Dear SAMI Family,
This is the 20th Anniversary year of SAMI, and I am pleased to serve as your co-president.
recently, on May 15th, concluded our 12th annual awards concert for the
Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters and Mike Lane Horizon
Award. If you were in attendance, or served on the judging committee, I
am sure you will agree with me that this crop of kids was stellar in
every sense of the word.
On May 19th, the second MindBoggling event was held at the Lily
Nature Center at the Celery Bog in West Lafayette. This year, SAMI
with the even organizers to write and perform songs inspired by the
celery bog, and there were seven SAMI members who participated in one
way or another with their songs and performances. There is talk now
about making SAMI a permanent partner in this endeavor to raise
awareness and appreciation for this nature area.
On June 16, no fewer than four SAMI members or scholarship
recipients will play on one stage alone at the Taste of Tippecanoe, the
largest musical festival in the county.
On July 14th, a number of
SAMI members will perform at this year's Riverfest in Tapawingo Park,
West Lafayette, from 9am to 4pm. SAMI has been involved in providing
music at this event on the river since its inception, and our presence
has just grown stronger over the years.
On August 11, the city of Lafayette will host a Mosey Down Main
Street for the Arts, and once again, with your help, SAMI will be out in
force. We will
have a SAMI booth, with brochures about SAMI and SAMI's groupies (as we
will be promoting our link to this fund raising dynamo), hands on song
performances, both at the booth and on the stage, and encouraging
applications to the scholarship.
On November 10, SAMI will host an all-day songwriting workshop and
evening concert with hit Nashville writer Steve Seskin. Those of us who
have done workshops with Steve elsewhere know just how invaluable his
skills and teaching abilities are, so we are fortunate to get him to
All in all, it's been a great year so far, and will continue to be
so for SAMI and its members. As host of Acoustic Blend, a radio program
on WBAA, I have interviewed and had in-studio musical sessions with
numerous SAMI members already this year, and the June 9th edition will
feature yet another SAMI member.
So come on out to SAMI meetings and events, get involved if you are not already, and spread
the word to other songwriters, especially the youth.
turns 20, I for one am both humbled and honored by the accomplishments
of the organization and its members. I want to personally thank each
and every one of you who have built this phenomenon, and who now keep
the mojo going, two decades into this grand experiment.