Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle. Next meeting: 7 p.m. May 7Hambone’s 4207 Butler Street, Lawrenceville
412-681-4318, hambonespgh.comSuggested assignment: Write a bass line into a song.

Hey songwriters,

Of the 30 members who attended the April 2 meeting, about a quarter of them did the assignment and wrote a song with a false ending, another dozen added a short bit to the end of a song and called it a false ending and everybody laughed about the assignment. Hey, win some lose some (but it worked great for The Beatles on “Hello Goodbye”).

Start laughing now — the assignment for the 7 p.m. May meeting at Hambone’s is to write a song with a bass line (worked great for The Beatles on “Blackbird”). See the Monthly Assignments page for details.

More stuff

Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle CD  The deadline to submit the $100 duping-participation fee for this year’s album project is May 31 (send to John Hayes, 101 Daggette Dr., Buena Vista, PA 15018). See the 2020 CD Project page for details. Questions, contact John at 412-335-1446,

April 26 Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle Showcase at The Barn (Penn Hebron Garden Club, 237 Jefferson Road, Penn Hills) featuring Carrie Collins, Howard Davidson, David Hawkins, Bruce Hoffman, Brian Junker, John Lecky, Dennis McCurdy, Jay Michaels, Victoria Montgomery and Paul Sproull. Hosted by John Hayes. 7:30-10 p.m., $5 admission. Day of event phone: John at 412-335-1446.

April 27-28  Art All Night festival ( includes 24 Songwriters Circle members playings the Coffeehouse Stage on both days. 31st Street Studios, (under the 31st Street Bridge at 77 31st St., [Lawrenceville] Pittsburgh 15201.

May 5  Morning performance on the route of the Pittsburgh Marathon. About 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Play as little or as much as you like, eat donuts and bagels, drink coffee and juice. Contact John at 412-335-1446 or

See you soon,

– John