Minutes prepared by Bobby Davis
Date of Meeting: August 11, 2015, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Location: The Well, 220 Main Street, Pineville, NC 28134
Coordinators: Fiona McAllister, Misty Simpson, Steve Simpson, Bobby Davis
Number in Attendance: 18
Announcements: Fiona McAllister welcomed everyone to our annual “Show and Tell” month where everyone talks about writing or performing goals they initially set at the beginning of the year, their progress towards those goals, and finally ..one thing they personally do or an item they use.. to help them write and/or perform. However, before I synopsize about all those things…Misty Simpson covered some NSAI news and updates. She gave a brief history of the purpose or mission of NSAI and how it was established solely for the songwriter. Additionally, how NSAI uses annual membership dues to continually enhance, protect and support not only the songwriter but their spouses, children, and future heirs, etc in regards to royalties, rights, and mechanical fee’s. She also alluded to a handout she prepared that explains all the benefits available to the NSAI members. Finally, she advised the Charlotte NSAI Chapter will be hosting singer/songwriter Peter Mulvey for a songwriter workshop Oct. 10 from 1-3 p.m. at the Well in Pineville. The cost will be $20 per person. Please let her, Steve, Fiona or myself know if you will be attending. Peter will also be performing later that evening at the Charlotte Evening Muse…tickets will go fast so make your reservations now. Great Job Misty! Steve Simpson addressed an upcoming free guitar workshop by Jennifer Batten at Sam Ash Music on Aug. 22nd. She comes highly recommended by former Charlotte Coordinator Doak Turner and more info can be found at her website: http://www.jenniferbatten.com. By the way…Jennifer did the guitar solo on Michael Jacksons mega hit…Beat It! Steve also invited everyone to his upcoming gig on Saturday Aug. 15th at Nova’s Bakery in Mint Hill, NC. This will be his first time playing at the Mint Hill location and invited everyone to come out and perform. He will be there from 2-4 p.m. I covered the upcoming online pitch opportunities via skype that are currently being advertised on the NSAI national website. You don’t have to go to Nashville to pitch your music. Check out the National Web site! http://www.nashvillesongwriters.com/. To close out the announcements, Fiona covered the recent Cornelius Song Writers meeting where NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison skyped in and covered NSAI mission, goals, and membership. The group is diligently working towards establishing another NSAI Chapter in the Charlotte area due to the geographical size of the Charlotte area. We wish them luck in their endeavor. Also, originally we planned for Bart to skype in with our Chapter in October…however we haven’t confirmed it as of yet and will let everyone know in the near future. OK….I think I covered all of the announcements.
Tonight’s Agenda: As I alluded to earlier…tonight was our show and tell night. I couldn’t begin to capture everything from everyone so I’ll only relay information or products that may assist songwriters/performers. Also to respect the privacy of our members, I will only include the names of the coordinators. Not because we are special…well maybe Fiona and Misty…but because I would prefer to have a members permission before I include their name in something that gets published. Misty started us off with her recent experience at Swannanoa. I won’t cover Swannanoa but I do recommend everyone check out there web page. http://www.swangathering.com. Great place for learning the craft and networking! One thing Misty learned while she was there…. was about strings. How often should you change your strings? According to the pro’s…they recommend every two months for folks learning and monthly for the Pro’s. Apparently, over time strings weaken and lose their tone. What strings do the Pro’s use? Oasis for mandolin and ukulele, D’Addario for guitar. Where do you get them? Both can be purchased via http://www.StringsByMail.com. Also, there is a new tuner hitting the market that many of the pro’s are utilizing. Why? …because they can leave it on during their performance! It’s almost invisible and made by D’Addario as well. One member did say he preferred Elixir strings. Moving on…Steve handed out a sheet he copied from songwriter Ellis Paul….called Song Editing Wheel. He gave a brief explanation on how it works and how it can aid in your writing. It was very enlightening and easy to follow but much too comprehensive for me to even attempt to describe. Maybe he can scan it and post it in our local social media page. Several other products were brought up by our members…one being the onsong application for your ipad. It allows you to put your music and lyrics via a software application and refer to it as necessary. Great tool if you can’t remember all the lyrics to your songs. Sure could of used it for these minutes. LOL. You can check it out at http://www.onsongapp.com. Also, for the do it yourself (DIY) writer/marketer/publisher…one member talked about his experiences with SongCast which he markets his music globally. The program has some pretty cool features for tracking downloads, etc. Of course…it’s not free however information pertaining to it can be seen at http://www.songcastmusic.com. Some individual writing/performing techniques that our members suggested….Relax! Write as much as you can! Set specific times to write! Get up and move around when you get stuck! Breathe! Co-write! Practice, Practice, Practice! Break down some walls! (you had to be at the meeting to understand that one) Network and keep coming to our NSAI meetings! (that made all of us coordinators feel good). Great comments and achievements by everyone that attended. We closed out the evening with some incredible songs during our critique session. To those that performed…we thank you for allowing us to marvel at your artistic abilities and promote our national motto….It All Begins With a Song. With that….another great meeting came to close…..Til Next Time…Bobby Davis