I am looking forward to my first NSAI meeting that I will be teaching at next Wednesday in Manhattan, KS. It will be at the Bluestem Bistro in the Aggieville section of Manhattan. The Aggieville section is the bar and party section of Manhattan. I don't claim to be an expert on songwriting. I do enjoy learning about songwriting. I went on line to pick up some new info to share at the meeting. I watched a video on rewriting the chords in a song. It was interesting but not something that I felt that I could teach very well. It was not in my sweet spot. Instead I found a video on Utube. It was Ralph Murphy, (Former NSAI president) and songwriter, teaching a college class on songwriting. It was good stuff. He talked about how to write commercial songs. His two pointers were 1) Write songs that make the singer look good. 2) Write songs that relate top people under 30. A song about how to pick up ladies at the retirement home might be funny but will not be a hit on the Country Top 40. If you would like to learn some other tips stop by the meeting on Tuesday. Hope to see you there.