Sunday, June 3, 2012

Songwriters Notes E-News #132 June, 2012

Hello Songwriter,

Our song contest is currently being judged. We'll have the drawing for the IPOD from the entries at our next 2nd Tuesday Meeting. 

First Monday Song Swap is this Monday at Half Price Books on NWHY.

At the 2nd Tuesday meeting we're having Richard Chalk of Top Cat Records. Blues fans shouldn't miss this one.

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.

Wanna be apart of the inner workings or the DSA? We have a board position open. We're looking for a Treasurer.

Wow! Let's all escape the Dallas heat in August and go to the Big Sky Songwriting Festival. Let's gather a group from Dallas and caravan. Many hit songwriters will be there as mentors, including our very own Rory Feek. Just check out all the big names on the website. The resort is also very reasonable. Where else can you meet so many hit songwritiers personally?

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

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. Categories are currently in the judging process. Drawing for the IPOD will take place at our 2nd Tuesday Meeting in June.
  • 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, June 12, 
Richard Chalk, of Top Cat Records
6:30 Sign In - Network
7PM : Guest Speaker
8PM: Song Critiques - How about some Blues Songs?

See meeting page for more details

Future Programs:
JULY: Sara Hickman, tent.
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. 

The Good War by Casey Graham
Jack Daniels by James Pappas & Roger Russell
Critique Panel: Michael Brandenberger / Mary Guthrie

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?

The Wildflower Arts and Music Festival has come and gone.  Our stage was a success, thanks to the hard work and determination of DSA members and volunteers.  It was your hard work and determination that kept things flowing smoothly and kept the visiting artists happy.  We were told by the Wildflower management that out of 4 outdoor stages, we were the best.  That is a big compliment for the smallest stage.  Our DSA member performers stepped in and helped, but they also blended seamlessly in and performed on stage admirably.  We had our moments with chaos, but somehow it all worked out.  And, they want us to do it again next year!

I do want to make special mention of Ian Dickson for loading the truck twice, and Barbe and Steve Sullivan for loading Sunday evening and Lisa Byrn for being responsible for coordination with Wildflower and scheduling our performers and volunteers.  I am sure we all became reacquainted with some muscles we forgot we had.

We were woven among a tapestry of professional full-time performers and we were their peers.  This is what Dallas Songwriters Association is all about.  Providing opportunities like this for our members to perform among the professionals with songs that are great, because DSA has helped nurture those songwriters and the songs that they are performing.  I heard songs that started as songs people brought to song swaps.  Once those songs matured, they were brought to open mics.  Many of them were later submitted to monthly meeting song critiques or critiques during a DSA sponsored workshop.  We are like a family supporting and nurturing the birth and development of this creative process that becomes a song. - DSA PREZ, Roger Russell

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.

2012 WINTER WINNERS (deadline was March 31st)

Saints & Sinners by John Walsh, Sydney Australia

You've Caught a Keeper by Larry Dodge, Dallas, Tx

Will Two Rights Make A Wrong? by Larry Dodge, Dallas, Tx

An App For You by Larry Dodge, Dallas, Tx

Acre of You by Michael Junek, Cameron, Tx

Ariel - No Guns & Such by Michael Junek, Cameron, Tx



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! Be apart of the inner workings or the DSA. We have a board position open. We're looking for a Treasurer.

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: Robert, Harper, Dewey Stark, Mofor Otang, Kurt Echenwald, Molly Bush, Jim Baker, Alexandra Brooks, Robin Willis, Brian Coker, Corey Anderson, Terry Boss, Matt Boggs, Craig Crafton, Mark Sanders.

THANK YOU FOR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP: Casey Graham, Helene Cronin, Buz Craft, 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 MARCH: James Talavera, Katie Parr, Casundra Chambers DarKing, Chester May, Liza Mesiah, Coy Portier, Paul Cataldi, Minnie Murray, George Puccini
EXPIRED IN APRIL: Suzi Moore, Jeremy Ellis, Joanna Endsley, Gary Morse, Daniel Anchondo, Loretta Dunnaway, Robert McHale, Margaret Cuddihee, Chris Trentham, Lanny Sherwood.
EXPIRED IN MAY: Richard Ray Hunt, Steve Wiseberg, Annie Cornelius
PLEASE RENEW THIS MONTH: Brandon Watson, Paul McNair, Mike Corbin, Keith Thompson, Tom Biles, Kyle Carey, Wyler Delray, Ruben Estevez, John Friday, Ruben Estevez, John Friday, Donna Lisa, Shane Martin, Christal Prout, Renee Safier, Shosshana Sperling, John Visconti, Tara Priya, Janine Wilson, Steven Welp, Jan Osborne, Butch Schindel, Joe Daniel


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.)

Big Sky Songwriters Festival

August 15-19, 2012
Big Sky, Montana

Something amazing is getting ready to start annually right here in Montana...The Big Sky Songwriters Festival!
Bringing an amazing opportunity for anyone wanting to become a better songwriter, learn about the dynamics of music publishing and find ways to have your music heard!

In their first year, the Big Sky Songwriters Festival has created an incredible environment and a tremendous array of songwriting talent to work with all attendees. Event founder Dave Goodwin, who has shared residence between Montana and Nashville over the years, knew that Big Sky provides a location for pure creativity and nurturing of the creative spirit combined with the comforts provided by a world class resort like Big Sky.
The goal is to help creative individuals and those who want to learn the craft of songwriting by providing access to some of the very best in the business to guide them. Year one instructors include Rory Feek (Some Beach-Blake Shelton), Steve Bogard (Praying For Daylight-Rascall Flatts), Chas Sanford (Missing You-John Waite/Tina Turner), Kostas (Blame It On Your Heart-Patty Loveless) , Jon Mabe(The Climb-Miley Cyrus), Bruce Burch(Rumor Has It-Reba McEntire), James House(Broken Wing-Martina McBride),Suzi Ragsdale(Pam Tillis,Darrell Scoot...others),  Austin Troubadors Walt Wilkins, Kevin & Dustin Welch, Montanas John Bohlinger, Paul Durham (Black Lab), Jon Pousette-Dart( Amnesia) and many others...stay posted. Also several industry leaders are scheduled for workshops as well including Dennis Lord(SESAC), Sara Johnson(Sr Creative Director BMG/Chrysalis), Juli Newton Griffith(Sr. Director Magic Mustang Music Publishing"Jason Aldean") to help registrants learn more about the ins and outs of not only songwriting...but also publishing, legals and the music business in general.  - more here.

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.

1-3 Nashville Songwriters Festival, Nashville
4      Billboard Country Music Summit, Nashville
6 Latin Music Conference,  LA

7-9 Mob Fest, Chicago 
11-17 NXNE, Toranto, CAN
17 - 19 New Music Seminar 
21 - 24 Telluride Bluegrass Festival

13 - 15 Taste of Dallas,
15 - 20 REO Songwriting Retreat,
3 - 5 Lollapalooza, Chicago
16 - 19 Big Sky Songwriters Festival, Bozeman, MT

5 - 9 Music Fest NW, Portland, OR
26 - 30 Cutting Edge Music Conference, NOLA

4 -7 Filter Culture Collide, LA
12 -14 ACL Fest, Austin 
16 - 20 CMJ Marathon, NYC

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 Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness)
By Jessica Hagy -- These six factors can erode the grandest of plans and the noblest of intentions. They can turn visionaries into paper-pushers and wide-eyed dreamers into shivering, weeping balls of regret. Beware!
How the Weinsteins Beat 'Soul Man' Singer Sam Moore in an Important Lawsuit
By Eriq Gardner -- Publicity rights, trademarks, libel, unfair competition...a suit over the 2008 film Soul Men had it all. Ultimately, the film studio beat the musician in a nasty fight with big implications for Hollywood...


By ASCAP -- ASCAP President and Chairman, Paul Williams was the first to speak at this year's Annual ASCAP Membership Meeting held April 19...Paul summarizes ASCAP's advocacy efforts for the past year and discusses what needs to be done now and in the future...with a special emphasis on the relationship between the creator and technology.

The Loudness Wars
VIDEO: Mastering Engineer Greg Calbi on Compression and the Loudness War in Mastering
By Artists House Music -- Greg Calbi is a senior mastering engineer at Sterling Sound, a mastering house in New York City. He has mastered albums for dozens of artists such as John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Bruce Springsteen.
What English Sounds Like To Those Who Don't Speak It:
By Eric Barker -- "An Italian singer wrote this song with gibberish to sound like English. If you've ever wondered what other people think Americans sound like, this is it." [Thanks to Neil Turkewitz for the link.]

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

By Hisham Dahud -- For you aspiring industry professionals, I hope that my story and insights can help you get a clearer sense of where you are in your pursuits, as well as provide you with motivation and inspiration to help you advance your own career.
By Marcus Taylor -- Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you'll most likely be familiar with Amanda Palmer's impressive KickStarter campaign...At risk of being 'one more to add to the list', I want to focus on what we can learn from her and what the success of her campaign suggests to me about how music fans are showing cravings for exclusivity...

Folk Musician Doc Watson Dies in NC Hospital at 89
By AP -- Doc Watson, the blind Grammy-award winning folk musician whose mountain-rooted sound was embraced by generations and whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world, died Tuesday at a North Carolina hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman and his manager. He was 89.

IN MEMORIAM: Pioneers of Disco:
Donna Summer - Robin Gibb
Jim McCrary Dies at 72; Photographer Shot Carole King 'Tapestry' Cover
By Valerie J. Nelson -- Jim McCrary was staff photographer for A&M Records, shooting more than 300 covers for groups including the Carpenters and the Flying Burrito Brothers...McCrary was on the verge of shooting one of his most famous images when he stopped to ask singer Carole King if the cat sleeping across the room could be part of the tableau...
Veteran Music Publisher Howard S. Richmond Passes Away at 94
By ASCAP -- "ASCAP mourns the passing of Howie Richmond, a true music publishing great. With more than six decades of leadership in the music industry, his publishing contributions were many and varied..."


Taking It To The Streets - Busking Tips From Veteran Street Performers
By Michael Gallant -- Busking - a.k.a. street performing - an be a great way to hone your performance skills, bring your music to fresh ears, promote your shows and CDs, and earn some cash at the same time. But there are barriers to overcome, including knowing the law and overcoming the fear of performing in such an intimate and unfamiliar setting.
The Four P's of Playing Live Shows: Post-Show
By Dave Cool -- It would be tempting to start this blog post talking about the things you can do starting the day after your show, but the truth is that the real work begins the minute you step off stage.

This Radiolab podcast explore the myth about Robert Johnson at the crossroads. (You'll have to get past the NPR commercials, but hang in there)

 Bob Paterno's blog Making Music Making Money

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

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

IAMA Festival and contest, Salt Lake City

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.