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Issue 8.1 - April 2005
ISSN 1480-6975

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This issue sponsored by:
Kauai Music Festival


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

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - by Stacey Board & Brian Rutherford
@-- 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 - OUCH, it hurts when I sing (but please
                       don't tell me to stop)! By Linda Dessau
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
    viewing pleasure.
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The Kauai Music Festival today announced that hit BMI songwriters
Vanessa Carlton ("A Thousand Miles"), Sean Garrett ("Yeah!" by
Usher) and 2005 Grammy winner Harold Lilly ("You Don't Know My
Name" by Alicia Keys) will be joining the instructional staff for
this year's event.  The Kauai Music Festival, held May 26-29, is
a four-day celebration of the craft of popular songwriting. The
Festival provides an opportunity for aspiring songwriters to hone
their craft under the tutelage of some of the best songwriters in
the world. The Festival offers a unique combination of small
group songwriter workshops, master classes, instructional panels
and seminars on a variety of pertinent subjects, a songwriting
contest, and concerts on the Garden Island of Kauai in Hawaii.

Check out their website at

E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

Hi folks!  Well, there's another packed issue for you this time

But first off, I'm very happy to announce that Radio Muse is
back!  Bigger and better than before. :)  So if you're interested
in having your music played in the show (this will be an Internet
broadcast, much in the manner of the previous show where it'll be
a link from the page that has information on each of the
performers) please visit the Radio Muse page at for full instructions.
You'll also find previous shows there.  Feel free to listen!  The
actual format will be slightly different (James Linderman and I
will be doing some speaking in between songs,) but the idea
behind the pages that display more information on the artists is
still the same.  Also, the show will be in MP3 format rather than
its previous Real Audio format.

I look forward to hearing your music!

The raffle winners this month are:

* Dorit Konig from New York, NY has won a copy of VSS's
songwriting organization product, Lyricist (for details and
information on a discount offered, see

* Pam Scheller from Oak Hills, CA has won a copy of 
"100 Miles To A Record Deal" by Bronson Herrmuth

* Jennie Steil from Van Nuys, CA has won a copy of the 2005 Song
Writer's Market, as reviewed in last month's newsletter.

* David Conley from Carmel, CA has won a copy of "Songwriting
Success - How to Write Songs for Fun and (Maybe) Profit" by
Michael Lydon (reviewed below!).

And if you're interested in receiving a raffle prize, I'm still
interested in hearing from you! :) My contact info is at the
bottom of the newsletter.  As before, when you do, let me know
which raffle prize particularly interests you (and yes, the
reviewed book of the month is a valid interest :)) and I'll see
what I can do.  

Thanks, guys.  I hope you find the next month (and beyond) highly


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

by Gian Fiero, Steve Allat & Brett Thompson 


Stacey Board:

* Kirsten Williams
* Brian Deer
* Tom Kafafian
* Two One Nine
* James O'Malley

Reviews by Brian Rutherford:

* Dreamfast!


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!

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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

Songwriting Success - How to Write Songs for Fun and (Maybe)
Profit by Michael Lydon
Some of the books reviewed here in The Muse's News are very
specific, exploring a particular discipline like sight singing or
rhyming a lyric. 

Other books are more general, dealing with the fundamentals of
music creation and lyric writing in broader terms, assuming that
most of us would like to write a complete song as a finite
expression of our artistic nature.

Songwriting Success - How to Write Songs for Fun and (Maybe)
Profit by Michael Lydon is one of those books.

It starts out with a brief introduction that offers an overview
of the history of songwriting encouraging respect for the
complexities of craft but the need for simplicity in its
execution. Great advice, indeed!

Part one of the book deals with those complexities of craft
reduced down to some basic principles, starting with reading and
writing music. 

There is an accompanying cd that helps illuminate the musical
examples well as the author explains chord progressions and
demonstrates the elusive art of playing and singing at the same
time. An elusive art in itself - to sing and play simultaneously
and make it sound like something you could describe as

There are chapters on lyrics, song form, melody, rhythm and a
chapter on refining the elements so they transcend mere craft and
become art.

Part two of the book covers the business side of the songwriting
equation and explains how to move your song from your notebook on
the kitchen table out into the big, bad world of contracts,
copyright, recording, publicity and publishing. 

Songwriting Success - How to Write Songs for Fun and (Maybe)
Profit, by Michael Lydon, would be a great book for someone just
starting out in songwriting and needing some help with the nuts
and bolts of it all. Perhaps a perfect book to pick up before you
move on to the specialty books on rhyming a lyric or sight

You can get your hands on a copy of Songwriting Success - How to
Write Songs for Fun and (Maybe) Profit by Michael Lydon at 

James Linderman lives and works at theharmonyhouse, a music
lesson, songwriting and recording pre-production facility in
Newmarket, Ontario.  James writes songwriting articles and music
book reviews for The Muse's News, Canadian Musician Magazine,
Songwriters Magazine, and Professional Musician Magazine. His
writing is also featured in the James Linderman Wing of the
library at  James has a Canadian University and
American College education in music theory and composition and is
also pretty good at making up songs and playing the guitar. 

Contact James at:  

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The Muse's Muse Songwriting Resource (online since 1995) now has
a section of Artist Spotlights at where musicians
and songwriters of all genres can strut their stuff.  Newly
spotlighted artists are also mentioned in this newsletter (see
above). Check out for
more details!

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!

Prizes include guaranteed publishing deals, songwriting software,
music organisation subscriptions, copies of The Songwriting
Sourcebook, Sonic Bids memberships, Music Diplomas, career
development packages and lots more. All winners and selected
runners up and finalists will feature on the "UKSC Best of 2005"
CD. Every year finalists and winners are widely featured and
interviewed on national and international radio, TV and press
leading to many recording, management and publishing deals and
opportunities for contestants. International entries are welcome.
More info and entry forms at

The International Southern Gospel Music Network is hosting their
3rd annual songwriting contest. The 1st place prize package
includes an opportunity to co-write a song with John Darin Rowsey
at Daywind Publishing in Nashville, Tennessee! The song that is
co-written by the 1st place winner and John Darin Rowsey will
also be published by Daywind Publishing. The winner will also
receive a cash prize of $300 to help with travel expenses to

For complete details, go to our website at .
Don’t delay, because the deadline is June 1st!

Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies), Damhnait Doyle (Shaye), Stan
Meissner, Andy Kim, and Haydain Neale (jacksoul) are just some of
the hit songwriters and recording artists who will come together
during The Humber Songwriting Summer Workshop, July 23–29, 2005.
This intensive weeklong learning adventure in songwriting is open
to songwriters at all levels, from beginners to those with years
of musical experience. It is offered through the School of
Creative & Performing Arts, Humber Institute of Technology &
Advanced Learning, Toronto. The fee is CAN $675 with an
additional residency option of CAN$305.76 for seven nights
including breakfast. More information is available by calling
call 416-675-6622 ext. 3427, or emailing
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You can learn more about courses, co-writing hookups,
industry connections and pitching by going to .    

The Mars Society is proud to announce its Third 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, 2005 to Mars
Society, Box 273, Indian Hills, CO 80454. More information at .

Download's free and easy Copyright Kit. Print
Copyright forms, Copyright submission process, handy tips &
tricks, choosing the right form, and more. 

Pete & Pat Luboff will pay for the phone call for Muse's Muse
songwriters who use the Luboffs' songwriting consultation
service. The service provides detailed, constructive song
analysis, answers to all your creative and business questions and
references to contacts when appropriate. Visit for more information.

The Big Shot! contest is for Ontario, Canada rock bands only. You
are competing for a one-album EP deal from Every Good Sound
Records, a Canadian owned and operated independent record label.
Your album will be recorded at Little Chicago Studios, with a run
of professional grade CDs donated by Healey Music. Every Good
Sound Records will promote and coordinate the release of your
album and get you on your way to a successful music career!
Entries will be judged by the staff at, Every
Good Sound Records, and Tim Greencorn of Little Chicago Studios.
Sponsors of this event include Every Good Sound Records, Healey
Music, Little Chicago Studios, Neighbourhoodies clothing,
Champion Print Studios, and Steam Whistle Brewery. The contest is
hosted and administered by, where submissions
are accepted for $15 CAN. Entrants can also choose to submit
their 3 song submission via Broadjam for $15 USD, with the added
bonus of getting a free 6 month membership to the online music
resource. The first BIG SHOT! contest is open as of February
24th, 2005 and will end by 11:59 PM EST on April 24th, 2005.
Winners will be announced on May 6th, 2005.
For official rules, prize pool and details on how to enter,
please visit or 

Ellen Silverstein Violette, Grammy-nominated Songwriter & CEO of
Create A Splash! e-marketing & writing strategies 4 success is
offering 15% discounts to Muse's Muse visitors on selected
services including all courses, web reviews, and some coaching
programs. Visit for information! 

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 - and now
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no one knows about? Do you want it to stand out from the crowd?
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M u s e ' s    C l u e s :  by Irene Jackson

©1998-2005 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. Used By

I've been writing this monthly column for a few years now and I
know without checking back that I've likely mentioned Lyrical
Line ( before.  It's a great website
with a lot of information, a newsletter, a radio show, forum and
much, much more.  But this time, I'd like to direct you over to
an interesting section of that website called 
"What Songwriters Want To Know"
(  It's a
huge (they call it "meaty"!) section of the website which
consists of about 150 questions from songwriters on all aspects
of writing, recording, the business, and what have you.

Well-known songwriting gurus Paul Zollo and Mary Dawson, who also
contributes to the Muse's Muse in a column called Mary's Musings,
share in responding to each of the questions on Lyrical Line.  In
fact, if you have a question and don't see it there, you can send
it to them too.  How do you start a label?  How important and
helpful are songwriting books and classes? Can a lyrics-only
songwriter hope to have any success?  How does a songwriter know
if he/she is any good?  And my favourite "Is this business only
for the young?" :-) 

What do you want to know?  If you can't find the answer there,
you can always ask!

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 a songwriter's messageboard.

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

OUCH, it hurts when I sing (but please don't tell me to stop)! 
By Linda Dessau © 2005 - All Rights Reserved

When I first set out to write this article about voice problems
in singers, I was looking for two experts from contrasting fields
of medicine – "medical" and "holistic". What I found, instead, in
the first practitioner that I interviewed, was a delightful
mixture of the two.

The following biography of Dr. Brian Hands was taken from the
website VOX Cura, his Toronto clinic. There is a link to the
website at the bottom of this article.

"Dr. Brian Hands, M.D., FRCS (C), is a member of the Royal
College of Physicians and Surgeons in his field of laryngology,
sits on the Board of the Canadian Voice Foundation, is a member
of the Voice Foundation in the U.S. and is on the editorial board
of The Medical Post.

Brian Hands' life-long passion for the arts, combined with his
medical practice as an ear, nose and throat specialist, has led
to a growing practice among performing artists of all
disciplines. He is voice consultant for the Canadian Opera
Company, Stratford Festival, the major theatrical companies,
Mirvish Productions and the former Livent as well as major record

I hope you'll enjoy reading about Dr. Hands and his work treating
singers with voice problems.

Linda Dessau: Why did you decide to focus on the voice problems
of singers?

Brian Hands: As an ear, nose and throat resident, options for
training in taking care of voices is limited. After a few years
of practice, a board member of the hospital where I was working
offered me the position of voice doctor to the Canadian Opera
Company. I quickly became fascinated and passionately excited by
performers who use their voice – the purest sound a human can
produce. I loved doing it. At that time, in Toronto, CATS and the
Phantom of the Opera were beginning their productions. Touring
singers from all over the world would call the Canadian Opera
Company for referrals if they had voice problems while they were
in Toronto; eventually rock singers, movie people and theatre
people from Stratford all started being referred. This is the
work I get the greatest enjoyment from, and I try now to limit my
practice to only voice problems. I identify with the strong
emotional aspects involved in performing; I love the creative

I believe in taking a mind/body/soul approach and use elements of
energy work, chakra therapy, color therapy and yoga. I find the
performers find these approaches easy to relate to.

I start with a Western medical method of taking a patient's
history and doing a physical assessment. And once that's done, I
deal with the emotional and spiritual aspects of the person.

I appreciate that my clients see me as non-threatening, like a
friend – not a conventional doctor who just wants to label them
and get them on their way. I see them as a whole entity and not
just as a medical problem.

Most voices DON'T have pathology, or a physical ailment. The
singers are so relieved to hear that their vocal cords are fine!

After a few short minutes in my office we're usually able to get
to the deeper problems, emotional "baggage" that may have been
with them since childhood.

This brings more relief, the fact that someone is listening to
them and understands them. I've heard many times, "How do you
know so much about me, when we've just met?"

Another joy for me is facilitating, for these singers, the
cathartic release of their pain through singing.

LD: What are the most common vocal disorders?
This article is continued at:


Linda Dessau is a singer, musician, accredited music therapist
and certified life coach. She enjoys using songwriting as a
therapeutic tool, to help her clients with special needs express
their thoughts and feelings or achieve other goals such as
movement and participation. She has also personally used
songwriting as a form of personal growth and self-expression.
Linda brings creative artists of all types together in her
Everyday Artist community - sign-up for free today
( and join
the conversation!

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

MUSIC INDUSTRY Q&A: Is This Manager Trying To Use My Relative?
by Gian Fiero and Jon L. Duman

Do you think this manager is trying to use my relative? Can you
give me some advice that I can pass on to him? 

Visit their new Music Industry Q&A column at to ask your own


Jerry Flattum has two more articles in his series on 'What Is A
Broadcast Quality Recording?' available:

Part 6: Formats
In mastering a broadcast quality recording, one size does not fit
all. There are a wide range of tape, CD and DVD formats. Each
format has its own mastering strategy.

and Part 7: Mixing Techniques
Mastering is not about "fixing it in the mix." It's about
enhancing audio and preparing a recording for replication. There
is some overlap in the mixing techniques used in mixing and
mastering. But it's the mix that gets mastered. 

You can see all of the articles in this series on Jerry's Bridge
On Fire column at

There's still more to come!
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