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Issue 10.2 - May 2007
ISSN 1480-6975

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I n   T h i s   I s s u e :

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - Francesco Emmanuel, Alex Jasperse 
                    & Jon Stewart
@-- New Artist Spotlight Additions
@-- Songwriting Book Review - by Ed Teja
@-- Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
@-- Muse's Clues - Songwriting Web sites that inspire - brought
    to you by singer/songwriter & teacher, Irene Jackson.
@-- Featured Article - ASCAP Seeks To Destroy The Music Download
                       Business By A Move In A New York Federal
                       District Court - by Brian Lee Corber
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@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

Hello and welcome to another Muse's News.  Once again, there's a
lot in here for you this month.  But I wanted to take this
opportunity to let you all know that I'm currently working on a
redevelopment of the website.  It's been in the works since the
beginning of March and is progressing nicely, though slightly
behind schedule.  I'm hoping to relaunch the site at the
beginning of May.  We'll see if my hope becomes a reality. ;) 

I wanted to let you know this because there are lots of updates
happening on the new site that aren't taking place on the old.
There are fewer visible reviews on the website now because the
columnists are now entering their reviews into the new system.
Likewise, for the columnists.  There will also be a few new
columnists coming on board, along with a new reviewer.  There's
even a new Radio Muse show (#16) all ready to go.  But I want to
launch it with the newly developed site.  So it won't be out
there for everyone to listen to until May.

The look of the site will remain almost exactly the same, so
never fear in that department.  You'll still know where
everything is. :)  But I just wanted to reassure you that there's
lots going on behind the scenes and lots of new additions being
planned.  Stay tuned for more details soon!

In the meantime, there's a new book review - especially for those
of you that want to begin learning music theory - and a very
interesting (if possibly slightly controversial) article by Brian
Lee Corber, a California entertainment lawyer.  Read it and see
what you think.  (Questions should be directed to the author, not
to me. :) )  There's another new Muse's Clues by our resident and
knowledgeable Songstress about the 'Net, Irene Jackson, and a
*bunch* (and I do mean a bunch!) of fantastic new Artist
Spotlights highlighted that I highly recommend you check out. 

Here are the raffle winners for this month:

* Nadia Cripps from Chiswick, London, (UK) has won a copy of 
Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software

* Paul Columbo from Honey Brook, PA has won a free 3 month
membership to, an Internet-based learning environment
providing online coaching, co-writing and pitching opportunities,
in addition to over 70 multi-level courses developed by
award-winning songwriters. 

* Lionel Valdellon from Hayward, CA, has won a copy of 
Bronson Herrmuth's "100 Miles To A Record Deal"

* Jim Hulseman from Lake Bluff, IL, has won a copy of
"Berklee Music Theory: Book 1" by Paul Schmeling
(reviewed below)

Once again, as I mentioned in last month's newsletter, if you'd
like to be considered for a raffle prize in the future and you
haven't yet received one, please do contact me and let me know
what raffle prize you're interested in receiving.  They're all
listed at .  I'll also
need your contact info in order to get the prize to you.

Thanks for your patience, everyone!  Happy writing. :)

All the best,


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N e w   A r t i s t   S p o t l i g h t   A d d i t i o n s :  

Great music is only a click away!  
Here are just some of the great CDs highlighted in the 
Artist Spotlight section of The Muse's Muse at 

Kevin McCarthy - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

Kevin McCarthy combines lyrical depth with intense melodic
phrasings and a rhythmic diversity that evokes an amazing sound.
Fueled by interpretations of both observation and emotion,
beautiful subtleties exist in both the dynamic instrumental
conversations and Kevinís robust voice. McCarthy challenges,
calms, uplifts, and electrifies.


Skye Claire - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

Skye is a prolific young songwriter and at 19, has already been
writing and performing for four years. Whether she's rocking out
with her band or playing a solo acoustic set, the audience can't
help but be entranced by her catchy hooks and brutally honest
lyrics. She's made a name for herself around NYC at many
reknowned venues such as The Bitter End, CBGB's, and The Knitting
Factory. Her self produced second album shows that her talent
just keeps growing with each song she writes.


Dave Patten - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

Dave Patten's intense vocals and tight instrumentation reflect
his process of creating music. Joe McAllister from The News of
Delaware County, writes "The song 'Strength,' written for a
friend's mother battling cancer, showcases Patten's strong,
blues-tinted voice, much more mature sounding than his years.".


Smokin' Joe Wiseman - Genre: FOLK

A Field By The Sea. It's a pretty stirring title, invoking
visions of desolate beaches, wind-swept heather and frothy,
undulating waves. Smokin' Joe Wiseman came up with it while
looking seawards from Cape St. George towards the cemetery
(marble orchard) - a field by the sea if ever there was one.


The Lucas Cates Band - Genre: ROCK

The Lucas Cates Band is an all original pop rock band from
Madison, WI touching on elements of Folk, Country, R&B, and Jam.
Playing on over 200 radio stations nationwide and in Canada, the
Lucas Cates band is broadening their audience at a tremendous
rate. Most recently their song, "4everytime", was picked up by
the Cincinnati Ballet as a modern dance piece!


Hiding in Public - Genre: ROCK

"What I like about Hiding in Public is that their sound is
something so close to pedestrian but it still sounds majestic and
otherworldly. Simplistic pop-rock that works in the same vein as
late career Eric Clapton, Hiding in Public manages to deliver a
great tune after another great tune. Strong and mature
songwriting that will reinvigorate even the most stumped
- J-Sin


Zoe Scott - Genre: ROCK

Very few individuals would be able to get a member of the Goo Goo
Dolls on their disc, but Zoe Scott is talented enough to have
John Rzeznik (the lead singer of the band) accompany her on hers.
The style of music that Scott creates on "Beautiful To Be Alive"
is a brand of rock-influenced pop, in much the same vein as
artists like Kelly Clarkson and an updated Joan Osbourne.
Regardless, a track like "Caves of Possibility" will get masses
of followers to Scott's cause, even before the guitar solo shreds
everything up.

S o n g w r i t i n g   B o o k   R e v i e w : by Ed Teja

Berklee Music Theory: Book 1
By Paul Schmeling
You can write songs without knowing much about music. Jason Blume
advocates singing melodies into tape recorders /a capella/ and
has written some of his biggest hits without touching an
instrument or making any musical notation. If a melody is strong,
then it has appeal, and it doesn't matter how you get it down, or
if you understand the theory behind it. You shouldn't be slowed
down or deterred in your songwriting efforts by an inability to
play or write music. We should all be writing the best songs we
are able to write with the tools available to us now. However,
learning music theory can open our eyes to many new and
interesting tools, concepts and approaches, making a songwriter
more versatile. It also makes collaboration easier, because it
allows you to communicate accurately with other songwriters,
producers, and musicians. When you can speak the language of
music, then nothing gets lost in translating your musical ideas
into actual (recorded or performed) music. That is a definite
benefit to you in getting demos that really represent all your
hard work.

But music theory is complicated and takes a long time to learn,
right? Not really. It can get complex, but it doesn't start out
that way. And the _Berklee Music Theory_ series starts with the
basics. Book One starts with basic rhythm, and its notation, and
takes us on a careful exploration of its various combinations
before moving on to intervals and finally, scales.

This is a workbook. Don't expect compelling reading. In fact
there isn't much reading at all ó more listening. It comes with a
CD that illustrates the musical examples, and then provides sets
of ear training exercises that ensure the information stays with

This is the introductory book in a series and doesn't go beyond
these basics. We haven't reviewed the other books in the series,
but given Berkleeís reputation, it is safe to assume that the
other books will follow a similar pace and provide similar

After dealing with the basics of rhythm, and intervals, there is
an excellent presentation of scales. It is here that the ear
training exercises (listening to examples a doing exercises) does
a wonderful job of helping you understand the emotional
connections we make with some of the various minor scales. To
hear diminished and augmented intervals, and make them part of
your repertoire, can't but help give any songwriter more
conscious choices.

If jazz has always seemed impenetrable, the section on compound
intervals (those greater than an octave) provides insight into
those prevalent, yet enigmatic chord extensions, such as 11th
13th and 9ths. And, if you like to write songs from chord
progressions, understanding these intervals can help you get a
handle on how harmonizing and melody writing interact.

This book is a first, quite thorough, step in developing an
intimacy with music theory. You'll get the maximum benefit from
it if you have access to a keyboard (a guitar will do, if you are
reasonably comfortable with where the notes are on the
fretboard.) The one failing of the book as a self study tool is
that there is no appendix giving the right answers to the
practice questions. You might need the help of a musically
literate friend to determine if your answers are correct. But the
presentation is clear and the audio examples indispensable. So,
while this isn't the most exciting book we have reviewed, for
songwriters who want to learn theory, it is both useful and

Ed Teja lives in New Mexico, USA, writing songs and
instrumentals, and trying to find them loving homes. Performing
since the early 60s, he has appeared at strange venues in Hong
Kong, Canada, St. Martin, Bequia, Venezuela, Grenada and
Trinidad, as well as the Silver City (New Mexico) Blues festival
in 2003, and the Tucson (Arizona) Folk Festival in 2006. Working
as a magazine editor and freelance writer, his articles appeared
in magazines ranging from Pro Sound News, BYTE magazine, to
Import/Export, and with book reviews in THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING
POST, and The Midwest Review of Books.

Find out more about Ed at:
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M u s e ' s    C l u e s :  by Irene Jackson

©1998-2007 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. 
Used By Permission

Last week I had the miserable experience of the hard drive on my
main computer crashing.  Every now and then you think to yourself
"I should really back up these files, yada, yada..." but somehow
or another you keep putting it off.  Last Christmas my husband
bought me a back up drive and now I am forever indebted to his
practical foresight.  Some of my files on the original drive were
salvageable, but had I not backed up my music files, I would have
seen years of work trashed just like that!

So before I talk about this month's clues, let me just encourage
you all to BACK UP YOUR COMPUTER FILES!  Whether they are
snippets of lyrics or actual recordings, your bio, valuable
emails and contact information, do yourself a huge favour and
make sure you don't lose them for good.  For me, it was a lesson
learned and fortunately not too painful a one!

Now that I have that off my chest, onto this month's Muse's
Clues.  I usually steer away from commercial websites unless they
have something valuable (and free!) to offer.  This month I
stumbled upon an Australian music store website called  The refreshing thing about their site is that
they provide tons of articles and interviews about every aspect
of music and songwriting.  The songwriting area is here:

...but step back a bit and you'll find a list of collections of
articles on everything from A&R to Tech Tips and Theory.  There
are some well-known contributors like John Braheny and Diane
Rapaport, interviews with songwriters like Shawn Colvin and
Dianne Warren. 

There are articles from record producers, audio experts,
marketing gurus and you'll even find want ads for bands and
information on how to set up a successful tour.  In their "About
Us" section, the people at bmusic say "Not just a music retailer, is committed to giving Australian musicians
everything they need to be a success."  Well, you don't have to
be Australian to share in the treasure of their resources.
There's enough there to keep you busy for a week or two, maybe
even until the next month's instalment of this newsletter!

And back up your files, back up your files, back up your files...

Irene Jackson is a performing songwriter from Victoria, BC in
Canada. Aside from writing, recording and performing, she also
maintains a website for songwriters that includes tips, articles
and a songwriter's messageboard.

Songwriting Tips:
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F e a t u r e d   A r t i c l e : by Brian Lee Corber © 2007

ASCAP Seeks To Destroy The Music Download Business By A Move In A
New York Federal District Court
There is a major fight brewing between different segments of the
music business:  ASCAP and the RIAA and the record companies:
ASCAP has filed a motion seeking an order from a New York Federal
Court to declare all downloads of music as public performances,
giving ASCAP, BMI and SESAC a piece of the action in private
download transactions, such as from iTunes or Rhapsody
(  The
matter has been set for a trail to begin May 21, 2007.

"'For a decade ASCAP and BMI have successfully preyed on
less-confident or underfinanced companies that were willing to
pay double-dip royalties. Now, however, we are confident that a
judge will finally end this travesty.'" said the DIMA in an
interview published by Film Music Weekly

Don't be so confident.  

The US Registrar of Copyrights came out against ASCAP's
assertions:  " performing rights on Net Music Downloads is
"common sense and sound policy."

If ASCAP gets its order, it could kill the music download
business; the RIAA and its record biz constituency need that
business to survive since the selling of compact discs is no
longer the principal means of distribution of recordings.  The
RIAA and SoundExchange haven't fought to impose costs on the
internet distribution of music long and hard so that ASCAP can
waltz in and muscle in on their action.  Take heed Cary Sherman:
you don't want to let ASCAP piggyback on your work.      

Another potentially great danger:  invasion of privacy. ASCAP
might have, or seek access to consumer records of downloaders on
iTunes and other services.  ASCAP's access to such private
information is like having Al Queda in charge of air traffic
control over Manhattan.

ASCAP generally gets whatever it wants from federal "rate court
judge," William C. Conner who is ruling on the motion.  Check the

Give ASCAP a little peek around the download door and it'll be
the elephant in the room. 

The anti-ASCAP forces might consider recusing Judge Connor from
hearing the matter and seek to have it assigned to a different
judge or venue.  Two federal statutes provide for recusing a
judge in a federal case (US. VS. ASCAP).

The record industry might move to have the matter assigned to a
judge who doesn't deal with the PROs but it still needs to
challenge Connor in this instance.  There is more to this than
mentioned here, for that, contact the author privately. 

This is like one arm of a mega-conglomerate like Time-Warner (in
the form of its music publishers Warner Tamarlane or Warner
Chappel) fighting with another arm of the mega conglomerate: for
example, Warner Brothers Records) which could destroy the music
download platform because consumers will end up paying ASCAP's
bill; I doubt that consumers will pay that extra attributable to
the "public performance royalty" on a download.  iTunes could be
at risk and Rhapsody. 

Truly, this is a political battle between different segments of
the music business fighting over the golden goose and the loser
could be the music business and consumers.

In addition, the Alden-Rochelle vs. ASCAP case might be a legal
precedent against ASCAP.   Also:  An analysis of recording
contracts insofar as the performing rights of the
composer/publisher of the music at issue being licensed
previously, in the recording contract to the record company which
don't have to be licensed, again from ASCAP.

ASCAP, after all, licenses copyrights, not music; in essence, it
grants a right to a broadcaster/transmitter not to be sued for
copyright infringement. But companies like iTunes are already
licensed to upload recording, and that license can include the
copyright in the underlying music.  A licensee with a copyright
license cannot be sued for copyright infringement.  If the
uploading company is the copyright owner itself (as in a movie
company offering downloads of their movies and music) it cannot
sue itself (i.e.:  Time-Warner vs. Time-Warner as an example). 

ASCAP, essentially, wants to kill the golden goose. They say
they're fighting for their members, but if a platform for
distribution of music and making money dies because of ASCAP,
what has been accomplished?

ASCAP sees a source of money and wants its lucre. The record biz
doesn't want to pay that and it does not want to have to pass
that ASCAP charge on to consumers because consumers will balk at
paying it.

How much will a 99 cent download go up in order to pay ASCP/BMI?  

A lot is at stake. 



© 2007 Brian Lee Corber (; (818) 786-7133).
Brian Lee Corber has been a California lawyer for over 27 years
emphasizing civil litigation, entertainment law and music
business law and intellectual property.  He has litigated against
ASCAP and studied all three domestic PROs intensely for the last
8 years; he has lectured on the music business for Cal State
University and the Film Music Network; he offers his consulting
services to other attorneys litigating music matters and clients
seeking legal advice in their music businesses.

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    " O N   S I T E "   F E A T U R E D   A R T I C L E :

Since Harriet is going to be honored for a lifetime of
achievement by the Los Angeles Women In Music organization
( in the beginning of May (congratulations,
Harriet!) I thought it infinitely appropriate to highlight one of
the many excellent articles she's generously allowed me to print
here.  And since we're on the subject of business...

Walking That Line by Harriet Schock Harriet Schock takes us for a walk between that fine line of art and commerce. (This is actually an article that appeared in an earlier newsletter.)
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