May finds us on stage at the Wildflower Festival thanks to our friend Al Johnson and coordinator Ian Dickson. We will be at the Bud Light Singer Songwriters stage next to the Eiseman Theater. Come out to the festival and drop by the stage. DSA is performing and volunteering.
1028 15th Place
Plano, TX 75074.
Parking is available across the street in the parking garage or in the downtown parking lots.
I really wanted to go to Jazz Fest in NO this year, but alas, there was too much work to do here to get ready for the staged reading.
Founding President Emeritus
Editor, Songwriters Notes
Mimi Balkey won the drawing for the ipod.
See past 2008 winners.
Here 2008 winning songs in a series of three podcasts at:
Announcements at 7PM
Program about 7:15
DSA T-SHIRTS $10 at the meeting (you must ask me for the special) or online by mail $15
Monthly 7:30-10 PM
Free, Visitors Welcome
FIRST MONDAY in East Dallas
Half Price Books, 5803 E Northwest Hwy Dallas, TX 75231-6519 (214) 379-8000
Tinos Mexican Restaurant Collin Creek Mall, Plano, Tx 972 2572
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.
3. 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.
Hard Eight Cafe
Sat. May 8th
All original All the Time.
4. LYRIC CONTEST - Next deadline June 30th.
Winner _ When Lambs Become Lions by John Thomas Lane
HM_From A Distance by Akin Akintola
Next Lyric Contest Deadline is March 30th, 2010 for Spring Lyric Contest
Entry fee is $10
Please see lyric contest webpage for details.
5. 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: Joanna Endley, Robert Tenorio, and song contest winners Ward Parker, Eric Christensen, Chris Trentham, Scott Tonkinson, Lisa Torres, Noel Cohen, David Spence, Edward Turton, Lauren Smith, Lanny Sherwin, John Watilo
THANK YOU FOR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP: Trevor Dahen
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&&
6. WORKSHOPS - DSA WORKSHOPS ARE SPONSORED BY BMI
(Each month we have a workshop at our monthly meeting on the 1st Monday, 3rd Monday and 2nd Tuesday. see item 3 above.) http://www.meetingblog.dallassongwriters.org
Details here: http://www.workshops.dallassongwriters.org
Richard Leigh - Songwriting Workshop - May 13, 2010
This three-time Grammy nominee and inductee of the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame, explores the techniques and cognitive tricks.
Dallas Center for Community Cooperation - Oak Corner
2900 Live Oak St Dallas, TX 75204 7:30pm - 9:30pm $35
OTHER AREA WORKSHOPS:
7. 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.
9-16 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)
8. Featured Articles:
"You're a terminal for a higher power."... "I don't take it for granted."... "I never turn my curiosity off."
Bob Paterno interviews former CEO of the mega-successful Gaylord Entertainment company, Terry London.
By Digital Music News -- Almost overnight, the art of A&R (artists & repertoire) has been completely transformed by digital formats, simply because the internet starts pouring feedback immediately onto new artists and songs. "A&R is the easy part now, it's the rest of the business that's impossible," one major label executive told Digital Music News...
VIDEO: Musicians on the Internet - Strategy Vs Tactics My Interview with CD Baby's Brian Felsen
By Dave Allen
CMSpin Network -- MercyMe has made history as their massive multi-format single "I Can Only Imagine" recently surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain.
Compiled by Mario F. Gonzalez, Esq.
LITERARY DEVICES - Part 2 Similes
By Brian Hazard -- Many of my all-time favorite songs are "growers" - album tracks that don't really grab you the first few spins, but eventually dig their hooks in and don't let go. Few artists these days have the luxury of writing growers, because listeners aren't willing to invest that kind of time. Unless the artist is proven to deliver, the listener will tune out and move on.
Online Thesaurus & Rhyming Dictionary
9. Song & Talent Contests
See contest details at:
10. Songwriting Resources
DSA Book Store - reviews, links, lists of recommended reading, and what's in the DSA Library.
11. Best Songs of the 2nd Tuesday Meeting
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?
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
Barbara McMillen, Editor
Founding President Emeritus, DSA