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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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SiS Featured Songwriter: Andy “Roo” Forrest

SiS Featured Songwriter: Andy “Roo” Forrest

Songwriters discussing their craft often focus on structure and style, or perhaps a particular genre that inspires their stylistic choices. However, songwriter Andy “Roo” Forrest’s writing process begins at his feet… literally. “I walk. I have written everything while walking. I sing, tap out rhythms, talk to myself and make noises while I walk and ...

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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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SiS Featured Artist of the Month: Jaspar Lepak

SiS Featured Artist of the Month:  Jaspar Lepak

Jaspar Lepak has become, according to Richard Haslop, Audio Video Magazine (South Africa) “… a compelling and sometimes even riveting singer, pure and pretty without being precious, emotionally raw without being raunchy, with a clean, clear voice that drifts between folk, country and that middle ground that has been identified, by those who decide these ...

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14 Dec Posted by in NWME | Comments

NWME Announcement: “Transitions”

NWME Announcement: “Transitions”

The Northwest Music Experience (NWME) was developed as a celebration of talent and community in the Pacific Northwest. Its first incarnation was a successful awards show honoring 40 fantastic artists who represented the diverse music community that surrounds us. This spirit will live on with the Songwriters in Seattle Awards, which is in the planning ...

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11 Apr Posted by in Announcements | Comments

Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG Event

Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG Event

We’re excited that Songwriters in Seattle will be part of The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG event on May 6th. Donations made to Songwriters in Seattle through The Seattle Foundation’s website ON THIS DAY ONLY will be stretched/matched thanks to The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors! Make a donation, share with your friends (#GiveBIG), and be a ...

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2013 NWME Awards Winners Announced

2013 NWME Awards Winners Announced

At the 3rd Annual Songwriters in Seattle BBQ and 1st Northwest Music Experience Awards, 14 performers entertained the crowd along with the presentation of all 40 awards finalists! From each category of 5 finalists, a winner was announced based on votes from 100 invited judges from within the music community. All finalists in attendance received ...

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Northwest Music Experience Finalists Announced

Northwest Music Experience Finalists Announced

As part of the annual Songwriters in Seattle Summer BBQ, we are giving awards under the Northwest Music Experience event name. More information at nwmusicexperience.org – here are the results: Congratulations to our finalists and a huge thank you to everyone who submitted a song and participated! The quality and variety of the 240 entries ...

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15 Mar Posted by in Announcements, Blog | Comments

SiS Compilation Released!

SiS Compilation Released!

It has taken Songwriters in Seattle a number of years to put together a collection of music that represents the group in any significant way. We are now very proud to present this new compilation CD we’ve entitled “2012: Contest Winners and Highlights” – This album is compiled from Songwriters in Seattle member contest winners ...

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