ARIZONA SONGWRITERS Coming Events and Announcements

July 16, Song Pitch w/ Justin Wilde


Pitch your Christmas and Holiday songs
on SongPitch Saturday!

SATURDAY, JULY 16th , 2005

(Date is tentative, to be confirmed later in the week)

2:30 PM to 5:30 PM sign-in starts at 1:30 PM

at FIDDLERS DREAM in Phoenix

On 17th STREET one block N. of Glendale Avenue.

(S.E corner of 17th St. & Cactus Wren) Just West of the 51 Freeway.

For a map go to

(It’s a small, tan building with no signage, and looks kinda like somebody’s garage.)

admission: $20 members (ASA or NSAI) $25 non members


Looking for Songs for Christmas, Hanukkah, Halloween, Mother’s and Father’s Day and more ….
(see details below)

Publisher Justin Wilde (SONGCASTLE MUSIC (ASCAP) and CHRISTMAS & HOLIDAY MUSIC (BMI)) has had songs recorded and/or performed on major network television Christmas specials by such artists as Barbara Streisand, Ray Charles, Loretta Lynn, Tobie Keith, Anita Baker, Vince Gill, Anne Murray, Johnny Mathis, Tanya Tucker, Barbara Mandrell, Vikki Carr, Glen Campbell, Jack Jones, Marilyn McCoo, Kathie Lee Gifford, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, and numerous others. He is looking for the following:

CHRISTMAS MUSIC: Secular or (lite) religious "Original" Christmas songs (vocals only on “original songs for publishing. Particularly need mid and especially up-tempo holiday tunes with "positive" lyrics in all styles imaginable: R&B, Urban, Alternative, Country, Rock (Contemporary & 50s, RAP, Jazz, Gospel, Contemporary Christian, Reggae, Blues, Pop and all other unique styles. Also need Hanukkah tunes.

Unless it's a "Blues" tune, please AVOID THE FOLLOWING:

Songs with lyrically negative or sad themes such as: "I'm sad because you're not here at Christmas" or "We're homeless or destitute at Christmas", etc.

Also seeking master quality vocal, choral or instrumental Christmas public domain tracks in all styles for licensing to TV & Film projects.

HALLOWEEN MUSIC: Looking for two styles: Fun, comic, light hearted or camp Halloween tunes that both kids and adults can enjoy in the vein of "The Monster Mash". Also need Mid to Up Tempo Halloween songs in the vein of "Black Magic Woman" or "Witchy Woman". Think a sit-com Halloween party scene with people "dancing".

MOTHER'S & FATHER'S DAY SONGS: Songs that do not mention Mother's or Father's day per se, but ones that are inspirational a la Bette Midler's "The Wind Beneath My Wings", Anne Murray's "You Needed Me", or Reba's "The Man Down The Hall". In other words, something a parent would love to hear, or something a parent would love to say to their child.

Scratch demos are fine. In fact, he prefers them before you spend a fortune on a "broadcast quality master/demo".

If you have a song you want heard, bring it on CD or Cassette, with a lyric sheet. Our out of town members will be played first (tucson, prescott, etc).


The 2nd Tuesday Songs in Progress Workshop is held the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Next one: JULY 12th, Tuesday Night, 7 to 9 pm

The 2nd Tuesday, Songs in Progress Workshop is hosted by One Foot in the Grave’s Gavan Wieser. This workshop gets you some feedback from peers on your new or partially finished lyrics or songs. You can present your work on CD, cassette, or live. Bring a few lyric sheets. Very casual. Held at 8607 N. 59th Avenue in Glendale, AZ. Call Gavan for more 623-934-8681.


Arizona Songwriters/Pickers Dan & Denny Gutenkauf to be Inducted into the

Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Induction will take place during the 3 day event, Labor Day

Weekend, September 3rd through 5th, at the famous Roof Garden Ballroom

in Lake Okoboji, Iowa. They will be performing with their old rock band

"Rhythm's Children". The event will also serve as the CD release party

for Dan Gutenkauf's solo release "Follow Your Dream", containing 13

original songs, featuring twin brother Denny on guitar. Says Dan,

“Denny and I will also be backing up top LA studio session drummer John JR

Robinson for his induction performance at the 6 hour concert on Sept. 4th.

JR plays drums with David Foster's band and with Quincy Jones. JR recently

finished recording drums on the new Merle Haggard album, and was mentioned by

Merle in a Billboard Magazine interview. He is currently working in studio

with Burt Bacharach.”

Band pictures and bios for the Gutenkauf brothers and John Robinson can be

seen at Previous inductees to the Iowa Rock and Roll

Hall of Fame include the late Keith Knudsen, drummer for the Doobie

Brothers, and Ritchie Hayward, drummer for Little Feat.


to HANS OLSON, TERRI SUSSMAN, and the entire staff and crew of THE ARIZONA MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT HALL OF FAME for putting together the first annual INDUCTION CEREMONY which was held at the Dodge Theater April 17th. It was a tremendous success!

CONGRATULATIONS to those special Arizona people that were inducted into the Hall of Fame:


Dyke & The Blazers, Jana Bommersbach, Al Casey, William Edward Compton, Mike Condello, Lalo Guerrero, Dwight Harkins, Lew King, Michael Lacey, Charles Lewis, Pat McMahon, Jack Miller, R. Carlos Nakai, Floyd Ramsey, Fritz Scholder, Wallace & Ladmo, Dee Dee Wood and Dan Zelisko.

This new event promises to be a positive force for bringing together all the different arts communities in Arizona and will help show that Arizona has truly had and will continue to have

a place on the world stage!

Kenny Skaggs of the Glen Campbell band does their website. Check it out


Arizona Songwriters meetings are usually the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Saturday of the month.

(but not always)! (as in June 4th).

The best way to reach us is by E MAIL at



Monthly meetings and workshops. Nashville Songwriters Association International, Tucson workshop.

2099 E. River Road, the Junior League meeting room.

Hope to see you there!

Denny Ceizyk
NSAI Workshop Coordinator

Junior League meeting room, 2099 E. River, Tucson, AZ 85718.

For more info contact Denny Ceizyk at


NSAI to startup Phoenix chapter

Check us out at

WHAT: NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) Monthly Meeting

When: 1st Tuesday of the month, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Glendale Public Library, 5959 West Brown Street, Glendale, AZ 85302-4209

(Off of 59th Avenue between Peoria and Olive (aka Dunlap)

Date of next meeting: Tuesday, July 5th, Large Meeting Room

NSAI Phoenix Coordinator: Rose Prock
Phone: 623-792-SONG (7664)

If you are a member, or want to know more about NSAI, please join us for our first NSAI meeting in Phoenix, AZ. You will not want to miss this opportunity to network and hear some great songs!

The NSAI meetings have 2 parts - the first part is a lesson on the craft of songwriting and the second part of the meeting is a song critique. Bring your song (either on CD, cassette,or perform it live) along with 10 - 15 copies of your lyric sheet. The group will then critique the song.

The Lesson on July 5th will be "How to give and how to take a song critique!"

See you then...and remember... "It All Begins With a SONG!"

Rose Prock

NSAI Coordinator Phoenix, AZ

623-792-SONG (7664)









Spaces limited for NSAI Song Camp 102 in Nashville!

It's Time for NSAI's Song Camp 102 during Songposium Week

July 29-31, 2005

Another stellar faculty line up is in store for this year's Song Camp 102, check out the faculty:

Steve Seskin
"Don't Laugh At Me" (Mark Wills)
"Grown Men Don't Cry" (Tim McGraw)

Jason Blume
"Change My Mind" (John Berry)
"Back To Your Heart" (Backstreet Boys)

Rivers Rutherford
“Ain’t Nothin’ 'Bout You” (Brooks & Dunn)
“Real Good Man” (Tim McGraw)

Chuck Jones
“Your Love Amazes Me” (John Berry)
“It's What I Do” (Billy Dean)

Tom Douglas
“Little Rock” (Collin Raye)
“Love’s The Only House” (Martina McBride)

Rory Lee Feek
“Some Beach” (Blake Shelton)
“How Do You Get That Lonely” (Blane Larsen)

Bob Regan
“Your Everything” (Keith Urban)
“Thinkin’ About You” (Trisha Yearwood)

Don Poythress
“Real Bad Mood” (The Wilkinsons)
“The Promise” (The Martins)

Will Robinson
“There’s No Way” (Alabama)
“Long As I Live” (John Michael Montgomery)

As Summer brings in warm weather and vacations, treat yourself to an exciting, moving, & challenging experience at Song Camp 102. Without a doubt, camp will offer a multitude of learning opportunities & networking time with fellow writers, lead by our fantastic faculty. Held at the Select Hotel by Holiday Inn, this 3 day haven of songwriting is tailor-made for your summer! Cost per person is $425 for NSAI Members. Send 2 songs on tape or CD (along with corresponding lyric sheets and contact information) to:
Attn: Song Camp 102
1710 Roy Acuff Place
Nashville, TN 37203

Don't miss your chance to be apart of Song Camp 102! Email or call 800-321-6008, ext. 233 for registration information and details. See also

Rachel Luck

NSAI Song Camps
Member Services and Events Asst. Director
615.256.3354/800.321.6008, ext. 233

Mary Lemanski