Thursday, April 7, 2022

SONGWRITERS NOTES ISSUE #223 MARCH/APRIL 2022

 

HELLO SONGWRITER,


Tonight Thursday, April 7, is the Dallas Songwriters Monthly Meeting and Song Critiques and our guest speaker is from Iceland, Eyvindur Karlsson of Strongwriter.net

Don't miss this interesting guy talk about songwriting. Song critiques follow. 

Our 3 day stage performances for the Deep Ellum Arts Festival was really really great. The weather was beautiful and our DSA performers were super! Please check our youtube channel for select recordings of performances. Please subscribe to our channel and like each video. It helps with the algorithm.

We will be showcasing our talents again at the Wildflower Festival City Line Stage coming up  in May. Also, there is a Steve Seskin Workshop on Friday that you should attend if you are serious about songwriting. See details below.

Heads up - It's April so there is a BW Stevenson Song Contest at Poor Davids Pub this month. here is the link: https://poordavidspub.com/Comp.htm

We will have a booth at the Dallas Guitar Show April 29- May 1 at Market Hall. Wanna represent DSA at our booth? Contact Bobby Montgomery.

We have 10 events for the month of April. For a complete detailed list go to our events website.

EVENTS - Quick look events page: https://dallassongwriters.blogspot.com


SATURDAY APRIL 3, 6PM LOVE AND WAR - performances by the BYO Band, DSA Members and Rising Stars.
 

 DSA Hall of Fame - 

The 2022 Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Saturday April 23, hopefully in a live venue, Love and War in Texas, or option is virtually on Zoom and streamed live to Facebook.  

Seven years ago we began to honor famous singer/songwriters with roots in the Dallas/Fort Worth area through an induction into the Dallas Songwriters Association Hall of Fame. This year's honorees are: Willie Nelson, Mickey Raphael, Charlie Pride, Townes Van Zandt, Kelly Clarkson, Leann Rimes, Bill Mack, Charles McGary, and David Card.

In the previous years we have honored legends such as T-Bone Walker, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Freddie King, Trini Lopez, Sam Samudo (Sam the Sham), Cindy Walker, Gus Levine, Al Johnson, Bruce Channel, Jerry Lynn Williams, Gary Nicholson, Delbert McClinton, the Nightcaps, Larry Henley, Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, Stephen Stills, Rod Phelps, England Dan Seals, John Ford Coley, Janie Fricke, Steve Weisberg, John Denver, and Gregg A Smith. 

The DSA's initiative is to encourage young aspiring musicians to celebrate our legends with their performances of songs made famous by our inductees. We reached out to the local music schools and asked for auditions at each school for the honor to perform. The show is also archived on our Youtube channel.

  For more information about our program and inductees, go to the Hall of Fame website:  https://dallassongwritershalloffame.blogspot.com
 Donate to Hall of Fame

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Past programs can be viewed on our Youtube Channel  - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2QmQKUl70-3Y_SmChiZRqM9rmPfrLWbL

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Friday, February 4, 2022

SONGWRITER NOTES NEWSLETTER ISSUE #229 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022

 HAPPY NEW YEAR from Dallas, Tx


We made it through 2021 and that is something to celebrate! I know this is a little late coming but I've had a lot on my hands to keep me busy with the award shows.

Thanks to Zoom and our Harry Hewlett, we stayed very active in 2021 and have more activities planned for 2022.

On January 15th we has our Awards Program for the 32nd Annual Dallas Songwriters Song Contest with performances from our semifinalists and appearances from our illustrious judges. Awards were given in each of the eight categories, plus grand prize awards, Lyric Contest Awards and a Young Songwriters Song Contest Awards .   More info on our song contest and to view the winners got to: https://dsasongcontest.blogspot.com For the Young Songwriters Song Contest Winners see: https://youngsongwriterscontest.blogspot.com  For the 2021 Quarterly Lyric Contest winners: https://dallassongwriterslyriccontest.blogspot.com Next deadline Next deadline March 30, 2022.

On January 22nd we awarded the Best Songs of the Meetings, Song of the Year and Vern Dailey Songwriter of the Year Awards, plus our community awards. Community Awards went to Red Byboth at Love and War in Plano, Both shows were on Saturday 12-2 via Zoom streamed to facebook and archived to Youtube.

RECAP OF 2021
Along with our Awards show in January, our special events for last year included:
 our Hall of Fame in April, a booth at the Dallas Guitar show in May, the Wild Dawg Fishing Adventure in June, Showcase at the Staples in Ft Worth in August, 2 stages for 2 days at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival in Sept, a booth at the guitar show in Arlington in Oct., and our Christmas party at the Neathery in McKinney.
   At our booth at the guitar show, we handed out the Spring 2021 Songwriters Notes Issue which contained a list of our contest winners for the past couple of years. Get the issue here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1r8sOxwzmlP_W5fLjb0-PPrZAuxku5pmb/view

The Wild Dawg Fishing Adventure in June, 
A bunch of us went to the coast to Port Aransas in June for some deep sea fishing. What a lot of fun. Check out the DSA Facebook page for photos . We brought instruments and played our songs at a dinner on Saturday night that was streamed to Facebook live. Harry put it on youtube for us. Check us out here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2QmQKUl70-0l1P2b_GE1aDxctg1HmYEm

Showcase at Staples in August, 

Starting February we are adding a 2nd Thursday Open Mic at Opening Bell 6-8pm and a 3rd Thursday Songwriters Spotlight to our regular Monthly Events.
Here are the monthly events:
1st Thursday Virtual Workshop with Guest Speaker and Song Critiques
2nd Thursday Open Mic and Showcase at Opening Bell
3rd Thursday Member Songwriters Spotlight
4th Thursday Open Mic at Love and War
Every Saturday Virtual Showcase
3rd Friday Songwriters Round at Porta Di Roma
Every Wednesday Night Virtual Open Mic



Harry Hewlett hosts the Bring Your Own Mic Open Mic at Love & War on the 4th Thursday each month. Great fun, great music and great food. Who could ask for more. DSA's open mic is there every 4th Thursday and streams to Facebook.  Performances are archived on the DSA Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2QmQKUl70-2BUBV_3yyYejRGK4lu9vMM
Porta Di Roma - Songs In The Round is still going strong with great songs and excellent Italian food! DSA Songwriters Round takes the stage there on the 3rd Friday every month and is streamed live to Facebook. Rickey Gene Wright is the host of that Songwriters in the Round format. Three DSA members perform each month: You can find archives on the DSA Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sH48H7wcW0&list=PL2QmQKUl70-0i4zr97msbRLENE-cPTBLV

 EVENTS - Quick look events page: https://dallassongwriters.blogspot.com

The Between the Waves Music Conference, presented by Broadjam, is back and ready to rock in 2022! This year, BTW will be a 1-day, fully-virtual conference on February 26, 2022. See more below.
Register Today! 

WILDFLOWER SONG CONTEST
Al Johnson Performing Songwriting Contest
Deadlne to Enter March 4 Enter here:


 DSA Hall of Fame - 

The 2022 Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Saturday April 23, hopefully in a live venue, Loe and War in Texas, or option is virtually on Zoom and streamed live to Facebook.  

Seven years ago we began to honor famous singer/songwriters with roots in the Dallas/Fort Worth area through an induction into the Dallas Songwriters Association Hall of Fame. This year's honorees are: Willie Nelson, Charlie Pride, Townes Van Zandt, Kelly Clarkson, Leann Rimes and David Card.

In the previous years we have honored legends such as T-Bone Walker, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Freddie King, Trini Lopez, Sam Samudo (Sam the Sham), Cindy Walker, Gus Levine, Al Johnson, Bruce Channel, Jerry Lynn Williams, Gary Nicholson, Delbert McClinton, the Nightcaps, Larry Henley, Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, Stephen Stills, Rod Phelps, England Dan Seals, John Ford Coley, Janie Fricke, Steve Weisberg, John Denver, and Gregg A Smith. The DSA's initiative is to encourage young aspiring musicians to celebrate our legends with their performances of songs made famous by our inductees. We reached out to the local music schools and asked for auditions at each school for the honor to perform. The show is also archived on our Youtube channel.

  For more information about our program and inductees, go to the Hall of Fame website:  https://dallassongwritershalloffame.blogspot.com
 Donate to Hall of Fame

https://dallas-songwriters-association.square.site/product/donate-to-dallas-songwriters-hall-of-fame/27?cs=true&cst=custom


Past programs can be viewed on our Youtube Channel  - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2QmQKUl70-3Y_SmChiZRqM9rmPfrLWbL

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

SONGWRITERS NOTES ISSUE #228 JULY/AUG 2021

  Hello Songwriter,

I hope you will take some time out in the summertime to enter our song contests. It's great way to get recognition for your songwriting and win some prizes. 

Now in it's 32nd year, The Annual Dallas Songwriters Song Contest opens June 1. Amateur songwriters from around the world are invited to compete and can enter now through September 30th. This year’s contest will feature eight categories judged by established music industry professionals and will offer almost $5,000 in prizes to the top winners in each category. For more information go to the contest website. https://dsasongcontest.blogspot.com

Catch o the day

Also running at the same time is our song completion for teens 18 and under, the Young Songwriters Song Contest. Enter now through September 30th. For more info see: https://youngsongwriterscontest.blogspot.com

Reminder that the Spring Quarterly Lyric Contest closes on June 30th.
https://dallassongwriterslyriccontest.blogspot.com
 
Breakfast on the beach
Reelin er in        
   At our booth at the guitar show, we handed out the Spring 2021 Songwriters Notes Issue which contained a list of our contest winners for the past couple of years. Get the issue here: 
Seeking shade on beach - wrangler Bobby Montgomery standing in background
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1r8sOxwzmlP_W5fLjb0-PPrZAuxku5pmb/view


A bunch of us went to the coast to Port Aransas in June for some deep sea fishing. What a lot of fun. Check out the DSA Facebook page for photos . We brought instruments and played our songs at a dinner on Saturday night that was streamed to Facebook live. Harry put it on youtube for us. Check us out here: 
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2QmQKUl70-0l1P2b_GE1aDxctg1HmYEm

Stephen Troum at Love and War

Harry Hewlett hosted the Bring Your Own Mic Open Mic at Love & War on the 4th Thursday in the month of June and Stephen Troum was one of the performers. Great fun, great music and great food. Who could ask for more. DSA's open mic is there every 4th Thursday and streams to Facebook. Also performing were Guitar George Longus, Scott Brooks, Bill Martin, John Mason, Bob Barraza and Allen Larson. https://www.facebook.com/104739376244963/videos/1397111320645421

Last month I attended Porta Di Roma for Songs In The Round and pasta, yum. Excellent Italian food! DSA Songwriters Round takes the stage there on the 3rd Friday every month and is streamed live to Facebook. Rickey Gene Wright is the host of that Songwriters in the Round format. Performing last month were: Ian Dickson, Rickey Gene and Rio King. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances we did not get a stream for that night. Yes, a good reason to come out in person. There were quite a few of us there.

 EVENTS - Quick look events page: https://dallassongwriters.blogspot.com

 DSA Hall of Fame -  can now be viewed on our Youtube Channel  - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2QmQKUl70-3Y_SmChiZRqM9rmPfrLWbL

The 2021 Hall of Fame ceremony was held on Saturday April 17 virtually on Zoom and streamed live to Facebook.  We were so lucky to have John Ford Coley join is from Nashville and perform his hits. It was truly a wonderful experience. He is such a great guy. Gregg A Smith also joined us to perform and accept his award. There were over 20 performers covering songs by our inductees. I hope you will take some time to watch it on our Youtube Channel and please subscribe.

Six years ago we began to honor famous singer/songwriters with roots in the Dallas/Fort Worth area through an induction into the Dallas Songwriters Association Hall of Fame. In the previous years we have honored legends such as T-Bone Walker, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Freddie King, Trini Lopez, Sam Samudo (Sam the Sham), Cindy Walker, Gus Levine, Al Johnson, Bruce Channel, Jerry Lynn Williams, Gary Nicholson, Delbert McClinton, the Nightcaps, Larry Henley, Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, Stephen Stills, and Rod Phelps.

This years honorees included England Dan Seals and John Ford Coley, Janie Fricke, Steve Weinberg, John Denver, and Gregg A Smith. The DSA's initiative this year was to encourage young aspiring musicians to celebrate our legends with their performances of songs made famous by our inductees. We reached out to the local music schools and asked for auditions at each school for the honor to perform. The show is also archived on our Youtube channel.

  For more information about our program and inductees, go to the Hall of Fame website:  https://dallassongwritershalloffame.blogspot.com
 Donate to Hall of Fame

https://dallas-songwriters-association.square.site/product/donate-to-dallas-songwriters-hall-of-fame/27?cs=true&cst=custom



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