From the EditorThe Music War Rages On!
Seriously, is it already August? There are only 5 months until Christmas. If you have been thinking about gift ideas for me, you still have plenty of time. I have one of the FWSA Metal Art Wall Hangers featured on Page 4, so you can scratch that one from your list.
Now, on to other issues. Speaking of issues, this newsletter is packed with events and activities happening in the FWSA. I can’t remember a time in the history of this organization when we have had so many things going on. We have completed two musical showcases, with two more to go. One is this month, so make sure you stop by for some great music. We have completed two Songwriters in the Round concerts, with two more to follow - one this month and one in November.
We had a very successful Quarter Auction fundraiser, we’re conducting another membership drive, and are planning for a FWSA Picnic in October. We have three fundraisers happening right now too. There are t-shirts available for purchase (see Page 7) and as mentioned earlier - we are offering an FWSA Metal Art Emblem for purchase (see Page 4). FWSA emblem stickers are also available to stick on your guitar case, kids, pets, or whatever you prefer for only $2.00 each (please exclude the kids and pets - I was just kidding).
The FWSA also participated in two major events in Fort Worth this year. Members performed at both the Fort Worth Arts Festival downtown and MayFest 2015 in the park. This was a great opportunity for the FWSA to gain some major exposure in the community and we hope it will lead to future performances. And, don’t forget about our FWSA Song Contest featured on Page 10. There are several categories in the song contest, so get those entries ready.
All of the above events and activities are in addition to the Monday Night Open Mics and Monthly Songwriter Gatherings each month. One thing we had to discard is our FWSA Creativity Circle meeting being held on the 4th Monday of each month. Due to the lack of participation, we thought our efforts could be put to better use in other areas.
I would like to mention the importance of getting out and supporting our live venues. Whether it is our open mics, showcases, Songwriters in the Round events, or even our meetings. An organization is only as strong as its members, so try to get out and support FWSA events whenever you can.
As for our present Board of Directors, the next time you see Rick Tate, Mona Harmon-Smith, Deborah Owen, Linda Terry, Alan Beauvais, Mike Conner, Bonita Beauvais, James Nitschke, or Bryon Simpson - tell them thanks for their efforts. They all work very hard keeping this organization running from month to month.
As for me, no thanks necessary. Christmas is coming soon and I’m sure you’ll make the right decision. On second thought, just take the money you were planning to spend on me and put it back into one of our fundraisers. That would be the best gift of all.