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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Sunday-Sunday-Sunday! PERFORM with MUSIC STARS, plus CALLING ALL SONGWRITERS. Dec 2 2018 edition.

Just TWO items today...

1)  SONGWRITERS: enter your original Christmas / Holiday songs in a prestigious NEW competition

2)  TODAY, SUNDAY -- Give Your Gift of Participation -- NOT your money, but ONE LATE AFTERNOON of your time and talent, in the company of MUSIC STARS (Grammy winners, Nominees, Platinum-Sellers, and ordinary folks who just like to sing -- and bring joy to shut-ins in the West SFV! The 37th annual "Caroling" for shut-ins has multiple whirlwind "stage" shows (in several facilities' dining halls, and begins with room-to-room caroling for bedridden patients) YOU ARE INVITED TO PERFORM!

Let's get started!

#1 news feature...

USA Songwriting Competition's "CHRISTMAS SONGWRITING COMPETITION" Open for 2018

Here's your opportunity to enter the 3rd Annual "Christmas Songwriting Competition" sponsored by USA Songwriting Competition, to, in the words of the sponsors, "make the next few weeks the best weeks you've had all year..."

They continue in the announcement released THIS MORNING, "So many songwriters have asked us to organize a Christmas Songwriting Competition, and Good news -- we have this... now today."

This is a limited-time opportunity for you to enter your Christmas or Holiday song. While publicity, on-air guest-bookings, and airplay schedules were all determined by corporate media long ago for the 2018 holiday season, the contest is all about opportunities for indies, and getting you launched. After all, THIS is the time of year when folks think about Christmas and Holidays.


Do you have an Original Christmas Song to which you own the rights? And as the contest asks, "Do you have a song like 'Last Christmas' by Wham! or 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' by Mariah Carey?" Do you have any Hanukkah or Kawanzaa songs? Why not enter the Christmas/Holiday Songwriting Competition. Who knows, you could be the top winner and proud owner of a special Christmas Songwriting trophy for that special place on your mantle -- and a possible songwriting contract with a major music publishing house.

SPECIAL EXTRA BONUS: the Top 15 finalists' songs will appear on the s[onsor's Christmas/Holiday Compilation CD, which will be promoted to various radio stations in USA and Canada. This is excellent music industry exposure for you and your music.

This is a once-a-year opportunity... Enter online here 

In addition, they have extended their "Free Masterings for 2 of your song audios" (from Landr) when you enter the competition; that's an offer worth $20.00.


#2 news feature...

Your Gift of Participation -- NOT your money, but ONE LATE AFTERNOON of your time and talent...

37th Annual Old-Fashioned L.A. Holiday Caroling Festivities -- THIS Sunday, Dec 2

Every year, the Guide supports this effort to bring holiday cheer to shut-ins. Founder Vincent Leinen starts in L.A., then hits the road to make this a national event, one community at a time between December 2nd and December 24th. 

Vincent has invited the Guide to invite YOU to take part, together with music and show biz celebrities, professional studio musicians, opera vocalists, and ordinary folks who experience the simultaneous thrill of humility, grace, and excitement to have such a grateful audience.

Thus, we extend a special invitation to support, promote, and participate in at the 37th Annual Los Angeles Holiday Caroling Festivities on Sunday, December 2rd, 2018 at three senior care centers located in the West San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. Perform 4 pm-7:30 pm -- on a modular schedule -- you may arrive / depart at your discretion, but you'll probably want to stay for all of it.

Immediately following the caroling, participants are invited to socialize and dine at HomeTown Buffet Restaurant (VanOwen/Fallbrook) in Canoga Park (7:30 pm-9:30 pm). Vincent has discount tix for you, because their management supports what we do.
The festivities include multiple performances at senior care centers. Some are scheduled at concurrent time slots, because that allows us to provide entertainment (happiness and healing) to more needy senior residents and their caregivers.

To balance out the large talent pool and maximize your impact on the senior residents and care givers this has a tradition of forming two separate Holiday Caroling Presentation Teams. Both teams get together afterward at the dinner.

Just call Vincent (number below) to get registered. Tell him if you play an instrument and know the chords for some carols or if you just want to sing; you'll learn which of the two teams needs you most, and receive the link for the map of your team's exact route (with driving directions) charted out by time & location. (That map can be very handy during your whirlwind performance schedule.)

Call Vincent at 818-342-9336 or C 818-429-1563.

All the details are at: 
This is produced in collaboration with "Giving Music-A Music Charity," with details at:

The Guide's editor and our writers have been privileged to perform with Grammy winners and nominees and music's elite over the years we have taken part.

Come out, join in, bring joy to folks who probably wouldn't have it without you, and meet your fellow performers at the dinner gathering. It's the finest way we know to get yourself in a true holiday spirit!


That's all for this edition.

Stay tuneful!


We'll be back again soon with music news and more "News of the Non-Trumpcentric Universe." (c)



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