Coming Arizona Songwriters Events


September 19, 2020 at 1pm MST



Grammy-nominated songwriter, Harriet Schock will be stopping by  Saturday, September 19 to talk with us and offer us her free Ebook called "Why Write from the Heart." Harriet is no stranger to the Arizona Songwriters but it's been a while since she stopped in. She wrote words and music to the Helen Reddy hit, "Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady" which is featured in the bio-pic this year about Ms. Reddy. She also co-wrote all the songs for "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," the theme song for "Jakers, the Adventures of Piggley Winks," as well as songs for many other recording artists including Johnny Mathis, Manfred Mann, the Partridge Family, Smokey Robinson, Roberta Flack, Carl Anderson and many others. She has done music and songs for 4 Henry Jaglom films as well as Delta Force 2, the animated Secret Garden plus countless others. She is in pre-production for a documentary film by Tom Solari called “Hollywood Town-the Harriet Schock Story.”
For more information:


ELLEN BRITTON is a veteran musician with decades of performing, writing, recording, and teaching experience. A move to Nashville in 1991 led to staff songwriter gigs, frequent shows at the world-famous Bluebird Café, touring with top artists including Martina McBride, Pam Tillis, and Tanya Tucker, and appearances on national TV shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Her work as a guitar teacher to prominent and aspiring artists and songwriters in Music City has included recording artists JD Souther ("Her Town Too"; ABC's Nashville), Pam Tillis (“Spilled Perfume”); hit songwriters Tim Nichols (“Live Like You Were Dying”/Tim McGraw), Barry Dean (“Pontoon”/Little Big Town), Tom Douglas (“House That Built Me”/Miranda Lambert), and many others. Ellen performs her original songs in popular venues across the country. She is also part of the female vocal foursome, Queen of Hearts, whose butt-kicking harmonies and hilarious wit have been charming crowds since 1999.
For more information: h




The September 19th Saturday Workshop will start at 1pm.
Harriet Schock will be first on the Agenda for this Introductory Appearance, so don’t be late!

Randy Brown and Jon Iger will be hosting the learning session. 

This month's Topic: Listening!  Passive or Critical?
What are the elements of each? 

Plus Q&A on the discussion topic; and whatever songwriting questions or answers you may have.

  Zoom critiques: 
(We’ll get to as many songs as time permits.)
To submit a song for critique, go to:
*Your song should be on: Google drive, dropbox, soundcloud, or youtube.

*Lyrics are mandatory: You can copy/paste or type your lyrics in the comments at

Chelsea Robson will be facilitating the meeting again. 
We had a record number of writers attend our first few Zoom meetings!
We hope you can join us this month for another great session!

To participate, you’ll need to download the Zoom app at
on your computer, cell phone or iPad.

DETAILS for September 19th:

The day of the event, please sign-in a few minutes early prior to 1pm so we can all be ready to go.  

Very Important:  Be sure to keep your microphone muted unless you are speaking to the group.
If the microphone is not muted it will cause feedback


There is no charge to participate.

Thanks everybody!

Hey Arizona Songwriters…    

ASA would like to extend a huge Thank You to Randy Brown for making song critiques available to songwriters when it was necessary to discontinue our in-person 3rd Saturday "Songs in Progress" Workshops.
Since we are now able to offer song critiques during our Zoom workshop sessions,
Randy will be discontinuing the email critique service.

Thanks again, Randy, for your time and commitment to the craft of songwriting!!

The Glendale Public Library is offering a Virtual Coffeehouse Series while we are unable to share our music in person. If you are interested in performing your originals for this community, please reach out to Ivy Jarvis at or 623-930-3573.  

Video requirements for the Glendale Public Library’s Virtual Coffeehouse series:
> between 15-35 minutes in length
> at least 1080p and in landscape format
> place in Google drive with shareable link emailed to Ivy at

You can view the programs that have already been posted here: 
These performances are posted on the City’s YouTube channel, and have become some of the most viewed videos on the City’s page! 



October 19 - November 20, 2020



Sam Grow
Currently looking!  Probably going to cut two or three more songs.  Things are just starting to happen for him!  His current single, "Song About You", is on the biggest Spotify and Apple playlists!
Colt Ford

Average Joe's Entertainment is always on the lookout  for great songs for Colt!

TV & Film Sync Opportunities

NEW!! ~
Christmas Songs** ~ NEW!!

Jeff is looking for songs to pitch to holiday movies and TV shows! Songs should be pop-leaning and/or have that "nostalgic", traditional Christmas sound.

NEW!! ~
Instrumentals** ~ NEW!!
Jeff is presently looking for unique and interesting instrumental music in every genre and song category!

NEW!! ~ Modern Folk/Pop Music** ~ NEW!!
Looking for strong melodic pop songs as well as modern-sounding folk/pop music, a la Taylor Swift's new album! Pop is churning out more unique melodies every day! Backing track needs to sound sparse in order for the song to be commercial!
**All songs that are being pitched to TV/Film sync opportunities must be studio quality (sound "radio-ready")
and must be 100% clearable!


NEW!! ~ Runaway June ~ NEW!!
Cutting in October!
Looking for some new hits! Think "rootsy/organic, fun" songs, a la early Dixie Chicks. They're the first all-female group to have a Top 10 Hit since 2005!
Debbie will be sending any great songs she finds directly to the girls for their consideration!


Soon! ~ Rodney Atkins ~ Soon!
Ted recently found a killer up-tempo love song for Rodney that he will be recording soon. He would love to find another undeniable hit song to bring in at the same time!
Rodney is also doing a co-project with his wife, Rose Falcon! Think "Little Big Town"-like songs that could easily work as a duet. Looking for something different - a la Jason Isbell or
Caitlyn Smith

If you would like your song(s) to be considered for any of these new opportunities on the
click the link below!

Join Us For TAXI Music's Daily

"Quarantini" Happy Hour

Live YouTube Broadcast and Happy Hour Chat
For musicians from all over the world!

Tuesday - Friday

7pm Eastern (EDT) / 6pm Central (CDT) / 4pm Pacific (PDT)
12am London (BST) / 9am Sydney (AEST)

Dear Songwriters, Composers, and Artists
Join Us Every Tuesday - Friday at 4 pm Pacific Time on 
TAXI TV's YouTube Channel!

We want to include musicians of all types (not just TAXI members), from all over the world, and you will pick the topics. I’ll be there to answer questions, but it’s going to be directed by you!  

And like TAXI TV and the TAXI Road Rally convention, we want to keep it very supportive and friendly! Trolls will be excommunicated on the spot 

You can talk about what's going on in your (musical or personal) life, how you’re dealing with being cooped up, ask pressing music creation or music business questions, share recording and production techniques, trade songwriting tips, ask film and TV music licensing questions, trade time management ideas, meet collaborators, talk about your frustrations or best placements, and whatever else you want our daily hangouts to be about! 

Celebrity Guests
We’ll be joined by some TAXI All-Stars from time to time, as well as some of my music industry friends, so drop by and meet them!
Grammy-winning Producer/Engineer/Mixer Rob Chiarelli joined us a few days ago, and today we'll be having Ronan Chris Murphy as our special guest to talk about production, recording, and mixing! I'm going to invite Bobby Borg to join us this week, as well!
Let’s Turn This into a “Thing”!

We’re doing this for love, not money. It’s totally free — no strings attached. We want to give you a place to hang out with old friends and make some new ones from a bunch of different countries and cultures. 
We only ask two things:
Be polite and respectful.
Tell every musician you know about the TAXI Music "Quarantini" Happy Hour, and here’s why…
If our community gets big enough, I’ve got gear manufacturers that will give us microphones, software, guitars, books, and keyboards to give away for… wait for it… yes, FREE!
Spread the Word!
So forward this email, post about it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and any music-related groups, chats, or forums you know of. If we can get our audience to hit 1,000 people during the live show, I can get my hands on some great stuff to give away!
To Join the Daily "Quarantini" Happy Hour...
Simply go to and search for "TAXI Independent A&R." Then click on the red "subscribe" button! That way you'll get an instant notification that will alert you each time we go live. Otherwise, you can click on the button below to go to our YouTube channel at 4 pm Pacific from Tuesday - Friday and click on the "Videos" section where you'll see the live video for the day and can join the show there.
To Join the Live Chat and Ask Questions During the Happy Hour...
You’ll need to be signed up to YouTube (FREE) and be logged in to be able to join in on the chat during the show. Go to and click the "Sign In" link in the upper right-hand corner of the page and fill out the short form to join. If you have a Gmail account, you’ll be able to associate your YouTube account with it!

See you during Happy Hour,
Michael Laskow

Copyright © 2020 Arizona Songwriters Association, All rights reserved.