SONGWRITING CHALLENGE Song Title Announcement!

OK all you songwriters, here’s the challenge! You have 30 days to write a song to this title

“Fire and Flame”

We’ve got 30 days! Let’s get busy!!
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Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator, Music Industry Weekend
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

2013 Music Industry Weekend is on the way!


I have been working on our agenda for the upcoming Music Industry Weekend (Oct 24-27) and conferring with several of our main presenters. While we are still working out the details, I want to share with you our there:

“Fanning the Fire of Action through Music!”

This weekend is being designed as a pragmatic aid to our younger musicians of service in the wake of the 95+ Youth Conferences happening around the globe.

We thought “Who better to keep the fires burning in the hearts of the youth than those Baha’i musicians who attended!”

And to that end, we determined that the skill sets of greatest immediate importance are those that improve CONTENT and DELIVERY!

Robert Gillies from Scotland, by way of Boston, performs one of his excellent tunes.

Robert Gillies from Scotland, by way of Boston, performs one of his excellent tunes.

So I am pleased to announce that Mr Robert Gillies, award-winning, internationally recognized songwriter and performer will be presenting workshops on SONGWRITING.  Robert, who has a degree in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music,  is a true professional and his sessions last year were deeply appreciated by all who attended.

To make the event even more exciting, we will issue a SONGWRITER’S CHALLENGE on September 24th giving those who accept the challenge, 30 days to write a song with the title we will announce. So, watch this space and the Baha’i Musicians Group International on Facebook, for the song title on 24 September.  On Friday of our Music Industry Weekend, we will all share our new songs of the same name. This will be huge fun.

So, that’s content. But what about Delivery?  TREAT NUMBER 2: We have a “coalition of forces” coming together to present PERFORMANCE and stage presence techniques that help you engage and inspire your audience. This is an art unto itself and no one is better at audience engagement than Mr. Chuck Thrapp of the group “Sugar Pine”

Chuck Thrapp performs his "In-Law Blues"

Chuck Thrapp performs his “In-Law Blues”

which has for 30 years been thrilling audiences of diverse background in the Yosemite area.  Chuck will be joined by veteran performer Mr. Alan James, whom many of you know as a tough task master of stage presence tune-ups. And Yes, Alan will be providing those workshop sessions as well to give you personal attention.  And just to make it fun, Robert and I will join the performance presentation team. Between the four of us, we feel confident we can help you light fires in the hearts in your audience.

And just to sweeten the appeal, we will also have Mr. Russ Salton with us again this year and he’s bringing his recording equipment. This is an opportunity to get a track recorded by a man who knows what he’s doing.  Russ works very hard each time he brings his studio to Bosch but he says its a labor of love.

There’s more coming, so stay tuned, and make plans now to join us for our 11th Music Industry Weekend at Bosch Baha’i School!

Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist