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Lyrics/music and arranging.
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Beatles/Posies/Lets Active/Klaatu/Badfinger/Cheap Trick/Blow Pops/Shoes

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Icon   R-N-R Jim I don't have all the answers. But I do have plenty of questions.

About Me

Im usually working on 10 songs at any one time. Sounds funny, but I have songs at different stages of completion and only complete them when "the feel is there".

I complete any wheres from 2 to 8 songs a year. Some have taken up to 10 years to complete. So a deadline is not what Im up against in writing and recording a song. I figure if your creating something, it should finish itself, not finish a song for the sake of finishing it. It's this discipline that can only result in a better song.

Many moons ago, I went from just banging on church pianos and buying records to actually being in a garage band playing bit keyboard parts and backing vocals. I went about learning the guitar somewhat and songwriting took on more importance than learning other peoples songs. I bought a used Roland tr808 drum machine and a Washburn bass guitar which led to getting a 244 Tascam 4-track recorder.
I now had the basics for writing and recording songs. I tried writing commercial songs for publishing, but the sound I was coming up with seemed to lean more towards indie pop.
As time went on I found myself less interested in trying to write commercial songs for publishers and went about just writing and recording material that was evolving into my own Beatle influenced and mutated sound. It was when I went that direction that I actually started getting positive feedback and some mild interest in me as an artist amongst publisher/small indie type.

One such publisher/indie label was James Haber of Wonderwax music who published one of my songs and had an interest in me as an artist back in 1993-94(1994 Songwriters Market page 133, song "Vain"). Since I never fronted a band or had a band to perform my material, this made his pitching me to bigger labels a problem.
He did take my demo to L.A. to pitch me as an artist and did get positive feedback... but again, not being a complete entity or band with a master recording, no one was into development deals for songwriters anymore and passed on me as an artist.

In 2000 I upgraded to a 16 track and was able to do better quality recordings and with it a new batch of songs would emerge along with more demo pitches.
Another indie label would take interest in me headed by Randy Layton of Alternative records. For the past decade or so we have kept in touch. Ive sent him songs from time to time, but only recently has he contacted me about exploring the idea of recording. Things are still in the talking stages at this point and there hasn't been a flurry of activity at this point.
What I find intriguing about this guy is his loose connections with music idols of mine i.e. Mitch Easter who headed the pop indie band Let's Active as well as being the producer of many R.E.M. recording sessions. And another artist he actually forwarded my songs on a cd to was Ken Stringfellow of the Geffen recording artists "the Posies". Ken liked "Girl With A Frown".

For the most part my window of being a viable artist has probably closed, but I still enjoy writing and recording songs in my usual Beatles mutation mode. I have on another front the last couple years have branched out into writing female genre songs. One such song was a collab with a female Muser and talent named singnpeach who also sang on the song called "Baby" uploaded on https://

This collab
placed in the honorable mention section of a national songwriting contest. Not bad for a collab. Anyways...I come here to the muse to be entertained as well as look for other talented like minded writers. So, in closing, I am still looking for that Lennon to my McCartney
"Its all about taking the easy way out for you, I suppose" -elliot smith

To listen to songs I have written and recorded, go to these links:

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A Muse's Muse
53 years old
March 18, 1962
Fox Valley,Wisconsin
Songwriting, arranging and recording and on occasion performing.

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    Madison Icon

    17 Apr 2012 - 11:06
    Thank you Jim :)
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    21 Jan 2011 - 04:58
    Heya Jim :)
    Back? sorta I guess lol, been writing a bit here and there, no big projects at the moment unless my vocalist comes up with something :) how about you? writing anything? projects?
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