Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Songsalive! workshop Sunday

Come to regular Songsalive! workshops and develop collaborations, meet industry guests, showcase and workshop your music for feedback in a professional and supportive environment.
Songsalive! holds workshops where songwriters gather to share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the songwriting communities we have created around the world. The first half is solely dedicated to an in-the-round workshop where writers present one song each - either on tape, CD or live - followed by a guest speaker/industry discussion in the second half and plenty of time to talk and network.
Our workshops often feature guest speakers representing all facets of the industry from A&R, publishers, successful producers, CD production and distribution execs and, of course, writers and composer who share their ideas, tips & techniques on all aspects of the songwriting craft.
The workshops are open to all songwriters and music composers of all levels and music genres and you don't have to be a Songsalive! member to attend. It is usually best to register your attendance in advance.
Direct link for info:

WHEN: Last Sunday of every month
NEXT: Sunday, February 24, 2008
With Guest Speaker G.F. Mlely discussing "Writing Songs for Theater - Another Music Industry"

G. F. Mlely is Director of the Pacific Songwriters Workshop. Besides having managed to bring a songwriting workshop into the Hawaii Department of Education as an accredited subject, making it the first nationally in a secondary school, he is an internationally acclaimed pianist and composer, featured in concert, festival, and club venues throughout Europe and the United States. His original choral compositions have premiered in Hawai'i and in Los Angeles.
Threnody, a composition from his critically acclaimed solo piano album Re-Entry was picked for Typewriter Dreams, a New York theater production. His video series, Jazz Piano with G. F. Mlely, ran over 2 years on Olelo Television of Hawai'i. Songs from his catalogue have been produced and recorded by Freddie Hubbard, George Harrison, (guitarist) John Tesh, Phil Perry, and The Cunninghams - the latter on a Grammy nominated album.
Mlely, who writes both words and music, also writes essays on the art, craft, and politics of jazz and songwriting, some published online by, as well as a full-length book, New Music And The American Christian - A Critical Look. The Dance Of Life, The Dance Of Jazz, his recently completed project, a 2-act music-theater work -"spanning the gap between jazz and theater"- is currently in budget formation. ( )

WHERE: The Bomb Shelter Rehearsal and Recording Studio ( )7580 Garden Grove Blvd., Westminster, CA 92683. Phone: 714-240-7345
Directions: South side of Garden Grove Boulevard, between Knott Street and Beach Boulevard. Exit the Garden Grove (22) Freeway at Knott or Beach. There's plenty of free parking.
TIME: Starting promptly at 7:00 p.m., running until 9:00 p.m. (PST/PDT)
COST: $5 for non-members, free to Songsalive! members. You can join Songsalive! to participate in the workshops at , then click on Join.
Hosted by: Rodney S. O'Riley
REGISTER: Email below with 'Orange County Chapter Songsalive! Workshop' in subject header, or contact us by phone. You will be automatically registered to attend unless contacted. We prefer pre-registrations.
CONTACT: Rod O'Riley, Workshop Coordinator
Email: or (714) 333-8222 to pre-register.

1 song either on tape, CD or live (bring own guitar or keyboard) and 20 copies of your typed lyric sheet with contact details clearly displayed.
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS EVERY MONTH hand picked from publishers to record company A&R, well-known songwriters, authors, artists and music industry reps.
SPEAKERS: Most months we have guest speakers. Check out who has spoken and who will speak at our workshops at

There is no guest speaker for Sunday, March 30; just our normal monthly workshop. But Sunday, April 27, Joanne Ledesma will discuss "Pitching: Making your Music Marketable", 7:00 pm at the Bomb Shelter Rehearsal and Recording Studio.
All speakers' biographies can be read at

OUT OF TOWN CRITIQUES: Can't get to one of our workshops? Why not upload your mp3 for a Songsalive! Song Critique go for details.

MORE INFO on the event, upcoming events, joining Songsalive! and workshop info at
Songsalive! is a non-profit organization dedicated to the nurturing, support and promotion of songwriters and composers worldwide. Founded in 1997, Songsalive! is run by songwriters for songwriters and now has over 18 chapter cities around the world. It acts as an epicentre, a heart of the international songwriting community and music markets, bridging the gaps, tapping songwriters into the pulse of the business and at the same time giving them and their music the support they deserve.
Through Songsalive!, songs and songwriters can be accessed by the whole world and when the hunt is on, Songsalive! is a one-stop song shop!
Songsalive! gives life to songs, provides opportunities for collaboration, creates awareness about original music, promotes and educates through an amazing network of programs designed especially for songwriters and original music: live events and showcases; songwriter critique workshops, songleads and industry pitches; cd samplers; education seminars and Expos; artist development; studio production; informational source and networking.
For Songsalive! information, media and membership inquiries - call head office at 801-838-5411 or Email via Rod O'RileySongsalive OC Workshop CoordinatorSongsalive!supporting and promoting songwriters and composers worldwide

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