Friday, August 3, 2018


Hello Songwriter,

We're in the dog days go Summer and it's been really hot in Dallas. The constellation Sirius is winking his eye. We're getting a breather this week but the temps will climb again. So 
 Instead, it's time for our pool party and jam. Members and friends of DSA welcome. Come have fun and bring instrument or pull one from someone there. It’s at Joe Milton's so if you need an address, email us.
Please RSVP and let use know what you are bringing.
What we have so far:
Potato salad
Hummus and Pita
Cole Slaw
Dr Pepper, Root Beer, Ginger ale..
Chips and Onion Ranch Dip
Baked Beans
Hawaiian Bread 

Our Song Contest is up and running thru Sept 30th. View the website and enter online here.

Other regular DSA monthly event is the open mic on the first Monday, Aug 6, at Half Price Books and on the 3rd Thursday at Dunn Brothers.   3rd Thursdays.

I had intended to get this newsletter out the minute I got back from Ireland, but I became very ill the next day after I got home. It's been a long recovery from allergies, sinus infection and bronchitis, yuck! 
In June, I got a chance to go to Madison, Wisconsin to speak at the Between The Wave Music Conference and Festival. I was invited by our partner and Song Contest Sponsor, Roy Elkins, CEO of Broadjam to speak on Music Therapy.  Broadjam is a great platform to host your songs and you can sign up for a free trial when you enter our song contest on their site.  Between The Waves, was the 15th -16th of June. I really had a great time and made some new friends. The city of Madison is wonderful. Very beautiful nestled between three lakes. I did some site-seeing as well as attending the conference and festival. I was very impressed by the quality and number of speakers at the conference. At night there were several stages of great local talent to keep us entertained in the evenings. I was glad that I had attended the nightly festival and got to see much of the talent that won awards during the MAMA Awards Show on Sunday evening. Yes, they wrapped up the week with a local awards show at the beautiful Overture Arts Center in downtown Madison that was built with money donated by Pleasant Rowland who created the American Girl doll.  The show was held in the Capitol Theater, a renovated 1920's old theater that was incorporated into the Arts Center . There was a red carpet at the entrance and photographic backdrop covered in sponsor logos. It seemed that everyone in town was a sponsor. Madison really supports it's music community. The show was incredible produced so as to not have a slow moment. There were many local business owners who were presenters of special awards that they had donated. Local music stores, studios and educators were participants. All the nominees were announced on a video screen. Some awards were live on stage and others were announced from the video screen. There were also live performances mixed in the program in which the bands set up behind the curtain. The sound, video and lights were perfect. At the end of the show a very large latin band performed and you could hear every instrument. It took a lot of talent to put that show together. It was the best local awards show I have ever seen. And the real treat was to hear the songwriter, Skylar Grey, perform on a grand piano the hit pop single, "Love The Way You Lie" recorded by Rihanna and Eminem . 

Here is a link to the video of the Madison Area Music Association awards show on facebook.    Also, here is the conference websiteso you can check out the talent speakers and artist that were involved.  

Coming this fall is Dallas Songwriters at the State Fair and the Amigo International Guitar Show in Ft Worth. 

I still plan to put up a wrap up on the Hall of Fame, so check back. 

I will be teaching Songwriting at Collin College this fall from Aug 27 - Dec 16th, on Wed nights 7PM and T-R 11:30. You'll love the classes and the chance to co-write and perform with other students. Want to take the class online? There is a 10 week course this fall that follows along with the class at Collin.

A hardcopy of the Spring 2018 newsletter with 2017 contest winners named was distributed at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Wildflower Festival and Dallas Guitar Show. You can find a link to a pdf version at the top of the side bar to the right. 

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.



DSA SONG CONTEST - 2018 contest now open thru Sept 30th

Enter online 

Eight Song Categories
1. Christian/Inspirational
2. Country
3. Americana/Folk/Bluegrass
4. Pop/Rock/RnB/Alternative
5. Love Songs/Easy Listening
6. Children's/Novelty
7. Singer/Songwriter (songwriter is the performer)
8. Instrumental

Multiple Winners In Each Category
Entry Fee $25
Deadline: Sunday, Sept 30th
Submissions Close at Midnight. 

Cash Prizes +


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

Mike P Ryan playing his
grand prize Casio  Privia  keyboard
Mike talks about songwriting, Texas and Louisiana lullabies

  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/



NO meeting at Half Price Books  - Pool Party and Jam at Joe Miltons on Sat. instead.
Future Meetings:
Sept 6 - Bruce Chanel
Oct 4 - Barbara McMillen on performance contracts
Nov 1 - Annual Membership Meeting and Elections
Dec 1 - DSA Christmas Party and Awards Banquet.
BEST SONGS of the Meeting 
winners were announced at the Awards Dinner. Contest for 2018 is in full swing. Bring your songs to the meeting for review, no need to have a recording, you can play them live, then use the benefit of the critique to rewrite if need be, or record and then turn in your songs in fall for the judge. 
2017 Song of the Year - Lucky Man by Craig Langford, Dallas, Tx
2017 Winner Songwriter of the Year - Craig Langford
See the Best Songs of the Meeting and Songwriter of the Year



Online Workshop on DSA site starts in the Fall. Songwriting Classes at Collin College start Aug 27th.



EVERY 1ST MONDAY - 7:00pm to 9:00pm hosted by Harry Hewlett
Open mic has changed to an old fashion guitar pull and new song workshop. Bring you guitar of pull one from Harry. Play your recorded songs from your phone. 
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 celebrated 13 years at Dunn Brothers
see review of

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


2 - NO MEETING - Monthly Meeting  and Critiques - POOL PARTY on the 4th
3-5 RHYTHMS ON THE RIO, South Fork, CO
4-6 CANMORE FOLK FESTIVAL, Canmore, Alberta, CAN

4-  DSA Pool Party and Jam
6 - DSA Guitar Pull and New Song Workshop at Half Price Books
6-8 REO Rafting Songwriting Conference, Vancouver, BC Canada
16 DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
17-19 BEAR CREEK FOLK FESTIVAL, Grand Prairie, Alberta, CAN

3 - DSA Guitar Pull and New Song Workshop at Half Price Books
6 -  Monthly Meeting  and Critiques with Bruce Chanel at Half Price Books
8-9 West Coast Songwriters Conference, San Francisco, CA
20-  DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
28- Oct 21 State Fair of Texas, Dallas Tx

1 - DSA Guitar Pull and New Song Workshop at Half Price Books
4 -  Monthly Meeting  and Critiques at Half Price Books
6-7 Amigo International Guitar Show, Will Rogers, Ft Worth TX
4-6 Durango Songwriters Expo, Boulder/Broomfield, Co.
18 -  DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers

1 -  Monthly Meeting  and Critiques - Annual Membership Meeting and Elections at Half Price Books
3 - Bosque Arts Center Texas Troubadour Songwriters Classic with Michael Murphy 
4 - DSA Guitar Pull and New Song Workshop at Half Price Books
15 -  DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers

3 - DSA Guitar Pull and New Song Workshop at Half Price Books
8 -  DSA Awards Banquet and Christmas party at Sons of Hermann Hall
20-  DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers

See Texas Music Office events calendar
Moses Avalon's List of Top Ranked Music Conferences.
See house concerts and coffee houses here:

DSA LYRIC CONTEST - Next deadline postmarked June 30th
or by mail   

Thanks to Lyric Contest Co- Director, Gene Schillaci


"Shey" by Kenneth Adams, Rockwall, Tx 
"Dreaming" by Bill Kapac, West Wildwood, NJ
"Homeless Sky" by  Michael Roth, Arlington, VA
"If You Have any Questions, Ask You" by Ken Adams, Rockwall, TX
"Five Day Weekend" by Bill Kapac, West Wildwood, NJ
"The Bridge is Higher" by Minnie Murray, Sante Fe, NM

"You Are My Fantasy" by Myra Litton, London, UK



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


Member Mr Troll had a stroke this summer and is in rehab in a facility in north Richardson on Shiloh Road. Send him a card or drop by and visit him. San Remo, 3550 Shiloh Rd. Richardson, TX. Or send him get well wishes by Email.

Also, Rod Phelps has been in the hospital again this summer. He had a stroke on May 23rd. Email him with your get well wishes.

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 6th 2017 Annual Membership Meeting were:
Michael BrandenbergerBobby Montgomery, Phillip CasteelBarbe McMillenJoe Milton, Marcus Belmore, Steve Sullivan, Ken Duren, James Pappas, Jessica Ewy, Rod Phelps,Gene Schillaci and Harry Hewlett. New officers were elected at the planning meeting on Jan 6th. 

 Officers 2018
Michael Brandenberger -  Prez
Bobby Montgomery - VP Programs
Phil Casteel - Treasurer
Jessica Ewy - Secretary
Alexis Tapp - VP Membership, Lyric Contest Director
Barbe McMillen - Administration, Newsletter
Harry Hewlett - A/
Gene Schillaci - Lyric Contest Director, Webmaster
Steve Sullivan, James Pappas, Joe Milton, Ken Duren - At Large
Marcus Belmore - Executive VP,  Technology

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

* Publisher looking for 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:

Patron Sponsor L3: Michael Brandenberger, Bill Honker, John Stone
Patron Sponsor L1: Cliff MonroeSuzi Morse Rio KingGinger Stanoio
Patron Sponsor: Mimi BalkeyKristi Myers

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Donette Murphy, Alejandro Dominguez, Jack Simmons, Steve Brown, Terry JenningsTodd Catham, Jack Allday, Josh Goode, Ryan Mahoney, Steve Ledford, Lance French, Melissa Standifird, Douglas Lloyd, Mitch Horner, Kerry Maddox, Brandon Elliott, 

THANK YOU FOR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP: Suzi Morse, Ricky Gene Wright, Cat McGee, Aaron Shook, Ken Duren, Raquel Linderman, Phillip Wildman, Greg Waits, Randy Wallace, Ryan Galloway, Phillip Casteel, Joseph Lopez, Don Wall, David Claerr, Stephen Valenzuela, Gene Schillachi, Ricky Gene Wright, Aaron Shook, Jacquelyn Schwartz

TIME TO RENEW: The following members owe dues:

EXPIRED IN JUNE: Robin Dossey, Joe Austin, Wayne Talley, Loralee Pearman, Lynn McCracken
EXPIRED IN JULY: Bill Nash, Bill Cox
EXPIRED IN AUGUST: Yanna Zovich, Warren Hanson
EXPIRED IN SEPT: Adrianna Braddon Patrick Deasey
EXPIRED IN OCT: Charles Carter, Roger Kaye
EXPIRED IN NOV: All renewed -Thanks
EXPIRED IN DEC: All renewed -Thanks
EXPIRED IN JAN: Conrad Shwartz, Chris Sjostrom, Lauren Paley, Pam Oliver, Yulia Petrova, Bonnie Warren, Don Coyne 
EXPIRED IN FEB: Bianca Rodrequez, Trevor Dahlen
EXPIRED IN MARCH: Al Lumbreras, Jessica Ewy, Charles Barrale, Jeff Stachowesky, Victoria Bouton, Julia Pauletti, David Byboth
EXPIRED IN APRIL: Aubrey and Audie Teeter, Claude Webb
EXPIRED IN MAY: Rob Case, Dan Roark, Dickey Johnson, Kevin Brennan, Matt Brent, Stephanie Sammons, Charles Leftwich, John Nelson.
EXPIRED IN JUNE: Brad Banning, Davis Banning, Bill Honker, Robert Tomberlin, Malini Shaw, Marcus Belmore.
EXPIRED IN JULY: JR Rosenberger, Bob Sullivan, Mike Mullins, Bill Cox, Brook Malouf, Bill Sibley
TIME TO RENEW: Robert Graham, Lanny Sherwin, Wayne Willingham, Minnie Murray

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Online Thesaurus and Rhyming Dictionary

Great web tool for lyric writing
 Song and Talent Contests

 DSA Quarterly Lyric Contest
Next deadline - March 31

Best Songs of the Meeting - for DSA Members only - submit at the monthly meeting.

DSA Song Contest OPEN NOW - SEPT 30  

Entries are now being accepted for the Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic.  Entries should be submitted to the following locations: online at or by mail to Bosque Arts Center/PO Box 373/Clifton, TX 76634.  Entry guidelines are available online; email questions to

FAI's Regional and International Events and Deadlines

FARM | Folk Alliance Region Midwest
Official Showcase applications due June 10
October 25 - 28, 2018
Grand Rapids, Michigan
*Look for FAI staff at this event!

NERFA | Northeast Regional Folk Alliance
Semi-Formal Showcase applications due July 9
November 8-11, 2018
Stamford, Connecticut
*Look for FAI staff at this event!

SWRFA | Southwest Regional Folk Alliance
Official Showcase application due July 15
September 26 - 30, 2018
Austin, Texas
*Look for FAI staff at this event!

Official Showcase application due August 15
February 13 - 17, 2019
Montréal, Québec, Canada

FAR-West | Folk Alliance Region West
Summer Registration Rate ends August 31
October 11 - 14, 2018
Woodland Hills, California
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SERFA | Southeast Regional Folk Alliance
More Info Here
May 15 - 19, 2019
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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