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

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


 

FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

 

Rick Tate, President

 

Tie Breakers!

To settle disputes on even head-to-head competition, rules ae applied to determine the winner.  Points always eliminate the need for tiebreakers, but there are often those times where rules must be applied, instead of a gut instinct which would be accused of predetermined bias.  A few examples?  In baseball, tie goes to the runner for one.  In football, strength of schedule for rankings, for the win; penetrations into the red zone or total years.  Even a coin flip is used; if no tiebreaker can be agreed up, let fate decide?

So, what are your tiebreaker?  There is a list of habits that costs you nothing to improve your life and reduce stress.  A few are:

1)  be on time

2)  think before you speak

3)  smile

4)  avoid negative thoughts, speaking and people

5)  don't be part of the problem

6)  know your limits/learn to say no

7)  be kind, genuinely care

So, how can this help the singer/songwriter?  Each performer brings a different value.  Stating the obvious, perhaps they practiced more than I practiced, or natural talent.  But then and not so obvious is where you can gain ground on these performers.

Bring the tiebreakers!  You may have some:

1)  avoid lengthy introductions to a song

2)  smile and be comfortable, enjoy being on stage, it is contagious

3)  appeal to the audience's interests with son selection

4)  clever lyrics and catchy melodies

5)  be prepared/be on time

6)  an error/mess up is an opportunity - you got their attention, laugh!

A good realtor doesn't just stick a sign in the front yard!  They know the appeal of the home, they show the home, they match the buyer to the home.  Shouldn't we be selling our songs to the audience with that extra effort?  So, I think practice, practice, practice is the points of the score, after that polish up on your tiebreakers.

Good luck, I hope this encourages you....

Keep writing!

Rick Tate

 

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FWSA TERMS & CONDITIONS
 

 


Oct20

Better than Songwriting Training, these events are all about Learning from those who have experienced the frustrations and rewards of the Songwriter's journey! Members always invited; Guests invited to one event with the expectation that you will join the Association to continue attending the events and participate in Song Evaluations and Feedback.

Nov17

Better than Songwriting Training, these events are all about Learning from those who have experienced the frustrations and rewards of the Songwriter's journey! Members always invited; Guests invited to one event with the expectation that you will join the Association to continue attending the events and participate in Song Evaluations and Feedback.

Dec15

Better than Songwriting Training, these events are all about Learning from those who have experienced the frustrations and rewards of the Songwriter's journey! Members always invited; Guests invited to one event with the expectation that you will join the Association to continue attending the events and participate in Song Evaluations and Feedback.

Jan19

Monthly Gathering: FWSA

Dickies BBQ (South of Hulen Mall), 6219 Oakmont Blvd, Fort Worth

Better than Songwriting Training, these events are all about Learning from those who have experienced the frustrations and rewards of the Songwriter's journey! Members always invited; Guests invited to one event with the expectation that you will join the Association to continue attending the events and participate in Song Evaluations and Feedback.