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Issue 5.8 - November 2002
ISSN 1480-6975

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

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Copyright & Publishing Q&A with Nancy A. Reece from Carpe Diem
    Copyright Management
@-- Music Reviews - by Ben Ohmart, Ashley Petkovski, Stacey Board
                    & David Lockeretz
@-- Songwriting Book Review - by James Linderman
@-- Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
@-- Muse's Clues - Songwriting Web sites that inspire - brought
    to you by singer/songwriter & teacher, Irene Jackson.
@-- Featured Article - HOW THE VOICE WORKS - by Eric Frey
@-- Columnist In Spotlight - Jon Nicol and his VERTICAL SONGWRITING
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
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contact information, see end of issue. ================================================================= Visit for great Muse's Muse products like mugs, mousepads, shirts, and even wall clocks! Start your own store too - with no up front costs! See ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ S p o n s o r M e s s a g e : (Please support the sponsors that support this newsletter! Thanks!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TAKE ONLINE SONGWRITING CLASSES AT BERKLEEMUSIC.COM Learn how to write great lyrics. Master music engraving with Finale. Learn composition and arranging techniques. Develop the skills you need to succeed in songwriting. Berkleemusic offers you online courses led by the faculty instructors from Berklee College of Music. You can take the courses online in the comfort of your home or when you are on the road, in hotels, anywhere and anytime. Get access to Berklee professors and other music professionals like you. Learn online and network anytime and anywhere. Berkleemusic offers courses and certificates in five fields of study: Writing, Performance, Music Education, Production and Business. Online Writing courses include such topics as songwriting, composition, arranging, theory and film scoring. Courses start every 8 weeks, which means there is always something of interest about to start. Registration for November classes is still open! For more information visit: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ E d i t o r ' s M u s i n g s : ----------------------------------------------------------------- Hi everyone. Welcome to another month at The Muse's News. There's a ton of information in this newsletter, and lots of new articles online at the website for you. The columnists have been busy! Check out if you're interested. The raffle winners for this month are Ramon Marti Fustegueres from Lleida, Spain, who has won a copy of Pat Pattison's, "Writing Better Lyrics" (reviewed below), and Doug Milstead from Bay Village, Ohio, who has won a copy of VSS's helpful songwriting organization product (for a review of Lyricist & information on a discount offered, see ). A special thanks to Harriet Schock who generously donated an article for your reading pleasure in this issue. And Irene's Muse's Clue is particularly useful and interesting this month, I have to say. :) Beyond that, I'll keep things short in this Musings and just let you get to the heart of the matter. ;) Hope you all have an excellent November! All the best, --Jodi Back to Menu ================================================================= S p o n s o r M e s s a g e : (Please support the sponsors that support this newsletter! Thanks!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ LYRICIST! VERSION 2.2 HAS ARRIVED-INCLUDES ON-LINE COPYRIGHT LINK Virtual Studio Systems, Inc. is proud to announce Lyricist V2.2 - The Songwriter's Best Friend: the first-of-its-kind word processor designed for musicians, songwriters, and poets. The software includes a rhyming dictionary, thesaurus, album categorization, chord charting, chord generator, song arrangement, On-Line Copyright Link, and much much more - all in a user-friendly package. Check out the review at Muse's Muse visitors can take home the product for $5.00 off the regular selling price just for purchasing through the form provided off of the review! For more information, visit the review url above or call us at 888.732.1176 inside the U.S.A. and Canada or 603.726-4499 outside the U.S.A. ================================================================= C o p y r i g h t & P u b l i s h i n g Q & A : With Licensing executive Nancy A. Reece ----------------------------------------------------------------- Nancy is taking a short break this month as she was unexpectedly called out of town (this is one busy lady! :) ). But she'll be back next month with more useful information about copyrights and publishing issues. And her new book is coming out soon! Meanwhile, if you have any questions you want to ask her, please follow the procedure mentioned below. ***** ABOUT NANCY A. REECE: Since 1998, Nancy Reece has been providing a question and answer forum for Muse's Muse readers. Now all of the articles, forums and Q&A's are being compiled into a book. Nancy is wanting to be sure that you have the opportunity to receive a copy of the book as soon as it is ready. If you are interested in getting an E-mail notification to indicate that the book is ready for purchase, please send your request to . How to Ask a Question: If you have a question for Nancy about publishing or copyright administration, you can e-mail her at Please indicate in the subject of your e-mail that your submission is for The Muse's Muse guest forum, Real Answers to Real Questions. Thanks! Back to Menu ================================================================= M u s i c R e v i e w s : by Ben Ohmart, David Lockeretz, Stacey Board & Ashley Petkovski ----------------------------------------------------------------- Saeta - "Resign To Ideal" (by David Lockeretz) With sparse, introspective acoustic compositions, Saeta proves how much can be said with less. Their songs are absorbing; in a world where many things seem to be designed to create a bang-bang first impression, the music of Saeta forces the listener to stop and think. Matt Menovcik provides brooding vocals and cleanly executed acoustic guitar. Lesli Wood lays down tastefully textured piano and the cello of Bob Smolenski provides the band with a unique lyric quality. Compositionally, the pieces are often minimalist, but never boring in their repetitions; rather the feeling is like that of a mantra. Although much of the material is in the same vein, Saeta's music has some definite variety. "Will It Ever Be" is a particularly pastoral piece with a hypnotic melody and guitar accompaniment, whereas tracks such as "In Time We Shall" feature a more polyrhythmic motion. Saeta's sound definitely is not for everybody. Fans of Shakira and Limp Bizkit might want to look elsewhere. Even fans of more conventional pop music might at first be bored or confused by this group, and perhaps if Saeta seeks a wider audience they should find ways of making their sound more accessible without diluting themselves. More harmony vocals might be nice; more variation in tempo or instrumentation might also help. However, Saeta's unique sound is valuable in and of itself; I would rather they continue in this vein than try to popularize themselves in ways that would be artistically damaging. I wish them the best of success. To find out more about Saeta, visit, and tell 'em I sent you. ------------------ OTHER NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE: Terry Bozzio & Billy Sheehan (by Ben Ohmart) Dan Ar Braz (by Ben Ohmart) Bukkene Bruse (by Ben Ohmart) Harv (by Ben Ohmart) Frank Zappa (by Ben Ohmart) Sam Bisbee (by David Lockeretz) Frank Emerson (by David Lockeretz) Henry Ferguson (by David Lockeretz) Saeta (by David Lockeretz) West 78 (by David Lockeretz) Vinyl Eddie (by Ashley Petkovski) Scott Mackin (by Ashley Petkovski) WE Festival 2002 (by Stacey Board) Jeff Wessman (by David Lockeretz) Sandy Madaris (by Stacey Board) Hydraulic Woman (by Stacey Board) Alex Lloyd (by Stacey Board) Rob Skane (by Ashley Petkovski) --------------- ****** For bios on each of the reviewers, see . If you're considering sending in your own CD for review, you can also view that page to find out which reviewer reviews your genre. Thanks! 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 James Linderman Writing Better Lyrics - By Pat Pattison ----------------------------------------------------------------- I tried to write this book review as objectively as possible and with as little nostalgic reflection as I could muster, however... I remember the very day that I saw Writing Better Lyrics for the first time. My songwriting partner, at the time brought me his brand new copy to check out. I also remember the day, about a year and a half later that I finally returned the book to him, at his insistence (and my reluctance) really, really, really broken in for him. I then immediately ran out and picked up a copy of my own which is now also really, really, really broken in. I now have so many favourite parts of this book that I hardly know where to start so... how about if we take a look at how it begins. The book opens with an analogy comparing how songwriters delve into their imagination for ideas with a diver going deep down to the ocean floor in search of pearls. Pat then gets right to the task of teaching us the "nuts and bolts" of diving into our own subconscious minds for songwriting treasure. This is a much better book than I will be able to describe it as being, but I can tell you that if you only ever got to read the first two pages of it, your outlook of song craft would be dramatically shifted into a more profound and universal perspective. It's that kind of good. Pat's discourse on object writing as a vehicle for our songwriting treasure hunt is also outstanding. It has just enough instruction to make it understandable but he then presents a collection of object writing samples written by his students. I find it very inspiring and extremely interesting to analyze the outcome of how a group of other songwriters approached this task. Like all great teachers, Pat knows when to step back and let the lesson do the talking. Incidentally, one of the students whose writing is featured here is Gillian Welch, who has an extraordinary ability to craft wonderful songs, in my humble opinion. It will be truly fascinating for you to read her object writing prose and to think of her as once being a student in one of Pat's classes, now that she has a few recordings out and would be considered an international celebrity singer/songwriter. Back to the book. Chapter two gets you a front row seat for what I think Pat teaches best: metaphors. Here is all the stuff that our English teachers tried to teach us but just couldn't seem to package in an engaging format. Pat does not have this problem and he can push and pull words around like a grade six bully at recess. Hey, that's not a bad metaphor... more precisely, a simile. Pat is also really skilled at explaining stresses and metre and so can effectively teach us how to position our metaphors to give real impact to the message in our lyric, impact that will ultimately engage our listener. The rest of the book covers topics such as: how to modify clichés, verse development, perspective, point of view, metre, form and a "big picture" look at process. Pat crams more into a single chapter than some authors spread out over a whole book and he teaches (in his books and in person) in a fun and personable way. He also teaches as if he has a lot of material to cover and can hardly wait to get it covered and I believe that information and enthusiasm are certainly the key elements to the productive and purposeful movement of knowledge. I would have to say that Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattison is a book you should pick up right away (but don't lend out to any of your collaborators... at least not until you've read it yourself). I simply cannot imagine being any kind of songwriter and not needing to have this book. Coming soon: Berklee College of Music will launch an online lyric writing course written by Pat Pattison. The course will launch in January. For information, go to Pat's website, ****** James Linderman lives and works at theharmonyhouse, a music lesson, songwriting and music pre-production facility in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. He has worked as a collaborating songwriter and consultant for The Toronto Office of Catholic Youth and leads a music workshop program for Life 100.3 Christian radio. James writes songwriting articles for The Muse's News web magazine, Canadian Musician Magazine and Professional Musician Magazine. Contact James at: Back to Menu ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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. Song listings are only $29.95 per year. An ecommerce enabled marketing/promotion page and tour calendar are also available for performing songwriters to get further artist exposure. And more services are coming soon! See for details or contact: ~ Tel: 770.754.4543 ================================================================= 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! ----------------------------------------------------------------- USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION'S FOLK ALLIANCE SHOWCASE SEEKING MUSIC ACTS In order to help promote various talent in the music community, USA Songwriting Competition is proud to announce that they will present a special Showcase at the renowed "Folk Alliance" in Nashville between Feb 6 to 9, 2003. If you're interested in applying and being considered for the showcases, please e-mail: ----------------------------------------------------------------- DAVID FOSTER ACCEPTING SONGS FOR JOSH GROBAN! Tonos hosts many songwriting contests and Industry Opportunities specifically for songwriters every month. The newest contests include: - David Foster Accepting Songs for Josh Groban - Tonos co-founder and Hitmaker David Foster, is getting ready to head back into the studio with Josh Groban for his sophomore album. David managed to make Groban's classical style accessible to the pop mainstream, and now he's giving tonosPRO songwriters the opportunity to submit a song for this new music protégé. - New Gospel Group in Search of Songs - Yolanda Adams has a new gospel girl group called Virtue. The group is looking for gospel songs and are interested in strong songs that tell a great story. Your song should have room for lots of harmonies. Both uptempo and ballads are being considered. - Music Director For New Indie Film Looking For Music - Producer, writer and director Debra Kirschner has just wrapped shooting a film in Manhattan called the "Tollbooth". The film stars Marla Sokoloff from the popular Golden Globe & Emmy-winning series The Practice. The music director has decided to use some independent rock artists for the film, so submit your punk rock, heavy metal, or pop-rock song for consideration. TONOS MAKES HISTORIC AGREEMENT WITH 5 MAJOR MUSIC PUBLISHERS In order to help all the various talent in the global Tonos Community, we are thrilled to announce that we have made historic agreements with 5 major music publishing companies (Warner/Chappell Music, EMI Music, DreamWorks Publishing, Chrysalis Music and Famous Music). These top publishing firms have "guaranteed" that they will EACH sign two tonosPRO songwriters and/or singer-songwriters to publishing deals over the next 12 months. To be considered for all these deals, we'll be looking for the artists and songwriters who have at least 3 very strong songs posted in their Tonos Profiles. Sign up today to be considered! See for more details. ----------------------------------------------------------------- BERKLEEMUSIC.COM WEBSITE LAUNCHED After nearly two years in development, Berklee College of Music has launched its web site. This ambitious new offering provides songwriters opportunities to take online music writing courses and explore new music career directions. Users can create a personal or band web page containing bios, MP3s, images, reviews, news, and links that are useful resources to potential employers, collaborators, and students. For more information visit: ----------------------------------------------------------------- GREAT ARTICLES TO CHECK OUT COURTESY OF GALARIS INDEPENDENT MUSIC: * Discover Your Discomfort! * Why You Have To Promote To Radio * Musicians and Weight Training * How Do I Go About Getting My Label Distributed? * It's not over just because you sign a deal! Sign up for the Galaris Independent Musicians Newsletter. Simply send a blank email to and Twice monthly you will receive FREE, direct to your email box, articles containing: Promotion tips, Career advice, Recording tips, Practicing tips, Legal advice, Musician's health, Radio promotion, Songwriters tips and much more. ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE 2002 ANDELLE MUSIC SONG CONTEST The 2002 Andelle Music Song Contest is still open for further entries. This is a non-profit contest and we are therefore only allowing 60 more entries. There are some attractive prizes on offer, including a Worldwide return flight to a Rock’n’Roll Capital plus 7 nights accommodation, Cash, Fender & Kramer Guitars, Trophies & Certificates. Andelle Music will be doing the initial selection of songs to go through to the final stage. The final judging will then be done by our friends at Sony and Jive Records. So far we have received entries from all over the world including Australia, USA, Canada, Spain, Luxembourg, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Because the number of entries is limited, the odds of success are very good indeed. So why not give it your best shot and enter your best song(s) into this year’s contest! Don’t worry about your entry not making it into the next 60 entries! We will add prizes for the 3rd & 4th placed winners if a surplus is received. The final countdown can be found daily on our home page at Entry Form, Prize & Payment details can be found on our website ­ ----------------------------------------------------------------- HELP MAKE A MUSIC DREAM COME TRUE! Do you want to make waves, not ripples? Would you like to make a contribution to the Canadian Music scene that will rock the world? Are you Canadian and disappointed with how your own country is able to handle your music career or the release of your music? Do you see no option but to run for the border? You can DO something about it! HERE'S HOW: ----------------------------------------------------------------- ATTENTION MUSICIANS / BANDS/ SINGER-SONGWRITERS Opportunity is knocking. Winterfolk has created showcase opportunities for musicians! We are accepting applications to fill twenty performance spots in our festival. Put some festival experience on your bio - it will open many doors to advance your career, and offer great exposure for your music. Toronto's newest folk, roots and blues festival is now accepting showcase submissions from emerging artists. "Winterfolk" takes place January 31 ­ February 2, 2003 at four prime downtown TO venues. The event will feature both new and established artists. Successful showcase applicants will receive a 45 minute performance, free passes to the festival, promotion and a chance at the Convocation Hall finale! Applications and festival details are now online at . If you have any questions or need more information, please visit the website or send an email to We look forward to reviewing your application. Back to Menu ================================================================= M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson ©1998-2002 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission ----------------------------------------------------------------- This month, I have two very interesting websites to introduce to you. The first is for those of you who don't know much about the mysterious world of music theory. The second is for those of you who are much more advanced and who might like to get another kind of musical primer. Read on... Since I am primarily a guitar player, most of the time I'm interested in anything guitar-based when I'm surfing the net for some good music or songwriting-related websites. But my husband's recent search for a piano teacher got me to wondering what I might find on the web relating to the piano. Guitar tablature and instruction is really easy to find on the web in comparison to piano, I've always known that. But all I did was a simple web search using the keywords "piano" and "songwriting", and somehow ended up finding this little gem. It's called "Music Magic: A Piano Exploration", and it teaches you the very basics of music and piano using midi and java-based applications. So if you have a simple midi setup on your computer and you're interested in learning some music fundamentals, check this out: . The real magic about this site is that it was developed by three very talented teenagers. That's right! Paul Kim, Tom Warne and Xiaoqin Yan put their many talents together to create Music Magic, and although they have now moved on to college and university, their wonderful website lives on. Not only will you find 15 free beginner piano lessons, but you'll also find a lot of support material, including downloadable sheet music, an online musical dictionary and information on lots of other musical instruments and composers as well. There is even a concert hall, where you can perform on a little virtual piano for all the world to hear :-) But the beginner piano lessons are the best bang for your buck. The second website was actually developed by the kind people at the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The website itself is called "ArtsEdge" and it's basically a resource for music educators. But I want to direct you to one specific area taught by Dr. Michael Broyles which includes 4 Real Audio lectures on "What To Listen For In Music", centered around the Classic and Romantic period. You'll find it here: The audio can be a little hissy at times, and at my most recent visit, I had a little trouble accessing the Real Audio clips, but it is the content that you'll really find valuable. Beyond the four lectures, there is a Subject Index, where you will find "short cuts" to explanations of many different musical terms, including what a "coda" is, meter, modulation, phrase and tempo. Even if you are not familiar with classical music, just listening to Dr. Broyles descriptions and explanations of many of these terms and using musical compositions to help you hear them, is fascinating. Each of the 4 lectures is about 20 minutes in length. When you've got a little time alone on the computer on a Sunday morning, I'd highly recommend you sit back and take a listen! ****** 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 eagerly anticipated CD "Catnip" is finally here, and her earlier recordings have had attention everywhere from Japan to South America. Songwriting Tips: Homepage: Songs on MP3: Back to Menu ================================================================= And speaking of "how stuff works".... :) F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : RIVER BANKS AND HORSES - by Harriet Schock © Harriet Schock, 2002 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission ----------------------------------------------------------------- One of the ironies of songwriting, in my opinion, is the stubborn quality of the creative spirit. Getting it under your control is a bit like breaking a horse. It wants to run free and you want to saddle it. The trick is to keep it running free and yet riding it. But how do you get on? How do you stay on? How do you get it to go where you want it to go? Recently, I was a mentor at the Taxi Road Rally. (For information on Taxi, you can look up their website - They're a happening organization. While there, I attended Ralph Murphy's seminar, which gave a statistical analysis of all the songs that made it to #1 on the Country charts in the USA in 1999. Ralph is V.P. of ASCAP and from the Nashville office. There was such a demand for his information that Taxi published it in their next newsletter. He discussed 4/4 time vs. 3/4 (all the songs were 4/4), all in the first person ("I" rather than telling the story from "he" or "she"), and there were other very interesting observations and statistics like chorus vs. non-chorus songs, storytelling vs. more generic lyrics and how they aligned with a soaring melody or a linear one. We heard concepts like "the chord doesn't change until the idea does." I've studied a lot of screenwriting during my career as a songwriter. Syd Field talks about Plot Point One and how it has to come 20 minutes into the film. This is so ingrained in the industry that I've heard film studios will turn to a certain page in the script looking for Plot Point One (something or someone which takes the story into a new direction). Some people consider this formula writing. But great screenwriters still do it. This is because it works. It has been proven to work by many other screenplays over the years. So the challenge becomes writing something truly meaningful within the expected format. In songwriting, the challenge remains to write a song that doesn't break all the rules of structure, etc., and still have something unique to say musically and lyrically. Just because you follow every one of the conventions used by the #1 hits of 1999, you are still not assured a good song, much less a hit song. But if you're showing a horse and it's expected to trot and to walk and to gallop, and you can't get the saddle on, you're in trouble. Not to mix similes, but structure and other songwriting conventions are a lot like the banks of a river. They help the water flow in an orderly direction, either downhill fast or easily rippling in the breeze, but the banks keep it from being a flood which simply runs out over the land and destroys everything. Craft will similarly give your creative spirit direction, purpose and manageability. Within the limitations of "what they want," you can still exercise your imagination and creative spirit. During the mentor lunch, I met an interesting writer named James, who chose to sit at my mentor table. He was a bit like a hurricane, to stay with our water analogy. He was pretty opposed to banks of any kind. He was more interested in writing something as catharsis, writing and performing for himself, without any attention on audience, communication, listeners or industry. When I interviewed him further, I realized he was actually not as self-obsessed as it seemed at first. He just didn't want to be told what to do or have his attention on what was wanted, outside of his own creative thrust. I can totally respect that. I haven't heard his material, so I don't know if this helped him be an authentic artist or made him write something which communicates only to his own ears and heart, but I'm hoping for the former. With what I learned of his viewpoint, either one is possible. It all boils down to whether a person has enough craft to pull off this isolationism or if he's using the isolationism as a cover-up for not having any craft in the first place. Of course, it doesn't really cover it up. That being said, I'd like to argue for the idea of coloring outside the lines of what is expected. First of all, my two favorite songs would not have been written if the statistics of '99 hits had been followed, because both of them are non-chorus songs. They were written in earlier years, anyway, but the point is they are verse, verse, bridge, verse songs: "Desperado" and "The Song Remembers When." There are so many other songwriting conventions these songs do adhere to, but one of the "rules" they break is "have a hook chorus and get to it quick." Neither song has a chorus at all, and yet they've been played for years and loved by millions. I am not a follow-the-rules type writer, except that commercial songwriting is ingrained in me. I tend to color outside the lines, but still keep the lines inside the frame in order to get my rather askew viewpoint across, clearly. What's the point in having a left-field viewpoint if no one knows what it is? So I believe in clarity, but generic writing doesn't come easily to me. I don't like it much when I hear it, even when it's a hit, so I don't do it easily because it doesn't come to me naturally. The times I've really thought, "I'll never get away with that" are the times I've had my greatest success. Three examples that come to mind are these: When I first wrote the melody to the chorus of "Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady," I thought the melody was much too classical, especially the leap down that comes between the "dy" of "lady" and the following "no," both times it occurs. I thought, "this is a pop song and that's a classical interval. They'll never go for it." Not being sure who "they" was, I left it in and no one made me change it and it became a hit. Years later, I wrote a lyric to a song for a Motown film and made an analogy between falling in love for the first time and being on a Ferris wheel for the first time. I thought that was way too out there for a movie theme love song, but again, no one said no and since then, over 30 people have sung it. In another field, when I wrote the regular column on songwriting which later became my book, Becoming Remarkable, I said things which flew in the teeth of prevalent thought and certainly in the face of what the industry was preaching. I thought, "They'll never print this." But they did. And I get daily emails from readers of the book who are thankful someone sees the picture from that viewpoint. In each case I was like a child hoping his parent doesn't see the cookie crumb trail from the cookie jar to his hand. But in each case, not only did I get away with it, it became part of the reason for success of the project. So I am not advising you play by the rules or break the rules. I think it's important to know what succeeds. It's also important to know how to do what you do. If you're a songwriter, learn to write songs. Learn it so well that you can use the conventions of hit songwriting and still not sell out. Be so good that you can write a verse/chorus song in 4/4 in the first person that everyone understands on the first listening and still wants to hear on the 100th, but write it your way, from your unique viewpoint. I assure you, your artistic cohorts who are telling you you're selling out will be the first to brag that they know you when they hear you on the radio. ****** Harriet Schock is a multi-platinum songwriter/recording artist whose songs have been recorded my numerous artists, nominated for a Grammy and used in films and TV. Her fourth, fifth and sixth CDs, "American Romance," "Rosebud" and "Harriet Schock Live" are in current release, as well as her book, BECOMING REMARKABLE, published by Blue Dolphin. As well as performing worldwide, she speaks, teaches and consults in person and offers a correspondence course via the internet. For further information about her book, cds, concerts or consultation, go to or call (323) 934-5691. . For reviews of her albums go to Back to Menu ================================================================= M e s s a g e B o a r d T h r e a d s O f I n t e r e s t : The Muse's Muse Message Boards are a great place to meet other songwriters. You can discuss the creative aspects of the craft, or the business aspects of how to make it in the industry with others of all skill and experience levels. Here are a few currently active threads where you could put in your two cents (you may need to copy and paste the two parts of the url if it comes out split for you): ------------------------------------------------------------------- * A Hit Songwriter Totally Discouraged Me!
* Does it really have to be Nashville?
* What's your take on downloading songs from the Internet?
* How to put together a Press Pack
* Let's hear some of your recording tricks
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