Certificate of Recognition from Governor Abbott to the Fort Worth Songwriters' Association for 25 years of service providing, educating, and promoting music in Texas.

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30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

FEBRUARY EVENTS

WEDNESDAY:  7 February Board of Directors Meeting

6:30 - 8:30pm | No Frills Grill, 12846 South Freeway, Burleson

TUESDAY:  20 February OPEN MIC

 [6 - 9 pm] | Fred's Texas Cafe (7101 Camp Bowie W Blvd, Fort Worth)

TUESDAY:  27 February FWSA MONTHY WORKSHOP

6:30 - 8:30pm | No Frills Grill, 12846 South Freeway, Burleson

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FROM THE PRESIDENT

I have two subjects this month.

Last Tuesday, January 23rd, our FWSA group had discussions on the many ways to write songs.  John Terry headed the discussion which drew great response and encouragement.  In Greg Allman's acceptance speech, said, “there are as many ways to write songs as there are songs”.  John added that there are tools, not rules, in songwriting.  So, if you are writing, you are already connected, find what works for you.

Next, our question of the month: “Is songwriting physical, mental, or spiritual?”  In his presentation, John Terry also added that songwriting is emotional and may be in between mental and spiritual, so we will throw that in also.  Certainly, songwriting is exciting when it is fresh and flowing, then frustrating when the inspiration suddenly stops.  That would be physical, mental and spiritual all at the same time.  Certainly, practice is physical.  The grind is mental.  The reward is spiritual since it is not financial yet.

I have no formula to count the unfinished songs compared to the finished songs, but I think it is 20 to 1 for me. And the unfinished songs that I actually finished later are another rare gem.  Yet, the unfinished works are worth hanging on to and may inspire another song.

Diane Warren must have had the same frustrations we are going through but she used “unfinished songs” to describe our lives “Cause we're all unfinished songs - waiting for the best part to come along - and we're all pictures half drawn - we can be anything we want - it's your life, it's your call!”

Here's hoping you have a great year.

Keep writing!

Rick Tate

(Now, go and check out Diane's lyrics on page 5 of the February Newsletter!)

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 FWSA 2023 Song Contest Winners Announced:
 Bare Bones:  Love/Relationship - Angel of Mercy (John Terry/Bobby Terry)

Bare Bones:  Open Subject - Gilligan's Island (John Terry/Alvaro Villareal)

Holiday/Inspirational /Patriotic – What I Need to Do (Allan Peterson)

Humor/Comedy - Be Careful What You Pray For (Rickey Tate)

Studio Produced:  Love/Relationship - A Lovely Rendezvous (Mitch Fenner)

Studio Produced:  Open Subject - Why (Darren Wiedman)

Lyrics Only:  Jack Daniels or King James (Darren Wiedman)

Demo's of the 1st Place Winning Songs automatically rotate about 45 seconds for your listening pleasure. 

 


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