By Diana Black

The Co-op welcomes three new members. They have received member numbers 346-348, respectively.

Long-time songwriter David E. Miller has been involved with music since at the age of ten he began playing guitar and singing in church. His musical background also includes having sung and played guitar with Argon for five years, plus being twice included on WLRS albums and last year's WQMF album.

David currently lives in Borden, Indiana, where he owns and operates a small 8-track plus SMPTE-driven midi studio. Not only are David's musical skills varied, as he plays keyboards, bass and guitar, but his writing interests are varied as well, concentrating on pop, blues, country and religious. Members interested in collaborating will be happy to know David is willing to give co-writing a try.

Willing to help the Co-op with discount studio rates and performing, David also mentioned he has "been doing original music for 16 years which could be good or bad for LASC." Sounds like it will be nothing but good, David! Welcome.

Walter Doughtery (W.D. Retlaw) may not make too many meetings; Kansas City, Mo., is a pretty far piece to come.

That's too bad 'cause he seems to be a very likable person, based on his correspondence.

A Music Major at S.F. State in '38-39, Walter plays piano and organ though he does not consider himself a performer. Other musical background includes singing in glee clubs and quartets, playing piano in a college dance orchestra, organizing and directing a Lions Club quartet in the '50s, being Music Director and Drum Major of the Ararat Shrine Drum & Bugle Corps in K. C. for nine years, and teaching the Corps to play several marches he has written.

Since retirement, Walter has been "pushing" his songs by joining the United Songwriters Assn., Missouri Songwriters Assn. and Songwriters Guild of America.

Very interested in collaborating with someone strong on lyrics, Walter will be sending tapes from time to time to be critiqued during our meetings.

Good luck, Walter. We'll look forward to hearing from you soon.

If you attended January's songwriter showcase, then you already know a little about Diane Kessler, our most recent new member. (See showcase review elsewhere in this issue.)

Diane and her husband, long time LASC member Michael Kessler, having played music in this country for some time, took their songs to the Soviet Union last year. Upon return from their successful visit, they introduced Louisville to "new-to-us" Soviet music and musicians. Accompanying Diane on the first showcase of '91 was flutist Sergei Zaslavsky.

Diane is a very talented singer/musician who is a welcome addition to the Co-op.

As new members, 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."


Let's not forget to thank those members who "signed on for another year":

Rebecca Brown, Eddie Burch, Dan Colon, Ray Major, Bob Rosenthal, Ronald Smith and Joyce Trammell.