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Welcome to another edition of Songsalive! SONGNOTES, our regular newsletter for everything you need to know about the craft and business of songwriting.


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In this edition of SONGNOTES, we have Songshop opportunities and information on our upcoming workshops and showcases, as well as an article from SongsaliveU. 



Songshop opportunities

Get song leads where music business professionals (record labels, publishers, film producers and music supervisors) hunt songs from the Songsalive! song pool. Also, listings of cool gigs, jobs, music and marketing opportunities. We give you the contact directly. No screeners, no walls. Direct songwriter to business pitch.

New Songsalive! Songshop Leads for Pro Members:

  • Band Submissions Open for NAMM 2017
  • Instrumental Music Needed Immediately For Event Video
  • JOB: Los Angeles Film / TV Composer Seeks Studio Assistant ASAP
  • Composers Needed For Trailer Music Compilation

Members - click to access Songshop 

(Don't have access yet? That's because Songshop is released to you after a week of being a member.)


SongsaliveU Article

Verse 2: A Simple Rewording of Verse 1?

Oftentimes, lyricists find it astonishingly difficult to create a second verse to continue the progression of their message after completing the first.

The creation of lyrics for a song, generally represent the telling of a story or the expression of emotions. Oftentimes, lyricists find it astonishingly difficult to create a second verse to continue the progression of their message after completing the first. Not only is this quite frustrating and demotivating for the once enthusiastic writer, but it may even lead them to develop a lack of interest in the very thing that drove their love and passion for the arts. In this article, the ways in which verse two can be developed in an easy and professional way will be discussed to help lyricists struggling in this area.

The average song is about three to three minutes and a half in length and there is a great onus placed upon the writer to ensure that the words disseminated throughout this period are riveting and expressing something new; not merely repetitive, except for the chorus. This progression seems to be a challenge, however, this may be easily remedied by studying the points made in the initial verse then proceeding to either continue telling the story, which is generally easier; or in the case of an emotional expression, creating a stir of emotions so the listener will be intrigued by the feelings evoked throughout the writing.

Songsalive! Pro Members - READ MORE HERE

Find out more about SongsaliveU and other benefits of Songsalive! Pro Membership


Upcoming Songsalive! Events


==>Go to our Calendar for all Events Details<==

Saturday, August 27
Orange County Songsalive! Songwriters Workshop
Songwriters Saturday Night Live Los Angeles
Tuesday, August 30
New York Songsalive! Showcase & Open Mic
Tuesday, September 6
New York Songsalive! Showcase & Open Mic
Tuesday, September 13
Orange County Songsalive! Showcase
New York Songsalive! Showcase & Open Mic
Sunday, September 18
Los Angeles Songsalive! Songwriters Workshop
Tuesday, September 20
New York Songsalive! Showcase & Open Mic


Review: David Kaufman and Bobbo Byrnes Please the Crowd at Orange County Songsalive! August Showcase

Things keep on moving at the Sam Ash Music Store in Westminster, California – literally! Once again a new performance space, and once again two great performers helped us to make it feel like home. David Kaufman came down from the San Fernando Valley to join us for his first Songsalive! Orange County show. He brought a real sense of showmanship and even Vaudevillian panache to his performance that had the audience captivated. Then it was time for local favorite Bobbo Byrnes (of local favorite band The Fallen Stars) to entertain us with his soulful acoustic Americana, right on the cusp of his first solo world tour. The crowd ate it up!

-Rod O’Riley


Read more reviews about our events



Songsalive! Welcomes Guest Speakers for Our Workshops

Songsalive!, the largest non-profit supporting songwriters and composers around the globe is looking for great speakers to join our new speakers bureau and invite our past speakers back to speak at a 2016 Songsalive! Songwriting Workshop. We already have some of the best in the industry who have joined our community and inspired our members. You can read our past speakers at 
As a speaker at a Songsalive! Workshop you have the opportunity to listen to brand new songs by our songwriter members, give them your constructive feedback (critique) and then talk about a topic of your choice, relevant for songwriters and composers, for an hour (that part also includes question time). The whole time takes about 2 to 3 hours.
We have Songsalive! Chapters conducting Songwriting Workshops in Los Angeles CA / New York NY / Long Island NY / Chicago IL / Orange County CA / Northern CA (combined former Grass Valley & San Francisco chapters).
All these Chapters welcome Industry guests who can come speak at our workshops. Information about the workshop venue, location and other cool bits on our Chapters page, and Dates are on our Events page.





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featured Songsalive! event

LOS ANGELES - Aug. 27th Songwriters Saturday Night Live - Cork Lounge

Stick out your tongue and taste the talent - original, talented songwriters and their songs, live on Saturday night. Featuring our Songwriter Members, Barrie Dempsey, Paul Rasmusson, and Jimi Yamagishi. Also, hosted by SongNet director Jimi Yamagishi.

Open Mic after the featured slot (must sign up at 7.00pm)

WHERE: THE CORK LOUNGE, 5043 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, California 91403 (within Corky’s Restaurant)

COST: FREE entry! Donations welcome to support our non-profit efforts. Open to the public over 21. The Venue has great diner and bar food, and of course great drinks. Free Parking.


BARRIE DEMPSEY - Born in New Jersey, after high school he enrolled in School of Visual Arts, New York City to study fine art. Actively pursuing music through high school and art school. He was lead singer, harmonica and flute player in many rock and blues style bands. His vocal influences include Paul Rodgers and Greg Allman among others. Barrie learned to play blues harmonica listening and playing along with John Lee Hooker and John Mayall records for hours on end. Around 2005 Barrie started writing his own songs on acoustic guitar. Currently he has put together a collection of originals on his first CD titled, “Barrie Dempsey,” which has been awarded Best Album Folk/Singer-Songwriter at The Akademia.

PAUL RASMUSSON - He’s been writing and has recorded over 50 songs to date.  With a lifelonge interest in philosophy and psychology, Paul has turned his observations into songs.  He was the 2014 “Songsalive! Songwriter of the Year.”

JIMI YAMAGISHI - writes stuff, plays fixes & builds guitars, sings, cooks, works on cars, sometimes successfully, tries to live life off the corporate grid, washes dishes, takes out the garbage, cleans the litter box & generally lives by the grace of God. If ya wanna know more, go talk to him. He doesn’t bite & is not contagious. Yet.


Songsalive! - The largest international non-profit membership organization and social community for songwriters and composers, since 1997.

SongNet - A network of career-minded songwriters, musicians, artists and music industry professionals, supporting each other through network events, seminars, showcases and collaboration.

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