Wednesday, March 31, 2021


  Hello Songwriter,

Big story this month, yeah! A lot of us have had our second vaccination. Stepping out! We had a good turn out at the Love and War open mic last Thursday. We've been having the Bring Your Own Mic Open Mic on the 4th Thursday since last June, and streaming live to facebook. Thank goodness for that! Zoom and Facebook has a helped us keep our sanity through the lost COVID year of 2020. But last Thursday, we all ventured out to listen in person and eat at a restaurant, yum! It was the best crowd we've had there in a year. It was so much fun to see everyone and get a big hug. 
We'll all be testing the pizza this month at the Porta Di Roma on the 3rd Thursday when the DSA Songwriters Round takes the stage. It will be streamed live to Facebook, but we'll be there in person. Rickey Gene Wright is the host of that Songwriters in the Round format. Wayne Willingham, Rickey Gene and Don Wall in the photo  L-R.


 DSA Hall of Fame -  April 17, 2021 Virtual 
Our annual DSA Hall of Fame Event, which honors outstanding songwriters with North Texas ties, was postponed last year, however this year we've decided to carry on our program virtually via zoom.  Live performances of the inductees songs by DSA Rising Star Students, DSA Members, and the BYO Musicians Network will be broadcast to Facebook LIVE to a global audience.  For more information about our program and inductees, go to the Hall of Fame website:
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2021 Hall of Fame inductees: John Denver, England Dan Seals, John Ford Coley, Steve Wiseberg, Janie Fricke, and Gregg Smith. Last year, DSA initiated a new Rising Star program to encourage young aspiring musicians to celebrate our legends with performances of songs by our inductees. DSA is has reached out to the local music schools and asked for auditions at each school for the honor to perform. Also some BYO musicians and DSA members will perform songs by our inductees. Here's a list of the scheduled performers.

1.  England Dan & John Ford Coley —  Alexis Tapp - MC   

  •    I’d Really Love to See You Tonight - Alyne Taylor  - Rising Star
  •    Love is the Answer - Amby Saenz - Rising Star
  •   What’s Forever For - Eric Ramsey - DSA
  •    It’s Sad To Belong To (Someone Else) - Craig St Clair - DSA
  •    Nights Are Forever Without You - Wayne Willingham - DSA

     Dan Seals - Country career

  •   Everything Glitters Is Not Gold - Wayne Willingham - DSA
  •   Bop - Jessica Ewy - DSA
  •     John Coley solo career
  • You Almost Loved Me - John Mason - DSA

2.  Janie Fricke - Jessica Ewy -

  • Don’t Worry Bout Me Baby - TK Brown - Rising Star
  • It Ain’t Easy Being Easy  - Caroline Bowen - Rising Star
  • Tell Me a Lie  - Jane Aubrey - Rising Star
  • He’s a Heartache - Hannah Tanner - Rising Star
  • Let’s Stop Talking About It - not taken
  • Your Heart’s Not In It  - not taken

4.  Steve Weisberg  - Barbe MC - write script

   •.    Christmas For Cowboys — Chris Albert - DSA

3.  John Denver   - Loralai will MC 

  • Annie's Song - Loralai Milton- Rising Star with her dad Joe Milton DSA on guitar
  • Rocky Mountain High - Allen Larson - DSA
  • Thank God I’m a Country Boy - Ian Dickson - DSA BYO
  • Sunshine on My Shoulder - Lilly Harrigan - Rising Star
  • Calypso — Cat McGee - DSA
  • Take Me Home Country Roads — Ricky Gene Wright, DSA 

5.  Gregg A. Smith —performing his own songs- 


Sunday, February 28, 2021


  Hello Songwriter,

An historic winter storm caused a chaotic February here in Texas. Folks went for long periods without power and are now dealing with busted water pipes and no access to clean drinking water. Just one you think it can't get any worse to have to stay at home, then we were in our homes freezing. Our DSA Director of Showcases, Harry Hewlett has managed to carry on through it all, facilitating our educational and performance opportunities. We are thankful for our songwriting community. Thanks to all of you who have reached out and asked about our well being. We are fine and so grateful for what we have. As Joni Mitchell once sang, " You don't know what you got til it's gone".

Tuesday, February 9, 2021


 Hello Songwriter,

Happy Valentines Day.
Wow, we had a wonderful January! I want to thank all of you for creating and playing your songs with us on Zoom for our Celebration of Song 2020 Song Contest Awards. You were wonderful! Your songs have been a light in the darkness of alone, lifting our spirits and connecting us like virtual hugs.  Also, thanks go out to our friends and family for being a part of our Facebook community. We are thankful for our songwriting community and the DSA Director of Showcases, Harry Hewlett for facilitating our educational and performance opportunities. 
A few changes this month: We've cancelled the Monday Meetup due to lack of participation. We may start it up again when we can go back to Half Price Books. We'll see. Also, we will hold our Hall of Fame virtual this year instead of skipping it. Harry says we can do it! So we are doing it via zoom.