Saturday, July 12, 2008

Dallas Songwriters Email Newsletter #85 JULY 2008

In this Message:

  1. Song Contest _ Enter Now thru Oct 31st
  2. Songs From Soul of Service - judging in progress
  3. DSA Meetings-

Every 1st Monday - Songwriting Song
Swap Workshop -
, July 7th

Every 2nd Tuesday - Monthly Guest Speaker, Song & Lyric Critiques July 8

  1. DSA Showcases & Open Mics

Every 1st Saturday @ Varsity Club, Plano- July 5th

Every 3rd Thursday @ Dunn Brothers Coffee
House, Addison-
July 17th

Songwriter Spotlight Airs on Dallas Cable

  1. Lyric Contest – Spring Contest deadline, Sept 9th
  2. Member News: Election results, need to renew
  3. Workshops - Acoustic music camp
  4. Feature Articles
  5. Trade Shows & Events-
  6. Contests
  7. Monthly Opportunities-
    Members only pitch & special discounts
  8. DSA on
  9. Yahoo Groups & Newsletter -
  10. Best Songs of the Meeting-
  11. Area Performances
    - Open Mics – News
  12. Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

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Thank You, Roy and Broadjam for all your support!!!

See critiques of the top 9 songs
by Grand Prize Judge Roy Elkins

All winning songs are included on a compilation CD

Click Here To order CD ONLINE

See details on the DSA website:

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Mary Dawson
River Sounds Recording Resort
Genell Kelso
Jerry Camp, Texas Theater, Waxahachie
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Get the 2002-2006CD compilation with a donation to DSA.

To get YOUR copy of the CD (while they last), you can
make a donation to DSA through our online store.


Quarternote Donation Donate $ 25 to DSA, receive the
2006 Song Contest CD Compilation

Halfnote Donation Donate $ 50 to DSA, receive the 2006
& 2005 Song Contest CD Compilation and a DSA T-shirt

Dottednote Donation Donate $ 75 to DSA, receive the
2006-2004 Song Contest CD Compilation and a DSA T-shirt

Wholenote Donation Donate $100 to DSA, receive the
2006 - 2002 Song Contest CD Compilation & DSA T-shirt

send your donation by mail to:

DSA c/o Sammons Center For The Arts

3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Box 20

Dallas, TX 75219



CONTEST CLOSED , Thanks to our judges : Lawrence Gelburd, Blake Milton, Sir Earl Toon, Barbara Farkas, Mark Menza, Steve Weingart & Mitch Paliga. Thanks to our screeners: Mary Dawson, Ducado Vega, Trade-off, Mathew JC, Michael Gott, and Greg Dugan

Now in its second year, the Songs From The Soul Of Service song contest is open exclusively to active duty members of the US Military as well as those currently inactive due to injury or disability suffered after the start of the war in Afghanistan. Participants may also submit songs on behalf an immediate family member. There were eight categories ranging from Country to Hip Hop, with a special category for participants currently serving in either Iraq or Afghanistan. Entries are accepted by mail or can be submitted on-line at

As with the first Songs From The Soul Of Service contest, the winning songs will be compiled on a professionally produced CD.

BUY 2006 Winners CD TODAY - A handsome product that we are very proud of . DSA appreciates the work of the SSS committee and especially Ross Vick, Jose Volante and Annie Cornelius for the hours of dedication to this project. DSA also owes a big "thank you" for conceiving and directing this entire project which seemed the impossible dream at the beginning. Get your CD with a donation either online at:

or by mail please send a donation (includes tax and shipping and handling) to:

Songs From the Soul of Service CD
Dallas Songwriters Association
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Bx 20
Dallas, Tx 75219

Give a Soulnote Donation of $15 a get a CD
Give a Dotted Soulnote Donation of $30 and get a CD & a t-shirt

DSA is a proud member of the America Supports You team.

Thanks to our partners, sponsors, and supporters:


Gaylord Texan

Nancy Rynders

Compass Bank

Southwest Airlines


Yorktown Digital Works

Aaron Kelly, Aaron Sounds
Ross Vick,
Gary Eckert, The Access Group
John Adams,
Mo HI Sounds LLC

Texas Music Group

Performing Songwriter Magazine

Jazziz Magazine

The Navy League of the US, Dallas Council

Department of Texas VFW
Almost Famous Productions

America Supports You

Vick Family Foundation




DSA Monthly Guest Speaker & Song Critiques
Every Second Tuesday, except Aug.

At the Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak (Oak Corner),

The next meeting is Tuesday, July 8th

Seizing the Moment Being ready to take advantage of opportunities as they come along.

Guest Speaker
- Steve Weisberg
Songwriter/ Guitarist, formerly with John Denver's band

6:30 PM - Sign In/ NETWORKING
7:00 PM – Announcements
7:30 PM – Guest Speaker
- Members only - $5 Per Critique (1 song per member, please)...
Bring CD (bring one song on a CD) or cassette and 30 lyric sheets so that each person will be able to follow the lyric as the song plays
. Songs should be the FIRST track on the CD or Tape.

Those without lyric sheets may be bumped.

Mail In your Critiques now for the next meeting
Members may mail in to our PO Box a Cd to be critiqued at the meetings for a fee of $20. Your critique will be recorded and sent
to you as an MP3 file. This offers members who are unable to attend the meeting the benefit from the critique program and a chance to compete for the Songwriter of the
Year Award. Here's a comment from Morri Hartgraves about the program,
Thank you for putting the time and effort into MIC. The program is really
benefitting me as a songwriter. Sherrie and Blake's comments were appreciated.


DSA is offering a place to swap magazines at monthly meeting. Instead of throwing out your music magazines, bring them to the meeting to share with other members. We will provide a space at the sign in tables for the Zine Swap. For more information call 214 750-0916 or visit the DSA website.


Songwriting /Music related books are available for checking out by DSA members at the meetings. Donations to our library are accepted.


Planned 2008 Speakers

SEPT - Finding Ideas for Songs, Craig St. Clair
OCT- Writing Better Melodies, Barbara McMillen
NOV- Marketing Your Music On MySpace, Reagan Redfern
DEC - Christmas Party
JAN - Rayan Callaway
FEB - Adam Mitchell
Have any suggestions? What kind of programs would you like?


at the meeting or online by mail
(+$3 shipping)


Songwriting, Song Swap Workshop
FIRST MONDAY – July  7th
White Rock Coffee in East Dallas.
10105 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75238 214-341-4774
Lead by Annie Benjamin 214 213-0029

Sometimes we meet upstairs, sometimes downstairs.
There is usually about eight of us from about 7 pm
til 9 and sometimes as late as 11:00. Sometimes
there is new staff so he may not be sure of who/or
whatthe DSA is. So LOOK AROUND. however, the
folks who work there are well aware of us-


Dallas Songwriters' series of showcases aimed at reaching
out to the senior community. Let me know if you are

planning to come and perform.

The public is invited to share this special one hour program of original songs by Dallas Songwriters.
Our goal is to honor the dignity, worth and contribution
of the senior community by treating those we serve with
respect and compassion, at all times being responsive to
their needs and dedicated to their well being. We serve
together through cooperation, communication, and character
to achieve the highest and the best in ourselves and for our organization. Through the successful pursuit of our mission,
we hope to renew hope and joy to those with whom we share
our songs.
Contact Barbara McMillen at
for more information.



Spring 2008 Lyric Contest Winners

1. Waitress In An All Night Diner by Michael
Hollingsworth, LA, CA

2. Gas Food & Lovin' Next Right by Kathy Dunn,
Grand Prairie, TX

3. Of Wives & Men by Akin Akintola, Owings Mills, MD
HM It's So Good To Have You Home by Mike Parrish,
La Grange, GA

See website for lyrics and judges comments

Next Lyric Contest Deadline -
September 9th, 2008
for Summer Lyric Contest

Bring your entries to the meeting or mail to us:

Dallas Songwriters Lyric Contest % Sammons Center
for the Arts

3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Box 20, Dallas, TX 75219

Lyricists! Here’s your chance to shine.

The main prize is what we all aspire to - RECOGNITION

1st place winning lyricists will receive $50

1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners and lyrics will be published
both in the DSA “Songwriters Notes” newsletter and
the website.

Entry fee is $10 per lyric.

View the past winners at:


6. MEMBER NEWS - Jose Volante resigned as a
director, but remains as a SSS committee member. There
is a open seat on the board. Please email your president at
Steve Sullivan - President
Craig St Clair - Vice President, Director of Showcases
Reagan Redfern - Vice President of Membership
Sherrie Davis - Vice President of Programs
Bob Paterno - Secretary
John Davis - Treasurer, Webmaster
Board Members at Large
Barbara McMillen - Founding President Emeritus,
Newsletter Editor
Nancy Rynders - Lyric Contest Director
William Brown - Military Song Contest Director
Mary Guthrie -
Director of P/R, song contest committee
Don Ashley - DSA store manager
Ian Dickson - Wildflower Liason
Vern Dailey - Media Publicity, Monthly Meeting Programs
Joni Trojacek (Ringo)- Sponsorships


Any member can serve as a committee member. Our
committees include: Membership, Song Contest, Lyric
Contest, Workshops, Critiques, Meetings, Marketing,
Finance, fundraising, sponsorship, public relations.
You can join this list of committee members by
volunteering to

Committee Members
Annie Benjamin - Co-director of Workshops
Genell Kelso - Librarian, Songwriter Spotlight, workshop
commitee Ray Phillips - Monthly Meeting Critiques

Bev Houston - Song Contest Committee
Kevin Sproul - Songs For Soul of Service
Mike Dawson - Songs For Soul of Service

Lisa Lazo - Songs For Soul of Service
Jose Volante - Songs For Soul of Service

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: , Jerome Douglas,
Karen High, Anna Terry, & Mark Dillingham

Michael Hollingsworth, Helene Cronin.

TIME TO RENEW: The following members have an
anniversay month in:

MARCH: Jack Gullege, Matt Martindale, Fred Christoffer

APRIL : Glitter Rose, Stephen Boone, Nataliya Stinson

MAY: Max Stalling, Steve Samuels, Susan Fowler, JR Byrd, BonJean Rush,

JUNE: Jose Volante, Dyanna Kristie, Scott White,
Mike Dawson, Anne White, Bobby McBride

Renew your membership online



Coming soon! A free workshop for students and members at a

community college near you. Possibly at Richland College on

Sept 20th, 1-5pm, covering topics such as Music Biz 101,

Song Rights and Key Industry positions, Anatomy of a

Song & Popular Song Forms, Writing Good Melodies

and Lyrics, plus song critques at a charge of $10 each.




Acoustic Music Camp - AUG 7 - 9 - DALLAS, TX

A three day camp for acoustic musicians teaching you Songwriting,

Mandolin, Guitar, Fiddle, Harmony Vocal, Bluegrass & Clawhammer

Banjo, Dobro, Bass, & Django Swing Guitar. Small class sizes with

hands-on instruction and an emphasis on family friendly fun is what you

can expect at Acoustic Music Camp 2008. Come join us this

August in Dallas/Fort Worth area and learn to make better music in

a friendly, supportive environment. Only 15 minutes away from

DFW Airport and conveniently near major malls, Six Flags Over Texas,

and water parks. We chose our talented lineup of instructors because

they are great pickers, great teachers and great people.

Space is Limited So Register Today

Wil Maring - Songwriting

Jens Kruger - Banjo

Texas Shorty - Fiddle

Paul Glasse - Mandolin

Joe Carr - Harmony Vocals

Robert Bowlin - Guitar

Nate Lee - Mandolin / Fiddle

Ned Luberecki - Banjo

Gerald Jones - Banjo / Mandolin

Alan Tompkins - Banjo

Dan Levenson - Clawhammer Banjo

Clay Powers - Flatpick Guitar

Dennis McBride - Dobro

Kim Platko - Django Style Guitar

call: 214-236-0783 or email:

Not affiliated with a performance rights society yet?

Join BMI...


Absolute Rehearsal Studios for all your rehearsal needs
214 295-2673
DSA Workshops:
A list of does and don't by a 17 year veteran of booking
Very enlightening!
Taking It to the Next Level: How to Transform Your
Band from Hometown Heroes to International


If you read the column earlier this week you learned how

successfully promote your band, build up a following,
and how to get people other than your parents and friends to
attend your gigsand hopefully buy something. Although you've
done everything by yourself up to this point, now comes
the time where you need to think about hiring people like
booking agents, management, and lawyers to handle the
business aspects of your band so that you can keep
concentrating on your music and not get bogged down in
budgets and Excel spreadsheets. Just remember to be smart
about everything and if you have a question don't be afraid
to ask. There's nothing worse than coming home from a
successful tour with less money than you
started with.


Strings and a Dream: Bands Fronted By Bassists

Q. How do you know when a bass player is at the door
trying to get in?
A. He keeps fumbling around trying to find the right key.

Q. How many bass players does it take to change a light
A. Nevermind. The keyboard player can do it with his
left hand.

Pity the poor bass player all the way on stage left holding
down the rhythm while the guitarist steals the spotlight. Only
drummers get more of a raw deal when it comes to musician


Did I Stutter? Here Are 10 Classic Songs That Did.

There's n-n-nothing like a little stuttering in the vocals to
drive the rocking home. Here are 10 great songs that use
the vocal trickor is that tic?to add a little drama.
"My Generation" - The Who
"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
"Bennie & the Jets" - Elton John
"Welcome to the Jungle" - Guns N' Roses


Less Money, More Problems: Tour Survival Tips

Touring may be fun, but unless you're riding in a luxurious
bus and playing amphitheatres, it's never easy. In fact,
from flat tires to shady promoters to 12-hour drives
between gigs, being on the road can test the patience
(and sanity) of even the most grounded musicians.
Factor in today's economy and the rising cost of
gas prices, and it's getting even more difficult for
most bands to survive on the road without going broke.
For that reason, we've compiled a list of rules for saving
money on tour so that you can make it to that next gig
without having to max out
your credit card at the gas pump.



Have you checked Daryl's site out? I got e-mail that
Nick Lowe was on, and he played "Cruel To Be Kind".

Go to:
php?page=ep8. You'll see the show with Nick Lowe
is chopped up. You can go DIRECTLY to "Cruel To
Be Kind", the big "hit" off "Labour Of Lust".



Members can put their gigs and events on the members
yahoo calendar at:

July 12 : 7th Annual Jesus Fest, CT
July 13 - 17 : 3rd Annual Music Camp for Teens at
Quiet Valley Ranch. Kerrville, Tx

July 13-18: REO Rafting Songwriter Retreat,
Vancouver, BC

Aug 2-5:
Ultimate Songwriters Workshop, Eureka Springs
Aug 7-9: Acoustic Music Camp, Dallas, Tx

Aug 10: REO rafting songwriting workshop,
Vancouver, CAN,

Aug 13-17: Cutting Edge Music Biz Seminar, Workshop,
Law Seminar, Roots Gathering, New Orleans,

Aug 14-17 Mount Sequoyah Songwriters Conderence,
Fayetteville, AR

The conference includes shows and workshops by Gretchen
Peters, Jack Williams and Kelly Mulhollan (from Still on
the Hill) and many others

August 24-30: Horse & Writer Invitational, Dubois,
WY ,

August 29, 30 & 31: The Wine & Music Festival
Labor Day Weekend at Quiet Valley Ranch. Kerrville,
August 31-Sept 6: Horse & Writer Classic, Dubois, WY,

Sept 17-20: Atlantis Music Conference, Atlanta, GA

Sept 18-21: The Chattahippie Music Festival,
Chattanooga TN

Oct 21-25: CMJ Music Marathon, NYC



DSA LYRIC CONTEST-Ongoing-Quarterly Deadlines

Next Deadline Sept 9th

Dallas Songwriters Association 17th annual Song
Contest opens

The 8th Annual Art of Music Writing Contest
music-related poems, short stories, essays, and/or song lyrics.


The International Songwriting Competition (ISC)


The Great American Song Contest
Deadline:Oct 10th

Cutting Edge Conference
, New Orleans showcase
ubmissions deadline July 15th
Ongoing Contests on Broadjam:


11. Monthly Opportunities- For Members Only

Perform on Crossroads Showcase or Songwriters
Spotlight Cable TV show
You'll get this feature via the members-only Yahoo group.


12. –

DSA has a Myspace page to help promote our organization

and to provide another channel of communication to our

members and friends. Please connect to and



Friends We have 2 Yahoo Groups - If you do not

access your yahoo mail periodically, you may be

dropped for our group, so keep your account current.

members only. An easy way to get timely emails about singers
and publishers searching for songs and last minute events.
Members may also inform the group about performance dates
and ask industry related questions of the membership. There is
also access to educational files and the club calendar. Members
are verified for current membership and will have paid a
membership fee.

A general list for anyone interested in keeping up with songwriting
events and other interesting stuff. Generally you will get 1 or 2
emails a month. This is a Distribution only group - meaning that
only the "moderators"
can send out emails, and they go out to all
the members of the group. The group is listed in the Yahoo directory, and open for ANYONE to join.

Go to
and click on "JOIN THIS GROUP".

The Dallas Songwriters Association is a non-profit educational
organization dedicated to educating it's members on the craft
and business of Songwriting. Monthly meetings, showcases,
workshops, newsletter, quarterly lyric contest, yearly song contest
and networking events. Join this group to keep up with what's
happening in the music industry.


Monthly Email Issue - That's what this is!

Monthly Hard Copy - handed out at the meeting and mailed
to those who do not have email.

Hard Copy
- Fall 2007 is on the website announcing
the 2007 Song Contest Semifinalists

The direct link to the page is

I will send you a hard copy if you want one - just email me.

All issues are available in PDF form at our website. Go to the
DSA main page at and click on the Newsletter
link on the left side. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the
document. If you do not have that, go to to
download the free software. You can read it on your computer or
print it. Hard copies were mailed to members who do not have
email addresses or cannot get attachments, or have simply asked
for one. I will mail you one, just ask.


14. Best Songs of the Meeting –


2007 Winning Song
No Better Day by Ed Williams
2007 Songwriter of the Year- Ed Williams

NOV 2007
A Man's Gotta Do by Ed Williams
Out of Time
by Lisa Apple

DEC 2007
Nothing Left To Burn by Vicky Williams

JAN 2008
The Promise by Ray Phillips, Jim Bardfield, Jesse Block

FEB 2008
Break Even by Charles Sterling
Dancing Feet & Honky Tonk Hearts
by Vern Dailey

MARCH 2008
Until Love Comes This Way by Ray Phillips & Richard Davis
APRIL 2008
Weeds In The Sandbox by Vern Dailey and Beverly Houston
MAY 2008
We Don't Eat Together Anymore by Ray Phillips & Bob Paterno
JUNE 2008
Hear the winners each month on


15. Area Performances - Open Mics –News


Mojam (Musi-Cal) Dallas Music Listings

Dallas Morning News GuideLive Music Listings

OPEN MICS - DSA sponsored Dunn Brothers Coffee, 3rd Thursday

Open Mic @ Poor David's Pub Wednesday, (2nd Wednesday)

7pm-Midnight - FREE Admission

Half Price Books NWHY Free Music Open Mic - 1st Thursday

NASHVILLE: The Amanda Williams Monday Writers Night,
which is host to our Durango Songwriters the THIRD
MONDAY of each month, is held at the Blue Bar on Broadway,
starting at 9pm. Next DSE night is November 19th.

Rack Room/Blue Bar 1911 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203 615.327.8001

Songwriters Live showcase in South Orange County, on the fourth
contact Frank for more area open mics

VENUE LIST- Here is a link to a list of area venues that support
new music and indie artists

CD REVIEW * Trueheart - member, Ross Vick's group is
reviewed in MuseNews


16. Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

Want to volunteer? Email Barbara McMillen at

Educating M
otivating and Uplifting Songwriters Everywhere

DSA is a 501 C-3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to
providing to songwriters everywhere opportunities for learning about
the craft and business of songwriting. Songwriters Newsletter is
published by the
Dallas Songwriters Association c/o Sammons
for the Arts 3630 Harry Hines Blvd Box 20 Dallas, TX 75219.

Barbara McMillen, Editor,
Founding President Emeritus