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Issue 12.7 - October 2009
ISSN 1480-6975

This issue sponsored by:

International Songwriting Competition - 2009 - Enter Today!

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

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@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - 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 - TARGET A CONTEMPORARY SONG GENRE - PART 1
- by Robin Frederick
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
@-- Contact information
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ISSN 1480-6975. Copyright 1998-2008 - Jodi Krangle.
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S p o n s o r M e s s a g e :

(Many thanks to the sponsors that help support this newsletter!)
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INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION (ISC) ACCEPTING ENTRIES NOW
DEADLINE APPROACHING SOON


Called "the songwriting competition to take note of" by the New
York Times, the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) gives
away over $150,000 in cash and prizes including a $25,000 cash
Grand Prize, the largest cash Grand Prize of any songwriting
competition in the world! ISC's prestigious judges include Kings
of Leon; Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20); Tom Waits; Adele; Wynonna;
Jeff Beck; Alejandro Sanz; Loretta Lynn; Snow Patrol; Steve
Winwood; McCoy Tyner; The Shins; Michael W. Smith; Robbie
Williams; Jeremy Camp; and many more. Judges also include
high-profile record label executives including Seymour Stein
(Chairman/CEO, Sire Records); Monte Lipman (President, Universal
Republic Records); Amanda Ghost (President, Epic Records); and
many more. Go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com for more
info and an entry form.
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E d i t o r ' s M u s i n g s :

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Hi folks. Well, summer is winding down ... I haven't quite seen
a lot of turning leaves here, but it's coming. I can feel it in
the air. This is actually my favorite time of year (October is
my birthday month, so I'm a little biased ;) ). I hope you're
all finding a lot of inspiration for your songs.

Of course, I'll do everything I can to provide *more* inspiration
with this newsletter! :) (And there are a TON new articles on the
site to help with that. You can see all of them listed towards
the end here.)

A couple of things I want to mention. We once again have a new
columnist! Cyrus Rhodes has joined up with his new column "Biz
Talk". He'll be talking about all things related to the music
industry from how to book a gig, what A&R reps look for, and lots
more. There will be a new article every Monday, so check out his
menu page on a regular basis! It's at
http://www.musesmuse.com/col-biztalk.html .

I should also mention that if you're interested in learning how
to play guitar - or MORE about how to play guitar if you've
already gotten a good start on your own, Scott Morris' guitar
method is now on sale for $100 off. And I mention this here
because his offer has already pretty much finished for everyone
else - but he's graciously agreed to allow me to offer this
discount to you guys until October 15th.

You can see 2 free guitar lesson video samples from Scott's
website (it'll help you get started learning 5th/power chords
right away) by visiting here: http://tinyurl.com/scottmorris

And now, getting to the raffle winners:

* Luigi Cappel, North Shore, New Zealand, has won a copy of
Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software
(http://www.musesmuse.com/vss-review.html).

* J. Poet San Francisco, 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.

* Mike Hyden from Ralston, NE has won a copy of
"100 Miles To A Record Deal" by author and publisher Bronson
Herrmuth. (http://www.songrepair.com/bookforweb2.htm)

As I mention every month, if you'd like one of these raffle
prizes (they're all listed at the top of
http://www.musesmuse.com/musenews.html), feel free to write to me
with your first two choices for a raffle prize, include your
contact information so I know where to *send* it, and that's it!
You're in! :)

Happy writing, guys!

All the very best,

--Jodi

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

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NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE:

SLOW month for reviews this month, folks. But it'll pick up
again - and Cyrus Rhodes has joined us as a reviewer (he's the
guy who has a new Biz Talk column here too!) - so if you have a
CD you'd like reviewed, now's the time to get it in! :)

Don Sechelski:
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* Drum Dynasty
http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-drumdynasty-dd.html
* Attack Ships On Fire
http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-attackshipsonfire-punches.html

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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!

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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
http://www.musesmuse.com/artistspotlights.html

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Urban Tapestry - Genre: FOLK & TRADITIONAL

This award-winning Toronto-based folk trio has a musical style
running from traditional folk ballads to blues, pop and humor,
with a variety of vocal and acoustic instrumental arrangements.
If you'd enjoy a blend of Barenaked Ladies, They Might Be Giants
and the Indigo Girls, you'll love their unique and quirky sound.

http://www.urbantapestry.org/

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Graham Hobson & the BRS - Genre: POP

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

http://www.grahamhobsonbrs.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

Songwriting For Your Original Act
by Cat Cohen
www.catcohen.com
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If you are a performing songwriter or the songwriter in a band,
you probably already know that there seems to be a large
difference between a "good song" and a song that is good for your
act. Many great songs just don't seem to go over. Perhaps what
you haven't worked out is what song crafting factors make those
differences. Cat Cohen's book takes his songwriting experience
and focuses in on giving you some guidelines for crafting songs
that will fit your act to a tee.

The emphasis here is writing commercial music, but commercial
music is simply music that sells. Sure, you already worked out
that your songs have to be catchy and original, but to a large
extent those are just words used to describe commercial music and
don't add any useful information. What makes a song catchy? What
is originality in a song (or a performance, for that matter)?
This book takes a look at some of the elements you can craft into
your material — not boilerplate solutions, as those would be
anything but fresh, but a more nuts and bolts look at some of the
ingredients and how they work, and how they combine.

The first part of the book takes you through something of a
songwriter's marketing checklist to help you position your act.
Some of these things you've probably worked out, but here they
are put into a context so you can see how they affect the songs
you perform. One important thread running through this discussion
is how you are positioning yourself. What is original about your
songs or band and how are your songs helping strengthen that
message? He takes you through an analysis of your audience, your
genre, and your core message that will help you define yourself.

In the second part of the book, Cohen tackles some song crafting
guidelines that you can use to craft tunes to fit the image
you've now defined. Cohen tackles issues such as the groove —
what affect do various tempos and meters have on your song and
how does the kind of syncopation influence the groove?

Amid some more or less conventional information are gems such as,
when writing lyrics, focusing on the relationship between the
singer and the person the song is sung to. The description of
song sections and forms also provides some good food for thought.
If you understand the real purpose of each section, such as the
chorus, then you can move from writing something that is like
songs you’ve heard, to crafting one that serves your purposes.

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ABOUT THE REVIEWER:

Ed Teja writes a broad range of music. His songs and
instrumentals have appeared in television shows (Court TV and
Discover Channel) and in a variety of videos. He has had two CDs
released by Morrhythm Records (www.outstandingmusic.com) and is
currently cowriting songs with an exciting singer who is working
on her second CD. As a performer, 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, Pickamania, 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!


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LEARN TO WRITE SONGS ON THE GUITAR

Many times when people decide to learn how to play the guitar,
they get frustrated with trying to switch fingers when having to
change from one chord to another. Did you know that one of the
very most common chords used to play the most popular styles of
music is called a 5th chord (also known as a power chord) and
that it only requires using 2 fingers?! And that instead of
having to constantly change your fingers when changing to other
chords, all you have to do is move the same 2 finger position up
or down the neck of the guitar, in order to change to a different
chord?

Click here: http://tinyurl.com/scottmorris to see this free
guitar lesson video demonstration of 5th (power) chords. These
are the things that most private guitar teachers won't show you,
as they make their living by showing you just a little bit at a
time so that you keep coming back.

That's why you should seriously consider purchasing the Scott
Morris guitar method. Why? Because Scott's method has earned a
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number 1 best on-line guitar learning method by the Video
Professor, and soon to be a part of the new Video Professor TV
commercials and website. And if you buy his method today, you can
save $100.00 OFF! the every day price (only until October 15th!).

You can see 2 free guitar lesson video samples from Scott's
original website that will help you get started learning
5th/power chords right away!

Scott was also kind enough to share 2 additional free video
lessons that you won't find anywhere else on his website.

Click here!
http://tinyurl.com/scottmorris to watch these great guitar lesson
videos offered by Scott Morris.

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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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11th ANNUAL GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!

The highly recommended Great American Song Contest is open to
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provides $10,000 in Prizes. Music-industry judges include
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Entrants receive written evaluations of their songs. Songwriters,
lyricists and composers are invited. Sponsored by Songwriters
Resource Network, a trusted educational resource for songwriters
everywhere. Submission deadline is October 30, 2009. For details,
visit: For details, visit: http://www.GreatAmericanSong.com
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SONGWRITING CONSULTATION SPECIAL OFFER:

Pete and Pat Luboff are offering a special rate to Muse's Muse
readers on a single song consultation:
http://www.writesongs.com/consults.html MM readers get a $5
discount by sending $15 via PayPal to peteandpat@comcast.net
instead of using the $20 single-song button on the site. Please
email the songs to the same address (mp3 attachment with the
lyrics in the body of the email - lyrics only are fine).
Response will be by email. Offer is good until 12/1/09.
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MUSIC AID 2009

The Music Aid International Song Contest and Music Awards is now
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ARE YOUR SONGS BEING PLAYED ON THE RADIO? FIND OUT NOW!

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The Deli is the website that every A&R person and local promoter
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You can submit your music via the web through our open blog pages
(here's the one for Nashville:
http://www.thedelimagazine.com/nashville/openblog/)
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StudioTraxx.com provides an e-commerce platform that allows
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M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson

©1998-2009 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved.
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"Music has the ability to crystallize emotional states,
crystallize feelings." And with that, begins a 20-part series on
CBC Radio in Canada about "20 Pieces of Music That Changed the
World"
(http://www.cbc.ca/thesundayedition/features/20pieces.html). Not
all 20 episodes are up yet, they are only at 14 as I type this,
so you've got a lot of catching up to do if you don't mind
checking out these podcasts on the CBC webpage. In fact, you
still have time to email the show and let them know what song or
songs changed YOUR world. Maybe you'll hear them on upcoming
shows! Each podcast is about 25-30 minutes in length and
certainly worth a listen to.

The first episode talks about Elvis Presley's "That's Alright"
which was the very first song he recorded at Sun Records in
Memphis, Tennessee with the legendary Sam Phillips. The original
song was heard by almost no one other than the black population
because at that time, in 1946, music was quite segregated, even
to the point where there were "race charts" exclusively for
black people. Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup wrote and sang the first
version of "That's All Right", which was eventually recorded and
released by Elvis Presley in July 1954. Somehow, Elvis had heard
Crudup's version of the song, and he turned it into a little bit
of history. Pop music now belonged to young people of all races,
and youth with its inherent sexuality and heartbreak took the
stage.

If you are a songwriter, then you love music, all kinds of it,
and although we may not even dream about changing the world with
one of our songs, finding out how others did can be a fascinating
journey. What combination of sounds, circumstances and even
visions gives birth to a song or piece of music that forever
changes us as human beings? Even if a song that was particularly
special to you isn't on the list (and it probably won't be!),
what is it about that song that did what it did to you? In the
beginning of the series, Robert Harris discusses the idea that
"all art aspires to the level of music", and how music goes right
into your brain and immediately affects you in a way that is
beyond the power of words. Certain pieces of music do this on a
much grander scale in that the world is never the same because of
it.

So what can a songwriter hope to learn from these podcasts? How
to change the world with your songs? Not necessarily :-) But
knowing where so much of our music comes from and how it evolved
into what we listen to today gives us, I think, the opportunity
to not just reflect our own influences in our writing, but
understand the impact that even our own songs can have on the
world around us. Songs are powerful things!

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

by Robin Frederick, author of "Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting"

TARGET A CONTEMPORARY SONG GENRE - PART 1
Make Your Song Stand Out by Fitting In!

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If you've been struggling to find a place for your songs in the
music industry, here's a suggestion that will help!

Imagine you've been asked to build a house. Without drawing up
any plans or consulting potential homeowners, you jump right in
and construct a unique dwelling that's a cross between a ski
chalet, an office building, and a log cabin. Proudly, you show it
off to prospective buyers. At first they seem merely puzzled,
then they grow frustrated, and finally they turn and walk away,
making it clear they're just not interested in living there.

What does this have to do with songwriting? If you write a song
that's a combination of two or three genres, you may find that
listeners-the people you're inviting into your song-are confused
or uninterested. Your song may have plenty of emotional content
and an intriguing story to tell but if it's straddling too many
styles listeners may not hang around long enough to discover
those things.

Finding listeners and a place in the music industry for your
songs begins with finding a contemporary genre you want to write
in. So before you start humming your next melody or roughing out
a lyric, let's spend some time exploring this amazingly useful
concept.

What is a music genre?
Music genres have been around for hundreds of years. A couple
centuries ago, there were just a few genres; these included
religious music, classical music, and folk songs. Today we have
numerous genres with names like Country, Rock, Pop, R&B, Dance,
Hip-Hop, Jazz, Electronica, Americana and sub-genres such as
Neo-Traditional Country, Dance-Pop, Teen-Pop, EMO, and Neo-Soul.
Wikipedia lists 26 sub-genres of Blues! How do you deal with all
this?!!

There's only one important thing to keep in mind: All of these
genres have been separated, named, and identified because they
appeal to different audiences. There's nothing inherently better
or worse, more or less creative about any of them. But they
differ markedly in melodic and lyric style, themes, chord
progressions, rhythm, and production and each one has an audience
that likes a certain sound. Listeners who like Modern Rock
generally aren't crazy about Traditional Country and vice versa.
Think of your own likes and dislikes; there are probably certain
styles of music you love and others you don't like at all. Each
set of listeners wants to easily find the artists and music they
like. Record labels, radio, and song publishers want to deliver
it to them! So the music industry began classifying the music
based on similarities of sound and audience.

So why is this important to you?
If you write a song that does not share the melodic, lyric, or
thematic characteristics of a commercial music genre, you're
going to have a hard time when it comes to selling it. Publishers
and record labels are looking for songs and artists that sound
like they could be played on major radio stations; these stations
play songs that fall into one of four broad, contemporary genres:
Pop, Rock, Country, or R&B. If your song doesn't fit into any of
these current genres, radio isn't likely to play it because their
audience may not respond positively. You might have success
selling it in a niche market or releasing it as an independent
artist and seeking your own audience, but as far as finding a
home for it in the commercial, mainstream music industry, the
odds are not in your favor. The other major outlet for songs,
film/TV placement, also favors the Big Four mainstream genres.

Get to know your genre
Each genre has some general characteristics within the melody,
lyric, chord, and production elements. For example, one of the
hallmarks of today's Pop singer-songwriter melodies (a la John
Mayer, Colbie Caillat, and Jason Mraz) is the use of a variety of
line lengths and unexpected starting points for those lines. This
type of melody keeps listeners off-balance, guessing what will
happen next. Country songwriters have adopted this technique,
too, but they don't use it nearly as much as Pop
Singer-Songwriters; instead, they spice up the melody in
carefully chosen spots. So, when you compare a Pop hit song like
the Fray's "How to Save a Life" with a Country hit like Trace
Adkins' "You're Gonna Miss This," you'll notice that the sound
and feel are very different. These two melodies share many
elements of song craft but use them in different ways and
amounts.

There are lyric differences between genres, too. An aggressive,
bold Rock lyric won't work well in the conversational,
image-filled Country genre or the sensual, story-driven R&B
style. Language, characters, situations, and attitudes vary from
genre to genre. While these styles share some important elements
of lyric song craft-a strong opening line that launches the
listener into the middle of the situation, a powerful lyric hook,
a memorable payoff line at the end of the chorus-the overall
effect varies from genre to genre because the lyric language is
different.

You can find and listen to examples from each mainstream genre at
Billboard.com (http://www.billboard.com). Just click on "Charts"
then choose the genre you're interested in. If you don't know
which one you'd like to write in, check out all the charts. When
you find one with three or four songs in the top twenty that you
like, then that's a style worth exploring. Of course you won't
like all the hits on any chart. I never do! Look for those
special songs that have strong appeal for you and study those.

CONTINUE NEXT MONTH IN PART 2....

*****

This article is based on Shortcut #117 in "Shortcuts to Hit
Songwriting: 126 Proven Techniques for Writing Songs That Sell."
Check it out at Amazon.com. (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982004001)
It's filled with 125 more useful, practical song craft shortcuts
you can use to give your songs emotional impact, memorability,
and commercial appeal.

Robin Frederick has written over 500 songs for television,
records, theater, and audio products. She is a former Director of
A&R for Rhino Records and Executive Producer of more than 60
albums. Robin is the author of "Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting."
She currently oversees the A&R Team for TAXI, the world's leading
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Twitter: http://twitter.com/RobinFrederick
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In Part 2 of this article series you will learn more innovative
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The demise of the UK Recording Studio - by Trevor Krueger
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Technology continues to threaten the foundations of "quality"
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Are you concerned about having a nasal voice? Jeannie Deva, one
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Mixing - by Cyrus Rhodes
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These components generally make for an industry standard mix.

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POS is Never Wrong - by Cyrus Rhodes
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At the end of the day, it's still all about money.

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This article takes an in-depth look at the A&R Representative,
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Music Life: 12 - Omni Focus And My Lyrics
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I'm always on the lookout for a new system that makes my
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Hopefully, it will change YOUR creative life as well...

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Groove Can Happen Anywhere! - by Mick Polich
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Does it take a formal, or 'known' setting such as a bar, concert
hall, or festival for a music groove to happen? Mick answers some
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musical groove on happens anywhere, and any time....

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Les Paul - Setting Some Things Straight - by Mick Polich
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In the wake of his passing, there are a thousand and one blogs,
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Mick takes on a few 'myths' about Les to hopefully get some facts
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