My Schedule For “Songposium Week”

Please Lord, let me get something out of this! Should be quite interesting…I love learning and I love classes, so I should be in heaven! Plus I have one class with the gorgeous and talented Ms. Beth Nielson Chapman. Who could ask for more than that? Here’s my week!:


26 9am 1102

Class # 1102
Warning: Your Melodies Will Never Be the Same
26-Sep, 9:00 AM
Instructor: Jason Blume
Location: Warner/Chappell

26 11am 1206

Class # 1206
How To Write the Best Idea & How And Where Do You Find It
26-Sep, 11:00 AM
Instructor: Jeff Pearson
Location: NSAI

26 2pm 1303

Class # 1303
Writing Successful Message Songs
26-Sep, 2:00 PM
Instructor: Rick Beresford
Location: NSAI

26 4pm 1404

Class # 1404
The Art Of Creative Survival In The Face of Commerce and Fear
26-Sep, 4:00 PM
Instructor: Beth N. Chapman
Location: Warner/Chappell


27 9am 2101

Class # 2101
But I Wanna Write POP Songs – And Quit My Day Job!
27-Sep, 9:00 AM
Instructor: Jason Blume
Location: Warner/Chappell

27 11am 2201

Class # 2201
Harmony Singing By Ear: Oh Yes, You Can!
27-Sep, 11:00 AM
Instructor: Susan Anders
Location: ASCAP

27 2pm 2301

Class # 2301
What Every Singer Needs to Know
27-Sep, 2:00 PM
Instructor: Susan Anders
Location: ASCAP

27 4pm 2401

Class # 2401
The Singing Sparkle: Ten Things That Can Make The Difference Between Good and Great Singing
27-Sep, 4:00 PM
Instructor: Susan Anders
Location: ASCAP


28 9am 3108

Class # 3108
28-Sep, 9:00 AM
Instructor: Steve Seskin
Location: BMI Theater

28 11am 3201

Class # 3201
Developing The Craft Within the Art
28-Sep, 11:00 AM
Instructor: Jane Bach
Location: Warner/Chappell

28 2pm 3301

Class # 3301
Concepts and Application of The Beinhorn Vocal Method
28-Sep, 2:00 PM
Instructor: Debbie Beinhorn
Location: ASCAP

28 4pm 3407

Class # 3407
Writing from the Heart: Finding Your Own Lyrical Voice
28-Sep, 4:00 PM
Instructor: Sara Light
Location: BMI Lg


29 9am 4101

Class # 4101
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Nashville…But Were Afraid To Ask
29-Sep, 9:00 AM
Instructor: Marc Alan Barnette
Location: Musicians Uuion

29 11am 4202

Class # 4202
Songwriting as a Spiritual Adventure
29-Sep, 11:00 AM
Instructor: Niles Borop
Location: Warner/Chappell

29 2pm 4303

Class # 4303
Writing Hit Songs
29-Sep, 2:00 PM
Instructor: Ralph Murphy
Location: ASCAP

29 4pm 4401

Class # 4401
Different Strokes: Building Your Creative Team
29-Sep, 4:00 PM
Instructor: JoAnn Braheny
Location: Sesac

Guitar Lessons

Had my first guitar lesson this past Thursday. It only took me 30 years to make the appointment. What was I so afraid of? I have a feeling I will catch on quite quickly if I practice everyday for 45 minutes…like I was told to do.

My teacher’s name is Shane Lamb. Very nice guy in his mid-30’s. He has a group called Bliss formed with his partner, Lisa Briggs. Such a cute looking couple. Their music is in the folk, pop, alternative mode…a cross between Tom Petty and The Byrds. Nice sound. Check out their site: Bliss

Anyway, I have a bunch of chords and techniques to get acquainted with before my next session. The first song I’m to learn: The Beatles’ Eight Days A Week

Wish me luck, my friends!

Mister D

Ann Coulter Loses It…

Sometimes you just have to relish the moment when a nasty person can’t take what they themselves dish out. In this case, Coulter, can’t handle other people talking over her and actually speaking facts. I’d say this was quite a triumph…and even her crying out for help from Sean Hannity (with a newly, bloated look…rough year Sean?) was ignored. What’s a poor, mean, shallow, blonde, dim-witted woman to do?:


Video comes from the excellent site: Crooks and Liars

Love, Mister D

Make A Difference: Hurricane Relief Resources

People are dying that didn’t have to die.

Give to the Red Cross, and your local facilities that may be potentially housing many who are homeless and have no where else to go. Give canned goods, clothes, blankets, and love, to the people who otherwise have nothing and feel so alone.

Count your blessings and give accordingly! Below are just a few resources you can give to make a difference.

The American Red Cross

Where can I give blood?

Individuals wishing to make a blood donation to the Red Cross may call their local Red Cross Blood Services office or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

Other Great Resources:

Network For Good

Community Voice Mail

Hurricane Housing

Reconnect Here: Tell Them You’re Safe

Looking For… Leave A Message Here For Missing Friends, Relatives

And Let’s Not Forget Our Four-Legged, Furry Friends That Bring Us Such Joy:
(Thanks Jamie!)

Relief Fund of The Humane Society of the United States

Don’t forget to ask your employer if they match donations to make a double impact on your efforts.

I am just biting at the bit to control my temper at the incompetency of this administration. It is beyond disgusting! Do you feel safe America????

Read the transcript, from the Mayor to The President expressing his frustration from what he is seeing first hand:

Mayor chastises federal disaster response

Did New Orleans Catastrophe Have to Happen? ‘Times-Picayune’ Had Repeatedly Raised Federal Spending Issues

LA National Guard Wants Equipment to Come Back From Iraq

And How Many Mississippi Reserves And Guard Are Not Home?

3 Ways To Help The Hurricane Relief Effort

I’m sure some of you have friends and relatives that have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina…just about all my relatives are from Biloxi, Gulfport, and Pensacola…and friends from New Orleans and the surrounding area. Like many, I’m just horrified at what I’m seeing on the television. Not getting any first hand reports from family or friends right now…can’t reach them.

But there are ways we can all help. I saw the Governor of Louisiana or somebody like that and they said there are 3 main ways to help:

1. They need people to donate money
2. They need people to volunteer blood
3. They need volunteers at the Red Cross.

I don’t know about you, but I can at least do the first 2 things on the list. So if any of you feel like you’d like to help out…there you have it. Every little bit helps…it all adds up!

Thanks for reading this and my heartfelt thanks, thoughts, and prayers to all of you!

Here’s a very helpful link: The American Red Cross

Where can I give blood?

Individuals wishing to make a blood donation to the Red Cross may call their local Red Cross Blood Services office or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.


Don T. Bradshaw

Richard Jay-Alexander To Direct An “All-Star Jule Styne Celebration”

All-Star Jule Styne Celebration to Feature Channing, Cook, Daly, Lansbury, Mitchell and More
By Andrew Gans
August 19, 2005

An all-star cast will celebrate the centenary of the late Jule Styne Nov. 8 at the Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center.Entitled Let Us Entertain You: The All-Star Jule Styne Celebration, the 7:30 PM concert will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. As of press time, those scheduled to take part in the one-night-only event include Carol Channing, Barbara Cook, Tyne Daly, Sandy Duncan, Angela Lansbury, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Leslie Uggams and Patrick Wilson with more stars to be announced shortly. Richard Jay-Alexander will direct.

The late Jule Styne’s Broadway composing credits include High Button Shoes, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Funny Girl, Bells Are Ringing, Peter Pan and Gypsy. Among his catalog of tunes are such ditties as “Time After Time,” “All I Need Is the Girl,” “Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry,” “It’s Magic,” “People,” “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!,” “Never Never Land,” “Small World,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Just in Time.”

The Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center is located in Manhattan at 311 West 34th Street. Tickets range from $50 (general admission) to $50,000 (presenting sponsor for 20 guests). Visit for more information

Memorial Day Press Release: Veteran’s For Peace

For Immediate Release


David Cline:
201 876-0430

May 26, 2005

Veterans For Peace Remembers and Commemorates the Sacrifices Made by the Nation’s Fallen Service Men and Women, Memorial Day 2005

Who: Veterans For Peace, a national organization of military veterans including men and women from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, the Iraq War, other conflicts and “peacetime.”

What: Memorials, vigils and solemn programs.

Why: To remember the fallen and educate the public about the human cost of war.

Across the nation, veterans, military families and friends will gather on Monday May 30, 2005 to remember fallen loved ones, comrades and all service members who have died in defense of our nation. Veterans For Peace will commemorate these women and men who have made the ultimate sacrifice with vigils and solemn programs. Several chapters will display temporary cemeteries to represent the over 1,600 fallen in the current conflict in Iraq. Other chapters will lay wreaths, flowers; have speakers, readings and march in parades.

Veterans For Peace National Executive Director stated, “It is not enough to simply remember and mourn. If we are able, we must also act. As Gene Glazer a World War II medic and Veterans For Peace board member once told me, ‘There is no better way to remember the dead than to defend the living.’ We have a responsibility to educate the public on the human cost of war, the lives shattered, broken and lost. We stand as witnesses to this terrible cost and we say to our fellow citizens there is a better way. Join us as we walk the path of peace.”

For more information, please visit .

Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985. It is structured around a national office in Saint Louis, MO and comprised of members across the country organized in chapters or as at-large members. The organization includes men and women veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, other conflicts and peacetime veterans. Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary.


Twenty Years of Waging Peace

Inside Your Heaven

I can’t add much to the American Idol chit chat. I’m ashamed to say, though, that I am addicted to this glorified karaoke contest.

I was really pushing for Bo Bice, but I knew he wouldn’t win…I just don’t think one could market him as an idol in the way the past winners were. Plus he wasn’t pretty or clean enough to pull it off.

And this takes nothing away from Miss Carrie Underwood…she has the pipes for sure. She’ll grow into them and eventually she may connect emotionally to some of the lyrics she is singing…

HOWEVER…that song they had to sing, “Inside Your Heaven” was just atrocious. It makes the winner a “loser”….”I wanna be inside your heaven”….???? What does that mean???? It sounds nasty.

The first thing that came to mind when I heard that line was, “where exactly is this heaven they are singing about, and is it clean there?”


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