March Meeting Recap and CD Project news

Hey songwriters,

Granted, “asymmetrical song structure” sounds like something scribbled on a mathematician’s chalk board. Group members called it everything but that when they showcased old songs and new written with unconventionally stacked stanzas at the March meeting of Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle.

In addition to hearing good material from new members and welcoming an old friend of the group, the Circle shared songwriting shop talk and gave an awestruck listening-room reception to the perfectly crisp harmonies and clever word play of Christopher & Kimberly (

A well-written spoken-word story song by Brian Junker ( inspired the optional April songwriting assignment. Learn more about spoken-word songwriting at the new Monthly Assignments page found here.

Howard Davidson ( will play the featured set following the April 4 meeting.

Album project

With Electric Eye Recorders producer Mike Hickman ( and support from Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society, the Songwriters Circle has launched its 13th annual compilation album project. Get all the details on the website, but here’s the skinny: participants keep all rights to their song, a $100 duping-participation fee is due by May 5, members pay a reduced group rate for hourly studio time and the project is structured to be a safe, nurturing, educational process for songwriters new to recording, and something fun to do with a song for studio veterans. Open the 2018 CD Project page here.

See you soon,

– John