Monday, October 7, 2013

DSA E-News Songwriters Notes #147 October 2013

Hello Songwriter,

Finally it has cooled off here in Texas. Lot's of fall activities and the State Fair is in full swing. Fall is the best time in Texas!

The Dallas Songwriters Song Contest winners have been announced. Our Grand Prize Winner is Jay Gallagher from Philadelphia, PA. See #1 below.

Our 2ND TUESDAY MEETING will feature guest speaker Jenni Peal on making a living as a singer songwriter. We've already had our 1st Thursday Open Mic and the SongSwap is coming up at Half Price Books on 1st Monday. Our regular DSA monthly events remain the same 1st and 3rd Monday SongSwaps and 1st and 3rd Thursday Open Mic. For details, see #2 and #4 below. Also we have a regular showcase at House of Blues every last Wednesday of the month. So please mark these regularly occurring dates in your calendar.

DSA Special events coming up include:
    * A booth at the Arlington Guitar Show on Oct 19th and 20th - come out to the show and stop by the booth -

ST JUDES is calling all Singer-Songwriters to enter this free contest and gain exposure for their art. Have your songs heard by Nashville producers, songwriters and record label executives and raise money for the children of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. After fan and social media voting, the finalists will perform their original songs on stage on October 25, 2013 at the Arlington Music Hall in Arlington, Texas. The winner of the Songs that Save Songwriter of the Year competition that evening will go on to perform with some of Nashville's most prestigious songwriters at one of Dallas' top events of the year - the Evening Under the Stars event at the Omni Hotel Dallas on October 26, 2013.
Enter here:

* Also, coming up in November - DSA director, 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.

Have a great October. Don't miss going to the State Fair and have a Happy Halloween!


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

1. ANNUAL SONG CONTEST -   Winners Announced.

                 2013 Dallas Songwriters Song Contest
Now in its 23rd year, The DSA 2013 Song Contest is one of the longest running international song contests for amateur songwriters. Over $5,000 in cash and prizes.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER - Do You Believe by Jay Gallagher, Philadelphia, PA

A Casio Privia Piano
and a Nashville recording session at Bieard Music Group. 
Beaird Music Group

1st Runner Up
 Looking Glass by Rick Webster, Perth, Australia
 wins studio time at
River Sounds Recording Resort

2nd Runner up
3, 2, 1 by Jay Gallagher, Philadelphia, PA
wins recording time at 

Grand Prize winners receive:
($199.95 Value) 
Includes Artist Website, 1 Yr. Hosting
1 Yr. Sonicbids Membership

Winners in Each of Eight Song Categories

1st Place in Each Category Receives: $100
A 1 year Broadjam MoB Membership ($49.95 value)
A 1 Yr. Sonicbids Membership

2nd Place in Each Category Receives: $50
A 1 year Broadjam MoB Membership ($49.95 value)
A 1 Yr. Sonicbids Membership

Every Winner Receives:
DSA Membership ($50.00 Value)

Hear the songs on Soundcloud at:


1. Cook a Chicken by Whitley Hill, Nashville, TN  

2. Old Grim by Eric Bettencourt, Portland, ME

3. Carla Moore by Brian Kalinec, Houston, TX       

Christian / Inspirational
1. He Did His Best Work On Wood by T Edwin Doss, Silver Spring, VA
2. First Church of The Last Chance by Brent Benton, Plano, TX
3. Point Me Home by Stephen McWhirter, New Albany, IN

1. Guitar Players Get The Girls by Debra Gussin and Marty Dodson, Los Angeles, CA
2. Dancing on Dandelions by Roger Kaye, Glens Fallas, NY
3. Driftwood You and Me by Kevin Reardon, Riverside, CT

1. Looking Glass by Rick Webster, Perth, Australia
2. Dogs In Paradise by Charlie Hill, Tulsa, OK
3. Warrior by Arek Religa, Chicago, ILWarrior

1. A New Love Song by Nitanee Paris Lawson and Jonathan Bluth, Malibu, CA
2. When Did You Know by Glen Naylor, Bright, Australia
3. So Beautiful by Katie Hardyman, Pampoolah, Taree, NSW, Australia

Novelty / Childrens 
1. Down To Earth by Kate Diaz, Chicago, IL
2. The Christmas Song No One Knows by Renee Safier, Andy Hill and James Vermilya, Redondo Beach, CA 
3. Dig Into Reading by Randy Sauer, Hays, KS

1. Do You Believe by Jay Gallagher, Philadelphia, PA
2. 3, 2, 1 by Jay Gallagher, Philadelphia, PA
3. Like They Do It In The Movies by Nitanee Paris Lawson, Malibu, CA
HM. So Long by Maureen Fichten, Manalapan, NJ

Singer / Songwriter
1. Smoke & Ashes by Denise Rosier, Lake Forest, CA
2. Smallest Act of Kindness by Cal Scott, Portland, OR
3. Trans-Pecos Serenade by Eddie Lott, Dallas, TX

See the website for prizes in each category.


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.





Jennifer Mansfield Peal - Photo by Tom Peal

"How'd you learn to write a song like that?" Townes Van Zandt to Jenni, Jan. 1996, after hearing her song "Two Sisters."

Jenni Mansfield Peal is a songwriter and singer, guitarist, accordionist, and mountain dulcimist. Her experience includes two tours of Northern Ireland, main stage at the Kerrville Folk Festival, numerous original productions and ensembles, and four independent albums. The Mr. Peppermint Show featured Jenni's songs on multiple episodes that were syndicated world-wide for years, and her most recent recording is for children and families: Putting On the Old Folk's Clothes. Jenni was named The Best Folk Song Writer in North Texas by CBS DFW, among four, in October 2010. Original is her newest ensemble, with jazz bass player Mark Wilson and award-winning fiddler Linda Relph.

Nov: Membership Meeting and Elections
        Capt. Steve Wilson - winner of Songs From Soul of Service Contest.
Dec: DSA Christmas Party


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 - Steve Sullivan, coordinator.
Tino's Too Mexican Restaurant 2205 Ave K, Plano, Tx  972 881-9226


3. BEST SONGS of the 2nd Tuesday Meeting

What You Got by Andy Schrumpf
Critique Panel: Michael Brown and Lisa Byrn

Song of the Year 2012 Winner
5th place to Nancy Rynders, Kiss Me and Make Me Better
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 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

HALF PRICE BOOKS - NORTHWEST HIGHWAY - Rotating guest host featured artist
EVERY 1ST THURSDAY - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Sign up begins at 6:30
Featured Artist at 8PM


Every last Wednesday
You must be a member to showcase. 
Email Buck Morgan to get on the roster for this month.



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 .

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. DSA LYRIC CONTEST - Next deadline postmarked Dec 31th - FALL CONTEST



She's All Texas by Tom Ruffen, Burnaby, BC, Canada 

2013 SUMMER SEMIFINALISTS (deadline was June 30)

She's All Texas by Tom Ruffen, Burnaby, BC, Canada 
Cowboys And Redskins Are In Town by Mary Hughes, Springtown, TX 
Three Hearts And One Diamond by Dana Young, Anthony, KS
Flower Mound by John Thomas Lane, Monument, CO 
Silver Cadillac by Bill Kapac, Williamstown, NJ
Two O'Clock In The Morning by Bill Kapac, Williamstown, NJ
Force of Nature by John Walsh, Sydney, NSW, Australia 
Morning Star by John Thomas Lane, Monument, CO
Weep For The Innocent by Dana Young, Anthony, KS


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 2013 elected Directors 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.

Thanks to our president, Roger Russell for providing the PA at the Wildflower Festival and donating the Wildflower check to DSA.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS and RENEWALS - SONG CONTEST WINNERS: Whitley Hill, Eric Bettencourt, Brian Kalinec, T Edwin Doss, Brent Benton, Stephen McWhirter, Debra Gussin, Roger Kaye, Kevin Reardon, Rick Webster, Charlie Hill, Arek Religa, Nitanee Paris, Glen Naylor, Katie Hardyman, Kate Diaz, Renee Safier, Randy Sauer, Jay Gallagher, Maureen Fitchen, Denise Rosier, Cal Scott, Eddie Lott.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Marci Carter, Rio King, Harry Hewlett, Rachel Willhelm, Mary Matthews, Marcus Belmore, Patrick BeckSandra Foster, Mary Matthews, Deanna Washington, Wyler DelRay, Aaron Shook, Matt Cord, Richard Braund, Dickey Johnson, Dan Roark, George AlbertJana Zettl, Andy Schrumpf, Tom Jordan, Michael Shane Andrews, Phillip Wildman, Kerry McCall

THANK YOU FOR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP:  Ken Golden, Ted Alvarez, Mary Guthrie, Robin Wilis, Allen Larson, Terry Bloss, JoAnna Endsley, Annie Cornelius, Joe Milton, Ryan Galloway, Julie Jean White, Suzi Morse, Trevor DahlenTommy Thomas, Stephen Johnson

TIME TO RENEW: The following members owe dues:

EXPIRED IN FEB: Mark Glasmire, Melinda Starnes
EXPIRED IN MARCH: Ryan Eichenwald, Alexandra Brooks, Corey Anderson, Brian Coker, Tom Biles, Madilne Shaw, Holly Doubet, Jim Baker, George Pucini
EXPIRED IN APRIL: Joanna Endsley, Daniel Anchondo, Margaret CuddiheeMolly Bush, Buz Craft, Jeremy Ellis, Casey Graham, Dewey Stark, Mofor Otang, Robert Harper, David Spence, Lanny Sherwin, 
EXPIRED IN MAY: Bob Paterno, Ginny Lane, Mathew Johnson
EXPIRED IN JUNE: Renee Safier, Noel Cohen, Andre Kerek
EXPIRED IN JULY: John Nitzinger
EXPIRED IN AUG: Alexandre Gorodiscas, Wendy Jill Cohen Tobias, Becky Wright, Robert Graham, Daniel Sumber, Chris Alvarado, Philip Creamer, Steve Chizmadia, Gordon Lustig, Kevin Reardon, Susie McLean, Eric Colville, Diane Lekven, Nestor Cora, Chris O'Neill, Gavin Potter, Vanessa Padla, Andy Taylor, Keeton Coffman, Chase Thompson, Belle Schneiderman, Spencer Clark
EXPIRED IN SEPT: Bill Honker, Bobby Montgomery, Devin Hill

Member News : 
Barbara McMillen announces the New York City Staged Reading of "Give Me A Break" on Oct. 25 and 26, 2013 at the Barrow Group Theatre at 312 W36th St. Here's the love song from the show,
 "In Your Eyes" from the musical, Give Me A Break.

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.
Read performance reviews here:


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.)
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.

2 - 6 AC3 Music Conference, Atlanta, GA
3- 5 Durango Expo, Boulder, CO
12 Oktober Fest at Sons of Hermann Hall
15 Deadline for St Judes contest
15-19 CMJ, NYC
19-20 Indie Week, Toronto, CAN
19 -20 Arlington Guitar Show - DSA booth
19 -22 IEBA Conference, Nashville TN
25 Contest Winner Performs at St Judes Benefit
25 -26 Staged version of Give Me A Break, NYC

7 - 12 NERFA Hudson Valley Resort, Kerhonkson, NY <>
11 Veteran's Day Concert at Tarrant County College South Campus
12  DSA Annual Membership Meeting and Elections

10  DSA Christmas Party

SERFAMay 16-19, 2013, Montreat Conference CenterMontreatNC, <>
SWRFASeptember 26-29, 2013, Holiday Inn Mid-TownAustinTX, <>
FAR-WestOctober 10 - 13, 2013, Hyatt Regency IrvineIrvineCA, <>
FARMOctober 24 - 27, 2013, Sheraton Westport TowerStLouisMO, <>
NERFANovember 7-10, 2013, Hudson Valley ResortKerhonksonNY, <>

South By Southwest Conferences, Festivals Now Open
South By Southwest (SXSW) Conferences and Festivals are now open for business at 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.
Go to the events page to view links to local and Texas venues. There's a list of holiday music for this month.


9. Featured Articles:

By ASCAP -- Pandora Media Inc., which controls 70% of the US streaming market, has launched an aggressive campaign to pay songwriters and composers less than a fair market share for their work – even as the company's revenue and listener base has soared. Get the Facts on Pandora.

In Memoir, Linda Ronstadt Describes Her 'Simple Dreams'
By Fresh Air -- With a career that spans rock, pop, country and everything in between, Linda Ronstadt knows no genre, only what her voice can accomplish. [Autobiography: Simple Dreams - A Musical Memoir - by Linda Ronstadt]
Influential Music Producers
By Edictive -- While music styles have been changing for years, and every singer, band or producer tries to bring something brand new to the music industry, a music producers' aim is to make their products popular among the listeners to gain the overall recognition for their achievements in the music sphere.
Movie Review: Muscle Shoals Doc Makes the Music Come Alive
By Melinda Newman -- Never has a town so little been responsible for such a big sound.

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

VIDEO: The Story of "Wipe Out."
Bob Berryhill, the original guitarist for the surf band the Surfaris discusses how the 1963 chart topper "Wipe Out" came to be...From the wonderful NAMM Oral History Program

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

A Guide to Music Performance Royalties, Part 1
By Chris Castle -- Each recording of a song contains two copyrights: the copyright in the "musical work" or what is commonly called the "song" and the copyright in the recording of the song, commonly called the "track" or the "master." 90% of all mistakes made by anyone in discussions of the online music business start right there.
A Guide to Music Performance Royalties, Part 2
By Chris Castle -- We will be focusing mostly on the song copyright in Part 2, continuing to address primarily the basis for public performance royalties and the mechanical royalties that currently form the basis for the "streaming mechanical," payable for on-demand streaming services in addition to the public performance royalty.

Sound Pioneer Ray Dolby Dies, Age 80
By Christopher Helman -- Ray Dolby died in San Francisco, age 80. He suffered from Alzheimer's Disease and acute leukemia. A pioneer in the field of sound, Dolby will be remembered as the man who took the hiss out of sound recordings.
Jenni Peal will be speaking at our Oct meeting.

listen  Avicii - True Album


How to Record and Release Cover Songs: An Interview with HFA
By Dave Cool -- HFA serves the D.I.Y. market with Songfile®, the company's fast and easy online licensing tool. We interviewed HFA's Director of Marketing & Communications, Dalita Keumurian, to find out more about Songfile and the process of recording and releasing cover songs.

Barbe McMillen's blog, The Craft of Songwriting

Online Thesaurus and Rhyming Dictionary

Great web tool for lyric writing

10. Song and Talent Contests

DSA Quarterly Lyric Contest

Songs that Save: Songwriter Competition Benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Deadline Oct 15th
The music scene in North Texas has never been hotter! We're calling all Singer-Songwriters to enter this free contest and gain exposure for their art. Have your songs heard by Nashville producers, songwriters and record label executives and raise money for the children of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. After fan and social media voting, the finalists will perform their original songs on stage on October 25, 2013 at the Arlington Music Hall in Arlington, Texas. The winner of the Songs that Save Songwriter of the Year competition that evening will go on to perform with some of Nashville's most prestigious songwriters at one of Dallas' top events of the year - the Evening Under the Stars event at the Omni Hotel Dallas on October 26, 2013. 

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has extended its deadline until November 4, 2013

Acoustic Music Competition Deadline SoonThe 10th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) promotes excellence in Acoustic Music Performance and Artistry. Artists gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Participating sponsors include D'Addario, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion,, Acoustica, The A&R Promo, NoisyPlanet, SongU, Acoustic Cafe Radio Show, Broadjam, Sonicbids and XM Satellite Radio. IAMA is open to all independent artists and labels. Unlike other music industry competitions, IAMA focuses on developing new markets for Acoustic artists, labels--with or without CD releases. Win prizes in 8 categories. Deadline is November 8th. Complete information: contest details at:
Song, Lyric and Fiddle Contests

A comprehensive list of Song Contests compliments of