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From the Editor
By Rob Owen

Well, the groundhog didn’t see his or her shadow so I guess it means winter will be over soon.  I never did trust groundhogs, but in Oklahoma they do make a delicious meal.  OK, before all you animal lovers get angry I want to state for the record I have never eaten one.
But with the warmer weather on the way, it means we will all be out and about, spending time with our families, fishing, having picnics, riding motorcycles, planning vacations, enjoying the splendor of mother nature, or just experiencing this great life God has given us.  
Many of us feel guilty if we miss an open mic or any other FWSA event because we have family or personal commitments.  When I injured myself last year and the doctor told me I was out of the game for almost three months, I felt guilty because Michael Conner, Rick Tate, and some others were left with the responsibility of setting up events and running the sound.  I thought to myself, “how are they going to get through all of this without me being there”.  You know what -  the world didn’t end and everything was fine.  
Life is short and sometimes we have to prioritize the events in our life.  If you have a choice between some quality time with your child or grandchild, taking your spouse out to a romantic dinner, or playing at our open mic, I certainly hope you don’t choose the latter.  Some moments in life cannot be re-played so it is up to us to make the right choices when they come along.
I have always been a strong believer in “karma”.  This is the philosophy which states good or bad things you do will come back to you in the future.  This is one of the reasons as an organization we must look beyond our own boundaries and get more involved in the community.  At the present time, we are hosting a donation drive for the Day Resource and Homeless Shelter in Fort Worth until May 15th (see Page 4).  Later this year, we will be assisting the Fort Worth Food Bank with donations of food items.  Both of these organizations are worthy of our help and do great things for people in need.
So, as we all enjoy the great weather, spending time with our families and friends, planning our vacations, attending picnics, and sitting around our dinner tables, let’s also remember there are many less fortunate than ourselves.
Let’s hope the groundhog is right and winter is almost over, although we have been very fortunate this year with the cold weather.  Then again, we had a warm blanket and a roof over our heads.  Some did not.  Thank you all for your support.

 

Jun6

FWSA Monday Night Open Mic

Buffalo West Restaurant, 7101 Camp Bowie West, Fort Worth, TX 76116

All songwriters and performers of original music are welcome. No covers. Every 1st and 3rd Monday Night (excluding holidays). 6:30-9:30 PM (Sign up from 6:30pm -8:30pm) Non-smoking and family friendly event. Buffalo West offers delicious entrees, friendly service, and a very nice salad bar, add Live Music and you have a great Date Night! For more information on Buffalo West click HERE> http://www.buffalowestfw.com/

Jun16

FWSA Monthly Songwriter Gathering

Dickey's BBQ Pit, 6219 Oakmont Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76132

“Techniques and Tips For a Professional Live Performance” What are some of the things we do wrong on stage? This workshop will examine ways to improve our on-stage performance, engage the audience, and include a live discussion of problems encountered by live performers. Song Evaluations will follow the workshop. You must bring lyric sheets if you want to take part in evaluations.

Jun20

FWSA Monday Night Open Mic

Buffalo West Restaurant, 7101 Camp Bowie West, Fort Worth, TX 76116

All songwriters and performers of original music are welcome. No covers. Every 1st and 3rd Monday Night (excluding holidays). 6:30-9:30 PM (Sign up from 6:30pm -8:30pm) Non-smoking and family friendly event. Buffalo West offers delicious entrees, friendly service, and a very nice salad bar, add Live Music and you have a great Date Night! For more information on Buffalo West click HERE> http://www.buffalowestfw.com/

Jul4

FWSA Monday Night Open Mic

Buffalo West Restaurant, 7101 Camp Bowie West, Fort Worth, TX 76116

All songwriters and performers of original music are welcome. No covers. Every 1st and 3rd Monday Night (excluding holidays). 6:30-9:30 PM (Sign up from 6:30pm -8:30pm) Non-smoking and family friendly event. Buffalo West offers delicious entrees, friendly service, and a very nice salad bar, add Live Music and you have a great Date Night! For more information on Buffalo West click HERE> http://www.buffalowestfw.com/

Jul18

FWSA Monday Night Open Mic

Buffalo West Restaurant, 7101 Camp Bowie West, Fort Worth, TX 76116

All songwriters and performers of original music are welcome. No covers. Every 1st and 3rd Monday Night (excluding holidays). 6:30-9:30 PM (Sign up from 6:30pm -8:30pm) Non-smoking and family friendly event. Buffalo West offers delicious entrees, friendly service, and a very nice salad bar, add Live Music and you have a great Date Night! For more information on Buffalo West click HERE> http://www.buffalowestfw.com/

Jul21

FWSA Monthly Songwriter Gathering

Dickey's BBQ Pit, 6219 Oakmont Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76132

“Techniques and Tips For a Professional Live Performance” What are some of the things we do wrong on stage? This workshop will examine ways to improve our on-stage performance, engage the audience, and include a live discussion of problems encountered by live performers. Song Evaluations will follow the workshop. You must bring lyric sheets if you want to take part in evaluations.

Aug1

FWSA Monday Night Open Mic

Buffalo West Restaurant, 7101 Camp Bowie West, Fort Worth, TX 76116

All songwriters and performers of original music are welcome. No covers. Every 1st and 3rd Monday Night (excluding holidays). 6:30-9:30 PM (Sign up from 6:30pm -8:30pm) Non-smoking and family friendly event. Buffalo West offers delicious entrees, friendly service, and a very nice salad bar, add Live Music and you have a great Date Night! For more information on Buffalo West click HERE> http://www.buffalowestfw.com/