The NSAI bulletin for the Los
Angeles area Workshop
Reese Wilson in LA
by Seth Jackson
Nashville hit songwriter Reese Wilson will travel to Los Angeles
to present an all-day seminar on Saturday, June 12 from 9:00am-5:00pm.
One of Nashville’s top writers, Reese’s credits include the #1 hits “Not
On Your Love” and “She Can’t Say I Didn’t Cry,” as well as Mark
Wills’ “Places I’ve Never Been,” and Diamond Rio’s “It’s All
In Your Head.” In addition, Reese has had cuts with a wide range
of top stars, including Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Neil McCoy, Tracy Lawrence,
In the first half of the seminar, Reese will talk about craft and business
topics including writing tips and tricks, overcoming writer’s block, hit
song analysis, demos, pitching to publishers and producers, and contracts.
There will be plenty of time for Q&A.
The afternoon will be devoted to song critiques. The first twenty participants
to sign up may submit a song to be critiqued. The critiques are designed
to be a learning experience for all, whether or not your song is being
Following the seminar, there will be a Hit Songwriters In-the-Round
concert featuring Reese Wilson, Steve Dorff (“I Cross My Heart”),
and a surprise guest. The show will be held from 8:00-10:00pm at
Hallenbeck’s General Store, 5510 N. Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood. Admission
to the concert is free for seminar attendees, $10 for all others.
Admission to the seminar is: 1) Full seminar with song critique (limited
to first 20 people to register): $35 in advance, $45 at the door; 2) Full
seminar without critique: $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Call Vickie
at (818)752-7484 for information on how to register. Seating is limited
to the first fifty people to sign up, so be sure to register early.
May-June '99 Workshop Schedule
Sunday, May 9, 4-7pm at Musician’s Institute - Group Song Critiques.
Play your song live or on cassette. Bring twenty copies of your lyric sheet.
Lyrics and works-in-progress can also be critiqued.
Sunday, May 23, 4-7pm at Musician’s Institute - Mini Song Camp.
This workshop will focus on business aspects of songwriting. The
song demo is the songwriter’s primary marketing tool. We will cover specific
aspects of the demo process that will help you create demos that are competitive
in the marketplace - preparing a song arrangement and using signature licks.
Saturday, June 12, 9:00am-5:00pm at Musician’s Institute - All-day seminar
with Nashville hit songwriter Reese Wilson. See lead
article for details.
Thursday, June 17, 7-9pm, “Spotlight On Songwriters” presented by
ASCAP and the NSAI Los Angeles Regional Workshop. In a joint
effort with ASCAP, we will host the second in a series of workshops entitled
“Spotlight On Songwriters” on Thursday evening, June 17. In this
three-hour workshop, we will learn about selected hit writers and study
their work. The workshop will take place from 7:00-10:00pm at the
ASCAP office, located at the Director’s Guild, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Third
Floor in Los Angeles. Admission is free and seating will be limited. Please
call (323)882-1414 to reserve your space.
Sunday, June 20, 4-7pm at Musician’s Institute - Group Song Critiques.
Bring a song and 20 copies of your lyric sheet.
Unless otherwise noted, workshops are held from 4-7p.m. at Musician's
Institute, 1655 McCadden Place, just off Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood.
Admission is free for NSAI members
and NAS members, $10 for non-members.
For more information, call Bev Nelson at (949) 733-2717 or email Seth Jackson
Thursday, May 13, 7:30-10:30pm Songwriter Lineup at Hallenbeck’s
General Store, 5510 Cahuenga Blvd. in North Hollywood. Don’t miss
this Nashville-style writers’ night with featured hit writer Randy Sharp
(“Cheap Seats,” “Then What?”). Performing “in-the-round” will
be: Corrinne May, Dan Nahmod, Kellie Coffey, Arlene Nicastro, Jim Schwarz,
and Hal Cohen. There will be an open mic following the scheduled
performers. Free admission.
Saturday, May 15, 1:30-6:00pm, Jai Josefs Workshop presented by
the NSAI San Diego Regional Workshop at the Del Mar Stratford Inn. Admission
is $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Contact Liz at (619)481-5650 for more
Thursday, June 10, 7:30-10:30pm Songwriter Lineup at Hallenbeck’s.
Scheduled performers TBA.
Saturday, June 12, 8-10pm Hit Songwriters In-the-Round Concert featuring
Reese Wilson (“Not On Your Love,” “Places I’ve Never Been”), Steve
Dorff (“I Cross My Heart,” “Hypnotize the Moon”), and a surprise
guest. The show will be held at Hallenbeck’s General Store, 5510 Cahuenge
Blvd. in North Hollywood. Admission is free for Reese Wilson seminar attendees,
$10 for all others. The cover charge will benefit the NSAI Los Angeles
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