Thursday, October 30, 2008

DSA E-News #89 November 2008


Bring your family and friends to the old Square in McKinney, Texas. Help us fill all the seats of the McKinney Performing Arts Center on Nov. 9th for the Crossroads Benefit Concert headlining the fabulous new grass band, Beatlegras. One of the band members is Milo Deering, a session players that has played on many DSA members albums, including LeAnn Rhimes' first.


Kindly rush, do not walk, to the following link:
[NOTE: Be advised, the brief animation antics at the front of the
video quickly evolve into live performance footage of Beatlegras.]

Lean more about the band at

Also, the McKinney Performing Arts center is a WONDERFUL VENUE, like a fine wooden instrument that has aged, for a great sound. The historic building also has a great sound SYSTEM. Did you know that it was the old courthouse? It reminds me of the courtroom in the movie "To Kill A Mockingbird".

Here is a note from DSA Director Mary Guthire about the event.

Just a note here to encourage you to support DSA in its brand-new fundraiser, the big event happening on Sunday, Nov. 9 inside the gorgeous McKinney Performing Arts Center, located on McKinney's historic downtown square.

Why support the event? Because it will help fund your DSA programs. Do you look forward to workshops, seminars, contests, open mics? Do you enjoy networking with other DSA members via the Yahoo group, at Song Swap and more? Then step on up and let's go hear some fantastic music together on Nov. 9 in McKinney and keep this good thing going!

Headliner is internationally acclaimed Beatlegras, known for their original acoustic takes on Beatles music. Supporting that are five -- count 'em -- five local woman artists who will present a smashing day of pop, rock, roots, Latin and more: Lisa Mickelson, Jeanie Sliva, Lisa Apple, Tania Cordobes and Annie Cornelius (performance times below). And did we mention the Silent Auction yet? I heard there's even a $100 wine tasting -- come check it all out.

Tickets are $21 each in advance, and benefit both the Dallas Songwriters Association and the Crossroads Family Services, a nonprofit that helps women and families via education, intervention, and crisis counseling. It's a wonderful partnership, and you get to help two worthy organizations at once!

Here's how to get tickets:

Event tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (214) 544-4630 Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The cost for a ticket, which includes access to all performances and events, is $21. Additional fees apply to phone and online purchases. Or, you can probably snag a ticket from DSA President Steve Sullivan himself at $21 flat.

Here's the other details:

The event begins at 2:00 p.m. with local singer songwriter artists Lisa Apple; 2:30 Jeanie Sliva; 3:00 Lisa Mickelson; 3:30 Tania Cordobés; and 4:30 Annie Cornelius performing pop, folk, and Latin tunes. Internationally famous concert headliner, BEATLEGRAS, ( will perform from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The silent auction and wine tasting will also take place from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the basement Gallery Room.

If you have other questions, you might want to post them to DSA President Steve Sullivan - this has become a labor of love for him, and he's the man with the answers. That said, thanks, Steve, for your efforts to raise funds for DSA -- we will all benefit!

See you in McKinney --
Mary Guthrie
DSA Board Member

Quick Look Schedule: Doors open at 1:30
DSA Members Showcase
2:00 Lisa Apple;
2:30 Jeanie Sliva;
3:00 Lisa Mickelson;
3:30 Tania Cordobés;
4:30 Annie Cornelius
5-7 Beatlegras



The DSA 2008 Song Contest is still accepting submissions, the deadline has been extended to Dec 1. This year TWO new categories have been introduced - "Bare Bones" (vocals + 1 or 2 instruments) and "Music Video."

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
Song are currently being produced for the new CD.
Read the latest story about this years winners



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

At the Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak, Dallas

The next meeting is Tuesday, NOV 11
Our Program will be Co-Writing Round Tables.
Lyricist bring your lyrics, players bring your instruments (a piano is available)
Critiques will follow.
Planned 2008 Speakers
DEC - Christmas Party
JAN - Rayan Callaway
FEB - Adam Mitchell
MAR - John Christopher Davis
Have any suggestions? What kind of programs would you like?


DSA T-SHIRTS $12 at the meeting or online by mail $15


Songwriting, Song Swap Workshop
FIRST MONDAY – Nov 3, 7-9
White Rock Coffee in East Dallas.



OPEN MIC EVERY 3RD THURSDAY - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

SONGWRITERS CONNECTING TO SENIORS - nothing currently scheduled
“In Their Own Words” Songwriters playing their own songs
Summer Contest Winners will be announced at November meeting.

Next Lyric Contest Deadline - December 9th, 2008
 for Fall Lyric Contest
Entry fee is $10
Please see lyric contest webpage for details.
6. MEMBER NEWS - Membership Meeting & elections scheduled for
Monthly Meeting on November 11.

We are looking for dedicated members to serve on our Board of Directors or 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 info at

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Tania Cordova, Jenna Colston, James Foster, Taylor Houdeh, Mardi Garcia, Kipp Brennan
THANK YOU FOR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP: James Papas, Lisa Apple, Ken Golden, Jerry Dobson
TIME TO RENEW: The following members have an
anniversay month in:

MARCH: Jack Gullege, Matt Martindale, Fred Christoffer

APRIL : Glitter Rose, 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
JULY: Austin Cunningham, Bill Honker, Charlotte Ryerson, Alex Townes, Sally Ritchie, Randy Wallace, Jackie Doss, Aaron Corey, John Gasperic
AUG: Emily Elbert, 

SEPT: Tina Marzola, Pat McGuire, David Kenoly, Kevin Sproul, Charles Sterling, Sylvia Urech, John Metz, Debra Lane
OCT: Judith de los Santos, Paul Penrod, Morri Hartgraves, Tony Burroughs, Michael Hart, Adam Donmoyer, Rich Ellis, Danny Everitt, Mathew Marsh, Brad Price, Reagan Redfern, William LLoyd.
Renew your membership online,
You'll find the link to the store on the panel to the right


Last month DSA gave A FREE WORKSHOP for students and members at
Richland College. Topics included Music Biz, Song Rights,
Anatomy of a Song & Popular Song Forms,
Writing Good Melodies and Lyrics,
plus song critques. We had 18 students participate.


Thanks for reading this far. I hope you have enjoyed the new newsletter format. I welcome your input.
Also, thanks to those of you who have asked about how the songwriting class at Collin College is going. It's been really fun.
I will be performing at the new Crossroads venue at the Filling Station on Preston Rd at Lloyd, almost to Plano, on the 1st and 2nd Thursday in November, 6th and 13th. I'll be playing for a one hour set. DSA President Steve Sullivan is running that showcase and will also be performing a set. Come on out.
Barbara McMillen, Editor
Songwriter Notes
Founding President Emeritus, DSA

Oct e-news #88

Hello Songwriter,

I wanted to let you know that I'm am speaking on melody writing
at the DSA meeting tonight in Dallas, Tx.
at the Center For Community Cooperation 2900 Live Oak at Oak
street near Baylor Hospital, 7PM

I'm teaching songwriting at Collin College, so I'm behind in
getting out the monthly newsletter. I hope to get one to you
in the next few days with more DSA news.

More events this week:
Summer Lyric Contest deadline today.
Annual Song Contest deadline Oct 31st.
DSA Open mic at Dunn Brothers this Thurs
DSA has a booth at the Arlington Guitar Show this weekend
Crossroads Fundraisers featuring Beatlegras and DSA members
on the Square in McKinney, Tx Nov. 9.

Check our website - a newsletter to come.

Thanks for reading this email!
Barbara McMillen
Founding President Emeritus
Dallas Songwriters Association