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Issue 8.6 - September 2005
ISSN 1480-6975

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

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - by Gian Fiero
@-- New Artist Spotlight Additions
@-- 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 - Is There a "Science" of Creative Success?
                       By Linda Dessau
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@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

I hope you're all enjoying your summer.  I know I am!  

Just a few things to pass along here while I'm at it.

First off, I should mention that I've entered The Muse's Muse
into the BT Digital Music Awards under the category of People's
Choice ... just for the heck of it. :)  I got an email about it
earlier and thought, why not?  So you can go to the main page of
The Muse's Muse ( and click on the graphic
there, or you could just use this link here: and cast your vote.

If you feel The Muse's Muse is worth your time and you've found
it useful, I'd really appreciate your vote. :)  Thanks in

Also, those of you who are interested in getting your websites
and your talent recognized, you can enter too!  Just go here for
more details: - pick
your category and send in your form.

Next, if you're interested in getting radio play for your
music, visit Radio Muse at for
instructions on how you can send in a package for possible
inclusion.  There's a new show there now, a second show in
production and enough music to begin planning a third show - but
I'm always looking for more!  I've been hugely impressed with the
music I'm hearing.  Keep it coming!

For those of you interested in participating in the message
boards, I'd highly recommend that you drop by and listen to what the
folks on the message boards have come up with for a fantastic
compilation of some top notch talent.  The message boards are at and are a *great* way
to find collaborators, get honest critiques on your songs and
simply enjoy the benefits of being a part of a living, breathing
community.  You don't have to write in a vacuum!

And now, without further ado, here are the raffle winners for
this month:

* Elizabeth Geer from Memphis, TN has won a copy of
VSS's songwriting organization product, Lyricist (for details and
information on a discount offered, see

* Kelley Ann Hornyak from Allen Park, MI has won a copy of 
"100 Miles To A Record Deal" by Bronson Herrmuth

* Geneva Kelly from Marietta GA has won a copy of the
"Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook" by Bob Baker (reviewed

* Shobha Grace from Medford, OR has won a copy of the
"Musician's Toolkit" (for details, see 

Keep happy and keep writing. :)

All the best,


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

by Gian Fiero


Gian Fiero:

* Codie Prevost
* P.J. Olsson
* Nicholas Alan


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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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 

Racecar - Genre: ALTERNATIVE

The song "Mystical Ages" was a top five finalist in VH1's March
2005 Rock Catagory. Racecar's music is available at over 100
download stores spanning eighteen countries and is in regular
rotation on numerous college and internet radio stations.
Racecarís debut has reached out around the world and caught the
attention of well established producers and songwriters.


Catherine Duc - Genre: NEW AGE

Enter the world of Visions and Dreams... Catherine will take you
on an ethereal journey, through world music elements layered with
lush arrangements and Ambient Groove beats. Catherine has a
Diploma in Film Music, and has been compared to Enigma and
Riverdance. Her album was mastered by Sony Music Australia.


Tracy Gibbons - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

Tracy almost always finds her songs on an acoustic guitar,
blending influences of folk, country and blues with a
contemporary edge. Rich, warm, occasionally haunting arrangements
envelope a voice that is uncommonly pure and moving. Tracy
strives to dig deep, coming from a place so honest that other can
recognize her stories as their own.

S o n g w r i t i n g   B o o k   R e v i e w : by James Linderman

Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook - by Bob Baker
One of my favorite quotes is by Jonathan Winters who once said,
"I couldn't wait for success so I started without it". Much of
what is between the covers of Bob Baker's Guerrilla Music
Marketing Handbook supports this sentiment.

Not only has the author guerrilla marketed his way through a
career as a musician, a music magazine publisher, and music
events coordinator but he has now authored half a dozen of the
world's defining books about artistic self realization and
promotion for musicians.

Guerrilla Music Marketing begins with a chapter on goal setting
and focuses also on reaching those goals faster. This is a very
inspiring chapter that endeavors to pull us out of the "just let
things happen" approach to real hands-on music career planning.

In the 20 plus chapters that make up the remainder of the book
you will find lots of stuff on self motivation, dealing with your
band, dealing with the media, making CD's, web sites, your local
music scene, and an Everest of other music career specific

I found the section on financing your music career and the
chapter on working the telephone to promote, really interesting
and I have already found myself starting to quote this book while
my friends and I sit around plotting world domination with our
songs as artillery.

Bob Baker also has a website and a newsletter that are packed
with resources to take you beyond what's in the book. 

To start off with what's in the book, however, you can pick up a
copy of the Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook by Bob Baker at
his website 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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S p o n s o r   M e s s a g e : 
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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!
John Mayer is calling on fans to make a song out of some lyrics
that didn't make it onto his upcoming album. The issue of Esquire
where he mentions this invitation, will be on newstands August
15th. More details will be given in that issue. John Mayer has
written a regular column for Esquire for over a year. Why not
pick the magazine up and give it a shot? Good luck!

John Legend, Fergie of Black Eyed Peas and Bacon Brothers judge
session I of the 2005 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. For the
first time in its nine year history, the John Lennon Songwriting
Contest is accepting entries year round. The contest, which will
continue to honor songs in twelve musical categories, will have
two sessions, the first from April 15 to August 15, 2005, and the
second from September 1 through December 15, 2005. Because of the
expansion of the internationally acclaimed competition, the prize
package is the biggest ever, totaling over $240,000 in cash and
prizes. For more information please go to .
SONGWRITING CONTEST:(begins 9/1/05; ends 10/31/05):
On 8/31/05 we're going to "reset" our Top 10 Song List to "0" and
let the voting begin! Visitors to our site will cast their vote
for their favorite songs located in our online Song Catalog,
through 10/31/05 and the song appearing at the top of the list
will win a prize package valued at over $1,000. including airfare
and accommodations at the Hard Rock Hotel for 2 nights and 3 days
in beautiful Orlando, Florida. Also, once we know your travel
dates we'll schedule some special events for you to enjoy during
your stay.
For more information and to enter your songs please go to our
Contest page @ 
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You can learn more about courses, co-writing hookups,
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The cruise sails from Galveston, Texas on October 8, 2005. This
5-day event features teaching faculty Jason Blume, (cuts on 50
million albums sold) and John and Jo Ann Braheny, (Los Angeles
Songwriters Showcase). Participants also pitch their songs to
major publishers/industry pros in TV/film and various music
genres, including Norm DeVasure ("Keeper of The Stars", "Long
Slow Kisses"), Ted Lowe ("Kill Bill 2", "Punk'd"), Mike Geiger
("Adalida", "Hillbilly Shoes"), Monica Benson (Whitney Houston,
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and Playa del Carmen, with conference costs included from $494
per person!! 

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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.

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
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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

Steve Rapson is an instrumental guitarist who is also a producer
and performance coach, along with having written a book called
"The Art of the Solo Performer".  But his website Solo Performer
( features a lot more than pitching
his book and selling his CD's.  He has also gathered up some very
interesting tips and articles on everything from overcoming stage
fright to guitar buying tips and songwriting.  I found
"Songwriter Workshop", the songwriting area of his website, first
(of course!), and was especially struck by two of the articles.

One was by Steve himself, called "Open Letter to a Songwriter",
written to a songwriter who had sent him a demo.  It begins:
"The demo is better than one usually hears, especially for this
type of home experimentation. It meets a certain standard of
musicianship and sophistication. Much work and feeling, I'm sure,
went into the writing and performing. A major impression,
however, is "I've heard this before.", although, I am nearly
fifty, and have heard quite a bit before."  It then goes on to
describe the struggles with originality in our songwriting, which
applies to all of us at one time or another.

Another terrific article was written by Don White, starting with
the lyrics to his song "Hearbeat Of Heaven".  He then describes
the reaction he received from a fan after a concert where he
performed the song.  Very powerful stuff!  You'll also find "Now
What? The next step on your songwriting journey" by Jason Blume
and "My First Festival, My First European Tour" by Mary Gauthier,
both excellent articles. 

Beyond the songwriting workshop, you'll find some wonderful
articles in the "Recording Studio/Recording Techniques" section
and the "Performance Skills" area of the website.  But there's
much more than I can describe here! 

I always appreciate when a performer or songwriter who has some
experiences to share, goes to the trouble of doing just that.
And no matter how much you think you've learned, there's always

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 : 

Is There a "Science" of Creative Success? 
- © 2005 by Linda Dessau
All Rights Reserved.  Used By Permission

I've been studying science lately, in the form of a book called
"The Science of Getting Rich", written by Wallace Wattles in
1910. To download your free copy of this book, visit:

This book has created enormous shifts for me in how I think of
wealth, creativity, work, other people and myself.

I believe that most if not all of the concepts discussed in this
book would benefit creative artists, and I highly recommend that
you read and study it.

Here are some of the book's main concepts:

It's Natural to Want to be Rich:

It's a fundamental law of nature that we want to be more and
better than we are, that we want to improve ourselves, know
more, be more and have more. The happier, healthier and more
advanced you are, the better you'll be able to serve the world.
You'll have more to give, through your creative expressions and
in many other ways as well.

Because of the way our society has developed, we need specific
materials in order to improve ourselves. For example, I want to
be a better songwriter and guitar player than I am now. One way I
can make that happen is to take lessons from someone who's
farther along that path than I am and who has the specific skills
I want to develop. In order to make that happen, I need
money to pay that teacher.

You might feel uncomfortable about wanting to be rich. This
probably stems from the attitudes about money you learned as you
were growing up. You might feel guilty about having money when so
many people in the world don't. Or you might be buying into the
stereotypical view of the "starving artist".

The sooner you can shift your mindset about being rich, the
sooner you'll succeed.

Being rich and successful are noble goals. It's not about being
greedy or taking something away from someone else. It's about
being able to add to the world - with your skills, gifts,
talents, creativity, ideas and love.

Nature is Trying to Make us Rich

Because it's the natural law to want to advance, improve and be
more than we are (just ask any plant, tree or other living
creature), nature is on our side. Nature is actually constantly
sending a flow of good things towards us in the forms of
opportunities, people and ideas.

And while you don't have to say yes to everything that comes your
way, it's important to be open to the opportunities,
possibilities and the unknown chain of events that are leading
you to success.

What we often do instead, though, whether consciously or
unconsciously, is say "no, thank you!" to these opportunities.
Through our habitual behaviours and thoughts, we tend to bat them
away as if they were mosquitoes.

The good news is that this flow is inexhaustible and there will
always be another chance to tap into it and receive it. There's
enough for everyone in the world, and there's no hurry.

I've chosen some of the most common habitual behaviours and
thoughts of creative artists (I expand on these more in my free
e-course "Roadblocks to Creativity"), and I'll discuss how
practicing the "Science of Getting Rich" can help to clear them

The Roadblock of Procrastination
... The remainder of 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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A Buck A Song - A Commentary
by Jerry Flattum

Regardless of artist or genre, what music collectors collect most
is songs. The New Millennium is a singles market, and having a
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