Don't forget to come out to the Deep Ellum Festival starting tomorrow and support the DSA Acoustic Stage hosted by Craig Saint Clare. Many thanks again this year, Craig.
Have a look at the final schedule, attached. Glad I did! I'm playing Saturday afternooninstead of Friday evening. Good to know!
Sure had fun at DSA Songwriter Showcase with Lisa Byrn at the Balcony on Tuesday. Lots of DSA people turned out to support Lisa and Julie Jean White. It's a fun place, so please come out next Tuesday to see Lisa and me share the stage from 6:15-7. If you'd like to perform some Tuesday, talk with Lisa.
Don't forget 1st Monday Song Swap at Half-Price Books, 7ish this Monday.
We have opportunities. Can we take advantage?
A quick story: Recently I visited my daughter in Atlanta. I was with Brooke, a junior, having dinner al fresco at an Italian restaurant. We were aware of some young people behind us also having dinner, and also having a good time.
Brooke leans over and tells me she knows this girl, or thinks she does. She's an actress on Degrassi and on Vampire Diaries, two of my favorite shows. (Just bit my tongue. It was in my cheek.) Suddenly, Brooke huffs, "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take," and politely asks the woman if she is Nina Dobrev. The actress was delighted to be recognized and to pose for a picture (attached). It was the highlight of the night; the highlight of the visit.
I learned something that night from my daughter. I want to swing away when there's opportunity. (She said she was quoting Wayne Gretsky, so you have to swing sticks to make shots.)
If you're looking for a shot, on June 4 the DSA can have 2 hours, from 3-5 p.m., at the world famous Kayaks for Cancer race near Mason, Texas. It's a good ways away. It probably means staying overnight, or for some, for the weekend. It is a beautiful part of the Texas hill country. The best barbecue I have ever eaten is within 40 minutes, at Coopers in Llano. Jackie Doss and I sang last year and had a blast. Maridale and I had more fun than teenagers that weekend. (I'm serious. For instance, we caught Fred, the Mason walker, out for a stroll late at night. The good news is that Fred wears underwear. Otherwise, I would have said that we caught Fred and "the boys" taking a midnight stroll.)
Our host, Jerialice Arsenault, has offered DSA performers free time at River Sound Recording Studio. You'll hear and meet some great songwriters and performers fromCentral Texas. You'll bond with fellow performers, and if you don't perform, you'll bond and have a hoot of a time.
So far we have Lisa, Julie Jean and me. We could split two hours among more than that.
Maridale, Buster (the Boxer) and I will make a weekend of it. Even so, if enough people are interested, we can rent a mini van and make this a trip to remember. Lots of ways to slice and dice. Who's interested? Here's the pass. Who's taking the shot?
Lost some all-timers over the last week. RIP Pinetop Perkins, Ferlin Husky and Nate Dogg. Find links to their music, etc. below.
If you had spring break, I hope you enjoyed it and are ready to get in a productive groove. What a year so far. Kind of hard to get a handle on everything worldwide. Hope somehow we can find silver linings and lessons from the man-made and natural tragedies taking place across the world.
Before focusing on music, I had a long corporate life, working for a huge American company as well as giants from the UK and Germany. I asked a colleague from across the pond what had impressed him most about America, and without hesitation he said, "Your freedom."
We don't know how free we are. We have much to be grateful for, and much to guard against.
It seems many on TV and radio, and maybe next door, too, want to focus on half empty glasses. Can you smile and be pessimistic? Need some good news to help crack a grin? Our glasses are half full, and I just heard the fridge door open. Fill 'em up!
Tonight, March 22, from 7-10 you can see the great Scott Sean White and Kyle Level at Caddilac Pizza in McKinney.
On Saturday, March 26, at North Park Mall we have a half-dozen DSAers performing for Arts in the Park. Unless I'm wrong, our stage is between Dillards and Starbucks and can best be found by using the entrance by Magione's. Among those taking the stage starting at 1:45 are the great Mark Wayne Glasmire, Kevin Mountcastle, Barbara McMillen, Buck Morgan, Hillary Roberts and Mary Guthrie. We only have an hour, so come out and hear everyone!
Beginning April 1, the DSA will have a huge presence at the acoustic stage at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. The festival runs through Sunday, April 3.
On April 4 we have 1st Monday Song Swap at Half Price Books beginning around 7.
On April 5 come out and support the DSA Songwriters 1st Tuesday Showcase with Lisa Byrn at the Balcony Club from 6-9.
Our 2nd Tuesday Program on April 12 is going to be huge. We have Tim DeLaughter, founder and front man of Polyphonic Spree. Networking starts at 6:30. You should get a card in the mail on this. Be sure to RSVP, because it could be SRO.
On April 18 we have 3rd Monday Song Swap at Tino's in Plano, then on April 21 come to Dunn Bros Coffee in Addison for DSA 3rd Thursday Open Mic.
Don't forget to find Dallas Songwriters on Facebook, and join our new Meet Up group. We have a lot going on, so use these tools to get the most out of DSA.