Happy New Year to all the songwriters and musicians out there,
I'm personally not real big on making grand resolutions that I can quickly
break and forget, but I'll pass on something I try to do with varying degrees of
success. That's to try and do one thing every day to
further your music. It could amount to no more than writing a few lines,
following up with a new contact, documenting that riff you're sure you'll never
forget, attending a songwriter's meeting, submitting something to a licensing
opportunity, or even making a plan for how to move forward. And even
if you only succeeding in doing something half the time, that would still be
more than 175 days you made some sort of progress. At the end of the year
you'd be surprised at all you've accomplished, I bet.
With respect to the Chicago monthly meeting that had been at United Quick
Transportation for much of 2012; we will no longer be meeting there. First
off, many thanks to Raul Villenova for the generous use of the facility.
Raul was a most gracious host and I personally thank him for his efforts.
I believe there's a SemiSonic song with a line, "every new beginning comes from
some other beginning's end" and so we are headed in a new direction. There
have been a couple of challenges in finding another location, particularly if
"free space" is the requirement. As the old saying goes, there ain't no
such thing as a free lunch, to which I might add, or free meeting space.
I think it may be time to return to a model we used for a number of years
and one that the CSC Christian group is successfully using. That is
meeting at someone's home, condo, apartment, etc. Although all options
have pluses and minuses, this one has the advantage of addressing a major topic
-- ' the meeting is too far away from me'. Nothing closer than home
than home itself! And it's a great reason to clean up (something of a
personal weak point among my various virtues - lol)
I put a poll up on the meetup site to gauge interest in hosting - PLEASE
RESPOND! It's under the More tab, Polls. www.meetup.com/vocalists-151
And lastly, although some of you have paid during the course of the year,
it is time for annual dues. A whopping $10. They can be paid on the
site via PayPal. Thanks.
Looking forward to hearing a bunch of great music from all you talented
folks out there.
on behalf of the Chicago Songwriters Collective
where songwriters gather and grow,