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Fw: John Braheny benefit concert tonight. Please help.

From: John L.
Sent on: Monday, May 6, 2013 8:43 AM
Hi all,
I wanted to pass this along.  John Braheny truly was a songwriter's best friend and a giant in the world of understanding what it is we do.  There is a line below that says," John gave so much to so many songwriters and never really asked for much in return". 
Here's your chance to help out, if so inclined.

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Subject: John Braheny benefit concert tonight. Please help.

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Benefit concert/webcast to celebrate John Braheny’s life and legacy

Dear John,

On January 19th of this year the music world (and independent songwriters in particular) lost a great friend when John Braheny – master songwriter, author, and teacher of songwriting to thousands – succumbed to cancer.

John’s best-selling and highly acclaimed Writer’s Digest book, The Craft and Business of Songwriting is now in its 3rd Edition, and he taught the impactful “Anatomy of a hit” class at the Musicians Institute in LA (as well as at the Taxi Road Rally, where I met him). Most of all, John was, as they say, good people.

My friend Michael Laskow of Taxi, along with songwriter and author Dan Kimpel, have worked very hard to organize a live online tribute concert to celebrate John Braheny’s remarkable life, tonight, May 5th, from 6 to 9 p.m. PDT. It will be broadcast live from Kulak’s Woodshed in Los Angeles, with performances in John’s honor from Stephen Bishop, Allan Rich, Harold Payne and Dorian Holley - hit songwriters and performers whose careers were dramatically impacted by the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase (LASS), the organization that John co-founded and directed.

As he battled cancer in the final year of his life, John was unable to work, and his economic resources were severely challenged. Per his wishes we want to support his wife JoAnn’s work to update and record an audio version of his book, and to create an online archive of the huge body of historic interviews and articles amassed by the LASS during its decades of service to songwriters. This concert and your support will go a long way to allowing JoAnn to accomplish that goal.

John gave so much to so many songwriters and never really asked for much in return. Please join us in preserving his life’s work by donating a few bucks to this endeavor via Paypal to [address removed]. You may also send a check to JoAnn Braheny, PO Box 5715, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413.

And don’t forget to tune in and join us for a very special evening of music and celebration of John’s life as “The Songwriter’s Best Friend,” TONIGHT at 6pm (PDT) / 9pm (EDT) at

Your support is much appreciated.

With gratitude,

Tony van Veen
CEO, Disc Makers

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