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Issue 12.1 - April 2009
ISSN 1480-6975

This issue sponsored by:

Brett Manning's Singing Success
Vocal Training System

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

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - Alex Jasperse, Dan Cohen, Don Sechelski,
Chip Withrow & JJ Biener
@-- New Artist Spotlight Additions
@-- New Artist Spotlight Additions
@-- 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 - 10 LIFE LESSONS (Part One)
- By Kevin Wicker
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
@-- Contact information
ISSN 1480-6975. Copyright 1998-2008 - Jodi Krangle.
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E d i t o r ' s M u s i n g s :

Welcome back for another issue of The Muse's News! Lots of
fantastic information for you this month - including new contest
listings and market information, new articles on the site, new
reviews, and an article from Kevin Wicker that I really think
you'll find inspiring plus another interesting Muse's Clues from
Irene Jackson.

So - I'll get right to the raffle winners so that you guys can
get right to the good stuff! :)

* Rachelle Nones, from Nashville, TN, has won a copy of
Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software

* Jennifer Baer from Huntington, VT, 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.

* Carl Glover, from Flushing, MI, has won a copy of's Musician's Toolkit CD

* Lorenzo D. Policelli from Toronto, Canada, has won a copy of
Bronson Herrmuth's "100 Miles To A Record Deal"

If you'd like one of these great raffle prizes, all you need to
do is write to me with your first two choices for your prize and
your address info (this is important!) so that I can get it to
you. The prizes are all listed at the top of .

Thanks for sticking with us and I hope you have a super inspiring
month. Enjoy!


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M u s i c R e v i e w s : Alex Jasperse, Dan Cohen,
Don Sechelski, Chip Withrow
& JJ Biener

Alex Jasperse:

* Eleusis

Chip Withrow:

* Hank Woji
* Lester Quitzau
* Dan Vaillancourt
* Sunflow

Dan Cohen:

* Michael Cook

JJ Biener:

* Echo Slightly

Don Sechelski:

* Horatio Lee Jenkins
* The Portraits
* Blue Rabbit
* One Step Closer


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


With musical influences including Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen,
Sting and James Taylor, Lee Rogers' brand of blues-laced rock/pop
has the distinctive charm of fellow countryman Van Morrison.


Jamie Green - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

With the lyrical honesty of Alanis Morissette, the soulful vocals
and intricate harmonies of Jonatha Brooke and Paula Cole, and a
production style that is at once contemporary and classic, Los
Angeles-based singer-songwriter, Jamie Green, forges her own
brand of alternative pop that leaves your heart moved and your
body moving. She is two-for-two, winning L.A. Music Awards for
her debut and sophomore albums, and is currently working on her
third which, production-wise, is heavily influenced by Dido and

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M u s i c a l N o t e s : Songwriting Contests & Market Info.

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changes to this listing in this newsletter. All other contests
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We are excited to announce the 9th annual MOuntain VAlley
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the Mountain Valley Arts Council. Over $1,000 in cash prizes and
ribbons will be awarded throughout the day. There are five genres
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Inspirational. Submissions must be performed at PANOPLY in order
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Entry Fee: $10 for Arts council members, $15 for non members.
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Talent Seekers has organized an international contest to discover
and promote the most outstanding people in their respective
creative fields, one of them being music. The jury includes top
professionals, such as Rafael Revert, founder of the two most
important Spanish music radio stations (40 Principales and Cadena
100), Jimmy Destri, founder member of the legendary American band
Blondie or the distinguished Canadian producer John Dimon, winner
of an Emmy and producer of well known television programmes, such
as "Stars of Tomorrow".

Fee: None.
Deadline: 31st December 2009.

The Johnny Mercer Foundation and the American Music Theatre
Project at Northwestern University are encouraging songwriters
and writing teams from all music genres to apply for the fourth
annual Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project this June in Evanston,
IL. The weeklong workshop is no-fee for participants, and will be
led by Tony®- and Grammy® award-winning composers. Workshop runs
June 21-27. Writers must be between the ages of 18-30. there is
no fee for this workshop for the writers and writing teams
selected, and a stipend will be offered to cover a portion of
travel and boarding expenses.

All 2009 applications must be postmarked by April 6. To learn
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Philadelphia Songwriters Project opens up a call for original
submissions to find the next batch of up and coming songwriters
in the region for its 2009 Songwriting contest. Winning
songwriters will earn unprecedented, high quality performance
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Solstice (, Bethlehem Musik Fest 2009
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Submission fee $10/ song
Deadline for submissions April 13, 2009
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Past winners of this prestigious international contest have been
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The Deli is the website that every A&R person and local promoter
checks out on a weekly basis. Our publication and web sites focus
on local music scenes and emerging artists (from rock to folk to
experimental, with a little bit of hip hop as well). We currently
publish a printed magazine about the NYC music scene and have
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You can submit your music via the web through our open blog pages
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M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson

©1998-2009 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved.
Used By Permission

Years ago I heard about a songwriting challenge called "50 Songs
in 90 Days", which was basically a summer-long (for those of you
in the northern hemisphere!) challenge to complete 50 songs
within a limited amount of time, brilliant or not, just to do it.
A lot of songwriters enjoy the challenge of a deadline, and if
you're one of those, then you might enjoy this challenge. It
started out as a Yahoo group but it grew and was eventually
sponsored by another group called FAWM, or February Album Writing
Month, which you can find here:

February is over, of course, but check their website out anyway,
because even though you've missed the challenge this year, you
may find some inspiration in some of the forums and submissions
on the site. They have also spurred some online and live
regional events in a number of places, mostly in the US, where
songwriters gather to showcase and hobnob. As well, there are
some online events including podcasts and chats, mostly held in
February but certainly worth checking out as well.

One of the best parts, of course, is their Jukebox where you can
peruse some of the songs that have been uploaded to the site by
songwriters participating in the challenge. This year they had a
total of 7375 songs uploaded by 754 active members. You can also
look through the songs page and listen to the latest submissions.
Some of the songs are listenable but others are "locked" for
various reasons.

The website is kept alive by donations, and even though the
challenge is over for this year, songwriters are still able to
join up and for those who are participating, there is a little
meter beside each name to show their progress. There is also a
forum where songwriters discuss their progress among other

To those of you who are constantly looking for inspiration,
Google "songwriting challenge" and you'll find other songwriters
who have participated in the 50/90 challenge, or who have created
challenges for themselves and are blogging about it.

Inspiration is always out there if you look hard enough!


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 Kevin Wicker

10 LIFE LESSONS (Part One)
© 2008

I've been a working musician in Nashville for 20 years, and I
survived! Although I haven't achieved the epitome of success,
I've had a few lucky breaks, and I'm celebrating 17 years as a

This is not for the faint of heart. There's no security, no
insurance, and at times your bank account balance reminds you of
a roller-coaster -- up and down, up and down. Sometimes it's a
real struggle.

I'm just glad I'm not alone. With the economy, and the great
numbers of musicians in town -- with day jobs doing gigs where
they can -- most of us understand struggle nowadays.

We all want to win. We all have dreams. This is one of the most
exciting and challenging times for independent musicians. Yet we
all have to do what it takes to get ahead. There's always a song
written, a demo recorded, and all that goes with playing the game
of getting ahead with a career.

But beyond the obvious, there are some things in this business
that they don't teach you at Berklee.

In retrospect, these 20 years have been more of a "life lesson"
than anything else. Like most life lessons, they were
hard-earned. I've yet to see anything in life worthwhile that
ever came easy, have you?

So I've come up with a "Top 10 Life Lessons" from these past two
decades here in Music City -- which have made a profound effect
on my life and career. I want to share them with you:

Lesson #1

Family comes before career! Love and family are the most
important assets you will ever have in life. A house without
foundation will crumble. You need a support system of people who
love you and believe in you. I know of many musicians who have
adopted their friends as family. I am one of those. The same
principle applies. The stress and emotional baggage of
relationships gone wrong will stifle your career! Never
jeopardize your support!! They're all you will have when the
music stops. They will uphold you when the way is hard and long.

Lesson #2:

Follow the constant inner voice that urges you on to your dreams
and aspirations. This is self-explanatory. But so often this
inner voice (God?) is overlooked because of all the other noise
in our lives. When you are surrounded with activity and demands,
sometimes it's good to stop and take time out for yourself and
listen to that yearning inside. Never lose touch with that inner
voice. It's the rudder of your dreams. It's the guiding light to
success! Follow it!

Lesson #3:

Rewards follow action. So often it's hard to take action when you
don't know what steps to take. If you're not sure where to start,
just "lean" in that direction, and the "universe" will lead you
to the next step. You never get anywhere playing it safe and
doing nothing. Somewhere down the road, you will make mistakes.
Accept that fact, and you won't mind taking action.

Oh, and another thing: Don't expect to get discovered!! You make
your own breaks in this business! The "breaks" come from the
activity you create on your own. Talent alone will NOT get you

Lesson #4:

Good relationships are your greatest asset! (See Lesson #1) If
you are a people person, you are ahead of the game. Remember that
whatever breaks you get come from other people! In this
business, it takes the effort of other people to get you and your
music to the next level; people who specialize in areas you don't
specialize in!

If you are known as a hothead, or hard to work with, or
unreliable, or moody, or if you have an inflated (or
out-of-balance) ego, you're signing the death certificate to your
career! Having a big ego is like being a minnow; sooner or later
you're gonna get eaten-up, thinking you were the only fish in the

Lesson #5:

Always have an "Ace In The Hole"! Keep one thing in mind: those
that can help you will only help you when they know you have a
card in your hand that they can use! So be proactive and think

Everything you gain in life and in a career is a transaction. You
trade one thing off for something else. You have to have a good
sense of "values" if you want to get ahead. It comes from an
understanding and appreciation of what you have that is valuable,
and what you see others have that is valuable.

Which leads to my next lesson in life, in Lesson #6 – on Part 2
of my "10 Life Lessons" - coming in next month's newsletter.


Nashville underground recording artist, songwriter and producer
Kevin Wicker has shared the stage and studio with some of
Nashville's most successful recording artists: such as Shelby
Lynne, the Imperials, Gary S. Paxton, and Billy Ray Cyrus --
among several others. Operating from his studio on Music Row for
close to a decade, he gained an excellent reputation as a highly
skilled multi-instrumentalist: producing demos to songs that were
to become million-seller classics. He produces tracks
individually from his studio -- managing a publishing and
production company Progress Music Nashville.

For more info, go to

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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 :

Sellouts? - by Mick Polich

Blue Collar explores the 'sellout' label - does it matter? Who
cares? Take a gander...


Adding Color to Your Music - by Kole (Kyle Hicks)

In this article, I discuss one of the techniques to add "color"
to your music. Specifically, we will be replacing "1" with "9"
and not only understand it's function, but it's role in other
genres of music.


Blue Collar's "Try Something New"! - by Mick Polich

Wanna take some steps onto a new musical journey? Try it the
"Blue Collar" way, as we look at some explanations and


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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The 9th Edition of the Indie Bible contains:
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