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Issue 18.6
September 2015

In This Issue:
* Editor's Musings
* Music Reviews - Cyrus Rhodes
* New Artist Spotlight Additions
* Songwriting Book Review - More coming next month!
* Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
* Muse's Clues - Songwriting Web sites that inspire - by adventurer and songwriter, Richard Miller.
* Featured Article: Quick Tip: Breaking Up Is Fun To Do 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 1998-2015 - Jodi Krangle.
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Editor's Musings:

Ahh... Fall. I'm not a big fan of winter, but Fall is MY month. I suspect those of you who have birthdays in the vicinity of Fall feel the same way I do. :) I love to watch the trees change color (one of the benefits of not having sunny warm weather year round - there have to be SOME, after all. ;) ). It's a good time of year. Kids are back to school soon (or already IN school!) too - which will at least provide a little relief for parents who are about going out of their minds by now. :)

Some great articles and some new contests for you to considering entering (LOTS of good stuff in the Musical Notes section!), so once again, I'll keep this short. For those of you that are interested in what I'm up to (I won't be upset if you're not and just want to skip this part. :D ), you probably already know that I have a new CD out. If you've already had a listen, thank you! If not, I hope you will. But my day job is as a voice actor. And one of the things I've just recently completed, is a new TV Promo demo with a well known producer out of L.A. by the name of Chuck Duran (he's a GENIUS when it comes to this stuff!). You can click here to have a listen, in case you're curious.

Ok! On to the raffle winners. :)

The winner this month is:

  • Denise Dimin, from Los Angeles, CA, has won a copy of Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software.
  • Christiann Adams from St. Louis, MO, has won a ZEEDIS, pocket-sized, circular slide rule for finding the notes of chords, scales, modes and also for finding diatonic triads of scales/modes, instantly and easily. Thanks,! What a great tool!

DO YOU WANT TO WIN A RAFFLE PRIZE? You don't get if you don't ask!
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 Fall, folks! I hope you find inspiration around every corner.

All the best,


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Music Reviews:


Cyrus Rhodes

* A. B. Clyde and the Kitty Litters

Artist Spotlights:

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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.

Songwriting Book Review Coming Next Month!

We'll have a new book review for you next month. In the meantime, if you have a book you'd like to see reviewed, please do get in touch with us and we'll talk to you about it. :) Thanks!

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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 50 winners in 10 categories and provides $10,000 in Prizes. Entrants receive written song evaluations from music-industry judges, including publishers, music producers and recording artists. This international event is open to songwriters, lyricists and composers around the world and sponsored by Songwriters Resource Network, a trusted educational resource for songwriters everywhere. Submission deadline is November 20, 2015.
For details, visit:


Kevin Beadles won top honors for his original song "This Might Get Loud." First-Place category winners were Jodee Lewis for "In the End" (Americana/Folk); Ryan Gelber for "Dangerous Mix Of Chemicals" (Adult Contemporary); Paul Pelc for "Magnolia Mae" (Singer-Songwriter); Lauren Brombert for "Once Bitten (Never Enough)" (Rock); Justin Froese & Nancy Montgomery for "Finally Here" (Christian/Gospel); Jason Afable & Paul Stephens for "Just Pretty" (Country); Lou DeAdder & Leo Sullivan for "Aftermath" (Instrumental); Denyse Tontz for "Mr. Hipster" (Pop); Debra Gussin & Don Grady for "Don't React" (Special Category Music); Cody Qualls for "Focus On Your Rap Game" (HipHop/R&B) and Martin Robley for "Ships" (Lyric Writing).

You can hear these winning songs on the Great American Song Hall Of Fame at:


The Tipperary International Song of Peace Contest will take place in Tipperary Town, Ireland during October 2015. The Contest is now open for the acceptance of entries. So what kind of song is Tipperary Peace Convention looking for? Well a song of Peace, Love and Harmony, about people, places or things, in fact anything that one feels constitutes a 'Sense of Peace'. The organizers are most anxious that the contest embraces all musical tastes so all genre of music is welcome. Entries must be submitted on a compact disc with one copy of the type-written lyric. The entry fee is €25(euro) or equivalent amount in your own currency. The closing date for entries is September 14th, 2015. From the entries received, 10 songs will be chosen to compete 'live' in the Grand Final in Tipperary Town, Ireland in October 2015.

The winning song will receive a cheque for €1,500 (euro) and a specially commissioned Crystal Award. Entry Forms are now available from the Contest Secretary, Martin Quinn at Telephone enquiries to: 00353 87 6101628.


The DSA 2015 Song Contest is one of the longest running international song contests for amateur songwriters. Offering over $5,000 in cash and prizes this year, the DSA has EIGHT categories in all: Country, Pop/Rock/RandB/Alternative, Americana/Folk/Bluegrass, Christian/Inspirational, Love Songs/Easy Listening, Children's/Novelty, Singer-Songwriter and Instrumental. See Contest Rules for eligibility. Now accepting Submissions 7/1/31 through 9/30/2015. Click here for more info about this contest, and for more information about joining DSA (membership not required to enter contest). Click here


The Scugog Council for the Arts is looking for 3 Songs in any musical genre that will show us what you love and enjoy about Scugog, Port Perry and environs. There is no fee to enter. Each winner will debut their song at the 6th Annual Mayor's Gala for the Arts on Tuesday November 5, 2015. So if you cannot attend the Gala, please don't enter. Each of the three winners will receive $500. For more details and THE RULES please go to then click on Entry Form and Rules here


Welcome to The Global Songwriting Contest, an annual international competition for musicians of all ages. Unlike other songwriting competitions, GSC is limited to only 1,000 entries, allowing you better odds of winning than any other contest. With an entry fee of only $25.00 per song, it is also the most affordable of its kind. GSC is open to amateur and professional songwriters of all ages around the globe. Realizing that the music business is very difficult to break into, our prizes are cash awards. The First prize is $10,000.00.

Our song contest will be ongoing; as soon as one ends we start another. Because entries are limited per contest, we expect to have several rounds of competitions per year, therefore awarding thousands of dollars to winners. Entries will be judged on originality, composition, melody, and lyrics (when applicable). Your songs may be entered in 12 of our categories.

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The 12th 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:


A maximum of 20 songwriters will gather again on the beautiful Aran island of Inisheer, County Galway, for a week of 'Community Through Co-Writing' - with writers signed up thus far from Canada, Denmark, Germany, Portugal and Sweden. Particpants will co-write with a new partner daily, exploring varied approached to the writing process meant to expand their craft - with a focus on 'tools, not rules'.

Over 1000 songwriters from more than 20 countries have participated in Listening Rooms since 2002, from established pros seeking new inspiration to those just starting out - with numerous participants going on to tour, record and release songs in several countries as a direct result of the relationships established in these special weeks.

The Ireland week is priced at 875 Euros ($975. at current exchange rates), inclusive of workshops, housing, meals, two concerts and local transport to and from the island via Galway. Additional savings are possible through the Retreat Referral Program, where writers who successfully encourage new participants to attend receive an additional 75€. off the event price, and monthly, interest free payments are also available in order to help make participation a reality.

Further information is available at or by writing directly to retreats founder/leader Brett Perkins:

"As a professional songwriter for over 25 years I have participated in, and facilitated, many writing workshops. It's my pleasure to attest that the Listening Room retreat I attended was the most enjoyable and productive of them all."Tom Kimmel (Johnny Cash. Shawn Colvin, Joe Cocker)


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Muse's Clues - Richard Miller

©2014-2015 Richard Miller. All Rights Reserved.
Used By Permission

A Tentative Step Towards The New World

Last month one feature was MixLuv and the article ended with a promise to follow up the initial piece with a report on using the site itself.  In amongst all the other clutter of life, work and building my studio the first tentative steps have been taken.  A colleague of mine at work has been asked to sing a song at a wedding and she asked me to work on the arrangement with her.  It’s a Stevie Wonder song and we started rehearsing lunchtimes beside the Seine in Paris.  (No, I’m not making that up.)

Now I’m essentially a country bumpkin and was finding it difficult to get the right feel in the rhythm.  The project needed a bass player at least and it occurred to me this could make a good pilot project for a collaboration.  To that effect I uploaded a scratch track of me on guitar, some software on drums and asked for help.  Very shortly afterwards an offer came through.  However the project has stalled for the moment.  The irony is that even though we are in close contact with each other it’s been a bit of a struggle getting the singer to participate.  Despite her being young enough to be my grand daughter, and quite a lovely individual, she lacks a bit of savvy on exploiting the technological tools of today.  Something that comes as a bit of a surprise to an old fossil like me.  Nevertheless the project is bumping along and I’m hoping for further progress this weekend.

On top of that I trawled through some of the projects currently looking for help as well as the artists registered on the site.  I found one project that sparked my interest as a writer and an artist that sounded like a kindred spirit so I fired off a couple of messages to initiate contact.  Unfortunately when I tried to log in this morning to check for responses all I got was a ‘502 Bad Gateway’ message.  The site seems to be down.  I expect that is a temporary glitch and will be corrected soon.

The MixLuv experience touched off my curiosity so I wandered off searching for more musical collaboration sites.  There appear to be quite a few but the one that best caught my eye was FindMySong.  Unfortunately I came across this site perilously close to the deadline for delivering this month’s article so haven’t had enough time to develop the user experience but, like last month, the intention is to dig into it in the following weeks and report back.

Finally, and slightly off subject, I wanted to mention the site Rhythmix.  It’s a musical charity that focusses on helping young folks develop through music.  Although there doesn’t appear to be much on the surface for an old relic like me it is useful for inspiration and generating ideas towards building a profile as a community musician, something I do find interesting, as well as possible guerrilla marketing techniques.  In the early hours of this morning I’d thought I’d invented that phrase.  Obviously I haven’t.


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 at:

Featured Article - By Brad Dunse

QUICK TIP: Breaking Up Is Fun To Do

Recently, I was spending time with my dad. We decided to get a bucket of chicken from KFC. For those of you old enough to remember, KFC stands for Kentucky Fried Chicken.

KFC was founded by Colonel Sanders, an elderly gent fed up with living out of his car trying to peddle his recipe to nose thumbing restaurant owners, and surviving on Social Security.

I was showing my dad some of the Colonel’s bloopers from radio and TV ads, and that’s where I noticed a songwriting bit.

They hide everywhere!

The colonel was reading off his queue card, fumbling, stumbling, and getting a bit mixed up. Sometimes he’d join sentences together like the below:

“…and yet it’s every bit as good you see. I’ve found a way to cook chicken down deep…”

But the line was supposed to be…

“…and yet it’s every bit as good. You see, I’ve found a way to cook chicken down deep…”

So what can Colonel Sanders’s bloopers teach us about songwriting?

Well, making sure our lyrics don’t ramble into each other without a distinction between them is one thing,

But, what the good Colonel showed for this month’s tip was more about breaking up the line. Unlike the old 60’s song “Breaking up Is Hard to Do,” it’s not only easy, it’s fun. As you play with them, you develop different rhythms from the words.

It’s a great way to get out of the same old ruts when grooving out a new tune.

Let’s try it, okay?

Let’s make up a line. I’ll use the one below. You can either use it as well, or make up your own.

We’ll use:

“Let’s take some time before we say goodnight.”

So, what can we do with this line?

I recommend getting out your metronome or some sort of drum loop. You can listen to a 110 BPM here.

Now, just by feel of the beat, let’s play with the words. I’ll put a dash (-) between words which we’ll run together fairly fast and an asterisk (*) between the words we want a beat to separate them. I’ll also capitalize the area which gets the bass drum beat to help get the feel. The snare is the backbeat.

As you play with the words, you might find you need to jump the beat a half step, which is a cool rhythmic technique in its own right. Here we go…

LET’S* TAKE* some-TIME* beFORE-we-say-goodNIGHT

Did you get the feel of the rhythm on that line? If not, try again. I could have put emphasis on SOME-time, but we don’t want people to hear the word “sometime.”

Here’s another…

Let’s-TAKE* some-TIME* beFORE-we-say-goodNIGHT

Here’s another with a little skip in it…

Let’s-TAKE-some * TIME- before-we * say-goodNIGHT

Are you starting to catch on how breaking up lines in phrases can help change the way a line is sung?

You can do similar by holding out certain words over a beat. Something like…

Let’s-TAKE-some * TIME- before-we * saaaaaaaaaaaaaay-goodNIGHT

An 80’s song, Too Shy by Kajagoogoo did a little breaking up of words in the chorus with the “Too shy too shy, hush hush I to eye,” routine.

Michael Jackson was really good at not only grouping lyrics in a rhythm, but he was nearly always identical in word rhythm from verse to verse. I believe that was a major contributor to the catchiness of his songs like Beat It.

Working on a lyric? How about playing with different groupings or singling out words for a beat, and just having fun trying different ways to sing them between the beats?

Until next time…

Keep writing from the heart!


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.


How To Make Your Legato Guitar Technique Clean & Articulate - by Tom Hess

Is your legato technique in need of some serious improvement, but you’re not sure how to go about it? Fortunately, you don’t need to search for any special exercises to do this - you must simply use the best practicing methods for developing the technique, just like all the great players do. By doing this, the quality of your legato playing will quickly skyrocket.  


The Biggest Reason Great Guitarists Are Great And Mediocre Guitarists Are Not - by Tom Hess

Have you ever asked yourself what the single biggest thing that separates the best guitarists in the world from every other mediocre guitar player is? I’ll give you a hint: it has nothing to do with how much time you spend practicing.


How To Write a Memorable Melody: When in Doubt, Make No Sense
- by Anthony Ceseri

Your music has to be marketable if your goal is to get it heard by the masses.  There are a lot of standard tools you can use to help increase the marketability of your music, but here I want to talk about a pretty simple one you can get started with right away.


Why You Struggle To Express Emotions On Guitar - by Tom Hess

Ever felt like expressing true passion and emotion with guitar is an ability you must have been born with or you’ve better forget about it?

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