Review: Songwriters Share Their Experiences at TAXI Road Rally at Orange County Songsalive! Showcase
Coming to the end of a (let's face it) crazy year like 2016, it was good to gather together with friends and fellow songwriters to have dinner and listen to some good new music -- written by us! That's what six of us did on Saturday November 26th as Songsalive Orange County held our last Songwriting Workshop & Critique of 2016. Getting right into it, Craig Smetana started us off with an out-and-out disco song in a decidedly 80's style that was full of life and brains at the same time. Joyce Melton (helped by Bob Winter) presented a timely song (with both humor and heart) about a convicted criminal who's missing his loved one at Christmas. Bob Winter on his own came next, giving as a very deep and heart-felt song about learning to live with life's disappointments. Kip Corley was next, with another heart-felt song about the passing of his mother -- and the emotional echoes that leaves. And finally, Kate Albright presented a haunting 3/4-time song about the unnecessary cruelty (or at least apathy) of the Internet and major media. Powerful stuff all around.
Review: Beth Anne & Kate Albright Captivate the Crowd at Orange County Songsalive! November Showcase
Two lovely ladies of song joined us for our last monthly Songwriter Showcase here in the County of Orange. A new voice for our show, Beth Anne came all the way up from San Diego and captivated the crowd at Sam Ash Music Store with her soaring voice and energetic guitar playing. Having her new EP along to plug helped a lot too! Then local favorite Kate Albright sat down at the piano and treated us to her beautiful voice and heart-felt, almost orchestral playing -- ready for the movies, as many of us have told her! We're taking December off to give people time with families (and shopping!), but we'll be right back in January of 2017 with more shows and more events. Happy Holidays!
[Our last show for 2016!]
ORANGE COUNTY SONGSALIVE! SONGWRITER SHOWCASE
Two talented ladies join us -- one a local favorite, and one a new voice!
Listen to original music by two of our amazing singer/songwriters.
WHEN: SECOND TUESDAYS OF THE MONTH
NEXT: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
TIME: Starts 7:30 PM.
WHERE: SAM ASH MUSIC STORE
14200 Beach Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683
COST: FREE and open to the public. Join us for an hour of free music, free coffee, and free snacks!
Kate Albright always loved to sing and was a sponge when it came to music. She achieved her B.A. in Music and then right after graduating she joined her first band. She has sung professionally in various cover bands, performing in many states throughout the country. After moving to California, she started writing and performing her own songs – a lifelong dream fulfilled. Kate Albright was most recently featured at Elise’s Teahouse in Long Beach, the M-Bar in Hollywood, The Talking Stick in Venice, a house concert in Woodland Hills, and the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena. You can visit Kate on her website, www.KateAlbright.com, like her on Facebook on her artist’s page, Katesongwriter, as well as, follow her on Twitter @Katesongwriter
Rooted in folk Americana, traditional Irish music, and old school country, Beth Anne creates both haunting and uplifting introspective melodies, inspired by all life has to offer her. Beth performs with powerful soaring vocals, accompanied by an often open-tuned acoustic guitar, or simply country chords. Having spent the last 6 years spearheading the folk-Americana family band, The Railflowers, Beth is now heading solo into the great big folk world. Inspired by artists like Patty Griffin, Joni Mitchell, and The Weepies, Beth is well on her way to becoming an important and honest voice in the folk music world. www.bethannemusic.com
APPLY TO PERFORM AT A FUTURE SHOWCASE
SEEKING SINGER/SONGWRITERS TO PERFORM:
* You must be able to guarantee a min. of 3-5 guests.
* 6 song acoustic or electric set (small ensemble)
* You must be a Songsalive! Pro member. Join on our website.* Existing Pro Members log into BACKSTAGE from our website and click "Apply To Showcase"
More info and RSVP for this event: http://www.meetup.com/songsalive
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Upcoming Songsalive! Event
NEW YORK SONGSALIVE! SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE & OPEN MIC
Stick out your tongue and taste the talent!
Listen to original music by our amazing singer/songwriters.
WHEN: EVERY TUESDAY!!!
TIME: Starts 8:30PM
WHERE: AMERICAN TRASH
1471 First Avenue (Btw. 76th and 77th Streets)
New York, NY 10075
COST: $5 Suggested Donation. Open to the public. Come support original music in an intimate setting!
More info and RSVP for this event: www.meetup.com/songsaliveeastcoast
The Songsalive! website: www.songsalive.org
Review: Scary Songwriters Celebrate Halloween at Songsalive!/SongNet Songwriters Saturday Night Live
Life in LA is not fun without live music and Dracula. What? Yep you heard right…. Draccuuuuulaaaa. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. Our Sherman Oaks based Songwriters Saturday Night Live (our monthly songwriters showcase) took a devlish spin as we celebrated Halloween with a bunch in costume, including one bass player as Dracula. We had scary cats, a scary cow girl, Ghouls and a skeleton princess, who ended up winning our costume prize. Of course, the real heart of the matter was the performance.
Starting with Jimi Yamagishi, our co-host, who’s voice and lyrics always cut deep. Then, Shanara, a new member from Chicago, she sang with such beautiful strength, and lyrics that cut to the core and made us think about ourselves and our own strengths. J.Walker followed with his poem Uniqueness, which asked of us to continue to think about who.we.are. Gilli Moon, our Songsalive! President, followed with some new songs from her upcoming album. Always a treat. Diana Weynard and her bassist (yep, Dracula) performed next, and was truly a highlight of the evening. Lastly, Paul Rasmusson sang some Nashville-esque tunes and really picked up the pace with all of us hands clapping till the last beat. A couple of open mic-ers lent their new tunes, and we wrapped up nicely by 9pm with time still for those who wanted to hit another Halloween party or two.
Our Last Saturday of the month songwriter showcases are the best in town. Apply to perform – become a Songsalive! Member at www.songsalive.org and then log in to Backstage to apply under “Community”.
NAME OF NEXT EVENT: Songsalive! LA Workshop
DATE OF NEXT EVENT: November 3rd Sunday
TIME: 12 noon
LOCATION: Cahuenga Store
More info at www.songsalive.org/calendar
Review: Songwriters Discuss How to Rejuvenate Old Song Projects at Orange County Songsalive! October Workshop
Eight talented songwriters gathered together at the Goldenwest Diner in Westminster, California for the pre-Halloween 2016 iteration of the Songsalive! Orange County Monthly Songwriting Workshop. Kate Albright got things started right off with a spooky song in waltz-time about the sea of negativity in the media and the blog-o-sphere. Joyce Melton was next, presenting one of her earlier songs – about missing a loved one who has passed on. Gil Mossard was next with a short but tremendously heart-felt song about leaving a relationship that is just not working right. Bob Winter followed with a spirited country song about declaring your individuality in a world that reduces you to a number. Lucius Austin gave us a romantic number about spending Christmas with the ones you love. And finally, Craig Smetana finished things up with a country-style lyric about a man dreaming of the day he gets out of jail – and back to his girl. For good measure, Rick Willingham gave us a “song skeleton” in the form of a new guitar melody he is working on.
After we finished dinner, the discussion turned to the group discussion topic of the evening: How to take songs you have put aside (because of writer’s block, or other pressing projects, or whatever) and get them started again – and, more importantly, finished. Bob Winter suggested not letting a song “lay fallow” for too long, lest you lose the inspiration that got it started in the first place. Echoing that, Kate Albright stressed the importance of “brainstorming”, getting the song out and down on paper or computer as completely as possible and soon as possible, BEFORE you let your brain try to start editing it. Rod O'Riley remembered a professional songwriter who suggested finding song fragments on similar topics and perhaps combining them into a single finished song. And several people noted successes they have had bringing along song fragments to jam sessions, and working with a collaborator to see that the song gets done. -Rod O’Riley
NAME OF NEXT EVENT: Songsalive! Orange County Songwriter Showcase
DATE OF NEXT EVENT: November 22, 2016
TIME: 7:30 pm
LOCATION: Sam Ash Music Store, 14200 Beach Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683
SHOWCASE ARTISTS: TBA
More info at www.songsalive.org/calendar
Review: Attorney, Sindee Levin & Music Supervisor, Adam Wolf, Cover Diverse Songwriting Business Subjects at Songsalive! Los Angeles October Workshop
On Sunday, October 16th, Songsalive! continued it’s monthly songwriter workshop by presenting veteran entertainment attorney, Sindee Levin and Wolf House Songs CEO and music supervisor, Adam Wolf. Both Ms. Levin and Mr. Wolf covered diverse business subjects songwriters often overlooked, from setting up a publishing company, dealing with record labels to sync sources and contracts. They fielded questions throughout the afternoon from a very attentive audience. After their presentation, we opened the floor up for a full review of Pro Member song reviews. -Rik Lawrence
NAME OF NEXT EVENT: Songsalive! Workshop
DATE OF NEXT EVENT: November 20, 2016
TIME: 12PM – 3PM
LOCATION: The Cahuenga General Store
COST: Free for Pro members
Speaker: Joanne Ledesma from Ledesma Music. Ms. Ledesma runs her own grassroots company, Ledesma Music. Her primary expertise is in Music Marketing & Consulting. She is known for her finely tuned networking skills. She has proven her ability to connect clients with the right partners to achieve goals that surpass their expectation. Her clients vary from rising artists and music libraries to corporate clients and event planners in need of increased revenue. She is well versed in Music Supervision, Corporate Branding, Artist Management and Music Production. She wears many hats as a successful music blogger, publisher, educator and music consultant. Her distinct ear for music analysis has landed her on the lecture circuit for every national songwriting association and music trade show (NSAI, SongNet, NAMM, SXSW and SongsAlive!
Ledesma has worked with numerous artists like Jackson Browne, Joe Walsh, Carlos Santana, Kenny Loggins, John Mayall and Walter Trout, The Delgado Bros, KISS, Tom Petty, David Crosby, Graham Nash, and others. She lectures on making music marketable across country and regularly judges music competitions in Blues, Rock, Latin, Pop and Americana genres.
Topic: How to Prep and Negotiate your music for film & TV. Preparing your music for easy sell exclusive vs. non-exclusive standards in contracts and how how to negotiate without losing the deal.
In Addition: Joanne is also looking for all genres of music for her catalog (kids to adult contemporary and everything in-between) - broadcast quality, must own 100% copyrights, 100% masters and 100% publishing.
Find out more at www.songsalive.org/calendar
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