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Issue 15.6
September 2012

In This Issue:
* Editor's Musings
* Music Reviews - Cyrus Rhodes
* 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: 7 Tips Towards A Positive Co-write Experience by Brad Dunse
* On Site Featured Article - An article (or articles) already online for your viewing pleasure.
* Classifieds & Useful Services
* Contact information
ISSN 1480-6975. Copyright 1998-2011 - Jodi Krangle.
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Editor's Musings:

Hi folks! Today, I'm going to forego the usual discussion about the weather (which I'm really enjoying, by the way :) ) and get right to some amazing deals that have been brought to my attention and that I'd love to share with you.

The first is from the guys at The Musician's Guide. They've put together something they call an Epic Package including a whole bunch of stuff like licensing opportunities, a custom EPK, 50% off mixing and mastering, free radio spins, access to a huge database of contacts, 10% off CD and DVD duplication at Disc Makers, free single distribution to iTunes and Spotify, and more. You can find the full package details here. The offer is only available between September 1st at 8am EST and September 5th - but you can pre-order now and get an addition $4 off the package - which is valued at over $1200! The cost to you? Just $69 or £47 for those of you in the UK. That's a pretty awesome deal, if you ask me, so I definitely wanted to let you all know about it while it was still around.

The second amazing deal was offered to me by a long time subscriber to this newsletter, Brad Conner. He runs a travel division called Last Minute Travel Club. For those of you that go on tour, or are constantly traveling for whatever reason, this could offer you huge savings just by signing up (typically 40% lower than the usual average market price!). But that's not all he's offered. For those of us that sign up here through The Muse's News, he's offered a year's membership for free! (That's a $50 value.) Here's how you sign up. Visit the link above, click on "become a member", enter your email/password of choice, then enter data and "apply" promo code 12TRAVELMUSE (in uppercase). That should do it. A free year membership to the service. You can try it out and see if you want to continue. You don't need to add any credit card info, so you won't be charged automatically when your year expires or anything (I hate that kind of thing too!). But it seemed like a pretty awesome deal to me and I've signed up myself. I don't know about you, but I can always use help saving on travel!

Ok. Great deals related. Check. :) Now on to the raffle winners!

They are:

  • Mike Airton from Durham, UK, has won a copy of the wonderfully useful book, "100 Miles To A Record Deal" by author and publisher, Bronson Herrmuth.

  • Bob Leslie from Glasgow, Scotland, has won a downloadable version of Rhyme Genie, a dynamic rhyming dictionary featuring over 300,000 entries and 30 different rhyme types.

  • Mark S. Crocker, from Terrell, Texas, 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.)

  • Cheryl Ostor, from Homer, Alaska, has won a copy of Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software.

And once again, 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.)

I hope you thoroughly enjoy the rest of the summer. Happy writing! :)

All the best,


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Music Reviews: Cyrus Rhodes


Cyrus Rhodes:

* The Higher Concept
* John Wakefield
* Antoinette Michael Thornes
* The Como Brothers

* Gitar
* Tyne Darling

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.


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. 

Ross Douglas - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

Mr. Douglas is eclectic by nature
Variety is to be expected.
Comment on his work
"One fascinating song after another -unique perspectives, heartfelt performances superb craftsmanship and a generous dose of humour. Bravo!"
"Terrific songwriting that deserves the widest audience."
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Songwriting Book Review By: Anastasia Karalekas

"Music for New Media:
Composing for Videogames, Web Sites, Presentations and Other Interactive Media "

by Paul Hoffert

Everywhere you look today, there are all kinds of multimedia. And with each type of media, there can be music that goes with it. As songwriters, we know that music is a very effective way to convey a message; as users of technology, we also know that music is an integral part of any kind of visual presentation. Paul Hoffert’s “Music for New Media” is a perfect introduction to composing music in this ever-expanding industry.

This book is an interactive workshop, complete with exercises and all the media files you need to create the various compositions. Provided is list of web sites where you can download the software you’ll need (free ones are listed as well), and you’re ready to go.

Movies, presentations (PowerPoint), videogames (all types of genres), web sites, and music for mobile devices are all covered here. You’ll learn to identify the most important elements required in a piece of music in order to properly affect the mood of the users, and then get in touch with your inner gut, and compose music based on what emotions get invoked within you when you add a certain set of criteria to the mix. Whether the scenario is in written form, or a visual scene, you’ll need to reach deep down inside and pull out the sounds you associate with each project. Just like when writing a song, we sit down with an idea, and pull out the lyrics and melodies that best express our message. And the best part about is, by the time you’re finished, you’ll have a demo that’s ready to be presented to potential clients or employers.

The most fun I had with this book were the exercises for composing music for different types of scenes. You’re given a series of video clips, with a certain mood (dramatic, action, humor), and then, using your judgment and intuition, you compose the music for these scenes. It’s a great hands-on experience. My only complaint is that the video clips are not of very good quality when resized to full screen, but I was able to complete the task with a smaller video screen, and it worked out very well for me.

I highly recommend this to anyone who needs some practice in creating melodies. I personally find myself writing lyrics first, and my melodies are harder to come by. This book definitely forced me to think melody over anything else, and I’m quite certain it has helped me as a songwriter, not to mention that it’s opened my mind’s door to another creative outlet.

Lastly, in order to really appreciate this book, you can’t rush through it. Take your time, read each chapter carefully, do as much research as required, and let your compositions come to life. Given the knowledge, the extra outlet, and the professional portfolio you’ll have completed at the end, it’s an extremely rewarding ride.



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.

In the interest of conserving space (when I need to), 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 displayed at &
Please check there regularly for updates!


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:


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:


Submissions are being accepted from songwriters everywhere until September 15, 2012. You could win studio time, cash, NERFA and FARM conference registrations, and more! The categories are: Adult Contemporary, Children's, Country/Bluegrass, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel/Inspirational/Christian, Instrumental, Open, Pop, R&B/Hip Hop/Urban, Rock/Alternative, Vocal Jazz/Blues. MASC is presented by the Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW ). It's All About the Song!


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The 9th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) is currently accepting entries, this awards competition is judged based on songwriting, performance & artistry. Win prizes in 8 different categories: Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo, Folk/Americana/Roots, AAA/Alternative, Instrumental, Open, Bluegrass/Country. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth US$11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada, featured on Acoustic Cafe, a syndicated radio program. You may also obtain the entry form at:


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Hooktheory is a free resource that can show you how to integrate basic music theory into your songwriting process, making it easier to write catchy chord progressions and melody. Hooktheory currently consists of three main areas:
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Muse's Clues - By John Brhel

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

“You know it's true.
Everything I do, I do it for you”

--“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You,” Bryan Adams

Unlike most of the lyrics I use to introduce Muse’s Clues, this week’s has nothing to do directly with the songwriting website in question. The corny line above was merely the first that came to mind when I was trying to think of a selfless lyric. Nothing against Canadian power ballads, but we have more important stuff to talk about than a twenty-year-old tune from the “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” soundtrack.

Singer/songwriter Jamie Leger is taking a route not often tread by musicians looking to break in into the industry. Rather than focus on his career alone, he’s delivering the goods to other budding music industry members and listeners via his personal website. This indie musician has made it his mission to provide valuable information to his audience and make his music available to those who are interested.

In a press release from July 2012, Leger described his personal approach to launching his independent music career:

"I was inspired by an approach that focused on leveraging the internet to its full potential to grow my fan-base and kick-start my career. It all centers on creating a community and providing my audience with the most valuable content I can.”

Much like a band offering its music for free or an indie artist creating a viral YouTube video, Leger is drumming up interest in his career in an unorthodox way. By offering something more to listeners, songwriters and other musicians, he’s establishing himself as a thought leader and someone to turn to.

A combat vet, marketer and Internet consultant with a two year certification in music production and engineering, Leger is a man of many hats. Take a look at his website and you’ll see that he not only focuses on songwriting, but home recording, social media marketing, artist development, and many other topics important to the modern musician and songwriter.

Take his blog post from July 25, 2012, “How To Write a Melody That Sings.” Leger discusses such tried and true techniques as using dummy syllables and rewriting popular melodies to come up with a unique, memorable melody. These are two strategies I’ve attempted myself. I can totally relate to Leger and his straight-up approach.

Leger’s influences include such diverse artists as Cee-Lo Green, Oasis, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, The Spinners, and many other greats. If you’re looking for songwriting tips that pertain to any genre or style, listen to this guy.

Along with blog posts speaking directly about the songwriting process, Leger offers advice for songwriters who’ve got tunes and don’t know what to do with them. His posts touch on recording (“The 5 Keys To Professional Vocal Production at Home”) to playing live (“Turn Your Shows Into Events”) to motivation (“The Importance of Habits To Your Success”) and everything in-between.

A marketer by day, Leger clearly has a know-how for the business aspect of music. If you’re wondering what to do with that catchy country ditty you’ve got bopping around in your head, you just might have some direction after visiting Leger’s site.

Along with great articles relating to songwriting and the music business, Leger’s website really stands out as an example of great marketing and fan base-building. As songwriters, we must think of ways to get our songs finished, recorded, released, and stuck in the minds of the public. If you’re wondering how to do that, follow Leger’s lead.

Don’t force your music down your audience’s throats; reel them in with great content and conversation. Don’t spam Facebook and forums; give your audience a reason to come check out your music. You’re competing with millions of songwriters. Standing out is a must.

Leger has been offering content since November 2007. In that time, he’s posted some pretty informative songwriting content and marketing advice. If you’re looking for inspiration from a creative or business perspective, it’d behoove you to check out Leger’s site. He even offers a special VIP Newsletter to those willing to give an email address and share the content with friends.

By the way: I was not paid by Mr. Leger to endorse his website. I did a search for “songwriting website” as I usually do when I write these articles, and simply gave his site a look-see. When I realized that he wasn’t just offering content, but was using it as a way to build interest in his music, I had to give him some props.

Leger’s site is a great resource for modern day songwriters and an example of fantastic left field music marketing. Check it out and see what you can learn, how you can rip it off, etc. If only Bryan Adams had promoted himself this way, the “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” soundtrack could have been bigger than “Thriller.”


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: 7 Tips Towards a Positive Co-write Experience

Co-writing can be vulnerable if you're new to it. If you've co-written before, the below points are still valid.

1. No strangers. Before co-writing with someone, it's an excellent idea to set up a non-writing session.

Go for coffee, chat over a smoking grill, or do something to get to know each other. This rids any uneasiness; lets both learn each other's values and beliefs, and builds rapport through shared life experiences.

Even if you've seen this person around and think you know him or her, you'll be surprised how getting to know each other more will help the actual writing session next time.

2. Comfortable? You'll be there a while so make sure it's in a comfortable spot. Definitely make sure you are in a place not easily interrupted and with a relaxed feeling. The next point we talk about will demand some privacy. Living rooms are okay if the kids are checking out Jimmy's new X-Box across town and you upped the limits on your spouse's new department or sporting goods store credit card.

Break out some snacks and drinks, loosen up, you're about to have some fun.

3. Get crazy. This is the hardest thing for most people to do. But it's important to not be afraid to open up and explore ideas freely without feeling stupid.

That's why I mentioned about not being where someone else might walk through, making your co-writer feel foolish amid an off-key yodel.

Conversely, "No thinking stuff like, "Oh shoot that was really dumb, I should have never said that." Or, ""Crap, I just sang that note way off trying to get that note. He must think I'm a real loser."

Listen, just write how you write. They're not Simon Cowell on American Idol. Don't be afraid of messing up somehow or saying something off. Besides, some crazy idea you have might spark an awesome one in your co-writer you never thought of before. Extend your co-writer the same latitude.

4. Be courteous. I can't stress this one enough. If you really don't like something your co-writer has for an idea, don't squash it with "No no no, I don't' like that at all," before he or she gets a chance to get it flushed out. This is about the quickest way to kill a writing session and likely any other sessions with that person again.

If you don't like something, don't assume it's carved in stone. You might just say, "Yeah, that's one way of saying it. Hey what about ." and Just offer other suggestions.

Anything to keep the flow going and not beat-down creativity when guards are down.

They'll pick up on your side-step to the suggested line or idea. If not, state it directly but kindly.

5. Staring session. Don't be surprised if you're both staring at carpet snags because one or both lost your writing mojo.

It happens. We don't have control over what goes on in our day prior to the appointment, and sometimes things fall flat. That doesn't mean either of you suck as writers, or that you won't write a killer song next time. It just means things aren't hitting on all strings today that's all.

6. Don't force it. Sometimes it takes enough of the staring session to clear the head enough to drill down to a good flow, but then there are times when you just feel like the session is forced.

When intuition says the force is with you, it's probably time to just say something like, "Hey, I'm not coming up with anything here; you want to go get a coffee or something?"

It'll be appreciated and who knows, just breaking free of that elephant in the room might flush out some ideas over coffee.

7. No offense. Don't' take it personally or feel you're a horrible writer if you're not asked to write again.

Some personalities meld together and some just don't. There's no shame, no blame; it's just people. It happens all the time to good writers.

I've got friends I don't write with, and the other way around, but we're still friends, and we still know how to write.

Bonus Tip: Prepare. Very simply, come with some ideas, hooks, melodies, and titles, whatever. But bring something to the table.

Most of all. have fun. Co-writing can be a hoot, so just enjoy teaming up on the creative process!


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.


How To Take Your Music Career To The Next Level With A Mentor

- by Tom Hess

If you would like to start a career in music and quickly reach success as a professional musician, it is crucial to find a mentor who has already achieved great things in the music business. Learn how to find your own mentor by reading this article.


Using Rhyme as an Accelerator, as done by Neil Young
- by Anthony Ceseri

Rhyme can be an incredibly powerful tool for tying the meaning of your words to your music. One way to do this is to use rhyme as an accelerator.We'll look at how Neil Young has made use of this concept in the song "Heart of Gold."



Making a Cliche Phrase New Again, As Done by Regina Spektor
- by Anthony Ceseri

The idea of "heartbreak" on songwriting has been used a lot. It's a cool metaphor, but it’s basically lost its coolness due to overuse. In this article, I want to show you how heartbreak can be made fresh again by how the phrase is handled musically.


The Seven Rule Method for Finding The Right Band Members - by Tom Hess

Read this article to learn how to find serious and dedicated band members.

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