[After a break due to illness…] The first Songwriters For Autism benefit for the Autism Treatment Center of Dallas at Poor David’s Pub on April 22, was a very good show. We brought in between three and four hundred dollars for ATC after expenses (not including the $500 that was given to ATC on our behalf. Even though it was not a big crowd, it was an appreciative audience. All of the performers played their hearts out for the cause. I would like to thank them again before we begin.
The first three songwriters to swap songs were Jaden Faith, Mike Freiley, and Ireland Casteel. Ireland also goes by Ireland Singer. She has been playing around town lately, and I have been happy to include her in showcases. Ireland has been a semi-finalist in the Dallas Songwriters Association’s Song Contest. Her lyrics belie her age, yet she has no pretense of being anything but a fifteen year old songwriter. And a good one at that.
Some of which could be said about Jaden Faith. I played at a Pick Couch Studios showcase at Stan’s Lakeview with Jaden, and I was immediately impressed. She is new to songwriting at 13 yrs old, with only three songs to her credit. But those three songs are a very good beginning. Look for opportunities to see her perform.
Mike Freiley plays with his band Random Splatter when he is not playing solo. He also organizes special Saturday showcases at Bill’s Records next door to Poor David’s. Check out the Facebook pages for future shows. Mike writes some nice tunes.
Next up, Robin Willis, Baylis Laramore, and Don Wall.
Peace be with you.