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February Meeting Recap

Hey songwriters,

If you didn’t make it to the Feb. 2 meeting, you missed a good one. Members showcased songs including all kinds of bridges, or no bridge, and explored when a song may need one and when it doesn’t. Pianist and songwriter Jessica Saenz (jessicasaenzmusic@yahoo.com) ended the meeting, and began the open stage, with a brilliant set of well-crafted, well-performed songs.

Next meeting: 7 p.m. March 1, Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, 412-682-8611 www.bloomfieldbridgetavern.com.

Featured performer: Meet Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle newcomer Caiden Droscha (cdroscha06@gmail.com).

Optional songwriting assignment: Write a waltz — a great suggestion by Howard Davidson (bachblue@aol.com). The musical structure of a song communicates unspoken nuances. What will telling your story in a waltz form suggest about your topic?

Learn more about various kinds of waltzs at the following links:

http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2010/09/the-8-best-songs-in-a-waltz-time-signature.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waltz

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waltz_(music)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygtXEl4YzHg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsJCz9YQrcY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUOXYLAFnJQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CTYymbbEL4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYMJKNrdH_4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAUGEsmppqk

Gig opportunities

For details or to get on the list, contact John at 412-263-1991, jhayes@post-gazette.com.

Sat., Feb. 13. An adult birthday party in a rented hall at a Lawrenceville restaurant. Probably 30 minutes or less for each participating Songwriters Circle member. Sound equipment and engineer provided. Pays $25 plus dinner.

Sun., May 1. Pittsburgh Marathon, near Mile 18. No pay.

Sat., May 21. Venture Outdoors Festival, Point State Park, Downtown. No pay.

See you soon,

– John

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