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Issue 11.6 - September 2008
ISSN 1480-6975

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

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - Don Sechelski, Alex Jasperse, Chip Withrow
& Jarrod Brogdon
@-- 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 - Work For Free? - by Carley Baer
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
@-- Contact information
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SongFrame serves as the primary notebook and collaborator for any
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E d i t o r ' s M u s i n g s :

It's been SUCH a busy summer ... and wow. It's almost over. It
really flew past this year. Any of the rest of you experience

I mentioned last month that Njal Frode Lie, the song mastering
wiz, had offered to do a free mastering of a song for a few very
lucky subscribers. Well, Lynn Julian contacted me and the two of
them have been working on a song of hers - but there are still
two giveaways to be ... well... given away. :) So if this is
something that interests you, please contact me ASAP, ok? Have a
visit to Njal's website at and
have a listen to the great work he's done in the past so that
you'll get an idea of how he can help you. I'm hoping to have a
"before" and "after" to let you all have a listen to when Lynn's
song is finished. I'll keep you posted on that.

Just one more thing to share with you - just for the fun and heck
of it (because I've been telling you guys about my voice over
stuff pretty much right from the start). I have a new Commercial
Demo online that I'm really proud of, here:
For other demos of mine (and a few have been added since I last
mentioned this, I think...) visit .

If you need a voice for anything you're working on, I'd be happy
to talk with you. Otherwise, feel free to just listen and
(hopefully) enjoy. :D

Time for the raffle winners!

Remember - if you'd like a prize yourself, feel free to email me
with your preferences (at least 2 options would be great) and
your contact info so that I know where to send the prize to.
You'll find them all listed at the top of And there's another very
exciting prize soon to be added to the roster!

* Melissa Wilkins, from Flowery Branch, GA, has won a copy of
Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software

* Andrea Pace from Indianapolis, IN, has won a free 3 month
membership to SongU (, 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.

Hope you enjoy the newsletter! And happy writing. :)

All the best,


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M u s i c R e v i e w s : Don Sechelski, Alex Jasperse,
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Alex Jasperse:

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Jarrod Brogdon:

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Chip Withrow:

* Jenn Lindsay
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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

Bud Buckley - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

Bud Buckley recorded his second CD in Woodstock. "It's About
Time" and has reviewers raving about this acoustic folk/rock (and
more) record. He is often compared to Dylan, Neil Young, Sting
and others. "Bud Buckley makes the kind of music that I want to
hear when I listen to the radio," says a recent Muse's Muse
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Naz B - Genre: RAP & HIP HOP

This Zurich-based Rapper talks about the real streets and real
stories, about real people - stories from all over the world,
anthems for a global Hip Hop generation, not some diamonds and
cars fantasy world. Naz B brings together a creative crew around
him from all over the world, mixing different flavours together
in a cultural melting pot.


Frank Villafañe - Genre: JAZZ

Frank's instrumental Latin Jazz excursion consists of five
atypical compositions. Each is an eclectic mix of
Afro-Cuban/Brazilian percussion, overlaid with poignant harmonic
melodies furnished by piano and vibes, and punctuated with
pulsating acoustic bass. Mostly hot, sometimes cool, but always
engaging, South Beach is as diverse and exciting as the famous
beach for which it was named.

S o n g w r i t i n g B o o k R e v i e w : by Ed Teja
Artist Development - by Eugene Foley

If you are planning a career in music there are a number of ways
to go about pursuing it. Most musicians get together with
friends, form a band, start gigging, and looking for fame and
fortune. Some even find it that way. Most don't. Not because they
aren't talented (although some just aren't), but often because
that is the hard road to travel.

So what is the easy way? Well, unfortunately, there isn't one.
But there are easier paths to follow, and they require some
planning, a knowledge of the industry, some self evaluation (what
are your strengths and weaknesses) and hard work. In this book,
Eugene Foley digs into his own background as an agent,
entertainment lawyer, and, yes, musician, to provide some
analysis of the process and some good thoughts to move you along
an upward path.

One step at a time, Foley breaks down the elements you need to
buy, create, beg or borrow to get your act on the success path.
He talks about press kits (what should be in them), marketing,
demo recordings, your team (it isn't just about the band anymore,
Toto), touring, more marketing, planning and execution. If this
sounds a lot more like running a business than a band, then you
are reading correctly. Foley expects you to understand that this
is exactly what you face. In addition to playing music, writing
new tunes, and recording, you will spend hours dealing with
accountants and lawyers, employees and independent contractors.
Call them roadies and managers and band members if that feels
better, but be sure you understand what the relationships really
are. You don't have to do any of it, but the steps presented
here are distilled from experience and make the process quicker,
and more sure.

Thus, part of the book talks about the options of forming your
own publishing company and even record label (an option that is
growing in popularity in this online marketing age.) In one
telling paragraph, in the context of running your own record
label, Foley writes: "Be sure that your staff and your artists
know where you're headed, how you plan to get there, how you plan
to stay there, what you expect from them, and how they fit into
your vision." Again, the business concept dominates. These words
don't mean that Foley wants to push you into starting publishing
or record companies. In fact, he shows a fondness for using the
muscle of major labels and major publishing houses, even with
their diminished role, to promote your career. This is because
they have the money, leverage and distribution to further what
you want. That doesn't mean you can ignore what the label wants,
but it does mean having, and sticking to, that vision thing, in a
businesslike way, whether you are beginning negotiations with the
label, or happily spending their money. And, if you do want to
follow your own dream, Foley wants you to understand what it
involves. If you know what you are getting into, you won't spend
too much time and effort pursuing something that really might not
be right for you, and if it is right, you'll be able to go at it
full tilt from the beginning.

No book covers everything, and this book will probably leave you
wanting more information. But that is a good thing. I personally
would have enjoyed more information on the career of the pure
songwriter — some of the information is totally inapplicable to
the nonperforming songwriter, for instance, and there is much
left unsaid about plugging tunes outside of getting covers. But
this thoughtful view of your chosen business is a well written
eye opener about the business of music, and a wonderful source of
ideas for the performing artist and songwriter who is serious
about pursuing the slippery goals of fame and fortune.

Ed Teja has been working on his own music and now his new CD --
"SOFT DREAMING BLUES" has been released released by Morrhythm
Records ( It's a collection of original
(written alone and with an international group of cowriters)
smooth jazz vocals and instrumentals. Ed 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 and the Tucson (Arizona) Folk Festival.

You can hear some of Ed’s music at:

If you'd like *your* book reviewed (as long as it has something
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M u s i c a l N o t e s : Songwriting Contests & Market Info.

In the interest of conserving space, I will only be including
changes to this listing in this newsletter. All other contests
and market information that have already been listed here, are
displayed at & . Please check there
regularly for updates!

The Great American Song Contest offers $10,000 in prizes and
features awards for 45 winners in 9 categories. Entrants receive
written evaluations of their songs from the judges.

Music-industry judges include prominent publishers, recording
artists, songwriters and producers. This annual International
event is sponsored by Songwriters Resource Network, a trusted
education resource for songwriters. Submission deadline
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M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson

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September is a month that always reminds me of new beginnings,
probably because it's when school starts again around here, and I
get back to teaching! And this month I've found a songwriting
blog that is pretty academic in nature called "The Science of
Songwriting" (

It's always interesting to me to see someone analyze a song to
such a degree. Arguably, when we sit down to write something,
we're not thinking about too much other than expressing ourselves
in some meaningful way. The thinking part comes later, when we
have to do the re-writing. And let's face it, the songs that
become hits these days often do so for reasons other than the
fact that they are "great" songs. There's a lot more to it than
that. We could argue all day about what makes a great song
because it's far too subjective.

But Trevor de Clercq's blog attempts to explore "how songs are
written and how to write better songs". A tall order in many
ways, and somewhat technical at times, the articles are helped
along with audio examples of popular songs to demonstrate his

One article, "The Effects of Repetition on Preferences", analyzes
the repetition of choruses of a number of songs in different
genres. He conducted a small study with a number of participants
listening to samples of 18 songs and had them rate the songs
specifically around the repetition of their choruses. It's not a
perfect study, of course. How many of us would also be
subliminally influenced by whether or not we liked the song or
the artist in the first place? But it is still an interesting

In another article he discusses something called "organicism",
which he defined as a piece growing out of a single idea.
Admittedly, I looked the word up just to see if I could get a
more rounded definition! But in very simple terms, organicism in
a song has to do with the parts of the song, the verses and the
chorus, etc., all relating to each other musically. For
instance, the chorus might have the same chords as the verse, but
in a different order.

He compared two versions of the song "With A Little Help From My
Friends"; the original Beatles version and a subsequent version
by Joe Cocker. If you're a fan of music theory, it's an
interesting comparison. He further explores organicism in a
Dixie Chicks Song called "Long Time Gone". You might get a
little lost when he talks about the "elision in the hypermeter",
but there is enough discussion in more basic terms that'll keep
you interested, and being able to listen to the examples will
help a lot.

Let's face it, understanding organicism isn't necessarily going
to make you a better songwriter by itself. But I remember back
to the very first songwriting course I took at Douglas College in
1977 (yeah, that's a long time ago!), when I first heard someone
put names to things that I never even knew there were names for,
like "form" and "meter". It was exciting to learn all about what
I had always been doing without thinking, and it made me listen a
lot more carefully to other songs and get a better sense of how
it all comes together.

So summer's over...time to dust off the brain and learn something


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.

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F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : by Carley Baer

Work for Free?

Sure, music is ridiculously lucrative if you're a mega-star, but
what about us lowly independents? Do we have to keep slaving
away for free until someone discovers us and pays us the money
we're worth?
They say that Portland, OR has the most micro-breweries, strip
clubs, and indie musicians per capita than any other US city.
I've lived here for a couple years now and I think that statement
is true on all three counts, but especially the last. Musicians
are everywhere in this town. You can catch a live show at any
hour, on any night of the week, at no less than 25 different
venues. It is this that lured me here from my
indie-music-challenged Midwestern hometown, but it is also this
that shoots me in the foot whenever I try to book gigs for

This place has too damn many musicians.

Now, it is wholly refreshing to live in an entire city that's
pretty dedicated to the arts. People have a lot more sympathy
when you talk about the rigors of self-promotion; they don't
flash fake smiles and then tell you to get a "real job."
Conversely, though, the competition is cutthroat. Venues book
months in advance because the list of talent is so long, and
that's to say nothing of the
less-talented-but-every-bit-as-tenacious crowd that doesn't get
booked nearly as often but still clogs the pipes trying.

The biggest concern that arises in this situation is money. You
may remember that, in my last column, I stood on my soapbox
decrying the use of money as the definitive measure of value in
music. I honestly believe that that is true for recorded music;
it's already recorded, so you may as well try to get people to
listen to it, whether or not they pay for it. However, for live
performances, it is an entirely different matter. There is a
tremendous amount of energy expended by a performer, every single
time, and it deserves to be rewarded-- particularly when that
energy is responsible for keeping patrons at the bar.

In a town like Portland, though, it's hard to get paid. For one
thing, for every legitimately good artist that wants to be paid,
there are a dozen that are willing to play for free. Because of
this, venues have gotten into the habit of not paying anyone
anything even closely resembling a living wage. Often, you'll
find that the only payment offered is a free drink and some
"exposure." Now excuse me, for I must digress.

Exposure is one of my most hated euphemisms: it is the most
condescending way to tell a person that they're working for free.
It might be fine when you're just starting out and need any kind
of experience to boost you into the higher echelons of the music
network, but once you've been playing out for a couple years and
have been diligently honing your craft, "exposure" is insulting.
Imagine being a bar owner and telling your staff that they won't
be getting paid tonight, but frame it in such a way that tries to
make it sound like it's a really great opportunity for them.
Your staff would walk out on you in a heartbeat, and yet
musicians (who arguably do just as much to keep patrons in a bar)
are trained from the beginning to accept this as a standard
business practice.

To read the rest of this article, please visit


Carley Baer is an indie musician with a fierce DIY spirit.
Having chosen the guitar over the violin at the tender age of 16,
she began writing deeply confessional songs and developing a
distinct vocal style. Since then, she's drawn on influences like
Ani Difranco and Ella Fitzgerald to create a sound that's all her
own. She has recorded and self-released two CDs and an EP, and
tours as often as she can. More information at, and

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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 :

Interview with Beeb Birtles - By Jan Fabyankovic

A Q&A interview with Beeb Birtles who is a founding member of the
Australian group, Little River Band, now on his own and still
making the music he loves.


Blue Collar's Guitar Gunslingers! - By Mick Polich

First in a series perhaps (always seems to be a lot of hotshot
guitarists out there), Mick looks entry-level at the concept of
'guitar gunslingerism', and why it transcends thru generations of


Music Life: 5 - Technology Is Your Songwriting Partner
- By Brian Donovan

Too many gadgets in your pockets: a pen, paper, a recorder of
some kind? Just trying to decipher what you need to turn your
ideas into completed songs? This is how I do it everyday.


Guest Blog: Keith Siegfried on"How to Rehearse The Neighborhood
Band" Part Two!
(Mick Polich)

Well, old buddy/bassist/singer/guitarist, and soon-to-be web site
designer and curator for the Mickster, Keith Siegfried, is back
with part two of our series on the very blue - collar aspects of
rehearsing a neighborhood band. Schedules, keeping band mates
happy, the drama, blah, blah -yes, folks, it's all there as the
Bridge Brothers prepare for an annual fall tradition back in
Alpharetta, Ga. - KreiFest!!


Blue Collar Presents (Some Of) The Classic Midwest Party Bands!
By Mick Polich

Ah yes, the good ol' Boogie/Rock era of the 1970's - glad we
survived all that moo-ha! Mick looks at a few of the era's
classic bands and suggests some album primers to get you started
before you raise your glass high and shake that thang!


"A Change Is Gonna Do You Good" - By Mick Polich

Change can be good (or so Sheryl Crow says). How do we get there,
with music, art, and life? Mick looks at a few point on the

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