COUNTRY NOTES

The NSAI bulletin for the Los Angeles area Workshop

November-December 2004


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Steve Seskin Seminar

Back by popular demand, the NSAI Los Angeles Regional Workshop is proud to present an all-day hit songwriting seminar
with Steve Seskin. Steve won the 1998 CMA Song of the Year award for “Don’t Laugh at Me” (recorded by Mark Wills), and has had many other top hits such as “Life’s a Dance” (John Michael Montgomery), “Daddy’s Money” (Ricochet), “I Think About You” (Collin Raye), and "Grown Men Don't Cry" (Tim McGraw).  Steve has co-written over 400 songs with such writers as Gary Burr, John Bonjovi, Allen Shamblin, and Pam Tillis.

Come hear Steve share his extensive knowledge about the craft and business of songwriting. In particular, hewill talk about inspiration and where song ideas come from, including ways to empower you to write about more than just your own life and to use emotional moments as catalysts to inspire you.

Steve will also discuss song collaboration.  The discussion will include the different aspects of co-writing; how to pick a co-writer that might be good for you, what to expect if you never tried it before, and the protocol involved in approaching someone about co-wrting. He also cover how to make yourself and your co-writer feel comfortable so both of you can do your best work.  Legal issues and royality splits are also discussed in this workshop.

In addition, Steve will do song evaluations. Priority will be given to the first 20 people who sign up. The order will be determined based on when payment is received.

The seminar will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2005 from 9:30AM to 5:00PM at Hill-Harbison House, 1841 Alhambra Rd in San Marino.  Directions can be found at www.sethjackson.net under Country Notes. Admission is $50 for NSAI members and $60 for non-members when paid in advance. Song critiques are guaranteed for the first 20 people to register.  Registration is official when payment is received. To register, send your payment to 2540 Cumberland Rd, San Marino, CA 91105. Checks must be made out to NSAI Los Angeles, CA Workshop.  Be sure to include your phone number.


Adopt-a-Shop Update

I am very pleased to introduce Brad Parker as the new Adopt-a-Shop pro for the NSAI Los Angeles Workshop. Brad lives right here in the LA area and has many connections in Nashville. He is very enthusiastic about NSAI and the Adopt-a-Shop program.

Brad Parker has topped the charts as an artist, songwriter, producer and musician. Parker’s music has earned him numerous gold and platinum awards in countries around the world with sales in the millions. In America his #1 Country song "Nobody’s Gonna Rain On Our Parade", recorded by Kathy Mattea, earned him BMI awards in 1996 as a songwriter and a publisher as well as a BMI "Million-airs" citation for over one million broadcast performances. Parker’s recordings as an artist with "the NOBS", produced by David Kahne, earned two hits on college radio. Cher has recorded his songs as well as Richard Page, Edgar Winter, Eric Gales, Karla Bonoff, K.T. Oslin, Hurricane and Bill Miller.  Most recently Parker launched Riozen records with the release of "moonology" as well as "Christmas Card", a single performed with acclaimed Irish singer/songwriter Eleanor McEvoy and recorded in Dublin, Ireland.

Brad will be joining us as a guest at our November 14 meeting.  This is a great opportunity to come and meet him.


November-December '04 Workshop Schedule

Sunday, Nov. 14, 7:00-10:00pm at Hill Harbison House, 1841 Alhambra Rd., San Marino - Guest Speaker Brad Parker. Come Meet our new Adopt-a-Shop pro Brad Parker.  Come prepared with a song to play live or on CD or cassette and a typed lyric sheet.

Sunday, Nov. 21, 7:00-10:00pm - Group Song Critiques at Hill-Harbison House, 1841 Alhambra Rd., San Marino. Song evaluation are one of the most valuable ways to improve our current and future work. Receiving critiques helps us to understand how our songs are coming across to impartial listeners. Giving feedback to others helps us develop the skill to better refine our own songs.  These workshops are also a great way to meet potential co-writers. Bring a song on CD, cassette, or to play live plus 10 copies of your typed lyric sheet.  Lyrics only can also be critiqued.

Thursday, Dec. 9, 7:30-10:30pm - Songwriter Lineup at Hallenbeck's General Store, 5510 N. Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood. Hosted by Seth Jackson. Featuring Brad Parker plus Lois Blaisch, Marty Martin, McCrea Adams, Steve Beougher, Garry Corman, Trudee Lunden.

Sunday, Dec. 12, Annual Guitar Pull and Potluck HOLIDAY PARTY, 2-6p, 2540 Cumberland Rd, San Marino 91108. "Kid friendly". If you need directions, call 626-848-7801 or email seth@sethjackson.net Plan on some potluck (*Bring something!!), some guitar-passing and sangin', some haa-haas and hee-hees.

Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, 9:30am-5:00pm at Hill-Harbison House - Steve Seskin Seminar. See main article for details.

Thursday, Jan. 13, 7:30-10:30pm - Songwriter Lineup at Hallenbeck's General Store, 5510 N. Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood.  Hosted by Garret Swayne. Performers TBA.

Workshop Location
Unless otherwise noted, workshops are held from 7-10:00 p.m. at Hill-Harbison House, 1841 Alhambra Rd. in San Marino. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free for NSAI members, $10 for non-members. For more information, email Seth Jackson at webmaster.hitmeister@mindspring.com.

Directions to Hill-Harbison House

1841 Alhambra Rd., San Marino, CA


From Santa Monica:

Take I-10 E toward LOS ANGELES.      12.8 miles    
Merge onto CA-110 N via the exit- on the left- toward PASADENA.     9.7 miles
Take the FAIR OAKS AVE exit.     0.1 miles    
Turn RIGHT onto FAIR OAKS AVE.     0.2 miles    
Turn LEFT onto MISSION ST.     0.4 miles
Turn RIGHT onto GARFIELD AVE.     0.7 miles
Turn LEFT onto HUNTINGTON DR.     1.2 miles
Turn RIGHT onto VIRGINIA RD.     0.2 miles
At the 2nd stop sign, take a SHARP left onto ALHAMBRA RD.     0.1 miles
1841 Alhambra Rd. is the white Spanish house on the left with the Girl Scout insignia on the front.
It is the first house on the left, just before the road curves to the right.
Park on street.


From Downtown:

Take the 110 N. Stay in the very right lane, following the signs to I5 and I10.  This will put you on the 101S.  Exit at Mission Rd. 
Take a left off the ramp and head north on Mission Rd.  After a few miles, Mission Rd. will merge into Huntington Dr.
Stay on Huntington Dr. through South Pasadena and into San Marino. 
Turn Right onto Virginia Rd.
At the 2nd stop sign, take a SHARP left onto ALHAMBRA RD.
1841 Alhambra Rd. is the white Spanish house on the left with the Girl Scout insignia on the front.
It is the first house on the left, just before the road curves to the right.
Park on street.

From the San Fernando Valley:

Take the 101S -> 134 E -> 210 E.
Exit at Sierra Madre Blvd./Altadena Dr. Take a right off the ramp onto Altadena Dr.
Take a right at the light onto Sierra Madre Blvd.
Turn right at Huntington Drive.
Turn left onto Virginia Rd.
At the 2nd stop sighn, take a SHARP left onto Alhambra Rd.
1841 Alhambra Rd. is the white Spanish house on the left with the Girl Scout insignia on the front.
Park on street.

From east of Pasadena:

Take the 210 W (towards Pasadena).  Take the San Marino exit (Sierra Madre Blvd.).  At the end of the ramp, you'll come to a light.  Go straight at the light, then make a left onto Altadena Dr.
Take a right at the light onto Sierra Madre Blvd.
Turn right at Huntington Drive.
Turn left onto Virginia Rd.
At the 2nd stop sign, take a SHARP left onto ALHAMBRA RD.
1841 Alhambra Rd. is the white Spanish house on the left with the Girl Scout insignia on the front.
It is the first house on the left, just before the road curves to the right.
Park on street.

From East of San Gabriel/Rosemead:

Take the 10W (toward Los Angeles)
Exit at Del Mar Ave.
Go North on Del Mar Ave. approximately 4 miles
Turn left on Huntington Dr.
Turn left onto Virginia Rd.
At the 2nd stop sign, take a SHARP left onto ALHAMBRA RD.
1841 Alhambra Rd. is the white Spanish house on the left with the Girl Scout insignia on the front.
It is the first house on the left, just before the road curves to the right.
Park on street.

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