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Issue 3.10 - January 2001
ISSN 1480-6975

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@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Q&A with Nancy A. Reece from Carpe Diem Copyright Management
@-- Music Reviews - by Ben Ohmart
                       by Jodi Krangle
@-- Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
@-- Muse's Clues - by Irene Jackson
@-- Songwriter In Spotlight - David Wimble, publisher & creator of
                              The Indie Contact Bible
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@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
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================================================================= E d i t o r ' s M u s i n g s : ----------------------------------------------------------------- I hope your holidays were wonderful! I hope you all have an equally wonderful new year - and yes, the OFFICIAL beginning of the new millenium. Funny how it looks as if this new year is going come in with an anti-climactic fizzle. Too bad, really. Or a relief. I suppose it depends on how you look at it. ;-) I have a couple of things to mention, first and foremost being the beginning of The Muse's News Membership Drive. There are some great prizes for the winners too! These include such things as 8 hours of studio time donated by VMG Studios in Atlanta (, software packages donated by Virtual Studio Systems ( & Write Hit Songs (, books donated by (, memberships donated by ( and Muse's Muse mugs & T-shirts too! There will be a first, second and third place winner. To participate, all you need to do is check out this url for more information: Good luck to everyone. Because I'm running short on time this month (who isn't!), I haven't been able to do a book review. Therefore, has come to my rescue! These wonderful folks have donated a copy of the 2001 Songwriter's Market and this month's winner is Ray Bennett of Herrin, IL. Congratulations, Ray! has a complete resource section for songwriters including books on writing better lyrics, tricks of the trade, career development, contacts and much much more! Also: Sheet Music, Midi, Software, Books and Videos can be found there. I highly recommend you check them out at . New Songwriter Spotlights on The Muse's Muse include Allie Fox at , Chanelle Dupre at and Deborah McColl at . I highly recommend that you check these talented ladies out! And last but not least, I'd like to update my listing of musician/songwriting chats across the net and I'm wondering if any of you could help me with that. If you have a musician's chat going on at your web page, or know of one, please do tell me about it! I just need the url and the times the chat takes place. I'll add it to the site at and we'll all benefit from knowing about it. Thanks! Have a wonderful New Year. --Jodi Back to Menu ================================================================= SHAMELESS PLUG: Drop by today to pick up your very own Muse's Muse shirt, mug or mousepad! And while you're at it, think about starting your *own* store. Details on how to do that are only a click away... ================================================================= C o p y r i g h t & P u b l i s h i n g Q & A : with Nancy A. Reece of Carpe Diem Copyright Management ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: I have a collection of songs I've written over the past 3 or 4 years, and am in the process of registering the copyrights on them. Will you please give me some tips on how to get things started in getting a publishing deal. I'm reading and listening to everything I find on the subject, and am also taking vocal lessons and trying to either form a band or hire the right players, but in the mean time feel that my stuff is good enough to be recorded by someone right away. I know there's no one set course to follow, but could you point out some things I should expect to encounter, and perhaps some books that you feel will be of help since many aren't too in depth, I find. I appreciate your column and look forward to your reply. --Dan W. ------------------ A: The best advice is to talk to others who have been in your same situation. The Muses Muse is a great place to start. Also the NSAI. Go to workshops if possible and learn from your fellow troubadours! Books: Music, Money & Success - Brubec/Brubec Everything You Need To Know About The Music Business - D. Passman ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: I am wondering how to go about releasing a remix of another artist's song? The original is very popular, has appeared in commercials, on CDs, tapes, radio, etc, and is by a well-known artist in the pop industry. I think I need master recording rights, or is it just recording rights? I plan to release this on CD and wish to be able to allow radio stations to play it. What are all the rights I need to secure beforehand? Also, do you know how I would go about getting original vocal recordings for a song without the instruments? It's very tedious to get the vocals stripped from the original, if not impossible at times... -- BJ ------------------ A: Wow - you are falling into a rat's nest of problems. You must secure permission for both the copyright holder of the sound recording (master) and the underlying composition (song) to make any kind of remix for manufacturing. These rights are rarely granted and if they are are, they will more than likely seize ownership of the remix from you. They then may grant the right to license it back for use. The only way to go about stripping(sampling) material without permission of the parties listed above is theft and you should not do that at all ever. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: Greetings! I wanted to know the difference and the pros and cons to having a standard publishing agreement, a co-publishing deal, or an administration deal. I hope that you can at least tell me a site that would deal with these types of questions. Both my boyfriend and I are starting to get offers and we want to make sure we are clear on the different deals being presented to us... Thanks, -- Erica S. ------------------ A: One thing is consistent in publishing deals; each deal is different. It is too wide a blanket to say that it is "always" better if you control as much of the copyright as possible. Sometimes it IS better to have someone else take care of the composition. Always , always have a copyright attorney help you with negotiations. A few things to look for and discuss: An Exclusive Agreement with a publisher- Term, Reversion Rights, Advance Payments, Recoupables A Single Song Agreement with a publisher- Reversion Right A Co-Pub Agreement with a publisher- Term, Advance Payements, Recoupables, Administration Rights Adminstration Agreement- Term, Retainer Fee, Percentage Fee, Territory ----------------------------------------------------------------- TO VIEW OTHER QUESTIONS AND RESPONSES, SEE NANCY'S COPYRIGHT & PUBLISHING Q&A ONLINE AT . Please note: Nancy received a *lot* of e-mail in a month. If you sent in a question but have not heard a reply, it's very likely it already *has* an answer online. It's always a good idea to thoroughly look through the Copyright & Publishing Q&A online to see if your question has already been asked before you send in a request. Thanks! ----------------------------------------------------------------- ***** Carpe Diem's owner and president, Nancy A. Reece has been involved in the music business since 1983. She was the president of an independent advertising agency for eight years as well as a successful personal artist manager for nine years. She represented the careers of several recording artists and songwriters including those with EMI, Zomba and Liberty Records as well as Benson, Starsong, WoodBridge, Temple Hall and N'Soul Records. She also represented, for a number of years, a Grammy and Dove nominated record producer. Reece has won awards of excellence in print magazine advertising and has been named as one of 2,000 Notable American Women (1995) as well as being listed in the International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women (1993). She was also named Cashbox Magazine's Promoter of the Year (1989). **If you would like to ask Nancy a copyright or publishing question for our continuing Q&A section, please send your e-mail to She can't guarantee she'll get to all of the questions, but she'll certainly try.** Back to Menu ================================================================= M u s i c R e v i e w s : by Ben Ohmart ----------------------------------------------------------------- The Billy Dechand Band - Hocus Pocus Really interesting, listening to this cd after reading the info on Billy. See, he's had a couple compositions played by the Da Capo Chamber Group, and his first piece was premiered by the Hudson Valley Chamber Orchestra. Now, with that sort of lead in, I sure didn't expect any pop so... varied, moody, low to the bone, like 'Under the Tree'. 'some time before, his face made sense to you / an open door, voices speaking jokes to you / in every limb, shoots grow black and tight / you laugh with him / as you describe the sky.' Now, that's poetry. Poetry allows the reader to interpret. It doesn't set everything out in full view, like your average love song. Billy is quite dis-average, he with the quiet-time violin, and the rhythms that come somewhere between rockability and east-city beat, a la Bernstein flopping his hair back in full flight. You could describe it as the Beatles, around 68, if they'd finally decided to kick Paul out. Check out the piano waltz 'Lazy', and take a huge sip of acoustic art pop, this side of accessible. 'thanks very much, the offer's quite fair / the office is fine, big window, soft chair / I would be a fool... maybe I'm a fool to you / lady, lazy, lazing away / watching the children play'. People will start studying these lyrics if the Band makes it big. And we could do with more of the cerebral sort on the radio, like these. ------------------ OTHER NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE: Apologetix - BEMC2 - Bergers With Mayo - Bluerock Harvest - Blush 66 - Garageland - Larry Kucharz - The Januaries - The Renovators - Debe Welch - --------------- ****** Ben Ohmart has had 100s of stories and poems in zines and journals, and had 4 plays produced last year. His lyrics will be on 2 CDs this year, 1 a gothic album, the other a rock album. He's currently writing films, with hopes of having one done in Malaysia soon, and is also trying to break into the prison of television. He's white, 26, single and loves British comedy. He lives in Boalsburg, PA, and enjoys watching rabbits eat his garbage. Contact him at: . **Ben has kindly consented to do music reviews for this publication and also for The Muse's Muse itself. If you have an independently released CD or tape that you'd like to get reviewed, send it off to: Ben Ohmart, P O Box 750, Boalsburg, PA 16827 or drop by his Music Reviews web section at for more details.** Back to Menu ================================================================= S p o n s o r M e s s a g e : (Please support the sponsors that support this newsletter! Thanks!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ UNLEASH THE FULL POTENTIAL OF THE INTERNET WITH SONGSCOPE.COM! SongScope is a valuable tool enabling you to build an on-line song catalog, accessible only by proven industry professionals. Receive FREE email informing you every time record producers and industry professionals make requests. Songs listings are only $19.95 per year. An ecommerce enabled marketing/promotion page and tour calendar are also available for performing songwriters to get further artist exposure. See for details or contact: ~ Tel: 770.754.4543 ================================================================= F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : HINTS ON HOW TO SUBMIT MUSIC FOR REVIEW by Jodi Krangle ©2000, Jodi Krangle. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission (First Printed in The Indie Contact Bible newsletter - see for details. Thanks for lighting a fire under me, Dave! :-) - also see the interview conducted by Ben Ohmart below!) ----------------------------------------------------------------- Getting the attention of music reviewers can be almost as difficult as breaking into a bank - and let's face it - sometimes far less profitable. But a good review is worth its weight in gold. So how does one go about getting reviewers to give your particular package the time of day? I receive quite a few of these packages myself so while I'm no expert, I do have a few suggestions: BE POLITE WHEN MAKING A FIRST CONTACT: This may sound like it's too obvious to mention, but trust me - if you contact a potential reviewer by demanding their submissions address because you are simply the best thing that has happened to music since the microphone and the reviewer would be out of his or her mind to pass you up, you're likely to be disappointed at the response you receive. Sure, every artist deserves a chance. But you're biasing a reviewer against you right from the start if you use that tactic. Reviewers despise being taken for granted. Never assume you *deserve* a review - ASK for one. Your initial contact should be polite and brief. A simple, "Hello, my name is (so and so) and I'm interested in a possible review in your (publication/web site). Would you be able to supply me with the proper contact information so that I can send you my CD?" will be kindly received. Even if it takes the reviewer a little while to get back to you - whether it's by regular mail, e-mail or through the feedback form of a web site - their reply will usually be helpful. One last word on the subject of "first contact": PLEASE don't send an e-mail with your web site address and only a "Check this out!" line for clarification. You don't want to know how much spam e-mail I receive in a day and messages like that simply make me feel as if I'm being asked to check out the latest in cheesy porn. I delete such messages on sight and I honestly don't know many reviewers who pay them any attention either. LEAVE THE KITCHEN SINK AT HOME: Your package should include an intro letter that addresses the reviewer by name whenever possible, a bio that's hopefully no more than a page long, a CD (CDs are the preferred medium these days. I'm afraid you're kidding yourself if you think otherwise), no more than three reviews in other publications and/or web sites, and that's about IT. Pictures are nice but they don't really matter as far as most publications are concerned. If a publication requires further material, you'll be contacted for it. Frankly, for myself, I'd rather give other reviews a complete miss. I rarely pay attention to them. I prefer to make up my own mind rather than read others' opinions before I've even had a chance to listen to the music myself. But I think that's really dependent on the type of publication you're sending your package to. Some publications and/or web sites might feel that favorable reviews elsewhere lend more credibility to the artist - which is one of the reasons you'd be asking for another review in the first place, right? Just because I disagree with that sentiment, doesn't mean that all reviewers will feel as I do. However, keep in mind that if you include too much, you run the risk of it all being ignored. After all, it's the MUSIC that really counts. That said, the presentation of the CD itself is probably the most important element of your package. It's that CD that will give the reviewer his/her opening impression of your music - and (unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) your professionalism. That doesn't mean you have to have spent thousands of dollars on your presentation, a huge CD insert, a gorgeous color cover, etc. That just means that your "look" should be consistent. Some of the packages that impress me the most are the ones that have an actual design in mind carried through from the CD to the stationery the cover letter is printed on and further. If you're not getting a professional printing of anything, a color inkjet printer creating your own letterhead along with a similarly designed CD covering sticker, will work quite nicely. Simplicity is often the best way to go. Above all, avoid sending in a blank, recordable CD with black marker written on it. Your contact information should be on both the CD and the insert and/or cover. No matter *what* you do, make sure your contact information is easy to find. The insert certainly doesn't need to be in color but there should *be* one if at all possible. The insert is the perfect place to put contact information, credits (the reviewer is often fascinated by who did and wrote what, I know *I* am!), anecdotal information, etc - the things that make you special and different from the other folks the reviewer will be listening to. I know what you're thinking. "Why not just include that stuff on a separate sheet of paper inside the package?" Well, for the same reason that your contact information NEEDS to be on the disc itself: the reviewer may not actually be taking all of your package around with him/her (in fact, it's pretty unlikely!). The CD might become separated from the rest of your package and for that reason, you want it to be able to stand on its own as a professional piece of work, whether it retains its case or not. You want the reviewer to be able to contact you from that CD alone. AS A RECAP: Things to send in your package: * A brief cover letter addressing the reviewer by name (a MUST) * A bio (1 page!) * A CD (tapes are a thing of the past, folks!) - preferably with an insert of some kind. * Up to 3 reviews if you really feel you need them (try to keep this on one or two pages) - Keep the "look" simple and professional. You don't have to spend a lot of money to accomplish this! - Make sure your contact information is on EVERYTHING. Keep in mind that if your CD itself is a nice little package all on its own including inserts, you may not need the bio or the reviews and could probably get away with just sending in the CD and a cover letter. If you have a web site and include the url to that site in your cover letter, the reviewer can find out tons more information on you should they wish to. As mentioned earlier, sometimes simple is best. BE PATIENT: I don't mean to say that you shouldn't ever re-contact the reviewer. Not at all. Remind the reviewer you're around! Just don't do it every day. Wait a couple of weeks between contacts. Reviewers have a lot of demands upon their time and are frequently several weeks - or even *months*! - behind in their reviews depending on the publication(s) they write for. BE POLITE: I mentioned that once before, didn't I? Probably because I consider it to be very important. The way in which you treat people will reflect upon your professionalism even more so than the look of your CD. It takes years to build up a good reputation and only a few minutes to completely destroy it. As with anything in the music business, you never know when someone you were kind to will be in a position to return that kindness. It's all about relationships. Make sure you're the sort of person who fosters good ones and it'll all come back to you. How does this relate to tips about getting reviews? Above all, try to be pleasant. It may not seem like much, but believe me - the reviewer appreciates it a great deal. Don't demand to know why your CD wasn't chosen for a review and/or spotlight if you are told that it wasn't - not unless you actually want to hear what the reviewer has to say. And if that reviewer *does* let you know why, don't bad mouth him/her for telling you. You asked! I prefer not to review CDs that haven't impressed me, for whatever reason. I don't like the idea of putting up a lukewarm (or even BAD) review on a web site where people can be referring to it forever. I don't feel that's fair to the artist. In other words, if I'm not giving you a review, don't consider it a rejection. Consider it a kindness. Move on and keep in contact with the reviewer. It might be that a future release of yours will be better received. I hope these hints have helped. Meanwhile, good luck with your music! Back to Menu ================================================================= 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 & . Please check there regularly for updates! ----------------------------------------------------------------- JUST PLAIN FOLKS MUSIC AWARDS REMINDER: DEADLINE EXTENDED! Special Note: The 2001 Music Awards deadline has been extended to January 15th, 2001 to accomodate MusesNews readers. Don't miss your chance to get involved in what might become the largest music awards in history! All genres are welcome in the music awards and entry is free! (As is membership to Just Plain Folks itself). To enter, mail in your CD in any genre with ALL contact info (including email address!) included on the CD Liner Notes or the CD itself to: Just Plain Folks Music Awards 2001 c/o Brian Austin Whitney 14076 Cyntheanne Rd. Noblesville, IN 46060 USA Press kits are welcome, but not required. Just Plain Folks does a lot of additonal promotional support, including showcases, featured web spots, radio shows etc.. throughout the year with the same music submitted for the awards, so take advantage today, before the deadline! Questions? See for details or email Brian Austin Whitney at Don't procrastinate! It's free! ----------------------------------------------------------------- BECOME REMARKABLE W/ HARRIET SCHOCK'S SONGWRITING CORRESPONDENCE COURSE Harriet Schock emphasizes in her book, BECOMING REMARKABLE, that the two key elements to create emotional impact in your songs are 1) truth (not to be confused with fact) and 2) craft (not to be confused with formula). Her 10-week course is a step-by-step method of enabling a songwriter to become remarkable at songwriting...not just for one song, but for every song thereafter. It isolates and strengthens each muscle of songwriting so that a writer develops a usable system for writing any song he wants to write in the future. The usual problems of illogic or inconsistency, flat melody or chord progression, lack of pictures, cliches, etc. simply fall away with this system. It's not a tearing down of what's wrong, but a building from what's right. For more information, go to this address: or email Harriet at or call her at (323) 934-5691. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 2001 USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION, the world's leading international songwriting competition is currently accepting entries. Win a $50,000 Grand Prize worth of cash, merchandise and exposure (largest prize package in any annual songwriting competition). Also, winners' songs will be featured on a nationally syndicated radio program serving over 60 cities in the US and Canada! Judges include record labels such as Warner/Reprise Records, SONY Music, Epic Records, Mars Music Records and Peer Music. For more information on this event's rules, regulations and entry forms visit the competition website at: ----------------------------------------------------------------- SHOWCASE SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR NEMO MUSIC SHOWCASE & CONFERENCE: Deadline is January 12, 2001 Visit our website at (click on the showcases/artists button on the left) to print out a showcase application. NEMO Music Showcase & Conference returns for its fifth year on April19-21, 2001 to Boston, one of the most important music markets in thecountry for breaking new artists. Nemo showcases more than 200 of the hottest major label, indie label, and unsigned new bands and solo artists from all over the world in a wide variety of genres, including rock, folk, pop, blues, rap, country, hip-hop, funk, jazz, and r&b. Over the years some of the artists who have participated at NEMO include Aerosmith (at a club for 500!), De La Soul, Goody Mob, Fishbone, Face To Face, Kristin Hersh, Big Wreck, Duncan Sheik, Jude, Ellis Paul, Guster, Staind, Push Stars, , Martin Sexton, Amazing Crowns and Godsmack (NEMO 2000). ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE GATE: ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE ( is continually on a quest for new music and we’re crossing any distance to offer a unique environment. Our latest project, Pause Off, is part of that plan. With a finely tuned comb and magnifying glass The GATE has begun a hunt for artists, bands, DJs, and kazoo players (who have a website and MP3s or streaming audio) who want to show off their talents to the world. Everyone who plays music should send in their info, whether they’re signed or unsigned, solo or in an orchestra, playing bluegrass or ambient-techno… no medium will be left unturned. Anyone looking for more information should contact us via email at Musicians should include any pertinent information (i.e. websites, contact info, type of music). Information and an application form is also available on The GATE @ ----------------------------------------------------------------- NEW INTERNATIONAL RADIO MUSIC SHOW FOR INDIES A new internationally syndicated radio music program, co-hosted and produced by Kenny Love, is slated to begin airing in March, 2001. The hour-long program, which will exclusively feature the music of independent recording artists, will be made available to traditional offline radio stations, as well as Internet radio stations, in order to bring more exposure to little-known artists. Independent musicians interested in having their music considered for airing on the show, can receive more information regarding the program's requirements by requesting it via email at All commercially viable music genres will be considered. ----------------------------------------------------------------- WHITEFEATHER'S SONG CONTEST PLUS: permanently connects to your website, puts your song on our compilation CD and pays cash awards of $500, $200 and $100 for every 80 song entries, so your songs are not lost by competing against thousands of other songs. Gloria Loring, singer-songwriter-actress from "Days of Our Lives" fame is our judge. Send your labeled CD or cassette along with the $25 entry fee to: SongRider Studios, 1587 E. Prince Road Tucson, Arizona 85719 For other details regarding copyright, the methods of selection, recording contracts, the lists of entries and winners, click onto our website at For any questions, e-mail us at ----------------------------------------------------------------- Back to Menu ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson ©1998-2001 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A question I get from guitar students and songwriters all the time is "can you teach me to sing?" The fact is that just because somebody can sing, doesn't mean they can teach it! If you are a songwriter with an eye on eventually performing your songs at an open mic, you might want to consider taking a few tips on vocal technique, or even taking some voice lessons. Perusing the internet lately, I've come across a website that doesn't just try to sell you voice lessons, it also has some great articles on all different aspects of singing. The site is The Singer's Workshop where you'll find lots of articles on singing ( and it is put together by Lis Lewis, who has been training singers for the music profession for many years. From "background singing" to "session singing" and what she calls "The Charisma Factor", Lis has a lot of tips for the aspiring singer. One article is called "Breath Control" wouldn't believe how many singers don't breathe properly! This can lead to all sorts of problems when it comes to performing your songs. Lis also includes articles on preparing for the stage and on finding the right voice teacher for you! But it doesn't stop'll also find links to a few other articles by the likes of Tim Sweeney (the author of the book "The Complete Guide to Internet Promotion for Artists, Musicians & Songwriters"), and others on CD cover art and getting a record deal. You can't beat that! This website will be well worth your visit :-) ****** 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 more links of interest. Her eagerly anticipated CD "Catnip" is finally here, and her earlier recordings have had attention everywhere from Japan to South America. Songwriting Tips: Homepage: Songs on MP3: Back to Menu ================================================================= P U B L I S H E R I N S P O T L I G H T : David Wimble, Publisher and Creator of The Indie Contact Bible Conducted by Ben Ohmart ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Q: You're a singer/songwriter yourself. What do you write, how often do you gig? --------------------------------------------- A: I write mostly poppy folk tunes and ballads. I make it a point to write about positive things. I haven't played live in over a year. I have been absolutely buried in the creation of The Indie Contact Bible. I am dying to get out and play again. When I do, it's going to be like starting over again. I know that I'll get over the initial nerves quickly and enjoy myself tremendously. I'll be playing solo this time around, so it's going to be kind of fun to just play a song that seems to fit a certain moment. It's also nice to not have to depend on someone else in order to succeed. I know that "people need people", but there is a time and a place for that. I depended on others when I was recording and forming the band "Big Meteor", and they let me down in a big way. After my very "expensive" experience with that, it's only natural that I'm going to be skeptical about depending on others. I like the freedom of going out to play solo. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: Going right to the heart of the matter: how has your book helped YOU? Getting ahead, getting heard, that sort of thing? --------------------------------------------- A: I've hardly used any of the connections I've made to promote my own music. Again, there hasn't been time. Often someone will ask me to send my music and I usually tell them that I'm concentrating solely on the book at this time. I made a decision 18 months ago that I was going to throw everything I have into creating this book. At the time, my musical plans were falling like rocks because the band I was attempting to form broke up, and I was back to square one. All those months of practice were down the tubes. I had to make a decision on whether to pursue the music, or to continue with this idea I had of a musician's resource book. I ran the idea by a few people whose opinions I trusted, and they thought it was a great idea to create a resource book! When I thought about it, there was no doubt that the most practical path was that of the resource book - mainly because the resource book was unique, and would be a popular item that someone would want to buy since there was nothing else like it. My music, as much as I love it, is only a very small drop in a very large bucket. If I were to ever get enough finances together to create another CD, I would have hundreds of contacts that I could call on for get radio airplay, reviews, exposure etc. It would be interesting to see what would happen. I'd like to record at least one more CD, because I have a lot of songs that I think people would really like. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: What one thing have you learned in compiling this book that surprised the pants off you? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ For the remainder of this interview, see . ----------------------------------------------------------------- Back to Menu ================================================================= " O N S I T E " F E A T U R E D A R T I C L E : Using New Technologies For Promotion by Caesar Pink Considering the majority of content in this month's newsletter has to do with how musicians can promote themselves, I thought you might want to know about this gem currently on The Muse's Muse for your perusal. Caesar Pink of the band The Imperial Orgy takes us through the various steps he and his band have gone through to get themselves promoted on a shoestring budget. 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