Archive | January, 2007

Jan. 27 – Arizona Songwriters Gathering

Here’s a photo from last year’s Arizona Songwriters Gathering in Phoenix (Encanto Park), where we’ll be this Saturday, January 27, 2007, listening to lots of new material from beginners to very accomplished songwriters/performers.

Songwriters come from as far away as Denver, Salt Lake City, and beyond, to share their songs, get critiques and attend classes taught by music industry pros who come there from Nashville and Los Angeles. John Braheny will be there too … including opportunities on the following day (Sun. Jan. 28th) to have a one-hour private consultation with John about your songs. Email to get on the schedule:

It’s a nice relaxing day in the park … (classes and critique sessions are indoors) and it’s FREE!!!


Graffiti – Do It While No One’s Looking

Every now and then, I need to indulge in one of these quick online drawing games.

Click & drag backgrounds, stencils (easy to re-size), colors, patterns … to place your graffiti on to various surfaces, like a wall, a floor, a skateboard ramp, etc.

In one scenario, I designed a tattoo on someone’s arm. Never thought I’d ever do that!

Have a try… at The Refreshing Wall. Click on the basketball to get started. It may take one or two tries, but you’ll get there.



globalFEST World Music 2007 – NYC

If you’re in the New York City area, and love World Music…read on…

From the web site:
Fourth Annual globalFEST Moves to Bigger Venue & Announces 2007 Line-Up – Roots revival, surf rock, classical ouds, Brazilian and Afro-Portuguese songs.

Expect these and many more styles on 3 diverse stages of the fourth annual globalFEST 2007 (, which takes place Sunday, January 21, 2007, starting at 7 pm.

This year the event moves to Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street, NYC) to better accommodate crowds that packed previous venues.

The event, which has sold out three years in a row, has become one of America’s leading showcases of global sounds, demonstrating the multiplicity of sounds and performance contexts that fall under the ‘world music’ label.

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Tickets available at, 1-866-468-7619.



Arizona Songwriters Gathering – Jan. 27

For your calendar:

Saturday, Jan 27, 2007.

John and JoAnn Braheny will be returning to teach at the 11th Annual Arizona Songwriters Gathering in Encanto Park (Phoenix, Arizona). See Map.

A co-production of the Arizona Songwriters Association (in existence for 25+ years!) and the Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department, this is a FREE all-day event for songwriters and musicians, of all levels, with informative classes and workshops and many opportunities to perform your songs ‘live’.

About 200 songwriters come to spend the day at this beautiful park and clubhouse on the edge of the lake, meeting with music industry professionals, networking, visiting, and listening to each other’s songs. Bring your guitar, bring a lunch (although food is available to purchase), and enjoy!

While in Phoenix, John Braheny will offer private consultations (and song critiques) for songwriters on Sunday, January 28. To schedule an hour-long session, email:


West Coast Songwriters – Los Angeles

For your calendar:

John and JoAnn Braheny will be judges at the upcoming
West Coast Songwriters Association‘s Hollywood Songwriters Showcase.

Date: Sunday evening, Jan. 21, 2007

Time: Sign-up is at: 7:30 pm and the event begins at 8:00 pm.

Location: The Pig’n’ Whistle (pic)
6714 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA.
(Between Highland & Caheunga on the south side of the street)

How much: $5 for everyone.

To find out more about this and other West Coast Songwriters events, contact
the L.A. Coordinator, Mike Rof© (ro-fay)



Gilbert B. Weingourt Photography Exhibit

If you’re in or around Hollywood, California, and you love great photography…read on.

Gilbert B. Weingourt, photographer for 40 years, was THERE — back in the day — in the late ’60s when social and political activists were changing the world as we knew it. He worked for the East Village Other and as a bartender at The Scene in Greenwich Village. He also spent time in Los Angeles in those days where he met and photographed well-known singers, musicians, and actors as well.

We went to see the FREE exhibit of his photos at:

ArcLight Cinema (photos located on all 3 lobby levels)
6360 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028

Showing until February 15, 2007.

Includes photos of: Don Adams, Candy Barr, Tony Bennett, Cesar Chavez, Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Darin, Angela Davis, Buddy Ebsen, Jane Fonda, “Squeaky” Fromme, Duke Ellington, Allen Ginsberg, Lou Gossett Jr., Dick Gregory, Fred Hampton, Stanley Myron Handelman, Tom Hayden, Jimi Hendrix, Abbie Hoffman, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Burt Lancaster, Timothy Leary, John Lennon, Jerry Lewis, Totie Fields, Mahareshi Mahesh Yogi, Tony Martin, Paul McCartney, Moondog, Bess Myerson, Phil Ochs, Floyd Patterson, Richard Pryor, Kenny Rankin Ronald Reagan, Donna Reed, Edward G. Robinson, Jerry Rubin, Bob Rudnick, Frank Sinatra, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Tiny Tim, Charlie Watts, Haskell Wexler.

If you’re not able to come to Hollywood … check out Weingourt’s web site, especially the Up Close and Personal section where you’ll see some of the above images…


Part Two – Turn Your Blog into a Book

A few days ago, I posted Part One from …

Here’s the link to Part Two – Turn Your Blog into a Book.

It certainly looks like a lot of work, organizing a system like this, as I know some of us are not that anal, but hey … it will get you to think about some kind of structure, won’t it? (Personally, I’m a fan of 3-ring notebooks with dividers for chapters … but whatever works.)

Congrats to Gina Trapani for putting this together…and thanks for sharing your process with us.


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