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Pianist and vocalist Heather Hutton

Playing &

150; just for fun

Long-time singer-songwriter Marion Rose performs in public, a conquering of stage fright she mastered less than two years ago.

Jack Fischer travels to Nashville to collaborate with artists he has written songs for.

But on Thursday evening in Lithia Park, the trio of singer-songwriters became &

the band.&

The &

loosely associated&

musicians have &

been probably working together off and on for about six months,&

Jordan said, although they lack a name or any other formal identification.

Connected through the Southern Oregon Songwriters Association, an organization established in 1996 to be a resource for local musicians and performers, the trio owned the stage of the Butler Band Shell for the first of two 90-minute Homegrown Music in the Park performances put on by SOSA this month.

The performances &

pianist and singer Heather Hutton is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday &

mark the 10th annual SOSA concert series, although members of the group perform regularly at two Medford venues.

&

We have jam sessions where we just get together and play songs,&

SOSA bean counter and membership queen Diana Roarty said. &

We have some people who don&

t even play an instrument, and they write lyrics.&

Songwriter groups similar to SOSA exist in Portland, Bend, Sacramento and Los Angeles, according to Roarty. In the Rogue Valley, the association has attracted as many as 70 members in the past, although numbers have dwindled lately. SOSA would like to rein in other musicians, both to help further the careers of those artists and bolster creativity among current members.

&

It&

s a good networking way to get to know other musicians,&

said Jordan, who basically produced his own CD, &

Renaissance in the Rain,&

in 2004. &

It&

s given me a lot as far as contacting other people.&

The chance to collaborate with other musicians drives the 25-member association, although individuals sometimes teach workshops or offer up tips on songwriting techniques.

&

Just a bunch of songwriters got together and thought we needed it,&

Roarty said.

— — — — Jack Fischer, top, plays the guitar, vocalist Marion — Rose, center, plays the keyboard and Jonathan Jordan plays the guitar Thursday — during a free performance at the Lithia Park Bandshell put on by the Southern — Oregon Songwriters Association.

Although several members have released personal albums and others have been featured on compilation CDs, for most, the love of songwriting and performing is best described as a hobby.

&

There was a time when I really wanted to make it in music,&

said Jordan, who has built a studio in his home. &

Now, to me, I just like to write songs and do the best I can.&

Staff writer can be reached at 482-3456 x 3019 or jsquires@dailytidings.com.