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Issue 3.8 - November 2000
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
@-- Songwriting Book Review - by Jodi Krangle
    by Duncan Roberts 
@-- Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
@-- Muse's Clues - by Irene Jackson
@-- Songwriter In Spotlight - Journalist & Performing Songwriter, 
                              Mark Smeby
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
    viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
@-- Contact information
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

Hello once again. :-)  This musing is a long one, just to warn you.

Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Muse's News.  We
broke the 6,000 subscriber number this month!  I'm extremely happy
about that and I see nothing but good things for this newsletter in
the future.  I hope you all continue to enjoy it.  

I'd like to take this moment to send a message out to all the
fantastic contributors who make this newsletter everything it is.
Nancy, Ben, Irene, Kathryn, our gracious proofreader, all those
authors who have contributed their articles over the years and all
those songwriters and music business professionals who have
consented to be interviewed - THANK YOU!  The Muse's News wouldn't
be the same without you.

In other news, I hope you'll help me welcome our newest columnists,
Leon & Sheryl Olguin.  Here's a short description of what their
column will offer, in their own words:

"If you're an emerging artist, this column is just for you.
Building a music career can be at once both exhilarating and
frustrating. Some days it will seem as if everything is breaking
your way and other days you'll feel as if no one cares whether you
ever play another note. We've been there and we understand. We want
to help you get started off on the right foot in your writing, your
performing and your recording. There are pitfalls we can steer you
clear of, and mistakes we can help you avoid. We can show you how
to save time, money, and even the occasional heartache. Can we
solve all your problems and keep you from making any mistakes at
all? Can we guarantee your success? No one can promise to do that.
However, we've learned a lot as producers, recording artists and
writers, and we're glad to provide any insights we can, based on
our experience. "

There are already three articles online in this section and more
will be appearing all the time.

The winner of this month's book give-away is Ashley Keen of
Nashville, TN.  Ashley has won a copy of the FILM & TELEVISION
MUSIC GUIDE, reviewed further down in this newsletter.

You can now get great Muse's Muse shirts, mugs & mousepads - and
help keep The Muse's Muse free at the same time!  Have a look at for more information.
You can also build a promotional item store for yourself in NO TIME
FLAT.  Trust me on this.  This store was supremely easy to set up.
So drop by the Muse's Muse Merchandise store and have a look for

There are tons of new articles and columnist offerings on The
Muse's Muse this month.  I've also updated the Music Store so that
it offers a little more - some music FAR beyond the mainstream
along with a link to a place where you can get used CDs and tapes,
too.  I hope you'll take a look around.  

As always, a complete listing of new additions to the site can be
found at . 

Oh!  And before I forget, those of you in the California area when
Brian Austin Whitney of Just Plain Folks travels through (there are
various locations for get-togethers and showcases listed on the
Just Plain Folks website at - check it
out!), give him a hug from me, ok?  (Guys, if you're really
uncomfortable with that, feel free to downgrade that to a
handshake. ;-)).  I can't be there (Toronto's a long way away...
) but I'd really love to be there in spirit.  I'm hoping you
guys can help me do that.  Thanks!

Good luck and keep writing, 

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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 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: I'm a published song writer with songs published through a company in Nashville. The publisher was referred to our agent who is relatively new at the music biz. He has taken six of our songs (asked no $),& has been pitching them...sending us pitch sheets quarterly as his proof. We have demoed all of these songs at in nashville to try & work within the system. We do not live in nashville & our agent (a very trustworthy person) has a good working relationship with this person. My question is: how can we determine how strong this publisher is in the scene, not being able to go to nashville ourselves & quietly check this all out without making waves with him & upsetting what we have worked so hard to establish? Thank you, -- Mark E. ------------------ A: The only way to move forward in this business is to trust. Sometimes people will break that trust, sometimes, you will break the trust of others. But without trying, nothing is gained. If you are getting reports that show that things are being pitched, presented and represented, then that is a wonderful thing. The job of an agent or pitcher is only to get the material heard. The songs have to do most of the work. Do well what you do. Keep written reports on who is listening and let those that you trust do well what they do. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: I am just finishing a novel involving the music industry, and would like to include the lyrics to a song in the book, along with mentioning a number of song titles. I believe that I would need permission from the publisher of the song to use the lyrics, but what about just mentioning titles? Thanks for your help, -- Sabine K. ------------------ A: Thank you for writing Sabine - Yes, you must have a print license to reprint lyric - no matter how little of it. My company has obtained these types of clearances several times for authors. The mention of a title however is considered "Fair Use". However, don't use the title of a song for the title of the book or a chapter without stopping and thinking about it and getting some advice. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: Myself and my partner are a group and we're currently shopping a record and/or publishing deal. We both write the compositions and have decided to split 50/50. I'm assuming that it would be best if we form a publishing company together but is there a formal agreement that we have to come up with between ourselves that says we agree to a 50/50 split or can it be something simple without a lawyer involved. Also, we have another producer re-arranging my music to our lyrics. Would the other producer be entitled to a portion of the copyright split or just a producer's fee. -- Cherie W. ------------------ A: Yes - you need to put things on paper. You should always seek the advice of counsel. However there are companies, like Carpe Diem Copyright Management that can provide guidance through the process. Please contact me directly if you want to hear about fees for more direct help. Your producer's Agreement is another specific document that should be clear with all details, in writing, of how the fee or producer royalty is to be paid and/or if the producer is securing any ownership as a co-author. ----------------------------------------------------------------- TO VIEW OTHER QUESTIONS AND RESPONSES, SEE NANCY'S COPYRIGHT & PUBLISHING Q&A ONLINE AT . Please note: Nancy received a *lot* of e-mail in a month. If you sent in a question but have not heard a reply, it's very likely it already *has* an answer online. It's always a good idea to thoroughly look through the Copyright & Publishing Q&A online to see if your question has already been asked before you send in a request. Thanks! ----------------------------------------------------------------- ***** 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 -----------------------------------------------------------------
Marisa Monte - Memories, Chronicles and Declarations of Love Some people are deserving of long titles on their cd. Marisa is a wonder. She's doing the reverse of what Gloria Estafan did. GE took the pop and added a Latin flavor. Well, MM has taken the Latin, spiced it up with pop, and has an infinitely fresher, more realistically charged way of looking at her homeland's music. Yet if you were to put this in the World or Latin part of the music store, you'd be dead wrong. All elements, especially those in popular music, have come out and arranged themselves with professional gloss, original understanding, and just a clever way of power-combination. For instance, 'Cinco Minutos' really Does it for me. I dare say it's on the verge of greatness, if only because you want to play it again and again. You can dance to it, seduce with it, you can ride the wild, fluctuating stereo and candy-coated vocal sounds which pump us back to the 70s and all the colors it audibly entails. A beautiful album on the EMI label, from a woman who Must be well on her way by now. Any other theory is impossible. ------------------ OTHER NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE: Ahn Trio - Bankhead - Lucy Mongrel - Sarah Brightman - Brian Parnham - Dr. Dan - Richard Leo Johnson - Alex Yellowlees - Peter Grand - Tom Barabas - Joe Kraemer (soundtrack) - Crime & Punishment soundtrack - Neil Thomas - --------------- ****** 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 ================================================================= S o n g w r i t i n g B o o k R e v i e w : by Jodi Krangle FILM & TELEVISION MUSIC GUIDE Ritch Esra and Stephen Trumbull, Publishers ~ 800-377-7411 or 818-769-2722 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is quite a hefty tome - but one of the most complete resources I've ever come across for musicians and/or songwriters wanting to work in the film & television industry. There's a huge amount of information here. The 2000 edition is the sixth annual edition, as it turns out - and if the introductory letter in the front of the book is any indication, it's much larger than the previous year's edition. Just about everything is in here. Looking for film composers? You'll find it in the book. Looking for music publishers? You'll find it in the book. Looking for film score mixers? You get the idea. There are even some extremely useful sections that I wouldn't have thought of including if I were editing this monster. Payroll services come to mind - but BOY, that's bound to be important. Or how about scoring stages? There's even a huge list of performing rights societies. Just about any songwriter can use that, no matter what market they're writing for. As the title says, this publication is geared towards those who write for or are somehow involved in the film and television music industry, but just about any musician or songwriter is bound to find something of use within the heavy gloss pages. I was also truly blown away by the professional look and design of the book. The pages are heavy, they won't easily tear or crumple, it's ringbound for easy turning of those pages without having to bend a spine and the book is arranged in "chapters" rather more like a filing cabinet than a book. Each section has its own tab sticking out from the side edge making it very easy for a potential information seeker to find what he or she is looking for. All in all, a truly impressive piece of work. I anticipate this guide being published for at least *another* six years. Bravo! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ S p o n s o r M e s s a g e : (Please support the sponsors that support this newsletter! Thanks!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ UNLEASH THE FULL POTENTIAL OF THE INTERNET WITH SONGSCOPE.COM! SongScope is a valuable tool enabling you to build an on-line song catalog, accessible only by proven industry professionals. Receive FREE email informing you every time record producers and industry professionals make requests. Songs listings are only $19.95 per year. An ecommerce enabled marketing/promotion page and tour calendar are also available for performing songwriters to get further artist exposure. See for details or contact: ~ Tel: 770.754.4543 ================================================================= F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : MAKING LIMITATIONS WORK FOR YOU by Duncan Roberts ©2000, Duncan Roberts. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission ----------------------------------------------------------------- Have you ever worked out one of your favourite songs only to find that it's written over 3 first position chords like D Major, A Major and E minor, then sat & wondered why you'd never found that amazing melody despite having played that chord sequence about a million times already? The answer (Ok, one of the many answers!) lies in the rhythm of the lyrics. Now this may seem over-simplistic, but just think about it for a moment. Take any 2 songs and swap the lyrics over. Now try to sing those songs with the right melodies, but the wrong lyrics. It's a Square peg, round hole situation. The only way you'll get them to fit together nicely is by changing the melody, which leads to the revelation that lyrics dictate melody! Now I know that many songwriters do not fit finished lyrics to music, they write lyrics to fit a finished melody (I do both depending on the day!). But just how many of us have had a tune waiting for the right lyrics for months if not years; I've only just found the right lyrics for a tune I wrote in 1996! Whichever way round we compose, it would seem to me that we are still slaves to the rise and fall of words. Now here's the controversial bit: If, in addition to having found that D, A & Em sequence you had also written the lyrics to your favourite song, you would have had a much better chance of writing that stunning melody. "Now wait a minute!" I hear you cry. "You're suggesting that given the same lyrics and chord sequence, we'd all write the same melody!" Well no, we wouldn't, because thankfully we are not robots and not that predictable. But this thought can lead us in an interesting direction. In an interview with U2's The Edge he was quoted as saying "With limitations you're already half way there". Now this is a great way of making apparent disadvantages work for us. I've often thought that songwriting competitions, rather than being just a "send us your best song" affair, should be more challenging, along the lines of: "Write a song using only the chords D Major, A Major & E minor" We all know that accomplished songwriters can conjure up great tunes over much used chord sequences, so why not use this limitation as the basis for choosing the best. Ok, so this might not be very practical for a competition (I'd hate to be the person who had to listen to 1000's of entries with the same chord sequence!) but it would make a great workshop idea. Basically, any exercise that already limits your songwriting choices forces you to work much harder on the few elements you have left to play with. It's a very simple philosophy: at a workshop you could focus on one element at a time by giving people the chords and the lyrics but leaving the melody up to them, then giving them the melody and the lyrics but leaving the chords up to them, eventually even giving all 3 and focusing on style and arrangement. This can seem like rather a scientific approach but one that could greatly benefit your mastery of each area of songwriting. Would any of the people given the same lyrics and chords come up with similar melodies? If ever this is run as a workshop exercise I'd be fascinated to know the answer. Duncan Roberts, Paris October 2000 ****** Duncan Roberts is an English/French, singer/songwriter/musician. He has recently returned from an acoustic world tour promoting his band Candid. The tour attracted considerable interest from the music industry & he is currently putting what he hopes will be the finishing touches to the songs for the next album. The site is momentarily under re-construction, but the bands last CD "Elm Leaf Beetle Hitch-hikes" can be found at & extracts can be heard at Duncan lives in Paris, France. 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! ----------------------------------------------------------------- JOIN PAT & PETE LUBOFF IN NASHVILLE FOR MONDAY NIGHT SONGWRITING WORKSHOPS: Monday Night Songwriting Workshops have begun in Nashville at the Music School on Music Row, 1520 Demonbreum, from 6PM to 10PM. These are the same workshops that were the mainstay of the National Academy of Songwriters in Los Angeles for nearly 20 years. It's a great venue, plenty of room, comfortable seating and a fine sound system. Pat & Pete create a completely supportive creative environment in which all the writers help each other to make each song the strongest it can be. They invite songwriters to bring their songs in any state, lyrics, partially completed, etc. and take a free ride on a group of collaborators who care. To get more information, please visit their web site (e-mail contact is on the site) or call 615-782-0071 or 615-289-1441. ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE BOSS-HITBOUND SONG SHOWCASE is now online at We are looking for diverse material by songwriters interested in immediate public exposure. This is a song showcase site which will allow writers to submit material and have it available online in both the MP3 and RealAudio formats. Messaging Boards are available to discuss the topics of songwriting or any particular songs on the site. This will be helpful to promote ones own work, as our charts are based on polling of contributing songwriters. Awards are given for songs which top our charts. Also coming will be quarterly contests, prizes and guidelines to be announced closer to our official start-up date. We are in preview mode until our grand-opening on January 1, 2001. Stop by our site and get submission info or E-mail us at ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE NORTHWEST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE --OPEN SEASON--MUSIC THEATER WRITING CONTEST: The purpose of the contest is to encourage the writers of musical theater to write and submit their work. Winning musical will be produced on campus summer of 2001. Submissions may be: traditional, experimental, alternative, etc.; full length or short; large cast or small; original or adaptations of non copyrighted material. Submit complete works with piano/vocal score before April 1, 2001. Include SASE and $25 entry fee (check or mo to NWACC--Open Season). Submit to OPEN SEASON--Music Theater Writing Contest; Miles Fish, NorthWest Arkansas Community College, One College Drive, Bentonville, AR 72712. For additional info email Miles Fish at ----------------------------------------------------------------- WEASELPALOOZA I.V. The Music Industry Party to benefit the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund ~ Saturday, November 18, 2000 ~ Joe Badali's Restaurant 156 Front Street West ~ Toronto, ON ~ 9:00pm Doors ~ Tickets only $25 (includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres and door prizes) The goal of Weaselpalooza I.V. is to raise money in support of The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund (Charitable Registration No.119861854) through ticket sales, raffle draws, corporate donations and a spectacular silent auction. The Trust Fund is a non-profit charitable organization whose sole purpose is to help fund music therapy initiatives nationally. Music therapists utilize the power of music to help children and adults with special needs, be they mental, physical, or psychological. For tickets or more information on Weaselpalooza I.V., please contact: Eric Alper, Koch International: or (416) 292-8111 x 240 ----------------------------------------------------------------- COOCH MUSIC'S AMATEUR SONGWRITING CONTEST Only a $5.00 entry! Win prizes and publishing contracts! Win a homemade acoustic guitar from Gregg Rogers Guitars! Retail value is $2195.00. For all the details and entry form go to Contest runs from Sept 1st, 2000 thru April 30th, 2001! ----------------------------------------------------------------- BandUtopia AND IndieGroup PRESENT... THE GLOBAL RESOURCE MUSIC MARKETING COMPETITION: - We are going to pick a handful of the best of the best unknown artists and promote them directly to the key decision makers in the music business FOR FREE!!! - Regardless of your location, race, creed, religion, or sexual preference! Plain and simple. If you think you're great, we are going to do our best to make sure everyone in the music business knows it! - It's not who you know. It's not even what they can do for you. It is simply what WILL they do for YOU!?!! - This contest will enable the selected winners to be heard by the top A&R people in the business. A&R as in "Artist and Repertoire". The people that sign artist to their labels. That includes Major and Indie record labels! In addition to the above, selected winners will have their songs submitted to TV and Film Projects in development for licensing. Click Here and Send Us YOUR CD!!! -> and we will do the rest! ----------------------------------------------------------------- MODMUSIC RECORDS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE INDIE BAND SEARCH 2001! The Indie Band Search is a national competition and a unique opportunity that gives independent musicians, artists, songwriters, and bands a chance to be heard by entertainment industry professionals and compete for prizes worth over $10,000. 10 winners will be featured on the nationally distributed “Indie Choice” compilation CD which will be released on ModMusic Records in the Spring of 2001. The judging panel is made up of producers, managers, publishers, music attorneys, television and film music supervisors, radio promoters, and other music industry professionals, as well as celebrities including Claire Danes and Jamie-Lynn Sigler. The Indie Band Search is offering prizes from its top of the line sponsors including Gibson USA, Shure microphones, Pearl Drums,, Crate, Guitar Center, Airwalk, Sam Ash Music Stores and Urban Outfitters. The first 250 contestants will receive a prize packet worth over $50. Contest is open to ALL genres of music. International submissions are accepted. Deadline for entries is January 31, 2001. For further information, including rules & regulations, prizes, judges and even a printable entry form, see, e-mail us at: or call the ModMusic Hotline @ (212) 479-8418 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Back to Menu ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson ©1998-2000 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not all songwriters are performers, just as not all performers are songwriters...however, I know many of you out there who fit into the category of 'performing songwriter' as I do. Over the years I've been lucky to see many of my 'kind' who may not have hit records and fancy careers, but who are, nonetheless, making a living at it! Yes, it IS possible...but like any career, it takes time to develop and build into something you can truly be proud of. The best way to study performance skills is to watch someone who has been out there for a long time, especially a solo performer who isn't dependent on light shows and someone else's lead guitar solos to fill up your senses. I have seen some truly great characters, storytellers and stand-up comics...all performing songwriters! Christine Lavin is one of these, and will probably be familiar to some of you...she has honed her songwriting and performance skills and developed a very loyal following over the years, and she also has some ideas to share when it comes to focusing on your performances. She has created a list of "31 Helpful Tips for the Performing Songwriter" on her homepage: This list includes everything from practical tips for making sure you have a mailing list for people to sign up, to equipment thoughts, to deciding what kind of a performer you are! She even includes her thoughts on how to deal with hecklers. Hecklers....arrgghhh!! Even if you are not a performer, but plan to play some of your songs at an open mic at some point, you will find some interesting and practical bits of advice here that will also apply to you. Learning how to be a performer takes some time and some thought...Lavin even includes a tip called "Learning From A Bad Night". Yeah, I've had a few of those!! Take it from a performing songwriter who has been out there and experienced just about every situation that could possibly come up...Christine Lavin has a lot of very helpful advice not only for the novice, but also those of us who've been around the block a few times. You never stop learning! ****** 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 2000. Songwriting Tips: Homepage: Songs on MP3: Back to Menu ================================================================= S O N G W R I T E R I N S P O T L I G H T : Journalist & Performing Songwriter, Mark Smeby ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Q: How did you first start writing songs? Who were your early influences and why? --------------------------------------------- A: I'd had a burning desire to write songs my whole life, solely because I loved the impact that music had on me. Music was "otherworldly" and had a way of expressing feelings that couldn't find words. I never thought I'd be able to write a song, or at least a half-way decent one. Until one day when I got asked to sing at church, and with a time frame of a week I had to come up with a song. I decided this would be the proper pressure that I needed to force myself to actually write a song to perform. I was living in my grandparent's condo at the time (they were in Florida for the winter), and began writing the song on the back of an envelope, just as the fire alarm for the building was going off. I was scampering up and down the halls trying to calm all the elderly residents that didn't know what to do! There I was with pen and paper all the while. The lesson here: I need pressure to write! First song: "It's Your Love" Early influences: Michael W. Smith, Billy Joel, Kathy Troccoli, Barry Manilow, 2nd Chapter of Acts, Captain & Tennille (can I say that?) I loved the piano-based ballads that were so expressive and dramatic. Their music communicated simply, without too many bells & whistles. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: How did you get involved in the music industry to begin with? --------------------------------------------- A: In 1993, I packed up my tiny car and drove from Minneapolis to Nashville to "get involved" in the music industry down here. I knew I had a place to stay, but other than that, I had no clue what a "wannabe" was, or how to really be a good one, which I'm sure I wanted to do. I knew one person who took me to lunch and encouraged me. She knew about my demo tape and still liked me! Her husband ran a non-profit association that worked heavily within the industry, and they needed a director of membership. So, after delivering pizzas to bad neighborhoods and maxing my credit cards, I took this "real job." I had no clue that it would thrust me smack dab into the middle of the inner-workings of the Nashville music scene. I learned quickly that it's best not to expose my true "wannabe" nature. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: Tell me a little bit more about this job you took as the director of membership for the non-profit association. How did it get you involved in things? And where did that lead you? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ For the remainder of this interview, see . ----------------------------------------------------------------- Back to Menu ================================================================= " O N S I T E " F E A T U R E D A R T I C L E : THE EMERGING ARTIST: WHAT MAKES A GREAT MUSICIAN? © 2000 By Leon and Sheryl Olguin Leon and Sheryl Olguin, the owners of S.O.L.O. Productions and this site's newest columnists, share their ideas about how to take your songwriting and music to that "next level". Whether you're a beginner wanting to learn more about the craft, or a seasoned player who wants to come "out of the closet" with your songs, their advice will prove to be both helpful and inspirational. Their new article outlines just a few of the character traits they've noticed in successful musicians over the years. If you want to make it in the music business, the best way to do that is to stand out from the crowd - and here are some good ways to do just that! Back to Menu
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