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Issue 7.0 - March 2004
ISSN 1480-6975

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@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Copyright & Publishing Q&A with Nancy A. Reece from Carpe Diem
    Copyright Management
@-- New Artist Spotlight Additions
@-- Music Reviews - by James Grimes, Stacey Board & Gian Fiero
@-- 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 - My Audience Loves It, Why Don't You? 
                       By John Braheny
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

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Spring is just around the corner.  Phew!  For those of you that
don't understand my obsession with the weather, try hating the
cold and living here.  Bleh. :)  There are lots of things I love
about living in the Greater Toronto Area, but the weather ain't
one of them.  Please forgive me my rantings. ;)

Yet again, there's another new columnist at The Muse's Muse.
Please help me welcome Mike Roberts to our talented roster.
Mike's column is called "Can We Talk?" He'll be offering some
extremely useful advice on how to articulate yourself and your
ideas to your musical colleagues. Why not drop by and have a read
through his first article?  You can find his column at:
http://www.musesmuse.com/col-canwetalk.html

There's also a new Artist Spotlight section on The Muse's Muse!
Have a look at http://www.musesmuse.com/artistspotlights.html to
see what it's all about, and if you're interested, feel free to
contact me from that page.  No, it's not free, but the cost is
extremely reasonable and new spotlights will be mentioned in this
newsletter as well as accessed from the main page of the website.
See the "New Artist Spotlight Additions" section below for the
latest addition and give your fellow artists your support!

Meanwhile, the raffle winners this month are:

* Steve Crocker from East Lansing, MI has won an autographed copy
of the book reviewed this issue, John Braheny's "The Craft and
Business of Songwriting". (See below for the review)

* Laurie Broy all the way from Maui has won a copy of the
Galaris Music Directory (for details, have a look at
http://www.galaris.com/GMD.html?musesmuse)

* Nigel Briggs from Nottingham, England has won a
copy of VSS's songwriting organization product, Lyricist (for
details and information on a discount offered, see
http://www.musesmuse.com/vss-review.html)

Just as a bit of a final note, Nancy Reece's REAL ANSWERS TO REAL
QUESTIONS copyright and publishing e-book is currently on sale
for half price.  That's $10, folks.  If you have copyright and
publishing questions or concerns, this is a definite must-read -
for pocket change! 
Visit http://www.musesmuse.com/realarealq.html for details.

Lots of great stuff in this issue, including an article from John
Braheny!  So let's get right to it. :)

All the best, 

--Jodi

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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 Licensing executive Nancy A. Reece

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TOPIC: PUBLISHING

Q: I'm very interested in starting a publishing company, but I'm
very confused about what I need to do. I have been a member with
BMI for over 5 years and I had a partnership with two other
gentlemen which I recently asked to be removed from my company.
I am a musician and a songwriter as well and, like most
musicians, I have big hopes and dreams of being able to market my
material. First question: I know that you can be affiliated with
one publishing company, but how is it that you can be in two or
more by having a publishing "company"? Does your company itself
have to belong to more than one with all the people in your
company being with different affiliations? 

Second question: If I'm the owner of the publishing company, how
do I go about getting affiliated with other publishing firms?
What do I tell, for example, ASCAP and SESAC?

Next and last question: I'm in a rock band. If we get signed, how
does it affect me seeing that I already have a publishing
affiliation? Would the record label make me give up my company or
anything pertaining to giving up my rights being associated with
BMI? 

I appreciated your time reading over this. - Jahi N.

A: There is a complete chapter in the Digital Web Book dedicated
on "How To Start A Publishing Company".  I hope you will find it
helpful.

To address your question in short; a songwriter may only
affiliate with one performing rights organization (PRO) at a
time.  If, after the end of any term with that PRO, you make a
decision to go to another, then you may do so.

Publishing companies may have many affiliations depending on the
writers represented.  You may, as a sole proprietor or as a
corporation, develop divisions of your company that contain
separate published catalogues of material affiliated with each
appropriate PRO. 

If you as a writer are affiliated with BMI then you would want
your BMI publishing company to care for your songs.  If you
co-wrote with a writer who is with ASCAP but he wants to assign
publishing to you then you would set up an ASCAP publishing
company in addition to your BMI. (There is also a sample of a
Single Song Publishing Agreement in the Digital Web Book)

For example, our Carpe Diem Copyright Management has three music
publishing divisions; Temple Terrace Music/BMI, Temple Door
Music/ASCAP and Temple Gate Music/SESAC.  The songs in each
catalog correspond with the writers' affiliations.

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ABOUT NANCY A. REECE:

Carpe Diem Copyright Management'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). In addition to her work at Carpe
Diem Copyright Management, Reece works at a performing rights
organization in the United States and is an accomplished
contemporary artist working in abstract and multimedia on canvas
and wood.

How to Ask a Question:
If you have a question for Nancy about publishing or copyright
administration, you can e-mail her at nreece@musesmuse.com.
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!

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M u s i c   R e v i e w s :  

by Gian Fiero, James Grimes, Steve Allat, Stacey Board 
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NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE:

Reviews by James Grimes:

* Scott Cooper
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000610.html
* Morph
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000612.html

Reviews by Gian Fiero:

* Elly K
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000618.html
* Renee Sebastian 
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000619.html
* Sonicjoy
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000620.html
* Ziv
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000621.html

Reviews by Stacey Board:

* Paul Waters
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000613.html
* Tricia Alexander
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000614.html
* Crystal Brandt
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000615.html
* tj Rehmi
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000616.html
* Mercy’s Web
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000617.html
* The Boogie Men
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000622.html
* Jason Hanley
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000623.html
* exit
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000624.html
* BrokenNess
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000625.html
* Blue Background
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000626.html
* the emergency
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000627.html

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For bios on each of the reviewers, see
http://www.musesmuse.com/musicreviews.html . 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!

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N e w   A r t i s t   S p o t l i g h t   A d d i t i o n s :  

Great music is only a click away!  
Here is the latest addition to the Artist Spotlight section of
The Muse's Muse at http://www.musesmuse.com/artistspotlights.html 

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NORINE BRAUN ~ Genre: Pop

Ambient soul pop with elements of hip hop, jazz and a dash of
punk mix it up and flow on this spirited ascension. Now & Zen's
songs composed and sung by the prodigious and versatile, Norine
Braun. James Bowers is the phenomenal multi-instrumentalist and
producer of this funk filled adventure. Enjoy the ride.

http://cdbaby.com/cd/norinebraun5
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S o n g w r i t i n g   B o o k   R e v i e w : by James Linderman

The Craft and Business of Songwriting - Second Edition 
- by John Braheny ~ http://www.johnbraheny.com/book/index.html
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In a songwriting workshop I was leading someone asked me what I
thought the difference was between knowledge and wisdom and at
that very moment I wished I had become a math teacher. It was one
of those big questions that I knew could make me look brilliant
among these workshop delegates or ruin any credibility I had so
far been able to muster.

My answer was, "Well... Knowledge is information and wisdom is
like umm...wise stuff". It was painful to watch my sense of
authority pack its bags and leave the room for the rest of the
day but since hindsight is as clear as it is annoying, I now
possess the most amazingly cool answer to this question.
Knowledge is 1+1 = 2 and wisdom is two heads are better than one. 

There are lots of places to get knowledge and, although harder to
find, a fair amount of wisdom to be found. Obviously, there are
fewer places to find both in good supply. 

THE CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF SONGWRITING by John Braheny is one of
those places.

What has made John Braheny so knowledgeable about the craft and
business of songwriting has been his work as co-founder of The
Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase, his work with Taxi, and his
tenure as a music business teacher at UCLA, The Musicians
Institute, and The Grove School of Music. John has not just done
a little bit of everything in the music business - he has done a
lot of everything and so is universally considered an authority
on the topic.

The wisdom that is evident in John's book comes however, not
from his work as an authority on the topic, but from his personal
work as a musician and songwriter. The best songwriting resource
books seem always to be written by authors who work in a
professional capacity within the industry but deep down are just
songwriters themselves, just like you and I. 

The book starts out with a chapter on creativity and inspiration
and if you haven't seen much of either of these two elements in
your writing in a while, then this first chapter alone is worth
the price of the whole book. It analyzes the process of creative
thinking with a combination of brain science and common sense
that is really illuminating.

The remainder of the first half of the book deals with what to
write your songs about, who to write your songs for, song
construction, lyric and music writing and an absolutely brilliant
chapter on collaboration that you must read before you even share
a pencil with another songwriter in the future. There is an
interview with Randy Goodrum who wrote 'Bluer than Blue' alone
(in a lineup at Wendy's) and how the song may have been different
had he co-written it. Interesting stuff.

The second half of the book deals with the business of
songwriting and features chapters on copyright, publishing, staff
writing, pitching (not the baseball kind) and casting (not the
fishing kind). 

There are also chapters on producing and sending demos, which,
considering Johns work with Taxi, is absolutely invaluable. There
is also some great information about showcasing, song contests,
finding alternate markets for your music and just about every
other aspect of getting your songs to open a cash register
somewhere in the known universe. 

This book is actually the Second Edition of THE CRAFT AND
BUSINESS OF SONGWRITING by John Braheny, so not only does it have
updated examples and the benefit of John's own sense of
hindsight, but it also has a completeness and a comprehensiveness
that comes with combining fresh insights with time honored
truths.

This would be an amazing book if you wanted to get one resource
book that could take you through the entire process of
successfully creating and marketing your songs. It is also a book
that lots of pro writers refer to as being a factor when asked
how they managed to become great writers.  

THE CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF SONGWRITING by John Braheny is a book
that makes its information universal by making it wise and its
wisdom practical by making it useful. 

You can get a copy of THE CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF SONGWRITING by
John Braheny at http://www.writersdigestbooks.com/ or 
http://www.johnbraheny.com/ ****** ABOUT THE REVIEWER: James Linderman lives and works at theharmonyhouse, a music lesson, songwriting and music pre-production facility in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. He is the Songwriters Association of Canada regional coordinator for Newmarket 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: theharmonyhouse@rogers.com 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! 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Use redemption code: MMU8303 when you enroll for one year at SongU and get an additional 3 months free! To take the campus tour, go to http://www.songu.com/?sa=3 . ----------------------------------------------------------------- MARS SOCIETY SEEKS SONGS TO CELEBRATE SPACE EXPLORATION With our last contest winner just played as wake-up music for NASA's "Opportunity" rover on Mars and featured prominently on television, radio and in newspapers worldwide, the Mars Society is proud to announce its Second Rouget de Lisle Award contest for songs celebrating the cause of the human exploration and settlement of space. We are asking for a tape or CD of songs, in any style, to be submitted together with a hardcopy of the lyrics by no later than April 30, 2004 to Mars Society, Box 273, Indian Hills, CO 80454. More information at http://www.marssociety.org/news/2004/0217.asp . ----------------------------------------------------------------- TAKE YOUR MUSIC TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH BERKLEEMUSIC.COM Berklee College of Music has launched its Berkleemusic.com web site after nearly two years in development. This ambitious 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: http://www.berkleemusic.com/school/?affiliate_promotion_id=338 ----------------------------------------------------------------- SONG & LYRIC WRITING CONTEST SUPPORTING VH-1 SAVE THE MUSIC Song of the Year is currently accepting entries into the 2004 songwriting contest. Judges include Grammy Award winners as well as many other prestigious judges. The contest offers over $50,000 of prizes. 50 winners each month (600 yearly) will have their material sent out to labels, publishers, and A&R reps. Visit http://www.songoftheyear.com/ to submit your song today. International entries are welcome! ----------------------------------------------------------------- GREAT ARTICLES TO CHECK OUT AT GALARIS INDEPENDENT MUSIC: http://www.galaris.com/ * Double Your Computer and Double Your Productivity - By Jeffrey P. Fisher http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=304 * Gaining control of your singing audition - By Jeannie Deva http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=305 * Create Your Own Luck - By Tom Leu http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=306 Visit http://www.galaris.com/ and Sign up for the Galaris Independent Musicians Newsletter. 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. ----------------------------------------------------------------- INTRODUCING A SPECIAL WEBSITE PROMOTION PACKAGE ESPECIALLY FOR MUSICIANS/SONGWRITERS It's important for your website to be found once it's created. We all know this. But who can afford the promotion a website needs to truly make its mark on the web? Now YOU can. This package is offered exclusively to Muse's Muse visitors only. Do you have a website that no one knows about? Do you want it to stand out from the crowd? Now you can get it promoted for a fraction of the price most search engine optimization packages would cost you. Visit http://www.internet-marketing-mm.com/musicianpackage.html for more details. Back to Menu ================================================================= M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson ©1998-2004 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission ----------------------------------------------------------------- The internet is chock full of professional websites these days, with fancy main pages, flash animations, pop up ads, buy this, buy that. Nothing wrong with that, but it's truly refreshing to occasionally come across one that is down home, unpretentious, and really built out of a love of something. Like, uh, music! Many months ago, I discovered quite by accident that my songs were being played on Whole Wheat Radio (http://www.wholewheatradio.org/). Whole Wheat Radio? What the heck was that?? And how did they get my songs? With a little research, I realized that they had obtained the songs by way of mp3.com, which of course is now defunct. I had made the songs freely available there, so I was certainly not upset to find out that they had found their way somewhere else! But what about Whole Wheat Radio? What exactly was that? Well, just to give you an idea, here is an excerpt from their main page: "We're real people. We have an outhouse out back. We don't have a professionally polished webpage, flashy banner ads, overblown self-promotion and lots of glitz. If you came here because you're tired of other webcast's hype and just want to connect with down-to-earth people and great music --- stick around." Whole Wheat Radio is run out of a 12X12 cabin in Talkeetna, Alaska by Jim and Esther. They don't even give their last name, that's how down home it is! Volunteer DJ's who are live at the mic spin songs by independent artists 24 hours a day, and the station exists on donations by avid listeners and a connection with CDBaby, where each CD bought through them nets them $1. You can tune in through a lo- or hi-speed connection, chat with other listeners, find out who else is listening, get a full accounting of donations, and read up on their weekly schedule. You can sign up and get email updates on who's playing and what's coming up. I recently received through email, an accounting of how many spins my songs had received and listeners feedback on Whole Wheat Radio, something they've recently set up. If you have a CD, you can send it to them snail mail and get some airplay, and you can easily get a full account of how much it is being played and what your listeners think. A lot of performing songwriters are featured here, along with artists in the folk, blues, jazz, Celtic, world and even "protest" categories. Send in your CD, or simply take a listen and support a website that has truly been created out of a love of music for a change! ****** 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: http://www.irenejackson.com/tips.html Homepage: http://www.irenejackson.com/ Songs on MP3: http://www.mp3.com/artists/20/irene_jackson.html Back to Menu ================================================================= F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : My Audience Loves It, Why Don't You? - By John Braheny © 2003 ----------------------------------------------------------------- You're primarily a live performer who is used to getting an enthusiastic response from an audience. You think, "I'm ready to do a CD of my songs and see if I can get a record deal" (or publishing deal, manager, film and TV placement, good reviews, better gigs, etc.). So you save up your cash and record those songs - the ones they love with the arrangements they love in the clubs. Then you start sending them out and get comments like, "I like your style but you need better songs," "Good singer but I don't hear any hits," "I suggest you find better songs," "Nothing here of interest but let me know when you have some more songs." You can't believe it! Your audiences love these songs. They even request them. After all, aren't these the people who're gonna buy your records anyway? Why can't these so-called music professionals hear how great these songs are? WELCOME TO THE LIVE VS. RECORDING DISCONNECT. Your audience will almost always respond to a high-energy, enthusiastic performance, a heartfelt delivery, and to a performer with conviction and personal charisma, especially if you've spent some time honing your live-performance skills. But the positive response a writer/artist/band gets from a live performance can be very misleading when he/she/they don't separate the PERFORMANCE from the SONG. As a writer/performer, you may take your excellent performing ability for granted. Chances are, though, that you're connected to your songs in a much more personal way. So the songs, in your mind, take the focus and you assume that people are applauding the songs rather than the performance. When people go to a club and pay a $10 cover charge and another $20 or more on drinks and food, they're willing to go more than halfway to be entertained. If you're a performer with the qualities mentioned above, you may easily satisfy that customer. But when you take those same songs on a demo to a hard-nosed publisher or a record company A&R rep who's separating the performance from the song and looking for a hit, it's a whole new situation. Since they can't SEE your performance or be moved by your charisma, and aren't communicated to via facial expressions and body language, the song has to stand on its own. A lot of music works in clubs that would never work as a hit single. A ten-minute vamp will work for a dancing crowd and a ten-minute guitar or drum solo can bring a club or concert crowd to a frenzy, but put it on the radio and even the same person who loved it in concert may change the station. What about jam bands like Phish, the Dave Matthews Band and Widespread Panic who sell tons of records of their performances? The fact is that most of their CDs are sold to those concert-goers who relive the concert experience through the recording, not because the group has a hit single. An interesting side-note is that when Dave Matthews got together with hit producer Glen Ballard to write the "Everyday" album, (and that hit single) he had to learn a whole new process for writing songs. At some point in the process, they had to map out the songs to ensure the tightness and maximum dynamics of the structures for radio as opposed to letting the songs develop organically in live performance. Also, solos had to be restricted in the arrangements to a few choice bars of what, in live performance, could take several minutes. Unless you're a jam band with a mega following, a music industry pro must rely on the million-dollar gamble that someone who has never seen you perform live will be captivated by the song and performance of the recording on the radio. "But," you say, "I'm not looking for a hit record. I'm just trying to sell my own records and give people who buy them a great experience. What do I need to know that will make my recorded songs better?" There are several factors that are much more important on record than they are live: STRUCTURE: Producers often complain that the biggest problem in producing artists and bands who have created their songs for a live performance context is that the songs often need to be re-structured. Structure is one of the major tools in "selling" a song to an audience (and the music industry.) In live performance, it's important to generate energy, particularly for bands. So in the effort to keep the performance amped up, there's a natural tendency to set up a great groove and just lean on it instead of going into a couple of new sections to break it up. You can also do a long instrumental section and stretch that song to ten minutes, (something we'd frequently do in bands when we didn't have enough material). On a recording, the visual aspect of the band or the vibe of a roomful of people isn't there to enhance the experience, so the predictability/surprise, tension/release dynamic has to be there instead. A verse/chorus, verse/chorus setup gives us the predictability factor, then the surprise element of a totally different bridge, then back home to a chorus and out - is a time-tested structure that, given enough contrast in each section, will almost hold an audience's attention by itself. There are lots of effective structures. Find more at my web-site at: http://www.johnbraheny.com/craft/form.html DYNAMICS: Writing a totally different melody, chord changes, groove and lyric meter in your chorus than were in your verse are powerful attention-getters whether live or on CD. More subtle contrasts like a different rhyme scheme in the chorus will work better on CD than live. That great, dynamic 2-bar phrase or 4-bar pre-chorus that telegraphs the arrival of the chorus will not only work on CD but bring a live audience to its feet. But unless you think of making it part of your song when you write it, you'll never know what it COULD do if written differently. Chances are that you'll still be able to get by (and please your crowd live) with all the other attributes you've got going for you but it won't work nearly as well on the CD. Read my chapter on dynamics at: http://www.johnbraheny.com/craft/dyn.html LYRIC: In a club, particularly with rock bands, (because rock bands work largely with intensity, energy and attitude) we rarely hear all or any of the words. On a CD, we may hear all, or most of them. And if they're failing, not only to say something, but to say it well, it ceases to fulfill its potential as a factor that captivates and delights us. In a club, we're "spoken to" with body language and facial gestures and what we "think" they're saying may work fine or we'll pick up a catch-phrase that we can hook a meaning on for ourselves. We're captivated by the lights and sounds but, if we hear it for the first time with all that stripped away, we have to have a lyric that works by itself. Got one? ****** John Braheny is the author of the best-selling Writer¹s Digest Book, The Craft and Business of Songwriting, and a consultant/critiquer/coach for songwriters and music business entrepreneurs. More info at http://www.johnbraheny.com/Back to Menu ================================================================= " O N S I T E " F E A T U R E D A R T I C L E : ----------------------------------------------------------------- Time Management For Your Debut Album By Queenie Sataro http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000628.html In this part of the series, she discusses Time Management. 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