COUNTRY NOTES

The NSAI bulletin for the Los Angeles area Workshop

September-October-November-December 1998


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by Seth Jackson

From the time of writing that first song to hearing our own songs on the radio is a long, hard one is a long and often difficult journey for most songwriters. If we look back from where we are now, we can find a lot of growth and accomplishment to be proud of. Looking ahead, we may feel excitement, apprehension, or plain bewilderment as we work toward reaching our goal.

We’re fortunate that we have help along the way from others who’ve traveled the path before us.  Because most songwriters love their work, many successful ones relish the chance to help aspiring writers by sharing their knowledge and experience about song craft and the music business. Next to our own talent, our most valuable resource is other songwriters.

Each of us has our unique creative voice and set of circumstances, yet there are common truths we can learn from other writers to help us get further down the road faster than we could on our own. When we hold our song critique workshops, we benefit from the insight and experience of our peers. At our mini-song camp workshops, we learn from both our peers and from lessons developed for us by hit songwriters in Nashville.

Occasionally, we get the opportunity to learn directly from hit songwriters themselves. NSAI Song Camp in Nashville provides an intensive direct learning experience for a limited number of writers. At our Los Angeles Regional Workshop, we feel that one of the most important things we do is to provide direct learning opportunities with our guest speaker workshops and seminars.

In November, we’re happy to present two special hit songwriter workshops.  On Sunday, November 1, J.D. Martin will be our guest speaker. On the following Sunday, November 8, Ralph Murphy will lead us in a three-hour seminar.

J.D. Martin Has fourteen Top 10 country hits to his name including Terri Clark’s recent #1 hit “Now That I Found You”. He’s had songs recorded by artists ranging from Don Williams and The Oak Ridge Boys to Reba McEntire and John Berry.

Ralph Murphy has achieved near-legend status in Nashville through his career as a performer, producer, songwriter, publisher, and most recently, VP of Writer and Artist Relations at ASCAP. He has a wealth of information and wisdom to share.

Don’t miss these rare and valuable learning opportunities.


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July-August '98 Workshop Schedule


Workshop Location
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 (714) 733-2717 or email Seth Jackson at webmaster.hitmeister@mindspring.com.


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EVENTS

Saturday-Sunday, October 3-4, The National Academy of Songwriters Song Expo 21 at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood. Call (213)467-0533 for info.


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NSAI LOS ANGELES WORKSHOP VOLUNTEERS

EDITOR:
Seth Jackson
WORKSHOP COORDINATORS:
Bev Nelson
Seth Jackson
Craig Lackey
TREASURER:
Vickie Vining
EVENT COORDINATOR:
Cathy Carlson
COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Lisa Blue Fasman
Cliff Nelson

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