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November-December '03 Workshop Schedule
Oct. 27-- SHELLY PEIKEN is our Special Guest! (Shelly wrote or
co-wrote "Almost Doesn't Count" for Brandy, "Bitch" for Meredith
Brooks, "What A Girl Wants" for Christina Aguilera, plus songs for
Michelle Branch, Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, many more.) 7-9:45p, Plummer
Park, 7377 Santa Monica Bl, Art Room #1. FREE to NSAI members, others
$10: MEMBERSHIP WILL BE ENFORCED. Shelly will play her songs, talk
about her ongoing career, how it all got started, answer all your
(AS TIME PERMITS, she may critique/review some of our songs, but no
promises on that part.) (SPECIAL ADVANCE THANKS TO VOLUNTEER KURT
STECKER for providing some keys and sound for this event!)Mon. Nov.
24-- Group Song Critiques, Plummer Park, 7-9:30p, 7377 Santa Monica Bl,
"Art Room #4", West Hollywood. Bring a tune-in-progress, play
guitar or CD, lyric copies. NSAI Members free, visitors pay $10 after
two free look-see visits. Host Seth Jackson.
Nov. 13-- NSAI Showcase at Hallenbecks, 5510 Cahuenga, NoHo,
7:30-10p, free to ALL!! Special "themed" showcase "WRITERS IN
REMISSION" hosted by Rex Poindexter, featuring writers who have
first-hand (or second-hand) experience with cancer and other
life-threats. The lineup: Jeff Saxon, Charity Chapman, K.A.
Parker, Laura Cohn (with Rosie Hitler), Judy Lamppu, Phil Kimbrough,
Jerry Loggins, Cheryl Aranda, Craig & Jane Lackey.
Nov. 24 - Group Song Evaluations. Bring a song to be
played live, on CD, or cassette and 15 copies of your lyric
sheet. 7-9:30pm at Plummer Park "Art Room 1", 7377 Santa Monica
Blvd., West Hollywood.
Dec. 6-- DEAN DILLON is our Guest from Nashville for an all-day workshop,
10a-4p, at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Bl, "Art Room #2", West
Hollywood. Dean's written MORE THAN A DOZEN #1 HITS, for George
Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Pam Tillis, George Jones,
Steve Wariner, and more. He'll tell us how he does it, answer
your questions, play us his hits, and even gently critique YOUR best
song. $30 NSAI members/ $40 non-members. Reserve your spot
TODAY by sending your check, payable to "NSAI", to Rex Poindexter, 7985
Santa Monica, #517, West Hollywood, CA 90046.
Dec. 11-- NSAI SHOWCASE at Hallenbecks, hosted by Seth Jackson,
free, 7:30-10p. Announced lineup so far: JOHN MC EUEN, Alan
O'Day, Steve Fisher, more announcements coming.
Dec. 14-- HOLIDAY PARTY, 3-7p, home of Seth Jackson: 2540
Cumberland Rd, San Marino 91108. "Kid friendly". CALL EARLY for
directions, plan on some potluck (* Bring something!!), some
guitar-passing and sangin', some haa-haas and hee-hees.
Unless otherwise noted, workshops are held from 7-9:30 p.m. at Plummer
Park Community Center, "Art Room #1", 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West
Hollywood. Admission is free for NSAI members, $10 for
non-members. For more information, call Craig Lackey at (310)319-9454
or email Seth Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRIAN JOSEPH: I have a new cd out, produced by legendary
songwriter Wendy Waldman, called "King of Echo Park" and you can find
it in the regular
places. I'm having a GOOD year for contests. I won the New Folks
showcase at the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest in August, got second at the
Troubador competition, and just last night, I won the semi-final
of the Acoustic Live competition here in L.A. the finals are November
9th at the
MARK LUNA: No big announcements at the moment.
However, I do have a couple of upcoming shows and am in the studio
working on new material....
1. GENGHIS COHEN on Thursday, Nov. 6th @ 9:30pm
2. COLD SPRING TAVERN (in Santa Barbara) on
Saturday, Nov. 8th @ 8pm
JIMMY MUFFIN: For the past month I've had a song ("That Wall's Too
High To Climb" co-written with Julie Zeitlin) on HOLD with Kellie
Coffey and it's still on HOLD. Thanks NSAI. Go Yankees
HARRIET SCHOCK: With Geoff Levin, I wrote the theme song for
"Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks," a new PBS series and
it's a wonderful show, airingin the U.S., Australia, Canada, France,
Sweden and Ireland. As you may have guessed by its name, it's a
children's show. But a lot of grownup children are watching it too. Mel
Brooks plays one of the sheep and it's hilarious, set in Ireland and
animated and produced by Mike Young
Productions and Entara. In L.A., it comes on weekly at 8AM Sunday,
so I've only seen it once. Check your local listings. http://www.harrietschock.com
MAIA SHARP: The CD I wrote and recorded with Art Garfunkel
and Buddy Mondlock called "Everything Waits To Be Noticed" released in
2002 now has extended life. They will be sold in the lobby at
Simon and Garfunkel shows on their reunion tour that starts this
month. I start recording my next
solo record November 3rd with producer, Brad Jones in
Nashville. We're shooting for a Spring 2004 release on Concord
SCOTT & MELANIE BOMAR: Back in June Scott signed an
exclusive publishing deal with Sony Music in Nashville. In addition,
Sony has contracted with an independent company called Larga Vista
Music (owned by hit writer Steve Seskin - www.stevesekin.com)
to help pitch Scott's songs. There's a great team of folks at
work here, so thanks to Mike Whelan (Sony), Steve Seskin and Stephanie
Cox (Larga Vista) for making one of the "Bomar" dreams a reality! Also,
Scott & Melanie Bomar Debut Their Full Electric Band on November
15: Melanie is putting down the guitar to play drums (her primary
instrument) and Carlos Gonzalez, Chuck Lee Bramlet (www.chuckleebramlet
) and Phil Sheeran (www.philsheeran.com
) will round out the five piece
group. It all starts at 8:15 pm at Molly Malone's (575 S.
Fairfax). The cover charge is only $5. This is sure to be a
surprise-filled night not to miss! Watch for details and updates
MARTY AXELROD: Will be hosting the November 6 edition
of WESTERN BEAT at Highland Grounds. His guests include Phil Van Tee,
Corrinne May, Nick Kirgo, Brad Parker and more. Open mic at 7,
show begins at 8.
STEVEN MC CLINTOCK: I have two songs I cowrote in the HBO film
playing 12 times in October called A LITTLE INSIDE. One song LOOK
AT ME NOW was cowritten with Steve Mandile and the other was co written
with Matt and Gunner Nelson. I have a song performed and
cowritten by Matt and Gunner Nelson and Victoria Shaw on a cool oldies
PBS special to air in November ...the song is called JUST ONCE
MORE. I just produced a rock pop band called Spiral/Spiral
Jimmy's out of Nashville that is really getting some great
success. This week they are filming and recording for the
eastern Sub chain called JIMMY JOHNS in Chicago. My
publishing company McJames Music Inc. is signing with Royalty Networks
and Steve Weber for North and South American Collection starting in
January 2004. I also produced my wife's first single called WHO
KNEW due for Canadian release in February 2004 AND my wife Cathy-Anne
McClintock and I just had our second child...a wonderful little baby
boy named Jesse Christopher-Paris McClintock. www.stevenmcclintock.com
SEVERIN BROWNE: I am presenting a 'Song Starting' Workshop,
November 15, 1pm to 5pm, $40. First and foremost, this
workshop will be about having fun while we write! At the
beginning there will be a song circle where each songwriter may share a
song that he or she has written. And at the end of the class,
each student may play the song that he or she has worked on, but it is
not required. Location of the workshop will be Severin Browne¹s
in Northeast L.A. Directions given at time of
registration. Email Severin@severinbrowne.com or call
323-258-5044 for registration and information.
CHARITY CHAPMAN: Charity Chapman Wins KZLA Singing
Competition! Every week, for three months, KZLA 93.9 conducted a
singing competition on the Brian Douglas show. Participants phoned in
their song each week and the winner was invited to do a live
performance in studio the
following week. In October, eleven finalists (the winners from
each week) squared off in a final singing showdown, to be judged by the
public ala American Idol. On Thursday, October 9th Douglas
announced that Charity had won and would get to open at KZLA's Country
the Verizon Amphitheater (Irvine Meadows). She opened for Ryan
Tyler and Ashley Gearing on the second stage with her original song,
"Baby Blue" - a
song which veteran songwriter Michael Anderson (Maybe it was
Memphis) says will someday be a "monster hit!" She got to meet all the
KZLA DJs and,
perhaps more importantly, the Program Director. Send YOUR
Congrats to Charity at: email@example.com
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slated for 2004
NSAI/Nashville will be hosting the following Song Camps in 2004:
Song Camp 101: Feb. 29 - Mar. 2, 2004
Song Camp 201: May 16-18, 2004
Song Camp 102: Aug. 1-3, 2004
Song Camp 301: Oct. 17-19, 2004
For more, see Song Camps
Hit country/pop songwriter JASON BLUME is coming to L.A. for the
TAXI Road Rally private events Nov. 6-9 and is offering for a PRICE:
Private Consults on your songwriting, your goals, your skills.
EARLY NOTICE for NSAI members, if you wanna do this, sign up FAST for
the best slots, official announcement any day now. We've had
Jason in for workshops, he gives good seminar, and great song advice.
AVAILABLE TIMES will be Thurs 11/6 at The Hyatt on Sunset/West
Hollywood...then also at The Westin near LAX at times 11/7-11/9. The
consults are $95 for 55 minutes and during that time Jason can usually
critique three to five songs and/or lyrics (depending on the amount of
surgery required) and/or answer questions. Interested? Contact NEIL
RICE right away at JBSongdoc1@aol.com for details, an appointment.
SONG CONTEST DEADLINES NEAR!!!
Early entries save $5 and get raffle chances: enter by Sept. 30.
Later entries all due by Nov. 29. LAST YEAR'S GRAND WINNER got 3-day
trip to Nashville, appearance on CMT, and has now SIGNED a publishing
contract with DREAMWORKS! The L.A. area hadfour runner-ups in the
contest, will you be this year's winner?
ENTER NOW, at http://www.nashvillesongwriters.com
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