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Issue 11.5 - August 2008
ISSN 1480-6975

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@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - Alex Jasperse & Don Sechelski
@-- 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 - How To Form Your Own Publishing Company -
by Ben McLane, Esq.
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
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I hope you're enjoying the warm weather, folks. I know I am!
(And yes, I know a lot of you enjoy warm weather all year round,
but please humor me. ;)).

Lots of stuff in this issue so I'll get to some announcements and
then let you get to it. :)

We have another new reviewer by the name of Dan Cohen. Those of
you with kids might recognize the name "Danna Bannana". Even if
you don't, if you have kids, you might want to look it up because
he has *four* CDs released under that name. He's also had his
songs picked up by Disney and has sung with Sara Hickman. He'll
be handling CD reviews in the Classical, Jazz and Music for Kids
genres - so if you have 'em, send 'em along!

Not only do we have a new reviewer, but we also have a new
columnist. Jan Fabyankovic joins us with her new column, "In A
Muse's Shoes". She'll be interviewing songwriters in all sorts
of genres to talk about how they write what they write, and to
give insight into how inspiration is all around us. Check out
her latest article at http://www.musesmuse.com/col-janf.html .
You won't be disappointed! Her first interview is with Jon Ims!

I have some great news for you guys, too! Do you remember the
advertiser I mentioned in last month's issue? His name is Njal
Frode Lie and he's the wiz at song mastering (especially those
songs that contain a vocal of some kind). Well, he's offered to
*give away* a few song masterings, just to you guys! That's
HUGELY generous of him - but I want to make sure that the free
song mastering will go to someone who will really USE it (or
knows of a friend it can be passed on to - it's transferrable
too!). So if you're interested in this raffle prize, please
write to me and let me know why you think you would really get
the most out of having your song mastered by a pro (for FREE!).
You can visit Njal's website at
http://www.nflproduksjoner.com/?source=mm and have a listen to
the great work he's done in the past so that you'll get an idea
of how he can help you. Note that he *can* do a lot more than
simply master your song (he's done mixing and mastering of entire
albums) - but what's on offer here, is the mastering of one song.
I hope to hear from you! I'll be giving one of these raffle
prizes away over the next three newsletters.

I also want to mention something else - and that is that I'm
*always* looking for great music to put in the next Radio Muse
broadcast! :D So if you'd like to get some online radio play for
your music, please do consider sending something in. (Note that
it doesn't have to be on an album (you could send me a CDR, for
instance), but it *does* need to be radio ready, folks. Sorry -
this *is* radio, of a sort. ;)). All the instructions are right
at http://www.musesmuse.com/radiomuse.html (PLEASE PLEASE follow
them! I get people sending me stuff all the time without the
size of bio I need - or ANY bio - without the required paperwork
at all, etc. If you don't follow those instructions, it just
makes featuring your music all that much more difficult.). I
have about six out of the usual 12 songs chosen for Radio Muse
#19 ... and I'd really like to try to have a new show online for
around September or so ... (there tends to be one about every
quarter at this point). So think about it, ok? Thanks, guys. I
look forward to hearing your music. :)

And now, on to the raffle winners. As per usual, if you'd like a
prize yourself, feel free to write to me with your preferences
(at least 2 options would be great) and our contact info so that
I know where to send the prize to. You'll find them all listed
at the top of http://www.musesmuse.com/musenews.html. Thanks!

* Noel Baxter, from Milton, ON Canada, has won a copy of
Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software
(http://www.musesmuse.com/vss-review.html).

* Robert D. Lee from Atlanta, GA, 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.

* Rachelle Nones from Queens, NY, has won a copy of
Indie-Music.com's Musician's Toolkit CD
(http://www.musicianstoolkit.com/muse/)

* Tom Richards from Allston, MA, has won a copy of Schirmer's
Complete Rhyming Dictionary By Paul Zollo" (See
http://www.musicsales.com for more information.)

Hope you enjoy the newsletter! And happy writing. :)

All the best,

--Jodi

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Mark Evans - Genre: COUNTRY

Mark Evans is a truly gifted songwriter in the mold of Billy Joe
Shaver and Kris Kristofferson. He nailed a publishing deal on his
first trip to Nashville and completed his forthcoming CD on his
second trip. Titled I Crawl Out, Mark Evans' debut disc will be
released in England and America.

http://www.markevansmusic.co.uk/

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Smokin' Joe Wiseman - Genre: FOLK & TRADITIONAL

A Field By The Sea. It's a pretty stirring title, invoking
visions of desolate beaches, wind-swept heather and frothy,
undulating waves. Smokin' Joe Wiseman came up with it while
looking seawards from Cape St. George towards the cemetery
(marble orchard) - a field by the sea if ever there was one.

http://www.musicforte.com/member/smokinjoewiseman

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DateMonthYear - Genre: ROCK 

DateMonthYear is not a band, it is a way of doing things - the
composition, production, performance, and marketing of music in
the contemporary environment. DateMonthYear is based in Hamilton,
New Zealand and tends to make music that blends pop melodies,
rock dynamics and movie atmospheres.

http://www.datemonthyear.co.nz/http://www.a3wg.net/
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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 A-Z Of Music Licensing Program
by Aaron Davison
http://www.howtolicenseyourmusic.com

or you can support Musesmuse.com by clicking on
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In a confused music market, where the ground rules for selling
CDs change daily, where touring becomes both mandatory and
prohibitively expensive at the same time, it's nice to know there
is one area that is growing very nicely. That area is marketing
your music as a part of someone else's package—for Internet use,
and in television programs or movies. The opportunities range
from the interesting to the extraordinary. But how to crack them?

Aaron Davison's online course provides two significant things —
an understanding of the basics of how music licensing works, and
a significant collection of market leads that launch you into
action.

Davison's audio course is a series of short lectures
(downloadable mp3s, and in a player) that provide an overview to
this business. In a simple and understandable way, they present
the types of licensing, how they work, the importance of
production, what passive income is, information on the PROs, and
more. In addition to film and tv, one lecture is on video games,
another growing market. Davison shares information on how to
submit music, and what not to do. As a lesson from the real
world, one that can help you see what it takes, Davison shares
his personal experience in getting started, along with three
songs that he has successfully placed. This gives you an earful
of the kind of music you might be up against — a reference for
the production quality you will need to provide to be successful
in what is a very competitive arena.

An interview with Michael Redman, the founder of My Music
Source.com, provides some insight from an industry middleman.
He talks about what they look for from songwriters and artists,
and what they provide, giving a few case histories. This alone
should give you an idea of how that particular segment of the
industry works.

So that you aren't left with a taste for what to do and no place
to start, Davison has also made available as downloads from the
site a tv/film directory, that gives contact information for 125
places you can submit your own songs. Davison says that he
updates the information frequently and a quick check of the links
included indicates that the leads are viable. Contact information
changes rapidly in this business, so it is important to keep
current.

And, lest you forget the basic information, there is a
downloadable ebook that provides a short course in the basic
information you'll need. This was the basis of Davison's original
course.

This course is not going to place your music, nor structure your
career, but if you want to learn how licensing works, what to do
to get your music into the right hands, and what to expect as you
struggle to do it, then you'll find this a gold mine. If you need
more help, he offers optional coaching as well. And if you accept
Davison's 90 day challenge, you will be putting yourself, and
your music, in the middle of a growing musical industry.
****** 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 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!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10th ANNUAL GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES The Great American Song Contest offers $10,000 in prizes and features awards for 45 winners in 9 categories. Entrants receive written evaluations of their songs from the judges. Music-industry judges include prominent publishers, recording artists, songwriters and producers. This annual International event is sponsored by Songwriters Resource Network, a trusted education resource for songwriters. Submission deadline is Oct. 10th 2008. http://www.greatamericansong.com

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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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HOOKS, LINES AND SINGERS 2008 Hooks, Lines and Singers is a songwriting contest benefiting the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center. All entries must include a $20 entry fee. Songs will be judged by Nashville Industry Professionals and must be received by Sept. 17, 2008. For additional information: http://www.hookslinesandsingers.com ----------------------------------------------------------------- 5TH ANNUAL IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) ACCEPTING
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The 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) is currently accepting entries. IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Win awards in Folk/Americana/Roots, AAA/Alternative, Instrumental, Open, Bluegrass/Country, Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo. http://www.inacoustic.com ----------------------------------------------------------------- "BALLADS FOR BALLOTS 2008" "Ballads for Ballots 2008" is a national music video contest sponsored by HCD Research, a communications research firm headquartered in Flemington, NJ. The firm is partnering with The Tribune Company to host the contest on its Mediacurves.com website and on The Tribune Company's The Swamp website. HCD Research is inviting contestants to submit an original song or song parody approximately 45-90 seconds in length in support of their political party or candidate. The first 100 qualified entries will receive $25 and become eligible for two grand prizes of $5,000 for the best Republican and Democrat video. The contest began on June 15 and will conclude on August 25. To learn more about the contest go to: http://www.mediacurves.com/balladsforballots/rules.cfm
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INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION (ISC) NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is now accepting entries for the 2009 competition. Offering better exposure, bigger prizes ($150,000 (US) - including $25,000 (US) cash) and the best judges for any songwriting competition in the world. Judges for 2007 include: Tom Waits; Robert Smith (The Cure); Loretta Lynn, Frank Black (Pixies) Nelly Furtado, and 7 record label presidents from major and independent records labels. For entry information and a complete list of judges please visit - http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/
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The other night I went to a live concert by one of my songwriting
heroes, James Taylor. He finally came to little old Victoria BC,
where I live, and I finally got to scratch him off my bucket
list. For those of you who don't know what a "bucket list" is, I
suggest you look up the movie :-) . Basically, it's a list of
things you want to do before you die.

James Taylor was a huge influence on my songwriting in the 70's
with songs like "Carolina On My Mind" and "Sweet Baby James",
both of which he included in his set list the other night. But
outside of his own wonderful writing, James was, and still is, a
great interpreter of other's songs. He covers them in a way that
makes them sound like his own. "Handyman", "Up On The Roof" and
"How Sweet It Is" come to mind, but they are only a small example
of his work.

Cover songs are a finicky thing to perform...if you make a cover
version too much like the original, what's the point? If you go
too far out in left field with it, it often loses its original
dynamic and falls flat. And ultimately, if you really loved the
original version of a song, can you possible love a cover
version? So, why would I even bother to write a songwriting
column about cover songs?

On my way to a barbeque the other week, I heard a promo for a CBC
radio show called "Under The Covers"
(http://www.cbc.ca/radiosummer/underthecovers/guide.html). This
is a series of shows all about cover songs. They were promoting
an episode called "Bubblegum Pop Songs Covers", saying "What
happens when you take an over-produced Top 40 pop song and
perform a stripped down version? Sometimes you find a pretty darn
good song hidden in there." Well, my ears perked right up. I
have to say, much to my discredit I don't give a lot of credence
to pop songs these days, for the most part because they don't
speak much to me. The "pop" songs of my generation were wildly
different, of course, and those of the generations before me even
different still. But were they?

Years ago when I heard James Taylor's versions of those old
songs, I fell in love with them. And this is what piqued my
curiosity. Maybe I actually get distracted by the production and
don't allow myself to appreciate the song.

So what do more contemporary pop songs sound like when they are
put in the hands of very different sounding artists and
producers? You'd be surprised. The most interesting aspect to me
is that although I've heard most of these songs in their original
clothes, they sound so completely new and sometimes even better
than the original. In fact, one of the first cover songs that
the hosts discuss, Janet Jackson's "What Have You Done For Me
Lately", actually sounds "old" in that the production seems to
come out of the 70's in that James Brown funk style.
Interesting!

When you get to the page, look for the section to the right where
you can scan through various podcasts of past episodes of the
show. Look for the July 12th episode called "Bubblegum Pop Songs
Covers" and hit the play button and see for yourself!

It could be that you don't like the cover versions of some of the
songs, but the whole point is, as far as I am concerned, how we
hear our own songs. What if we gave one of our songs to an
artist or band in a completely different genre than the song was
intended for, and let them have their way with it? Even beyond
that, is there a way for us to hear our own songs differently?

Pop songs can be pretty darn good. Who'd a thunk it?

******

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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How To Form Your Own Publishing Company (Editor's Note: Things are *slightly* different if you live some place outside of the US - but this should still give you the general principle of the thing.) ----------------------------------------------------------------- The area of the music business known as publishing can be very lucrative. Because of the income potential, many writers form their own publishing companies. Some writers do this in order to "keep their publishing," while others do so because the established publishing companies have shown no interest. However, getting published means nothing if the songs are not recorded or exploited in some other way. Thus, If a writer is also an artist who has an independent record coming out, or has a song being used in a film or on television, the writer should consider forming a publishing company. It is easy to form a publishing company assuming that there is a record coming out or if a film or television show is using one of the writer's songs. First, the writer must affiliate with ASCAP or BMI. (Both, if the writer intends to publish other writer's songs as well.) The reason for joining is that these rights societies pay the publisher performance royalties if the songs are played on radio, television, etc. These societies will not let a publisher use a name which is similar to an existing company because the wrong party might be paid accidentally. An uncommon name should be selected for the company so that the name will clear. If the publisher is also a writer that has not yet affiliated with either BMI or ASCAP, he or she should affiliate as a writer with one of the two societies at the same time as joining as a publisher. Because the societies require that the song's publisher be affiliated with the same society as the song's writer, the publisher will have to affiliate as a publisher with the same society joined as a writer. Part of the registration process will involve registering all songs written by the writer with the performance rights society selected. If the publishing entity will not be operating as a corporation, the second step is to file a "fictitious name statement" with the county recorder. This puts the public on notice that the publisher is doing business under a name that is different from the writer's surname. In California, this statement is necessary in order to open a bank account, and to cash checks made out to that name. Third, the publisher must register the songs to be published with the Copyright Office in Washington, D.C. in the name of the publishing entity. If the songs have already been copyrighted under the name of the writer, assignments need to be filed which transfer the ownership of the songs to the name of the publisher. Fourth, it is advisable to affiliate with the Harry Fox Agency in New York. For a small percentage fee, the Harry Fox Agency acts as the publisher's agent to issue mechanical licenses (which allow others to record the songs), collects the mechanical royalties, and accounts to the publisher. Finally, if the artist ends up signing a record deal, publishers will want to become the publisher because a record deal almost always ensures that the songs will generate some income. By acting as his or her own publisher, this does not mean that the writer cannot one day be published by a larger, more established publishing company in exchange for an advance and better promotion of the songs. The writer simply has to assign the publishing over to the major publisher. In conclusion, if an artist is planning to release his or her own record and is without a publisher, forming a publishing company might be advisable and the above-mentioned steps should be helpful in doing so. ***** For more information on Ben, visit his website at http://www.benmclane.com

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http://www.musesmuse.com/col-janf-int-jonims.html This is a Q/A interview with Jon Ims who wrote Trisha Yearwood's #1 breakout hit single "She's In Love With The Boy" which was named BMI's Song Of The Year in 1992 in addition to other great songs. ----- A Pirate's Life For Me - By Carley Baer
http://www.musesmuse.com/col-carleybaer-piracy.html Sure, piracy sounds like a bad thing. But when it comes down to getting every last dime vs. sacrificing a CD or two to get your music out there, what's really the better option? ----- A Return To Reason - by Trevor Krueger
http://www.musesmuse.com/col-trevorkrueger-musicdownloads.html Are the ISP's finally getting serious about free downloads from the net and their responsibility to do what they can to protect the future of music as we know it? ----- WHAT'S LOWE GOT TO DO WITH IT? - By Cheryl Mullen
http://www.musesmuse.com/col-cherylmullen-coping.html Some people spend hundreds of dollars in psychotherapy to cope with their grief and pain. I write columns for the Muse's Muse. ----- Getting into the Flow - By Kole (Kyle Hicks)
http://www.musesmuse.com/col-kole-intotheflow.html In this article I discuss a few ways on how to open yourself to the muse and in doing so, eliminate mental and creative blocks while composing. ----- Music Life: 4 - Music By Myself? Or Live As A Group? - By Brian Donovan http://www.musesmuse.com/col-briandonovan-musiclife4.html Relationship issues? Blame your music. Here's the way that I solved the life vs. music dilemma. ----- Guest Blog #4: Mick Polich "Guitar Influences" Interview by Dave
Powell!
- By Mick Polich
http://www.musesmuse.com/col-mickpolick-davepowell.html O.k., I'll take a break now, but I needed to get this latest post in from my buddy Dave Powell of Omaha. Dave and I got back almost 30 years, and he was kind enough to come up with an idea to interview me on certain influences I've had musically, concentrating on some of our shared guitar influences. Yep, it's Codgerville Memory Lane, but if y'all are willing to go down that path, then we'll keep the light on and the door open! So, o.k. Brother Dave, take it away and ask some questions........ ----- Jambands, Family Reunions, and the 4th Of July - By Mick Polich
http://www.musesmuse.com/col-mickpolich-reunions.html Wow -ANOTHER installment so soon? Yep, and many thanks to editor/Muse creator Jodi Krangle for letting me post like a madman here at this point! Well, bowing to good-natured, but a relentless flow of gentle, yet forceful pressure (how's that for passive-aggressiveness?) from my in-laws, I look at our recent annual family reunion trip to Storm Lake, IA., with the spotlight on a few celebrated local music heroes and a time-honored small-town tradition.... ----- Guest Blog #3 - Keith Siegfried! - By Mick Polich
http://www.musesmuse.com/col-mickpolich-keithsiegfried.html Wow, the "Guest Blogs" have been lining up something fierce - this install, we have our good buddy from Atlanta, singer/bassist/guitarist/sip n' picker Keith Siegfried (who's also been known to throw a pretty mean across-the-field ball to first for the out....). Keith will be logging in as our old neighborhood band, the Bridge Brothers, prepare for the annual KreiFest gig come fall - probably my favorite gig to play back in the Atlanta days. So, we welcome the first of a few blogs from good ol' "Mr. Keef".... ----- A Wedding, A Small Town, and New Old Friends - By Mick Polich
http://www.musesmuse.com/col-mickpolich-greenbay.html We head up to the hamlet of Green Bay,WS., for this installment -population a little over 102,000 ( double that on game day for the Green Bay Packers). We look at, in a short space, the interwoven lives of a wedding and old friends in a small town that happens to hold a heralded NFL football franchise....
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