December 2018 Meeting RECAP

Hey songwriters,

Before we close a busy year for Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle there’s still stuff to do.

First, a big THANK YOU is due to members who attended Tuesday’s [12/4] meeting at Hambone’s, including four newbies, for keeping the pre-song chatter to a minimum and the critique and discussion focused so that everyone who wanted to share a song got to share a song. A few people even remembered to bring lyric and chord sheets after I forgot to remind the group. It was a productive meeting showcasing lots of homegrown holiday songs.

Sat., Dec. 8 City Mission Christmas party

Some of those songs are likely be performed Saturday when the Songwriters Circle returns to City Mission, the homeless shelter in Washington, Pa., to play at their annual Christmas party. We play a bunch of holiday standards plus our original seasonal songs. Bring your kids, family, friends. Contact Sue Gartland (

City Mission is located at 84 West Wheeling Street, Washington, PA

Day of event, my phone 412-335-1446.

From Pittsburgh

I-376 west

Exit 64A to I-79 south

I-79 south

Exit 20

LEFT onto East Beau Street/Route 136

LEFT onto South Franklin Street

PASS West Cherry Avenue

LEFT onto West Strawberry Avenue

Park behind City Mission across from police station

Monday, Dec. 17 Elizabeth Hareza, Acoustic Cafe open stage at Mr. Small’s Funhouse.  Circle member Elizabeth Hareza ( will play the 20-minute Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle set at about 8:30 p.m. Mr. Small’s is at 400 Lincoln Ave, Millvale, PA 15209.

Jan. 8, 2019 Next Songwriters Circle meeting

NOTE: The first Tuesday of the year is a holiday, New Year’s Day, so we’re meeting at Hambone’s on the second Tuesday, January 8th.  Alex Meleshenko’s ( songwriting assignment idea is to write a song that includes “new” or “new year.” Think new opportunities, new you, new ground, newness, newisms, Isaac Newton, Newfoundland — I don’t know, maybe he meant “gnu.”