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Hi Folks! Welcome to another month and another issue. Thanks so much for staying with me here. Especially those of you who have been around for the long haul! (And I do mean LONG. This newsletter has been happening since 1998!)
In all this time, while I've done music projects with others, I've never had my own album to tell you about. Guess what? I now do! It's been a long time coming. My friend Chris Conway and I have been making music together for over 15 years now but it took this year for us to decide to actually do a full album project together. I'm really happy with how it turned out. Chris is hugely talented (he did all the recording and instrumentation for the backing tracks) and not only does he play a whole TON of instruments like a master, but he also has a real talent for making old songs sound new again. I do all the vocals on the project and his arrangements really inspired me. There are 14 songs in the jazz/blues/slow pop genres, some covers and some public domain, some songs we've written together coupled with songs each of us have written. It's an eclectic mix but it works. :)
The album doesn't officially debut until June 1st, but as I'm basically inviting you guys into my figurative living room here (thanks again for subscribing!) :) you're getting a sneak peek. Cover art is by my hugely talented artist friend, Beckett Gladney, by the way. She did a fantastic job!
Visit http://www.jodikranglemusic.com to hear for yourself. I'd love to hear what you think! If you're ok with it, please do consider writing a review on CDBaby. That would be super helpful. There's also a video on YouTube (created by Chris!) that you're welcome to listen to - the full version of Time Will Tell - for which the album is named.
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NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE:
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Doug Spears - Genre: FOLK & TRADITIONAL
Here is a selection of the great artists and bands highlighted
the Artist Spotlight section of The Muse's Muse.
Thoughtful, intelligent lyrics in the style of Gordon Lightfoot and John Prine, memorable melodies, a warm, engaging acoustic guitar style and smooth, rich vocals reminiscent of John Denver. That??™s acoustic folk artist, Doug Spears. Doug's songs tell engaging stories mixing musical elements of Americana, bluegrass and acoustic folk. Turn off the TV and the cell phone and enjoy.
|Songwriting Book Review
By: John Thomas
The Songwriting Genius Within You
by Geoffrey Williams
Most songwriting books, and many of them are very good, give you a collection of songwriting patterns and tips for you to use to improve your current songwriting efforts.
However, if you are looking for something different in your goal to become a great songwriter, then
you may wish to investigate this book. The Songwriting Genius Within You by Geoffrey Williams is an analysis of the thinking, both conscious and unconscious, that great songwriters use to create great songs.
Williams describes what he teaches as "creative songwriting" as opposed to what he terms "traditional songwriting." He describes traditional songwriting methods as "developed by simply
observing what a musician was going, and then creating and defining rules that govern the process." He argues, though, that, when songwriting rules were created, it was by analyzing great music; the
rules were not created by the process of creating great music. The problem is that great music was
not created with the analytical mind but from the creative part of the brain.
He goes on to say that "Creative songwriting, and being creative in general, is about learning to
trust the parts of your brain that are unconscious."
Williams argues that the key to accessing your unconscious mind to get great ideas is to develop
the same mindset and use the same beliefs that great songwriters use to access their unconscious
mind. He uses several processes and terminology, heavily borrowed from NeuroLinguistic
Programming (NLP), a "branch" of psychology, to help the reader make
these changes in thinking.
He goes into detail about everything from how you think about music (what he calls Thinking
Modalities), how you process and sort musical "information" that you take in (what he calls
Filters), and the creative process that you use. But he does not throw out the basics that you
have heard emphasized before, such as skill with your instrument and ear training, nor does he
disregard the usefulness of your analytical side in creating great songs. He just tells you when
your analytical side is useful or not useful in songwriting.
As Williams presents his viewpoints, he goes in to great detail so that the reader can get a
thorough grasp on what he is talking about.
For example, he lists six different Thinking Modalities with which someone can “think:”:
1. Auditory (sounds)
2. Auditory Digital (selftalk)
3. Visual (pictures in your mind)
4. Kinesthetic (feelings and impressions)
5. Gustatory (taste)
6. Olfactory (smell)
And for each of these six modalities are remembered remembered modalities and constructed
modalities (creating with your imagination). Williams then goes on to suggest that you can
deliberately induce mild synesthesia (the mixing of modalities in thinking) to enhance your
creativity and open new possibilities that you may not have considered before, and he has exercises
to assist you in this process.
This is just a taste of the amount of information in this book, and, if you are open to trying new
ideas to maximize your creativity, then this may be a book worth investigating. It is, all in all,
an interesting different perspective on the songwriting process.
John Thomas is a songwriter, bass player, and sometimes guitarist living in Macon, Georgia with his beautiful wife and four children.
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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 http://www.musesmuse.com/contests.html &
Please check there regularly for updates!
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REO Songwriters Retreat (July 12-17, 2015): Join songwriters from around the world for a truly amazing week! Nashville #1 hit writers Clay Mills and Marty Dodson lead this years retreat.
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Songwriting Techniques of the Masters (July 22-26, 2015): Interested in learning how to write genuinely great songs—not just “pretty good” songs? Join Wayne Chase, author of How Music Really Works, for an eye-opening song crafting retreat.
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If you want to know the exact songwriting components used in songs people actually want to download and own, this free 4 Part Songwriting Video Series will teach you just that. The videos even come with cheat sheets for you to use as an easy reference next time you’re writing a song. Start watching the FREE songwriting videos (and download your cheat sheets) by clicking here.
UK SONGWRITING CONTEST - Future Music launches new Songwriting Competition!
UK Songwriting Contest: New for 2015, Future Music is launching a UK songwriting contest to find the best songwriters in the UK. The UK songwriting contest will provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to get their music heard and potentially get signed. There is also the opportunity to perform in a Grand Final showcase in London in front of A&R who work for the three major record labels.
So, if you think you’ve got what it takes and want your songwriting heard by music industry professionals, enter the songwriting contest here: www.songwritingcompetitionuk.com
WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE RADIO: PLAYING THE BEST MUSIC BY FEMALE ARTISTS IN ALL GENRES
Women of Substance Radio is an Internet Radio Station (with our own Mobile App) that has been on the air for 7 years. Our review board hand-picks the BEST music by female artists in all genres from both label artists and Indies. New music is added weekly and promoted on Social Media. We also feature videos on our blog daily. WOSRadio is a unique platform for Female Indie Artists to showcase and promote their music to targeted listeners and music buyers.
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SONGWRITER CONNECTION KICKSTARTS YOUR MUSIC CAREER
Songwriter Connect will connect you to established artists near you. We are creating a new platform for songwriters and composers. The main feature will be that we will connect you to established artists near you. We also cater for local, unrecognized singers and bands who are on the lookout for talented and screened songwriters to collaborate on their next project. Register now to be one of the first songwriters on this innovative platform! www.songwriter-connect.com
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Getting great gigs, building your audience and selling more merchandise is exactly what your career is all about. This online course is jam-packed with 12 hours of downloadable audio mp3s and PDF Action Guides. There are 5 modules: Module 1: Tour Goals & Planning Strategies, Module 2: Routing Your Tours, Module 3: Negotiation Techniques & Contracts, Module 4: Working with Presenters, Bookers, Promoters/Advancing the Date, Module 5: Targeting Your Markets for Maximum Audiences. Plus 2 hours of bonus classes, BONUS #1: Website Maximizer-Is you’re your Website Selling You? Learn how. BONUS #2: Copy Writing: How to write fan emails, press releases and other promo copy that get responses. Bonus # 3: Three free Industry Biz Booster Monthly Mentor Interviews. And finally, weekly call-in office hours to talk with former agent, manager, author, creator, Jeri Goldstein directly, about the course and your career. Booking & Touring Success Strategies & Secrets gives you artist-tested, step-by-step strategies to help you reach your career goals and make all of your tours profitable. http://performingbiz.com.
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.
HAVE YOU EVER STRUGGLED TO FIND THE RIGHT CHORD OR NOTE TO FIT SOMEWHERE IN YOUR SONG?
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:
1. The Hookbook demonstrates basic principles of music theory and how they relate to popular music. It's filled with multimedia-rich content explaining musical concepts synchronized to real songs so you can hear what you are learning and make connections easier.
2. The Music Editor lets you write chord progressions in Roman Numeral notation and listen to them in any key. Add a melody, save your work, share it with friends, or export it to Garageband, sheet music, or guitar tab.
3. The Analysis Wiki is a user-generated collection of analyses of popular songs. Look up the chord progression and melody of a song, or use the music editor to create your own analyses.
Check it out now!
Muse's Clues - Richard Miller
©2014-2015 Richard Miller. All Rights Reserved.
Used By Permission
Our spring mini-break was brilliant. After an all too short visit with some friends in Gloucester we hopped in our car for a drive through North Wales and caught the Dublin ferry. Once we got to Dublin the busses were on strike so we walked. As we wandered through the port looking for the exit a friendly security guard pointed out we were going the wrong way, heading towards a dead end and a long walk back. He asked where we were going and, noticing my travel guitar case, asked what instrument I played. It turned out that he was a fiddle player preparing for a gig in Blackpool the following weekend. He told us to hop in and took us right to the door of our hotel.
That evening we went to a surprise birthday party on a ship moored on the Liffey. The following morning we stumbled around Dublin in a self induced fog, hopped the ferry at noon and resumed our drive through Wales reaching Dolgellau (pronounced: dol geth li) in the evening. We spent the next day following the aptly named Precipice Walk and the day after that took a 10 mile hike over a disused rail line that ran alongside the estuary. Weary legged we hobbled into the local supermarket to seek refreshment where, once again, my travel guitar stimulated a conversation. The gentleman stacking shelves turned out to be a guitar player. We wound up chatting for about 20 minutes and it ended with an invitation to an open mic the following evening. Sadly we were off in the morning and couldn’t join. The drive back to England was breathtaking. For three days the mantra in my head was ‘Why hadn’t I come here sooner?’ followed by ‘Well, at least you have now.’ and without a doubt we will be going back sooner rather than later.
What’s all that got to do with songwriting? Not very much I’m afraid. But reflecting back on a few of the interviews from last month’s Songwriters on Process and the importance of finding balance maybe it has. Anyway I thought I’d throw Walking in Snowdonia in as a sort of wild card. You don’t have to go all the way to Wales. There may be something right outside your door.
Walking all day offered the chance for extended meditation which, in turn, brought clarity to my musical direction. With that I went back to BoardReader (see last month) and this time typed in ‘musical inspiration’. This led me to Mudcat. It’ a site dedicated to traditional music and folklore and it’s a site with a difference. In order to join you have to write a letter. It’s not a case of clicking on a few buttons and responding to an email. You have to write. That in itself was intriguing. You don’t have to join to exploit the links and those, based on a short test, look very good.
Even though Mudcat focusses on traditional music it may well have something to offer for everyone. I don’t pretend to be an expert of any form of music or even music in general but what studying I’ve done has revealed crossovers between genres that I never knew existed. There are II-V-I progressions in classical music, jazz incorporates counterpoint while blues and traditional music, in some shape or form, pops up just about everywhere. Musicians have been borrowing, and occasionally stealing, from each other for centuries. Long may it continue.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Richard Miller is a caterpillar who has begun his chrysalis phase. Originally
from Maine, Richard has, via a series of mis-adventures and accidents, worked
as an accountant in the English Midlands, a systems programmer on the South
Coast of England (where he also pursued an illustrious career in rugby) and a
statistical programmer in Belgium. Now he has put all that aside, bought a
house, stripped it back to the brick and started to renovate it from top to bottom
while simultaneously transforming himself from a results oriented automaton
into a winged song writer. You can peak inside the chrysalis
Featured Article - By Brad Dunse
QUICK TIP: Sorry - Not This Month!
Sorry, guys. Brad's emergency has taken a little longer than he intended - but he assures me he'll be back with a great Quick Tip next month. REALLY appreciate your patience!
A performing songwriter, Brad Dunse is member of ASCAP, NSAI, SongU, and Minnesota Association of Songwriters. His songs have been played on various independent, internet, and public radio stations across the country with The Wall touching a major country market station. Interested in song evaluations? Go to Brad's site for more information.
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3 Reasons Why You Struggle To Play Guitar Both Fast And Clean - by Tom Hess
In Part 1 of this article, you learned that mastering your 2 hand synchronization is absolutely crucial to your ability to play guitar both fast and clean. The next logical step is learning why many guitar players struggle to perfectly synchronize their picking and fretting hands.
Here are the 3 biggest reasons why most guitar players don’t improve their 2 hand synchronization and how you can overcome these problems in your own guitar playing.
Making an Emotional Connection + Your Song's Big Idea - by Anthony Ceseri
This video takes a look at the component of your song which makes an emotional connection with your listeners, which is so crucial if you want a song that's more than just a fly-by catchy melody. It also discusses the overall idea for your song, which is what holds your song together. This video is the first of a four part series.
How To Dramatically Improve Your Guitar Playing And Reach Your Musical Goals Fast - by Tom Hess
Are you absolutely positive, beyond any doubt, that the guitar exercises you practice are actually making you a better guitarist? If you aren’t 100% certain you are using the most effective guitar exercises in your practice routine, then you need to take these 5 essential steps to get you back on track towards reaching your musical goals.
How To Quickly Become A Highly Creative Guitarist - by Tom Hess
Do you believe that becoming a creative musician is a matter of being born naturally talented? That is what I used to think. When I was a young guitarist, negative beliefs like this nearly destroyed my dream of becoming a great musician.
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