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Issue 10.11 - February 2008
ISSN 1480-6975

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@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - Chris Propfe, Bhasker Gupta, Alex Jasperse,
                    Chip Withrow & JJ Biener
@-- 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 - Power of Thought: Successful Songwriter -
                       by Penny Dionne & Troy McConnell
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

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Lots to get to in this issue, so I'll keep this intro short. :) 

But I did want to mention that my new website is finally
finished.  If you'd like to have a look, it's at
http://www.voiceoversandvocals.com/ .  I picked up the business
cards yesterday and I'm quite proud of it. :)  Not all that
thrilled with the picture of the CD with the pen on it though ...
If any of you have any ideas for a replacement of that photo
(with another photo, preferably) or there are any graphic
designers out there that would consider a barter arrangement or a
reasonable fee for replacing those two photographs at the top
there with something else, I'd love to talk with you.

In the meantime, there are some great articles and new reviews
for you to have a look at - some fantastically talented Artist
Spotlights that are new, and the Indie Bible has their new "Indie
Venue Bible" out now.  Look for that mention in the Musical Notes
section.  If you're a touring musician, I *highly* recommend you
check it out!

Here are the raffle winners for this month:

* Eddie Rhoades, from Marietta, Georgia, has won a copy of 
Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software
(http://www.musesmuse.com/vss-review.html).

* Roger Crownover from Murfreesboro, Tenn, has won a free 3 month
membership to SongU (http://www.songu.com/), an Internet-based
learning environment providing online coaching, co-writing and
pitching opportunities, in addition to over 70 multi-level
courses developed by award-winning songwriters. 

* Alex Walsh from San Francisco, CA, has won a copy of 
Bronson Herrmuth's "100 Miles To A Record Deal"
(http://www.songrepair.com/bookforweb2.htm).

* Phil Cunningham from Titusville, FL, has won a copy of 
Michael Wood's book (it's in both paper and ebook format),
"You've Got A Friend In The Biz': A Practical Guide to the Music
Business For Musicians and Aspiring Representatives" (reviewed
below).

I always say this, but I hear from so few of you when I do.  So
here goes again.  If you'd like a raffle prize, please do write
to me with your preferred prize (there's a list at the top of
http://www.musesmuse.com/musenews.html) and your contact
information (so that I can send you that prize).  I'd love to
hear from you!  And yes, it's really as simple as that. :)

Wishing you many productive hours of happy writing,

--Jodi

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M u s i c   R e v i e w s : Chris Propfe, Bhasker Gupta, 
                            Alex Jasperse, Chip Withrow, 
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NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE:

Chris Propfe

* Bud Buckley
http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-budbuckley-time.html
* Danny Fast Fingers
http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-dannyfastfingers-snake.html


Bhasker Gupta

* Mike Kovacevich
http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-kovacevich-peel.html


JJ Biener

* Elizabeth Meacham
http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-meacham-ecologos.html


Chip Withrow:

* The Bruises
http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-thebruises-connected.html
* Ellen Tipper
http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-ellentipper-flanfield.html
* Life Is Here
http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-lifeishere-welcome.html


Alex Jasperse

* Theo Travis
http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-theotravis-doubletalk.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 are just some of the great CDs highlighted in the 
Artist Spotlight section of The Muse's Muse at
http://www.musesmuse.com/artistspotlights.html 

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Peter Bloom - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

Winner of SONG OF THE YEARís international competition (August
2007, Pop) and two 2007 TORONTO EXCLUSIVE MUSIC AWARDS (Song &
Group); nominated for a 2007 ONTARIO INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD;
runner-up in the regional RADIO STAR 2007 and TORONTO INDIE WEEK
2006; Peter Bloom Band is "pure heart and raw energy."

http://www.peterbloomband.com/

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A Third Wish Granted - Genre: ROCK

A Third Wish Granted: an Alt-Prog Rock band with a Middle-Eastern
touch. Arabian-born frontman Emo Alaeddin is a 2007 nominee for
the LA Music Awards for Best Male Vocalist. He and guitarist
Jesse De Santo are September '07 winners of the coveted
Songoftheyear.com contest. Truly a magical live show!

http://www.a3wg.net/

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Aaron English - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

Seattle-based singer/piano-man Aaron English's music is epic,
panoramic stuff, incorporating world-beat influences,
electronica, and modern rock.

"English's album caught our attention - more like snapped our
heads back...With a self-produced debut like this, we're sure
we'll be seeing Aaron English's profile rising higher and
higher." 
-- Ken Hughes, Keyboard Magazine
 
http://www.aaronenglish.com/

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Julie Moffitt - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

This versatile singer-songwriter, with her third release, offers
an unusual mix of poetic originals and well-loved covers, defying
the conventional trend of never mixing originals with favorites.
Itís a little rock, a little blues, a little fun, a little folk,
and itís very, very real.

http://www.juliemoffitt.com/

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Lorrie Ruiz - Genre: R&B AND SOUL

Lorrie Ruiz's 'CHEWY' is a tasty mix of funk, soul r&b, jazz, pop
& electronica.  Their style's been compared to Outkast, Tower of
Power, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn & more; But make no
mistake, their sound is unique, and it will leave you wanting
another CHEWY bite! 

http://www.chewyonline.com/

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Adam Gilbert - Genre: POP

Over the past few years, as singer-songwriter Adam Gilbert has
established himself as a dynamic presence on the NYC club scene,
his mold-breaking, envelope pushing brand of piano driven
pop-rock has earned him comparisons to master piano-pop craftsmen
like Ben Folds and Billy Joel, with a crazy-cool touch of Frank
Zappa.

http://www.myspace.com/adamgilbert
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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 Ed Teja

You've Got A Friend In The Biz'
A Practical Guide to the Music Business
For Musicians and Aspiring Representatives

by Michael Wood
City Lights Entertainment
http://www.citylightsent.com/
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It can seem kind of lonely when you are out there on the streets
promoting your band or plugging your songs. There are lots of
organizations that "promote" music, and sites like this one that
offer assistance and links to even more assistance. But everyone
needs a friend, and if we are really honest, what we want are
friends who know more about the business side of the music
business than we do. As the title states, that's what this book
is about - finding friends in the business.

Through the book, Wood gives you a personalized tour of the music
business and his contacts within it. Another person writing on
this theme might have different ideas and certainly a different
contact list, but there is nothing wrong with either his ideas or
contacts, so now you have something of a foot in the door. And
the music industry is, to a large extent, a closed door business.
Unless you know the secret knock or password, there are many,
many, key people who will not listen to your music or your band.
Not that they are necessarily snooty, but they are busy and
worried about law suits. A word put in by a friend helps
immeasurably.

The basic layout of the book is as a series of introductions. You
get a bio of some individual, so that you can understand where
and how they function in the industry. These people work as
musicians, promoters, music supervisors, band managers, and in
other niches within the business. They talk about things you
might want to know - like how to get their attention.

One section is about dealing with the Internet. Of course the
danger in this section is that anything written about the
Internet is probably obsolete by the time you read it. But that
is okay, because the folks that provided the information, your
new friends, will still be around and with all the up-to-date
information.

Since, at the end of all this, you are still somewhat on your
own, Wood provides a database of contacts. Lawyers, booking
agents, labels, artist management companies, publishers, and
music distribution companies are all listed, with contact names
and information, as well as details about the genres they work
with and whether they will accept unsolicited material. (Here is
a safety tip in playing this game: ALWAYS submit material exactly
as they ask, and no more than they ask for. Especially don't
waste your time with emails asking them to visit your really cool
site.)

At the end of the day, with this book in your hands, you no
longer have to imagine how it would be if you had friends in the
music business. They are only an email or phone call away. 

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ABOUT THE REVIEWER:
Ed Teja has been working on his own music and now his new CD --
"SOFT DREAMING BLUES" has been released released by Morrhythm
Records (http://www.outstandingmusic.com/). It's a collection of original
(written alone and with an international group of cowriters)
smooth jazz vocals and instrumentals. Ed 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 and the Tucson (Arizona) Folk Festival.

You can hear some of Edís music at: http://www.myspace.com/edteja 

If you'd like *your* book reviewed (as long as it has something
to do with songwriting, of course!), please do email us and let
us know!

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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 http://www.musesmuse.com/contests.html & http://www.musesmuse.com/markets.html . Please check there regularly for updates! ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE SANDRA JAMES MUSIC FOUNDATION SONGWRITING CONTEST Sandra James was a singer/songwriter who left her estate to her foundation with the instruction to use the funds for good deeds that benefited her passions: peace, environmental protection, and education for all. The foundation has announced their first songwriting contest with a grand prize of $1000 and the chance for the winner and runners-up to be recorded on a CD that will be sold to benefit the foundation. Details: http://www.sandrajames.com/ Deadline: March 31, 2008 ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE FREE SONGWRITING COMPETITION One lucky contestant will win a demo produced free of charge by Sven Tydeman at Kittygroove Productions. All you have to do is email through a rough version of your song i.e. a guitar/piano & vocal of your song. Open to EVERYONE!!! There is NO ENTRY FEE & songs are not judged on production! You have nothing to lose & everything to gain! For your entry to be valid please email your song, lyrics & contact information to thefreesongwritingcompetition@kittygroove.com. Competition Closes 31st March 2008. ----------------------------------------------------------------- FREE MUSIC PROMOTIONS EBOOK! The author of The Little Black Book Of Band Profit Secrets has come thru again! He's just published: "Co-Op Synergy Power, Your Fast-Track To Profit, Exposure And Free Advertising..." and musesmuse.com fans can get it for free. Click here> http://jodimuse.ssl4000.hop.clickbank.net/ And be sure to check out The Little Black Book Of Band Profit Secrets while your there... It's worth the look. ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE 2008 SINGER/SONGWRITER AWARDS (Round 1) The Singer/Songwriter Awards from We Are Listening is about the hottest international songwriting contest in the world. It's no surprise that participating artists have gone on to sign with top management, license their music for film and television, as well as collaborate with renowned producers and enjoy substantial uplifts in independent record sales. Details: http://www.wearelistening.org/singer.php Deadline: March 1 2008 ----------------------------------------------------------------- STUDIOTRAXX.COM: BREAKING NEW GROUND - FOR YOU! StudioTraxx.com provides an e-commerce platform that allows artists/bands to purchase and book time with musicians, engineers, producers, and other music professionals for online studio collaboration purposes. They facilitate the entire music production process from beginning to end ó from finding and booking the right talent to managing all resulting collaboration activities. StudioTraxx is actively building its talent network and is encouraging both those who offer services and those who need services to sign up and register. There are no costs to join the site. Creating an account is FREE. http://www.studiotraxx.com/?partner=837 ----------------------------------------------------------------- GREAT LAKES SONGWRITING CONTEST OPENS Now beginning its fifth year with a bigger Grand Prize and a smaller entry fee, the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest is open to residents of the Province of Ontario and the 8 U.S. states bordering the Great Lakes. Grand Prize is $2,000 cash plus a free weekend songwriting retreat and an opportunity to perform at the annual Winners' Concert. Eleven songs will be selected. Enter by mail or on-line through Sonic Bids. All genres, all ages, and songwriters keep all rights to their songs. Deadline April 25. Go to http://www.greatlakessongs.com/ ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE INDIE GUIDE IS ON SALE FOR $10.95 AND INCLUDES THE INDIE CONTACT GUIDE! For a limited time only, North Shore Records, Inc, in celebration of tour season and music success has put The Indie Guide on sale for $10.95 plus shipping. The normal cost is $25.95 plus shipping. In addition to the 190-page book, The Indie Contact Guide, which contains thousands of contact names, address, email addresses, phone numbers and contact names will be included. To Your Music Success! http://www.theindieguide.com/ ----------------------------------------------------------------- YOUNG GUNS TEEN SONGWRITING CONTEST Nationwide band competitions and songwriting contests abound, but few of them are for younger musicians. The Young Guns 2008 TEEN Nationwide Online Battle of the Bands & Songwriting Contest is out to change that in a big way. The first-of-its-kind competition is offering not just one but two grand prizes that are sure to inspire any high-school-age artist. The winner of the Young Guns Muzak Heart & Soul Prize for best band will take home a cool $5,000. Meanwhile, the recipient of the Young Guns ASCAP J.A.M Prize for best original song will travel to Los Angeles to perform as a special guest at one of the music industryís premier events, the ASCAP I Create Music Expo. Teen musicians living anywhere in the United States may enter Young Guns 2008 through March 15, 2008 by visiting http://www.youngguns2008.com/. ----------------------------------------------------------------- FREE SONGWRITING, FILM, TV, AND VIDEO GAME SUBMISSIONS AT MUSICGORILLA.COM! MusicGorilla.com works with Songwriters, Bands, Musicians, and Artists 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 all facets of the Music Industry. Our artists have the opportunity to submit their songs to established artists looking for new material. In addition, our clients get access to submissions for film, TV and video games, all of our submissions are FREE. MG Artists are eligible for free live label showcases, digital distribution with MSN and Loudeye and more. We don't 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. http://www.musicgorilla.com/ ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE INDIE VENUE BIBLE - A GROUNDBREAKING VENUE DIRECTORY FOR ANY ARTIST PLANNING TO TOUR IN THE US OR CANADA! 26,000 live music venues of all sizes are featured including clubs, bars, restaurants, lounges, coffee shops, theaters, halls, churches, book stores, community centers, house concerts and open mics. There are also 1,500 festivals listed as well as over 1,000 colleges for any artist that wants to plan a college tour. Jumpstart your tour today! Visit https://nt4.magma.ca/bigmeteor/ivbmuse_order.cfm for more information! ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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 http://www.writesongs.com/consults.htm for more information. Back to Menu ================================================================= M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson ©1998-2008 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission ----------------------------------------------------------------- I have been in Maui for the last week, so I have mostly been listening to the local sounds and songs of this beautiful place. I love the traditional songs of Hawaii most of all, and when you walk down the beach at night, you can hear countless groups performing a mix of traditional Hawaiian, jazz, and something called Jawaiian, a Hawaiian-flavoured reggae style of music. Lately there has been a resurgence of interest in traditional Hawaiian songs down here, and songwriters and performers like the late great Iz (Israel Kamakawiwo'ole) have created a fresh following for this beautiful music in the last 20 years or so. One radio station that we found driving around the island in our rented Jeep plays "all traditional Hawaiian music all the time" and another devotes itself to Jawaiian. There are pop and rock stations as well, of course, but why listen to what you can hear at home anyway? It occurs to me that it's important to maintain and continue the local sounds of wherever we live...we may not live in exotic places like Maui, but every place in the world is unique, and finding a way to infuse that into our songs may be what makes us stand out. Remember that! Before I left, I found an interesting collection of songwriting videos on a place called Expertvillage.com (www.expertvillage.com/videos/music-theory-advanced-lyrics.htm). Expert Village promotes itself as the "world's largest how-to video site", and most people who contribute videos consider themselves "experts" to some degree in just about every subject you can think of. Mark W. Black is from Dallas, Texas and owns Promethean Studios, where he teaches songwriting theory. There are 23 videos in all (I don't know if more will be added) on all aspects of songwriting from rhyming to non-normative chords to tension and resolution. The disadvantage of this and all of the other video series on this site is that they are never more than 1 or 2 minutes in length, so you just settle in and you have to switch to the next video. The advantage of that, of course, is that you can also pick and choose which subjects you prefer. I would suggest, however, that you keep hitting the "next" button and watch all of them, since they all tie into each other. This is not so much a beginner's series. It's more for those of you who have a little bit more experience on the theory end of things. He has a relatively approachable style of teaching and just might make sense of some of the difficulties you are experiencing in your writing, giving you some ideas as to how to overcome them. Sometimes the whiteboard is a little difficult to see: you might have to adjust the contrast on your monitor a little to see it properly. He uses a keyboard to give examples as he's explaining topics such as chord usage and defining the "emotions" of chords and progressions. The advertising on the videos can be a bit annoying at times, but that's what you get for "free" videos! Mark Black's series is certainly worth a perusal if any of you are stuck inside on a blustery winter day, looking for something to do. Me, I'm headed for the beach with a Mai Tai in hand. Aloha! ****** 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: http://www.irenejackson.com/tips.html Homepage: http://www.irenejackson.com/ Songs: http://www.soundclick.com/irenejackson Back to Menu ================================================================= F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : by Penny Dionne & Troy McConnell © January 2008 Power of Thought: Successful Songwriter ----------------------------------------------------------------- The mind is an amazing thing. It is the seat of our consciousness and intellect, and through it we both experience and shape our world. The connection between your mind and your success as a songwriter may not seem obvious, and you may ask; "how does what's going on in my mind determine my success as a songwriter?" First, it's important to understand that it takes more than talent to be successful. The key to achieving any success is taking consistent, deliberate action on your goals, and this persistence and determination are both products of the mind. Your thoughts determine your feelings, your feelings determine your actions and ultimately, your actions determine your results. So if your goal is to be a successful songwriter, what you think and feel on a consistent basis will affect your actions, either positively or negatively, and over time, create your result accordingly. Right now where ever you are in your songwriting journey, and whatever you have or haven't achieved... is a result of your best thinking. So the key is to consciously direct your mind towards the thoughts that will lead to success. From a scientific point of view, there are some simple, yet practical, things you can do to manifest the success you desire. One of the most important is to visualize your success as if it has already happened. Fears and self-doubt can make you feel unsuccessful, and since your feelings determine what actions you will take, it is important to overcome these counter-productive emotions. It has been proven scientifically that your subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between what is a real, versus what is an imagined experience. When it comes to taking action on your goals, being consistent and persistent is an absolute must. Taking action 'every-now-and-then' won't cut it. How do you wake up every day and motivate yourself to do the things that will lead you to being successful as a songwriter? One way is to create what is called a Vision Board. To do this, cut out pictures and power words that symbolize your goals and pin them to a cork board, or something similar. If one your goals is to have one of your songs cut by an artist, commercially released, playing on the radio, and moving up Billboard charts; cut out one of the charts in Billboard Magazine, white- out the top spot, and write your name and song title in its place. If you dream of visiting or moving to Nashville, New York or LA; find a picture of the city and put it on the board. Find power words like 'Success', 'Number One', or "Hit Songwriter" and add them as well. Create a collage of words and images, cut out a picture of your face and paste it to all of the images so that you literally see yourself 'in-the-picture', and then put the board where you are sure to see it every day. So instead of "out of sight - out of mind", you create "what you see is what you get". There are many other practical ways to use your mind to create the success you desire, and you should learn them all, but there are others ways that are less scientific. Have you ever heard of 'The Law of Attraction'? In its simplest terms it means; Like attracts Like. We tend to draw to us the things we are focused on. It's those little synchronicities that manifest in our lives... For instance, have your ever had trouble writing the second verse of a song that you went over and over again, but nothing would come to you? Then that evening, you are making a snack and all of a sudden it comes to you, or you're just about to fall asleep, and it comes to you. This is the law of attraction at work, and with a little practice you can utilize this power to achieve your goal of being a successful songwriter. To start, take fifteen minutes every day, and visualize your success as if you have already achieved it. Actually feel the feelings of having that success, imagine it in as much detail as you can think of... What do you see? Hear? Can you feel the podium as you accept your song-of-the-year award? One aspect of how this works is that your subconscious mind will take whatever you believe, and work to turn it into reality. Much like if you believe you are clumsy, you tend to do clumsy things. That's because your subconscious is the mechanism that drives your actions. Whatever you focus on is what it will try to bring about. It can be something as practical as helping your see the opportunities that match your vision of success, or something spiritual such as manifesting something out of nowhere like a chance encounter with someone in the industry who says they'll meet with you. Either way, the law of attraction is something you should explore. Buddha said "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become". Success begins and ends in your mind. ***** Penny Dionne & Troy McConnell: Authors and creators of "The Successful Songwriter Motivation" CD. To find out more about how to become a successful songwriter through the power of your thoughts, visit http://www.songwritermotivation.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 : ----------------------------------------------------------------- Horizontal and Vertical Thinking (Vertical Thinking Part 1) By Kole (Kyle Hicks) http://www.musesmuse.com/col-kole-vertical.html There are two main ways of thinking when it comes to Composition and Songwriting. This article will explain the second and most familiar school of thought, Vertical Thinking. ----- Blue Collar Digs Into Music! - by Mick Polich http://www.musesmuse.com/col-mickpolich-digsmusic.html Ever listen to a song, and like the arrangement but can't stand the lyrics? Or find the lyrics incredible, but hate the singer's voice? Then, you wonder,"Well, should I like this music at ALL?" Hey people, it's o.k. to pick and choose - that's what we're talkin' about this installment! ----- Blue Collar Tech #101: Some Little Bits And Pieces O' Guitar Repair Stuff - by Mick Polich http://www.musesmuse.com/col-mickpolich-repair.html As promised, a short break from the soapbox to throw a few helpful bits of info regarding guitar and bass repair your way. First in a series!! ----- "Hey man, we're getting the band back together!" - a Blue Collar Observation - by Mick Polich http://www.musesmuse.com/col-mickpolich-backtogether.html This installment, we look at the growth behind the re-emergence of 'classic rock' bands, rock and roll music camps, and if 'getting the band back together' is a good thing at ANY level... Ladies and gentlemen, Jake and Elwood!
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