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Well, I don't know about you, but I'm certainly enjoying the warmer weather. Living in the Toronto area, there's really never enough of this - even if it gets truly sweltering (and it does, believe me!). But yeah - road repair is in full swing. Getting around this city can sometimes be ... interesting ... at this time of the year. I'm sure you guys have it just as bad in a lot of cases. And you folks in Atlanta, specifically? I really feel for you. Your traffic is incredible. I mean, in New York, at least the natives usually don't drive. ;) I hear the L.A. area can be pretty horrendous too. Put 5 million+ people in ANY one area and it's likely to get pretty dicey at times, huh?
I recently was visiting New York with friends - and had a wonderful time, by the way (gotta say - I definitely love NYC. :) ). But whoever had that really devestating cold that you passed along to me, I could have done without that. The last two days of my trip were .. interesting. And the weeks *after* that? Even more ... interesting. In the "Ancient Chinese Curse" sense of the word, believe me. And considering my profession ... REALLY didn't help my business. I'm just now starting to sound like myself again. I'm sure you guys have all sorts of really great remedies for a hoarse voice. I'd love to hear them so that I'll have options in the future when this will most likely come up again. Thanks for any advice you can impart!
Anyway, moving write along (yeah, did that on purpose. :D), lets actually talk about songwriting, shall we?
Lots of great stuff for you this month, so I'll get right to it. And remember that there a new raffle prize in town! Check out ZEEDIS, put together by GuitarScalesAndChords. This is a VERY nifty tool for guitar players: a pocket-sized circular slide rule for finding the notes of chords, scales, modes and also for finding the diatonic triads of scales/modes, instantly and easily. So if you'd like to potentially win one of these fantastic slide rules, feel free to mention it as one of your choices for a raffle prize when you write to me about that. Instructions for being put on the list of potential raffle winners are listed below (as per usual).
The raffle winners this month are:
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Lisa Meissner, from Tupper Lake, NY, 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.)
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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.)
Enjoy the sunshine, avoid the potholes and construction, and have a wonderful month!
All the best,
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|Songwriting Book Review
By: Anastasia Karalekas
"Behind the Hits"
An e-Book by Ty Hager
Ty Hager has been a songwriter for over 20 years. But his book “Behind the Hits” is not about the craft of songwriting. Well… not in a direct sense, that is.
Ty discovered early in his career that landing a record deal doesn’t guarantee that you are set for the rest of your life in the music business. So he came up with the idea of hosting a radio show where he could interview country songwriters about their well-known hits. Having had some “contacts” in the biz, he was lucky enough to round up a substantial list of successful songwriters, and go forward with his idea. However, the interviews had to be edited in order to fit his radio time slot, and include some songs within, which meant that, in the editing process, he would lose a great deal of content that was just begging to be shared with aspiring songwriters.
But right behind one great idea, another one follows. Rather than scrap some interesting, funny and informative stories he got out of interviewing songwriters (such as Rivers Rutherford, Gretchen Peters, Tony Arata, to name a few), he decided to have the interviews transcribed, and put into a book, so he could share the entirety of the interviews with us. And that’s how this gem of a book came to be.
The tales in these pages seized my interest. They talk about the experiences the songwriters have had along their career paths. Speaking about where inspiration for a particular song came from, what makes a hook in a song (it’s more than you might think), and even some interesting tidbits about the recording artists they worked with, these interviews get into the songwriters’ brains and provide simple stories for some readers, and valuable information for others. I personally love stories about how songs came to be, and this book had me from the title. The casual style of writing is also a nice touch. Hager’s sense of humor jumps out at you from the introduction, and the interviews provide a few chuckles along the way.
Now, unless you’re really familiar with the country genre, the names of these songwriters may not say anything to you. But the recording artists that these writers have worked with are certainly ones that most of us have heard of. So, if you’re a true country fan (or know someone who is), this is a must. Visit Ty’s website; he’s got links to all his interviewees’ sites, information on his own music, and even offers lessons in songwriting and guitar. With the number of years’ experience under his belt, not to mention his sense of humor, I think he’d be a blast to work with.
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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.
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|Musical Notes: Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
In the interest of conserving space (when I need to), I will be including only
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14TH ANNUAL GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!
The Great American Song Contest features awards for 45 winners in 9 categories and provides $10,000 in Prizes. Entrants receive written song evaluations from music-industry judges, including publishers, music producers and recording artists. Open to songwriters, lyricists and composers around the world. Sponsored by Songwriters Resource Network, a trusted educational resource for songwriters everywhere. Submission deadline is October 31, 2012. For details, visit: http://www.GreatAmericanSong.com
2011 GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST WINNERS:
Johnsmith won top honors for his original song "From His Window." First-Place category winners were Ed Romanoff & Crit Harmon for "Two Yellow Roses" (Acoustic/Folk); Debra Gussin & Dale Effren for "This Is Our Time" (Adult Contemporary); Eric Colville for "End Of War" (Singer-Songwriter); John L. Sullivan for "Ghost Town" (Rock); Lynne Stewart & Tracy Newman for "Mama, I Know You Ain't Santa" (Special Category Music); Steven Michael Johnson for "Shadow Of the Sun" (Christian/Gospel); Angela Evans for "Warm Hands" (Country); Tony Chen for "Recognizing the Beloved One" (Instrumental); Larry Hamlet for "Climb Back Up" (Pop); Lisa Horan & Stephen Joseph Antonelli for "Spin This World the Other Way" (HipHop/R&B); and Randall & Sara Effner for "Beijing Lullaby" (Lyric Writing). You can hear these winning songs on the Great American Song Hall Of Fame at: GreatAmericanSong.com
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THE CENTER OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL
The Center of the World Festival, 501(c)(3) nonprofit social storytelling theater, invites submissions from songwriters/musicians who want to perform their art in a pristine forest setting, in a small mountain community, nestled in the Los Padres National Forest, Kern County, California. Festival is held August 17-19, 2012. Submission deadline is July 15, 2012, with $500 Grant Prize to winner. For details, go to: http://www.centeroftheworldfestival.org/Songwriting.html
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Muse's Clues - By John Brhel
©2011-2012 John Brhel. All Rights Reserved.
Used By Permission
John is taking a break this month, but he'll be back next month with more wonderful websites of particular interest for songwriters, so stay tuned!
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: Three Song Exposure Mistakes for Newbies to Avoid
• Won’t someone steal my song if I play it out or get it evaluated?
They’re afraid someone will rip off their song, run to L.A., earn a $bzillion in royalties, and it’s bye-bye to early retirement.
Fixing it isn’t passing out affidavits at Muddy Water’s open mike on Saturday night, refusing to play until they’re all signed; or eyeballing everyone with verbal paranoia while handing out lyrics at the local songwriter meeting saying, “You guys aren’t going to walk off with my song are you?” I’ve seen one of these happen, take a guess which.
Spare the effort; nobody cares about stealing your song. Why? 99.99% of singer-songwriters want to do what? You guessed it, write their own songs; sing their own message.
What about Mr. .01%? Okay, assuming Decimal Man exists, let’s give him our blessing: “Here Decimal Man, Here’s my best song, have at it buddy. God bless ya, peace out, and be well.”
Do you know the chances of a song making it to #1? Take it from hit writer Karen Staley (Keeper of the Stars-Tracey Bird, Take Me as I Am-Faith Hill): “You have a better chance of getting hit by lightning than writing a number one hit song … and that goes for us who’ve had some success.”
That doesn’t mean not to try, someone has to write them, but even if you wrote it and someone stole it, you can have paperwork to back it up, win the $bzillion infringement case, buy a tropical island, and spend your days sipping umbrellaed drinks beachside without lifting one marketing finger; so you can relax. In fact, in that case you might even hope they’ll steal it.
Seriously though, how will you get people talking about your songs if they never hear them? Don’t’ sweat it, get them out there. Your audience is the best evaluator money can’t buy.
• If I mail myself a song through the US Postal service, doesn’t that count as a “poor man’s copyright?”
No. Next question.
Hmm what? That’s not what you heard? Alright, look here, the song comes in the mail, you smugly head out on Open Mike Friday knowing you beat the system, but back home your resident bubble burster says, “Hmm what’s this?” And tears it open by mistake? Oh no!
If it isn’t a curious family member opening it, it’ll be the first infringement official, or your new puppy looking for a chew toy substitute. Once it’s opened, it’s legally invalid, so, yeah, there’s always that.
Look, it’s just not that critical unless you are exposing your song to the masses. If you’re at that point and concerned, write yourself ten more songs, apply for a copyright on the collection, and spread the cost over the group.
At this writing, I believe that scenario would be $3.50 a song on a 10-song collection instead of $35 for just one electronically filed song. What I’m saying is, if you think it’s that good of a song, you won’t mind skipping one Starbucks and investing in its protection, instead of chincing out on its future. I mean if you’re that worried, do you believe in your song, or don’t you?
• If I give Adel my song at the backstage meet-n-greet, won’t that help my chances for a hit song?
You’re not into gherming are you? Go look that one up if you aren’t familiar with that term.
This is an easy answer. If you were a pop star with people clamoring all over trying to get a piece of your stardom pie, I’m sure you’d accept a CD of someone you don’t even know, and trust they aren’t going to try to lay a lawsuit on you when they happen to write a similar song as one on your next album. Yeah, right... NOT!
Decimal Man does exist in this case! … 99.99% of artists will smile while they take your CD thinking “Boy another schmuck,” and then as soon as you’re out of sight, flip it in the trash, guilt-free.
So leave those affidavits in a drawer at home naked and void, put those CDs in your glove box at the next concert, and save your stamps and envelopes for bill paying day. Don’t be afraid to expose your songs properly, I don’t mean a mass spreading of a YouTube link, but get them out there so you can get the feedback you need in order to become the writer you’ve always dreamed to be—you can do it!
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.
|"ON SITE" FEATURED ARTICLE(S)
Writing a Bridge Should Not Take a Toll - by Bill Pere
What is the role of a bridge in a song? When does a song need or not need a bridge? What makes a bridge musically and lyrically effective? This article will help answer these frequently asked questions.
How To Make Your Own Rock And Metal Guitar Riffs - by Tom Hess
Mastering the ability to play creative rhythm guitar riffs does not happen overnight. However, there are many things you can work on right now to make good progress in this area of your guitar playing. Read this article to learn how to make guitar riffs and improve your rhythm guitar skills.
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