Just a Few Days Away!

IMG_0522Are you Ready??
Have you Registered?

Well a sufficient number of other folks have registered (19 as of today), and we are moving ahead!  You’ll want to get registered now because there’s another session (who will be our audience on Saturday night) that is quickly taking the available cabin space. So get registered now if you haven’t done so!

As far as being ready, I’m not quite ready myself! I still have a presentation to complete for my Friday session and I haven’t even begun a song to the title  “START“.

Yosi Mesbah in Nashville however has already written one and it’s GOOD. She said “it’s not finished” but are they ever?  Heck, it sounded good to me!  If you’re on Facebook, and are friends with Yosi, you might see it here:  https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152753497724098&set=vb.528989097&type=2&theater

So, I’m working to prepare my presentation on DIY tools, tips, and tricks, and hoping inspiration will strike me with a song very soon.  I’m looking forward to hearing what songs others write.  But I’m most excited about seeing the faces of, and making some music again with, friends old a new.

Come Join the Fun!


Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist


…and the songwriter challenge song title is:


Write a song in the next 4 weeks to the title “Start”. Focus your energies, let the creative process flow!

I will admit that coming up with a song title for a songwriting challenge is itself a a challenging task.  The longer the title, the more limits are placed on the songwriter. Last year’s title (Fire & Flame) was chosen in relation to the the theme of the weekend (Fanning the fire of action through music).

THIS year’s theme is “Putting ideas into Action”. So about the broadest scope I could fathom was a simple one-word title:  START.  This leaves the field WIDE OPEN for your creative genius.

We have 30 days folks (plus a few hours).  Music Industry Weekend starts Thursday evening 13 November. On Friday, just after Robert Gillies’ presentation of Songwriting Fundamentals, we’ll share our creations.  Come ON, it will be fun!

And PLEASE Pre-Register NOW! (we need at least 15 by 30 October to keep the event going)


Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
2013 Music Industry Weekend at Bosch Baha'i School

2013 Music Industry Weekend at Bosch Baha’i School


The 12th Annual Music Industry Weekend
at Bosch Bahá’í School “Putting Ideas Into Action”

JOIN THE FUN!: 13-16 November 2014

to keep the Venue Open

We have a great line up of SONG-WRITING talent to help you songwriters hone your craft!

Award-winning Singer-Songwriter Robert Gillies will share a Songwriting Fundamentals session AND an Advanced Workshop! Professional science-fiction novelist AND songwriter Maya Bohnhoff will instruct us in “Mining Stories for Songs”.

AND we’ll have another SONGWRITING CHALLENGE like last year!

The song title will be announced 13 October (30 days to work your craft).

On the PERFORMANCE & PRODUCTION side of the house we will have veteran performer Alan James tuning up your Stage Presence and Jeff Bohnhoff, producer and recording engineer at Mystic Fig Studio, teaching us about Recording and Production.  Darrell Rodgers (me) will offer a session too, on Tools and Tips for the DIY musician

Our great friend Chuck Thrapp is coming to host SONG-CIRCLES in the Lodge giving everyone a chance to share new material in an intimate and friendly environment.

SING-ALONG Leaders! A Special Workshop is coming for YOU! This year’s Music Industry Weekend will include a special session designed to help you become a sing-along leader in your community AND teach you to TEACH OTHERS how to do so as well. This “Train the Trainers” course will be conducted by several MIW alumni with real skills in the process of awakening the “inner songbird” in all our friends. Rana Chang, and Jean T. Quinn,  both highly accomplished group-sing leaders themselves, will share their techniques for energizing the singers in your community.

And for those singers with a spirit of adventure, you will be more than welcome to lend your voices in collaborations with other musicians during the weekend.
This will certainly expand the HARMONY of this wonderful weekend! Come Join The Fun!

On-line Registration accessible be through this web site (see upper right corner!)

Here’s a pdf of the 2014 Music Industry Weekend schedule


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


We are almost ready for Music Industry Weekend 2014 – At Bosch Baha’i School again!   November 13-16.

Here is the LINK TO REGISTER!  http://www.cvent.com/d/94q5q3

I have had about a dozen people tell me they are coming this year already, and that’s a GOOD THING.  We need to have at least 15 REGISTERED by 30 October in order to make this work.

The cost this year will be $222 per person (25% due upon registration). And we are again offering the early arrival option on Wednesday night for an additional $60. This is for folks who want to spend ALL DAY Jamming before the official start. (You may have to CALL Bosch (831-423-3387) to take advantage of this)

And for folks local to Bosch, there’s a day-student commuter option.

The detailed agenda for all of this will be posted soon. In the meantime, TELL your musician friends to join us!

SONGWRITERS!  You don’t want to miss this year’s event. There will be several sessions perfect for YOU!  I will announce our Songwriter’s Challenge song title on 13 October.  We’ll all have 30 days to write a song – to the same title!

We’re going to have Russ Salton and his mobile recording studio again!  Russ is a skilled producer!

And this year, to broaden our horizon, we are incorporating a special workshop for folks wanting to learn how to become SING ALONG LEADERS!  Yes! Rana Chang and Jean T. Quinn, two of our illustrious alumni, will be conducting workshops on this path to musical service in your community. And as a sing-along session participant, you will have the opportunity to perform with all of the other musicians and lend some harmony voices to the show!

Spread the Word!  Let’s have another fantastic Weekend together!


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

The Albums are coming! The Albums are coming!

russsalton3And the first is already here! Russ Salton has just released a new album called “The Bear Creek Sessions”, recorded at the wonderful Bear Creek Studio near Seattle (choice of such artisits as Lumineers, Foo Fighters, Fleet Foxes and more).
Russ’ new album offers 13 songs, all exquisitly produced and he’s backed up by some really fine musicians. My favs are “Don’t Go (Talkin That Way)” and “Remember Me”. Get it here:  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/russsalton3

RobertGillies-Distance artOn the horizon, Robert Gillies new studio album “The Distance” is recorded and ready for launch. Of course, that takes money. So Robert has established an IndieGoGo project to fund the CD manufacture and distribution. His goal includes funds for some contributor rewards, so check out the fund-raising site and see what you can kick in for the launch of his new CD!   https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-distance–2

WGcover6-cropOK, the next one working is my own (Darrell Elmer Rodgers). It’s a total DIY project done right here at my home. I’m calling it “Woodstock Generation” for its first song, which I wrote LONG ago, in 1979. Another old 1979 tune of mine I have revived here is “What’s Goin’ On”, a war protest song. It features a Tenor Sax solo by yours truly. (Yes, I’ve been a sax player since grade school). This album contains 10 social-political songs including recent works like “Die Workin”, “Arizona Time”, and “Enough of These Stones”. Watch for an announcement (and a mini-tour up the West Coast in August) on my website: http://darrellsongs.com

JBLest I forget, JB Eckl is releasing a new album, but he’s SPOON-FEEDING it to us 1 song at a time! And so far, each spoonful has been a meal! Check out JB’s new music at  http://jbeckl.com/music/

CaeliLohrDo you like electronica and “unusual” music? Caeli Lohr has launched Dog Unit Productions over in England and is turning out some very interesting material. He uses tags like: electronic ambient electronic chillout downtempo and chill. Please check it out at  http://dogunitproductions.bandcamp.com/
(you’ll see familar names in the credits: Kelly Snook and Kelsey Bulkin)

elika-interview-processed-cI recently received an email from Elika Mahony over in China saying she too was working on another album (she has about 6 out there already). This one is themed on Detachment. She’s looking for photos of the Ocean she might use as Artwork.  You can read about one of the songs she plans to include, on her website at  http://www.elikamahony.com/2014/05/19/a-small-miracle/


LaniNashSummerTourNow, let me introduce you to Lani Nash, a wonderful Country/Folk singer-songwriter from Nashville who is the real deal.  She enrolled in the Baha’i Faith just a couple years ago and has already so beautifully expressed Baha’i-like concepts in her new album called “One”. Please check it out at http://laninash.com/?album=one

That’s some news I’ve been menaing to share. Please consider contributing some funds to Robert Gillies’ IndieGoGo project. I’ve heard the new album, and IT’S SAWEEEEET!!

There’s some new info on the Updates page. Please have a look! (we’re having some Sing-Along Training!)


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

MIRACLE! – We are BACK ON – for November 13-16, 2014

I just finished talking with Dr. Nancy Norton, Administrator of Bosch Baha’i School. With the blessing of  Missy Martin – the Bahá’í National Center’s Director of the Office of Education and Schools  – we have been offered a time slot as a “Baha’i-Inspired Rental” at Bosch Baha’i School in November from the 13th (Thursday) through the 16th (Sunday).

No one had reserved Bosch for that weekend giving us the opportunity to use Martha Root Hall, which is essential to our program.

While the school will still provide on-line registration and hospitality at the normal rates, we must do all of our own publicity and promotion.  If no other larger group seeks to use MRH that weekend, we will be fine.  If we are small in number however, we run the risk of losing this opportunity all together.

I will work with Bosch to get a registration link for our own website (here) as soon as I can.

Work has already begun on formulating a program. You can expect a SONGWRITING CHALLENGE to be issue on October 13th (giving us all one month to write a new song, each with the same title).

Please email me or comment regarding topics you would like to see in a workshop.

I want to thank those folks who took the time to write or call the National Office urging them to continue the program. It alerted Missy Martin to a miscommunication about our event and she contacted me to offer this alternative. Thank you Missy!  Special thanks to Sharon Lark for her long letter!


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

End of an Era

With a heart so heavy I can hardly write, I must tell you all that I have just received word that Music Industry Weekend Will NOT be hosted at Bosch Baha’i School any longer. UPDATE We’re back on for November!

I cannot give you a specific reason.  The school feels our program is no longer consistent with the National Spiritual Assembly’s new goals for the permanent schools.  I do not know what those new goals are, only that we are no longer “compatible”.

I want to thank the dozens of volunteers who, through the years, have provided their support for the annual event. From sharing music to providing work-shops to leading discussions on keeping the spirit of our Faith in our craft and business endeavors, I appreciate every ounce of effort you have expended.  Your contributions and fellowship have helped create a musical family that is dear to my heart.  Thanks also to the staff of Bosch Baha’i School for years of hospitality and kindness.  A special thank-you is due Mr. Jordan Rager who was for years the program director at Bosch and worked hard to ensure our past successes.

I also wish to thank Mr. Michael Eissinger of RadioNur for starting this venture 12 years ago. It has been a good run.

I do not know what to do next. I feel there is still great value in having a time and place for Baha’i Musicians to gather and share talents and techniques in the spirit of “mutual aid and assistance” prescribed by Abdu’l-Baha.  I have enlisted several folks already to help me determine if this event can possibly succeed in another venue.  Bosch Baha’i School is so special and such an integral part of the experience, that I cannot yet imagine how another spot would work.

The collaborations that have grown from Music Industry Weekend have been wonderful to behold, from the “Unrestrained as the Wind” album project launched at one of our early sessions, to more recent recordings like the beautiful duet of “All the Wild Horses” by Robert Gillies and Rana Tabrizi now being shared on social media.  I cannot help but feel such collaborations are still awaiting birth at future gatherings.

Perhaps it is time to close our efforts, perhaps it’s just time to move them. I don’t know, but I am investigating some options.  Please pray that we can reach the right decision.


Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist