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Hello again for another month! Once more keeping it fairly short in the Musings (and I'm feeling much much better. Thank you to everyone that wished me well. I really appreciate it!) ... but thought I'd toss in a link that some of you might enjoy if you're singers, need a place to practice, or just like to listen to other folks sing. :) I'm spending some time on a site called SingSnap - which is basically karaoke over the Internet. I know. It sounds cheesy. And in a lot of ways, it kinda is. But I love it anyway. I get to sing all of my favorite songs - and there are a TON of them. Singing in the morning keeps my voice limber for voice work in the rest of the day. I've really noticed my vocal stamina improving. Also, the company is based here in Ontario and I love to support innovative Canadian companies. So those of you that love to sing, check out SingSnap.com and look me up. I'm JodiMuse there. And if you're interested in hearing a song that I've done, here's a link to one I'm particularly happy with. If you make it there, say hello! :)
And now on to the lucky raffle winners for this month:
Carol Karr from Summerside, PEI, has won a downloadable version of Rhyme Genie, a dynamic rhyming dictionary featuring over 300,000 entries and 30 different rhyme types.
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from Lake Geneva, WI, has won a free 3 month membership to SongU
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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.)
Spring is finally upon us. Phew! Enjoy it, folks! Until next we speak, stay inspired. :)
All the best,
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Jane Eamon - Genre: FOLK & TRADITIONAL
Here is a selection of the great artists and bands highlighted
the Artist Spotlight section of The Muse's Muse.
Firmly grounded in her own skin, Jane Eamon writes about every day things - life and all its glory both good and bad. Her new CD, Caught in Time is a reflection of leaving her home town and heading out on the road with nothing but an idea of writing music and experiencing life.
|Songwriting Book Review
By: John Thomas
Get Your Music On Television
by Carson Kelly
I Are you the kind of songwriter who loves to write but doesn’t like to play live or isn’t interested in
touring? Maybe you don’t want to deal with the “celebrity” issue or work out how to keep a fan base
engaged. Maybe you don’t even like to write full length songs, but 30 or 60 second riffs and passages.
But you still want to make some money from your passion.
Think that can’t happen?
Then you’d be wrong.
Carson Kelly’s ebook, “Get Your Music on Television” is short and to the point. You won’t get a bunch of
long-winded fluff. You’re not being offered a miracle-cure, make a six-figure income as a musician next
This is a quick, to the point read. Kelly lays out: Straightforward steps + you put in the work = a realistic
way to get paid for creating music.
• how music is used in commercials and shows,
• how to create and/or edit your music to work in commercials or television shows,
• how to discover who your competition is and how to compete with them… even if you have
little to no experience,
• how to package your music to maximize your chance for it to be used (so you can get paid!), and
• who to contact, how to contact them and how you should (if you should) follow up with them.
Also included are helpful web links for you to be able to do the research necessary so that you can hone
your skills for this market and maximize your potential to make money through this type of work.
Kelly has written an interesting read, with practical advice and a chance to make money doing what
most musicians haven’t even thought about doing to make money (which means less competition for
If you’re willing to put in the work, this book is worth picking up to help you make the most of your
efforts and Get Your Music on Television. Download this book, grab a cup of light roast coffee, sit down
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ABOUT THE REVIEWER:
John Thomas is a singer, songwriter, bass player, and guitarist living in Macon, Georgia.
You can see him thinking on paper about his passion for music and songwriting, along with thoughts on bass playing, coffee, and seeing people live their personal revolutions online at johnthomascafe.com.
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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
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Please check there regularly for updates!
SONGDOOR INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION
SongDoor offers songwriters an opportunity for their music to be heard by industry professionals with real connections to music publishing, producers, artists and labels, and are judged by industry pros who have worked with Neil Young, Justin Timberlake, Tony Bennett, Britney Spears, Kenny Rogers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Fray, Train and dozens of other notable artists. Categories: Christian, Country, Instrumental, Pop, Hard Rock and Soft Rock. The total awards purse is valued at more than $40,000 and includes a full-band session demo (recorded and produced on Nashville's Music Row), a single-song publishing contract and more. The competition is open to amateurs and professionals worldwide, ages 16 and older.
Competition opens: April 15, 2013. ~ Entry deadline: November 15, 2013. ~ Entry fee: $10.
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WILDFLOWER! FESTIVAL SONG WRITING WORKSHOP
The 2013 Wildflower! Festival Song Writing Workshop will be conducted by members of The Waymores - Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris and Don Henry. These Nashville based A-list songwriters have not only composed songs for Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Trisha Yearwood, Miranda Lambert, Linda Ronstadt and dozens of others, but they also have successful solo careers. This workshop is on Friday, May 17 in Richardson, Texas at 10:00 am. There is a limit of 40 students so don't delay! Included in your price is one admission ticket to the Wildflower! Festival - a $20 value - where you can see The Waymores perform and others such as Eliza Gilkyson, Slaid Cleaves and Terri Hendrix! Go to our website, http://www.wildflowerfestival.com/, for more details.
LEARN WITH 3 LEGENDARY SONGWRITING MENTORS AT 14TH ANNUAL REO SONGWRITERS RETREAT
Join acclaimed songwriting instructors and recording artists Jason Blume, Karen Taylor-Good and Deborah Holland at the REO Songwriters Retreat, August 11-16, 2013. All-inclusive 6-day retreat with 14 songwriting sessions, delicious meals, daily social hour, optional adventure tour, and choice of lodging or camping......all at an amazing river's edge setting near Vancouver, British Columbia (4 hours from Seattle, Washington). Attendees include songwriters from US, Canada and Europe, from entry-level to full-time singer/songwriters. Full details at: http://www.reorafting.com/site/retreats/songwriters-retreat.html
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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Muse's Clues - By John Brhel
©2011-2013 John Brhel. All Rights Reserved.
Used By Permission
There are a ton of songwriting websites out there. Trust me, I’ve spotlighted dozens of them for The Muse’s News and have barely even scratched the surface. Do you realize how many websites there are devoted to Swedish metal alone?
One issue I have with most songwriting sites I’ve found (and subsequently passed on spotlighting) is a lack of voice. You’ll find plenty of blog posts and articles on the net devoted to songcraft, but a good chunk of them are devoid of personality. I don’t care how well you can construct a bridge if your style is the written equivalent of Ben Stein’s voice. If I want boring, I’ll go listen to modern pop radio. Note: P!nk, you’re still cool with me.
As a songwriter, I crave authenticity. There’s something about knowing the relationship John Lennon had with his mother that makes the Beatles’ “Julia” particularly poignant and heartbreaking. I like knowing that Michael Jackson wrote “Billie Jean” about crazy groupies. I can’t, however, get behind some faceless Internet entity who writes boring, uninspired articles like “How to Write a Bridge.”
Sharon Goldman is a songwriter/blogger that understands the importance of having a voice and a personal touch. This self-described “indie folk-pop singer-songwriter” has a pretty awesome blog called Songwriting Scene that offers songwriting tips and insight with a dash of originality. Heck, a generous serving is more like it.
Sharon writes about common songwriting themes/concepts like brainstorming, co-writing, writer’s block, etc., but injects each post with spirit and fun anecdotes. She’s been around the block – she’s been writing and performing for over 13 years and has released five CDs – and connects universal songwriting themes and questions with her own experience. As a result, her posts come off as more authentic and true to life.
If you’re lucky enough to make a full-time living as a songwriter, go you (and by the way, want to co-write?) If you’re like the majority of songwriters who have to work real jobs in-between co-writing sessions and gigs at bowling alleys, go you too. The only thing separating a songwriter with a day job from big-time songwriters like Bonnie McKee and The-Dream is a couple sports cars and swimming pools. A songwriter is a songwriter no matter how many “units” you’ve shifted. Who’s got time to swim anyway when there are lyrics to write!
Sharon Goldman is a songwriter with a day job who demonstrates that you don’t need to be Dr. Luke or Kris Kristofferson to be a success! She actually works as a B2B content marketing consultant and copywriter by day. As a fellow copywriter and content marketing professional myself, I was intrigued to find someone of my ilk who also happens to write songs. What struck me more, however, was Sharon’s willingness to not only talk about her day job but to demonstrate her experience directly in her posts! Take, for example, “Snip! Why Editing your Songwriting is Essential” in which she brings up editing and how it correlates to songwriting. Even copywriters can be cool!
If you ask me, I’d rather read a songwriting blog written by someone like me, someone who works a “day job” and spends her nights plucking guitars and humming melodies than some rich dude/dudette in L.A. who rubs elbows with celebs on a daily basis. I’d rather take advice from a songwriter I can relate to. Sharon does a great job presenting big songwriting ideas in a way that any songwriter can understand. You can tell her words come from the heart, not a desire to sell bogus eBooks or generate clicks. It’s no wonder Songwriting Scene was voted one of the Top 100 Must-Follow Songwriting Resources on Twitter last year.
Give her post titled ”The co-writing leap of faith” a look-see. She doesn’t present co-writing from some artificial perspective or offer a generic list of steps to take. Rather, she recounts a real experience she had co-writing and how nervous she was to do it. Her post is inspiring because it’s authentic and talks about the subject in a way all us hypercritical, neurotic songwriters can understand.
With unique posts like “Kick Up Your Songwriting with the Random Song Generator,” “Writing songs is like…walking on a wiggly bridge” and “Lessons from a 3-year-old songwriter,” Sharon offers a fresh perspective in a world full of keyword-stuffed, retread content. Add in awesome interviews with the likes of Aimee Mann and Fastball’s Miles Zuniga and a free email newsletter, and you’ve got a blog to be reckoned with.
If you’re looking for songwriting websites devoid of any personality, search “songwriting tips” on Google. You’ll be busy for quite a long time. If you’re seeking advice and insight from someone who writes from experience and with whom you can most likely relate, check out Songwriting Scene. Now, off to listen to some more Swedish death metal.
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. A lover of melody and the left-field chord change, John lives and breathes songs. Write a song with him via Skype (berealmusic) and follow him on Twitter (@johnbrhel).
Featured Article - By Brad Dunse
QUICK TIP: Intuition Tuition
Ever jumped in your car to pick something up from the store, hesitated for just a second with your hand on the ignition unsure what was hanging you up, but started the car and went anyway?
Then when you got to the store, you realized it the second your hand found an empty back pocket where your wallet use to be before you set it on the desk after taking out some receipts. Consider it tuition towards your educational intuition.
Sometimes we just have a feeling about things, and writing songs is no different.
For instance, I recently wrote a song for a guy who wanted a song to propose to his girl. After he gave me some basic information about both of them and their relationship I began my work.
Starting off like usual, I grabbed the guitar and noodled around with a groove idea while mulling around the information in my head. I do this to get the prosody down.
The first idea was no good, didn’t feel right, too slow, and too hokey, and just didn’t work.
The second idea wasn’t much better, the melody was too predictable and I didn’t care for the groove I was setting up. It just wasn’t working for me.
The third idea was good, I liked it and as I wrote I thought this was it. It’s catchy, semi-upbeat, seemed technically okay as I began writing, so off I went.
But as I got further, something was off. I couldn’t put my finger on it but something still wasn’t quite right.
I was a little frustrated at this point, because I had to get this song to him, he was about to pop the question with it for crying out loud, as if that didn’t carry enough pressure to write the right song anyway, ya think?
Finally, I scrapped all I had worked on and started over by following my intuition of what this song was to say how it was to say it, and what framework I needed. There were a lot of points to get in this song based off the information he gave me.
As I began re-writing, following my intuition on everything from what song form to use, what rhyme scheme worked best with the amount of information, to whether their ought to be a bridge or not, to the feel of the groove… I let my intuition and not necessarily my personal likes drive the song.
How did it turn out? Well, I don’t know if she said yes or not, but despite my standard offer for a one-time re-write—it’s not always easy to get the nuances and personalities right the first time based off email information, he loved the song to bits, and took it as it was.
I could have totally foiled it had I not given up on the first two ideas and tried to force the third one, which I thought was going to be the one I’d settle on, and even though I liked the groove and it seemed to want to work, there was that inner feeling of something was just a little off and I had the confidence to yield to my intuition.
Opportunity to hone in on that inner voice comes with writing experience, re-writing, listener response, and just paying close attention to what works, what doesn’t, or what might work better.
As you write your next song, even though you’ve got an awesome line, a killer riff or melody line, or some other aspect you’ve fallen in love with, step back and look at the content and let that silent voice or feeling drive the writing process rather than force a song that doesn’t work or is just “okay.”.
It may turn out your killer riff or line is just right for the song, but it might also mean you pull it out of this one and put it in another song .
Until next time… keep writing from the heart.
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)
A Powerful And Unique Approach To Writing Guitar Solo Phrases
- by Tom Hess
Many guitar players think that having great technical playing skills is crucial to writing incredible guitar solos. In reality, there exist tons of great guitarists who play truly inspiring guitar phrases without playing in a very ‘technical’ manner… and you can do this to when you follow the steps in this article.
How To Succeed At Teaching Guitar By Showing Your Students How To Practice - by Tom Hess
Have you ever had a hard time getting your guitar students to make significant progress from one lesson to the next? Although there are tons of reasons why most guitarists who take lessons never become great musicians, in the end a lot of your success as a guitar teacher will depend on your ability to effectively teach your students to practice.
5 Creative Tactics That Will Transform Your 7 String Guitar Playing
- by Tom Hess
Do you feel like your 7 string guitar playing is not as creative as you would like it to be? Chances are, you have not fully explored the instrument’s creative possibilities and limited your approach to simply trying to make your 6 string ideas work with the low B string...
Effectively Tying Lyrics to Music as Done By Carole King -
by Anthony Ceseri
I always love a great example of a strong use of prosody in a song. When the words and the music work together towards the same idea, you can create some really magical musical moments. In this article, we'll look at a great example of this with a Carole King song.
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