Collin County Songwriters Association

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March 2009 Blog Posts (14)

Special Recording rates for April

Hi fellow songwriters!

If any of you are interested, I am offering special rates for songwriters in the month of April. The special is 6 songs for $1,000. This includes pre production, tracking vocals and acoustic, programming and mixing. If anyone is interested in doing a fully acoustic recording of live instruments I can certainly do that but there is a much different rate for that. If you are curious as to how much can actually be done with just vocals, acoustic, and programming,… Continue

Added by Steven Williamson on March 31, 2009 at 7:23pm — 2 Comments

We need you!!!

Ladies and Gentlemen of the CCSA,

That includes everyone, this is short and sweet. We in the CCSA need your involvement, either in coming up with ideas, or physical invovlement, we need help from all our members.

1) If you have an idea about how to make the CCSA better, let us hear from you, if you have an event that the CCSA could do such as festivals or charity events, you need to bring these to our attention.

If you think that the board does'nt do well in its office, then next… Continue

Added by mudcat on March 28, 2009 at 10:32am — 7 Comments

Don't Be Anti-Social - Say Hello!!!

Hey everyone,

CCSA now has a chat room. Yeah I know. What a beat down. But hey, we are a community. It doesn't hurt any to say hello now and then. Heck, it might be fun too. And it certainly will help you connect with other members. That never hurts either.

If you are on the website, you are automatically logged into the chat room. To see the chat room, take a look at the bottom of your browser window. There is a grey banner at the bottom of the page that says "Collin… Continue

Added by Michael on March 25, 2009 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Rockin’ The Park ’09 commercial

My fourth outing in the world of local television commercial spots had me handling advertising our fourth CCSA Outdoor concert. This was my fourth TV ad for Rockin’ The Park (or RTP09, for short), and the biggest challenge of it was to do something we hadn’t seen in the commercial while having it ready in time to advertise it enough so that the buzz could spread.

Having just become a new Dad, that presented time management challenges as well. But artists must always draw from life… Continue

Added by C. Aaron Moore on March 22, 2009 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Making history

Ladies and Gentlemen of our community,

I wanted , at this time to reflect on the beginnings of the CCSA. Some of you know all about this, and to those I say, bear with my nostalgia just a moment or two. To our new members, I want you to know why I get a "lump" in my throat when I think of how far we have come as an organization.

Our beginnings were started slowly. The originators of the idea for an association goes to C.Arron Moore, Dan Scott Parr and Ryan Michael Galloway. These… Continue

Added by mudcat on March 16, 2009 at 10:28pm — 1 Comment

The John Mayer Methodology

My education in music began with my parents and late 70’s to late 80’s time frames of country music; it was what we listened to in my parents household as I grew up. As I grew to understand words, soon followed music and rhythm. Then somewhere alone the way, I got the damn fool idea I could write lyrics and music. While the songs were unspeakably trite by today’s standards, the work was pretty goods for a kid that young. Even if I do say so myself.

My attempts at being a songwriter… Continue

Added by C. Aaron Moore on March 13, 2009 at 9:56pm — No Comments

Part 2 – How do we make money now?

Let’s start with the most obvious places for musicians to make money—using their playing and related skills.

First, have you fully explored the markets for live music? Most of us think in terms of concerts or clubs, but there are a number of these and even more alternatives.

So you play? Can you read or are you a quick study? How about making money as an accompanist? These gigs often run in the areas of religious services and weddings. I know plenty of sax, flute, trumpet,… Continue

Added by Ryan Michael Galloway on March 9, 2009 at 11:33pm — No Comments

A 3-part series – How do we make money now?

A few months ago I was talking to an introverted musician who said there are only two ways to make money in music: performing and teaching. Man did this guy not get it. There must be a gazillion ways, a gazillion styles and twice that many market segments. But you sure do have to think out of the box.

Were you playing any paid gigs last year? For me it was going great until about November. The holidays cratered the market. Clubs had a third fewer slots open, and the more established… Continue

Added by Ryan Michael Galloway on March 7, 2009 at 11:24pm — 2 Comments

Musical Obscurities

No one likes the idea of being obscure. At least, not in the negative sense, but most musicians, songwriters, composers have varying degrees of need in terms of exposure. It’s already understood that when we create something artistic, in any form, if it is exposed, we don’t know how it will be received. Billy Joel once said that his songs were like children and the act of recording them and distributing them out for listeners was like sending children out into the world. You plan, you build,… Continue

Added by C. Aaron Moore on March 5, 2009 at 9:32pm — 3 Comments

My Favorite Songs on Texas Blues Roadhouse

I thought I would share a few of my favorite songs with those of you here from my little pet project. These songs are from various artists on the site. Hope you enjoy:

Find more music like this on The Texas Blues… Continue

Added by Michael on March 4, 2009 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Idea: Virtual Song Critique Circle

One of the great things about a site like this is that you have so many ways to share information with other members. It really makes anything possible.

One example of this would be online song critiques. A member of the CCSA Online could write a song, record a demo version of the song and upload some lyrics (with appropriate Copyright). All you would need to do then is write a blog post about your song (like I'm doing now) and somehow embed an mp3 player so people could hear the… Continue

Added by Michael on March 4, 2009 at 2:36pm — 2 Comments

Great song circle tonight

We had a terrific song critique circle tonight. Several new folks--or at least those we hadn't seen.

The circle is getting great participation, and this site seems to have energized folks. I used the invite mechanism to send out reminders today. That sure was easy, and I got a lot of responses.

I sent a pic from my cell phone, hopefully it made it on here somewhere.

Keep writing, everyone--your game is getting better and better.


Added by Ryan Michael Galloway on March 3, 2009 at 11:21pm — 3 Comments

Is it all worth it?

Dear Members,

As I sit down to take keyboard in hand to try and make sense of this business of making and playing music for the masses, one thing keeps coming back to me. I was asked not long ago by an interested listener why I continue to do things that are less than profitable (money wise) instead of avenues which could be exploited for possible riches.

In other words, the way I chose...was it worth it. Would I do it again? You bet!!!

Would you put up with club owners trying to… Continue

Added by mudcat on March 2, 2009 at 4:55pm — 2 Comments

Our new social networking site!

I’ve been looking for a mechanism to allow members to sign up online. I might have found the coolest thing since sliced bread. I went on to and created our own social networking site. Don’t worry, you don’t have to “work it” so much, unless you really want to. You can set even set your profile to private, but at least I can maintain a list of members and an easy way to contact you.

It acts much like Facebook, but the real key… Continue

Added by Ryan Michael Galloway on March 1, 2009 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

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