ARIZONA SONGWRITERS Coming Events and Announcements
May 10, 2005, 2nd Tues. workshop; June 4, Song Pitch w/ Rex Benson
The 2nd Tuesday Songs in Progress Workshop is held the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
Next one: MAY 10th, 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.
SATURDAY, JUNE 4th , 2005
2 PM to 5 PM
sign-in starts at 1 PM
at FIDDLERS DREAM in Phoenix
On 17th St 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 fiddlersdream.org
(It’s a small, tan building with no signage, and looks kinda like somebody’s garage.)
SONGPITCH with REX BENSON
Looking For Great Songs: Country, Adult Pop, or R & B!
admission: $20 members (ASA or NSAI) $25 non members
While enrolled in college in 1972, Rex began his songwriting career. He subsequently opened his first publishing company in 1979, and his first big break came when he signed a co-publishing deal with Famous Music in 1982. This led to his first Nashville cut, followed by his first trip to Music City in 1983.
Rex has opened 4 other publishing companies since: REX BENSON MUSIC (BMI), REX TO RICHES MUSIC (BMI), CHECKS TO REX MUSIC (ASCAP), REX ROCKS (SESAC).
As a Writer and/or Publisher/Song-plugger, Rex has placed songs with many distinguished artists including GARTH BROOKS (With TRISHA YEARWOOD), KENNY ROGERS (With ALISON KRAUSS and BILLY DEAN), KENNY ROGERS (With LINDA DAVIS), TAMMY WYNETTE, JOE DIFFIE, CHRIS LEDOUX, CHESAPEAKE (With LINDA RONSTADT), RICH McCREADY, THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, KENNY ROGERS (With BRAD PAISLEY), SCOTT JOSS, SHIRLEY MYERS, MEL TILLIS, BOBBY VINTON, LACY J. DALTON, STEVE GILLETTE, and many others.
REX BENSON MUSIC represents the #1 Smash Hit Single ‘BUY ME A ROSE’ by KENNY ROGERS...(#1 in Billboard, R and R, Gavin, and CMT the week of May 1st, 2000...a finalist in the 2000 CMA ‘Single Of The Year’ category...
Additionally, ‘BUY ME A ROSE’ is included on the 2003 J Records Release of legendary R and B vocalist LUTHER VANDROSS, titled ‘DANCE WITH MY FATHER’, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart in June 2003...and is also the most recent AC Hit Single Release for Luther...
Rex has written and/or placed songs for Network Television (NBC/CBS), The USA Network, The Disney Channel, The WB, and Film, and is currently aligned with PEN Music Group Inc. in Los Angeles, for Film and T.V. placement and administration.
Rex currently represents his songs and songs of other writers, in Nashville, Los Angeles and New York...
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).
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:
GLEN CAMPBELL, JESSI COLTER, WAYLON JENNINGS, MARTY ROBBINS, 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
NSAI TUCSON STUFF…..
I got feedback that it might not be a good idea to cut out critiques altogether for the next 3 months. Therefore, I'll just be doing one lesson plan per month and we'll do critiques. Please note: The next two months you will need to choose an idea you can live with/work with for the full six month period. In order for the "Song Wheel" lesson plan to work, it is important you follow all six lesson plans to complete ONE song. Hopefully the reason for this will be clear after the first couple of lesson plans.
However, as usual, bring your song on cassette, CD or play it live, or read your lyrics live, and we will do the usual NSAI format critiques.
Look forward to seeing you all.
NSAI Workshop Coordinator
Junior League meeting room, 2099 E. River, Tucson, AZ 85718.
For more info contact Denny Ceizyk at D2LCEIZ@aol.com
THANKS TO OUR RECENT NASHVILLE GUEST SPEAKERS:
DAN HODGES of MURRAH MUSIC,
JEFF DAYTON of JEFF DAYTON/GLEN CAMPBELL MUSIC,
STEVE BLOCH of WRITER ZONE MUSIC,
RODNEY GORDY of OPUS ONE MUSIC (LA) and JEFF FREUNDLICH of WILD WHIRLED MUSIC!(PHX)
Spaces limited for NSAI Song Camp 201 in Nashville!
Hello to you all! Reminder of the upcoming Song Camp 201, May 15-17.
I wanted to make sure you reserved your spot before the camp fills up. There are many things to look forward to at Song Camp 201:
*six song critiques
*Open Mic for campers only
*networking with other songwriters
*three days learning from the Pros
Song Camp 201 Faculty:
Rivers Rutherford, Hugh Prestwood, Angela Kaset, Rick Beresford, Steve Bogard, Tim Johnson & Barry Dean
Please give me a call at 800-321-6008, ext. 37 for answers to any questions or to register for this fantastic camp!
Member Services and Events Asst. Director
615.256.3354/800.321.6008, ext. 37