Tuesday, July 3, 2012

SongwritersNotes E-News # 133 July 2012

Hello Songwriter,

Party time! DSA is having a pool party jam and BBQ for members, friends and prospective members on July 7th, 4PM at the home of Michael Brandenberger. So come on out and have some fun with us. We'll need a head count to order food, so please RSVP by July 5th to info@dallassongwriters.org for location details. 

Our song contest semifinalist have been announced and the judging has gone on to the next level. David Mowry won the drawing for the IPOD from the entries which was held at our June 2nd Tuesday Meeting. 

At the 2nd Tuesday meeting our guest speaker will be Steve Weisberg who played for many years with John Denver.

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. Semifinalist have been announced. Categories are currently in round 2 of the judging process. Drawing for the IPOD took place at our 2nd Tuesday Meeting in June. Winner of the IPOD is.
  • 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, July 10, 
Steve Weisberg, former member of John Denver's band

6:30 Sign In - Network
7PM : Guest Speaker
8PM: Song Critiques 

See meeting page for more details

Future Programs:
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. 

Gonna Try To Get High by Vern Dailey
Miss You All The Time by Lisa Byrn
Critique Panel: Richard Chaulk and Roger Russell

Long time DSA member, James Pappas,  is Songwriter of the Year for most wins at the 2nd Tuesday meetings last year. See our Press Room for story.

Congratulations go to Casey Graham, for the winning song, "Tears for Joanna." It was Casey's first song submitted to the 2nd Tuesday Critics. 

Our judge was Zane Williams, the amazing singer/songwriter who brought a 2nd Tuesday program earlier this year. Zane somehow crammed in judging and commenting on our 2011 Critique Winners between gigging all around North Texas, trips to Nashville, starring spots on Troubadour, TX, and being a daddy and a husband and a human being. He got his comments back to us somewhere between Texas and Utah, where he is today.

See the website for Zane's comments.

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 and R reps from labels and music publishers are listening to our Myspace page each month?


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

 The Well Coffee Shop in downtown Royse City 
 Saturday August 11 at 7:30 - 10- pm
Robin Willis
Shelley Johnson
Buck Morgan
Mary Guthrie
Lisa Byrn

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 WINNER(deadline was March 31st)

Will Two Rights Make A Wrong? by Larry Dodge, Dallas, Tx
Saints and 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 and 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
EXPIRED IN JUNE: 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
PLEASE RENEW THIS MONTH: Brook Malouf, Lu Ann Dunley, Ken Luginbyhl, John Nitzinger, Ryan Galloway


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.

13 - 15 Taste of Dallas, http://www.tasteofdallas.org/
15 - 20 REO Songwriting Retreat, www.bryanoryan.com
3 - 5 Lollapalooza, Chicago
16 - 19 Big Sky Songwriters Festival, Bozeman, MT http://www.bigskysongwritersfestival.com/

5 - 9 Music Fest NW, Portland, OR http://musicfestnw.com/
26 - 30 Cutting Edge Music Conference, NOLA www.cuttingedgenola.com

4 -7 Filter Culture Collide, LA http://culturecollide.com/
12 -14 ACL Fest, Austin http://www.aclfestival.com/ 
16 - 20 CMJ Marathon, NYC  http://www.cmj.com/marathon/

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.

Rock of Ages: 40,000 Year-Old Musical Instruments the World's Oldest
By Curt Hopkins -- Oxford University in the UK has announced that researchers from that school and Germany's University of Tübingen have determined the age on the world's oldest musical instruments: a collection of flutes, made of mammoth ivory and bird bones. Other bones found at the same level of excavation have been radiocarbon dated as 40,000 years old.

Pioneering Sound Software Sets the Music in Motion
By Henrietta Cook -- When Chris Vik pounds the air with his left hand, a wobbling bass sound erupts from a speaker. An upward jerk of his right arm triggers a symphony of snares and a swipe across his body produces a melodic scratching sound. The 28-year-old has created software that transforms movements into sound using Microsoft's Kinect, a motion-tracking camera for the Xbox 360 video game console.


The Making Of Sgt. Pepper's - Part 1
By Bobby Owsinski -- Here's a great excerpt from the British South Bank Show on the making of The Beatles seminal Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album. I don't know if there's anything new here but there's a lot of vintage 60s footage that's pretty cool. The best part for me is their description of touring and why they stopped.
VIDEO: Cary Sherman: The Music Industry In The Digital Age
By Personal Democracy -- Though plagued by a technical glitch or two, RIAA CEO Cary Sherman addresses the 2012 Personal Democracy Forum on Monday. A must-watch video and an important reality check as to where major record labels fit into today's digital landscape. [Thanks to Terry Hart for this link.]
VIDEO: A Concerto for iPad and Orchestra, as a Composer Takes on Tablet as Instrument
By Peter Kirn -- For all the ubiquity of electronic instruments and computers in the past half century, it's still comparatively rare for composers to add these sounds to the largely-unchanging makeup of an orchestra. Therefore, as composer Ned McGowan writes a concerto that claims to be the first for iPad, he's forced to admit the addition of a computer remains somewhat novel.

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

In Plain English: Decoding Copyright And The Public Domain
By Joan Blazich -- The phrase "public domain" is one that is often discussed in the context of copyright, but it is not often defined or explained in an understandable way. This is an especially important topic, as a lack of understanding about what is, and is not, included in the "public domain" can lead to infringement, whether or not it was intended.

How To Make Your Facebook Timeline POP!
By Ariel Hyatt -- There is a fabulous feature that will help you highlight the things that happen throughout your life and career that you would like to post onto your Facebook Page. This is a phenomenal tool for going back in time and recording important things in the history of your personal life, your band life, or anything else you might like to have highlighted.

Selling More Than 100 Downloads a Year? Then Consider Yourself Very Lucky...
By Paul Resnikoff -- Did you sell more than 100 downloads last year? How about more than 1? We spent the morning compiling some statistics related to paid downloads, specifically from 2011, and found some stunningly-lopsided figures.

VEVO To Finally Begin Paying Independent Publishers
By Hisham Dahud -- Today, Universal Music Group (part-owner of VEVO) announced that they will begin paying independent publishers for the use of their compositions streamed on VEVO, representing a huge win for independents.
By Paul Vitello -- Herb Reed, the last surviving member of the Platters, one of the first pop groups to break the color barrier in the 1950s...

Composer and Lyricist Richard Adler Dies at 90

By ASCAP -- Richard Adler, the Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist and ASCAP member renowned for his songs for such Broadway hits as Damn Yankees and The Pajama Game and who organized President John F. Kennedy's birthday with Marilyn Monroe, died Thursday in New York. He was 90.

By Peter Kirn -- For all the ubiquity of electronic instruments and computers in the past half century, it's still comparatively rare for composers to add these sounds to the largely-unchanging makeup of an orchestra. Therefore, as composer Ned McGowan writes a concerto that claims to be the first for iPad, he's forced to admit the addition of a computer remains somewhat novel.

Bob Paterno's blog Making Music Making Money

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


Cream "Sunshine Of Your Love" Song Analysis
By Bobby Owsinski -- Here's a classic song that's interesting because it's been such an influence on generations of guitar players...Like with all song analysis, we'll look at the song form, the arrangement, the sound and the production.
How to Write a Hit Song
By Professor Jimmy Kachulis -- [Well, there you have it...you now have no excuse if every one of the songs you write isn't a smash. - DK]

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
A comprehensive list of Song Contests compliments of MusesMuse.com

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:http://store.kagi.com/cgi-bin/store.cgi?storeID=7TE_LIVE&page=SSS4

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.