It is still really hot now in Dallas. Over 100 degrees. I'm looking forward to some cooler days. Hurry cool front, you're already late.
Our 2ND TUESDAY MEETING will feature guest speaker Michael Brown speaking on music in the advertising business.
We've already had our Songswap at Half Price Books on 1st Monday. 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. Also another event that's become regular is our showcase at House of Blues.
The Dallas Songwriters Song Contest winners will be announced in a couple of weeks. Check on the website middle of the month.
Will Brown is chairing a committee producing a Veterans Day event at Tarrant County College, South Campus, in Fort Worth Texas. It will be a mid-day live music event on November 11 featuring performers who are current or former members of the military. Some veterans from the Psychology and Music departments are working on putting together a backing band that will also cover some of the songs from "Songs From the Soul of Service." If you are a performer who is a veteran or current member of the military and you would like to perform during this event please contact Will.
Former DSA guest speaker and friend, John Bryant, informs me that his group is funding a documentary film on Kickstarter about his group, Stewart Copeland and the creation of a composition for the Dallas Symphony. Check out the complete story, which is very interesting here and maybe you can help them reach their goal of $95,000.
I'm teaching a songwriting class at Collin College this fall. We have lots of fun in the class and explore the craft of popular songwriting. Here are the details. Classes online.
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1. ANNUAL SONG CONTEST - Category Semifinalists Announced.
2013 Dallas Songwriters Song Contest
Grand Prize is a Casio Privia Piano
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.
2nd TUESDAY WORKSHOP -
Song of the Year 2012 Winner
4th place to Mary Guthrie, Braver Than We Want to Be
3rd place to James and Roger, Carribean Moon
2nd place to Casey, The Good War
and 1st place, DSA Song of the Year, to Brooke Malouf for Thank God He Broke Your Heart.
2012 DSA Vern Dailey Songwriter of the Year winner is James Pappas
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?
4. SHOWCASES AND OPEN MICS -
5. DSA LYRIC CONTEST - Next deadline postmarked SEPT 30th - SUMMER CONTEST
6. MEMBER NEWS -
PLEASE RENEW THIS MONTH: Bill Honker, Ken Golden, Bobby Montgomery, Devin Hill
Member News :
7. WORKSHOPS - DSA WORKSHOPS
5 Octoberfest at Sons of Hermann Hall
19 -20 Arlington Guitar Show - DSA booth
12 DSA Annual Membership Meeting & Elections
10 DSA Christmas Party
South By Southwest (SXSW) Conferences and Festivals are now open for business at http://sxsw.com. Conference registrations, hotel requests, Film Festival submissions, Interactive Awards and SXSW Accelerator applications and Music Festival showcase applications are now being accepted. SXSW Music, SXSW Film and SXSW Interactive take place Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Austin, TX.
9. Featured Articles:
By Jim Miller -- Music has amazing power, especially for people with Alzheimer's disease.
By Bobby Owsinski
By Clyde Smith -- Pretty much everybody wants their music video to go viral and almost nobody can guarantee such an outcome. Recently a trio of approaches for helping make that happen came to my attention ... All three approaches require hard work rather than trickery and that might be the biggest secret of all to going viral.
By ASCAP -- Veteran jazz, R&B, funk and fusion keyboardist and composer George Duke, who served on ASCAP's Board of Directors since June 2011, died on August 5th at the age of 67. Duke had just released a new album last month, Dreamweaver, which he had dedicated to his late wife Corine.
VIDEO: George Duke - DreamWeaver
Country Music Legend 'Cowboy' Jack Clement Dies at 82
By Tim Ghianni -- "Cowboy" Jack Clement, who inspired pioneering rock 'n' rollers and classic country musicians, sometimes while prancing around the music studio in his bathrobe and playing the ukulele, died on Thursday at his home in Nashville. He was 82. [I bought a music publishing company from Jack. At the closing I asked him what he was going to do with the money, he replied, "I'm going to build an underground swimming pool so I can swim to work." He was the kind of guy that just might have done that. DK]
By Tom Jackson -- What does the audience really pay attention to when you're standing onstage? Is it how great your music, your playing, your singing is? No, it's not those things...it's who you are.
It’s hard to determine just what constitutes an audio interface these days. There has been a boom in feature-laden desktop models in recent years, and there have been high-end units introduced from the likes of RME (Fireface UFX) and SSL (the MX-4 family). The criteria for what any one individual needs can be met by any number of manufacturers; preference generally resides in how the preamps sound. With that in mind, Mix surveyed the field and presents here some of the most popular models released in the past couple of years.
10. Song and Talent Contests
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Brothers and Sisters, the Allman Brothers Band, in partnership with Relix Magazine and Epiphone, are inviting aspiring singers and/or musicians to submit their best video covers of "Ramblin' Man." Submissions can be a solo performance, with a band, or an entire marching band performing the song. Be creative! One winner will receive an Epiphone G-400 electric guitar, courtesy of Epiphone. Here is a link to the opportunity: http://www.talenthouse.com/cover-the-allman-brothers-band.