The Prez Writes

By Paul Moffett

At the end of the year, organization officers have to write end-of-the-year stories, and I guess I am no exception to that rule. Indulge me, if you please, and I'll try not to be dull.

1992 was a good year for the Co-op. We shuffled and changed and tried new things and generally did better than last year.

There were several members' songs cut, thanks in part to Charlie Walls and his Music Man Records. Charlie's projects with various country acts meant a number of LASC members got writing credits. Several folks also did independent projects. That's a plus.

Also, LASC songs got pitched to Louisville bands and were subsequently performed in public, in front of record and publishing folk, as well as the general public. That made me happy and let me say right here that it should happen more often.

However, there was one success that eluded everybody:

None of us got that major cut! Dang!

Oh, well, nobody said it would be easy.

The untallied successes were subtle: folks involved in the various activities learned a lot and made plenty of connections. I certainly learned plenty and met a few people worth knowing.

We did lose our regular meeting place, after six years. It was a great run while it lasted. We are temporarily meeting at the Musician's Union.

So, how about 1993?

Plans are already in motion for the Seminar. The dates are November 5 & 6. The Showcase for that month is also being worked on and will likely be a variation of the one we did this year.

The contest will be run again in August. This year — we swear, honest — we are going to devise a new method of judging the first round, so that the members of the Board can enter. Ray Yates has taken the task upon himself to organize judging committees.

The monthly Showcases are undergoing revamping. At this point, it looks like there will be shows in February, April, August and November. If you are interested in getting involved and/or performing, call Larry Standiford.

What else? That depends on what you — yes, YOU — do. If you don't write, you won't have any songs to pitch. If you don't work on pitching and promoting your songs, you won't get a cut. If you don't get a cut, you won't cash any royalty checks and you won't be able to say: "I wrote that song you hear on the radio."

In short, if you wait for somebody else to do it for you, nothing will happen.

End of sermon.

Have a grand New Year.