Saturday, June 1, 2019

SONGWRITERS NOTES E-NEW #208 JUNE 2019

Hello Songwriter,


The month of May has been another busy month.  We started out the first weekend at the Dallas International Guitar Show. Here is Bobby Montgomery and Ken Duren talking with a prospective member at the DSA booth at the show.  Thanks to Bobby , Ken, Ben Halim, Harry Hewlett, Jeff and Julie Cater, Craig Langford, Allen Larson, Michael Franceus and Lance French for being our ambassadors.  The show is not only a market to buy and sell guitars, but also a great music festival with 4 stages throughout the weekend. We had lots of fun and talked with lots of writers and players.




We had a great showing at the Monday Meetup. Jana Stanfield enlightened us with her songwriting tips which she will expound on at our next DSA monthly workshop. 






At our first Thursday Meeting, Ed Bernet entertained us with Dallas music tales from the past. Here's a video: https://www.facebook.com/dallassongwriters/videos/566561653852850/

We filled the room at the Opening Bell showcase on the 2nd Wednesday with over 40 people attending. Featured this month were Don Wall, Ricky Gene Wright, Aaron Shook, Craig St. Clair, Stephen Valenzuela.

Performers who dropped in at Dunn Brothers for the Third Thursday Open Mic were Harry Hewlett, Rio King, Caera Thornton, Jeff & Julie Cater, Bill Martin, Chris Glass, Allen Larson, Barbe McMillen, & Bobby Dallas! 




Our attendance at Love and War keeps growing, with over 50 people showing up this month. Performers who put on a great show were Stephen Houpt, John Jaggers, Jeri Alice, Ireland, Craig Langford and Harry Hewlett.

You can find videos on each of these performers from our showcases and open mics on our facebook page in videos.

Poor Davids BW Stevenson Contest concluded in May with a show of area songwriters competing among the finalists. I was lucky to be one of the judges along with Ed Beaver and Brett Dillion. Congrats to the winner, Scott Fant and the runner up, Rick Babb.

 Our big event in May is managing and performing on the City Line Courtyard Stage at the Wildflower Festival on the third weekend. Brando booked the incredible talent and volunteers. Ian and Harry did a super job as always managing the stage and providing the sound. Bobby Montgomery helped load in and out and set up and tear down. I was lucky enough to attend the super informative songwriting workshop there on Friday with Tom Kimmel. My performance time was wiped out because of the bad weather on Saturday, but we still had great fun.




Our regular DSA monthly events:
* the Monthly Meeting, 1st Thursday, Guest Speaker, Jana Stanfield
* Songwriter Meetup, 1st Monday, at Half Price Books on NWH in Dallas - Harry Hewlett hosts;
* the 3rd Thursday Open Mic at Dunn Brothers Coffee in Addison hosted by Harry.
* the 2nd Wednesday Showcase at Opening Bell in South Side hosted by Craig Langford
* the 4th Thursday Showcase at Love and War in Texas in Plano hosted by Rickey Gene Wright.
Our Lyric Contest will maintain it's quarterly deadlines: March, June, September, December.
Song Contest opens sometime in June.

We have a new book review by Allan Larson of the Terry Jennings book about his father Waylon Jennings. Read it here: https://dsabookstore.blogspot.com

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, Jon Jaggers, Bobby Montgomery, Ginger Stanoia, Kenneth Shoemaker, and Kristi Myers for their recent contributions to our fall fundraiser. Other contributors include Ireland, Jon 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.

Songcerely,
Barbe

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DSA SONG CONTEST -  2019 Contest Opens in June.

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


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
1 Yr. Sonicbids Membership

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

JOHN LATINI WINS GRAND PRIZE IN THE 2018 DALLAS SONGWRITERS SONG CONTEST 

Grand Prize winner, John Latini, was a semifinalist in the categories of Americana, Christian, Pop and Singer Songwriter. His grand prize winning song, "Pull Me Up”, won in two categoriesA three time Detroit Blues Champion, John Latini is riding the wave from his last release and 5th Cd, his first full length blues recording “The Blues Just Makes Me Feel Good”. Within 10 days of its release to radio, it garnered 41 shining reviews including one in No Depression, “Vocalist/guitarist/ songwriter John Latini's first full length release is a shack-shakin', window bustin' blues party.” The album remained on the top 50 Blues Album Chart for 7 months in 2017, and took the #23 spot for the Top 200 Contemporary Blues Album releases of 2017. John took some time out in his busy world to answer a few questions about his songwriting success.  more .... https://dsapress.blogspot.com/2019/03/john-latini-wins-grand-prize-in-2018.html
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DSA MEETINGS - http://dsameetings.blogspot.com

JANA STANFIELD is Guest Speaker for Thursday, June 6 , at Half Brice Books. 


You’ve heard her music on 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, Oprah, the movie 8 Seconds, and radio stations nationwide. Her compositions are sung by Reba McEntire, Andy Williams and others, and Jana has shared stages with fellow performers ranging from Kenny Loggins to The Dixie Chicks.
For the past 15 years, Jana has made her living as a Keynote speaker at conferences and corporate events. Join us for a fun evening. Learn more about Jana: https://www.janastanfield.com/about-jana/. 

Critiques will follow:
As usual, for members we will also have song critiques by industry pros Barbe McMillen and Joe Milton.  Bring your song on a CD or email an MP3 to Harry Hewlett at hhhewlett@gmail.com, and also bring plenty of copies of the lyrics so the members can give comments as well.  You will also be entered in the DSA Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year contest. The cost is $10 per song.


Location: Half Price Books/Northwest Highway in Dallas
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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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 -  2019
https://bestsongsofthemeeting.blogspot.com

Songs Critiqued in May
Ode to Emmy Lou by Robert Elhet
Oh Miss Flying Bird by Robert Elhet
Recklessly In Love by Ireland
Gonna Love On You by Harry Hewlett
Wish That Was Now by Anthony Groom

2018

Winners were announced at the Awards Dinner. 

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR IS CRAIG LANGFORD



SONG OF THE YEAR WINNNERS
1. A TIME FOR LOVE  Michael Brandenberger
Michael Brandenberger
2. THAT’S JUST WHAT I’LL DO Craig Langford
3. BRANDY BLUES Rio King

See the Best Songs of the Meeting and Songwriter of the Year 
Past Winners here:

WORKSHOPS and CONFERENCES

DSA MEETUP - 1st Monday at Half Price Books - June 3rd, 7PM, hosted by Harry Hewlett 
DSA MONTHLY GUEST SPEAKER AND SONG CRITIQUES - 1st Thursday - Half Price Books



Sun, Jun 9 at 10 AM PDT to Fri, Jun 14 at 11 AM PDT





"Everyone has a story. It's about getting to that story and getting the clichés out of the way. It's so brave... I know how terrified I am to sing a new song for someone... If I get through it and it feels better, it might be a keeper. It doesn't get easier." - Jonatha

An inspired weekend at beautiful Blue Rock Studio in the Texas Hill Country with acclaimed songwriter JONATHA BROOKE
5 Sessions + Song circles
Limit 21 participants / All experience levels welcome

Meals included / Lodging available at local B&Bs & cabins

INFO and Register: $500 prepaid


Between The Waves Conference and Festival - June 7 - 9
As the Midwest's premier event geared toward independent musicians and anyone interested in music creation, collaboration, performance, production, distribution, publishing, or licensing, Between The Waves Conference and Festival brings together musicians, educators, and music industry leaders for an immersive experience built on inspiration, instruction, networking, and support.


Listen Up to Sparrow Music Camp!
Sparrow Music Camp is dedicated to teaching and preserving traditional music. Our next Sparrow Music Camp will be held June 5-9, 2019 at O'Leno State Park in High Springs, Florida. Student registration includes workshops, jams, concerts, meals and lodging for the weekend. All ages and skill levels are welcome! CLICK HERE to join!

REO's 20th Annual REO Songwriters Retreat
July 28-Aug 2 - Mentors Jason Duke & Marty Dodson will teach an Advanced 301 track and a Beginners 101 track on creating a compelling songs! 6-Day all-inclusive retreat at the river's edge. Details Here

Aug 17-18-19, 2019  Features 6 master classes with song mentor North Easton. North will take an in-depth look at 6 major song components: rhythm, music, melody, lyrics, dynamics & heart. Optional add-on day for critiques & mentored co-writing.   Details Here
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SHOWCASES AND OPEN MICS

SHOWCASES: DSA SPOTLIGHT

Opening Bell - 2nd Wednesday, 7-10 hosted by Craig Langford
7.        Johnny Cromer
7:30.    Paul Zander
8.        Joe Milton
8:30.    Lance French
9.        Jeff & Julie Cater
9:30.    Craig Langford

 Love and War - 4th Thursday, 7-10 - hosted by Rickey Gene Wright
7.        Rickey Gene Wright
7:30.    Michael Brandenberger
8.        Cat McGee
8:30.    John Mason
9.        Aaron Shook
9:30.    Gigi Gostas

OPEN MICS

 HALF PRICE BOOKS OPEN MIC and co-writes - NORTHWEST HIGHWAY - 
EVERY 1ST MONDAY - 7:00pm to 9:00pm hosted by Harry Hewlett
Open mic has changed to an old fashion guitar pull and group discussion about creation to biz. Bring your guitar of pull one from Harry. Play your recorded songs from your phone. 
If you want peer feedback on a song bring a few lyric sheets

DUNN BROTHERS COFFEE HOUSE - Addison
EVERY 3RD THURSDAY - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Hosted by  Harry Hewlett
In November 2018, DSA is celebrated 14 years at Dunn Brothers. Check out our facebook page for performance videos

see review of
11th Anniversary DSA 3rd Thursday Open Mic at Dunn Bros.

Renew your membership online.
You'll find the link to the store on the panel to the right
Or paste this link in your browser: https://squareup.com/store/dallas-songwriters-association
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EVENTS - Featuring local and worldwide events of the songwriting community including, seminars, conferences, and showcases.

2019

JUNE
2 - DSA MEETUP Guitar Pull and Discussion at Half Price Books
6 - DSA Monthly Meeting and Song Critiques
5 - 9  Sparrow Music Camp at O'Leno State Park in High Springs, Florida
6 - 9 Between The Wave Music Conference, Madison Wisconsin
12 - DSA Showcase at Opening Bell
14-16 Jonatha Brooke Songwriting Retreat at beautiful Blue Rock Studio in the Texas Hill Country
20 - DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
27 - DSA Showcase at Love N War

JULY
1 - DSA Monthly Meeting and Song Critiques
4 - NO DSA Monthly Meeting and Song Critiques
10 - DSA Showcase at Opening Bell
18 - DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
25 - DSA Showcase at Love N War
28-Aug 2 REO Rafting Songwriting Retreat see workshop above

AUG
1 - NO DSA Monthly Meeting and Song Critiques
3 - DSA Pool Party & BBQ at the Miltons
5 - DSA MEETUP Guitar Pull and Discussion at Half Price Books
14 - DSA Showcase at Opening Bell
15 - DSA Open Mic at Dunn Brothers
17-19 REO Strongwriter Retreat see workshop above
22 - DSA Showcase at Love N War


See Texas Music Office events calendar https://gov.texas.gov/music/events
Moses Avalon's List of Top Ranked Music Conferences.
See house concerts and coffee houses here: http://unclecalvins.org/
Local Blues events: Bluelisablues.blogspot.com
Local Jazz events: https://www.kntu.com/live-wire/

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DSA LYRIC CONTEST 

- Next deadline SUMMER CONTEST postmarked June 30th
Enter online https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-lyric-contest/
or https://squareup.com/store/dallas-songwriters-association
or by mail

Dallas Songwriters Lyric Contest,
Sammons Center For The Arts
3630 Harry Hines Blvd #20 Dallas, Tx 75219

FALL 2018 LYRIC CONTEST WINNER - 

We've awarded Michael Roth the contest winner. 
https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-lyric-contest-winner-fall-2018/

WINTER 2019 -WINNERS ANNOUNCED -

We had a tie between Ireland and Harri Wolf
https://dallassongwriters.org/winners-ireland-and-harri-wolf-tie-in-the-2019-winter-lyric-contest/


THE 2018 SUMMER WINNER IS .........
.https://dallassongwriters.org/2018-summer-lyric-contest-winners/

2018 Spring Winners: https://wp.me/p5ky4B-32R

2018 Winter Comments are posted here: http://dallassongwriters.blogspot.com/p/lyric-contest.html

PAST WINNERS and LYRICS POSTED ON THE OLD  WEBSITE

LYRICISTS GAIN RECOGNITION THROUGH COMPETITION
Next Lyric Contest Deadline is June 30th for Spring Lyric Contest
Entry fee is $10
Please see lyric contest webpage for details.
http://dallassongwriters.blogspot.com/p/lyric-contest.html

HARD COPY OF 2012 WINNERS IN SPRING 2013 ISSUE OF SONGWRITERS NOTES.

HARD COPY OF 2013 FALL ISSUE INCLUDES SPRING AND SUMMER WINNERS 2013

HARD COPY OF SUMMER AND FALL 2013 WINNER ARE IN THE 2014 SPRING ISSUE OF SONGWRITERS NOTES

2017 FALL WINNERS ARE.........  https://dallassongwriters.org/winners-2017-fall-lyric-contest/


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 MEMBER NEWS -

Wanna get involved? Become a committee member. It's fun! Be apart of the inner workings of the DSA. We have committee positions open. Let us know if you'd like to be on the board. Just show up a our membership meeting.

2019 Directors elected at our Nov 1st 2018 Annual Membership Meeting were:
Michael Brandenberger, Bobby Montgomery, Phillip Casteel, Barbe McMillen, Joe Milton, Marcus Belmore, Steve Sullivan, Ken Duren, James Pappas, Jessica Ewy, Rod Phelps,Gene Schillaci, Harry Hewlett, Craig Langford, Buck Morgan Ricky Gene Wright. New 2019 officers were elected at the planning meeting on Jan 5th.

Officers 2019
Michael Brandenberger - Prez
Bobby Montgomery - VP Programs
Phil Casteel - Treasurer
Jessica Ewy - Secretary
Alexis Tapp - VP Membership, Lyric Contest Director
Barbe McMillen - Administration, Newsletter
Harry Hewlett - A/R
Gene Schillaci - Lyric Contest Director
Ben Halim - Tech Director
Rickey Gene Wright - Showcase Co-Director,
Craig Langford - Showcase Co-Director
Buck Morgan - PR Communications
James Pappas, Joe Milton, Ken Duren, Jack Allday - At Large

If you are not a DSA Member, you missed these tips sent out through our yahoo group:
* Publisher looking for 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.

NEWS: DSA Member, Brook Malouf is celebrating a cut with Maddie Wilson called RIP. It was just released on Friday. You can check out the song here:
https://www.maddiewilsonmusic.com/music/ RIP. 



NEW MEMBERS: Have you joined our member only yahoo group where you can talk with the group and get special offers and last minute updates on events? subscribe: dallassongwriters-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

PATRON SAINTS: PAUL ZANDER, BOBBY MONTGOMERY, JOHN JAGGERS

Patron Sponsor L3: Michael Brandenberger, Bill Honker, John Stone
Patron Sponsor L1: Cliff Monroe, Suzi Morse, Rio King, Ginger Stanoio
Patron Sponsor: Mimi Balkey, Kristi Myers

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Robert Ehlert, Bill Martin, Nichol Daniels, Jana Stanfield, Amanda Banks, Pamela Musgrove, Beau McDermott, Christopher Kuhn, Jade Nichol, Stephanie Sammons, Mathew Carroll, Ainsley Lornds, Ben Halim, Keith A Dodson, Julie and Jeff Carter, Steven Lowden, Ted Vahovius, David Lewis, Anna Xiong, Jane Fallon, Caera Thornton, Robert Long, Michael Richards, Teresa Ann Turner, Katie Dundas

THANK YOU FOR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP: Anthony Groom, Ken Duren Randy Overton, Carol Shaw, Lance French, Dori Weaver,Rob Case, Steve Ledford, Ryan Mahoney, Raquel Linderman, John Nelson, Ron Young, James Pappas, Jacquelyn Schwartz, Aaron Shook, Gene Schillaci, James Foster, Stephen Valenzuela, Johnny Cromer, Terry Bloss, Don Wall, David Clearr, Phil Casteel, Ryan Galloway, Rick Babb, Ken Golden

TIME TO RENEW: The following members owe dues:

YOU HAVE A TWO MONTH GRACE PERIOD TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR YOU WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE MEMBER GROUP
EXPIRED IN JULY: JR Rosenberger, Bob Sullivan, Mike Mullins, Bill Cox, Bill Sibley
EXPIRED IN AUG: Robert Graham, Lanny Sherwin, Wayne Willingham
EXPIRED IN SEPT::Serges Himbaza, Doc Parker, Lezleigh Kleibrink
EXPIRED IN OCT: Christine Winburn
EXPIRED IN NOV: Martha Myer, Greg Waits, Randy Wallace
EXPIRED IN DEC: None
EXPIRED IN JAN: Jeff Moxcey, Joseph Lopez, Mitch Horner, Shanna Stallworth, Ross Miller, Jane Fallon, Yulia Petrova, Deb Weedekind, Natinee Paris, Lucia Commes, Bernard Groll
EXPIRED IN FEB: Melanie Stever, Tim Sharp

EXPIRED IN MARCH: Melissa Standifird, Ken Duren, 
EXPIRED IN APRIL:  None Thanks for renewing

EXPIRED IN MAY: Alejandro Dominguez, Steve Brown
TIME TO RENEW: Donette Murphy, Jack Simmons, Robert Long

Renew your membership online.
You'll find the link to the store on the panel to the right
Or paste this link in your browser: https://squareup.com/store/dallas-songwriters-association
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Featured Articles:

T Bone tells Marc about his days traveling with Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue, his collaborations with the Coen Brothers for their films, and his production work on the late-career albums of artists like Gregg Allman and BB King. T Bone also explains why he’s taking a break from production to release his first album in 11 years. – by Marc Maron / WTF

By Rakesh Singh (Music Think Tank)
No one needs a neuroscientist to explain that manipulating the rhythms, tonalities and intensities of a melody can trigger strong emotions. In fact, composers of symphonies, rock / pop music, soundtracks and TV ads all know how to tune into the mood of their audience through musical notes and cadences that can alternate between expressions of disparate feelings: from sadness to depression, to feelings of euphoria, joy and joviality. But neuroscientists may have something to say about how music causes emotional effects in the depths of the human brain. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

This is truly cool.
By Harley Brown (Billboard)

Created by the American Association of Independent Musicians (A2IM), ASCAP, BMI, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and SoundExchange, "50 States of Music" presents new data collected by Stephen Siwek of consulting firm Economics Incorporated. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Melissa Greathouse (KOAA News)
Music has been used to help people achieve a better quality of life since the 1800s. Modern therapists, like Susan Zeller, are able to tap into a client's subconscious to help improve motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Improvement of articulation and pacing allows them to better grasp speech from others who may be difficult to understand.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Anthony Pappas (FlyPaper)
From The Strangeloves' catchy 1965 bubblegum pop tune "I Want Candy," to George Michael's 1987 hit "Faith," you know the "Bo Diddley beat" when you hear it. You just might not know you're hearing it. In fact, this beat has appeared in some of the most memorable popular music of the 20th century.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

MUSIC BUSINESS
By Ivie Ani (Okay Player)

How do you build a fanbase? Are 360 Deals really that scary? Should you sign a record deal? We spoke with music power players about the pros, cons, purpose and functions of record labels, A&RS and contracts in this new era of music. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

(AWAL)
While artists have always been responsible for music's artistic future, technology and the recording industry have always shaped how that future has been implemented. Here we look at record deals through the ages, from their inception in the late 1800s through to present day. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

(AWAL)
Building Your Dream Team breaks down the fundamental members of an artist's operation through the 5Ws lens: Who, What, When, Where, Why. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

(AWAL)
Building Your Dream Team breaks down the fundamental members of an artist's operation through the 5Ws lens: Who, What, When, Where, Why. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Jacca (Route Note)

Your content may be protected from the point of creation but to take legal action against someone to protect it you must formally register your Sound Recording and Performing Arts protection with the United States Copyright Office. Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

PERFORMANCE 
By Jamie Ehrenfeld (Flypaper)

From the very first breath producing the initial cry that assures onlooking adults a newborn baby is healthy, humans phonate as a sign of life. Children produce sounds with their voices long before they develop the faculty to consciously alter how they're doing so. We grow as expressive musical beings. And as we grow, we begin to hone the use of the voice as an instrument of musical and expressive communication. But what's happening beneath the surface? Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

By Liam Duncan (Music Industry How To)
Here are a few bad habits you should break as soon as possible.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

Patrick McGuire (Music Think Tank)
If you're an indie touring musician who's used to a certain type of environment, and you still need some convincing, here are six great reasons why you should play more house shows.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

RECORDING
By Harley Brown (Billboard)

Multiplatinum producer Desmond Child explains how the Latin crossover anthem broke other boundaries as well.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

LISTEN 
Here's a chance to listen to the songs of our guest speaker for Thursday, Jana Stanfiled
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jana+stanfield

IN MEMORIAM

https://weheartmusic.typepad.com/blog/musicians-who-died-in-2019.html

By Sonari Glinton (NPR)
Will Friedwald wrote a book on jazz singing. He said Day's success with pop and novelty songs overshadowed a simple fact: She was a phenomenal singer, both technically and artistically.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

A great friend to DSA and everyone in the music community. Ralph will never be forgotten by those of us whose lives he touched. DK
"Ralph Murphy was a giant in music. For more than five decades and across several continents, his bountiful gifts as a songwriter, performer, musician, producer, author, educator and music advocate touched millions of people around the world..." – Paul Williams Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif
A "must have" for all songwriters: "Murphy's Laws of Songwriting"

One of my favorite people. Great seeing you at the EXPO, Ralph!
By Richard Flohil (FYI Music News)

Generous with his time and his knowledge, Murphy is a lighthouse on Nashville's Music Row, offering a welcoming beacon of encouragement and support.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

 VIDEO
Featuring Keb' Mo'' (Playing For Change | Song Around The World)

Playing For Change musicians perform "Walking Blues" as a tribute to blues legend Robert Johnson. "Walking Blues" was originally written and recorded by Son House in 1930, and Robert Johnson recorded his own version in 1936.  Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

 BOOK REVIEW
We have a new book review by Allan Larson of the Terry Jennings book about his father Waylon Jennings. Read it here: https://dsabookstore.blogspot.com

CRAFT OF SONGWRITING

By Sarah Spencer (Song Fancy)

Ok, so you have some ideas floating around in your notebooks and in your head. But how do you start to turn those ideas into actual songs? Here are some great songwriting tips on starting that song: Continue Reading f5ec743b4e5e4c2c9587db8c6ec80b4d.gif

Barbe McMillen's blog, The Craft of Songwriting

Online Thesaurus and Rhyming Dictionary

Great web tool for lyric writing

Music Theory Resource
http://www.hooktheory.com/

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