There are 3 local song contests deadlines fast approaching: Wildflower Performing Songwriter- March 8, Kerrville New Folk- March 15 and BW Stevenson Performing Songwriter Contest- April 12. Please see item 10 below for deadlines and the song contest page for details.
DON'T MISS MARCH MADNESS on the Tuesday the 9th! Our 2nd Tuesday meeting is not to be missed! See item 3 below.
Think Green! Spring is coming and so is St. Patricks Day. Are you thinking green beer?
Founding President Emeritus
Editor, Songwriters Notes
Entries are now in the judging process.
February 15, 2010
Drawing For Free Ipod:
March 9, 2010
March 15, 2010
Finalists & Grand Prize Winners Announced:
April 13, 2010
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 - DON'T MISS THIS SPECIAL MEETING
MONTHLY MEETING - http://www.dallassongwriters.com/meetingblog.htm
2nd Tuesday MARCH MADNESS - March, 9
GUEST SPEAKER: FETT
Sign in & Netowrking begins at 6:30
Announcements at 7PM
Guest Speaker about 7:15
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 - Next deadline March 31st.
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, Chris Rucker
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 & Ann Cornelius
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.
Room L135 in Library building at Preston Ridge Campus
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.
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:
Bob Paterno's blog Making Music Making Money
Bob Paterno interviews former CEO of the mega-successful Gaylord Entertainment company, Terry London.
By Jacob Detering -- I notice a sizable chasm between the way in which musicians and other more traditional business people deal with moving a brand forward. Most significantly missing in artists is an over arching sense of urgency with regards to brand survival.
By Bob Baker -- Does that seem like an odd question to ask? Read this and I think you'll agree there are many times when you simply lie to yourself about the workings of the music business and how to find success in it. And it's costing you big time!
By Glenn Derene -- With the right software and a few plug-in instruments, anyone (really, anyone) can be a rock star in his own home. Here's how to use a MIDI keyboard and software like M-Powered Essential and GarageBand to become the next Beck. [However, all the new technology in the world gets you nowhere it you can't write great songs and don't posses an identifiable style as a vocalist.]
LITERARY DEVICES - Part 2 Similes
Online Thesaurus & Rhyming Dictionary
10. Song Contests
See contest details at:
Wildflower Performing Songwriter Contest Deadline: March 8
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