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Issue 15.2
May 2012

In This Issue:
* Editor's Musings
* Music Reviews - Cyrus Rhodes & Dan Cohen
* New Artist Spotlight Additions
* Songwriting Book Review - by Anastasia Karalekas
* Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
* Muse's Clues - Songwriting Web sites that inspire - brought to you by Songwriter's Hall of Fame member, John Brhel.
* Featured Article: Quick Tip: Uni-Verse Déjà vu by Brad Dunse
* On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your viewing pleasure.
* Classifieds & Useful Services
* Contact information
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Editor's Musings:

From summer-like weather, to winter. We had snow today here north of Toronto. How I hate that. There are a lot of reasons I love living where I do ... but the weather isn't one of 'em. ;-)

In any case, let's talk about songwriting, shall we? :-) I've been in contact with a fellow named Rob Dehlinger who is doing an interesting thing with Facebook. He's started a "Facebook Friends Songwriting Challenge". Rob's writing and recording one song a week as part of this self-imposed challenge. He'll go up to one year's worth of material (52 weeks). His page is here - and who knows? You might find it fun to participate. But you also might find it an interesting way to challenge yourselves, too. Why not start up your own songwriting challenge? Just about everyone's on Facebook these days, right? If you thought staring at a blank sheet of paper or a white screen wasn't the way to get past a block, maybe this IS. And the best part? You can enlist the help of all the folks you like best. :-)

Moving on to the raffle winners, here are the ones for this month! (and remember to write to me using the instructions below if you want to be considered for a raffle prize yourself!):

  • Stacy Smith from Nashville, TN, has won a downloadable version of Rhyme Genie, a dynamic rhyming dictionary featuring over 300,000 entries and 30 different rhyme types.

  • Nick Christy, from High Point, NC, 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. (Unfortunately, Brad's Onlinegigs prize didn't come through last month. :( So I offered this one to him instead and he graciously accepted.)

  • Dave Undis, from Nashville, TN, has won a copy of Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software.

  • Lily Cheng from Toronto, ON Canada has won a copy of "Your Private Guitar Teacher" by Dale Schmidt, reviewed in the January issue of The Muse's News.

  • John Enright from Chesterfild, MO, has won a copy of "Song" by Douglas J. Waterman reviewed in the March issue of The Muse's News.

  • John Thomas from Macon, GA, has won a copy of "Bruce Springsteen" by Rikky Rooksby, reviewed in last month's newsletter.

As I've mentioned many times before (you guys should have this memorized by now :D) 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.)

May your inspiration be as plentiful as the raindrops I've been seeing a lot of lately. ;-)

All the best,


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With copyright theft currently running at an estimated $1.25 trillion annually, ($40,000 per second) songwriters can now establish the exact instant of copyright using their Computer, iPhone, Tablet, Blackberry, or any Internet device. Scots musician and inventor, Norm MacLeod, is offering songwriters free membership of his patent-pending Copyright over Internet Protocol™ (CoIP™) copyrighting system. “You just load in the title, lyrics and MP3 of your song, click a button, your copyright is fixed and delivered to you in an email,” says MacLeod.

“ipCOip™ establishes worldwide copyright in 164 countries immediately, but we do advise songwriters to use the Government services too, especially when offered a contract. But ipCOip™ allows users to copyright instantly. It has no detrimental effect if you want to make an ‘official’ copyright later. It gives songwriters added, instant and legal, worldwide security - especially with online copyright theft at today’s levels.”
New members can create 3 copyrights free.

Music Reviews: Cyrus Rhodes & Dan Cohen


Cyrus Rhodes:

* Xenia Dunford
* Orly Forman and Yagel Sulchiner
* Black Earth
* Deborah Henrriksson
* No Blitz
* Overhate
* Sal Piamonte
* Putnam Murdock
* Kenyon
* Trysette

Dan Cohen:

* Soundzania
* Bob McCarroll

Click here for bios on each of the reviewers. 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!

Artist Spotlights:

Great music is only a click away!
Here is a selection of the great artists and bands highlighted
in the Artist Spotlight section of The Muse's Muse.


Kim Yarson - Genre: COUNTRY

Kim Yarson is an 18 year prolific songwriting veteran who weaves faith, hope and love into her songs on her most recent release called Thankful. She owns her own record label with two releases, Satisfied and Thankful all while raising her two young sons. Her fans funded her first music video "Without a Trace" on and she was nominated for two Jersey Acoustic Music awards in 2011 for female songwriter and singer. Her music is a cross between Shania Twain and Stevie Nicks. Her songs come from the deepest part of her soul as she always writes from true life experiences.

Little Miss Higgins - Genre: BLUES

Across The Plains, is the 4th full length album she's recorded. It was recorded in Winnipeg, Manitoba at Bedside Studio. She co-produced this album with fellow musician and producer Jaxon Haldane. The album is filled with all original songs. Lots of horns, muck-bucket bass, upright bass, wonderful percussion, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and even one song that is a acapella vocals accompanied by stompin' and clappin' and a sandalwood fan.  She won the 10th Annual Independent Music Award for Blues Album. 

Songwriting Book Review By: Anastasia Karalekas

IntelLoc Copyrighting Service

As a songwriter, when you write a song, you want to get some feedback on it, right? However, some people are very reluctant to send their creations out to anyone over the internet, or even post them anywhere online because they worry about copyright theft. And if you’re not worried about that… well, you should be.
The internet has made it easy to steal anything from books, music, computer data, art, to name but a few. But what if you found a service that allows you to protect your creations for free, just by simply clicking on a button?

People copyright their materials in various ways. One popular method is called the Poor Man’s Copyright. It involves sending yourself a letter, and not opening it, keeping the postmark as proof of the creation date. Should you ever need to prove anything, you submit your unopened envelope, and… you think you’re covered. But this method has never been of any help to anyone because it’s such an archaic method, and wouldn’t work in today’s day and age.

Now, understand that, the moment you create something, it’s yours. And you know that little © symbol? Don’t really need it anymore. If you haven’t already, it might be a good idea to get familiar with copyrighting. Look into The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. As an artist with a creation to protect, it’s in your best interests. Or you could head on over to and let Norm MacLeod tell you about it in a video that’s short, and won’t take much time out of your busy day, but will teach you a lot more than you’d think you would pick up in such a short video!

Norm created IntelLoc, a free* service where you can instantly protect your work and store it safely as of the date you click on “copyright”. The interface is really easy to use. Once you log in, you have all the options available to you. Everything from creating a new project, or editing one you previously saved. When you’re ready to copyright, it’s as simple as a click of a button, and you get a copyright certificate in PDF format mailed right to your inbox.

Now, you might think, “but it’s easy to edit a PDF file these days.” And yes, you’d be right. But, see, when you click on the button to copyright your work, a copy of the same certificate with the exact same content is saved on the server at the company’s storage facility. So, should you ever need to prove that you own something, your certificate will prove authenticity.

So, head on over to the website for a full tour. If you’re like me and you put off researching heavy duty legal stuff, I guarantee you’ll learn all you need to learn in Norm’s video. And you can start copyrighting your work instantly. You work hard creating; protecting your creations shouldn’t be difficult. And with IntelLoc, it’s not only easy, it provides peace of mind!

*About that asterisk. Norm is offering a free membership to the next 500 applicants. Be one of them.



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 us know!

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Musical Notes: Songwriting Contests & Market Info.

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Please check there regularly for updates!


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Songwriters from the U.S.A., Canada, England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have reached the Grand Final of the Tipperary International Song of Peace to take place in Tipperary, Ireland on Saturday July 7th, 2012. There are 10 songs in the Final and the finalists will be announced over the coming weeks on the Tipperary Song of Peace Facebook Page. The Facebook page link is: 
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Muse's Clues - By John Brhel

©2011-2012 John Brhel. All Rights Reserved.
Used By Permission

“I made it through the wilderness
Somehow I made it through
Didn’t know how lost I was
Until I found you”

--“Like a Virgin” Madonna

“Like a Virgin” is one of Madonna’s signature songs. Burned into the collective pop consciousness with the help of a memorable video and risqué wedding dress, the song has stood the test of time and been a fan favorite for decades (which she better play when I see her perform at Yankee Stadium in September!) But did you know that Billy Steinberg, a 30-year-old guy from Palm Springs, wrote the lyrics? You can thank Steinberg for the words to “Like a Virgin,” Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors,” Whitney Houston’s “So Emotional,” The Bangles’ “Eternal Flame” and a bunch of other pop classics.

As a non-performing songwriter, I’ve spent probably hundreds of hours reading about others of my ilk. I’ve been aware of Mr. Steinberg for years, but have always been interested in hearing, literally, more of what he has to say about the craft. Boy was I pleased when I stumbled upon a recent interview he gave for the Sodajerker on Songwriting podcast.

Sodajerker on Songwriting is a podcast aimed at finding out how successful songwriters craft their songs. The fellows behind Sodajerker, Simon Barber and Brian O’Connor, aren’t just giddy songwriting geeks, but practicing songwriters. According to their website, these two friends from Liverpool, England were “raised on the celebrated songbooks of such luminaries as Lennon and McCartney (fittingly), Bacharach and David, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Goffin and King and The Chic Organisation.” Their admiration for these songwriting legends alone should be enough to make you interested.

There are plenty of podcasts that focus on the elements of songwriting, but not many draw as big of guests as Sodajerker does. If the interview with Mr. Steinberg isn’t enough to entice a listen, perhaps you’d be interested in hearing how Jimmy Webb (“Up, Up and Away,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”) writes songs? Like The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ or “Somewhere Out There,” the Grammy Award-winning song from “An American Tail” (one of my schmaltzy personal faves)? Listen to the interview with songwriting duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Oh, and the two even scored an interview with Mike Stoller of songwriting duo Leiber-Stoller. You might have heard of them. They wrote songs for this kid from Mississippi named Elvis Aaron Presley.

I just spent a good amount of time listening to Sodajerker interview Andy Partridge of XTC fame. I was unaware that not only did Partridge write hundreds of early songs starting from the title, but that he thinks these 400 or 500 so tunes were “horrible, horrible songs.” To hear a successful and (in my opinion) amazing songwriter talk about his struggles to better his craft is a relief. To hear an actual human being talk about his life and how it inspired him to write a certain tune takes some of the mystery away from the process, making success seem more attainable. “If he can do it, why can’t I?” is something I find myself asking frequently while listening to these inspiring podcasts.

Did you know that Billy Steinberg wrote “Like a Virgin” after a failed relationship? I thought it was enlightening to hear that he has a hard time writing lyrics to a pre-defined melody, that the process is too mathematical. As someone who almost always starts with a melody, it’s encouraging to hear it done a different way and, obviously, very effectively.

Along with the podcast, the guys behind Sodajerker maintain their own separate blogs. Both Barber and O’Connor wax poetic about songwriting and the like. O’Connor, for one, has written some nice reviews of Paul McCartney’s “Ram” and Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall.”

Despite having only launched in November, Sodajerker on Songwriting currently consists of 12 jam-packed episodes. If the pair’s ability for tracking down successful songwriters keeps up, you just might be hearing from Dylan or Neil Young down the road (okay, perhaps that’s extremely wishful thinking.) Whoever they speak to, I’m looking forward to hearing more insightful nuggets from some of pop music’s most prolific and successful writers.

Give the podcast a listen; you just might learn something. If that’s not enough for you, you can always do a search for “songwriters” and/or “songwriting” podcasts in the iTunes store. I’ve found some interesting interviews with some of my favorite songwriters on both songwriting and non-songwriting-specific podcasts.
If you’re really inspired by Sodajerker, you can always try doing the podcast thing yourself. Not only will it keep you on your songwriting toes, but you’ll be more likely to score hour-long chats with some of your favorite songwriters. I wouldn’t mind a 60-minute conversation with Diane Warren or Desmond Child myself. Madonna would be pretty neat too.


John Brhel is a songwriter from upstate New York who wrote his first batch of pop songs before graduating from elementary school. A lover of all music, John writes country songs, plays in a punk band and spends a good deal of his free time listening to Diane Warren ballads. John regularly attends industry events in New York and Los Angeles and is a member of ASCAP and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. A lover of melody and the left-field chord change, John lives and breathes songs. He is always on the lookout for Skype cowriters.

Featured Article - By Brad Dunse

QUICK TIP: Uni-Verse Déjà vu

Ever find yourself saying, “Hey, this has happened to me before. I can’t say when, but I know that I know that I know I’ve been here before! How weird is this?”

Hopefully you aren’t saying this while camping out in the dog house or on the couch for the second night after a spirited debate with your spouse. I feel your pain.

That feeling of having been somewhere before is what they call “Déjà vu;” in a song’s verses; however, is what they call boredom.

What do I mean? I’m talking about having a uni-verse, as in one verse through the whole song yet with different words. Confused? I’m talking about verse one of your song saying something or give us some information, roll it into a chorus, and then have verse two go nowhere different than verse one.

I haven’t sent you up to the net in a while for a listen. Before you run off though, imagine verse one of a tune. This good ole boy pulls up to his  GF’s house, sliding in with his pick-’em-up truck, she jumps in with a bad girl giggle, her old man gets Poed, pulls out a shotgun, and tosses one at the tailgate.

Then we go into a chorus, roll into verse two with the dude and his GF riding a block down the road, the dude gets out to check out the chipped paint on his truck from the shotgun, and here comes the old man again just a running’ and a cussin’ …bibs and all wielding his Winchester.

Then after another chorus, verse three has the darlin’ couple jumping back into the pick-‘em-up with the old man taking aim again-- bored yet? Of course you are, we’ve been there, done that, and got the broken tail light lens.

Now, jump up on the net and find What Was I Thinkin’ by Dierks Bentley, and listen to a different story …

Go ahead, I’ll wait …

Okay, see the movement in each verse? We started with picking up the GF, daddy takin' a pop shot--funny he never gave much thought of possibly taking out his daughter, a little too much ‘shine’ in his early days I guess.

Well anyway, verse two finds them plowing through a cornfield­yeeeeehaaah--outrunning the law, and stopping off at a club to have a bit of a slow dance. Isn’t that what you’d do after just getting’ shot at, and out running Boss Hog and crew? Well, a little Hollywood here, but we're having fun.

In verse three, we see their slow dancing, a tattooed gent tries to cut in on the dancin’ darlins, the BF knocks a front tooth out of the guy, and they lit on out of there--Bo Duking it across the hood, and off they go again.

Finally, they go back to the GF’s place to drop her off, only to find daddy moon tanning with a double-barrel across his lap, ready to do business again. Off we go for another round of fun in the country.

The idea is you’ve got a mini-movie happening with fresh movement in each verse, keeping the listeners interest. The only repeat is at the end where he goes to drop her off, which is a common technique to  repeat a beginning line, verse, or situation at the end of a song.

Whether you are a country fan or not, it’s undeniable we’ve got continual movement happening. There’s no repeating, no Déjà vu happening here.

It would have been a pretty boring song if my little scenario would have been the real song, but then again if it was you’d never have heard it, because it wouldn’t have gotten recorded.

You can create a sense of movement in your song’s verses with things like time of day, geographic changes, or both as in the classic example “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” That’s another one to check out.

You could create movement with a song about a child going from kindergarten to college to the honeymoon. Maybe one with fresh plowed fields changing to dried corn stalks standing in a dusting of snow by the end of it. Perhaps one going from the birth of a colt to a horse running for the roses in Kentucky. Maybe one about a shiny new car with brand new seats , that new car smell; then it winding  up with stained seats, paint scratches, and rusty fenders.

The options are limitless, just look at your life and pick  something. This next month try writing something by revolving your character or emotional point around  a situation or timeline.


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.


Tribute To Earl Scruggs
- by Bronson Herrmuth

My Tribute to the King of the 5 string banjo, master musician Earl Scruggs (1924-2012).


How To Turn 7 String Guitar Into A Powerful Tool for Musical Creativity
- by Tom Hess

This article will show you how to play 7 string guitar more creatively.


Failure Is Important - by Mick Polich

We all fail - rarely do we like to discuss it, because, frankly, it's embarrassing. Mick discusses how failure can help us, and how we can learn from it...

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