November Meeting Recap

Hey songwriters,

The group’s move to a cosy upstairs space at Club Cafe went extremely well. About 30 members attended the Nov. 7 meeting and showcased dozens of songs with various styles of hooks. With no need to end the meeting at a particular time, every song prompted a discussion and enhanced a sense of community.

Under the new system, I started the meeting around 7 p.m. and left to host the open stage at 8 p.m., leaving the Circle in the capable hands of Brian Junker ( An hour into the open stage, at 9 p.m.Heather Kropf( performed an introspective featured set on piano. When the Circle meeting ended around 9:30 p.m. just about everyone took a seat downstair, grabbed a drink and watched some of the open stage players. Club Cafe’s manager was pleased.

So that’s the routine: First Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Club Cafe (56 S 12th St, Pittsburgh [South Side], PA 15203). Except in December, when a concert booking will force the group to meet on the second Tuesday. For the record…

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Tue., Dec. 12 at Club Cafe.

The suggested assignment is to build a song around a song title (go to this website’s Monthly Assignments page for details). The featured performer will be Christopher Mark Jones (

CD and release

This year’s album participants have a lot to be proud of. It’s a good CD, performances at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts went very well. Thanks are due to group webmaster Dennis Malley ( for the great sound, and the raffle and CD sales brought in $220 to help with group expenses. Additional thank-yous are due to album producer Mike Hickman (, graphic design girl Debbi Pace (, CD bundling buddies Rosey Montes( and Bob Burt, stage tyrant Marty Zundel (, Mr. MC Steve Gallo (, group treasurer and rafflemeister Tom Beckman ( and Acoustic Challenge promoter and merch table queen Nancy Lackner (

Although we’re a volunteer group, our CD project and release show seemed professional. Great job everyone.

Other stuff

– “Writing Outside the Box,” Victoria Montgomery’s ( second lyrical inspiration clinic, will be held 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 18 at Dobra Tea, 1937 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh [Squirrel Hill], PA 15217. $20 includes tea and snacks.

– Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh announces the Incubator reading of Kaleidoscope featuring Carla Bianco and Lenora Nemetz, 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the City Theatre Rehearsal Space inside the Charles Morris Building, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh [South Side], PA, 15203. The show is free and open to the public; MTAP encourages online reservations at

– Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) meets 

second Sundays (except for May and December) at 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101. Contact David Michael King (

See you soon,

– John