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Foundational Elements of Songwriting
By Mason Douglas

Bobby Braddock, Country Music Hall of Fame member, and the only living person to write #1 country songs in five consecutive decades, has launched the website for his memoir, Bobby Braddock: A Life on Nashville's Music Row (Vanderbilt University Press and Country Music Foundation Press). 

Congratulations to the following members who had their song taken at Online Pitch last night with Alyssa Adams (Diamond Eye Music):

"I Need Me Some Beach"—Steven Baumgartner

"Baby You’re The One"—Mike Chinn

"Nothing Next to Loving You"—Tom Glynn

"Ten Miles ‘Till Empty"—Robert Lutzwig

"Let’s Get Started With Your Name"—David Jonelis

"Steam"—Brad McKinney

"Watching From Afar"—Doug Meister

"You Wreck My Buzz"—Michael Nelson

"Cold"—Anelda Spence

Today, industry song pluggers and publishers were treated to lunch and performances by NSAI members! Palmer Lee and Lena Stone showcased two original songs each. Guests were given a CD with originals songs by 12 NSAI members including Palmer and Lena.

WHAT IS YOUR TYPICAL DAY LIKE AS A SONGWRITER?
As a songwriter there really are no "typical" days for me. Although yes there is certain scheduled time for writes 10:30/11:00am-3pm, every write is very different.  This is what inspires me and excites me about the writing process. It is never boring.  It is never status quo.  We are getting a chance to create music everyday from scratch.  What a gift!  

ANY ADVICE YOU HAVE FOR SETTING REALISTIC GOALS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK?

Congratulations to the following members who had their song taken at Online Pitch last night with Hannah Wilson (Parallel Entertainment):
Haeley Vaughn—“Weapon"
Jamie Trent—“Make Believe”
Tim Thurman—“Let The Good Times Roll”
Maurice Stroemel—“What A Man Wants”
Brad McKinney—“We Got It Made”
Bobby Evans—“If I Met You On A Monday”
Randy Davis—“Come A Little Closer”
Nathan Woodard—“Smoking, Drinking, and Thinking”

Dec 1- Dec 31 “Recommended” Songs Considered for P2P Luncheon.
Congratulations to the writers below who had songs recommended between December 1 and December 31 for consideration for our Publisher Luncheon. These were submitted to the Song Evaluation Service and were recommended by the NSAI Evaluators who reviewed them.

To ring in the New Year, we've been planning a variety of fresh ways to enjoy your membership and gain valuable knowledge about the songwriting craft! We hope the following announcements will help you utilize your membership at convenience to your busy schedule and location! Stay tuned for more exciting updates in 2016!


Here are just a few of the top songs we couldn't get enough this past year! What are yours?! 



"80’s Mercedes" - Writers: Maren Morris, Busbee ; Recorded by Maren Morris

ASCAP AND BMI ANNOUNCE PANDORA DEALS
DEALS DON'T CHANGE NEED FOR GOVERNMENT REVISIONS

Both ASCAP and BMI today announced that they have reached new multi-year licensing deals with the streaming music service Pandora.  According to a joint statement from ASCAP and BMI: “These deals create business benefits for Pandora, while modernizing compensation in the U.S. for ASCAP and BMI songwriters and publishers.”