We’re just about to run out of time to make our Music Makers Weekend work this year.

I have 7 registered and 2 more committed to register.

I need 4 more more to make the financial loss affordable.  Yes, it will still be a loss, but not so big that I couldn’t afford it.

If I cancel tomorrow, I will get back the money I’ve already paid in facility rent and all those registered will get their payments back too. That’s a special deal we were offered by the DRBI office.

It looks to me, at this point, that this is a lost cause. One way or the other, I’ll send out the determination tomorrow.

Here again, is the link to register:

You can also call Desert Rose Baha’i Institute directly at 520-466-7961


Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist



Is this the End? Let’s Keep it Going!

We are just over a month away from Music Makers Weekend 2016.

Unfortunately, we don’t have enough pre-registrations to make this year’s event financially viable.

We’re going to wait another week, until 15 November, to see if enough people register to make this work.

We really don’t want to miss this year because of funding, but we may not have a choice, UNLESS a few folks, who for years may have been thinking about coming someday, decide this is the year!

So talk to your musician friends of like spirit! The folks registered so far are a great group, the program is timely, and we ALWAYS have a great time.

I’m looking forward to seeing more names on the roster by week’s end!
How about YOURS?


Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

Are you coming to MMW 2016?

Let me know if you pan to attend!  Add a comment to this post if you are planning to attend our Music Makers Weekend at the Desert Rose Baha’i Institute in December (16-18).  We need participants to make it happen, but the planning is underway so I need to know if you’ll join us.

Last year was a blast. We learned valuable skills from our presenters.  And the food was fantastic – thanks to our expert Chef Jim Rust – who by the way, is also a singer-songwriter with a fine voice!

This is a delightful event that you’ll want to experience if you’re serious about your musical craft or your DIY musician business.  The cost is set at $160 PLUS lodging (you have choices).  Registration will open September 15!


Darrell Elmer Rodgers – coordinator MMW
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist


Music in the Desert – a success!

What a jam-packed weekend it was! Our 13th gathering since our beginning and our FIRST gathering at Desert Rose Baha’i Institute.  Perhaps our writers (Maya and Deb) would call it “Volume 2, Issue 1” or perhaps, in the vernacular of our musician chef Jim, “the start of a second dozen”.

However we number it, it was fun. From  dinner and our beloved song-circle on Friday evening, to our closing reflection and wonderful closing lunch on Sunday, I firmly believe it was a good experience for all.

That’s not to say we can’t make improvements, we can! (That’s what we reflected on Sunday morning) But, for an abbreviated schedule, in a new venue for the first time, I think we all did pretty well. Of course, much thanks is owed to the volunteers who operate the Desert Rose Baha’i Institute for opening their doors to us at an affordable price and offering support for anything we needed (with special attention to Ginny Healy, Jerry Healy, Brenda Hadden, Peggy Hadden, Linda Fuller, and Betty Johnston).

IMG_4925-cropI want to thank everyone who attended and encourage you to look up their websites (those that have one) and hear their music.  In particular I want to thank Jim Rust, our chef, who volunteered last year to make this event work by feeding us handsomely! I suppose a fed musician is a happy musician because we were all grinning after every meal. (That Saturday morning breakfast was worth the trip all by itself!)

BrianAnd a sincere thank you to Brian Taraz, a man of extraordinary talent AND myriad skills, who sacrificed his time to assist Jim in the kitchen and handle a variety of emerging needs.  And thanks also to John Armour, man of a thousand flutes, who arrived 2 days early just to help us shop for food and stack the kitchen. John’s assistance throughout the weekend was essential.

I also want to give a special thanks to Rick Heyman (bass) and Michael Parker (drums) who drove from Tucson with their equipment to serve as the “House Band” backing up all who desired their support. The did an excellent job with very little rehearsal time (as always).

IMG_4929-cropThanks again to Alan James, Russ Salton, Jeff Bohnhoff and Maya Bohnhoff for their workshop sessions sharing their immense knowledge of the various aspects of our craft.

And thanks to  Jackie Odess-Gillett,  to Anna Resendiz, to Ladjamaya Green, and to the marvelous Jean T. Quinn for their performances in our Saturday night Showcase. Thanks also to Warren Odess-Gillett and Gary Sloan for their participation and contributions to the weekend’s success.

Now, perhaps we’ll start planning for next year!


Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

Ready for Friday

The registrations are in and the final preparations are underway! Our chef, Jim Rust, will be here a couple days early so that we can stock the kitchen with food.  Brian Taraz, our fellow weekend alum and musician, is coming to assist Jim. I appreciate these two guys very much.

MMW Free ShowWe’ll likely adjust the schedule somewhat, but for sure we’re doing a public show Saturday night. There are many local folks who have expressed an interest in coming – it should exceed any audience we’ve seen in years past.  So wish us all well in putting on a great show. We’ll have help from my own band mates Rick Heyman and Michael Parker who are coming from Tucson just to support us with bass and drums. They are adept at all genres!

Of course, we’ll take pictures to share here in our galleries.

To those coming, travel safely! To others, remember this next year.


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

30-day Song Writing Challenge!

How would you like to take on a 30-day SONG WRITING CHALLENGE?

We will share our results at Music Makers Weekend, December 18-20, at Desert Rose Baha’i Institute in Eloy, Arizona. (we did this last year at Bosch and it was fun)

This Year’s theme is “YOUR HEART” – start today! Write your song for “Your Heart” AND Register for Music Makers Weekend!

See the previous post to Register:

See the “Updates” tab on our website to read about our developing agenda.


Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator, Music Makers Weekend
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

A New Plan

It’s time for a new plan.

There will be no gathering at Bosch Baha’i School this year.

After waiting eight weeks for a time-slot, it appears to me that there is likely no room available for us at Bosch.  At least not yet.  It’s likely a business decision.  Our participation numbers have been low these past several years and I’m sure the school is reluctant to reserve space for a small group when there’s a potential that a larger group can provide more revenue.

Even if there is room, I cannot make the trip this year due to my job situation.  So we would need an alternate coordinator/host.  And it is already mid-June, months beyond the day I typically start arranging presenters. That’s a burden I would not want to put on anyone.  So, a gathering at Bosch seems unattainable.

However, last year when we were initially told we could not use Bosch (later rescinded), I called the folks at the Desert Rose Baha’i Institute (DRBI) in Eloy, AZ just 12 miles from my home. We tentatively reserved the weekend before Christmas, 18-20 December 2015 for a gathering there.  NOTE: it’s only Friday through Sunday.  Note: The Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference starts Friday Dec 25 in Scottsdale – about a 2-hour drive north)

IMG_1432Logistics will be a new challenge and there’s a limit to how many can be accommodated, but if you go anywhere in December, the Arizona desert is a pretty good choice. (December temperatures typically range between 44F at night to 66F in the daytime).  DRBI has a two modern “bunk houses” (16 to 20 people each), two “family-sized rooms”, a few “hotel-like” rooms and maybe even some other spaces we can stay in. (for photos see We’ll be performing in the “Round House”, DRBI’s original building that recently received some acoustic treatments. There’s a much larger hall, but it needs substantial acoustic work. (any volunteers?)

We will have a skilled chef, Mr. Jim Rust, to command DRBI’s commercial-grade kitchen and organize the several local volunteers who have offered to help make our weekend a success.

What I need to know, before I expend any more energy on this, is “Can YOU come?”

iIf so, send an email to my address  darrell at darrellsongs dot com (I think you can translate that)

If we have sufficient positive response –by the 15th of July 2015 – we’ll kick start the engine and roll forward with a new banner “Music Makers Weekend”.  New place, new name, but same game – we’ll focus on improving our craft and keeping ourselves on the spiritual path as we progress as musicians and performers.  Our topical sessions will be few and presented to all as a group.  But playing time will maximized and we’ll have a song circle on Friday and a show open to the public on Saturday evening.

So, share this development with serious musicians in your area and let me know by the 15th of July 2015 – Can you join us in December?


Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist