2015 Calendar and Tin Pan South

Hey Everyone!

Last Friday, Fiona, Bobby, Steve and myself, met and set the meeting agenda for the year 2015.  We are currently firming up our most exciting calendar year ever, and will have it ready to share with you in full during the month of February.  But so far, here are the first three months, so you can go ahead and mark your calendars:

February 10th:  We have new and old friends coming out for the master of imagery, Steve Simpson, teaching a lesson on how to put imagery into your songwriting.

March 10th:  I will be hosting a kick off to Spring song circle, and I will be bringing snacks for everyone to share.  Before the song circle, Bruce Johnson will be teaching on how to properly critique a song.  While we are going around the circle if anyone would like to have their song critiqued, we can do so.  Bring whatever you want to play.  New, old, and covers if you’d like.  This is a time for us to connect, have fun and share music!

April 14th:  Our very own Tim and Sarah Williams will be teaching a class on co-writing.  They will take us through the process of co-writing a song from beginning to end.  Then Tim will sing three songs that he and Sarah have co-written with three different co-writers, including some from Nashville.

Please feel free to invite and bring your family and friends to any and all meetings.  My goal is for us to go home having learned something, shared some music, been heard, and feeling better than when we arrived each month.

Also, Tin Pan South is coming up soon in Nashville, the last week of March.  Some of the best songwriters in the country playing their songs in venues all over Nashville.  The schedule will be released and passes will go on sale March 3rd.

This is something to keep in mind, because it’s right around the corner.


Misty Simpson


New Coordinators!

NSAI Christmas Party Dec 9 2014

Steve and Misty Simpson are becoming coordinators, to help Fiona McAlister and Bobby Davis.  Steve was a coordinator from 2004 through 2009, and is returning.  Misty is bringing her incredible enthusiasm and energy to the group.  With Misty in the mix, you can count on a lot of fun this year!  Stay tuned!

Steve Simpson



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

On Behalf of Fiona, and Myself….We wanted to take a moment to recognize how much each of you (our CLT NSAI family) has made each of our lives a little better. Your friendship, talents and support has made 2014 a very special year. May each of you have a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Thank you & God Bless! Bobby Davis

December 9th…Our next meeting!

Don’t forget Dec. 9th is our Christmas meeting and pot luck supper. Bring a dish and your original or favorite Christmas song to share!

Free online course!!

Hey all,
I spoke about this at the last meeting and was asked to post it. I just took a 6 week course from UNC Chapel Hill, through Coursera. It was called The American South: It’s Music, Stories and Art. And it was FREE. It consisted of a short written lesson and then several short video clips, followed by a quiz for each week. This one is done now, but check the website Coursera and see what other goodies you can find for free!! Also, you can sign up for a monthly newsletter called The Educated Songwriter. Interesting stuff there too. Today included a free download of The Songwriters Handbook. Who doesn’t love FREE!!


Next meeting Nov. 11th!

Election Day threw me off. So here is the late reminder of the Nov. NSAI meeting NEXT Tuesday the 11th at 7pm at the Well in Pineville, NC. Look forward to seeing everyone there. Bobby

Next meeting Sept. 9th, Tuesday

Hope everyone had a Great Labor Day! Set you clocks for Next Tuesday Night Sept. 9th as it is time for our monthly Charlotte NSAI meeting. Also, remember the construction on 485 so you might plan on an extra 15-30 minute commute if you come that way. Hope to see everyone there at the Well in Pineville, NC. Meet and Greet at 6.45 pm…meeting starts at 7 p.m. See ya there!!!


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