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 confirmed)

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". Justin’s website for more info

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.


Kierland Commons FREE Summer Concert Series

This Saturday, July 9th, 7 to 10 pm


8:30pm Jessi Colter Hit Songwriter & Recording Artist

(Inducted this year into the AZMusic&Ent. Hall of Fame)

9:30pm Hans Olson Bluesman Extraordinaire

(Founding Father of the AZMusic&Ent. Hall of Fame)

plus other great acoustic artists:

7:00 johnny narnell, 7:30 lisa brugliera, 8:00 steve krum, 9:00 billy cioffi

Free concerts in the plaza by the fountain across from barnes&noble NW Corner Greenway parkway & Scottsdale rd. 480-348-1577


A local record label is looking for Arizona based Christian song writers for a compilation CD. If you have material you would like to submit for consideration contact Mark Myers at The material should be copyrighted and unreleased.


The following 2 items used w/ permission of JB News, with tons more great info at

25th Annual West Coast Songwriters Conference
Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA (South of San Francisco)
Two Full Days! 10:30am-6pm daily - Sept. 10-11, (Sat - Sun) 2005.
(Sunset Concert Saturday, 6:30pm)

Picture yourself (with John and JoAnn Braheny and a whole host of music publishers, producers, and industry pros) on a small and friendly college campus, with two full days of classes, workshops, private song critiques and stellar showcase performances, and you're there. About 300 songwriters come from all over to show off their stuff, all styles, all levels.

The West Coast Songwriters Conference <> is one of our favorite events!

Congratulations to WCS Executive Director, Ian Crombie, and the organization, for providing 25 years of superb service to songwriters in the Bay Area and beyond! Call for details:
(650) 654-3996. formerly NCSA Northern California Songwriters Assoc.



October 8 - 13, 2005 (Saturday-Wednesday)
Set sail from Galveston, Texas, with stops to shop at Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen on Mexico's East Coast.

Texas Songwriters Cruise <> with John and JoAnn Braheny, Jason Blume, and more - from the website:

The 1st Annual Texas Songwriters Cruise is a combination songwriting conference and 5-Day Caribbean vacation rolled into one. The cruise will leave Galveston, Texas on October 8, 2005, aboard the Carnival Cruise Ship Ecstasy with ports of call in Cozumel and Playa del Carmen/Calica in the Eastern Caribbean. The event was created by songwriters for songwriters, with the focused vision of providing something for songwriters at all levels. It will include opportunities to pitch your songs to publishers and music industry professionals, personal career/music consultations with successful music pro's, and sessions by proven hit makers and artist development pro's regarding the business and craft of songwriting. The songwriting faculty will include Jason Blume, who has written album cuts for Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, Collin Raye, the Oak Ridge Boys, John Berry, and others. John and Jo Ann Braheny will also attend as faculty members. John co-founded the legendary Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase which provided exposure and encouragement to an impressive list of later-to-be-successful writers/artists including Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham, Janis Ian, Warren Zevon, Karla Bonoff, Stephen Bishop, and Diane Warren. John teaches songwriting/music business classes all over the country, including UCLA, Musicians Institute and LA Recording School (Hollywood). Jo Ann Braheny has lectured on Creative Process nationwide as well and has extensive experience in the music industry gained, in part, through stints with Billboard Magazine, CBS Records, Warner Bros, Island Music, ABC-TV, NBC-TV, Dick Clark Productions, and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Of course, you don't have to live in Texas or be a Texan to participate in this event - everyone is welcome!

Please make your reservations ASAP because they've reserved a limited number of cabins and they're going fast!


Looking for open mics to play at or check out?

Try Chris Frazer’s site


Dale Kawashima’s

A great resource for all kinds of songwriter info.


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.



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



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




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

When: the 3rd SUNDAY of EVERY month, from 1:00 pm till ??? starting July 17th.

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


This just in from Doak Turner in Nashville: Offers Six-Week Songwriting Tele-Seminar Series

NASHVILLE - Following the success of their free tele-seminar with Rob Crosby, is offering a six-week tele-seminar series. The tele-seminar begins July 26 and runs for an hour every Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (6:00 p.m. Pacific) through August 30. This series offers up-and-coming songwriters the chance to learn directly from some of the best pros in the business through a call-in telephone seminar.

The six-week tele-seminar series will feature a conference-style call with a different writer each week. Seminar participants will have the opportunity to email questions before and during the seminars for the writers and staff to answer. Everything pertaining to songwriting will be open for discussion.

The schedule for the six-week series is as follows:

July 26 Wynn Varble
August 2 Dave Gibson
9 Rob Crosby
16 Jerry Vandiver
23 Jim McBride
30 Billy Yates

The credits for these amazing songwriters could be listed here, but they are so long and phenomenal that this press release would turn into a book. However, further information about them is on the writer pages on

The seminar is very affordable at just $60 for the entire six-week session. Members of receive a 50% discount.

Access links to further information and the signup form can be found on the home pages of and Prospective seminar attendees should direct questions to

Early sign-ups are strongly encouraged as space in this seminar series is limited.


For more information, interviews, or hi-res art, please contact:
White Horse Enterprises / / 615.353.8662

Mary Lemanski