DECEMBER 18 – 20 – It’s a GO!!

We have reserved our gathering place – The Desert Rose Baha’i Institute in Eloy Arizona.  DECEMBER 18-20 (Friday – Sunday), we will have a weekend together sharing our musical crafts – songwriting, performing, recording, promotion, and more.

drbi EHHJust think of it! When the rest of the country is in the throws of Winter, we’ll be enjoying the mild winter of the Arizona Desert! (well, for 3 days anyway)

The registration site is not yet ready, but soon will be. We will have a link to here as soon as it is available.  As a heads up, plan on these costs:

Conference Fee includes meals: $150
PLUS Lodging – Your choice: $17/night in the dormitory “bunk house”, or for $45/night you might rent one of  DRBI’s motel-like rooms (first come). There are also other on-site choices at higher cost. And there are a variety of local hotels.

I’m still working on the agenda, but rest assured, Friday night will be our SONG CIRCLE night and on Saturday night, we will perform a PUBLIC SHOW!  In between, well, that’s what I’m working on and I’ll let you know as soon as it’s final.

I think you’re going to enjoy Desert Rose in the winter. It’s a completely different environment than that to which you may be accustomed.  And if you have time after our weekend or before, there’s plenty cool things to see in Arizona.

But most importantly, we get to see each other!


Darrell Elmer Rodgers
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

Rich Will Cook promotes “Electric Children” (say what?)

RichWillCookAttention Anyone in Minneapolis/St. Paul – I just received this note from Rich Will Cook, a superb composer of Baha’i sacred music and alum of Music Industry Weekend. Rich wrote:
“My niece, Kirstin McDuffie, and husband, Jon McDuffie, have a band in MN named “Electric Children”. Jon is completing a degree in music, and for his thesis is organizing a concert in St. Paul, MN for January 3 next. He is selling tickets and raising funds for said concert on kickstarter. Here is a link to his project page:

Here is a link to the band page:

(Please) broadcast this information out to the music weekend fans, and encourage them to get the word out to any friends they might have in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area”

OK Rich, Mission Accomplished!

Darrell Elmer Rodgers- Coordinator, Music industry Weekend
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

2 More Presenters Added

I’m pleased to announce the addition of two more presenters to the Music Industry Weekend agenda:

“A Minimalist Approach to Songwriting” with Chris Miller

Chris Miller:  Presenting a workshop on “A Minimalist Approach to Songwriting”  where he will share some of his own techniques for “starting down a road while avoiding the ruts”.
Known also by the moniker “mystici9”, musician Chris Miller started playing guitar at around 15 years old.  In the 70’s he played with the musical groups “Dayspring”, “Talisman”, and “Caravan” in Northern California. He pioneered with his family to the Caribbean and then on to Guyana, South America for 13 years where he played with several groups including “The Carmel Minstrels” and “Arise”. It was while there, during the Holy Year,1992, that he met JB Eckl and Errol Haynes, and they decided as their personal teaching project to “Emblazon the Greatest Name” with reggae music. Hear “The Reggae Project” and other personal songs such as Dawn Prayer and Aspire at his website at
Equally loving drums, flutes, and keyboards he often writes with one of them or the other.  He works with Reason5/Record software along with gear from Line 6 Alesis, Korg, Alvarez, Epiphone, and his main love; a handmade T. Haruo 6 string.  He is open to collaborating with others on any projects. 

“Front Porch Strummin’ song circle” with Dale Ramsdell

Dale Ramsdell will be shepherding our “Front Porch Strummin” song circles in the lounge are of the Lodge.  These sessions are for anyone who might be uncomfortable with performing before a large group but still needs to share their music. We have found the lounge to be a perfect setting for these informal song circles and Dale is a great choice to lead the session.  Dale Woodbury Ramsdell was born on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota in 1953.  He has been playing at guitar and songwriting since the age of fourteen.  Dales says: “I grew up raisin’ hogs and hell, got tired of both, and became a Baha’i in 1980.”  “Music”, Dale says,  “is a way of letting the heart speak.  We are all instruments in Baha’u’llah’s band, and Abdu’l- Baha is the Maestro.  Sing as though He’s in the room, cuz He is!” 
I hope the participants will enjoy Dale’s down-home nature as much as I do – and be sure to get him to perform his “Tired of pushing this car” song.  It’s a hoot!

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

HERE WE GO! (with more!)

Plans are well underway for a fabulous Music Industry Weekend at Bosch Baha’i School Oct 27 -30, 2011.

This years overall theme is “Distinguishing Yourself” – we are assembling a line-up of presenters to help you do just that. 

At the top of our Presenters “hit parade” is Jon Rezin.  

Jon Rezin is a first call engineer and producer with clientele that reads like a who’s who of the music industry. Starting out in NYC, Rezin cut his teeth recording jazz legends such as Ron Carter, Charlie Persip, Victor Goines. Since relocating to LA five years ago, he has become a much desired vocal producer and engineer. He spent four of the last five seasons engineering American Idol’s weekly studio albums, producing vocals for the Top 12 contestants. He has also engineered projects for numerous labels, producers and artists including Avril Lavigne, Maroon 5, Ne-Yo, and has mixed records for some of the legends of the music industry including Lonnie Jordan of WAR and Carlos Santana.  Jon is currently mixing for Toby Gad (Writer/Producer for Fergie, Beyonce, The Veronicas, and others) as well as writing with Allison Iraheta (American Idol) for her upcoming album. This is in addition to the engineering/production for many well-known Baha’i artists including: JB Eckl, Badasht, Badi, Andy Grammer, Devon Gundry & 
As a compliment to his production skills, he has also developed quite a track-record with web and social media marketing. As a web marketing strategist, he has helped numerous artists, producers and indie labels develop online strategies to get more exposure for their music, improve their online presence, and build their community of super fans. He will be sharing some of the key tools, tips, and strategies in his music marketing bootcamp taking place during the Bosch music industry weekend.
At this year’s Music Industry Weekend, Jon will share his insights on marketing, digital distribution, and more.  If you’re ready to take your music business to the next level, you won’t want to miss this weekend in the redwoods of Bosch Baha’i School! 

But what if you don’t even have a recording yet?  Let me introduce Russ Salton.

For the past 2 years, Russ Salton has provided a portable studio and recorded new tracks for our participants.  He has agreed to do so again this year and we could not be more pleased. 

Russ Salton is a Musician’s Musician.  His guitar improvisations flow effortlessly off his fingers and sound as though he’d been rehearsing them forever.
Russ honed his musicianship in a band called “Friends” in the Los Angeles music scene at its hottest.  After seven years of non-stop ‘entertaining” and striving to get signed by a large record company, Russ decided to move to Seattle; mountains, rivers, green as far as the eye can see…and rain. Now he’s creating music from the depths of his soul with meaningful lyrics, enticing melodies and production techniques from the “old school”.  His musical styles range from acoustic to rock and reggae to R&B.  He still performs shows 2 to 3 times a month in the Seattle area.
 He has recorded two albums of exceptional quality and done so in his own home studio in Gig Harbor, WA.  For his recent “SMILE” CD, Russ chose to use a mastering service in Norway and accomplished that final production step via the internet.  There is nothing in the recording process that Russ does not know how to do, or where to turn for the best help. 
Russ has also helped many other musicians to record their work.  As a result, Russ has become a DIY recording expert with some real insights on getting the most out of home-studio equipment.  Russ owns some of the best technology in that category and will be bringing a portable recording set-up to Bosch Baha’i School this year.  Russ will share his time and expertise to record tracks for those desiring to do so.  Of course, time is limited so we’ll be governing the workload for Russ, but last year Russ managed to record tracks for ten artists and even provided them a CD of everyone’s tracks.  If you have wanted to record yourself, but feel you need some expert help getting started, here’s your chance!

But let’s say that your interest is in Stage Performance.  We will have Alan James to help you!

Alan has been writing songs and performing in coffee houses, bars and   other venues across America since he was   22,   honing his craft under the influence of the likes of Hoyt Axton, Bob Dylan,   Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Judy Collins and countless   lesser-known artists and friends all along the road.  
     Now in his fifth decade as a performing   singer-songwriter, Alan has amassed a wealth of experience and insights into   what it takes to capture an audience and hold their attention.  His Performance Workshops have benefited dozens of participants from the novice,   to the seasoned veteran.  He has presented his performance coaching at folk festivals, music conferences, and seminars throughout the Southwest.    Now, he’s a regular on our agenda for Music Industry Weekend. If you’d like   some expert guidance on improving your stage presence and winning the hearts   of your audience, Alan James is your man!

And there will be more than this, I assure you! 

In addition to our Thursday night song circle, and our “open mic” Friday night, we will be putting on a live show on Saturday night, open to the public.  We will feature the nine acts voted as “favorite” by all the participants. And each selected performer will have the opportunity to assemble and rehearse back-up support from among our talented participants.  And we have song-circles in which you can share your own work and get inspired by your friends, old and new.

JUST ADDED 7/30/11:  Jeff Bohnhoff will conduct a DIY recording workshop “Getting a Better Sound”

Jeff Bohnhoff has been a musician for 38 years.  He and his talented wife Maya have been playing music together in bands or as a duo since 1979.   Jeff says: “I first got into using computers for music in 1986.  Back then I was using a PC running DOS.  In 1995 my experience with music software landed me a job doing tech support for Emagic, the company that originally created Logic.”  Jeff became Emagic’s support manager for the United States.  Apple purchased Emagic in 2002, and Jeff relocated to the Bay Area.  He currently works in the AppleCare Engineering division, working with the development, marketing, and support teams for Logic, and other professional media applications.  When professional Recording Engineers with Logic software need help or advice, they call Jeff Bohnhoff.
      Jeff also runs a recording studio, called “MysticFig”. There, he has produced several albums for himself and Maya, as well as albums for other artists.  Over the past several years, Maya and Jeff Bohnhoff have become world renown artists in the “FILK” genre and been invited to perform all over the world, including England in 2008, Germany in 2009, Toronto in 2010, and performances all over the USA.  
       We are delighted that Jeff will share his recording experience with us again this year!

And I am not done with the agenda.  I have several other musicians who have volunteered a variety of  presentations and we’re working out how to best include those we feel most useful.

Let’s not forget however, as valuable as all the imparted knowledge can be, our greatest treasure at the weekend is the fellowship with other spiritually-minded musicians, the friendships, and the future collaborations that follow.

I hope you will be part of this amazing weekend.

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