Sunday, May 26, 2019

MEETING CRITIQUE ENTRIES 2019

JAN
I'll Just Leave by Ireland
I Think of You by Ted Vahovius
In His Name by Ted Vahovius
Light Up The World by Alexis Tapp
Anywhere With You by Craig Langford

FEB
And The Memory by David Lewis
I Found Love by David Lewis
I'll Bet My Heart by Ted Vahovius
Just Been' Me by Ted Vahovius
Drink It Down by Ron Young
I Believe by Ainsley Lounds
Peace of Mind by Katie Dundas


MARCH
You Mess Me Up by Beau McDermmit
Hey Mama by Ireland
Drink It Down by Ron Young
Bonnie & Clyde by Barbe McMillen
Chasing The Wind by Anna Xiong

APRIL
To Fall In Love by M'Lynn Musgrove
Apocalyptic Sizzle by Beau McDermott

MAY
Ode to Emmy Lou by Robert Elhet
Oh Miss Flying Bird by Robert Elhet
Recklessly In Love by Ireland
Gonna Love On You by Harry Hewlett
Wish That Was Now by Anthony Groom

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Best Songs of The Meeting Critiques 2018 Winners

Song of The Year and Songwriter of the year.
 wins studio time at
River Sounds Recording Resort








SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR IS CRAIG LANGFORD


Born into a musical family, he grew up with two grand pianos in his living room. He was the Texas All State French horn player but decided to pass on scholarship offers at graduation… and took a left turn to joined the Navy, who, in an incredible stoke of genius, stationed him in Hawaii for his entire tour of duty. H
e played music all over Honolulu until his honorable discharge, and he returned to Texas to begin playing professionally. He subsequently moved his family to Nashville, where he toured with artists like Trisha Yearwood/Garth Brooks.
While he still loves playing in bands, songwriting has grown to be a large part of his musical passion. He enjoys boating, working on his old truck, doing string instrument repair, and spending time with his four grown children and three grandchildren! Here is our Songwriter of the Year, Craig Langford.




SONG OF THE YEAR WINNNERS
1. A TIME FOR LOVE  Michael Brandenberger
Michael Brandenberger
2. THAT’S JUST WHAT I’LL DO Craig Langford
3. BRANDY BLUES Rio King

SEMIFINALISTS
1. A TIME FOR LOVE  Michael Brandenberger
2. THAT’S JUST WHAT I’LL DO Craig Langford
3. BRANDY BLUES Rio King
4. IT’LL BE ALRIGHT Craig Langford
5. LONELIEST JUKEBOX IN TOWN Craig Langford
5. EVERCLEAR Harry Hewlett
6. WHAT’D I SAY Craig Langford

6. HE LOOKED LIKE WAYLON SOUNDED LIKE CASH Ricky Gene Wright


2018 DSA SONG CRITIQUES FINALISTS (26 SONGS)

A COWBOY SONG - Ron Young
A TIME FOR LOVE - Michael Brandenberger
BEFORE I FALL - Melanie Stever
BLOOD & BONES - Ron Young
BRANDY BLUES - Rio King
DON’T SAY IT - Bobby Dallas
EVERCLEAR - Harry Hewlett
GREAT PLAINS LIFE - Rio King
HE LOOKED LIKE WAYLON AND SOUNDED LIKE CASH - Ricky Gene Wright
I SHOULDN’T BUT I DO - Alexis Tapp
IF I - Barbe McMillen
IT’LL BE ALRIGHT - Craig Langford
JIMMY LOVED JESUS - Buck Morgan & Harry Hewlett
LONELIEST JUKE BOX IN TOWN - Craig Langford
LUCKY SWEATER - Michael Brandenberger
MEMORIES OF DECEMBER - Ricky Gene Wright
OKLAHOMA GRIT - Rio King
RED RIVER RAMBLIN MAN - Rio King
SI QUISEIRAS - Alejandro Dominguez
THAT’S JUST WHAT I’LL DO - Craig Langford
THE FALLEN - Randy Overton
WAITIN’ ON MY TIME - Ricky Gene Wright
WALKING IN LOVE’S LONESOME SHOES - Ricky Gene Wright
WHAT’D I SAY - Craig Langford
WHEN LOVE COMES BACK TO YOU - Michael Brandenberger
YOUNG LOVE - Craig Langford

Our judge was DSA Hall of Fame Inductee, Jack Allday formerly of the famous local band, The Nightcaps.


Jack Allday  was an all-star athlete throughout high school who went on to perform with some of the greatest regional bands during the 1950s and ’60s, including the Swing Shift Band and the Dallas Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees, The Nightcaps. He is also a highly regarded media and creative consultant as well as the Department Chair, Advertising and Marketing Studies at Northwood University in Cedar Hill. Jack was DSA Hall of Fame Inductee in 2018 and our judge for the Best Songs of the Meeting Critiques

2017 Best Songs of The Meeting Winners

2017 Song of the Year - Lucky Man by Craig Langford, Dallas, Tx
2017 Winner Songwriter of the Year - Craig Langford 

https://dallassongwriters.org/best-songs-songwriter-year-announced/



BEST SONGS OF THE MEETING – SONG OF THE YEAR
1. Lucky Man by Craig Langford, Dallas, Tx
2. I Don’t Need To But I Do by Craig Langford, Dallas, Tx
3. You Got This by Allen Larson, Dallas, Tx
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Craig Langford
Born into a musical family, he grew up with two grand pianos in his living room. He was the Texas All State French horn player but decided to pass on scholarship offers at graduation… and took a left turn to joined the Navy, who, in an incredible stoke of genius, stationed him in Hawaii for his entire tour of duty. He played music all over Honolulu until his honorable discharge, and he returned to Texas to begin playing professionally. He subsequently moved his family to Nashville, where he toured with artists like Trisha Yearwood/Garth Brooks.
While he still loves playing in bands, songwriting has grown to be a large part of his musical passion. He enjoys boating, working on his old truck, doing string instrument repair, and spending time with his four grown children and three grandchildren! Here is our Songwriter of the Year, Craig Langford.

Finalists - https://dallassongwriters.org/song-year-finalist-announced/

We had a total of 52 songs submitted this year to MR. TROLL, our BEST SONGS OF THE MEETING judge, and after a herculean effort of song listening and critiquing, he wheedled it down to the final top ten, and here they are, in alphabetical order. The top 3 winners will be announced at the awards banquet at Hermann Hall on December 8th, AND we will name the SONG OF THE YEAR and SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR. There will be performances by some of the finalist below, as well as, the Annaul Song Contest Semi-finalists, so if you want to be there for the announcements, get your tickets early – it’s gonna be a ball and there’s gonna be a crowd.  https://dallassongwriters.org/shop/dsa-song-contest-awardschristmas-party/
I DON’T NEED TO BUT I DO by Craig Langford
ISLAND RED by Rickey Gene Wright
LOVE WITHOUT MONEY by Barbe McMillen & Bobby Dallas
LUCKY MAN by Craig Langford
NOTHIN’ ON YOU by Rand Overton & David Banning
ONE MORE OUTCAST by Morri Hartgraves
TAKE ME HOME by Serges Himbaza
WHERE I AM by Randy Overton
YOU GOT THIS by Allen Larson
YOU’RE THE BEST by Michael Brandenberger

Saturday, November 12, 2016

2016 Best Songs of the Second Tuesday Meetings

SONG OF THE YEAR FINALIST

1 TIME TO LEAVE by Beth Murphy, Richardson, TX
2 Y PICKUP TRUCK SHE NEVER LETS ME DOWN by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
3 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE IN TEXAS by Rio King, Plano, TX
4 I’M SINGING MY HEART OUT IN DALLAS TONIGHT by Charles Carter, Dallas, TX
5 PLAY ME SUMP'N LIKE DAT by Rio King, Plano, TX
6 THAT WINDOW CLOSES FAST by Rio King, Plano, TX

These meeting winners are in the process of being reviewed by a judge. The winner will be announced at the Awards Dinner and Christmas Party on Dec 13 at Sons of Hermann Hall.

Monday, May 4, 2015

BEST SONGS OF THE 2015 MEETINGS

Congratulations, Rio King, with four Monthly Critique wins, which makes you the uncontested Songwriter of the Year for 2015. Here’s a list of all the monthly winners:

Jan    SWEET ROLLS AND CREAM by Rio King
Feb    ALONE WITH ALONE by Dickey Johnson
Mar    BOOGIE WOOGIE RHYTHM by Rio King
Apr    No Song
May    GIVE ‘EM TIME, LORD by Bobby Montgomery
Jun    WAITING TO BREATHE by Dori Weaver
Jul    JIMMY LOVED JESUS by Rio King
Aug    No song
Sep    BOOMER BOOGIE by Rio King
Oct    No song
Nov    THE OLD WRECKED VET by Rio King
 

Come to the Christmas Party on December 8 to hear Rio get up sing a few of his winning numbers. Also, the Song of the Year will be announced then.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

BEST SONGS OF THE SECOND TUESDAY MEETINGS 2014

NOV 2014
My Lucky Night by Bobby Montgomery
Critique panel: Michael Brandenberger and Buck Morgan (3 songs)

OCT 2014
 
Dreaming of You by Bobby Montgomery
Critique panel: Buck Morgan and Bobby Smith (6 songs)

SEPT 2014
A Woman Aging by Morri Hartgraves
Critique panel: Steve Sullivan and Dru Richmond (6 songs)

AUG 2014
No Meeting
JULY 2014
Your Love Is Killing Me by Harry Hewlett
Critique panel: Buck Morgan and Joe Milton (4 songs)

JUNE 2014
Hide N Watch by Rio King
Critique panel: Buck Morgan and Jay Johnson (4 songs)

MAY 2014
Before Saying Goodbye by Bobby Montgomery
Critique panel: Aaron Shook and Ted Pearce (6 songs)

APRIL 2014
Honky Tonk Shrink by Rio King
Critique panel: Aaron Shook and Michael Brandenberger (6 songs)

MARCH 2014
Roadkill of Love by Harry Hewlett
Critique panel: Aaron Shook and Pete Miller (6 songs)


FEB 2014
No meeting due to ice storm

JAN 2014
The Cleaning Lady by Bobby Montgomery
Critique panel: Buck Morgan & Tony Ramey (5 songs)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Songwriter and Song of the Year 2013 Announced

The Dallas Songwriter Association Song of the Year was announced at the meeting this past Tuesday.
Brooke Malouf and Eric Roberts are the winning writers with their song "Till Love Comes Back". Andy Schrumpf came in second with "What You Got".

Roger Russell was presented with the Vern Dailey Songwriter of the Year Award. Congratulations, Roger...it's an honor well deserved since he was the songwriter who won the most monthly critiques last year.

Thanks to Pete Miller for taking on the task of judging the Song of the Year. Pete explained during the meeting that he evaluated the songs based on the same criteria that we use each month for the song critiques, scoring each piece on hook, melody, lyric, structure, originality, and truth. He also made clear that he did not use production value as part of his evaluation, but looked through that to the basic song itself.

Here are the top 5 songs and Pete's comments about each:

DSA 2013 Song of the Year

Judge Pete Miller's Critiques
TOP 5
1st Place Winner

'Til Love Comes Back by Brooke Malouf and Eric Roberts
This song just comes across like it didn’t take much effort – flowed honestly from a feeling and not forced or contrived. The lyric has emotional and visual elements. The form is near perfect – maybe it could be shortened just a bit without compromising anything.

Runner Up
What You Got by Andy Schrumpf
This is a very relevant contemporary country song. Really strong hook even though it repeats quite a bit, it still holds up. The lyrics, and how they tell the story are very clever – the perspective also allows for repeating. Musically, I especially like that the verses have some good fire in them. I do think there is room for a quick bridge in between the last two choruses – a couple of trick lines that could solidify the story even more.

3. Wait For Tomorrow by Barbe McMillen & Laurie Windham
I interpret this as an obvious musical theater piece. The form is appropriate for that genre. I visualize performers on the stage singing and dancing supporting the lead, but the song is also listenable without the stage presentation. I might suggest a change of the fifth line of the chorus to make it less repetitive of the second line, just to vary it some. The melody sits nicely on top of the rocking rhythm and chord changes. Very jubilant.

4. Here I Am by Mary Guthrie
This song has a great “prayerful” feeling with beautiful visuals to help create that feeling. The message is simple but very explicit. The form flows real well for this tune, though I might suggest the instrumental vary somewhat from the intro. The melody floats above the moving, well voiced, chord changes. The hook is not perceived as original but it is very fitting.

5. Sunset In September (Alex Gorodiscas, Roger Russell, Robin Willis, Kevin Moore)
Nice emotional and very visual song. Good lyrics and hook. The melody is also nice, supported by solid chord progressions. I would prefer a quick turnaround after the first chorus to set up the second verse. That said, with the running time a little long, I would suggest shortening the bridge. I think you could accomplish the reveal – message – of that bridge in three lines rather than six, and it could make it even more powerful. 

Other monthly winners in no particular order:
You Gotta Go Home by Roger Russell and Alex Gorodiscas
The lyrics for this song are very appropriate for the genre and the rhyming scheme is clever.  Even though it’s a rap tune, the chord progression and melody are, again, appropriate. Understanding that rap is generally repetitive, I do believe there could be some type of diversion technique used to break it up in this case.  A quasi bridge maybe, with more of a melodic idea.

Giving Up On Memories by Morri Hartgraves
Such a classic style, scoring high on the melody and chord progression. I also really like the hook of the lyric. The verses are beautiful but I would like to hear two additional, different lines in the chorus instead of repeating two lines. And though I’m not judging performance, I have to say what a beautiful vocal on this track.

I’ll Be Your Someone by Gigi Gostas and Abbey Cones
Very pretty, heartfelt ballad scoring high on melody. I really like how the pre chorus works. I also think the structure comfortably flows well – the short instrumental into the PC again and the modulation all work nicely. In writing lyrics, obviously we tend to bend the rules of grammar, but the second line of the hook, for me, seems too awkward. It’s too distracting and it may feel better to me to have the title as the last line of the chorus. 

Something About You by Gigi Gostas
Nice hook and lyric – good visuals with the verses and chorus.  I do believe any version should have a short intro so it doesn’t start so abruptly. Harmonically, I would like to see the verses and chorus have different chord structures to distinguish more between them. And since it is upbeat, with a seemingly happy lyric, it could take on less of a minor feel.

If I See You Again by Michael Brandenberger
A nice classic bossa scoring high on structure – very suitable for the style.  The chord changes and melody are also very nice. The lyrics just seemed a little forced to me. It would be nice to have more romantic or deeper visuals, especially in the bridge. 

In Your Eyes by Barbara McMillen and Laurie Windham
Very nice chord changes and pretty melody, bringing out a true feeling of the hook of the song. Lyrically the hook is strong to me, and the rest of the lyrics support it well. The challenging part for me was the structure.  I feel that the second verse (1/2 vs) should come after a quick turn around, instead of the longer instrumental. And after the second chorus is where I would put the instrumental along with a quick bridge before the last chorus and tag. 

Wish You Were Here by Lisa Byrn
This song has a very truthful sentiment, and the lyrics are very visual supporting that feeling. However, I think they may be overstated – a bit redundant maybe. And I think this makes the song a tad too long as well. The melody and chord progressions are simple - in a good way, but I think this adds even more reason to shorten the form.   

BEST SONGS OF THE MEETING CRITIQUES

Each month songs of members are critiqued at the 2nd Tuesday meeting. Winners each month are published in Songwriters Notes. At the end of each year, the songs are judged by industry pros and the Song of the Year is awarded to the songwriter whose song garnered the most points from the judges.
Also, Songwriter of the Year is awarded to the songwriter who had the most winning songs in the meetings throughout the year.