(Please scroll all the way to the end. Lots of important stuff! Not necessarily in chronological order.)


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ARIZONA SONGWRITERS Coming Events and Announcements

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Get ready for the “Norman Invasion”!



The October Arizona Songwriters Songpitch Saturday will be



Saturday, October 22, 2005



at SHH Gallery in Downtown Phoenix,

922 N. 6th Street

SW Corner of 6th ST. & Roosevelt



6 pm to 8:30 pm, sign-in from 5:30 pm

admission: $20 members $25 non-members



featuring nashville publisher & producer Norman Devasure from sunset ranch music.





NORMAN DEVASURE - from Sunset

Ranch Music / Norman Productions,

Nashville. Norman has placed more than

150 cuts many which were top 40 singles

with artists like Billy Ray Cyrus, John

Michael Montgomery, Lorrie Morgan,

Reba McEntire, Tanya Tucker, George

Strait, and many more. After a successful

time at Hori Pro Entertainment, Norman,

along with Tim Mcgraw and Scott Simon

(Tim McGraw’s Manager) formed rpm

music.



In addition to his regular publishing

duties, he is involved in production

(Norman Productions). Norman

published, produced and got Brice Long

signed to RCA Records. Brice, is currently

signed to Sony Records. He also produced

Southern Grace, a country trio that was

signed to a deal on RCA Records. Norman

produced West Coast Songwriter

member, Greg Sampson, in December, and

is shopping him for a deal.

Sunset Ranch Music currently represents

HoriPro Entertainment, and Cyril Rawson

who just got a Gretchen Wilson cut on her

upcoming CD.



Norman Needs:



Contemporary Christian Music

(Rock) for a new act he’s producing;



Bilingual songs for Veronica Valencia,

a Bay Area Artist that he’s producing;



Country, all styles from Hank to Big & Rich,

and from Patsy to Shania.



Also Pop songs that could go Country.



And anything that might work for a movie

(these would need to be Master quality productions.)



The demos for everything else can be as simple as a guitar / vocal.



Willing to review all styles except Rap &

Hard Rock - only because he doesn’t have

a place to go with it.





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).

Also, if you have a gig or other event you need to go to, let us know and we will do our best to get your song heard as early as possible!

If anyone wants to jam or perform some songs after the meeting,

our SHH Gallery hosts, Jody Gnant and Scott Hoel, have offered an open stage at the gallery!!

(Clay Myers, who was previously penciled in for Oct. 22, will be rescheduling for a future date.)

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

Next one: NOVEMBER 8th, 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.



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Subject: Jenny Yates @ the Kerr Cultural Center October 22nd - 8:00pm



Dear Friends, Folks and Family --



I'm writing to let you know that I'll be playing at:



ASU's Kerr Cultural Center on October the 22nd @ 8:00 pm.



An Acoustic Songwriter Concert



I was invited to participate in an Acoustic Songwriter Evening by singer/songwriter Jennifer Spector, who will playing as well as Tucson songwriter Eric Hansen.



This will not be a traditional performance -- but an "in-the-round" concert -- where the 3 of us will take turns -- playing songs, and talking about them.



It should be an enjoyable evening with a variety of musical styles.





hope to see you there -- jenny



ps: if you are a far distance from Scottsdale and have rec'vd this little note -- it's because I thought you might know someone in the vicinity who might enjoy this night. thx



Jenny Yates’ songs have been recorded by Garth Brooks, Keb ‘Mo’, Kathy Mattea, Dan Seals, and many others.

With Garth Brooks, Jenny co-wrote the HIT “Standing Outside the Fire”.

More details and ticket info at www.jennyyates.com



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NSAI in TUCSON



Duncan Stitt has volunteered to keep the NSAI Tucson Chapter rollin’ for a while.



For more info, you can contact Duncan at duncan@theriver.com .

Hey,



NSAI workshop this Monday at Greenfire, 925 E. Ft. Lowell, 7 PM. This month the lesson plan will deal with prosody, which is the marriage of words to music. For those of you who don't believe in marriage, consider it a LTR of sorts, at least until you do another re-write. Of course, LTR's are based on compatibility. Or convenience. Or money.

(Think Anna Nicole Smith) If you want your song to last longer than a one night stand, consider making prosody, (and communication, and not forgetting her birthday) a priority.

Bring a few lyric sheets if you'd like to do a song for the group critique session. I will be subbing for Denny again this month, so please come and put in your 2 cents. (Some are born to lead, some are born to follow, and some are born to collect pennies. I have quite a few pennies, but can one ever have enough pennies?)

A penny for your thoughts.



Duncan





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Local record label is looking for Arizona based Christian songwriters for a compilation CD. If you have material you would like to submit for consideration contact Mark Myers at markymo777@yahoo.com. The material should be copyrighted and unreleased.



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Some interesting websites:



Looking for open mics to play at or check out in az?

Try Chris Frazer’s site www.azopenmic.com



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Dale Kawashima’s www.songwriteruniverse.com

A great resource for all kinds of songwriter info.



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Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame (amehof).

Learn about Arizona’s musical heritage and history. The site is under construction, but has some good stuff.

Ken Skaggs of the Glen Campbell band does the website. Check it out www.azmusichalloffame.org



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Arizona Songwriters



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

(but not always, depending on Holidays and hectic schedules of guest speakers).

The best way to reach us is by E MAIL at azsongwriters@cox.net



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The first east valley "Songs in Progress" workshop is happening this month.

When: October 20th, 2005 from 7-9pm. The 3rd Thursday of every month.

Where: Donna's Family Restaurant (formerly Giordano's Italian Restaurant)
2909 South Dobson Road Suite 21, Mesa, AZ 85202 (Southeast corner of Dobson and Guadalupe)
(480) 831-9191

What: A "Songs in Progress" workshop. 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.

If you have ever wondered "Does the chorus to this song sound too much like the verse?" or "Should this song have a bridge?" or "I wonder if people get what this line in the song means?" here is a chance to get some feedback. Gavan Weiser (of "One Foot in the Grave" fame) who runs the “2nd Tuesday Songs in Progress Workshop” in the west valley, will be making the trek out east to help us out. If you are interested and want more info, email Chris at chris@azopenmic.com.


and speaking of Donna's Family Restaurant

1. The owners are VERY supportive of local music.

2. They will have open mic ever...y Tuesday starting next week from 7-9.

3. They will have live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

4. Their food is AMAZING-- A menu with lots of variety and they have a small bar off to the side of the dining area.

5. They will host the east valley "Songs in Progress" workshop the 3rd Thursday of every month.





Recently Deceased Open Mics



The Satisfied Frog (Cave Creek) Yep...it's dead. Bummer.

Four Kings (Phoenix)



New Open Mics



Donna's Family Restaurant (Mesa, southeast corner of Dobson and Guadalupe)

Tuesdays, 7-9

hosted by Chris Frazer


The Long Branch (Cave Creek)

Tuesday Nights, 8-11

hosted by Mad Coyote Joe



Chick-Fil-A (Mesa, the one across from Wal-Mart at Stapely and Baseline)

Friday Nights, 7-9

hosted by Mary Hoffman



The Stadium Club (NW corner of Dobson and Chandler)

Saturday, 9-1

hosted by Maxie Ray Mills



Famous Sams (Apache Jct.)

Tuesday, 8-11

hosted by Maxie Ray Mills





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ROCK WITH THE PROCKS IN THE COUNTRY!!!!

aka PROCK PICKIN’ PARTY!!!

A guitar pull, music jam, down home SUNDAY get together!



When: the 3rd SUNDAY of EVERY month, from 1:00 pm till ??? next one Nov. 20th.



Where: The home of Jack and Rose Prock, 12211 North 62nd Avenue

Glendale, AZ 85304 Phone: 623-792-SONG (7664)



Take Cactus west to 61st Avenue. Turn right (north) at the stop light at 61st. Go two blocks to Charter Oak. Turn left. Go to next street which is 62nd Avenue. You can only turn left. First house on the left is 12211 North 62nd Avenue.



Bring your guitar and/or keyboard and let’s rock this town!!! Optional: bring a covered dish, cans of soda, bottles of water, bags of ice, chips & dip, beer, etc. There will be plenty of FOOD.



Note: You do not have to be a member of NSAI to attend the ROCK WITH PROCK parties! All musicians and songwriters welcome…bring a friend or 2 or 3 or 4 …!!



MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 2005 Jul 17, Aug 21, Sep 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18

2006 dates: Jan 15, Feb, 19, Mar 19, Apr 16, May 21, Jun 18, Jul 16, Aug 20, Sep 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17



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NSAI proudly presents

Joe Bethancourt

House/Lawn Concert



SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22nd
Concert: 7:00 pm - 10:00 PM

(Food service at 6:30 pm)

at the home of Jack and Rose Prock

12211 North 62nd Avenue

Glendale, AZ 85304

Call: 623-792-SONG (7664) for info



Take Cactus West to 61st Avenue. Take a right on 61st Avenue (stop light). Go to second street which is Charter Oak and take a left. Go to next street which is 62nd Avenue and take a left.

12211 is the first house on the left.



Come join us for an evening of fun and entertainment. A legend in the valley, Joe Bethancourt is a master on the banjo and plays (and teaches) most any stringed instrument. Check out his web site at

www.WhiteTreeAZ.com

Joe is a delight with his wit and incredibly clever songs. You won't want to miss this event. So mark your calendars now!



Joe will also have CD's to sell so you can 'take Joe home with you' and enjoy his music anytime!



Suggested cover: $10.00/person

1/2 of the door proceeds to NSAI

Nashville Songwriters Association International

www.nashvillesongwriters.com





Weather permitting, this will be a lawn concert. Otherwise, we'll take it indoors. Home made Chili, with all the fixins, bottled water and sodas will be provided. If you want to bring a covered dish or your favorite beer or wine, feel free to do so. Bring a friend and a blanket if you'd like to sit on the lawn. Chairs will be provided.


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From NSAI Nashville:

WIN A SINGLE-SONG PUBLISHING CONTRACT AND MORE VIA

THE 6TH ANNUAL CMT/NSAI SONG CONTEST!

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) announces the 6th Annual CMT/NSAI Song Contest. The 2005 Song Contest Grand Prize Winner and the CMT Listeners' Choice Award Winner, along with four finalists, will be offered a single-song publishing contract from one of six major publishers. (Last year's publishers included BMG, SONY, CURB, EMI, Warner Chappell and CAL IV). Winners also receive prizes from Elixir Strings, Gibson Guitars, Fostex, SHURE Microphones, MasterWriter, and others. Entry deadline is November 30, 2005. For more information and an entry form, visit www.nashvillesongwriters.com or call 1-800-321-6008.









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THANKS TO OUR RECENT GUEST SPEAKERS

FOR ARIZONA SONGWRITERS:



KYE FLEMING, JENNY YATES, JOHN & JOANN BRAHENY

DAN HODGES of MURRAH MUSIC, NASHVILLE

JEFF DAYTON of JEFF DAYTON/GLEN CAMPBELL MUSIC, NASHVILLE

STEVE BLOCH of WRITER ZONE MUSIC, NASHVILLE

RODNEY GORDY of OPUS ONE MUSIC (LA) and JEFF FREUNDLICH of WILD WHIRLED MUSIC!(PHX)

REX BENSON of CHECKS2REX MUSIC, LA/Nashville

JUSTIN WILDE of Christmassongs.com

JON ROSNER of BICYCLE MUSIC






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