2001 - 2007 Winners Compilation CDs available at the DSA store
All winning songs are on a CD Compilation that was given out at the Awards Ceremony. To get any 3 double CD's simply make a quarter note donation to DSA through our online store and send us an email to request which 3 years of Cd's you want us to mail you.
PLEASE RENEW THIS MONTH: Louie Cate, Morri Hartgrave, Steve Wilson
By Michael Sinanian -- Lyrics are a massively underestimated market segment, says Tom Lehman, co-founder of RapGenius, one of the progenitors of this "lyrics 2.0? movement. "People don't understand how popular lyrics are, and how much people like to read and understand them," he says. In fact, a staggering two percent of all Google search queries are for lyrics. The share of Bing's pie is even larger, at seven percent. After 'Facebook,' the term 'lyrics' is the most common search term on Google in the US.
By Gary Trust -- At 85 years and two months, the iconic Tony Bennett becomes the oldest living artist ever to grace the Billboard Hot 100, as "Body and Soul," with the late Amy Winehouse, bows at No. 87. [If you haven't seen the video of Bennett and Amy Winehouse doing "Body and Soul" that accompanies this article, it's worth a look.]
By Richard Fausset -- The plan for the city's K-12 school system, called "Music Makes Us," was announced Friday (by "Music City" Mayor Karl Dean) at a news conference in Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. It calls for upgrading existing music programs such as those for band, orchestra and choir, and including some unusual new classes. Those offerings will have kids playing in rock 'n' roll bands, spitting hip-hop lyrics, DJing, writing and composing contemporary songs, and learning modern production techniques. [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]
PRweb -- The Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, announced today that Grammy- and Academy-Award-winning songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David will join the ranks of Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, and Paul McCartney as recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Bacharach and David each will receive the Library's Gershwin Medal next spring at an all-star tribute in Washington D.C. This will be the fourth time the honor has been awarded and the first time to a songwriting team.
By Paul Resnikoff -- What are the stages that artists dream of playing, the ones they absolutely lust after? We joined forces with ReverbNation to ask thousands of aspiring artists that very question, and these are the responses we got.
By Rob Dix -- Music merchandise has always been important to bands, both as a source of revenue and to help raise awareness of your 'brand'. Fans love buying merch too - the music we like is closely tied in with our identity, and wearing a band's t-shirt is a way of showing off that identity to others. Now, merch is more important than ever as a way of making money. For many independent artists, the music itself is almost a 'loss leader' - given away to promote live shows and merchandise.
By Paul Zollo -- Paul Simon hears voices. Or, more specifically, one voice. It's the voice that gave him the phrase "so beautiful or so what" a few years before it became the title song of his most recent album. It's the voice that gave him other phrases now deeply woven into the fabric of our culture, such as "Sound Of Silence," "Still Crazy After All These Years," "Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover," and "Bridge Over Troubled Water." None of these were contrived; all were ideas that simply arrived, sometimes when he was at his guitar, other times when he wasn't. But, like any savvy songwriter, he knows it's a good idea to listen when that voice speaks. And maybe jot it down.
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