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Issue 2.8 - November 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
    - by Molly-Ann Leikin, Creativity Consultant
@-- Book Review - by Jodi Krangle
@-- Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
@-- Muse's Clues - by Irene Jackson 
@-- Column Profiles on The Muse's Muse - There are many great
    columnist sections on The Muse's Muse that you might find
    extremely useful.  Here's an outline of what each one has to
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

This month, I thought I would try something a bit different.
While I'm still working on some fantastic "Songwriter In Profile"
interviews, none of them are quite ready to be posted anywhere
just yet.  So, with an obvious gap in the newsletter, I thought
I'd try focussing on some of the great columnist sections that
are fleshing themselves out on The Muse's Muse.  Where the
"Songwriter In Profile" can usually be found, I've instead opted
to include a short write-up on each column and the writer of that
column along with what can be read within their sections. I hope
you'll find this useful and I also hope that you'll take the time
to write to the various columnists in order to take advantage of
the huge store of knowledge they all have.  Ask them questions!
(or in the case of the music reviews section, send Ben music!)
That's what they're here for. :)  Your questions and the answers
to them will be posted - and that will most certainly help other
songwriters who might be in the same situation as you.

As always, there's lots going on around the web site and I invite
you to have a look at for
details on that.

This month's winner of Jeri Goldstein's book, HOW TO BE YOUR OWN
BOOKING AGENT is Rene Zabel from Herndon, Va.  Congratulations,
Rene!  More info on next month's give-away is detailed below in
the book review section and a full review of Jeri's book can be
found there too. 

And last but not least, if you like what you're reading, I invite
you to spread the word about this newsletter.  Feel free to let
your friends read it.  Hopefully, they'll find it useful.  If
they like what they see, maybe they'll even subscribe. :)

Best of luck to everyone!  Keep writing - and do tell me about
your successes.  If you have suggestions for the newsletter or
web site, feel free to e-mail me ( and let
me know.

Take care!

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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 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Hi, Nancy! I recently collaborated on several tunes with a singer I work with. On 2 of the songs, he wrote the lyrics and melody, and I came up with the chord changes, feel, etc.- i.e., I did the instrumental tracks. We're discussing how to do the "split" for these songs. A "well-informed source" said that my role on these tunes was not as a co-composer, but only an arranger. I contended that the chord changes to a song are part of the composition, and suggested that perhaps I should get 1/3. The source said that usually only the melody and lyrics are considered the composition, and the chords are part of the arrangement, so I should get an arranging fee and not be on the copyright for these songs. What do you think? Thanks for your input. --Dan Good morning Daniel - Yes - usually the composition is split melody/lyric. However, if the person you collaborated with and you both agree that your arrangements contribute to the melody and arrive at a mutually agreed percentage split, then that is all that matters. Remember, an "agreement" means that all parties agree. You may not get a 50/50 split but a 10/90 sounds fair on the compositions. Whoever paid for the sound recordings owns all rights to the sound recordings, unless agreed otherwise in writing. Nancy ----------------- This is probably your most often received question, so I apologize ahead of time for the redundancy. I am very ignorant about the world of copyrighting and am wondering if you can direct me as to how to copyright my first song. I am wondering things like where I can get the forms, if I need only to send a tape or if I should include lyrics and so forth. Any help is much appreciated. Sincerely, --Brian H. Check out this link: and select the Circular 50. This will tell you all you need to know about registration. Let me know if you have further questions after looking at this. Happy to help! Nancy ***** 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.** Back to Menu
================================================================= M u s i c R e v i e w s : by Ben Ohmart -----------------------------------------------------------------
DB - Smoothe I have listened to this cd several times now. Not out of some psychotic desire to really plunge the depths of detail to give these guys an intense, intelligent review. But because I really like listening to it. It's 68 minutes long, which means you get a lot of instrumental for your buck. Guitar and keyboards. Each with the strength of 10 men. Well, each with equal strength. It's hard to pick your favorite performer here since they are both giving their all, presenting original music in an interesting way. David Dilorio takes care of the keys and all the programming which keeps the beats coming and the bass lucid. Then there's Brian Palmer's magic acoustic fingers that spice up your Latino dishes and make your salad wild. The second song 'Toucans' really shows what these two can do together. But that's all I'm going to say. Because you need to buy the album and hear for yourself. Like instrumentals? You'll like these guys I'm sure. Don't waste your time reading all this crap. These are words - they aren't alive! Check out the keys and the guitar, then finish reading here if you must. OTHER NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE: Georgette Dashiell - Chris Lonsberry - Moses Guest - Genie Webster - The Tonewelders - Weed Inc. - --------------- ****** 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.** Back to Menu
================================================================= F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : SIX EASY STEPS TO WRITING HIT LYRICS - by Molly-Ann Leikin, Creativity Consultant ----------------------------------------------------------------- Many of my clients find that melodies pour out of them like beer from a tap - but they get stuck on lyrics. I've thought about this for many years, and feel I finally understand why. I also know how to fix it. First, melodies are open to interpretation - so when you write one, what you feel or intend is still safe in your heart - you do not have to reveal yourself or stand completely naked in front of the world. But once you put words to a tune, your feelings are totally out in the open. Everyone knows what's in your heart. Therefore, it's very inhibiting to write lyrics. But here is a process I use with my clients to make lyric writing simple for them. There are six steps. I suggest you use all of them. Cutting corners is usually why a lyric doesn't work. Let's assume, for this assignment only, that you have a melody but no idea of what to say in the lyric. In a future column, I'll gladly give you pointers on how to start a lyric if there isn't any music in your head. But for now, you have a melody. STEP l. Play the melody you wrote, or choose one from the radio, writing non-rhyming prose as it plays. Let your words be a stream-of-conscious exercise to warm up your imagination. No rhymes. No logic. No continuity. All whimsy. Completely imaginative. Totally visual. Silly. Playful. "A tooth farmer from Fluffy, South Apricot, dug through Exxon's banana shoe section for kangaroo lingerie, after the De La Hoya/Trinidad wrist watch from Western Tire Cough Drops slid unnoticed into ..." STEP 2. Now we have you thinking and writing a little freer. Good. Let's close in a smidge. For step two, please write a silly, visual, non-rhyming lyric to the melody you've chosen. Fill it with ridiculous pictures, as I did in Step one. Don't be logical, don't make it make sense. Every line can be about something different. In this draft, try to keep yourself totally playful, and keep all the rhymes OUT. Here's an example, using the chorus of "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing" - A lizard in algebra Pigs on the 405 Bake chihuahuas Serving footballs to Lindsay D STEP 3. Write an uncensored list of silly, visual titles that fit with the title line of your melody. Try to get twenty or thirty outrageous possibilities on your list. Don't write anything you've heard before, okay? Let 'em roll - don't say "Oh, that's dumb". Come on. Let 'em roll. You might find one of your ridiculous titles could actually be a real title. "I love you" is fine. But Jewel's "Swallow the Moon" is sensational. A great title will write the whole song for you. A mediocre one will leave you stranded in line two. STEP 4. Based on the title you've chosen, write the STORY of your song, in prose. Maybe writing it as a letter would be easier for you. If any words come out rhyming, change them so they don't. That way, you'll be able to express yourself with complete freedom - no constraints for rhyme or meter. When you finish this step, you'll know the beginning, the middle and the end of your story before you begin the lyric. You'll also be able to see if you have enough story to fill a whole song, so you won't get stuck half-way through with nowhere to go. In this step, you'll also be able to tell everything that happened - without worrying that you don't have enough room or time to include the whole saga. Tell the story - in as much detail as you want. Chances are you've never had this much freedom before as a story-teller in a song because lyrics are very spare, every syllable is critical and the lyric has to bow to the demands of the melody. So enjoy the freedom you have here to tell all, without worrying about time rhyme or syllables. STEP 5. Using your story, write a non-rhyming lyric to the melody you've chosen. Remember - no rhymes. STEP 6. Now write the final lyric, with the story and the rhymes. I suggest you try these six steps. Not four. Not two. Six. My clients who do all of them, get great results. The ones who don't are still claiming they can't write lyrics. Just remember - writing is a process. The inspiration draft is just the first one - one of many - not the final product. Have fun, good luck and let me know how you do, okay? I'm at (C) 1999 Molly-Ann Leikin ****** Molly-Ann Leikin is a creativity consultant in Calfornia. She is the author of "How To Write A Hit Song" and "How To Make A Good Song A Hit Song". Molly wrote the national jingle for Ivy Mackenzie's "International Solutions" 1999 campaign, has several gold and platinum records, was a staffwriter for ten years, has an Emmy nomination, wrote themes and songs for 34 t.v. shows and movies, including "Eight is Enough" and "Violet", that won an Oscar. You can find her at her website, Songwriting Consultants, Ltd. and by e mail . Back to Menu ================================================================= B o o k R e v i e w : by Jodi Krangle HOW TO BE YOUR OWN BOOKING AGENT by Jeri Goldstein << >>
This is one *hefty* tome! With 24 chapters on everything from The Art of Negotiation to U.S./Canada Crossing Borders to When to Quit Your Day Job, there's a lot of information in here - and all of it very readable. There's information on how to manage your taxes, how to market yourself, how to find funding and a whole host of other topics that will be useful to the musician that hopes to "make it" in a business that's often none too kind. There are even "Hot Tips" spread throughout the book - little gold nuggets of information boxed and situated on the top corner of a page. There are sample forms, a list of resources along with contact information, even tips on how to find the right travel agent. The book is an amazing font of information and truly something any travelling musician should have. Here's a direct quote from Jeri herself - and something we all should take to heart: "As a creative individual, you have the opportunity to bring that light which sparks your art into your business and fashion the career you have dreamed about. Every day you are rehearsing for success. Just as you would rehearse a new song or a new dance prior to performing it, each goal you set, each call you make, each contract you issue prepares you for success. The more creative you are with every aspect of your career, the more your level of enthusiasm will grow. With a heightened enthusiasm, your work has greater potential to make you successful." HOW TO BE YOUR OWN BOOKING AGENT is one of those special books that comes along only once in a very little while. It's the type of book that *empowers* - that gives a musician the right tools to do it for herself. That's not a chance to be missed. Take that chance armed with this book and you have gone a long way towards assuring your success. ****** Jeri Goldstein's book, HOW TO BE YOUR OWN BOOKING AGENT, was our book review and give-away this month. Stay tuned for next month's book review, MP3 AND THE DIGITAL MUSIC REVOLUTION! Back to Menu ================================================================= 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! ----------------------------------------------------------------- JERI GOLSTEIN, AUTHOR OF "HOW TO BE YOUR OWN BOOKING AGENT", gives regular Seminars. Here are a few that are upcoming: November 5, 1999 - Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory Orientation and Workshop / 1:30pm-4:00pm Art Museum of Western Virginia / 2nd Floor Lecture Hall 20 East Church Avenue Roanoke, VA 24011 540-342-5760 Workshop: The Art of Negotiation November 10-14, 1999 / Ontario Contact, Ontario Arts Council Wed. Nov. 10-Touring Like A Pro-Emerging Artists Workshop Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 9:00am-4:00pm, / Cost: $45 Canadian funds, Registration and full payment by Nov. 1 /*Setting Goals *The Art of Negotiation *Marketing Your Act-Creating Effective Press Kits *Targeting Your Niche / Contact: Ontario Arts Council, 151- Bloor Street, 6th Floor Toronto, Ontario M5S 1T6 416-961-1660 ext. 6222 Toll free in Ontario 800-387-0058, ext. 6222 Fax: 416-961-7796 For more information on how you could book her for a seminar in your area, drop by her web site at . ----------------------------------------------------------------- ONLINEROCK IS A WEB-BASED COMMUNITY FOR MUSICIANS, MUSIC PROFESSIONALS & DIE-HARD MUSIC FANS: Visit OnlineRock and build your free Web site, post classifieds on our musician's 'sounding board,' learn about the latest music gear, recording technology and more. OnlineRock's mission is to empower musicians so that they can promote, distribute (and soon sell) their own music to fans anywhere in the world. Drop on by when you get a chance. (You can sign up for a free web site with OnlineRock directly through The Muse's Muse! Have a look at ) ----------------------------------------------------------------- OPEN WRITER'S NITE/CHART JAM TUESDAY AT 7:00 Chart Writing Class 8:00 Writer's nite/Perform solo or use OUR CHART JAM BAND Musician's Invited Bandleader Mike Dunbar will explain charts Read this month's PERFORMER SE mag. p.3 about us. Live demos cut once a month w/First Take Band $90.00 Contact: Terri Lynn at ----------------------------------------------------------------- Back to Menu ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In 1993 I attended Music West, a music industry conference that took place in Vancouver, BC. It was the first time I was literally surrounded by music industry people and it was extremely overwhelming! For a songwriter who had often spent a great deal of time holed up in my dark little room coming up with creative ideas, the fact that there were people out there who spoke the same "language" as me was very exciting. One of those people was John Braheny, who, at the time, ran the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase. He was giving a songwriting workshop as part of Music West, and I was in the back row straining to soak every word in! It goes without saying that I was very impressed, not only by his knowledge of songwriting, but his ability to merge the creative aspect with the business end of it. I didn't know at the time about his book "The Craft And Business Of Songwriting", but today it is the only book I own on the subject!! There is an excellent internet site called "L'il Hanks Guide for Songwriters" Hal has compiled a huge list of open mics in the Los Angeles area, and this site also has many other pages, including some publishers advice from publisher Lynn Robin Green, a page called Inspiration Point, a message board, and a links and resources page. But the page that caught my eye was one that contains an article called "Getting Heard in a 'No Unsolicited Material' World" ( by John Braheny. The article originally written in 1997, appearing in that years' edition of Songwriters Market. For those of you who haven't heard of Songwriters Market, it is truly the beginner songwriters' bible for those who are considering the idea of eventually pitching their songs to publishers, etc. The most interesting aspect of this article is getting an insight into the whole songwriting business from a publishers' point of view! Why do some publishers refuse unsolicited material? What are they looking for from a songwriter? How can you get a foot in the door where others before you couldn't? Is it possible to be one step ahead of the game in terms of knowing when to send your material out and who to send it to? What are the tools that can help you to be "in the know"? Here is a step-by-step process that helps you to understand what exactly is going on behind all of those apparently closed doors. John's article gives some excellent advice to those of you who are seriously pursuing a songwriting career...from finding out who is looking for original song, right down to how to speak to the receptionist at an A&R company! Be prepared to do some hard work, but KNOW that the phrase "no unsolicited material" isn't necessarily the end of the line! (EDITOR'S NOTE: All the books mentioned in this article and many more can be found at . Drop by and have a look!) ****** Irene Jackson is a performing songwriter from Victoria, BC in Canada. Aside from writing, recording and performing, she also maintains a website for songwriters that includes tips, articles and more links of interest. Her latest CD "Motor Scooter" has had attention everywhere from Japan to South America, and a new release is due out sometime in 1999. Songwriting Tips: Homepage: Songs on MP3: Back to Menu ================================================================= C o l u m n P r o f i l e s O n T h e M u s e ' s M u s e:

The columnists on The Muse's Muse really add a lot to the whole
and I wanted to take a few moments of your time to introduce each
of them to you, letting you know what each has to offer.

If you'd like to skip this whole commentary (which you are, of
course, entitled to do...) you can simply drop by for a brief outline
and quick link to each one.

Column by Ben Ohmart
Ben is a really fantastic reviewer as he has an uncanny ability
to get right to the meat of what makes a band or individual
musician *special*.  He's been with The Muse's Muse for a while
now (you've probably noticed he also has a regular section here
in The Muse's News too) and continues to provide in-depth
commentary on the music that's passed on to him along with a few
Q&A's, interviews and book reviews. If you'd like to have him
review your music, he can be reached at or
by dropping by his section of The Muse's Muse at .

Column by Nancy A. Reece of Carpe Diem Copyright Management
Nancy also has a regular Q&A here in The Muse's News and has been
answering copyright and publishing questions for interested folks
on The Muse's News for some time now.  That means that there's
quite a store of answered questions on her section of The Muse's
Muse at .  - everything from
how to know a scam publisher to how to copyright your material to
the truth about "Poor Man's Copyright".  She has also written
some articles that you'll find incredibly useful.  If you have a
question for Nancy, you can write to her at

Column by Mary Dawson of "I Write The Songs" radio show
Mary has been providing an ongoing series of articles centering
around how to get radio play.  Each one is not only full of
information to help you create songs that radio stations might be
willing to play, but also helps you to understand how a radio
station chooses the music it will rotate.  It's not easy to get
"in" but with the tools Mary gives you, it's a lot more likely!
You can ask Mary questions by writing to or
drop by her section at
to read these articles.

Column by Diane Sward Rapaport, author of HOW TO MAKE & SELL YOUR
Diane is one of the newer columnists on The Muse's News and an
excellent addition!  Not only is her book fantastic (you can read
that review in last month's edition of The Muse's News or drop by if you'd like to pick up a
copy) but her "Raps" are full of useful information for
songwriters that handle their own business.  Her second "Rap" has
just been put online, in fact, and deals with "The Recording
Contract From Hell".  Next month's Rap will be on "The Rules of
Negotiation".  Diane also encourages questions and comments on
her raps.  If you'd like to read her raps, you can do so by
dropping by and if you'd
like to talk to her about them, you can write to her at .

Column by Mirko Ruckels, BMI Songwriter, Australia
Mirko is the newest columnist on The Muse's Muse, introduced only
a week or so ago. I was intrigued when Mirko first wrote to me
with his idea for a column.  First of all, I really loved the
idea of a perspective that was outside of North America.
Secondly, the idea that we could be better at what we're doing
now by knowing more about the past, had a lot of merit.  I hope
you'll drop by Mirko's section at to have a look.  His first
article is online and he'll be happy to answer any questions you
might have if you write to him at . 

Do you have an idea for a good columnists or a good topic for a
column?  Let me know your thoughts by writing to me at !

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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 :

           "Morning, Noon & Night" by Mirko Ruckels 
Mirko's first column for The Muse's Muse is a great one.  If you
thought Bach, Mozart and Beethoven had no bearing on the music of
today, you're sadly mistaken!  Read this article to hear why.
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