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Issue 11.2 - May 2008
ISSN 1480-6975

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@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - Bhasker Gupta, JJ Biener & Chip Withrow
@-- 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 - Music Life: 1 - Creative and Everyday Can
                       Co-Exist - by Brian Donovan
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
    viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
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ISSN 1480-6975. Copyright 1998-2008 - Jodi Krangle. 
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FIND WHAT YOU NEED AT THE SONGWRITING STORE ON THE MUSE'S MUSE

All sorts of products and services especially for songwriters,
negotiated so that you get the best price possible.  You'll find
means of promotion and distribution, songwriting aids,
educational products, musical instruments and their accessories,
and lots more.  Find the perfect gift for that songwriter in your
life, too - even if it's you!

http://www.musesmuse.com/songwriting-store.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ S p o n s o r M e s s a g e : (Many thanks to the sponsors that help support this newsletter!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ENTER THE INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION TODAY! The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), is now accepting entries for the 2008 competition. With $150,000 in cash and prizes (including $25,000 cash) and the worlds best judges, ISC is recognized as the leading songwriting competition in the world. Judges for 2008 include: Tom Waits, Chaka Khan, Loretta Lynn, Neil Finn (Crowded House), Robert Smith (The Cure), Ray Davies (The Kinks), Weird Al Yankovick, record label execs from Virgin, Universal, Lost Highway, MySpace Records and many more. Entry deadline Oct 15 2008. For entry information and list of winners from the 2007 competition, please go to: http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/
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Hi folks. Welcome to spring! (Or summer, depending on where you are). Wow. A few weeks back, I was up to my waist in snow. Now? The birds are singing, the grass is green and the flowers are blooming. Unbelievable. No in between here, it would seem (north of Toronto). We went straight from the dead of winter to the beginning of summer. I'm just relieved the snow is gone, frankly. Having it around that long was just getting *depressing*. :) (And you folks in California and Florida and those other places that never see snow? Don't rub it in. :D Please.) You still have until May 15th to enter and win a $200 gift certificate for the August Retreat, "How Songwriting Really Works"! You're running out of time though! All you need to do is send your name and email to bryan@reorafting.com before the deadline with "Muses Muse $200 Prize" in the subject. There's a new Radio Muse program online now too! Radio Muse #18 can be found at http://www.musesmuse.com/radiomuse-18.html and is once again hosted by the ever polished and dynamic Kevin King at Blind Dog Audio (thanks, Kevin!). Drop by and have a listen to your fellow songwriters, show them some support and consider sending your own music in for consideration! All the instructions on how to do that are located at http://www.musesmuse.com/radiomuse.html . There's also an RSS feed (if you're interested) at http://www.musesmuse.com/radiomuse.rss - and you can now find the show in the iPod Store! We also have a new columnist joining us. Brian Donovan has been blogging on this subject for a while, but decided to talk with us over here at The Muse's Muse directly - and I'm very glad to have him on board. :) He'll be talking about how to make your creative life and your everyday life peacefully, and productively, co-exist. You can visit his columnist section here: http://www.musesmuse.com/col-briandonovan.html and there's a portion of his first article in the "Featured Article" section below for your reading pleasure. I think you'll find it enlightening! Last but certainly not least, right before I get to announcing the newest raffle winners (and remember that all you need to do to be eligible for a raffle prize is to email me with your name and contact information along with your top two choices for raffle items you'd like to be in line for!), I want to make a general call for articulate and dedicated folks who might be interested in reviewing CDs here on The Muse's Muse. Your reviews will appear in this newsletter, you'll have your own menu page on The Muse's Muse, and your information will be displayed at http://www.musesmuse.com/musicreviews.html along with some other very dedicated reviewers. Besides that, CDs are sent directly to you and you get to hear some *great* music. I only ask that a reviewer provide at least three reviews per month, if at all possible (I'm not a slave driver though, promise. :) ). Email me at editor@musesmuse.com if you're interested, ok? And now on to the raffle winners for the month! They are: * Patrick Bonier, from Blaine, MN, has won a copy of Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software (http://www.musesmuse.com/vss-review.html). * Chris Spencer from Los Angeles, CA, 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. * Sarah Honkala from Washougal, WA, has won a copy of Bronson Herrmuth's "100 Miles To A Record Deal" (http://www.songrepair.com/bookforweb2.htm). * Lynn Julian (aKa Cookie Cutter Girl) from Ipswich,MA, has won a copy of Sean Farrington's "The Little Black Book of Band Profit Secrets" (http://www.bandprofit.com/). * Guy-Michael Grande from Nashville, TN, has won a 6 month subscription to the Onlinegigs (http://www.onlinegigs.com/) 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 bands. * Lorna Hunt, from the Dayton area, OH, has won a copy of Indie-Music.com's Musician's Toolkit CD (http://www.musicianstoolkit.com/muse/) Lots of cool stuff in this month's newsletter, so time to get to it! Hope you're all enjoying the wonderful weather. I know I'm find it inspirational. :) All the best, --Jodi P.S. - In case any of you are interested, I have new demos online on my Voice Overs & Vocals website at http://www.voiceoversandvocals.com/demos.html . Feel free to drop by and have a listen (I'd love to hear your opinion!). And if you need a voice for a project, let me know! :)

Back to Menu ================================================================= S p o n s o r M e s s a g e : (Many thanks to the sponsors that help support this newsletter!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ LAST MONTH TO ENTER THIS YEAR - USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION Win $50,000 Grand Prize worth of cash, cool music gear from Sony, Ibanez Guitars, D'Addario Strings, Audio-Techica, Ik Multimedia and more! Not to mention radio airplay for winning songs. Judges include A&R from Universal, SONY/BMG, Capitol Records and Warner. Hurry, this is the last month to enter! Get entry from here: http://www.songwriting.net/mm.html ================================================================= M u s i c R e v i e w s : Bhasker Gupta & Chip Withrow ----------------------------------------------------------------- Would YOU like the opportunity to review great music and have your name up in lights? ;) Email me at editor@musesmuse.com if you're interested in becoming a reviewer for The Muse's Muse. Your fellow artists will thank you! NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE: Chip Withrow: * Adam Burrows http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-adamburrows-never.html * Andy Baker http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-andybaker-down.html * Trapper Schoepp Band http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-trapperschoepp-change.html * Chris Unck http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-chrisunck-countryroads.html * Russ Glenn http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-russglenn-newearth.html Bhasker Gupta: * Neil Welch http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-neilwelch-narmada.html JJ Biener: * GromKo http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-gromko-convert.html 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! Back to Menu ================================================================= 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 -----------------------------------------------------------------
Johnny Om - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

Johnny Om's first recording for Organically Grown Music is an
intriguing collection of catchy melodies, social satire, and
musical invention that defies categorization. Johnny's pleasantly
warped sound combines a variety of styles to create a compelling
and soulful musical journey into the contemporary American
mindset.

http://www.organicallygrown.com/

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Christopher Taylor - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER


Christopher's music subtly conveys a sense of spirituality and
self-inquiry. Strong melodies, solid rhythms and richly textured
harmonies make a powerful backdrop for personal evolution.
REMAINS TO BE SEEN offers unique ways of expressing the growing
pains of a world on the brink of evolving beyond itself.


http://www.organicallygrown.com/

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The Bodhi Brothers - Genre: FOLK

Organically Grown marks the Bodhi Brothers' first recording. This
is a fun collection of acoustic-based music, with flavors of
folk, blues, and country jazz. Largely instrumental, this CD's
mellow, front-porch-style playing features The Bodhi Brothers
doing what they do best, having themselves a good time in the
studio.

http://www.organicallygrown.com/
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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
        The Amy Winehouse Story by Nick Johnstone
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I confess to a weakness for biographies. The lives of people who
have accomplished things can be inspirational in a variety of
ways. The story of what they have done wrong and right along the
way to success, how they dealt with setback and failure, make
fascinating reading. In the case of songwriters, understanding
where and how they struggled, whether with personal issues or
matters of craft, humanize them. Although the story of Amy
Winehouse is really just beginning (we hope), it has been
eventful, to say the least. With only two albums (and a rocky
start for the first) under her belt, her string of awards is
admirable. Critical reviews have suggested that she was
responsible for a resurgence of R&B in contemporary pop. Based on
this, I looked forward to reading about her musical roots and how
she managed to overcome the inertia the music business is filled
with to bring R&B them to popularity. Hey, I love R&B.

Much of this story is told from a distance. Many people
significant to the story, including Amy Winehouse herself, did
not participate in Johnstone's research for this book. As a
result, there are not as many insights into her character as you
might expect. It is an unauthorized story. From a songwriter
point of view, however, that worked out all right, because it
forced the author to spend more time on her professional career
and less on her personal life—although her personal demons
certainly figure prominently in the telling. The source material
is heavily dependent on her producers and people that worked with
her and her songs. And that last part—people who worked with her
songs—is important in understanding her body of work. After years
of being around recording and reading about the industry, I was
amazed to find how many people directly involved in Amy
Winehouse's two albums did not ever work with her. In some cases,
she simply recorded her voice and guitar, and left the final
sound to the producers. It wasn't even quite clear if that was
her choice, or someone else's, but that fact figures to a degree
in the end product that we hear. As a songwriter very attached to
my songs, I would have liked to learn more about that decision.

Again the wording is important. She left it to the producers,
because each of the two albums had two separate producers. They
worked in a different location, with different musicians.
Johnstone spends a fair amount of the book detailing this
process, and presenting viewpoints of some of the key figures
involved. Clearly Winehouse's mark is on the productions. Her
love of urban and early R&B music was taken into account as the
work went on. She liked Reggae grooves as well, and they come
through in the songs. Some top musicians helped make those albums
what they were. Interestingly, the bulk of the praise for her
work centers on the writing a (small) handful of songs and her
vocal treatments. Apparently she makes many listeners think of
older, mature blues singers. I find the assessment odd, but then
I would guess it depends on your own background. To me she simply
sounds like a young woman who listened to a lot of older records
and picked up some of the stylings. But then, I review books, not
singers.

If you are looking for the inside scoop on the life and times of
Amy Winehouse, this will probably only tease you. But if you are
interested in her recording career to date—some detail of how
labels and producers work with emerging talent—then this could be
for you.
****** 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 Ed’s 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! Back to Menu ================================================================= S p o n s o r M e s s a g e : (Many thanks to the sponsors that help support this newsletter!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ BRETT MANNING'S SINGING SUCCESS SYSTEMATIC VOCAL TRAINING SYSTEM: It's the "secret weapon" used by some of the winners of the world's most prestigious vocal awards, including the Doves, the CMA Awards, and yes, the Grammies.
Learn the one mistake even professional singers make, that drains
away 3 times more vocal energy and yields only half the needed
vocal power.  Find out about the 3 simple exercises that allow
even a "beginner" to make rapid increases in range (this also
eliminates vocal strain). Learn Brett's secret for "dissolving"
your break, so you'll never have to flip into falsetto again, but
you'll still sing as high as you want--in full voice - and LOTS
more.
The package includes 12 audio CDs (packed with 17 repeatable
lessons, including both technique--the simple, yet powerful
exercises, and style lessons for building vocal licks and
trills); a workbook for illustration; and a DVD for visual
reference and demonstration. It's a complete course - and it has
a money-back guarantee!
Visit http://tinyurl.com/35t3lz for more details and start
yourself on the road to improving your vocal chops today!

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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!
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2ND ANNUAL HOW SONGWRITING REALLY WORKS RETREAT,
Nahatlatch River, British Columbia (near Vancouver BC)
August 10-15, 2008 with Wayne Chase, author of How Music Really
Works & Nancy Bos
How Songwriting Really Works: Techniques & Secrets of the World¹s
Greatest Songwriters is designed for songwriters committed to
writing songs that will stand the test of time. Retreat leader
Wayne Chase is the author of "How Music Really Works", a
comprehensive presentation of the music and lyrical techniques of
writing classic songs. This retreat will be unlike anything
else available anywhere in the world. Wayne is a music scholar
and has studied music and language for over 25 years from the
perspective of how our brain processes words and music and the
emotional value of words. Wayne holds 5 patents in connotative
analysis and is one of the worlds leading experts on the
emotional meaning in language. Wayne is also the creator of the
Gold Standard Song List, a compilation of 5,000 of the greatest
songs of all time in 11 genres. Details on Wayne¹s work at
http://www.howmusicreallyworks.com/Index.html. Nancy Bos,
Seattle's premier vocal and performance coach, will lead several
interactive sessions that will be very helpful for all singer
songwriters. The all-inclusive cost for the 6-day event including
15 meals, beverages, snack, full use of resort amenities,
adventure activity ($125 value) and all workshop sessions starts
at just $850 US per person (camping option) and $975 US (shared
cabin tent option).
http://tinyurl.com/29aajd for more details.
Reservations: 800-736-7238 (9-5 PM PST); info@reorafting.com
Organizer: Bryan Fogelman bryan@reorafting.com
----------------------------------------------------------------- 9th ANNUAL REO SONGWRITERS RETREAT, Nahatlatch River, British Columbia (near Vancouver BC) July 13-18, 2008 with Bonnie Hayes, Steve Seskin, Pat Pattison & Jon Vezner Enjoy one the world¹s most unique songwriters retreats in the Canadian wilderness near Vancouver, BC July 13-18. Hosted at the REO Rafting Resort, this riverfront adventure-style resort is an incredible setting for songwriting. 2008 faculty include Bonnie Hayes (³Have a Heart² recorded by Bonnie Raitt), hit songwriter Steve Seskin, Berklee College of Music Professor and "Writing Better Lyrics" author Pat Pattison, and Grammy-winning songwriter Jon Vezner. A maximum of thirty-six international songwriters from throughout the US, Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand will gather for an intensive, focused week of master classes, one-on-one sessions, group workshops, song critiques and fantastic social events. The cost for the 6-day/5-night event including 15 meals, beverages, snack, full use of resort amenities and all workshop sessions starts at just $850 US per person (camping option) and $975 US (shared cabin tent option). Register and pay in full by May 15th and receive a free whitewater rafting adventure on the Class 4 Nahatlatch River ($125 value). Spots are confirmed upon receipt of a non-refundable $200 deposit. http://www.reorafting.com/site/retreats/songwriter_retreat.html
http://bluecrushmusic.com/site/reo--s_songwriters_retreat.html Reservations: 800-736-7238 (9-5 PM PST); info@reorafting.com Organizer: Bryan Fogelman bryan@reorafting.com ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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 — 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 ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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/ ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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! ----------------------------------------------------------------- INDIE ARTISTS: JOIN MYBANDSMUSIC.COM & YOU COULD WIN $1000! Come and join a new site called MyBandsMusic, dedicated to indie artists where you can create a profile, upload tracks and videos, start your own blog, open a storefront, post announcements and events, get input from fans, and more. The best part is that it is all free! Currently we are running a contest until the end of March. The artist that has the most fans sign up on their MyBandsMusic account wins a check for $1000!! Visit MyBandsMusic.com for more details. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------------------------------------- The New York Times has been carrying an online blog for a few months now called "Measure for Measure" (http://measureformeasure.blogs.nytimes.com/) with contributions from songwriters Andrew Bird, Darrell Brown, Rosanne Cash and Suzanne Vega. The blog states "With music now available with a single, offhand click, it's easy to forget that songs are not born whole, polished and ready to play." It goes on to describe how the four contributing songwriters will "pull back the curtain on the creative process..." writing about their work and discussing their works in progress. Darrell Brown's "We Are Emotional Spies" is an interesting insight into how we can use the experiences of others, and even our own life events to come up with song titles or ideas when we are ready to write. Let's face it, as songwriters we are always on the lookout for interesting or unique song topics. Darrell describes how an event in his life planted the seed of a song, and then he goes on in great detail to show how he used it when he sat down with a co-writer not long after. As an aside, sometimes you'll see a little box called "Grace note" which provides extra tips and tricks related to the article. And samples of the songwriters' work is also available to listen to. Andrew Bird's blog entry "Natural History" is about the process of recording his most recent album. Something that is interesting to me is how he doesn't "settle" on his song's melody until he gets into the studio, and even then, he tends to continue to improvise his melodies even when he's performing. Also, to prepare for this album he took himself on a couple of field trips to get ideas for lyrics when he realized that nature was going to be its theme. You can listen to a couple of clips of the songs as you read the blog. One of Roseanne Cash's entries is titled "Well, Actually It IS Brain Surgery" where she talks about her recovery from surgery (yes, brain surgery!) and how she had to turn her "songwriting engine" back on again after the death of a songwriting friend, on top of her own physical problems. Suzanne Vega talks about her first attempts at songwriting when she was a teenager in her blog entry "Teen Beat". Sounds a lot like how I started! Not knowing the names of chords and coming from a very unpredictable and spontaneous place in her songwriting, writing at odd times, and finding answers to her songwriting "puzzles" in her dreams, were all a part of the early process, much different from how she, and how I, write today. At least she can afford to hire someone to clean her house! Another interesting aspect of the blog is the fact that you can post your responses or comments to each of the songwriters, which are almost as fascinating to read as the blog entries themselves! Maybe you need to get your songwriting engine revved up these days, I know I do. Measure For Measure may be a good place to start! ****** 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 Brian Donovan Music Life: 1 - Creative and Everyday Can Co-Exist (© April 2008) ----------------------------------------------------------------- See, as a creative person, myself a musician, I've always seen my music AS my life instead of an incredibly enriching part OF my life. It's challenging to balance my two sides: the creative side that can sit in a room all day, alone, writing music, and the rational side that reminds me of my needs to eat, pay bills, spend time with family and friends and even use the bathroom. (Yes, many a day I had gotten out of bed, and entered my studio to record a quick idea, only to emerge, what I thought were minutes later, to find the sun had set, I was completely famished and in desperate need of the facilities.) All of that is mere child's play though compared to the feeling you have when you know you've created something from nothing. Something that can explain part of your soul. But we can't lock ourselves in a room for eternity and create. It's impossible. Here's why: after a while, your inspiration will dwindle, and your creative spark will dry up. Why? Have you heard of art imitating life? Well, believe me, that old adage is very real. Yet some musicians will misinterpret their art AS their life as opposed to part OF it. Now, when was the last time you wrote a killer tune? For most of us, the muse came to visit right after we parted ways with out last boyfriend/girlfriend. This makes sense. All of a sudden, you've got an enormous amount of emotions welling up inside you and a heap o' free time left by their absence. So, we sit down to write: My girl has left me And she don't even care How I am feelin' My life is now so bare Okay, I'm sure we're all in agreement that these lyrics suck. What now?! For the rest of this article, visit: http://www.musesmuse.com/col-briandonovan-coexist.html ***** Brian Donovan began his musical career by the age of 13 when he and his friends wrote and produced their first record, albeit somewhat goofy. Brian quickly developed a love for everything musical and after years of study, he earned a degree from Berklee College of Music. After graduation, Brian moved to California and has been working as a songwriter, guitarist and vocalist. He has also used his knowledge of production to great effect by recording tracks for some of today's best known artists for the last 12 years. As well as finding ways to foster that next big wave of creativity, Brian is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in southern California who currently writes songs for individual recording artists, tv and film. Check out Brian's newest CD: "Mugu Point" at his website:http://www.briandonovan.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 : ----------------------------------------------------------------- Consistency Is The Key - by Bronson Herrmuth http://www.musesmuse.com/col-bronson-consistent.html I'm adding this article for all of you "musers" who are performing songwriters and recording artists. Hope you enjoy! ----- Interview with Reggie Young - Part 1 & 2 - by Bronson Herrmuth http://www.musesmuse.com/col-bronson-reggieyoung.html
http://www.musesmuse.com/col-bronson-reggieyoung2.html Meet one of the greatest guitar players of all time - Reggie Young ----- 3 Ways to get out of a Songwriting Rut - by Kole (Kyle Hicks) http://www.musesmuse.com/col-kole-musicalrut.html This article lists 3 different things I did to get through the songwriting "ruts" I encountered while composing music for my debut album "Exile." ----- Blue Collar Survival #345 - I'm Gumby, Dammit!!! - by Mick Polich http://www.musesmuse.com/col-mickpolich-musicmarketing.html Hey kids, let's put out an EP/CD!!! Mick explores what's-happening-now in the initial stages of putting out some music to the market for the umpteenth time, and dealing with combining art and business AGAIN!! ----- Blue Collar's Hot Rod Tube Amp Mods, Volume #1!!!!
- by Mick Polich http://www.musesmuse.com/col-mickpolich-moreamps.html Here's an overview of some areas (simple and a wee more complex) to get a little more pop outta your tube amps. DISCLAIMER (and you'll see it again and again in the article): EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND LETHAL VOLTAGES!! CAUTION!!! If you don't feel comfortable with any of the information to proceed on your own, DON'T! Consult you friendly, neighborhood amp tech for advice, info, and service! ----- Do You Need A Producer? - by Jerry Flattum http://www.musesmuse.com/col-jerryflattum-producer.html Couple of months back, I decided to use Bob Katz for mastering. After a few email exchanges and wrestling with his amazing book, Mastering Audio, I told Bob I wanted to achieve the same high quality recording with my studio as that which I've been hearing on a slew of top commercial CDs (Celine Dion, as one example). Bob Katz recommended using a producer. Just exactly what does a producer do? Do I need one? Mick Polich, another Muse's Muse Columnist, has some answers. ----- Cross-Marketing (Linking): Selling Your Music - by Jerry Flattum http://www.musesmuse.com/col-jerry-marketing.html New ways to sell your music online is exploding. CD Baby is only one of them. Of course you need your own website, but how does anyone know where it is--how to find it? One way is to cross-link, particularly with other sites that feature your music. ----- Untrained Melodies - by Trevor Krueger http://www.musesmuse.com/col-trevor-interpretation.html Inspiration begins the journey while interpretation completes it. Here is one example of how one can sometimes deviate from the other.
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