By Diana Block


Since the last issue of the Letter the Co-op has grown to include four new members. They have received member numbers 349-352, respectively.

During the past several years I have had the pleasure of running into Nancie Brunner at various songwriter events. I am so happy she has chosen to, become a member of the Co-op.

Nancie makes her home in Shelbyville, Kentucky, where she is a longtime member of Shelby Area Entertainers. This group of performers. directed by Rachel Biagi, annually raise money for a future shelter house/group home for retarded citizens.

Interested in collaborating, Nancie is writing mostly country ballads and gospel. She is affiliated with Japonica Music and a member of NSAI.

Nancie says she has no special talents with regard to advertising, fund raising. etc for the Co-op. but she 'learns fast and takes instructions well.' Well, Nancie, that's all we need to hear: you can expect your phone to be ringing soon. Thanks!

Eddie French checked out a membership meeting or two and then asked the all important question: 'Can you be crazy and join this group?' We assured him he would feel right at home, so he forked over twenty dollars and now it's official.

While stationed in Mt. Home. ID, Eddie formed a band in which he was lead vocalist. Since that time, he has performed once at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and several times at various locations in the Louisville area. He entered a talent search sponsored by WSM for the 50th Anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry and won for Louisville! He was then selected by the station as one of seventeen best in a five state area.

Currently writing country music, Eddie would be happy to try cowriting. And as far as helping the Co-op. he would like to concentrate on what the organization needs as far as promotion. Thanks. Eddie; that's an area we can certainly use some inspiration.

Thanks to Karen Le Van, Rik Thomas found out about our group and attended a membership meeting. It happened to be a collaboration session and I had the good fortune of teaming with he and Karen.

Rik has been in the area about a year (correct me if I am wrong, Rik!) and had no idea Louisville had 'anything like this.' He indicated he was quite happy to find songwriters to share ideas and experiences with.

We are really happy you've chosen to Join the Co-op. Tony. I mean, RIK! (For those of you out there who don't know, l kept thinking his name was Tony the first couple times I met him. Rik and Tony do sound a lot alike, don't you think?)

Seriously, welcome. Rik!

I wish I could tell you more about Paula Van Meter, but unfortunately i have not talked with her. She is married to Tom Van Meter, who I'm sure most of you have seen at membership meetings and showcases. Paula has also performed on a Showcase with Tom.

We want to welcome you, Paula and encourage you join us at our meetings and other events. Thanks for your support of the Coop!

As a new member you may have questions concerning the organization or the music industry in general; please feel free to call me at 502-893-0693 and I will be happy to help in any way I can.

Anyone interested in joining the LASC or just wanting more information about the organization is welcome to call me at the above number and I will be glad to answer any questions and/or forward a membership application..

PLEASE NOTE: Again, I would like to encourage new members to include with their completed application an attached page with bio information. Our welcome column is the perfect place to "let yourself be known."