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The San Diego NSAI
Testimonials and Friendly "Goodbyes!"
Congrats on 20 years of doing a Fantastic job of giving of yourself, sharing, caring and bringing together so many songwriters and helping them on your journey! You have been a part of many people's lives - and I am proud of you and blessed to have been a coordinator with you across the miles for (6) of those years while I was in Charlotte, NC. Our friendship resulted in you inviting me to your home for a week in early 2003, which led to a dinner with Orange County and LA coordinators and the idea of the Nashville Muse was planted that night - because of you inviting me to hang out at your house and do a workshop that particular week. You have been a blessing to many people over the years, friendships from those attending your workshops and other events. I wish you the very best with the changes in your life and look forward to seeing you in the future!
Job well done! Twenty years is amazing, you should be proud of all the lives you've touched.
Cliff and Bev Nelson
We truly appreciate your hard work and dedication over the years! Thanks again for being an inspiration and for all of your guidance on this crazy journey.
Tracey and Vance Marino
Thanks for spending a couple of decades among us in San Diego. I am one of the many whose life has been richer for knowing you. I’ve always been impressed by your energy and entrepreneurship. I got a lot out of my years in NSAI as well, particularly seminars with Bloom & Seskin that you arranged.
Best of luck in your next venture.
I am sorry to see your notice of retiring but it is a totally understandable transition. You have set a high bar for all the other coordinators for organization and the generous nurturing of writers both in Florida and here in California. Hopefully our paths will keep crossing though I wasn't able to get to the San Diego workshop this winter. I have been involved in running some small workshops for a NY publishing company in LA at ASCAP but I"ll be back next winter for 3 months and let's keep in touch. I'll see Joyce in March but please give her my best.
Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to the cause of Songwriting and helping to educate us. I really appreciate all the benefits I received from my limited participation. I regret that I didn't do more, but life had my plate pretty full. Thanks again for everything you've given us.
Love, Natasha Ragland
Wanted to say thanks for your years of service to NSAI and best wishes in your relocation. Thanks too for saying good-bye; sometimes people don't formally do that and I think it always helps to close one chapter and welcome another. Though I haven't attended recently, I always enjoyed very much the NSAI meetings at your place in Del Mar and hope that the next chapter of your life brings you good things.
Sincerely, Natori Moore
I appreciate your service during the workshops and festivities I was able to attend.
Thank You, Raul
Yes, thanks to you and congratulations to you for all you have done for NSAI in San Diego! Good luck in the future.
A Brief History of The San Diego NSAI Workshop
The San Diego NSAI Workshop was formed in November of 1992 by Elizabeth C. Axford, San Diego NSAI Workshop Coordinator (1992-2011), after moving to San Diego as a result of Hurricane Andrew in Miami, FL in August of 1992. She had started the Miami NSAI Workshop in 1990, after joining NSAI in 1989. Her association through work at Suniland Music Shoppe in Miami with Paul Deakin, drummer for the Mavericks - Liz taught piano and Paul taught drums - helped to spark her interest in Nashville. She had always been a country music fan, and she felt much of the best songwriting of popular music was coming from Nashville. She wanted to learn from the source, so she ventured to Nashville.
As a result, Liz became one of the original seven NSAI Regional Workshop Coordinators, helping to launch an international program of songcrafting and music industry studies. During her 20-year tenure, Liz was responsible for over 300 monthly workshops, songwriter showcases, and special events, raising tens of thousands of dollars in special event fees as well as hundreds of NSAI memberships. In 1997, she received an award certificate from NSAI stating, "It All Started With You!" and in 2010 she received an award for twenty years of service.
A successful seminar organized by Liz at The Avalon Hotel on South Miami Beach with Raul Malo from the Mavericks, Rick Beresford, Pat Rogers, and Katherine Dines in January of 1992 led to spin-off workshops in Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, and the Cayman Islands. Those combined workshops are still going today as the South Florida NSAI Workshop, as is the San Diego NSAI Workshop.
Past San Diego NSAI Workshop Guests and Songwriter Showcase Performers (1992-2011): Note: We are still adding names to this list as well as photos...more to come!
Danny Arena and Sara Light of www.SongU.com (Virtual Guests!) ("Home to You" by John Michael Montgomery, Tony Award nominated songwriters for their songs in the Broadway production of Urban Cowboy) www.songu.com
Dave Berg ("These Are My People" by Rodney Atkins, "Stupid Boy" by Keith Urban, "Moments" by Emerson Drive, "Somebody" by Reba McEntire; Dave visited the San Diego NSAI Workshop in 2007) http://davebergmusic.tumblr.com/
Jason Blume ("Back to Your Heart" by The Backstreet Boys, "Dear Diary" by Britney Spears, "Change My Mind" by John Berry, five Collin Raye cuts, and author of "Six Steps to Songwriting Success" and "This Business of Songwriting"; Jason visited the San Diego NSAI Workshop in 2000 and 2001) www.jasonblume.com
Kerry Chater and Lynn Gillespie Chater (Adopt-a-Shop pro mentors for San Diego, founding member of Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, #1's "You Look So Good in Love" by George Strait and "I.O.U." by Lee Greenwood, Jessica Andrews cut, and many, many others; Kerry and Lynn Chater visited the San Diego NSAI Workshop in 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2011) http://www.chatersongs.com/
Barbara Cloyd ("I Guess You Had to Be There" by Lorrie Morgan, Open Mic Night Host at The Bluebird Cafe, Play for Publishers Workshops, Ready for the Row Workshops; Barbara visited the San Diego NSAI Workshop in 2009) http://www.barbaracloyd.com/
Pamela Phillips Oland ("Nobody Loves Me Like You Do" by Anne Murray and Whitney Houston, 350 songs recorded and/or placed in film/TV projects, author of "The Art of Writing Great Lyrics" and "The Art of Writing Love Songs"; Pamela visited the San Diego NSAI Workshop in 2005) http://www.pamoland.com/
Kim McLean ("Elisabeth" by Billy Gillman, singles by Tim McGraw and Lee Ann Womack, Dove Award recipient) http://www.kimmclean.com/
Steve Seskin ("Grown Men Don't Cry" by Tim McGraw, "Life's a Dance" by John Michael Montgomery, "I Think About You" by Collin Raye and many more; Steve visited the San Diego NSAI Workshop in 1998, 2001, and 2004) http://www.steveseskin.com/news/
Randy Sharp ("Cheap Seats" by Alabama, "You Will" by Patty Loveless; Randy visited the San Diego NSAI Workshop in 1996) http://www.randysharp.ws/
Jerry Vandiver (#2 "For a Little While" by Tim McGraw, "Athens Grease" by Phil Vasser, #5 "Don't Waste It On the Blues" by Gene Watson, Co-Author of "Your First Cut") http://www.jerryvandiver.com/Home.html
Alex Del Zoppo ("In a Rainbow" and more by Sweetwater, the first band to perform live at the original 1969 Woodstock and subject of the first ever VH-1 made-for-TV movie in August, 1999) http://www.alexdelzoppo.com/Welcome.html
San Diego NSAI Workshop Volunteers:
Current NSAI Regional Workshop Coordinators - Sweet Joyce Ann Martin, 2010-Present Tracey and Vance Marino, 2012-Present Past NSAI Regional Workshop Coordinators - Elizabeth C. Axford, 1992-2011 (San Diego, CA) and 1990-1992 (Miami, FL)
Bob Duffy, 2005-2009
Mary Lyn Bates, 2000-2002
Songwriter Showcase Organizers/Hosts -
Jim Underwood Pam Bowen Bobo Czarnowski
The San Diego NSAI Regional Workshop holds regular monthly meetings hosted by co-coordinators Joyce Ann Martin email@example.com and Tracey and Vance Marino TVMarino@cox.net Contact one of the current coordinators directly for more information.
The NSAI Regional Workshops do writing exercises supplied by the NSAI office in Nashville, listen to and watch NSAI Nashville web casts, and group/peer song evaluations. Several times a year they host songwriter showcases, guitar pulls, house concerts, and/or special event workshops and seminars with pro-songwriters, artists, authors, and other music industry guests.
The San Diego NSAI Regional Workshop monthly meetings, songwriter showcases, guitar pulls, house concerts, and special events have been held in various venues around San Diego County, including La Jolla Lutheran Church, Oceanside First Christian Church, Temecula St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church, Rebecca's Coffee House, Bella Roma Restaurant, Cosmos Cafe, Hot Java Cafe, Claire de Lune, John Lane's Studio, Bob Duffy's Studio, Piano Press Studio, Twiggs, Miracles Cafe, The Stratford Inn, The Pannikin, Mikey's, The House of Denmark, A Better World Galleria, Wagner's World of Music, and The Oasis.