Thursday, April 2, 2020

SONGWRITERS NOTES E-NEWS #127 April 2020

Hello Songwriter,

While the coronavirus has temporarily curtailed our face to face meetings, open mics, and showcases, the global pandemic has awakened new possibilities for outreach to connect the global music community with the Texas music scene.  In response, the DSA is going global and in many cases virtual in order to grow our membership and provide new opportunities for our members.  https://dallassongwriters.org/join-dsa/

2020 is setting up to be the biggest year ever for the Dallas Songwriters Association https://dallassongwriters.org  and it starts with our Annual International Songwriting Contest, which offers more than $5,000 in prizes with winners in 8 categories.  In 2019, we had entries and winners from Iceland, Sweden, the UK, and all over the United States.  https://dsasongcontest.blogspot.com  

In addition to our International Songwriting Contest, members can enter other contests, including the Quarterly Lyric Contest https://www.facebook.com/DSALyricContest/, Rising Star for 18 & Under, and monthly song critiques.  The DSA currently offers members 2 virtual workshops each month, 2 virtual showcases, a virtual open mic, as well as special events.  https://www.facebook.com/dallassongwriters/
DSA is using https://zoom.us to facilitate our virtual events, and we encourage you to join DSA to jump into the Texas music scene, and take advantage of these new opportunities anywhere in the world.     

This year, our annual DSA Hall of Fame Event, which honors outstanding songwriters with North Texas ties, has been postponed until Sep 19, 2020.  Honorees will include John Denver, England Dan and John Ford Coley, Janie Fricke, and Gregg A. Smith.  Live performances by DSA Rising Star Students, DSA Members, and the BYO Musicians Network will be broadcast LIVE to a global audience.  

Live performances and camaraderie with fellow songwriters make up the soul of DSA.  Recent events have shown us that reaching out to the global community is hugely important to our mission to promote the craft of songwriting, provide realistic, educational opportunities to better navigate the music industry, and to provide exclusive performance opportunities, both LIVE and VIRTUAL.  For a quick look at our virtual events this month we have provided an events list at 

To fulfill our mission, the Dallas Songwriters Association invites guest speakers to address our virtual audience for now, and to join our monthly workshops in the future.  These workshops offer educational information from accomplished songwriters and industry professionals, everything from jingle writing, to do it yourself videos, to the new economics of the music industry.  If you would like to conduct a workshop, please contact: info@dallassongwriters.org.    DSA is a 501 C3 nonprofit organization.  Please join us as we join the Global community.  https://dallassongwriters.org/join-dsa/ 
..............Don Wall   - Director of Public Relations


Love this video - "Staying Inside"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmUXntGlqFI

Our regular DSA MONTHLY EVENTS have gone virtual
* First Thursday Monthly Meeting, with guest speaker and song critiques.
* Songwriter Meetup, 1st Monday, at Half Price Books on NWH in Dallas
* the 3rd Thursday Open Mic at Dunn Brothers Coffee in Addison hosted by Harry.
* the 2nd Wednesday Showcase at Opening Bell in South Side.
* the 4th Thursday Showcase at Love and War in Texas in Plano
Here's a list of monthly events and the Facebook event links: https://dallassongwriters.blogspot.com
Wanna join us online for our events? It's easier than you think ! Here is a how to video:

At our first Thursday Meeting, on March 5th Johnny Hooper talked to us about the jingle business then and now and how much it has changed. Randy Brooks talked about the success of his Christmas song, Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer. The 1st Monday Meetup was our last face to face meeting.

We had a slim audience at the Opening Bell showcase on the 2nd Wednesday, March 11   but a great line up of performers, including: Raquel Lindeman; Aaron Shook; Rickey Gene Wright and Denice Owens; Phil Ward; HOST: Harry Hewlett. You can start here with Harry and scroll forward.
https://www.facebook.com/dallassongwriters/videos/2892218047505524/

There were about 10 members that tuned into our virtual Third Thursday Dunn Brothers Open Mic on March 19 and the Fourth Thursday Love And War Open Mic on March 26 hosted by Harry Hewlett.  All the usual suspects Zoomed in. We'll be having some choice videos posted from these performances.  facebook page in videos.

SPECIAL EVENTS COMING UP

DEEP ELLUM DALLAS SONGWRITERS SPOTLIGHT STAGE -has been rescheduled SEPT 11 - 12, 7-11pm
Check out the line up on the event page.
https://www.facebook.com/events/624936004966130/


DALLAS SONGWRITERS SPOTLIGHT ON THE WILDFLOWER CITY LINE STAGE -cancelled

DSA HALL OF FAME - rescheduled CALL FOR PERFORMERS - Rising Stars who would like to perform can send audition videos to DSA HOF Audition Video.
2020 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 reaching out to the local music schools and asking for auditions at each school for the honor to perform. These students will be backed up by the BYO Hall of Fame band consisting of highly respected local musicians. The band members and special guests will also perform songs by our inductees.

WHAT: DSA Hall Of Fame
WHERE:  Sons of Hermann Hall
WHEN: Sept 19th, Doors open 6:30PM  Show Starts at 7PM
TICKETS: General Admission - 15 in advance, 18 at the door
                   Students:   10 in advance,  12 at the door
More Info: http://dallassongwritershalloffame.blogspot.com

Our LYRIC CONTEST has quarterly deadlines: March 31, June, September, December.
Winners from the Spring 2019 contest has been announced below.

ANNUAL SONG CONTEST Opens on June 1. Semifinalist were announced on November 7th. Winners to be announced at the Awards Banquet on January 18, 6PM, Sons of Hermann Hall.  https://dsasongcontest.blogspot.com

YOUNG SONGWRITERS CONTEST - We have a new contest for youth 18 and under. Winners were announced on Jan 18. 2020 Contest opens June 1.
https://youngsongwriterscontest.blogspot.com

We are migrating our member forum from yahoo to google groups. Here is the new google group. https://groups.google.com/d/forum/dallas-songwriters-members


You have to check out this wonderful Stay Active link that was put together by Collin College professors. You will not get bored watching real life Zoo animals (my fave), participating in a virtual scavenger hunt etc., etc.

We will get through this together but let's have some fun too!

We still count on you for support with your membership and donations. But most of all we want you to take advantage of the educational opportunities and participate. 
There is still a chance to donate for the new year. Your generosity keeps our organization going. Just go to www.dallassongwriters.org and click on the donation link. 

Thanks to Paul Zander, John Jaggers, Bobby Montgomery, David Lewis, Michael Brandenberger, Phillip Casteel, Alexis Tapp, Don Wall, Harry Hewlett, Kery Maddox, Ginger Stanoia, Kenneth Shoemaker, and Kristi Myers for their recent contributions to our fall fundraiser. Other contributors include Ireland, John Jaggers, Bill Kapac, Rio King, Mimi Balkey, Suzi Morse, and Jared LoStrato. Go to this link: https://squareup.com/store/dallas-songwriters-association


Thanks to Harry Hewlett you can view some of our open mics and guest speakers in a live stream on Facebook? See guest our guest speakers, and past Angela's showcases. Can't make it? Then tune into Facebook/dallassongwriters. Want to be on our facebook streams? Show up and perform.

WOW! What a exciting spring full of great events. Happy Valentines and Mardi Gras.

Songcerely,
Barbe

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DSA SONG CONTEST -  Opens June 1


Mesus and Dam Stasi with grand. prize Casio Privia S-1000 keyboard 


Dam Stasi and Kickbend with Mesus is Grand Prize Winner with song "UNLESS". Runner up Comrad (Arthur Revechkis) wins with "A THOUSAND LIVES" and Debra Gussin is second runner up with 'LOVE IS NOT". Read about these winners and the interviews with these artists here on our press page.  MORE: https://dsapress.blogspot.com/2020/04/dsa-2019-song-contest-grand-prize.html

Hear the winning song, "UNLESS".
 https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=444966422937309

Hear the grand prize runner up, "A THOUSAND LIVES"https://www.broadjam.com/songs/comrad/a-thousand-lives

Hear second grand prize runner up "LOVE IS NOT".  https://www.broadjam.com/songs/debragussin/love-is-not

Here is a link to a complete list of the winners: https://dsasongcontest.blogspot.com

The DSA Song Contest Awards Dinner that was held on Saturday, January 18, at Sons of Hermann Hall was well attended with 70+. Awards were presented for the Song ContestLyric ContestSong of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Semi-finalists  Eddie Bowers, Charles Carter, Addison Havens, David Lewis, Bill Martin, Kyle Short and Stephanie Sammons will be performing, as well as, young songwriters Jade Nichol and TK Brown, who received 18 and under Rising Star Awards, plus Harry Hewlett and Barbara McMillen.
Robert Ehlert won the Fall lyric Contest.
Sorry you were not able to appear in person. Here is a link to a video of the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69Ov2xo-Acs
And there are oodles of photos on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/dallassongwriters/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2883673535018186
Here is a link to the pdf of the Awards Program: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12U21eMdAYS13sS4Z5smSL3AD059xYUVt/view?usp=sharing


http://dsasongcontest.blogspot.com      Cash Prizes +

DSA is proud to announce that this years Grand Prize Casio Privia Keyboard is the new PX-S1000. This new electronic keyboard sounds and feels like a real piano and it is lighter weight than other keyboards with the same features. This “world’s slimmest digital piano” weighs in at just 24.7 pounds. The back panel includes a USB port, an audio (stereo mini-jack) port,  and two 1/4 inch outputs, (stereo and mono). The Privia PX-S1000 contains 18 different "bread and butter" sounds, including numerous acoustic pianos, Rhodes and Wurlitzer-type electric pianos, vibes, string patches, organs, harpsichord, and acoustic bass. You can also layer and split these sounds.




Every working pianist in a metropolitan area where space and portability are paramount should try Casio's Privia PX-S1000 for themselves. From its realistic piano sound and touch, to its extreme portability and modern connectivity it’s truly a marvel.

Read full review at Keyboard Magazine.


THANKS TO OUR SONG CONTEST SPONSORS


1st, 2nd and 3rd place 

wins recording time at 
Jo-Musik

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


Category winners get cash prizes
Winners announced at our Awards Banquet.



JOHN LATINI WINS GRAND PRIZE IN THE 2018 DALLAS SONGWRITERS SONG CONTEST 
http://dsapress.blogspot.com/2019/03/john-latini-wins-grand-prize-in-2018.html

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DSA MEETINGS - http://dsameetings.blogspot.com

MONTHLY MEETING - Thursday, April 2, 6:30

Zoom Into DSA Virtual Events with Harry Hewlett

Learn how to use zoom to connect with our virtual workshops, Meetups, Open Mics and Showcases. This is easier than you think. So join us because we are missing you. You will get and invite to join the meeting from our member group email or you can look on the event page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/2654181978137285/


Critiques will follow:
As usual, for members we will also have song critiques by industry pros Barbe McMillen and Joe Milton.  Play your song live, from your computer, or your phone or email an MP3 to Harry Hewlett at hhhewlett@gmail.com, and also you can display your lyrics from your computer so the members can give comments as well.  You will also be entered into the DSA Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year contest. The cost is $10 per song.

Location: Your home
6:00 pm: Doors Open/Networking and visiting
7:00 pm: Program followed by song critiques for members only
Pay online for critique. 
https://squareup.com/store/dallas-songwriters-association or
https://dallassongwriters.org/shop/dsa-meeting-song-critique-entry/
Each song is entered into the Song of The Year and Songwriter of the Year Competition which is awarded at our December Awards Banquet. 

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VIDEO OF PAST MEETINGS
Don Wall about DIY Music videos, Feb 6, 2020
https://www.facebook.com/dallassongwriters/videos/564837404103111/

John Jaggers about the Colorado capo, January 6, 2020. https://www.facebook.com/dallassongwriters/videos/615703919198867/


JANA STANDFIELD: JUNE 6, 2019 Half Price Books
https://www.facebook.com/dallassongwriters/videos/2413755892187746/ 

ED BURNET:  May 2, 2019 Half Price Books
https://www.facebook.com/groups/242191552781160/permalink/839986039668372/

BRUCE CHANNEL : https://www.facebook.com/dallassongwriters/videos/1820749174645104/
Thanks to Harry Hewlett we have a video of the Sept 6th 2018 meeting with Bruce ChannelBruce received an award from BMI for two million radio performances of Hey! Baby. His original record of Hey! Baby is featured in the hit movie, Dirty Dancing, and on the international sound track album, listed in BILLBOARD’s Pop Album for over three months with sales of over twelve + million units.

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BEST SONGS of the Meeting -  2020
https://bestsongsofthemeeting.blogspot.com

There is a comprehensive list on this website of all submitted. Also, past winners can be located at the above url.

2020
JAN
Take Another Chance - David Lewis
Must Be Present to Win - John Jaggers
Light On The Sand - Beau McDermott

FEB
Full Moon - Barbe McMillen
Red White and Blue - Don Wall
The Forgotten Vet - Don Wall
Another Whiskey - David Case

MARCH
I Can't Breathe - Allen Larson
I Could Never - Bill Martin
Humble Refugee - Kerry Maddox
Home in My Dreams - Don Wall

2019
Winners were announced at the Awards Dinner on Jan. 18, 6Pm Sons of Hermann Hall.
2019 SONG OF THE YEAR SEMIFINALIST
THE STORY OF BONNIE & CLYDE - Barbe McMillen
WATERING HOLE - Harry Hewlett
 MONAHANS by Randy Overton
I FOUND LOVE by David Lewis
RED YELLOW BLACK AND WHITE - Harry Hewlett
SANTA ALWAYS HIT EAST TEXAS LAST - Don Wall
GONNA LOVE ON YOU - Harry Hewlett
HE LOOKED LIKE WAYLON BUT SOUNDED LIKE CASH - Rickey Gene Wright
I NEVER CRIED - Rio King
MADISON ELIZABETH'S DAY - David Lewis
THE MUSIC WAS A MIRACLE - Alexis Tapp
THOUGHTS OF YOU - Barbe McMillen


WINNER OF BEST SONGS OF THE MEETING

SONG OF THE YEAR

THE STORY OF BONNIE AND CLYDE - Barbe McMillen

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR - Harry Hewlett

Jack Allday, Judge, Barbe McMillen, Harry hewlett


















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