger Stanoiu
THANK YOU FOR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP: Marcus Belmore, JR Rosenberg, Michelle Boulden, Allen Larsen, John Mason, Mary Guthrie, Dorinda Weaver, Cousin Don Brown, Alexis Tap, Bill Honker, Gigi Gosta, Ken Duren, Lynn McCrackin
TIME TO RENEW: The following members owe dues:
YOU HAVE A TWO MONTH GRACE PERIOD TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR YOU WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE MEMBER GROUP

EXPIRED IN OCT: Rick Webster, Jay Gallagher, Jenni Peal 
EXPIRED IN NOV: Richard Pickett, Lisa Byrn, Steve Wilson 
EXPIRED IN DEC: Kathryn Taylor
EXPIRED IN JAN: Terry Bloss, Bill Kapac, Matt Nestor, Ben Neumann, Al Hovden, Rob Lutzwig, Maxim Senin, Stephen Blackwell, Rene Safier, Kyle Vincent, Stacy Hogan, Jacquelyn Christina, Will Kincaid, John Martinez
EXPIRED IN FEBAnthony Castillo, Mark Pierce, Katrina Pitts
EXPIRED IN MARCHPete 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, Waren Hanson

TIME TO RENEW: Alexandra Brinkley, Adriana Braddon, Rick Babb, Ken Golden, Tom Thomas, Rachel Wilheim, Harry Hewlett
  Renew your membership online.
You'll find the link to the store on the panel to the right
Or paste this link in your browser: https://dallassongwriters.org/shop/dsa-membership/

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7. WORKSHOPS - DSA WORKSHOPS 

(Each month DSA hosts 3 workshops at our monthly meetings on the 1st Monday, 3rd Monday and 2nd Tuesday these are ongoing. see item 2 above.)
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.
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8. EVENTS Featuring local and worldwide events of the songwriting community including, seminars, conferences, and showcases.

2015
SEPT
1 DSA Open Mic at Half Price Books
2 - 4  Tony Ramey Labor Day weekend Spirit of Hank Tour Show series at the Granbury Theater in Granbury TX.
 8  Blue Rock Concerts - Freddy and Francine Live webcast
https://www.concertwindow.com/bluerock
10 Tony Ramey at the VIP Theater Texan Theater
12 DSA Song Swap at Half Price Books
13 DSA Second Tuesday Meeting - Michael B's Birthday - Joe Milton Speaks
15 DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
17 Three Moon House Concert - Bob Livingston
19 Song Swap at Tinos
24 DSA Showcase at Angelas 
26 DSA Open Mic at Kitchen Cafe
30 - Oct 1 Southwest Regional Folk Alliance, Austin, Tx

OCT
1 Video Fest 29's Ernie Kovak Awards with Michael Nesmith at the Kessler
http://www.prekindle.com/promo/id/24545708305417863?mc_cid=8cbd6f5c4a&mc_eid=c59fbcdb14
3 DSA Song Swap at Half Price Books
5 - 9 A3C, Atlanta, GA
6 DSA Open Mic at Half Price Books
11 DSA Second Tuesday Meeting 
15- 16 Arlington Guitar Show
17 Song Swap at Tinos
20 DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
22 DSA Showcase at Angelas 
31 DSA Open Mic at Kitchen Cafe

NOV
2 CMA AWARDS  on ABC
3 DSA Open Mic at Half Price Books
7 DSA Song Swap at Half Price Books
8 DSA Second Tuesday Meeting
21 Song Swap at Tinos
17 DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
26 DSA Showcase at Angelas 
28 DSA Open Mic at Kitchen Cafe

DEC
1 DSA Open Mic at Half Price Books
5 DSA Song Swap at Half Price Books
13 DSA Awards Dinner
19 Song Swap at Tinos
15 DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
24 DSA Showcase at Angelas 
26 DSA Open Mic at Kitchen Cafe

 2017
JAN
2 DSA Song Swap at Half Price Books
6 DSA Open Mic at Half Price Books
10 DSA Second Tuesday Meeting
13 - 17 ASG Songwriters Seminar - Austin, Tx
16 Song Swap at Tinos
18 DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
28 DSA Showcase at Angelas 
30 DSA Open Mic at Kitchen Cafe
Moses Avalon's List of Top Ranked Music Conferences.

Go to the events page to view links to local and Texas venues.   http://songwriterevents.blogspot.com/

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9. Featured Articles:

MusiciansAction
Last March, in an amazing show of unity, every major union and rights organization representing recording artists, songwriters, and musicians signed a policy document affirming the need for (copyright) reforms to protect artists’ rights online. It was supported by grass roots activist groups…and a letter signed by 400 individual artists. MusiciansACTION has been working to convince the leadership of our organizations that we, the community of working artists/composers/musicians, support their defense of our rights, and want them to follow through with real action and resources.   We’re writing today to ask you to sign the "Statement of Digital Solidarity Petition.” The petition affirms support for copyright, and supports reforms essential for restoring fair treatment for artists in the digital domain. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

You should seek advice from a competent, IP-savvy attorney if the concerns raised in this article resonate with you.
Klein Moynihan Turco LLC
Social media "influencers" – individuals who are powerful, popular and relevant enough to influence others within their online social sphere – generate ad dollars, product endorsement opportunities and other revenue streams using social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest and Twitch.  However, as social networks become more interactive and publicly accessible, YouTubers and other influencers become more susceptible to certain legal risks involving intellectual property (IP). What is intellectual property, and how can influencers protect themselves? Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Ted Gioia
Tunes for the unconscious are a hot music trend. But how do you assess songs you sleep through? Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

MUSIC BUSINESS
By Sonicbids

By Robert Klembas

By Erin M. Jacobson, Esq -- Musicians often ask me when they need to “get it in writing” as opposed to just having a verbal agreement or handshake deal. The real answer to that question is that you should always get agreements in writing, but there are three common scenarios where it's especially essential. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif


LISTEN
By Eyder Peralta
Juan Gabriel, a singular superstar who transcended borders and the trappings of gender with meticulously crafted pop songs and a flamboyant showmanship that earned the nickname the "divo of Juarez," has died, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner. Juan Gabriel was 66 years old… Juan Gabriel wrote pop songs and rock songs. He sang with mariachis and full-blown orchestras, producing dozens of hits. … By one count Juan Gabriel put out some 2,000 songs and he was known for marathon live shows. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

VIDEO 
The definition of "This cat cooks..."

Happy 90th young man.

IN MEMORIAM
Perhaps the greatest harp picker of all time.
By Associated Press
Born in Brussels on April 29, in 1922, Jean-Baptiste Frederic Isidore Thielemans started playing the harmonica as a hobby and got "contaminated" by the jazz virus during the German occupation. … His first international breakthrough came in 1950 when he joined Benny Goodman on a European concert tour. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1952, joining Charlie Parker's All Stars. He also played with other jazz greats, including Ella Fitzgerald, and mainstream stars like Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Billy Joel. His solos appeared on the film scores of 'Midnight Cowboy,' 'The Getaway' and 'Sugarland Express' and in the 'Sesame Street' theme music.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

When you first hear the music of a gifted songwriter you know there is magic in the room.
By Carolina A. Miranda
Juan Gabriel, who died of a sudden heart attack in Santa Monica on Sunday at the age of 66, was one of the most prolific songwriters of the 20th century. His life and lyrics embodied the triumphs and struggles of contemporary Latin America, of bustling metropolises teeming with hybrid cultures. He also knew how to channel heartbreak in almost uncanny ways.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

PERFORMANCE
By Anthony Cerullo
Surely you remember the first time you recorded your own voice. Upon listening back, you must have been shocked to sound so different. You were probably in disbelief that such a strange voice like that could belong to you. Once you got over the shock, though, you came to a realization: your voice sounds different to you than it does to everyone else.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Jesse Sterling Harrison
As a singer who doesn't play, do you ever feel left out? Do you want a stronger role in your band's songwriting? Maybe you've wanted to learn an instrument for years, you've just never gotten around to it. Well, the time is now. Here are some tips that might help.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

RECORDING
By Sam Friedman
Many musicians have been taking production into their own hands. ... (But) there are a few questions you should ask yourself before diving in, such as, "Do I want full creative control and responsibility? Do I have the time and dedication to master the art of producing?"  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Casey van Wensem

Sonicbids Staff
Whether you're new to recording or you're a seasoned veteran, we've put together some expert tips that'll help anyone out in the studio.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

CRAFT OF SONGWRITING
By Corey Koehler
Quick fact: Without the correct songwriting techniques you are just making your music marketing efforts WAY harder if not impossible. That is why when Gerrell "Rellevant" King reached out to me to share some songwriting tips, it was a no-brainer. Especially when the info is coming from a guy who has "Platinum Selling Producer" attached to his name.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Christopher Scapelliti

By Jessica Kane
Copyright is complicated, particularly in the music industry. With the recent rash of lawsuits which has been cropping up of late, we're taking a minute to breakdown the difference between fair use and infringement, with the hope of avoiding the later. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Katie Lott
What is it that makes a Billboard #1 song? Why do some songs make it to the top while others flop? The answer seems to be a difficult cocktail made up of formulaic songwriting mixed with a few unique ingredients that set a song apart; when blended correctly, it's capable of hooking millions of listeners. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif
Thanks to Etan Rosenbloom for the link.

Barbe McMillen's blog, The Craft of Songwriting

Online Thesaurus and Rhyming Dictionary

Great web tool for lyric writing
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10. Song and Talent Contests

 DSA Quarterly Lyric Contest http://dsalyriccontest.blogspot.com/
Next deadline - Sept 30

DSA Song Contest Open: Enter Now - Sept 30th.

https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-annual-song-contest/ 

A comprehensive list of Song Contests compliments of MusesMuse.com
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11. Songwriting Resources -  Now accepting book reviews

Links to websites about songwriting, performance, music industry.

DSA Book Store - reviews, links, lists of recommended reading, and what's in the DSA Library.

12. Archives of Past Programs and Activities

DALLAS SONGWRITERS OLD WEBSITE WITH ARCHIVED LINKS TO PAST PROGRAMS

SONGS FROM THE SOUL OF SERVICE
Did you know???  DSA held two song contests for active military and the Cds of the winning songs, Songs From the Soul of Service Vols. 1 and 2 are available online at:http://store.kagi.com/cgi-bin/store.cgi?storeID=7TE_LIVE&page=SSS4
Tribute to our fallen soldiers from DFW at our Podomatic site:
You Know Me Tribute to Fallen
Read the latest story about this years winners

CROSSROADS SHOWCASES
View past showcase performances and workshops on Crossroads Youtube.
                       
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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.

Your gift
 enables us to meet our mission.

Our programs created to meet our mission goals are: a monthly newsletter, workshops, critique sessions, showcases, contests, networking opportunities and community service.
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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Songcerely,
  Barbara McMillen, Editor
  Songwriter Notes
  Founding President Emeritus,
  Online Songwriting Workshops and Classes