June Meeting Recap

Hey songwriters,

At this week’s meeting of Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle a few gender-reversed songs explored the opportunities that open when the sex of a song’s protagonist is flipped, and sisters Jessica Lanigan ( and Chelsea Ali ( showcased dark and intimate songs from their separate repertoires.

At the next meeting, Tue., July 6, Dave Graham ( will play the featured set. The suggested assignment is to write a story song.

Every song tells a story, sort of. But rather than describing a moment or feeling, a good story song goes someplace — something changes or is revealed as the story unfolds. Some genres generate more story songs than others — think country and folk — but memorable stories can be told in any musical form.

“Smoke on the Water” by Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice (Deep Purple)


“Lady Marmalade” by Bob Crewe, Kenny Nolan, Allen Toussaint (Labelle had the original hit)


“City of New Orleans” by Steve Goodman (Arlo Guthrie had the original hit)


See you soon,

– John