This is heart month. So write something from the heart!
Founding President Emeritus
Editor, Songwriters Notes
Feb 15th DEADLINE APPROACHING . You can upload your songs online via Sonicbids.com and Broadjam.com or mail in your entries.
Wanna help the song contest committee? Reply to this email.
2008 SONG CONTEST - WINNERS
Compare your songs against our winners last year.
Here is winning songs in a series of three podcasts at:
2. SONGS FROM THE SOUL OF SERVICE
The Cd of the winning songs, Songs From the Soul of Service Vols. 1 & 2 are available online at:http://store.kagi.com/cgi-bin/store.cgi?storeID=7TE_LIVE&page=SSS4
If you missed the concert, you can catch the Tribute to our fallen soldiers from DFW at our Podomatic site:
You Know Me Tribute to Fallen
Read the latest story about this years winners
3. DSA MEETINGS
MONTHLY MEETING - http://www.dallassongwriters.com/meetingblog.htm
2nd Tuesday - February, 9
Sign in & Netowrking begins at 6:30
Announcements at 7PM
Guest Speaker about 7:15
MARCH MADNESS DEMO CONTEST AT DSA
Join us March 9 at 6:30pm. The stakes are higher than usual this month because the winner of the monthly critique will win a free guitar/vocal demo at a professional Nashville demo studio! That's a $250+ value!
So bring that CD or tape and your lyric sheets. Judging and comments will come from your peers and not from a panel of judges. Read the rules below carefully.
- This contest is limited to the first 10 song entered.
- Preference will be given to the first 5 DSA members to enter. The remaining 5 entries are open to anybody.
- All entries must be received by 7pm on March 9th. Entries will be considered on a first come, first served basis.
- Entries are $20.00.
- Bring at least 25 lyric sheets. Lyric sheets must not have any identifying information (do not include writer's name or phone numbers, etc.). We want all lyrics to be uniform in appearance. Use Courier New font (size 10 or 12) (e.g. looks like typewriter font). NO BOLD or INDENTS in the lyrics. DO NOT use all caps.
Our March lecture
Have you ever wondered how to make a great sounding home recording? Do you think you need expensive hardware and software to do it? Have you ever tried, but found the learning curve too steep? If so, then you'll benefit from our March speaker. Joining us from Nashville will be the independent producer, Fett* from Azalea Studios. He’ll share the secret of making high-quality, yet inexpensive demos without needing gobs of technical knowledge.
Doors open Tuesday, March 9, at 6:30pm for networking. The meeting begins at 7pm. The March Madness Demo Contest begins afterward, concluding by 9:30pm.
If you haven’t been to a 2nd Tuesday meeting for a while, then what are you waiting for? Join us at the Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak, (just east of the intersection of Live Oak and Good Latimer).
*Fett is an independent producer and engineer with more than 40 albums to his credit, owner of Azalea Studios in Nashville, former Technology Editor for Performing Songwriter magazine, and contributing technology author for the Country Music Association' s CMA Close Up magazine. He has worked in the music industry for nearly 30 years, as a touring musician, session player, manager, booking agent, songwriter and music photographer. His clients include Davy Jones of the Monkees, Grammy-winning songwriter Don Henry, and international guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel. Fett is co-author of the Songwriter's Survival Kit audio education series, a SongU.com faculty member and TAXI affiliate, and a featured speaker at numerous national music industry events each year. He holds a degree in International Studies from The American University in Washington, DC.
Have questions? Email Program Chair Bob Paterno - walkslots AT yahoo DOT com, or Buck Morgan, wmsmorgan AT verizon DOT net
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 Workshops
FIRST MONDAY in East Dallas - Feb. 1st, March 1
5803 E Northwest Hwy Dallas, TX 75231-6519 (214) 379-8000
1203 Shawnee Rd.
sharon at shootfirephoto.com
THIRD MONDAY in PLANO -
Tinos Mexican Restaurant Collin Creek Mall, Plano, Tx 972 2572
BEDFORD - Karon Hi has found a place, but need the bodies to form a group.
Are you interested in meeting in the Midcities? Let us know. Coordinator, Karon High would like to meet in Euless.
The Directors feel that DSA can support a number of these small area Song Swaps which are beneficial to attaining crucial feedback for developing your works in progress and as Annie Benjamin pointed out, works best in small groups of 10 or less. If you live in a suburb and would like to host one in your area, please reply to the group and ask for interested attendees in your area. Three people make a group for peer review or interested co-writers. I know several people who have attended the Song Swap in the past have developed beneficial co-writing relationships.
Please email DSA or talk to a board member if you'd like to start one in your neighborhood.
4. SHOWCASES & OPEN MICS -
EVERY 3RD THURSDAY - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
TEXAS SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND at Hilltop Cafe, Castell, Tx 76831
Texas Songwriters in the Round is beginning its 10th year of songwriters series.
We are currently meeting at the Hill Top Cafe on Hwy 87 9 miles north of Fredericksburg, Tx.
The group also meets every wednesday on the patio for songwriters support, performance and sharing.
5. LYRIC CONTEST - FALL 2009 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Winner _ When Lambs Become Lions by John Thomas Lane
HM_From A Distance by Akin Akintola
Next Lyric Contest Deadline is March 31st, 2010 for Winter Lyric Contest
Entry fee is $10
Please see lyric contest webpage for details.
6. MEMBER NEWS -
If you are not a DSA Member, you missed these tips sent out through our yahoo group:
* Publisher looking for Childrens songs
* Artists/Producers looking for original material for recording artists
* Major Brand X (To be disclosed at a later time) Seeks Independent artist for music campaign.
* Where to get your cd reviewed
* Music related job listing
* Cheap and free tickets
Wanna get involved? Become a committee member. It's fun!
To view a list of the 2010 Officer & Directors and Committees go to this link:
Met to Elect Officers on January 12th to elect officers. Click on the link above to view your officers for 2010.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Krystal Pinkins, Adrienne Wetzel, Baylee Kuss, Nathan Alan Toon, Coy Poitier
THANK YOU FOR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP: Ken Golden, James Foster, James Pappas, Morri Hartgraves, Mimi Balkey, Scott White, Michael Roth, Donna Lisa, Roger Russell, Karon High & Sharon Pisors.
TIME TO RENEW: The following members owe dues:
YOU HAVE A TWO MONTH GRACE PERIOD TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR YOU WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE MEMBER GROUP
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.)
Performance and Music Education.
Details here: http://dallassongwritersworkshops.blogspot.com/
If you'd like for me to add you comment, just send me an email.
SECOND TUESDAY GUEST SPEAKER & SONG CRITIQUES - see Monthly Meeting above
MONDAY SONG SWAPS for peer critique
Monthly 7-10 PM
Free, Visitors Welcome
Where songwriters perform their songs for peer review. Bring your guitar and a few lyric sheets. This is like an old fashioned guitar pull with comments between songs.
FIRST MONDAY - NE DALLAS
sharon at shootfirephoto.com
Tino's Mexican Restaurant in Plano
1013 Collin Creek Mall, 75 & Plano Parkway
Plano, TX 75075
The Directors believe that DSA can support a number of these small area Song Swaps which are beneficial to attaining crucial feedback for developing your works in progress and as Annie Benjamin pointed out, works best in small groups of 10 or less. If you live in a suburb and would like to host one in your area, please email to the yahoo member group to state your interest and ask for interested attendees in your area. Three people make a group for peer review or interested co-writers. I know several people who have attended the Song Swap in the past have developed beneficial co-writing relationships.
From time to time will let you know about other workshops.
Folk Alliance, Memphis - workshops galore http://www.folkalliance.org/
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.
17-21 Folk Alliance, Memphis -
12-21 SXSWeek 2010
14 Grammy Advocacy Day in Washington DC
22 - 24 I Create Music ASCAP EXPO http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/events/expo/
9-16 Listening Room International Songwriter Retreat
For more details visit the events page.
Also, hear the song contest winners podcast from this page.
TEXAS CONCERT LISTINGS
Comprehensive VENUE LIST - compliments of Uncle Calvins
DALLAS TEXAS CONCERT LISTINGS
Dallas Morning News Guide Live Music Listing ( hit search after opening the page)
9. Featured Articles:
By Bruce Warila -- Several days ago, Allan Shadow published a colorful tribute post about David "Honeyboy" Edwards and how he received a Lifetime Achievement (Grammy) award last week. Here's a ninety-four year old man that has given his life to songwriting and music. How could we (humans) not be somewhat interested in this story?
By Cliff Goldmacher -- While I am a big proponent of wearing as many hats as you can in your musical career, there are certain areas where it makes much better sense to rely on experts.
By Paul Lamere -- One of my more popular posts from last year was 'In Search of the Click track' where I posted some plots showing the tempo deviations from the average tempo for a number of songs. From these plots it was pretty easy to see which songs had a human setting the beat and which songs had a machine setting the beat (be it a click track, drum machine or an engineer fitting the song to a tempo grid). [I have absolutely no idea if anyone will find this the least bit interesting ... I'm just fascinated by the fact that this fellow went to all this trouble to compile the information.]
Bob Paterno's blog Making Music Making Money
Bob Paterno interviews former CEO of the mega-successful Gaylord Entertainment company, Terry London.
CDbaby -- With all the hard work the indie music community puts into promotion and marketing of music, it's amazing how often key information is missing from the message.
By Richard Macmanus -- At the recent DLD Conference (Digital - Life - Design) in Munich, Germany, Esther Dyson moderated a panel on the Internet of Things. The subject of the discussion was giving identity to things, just as people have an identity. In essence, creating social networks for things.
INSITE" EPISODE TOPIC: "GETTING TO
KNOW THE P.R.O.S"; Monthly Online Educational
Series Can Be Found On CMA's Member Web Site
By Cheryl Hodgson -- While a copyright is valid without registration, the very statement is misleading. Copyright registration is essential to preserve key remedies for infringement. Unless registered prior to infringement, attorney's fees and statutory damages are not available. It is often difficult, if not impossible, to prove actual damages or profits attributable to theft of a copyrighted work. For example, if the work is used on a product that doesn't sell millions of copies, how do you prove your damages?
Barbe McMillen's blog, The Craft of Songwriting
LITERARY DEVICES - Part 1 Metaphors Let's look at some tools and formulas help you build metaphors.
Online Thesaurus & Rhyming Dictionary
10. Song Contests
DALLAS SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION SONG CONTEST: Deadline Feb. 15th
more ....on song contest blog
11. Songwriting Resources
DSA Book Store - reviews, links, lists of recommended reading, and what's in the DSA Library.
12. Best Songs of the 2nd Tuesday Meeting
Download a pdf hard copy of the Oct 2009 Songwriters Notes with 2008 best songs of the meeting winners announced.
To view past winners go to the Best Songs blog. http://bestsongsofthemeeting.blogspot.com/
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?
I've talked about the musical that I've been working on for it seems like an eternity.
Barbara McMillen, Editor
Founding President Emeritus, DSA