Monday, October 31, 2022

SONGWRITERS NOTES ISSUE #134 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022

 HOWDY FOLKS,

That's what Big Tex says. Our mascot standing in western style at the grand circle of our great State Fair. 

 We have just enjoyed three wonderful weeks of the fair. Also, the heat has subsided and the outdoor festivals are abound.

Thanks to Bobby Montgomery and volunteers Allen Larsen, Keith Dobson, Jamey Shannon, and Wayne Willingham the DSA had a presence at the Amigos International Guitar Show in Arlington.
Jamey Shannon-Bobby Montgomery- Allen Larsen










DSA Hall of Fame Inductee John Ford Coley cruised down from Franklin to Greenville and performed twice this fall at the Texan Theater. DSA players were a part of the show. The Texan is a beautiful venue. 
Craig LangfordJoel Weaver, 
Barbara McMillenJohn Ford Coley,
Alexis TappRickey Gene Wright


Some important things are going on next couple of months.  Our  international song contest and young songwriter contest are currently in the judging process. Semifinalist will be announced on Nov 3. Semi-finalist are invited to perform on our virtual Awards Program on January 14.  

REGULAR EVENTS
November 3 brings ELECTION to the Board of Directors and SONG CRITIQUE BLOWOUT, the final chance to enter the contest for Song and Songwriter of the Year Awards. 
This FIRST THURSDAY VIRTUAL MEETING WORKSHOP is held monthly and features a guest speaker and song critiques. It is streamed live to facebook. See below for details and the Zoom meeting link.

Our virtual open mic is still occurring every Wednesday 7 - 9. Join us via the Zoom meeting number. 617 432 0082 or just watch on the Dallas Songwriters Facebook page as we stream live. Some of our members, who are home bound or from out of town depend on this weekly opportunity to share their songs. The hosting duties are shared by Bill Martin, Allen Larson, Kim Cotton, Seth Ginsberg and Barbara McMillen.

Love and War wants you to perform at our 4th Thursday open mic 7 - 9. Rickey Gene Wright hosts with a
songwriters round format. Come out and sign up with RGW.  

Heather Hatchet, Bill Martin, Al Cain, Rickey Gene Wright 


SPECIAL EVENTS: 
DSA Christmas Party at the Neathery in McKinney on Dec 7th.

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

 


DOWN THE LINE

DSA Board Planning Meeting - Sat, Jan.7

DSA Song Contest 2022 Virtual Awards Program - January 14, 2023

DSA Best Songs of the Meeting Virtual Awards on January 21

Deep Ellum Community Arts Fair - March 30 -April 2. DSA Members perform.

 DSA Hall of Fame 2023 - 

The 2023 Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 15 at Love and War in Texas, streamed live to Facebook. Inductees are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, Sly and Family Stone (Dance to the Music), Roger Miller, Jim Collins (Damn Strait), Selena Gomez and Buddy Magazines Ron McKeown and Stoney Burns.

Wildflower Arts and Music Festival - May 19-21. DSA Members perform on the Cityline Stage.

Wild Dawgs
Oh Yeah, and the Wild DAWG deep sea fishing adventure in Port Aransas June 15 - 18 will be an awesome weekend. Join our Facebook Wild Dawg group and posting some photos and videos. If you have been on this trip you will want to join and post to share your photos of your past trips. Also, if you plan to go next year, this is a great way to connect for info. https://www.facebook.com/groups/486583939901589

Monday, September 5, 2022

SONGWRITERS NOTES ISSUE #233 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022

 HELLO SONGWRITER,

I hope everyone survived the intense heat of the summer. Texas is glad to see some below 100 degree relief and a bit of rain. We all did a little rain dance to Joe Milton's song, Texas Rain, at the DSA pool party.
Some important things are going on this month. The Dallas Songwriters Song Contests deadlines are coming Sept 30th. 
DSA SONG CONTEST
Our annual international song contest is the longest running amateur song contest. It has eight categories and over $5,000 in prizes with three winners in each category and three grand prize winners. Read all the details here at the website: http://dsasongcontest.blogspot.com You can enter the contest directly on our website here: https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-annual-song-contest/ or through our submission partner Broadjam's website: https://www.broadjam.com/contests/contest.php?contest_id=20525
DSA YOUNG SONGWRITERS CONTEST
Our contest for 18 and under also runs now through September 31.  Winners perform at awards program and win a chance for a college scholarship. For more info visit the website: https://youngsongwriterscontest.blogspot.com
Or to directly enter the contest here is the entry form: https://dallassongwriters.org/young-songwriters-contest/

An important day is fast approaching. September 22 is NORTH TEXAS GIVING DAY, a time that non-profits count on support to be able to continue their programs. Early giving has already started and it all culminates on the 22nd. I hope you will click this link and give what you can to keep us going. Thanks you in advance for your support! https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/dallassongwriters

REGULAR EVENTS
September 1 brings BRAD DAVIS as our meeting guest speaker and ROXIE COPELAND on October 6 (see below for details). This FIRST THURSDAY VIRTUAL MEETING WORKSHOP is held monthly and features a guest speaker and song critiques. It is streamed live to facebook. See below for details and the Zoom meeting link.

Our virtual open mic is still occurring every Wednesday 7 - 9. Join us via the Zoom meeting number. 617 432 0082 or just watch on the Dallas Songwriters Facebook page as we stream live. Some of our members, who are home bound or from out of town depend on this weekly opportunity to share their songs. The hosting duties are shared by Bill Martin, Allen Larson, Kim Cotton, Seth Ginsberg and Barbara McMillen.

Love and War wants you to perform at our 4th Thursday open mic 7 - 9. Rickey Gene Wright hosts with a
songwriters round format. Come out and sign up with RGW.

SPECIAL EVENTS:
DSA member and past monthly meeting speaker, Bradley Banning is hosting a Happy Hour at Sloan and Williams Winery in Grapevine on September 13 from 6:30-8:30PM  in celebration of launching his 
financial planning practice this last year. All DSA members are welcome including family, friends and co-workers. It will also feature live music and should be a fun evening so hope you can make it!

SWARFA, Southwest Regional Folk Alliance is happening in Austin, Tx on September 21 - 25. This will feature showcases, panel discussions, and speakers. For more info on this great event go to the website: http://www.swfolkalliance.org

On Saturday, October 8, Sons of Hermann Hall will throw their annual OKTOBERFEST, hosted by 

Columbia 66 lodge. There will be lots of German music, sausage and sauerkraut. Doors open at 5:30, Dinner served at 7 with lot's of dancing.

Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee GARY NICHOLSON will perform at Poor David's Pub on Thursday, October 13 as a solo act. Gary is a number one hit songwriter, two time Grammy winning producer, recording artist, world traveling performer, and session guitarist. Come out and here some of his hit songs. Visit his website for a complete bio: https://www.facebook.com/garynicholsonmusic

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

 DOWN THE LINE

DSA Song Contest 2022 Awards Program - January 14, 2023

 DSA Hall of Fame 2023 - 

The 2023 Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 22 at Love and War in Texas, streamed live to Facebook. Inductees are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, Sly and Family Stone (Dance to the Music), Roger Miller, Jim Collins (Damn Strait), and Selena Gomez.

Wild Dawgs
Oh Yeah, and the Wild DAWG deep sea fishing adventure in Port Aransas in June was an awesome weekend. We're building a Facebook Wild Dawg group and posting some photos and videos. If you have been on this trip you will want to join and post to share your photos of your past trips. Also, if you plan to go next year, this is a great way to connect for info. https://www.facebook.com/groups/486583939901589

Monday, July 4, 2022

SONGWRITERS NOTES ISSUE #232 JULY/AUG 2022

 HELLO SONGWRITER,

The Wildflower Festival City Line Stage in May was a huge success. 22 DSA members performed over the course of 3 days, plus the finalist of the Al Johnson Song Contest. Thanks to Michael Brandenberger and Harry Hewlett for booking DSA members and thanks to Ian Dickson for managing the stage. Ian was a WF contest winner a while back and has been involved with the Wildflower Festival since. He's been the DSA liaison all these years and thanks to his dedication DSA has had great performance opportunities each year. Harry also gave us a number of years of hard work and dedication with WF and Deep Ellum before he recently stepped down due to health. DSA really appreciates the dedication of time and expertise from both Harry and Ian. Thank you for helping us to shine at our spring festivals! 

Tim York
Tim York won the BW Stevenson Song Contest at Poor Davids Pub on June 29th this year. Your's truly was a judge again this year. There was a lot of talent on that stage. The semifinalist were Ronnie Duwe, John Jaggers, Rick Babb, Baylis Laramore, Travis Smith, along with Tim. Half of which are or have been DSA members. My fellow judges were Tom Faulkner and Julie Jean White. Yup, both have been DSA members in the past. Julie Jean is having a CD release party at Poor Davids on July 15, so come on out to see her. She is permanently living in Nashville now.

July brings Eric Ramsey as our meeting guest speaker on July 7 (see below for details). He's the DSA 2021 Song Contest 1st runner up for Grand Prize with his song "Gone, Gone, Gone". He was also runner up for Song of the Year with his song, "That's The Kind of Love I'm Talking About". He's won a lot of other awards and is an incredible performer too. You may have seen him on some of the DSA virtual events. Tune in via zoom or watch on Facebook.

Wild Dawgs
Oh Yeah, and the Wild DAWG deep sea fishing adventure in Port Aransas in June was an awesome weekend. We're building a Facebook Wild Dawg group and posting some photos and videos. If you have been on this trip you will want to join and post to share your photos of your past trips. Also, if you plan to go next year, this is a great way to connect for info. https://www.facebook.com/groups/486583939901589

EVENTS - 

Our virtual open mic is still occurring every Wednesday 7 - 9. There is a new Zoom meeting number. 617 432 0082. Some of our members, who are home bound or from out of town depend on this weekly opportunity to share their songs. The hosting duties are shared by Bill Martin, Allen Larson, Kim Cotton, Seth Ginsberg and Barbara McMillen.

Love and War wants you to perform at our 4th Thursday open mic 7 - 9. Rickey Gene Wright hosts with a songwriters round format. Come out and sign in. 

Opening Bell, on the 2nd Thursday, 6 - 8pm, has been cancelled.

Blues guitarist Texas Slim will preform at the Blue Christmas in July event on July 23rd at Sons of Hermann Hall. This event supports our favorite charity toy drive so come on out. https://dallassongwriterstoydrive.blogspot.com/2022/06/blue-christmas-in-july-toy-drive.html

Here's the list: 

REGULAR EVENTS

1st Thursday Meeting and Critiques, Every Wed. Virtual Open Mic, 2nd Thursday showcase and open mic at Opening Bell, 4th Thursday Open Mic at Love and War. 

SPECIAL EVENTS: 

NO 1st THURSDAY MEETING IN AUG - POOL PARTY INSTEAD AUG 6

 SONSSTOCK,  AUG 13 has been cancelled, but will resume next year on Aug 19, 2023
A mini Woodstock at Sons of Hermann Hall

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

 DOWN THE LINE

DSA Song Contest 2022 Awards Program - January 14, 2023

 DSA Hall of Fame 2023 - 

The 2023 Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 22 at Love and War in Texas, streamed live to Facebook. Inductees announced soon.