Our directors were elected at the annual membership meeting last month. See a list of your new directors here: http://dsadirectors.blogspot.com/. Our officers will be elected at the planning meeting in January.
Here is a list of DFW Holiday Music Events : http://songwriterevents.blogspot.com/
I'll be teaching songwriting classes spring semester at Collin College which are offered in the middle of the day, Tuesday and Thursday, or evenings Monday and Wednesday. We have lots of fun in the class and explore what makes a song popular. Here are the details.
I also, offer these classes online.
I would love to see you in one of my classes, but until then,
Have a great holiday!
Interview with 2012 DSA Song Contest Winner Macy Medford by Roger Russell
Macy with Grand Prize Taylor Guitar signed by Beth Nielsen Chapman, donated by our Prez, Roger Russell.
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.
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?
Member News :
Wendy Jill Tobias placed in top ten in songwriting contest
24 -27 ASG Symposium, Austin, Tx
10 - Grammy Awards - 7PM C on CBS
By Hisham Dahud
By Allison Sharp -- Making a living in music has always been a challenge, but with digital music being so readily available it's important for you as a musician, artist, or band to branch out with your music. It's not enough to just press up some CD's and throw some tracks on your website and expect to make a decent living. Working as a musician means just that, working!
By ASCAP -- In advance of a House Intellectual Property Subcommittee hearing on music licensing reform, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and the NSAI are calling on Congress to address the concerns of songwriters and composers, whom the groups say are being disadvantaged by a misaligned regulatory structure.
By Solveig Whittle -- Album sales may be plummeting in the music industry overall, but Taylor Swift's latest album hit the number one position on iTunes' Top Album charts within 36 minutes of its release last month and remained there for the past three weeks...
|Straight from the Dos Equis Commercial pitch rejections...|
The Most Miserable Man in the World.
Rita Hayworth.... Stayin' Alive
By et7waage1-- [For all you lovers of redheads.]
History of Misheard Lyrics: a Live- Performed Montage of 70 Years of "Kiss this Guy."
By Xeni Jardin
Will We Ever Run Out Of New Music? [VIDEO]
By Hisham Dahud -- Given all the possibilities for a given song to exist, with all the notes, chords and arrangements at our disposal, will we ever reach a point where we have one day heard it all?
By Hisham Dahud -- Well, a lot actually. It takes so much more than simply uploading a digital file of one of your tracks, and then assuming that truly good music will always get discovered and heard. While yes, it does and always has come down to the quality of music, many musicians find it overwhelming the amount of work that goes into building and sustaining an independent music career.
By Amy Hubbard -- Dave Brubeck, the jazz pianist, composer and bandleader behind the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet, has died at age 91. [Wikipedia - Dave Brubeck.com]
Frank Barcelona: The Only Agent In Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Passes
By Bruce Houghton -- While not well-known to the general public, Barsalona was a legend in the industry, representing a roster of clients that included Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, U2, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and many others.
By NPR Staff --In the mid-1980s, a record executive and former DJ named Joe Smith saw that a lot of the big-band greats were disappearing: Count Basie, Harry James and others. So he decided to try to start recording interviews with outstanding musicians while they were in their prime. From 1985 to 1987, Smith sat down with many of the popular music figures of the 20th century...This week, the Library of Congress began making those interviews available online.
Inside the Lydian Mode
It's dreamy, it's mystical ...y'know in movies how whenever something magical or whimsical happens, there's a particular feel...
By Steve Silberman
By Bobby Owsinski -- Here's a great clip from Herbie Hancock's Rock School series about how to play funk. It features some greats like Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins and Nile Rogers as they show in slow motion how to bring the funk.
By Bill Fischer -- The next time someone questions the value of diversity, tell'em to go whistle up a tune; Autumn in New York to be specific. This rather modest "jazz standard" is a microcosm of how diversity adds to the creativity of a society. (Spotify users) (sample)
Barbe McMillen's blog, The Craft of Songwriting