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Issue 11.8 - November 2008
ISSN 1480-6975

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

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - Chip Withrow, Alex Jasperse & Don Sechelski
@-- New Artist Spotlight Additions
@-- 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 - Witnessing Michael Jackson create
"We Are The World" by USA for Africa
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The deadline for the 2008 International Songwriting Competition
(ISC) Has been extended until Dec 1 2008. This will be your very
last chance to enter what the/ NY Times/ calls "the competition
to take note of"with $150,000 (US) in cash and prizes - including
$25,000 (US) cash for the grand prize winner alone and the best
judges for any songwriting competition in the world. ISC has over
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Black Francis (Pixies), Chaka Khan, Rob Thomas, Loretta Lynn and
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E d i t o r ' s M u s i n g s :

Ok. I know I talk a lot about the weather. For some of you,
this may mean absolutely nothing. For others, it may very well
be a source of amusement. :) Well, I'm not going to talk about
the weather today. I'm going to talk about Eli Stone. :D

I realize there may only be a small percentage of you who
actually watch it (and for those of you that have no idea what
I'm talking about, it is, in fact, a TV show - and a very good
one), but I recently ended up watching all the episodes ... and I
have to say that while a show about lawyers really *shouldn't* be
inspiring ... it actually is. (Also, Sigourney Weaver is a guest
star in the second season, so it's hard to go wrong!)

What really strikes me about this show? It isn't the production
values and the fun, quirky characters (though that's a part of
what keeps me watching). Nope. It's the *bravery*. Firstly,
for the writers and producers of the show to create something
that they know may never last through the pilot (though it
actually has, of course), but secondly, for the story line where
the main character is constantly taking on "projects" bigger than
himself. Whether he's induced to by a higher power or by a
higher *purpose* within himself, it doesn't realy matter which.
It's about *bravery*.

And it really struck me that we, my friends, are being brave and
putting ourselves "out there" with every song we write. Every
song may not be the best song we've ever written - but every song
IS a stepping stone towards that goal (even if we never achieve
it. And how boring would our lives be if we ever DID achieve it?
:) ). So today's issue kind of has a theme for me.

Inspiration is always a theme with these newsletters. I hope to
inspire and get you thinking about how to improve your craft and
your knowledge about the history of songwriting and the business
of it as it pertains to your own endeavours. But it's also about
taking chances - and yes, being brave. Fighting the odds when
they seem insurmountable. Keeping the faith when everyone around
you tells you you're nuts.

Keep at it and you'll be true to yourself. And you never know
what you might accomplish in the process.

There's a lot of great stuff in this month's newsletter, so I'll
get to the raffle winners below:

* Dave Merson-Hess, from New York, NY, has won a copy of
Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software

* Susan Shewbridge from Lawrenceville, GA, 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.

* Ed Dusko from Iselin, NJ, has won a copy of Bronson Herrmuth's
"100 Miles To A Record Deal"

* Yvonne Perkins from Chicago, IL, has won a copy of's Musician's Toolkit CD

And as I always mention, if you're interested in a raffle prize
(and they're all listed at , please do
write to me! When you do, it would be hugely helpful if you
included your first two choices for a prize and your address info
so that I can get that prize to you.

Thanks, guys. Live Brave. :)

All the best,


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M u s i c R e v i e w s : Chip Withrow, Alex Jasperse &
Don Sechelski

Chip Withrow:

* Philip Vandermost
* Bob Wire

Alex Jasperse:

* Luke Jackson
* Test Tube Rhino
* Phileas

Don Sechelski:

* The Planet Riders
* Zanzibar
* Delaney Gibson


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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

Allister Bradley - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

A collection of stories from inside the soul of a Canadian
singer/songwriter/pianist, delivering on the promise of heartfelt
emotion, social commentary, and a shy sense of humour, lifted by
melodies that stick in your head and satisfy like warm soup on a
cold day...


The Bodhi Brothers - Genre: FOLK & TRADITIONAL

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

S o n g w r i t i n g B o o k R e v i e w : by Ed Teja
Northern Songs
By Brian Southall with Rupert Perry

The subtitle of this book is "The true story of The Beatles song
publishing empire." You might think, then, that this is a story
of how wonderful things can be in the music business when you are
young, extremely talented, prolific, and in the right place at
the right time. Unfortunately, like so many stories, this one has
an element of darkness. It is, as much as anything, a case study
in what can happen when you do not understand the music business
in some detail.

As a songwriter, you will find this book opens your eyes to the
many ways things can go wrong with the rights to your songs if
you do not learn how to protect them and make them work for you.
In the early days of their success, none of The Beatles had a
clue about what a copyright meant to them or anyone else. But it
was something that had to be dealt with. They trusted a variety
of people to help them along and went back to singing and
writing, largely ignoring that part of their existence. Of course
that is an oversimplification (the authors give all the gory
details), but the result was that the "empire" in the subtitle
became, unfortunately, not really a "Beatles Songwriting Empire,"
but one created by and for others, using their songs. The
northern songs in the title included a large number of Beatles
tunes and also became the name of a company started jointly by
Dick James Music and a company that had been started previously
by Lennon, McCartney and Brian Epstein.

The irony of this story is that nothing was truly stolen from
them, but through the strange workings of our music world, Lennon
and McCartney (in particular) simply lost control of their own
songs. In some instances, it was simply that people were trying
to help them and it didn't go right. And then there were others
who wanted to control these valuable tunes for themselves and
their stockholders. And the ideas of the several parties on how
the songs were best used became contentious at times. This book
explains clearly how this situation came about, why it happened,
and details the consequences for all involved.

If you have read any of the music business books we have reviewed
on this web site, then you certainly have a better understanding
of how copyrights work than The Beatles did when they first
confronted the issue. The aspects of copyright are neither simple
nor trivial. Effectively exploiting copyrights of successful
songs entails both significant amounts of time and energy, and
long term arrangements. Thus, publishers reasonably expect to
keep a fair amount for themselves. For a long time the convention
was that the publisher did it all, and the songwriter got his or
her share (and performance money from the PRO, such as ASCAP or
BMI, in the US). Some publishers took advantage of these
conventions, and their songwriters. At the time of the formation
of Northern Songs, the music business world was beginning to
change, and subsequently, the norms have changed a lot. Yet, even
today, this sort of scenario plays out.

Once The Beatles were no longer together, the songs continued as
a powerful economic force. Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono tried,
at various times, to regain control of the songs, but it never
happened. And the catalogue continues to play a quirky, yet
significant role, in the music business.

You don't need to be a fan of The Beatles to get some important
information from this book. It shows the value of songs, and the
various ways that copyrights are controlled, used, and abused. It
also gives an insight to the way that the members of the group
managed to develop their own understandings of the music
business. Naïveté cannot last long.

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
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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
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The Great American Song Contest features awards for 45 winners in
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Submission deadline is now through November 21, 2008.
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M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson

©1998-2008 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved.
Used By Permission

I know I've featured bits and pieces from Performing Songwriter
Magazine's online website (
before, but lately as I've explored it, I've noticed that they
are providing more and more online content which is a wonderful
thing if you've ever enjoyed this magazine.

They now have a PS Blog with entries from pretty much all of the
PS staff...some of these blogs have some interesting bits of
advice such as Dave Jones, the technology editor's blog. He
offers up some good advice to one letter writer, for instance,
who knows nothing about home recording, but wants to know where
to start.

There is an Audio Interview section, with a couple of good
interviews of Emmylou Harris, the late Bob Moog, and David
Bowie...there is nothing more recent than May 2006 here, but
still worth a listen.

A most valuable section is the Resources section
( where you
can print out PDF versions of articles on the Business of Making
Music, everything from "Where the Money Goes" to "Hiring a Band"
to all kinds of advice on money. It also includes information on
Festivals and Conferences and Songcamps for those of you who like
to attend songwriting events.

In the Free Articles section, you can find PDF versions of
interviews with artists like Bonnie Raitt and Ben Harper, some
special feature articles from past issues and a really fun
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on the fascinating stories behind some of the most famous songs
out there.

On their main page they have Web Exclusive full length interviews
with a number of songwriters including Emily Saliers from the
Indigo Girls, Matthew Sweet and Bill Payne of Little Feat.

Best of all, you can check out their current DIY Top 12 Picks
showcasing indie songwriters with recent releases, including one
mp3 from each release so you can have a listen for yourself.
Even though independent full-length CD releases are becoming more
and more a part of the past, it's always a treat to listen to
what other contemporary songwriters are doing out there.


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:

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F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : by Khaliq Glover

Witnessing Michael Jackson Create "We Are The World"
by USA For Africa © 2008
One of the greatest memories in my musical career is witnessing
the making of USA For Africa’s "We Are The World" project. This
project was (and still is) the biggest collection of Stars coming
together to make a recording for a charitable cause. It was
written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie (better known as
Nicole Richie’s pappy to you young folks:) and Quincy Jones

You might be wondering, why am I referencing a song that was done
back in the '80s? Well, my whole purpose is to share some of the
knowledge that I’ve witnessed because many of these concepts and
techniques will never be seen again. It’s a different time now
and people write songs and make music differently today.

One thing that always stands the test of time, is a well crafted
song with a strong melody and great lyrics. A hit song and a hit
record are 2 very different things.

The thing that separates the "Best of the Best" is that they
NEVER settle for being just "good enough". The reason why they
achieve massive success is that they do more than the average
person does. To get extraordinary results, you have to put out

One of the most educational things for me was to hear Michael
Jackson and Lionel Richie (with Quincy Jones overseeing it all),
voice their thought process concerning the lyrics. To hear
exactly WHY they would change certain words and phrases, was very

Below are the lyrics and I will paraphrase a few of the things
that I remember about HOW AND WHY they were changed to make them
more effective.

>>>>>>>>>> "We Are The World" Lyrical Analysis <<<<<<<<<<

( 1st Verse ) There comes a time when we heed a certain call
(Lionel Richie)
When the world must come together as one (Lionel Richie & Stevie

There are people dying (Stevie Wonder)

• (originally, it said “there are children dying” because they
were starving in Africa and that was the whole reason for doing
• What was amazing, was to hear them discuss why they should
change that phrase to "there are PEOPLE dying" because the song
is called "WE Are The World" and even though you saw images of
starving children on television every day, that's a shocking
sight to watch, and people may become de-sensitized after a
while. But if you say PEOPLE, then it INCLUDES EVERYBODY so it
will be more touching. Just Brilliant.)

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" O N S I T E " F E A T U R E D A R T I C L E :

Music Life: 6 - MUSICAL PRODUCTIVITY! - Part 1 - Organize Musical
- by Brian Donovan

We started talking about the wealth of ideas you carry in your
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make them into something you can be proud of. This installment,
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profits. Both emotionally and monetarily.


Alan O'Day ("Angie Baby" writer) said his new CD "made his day."
- by Jan Fabyankovic

An interview with the hit singer-songwriter of "Undercover Angel"
and "Angie Baby", who has released his first new album in 28


"As Good As It Gets" - a Blue Collar Retrospect - by Mick Polich

Fall is here, and time for a bit of harvest and reflection, as
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The Audience Is Waiting - by Mick Polich

No how - to book, no road map - where is YOUR audience? Blue
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