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(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


Countdown to Encanto….

Only a week away!

Saturday, January 21, 2006, 10 am to 4:30 pm


for the 10th Annual Arizona Songwriters Gathering at Encanto Park

In the Clubhouse 2605 N. 15th Avenue in Phoenix (between Thomas & McDowell).


Each January, several hundred songwriters and musicians get together for a day of workshops,

learning, sharing of live performances, song evaluations, networking and fun!

And it’s all FREE!

More details soon. Check out the official lineup “attached” to this newsletter.

(We’ll try to send it in the near future in the body of the newsletter.)


Note: Songwriting guru John Braheny will be doing FREE song evaluations at the Jan. 21 event from 1 to 2:30pm in the Fireside Room, and 3 to 4:30pm in the Boathouse. Bring your song on CD or cued up cassette, with a lyric sheet!

(He’ll be available the following day, Sunday, Jan. 22, for private consultations about your songs and career.

For fee and scheduling information on the private consultations, e mail john@johnbraheny.com )

Just added: Alan Roy Scott, pro songwriter with songs recorded by Luther Vandross, Celine Dion, Allman Bros., Pointer Sisters, Neville Bros., Rick Springfield, & many more. He’ll be assisting John Braheny with song evaluations on Saturday, and promoting his Unisong international song competition, www.unisong.com Deadline March 15, 2006.


Just added: Jeff Dayton, platinum songwriter with cuts by George Strait, Doug Stone and Christian Group Spirited. Jeff was Glen Campbell’s band leader/guitarist for 15 years and currently plays for Lee Greenwood.

Jeff will do a workshop from Noon to 1pm Hit Songs: Nashville Style; then perform in the Ballroom at 1:40pm.


He’ll also be performing on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 7pm in Fountain Hills doing a solo concert at the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church. For tickets and info call 480-837-8558.

Other excellent workshops on Saturday (Details in attachment)

10am to Noon Crafting a Great Song with John Braheny


1 to 2:30pm Legal Aspects of Songwriting with attorney James M. Marovich


2:30 to 4pm How to Make Money With Your Songs with Kregg Barentine and Les Scott


Pickup a schedule Saturday at Encanto Park with all the updates! And while you’re at it, check out our special 10th Anniversary Commemorative T Shirts! See you there!


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Songwriter Finally Scores!


Great News for AZ Songwriter Ellie Power Leighton. Ellie got a call recently from Jeff at Wild Whirled Music.

They placed two of her songs from her new album, Torch, in a new CBS series called THE UNIT!


And it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Ellie just lost her husband a few months ago, and was in dire need of something good to happen.

She is in her 80’s and is still going for it with her music. What better thing for a songwriter than to get something

going with your songs! And a major network at that!


We are proud of you Ellie! Congratulations!

And a huge THANKS to Jeff and Dave at Wild Whirled for seeing the

potential in her music! Wild Whirled Music has screened songs at several of our AZ Songwriters meetings. More about them

at their website www.wildwhirled.com.


Jon Iger


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note: One of our favorite arizona songwriters, Marty Jensen, is STILL VERY ILL at john c. lincoln hospital due to complications of diabetes. You can send get well cards and wishes to marty, in care of AZ Songwriters at

428 E. Thunderbird rd., #737, Phoenix, AZ 85022.

Your prayers and get well wishes are appreciated. Thanks.

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

Next one: FEBRUARY 14th, 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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NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) Meetings in Phoenix, AZ

www.nashvillesongwriters.com


NSAI Phoenix Meetings are the First Tuesday of every month Glendale Library, on Brown off of 59th Avenue, between Olive and Peoria. 6:00pm to 9:00 pm


NSAI members: no charge Non-members: suggested $10.00 donation to NSAI


Go to the above website or call for more info:


Rose Prock

NSAI Coordinator Phoenix, AZ

623-792-7664 (SONG)

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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 .

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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:

Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame (amehof).

Learn about Arizona’s musical heritage and history. good stuff!

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


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John Braheny www.johnbraheny.com

Dale Kawashima’s www.songwriteruniverse.com

great resources for all kinds of songwriter info.


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

Try Chris Frazer’s site www.azopenmic.com


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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

Or try the website www.azsongwriters.com

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New Open Mic


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

Tuesdays, 7-9

hosted by Chris Frazer


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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 Jan. 15th.


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!

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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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, LES SCOTT of Source Q Boutique

REX BENSON of CHECKS2REX MUSIC, LA/Nashville

JASON DAUMAN of Dauman Music, JUSTIN WILDE of Christmassongs.com

JON ROSNER of BICYCLE MUSIC,

NORMAN DEVASURE of SUNSET RANCH MUSIC


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Mary Lemanski
http://paintedgirl.com
http://www.marylemanski.com
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