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Steve Seskin Seminar
by Craig Lackey
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), and “I Think About You”
(Collin Raye). 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, Steve will talk about how to write your
songs in the most powerful way possible using first, second, and third
person points of view. He will also discuss the process of rewriting, including
the ever elusive question of how to know when you’re done.
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, December 11 from 9:30AM to 5:00PM
at The Musician’s Institute, 1655 McCadden Place in Hollywood. Admission
is $35 for NSAI members and $40 for non-members when paid in advance. The
cost will be $45 at the door. To register, send your payment to 5835 St.
Clair Ave., Valley Village, CA 91607. Checks must be made out to Vickie
Vining. Be sure to include your phone number.
Following the workshop, there will be a concert featuring Steve Seskin
and hit writer Steve Dorff (“I Cross My Heart”) and friends
at Hallenbeck’s General Store, 5510 N. Cahuenga Blvd. in North Hollywood,
starting at 8:00PM. Admission to the concert is free to workshop
participants, and $10 for all others.
If you need more information, contact Craig Lackey at (310)319-9454
or Seth Jackson at (323)255-8765.
November-December '99 Workshop Schedule
Thursday, November 11, 7:30-10:30pm - Songwriter Lineup at Hallenbeck’s
General Store, 5510 N. Cahuenga Blvd., N. Hollywood. This monthly
event has become one of the premier showcases for songwriters in Los Angeles.
The show will feature the fabulous country trio Five Wheel Drive plus performances
by songwriters Janine Cooper, Debra Davis, Jai Josefs, Mark Luna, Tim Moyer,
and Diana Williamson. Craig Lackey and Seth Jackson are your hosts. An
open mic, hosted by Cathy Carlson, follows the scheduled performances on
a first-come, first-served basis.
Sunday, November 21, 4-7pm at Musician’s Institute - Group Song Critiques.
Critiquing songs and having our songs critiqued is 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. Bring one song to perform live or on cassette, plus 20
copies of your lyric sheet. Lyrics can also be critiqued.
Thursday, December 9, 7:30-10:30pm - Songwriter Lineup at Hallenbeck’s.
Don’t miss this special edition of Songwriter Lineup featuring award-winning
hit writer Steve Seskin. Marty Axelrod, Cathy Carlson, Pete Gallatin/Michael
Brebes, John LeGrande, Garrett Swayne, and Larry Vail round out the lineup.
Hosted by Seth Jackson and Craig Lackey. Open mic hosted by Cathy Carlson.
Saturday, December 11 9:30am-5:00pm Steve Seskin Hit Songwriting
Seminar. See main article for details.
Sunday, December 12, 3:00pm-8:00pm - Annual Holiday Potluck Party/Guitar
Pull. Celebrate the holidays with the camaraderie of fellow songwriters
at NSAI’s annual holiday party. Bring a food or beverage item and your
songs and/or lyrics to share with the group. Don’t miss the fun!
or call (323)255-8765 for directions.
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 Craig Lackey at (310)319-9454 or email Seth
Jackson at email@example.com.
Clive Kennedy was named CCMA Entertainer of the Year and Vocalist
of the Year for the state of California.
Seth Jackson’s song “There Oughta Be a Law” was recorded
by country singer Blake Luquette on the New Orleans-based Ralph Records
label. Seth’s song, “She Wants a Family”, recorded by Tanya
Sims, went to #3 on the MP3.COM Internet Country
chart, and also made the Top Ten on the British Internet chart at www.uksounds.com.
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