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Issue 11.0 - March 2008
ISSN 1480-6975

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

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - Chris Propfe, Bhasker Gupta, Alex Jasperse,
                    Chip Withrow & Gian Fiero
@-- 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 - Songwriting: Then vs. Now - 
                       by Matthew Levine
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
    viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
@-- Contact information
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

Well, has a new graphic at the
top, thanks to Mark Spivey, a New Age artist from Australia who
subscribers to this newsletter (Hi Mark! :)).  It's perfect and
I'm very happy with the contrast it makes with the rest of the
site.  If you'd like to know more about Mark, you can visit his
website at - or you can have
a look at his Artist Spotlight listed below.

I also have some new testimonials up there so the site is
steadily expanding... If you're interested or if you might have
an upcoming project that needs either a singer or a speaker, feel
free to let me know. :)

Moving right along, we have another new columnist!  I think you
guys are really going to like this one too.  Bronson Herrmuth
(author of "100 Miles To A Record Deal" - one of the books we
regularly raffle every month here in The Muse's News) has joined
The Muse's Muse crew with his new column, "Nothin' But The
Truth".  He'll be providing articles he's written about many
facets of the music business, many of which focus on or directly
relate to songwriting. He's also going to be sharing his one on
one studio interviews, conducted in Nashville, with Music Row
veteran songwriters, musicians, producers, artists and music
publishers.  This isn't a column to be missed, folks!  You can
see his first contribution, an interview with Grammy Award
winning engineer/producer, Bil VornDick on his menu page at .  And stay tuned for
other great articles and interviews to come!  Glad to have you
aboard, Bronson. :) 

There's lots of other great stuff in the newsletter this month -
so without further ado, I'll list the raffle winners:

* Beth Hancock, from Williamson, Iowa, has won a copy of 
Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software

* Adri-Anne Ralph from Stanton, CA, has won a free 3 month
membership to SongU (, 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. 

* Ray Smith from Cherry Hill, NJ, has won a copy of 
Bronson Herrmuth's "100 Miles To A Record Deal"

* Sam Brant from Greensburg, PA, has won a copy of 
Sean Farrington's "The Little Black Book of Band Profit Secrets"

* Sharon Sowers from Lilburn, GA, has won a copy of David J.
Spangenberg's (aka Professor Pooch) "The Music Biz On A Disk: How
to Get In, Survive & Succeed Without Getting Ripped Off"
( - reviewed below.

As per always, if you'd like to be placed in the queue for a
raffle prize, please write to me with your first and second
choice for a prize (they're all listed at the top of and your mailing address
so that I can get the prize out to you.  And yes, as I said last
month, it really is as simple as that. :)

Keep Creative!

All the best,


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M u s i c   R e v i e w s : Chris Propfe, Bhasker Gupta, 
                            Alex Jasperse, Chip Withrow, 
                            & Gian Fiero

Gian Fiero:

* Emmy Rossum
* Sorensen & Mechlowicz
* Sara Haze
* Courtney Jones
* Ryan Leslie

Chris Propfe:

* David Brookings

Bhasker Gupta:

* Shane Philip

Chip Withrow:

* Karen Collins and the Backroads Band
* Klosner, Cher & Gene
* Jeff Scott

Alex Jasperse:

* The Neil Campbell Collective
* Stuart Robertson
* Delta Saxophone Quartet


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 

Mark Spivey - Genre: NEW AGE

Be inspired, refreshed and encouraged by the touching
instrumental recordings of musician-composer Mark Spivey as he
combines the soothing melodies of original compositions with the
delightful sounds of the Australian bush, creating a uniquely
moving and memorable experience.  With influences from Vangelis
and Tony O'connor and infused with his own "Australian feel",
Mark's music is gaining in popularity both locally and overseas.


Graham Hobson & the BRS - Genre: POP

Award-winning piano powerpop that will have you singing at the
top of your lungs in the car. Soccer mums stopped at traffic
lights will be disturbed - you'll play air drums - you rock! If
you dig Folds, Elton and Billy you'll love Graham Hobson & the

(Graham was the Grand Prize winner in the International Narrative
Song Competition this year! -
Congratulations, Graham!)


Bud Buckley - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

Bud Buckley recorded his second CD in Woodstock. "It's About
Time" and has reviewers raving about this acoustic folk/rock (and
more) record. He is often compared to Dylan, Neil Young, Sting
and others. "Bud Buckley makes the kind of music that I want to
hear when I listen to the radio," says a recent Muse's Muse
reviewer (

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


How to Get In, Survive & Succeed
Without Getting Ripped Off

by David J. Spangenberg (aka Professor Pooch)
It's hard to get a handle on all the facets of breaking into the
music biz. If the mechanical and logistical aspects of developing
an act weren't enough to deal with, the business end is
intricate, arcane, and bloody intimidating. Even lawyers who are
not trained in entertainment law can be found shaking their heads
over the machinations of music legalize. What is standard in our
music world is not in the rest of the universe.

This CD contains several sets of PDF files that try to cut
through the nonsense and put the realities of the music business
down as simply and directly as possible. It is divided into six
sections: 1) artist development and management; 2) songwriting
and music publishing; 3) producing, producers and production
companies; 4) The Music Biz—the book; 5) law basics; and, 6)
personalized services, which is really just a promotion for the
services the author offers and I won't address in the rest of
this review.

The information overlaps quite a bit from section to section, and
the music business book has bits and pieces from all the
sections. Largely this is due to the professor's attempt at being
comprehensive. However, the four subject areas are more targeted,
and in some cases, more detailed. Each section begins with
basics. The chapters on production, for instance (and there are
six in this section) begin with the role of the producer, in
particular the role the producer plays in our changing music
world. For once upon a time, producers were something quite
different, and as Professor Pooch points out, today the lines
between record companies and production companies are blurring.

In each of the three business area sections (production,
songwriter and publishing, and artist development) there is an
emphasis on contracts - what they do for you, some of the
elements that the contract needs to address, and what some of the
clauses are all about. While this doesn't replace appropriate
legal advice, it gives you the background you'll need to know and
what sorts of questions to ask a lawyer - and to generally
understand for yourself - when a contract is out of line or a rip
off. Just in case you don't get the importance of contracts after
all that, there is a section on legal basics. Interspersed among
the explanations are definitions, you'll find some good advice,
such as "Contracts are only as good as the people who sign
them..." Everyone who has been in the business long has learned
this hard truth. So the advice is to look for good people. And
more. You need to make sure that you are one of the good people
yourself. "Contracts are just a bunch of useless words if either
side doesn't do what's needed to be done," the professor writes.

The music biz book offers you an overview and gets you asking
yourself questions that you will need the answers to, sooner or
later, so that you can set goals and create a viable vision.
Without goals and a vision, you tend to drift, jumping from one
project or opportunity to another, with no focus.

No single book or course will give you all the information you
need to fight your battles in the music wars, but every bit of
knowledge you gain is going to help. This collection of mini
courses contains a great deal of easily understood information. 

Ed Teja has been working on his own music and now his new CD --
"SOFT DREAMING BLUES" has been released released by Morrhythm
Records ( 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 Ed’s music at: 

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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Details: Deadline: March 31, 2008 ----------------------------------------------------------------- VIRAL SONG - PASS IT ON... SPREAD THE LOVE TO EVERYONE! Did you hear about the Viral Song? Don't worry it's not a Virus! It's an online song project supporting several great causes such as: Helping the poor, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, quenching the thirsty, stopping the wars, voting for peace, and making global warming history for our children's sake. Please visit the website, listen to the song, and pass it on... Viral Song - Pass It On! ----------------------------------------------------------------- UK SONGWRITING CONTEST 2008 NOW OPEN The international contest that gets songwriters noticed - one past winner went platinum after being signed by Simon Cowell. Prizes include gold discs, songwriting software, free music organisation subscriptions, music books, Music Diplomas (use the letters DipMus after your name), free copyright registration packages, career development and much more. There is something good guaranteed for every person who enters and every year finalists and winners are widely featured, played and interviewed on radio, TV and press, which has led to many recording, management and publishing deals and opportunities for contestants. International entries are welcome. More info at ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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 fans can get it for free. Click here> And be sure to check out The Little Black Book Of Band Profit Secrets while your there... It's worth the look. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 2008 USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION KICKS OFF 2008 USA Songwriting Competition is now accepting entries. Win a top prize of $50,000 worth of cash and merchandise such as cool gear from Sony, Ibanez Guitars, D'Addario Strings, Peavey, Audio-Technica and more. Also, have your winning songs played on radio! Enter in Pop, Rock/Alt, Folk, R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Instrumental, etc. FREE EARLY BONUS: First 1,000 entries will each receive a USA Songwriting Competition Compilation CD. Hurry! The entry form can be found at: Or enter online here with your MP3 and/or lyrics: Or through Sonicbids at: ----------------------------------------------------------------- STUDIOTRAXX.COM: BREAKING NEW GROUND - FOR YOU! 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 — 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. ----------------------------------------------------------------- LUBOFF SONGWRITING WORKSHOP IN NYC ON 3/16/08 The New York City chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) presents a workshop with Pat and Pete Luboff: "12 Steps to Building Better Songs." $25 ASCAP, NSAI, Songwriters Hall of Fame and Songwriters Guild members; $35 all others. For venue and payment details and to RSVP, please e-mail or call 212-740-2072. ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE INDIE GUIDE IS ON SALE FOR $10.95 AND INCLUDES THE INDIE CONTACT GUIDE! 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Visit 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 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 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Songs are words and music. Most of the time as a songwriter, you will find more strength in one than the other, but there have been a few successful songwriters and composers over the years who have managed to do both equally well and have proven it time and time again. So this month, my theme, if you will, is words and music, and I'm pointing you towards two very prolific and different writers; Paul Simon and Steven Sondheim. The first website is the article "Sondheim vs. Sondheim" published in 2004 in the online version of City Journal: Sondheim, for those of you who've never heard of him, is a Broadway composer and at the point of this writing, a movie version of one of his musicals "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is in the theatres, starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton. The article is rather lengthy, but goes into some great detail about his lyrics, his collaborations and his influences. Even reading the bits of lyrics from various songs is a real treat. If you don't know the songs, it doesn't matter, you can almost "hear" them as you read along. Here's an example from the opening number of Sweeney Todd: Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd His skin was pale, and his eye was odd. He shaved the faces of gentlemen Who never thereafter were heard of again. He trod a path that few had trod, Did Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. He kept a shop in London Town, Of fancy clients and good renown. And what if none of their souls were saved? They went to their Maker impeccably shaved By Sweeney, by Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The article is an interesting insight into the clever, talented and often troubled composer. On another note (pun intended :-), Paul Simon gave an interview in 2006 to Melissa Block, from NPR's program "All Things Considered" on his collaboration with Brian Eno for the album "Surprise". This is an audio interview available from their website: In it, he talks about the songwriting process with an emphasis this time on the music. Some of the collaboration was done in studio with Eno coming up with a loop he liked, for instance, and asking Paul to write something to it. He discusses the chord progression he came up with and how that, in turn, gave him the idea for the lyrics. Simon has always been famous for his collaborations, the first with his longtime partner Art Garfunkel, and his fusion of styles, most famously his African-laced album "Graceland". Rhythm and literary influences have always been very important elements of his writing, but it's also interesting to hear how he evaluates his "dry spots" and the effects of contemporary events on his writing. So there you have it...some words about Steven Sondheim and a little music from Paul Simon. Am I clever, or what? :-) ****** 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 Matthew Levine Songwriting: Then vs. Now (© February 2008) ----------------------------------------------------------------- Music in America, like all arts, goes through constant change due to the influences of popular trends, international styles, the hybridization of genres, new technologies, and lots of experimentation. The music of any age also perfectly reflects the social/political state of a culture. To illustrate this, I will briefly describe the years 1978 and 2008 each followed by a hypothetical conversation between a record producer of that era and a songwriter from the other where the producer reviews a song by the artist (Note, these were culled from actual conversations with producers in both eras). 1978 marked an era where American life flourished. Everything was on the up-and-up. There was an overall sense of progress, and a great acceptance of new ideas. Pop music splintered into myriad subgenres. Being original and unique in overall sound was an asset, and it followed that the composition and arrangement of any part of any given song in that era could identify that song within two seconds. Then, content was king and the production was icing on the cake. Popular musical artists were The Police, Billy Joel, Talking Heads, Toto, and the Bee Gees. We now harken back to the year 1978 where producer/A&R man Jack Stein has just listened to a pop song by songwriter Tish Meddleson visiting from the year 2008. Jack gives her his feedback: Tish, your musical structure is problematic. First, the range of your song is a perfect fifth which makes it very hard to create an interesting melody that stands out from the crowd. For a melody to have a distinctive shape you need room to play with. Also, your verses and choruses have very little contrast. We don't feel like were going anywhere musically when your chords and melodies hover around the same note patterns and tonal area. We want to be taken on a journey. You're giving us the musical equivalent of a short walk down highway 6 in the middle of the desert from one cactus to another. Boring. If you add musical interest, you'll engage the listener instead of putting him or her to sleep. Change the range, shape and duration of the melody, modulate to another key or tonal center, add a new riff, or change meters. Let the music take us from the desert to Mt. McKinley, and rob a bank or break up with your boyfriend while you're at it. This goes for your lyrics as well which are not focused enough. I have no idea what you're trying to say, in fact. You should be able to describe what your lyric is about in one sentence. Right now it's just a bunch of feelings. Give us the context of your feelings, a story, a cultural backdrop, something to hang on to. Do these things and you'll have a great song. Now we go to 2008 which is marked by chaos, war, disappointment, ecological imbalance, economic strain, and an unhealthy preoccupation with all things media. Musical styles have coalesced into fewer genres whose artists overtly mimic each other and those immediately before them. The music business has been dealt a blow because of the internet, however, everybody and his mother can now afford to make decent recordings for little money. Unfortunately, everybody and his mother are making decent recordings for little money. Self-marketing for most artists is de rigueur, however, the average indie artist sells only one or two CD's per month. Obsession with money is ubiquitous. Popular musical artists are Hannah Montana, 50 Cent, Nickelback, Colbie Caillat, and Radiohead. George Thistlethwaite, a songwriter from 1978 has just time-traveled 30 years into the future to play one of his songs for 2008 music producer Max Reagan. We eavesdrop on their meeting and hear Max's critique: George. Listen. There isn't anything wrong with your song, per se, but nobody will ever record it. First of all, the lyric is too specific; it's about a woman who's tired of her job and wants to take a vacation with her lover. First of all, ninety per cent of the record buying public don't have jobs-they're teenagers-so they won't relate to a song about anybody with a job. Second, the melody is all over the place as well as the chords. Simplify it. Maybe two chords in the verse and maybe add a chord in the chorus. And in order to hook the listener you need to repeat melodies and lyrics over and over again. They don't want to have to listen to every word to figure out what the song is about. Make it easy on the listener. Find a word or a line and repeat it. Over and over and over and over again. Do these things and you'll have a great song. There you have it-two sets of songwriting values from two different eras. While the "coverability" of a song has never been synonymous with its artistic quality, this comparison shows the differences in approach between two producers working 30 years apart, both aiming for commercial success. But in any era, there are those single-minded artists who forge their own paths, irrespective of current trends, and, though working in the creative fringe, help shape the norms of tomorrow's popular market. ***** Matthew Levine has been writing songs, arranging, and producing for over three decades. He has collaborated with four grammy winning songwriters including Amanda McBroom and K.C. Porter and has won numerous awards for songwriting and composing. He currently lives in Valencia, CA. You can hear his music at and to Menu ================================================================= " O N S I T E " F E A T U R E D A R T I C L E : ----------------------------------------------------------------- No Depression magazine - a Blue Collar tribute - by Mick Polich A little salute to a 13 year run by a magazine that exposed deserving artists in the alt country/ roots movement in music - No Depression magazine ends its print run and will continue on-line with the publication of its last issue.... ----- Blue Collar's "Lost Highway" - Journeys And Arrivals - by Mick Polich We hear of the musical "superstars" daily - but what about the other tiers of making music not only as a living, but a journey? Mick takes a look in this installment.....
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