Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Richard Leigh Songwriting Workshop, May 13

Dallas Songwriters Association Presents
a Songwriting Workshop with

Richard Leigh
Songwriting Workshop
This three-time Grammy nominee and inductee
of the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame,
explores the techniques and cognitive tricks
you can learn to:
• Improve your odds of writing competitive songs
• Tap your personal creative well
• Gain perspective on co-writing and songwriter’s
• Improve productivity
• Conquer writers-block
You’ll begin to look at the process of producing
these musical short stories in a new light. You’ll
see what little miracles they actually are and
why some of them surmount seemingly
impossible odds to make their way from the
songwriters pen, on to the radio, and finally into
our lives.
When: May 13, 2010
Dallas Center for Community Cooperation
Oak Corner
2900 Live Oak St
Dallas, TX 75204
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Other: Tickets are $35 and seating is limited.
Bring check or cash to the workshop or buy tickets online
through our website, or go to, search for “Dallas Songwriters”. Buy
Richard has eight #1 singles and 14 top 20
country hits including:
•“Don’t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue”
•“Somewhere in My Broken Heart”
•“I’ll Get Over You”
•“The Greatest Man I Never Knew”
•“That’s the Thing About Love”
•“Life’s Highway”
•“Come From the Heart”
•“Put Your Dreams Away”
Want to get some one-on-one feedback on your songs from Richard Leigh?
Private consultations will be conducted on Friday May 14th between 3:30pm and 8:30pm.
Slots are extremely limited so email if you are interested (available
to DSA members only).


  1. I felt the magic of possibility last night. I felt that Richard Leigh believed that any of us could write a great song. I have some time to spend with Richard today, and, boy, am I looking forward to it.

    Thanks for coordinating a great program, Bob, and thanks, Barbe, for helping us pull it off.

    John Hannum was right. If you didn't go last night, you missed something special.


  2. Last night, as I listened to Richard Leigh play "The Greatest Man I Never Knew", I realized what a privilege it was to have the rare opportunity to learn from a master songwriter without making the 650 mile trip to Nashville. At the end of the workshop, Richard took the time to sign CDs, chat, and take pictures with everybody who showed up. He gave everybody his card.

    You can't do that at a concert. You can't do that watching TV at home. Generally, you can't do that in Dallas...except for last night.

    Richard gave the attendees advice on how to write what he called a 3-minute miracle. He gave us a methodology on how to build a song from an idea, not just a title. I had several "a-ha!" moments during his lecture.

    All of this was possible because of the Dallas Songwriters Association. An organization I'm proud to be a part of.

    To those of you who attended the workshop last night, thanks so much for coming!

    Thanks Barbara McMillen and Buck Morgan for helping to make everything run so smoothly!

    Thanks Nancy Rynders for lending us your house for the one-on-one critiques (sold out!) this afternoon!

    Best Regards,
    Bob Paterno

    DSA Programs Director
    http://www.dallasso ngwriters. org

  3. Howdy All

    I must say that tonight was a real honor and I wanted to thank everyone involved in putting together the program. Bob Paterno, Barbe McMillen, Buck Morgan and our wonder host Nancy Rynders. It was a dream come true for me and I am really bummed that I did not get to attend last nights meeting. Thank you all very much for the opportunity and I must say the DSA has come a long way this year with great events. I am hoping to get more involved again as my life has settled down. I feel like I have missed some great programs. Thank you all again!!!

    Jack E Hackworth



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