On December 13th, DSA presents it's Awards Dinner and Christmas Party. This is a celebration of the year's most talented songwriters. We'll gather at Son's of Hermann Hall on Tuesday evening instead of our regular second Tuesday meeting to feast on food and performance of our semifinalist. So far confirmed to play are Hayley McDaniel, John Mason, Rick Babb , Rio King, Ireland Casteel, Richie Smith, Shawn Layer, Jacquelyn Schwartz, DeDe Wedekind, and Chris Michael Siostrom. Let me know if I missed listing your name. Please come out and join us for the fun. Go here to RSVP and purchase tickets.
The Summer Lyric Contest winners are announced. Our next deadline is Dec. 31st See #5 below.
DSA now has 9 regular monthly events. We've added Burger Edge open mic on 2nd Thursday starting in November. Our regular DSA monthly events are 1st and 3rd Monday SongSwaps and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursdays and last Monday Open Mic, and our 2nd Tuesday Workshop and Critiques. The 4th Saturday Showcase at Angela's, is MOVED TO THE 3RD SATURDAY FOR DECEMBER.
We are toying with the idea of moving the Second Tuesday Meeting to the 1st Thursday and changing the location to Half Price Books on NW Highway. Tell us what you think.
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 speaker, moi, and latest Angela's showcase. Can't make it? Then tune in to Facebook/dallassongwriters. Want to be on our facebook streams? Show up and perform.
See the hardcopy issue of Songwriters Notes Fall 2016 that was distributed at the Arlington Guitar Shown in October.
You still have time to make your tax deductible donation to keep DSA running. In the President's letter below, Michael outlines all the reasons to donate 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 programrs 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 Café, 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 music 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 "
Thanks to Paul Zander, Michael Brandenberger, Bobby Montgomery, Jon Jaggers, Mimi Balkey, Suzi Morse, Rio King 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 - SEMIFINALIST POSTED
WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT AWARDS DINNER ON TUESDAY, DEC 13, 7PM, SONS OF HERMANN HALL
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.
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/
3. BEST SONGS of the 2nd Tuesday Meeting
|Harry Hewlett, Dori Weaver, Michael Brandenberger|
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
Find out who wins the Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for 2016 at the Awards dinner on Dec 13.
2015 Winner - Waiting to Breathe by Dori Weaver
Q&A With Winner, Dori Weaver
is Rio King with the most wins at the meeting critiques
4. SHOWCASES AND OPEN MICS -
DUNN BROTHERS COFFEE HOUSE - Addison
4th Saturday 7:30 - 11:00 Check out our facebook page where Harry is posting live streaming.
Because of Thanksgiving and Christmas, we're scheduling the Saturday Showcases at Angela's in downtown Plano for the 3rd Saturdays of November and December.
SUMMER 2016 -WINNERS ANNOUNCED
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
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
TIME TO RENEW: Michael Brandenberger, Buck Morgan, Ross Vick, Anthony Groom, Kathryn Taylor, David Morales, Ashley Sichler, Brad Davis, Scott White
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.
4 Bob Livingston at Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX 4PM 3moonhouseconcerts.com
8 - 9 Blue Rock Christmas with Amy Speace and Billy Crockett, Wimbersly
27 - 29 Steve Seskin's Songcrafting Workshop at Bluebird, Nashville, TN
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 6:30pm - Terri and Lloyd - Black Box Songwriter Concert Series
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You might not think it's that big of a deal, but if you fail to properly credit someone for their work, you run the risk of alienating that person, losing a contact, and even getting yourself into some legal troubles. While you're working, follow this checklist to make sure you're keeping track of every credit. Continue Reading
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Leonard Cohen Dead at 82
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Leon Russell, Musician Known For Dynamic Performances, Dies At 74
By Bill Trott
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