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Welcome to another issue of The Muse's News. For those of you just joining us, welcome! And for those of you that have been subscribed for quite some time, I know I don't say this often enough - thank you. :) I love putting these newsletters together for you guys and it's great to know that someone's actually reading it. ;)
Ok. Obligatory weather report. I've had enough of rain. And yes, I know the sun can't shine every day (unless you're in California), but this is ridiculous. 'Nough said.
And in news that you guys actually might benefit from ;) - I was just talking with the folks over at Singing Success and they've made a great offer to you all that I'd like to pass along. If you were sitting on the fence about purchasing Brett Manning's Singing Success system, now's the time to give it a look-see! Exclusive to Muse's News subscribers, they're offering us a 15% discount! All you need to do is to put the product into your shopping cart when you're on the site, then in the "Coupon Code" section, put MUSESMUSESINGERS and hit "apply". It'll apply your 15% discount and voila - away you go. Hurry though, because they're only offering this to us until June 6th!
That's all I have to report for now, so let's get to the raffle winners this month.
from Millville, NJ, has won a 6 month subscription to the Onlinegigs
service. This valuable service is a powerful tool for musiciains, agents, record companies and managers designed to virtually automate the administration of booking and promoting a band or bands.
- Ivan Nossa, from Treviglio Bg, Italy, has won a downloadable
version of Rhyme Genie, a dynamic
rhyming dictionary featuring over 300,000 entries and 30
different rhyme types.
from Florence, SC has won a copy of "100 Miles To A Record Deal" by author and publisher Bronson Herrmuth
- Dave Leach, from Ontario, Canada has won a copy of the book reviewed by Anastasia in our January 2011 issue: 1000 Songwriting Ideas by Lisa Aschmann.
If you'd like to be considered for a raffle prize yourself, have a look at the various prizes offered at the top of The Muse's News webpage, decide which prizes you'd most like, and email me with your top two choices along with your mailing address so that I can get the prizes to you. Yes, it's really that simple. :) (And yes, the mailing address is kinda important. I promise it won't be used for any other reason than to send you your raffle prize - and to mention your approximate location in the notice of raffle winners you see above here.)
Hope you enjoy the newsletter!
Wishing you every success,
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ONLINE SONGWRITING COURSES AND PROGRAMS FROM BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC
The best way to learn about writing it to write - and what better way to learn than under the mentorship of Berklee College of Music songwriting instructors. Berkleemusic, the online extension school of Berklee College of Music, offers a number of instructor-led online songwriting courses that provide the tools, the support, and the practice environment you'll need to express yourself more effectively in words and music. Online courses are college level, and 12-weeks in length. Students have direct access to Berklee's faculty through weekly chats, online office hours, and forums. Berkleemusic offers more then 130 online courses and certificate programs in songwriting, music production, business, music theory, arranging, composition, guitar, bass, voice, keyboard and drums.
Enrollment is now open for their June 26th term.
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Here is a selection of the great artists and bands highlighted
the Artist Spotlight section of The Muse's Muse.
Victoria Powell - Genre: ROCK
Catchy melodies and acoustic guitar. That's a good description of her music when she’s "unplugged". Add a drum beat, some electric guitar, and a dash of attitude and you’ve got something that rocks that you’ll want to play over and over again.
Possessed By Paul James - Genre: COUNTRY
Feed the Family brings about a new process of recording, namely with other musicians for a change. The intention was never to play alone, so when other pickers are available it’s nothin' but fun! The concept of the songs and themes of course surround family and providing for family. There’s also a bit of Texas influence - more so with this album than others in the past.
|Songwriting Book Review
By: Anastasia Karalekas
There is Usually A Book Title Here
Due to unforseen circumstances, Anastasia won't be able to provide us with a book review this month. She'll be back next month as per usual. Thanks for your patience, guys! :)
ABOUT THE REVIEWER:
Anastasia Karalekas is a self-taught guitarist and music absorber. When she is not learning, learning, learning, she spends her time writing fiction and poetry. After taking some private guitar lessons, her teacher encouraged her to try putting some of her poems to music, and she's been writing songs ever since.
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
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|Musical Notes: Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
In the interest of conserving space, I will be including only
changes to this listing in this newsletter. All other contests
and market information that have already been listed here, are
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Please check there regularly for updates!
USA Songwriting Competition Launches "Songwriters For Japan", A Japan Relief Bid
The USA Songwriting Competition on Saturday launched a campaign to support relief in Japan as top names in the entertainment world offered condolences after the mega earthquake of a magnitude 9.0 and tsunami. Over 20 countries in the Pacific Rim were put on high alert on Friday, March 11, after a massive earthquake caused a tidal wave which devastated Japan.
THREE, MONTH-LONG SONGWRITING CONTESTS FOR THE HOME RECORDING MUSICIAN!
The Home Recording Weekly blog, HomeRecordingWeekly.com is hosting three, month long songwriting contests again this summer! The contests will run for the month of June, July, and August. Prizes are listed on the blog itself, please follow the link provided. Entry rules are on the blog, and the contest is free to enter as well. Thanks for reading, and good luck to you! Professional musicians need not enter.
CALIFORNIA SHINES! SONG SEARCH FOR 2011 U.S. CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE CELEBRATION
The Stanislaus National Forest and the 2011 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Committee seek original songs to honor California's gift to the nation. Original songs, no longer than four minutes, recorded using quality production and burned to a CD, can be entered. All songwriters must reside in California and be at least 18 years old. CD entries must be mailed to The Stanislaus National Forest, 2011 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Committee, 19777 Greenley Rd., Sonora, CA 95370. For more details, contact information and entry forms visit www.capitolchristmastree2011.org under "song search."
Mail entry form and CD to USFS by July 12, 2011
AWARD WINNING SONGWRITER OFFERING SONGWRITING TIPS AND CRITIQUING SERVICES
Award winning songwriter Jane Eamon is offering songwriting one on one classes via Skype. These sessions are one hour in length and can cover any topic you'd like to address. From writing, to critique, to ideas and games. Or just to share your thoughts and get feedback. If you're interested in a session contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a class.
THE MOUNTAIN STAGE NEWSONG CONTEST
NewSong Music is proud to announce the launch of the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest – one of North America’s premier showcases of emerging performing songwriters that spans an array of genres, and includes regional rounds. The 2011 contest winner will get the opportunity to record an EP with award winning producer Mikal Blue who has worked with the likes of Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, Five for Fighting, One Republic, Augustana, Jason Reeves, and current indie fave Lady Danville, which will be released on the NewSong Recordings label. In addition, the winner will perform on an internationally broadcast Mountain Stage (NPR) show, and will receive 1,000 copies of the completed disc.
For more info, visit https://contest.newsong-music.com .
The final deadline for submissions is September 13th.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: RIFFRUMBLE 16 SONGWRITING CONTEST
Sonoma Wire Works announces the RiffRumble 16 song contest for RiffWorks T4 free recording software and RiffWorks Standard users. The theme for this contest is "Heroes" and is up to interpretation. Contestants worldwide will compete for over $4000 in prizes, including a Taylor SolidBody Standard Double Cutaway guitar, DrumCore 3 VST/RTAS/AU plugin and drum loops, Discrete Drums Pro Set of 24-bit multitrack drum loops, RiffWorks InstantDrummer sessions, 1 year of RiffLink online song collaboration, the GuitarJack iOS accessory, and more. Dave Kushner of the band Velvet Revolver will choose one Grand Prize winner, contestants will vote for the 2nd prize winner, and the public will choose the third prize winner.
Entries will be accepted for two weeks: May 26th - June 8th, 2011.
Votes accepted May 26th - June 15th. No purchase necessary and no entry fee.
More information: http://www.sonomawireworks.com/riffrumble/riffrumble16/
2011 SONGWRITERS RETREAT - REO RAFTING RESORT, NAHATLATCH RIVER, BC
Qualify for the Songwriters Retreat Travel Grant! We are giving away 4 grants ($250.00 each) to assist in your travels to our Retreat! REO understands that people are coming to this retreat from around the world and may need assistance with increasing fuel prices and travel expenses. If you are a Muse's Muse subscriber, you will then receive an additional $50.00 off your tuition package. Don't miss an opportunity to learn from Pat Pattison, Bonnie Hayes, Steve Seskin & Don Osborn! Sign up for the 2011 Songwriters Retreat, July 17 to 22, 2011 at REO Rafting Resort (located 2.5 hours from Vancouver in the beautiful Fraser Canyon)! All-inclusive packages start at $949.
Grant Requirements and Process
1. Send one original song that showcases your talents as a songwriter to REO Rafting.
2. Write two paragraphs. One paragraph summarizing your musical and songwriting interests and goals. The other indicating why you would like to attend the retreat.
3. We will let songwriters know within 1 week of submission if they qualify for the travel grant.
Please email your song and paragraphs to email@example.com or email us for more information. There is more information on our website. Check it out.http://www.reorafting.com/site/retreats/songwriter_retreat.html.
THE INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS (THE IMAs)
For more than a decade, self-released and independent label talent from around the globe have found new audiences and revenue opportunities through The Independent Music Awards (The IMAs) - currently accepting submissions.
Known for supporting artists who follow their own muse, the program receives submissions from artists previously on major labels as well as self-released and indie label talent from more than 70 countries on 6 continents. Honors in more than 70 Album, Song, Music Video and Design categories are awarded annually!
Earning an Independent Music Award is more than a badge of distinction. The influential IMA program actively promotes winners and nominees to millions of music fans, talent buyers, film, TV & gaming music supervisors and media outlets.
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Muse's Clues - By Irene Jackson
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Used By Permission
This year at the Grammys, one of the most interesting performances for me was Bob Dylan singing Maggie's Farm with Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers (you can see the video here). Bob's singing was horrible, but it was live and it was raw and most of all it was an old generation songwriter giving the nod to the new. Folk music (often referred to as the "f" word when I was performing years ago) never really died after the 60's folk revival, it just went underground and kept growing. Folk artists haven't had to rely on big fancy record labels to survive, only word of mouth, and folk music festivals continue to grow and thrive with sold out performances and throngs of die hard folkies in attendance every year. But the audiences are not just old hippies either! Imagine my surprise when two of my young guitar students introduced me to Mumford & Sons...they were completely smitten with the music. Bob Dylan recently turned 70, so I thought I might devote this article to that style of songwriting in honour of his birthday.
Have any of you ever written a folk song? Do you know what a folk song is? Of course, folk songs vary significantly from country to country, so for the sake of brevity we'll stick to North American folk music. Dylan was actually the "new generation" of folk songwriters once, apparently using the poet Dylan Thomas' name to create his own. Poetry and song lyrics are often a topic of discussion among songwriters...are they the same or different? In the case of people like Bob Dylan or Joni Mitchell, they are one and the same. About.com has an interesting section called Folk 101 which lists some of the essential folk artists and songs of many generations, from Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene" (well, I had to mention that one!), through the protest songs and artists of the 60's, up to contemporary artists like Ani DeFranco and Ben Harper. Interestingly, there is also an article that discusses whether or not Dylan plagiarized well-known poets in some of his songwriting, and the term "pastiche" comes up which has to do with imitation, but you'll have to go to the article and read it yourself :-)
On another part of the website is a section called "Essential Bob Dylan Songs" which lists ten songs including Maggie's Farm, the song he performed on the Grammys which he may also have plagiarized, according to the above article! You can also listen to a :30 second clip each of these songs on the Amazon website link and purchase them if you're interested. One of Dylan's songs
on that list, Desolation Row, is 11 minutes and 25 seconds long...something you won't often find in anything other than folk or classical music. I've never been a huge fan of Dylan, but I did see him in concert along with Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison a few years back, and even though I wasn't expecting that much from him, surprisingly he gave a great show and I realized how many amazing songs he's written.
So I challenge you this month to write a folk song, especially if you never have before. And if you're feeling particularly sassy, why not create a pastiche of a Bob Dylan song? Happy birthday, Bob :-)
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: http://www.irenejackson.com/tips.html
Featured Article - By Brad Dunse
QUICK TIP: In Other Words
Have you ever been accused of writing songs with not so original lines, you know generic language, lines or phrases that have been used time and time over? Same old same old? In fact there goes a couple right there, I bet you heard the whoooooosh as they flew by in stereo. I'm sure y'all know what a cliche is, you know stuff like "The ticking of the clock", "the beating of our hearts", "two ships passing in the night". You know, lines that extract mysterious yawns from listeners across the land.
Oh and here's a good one, you get done performing your song at a songwriter meeting looking for feedback, and after a long nervous pause one of the group dares to look up from their paper and says. "I think the cliche cops are reaching for their handcuffs on this one". That phrase in itself could probably be considered a cliche at songwriter meetings, but the ensuing chuckle from the group gets the point across.
Well geez Louise How are we suppose to come up with lines that are interesting and haven't been used over and over? How can we take a meat and tater meal and spice it up a bit? Well? Ssssshhhhhhhhh... here's a little secret recipe to help you flush out some creative ideas... a little nutrition to help build your word muscles. Ready?
In a small document get yourself five random nouns and five random verbs. Mix together well and list them verb first then noun. That's it! Easy recipe. Don't get it?
Here like this, I'll use three to show how easy it is. I'm making these up literally as I type here to prove how cool this can be with any combination. I'll use the nouns guitar, schoolhouse, cloud. There now I'll pick three verbs. Let's see laughing, crying, and maybe hopping. Now all we got to do is mix them up and see what emotion or ideas come from them. I'll write a quick little line after each that either uses the exact word combination or a form of it that comes to mind.
Laughing Guitar: His guitar laughed as he played it.
Laughing Schoolhouse: The schoolhouse laughed on the last day of classes.
Laughing Cloud: The cloud laughed cynically as the sun pushed it through the sky.
Crying Guitar: She played her crying guitar when he broke up with her last week.
Crying Schoolhouse: You could almost see the schoolhouse crying as the kids left for summer break.
Crying cloud. He looked up and put his hands out to feel the crying cloud overhead.
Hopping Guitar: He played a hopping guitar like Chuck Berry.
Hopping Schoolhouse: It was a hopping schoolhouse at Friday night's dance.
Hopping cloud: The storm this afternoon sent a few hopping clouds whirling.
So you can see putting combinations of words together, adjectives like lonely, smudgy, and mischievous along with nouns like ladder, city, or train even will work to come up with interesting ways to describe a scene or situation.
Forcing words together that aren't normally joined up can produce some pretty interesting concepts and combinations not to mention it helps you reach for new connections when there doesn't' seem to be an obvious one.
Take the next month or week even and have someone email you daily random nouns, verbs and/or adjectives to keep you guessing and see what comes out of it. If you want I can send you some, just send me an email and let me know.
Even if this doesn't help the song you're currently working on, but you are the type to keep interesting lines in a hook book, I'm pretty positive you'll come up with some gems to stash away for a crying cloud day.
Next month we'll look at the stresses of songwriting... until then happy writing!
Brad Dunse is a performing songwriter based deep in the country's heartland reflecting sensitivity of daily living in his songs. Writing primarily in Folk, Country, Pop, or Americana, he occasionally writes CCM. Co-writer of The Wall, a tribute to Viet Vets receiving major market airplay, he's also received airplay on NPR, local public, independent, and web radio. He is a freelance writer, is board member of Minnesota Association of Songwriters, been member or involved in ASCAP, NSAI, SongU and other organizations. You can visit his web site at WWW.BRADDUNSEMUSIC.COM as well Add As Facebook Friend or Follow Him On Twitter.
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May I Have Your Attention Please? -- Branding Your Songs
- by Bill Pere
In today's very crowded music marketplace, you are competing at any given time with tens of thousands of artists and hundreds of thousands of songs – and you're competing for two specific things: Awareness, and Attention. Awareness is getting a listener to notice that you (or your song) exist, and Attention is sparking enough interest in that listener so that they willingly hold you in their awareness (and ideally, make others aware of you as well). Awareness is usually achieved through promotion and marketing -- but once you've achieved Awareness, what does it take to turn it into Attention?
Taking The Labor Out of Collaboration From Creation to Realization -
by Bill Pere
Look at the credits for a song and you most likely see more than one name. Having multiple writers, artists, producers, and engineers is not unusual in navigating the path from creation to realization..The music business, like any entertainment industry, is a business based on people interacting to shape and market the products of a creative process. Some collaborative partnerships are very fruitful and rewarding, and some are emotionally draining with no tangible result. This article lays out all the factors involved in seeking out effective collaborators, and what roles need top be filled in creating songs and giving them a life.
A Wee Bit O' Gumbo - by Mick Polich
Mick covers few topics and quick hits in this article - some tech tips on substituting 6L6GC tubes for the British KT66 model, Paul Simon's new CD, Electro Harmonix's "Ring Thing" effects pedal, and some philosophy from Jimmy Webb...
Building Bridges - by Dan Rivers
Learn some new ways to regain the listener's attention in the section called the Bridge. What is it? Where is it placed in a song? and How to write it. Find some catchy Chord changes!
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