Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Mick Jagger, Jewel, Jason Mraz, Miles Davis, the list goes on. George has interviewed so many famous songwriters. This Wednesday he will be sharing what he's learned from them about songwriting.
George will also help us with some business tips on how to get the attention of the press. Not an easy thing to do, George has the insider's perspective. And he has volunteered to give a limited number of reviews of our members' music (RSVP to qualify).
George will also share highlights of his concert going career (3-4 per week, for 23 years). What have been some extraordinary shows, and what we as musical performers can learn from them. What does a professional critic look for in a performance?
Afterwards there will be some Q&A for George. And then, as always an opportunity for members to share their music.
Don't forget to RSVP to get meeting details, qualify for a professional review, and so we know how many to expect.
Here is George Varga's Bio:
George Varga, the veteran pop music critic for the San Diego Union-Tribune, was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and grew up in Hawaii and Frankfurt, Germany. He began drumming in rock bands at the age of 12 and was hired to write about music for an American magazine published in Germany when he was 15. After moving to San Diego shortly before his 20th birthday, Varga wrote about music for The Reader, Kicks magazine and the San Diego County edition of the Los Angeles Times. He began writing for the San Diego Union in 1982 and has been the Union-Tribune's pop music critic since 1988. Over the years he has interviewed Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Linda Ronstadt, Miles Davis, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris and such former and current San Diegans as Tom Waits, Jack Tempchin, J.J. Cale, Stephen Bishop, Diamanda Galas, Chris Hillman, Jewel, Jason Mraz, Steve Poltz, Gregory Page and the members of Nickel Creek, blink-182 and P.O.D.. Varga is also a contributing writer for Jazz Times magazine and has written for Billboard, Spin and other publications. Despite having been the drummer in an actively gigging San Diego jazz-rock band for several years, he does not know how to drive.