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Issue 2.3 - June 1999
ISSN 1480-6975

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I n   T h i s   I s s u e :

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Q&A with Nancy A. Reece from Carpe Diem Copyright Management
@-- Music Reviews - by Ben Ohmart
@-- Featured Article - TIPS ON PROMOTING YOUR MUSIC 
    by Mark Kastle of
@-- Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
@-- Online Radio Station in Profile: An in-depth interview with
    Travis E. Towle, CEO/President & founder of both &
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

Hi there, everyone.  As always, things are hoppin' around here!  

As a reminder, Ben Ohmart is happy to review your CD if you'd
like to send it to him for a listen.  Drop by for more info.

Nancy A Reece is also happy to answer your publishing and
copyright questions. Drop by
for details.

And I hope you'll all help me welcome radio personality, producer
and songwriter, Mary Dawson as our newest columnist.  Her section
can be found at and its
theme is "advice for the independent songwriter". Mary has been
in the business a long time and she knows what she's talking
about.  Why not try asking her a question or two?  There's a
great article in her section at the moment that's well worth
reading, too.  And if you're interested in hearing Mary's radio
show, "I Write The Songs", that can be found on Lyrical Line
( in real audio format.

If you feel you have a certain area of expertise and you'd like
to become a columnist with your own section on The Muse's Muse,
please do feel free to contact me so that we can discuss it, ok?
I mention this every newsletter, but it's absolutely true:  I
always love contributions from you guys.  You're what keeps
everything going and hopefully by being involved, The Muse's Muse
and it's newsletter become more relevant to you.  Thanks to all
of you that participate!

Additions and Changes to The Muse's Muse:
There's been a new addition to the first page of the site:
a new search box for a list service called "Topica"
( has been added.  This is a great list mail
service - and it's FREE! (Gotta love that.)  The search box there
will allow you to search for mail lists on any topic of your
choosing - or start one of your own.  Mail lists are a great way
to keep up on "news" of just about any kind and share opinions
with others interested in the same thing.

There have also been some navigation changes to The Muse's Muse.
You can still go anywhere you want to go immediately if you use
the pulldown menu found on every page on the left-hand side.  But
I've split the site into different sections - which I describe
and link to along the left-hand side of every page.  That sidebar
was just getting *awfully* cluttered and it was time to do
something about it.  Too much stuff to link to. My sidebar was
becoming larger than most of the content of the site!  You *know*
there's a problem when that happens.  So hopefully, things are a
little more pleasing to the eye and you're not having any problem
getting around.  If any of you have suggestions for navigation
improvements, however, feel free to e-mail me and let me know.
I'm always open to suggestions.
This month's "Profile" section is ... well... a bit different. :)
If you'd like more of that sort of thing - real audio interviews
- please do let me know.  I'll see what I can do to accomodate.

Jeff Mallett has provided a *wonderful* "Muse's Clues" article
about songwriting organization newsletters that many of you will
find incredibly useful.  Also, there's a new Pat Pattison article
up on The Muse's News that is well worth taking the time to read.

And this month's winner of Jerry Cupit's NASHVILLE SONGWRITING is
Patrice Nicole Worthy. Congratulations, Patrice!  Next month's
book give-away will be a copy of CONFESSIONS OF A RECORD PRODUCER
by Moses Avalon.  It's definitely an eye-opener, folks!  If
you've ever wanted a record contract, this is something you
should read first - to at least prepare yourself for what to
expect in the future.  Read next month's issue to see a more
detailed review of the book. Meanwhile, if you just can't wait,
you'll find the book on The Muse's Muse in the book store at . 

Wow.  These Musings are getting longer all the time.  Sorry
about that, folks.  Ah well.  Onward we go...

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  C O P Y R I G H T   &   P U B L I S H I N G   Q & A :
   with Nancy A. Reece of Carpe Diem Copyright Management

My brother and I have would like suggestions from other
songwriters on how you handle co-writing songs, as far as
copyrights, etc. We have co-written several songs, and have also
written songs alone. The question we have is concerning songs
that one person does 95%+- of a song, and the other person helps
with a few words, line, etc. Although right now we are putting
both names on all the songs we work on together, we want to
establish an agreement before we continue, to save us from hurt
feelings down the road. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
-- PCross 

The legal assumption is that the splits are even unless otherwise
indicated in writing. If there are two writers, then it's a 50-50
deal, and so on. If you are sharing writer credit on copyright
notice, that is what you are communicating legally as well. 

If you want to be sure that the splits are fair, the only way to
do that is to talk about it right from the beginning. There are
some writers who will not court at all unless they get 50%, no
matter what the influence. Again, this is a matter of leverage. 

You can split it down to portions of decimal points, there is no
rule to that. It makes for an administrative headache, but there
is no rule against it. 

Communicating from the inception of the composition is the most
important thing. And remember, unless it is noted in writing
as being something different, the splits are even. Don't just go
with a "verbal understanding" on these things. When the
registration is filed or the clearance form is filled, the splits
written down should have already been discussed.


Carpe Diem's owner and president, Nancy A. Reece has been
involved in the music business since 1983. She was the president
of an independent advertising agency for eight years as well as a
successful personal artist manager for nine years. She
represented the careers of several recording artists and
songwriters including those with EMI, Zomba and Liberty Records
as well as Benson, Starsong, WoodBridge, Temple Hall and  N'Soul
Records. She also represented, for a number of years, a Grammy
and Dove nominated record producer. Reece has won awards of
excellence in print magazine advertising and has been named as
one of 2,000 Notable American Women (1995) as well as being
listed in the International Who's Who of Professional and
Business Women (1993). She was also named Cashbox Magazine's
Promoter of the Year (1989).

**If you would like to ask Nancy a copyright or publishing
question for our continuing Q&A section, please send your e-mail
to She can't guarantee she'll get to all of
the questions, but she'll certainly try.**

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M U S I C   R E V I E W S :  by Ben Ohmart

Eric Salazar - Penitence
Eric Salazar - Voluptuous

For those of you who think life is a movie, this guy's stuff is
for you. If you play "Penitence" in the car, you'll swear you're
being followed. You will keep looking in the mirror; you will get
a phone call on your cell phone from a stranger; you will find a
strange, mysterious package under your seat which will contain a
hand or a death threat regarding the secret lover you thought no
one knew about. Eerie, huh?

Frankly, this guy must be the unplanted seed that will soon
become a superstar. He says he's only 24, but how does he know
how to make all this music already?? Okay, granted, there is a
lot of looping going on here, but the trick is - you can't really
TELL that. Plus, Eric makes every 4 bars interesting. If you like
Tangerine Dream - and I do very much - you're going to go bald
over this guy's techniques and continuously smooth and fast

He sent me 2 approx. 20 minute cdrs to check out. God, I hate
teasers. It's fine if the stuff is crap, but if you begin to find
yourself playing the music over and over again, you start to wish
there were 60 minutes per disc. This has happened to me, folks.
Seriously, I'm playing this stuff while working on my new
screenplay. Because there's nothing better for the mood, baby. 

Palace Records
400 Garfield St. 
Denver, CO 80206

Michael Man'gia:'gia.html
Tony Irvine:


Ben Ohmart has had 100s of stories and poems in zines and
journals, and had 4 plays produced last year. His lyrics will be
on 2 CDs this year, 1 a gothic album, the other a rock album.
He's currently writing films, with hopes of having one done in
Malaysia soon, and is also trying to break into the prison of
television. He's white, 26, single and loves British comedy. He
lives in Boalsburg, PA, and enjoys watching rabbits eat his
garbage. Contact him at: .

**Ben has kindly consented to do music reviews for this
publication and also for The Muse's Muse itself.  If you have an
independently released CD or tape that you'd like to get
reviewed, send it off to: Ben Ohmart, P O Box 750, Boalsburg, PA
16827 or drop by his Music Reviews web section at for more details.**

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F e a t u r e d   A r t i c l e : 


I am constantly amazed by the number of people who ask the
question, "What are you going to do to make me famous?" This is
one person's job...It is the responsibility of the artist alone.
This is a tough business, but not an impossible one. So be
ready to spend all your time practicing and promoting. Unless you
are lucky enough to be 'discovered' you must find every way
possible to let the public know you have something for them.
So what does this mean? It means sending out letters, email,
links, finding outlets for your CD, and then letting everyone you
know to check out your site or page on a site, and ask them to
tell a couple friends to check it out.

Start an email list: Companies like ListBot limit spamming and
capturing of your mail lists, and make it easy to send out a
blanket email to everyone at once. This method will save you
time, and make it easy to track your fans.  

Send out your CDs: I was approached by a woman who wanted me to
send her money up front before she wanted to submit her CD. When
I explained that I did not know if I wanted to carry her CD yet,
she replied, " Then why should I waste my money?" If you are not
willing to gamble a few bucks by sending out CDs to music sites,
and to college and Indie stations, how will anybody know where to
buy your CD? Or for that matter, know you have a CD for sale in
the first place?

Join organizations: There are some great organizations out there
to help you find out who is looking for what, and where you can
get help if you are willing to do the work. Such organizations
include: 1.   This organization has put me in touch
with more than one artist who is now listed  on my site. They
provide bulletin boards and links for all their members. 2. They can help you find gigs, musicians, or????
3. AOL 's music and musician's forum  4. Musesmuse  A great
publication with a wonderful creator (how is that for a shameless

Music Sites: There are many places out there that can carry your
CD for you. Some of those are: 1. - This is my
site...we offer marketing and sales for Independent releases
only, as well as people who specialize in song placement for TV
and Film 2. - They have been around for a while, and I
am not sure if they are still charging a posting fee. 3. - They have recently created a section for Indie
releases, but offer very little control to the Artist. 4. CDnow -
They too sell Indie releases, and the control over pricing, etc.,
is limited, but good exposure.

The last bit of info I can pass along is this...No one knows all
the answers.  Don't be afraid to be creative in marketing. No one
knows for sure what won't work, so don't be lazy, and go get 'em!
If you have any questions for me or, feel free to
contact me at

Mark Kastle runs, a site dedicated to the Indie
artist, and has been associated with the industry for 30 years. 		

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M u s i c a l   N o t e s : Songwriting Contests & Market Info.

In the interest of conserving space, I will only be including
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!
For the third year in a row, NashCamp has a stunning lineup of
instructors for Songwriting Week, June 15 - 19, 1999. They
include John Jarrard, Danny Arena and Sara Light
(, Rick Carnes, Casey Kelly,
Maypop Music Group's Eddie Tidwell and Sony/Tree's John Van

NashCamp offers you an opportunity to network in the songwriting
industry at a retreat in the beautiful hills of Tennessee. There
is an emphasis on the world of commercial writing and every
effort is made to have your song heard and critiqued by someone
deeply involved in the "Nashville machinery". Get an eclectic mix
of seminars on melody and lyrics, publishing, business ethics,
the art of co-writing and of course, nights are filled with
concerts and campfires. 0 includes all classes, room and board
in Bed & Breakfast style deluxe accommodations featuring three
great meals a day catered by the Mad Platter Restaurant of
Nashville. The camper concert will be at the world famous
Bluebird Cafe on June 18. 

Check out the website at
We hope to see you for a great week of music in June.

Cynthia Sinclair, NashCamp Director
Barbara Lamb, NashCamp Director
1-888-798-5012 FAX: 615-952-4040
PO Box 90031, Nashville, TN 37209
Sunday June 6th. at 8:00 pm 
at the Tranzac club 292 Brunswick Ave. Toronto 
Tickets at the door addmission :00 
Live performaces and Live recording featuring: 
Ron Nigrini, Nancy White, Tim Harrison, Rick Fielding and Curly
Boy Stubbs, Jory Nash, Glen Hornblast, Chris Whitely, Tom
leighton, Dyan Maracle, Wayne Marshall Karen Linsley, Peter
Mathieson, Anne De-villers, Jim layeux, Uncritical Mass, It Ain't
Pretty, Mariann girard-danaan with hosts Holmes Hooke, clkn's
Joel Wortzman, and Francois Regis Klanfer 
August 12-14, 1999 
Trish Gale Productions 
144 W. Brigham Rd. #4-143 St. George, Utah 84790 
435-673-1437 Fax: 435-674-2608 ~ 
* Paul Reisler ("Trapezoid" and "Rocky Mtn Songschool instructor) 
* Steve Seskin (Nashville Songwriter..."Life's A Dance"..Don't
Laugh at Me", etc) 
* Pat Pattison (Berklee Collebe of Music Instructor) 
* Chris Rosser (University of Miami School of Music,
* Kate MacLeod ("Shanahay", singer-songwriter)

Pre register by July 5 5 (after July 5 0) 
(We're close to Zion, Bryce, Cedar Breaks and Grand Canyon Natl.
Created By Songwriters...For Songwriters. Over ,000 in Cash
and Prizes! The Unisong International Song Contest is a fantastic
opportunity for songwriters and writer/artists around the world
to have their songs heard, their careers enhanced and to make a
direct contribution back to the songwriting community and other
good causes via Unisong's donations to various organizations, all
at the same time.

Unisong is again offering a Grand Prize that is not awarded by
any other songwriting competition. The Grand Prize Winner will
participate in the latest Music Bridges songwriting collaboration
event to take place in Australia. At the Unisong website you can
read the journal kept by Ruth Merry, 1998 Unisong Grand Prize
Winner, while she participated in the "Music Bridges...Over
Troubled Waters" project in Havana, Cuba. 

Other prizes include 00 USD to each of the 11 category
winners, a track on Film Music magazine's Film & Television Music
Compilation CD program (50 value), Pignose Legendary
Amplifiers, songwriter magazine subscriptions, TAXI memberships
and much more! 

Entry deadline is October 15, 1999. Enter before August 1st to
take advantage of our early bird entry fees. 

For more information (including an entry form), visit the Unisong
website at:
Whether your style of music is pop, rock, country, jazz, gospel,
Latin, or blues, the 9th Annual Billboard Song Contest could
offer you unparalleled professional exposure... among some of the
music industry's most influential names. 

Winning songs will be presented to top industry professionals! 
(Our judging report will tell you how your song performed with
tips on structure and content.) A new feature for the 9th
Billboard Song Contest is a personal song evaluation for each
song entered. At least two evaluations will be given and averaged
into one report for each song judged. In addition to personal
judging scores, a list of suggestions will be offered on song
structure and composition. 

Our professional songwriting and music industry judges will be
considering your music on the basis of originality, lyrics,
melody, composition and commercial appeal, so you don't need to
book studio time to produce your entry. Although production does
make the song prettier, production values do not count. A
homemade "track" is fine. Don't worry if you're not a great
singer - after all, it's a songwriting contest! 

If you've averaged less than ,000 per year total royalties
earned from music since 1992 (including prize winnings from
previous song contests), you're eligible to enter. Here's how a
star could be born! Enter your original song(s) in any of these
categories: Country, Pop, Rock/Alternative, Contemporary
Christian/Traditional Gospel, Latin, Jazz or R&B/Blues.

Visit or call
(405) 523-4814 for more details.

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W o r l d W i d e   R a d i o   I n   P r o f i l e :  

This month's "profile" is a special treat.  A while back, I
passed on some questions to Travis E. Towle, CEO/President &
Founder of both &  

He had his Vice President at Worldwide Radio, Matt Knight, ask
him those questions on tape, then recorded his answers and made
this very special interview for people to listen to using
RealAudio. (You'll need a 28.8 modem connection and RealAudio
5.0) At the beginning of the interview, is a short introduction
by me that he was generous enough to include.

The questions I asked him had a lot to do with what Worldwide
Radio could offer to independent musicians and many of you might
find his answers interesting.  In any case, it'll be a rare
glimpse into the making and administration behind this very
popular online radio station.

The interview can be listened to by clicking on the link below:


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M u s e ' s   C l u e s : Web Site Reviews by Jeff Mallett


Every songwriters organization I've ever been a member of has had
a newsletter, whether it was a few type-written sheets or a slick
magazine.  Since there are quite a number of songwriters
organizations coming online these days, we are seeing more and
more member newsletters (or at least newsletter snippets)
available for free on the web.  Many of these newsletters have
general articles about songwriting and performing.  So, if you're
in the mood for an hour (or two) of reading, here are some

The Alaska Performing Songwriters Group (ASPG) Newsletter
Great little articles on the jingle business, microphones,
creating a mailing list,...

The Collective Ear (The Chicago Songwriters Collective)  (PDF format)
Lots of stuff here.  Five issues in their full lay-out.

Island Songwriters Showcase Newsletters
Four issues.  Read about sending CDs to college radio stations.

National Academy of Songwriters Musepaper
Articles from two issues online.

NUTS & BOLTS (Virginia Organization of Composers and Lyricists)
Click on "Articles" from the left-hand menu!!

Songwriters Notes (The San Diego Songwriters Guild Newsletter)  (PDF format)
Strong Titles, Stronger Songs

Want more?  You might also take a look at these organization
newsletters for happenings in your local area:

Northern California Songwriters Association Newsletter & Events
An excellent listing of all kinds of current songwriter events
going on in the CA bay area!

Noteworthy News (Songwriters & Poets Critique) (Ohio)
Just organization news.

Quarter Notes (Indianopolis Songwriters Association)  (MSWord,
zipped) A little extra work to view these.

SCALA (Songwriters, Composers and Lyricists Association) News (S. 
A couple partial issues online.

Songwriters Association of Nova Scotia Newsletter
Ack!  How do I get rid of all these annoying GeoCities ad


Jeff Mallett is the man behind LYRICIST.COM, an extensive, "no
ads" website devoted to helping songwriters find and learn what
they need to know about songwriting. Jeff writes, plays, and
sings his songs from the bay area of California.

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    " O N   S I T E "   F E A T U R E D   A R T I C L E :

by Pat Pattison ~

This enlightening article explains why it's a good idea to have
your rhyming and rhythm scheme follow your song's subject - and
gives you tips on how to do it too!

Pat has contributed quite a lot to The Muse's Muse over the years
and I'd like to express my gratitude to him for all the time and
energy he's donated to help make songwriters better at what they
do. Pat joined us at the Songwriting Lounge
( on May 17th as our guest
speaker and a log of the event can be viewed by visiting 

Thanks, Pat.

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