Re: [vocalists-151] Happy New Year!

From: Raul H V.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 9:23 PM
Hey John, regarding your change of venue for the 2013 calendar and beyond:  Henry (the proprietor) and I thank you for relocating CSC's monthly meetups to United Quick.  We are very excited that a new look is underway, as remodeling the facility required vacancy, unfortunately.  Also, CSC was not charged any fee(s) while at United Quick.  Henry (the proprietor) and I believed in the organization's endeavors, thus the open invitation. So you see, CSC should look forward towards others' generosity in providing another location: "Consider the lillies of the field..."  The blessings CSC recieved are the blessings CSC provides for its members.  Henry and I believe that CSC will continue to recieve many more blessings in the near future as your organization continues to "gather and grow."  God Bless!     

From: John Ludwig <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, January 2,[masked]:11 PM
Subject: [vocalists-151] Happy New Year!

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.
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,

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