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An E-zine For And About Songwriters.
Issue 15.10
January 2013

In This Issue:
* Editor's Musings
* Music Reviews - Cyrus Rhodes
* 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: Trouble with your fly? by Brad Dunse
* On Site Featured Article - An article (or articles) 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:

I hope you had yourself a wonderful Holiday, folks - whatever it was you were celebrating. And the New Year is almost upon us! If you're like most people I know, you're in the midst of creating some New Year's resolutions ... But don't be too hard on yourself if you didn't get done last year what you felt you should have. Baby steps, people. Baby steps. Put one foot in front of the other (figureatively) and you'll keep on moving forward. Moving forward is the key - not how fast you get wherever you're going. Savor the journey! Who knows? It might be inspiration for a few more songs. ;) Give yourself a break and enjoy this special time of year before it passes you by, hmm? :)

Keeping it simple this month and not commenting on world events. I figure you guys can do that in song and you don't need me to tell you what's what. You already know. You're a perceptive lot. ;)

So getting right to it, here are the raffle winners this month (and remember that there are instructions on how you can win a prize of your own, below that list!):

  • Tim Zbikowski from Maple Grove, MN, has won a downloadable version of Rhyme Genie, a dynamic rhyming dictionary featuring over 300,000 entries and 30 different rhyme types.

  • Steven Ensley from Lyman, SC, 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.

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

INSTRUCTIONS FOR POTENTIAL RAFFLE WINNERS:
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.)

May you have an incredibly prosperous, happy and productive New Year!

All the best,

--Jodi

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Music Reviews: Cyrus Rhodes

NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE:

Cyrus Rhodes:

* Lynn Schriner
* Margo Rey


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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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…

Songwriting Book Review By: Anastasia Karalekas


"The Tiny Guide to Huge Success"

by Jeri Goldstein

http://www.performingbiz.com

So you have your band, a CD already complete and ready to sell, and now you want to increase your fan base and your success. How do you get yourself out there and in demand? First thing you do is you pick up Jeri Goldstein’s book "The Tiny Guide to Huge Success – 100 Biz Boosting Hot Tips to Ignite Your Performing Career." This book, although tiny, as the title suggests, is huge in essential reading for you if you’re ready to launch your performing career. There are some really interesting and unique tips, and little details that one should not overlook because it might be just that that gets you noticed.

Goldstein has packaged this book in a wonderfully organized manner. She provides several tips for each of the 14 categories, from releasing and selling your music; managing your band; contracts and negotiations; how to get results to your inquiries, phone calls, emails; marketing and promotion tips; strategies on picking everything from the venue, to the date, (and even a list of what dates NOT to book yourself). You’ll find tips on finding potential events that you might not think about. You’ll also learn how to plan tours -- everything from where to go, and why to go there.

Remember, these tips are not only for succeeding as a musician, but also for boosting your PERFORMING career; in other words, you want to get out there and play gigs, get noticed by more people, and leave a lasting impression on them. This tiny book contains the information needed to give you huge success. The only thing that might be better than this book is a manager. I’d suggest the book; it’s cheaper in price, but rich in comprehensive tips, and advice from a pro!

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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! PERFORMING SONGWRITER CONTEST - NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!

The 2013 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest, featuring four $500 cash awards, is now accepting entries. Genres include Acoustic, Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Celtic, Country, and Folk. This event is open to songwriters age 18 and older who must perform at the Wildflower! Festival in Richardson, Texas on May 18, 2013 if chosen as a finalist. Submission deadline is March 6, 2013 and only 300 entries accepted. For details, visit: http://www.wildflowerfestival.com/singersongwriter.html for information on mail-in entries or download entries at http://www.sonicbids.com/WildflowerPerformingSongwriter.


THE TIPPERARY INTERNATIONAL SONG OF PEACE CONTEST

The Tipperary International Song of Peace Contest will take place in Tipperary Town, Ireland during 2013. The Contest is now open for the acceptance of entries. So what kind of song is Tipperary Peace Convention looking for? Well a song of Peace, Love and Harmony, about people, places or things, in fact anything that one feels constitutes a 'Sense of Peace'. The organisers are most anxious that the contest embraces all musical tastes so all genre of music is welcome. Entries must be submitted on a compact disc or cassette tape with one copy of the type-written lyric. The entry fee is €25 (euro) or equivalent amount in your own currency.

The closing date for entries is February 1st, 2013.

From the entries received, 10 songs will be chosen to compete 'live' in the Grand Final in Tipperary Town, Ireland at a date to be announced in 2012. The winning song will receive a cheque for €1,500 (euro) and a specially commissioned Tipperary Crystal Trophy. Entry Forms are now available and can be downloaded from the organisers website: www.tipperarypeace.ie or from the Contest Secretary, Martin Quinn at martinquinns@eircom.net Telephone inquiries to: 00353 62 33990.


QUINTE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL SERIES!

Shipwreck Productions will be producing 4 music festivals in the Summer of 2013. Each of our 4 summer long weekends will be a 4 day festival in Belleville Ontario!

With 3 stage areas we will bring you Rock, Country and Hip-hop/pop performances – from battle of the bands to the headliners YOU want to see. There will be hundreds of vendors, lots of camping areas, farmers market, activity areas and our Kids Kabana child care area. Be sure to visit our website for more information. Summermusicfest.getshipwrecked.ca or call 416.846.7684!


18TH ANNUAL USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION BEGINS

18th 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 Mike Schmid, 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, 2013.
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Getting great gigs, building your audience and selling more merchandise is exactly what your career is all about. This online course is jam-packed with 12 hours of downloadable audio mp3s and PDF Action Guides. There are 5 modules: Module 1: Tour Goals & Planning Strategies, Module 2: Routing Your Tours, Module 3: Negotiation Techniques & Contracts, Module 4: Working with Presenters, Bookers, Promoters/Advancing the Date, Module 5: Targeting Your Markets for Maximum Audiences. Plus 2 hours of bonus classes, BONUS #1: Website Maximizer-Is you’re your Website Selling You? Learn how. BONUS #2: Copy Writing: How to write fan emails, press releases and other promo copy that get responses. Bonus # 3: Three free Industry Biz Booster Monthly Mentor Interviews. And finally, weekly call-in office hours to talk with former agent, manager, author, creator, Jeri Goldstein directly, about the course and your career. Booking & Touring Success Strategies & Secrets gives you artist-tested, step-by-step strategies to help you reach your career goals and make all of your tours profitable. http://performingbiz.com


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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.


HAVE YOU EVER STRUGGLED TO FIND THE RIGHT CHORD OR NOTE TO FIT SOMEWHERE IN YOUR SONG?

Hooktheory is a free resource that can show you how to integrate basic music theory into your songwriting process, making it easier to write catchy chord progressions and melody. Hooktheory currently consists of three main areas:
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.
3. The Analysis Wiki is a user-generated collection of analyses of popular songs. Look up the chord progression and melody of a song, or use the music editor to create your own analyses.
Check it out now!


MUSIKPITCH: NEW ONLINE MARKETPLACE FOR SONGWRITING OPPORTUNITIES

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


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.


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Muse's Clues - By John Brhel

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

“All is quiet on New Year's Day
A world in white gets underway
I want to be with you, be with you night and day
Nothing changes on New Year's Day”
-- “New Year’s Day,” U2“

Happy New Year, troubadours and tunesmiths! It’s time to kick off another year of songwriting – a year sure to be filled with inspired melodies, moving lyrics, and many a late night spent fussing over the middle eight. And what better way to celebrate than listening to a song about…the Polish Solidarity movement? Hmmm. Well, that’s not really the most bottle-popping subject matter, now is it? While U2 might have written a great love song disguised as a war tune in “New Year’s Day” (a song that puts their aughts output to shame, IMO), I take issue with the whole notion that “nothing changes on New Year’s Day.” If that’s the case, we might as well pack up our guitars and notebooks and let the Journey cover bands take over (no offense, Steve Perry sing-alikes.)

The birth of the new year is an ideal time to embrace change as a songwriter. When it comes to music, what worked one year is often passé the following year. I mean, imagine trying to break as an arena rock band in 1977, the year punk took over? Oi!

We songwriters must constantly evolve not only to stay relevant to the public but to keep ourselves from growing stagnant, from turning to the same lift before every damn chorus, from throwing a “baby” into every song, before…well, you catch my drift.

Want to know a great way to evolve as a songwriter? Stop pretending you’re some kind of songwriting savant and take some advice from your songwriting brothers and sisters. Sometimes something as simple as reading a fellow musician’s blog can open your mind up to new songwriting possibilities. Nicholas Tozier is one such songwriter capable of inspiring that change we’re all in need of, of wiping the slate clean of “Call Me Maybe” and “Gangnam Style.”

If you haven’t read anything at song written yet, do your creativity a favor and head on over. Put simply, Mr. Tozier is a songwriter’s songwriter. He’s not one of those post-a-new-article-every-day-so-I-can-sell-my-boring-ebook kind of songwriter. You can tell he’s truly in love with the craft of writing. “I like the taste of language,” reads his about page. Oh, and he offers plenty of great songwriting advice without resorting to clichés.

With great titles/articles like “Receiving Critique Doesn’t Have to Feel Like a Strip Search” and “3 More Ways to Write Lines That Really Roll Off the Tongue,” Tozier offers sound advice for songwriting devotees. It’s not only solid, but sincere. And what is songwriting without sincerity? (I’m looking at you top 40.) What I’m saying is, you’ve got to appreciate a guy who puts Segovia quotes at the top of his page.

In his own words, Tozier started song written in 2009 to “sort out…thoughts about poetic techniques, music composition, and how they relate to songwriting.” No matter what type of music you write – country, folk, R&B, nu-skiffle – you can learn something from this songwriting scholar. After all, he’s interested in the same things as you, just in his own unique way.

There’s no time like now to inject some newness into your songwriting, and Tozier offers plenty of content that’ll help make that happen. If “33 Ways to Make More Time in Your Life for Music-Making” doesn’t inspire you, perhaps “The Visual World: How to Create Breathtaking Imagery in Your Lyrics” will help elevate your songwriting to Leiber-Stoller greatness or at least keep you from writing lines like “Just like that old man in that book by Nabakov. (Don’t worry, Sting. “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic redeems all lyrical sins.) These two articles are just a sampling of Tozier’s popular content, what he refers to to as his “Greatest Hits.” Hardy har.

If you’re thinking “What makes this guy any more an expert than my kid brother?”, consider that Tozier’s not only a contributing editor to Guitar-Muse but a writer/researcher for Songfacts. Oh, and CDBaby named him a must-follow resource for songwriters in 2012. That and he also appeared in “Songwriting Without Boundaries,” a book by Berkee professor Pat Pattison. If you’re looking for credible songwriting advice, look no further than song written. Let’s see your kid brother write an article about “The Music Hidden in a Single Word.” And no, “booger” is not the best word to build a song around.

Unlike guys like Prince, us normal songwriters don’t have infinite time to write songs and lounge around in purple bathrobes all day. Along with songwriting, 2013 will bring with it day job strife, doctor appointments, traffic jams, and god knows what else. Luckily, Mr. Tozier provides tips via email for the busy songwriters. Just give him your email address and he’ll send you content just as inspiring as “For Better Lyric Imagery, Wear a Blindfold.”

I hope you enjoy song written and that it helps you transform as a songwriter this year. Hey, U2 evolved from earnest rockers into dance-poppers in the 90s. You might not be Bono, but you can help save the world in your own (and less preachy) way: by ridding it of tired songwriting ideas in 2013.

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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: Having trouble with your fly?

You do know I'm talking about the insect, right?

Good. I didn't think you'd go the other direction. yeah. right.

So what does a fly, the insect, have to do with songwriting? Let me answer with a question.

When you think of a fly and a window, what do you picture? Dollars to donuts you're picturing that little bugger with wings in turbo boost mode, head aimed at the glass, beating himself silly trying to get out.

Ever felt that way with your songwriting? Even though you don't have like a thousand eyeballs to tell you otherwise, you keep beating your head against the glass trying to get somewhere, and a headache as your reward.

Well here's a tip that might help you out: get away from the temptation of the glass. What do I mean?

Well, if you are a musician or someone who always writes based off a groove, put that guitar down or get your fingers off the keys, get out a blank sheet of paper or text document and do not allow yourself to pick up an instrument until the lyric is done. Sounds easy enough, right? Maybe.

If you're a lyricist that digs sitting in your favorite chair, your favorite beverage steaming or frosting up the coaster, your favorite songwriting pen at the ready. get up off the chair and get your groove on, pal.

If you don't play an instrument, find a buddy or some music groove to write"towards" rather than using silence in your easy chair as inspiration.

It might sound like it's no big deal to give up the crutch of those songwriting rituals you've gotten use to, but it can be a challenge not to have that arm hanging over the guitar, fingers tickling the keys, or favorite lyric writing setup. You might feel a little naked or a little bit lost, but trust me, that's a good thing.

Sometimes when we have to actually think about things a bit and approach things in a new way, we find new inspiration and ideas.

In fact, for you groove orientated folks like me, a great exercise is to take a lyric of a song you know, and then try to match it up meter for meter and rhyme for rhyme. No music, just lyrical input; penning your own original
lines as they mirror the template.

If you're a lyricist, use the groove or melody of a song you know, and write your own set of lyrics to that melody.

In fact, here's a great group exercise. Get your songwriting group together, decide on one song, then everybody uses the same song as a template to write their own version starting in the opposite manner they are accustomed to-with either groove or lyrics.

When you compare songs after a week or so, you'll be amazed at how different they are even though they came from the same song template.

So for your next song, give your wings a rest, turn away from the temptation of the glass, fly to a different part of the house or part of the city or whatever, and take the opposite approach to writing a new song. Until next
time.

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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.

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How To Get Your Songs On The Radio
- by Bronson Herrmuth

If you want to know how to get Your songs on the radio, just read this!

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How To Make It In Music By Eliminating Your "Risk" - by Tom Hess

A discussion about what it takes to achieve success as a pro musician.

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Speeding Up A Melody, As Done By Gwen Stefani - by Anthony Ceseri

Occasionally, it's appropriate for your melody and lyrics to sound sped up within your song. Maybe you want more contrast in your song, or maybe your lyrics deal with the idea of speed, or quickness and you want to incorporate prosody into your work, so your music will match what your lyrics are saying. Whichever the case, what we'll talk about here will be an easy way to have your melody sound faster, without having to alter your tempo.

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The 5 Blues Guitar Mistakes You Want To Avoid - by Tommaso Zillio

Are your Blues solos all similar to each other? No matter what you try, you don’t seem to be able to be original? Maybe you think your solos also lack ’soul’? Read on for some tips on how to get past this problem - which is a lot more common than you might think.

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LYRICIST VERSION 3: THE SONGWRITER'S BEST FRIEND

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