May Meeting Recap, Pittsburgh Marathon, Album Project

Hey songwriters,
It’s not about numbers, but you have to admit that with 32 singer-songwriters attending the May 1 meeting — to my knowledge the biggest turnout Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle has ever produced — it’s clear that we’re doing something right.
Most players did the May assignment and completed a long-unfinished song. Much thought went into critiques and comments particularly directed at writers who asked for advice on their songs’ finishing touches. Sadie ( continued her ascent as one of the group’s rising stars with a breathless featured set of traditional country ballads, and the bartender said Circle members’ purchase of food and beverages was up and considered satisfactory (thanks guys).
Carrie Collins ( will play the featured set at the June 5 meeting at Club Cafe, where the suggested assignment is to write a summer song (see the website’s Monthly Assignments page for ideas).
Album Project
The deadline for submitting the duping-participation fee is May 4. As always, in the spirit of being inclusive, we’ll cut you a little slack on that date. Send $100 to John Hayes, 101 Daggette Dr., Buena Vista, PA 15018.
Open the website’s 2019 CD Project page for details.
Upcoming events
May 6 Songwriters Circle members return to our corner at North Braddock Avenue and Kelly Street, Homewood, to perform while some 18,000 runners pass at the Pittsburgh Marathon. Most pass our site between about 9 a.m. and noon. We make it a breakfast picnic with coffee and donuts — bring folding chairs, additional breakfast foods, friends, family — especially kids, who get a kick out of supporting runners with cheering, clapping, noise-making, etc. We play amplified and under a canopy. Roads close at 7 a.m. Google a back way onto Kelly Street.
May 11 Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle Showcase at The Barn (Penn Hebron Garden Club) at 237 Jefferson Rd., Penn Hills. 7:30-10 p.m., $5. Featuring Bob Cook, Howard Davidson, Sue Gartland, David Hipchen, John Lecky, Debbie Pace, Jimmy Skiff and tenderbastard.
See you soon,
– John