Thursday, April 5, 2012

Songwriters Notes E-News #130 April, 2012

Hello Songwriter,

Deep Ellum Festival and the Dallas Guitar Show are just around the corner. Come out to Deep Ellum Songwriter Stage at the MLK and Main St. Friday - Sunday, this weekend. We will also have our own stage at the Wildflower Festival in May. See events #8 below for details. There is a Songwriter School with Beth Nielsen Chapman this year. See workshops below.

Our song contest, deadline is May 14th, has the smallest fee among all the contests. Only $20 to enter. It's a small but prestigious contest with chances to win in each category. Every entry has a chance to win in a drawing for an Ipod. Check out details here.

At the 2nd Tuesday meeting our guest speakers will be local songwriter extraordinaire, Zane Williams. See details below in #2.

Our other regular DSA monthly events remain the same, 1st and 3rd Monday SongSwaps and 3rd Thursday Open Mic. For details, see #2 and #4 below.

I missed SXSW for the very first time this year. Anyone go? Love to hear about it.

DSA has enrolled in a new program at BBVA Compass Bank. You can help DSA earn money by opening a Compass account and give Dallas Songwriters as your reason or if you already have a Compass account, go to your bank and connect to our program and use your check card.
No checks to write. No direct mail. No telemarketing. In other words, no hassles. The Compass For Your Cause Program allows your members to support your organization, by doing something many of them do virtually every day—use their check card for everyday purchases. And it's easy for them to get started. They simply:

  • Open a BBVA Compass Checking Account*
  • Open a Compass Visa® Check Card*
  • Sign for purchases using the Check Card
That's all there is to it. When they open an account, you earn a royalty of $50. Every time they use their Check Card for qualifying purchases††, you earn additional royalties. So start earning money the easy way with the Compass For Your Cause program. Contact us today to get started.

Check out our pictures on the Dallas Songwriters Facebook. Go on Facebook and LIKE us. New, tell your firends about Dallas Songwriters on Meetup.

QUICK LOOK CALENDAR OF DSA MONTHLY EVENTS - put this in your bookmark.


        2012 Dallas Songwriters Song Contest Deadline May 14

Now in its 22nd year, The DSA 2012 Song Contest is one of the longest running international song contests for amateur songwriters. Offering over $5,000 in cash and prizes this year, the DSA has EIGHT categories in all. See Contest Rules for eligibility. Accepting Submissions 2/1/2012 through 5/14/2012. Pick your category and enter today! 
  • Country
  • Pop/Rock/RandB/Alternative
  • Americana/Folk/Bluegrass
  • Christian/Inspirational
  • Love Songs/Easy Listening
  • Children's/Novelty
  • Singer-Songwriter
  • Instrumental

Grand Prize is a Taylor Guitar signed by Beth Nielsen Chapman. The one she played on Good Morning Texas donated by our Prez, Roger Russell.

Click here for more info about this contest, and for more information about joining DSA (membership not required to enter contest). Click here to view a list of frequently asked questions. 

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.


2nd Tuesday Meeting, April 10, 
Guest Speaker: Zane Williams 
6:30 Sign In - Network
7PM : Guest Speaker
8PM: Song Critiques - Got a song for Zane to sing?

See meeting page for more details

Future Programs:
MAY: Bret Dillion, KHYI DJ  tentative
NEW shirts: $15 at the meeting (you must ask me for the special) or online by mail $20
OLD shirts: $10 at the meeting (you must ask me for the special) or online by mail $15
MONDAY SONG SWAPS for peer critique
Song Swap Workshops
Monthly 7:30-10 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 in East Dallas
Half Price Books, 5803 E Northwest Hwy Dallas, TX 75231-6519 (214) 379-8000
Roger Russell, Jame Pappas coordinating.
We'll be in the Community Room at the back left in the building.

Tino's at Collin Creek Mall- Steve Sullivan, coordinator.
Tinos Mexican Restaurant Collin Creek Mall, Plano, Tx 

3. BEST SONGS of the 2nd Tuesday Meeting
Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year is in the process of being judged for 2012 and will probably be announced in March. 

Something Powerful by Holly Doubet & Helene Cronin
Braver Than We Want To Be by Mary Guthrie

Critique Panel: Lisa Byrn & Joe Milton

To view past winners go to the Best Songs blog.
To hear the winners go to our myspace page.
Did you know that A and R reps from labels and music publishers are listening to our Myspace page each month?


EVERY 3RD THURSDAY - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

TEXAS SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND at Sandstone Cellars Winery Showcase & Open Mic in Mason Texas.  
HOURS 6-9PM 211 San Antonio Street, Mason, TX 76856
Shows will be on the 3rd Thursday of each month starting in March.

Guidelines for our stars @ Texas Songwriters in the Round shows:
* All original set of 45 minutes
* A professional commercially released CD with some airplay and press.

We allow any songwriter to come be part of the TSR in the Round, with one star per month! If you'd like to come out and join in as a rounder I can make sure you have a place for the night! To Showcase contact: Jeri Alice
Other area open mics OPEN MICS
5. LYRIC CONTEST - Next deadline postmarked June 30th SPRING CONTEST or enter online.


We'll Go Away As Friends by Bill Kapac, Williamstown, NJ
Shadows on the Wall by George Puccini, Las Vegas, NV
Body Surfing by Larry Dodge, Dallas, Tx
In A Heartbeat by Dana Young, Anthony, KS
All of You by Jenifer Christmas, Arverne, NY
Don't Play That Song by Dana Young, Anthony, KS
My Momma, (She Really Loved To Dance) by Fremont Ashton, 
                                                                   Englewood, FL
I was Only Trying to Help Her Make Up My Mind by Bill Kapac,
                                                                 Williamstown, NJ
The Homecoming Dance by Lisa Simmons, Lewisville, Tx
Jesus Rides this Freight Train With Me by Tony McCall, Brisbane, 


Fade by Ryan Eichenwaid, Dallas, Tx 

Fall contest is in the judging process.

Next Lyric Contest Deadline is June 30th for Spring Lyric Contest
Entry fee is $10
Please see lyric contest webpage for details.

Wanna get involved? Become a committee member. It's fun!
To view a list of the 2012 Officer and Directors and Committees go to this link:

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
* Film Licensing Co. seeking instrumental music
* Cheap and free tickets - Free tickets to selected Winspear Opera House events.

Lyricists are invited to co-write with music writers by submitting your lyric through the member yahoo group.


WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Jim Baker, Alexandra Brooks, Robin Willis, Brian Coker, Corey Anderson, Terry Boss, Matt Boggs, Craig Crafton, Mark Sanders.

THANK YOU FOR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP: Madilyn Shaw, Holly Doubet, Julie Jean White, James Pappas, Andrew Boyer, Ross Smith, Morri Hartgraves, Robin Hughes, Will Brown, Kathryn Hallberg, Larry Dodge, Nancy Rynders

TIME TO RENEW: The following members owe dues:

EXPIRED IN DEC: Toni Scott, Michael Brandenberger, Robin Hughes, Jason Winford
EXPIRED IN JAN: Steve Erickson, Alex Flores, Thomas Cavazos, Guy Rourk
EXPIRED IN FEB: Lisa Simmons, Jonathan Sargent, Trevor Dahlen, Tamara McGuchen, Wyler Delray, Raquel Sanchez Lomon.
EXPIRED IN MARCH: James Talavera, Katie Parr, Casundra Chambers DarKing, Chester May, Liza Mesiah, Coy Portier, Paul Cataldi, Minnie Murray, George Puccini
PLEASE RENEW THIS MONTH:Suzi Moore, Jeremy Ellis, Joanna Endsley, Gary Morse, Daniel Anchondo, Steve Johnson, Loretta Dunnaway, Casey Graham, Robert McHale, Margaret Cuddihee, hris Trentham, Lanny Sherwood.


Renew your membership online,
You'll find the link to the store on the panel to the right

(Each month DSA hosts 3 workshops at our monthly meetings on the 1st Monday, 3rd Monday and 2nd Tuesday these are ongoing. see item 2 above.)

Beth Nielson Chapman is back giving a workshop at the Wildflower Festival.
Grammy Award Winner Singer/Songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman will conduct a one-day Songwriting School (workshop) to kick off the City of Richardson's 2012 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival.

Friday, May 18, 2012
10:00 am – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Residence Inn by Marriott

1040 Waterwood Drive
Richardson, TX 75082
Maximum Students: 40

Want to study songwriting but don't want to get out of your PJ's? Take a class online through a songwriting workshop yahoo group.

8. EVENTS- Featuring local and worldwide events of the songwriting community including, seminars, conferences, and showcases.
6-8 Deep Ellum Fest ( DSA will sponsor the Performing Songwriter Stage)
21-23 Dallas Guitar Show   (Come y and visit us at our booth)
28-29 Indie Fest
27-29 Jazz Fest, NOLA 

3-6 Jazz Fest, NOLA,

18-20 Wildflower Festival

Teleuride Bluegrass Festival

New Music Seminar

Go to the events page to view links to local and Texas venues.

9. Featured Articles:
PREZ SEZ: Tune in to DSA President, Roger Russell's, musings and DSA goings on.

The Song Machine
By John Seabrook -- The hitmakers behind Rihanna. [Thanks to Don Stewart for the link...and, no Don, we did not work together in a club in 1955...I was still in swaddling clothes at the time, which, I must admit, made getting a date for my first high school dance rather difficult. DK]
Alan Lomax's Massive Archive Goes Online
By Shirley Collins -- Folklorist Alan Lomax spent his career documenting folk music traditions from around the world. Now thousands of the songs and interviews he recorded are available for free online, many for the first time. It's part of what Lomax envisioned for the collection - long before the age of the Internet.

Easter Bargain: Loopy HD Turns iPad into Sample-Happy Music Maker
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- The Easter Bunny has a treat for you: Loopy HD, a sweet loop-based sequencer with a fresh design that lets you layer loops to make songs for sharing or performing live. (VIDEO).

MUSIC BUSINESS - more articles posted on the new blog DSA Music Biz News

TOWER OF POWER SUES WARNER MUSIC GROUP CORP. OVER DIGITAL ROYALTIES; The Case Arises Out Of The Alleged Failure Of Warner Music To Pay The Full Royalty Rates To Artists Such As Tower Of Power On Revenue Generated From The Licensing Of Digital Downloads And/or Ringtones

Music Biz MBA: Business Formation Options for Indie Musicians
By David Rose -- Bands and musicians have several options to choose from when deciding to form a business entity including, but not limited to setting up a: sole proprietorship, partnership, a limited liability company, and a corporation. The steps for forming a business entity for a band range from being fairly simple to quite complex, depending on the type of business formed.

The Craziest New Cutting-Edge Musical Tech Instruments
By Tom Davenport -- Musikmesse is Europe's premier annual music trade show, and tech companies were there in force last week to debut their latest kit...So what (music) gear was turning heads at Musikmesse this year?
Some of you who have heard my songs may have guessed she's my fav. Enjoy!
 Bob Paterno's blog Making Music Making Money

Glossary of Terms Used in the Music Industry
Compiled by Mario F. Gonzalez, Esq.


The World's Most Important Drum Loop
By Bobby Owsinski -- Depending upon which musical world you live in, you may or may not know about a short 5.2 second drum loop that has spawned several musical subcultures, from hip hop to jungle to hardcore techno to drum and bass. The loop is what's knows as the "Amen Break"...
Barbe McMillen's blog, The Craft of Songwriting

Online Thesaurus and Rhyming Dictionary

10. Song and Talent Contests
See contest details at:
Song, Lyric and Fiddle Contests

• Dallas Songwriters Song Contest kicks off Feb 1 and runs through May 14th.
• B.W. Stevenson Contest Finals Wednesdays in April at Poor Davids
• Wildflower Performing Songwriter Contest Deadline in April

A comprehensive list of Song Contests compliments of

11. Songwriting Resources
Links to websites about songwriting, performance, music industry.

DSA Book Store - reviews, links, lists of recommended reading, and what's in the DSA Library.

12. Archives of Past Programs and Activities


Did you know???  DSA held two song contests for active military and the Cds of the winning songs, Songs From the Soul of Service Vols. 1 and 2 are available online at:

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


View past showcase performances and workshops on Crossroads Youtube.

DSA depends on your support.
Giving Rocks! While it never hurts to remind you that DSA is a non-profit organization (and so your contributions are tax-deductible) -  this year it means so much more. We're proud to be celebrating our 21th Anniversary as a non-profit. DSA has been an organized songwriter group since 1985 and became a non-profit in 1990.

Your gift
 enables us to meet our mission.

Our programs created to meet our mission goals are: a monthly newsletter, workshops, critique sessions, showcases, contests, networking opportunities and community service.
If you like what we do, and want to help us keep doing it, please make a contribution today. Gifts of all sizes are meaningful and appreciated.
Donations are welcome year round.