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Issue 11.3 - June 2008
ISSN 1480-6975

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@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - Gian Fiero, Jarrod Brogdon, Chris Propfe &
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 - On The Subject of Co-Writing
- by Bronson Herrmuth
@-- 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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Welcome to the beginning of summer (unofficially, of course).
Does it feel like summer to you? It really doesn't to me. But
ah well. The weather is weird. And that's all I'll say on that
subject of I could take the whole newsletter talking about THAT.

It's been a very productive month for me in a lot of ways. I've
been working hard at the voice overs (there's been work coming in
though it's still pretty slow) and I'm (once again) working on a
new demo ... (This is a never ending process.) I did some radio
imaging for a a Smooth Jazz radio station in Oregon recently.
What a blast *that* was! :D

Anyway, on to what you *really* want to hear about - the
songwriting stuff. :)

Here are the winners of gift certificates for the August
Retreat, "How Songwriting Really Works":

Sarah Honkala $200 gift cert for August 2008 retreat
Bob MacDonald $100 gift cert for August 2008 retreat
Ruslan Moiseev $100 gift cert for August 2008 retreat

Other applicants will each receive a $50 gift certificate, so
they're not left out either. Thanks for all that decided to
enter and I hope you hugely enjoy the event! Thanks also to
Bryan Fogelman and the staff over there for making this give-away
possible. :)

We've introduced a couple of new reviewers, so if you've been
waiting to get a CD review, I hope you'll go over there and have
a look. Please help me welcome Jarrod Brogdon and Chris Propfe
to our regular Music Reviewer line-up. They're doing a *great*
job so far!

Last but certainly not least, here are the raffle winners for
this month:

* Rod Miller, from Rogersville, MO, has won a copy of
Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software
(http://www.musesmuse.com/vss-review.html).

* Lisa McGuire from Minneapolis, MN, 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.

* Jon West from Livermore, CO, has won a copy of
Bronson Herrmuth's "100 Miles To A Record Deal"
(http://www.songrepair.com/bookforweb2.htm).

* Guillaume Depierre from Cluses, France, has won a
copy of Sean Farrington's "The Little Black Book of Band Profit
Secrets" (http://www.bandprofit.com/).

* Kevin Walsh from Grand Canyon, AZ, has won a copy of Nick
Johnstone's "The Amy Winehouse Story" - the book reviewed in last
month's newsletter (http://www.omnibuspress.com for more
information!)

* Monte Richardson from Ennis, TX, has won a copy of Paul
Gilreath's "The Guide to MIDI Orchestration" - the book reviewed
before the Amy Winehouse book (the month before last). Monte was
relocating, so we waited. ;)

* Charlie Twain, from Naples, FL, has won a copy of
Indie-Music.com's Musician's Toolkit CD
(http://www.musicianstoolkit.com/muse/)

Once again, if you have your eye on a prize, feel free to email
me with your contact information and your first and second
choices for a raffle prize! I'll be happy to put you in the
queue.

All the best,

--Jodi

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M u s i c R e v i e w s : Gian Fiero, Jarrod Brogdon, Chris Propfe & Chip Withrow ----------------------------------------------------------------- NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE: Jarrod Brogdon: * Phil Barry http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-philbarry-carolinas.html * Jackson County Line http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-jacksoncountyline.html Chip Withrow: * Shane Philip http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-shanephilip-moment.html * Vine House http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-vinehouse-youngregret.html * Ten Foot Pole Cats http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-tenfootpolecats-sternosoup.html * Emma Cook http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-emmacook-hitandrun.html Chris Propfe: * Kristen Grainger & Dan Wetzel http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-grainger+wetzel-circus.html Gian Fiero: * Samantha Molin http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-samanthamolin-foolinme.html * Tomorrow's Bad Seeds http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-tomorrowsbadseeds-vices.html * Orentia http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-orentia-confused.html * Sean Costello http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-seancostello-gettogether.html * Psycopatrik http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-psycopatrik-cyberzoo.html * Rosey http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-rosey-luckiestgirl.html * Times 4 http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-times4-relations.html * Taylor Thompson http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-taylorthompson-notalone.html * Charlene Lite http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-charlenelite-grown.html * Natalie Walker http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-nataliewalker-urbanangel.html * Lina http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-lina-morningstar.html * Jesse McArtney http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-jessemcartney-departure.html * Rozzi Crane http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-rozzicrane-backandforth.html * Craig David http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-craigdavid-justareminder.html * Eoin Harrington http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-eoinharrington-story.html * Byron Zanos http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-byronzanos-ifonly.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

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Ed Teja - Genre: JAZZ

Ed Tejaís music is rooted in jazz although he has played a
variety of music over the years. Earl Beecher, a long-term jazz
fan, who owns Outstanding Records, suggested fusing his smooth
guitar lines and vocal styling to create this CD.

http://www.geocities.com/edteja

(Yes, this is our very own book reviewer. :D )

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Plunky & Oneness - Genre:  R&B AND SOUL

Plunky plays the funkiest jazz sax on the planet and with his
group, Plunky & Oneness, it's like John Coltrane and George
Clinton playing with Kool & the Gang.  On stage or on disc itís
P-funk, hot licks, high-energy rhythms and soulful vocals -
Plunky Drops the Cold Heat!

http://www.plunkyone.com/

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Nancy Falkow - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

Nancy Falkow is a melodic and soulful singer-songwriter from
Philadelphia, who is relocating to Dublin, Ireland in June 2004
as she simultaneously celebrates the release of her latest album
"Clear View." As a vocalist Falkow has landed guest spots on
recordings from Astrud Gilberto to G Love. Her most cherished
career highlight was when she toured as a vocalist with Daniel
Lanois on his "Shine" Tour in 2003.

http://www.nancyfalkow.com/news/
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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
Schirmer's Complete Rhyming Dictionary
By Paul Zollo
http://www.musicsales.com

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The advent of a new rhyming dictionary might come as a surprise
to those who use online rhyming dictionaries or programs, such as
Lyricist, that have them built in. Who needs a book, after all?
It might also surprise those who regularly use a printed rhyming
dictionary. Why another one?


As one who uses both printed and electronic versions, I am here
to tell you that they are quite different tools. But let's begin
with the printed word. New ones arise, in part because usage
changes (a fact that some of us consider grossly unfortunate, but
there you have it). So this is an update. But the differences
among printed dictionaries is enormous. Early on, I followed
Jimmy Webb's advice (from his book) in selecting a rhyming
dictionary, and the results were... okay. But the organization of
a rhyming dictionary tends to be fairly personal, and obviously
he and I differed. These differences tend to be in basic
editorial choices. For instance, how do you want the
pronunciations spelled out (phonetically, phonemically, in
approximate English)? What sort of rhymes do you include
(perfect, of course, but what about slant rhyme or near rhyme)?
All the dictionaries work, but if the book isn't extremely easy
to use, then when you face an interesting challenge, you probably
won't grab it too quickly that "physique" provides a good rhyme
for "geek," but so do "grosbeak" and "batik." Then you will go
with whatever pops into your head. This book is, in my
estimation, the best for songwriters I've ever seen. It appeals
to the word lover in me and, I suspect, other lyricists.

I find electronic rhyming dictionaries quite useful. When I am on
the computer they can quickly help me find a better rhyme. But
not all my songwriting takes place on a computer. Creating on the
screen kicks in my internal editor (who stifles creativity, in
favor of correctness), so, at times, a pad of paper, pen, and a
comfortable recliner are my answer to getting fresh ideas. In
that environment, a printed dictionary (and a thesaurus) are
great companions. Printed books also offer the advantage of
allowing words you weren't looking up, to catch your eye and
capture the imagination. If you aren't a true word lover, then
this might not make much sense, but this sort of blissful
distraction is wondrous. In my experience serendipitous
wanderings through words have resulted in entirely new songs.

While this is ultimately a reference work, to be grabbed to find
a perfect rhyme, the introduction deserves a significant mention.
Zollo has written an insightful, provocative and thoughtful essay
on rhyme, in particular as applied to songwriting. He covers the
history and the role of rhyme in song, and explores its use,
turning to examples covering the history of popular songs,
including such notables as Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Cole Porter,
Lorenz Hart, and his own songs. I would encourage him to turn
that essay into a full book. It is instructive and, for a
songwriter, at least, incredibly readable. Given the depth of his
analysis, (he is, after all, the Senior Editor for American
Songwriter) I'd be interested in hearing more from him on
songwriting in general.
****** 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 (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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Coors Light invites you to write lyrics to the song "Catch the
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Contest Deadline: June 15, 2008
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Well, this month I thought we'd have a little fun with this
terribly serious topic of songwriting. You've gotta laugh
sometimes! And who knows? Some of these sights and sounds might
just inspire you to write your first funny song. Hey...don't
laugh!

I was introduced to my first funny song when my Dad had me listen
to Yogi Yorgesson's "I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas" when I was
about six years old. There are, as we all know, many, many funny
Christmas songs and parodies. And some artists and bands over the
years have made a very good living from writing funny songs.
Weird Al Yankovic is a more familiar one to most of you.

Comedians have done pretty well putting their funny ideas to
music too. If you've never heard Allan Sherman's Hello Muddah,
Hello Fadduh (A Letter From Camp)", then check it out here:
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=J7e9geRIkBE. In this video, the
song was put together with some images from one of the Harry
Potter movies. But you can listen to Sherman's parody in its
entirety. Sherman was a writer for the Steve Allen Show, when
one day he decided to take the music from a 1876 Ponchielli opera
"Dance of the Hours" and write some new lyrics to it :-) . I
think it's probably safe to say that Allan Sherman was the first
Weird Al!

There's a popular group here in Canada called the Arrogant Worms.
My teenaged daughter went to see them with a friend once and they
laughed about the Arrogant Worms for weeks after! Here's a
YouTube video of theirs called "Carrot Juice Is Murder":
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=KmK0bZl4ILM. It's the sad tale
about the mass murder of veggies. These guys have done very well
with their funny brand of songs and have a pretty solid
following.

On her website, songwriter Molly-Ann Leiken writes about meeting
Chester, who is a writer-wannabe
(http://www.songmd.com/col_chester.shtml), on a hiking vacation
in Prince Edward Island. She's a pretty good storyteller and
it's an hilarious account of an almost-romance. You know, a lot
of songwriters or lyricists, also write columns, poetry and
stories, and even entire books. Maybe you should try writing a
funny story about songwriting yourself some day! It can't hoite!
By the way, Molly has a lot of other songwriting tips on her
website that are worth checking out.

Then there's another YouTube video that's been floating around
featuring John Mayer on the topic of his own songwriting
(http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=4NxeHFydLMQ). First of all, I
should warn you that there's some pretty coarse language in
there, so watch your tender ears! So just how does he come up
with his (or somebody else's) ideas? What is his process? How
many seeds can a wooden-legged monkey kick out of a watermelon?

Never mind.

Take a little time to lighten up this month. And don't think of
funny lyrics as being nothing more than a cute little novelty
either...being funny is a lot harder than you think!

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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
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On The Subject Of Cowriting
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If you look at the current issue of Billboard magazine and check
out the radio play list charts closely, you will quickly notice
that the vast majority of the songs you see charted there were
cowritten by two, three or more writers. There are many reasons
for this, including the old saying "two heads are better than
one" being high up on the list. I have cowritten with songwriters
who write 10-15 songs a week on a regular basis, while cowriting
with a half dozen (or more) different songwriters. They write
with one songwriting partner in the morning, another one in the
afternoon and a different one in the evening on a daily basis.
They will actually go on the road with famous artists and write
with them while they are on tour. It is normal for these writers
to write hundreds of songs in any given year with most of those
songs being cowritten.

My first cowriting session was inspired by a trip to Nashville in
1983 and a meeting with a publisher who had expressed interest in
publishing one of my songs, but only if it was rewritten. He
loved the melody but was not sold on the lyrics, so he left it up
to me. Rewrite and get a publishing contract, no rewrite, a pass.
I went back home and tried several times to rewrite my song, but
I just couldn't do it. I really did like it just the way it was
and I couldn't come up with anything that I felt made it a better
song. I was fortunate to know a very successful songwriter named
Johnny McCollum, who lived in my hometown in Iowa. I called him
and explained the situation, and he graciously agreed to cowrite
with me. (Thank you, Johnny)

I was still very apprehensive about the thought of changing what
I had written in any way and Johnny realized this immediately. He
gave me a wonderful lesson on how to cowrite that day and over
the next few days, as our cowriting relationship and friendship
progressed. We both agreed to leave my song just like it was and
actually wrote a whole new song. We just rearranged the chord
structure, using the same chords that the publisher had shown an
interest in. A different melody and brand new words, but in the
same key, style, and tempo of my other song. The publisher loved
it and his company did end up publishing that song, and still
does. I have gone on to write many songs with Johnny, and one of
our songs was recorded and released by the group Mason Dixon in
1985. That song was called "Christmas Memories," and was actually
a 3-way write with hit songwriter Dan Mitchell. Johnny and I
wrote the lyrics and Dan wrote the music and sang the demo.
Another of our cowrites entitled "Outlaw On The Run" was recorded
and released by Michael Mason in 1996 on his CD, Say You're Gonna
Stay.

Here are some of my thoughts on the subject of cowriting:

1. PITCHING:

For the rest of this article, visit:
http://www.musesmuse.com/col-bronson-cowriting.html ***** Based in Nashville, Bronson Herrmuth has worked in music publishing for more than 25 years. He is President of Iowa HomeGrown Music and Stepping Stone Productions. Signed as a recording artist with RCA Mexico from 1981-1985 with Iowa band, The Ozone Ramblers. He is a band leader, a multi-instrumentalist, and he has toured 42 states and 18 countries as a performer. As a producer, Bronson has worked with many songwriters and artists in the studio and on stage. He's traveled the USA speaking at Music Conferences as a Panelist, a Mentor and Workshop Instructor. An associate writer for MusicDish.com and 5 Star Productions, author of the book 100 Miles To A Record Deal (http://www.songrepair.com/bookforweb2.htm), a contributing
author to the Indie Bible, a columnist for the Nashville Music
Guide and a staff writer for Digital Muze Magazine.

Back to Menu ================================================================= " O N S I T E " F E A T U R E D A R T I C L E : ----------------------------------------------------------------- "Screwin' Around" - Practical advice from Composer, Engineer,
Producer Stephen Sea
- by Jerry Flattum
http://www.musesmuse.com/col-jerryflattum-recordingadvise.html In tackling the the concept of the role a producer plays in recording, Stephen Sea offers some practical advice and lays out a blueprint for "screwin' around," a technique most songwriters are already familiar with when writing tunes. ----- Music Life: 2 - How NOT to Practice - by Brian Donovan
http://www.musesmuse.com/col-briandonovan-notpractice.html This month, we'll set goals to make our practicing SO efficient, that we'll hardly have to practice at all . . . ----- Blue Collar's CD Reviews, Volume #1 - by Mick Polich
http://www.musesmuse.com/col-mickpolich-cdreviews.html Hey kids, time for CD reviews!! And as we all know, opinions on music are like, er, well, you know what they're like - everybody has one!! ----- The Funk - Filled Soul Of Jazz Organ Trios and Hammond B -3
Players!!
- by Mick Polich
http://www.musesmuse.com/col-mickpolich-hammondb3.html Grits n' gravy, hip-shakin' - just some of the terms described for the music that involves the Hammond B -3! Mick cites some personal experiences and thoughts, as well as a great story from our ol' friend, Mr. Don Archer.... ----- Blue Collar Salutes Teachers! - by Mick Polich
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