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Issue 11.7 - October 2008
ISSN 1480-6975

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

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - Jarrod Brogdon, Gian Fiero, Chip Withrow,
JJ Biener & Don Sechelski
@-- 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 - Recording your own Songwriter Demos
by Bronson Herrmuth
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All sorts of products and services especially for songwriters,
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The deadline for the 2008 International Songwriting Competition
(ISC) is fast approaching and all amateur and professional
songwriters are encouraged to enter. Now is your chance to enter
what the NY Times calls "the competition to take note of"with
$150,000 (US) in cash and prizes - including $25,000 (US) cash
for the grand prize winner alone and the best judges for any
songwriting competition in the world. ISC has over 50 Judges for
2008 including: Tom Waits; Ray Davies (The Kinks), Black Francis
(Pixies), Chaka Khan, Rob Thomas, Loretta Lynn and 6 record label
presidents from major and independent record labels. For entry
information and a complete list of judges please visit -

E d i t o r ' s M u s i n g s :

Hey folks! Welcome to the beginning of Fall. This is, in fact,
my favorite time of year (and it isn't just because I have a
birthday in October ... though that probably has a lot to do with
it ;)). I really like the weather when it's *just* cold enough
to wear a jacket. I enjoyed summer, but living where I do, I
love the colors of this particular season. Most people make
their "New Year's Resolutions" at ... well... New Year's. But
this is about the time when there are a lot of new starts for me
(and a lot of people I know). I hope all your new starts are
great ones (and worthy of writing about, even if they turn out
not to be ... Ah. The writer's lament. ;))

Njal Frode Lie has finished mastering songs for two of the very
lucky people who read this newsletter and took us up on the
raffle offer. And those songs sound fantastic!

There are before and after versions of each of the two songs
online at for you
to have a listen to. I think you'll find the difference pretty
enormous. There is *one* more of these one song mastering raffle
prizes to give away (thanks, Njal!) - so if you want it, please
write to me asap before it's snapped up!

The two winners were Lynn Julian (aka, "Cookie Cutter Girl") from
Boston, MA, and Gary Frisbie, from Beaumont, CA.

There's a LOT of great stuff to get to you this month (including
some very well-known songwriting contests in full swing at the
moment!), so I'm going to keep things short and just get into the
raffle winners now. :)

* Al Graham, from Whitestone, NY, has won a copy of
Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software

* Jason Wilcox from Christchurch, New Zealand, 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.

* Becky Wright from Tahlequah, OK, has won a copy of "Artist
Development" by Eugene Foley (
- the book reviewed in last month's newsletter.

Once again, if you're interested in a raffle prize (and they're
all listed at , please do
write to me! When you do, include your first two choices for a
prize and your address info so that I can get that prize to you.

I hope you have a happy and extremely productive month!

All the best,


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Are you a Singer/Musician? If so, please enter the 5th Annual
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M u s i c R e v i e w s : Jarrod Brogdon, Gian Fiero,
Chip Withrow, JJ Biener
& Don Sechelski

Jarrod Brogdon:

* Golden Smog
* The Flyin' Ryan Brothers
* Brandon McSwain Band
* Daire Taylor

Chip Withrow:

* Power of County
* The Conductors
* The Feelin Band

Don Sechelski:

* Lili McGovern
* Mysti Mayhem
* Crosby Loggins and The Light

JJ Biener:

* Steven Chesne

Gian Fiero:

* Tre Houston
* Clair
* Curtis Peoples
* Joe Glass & Iroc
* Gianna Knight
* Moonshyne
* Cyndi Harvell
* Steven James King
* Gooding
* Ryan Neilson
* Durojaiye


For bios on each of the reviewers, see . If you're
considering sending in your own CD for review, you can also view
that page to find out which reviewer reviews your genre. Thanks!

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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

Irene Jackson - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

Jackson's introspective, refreshingly cheerful Folk Pop recalls
the glory days of James Taylor and Carole King. The sweet-voiced
Canadian sings about the pleasures and pains of ordinary life in
a quotidian way that draws favorable comparisons to a less
countrified Nanci Griffith.


Graham Hobson & the BRS - Genre: POP

Award-winning piano powerpop that will have you singing at the
top of your lungs in the car. Soccer mums stopped at traffic
lights will be disturbed - you'll play air drums - you rock! If
you dig Folds, Elton and Billy you'll love Graham Hobson & the

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

Many books about succeeding in music are written by consultants
or people who haven't been actively trying to make their mark
since some of the more significant changes in the music industry,
especially those from the Internet, took place. This book,
however, was written by a working professional - someone who has
dealt with writing, producing and marketing music, and still
does. And anyone who has even tested the waters of the music
industry should understand that success is the result of making
good choices among a somewhat delicate balance of artistic,
business, ethical, and personal decisions.

The discussions are not in-depth, but the coverage is broad. The
author sets out to cover the myriad facets you need to master, or
bring in a team to master, if you intend to succeed. The theme is
that great music, well produced, consistent with your image, that
creates a presence, can be used to develop a buzz; along the way,
you, or members of your team, need to get a handle on branding,
distribution, publishing, and rights.

Branding, as the title implies, gets special attention. The
author's goal in this book is to help you develop, market, and
manage your brand. Althen notes that, while this might not sound
artistic: "the goal of a successful Artist is to become instantly
recognizable..." To a degree, the rest of the book is simply a
set of instructions on accomplishing that. This does not mean
that you can use the book's strategies to market bad songs,
however. Althen specifically discusses the need for "great
music." This doesn't necessarily mean your own songs, although it
might, but simply notes that great music is a requirement for
success. The problem is that in this era of extreme competition
and a broad communication channel to fans, great music is not
enough, by itself, to get noticed.

One of the strengths of this book is its emphasis on team
building - the roles of team members, such as managers and
agents, web designers and street teams - and coordinating their
activities within a single vision - the all important, defining
brand. The coordination ensures that the promotional kit,
website, gigs you book, songs you record, in short, everything
you do, moves in the same direction and projects the same image.

Althen also provides some basic tools to get you started, such as
forms for standard music industry related business
correspondence. Not just the format, but information on why
certain information is included or best omitted. And there are
sample contracts for a number of business relationships you will

If you are serious about promoting yourself or your band in this
marketplace, this is a good place to start understanding the
basics of a business that is always something more than a

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
to do with songwriting, of course!), please do email us and let
us know!

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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
is Oct. 10th 2008.

The Tipperary International Song of Peace Contest will take place
in Tipperary Town, Ireland on May 2nd, 2009. What kind of song is
Tipperary Peace Convention looking for? A song of Peace, Love and
Harmony, about people, places or things, in fact anything that
one feels constitutes a 'Sense of Peace'. The organisers are most
anxious that the contest embrace all musical tastes. Entries must
be submitted on a compact disc or cassette tape with one copy of
the type-written lyric. The entry fee is €25 (euro) and the
closing date for entries is February 1st, 2009.

From the entries received, 10 songs will be chosen to compete
'live' in the Grand Final in Tipperary Town, Ireland on May 2nd,
2009. The winning song will receive a cheque for €1,500 (euro)
and a specially commissioned Tipperary Crystal Trophy Entry Forms
are now available and can be downloaded from the organisers
website: or by contacting the Contest
Secretary, Martin Quinn by e-mail to .


Now accepting song entries for second semiannual competition.
Come see the new contest standard. Green-friendly - conducted
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and your score! Entries are limited for greater chance at
recognition. Don't be "screened out" of other competitions.
$19,000 value in useful prizes awarded and all genre winners &
2nd place also featured on front page. Contest closes at only 150
genre capacity, so enter today!

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You can submit your music via the web through our open blog pages
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The price for the week is 750€uros., based on seven nights shared
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Registration is open to writers at all levels of development who
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M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson

©1998-2008 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved.
Used By Permission

I love what you can find on the internet sometimes. When I'm
searching for websites on songwriting to write about, I often
come across little treasures that are not necessarily meant to do
anything more than to promote a product, but they give away a
little bit in order to draw you in. Like this Google Book
Preview of a book called "Songwriting and the Guitar":

Yes, the link is long and I apologize for that (Editor's Note:
That's why I "tiny'd" it. ;)), but this is simply meant to be a
preview of the book featuring three free sections for you to
peruse. The first is Joni Mitchell talking about how she created
songs through her open tunings. If you're a guitar player and
open tunings are still a mystery to you, you'd be surprised at
how she came up with them! Even if you're not a guitar player,
her system of finding chords is an interesting one.

Then there is a section by songwriter Jamie Anderson which is in
the "workshop" section of the book. She basically discusses the
lyrical aspects of songwriting, including clichés, time
signatures, and writing about what you know. Some of the
sections are cut off (wouldn't you know?) because this is really
just a preview of the book, but it certainly makes you want to
run out and buy it just to see how it ends :-)

The third part of the preview is by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers titled
"Editing Your Songs". It takes you through the occasionally
painful process of viewing your new song in a more critical
manner, getting rid of what isn't working and polishing the bits
that need it.

Here's another freebie preview of a book called "Inside Classic
Rock Tracks":

This is a great exploration of top hits from several decades, the
60's to the 90's, and how they were conceived, both from a
songwriting perspective and a recording one. They explore what
is called "active listening", where you dig a little more deeply
into the song itself and the recording of it, as opposed to
"passive hearing" where you are simply enjoying the music.

The book features artists like the Everly Brothers all the way up
to songs from bands like Metallica and Radiohead. The preview
itself has a section on the song "Cathy's Clown" by the Everly
Brothers. Definitely worth a read through.

Last, but certainly not least, is a preview of a Pat Pattison
book called "Songwriting Essentials Guide to Rhyming":

If you don't know Pat Pattison yet, here's your introduction!
He's been teaching lyric writing and poetry writing at Berklee
since 1975, and he certainly has a way with words :-) This
preview is basically just the introduction, but you'll get a
taste of his teaching methods and how he works.

In all three of these book previews, I found the type to be just
a little small, and when I hit the zoom button, the type became
larger but blurrier. Well, you can't have everything! But if you
can get past that, these previews are definitely worth a read.


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 Bronson Herrmuth

© 2008

You're a songwriter and you record and produce your own demos.
Odds are you also sing and play on your demos and probably even
engineer them too. You've done your homework and read and
absorbed everything you could about songwriting and recording and
maybe even taken some classes. You've spent a ton of your hard
earned money in hopes of furthering your songwriting career. The
obvious ultimate goal in this scenario being that you will
achieve financial success with your songs once the right person
hears them. You've probably got a myspace page and/or your own
web site and you post audio files of your songs there and might
even have them available for sale or download. People have
emailed you or posted lots of compliments on your songwriting
skills from all over the world and given you and your music their
personal endorsements, added you as their "friend". It's an
awesome technological world we all live in now and you are taking
full advantage of it right from your own living room or even your
own studio. Meanwhile the packages or emails you send are being
returned or not being responded to or when they are, your songs
are being rejected or passed on by publishers and other
professionals in the industry. You don't understand it and are
becoming frustrated with your lack of success in finding a
publisher or anyone else in the industry to assist you with
getting your songs in front of the right people. If this is you,
I suggest you read on.

1. Work Tapes vs Demos:
This is crucial to this subject so take a minute and think about
it. Are you really recording song demos or are you recording work
tapes? A work tape is exactly that. It is a recording made to
establish a raw blueprint to be referred to as a starting point
when working in the preproduction stage of recording a song demo.
The fact that you have the talent and ability to record a good
work tape is awesome. If your intention is to call your work tape
your finished demo to be pitched and played to anyone that will
listen to it you are making a huge mistake. If you are right that
your songs really are great songs, do you honestly believe the
recordings you produce by yourself do your songs justice? Are
they really good demos or are they great work tapes? Understand
this, if your recordings don't knock the pro listener out of
their chair right away then it's over and they will pass. Odds
are they won't listen to more then 30 or 40 seconds before doing
so and will never hear more than your intro and first verse. The
goal of a good song demo is for the listener to want to turn your
music up, not off.

2. Production:
Producing song demos is an art in itself. I've spent the last 25
years producing song demos for publishers of my own songs and for
songwriters around the world in many different musical styles.
Thousands of hours spent learning to record demos and masters. To
this day every time I walk into the studio to produce a session I
learn something new about the craft of music production. One
major aspect of production that I had to learn early on is the
ability to detach myself from any personal involvement in the
song I am producing and view it with a critical eye letting the
song come to life and evolve in its own distinct fashion. This is
extremely difficult if you are the songwriter since you are so
close to it and it means so much to you on a personal level. If
you are able to do that when producing your own demos then that's
awesome, congrats. If deep down you know that's really difficult
for you then you need to hire a pro producer to take your songs
to the next level, for sure. Put simply, choosing to produce your
own song demos if you're not really good at it can finish your
songwriting career before it ever gets started, it's that
important to the total process.

3. Engineering:

For the remainder of this article, visit:


Based in Nashville, Bronson Herrmuth has worked in music
publishing for more than 25 years. He is President of Iowa
HomeGrown Music and Stepping Stone Productions. Signed as a
recording artist with RCA Mexico from 1981-1985 with Iowa band,
The Ozone Ramblers. He is a band leader, a multi-instrumentalist,
and he has toured 42 states and 18 countries as a performer. As a
producer, Bronson has worked with many songwriters and artists in
the studio and on stage. He's traveled the USA speaking at Music
Conferences as a Panelist, a Mentor and Workshop Instructor. An
associate writer for and 5 Star Productions, author
of the book 100 Miles To A Record Deal, a contributing author to
the Indie Bible, a columnist for the Nashville Music Guide and a
staff writer for Digital Muze Magazine.

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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 :


Everybody has their "dealbreakers" when seeking out a potential
mate. Mine just happen to be musical.


Blue Collar's Cool Equipment Alerts! - by Mick Polich

Just a little side road this month into some cool stuff I've
seen, experienced, and heard rumors of regarding music gear.
Guess it doesn't matter on age, just depends on what you can
afford for toys (and this is reasonably priced stuff....)!


Blue Collar's Little Victories - by Mick Polich

What's a success to motivate you to keep on with creating and
making music? We explore, in short order, the concept of what
'little victories' are in music and the business, and how they
can all add up to something special....


KreiFest - A Neighborhood Gig Wrap-Up! - by Mick Polich

This install, I'm turning the column back over to my good friend
Mr. Keith Siegfried, to wrap up his series on gigging with a
neighborhood band (or "Hey Kids, Let's Put On A Show!). I'm quite
proud of the response that the "Bridge Brothers" band has
received in our ol' Atlanta-based neighborhood - they put the
work in and deserve the kudos! So, take it away, Mr. Keef......


Kristy Jackson Interview in honor of September 11 victims
- by Jan Fabyankovic

In the aftermath of September 11, Kristy Jackson wrote a song
that ended up touching the world when her song, “Little Did She
Know (She’d Kissed A Hero)” found its way to radio and became the
#1 most requested song on the largest radio stations in New York
city. Kristy donated all of her songwriting royalties as a result
of airplay and half the net proceeds and has raised over $26,000
for 9/11 charities.


Hope of Audacity - by JJ Biener

Can a free, open source audio editor like Audacity really provide
the kind of functionality necessary to find its way into the
toolkit of someone doing serious audio work?


The Rock Geezer's Guide to Creating and Rocking Out
- By Mick Polich

A summation ( or "Gettin' Older, Dude, Part 2) of things learned
and hopefully, knowledge passed on for the better, on how to age
and create gracefully, and with some purpose. Because as good ol'
Mr. Neil Young said, rust never sleeps - we go on (and well we


Gettin' Older, Dude ( The Blue Collar Way) - by Mick Polich

Well, lately it seems we got a lot to jaw about here at the ol'
blog site, so as long as Jodi lets me pontificate at this
frequency, I will (for now). As musicians and artists, if we're
lucky enough to get older, we're lucky enough to get better,
right? We look inside that topic for this installment....

C l a s s i f i e d s & U s e f u l S e r v i c e s :


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