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An E-zine For And About Songwriters.
Issue 14.11
February 2012

In This Issue:
* Editor's Musings
* Music Reviews - Cyrus Rhodes & Ivan Nossa
* New Artist Spotlight Additions
* Songwriting Book Review - by Anastasia Karalekas
* Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
* Muse's Clues - Songwriting Web sites that inspire - brought to you by Songwriter's Hall of Fame member, John Brhel.
* Featured Article: Quick Tip: That it! You're fired! ... for now. - by Brad Dunse
* On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your viewing pleasure.
* Classifieds & Useful Services
* Contact information
ISSN 1480-6975. Copyright 1998-2011 - Jodi Krangle.
For more contact information, see end of issue.

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Editor's Musings:

Welcome back to another issue of The Muse's News. I hope that you had a wonderful New Year's and that January was full of fun and inspiration. :) It sort of inspired me ... though ... that's less about songwriting. Feel free to skip this part and go right to the meat of the issue if you'd prefer. I won't be offended. :)

You see, I've been looking more and more into switching to a plant-based, whole foods diet. Odd to mention in my newsletter, perhaps, but I'd love to hear from those of you who have made this switch - how you made it stick, and maybe some of your favorite recipes (only if they're simple as I'm about the worst cook imaginable. :-D) I'm even getting into juicing!

It's still in its early stages ... and this isn't a HUGE change for me since I didn't really eat red meat much anyway (I'm not a big fan, really. Far prefer chicken and fish) and I was raised a vegetarian (though my parents ate fish and eggs and butter and such - just no meat)... But I'll tell you what inspired me.

When I was visiting friends over the holidays, I met up with a friend of mine who regularly juices with his entire family. He looks great, has a lot of energy and is really happy with how things are going for him in general. He's kind of an inspiration. :) He pointed me in the direction of two movies. The first one is called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and the second is called Forks over Knives. The second one is slightly less entertaining as it's a documentary, but it's really informative and interesting, nonetheless. I watched both movies ... and ... wow. I'll just say wow and leave it to your imagination. They definitely make me want to make some changes in my life - and it's not just about weight loss - though that's a nice side effect.

So yeah - any advice? Favorite recipe books? Favorite juicer recipes? Or anything else? I'd love to hear from you guys.

Now. On to the actual newsletter. ;) Here are the raffle winners this month:

  • Kasia Vosloo from Durham, UK, has won a 6 month membership to GuitarMasterClass.net. GMC has tons of helpful videos, instructors and lessons along with a forum for chatting with teachers and students 24/7, recording collaborations, attending video chats, & content for bass, drums, singing, piano, etc.

  • Rich Thomsen, from Little Canada, MN, 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.

  • Allen Cook, from Snellville, GA, has won a copy of Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software.

  • Lauri Lewis from Farmington, UT, has won a copy of the book "From Shower to Stage" by Beth Lawrence, reviewed in the November issue.

  • Dave Birk from Hugo, MN, has won a copy of the book "Does the Noise in my Head Bother You" by Steven Tyler, reviewed in the December issue.

  • Carl Unbehaun from Thief River Falls, MN has won a 6 month subscription to the Onlinegigs service. This valuable service is a powerful tool for musiciains, agents, record companies and managers designed to virtually automate the administration of booking and promoting a band or bands.

Once again, remember: if you'd like to be considered for a raffle prize yourself, have a look at the various prizes offered at the top of The Muse's News webpage, decide which prizes you'd most like, and email me with your top two choices along with your mailing address so that I can get the prizes to you. Yes, it's really that simple. :) (And yes, the mailing address is kinda important. I promise it won't be used for any other reason than to send you your raffle prize - and to mention your approximate location in the notice of raffle winners you see above here.)

Stay healthy folks! Especially now, during this awful flu/cold season. Thanks again for subscribing and enjoy!

All the best,

--Jodi

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Music Reviews: Cyrus Rhodes & Ivan Nossa

NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE:

Cyrus Rhodes:

* Rory Flynn
* Ken Dixon
* Didgericruise
* Beecher's Fault
* Bridge Construction
* Bring the Knife
* Heather Styka
* Hulon
* Irena Hart
* Bill Kapac
* Exhibition of Tendencies


Ivan Nossa:

* Fang-I Liu
* Boy with a Fish


Click here for bios on each of the reviewers. 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!

Artist Spotlights:

Great music is only a click away!
Here is a selection of the great artists and bands highlighted
in the Artist Spotlight section of The Muse's Muse.

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Kim Yarson- Genre: COUNTRY

Kim Yarson is an 18 year prolific songwriting veteran who weaves faith, hope and love into her songs on her most recent release called Thankful. She owns her own record label with two releases, Satisfied and Thankful all while raising her two young sons. Her fans funded her first music video "Without a Trace" on Kickstarter.com and she was nominated for two Jersey Acoustic Music awards in 2011 for female songwriter and singer. Her music is a cross between Shania Twain and Stevie Nicks. Her songs come from the deepest part of her soul as she always writes from true life experiences.

Songwriting Book Review By: Anastasia Karalekas

"Songwriting and the Guitar"
by Acoustic Guitar Magazine

www.halleonard.com

Last month’s book review was about a great songwriting tool, the guitar. This month’s review – Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s fascinating collection of stories about songwriters and their guitars – will inspire you songwriting guitarists out there to put your newfound knowledge to good use!

“Songwriting and the Guitar” is a stimulating collection of personal one-on-one style conversations by songwriters like Paul Simon, James Taylor, Joni Mitchel, and so many more. With a list like this, the reading can be nothing short of captivating. The whole book is a collection of interviews with some big names in songwriting, and their personal stories about their craft. But it doesn’t stop at inspiration only. You’ll also find an interesting article or two on technique. I myself am not a musician who reads music. If the tab says play a Gadd9, I look at the diagram of the chord, and I play a Gadd9. Well, the chapter called “Expanding Your Chord Vocabulary” explains how each chord is formed, so I now understand that what a Gadd9 is. That’s much easier to remember than looking at it as an entirely new chord to learn. And yes, the rest of the chords – the sus4, diminished – are explained, too.

This is a collection of articles from several issues of Acoustic Guitar magazine where songwriters talk about their relationships with their guitars. I’ve often wondered if well-known songwriters have any kind of special rituals they perform when they write. What inspires them? Where do they write? Lyrics first, or music? (And does it really matter?) I love the articles in this book. I’ve picked up a few issues of Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the past, but this is like someone went through volumes of issues and handpicked articles about songwriting and guitars, and put them all in one neat package for me. (Thanks!) And getting these tips about the craft from such talented artists – did I mention Don McLean? The Indigo Girls? – I’m hanging on every word!

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ABOUT THE REVIEWER:

Anastasia Karalekas is a self-taught guitarist and music absorber.  When she is not learning, learning, learning, she spends her time writing fiction and poetry. After taking some private guitar lessons, her teacher encouraged her  to try putting some of her poems to music, and she's been writing songs ever since.

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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Musical Notes: Songwriting Contests & Market Info.

In the interest of conserving space (when I need to), I will be including only 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!


WILDFLOWER! ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL SINGER SONGWRITER CONTEST 2012

NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!
Entries for the 2012 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival Singer Songwriter Contest are now being accepted. Ten finalists compete at the festival on May 19, 2012 in Richardson, Texas for four $500 cash awards. Entries must be received or postmarked by March 9, 2012. Only 300 entries accepted. Visit http://www.wildflowerfestival.com/singersongwriter.html or http://www.sonicbids.com/WildflowerPerformingSongwriter to enter and for more information.


17TH ANNUAL USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION BEGINS

17th Annual USA Songwriting Competition is now accepting entries. Winning songs will receive radio airplay in United States and Canada along with great prizes such as a Top Prize of over $50,000. Past winners include Nenna Yvonne, Alannah Myles, Ken Hirsch, Ari Gold, The Waifs, etc. First 1,000 entries will each receive a USA Songwriting Compilation CD. Submission deadline: May 31.
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THE JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997.  The Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit in any one of 12 categories.  The JLSC is open year-round and features two Sessions - with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 "Song of the Year".  Session II Deadline is Dec. 15th.  For more information and to enter, please visit http://jlsc.com/


AWARD WINNING SONGWRITER OFFERING SONGWRITING TIPS AND CRITIQUING SERVICES

Award winning songwriter Jane Eamon is offering songwriting one on one classes via Skype. These sessions are one hour in length and can cover any topic you'd like to address. From writing, to critique, to ideas and games. Or just to share your thoughts and get feedback. If you're interested in a session contact janeeamon@shaw.ca to schedule a class.


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1. The Hookbook demonstrates basic principles of music theory and how they relate to popular music. It's filled with multimedia-rich content explaining musical concepts synchronized to real songs so you can hear what you are learning and make connections easier.
2. The Music Editor lets you write chord progressions in Roman Numeral notation and listen to them in any key. Add a melody, save your work, share it with friends, or export it to Garageband, sheet music, or guitar tab.
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MusikPitch is a brand new website where songwriters can find the latest opportunities from companies, studios, and individuals looking for custom songs. It's a straightforward marketplace, where you can get your music heard and win contracts, regardless of your experience and location. New projects are posted daily — from big name movie studios and company brands to non-profits and schools. Start browsing for great new opportunities today! http://www.musikpitch.com


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The Hype Hustle is contest a for musicians which measures online hustle over musical talent. The contest has a one month registration period and runs for the entirety of the next calendar month. Applications are free and are available during the registration month before the competition. HHP or Hype Hustle Points, are used to keep score, and are awarded for various ways of connecting with fans. At the end of the competition, those with the most HHP will be awarded prizes including professionally mixed and mastered singles, music videos, photo shoots, web sites, and viral marketing campaigns. Only 3 artists will win, but all artists will enjoy the publicity and and internet exposure the Hype Hustle provides for up and coming musicians. Official rules and regulations apply and and can be read HERE. Applications are FREE and available upon request info@hypehustle.com


SONGWRITING CONSULTATION SPECIAL OFFER:

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Muse's Clues - By John Brhel

©2011-2012 John Brhel. All Rights Reserved.
Used By Permission

“If you change your mind, I'm the first in line
Honey, I'm still free
Take a chance on me”
--“Take a Chance on Me,” ABBA

You don’t have to bea Swedish pop star from the 70s to know the endless longing for attention that comes with being a songwriter. Whether you write bubblegum disco pop or whiskey-soaked country jams, you know the frustration of networking, of making the right connections so you might one day have the slight chance of performing five seconds of your best song for the nephew of Lionel Richie’s limo driver.

Despite the changing of the musical guard over the past 15 or so years, it’s still pretty darn hard to find someone with industry clout willing to lend an ear that doesn’t involve desperately forking out hundreds of dollars in cash for some bogus event where you get to “connect with the bigwigs!” Perhaps I just hang with the wrong musical crowd, but no one I know has made any major headway shelling out $500 here and there for any “insider” event. If you somehow scored a mega-cut at some five minute listening session, congratulations. You are a songwriting anomaly. Most of us have a hard time gaining as much industry access as one second of eye contact with Desmond Child in a Hollywood stairwell. Well, at least me.

Aware of the difficulties amateur songwriters face in being heard, A&R Network, , operated by Open Mic Entertainment, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia, has recently launched www.AandRnetwork.com, a website committed to connecting songwriters with publishers. According to its website, “A&R Network was created to give all acts equal access to a path that can elevate careers to the next level.”

Want to pitch your songs to publishers? You have two options. Sign up for A&R Network and either submit your song using the website’s “song submission form” or perform for one of the company’s “scouts” at an A&R sanctioned event/showcase. A&R Network reviews all submissions/performances and presents its best songs to its subscribing publishers.

Say you’ve got a killer folk song, but about as many industry connections as your pet turtle. A&R Network acts as the middleman between you and Big Mr. Publisher. If your song’s got “it,” one of A&R Network’s subscribing publishers will get in touch with you.

The company wishes to strip away the “luck” factor of scoring a record deal, publishing deal, etc. “It has been said that you must be 'lucky' to get signed to a record deal,” reads the company’s website, “We believe that you can make your own 'luck.'” No longer will you be at a disadvantage to the sons and daughters of successful music industry players who have an instant “in” whether they’ve got real musical skills or rely on Milli Vanilli-esque “assistance.”

In an recent press release for Music Industry News Network, A&R Network president David Craver spoke about the company’s service as providing a genuine outlet to aspiring songwriters:

"We've created a way to give every artist, band, and songwriter an opportunity to perform 'live' for an A&R talent scout,” said Carver,"By joining A&R Network, artists/bands/songwriters are one-step closer to realizing their dreams."

Luckily, being “one step closer” doesn’t take too many steps. The sign-up process is pretty simple. The registration form asks for your contact into, how far you are willing to travel, your category (band, writer, or solo) and genre.

It’s apparent the site has just launched, as there’s not much else to do on it besides sign up. If the company’s Twitter activity is any indication of its commitment to providing industry access, your experience should turn out to be a fruitful one. A tweet from January 19th reads:

“A&R Network is at the NAMM Show in L.A. this week. We're networking with music industry execs, always improving the network for our artists.”

According to the company’s Twitter page, it provides “free education for artists that are determined to have a career in the music business.” So, if you’re submitting pop songs with one chorus or production on par with early-90s New Jack Swing, A&R Network just might be able to provide the critique you need to take your songs to the next level.

There are a lot of sites and organizationsthat promisereal industry access, so take a look at A&R Network and weigh your options. Whether you choose to sign up for A&R Network, sign up for another website or sign up for them all, you’re taking a step in the right direction networking-wise. By putting yourself out there in any way possible, you’re providing yourself with more opportunities to be heard. Take a cue from ABBA, and seek out those willing to take a chance on you. It wouldn’t hurt to write perfect pop songs like “Dancing Queen” and “Mamma Mia” however.

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John Brhel is a songwriter from upstate New York who wrote his first batch of pop songs before graduating from elementary school. A lover of all music, John writes country songs, plays in a punk band and spends a good deal of his free time listening to Diane Warren ballads. John regularly attends industry events in New York and Los Angeles and is a member of ASCAP and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. A lover of melody and the left-field chord change, John lives and breathes songs. He is always on the lookout for Skype cowriters.

Featured Article - By Brad Dunse

QUICK TIP: That's it! You're fired! ... for now.

That’s what you need to tell the editor part of the writer in you when you sit down with the creator side of the writer in you.

Want to know the secret to the slowest method of writing a song? I didn’t think so. Well, tough nooggies, here it is anyway: grab your editor’s cap and permanent marker before the creator even has a chance to get warmed up … that’s how.

Listen, we all need that editor in us to say stuff like, “Dude, that line right there? That’s pathetic, major lame, your songwritin’ mojo ought be sayin’ no!” Or maybe he’s the type that will say, “The chronological sequence of events is not conducive of the natural possibilities in life.” Translated that is, “Dude, you can’t have the chick get glammed in the mirror in verse one before she gets her butt out’a bed in verse two … the happenin’s messed up!”

What we don’t need, is the editor to punch in for work before the creator gets his job done. What I’m saying is, let the creator have free reign of your mind; let him do his thing without fear of getting cut off.

Ever talk with someone who always cuts you off, always has to have something to say about everything? Never lets you get in a word even if you try to slip it under the door? When you do get a few seconds of conversational leash, you can’t concentrate on your point because you’re just waitin’ for that jerk to jump in and interrupt you. That’s what the editor in us can do to stymie creativity and coming up with cool ways of saying stuff.

This is also a critical point in finding a good co-writer, you both have to be comfortable with letting the other be stupid for a while. Fearless to toss anything out there without the other jumping in with, “Nah, I don’t like that,” before you even had a chance to flush it out. That is a quick way to a one-time co-staring contest rather than a rescheduled co-writing session.

Listen, if you’re a hunter, you don’t’ shoot your dog before he has a chance of flushing out a pheasant, in fact you won’t shoot the dog at all … ever. He knows he’s safe as long as he’s with you. That is what the creator in you or your co-writer needs to feel when you’re out hunting down the next awesome song.

There’s plenty of time to hire the editor to nix ideas, scratch lines, and laugh at what is written; but … I’ll guarantee you that there will be many times the editor will sit there, jaw to desktop, scratching head wondering how the H-E-double-toothpicks you came up with that awesome line, idea or perspective. You’ll amaze him like no other.

Wanna know how to practice shoving the dude with the rude in the corner while you have some creator fun? Try this. Get a timer, any timer, a watch, iThing, and computer app, whatever; set it for 10 or 15 minutes. Pick a topic and hit the timer. When you hit that timer? Start writing. No thinking, “Crap, I just spelled that word wrong, let me fix it.” Get your hands off that word, dude, just go, go, go go go go. Get writin’! No fixing anything, no wondering why you wrote that last line, no anything. Just get a steady writing of whatever comes to mind. If you struggle at first, it’s all good, don’t sweat it, that’s pretty natural actually.

Do this for a month straight, in the morning is best before you’ve had a chance to get that cup of bean coursing through the tubes. Don’t worry if you swerve off into no-man’s land. Very likely the thing you picked as a topic wont’ even be in the picture at the end. It is just a means to get started. No poetics, no rhyming, no formal structure … just write whatever comes to mind.

“So what do I write about?” you ask. It really doesn’t matter. It could be an empty soda can lying in the curb, the mascara your sweetie smudged on you before leaving for work, or the bird that just dropped a fecal bomb at your feet as it flew by.

The point is pick something, and write whatever comes to mind. The more you do it, the easier it will be and the more relaxed and creative you will be.

Have a go this month, see if you aren’t more at ease with writing more freely and creatively in the end.

Until then … happy writing!

*****

Brad Dunse is a performing songwriter based deep in the country's heartland reflecting sensitivity of daily living in his songs. Writing primarily in Folk, Country, Pop, or Americana, he occasionally writes CCM. Co-writer of The Wall, a tribute to Viet Vets receiving major market airplay, he's also received airplay on NPR, local public, independent, and web radio. He is a freelance writer, is board member of Minnesota Association of Songwriters, been member or involved in ASCAP, NSAI, SongU and other organizations. You can visit his web site at WWW.BRADDUNSEMUSIC.COM as well Add As Facebook Friend or Follow Him On Twitter.

"ON SITE" FEATURED ARTICLE(S)

Adding Sparkle to Your Song: Why Does He Have to Live in Detroit?
- by Bill Pere

You work hard to make your lyrics clear, and rich with images.  They convey a message or story that is universal and heard in many other songs.  Yet somehow, they still don’t measure up to other songs that are considered great.  What's missing?  Great lyrics not only are clear and relevant, they also tickle the ear, the way bubbles in champagne tickle the palate.  In this article by Grammy-Nominee Bill Pere, you'll learn the secrets of Sonic Activity.  This article also includes a Level 3 Analysis of a classic hit song. 

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