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30 Mar Posted by in Blog | Comments

Meet the Host: David Guilbault

Meet the Host: David Guilbault

David Guilbault has been booking and hosting a concert series called “Voices Raised: Some Things Gotta Be Said.” The shows feature 4 to 6 singer-songwriters, each performing three original topical songs. We wanted to introduce David to you through his own words. “As a Baby Boomer, I grew up in the Fifties and came of ...

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29 Mar Posted by in Blog, Featured Artists | 1 comment

SiS Featured Songwriter: Paula Boggs

SiS Featured Songwriter: Paula Boggs

“Seattle-Brewed Soulgrass” A long way from the rainy Pacific Northwest, a budding guitar player from Virginia sat in front of a TV set watching “Here Comes the Brides” which is set in old Seattle. In watching the interplay of two characters, Candy and Jeremy, young Paula Boggs, “found her first songwriting muse at a time when ...

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27 Feb Posted by in Blog, Featured Artists | Comments

SiS Featured Songwriter: Jean Mann

SiS Featured Songwriter: Jean Mann

“glass spilling over, pouring out the past, room fills up, a story’s cast”  –  Jean Mann                              The stories that spill from the past of singer-songwriter Jean Mann are as rich and varied as the images that fill the lyrics of her six albums. ...

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27 Feb Posted by in Blog | Comments

Soul of a Song

Soul of a Song

I’ll begin this by saying there are a million ways to approach songwriting. But this is not going to be about the technical musical notation aspects of creating a song. I want to discuss the emotion – the experiences inspiring a song’s creation. It seems there is music to cover all the bases when it ...

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09 Feb Posted by in Blog | Comments

Meet the Host: Sheri Roberts-Greimes

Meet the Host: Sheri Roberts-Greimes

Sheri Roberts-Greimes has recently taken on our newest showcase, Capps Club. As host, she will help SiS songwriters put their best foot forward when playing their original compositions at this Kenmore club whose motto is “LIVE MUSIC. DONE WELL.” As Sheri is often busy helping other songwriters feel welcome and prepared to share their work, ...

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28 Jan Posted by in Blog, Newsletter, Tips | Comments

Top 10 Songwriting Insights From Durango

Top 10 Songwriting Insights From Durango

Twice a year for the last six years or so, I have attended the four-day Durango Songwriters Expo. The people that attend this intensive confab are publishers, film supervisors, performers, and most of all songwriters of all ages. I’m going to break with my usual MO here and not drop any names, but I can ...

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28 Jan Posted by in Blog, Newsletter | Comments

Meet the Host: Todd Christoffel

Meet the Host: Todd Christoffel

Todd Christoffel, a long-time member of the Songwriters in Seattle Board of Directors has recently taken on our newest showcase, the Columbia City Theatre. As host, he will help SiS songwriters put their best foot forward when playing their original compositions at this historic landmark, previously graced by the likes of Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix, ...

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28 Jan Posted by in Blog, Newsletter | Comments

Meet the Board: Griffin James

Meet the Board: Griffin James

With the desire to build a more friendly and welcoming community through our volunteer efforts, Songwriters in Seattle would like you to get to know our volunteer leaders. This month we’d like to introduce active Board Member, host of the monthly networking meeting, and newsletter editor Griffin, in his own words: I began plinking around ...

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29 Dec Posted by in Blog, Newsletter, Tips | 5 comments

The Honest Lyric

The Honest Lyric

There is no right or wrong way to write a song lyric. And there are no right or wrong lyrics. But, there is truth and falsehood. Is your song honest? Or are you just making rhymes? I was honored to be asked to write this column exploring the craft of lyric writing. I have no ...

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29 Dec Posted by in Blog, Newsletter, Tips | 2 comments

All About Five (Or V For Victory)

All About Five (Or V For Victory)

SUMMARY: This debut article takes a reasonably deep look at a basic topic. It describes the dominant chords, which are often referred to as V and V7. I’ll also illustrate how the chords function, how they’re used, and I’ll end with some examples. You’ll learn that a dominant chord can be used alone, or you ...

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