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The NSAI bulletin for the Los Angeles area Workshop

November-December 2005

Don’t forget the Annual Holiday Party and Guitar Pull, the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 11!  Details below under “Workshop Schedule”.


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November-December '05 Workshop Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:30-10:30pm - Songwriter Lineup at Hallenbeck's General Store, 5510 N. Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood.  Hosted by Denise Bradley.  As producer and host of the Songwriters Guild of America's Songwriter Studio showcase, Denise has access to some of the finest songwriting talent in town.  This show will feature Kirstin Candy plus Xandy Barry, Michael Lord, Kelly Fitzgerald, Kirstin Candy, Richey Lam, Adrina Thorpe, and Duane Neillson.

Sunday, Nov. 13, 7:00-10:00pm at Hill-Harbison House - Guest Speaker  Warren Sellers. Warren Sellers has been a longtime fixture in the LA songwriter scene, and he recently signed as a staff writer with Windswept Music's Nashville office.  Warren has been a popular guest at NSAI's Orange County workshop, and we are pleased to welcome him here to visit us in Los Angeles/Pasadena.  Warren is known for giving excellent song critiques.  In addition, he will share his insights into distinguishing a good song idea from an average one and determining the best direction to go with an idea once you''ve settled on one.  This is sure to be an inspiring and informative workshop.

 

Sunday, Dec. 4, 7:00-10:00pm at Hill-Harbison House - Group Song Evaluations. 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 network and 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. 8, 7:30-10:30pm - Songwriter Lineup at Hallenbeck's General Store, 5510 N. Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood. Hosted by Seth Jackson. Featuring #1 hit songwriter Lois Blaisch ("Could've Been" by Tiffany). plus #1 hit songwriter Brad Parker ("Rain on My Parade" by Kathy Mattea), Richard Haxton, Mark Islam, Jimmy Borja,  Craig Lackey, and Randall Kirby.


Sunday, Dec. 11, 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.

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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Member News

Rosie Casey's song "How I Love the Rain",  ,a jazz influenced pop love song co-written with Kenny Hirsch, is on the former American Idol Latoya London's debut Concord Records release. It has become one of its top downloaded songs according to Itunes data.

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www.gemstarrecords.com

 

Seth Jackson's song, "That Dang Love Thang", Co-written with Craig Lackey, was approved as “Ready-to-Pitch” through the NSAI Song Evaluation Committee.

 

Kirstina Rasmussen's song, "Leave and Live", co-written with Felice Keller is a finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition in the country category!  The winners will be announced Dec.
6th.

 

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