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Issue 13.3 - June 2010
ISSN 1480-6975

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

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - Cyrus Rhodes & Dan Cohen
@-- 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 - 5 Steps to Becoming a Number 1 Artist
- by Randy Young
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
@-- Contact information
ISSN 1480-6975. Copyright 1998-2009 - Jodi Krangle.
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E d i t o r ' s M u s i n g s :

Welcome to another issue, folks! As is my usual habit, I will
begin by speaking of the weather - which is lovely and
summer-like. :) We in Canada have just had our "May 24" weekend
(Victoria day for those of you who are unfamiliar) and it was
truly glorious weather for it, too. Makes me wish I had a
cottage (which I don't). I hope those of you who also had a long
weekend, enjoyed it! And those of you with your long weekend
coming *up*, I hope you have a wonderful one too! Don't blow
yourself up with fireworks, ok? ;)

In Muse's Muse news, we have another columnist! Yay! :) Her name
is Jennifer Haase (rhymes with "classy") and her column is called
"SONG is a Four-Letter Word". It's about the inspired,
challenging and sometimes hilarious ride of a 40-something chick
singer/songwriter trying to embrace the fact that the thing she
does best - writing songs - will send her either straight into
the poor house or the lion's den or quite probably both. It
celebrates all her creative life pursuit will become - and she
invites you along for the ride. You can visit it at .

Beyond that, there's the usual assortment of useful and
entertaining "stuff" in this issue - so let's get right to it!

Here are the raffle winners for this month:

* Corinne Curcio from Brooklyn, NY, has won a beautiful (and
highly useful!) notebook from The Jotted Line

* Kelly Mays, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, has won a copy of
Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software

* Leslie Sinclair, from Brentwood, TN, 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.

* Jim McShane, from Cleveland, OH has won a downloadable version
of Rhyme Genie (, a dynamic rhyming
dictionary featuring over 300,000 entries and 30 different rhyme

If you're interested in one of the raffle prizes listed at the
top of - or in the books,
software or services reviewed in these issues, please write to me
with your first and second choice, and your mailing address so I
know where to send the prize. :) For the products reviewed, I
may or may not have another copy to raffle - or it might have
already been given out - but it's always worth a try! The
quicker you write to me about a product that was just recently
reviewed, the better your chances are. :)

Have a wonderfully inspired June!

All the best,


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M u s i c R e v i e w s : Cyrus Rhodes & Dan Cohen


Cyrus Rhodes:

* James May
* Dan Drewis
* Slow Burning Car

Dan Cohen:

* Gaby Velazquez



For bios on each of the reviewers, see . If you're
considering sending in your own CD for review, you can also view
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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

Allister Bradley - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

A collection of stories from inside the soul of a Canadian
singer/songwriter/pianist, delivering on the promise of heartfelt
emotion, social commentary, and a shy sense of humour, lifted by
melodies that stick in your head and satisfy like warm soup on a
cold day…


Kori Linae Carothers - Genre: NEW AGE

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Shadowfax with a splash of Mannheim Steamroller that will spirit
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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 Brian Southall
Omnibus Press,

The story of the music business, especially the meteoric rise and
fall of record companies in the post rock and roll era, can't be
better illustrated than by the story of EMI Records. It isn't a
story that is over yet. In fact, many of the current headlines
about EMI's troubles in the business pages could be additional
chapter titles in this book.

This book is about the ability (or lack of it) to respond to
changes in music, changes in technology, and even in attitudes
about music. EMI has been the recording home to some of the
biggest musical financial successes ever, such as The Beatles,
The Spice Girls, and Coldplay, and yet struggled to get a toehold
on the US market. (Did you ever wonder how a company could have
acts like that and manage to lose money?)The company tried being
intimately associated with music and musical personalities, and
it tried being a rock solid marketing company. An independent
label (not always by choice), EMI never had the marketing clout
of some of its rivals and had to go with its unique strengths -
except when it squandered them. And during much of that time it
was one of the most successful music publishing companies ever,
owning the catalogs to die for.

To a degree the successes and failures at EMI clearly illustrate
the lack of something that can be clearly labeled "the music
business." There are several music businesses, even if you
restrict the discussion to pop music. Recording is different
than publishing. Touring is different than selling CDs or
records, for acts that are touring with great success are not
necessarily selling massive amounts of CDs worldwide. A
superstar in Europe, like Robbie Williams, did not and does not
necessarily do as well in the US.

What Southall, who once worked for EMI, adds to this analysis is
the personalities and situations specific to the EMI story. He
tells of the roles played by CEOs and executives, such as Guy
Hands, Colin Southgate, Ken Berry, and many others. Some of the
leaders at EMI reveled in the challenges. Others struggled with
them. There were turf wars, and internal debates about the right
paths to follow. As with every record company, finding a way to
deal with the digital revolution, especially the internet and
downloading (both legal and illegal) brought its own changes,
some of which produced cultural shifts in the company. Was
embracing digital the same as abandoning the CD?

To be honest, the internal struggles, the attempt at reinvention
of several wheels, grows tedious by the end of the book. But
then, executives were leaving, and new ones hadn't necessarily
learned the old lessons. And, as I mentioned, the story continues
today. And reading this book can help you understand how the
record companies used to work, back in the days when they worked
so well, and what the current struggles are, not just for EMI but
for anyone trying to mass market recordings. It's a tough world
out there, and this book shows how complex it can get.



Ed Teja writes a broad range of music. His songs and
instrumentals have appeared in television shows (Court TV and
Discover Channel) and in a variety of videos. He has had two CDs
released by Morrhythm Records ( and is
currently cowriting songs with an exciting singer who is working
on her second CD. As a performer, 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, Pickamania, and the Tucson (Arizona) Folk

You can hear some of Ed's music at:

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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
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Song Pitchers Publishing, ASCAP and Nashville Benefits have
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M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson

©1998-2010 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved.
Used By Permission


This month's website was suggested to me by none other than our
lovely Jodi Krangle, and what a treat it turned out to be!

It's called Music Starts Here (
and it is essentially a website for songwriters and artists who
are in, or who are headed to Nashville to start their careers.
The website is still being built but already it has a wealth of
information, including lots of facts about Nashville like
songwriter venues, complete with maps and directions. The website
also provides free publications pertaining to the music scene in
Nashville, information about events, and even a page telling you
about upcoming updates to the website.

There is a section on "Getting Started" for those who might be
visiting or moving to Nashville; where to find songwriter
nights, organizations that you can join that teach you about the
business and connect you with others.

But the real pot of gold on this website is the collection of
videos on each of these pages. They feature songwriters and
people in the industry talking about all aspects of the business
and songwriting and getting your career in gear. You don't even
have to be planning a trip to Nashville to benefit from a lot of
what they have to say, nor do you have to specifically be a
country songwriter. There's information about co-writing, about
what to look for in a vocal coach, how to build your song
catalogue and what to expect from song critiques. And that’s
just scratching the surface!

The website is still growing, with new areas on personal
mentoring and something called "Ask A Pro" still to be developed.
You can become a member of the website to receive updates and
keep in touch with what they are adding and developing. I think
it would be a very worthwhile membership for those of you who are
looking at a songwriting career.

And just a note to all of you out there perusing the web for
information, if you ever come across a website that you think
would be worth mentioning here, get in touch with me and I'll be
sure to take a look!


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 Randy Young

5 Steps to Becoming a Number 1 Artist

Why settle for good when you can be great?

The world of music has changed. Everyone used to compete for the
same positions on the same charts. To get your music to the
people, you made a record, promoted it to radio, radio played it,
and people bought it. Getting to number #1 on the Billboard Hot
100 or Album Chart, or maybe having the top-grossing tour on
Pollstar was the goal. Mainstream was the only stream.

Unfortunately, one side effect of this system was the eventual
stifling of creativity and risk taking. A sea of lowest common
denominator music was churned out because every album had too
large of a budget requiring too large of a return. It had become
a "hit driven" industry. Marketing and distribution was too
expensive and inefficient – if your album failed, you were
dropped as an Artist.

Then the Internet came along and the music industry as we knew it
was shattered. The mainstream is no longer the only stream; it is
one among thousands. The market for music has gone from being one
giant market on a mass, national scale to thousands of tiny
"micro-markets" on many different scales. Now anyone with access
to a net connection can distribute music. The ability to
distribute music has been given directly to the Artist. Although
it's easier to get your music "out there," the amount of music
available has made it much more difficult for people to discover
new music that appeals to them.

But just because something is old doesn't mean it is no longer
useful. I believe the hitdriven model can and should still be
applied, but instead of just a few #1 spots (rock, country,
hip-hop, Latin, etc.), we have thousands upon thousands of
smaller markets, all with their own best of the best slot.

Number 1s do better

When a market meets certain conditions, you end up with what's
called a powerlaw. In his book "The Long Tail," Chris Anderson
lists three specific conditions for a powerlaw. They are:

1. Variety (many different things)
2. Inequality (some things are higher quality than others)
3. Network effects (word of mouth and reputation which tend to
amplify differences inquality)

** The rest of this article can be found at **


Randy Young is an award nominated and multi- platinum certified
producer, music publisher, songwriter and performer. With over 20
years of professional experience and more than 1500 live
performances, he has made a living making music for most of his
adult life. His background includes a Diploma in Composing and
Arranging from the Dick Grove School of Music. He is an Artist
Coach and creator of He also
currently tours and records with the pop/rock band Cherry Suede

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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 :

The Day I Stopped Being a Songwriter (For 16 Hours Straight)
- by Jennifer Haase

The very big decision and very small word that collided to make a
full-day fool out of me.


3 Uncommon Practicing Ideas - by Kole (Kyle Hicks)

Do you ever get bored with practicing the same exercises over and
over again without getting significant results? In this article,
Kole tries to solve the issues of boredom and practicing
"inefficiency" with 3 Uncommon Practicing Ideas


GIGS & BEYOND - Booking Letters - by Cyrus Rhodes

An example of booking letters for you to check out.


Too Much Happening - Too Little Time! - by Trevor Krueger

Sometimes, even though you have the very best intentions to
fulfill all your obligations, you just don't seem to get the
time. But, if you can look back amidst the chaos and discover
that you have still managed to do some real good - you can sort
of forgive yourself. This is what I've been up to recently...


How To Make The Right Contacts In The Music Industry
- by Tom Hess

In this article you will learn the best ways of attracting the
attention of the most powerful music industry contacts that can
help you to further your professional music career as a
songwriter or performer.


GIGS & BEYOND - Tough Night? Piece of Cake - by Cyrus Rhodes

Ask anyone who has been touring for an extensive period of time,
or played in a live circuit regularly - having a tough crowd, off
night, belligerent hecklers, whatever is just a reality of the
music business. Here are some things that will minimize the
impact they will have on you as a performer.


GIGS & BEYOND - Be A Responsible Performer - by Cyrus Rhodes

Don't want to get blacklisted by club owners, bookers and other
agents? Remember and pay attention to your responsibilities
towards the venue, the people in the crowd and even the opening
acts. Here's how.


Blue Collar's D.I.Y. Effects Pedal Primer! - by Mick Polich

It seems there are more handmade effects pedals,mods, and kits
out in the market than ever. Half the fun is just seeing what
people invent! Mick gives a short primer on d.i.y. pedals, with
some big help from musician/engineer Tim Tiernan.....


GIGS & BEYOND - Right Before the Gig - by Cyrus Rhodes

So you've arrived at the set, set up and performed a blinding gig
to a lively and appreciative crowd. All that remains is packing
up equipment and collecting your fee right? Guess again.


Young Bucks, And Old Rockers - More Blue Collar Reviews!
- by Mick Polich

Oops! Mick found a few more items in the ol' closet that needed
some reviews - a crushing new industrial metal disc from a young
Dallas,Texas based band, and a couple of 'old chesnuts'. Thanks,
and enjoy!


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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