Monday, January 19, 2009
Ah, Another year come and gone. I hope you had a wonderful holiday. It seems like I can't get caught up! As I type the newsletter, I am listening to the podcast of the winners of the song contest, a really great collection of songs. They're going out to our Grand Prize Judge. We should have the results in a week to 10 days. In the meantime check out the list of semifinalists.
1. 2008 SONG CONTEST - SEMIFINALISTS ANNOUNCED
or direct link:
Semifinalist are invited to showcase at the Saturday, March 7th Crossroads Showcase at the Varisity Grill.
Please contact Steve Sullivan, sullarch at verizon.net , to reserve your time. Live instruments only, no singing to tracks.
2. SONGS FROM THE SOUL OF SERVICE
Our Concert is scheduled for the Memorial Day Weekend in the Dallas area.
Also, look for a podcast of the winners as soon as we have the last song produced for the CD.
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
3. DSA MEETINGS
MONTHLY MEETING - http://www.dallassongwriters.com/meetingblog.htm
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, FEB 10.
ADAM MITCHELL, PEER MUSIC STAFF WRITER WILL BE OUR GUEST SPEAKER
Critiques will follow.
Planned 2008 Speakers
MAR - John Christopher Davis
Have any suggestions? What kind of programs would you like?
DSA T-SHIRTS $10 at the meeting (you must ask me for the special) or online by mail $15
Songwriting, Song Swap Workshop
FIRST MONDAY – Feb 3, 7-9
White Rock Coffee in East Dallas. http://www.wrcoffee.com/
4. SHOWCASES & OPEN MICS -
DUNN BROTHERS COFFEE HOUSE - Thurs. Feb. 19
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
Steve Sullivan's CROSSROADS SHOWCASE Every First Saturday
Varsity Grill, Plano, TX NW corner of Coit & Spring Creek
and the 2nd Thursday at the Filling Station, Preston Rd in N. Dallas
5. LYRIC CONTEST - SUMMER WINNERS ANNOUNCED
DSA wishes to apologize for the lateness of this post. Due to events out of our control, we just got behind and hope to catch up soon.
Summer 2008 Lyric Contest Winners
1. The Last Line by Mike Parrish, LaGrange, GA
2. Handy Heart by Kenna Zishka, Austin, Tx
3. Cheer On Our Country's Behalf by Genell Kelso
HM Strut My Country by Agnes "Gretta" Buntain, Cecilia, KY
Please see the lyric blog for winning lyrics and critiques.
LYRICISTS GAIN RECOGNITION THROUGH COMPETITION
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 -
The following people were elected to the DSA Board of Directors for 2009 at the membership meeting last November 11, 2008.
Nancy Rynders, Barbara McMillen, Steve Sullivan, Bob Paterno, Craig St. Clair, Anna Terry, Paul Penrod, James Pappas, Vern Dailey, John Davis, Sherrie Davis, William Brown, Don Ashley, Steve Morgan, Rick Yentz, & Cliff Munroe
Each director shall hold office until a successor is elected and qualified. A director may be elected to succeed himself or herself as director.
The directors will convene for a planning meeting on Saturday, Jan. 24th, at 1PM at the Sullivan offices.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Steve Anderson, Ryan Galloway & Warren Lett
THANK YOU FOR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP: Vern Dailey, Morri Hartgraves, Paul Penrod, Reagan Redfern, Nancy Rynders, Michael Roth
TIME TO RENEW: The following members owe dues in this month:
OCT: Judith de los Santos, 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,
DEC: Jeff Sharp, Craig St Clair, Lisa Mickelson, Steve Morgan, Bil Basinski, Genell Kelso, Steve Hill, Ross Vick, Jeri Asernault
JAN: Mary Dawson, Jeff Moxcey, Beverly Houston, Kathy Davidson, Drew Harakal, Sidney Miller, Ann Abercrombie, Kay Seamayer
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: http://store.kagi.com/cgi-bin/store.cgi?storeID=7TE_LIVE&&
7. WORKSHOPS - DSA WORKSHOPS ARE SPONSORED BY BMI
(Each month we have a workshop at our monthly meeting on the 1st Monday and 2nd Tuesday.)
SECOND TUESDAY GUEST SPEAKER & SONG CRITIQUES - see Monthly Meeting above
FIRST MONDAY SONG SWAP at White Rock Coffee for peer critiques
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: http://www.dallassongwriters.org/workshopsblog.htm
8. Events -
Featuring local and worldwide events of the songwriting community including, seminars, conferences, & showcases. Click on the link #8 to the right or copy and paste this link in your browser.
9. Featured Articles:
MIDEM, the international music business conference in Cannes, France is convening as I write. I went to the conference every year from 1986-2001. I really miss this conference which was the single biggest influence in my network, education, and POV of the music industry. Many of my peeps still attend each year. This article tells how the industry is still a rapidly changing beast, a slave to developing technology, as well as, pop culture. You'll need to sign up, if you have not already. It's free!
Music Industry Imitates Digital Pirates to Turn a Profit By ERIC PFANNER
Online and mobile services offering listeners unlimited "free" access to millions of songs are set to proliferate
in the coming months, according to music industry executives.
Read about IRAA lawsuits and Itunes new pricing:
Amazon, Apple & The Price Of Music
Ever since Amazon began selling digital music and offering lower prices than rival Apple, the suspicion by many iTunes fans is that the music industry was in cahoots with Amazon. In the comments section of our scoop Monday on Apple's MacWorld announcement that it was doing away with copy-protection software and changing its pricing policy, many iTunes fans asserted the often repeated allegation that the four largest recording companies were giving Amazon a price break.
Not so, according to two music industry insiders with knowledge of the negotiations.
Read the rest here: http://tinyurl.com/8brqxw
10. Song Contests
BW Stevenson Singer Songwriter Contest : Deadline March 31
Broadjam Keyboard Contest
11. Songwriting Resources
Here's the spot to find links to the songwriting communtiy for your educational development. I'll be building this blog over the next few months, so let me know with your comments, who should be added to the links.
Jeff Moxey's book on How To Get Your Songs Recorded
Link to Guitar World featuring articles and lessons
12. Best Songs of the 2nd Tuesday Meeting
To view past winners go to the Best Songs blog.
To hear the winners go to our myspace page.
Did you know that A&R reps from labels and music publishers are listening to our Myspace page each month?
Thanks for reading this far. I have added a new Contests page to the newsletter. Let me know if you have any other suggestions.
On a final note, my songwriting class at Collin College will begin soon. You can still audit my Monday class on the Preston Ridge Campus.
Happy New Year
Barbara McMillen, Editor
Founding President Emeritus, DSA