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30 Jul Posted by in Blog | Comments

Meet the Host: Saral Navlakha

Meet the Host: Saral Navlakha

Saral Navlakha is launching a new recurring event on our calendar, so we decided to interview him and share with you why he is taking this on. To begin, Saral, tell us a little about your music. “My name is Saral and I am primarily a singer these days. I joined Songwriters in Seattle several ...

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24 Jul Posted by in Blog | Comments

Meet the Board: Todd Christoffel

Meet the Board: Todd Christoffel

Todd Christoffel has been involved with Songwriters in Seattle nearly from the start, and joined the Songwriters in Seattle online membership on meetup.com in 2008. As a board member, Todd hosted board meetings at his home for several years. He has been an event host, a supportive member providing invaluable help behind the scenes, and ...

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10 Jul Posted by in Blog | 1 comment

SiS Featured Songwriter: Jim Hanna

SiS Featured Songwriter: Jim Hanna

The childhood home of singer/songwriter Jim Hanna was one infused with the sounds of Americana. “There was always music in the house. Dad played several instruments including tenor guitar, tenor banjo, mandolin, piano, and the occasional ocarina/kazoo/harmonica. Dad’s siblings all enjoyed playing as well, so there would be music whenever they got together – which ...

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

Getting Out of the Four Chord Rut

Getting Out of the Four Chord Rut

Many would consider a four-chord-song to be a song with one completely unnecessary chord in it, and it is true that there are many brilliant three-chord-songs. Country songwriter Harlan Howard famously stated that all he needed was “three chords and the truth” and my mother-in-law used to joke that she only knew how to play ...

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23 Jun Posted by in Blog | Comments

Why You Should Learn How To Run A PA System

Why You Should Learn How To Run A PA System

Have you ever played an open mic and you couldn’t hear your vocals? Or maybe they were drowned out by your guitar? Have you ever tried getting a little more volume out of your guitar but it wouldn’t stop feeding back? Or maybe the guitar sounded good, but the vocal mic was feeding back in ...

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25 May Posted by in Blog | 1 comment

Meet the Board: Chris Klimecky

Meet the Board: Chris Klimecky

Chris Klimecky, Executive Director of Songwriters in Seattle, describes his own musical development as, “a long, slow evolution – even after 30 years, it is an inspiring and surprising process!” Here’s his story in his own words: Songwriting started for me when I was around 12 years old as a family collaboration activity where I ...

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25 May Posted by in Blog | Comments

Don’t Forget That You Are An Artist!

Don’t Forget That You Are An Artist!

We don’t often talk about this in Songwriters in Seattle but let me remind you… songwriting is an art form, and you are an artist. This is an essential truth about songwriting. So I would recommend that you don’t be too hung up on writing your songs “correctly”. In much the same way as a ...

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24 May Posted by in Blog, Tips | Comments

Song Critiques: Why You Need Them, Why You Should Do Them

Song Critiques: Why You Need Them, Why You Should Do Them

Song Critiques: Why You Need Them, Why You Should Do Them There are two crucial steps that many amateur songwriters overlook in their quest to improve their craft and take their songs to the next level. First, they fail to subject their songs to a critique by other songwriters, and second, they fail to critique ...

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15 May Posted by in Blog, Featured Artists | Comments

SiS Featured Songwriter: Nate Manuel

SiS Featured Songwriter:  Nate Manuel

Playing to sold out stadiums, having #1 hits on the Billboard Charts, climbing the stairs at the Grammys to receive accolades… these are often daydreams that enter the thoughts of up-and-coming artists. But for Pacific Northwest singer-songwriter Nate Manuel, his dreams come true not with notoriety but in a kind of anonymity where the music ...

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30 Apr Posted by in Blog | Comments

Event Spotlight: Group Vocal Master Class with Debby Boland Watt

Event Spotlight: Group Vocal Master Class with Debby Boland Watt

As the Seattle Times wrote about her in an article in 2014, “Debby Watt can harmonize with a dryer”. We are lucky to be able to offer our members a workshop with vocalist extraordinaire, Debby Boland Watt. Singing and teaching others to find their voice is her entire life mission. “I love every sound. It ...

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