Sunday, December 7, 2008

DSA E-News #90 December 2008

Hello Songwriter,

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family. I can't believe Christmas Season is here. WOW! College is out this week. What a semester. DSA has a lot of work to do this season with the late closing of our song contest. This will be the latest we have ever concluded the contest.



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, DEC. 9

Our Program will be a surprise video short - a must see

Bring a sweet or chips and dip.
Barbara is bringing beef and chicken taquitos and a vegetable tray

Critiques will follow.
Planned 2008 Speakers
JAN - Rayan Callaway
FEB - Adam Mitchell
MAR - John Christopher Davis
Have any suggestions? What kind of programs would you like?


DSA T-SHIRTS $10 christmas special at the meeting or online by mail $15


Songwriting, Song Swap Workshop
FIRST MONDAY – Jan 5, 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 still to be announced.

Next Lyric Contest Deadline Extended to- January 13th, 2008
 for Fall Lyric Contest
( Yes, we are running slightly behind)
Entry fee is $10
Please see lyric contest webpage for details.
6. MEMBER NEWS - Membership Meeting & elections report
Monthly Meeting on November 11.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Tommy Byrd, Jeremy Ellis, Roger Russell, Adrian Hall and SSS Contest Winners: Sergent Paul Cataldi, Capt. Morgan Greene, Lt Billy Roberson, Specialist Robert Charles, Specialist Greg Pritchard, Capt. Steve Wilson, Airman Jane Cumberland, SSG Adrian Taylor, Specialist Pam Barragan, Capt Michael Del Palazzo, Specialist Zach Johnson, Specialist Frankie Cleary, Col. Curtis Goho,
THANK YOU FOR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP: Paul Penrod, Reagan Redfern, Nancy Rynders, Michael Roth

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, Morri Hartgraves, Tony Burroughs, Michael Hart, Adam Donmoyer, Rich Ellis, Danny Everitt, Mathew Marsh, Brad Price, William LLoyd.
NOV: Robert Couch, Joni Ringo, Donna Aylor, Jenna Drey, Mike Hyden, Richard Kirwin, Will Brown, Elizabeth KirchgatterAl Scroggins, Ian Dickson, Will Livingston, Clif Munroe, Jan Seides, Steve Smith, Alisha Jackson, Sharon Pisors, David Carter, Tim Dawson, Terry Fann, Jason Heald, Brad Henske, Forrest Lawson, Phillip Marcus, Linda Moroziuk, Paul Reaney, Walter Sargent, Andy Taylor, John T Wilson,
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:

(Each month we have a workshop at our monthly meeting on the 1st Monday and 2nd Tuesday.)
DSA will be giving a Saturday workshop at a college in the spring.

For other workshops around the country, please click on the workshop link to your right.
or paste this in your browser:

8. Events - Featuring local and worldwide events of the songwriting community including, seminars, conferences, showcases, and contests. Click on the link #8 to the right or copy and paste this link in your browser.

9. Featured Articles:

Texans Grab Grammy Nominations
The nominations for the 51st annual Grammy Awards were announced Wednesday, December 3, with several Texas artists in the running.
T Bone Burnett - Album of the Year and Record of the Year, ( for his role in producing the Robert Plant and Alison Krauss album Raising Sand).
George Strait - Best Country Album (Troubadour), Best Male Country Vocal Performance (for the same album’s title track), Best Country Collaboration with Vocals (for which he was nominated twice — for “House of Cash” with Patty Loveless, and “Shiftwork” with Kenny Chesney).
Lee Ann Womack - Best Female Country Vocal Performance (for “Last Call”)
LeAnn Rimes - Best Female Country Vocal Performance ( “What I Cannot Change”)
Rodney Crowell’s Sex & Gasoline - Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.
Grupo Fantasma - Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
Marcia Ball - Best Contemporary Blues Album
Pinetop Perkins - Best Traditional Blues Album
Ruben Ramos & the Mexican Revolution - Best Tejano Album
Brooks & Dunn - Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
the Mars Volta - Best Hard Rock Performance
Trout Fishing in America - Best Musical Album for Children
Kirk Franklin - Best Gospel Song and Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album-
Beyoncé - Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Don Henley’s the Eagles - Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and
Jonas Brothers - Best New Artist ( who bought a house in Dallas earlier this year)
The Grammy Awards will be held Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast
on CBS.
On another Grammy note, There's a new museum. The GRAMMY Museum is more than just a celebration of the music industry's most prestigious award. It's a one-of-a-kind experience where music fans are invited to look behind the curtain at how today's music is created and produced. As a GRAMMY Museum Charter Member, your support will be instrumental in shaping the future of the Museum, as well as music around the world, starting right here in Los Angeles.

In this exciting year of firsts, your membership will be your backstage pass to explore a world of intimate performances, lectures, classes and events.
Plus as a Recording Academy member you will receive a 20% discount!
In order to get your 20% discount please enter the promotional code CHARTER when applying for membership.

There are four easy ways to join:
1. Call the membership office: 213.765.6800 (press 3 for Membership)
2. Send us an e-mail:
3. Join online:
4. Send a check to:
Membership Department
714 W. Olympic, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Songwriter Spotlight

Arlos Smith had his first #1 hit with John Michael Montgomery's 'Home To You' and was named Songwriter of the Year back in 2000. Smith hit #1 again in 2004 with Rascal Flatt's 'Mayberry', which gained him SESAC's Song of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year. Read more in Music City News.........


Thanks for reading this far. I have added a new Events page to the newsletter. Let me know if you have any other suggestions.
On a final note, my songwriting class at Collin College will be performing their final song at the Abbey Grill in Frisco Monday Dec 8 at 7PM.
I'm sorry I missed those of you who may have come out to see me at the Crossroads showcase last Saturday night. I'm sick with a bad soar throat and did not want to spread my germs. I know the showcase was wonderful anyway. The Crossroads showcase is each first Saturday night at the Varsity Grill in Plano and each Thursday at the Filling Station.

Happy Holidays

Barbara McMillen, Editor
Songwriter Notes
Founding President Emeritus, DSA