April 14, 2016


Finally.  Some sun, some warmer temps, and the white stuff is finally leaving my lawn.  Special spring events are listed below. If you’re in the metro Detroit area, definitely come check out the “Spring Songfest” at the Jazz Cafe in downtown Detroit (info below).  It’s a fantastic group of Michigan performing songwriters graciously donating their talents to benefit our new Big Water Creative Arts, Inc. 501(c)3 that’s the new parent corp for the MISW.  Also, the Songwriting 101 for middle and high school aged kids in the Petoskey and Harbor Springs area is a great way to get your child going on songwriting.  It’s going to be an exciting year!!



–Songwriting 101/Crooked Tree Arts Center:  Michelle Chenard and I (my partner in crime/co-director of the MISW) will be teaching a series of 5 classes for middle school and high school kids at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey.  Classes start on April 18 and end/culminate in a performance featuring the kids’ new songs on May 23.  It’s a GREAT opportunity to instill creative thinking in your kids’ lives.  For more information, check out this link, or call 231-347-4337.

Spring Songfest” at The Jazz Cafe:  A songwriters-in-the-round performance at the Music Hall Center For The Performing Arts in downtown Detroit on Friday, May 13, 2016.  The event will take place in the venerable Jazz Cafe in the lower level of Music Hall, a wonderfully intimate and insanely cool venue that has hosted such greats as Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, and many, many more.  The Songfest will feature some of metro Detroit’s finest singer/songwriters, and will the event will benefit the Mackinac Island Songwriters Workshop.  Showtime is 7:30 pm, and tickets are available at the door for a $10 donation.

–Mackinac Island Songwriters Workshop: (www.mackinacislandsongwritersworkshop.org), October 13-16.  Our 3rd year, and we’re already getting registrations.  A wonderful bunch of workshops and instructors dedicated to helping you become a better and more effective songwriter.  Space is limited, so don’t wait until September to sign up!  Details on the website.


That’s it for now.  Keep those snowblowers gassed up….just in case….;)