"What a great weekend of information, education, and music from an insider's perspective."

— Tina Winther
TAXI Member

ASCAP VP and hit songwriter, Ralph Murphy (L),and Randy Bachman (R), thrilled the audience Saturday night at the Open Mic.
Dear Way Cool TAXI Folks:

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for putting on such an incredibly comprehensive weekend and inviting me to be a part of it.

Based on the feedback I heard, it sure seemed that an awful lot of people came away more knowledgeable songwriters and musicians (which is a good thing for all of us!)--and that the information was greatly appreciated. And ... TAXI came away with gold stars by all attendees.

You guys are great-congratulations on a job well done!

Laurie Z
Redondo Beach, CA


Dear Michael:

My partner Vashti and I are sending you this note to thank and congratulate you on the fine work you and your staff has done with this years Road Rally.

Not only were we pleasantly surprised by the caliber of people that participated in the panels, the wealth of information, the actual execution and production of the event itself, but the fact that you displayed a very caring, intimate attitude throughout.

We look forward to working with you in the future.

To your continued success!

Michael & Veshti Germaine
Pittsburg, PA


TAXI's Michael Laskow (L) and Alex Reed (R) presenting TAXI member Diego Sandrin with the Alesis ADAT XT-20 he won for referring the most members in July.
Greetings and Salutations,

I wanted to be one of the first to congratulate you on an exciting experience, Road Rally 1998. I'm a new TAXI member, just celebrating my 1 month anniversary and my very first Road Rally. In my first month I've been forwarded twice and look forward to many more forwards. I hope to be one of those real success stories coming out of TAXI.

After the Road Rally, I believe I made a wise investment in joining this organization. I've been a member of NAS for many years and have attended numerous NAS songwriter expo's. I have found them to be beneficial, yet not as effective as far as industry/A&R access is concerned. I've made wonderful contacts nonetheless.

I wanted to be one of I must say that Road Rally exceeded most of my expectations and I thought it surpassed all of the NAS expo's I've attended thus far. I'm not knocking NAS because I think they provide a valuable service to the songwriter and recommend the organization to any and all songwriters; I consider myself a life long member.

What I found most exciting about the Road Rally was the A&R panel and pitch sessions on Saturday. I loved the brutal honesty from the professionals, but I was a little disappointed with the quality of material that was actually heard.

My only suggestion for future rallies would be that TAXI conducts 2 of these sessions one on Saturday and one on Sunday and at one of them screen the songs, as with regular submissions to ensure that the A&R professionals hear quality material.

I enjoyed performing at the Rally on Friday, even after waiting for 3 hours. I can appreciate artists who write instrumental music wanting their music to be heard, but when you conduct an open mic, the whole point is the live performance. I don't think it's a very good idea to play instrumental music without live performers, I believe that is the purpose of the pitches. It would also be nice if one of the live shows were based on auditions since the A&R panels indicated that if they heard something they liked they would want to see that artist live before proceeding.

All in all, a great experience, I brought several guests and will most assuredly be recommending TAXI to my songwriter friends.

Peace & Blessings,

Leonard Moss, Jr.
Glendale, CA


To All TAXI Staff:

Thank you so much for a great weekend, the information I gathered was very helpful, sometimes discouraging, but truthful! I found your panel members all very knowledgeable, and most importantly, honest. Obviously the music industry is difficult to break into but I'm sure TAXI can help me stay on that road. I also attended last years Rally in Woodland Hills and found a great improvement this year. Therefore I can't wait for next years rally. The accommodation was excellent, hotel staff great, hotel rate was more than fair.

Michael, you really are on to something good here (and you know it, I'm sure) as many have stated, "Why didn't somebody think of this concept before?" I'm just glad you did and you have this enormous energy! Wow!

Thank you all so much ...

Tom Nicholls
Vancouver, Canada



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"This is the 3rd Rally my wife, Amy, and I have attended and once again you have outdone yourselves."
— Jimmy & Amy Muffin,
TAXI Members

"To learn from the professionals on the panels was the gift, not to mention what a great time I had."
— Sharon Weinbrum,
TAXI Member

"Thank you and the whole TAXI staff for another wonderful Road Rally."
— Kubilay Uner,
TAXI Member

"As always, a great Rally! I really can't believe that anyone serious about making it in the music business would even consider missing it."
— Roy Flower,
TAXI Member