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Issue 9.9 - December 2006
ISSN 1480-6975

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

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - Chip Withrow, Gian Fiero, Francesco Emmanuel 
                    & Alex Jasperse
@-- New Artist Spotlight Additions
@-- Songwriting Book Review - by Ed Teja
@-- 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 - ATTITUDE by Lance Gallup
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
    viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

Well hello again for another month. :)  I hope your October was
as fun and productive as mine was!  I have a lot for you this
month - new articles, contest and market information listings, a
fantastic site to check out as recommended by Irene in her Muse's
Clues section, Ed Taja's new book review of This Business of
Songwriting by Jason Blume, and a whole bunch of new CD reviews.

Radio Muse show (#14) is now online, in case you've missed my
speaking about it before.  You can have a listen to that at .  Please do support
your fellow songwriters and check out their music.  Each artist
featured has a picture of their CD cover, a 100 word bio, and a
link to their website so that you can learn more about them.  And
while Radio Muse #15 is well underway, I'm still always looking
for more music to feature.  I hope you'll have a look at for the details on how to
send in your music to the show.  I'd love to hear it! 

Now, without further ado, here are the raffle winners for this
month (and feel free to write to me if you'd like to be placed in
the queue for raffle prizes!):

* Kayla Eide from Lakeside, CA, has won a copy of
Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software

* Mary Anne Lonergan from Newmarket, ON Canada has won a copy of
Jason Blume's "This Business of Songwriting" (reviewed below)

* Rochelle Kruger from Lynnwood, WA, has won a 6 month
subscription to the Onlinegigs (
service.  This valuable service is a powerful tool for musicians,
agents, record companies and managers designed to virtually
automate the administration of booking and promoting a band or

I hope those of you in the US had a very happy Thanksgiving and I
wish you all an inspiring and happy holiday season. 

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M u s i c   R e v i e w s : Chip Withrow, Gian Fiero,
                            Francesco Emmanuel & Alex Jasperse


Alex Jasperse:

* Lee Barry
* Saints of Eden

Gian Fiero:

* Tony Vic
* J. Scott
* The Flying Club
* Brandon Hines
* Jake Stigers
* Coko
* Patrick Hall
* Slept On Fam
* Nita Hope
* Roxie Randle
* Famillite

Francesco Emmanuel:

* Marilyn Scott
* The Cranston Foundation

Chip Withrow:

* Tyler Burnett
* John Sonntag
* Oami


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 are just some of the great CDs highlighted in the 
Artist Spotlight section of The Muse's Muse at 


From ancient battle movements on horseback, to a modern
equestrian ballet, this is "Music for Dressage". A completely
unique CD. Powerful, instrumental, acoustic music originally
written for Dressage freestyles. A very sophisticated sound that
is gathering worldwide attention. Works nice with a glass of
merlot and candlelight!


Zoe Vandermeer - Genre: FOR KIDS

Will Zhong find the Golden Key so he can rescue Serafina from the
Cruel King?...Compared to 'Phantom of the Opera', and 'Secret
Garden', this family entertainment music/story CD has been
reviewed as 'shocking & exciting' (JPF) and by Get Fancy Magazine
- 'take flight into the mystical land of Zoe'. Singing,
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drums, flute, recorders, sound effects.

S o n g w r i t i n g   B o o k   R e v i e w : by Ed Teja

This Business of Songwriting by Jason Blume
Most songwriters know of Jason Blume as a highly successful
practitioner of our art, who can thoughtfully articulate the
craft of songwriting. In this book, he focuses on the business of
songwriting. To that end, he lays out exactly how the music
business works. You learn about the income streams music
generates, the types of contracts and the details of the
songwriting business from licensing songs for theater
performances and video games to print licensing. This is a
business textbook, and it provides a thorough and clear snapshot
of the business of music from the songwriter perspective. 

As a successful songwriter, the author has had to familiarize
himself with the ins and outs of the music business, learning
where money is made and how to keep some of it. Now he has
distilled his experience for us. So the early parts look at how
you approach the business in the first place. He tells you what
your demo CD, lyric sheet and cover letters should look like (and
what shouldn't be there). More important, he talks about the need
to have two different types of these sales tools, depending on
whether you are pitching a song to a publisher or to an artist.
Whether you've written one song or a thousand, this information
alone makes the book a keeper, as it shows you how to present a
professional image. And that is just the first verse.

A large amount of the text is spent explaining the clauses of
typical contracts for every aspect of the business. This isn't a
substitute for legal advice, but simply a way of helping us
understand those complex, ungainly documents. Although, as a
rational person, you would think the music business could manage
elegant, lyrical contracts, they are just as ugly and convoluted
as those in any other business. These blow-by-blow descriptions
don't make for fascinating reading, but they are helpful,
especially if you just got a contract in the mail and would like
to know if it insists on your first born now, or after high
school graduation.

The music business has as many niches and nooks and crannies as
the Grand Canyon, and just because you have learned the terrain
in one spot, it doesn't mean you know much about the next one.
The book covers that diversity. Want to be your own publisher and
keep all that money for yourself? Chapter five is for you. Got a
chance to be a staff writer? Read Chapter Three before you
negotiate. Want to hire a songplugger, or look for a copublisher
for that hit song you just placed? It is there.

I have located a handy space on my music bookshelf to keep this
book. I want to know where it is, since you never know when you
might have a chance to license that country song to the folks at
the university for a student film. Or the next time I plan to
have lunch with a major Nashville publisher (which will also be
the first time) I can reread that chapter.  And when industry
changes make it out of date, we will just have to impose on Jason
to update it.

Ed Teja lives in New Mexico, USA, writing songs and
instrumentals, and trying to find them loving homes. Performing
since the early 60s, he has appeared at strange venues in Hong
Kong, Canada, St. Martin, Bequia, Venezuela, Grenada and
Trinidad, as well as the Silver City (New Mexico) Blues festival
in 2003, and the Tucson (Arizona) Folk Festival in 2006. Working
as a magazine editor and freelance writer, his articles appeared
in magazines ranging from Pro Sound News, BYTE magazine, to
Import/Export, and with book reviews in THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING
POST, and The Midwest Review of Books.

Find out more about Ed at:
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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!

Submissions to the 8th Annual Great American Song Contest will be
accepted through December 8 (the deadline has been extended!).
Songs, lyrics and instrumental compositions are welcome. This
year's event features awards for 45 winners in 9 categories and
provides over $10,000 in prizes. Music-industry judges include
prominent publishers, recording artists, producers and
Grammy-nominated songwriters. Entrants receive written
evaluations of their songs from the contest judges. This annual
International event is sponsored by Songwriters Resource Network,
a trusted news and education resource for songwriters everywhere.
For details, visit: or e-mail info@GreatAmericanSong.comm

The NMVA is your audio-visual exposure opportunity of a lifetime!
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unsigned - the creators of the event, We Are Listening, will
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winning submissions, determined by a public vote. 
More details on:
Deadline: 22nd January 2007 ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST - Deadline December 15, 2006! This is your last chance to enter the 2006 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Get your songs in by December 15th for your chance to win $5,000 worth of gear from Roland/Edirol, iGuitar and Audio-Technica, a $5,000 advance from EMI Music Publishing, gift certificates to, an Apple Computer with Cinema Display, Logic Pro Software and $20,000 from Maxell. Go to to enter. ----------------------------------------------------------------- UNIVERSITY RESEARCHER WANTS TO HELP YOU. The Queensland University of Technology [] has been working in partnership with Muses News, Just Plain Folks, CDBaby, The Future of Music Coalition, the Worldwide Independent Network and an array of other musician-based organizations to design a survey that will give independent musicians, performers and songwriters a chance to learn how to improve their chances of a fulfilling career in music. New technologies have created complex challenges as well as many new opportunities for musicians, yet concrete examples of how these can help independent artists are few and far between. Now's the time to make your voice heard and gain help with your music as a result. We invite you to take about 15 minutes of your time to share your opinions and experiences through this important survey. Visit [ before December 31, 2006 to participate. Or for more information, contact Hugh Brown at Further, you are encouraged to forward this invitation to every independent musician, performer and songwriter you know and encourage them to participate. Your contribution will have a valuable impact, as the findings from this survey will be given back to those who supply the information along with a network of resources aimed at helping independent musicians. Donít miss this great opportunity to speak up on behalf of artists! ----------------------------------------------------------------- RECRUITING INTERNATIONAL, HIP-HOP, R & B SONGWRITER-PRODUCERS The Songs of Love Foundation is currently recruiting International, Hip-Hop, R & B, songwriter-producers. We are a non-profit organization that creates personalized and fully produced songs for children who are seriously ill. The songs are done free of charge and in any language or style the child desires. 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And while it's cold back home, enjoy the mix of business and pleasure as you explore Kauai, with its unlimited opportunities to swim, surf, snorkel, sail, hike, adventure and just plain relax. for information and registration. ----------------------------------------------------------------- DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE COPYRIGHT KIT Download's free and easy Copyright Kit. Print Copyright forms, Copyright submission process, handy tips & tricks, choosing the right form, and more. ----------------------------------------------------------------- FREE SUBMISSIONS FOR FILM, TV AND VIDEO GAMES AT MUSICGORILLA.COM! Music Gorilla works with Bands, Musicians, Artists and Songwriters to get their original material into the eyes and ears of industry members who have the ability to take their careers to the next level. We work with Reps from Major Labels, Indie Labels and Film Studios. Our artists get access to free submissions for film, TV and video games, they are eligible for free live label showcases, digital distribution with MSN and Loudeye and more. We donít take any piece of any deals made on our site, and have had many successes including placement, songwriting and publishing deals. Muse's Muse artists get 10% off of memberships! Just enter the promotional code "muse" during registration. ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE HOME MADE HIT SHOW, PLAYING SONGS BY HOME RECORDING ARTISTS Tony Butterworth, a home musician and advocate for home based music, has released his new internet based program, The Home Made Hit Show, featuring exciting and original rock, acoustic, blues and pop music made by home based artists. The Home Made Hit Show strives to deliver top quality, original, home based rock, pop, blues and acoustic music to its listeners. "After years of being disillusioned with popular music, I was ready for a change", said Butterworth, "After taking up guitar and making a few of my own songs, I discovered a huge online community of amateur musicians, many of them producing songs of a quality that simply astounded me." Please listen in and and send songs and comments to ----------------------------------------------------------------- SONGWRITING CONSULTATION SPECIAL OFFER: 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. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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 - and now includes an Artist Spotlight listing! 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 for more details. Back to Menu ================================================================= M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson ©1998-2006 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission ----------------------------------------------------------------- I know that I have probably, somewhere in the past, referred to the BBC website on songwriting. This month, I'd like to revisit it because it has grown and changed rather dramatically...I'm not even sure it has the same name as it used to. These days it is called "Sold On Song" ( It is such an interesting website for songwriters and fans of music to explore, complete with articles on songwriting itself, interviews with artists young and old, and articles on popular songs themselves, including audio clips and a forum where you can add your two cents. On the main website as of this writing, you'll find an article on a series of songwriting festivals in the UK called On Song Festival, a link to a Pet Shop Boys concert performed live on the BBC, and if you look on the left-hand side of the main page, you'll see a list of links that are worth checking out. You can search an inventory of what the website considers to be the "Top 100" songs of all time in the UK, and find clips of each one with a write up and any relevant info on it. Another interesting aspect of the website is their Songwriting Guides section. There's a comprehensive guide on writing a song by Steve Hiller, which pretty much covers every aspect from genre to hooks, ideas, and the middle eight. There's also a section called "Working With Others", including articles on how to find a songwriting partner, rights and royalties and how to split 'em. And that's not all! There's a Performing section, a discussion of how publishers work, an area exploring the recording studio and what to look for in a manager. I also found a songwriting "game" but for some reason I was unable to install the plugin to actually try it out. Maybe you'll have better luck! This is such a fascinating website to hang out in. Even if you've seen it before, they are constantly updating articles, interviews and song studies and clips, so you'll certainly find something new to soak up. Good on the BBC for putting the time and effort into building a very fascinating website for songwriters! ****** 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: Homepage: Songs: Back to Menu ================================================================= F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : by Lance Gallup - © 2006 ATTITUDE ----------------------------------------------------------------- While I'm primarily addressing musicians and other creative types in these little rants, many principles are common to all humanity and apply as well to engineers and bus drivers as they do to musicians and artists. One such principle, much maligned and overlooked is the principle of maintaining a positive attitude. It's been said that man is the only creature born to the world in a natural state of disorientation. While other animals are immediately controlled by instinct, unaware of the possibilities and unable to question their inner drive, human beings have an awareness of themselves and their environment and a godlike ability to create and to find meaning in that creativity. Show an M.C. Escher print to a person and they'll likely look at it and try to ascribe to it some interpretation or meaning. Same with a piece of Stravinsky's music. Love it or hate it, you're still aware that there's something more there beyond mere sound. Show the Escher print or play the Stravinsky for a horse or a chimpanzee and you'll get a far different reaction. It's this awareness and this creative potential that sets us apart from the other animals on this planet. You have no choice but to be creative - like it or not, you exercise this ability every moment of every day, in every action of your life. Each action is a choice, a decision, each decision defines a pattern - the pattern that eventually becomes your world and the space in which you live your life. For many people, this process is more or less an unconscious game of follow-the-leader in which large numbers of people copy each other - social customs, styles and clothing, politics, religion, music, culture and so on. A very small minority ever stop to deeply consider what it is they're doing and why they're doing it, never mind buck the trends or try things a different way. Ironically, it's many of those rebels who become the visionaries, the creative leaders that the masses eventually end up following. Ephesians 5:15 admonishes "see that you walk circumspectly." The word translated circumspectly here in the original language can also be translated as the word "accurately." Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living. Life is often compared to navigating a boat ("picture yourself in a boat on a river...") Assuming your desire is to reach a spot on the opposite bank, a certain amount of planning and effort are required. If you simply push off from shore, lie down for a nap and let the current handle things, it's unlikely you will ever reach your destination. The unfortunate navigator, upon waking from his slumber to discover his craft being pulled by strong currents toward rocks and white water, may suddenly grab an oar and start paddling for all he's worth, but by then it may be too late. The gentle stream has become a boiling current and has taken control of the journey, for better or worse. Better instead to cultivate an attitude of thoughtfulness - to "live life like you mean it", to walk circumspectly, mindful that each decision in cause and effect fashion pours into an overall trend. Yes, it's easier to start each day in neutral and just react to the events and circumstances around us. The problem with that approach is that everybody else is doing it too and entropy becomes the order of the day. As any homeowner knows, growing a beautiful lawn takes a lot of effort. Left to natural forces, a golf course quickly becomes a weed field. The best place to start is with a positive attitude. There's something very powerful about attitudes, either good or bad. For example, have you ever noticed when you get a new car, suddenly you start seeing the same model or color everywhere you go? Do you suppose that, coincidentally, half the people in your area went out the same week and bought a red Jeep Grand Cherokee just like you? Of course not - you've just become more aware of that model, and your mind, amazing and mysterious biological computer that it is, sees your newfound interest and faithfully points out all the other Jeeps on the road. It works the same way with other things. Start your day with a sour "my life sucks" attitude and your mind will begin collecting data to support that premise. Things go wrong, your attitude gets worse and the process feeds on itself until pretty soon your life does suck. You've created a self-fulfilling prophecy. Why not put a little conscious effort into going the other way instead? When something goes wrong, let it go, or look for the good in it. In this way you begin to build positive momentum. Your mind will start looking for data to support that attitude and pretty soon you'll find you're becoming "lucky" - when really, luck is just when preparedness meets opportunity, and opportunity is always present if you know where to look for it. To sum it all up, I can't say it better than the master motivator, the late Earl Nightingale. In his program about attitude called "The Magic Word" he says this: "Success or failure as a human being is not a matter of luck, or circumstance, or fate, or the breaks, or who you know - or any of the other tiresome, old myths and cliches by which the ignorant tend to excuse themselves. It's a matter of following a commonsense paradigm of rules - guidelines anyone can follow." ***** According to his business card, Lance Gallup is a "singer, songwriter, guitarist and all around nice guy." Lance lives in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts with his wife and a chocolate lab retriever named Jackson Brown. In additions to songwriting, Lance's creative pursuits include poetry and other short form essays and word paintings. He's currently recording his first CD of original music which will be available early in 2007. Visit to download samples, read more of his writing and find out what else he admits to doing. Back to Menu ================================================================= " O N S I T E " F E A T U R E D A R T I C L E : ----------------------------------------------------------------- Ebb and flow of songwriting - by Jeff Oxenford Over the past year, my songwriting productivity has been all over the board. For a few months I was writing two to three songs per week. Last month I managed to complete only one song. ------- Pirates of Microsoft: Curse of the Black MP3 - by Jerry Flattum Something is radically wrong with this movie, you know, the movie the music industry made about mostly young pirates ripping off the music industry. We are caught in the age old paradox when it comes to illegal activity of any kind: the paradox of supply and demand. Is the drug dealer to blame or the user? Did kids and pirates of all ages build the ships that made piracy possible? Well, yeah...if they worked for Microsoft.
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