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Issue 4.1 - April 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
@-- Songwriting Book Review - Information
                       by Charles Katz
@-- Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
@-- Muse's Clues - by Irene Jackson
@-- Featured Article - YOU TALKIN' TO ME? by Harriet Schock
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
    viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
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ISSN 1480-6975.  Copyright 1998 - 2001, Jodi Krangle.  For more 
contact information, see end of issue. ================================================================= This ezine featured at - the Ezine Search Engine(tm) - ================================================================= E d i t o r ' s M u s i n g s : ----------------------------------------------------------------- Hi everyone. I decided to send this issue out a little early since I have commitments that will keep me from sending it out on the last day of the month. I'll also apologize in advance as this "Musing" is another long one... First off, I'm extremely excited to mention that the Just Plain Folks demographics survey: - has been completed and it contains some really interesting information. Over 1500 musicians/songwriters answered the poll (out of a possible 10,000+ - and for these types of things, that percentage is HUGE) and The Muse's Muse came out quite highly in their ratings. #1 Favorite Music Resource according to their members! Not bad, huh? Also, this newsletter came out 7th out of over 35 other music publications in popularity - above publications such as Keyboard Magazine & American Songwriter Magazine - something that surprised both myself and Brian Austin Whitney. I highly suggest you have a look if you haven't already seen this servey. It's a fascinating read (and not just because the folks polled happened to like The Muse's Muse, either. ;-)). The membership drive has now ended. The clear winners were Ande Rasmussen (First Place), Rusty Douthitt (Second Place) & Ann Pence (Third Place). Thanks very much to everyone who participated - and the sponsors who helped make the contest happen. If you'd like to see the great prizes these three have won, feel free to drop by any time you'd like. I have a new treat for you this month - and for a few months more. Charles Katz will be offering a regular article about the maintenance and business of having a band. Those of you who are performing songwriters in any kind of group environment will find these articles hugely useful. And for those of you who prefer being on your own, Harriet Schock has kindly granted me permission to reprint one of the chapters from her *amazing* book, BECOMING REMARKABLE. I highly recommend you pick this book up. Very motivating. (For an easy way to locate it, you can drop by the Suggested Reading section of The Muse's Muse at . There's a review there too). This month's winner of the raffle is actually *last* month's winner, as it turns out. None of the folks I contacted last month actually got back to me (hmmm), so ROCK TROUBADOURS: Conversations On The Art And Craft Of Songwriting, the book reviewed last month, goes out to David Lynn O'Connor of Nashville, TN. For the review that was printed then, you're welcome to check out . The first Radio Muse show will be placed online shortly, so keep watching for more info when I have it! If you're interested in submitting, drop by that page for instructions. I also wanted to take this opportunity to ask you guys a question. I've been thinking about starting a message board specifically for The Muse's Muse. This is something I've held off on doing because I wasn't certain folks would want to participate (and with other great message boards out there, I wasn't certain one specifically for here, would fly). What do you think? Would any of you be interested in moderating a section? And if so, what about? I'm planning on using the UBB type boards when/if I go through with this, so moderating should be very simple to manage. Contact me at and pass on your opinions and suggestions, ok? I'd love to hear from you. And finally, just a little personal note that I couldn't resist adding in here. My folk group has a new page on that we're extremely excited about. :-) If you're interested in hearing what I do with my creative energies when I'm not pouring them into The Muse's Muse, you can check out . (I'm the brunette in the middle of the black and white photo - though I confess, that's a rather old picture.) Updates to The Muse's Muse web site can be found at as per usual. Thanks for reading, and best of luck with your writing! --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. It would be pretty cool to sell your own band's logo or design on promo items, wouldn't it? And starting up a store requires no investment of money on your part at all. 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 just started my own record label in Ohio. I used to be with a partnership and have written 2 songs with them (not the hook, but the verses). However, they were not a legit business, so I broke up with them and started my own company. I asked them to write out a percentage agreement for the songs, but they refused. My question is this: Per the Copyright Law 201A, is it true that this song cannot be copyrighted unless there is a percentage agreement? I had several attorneys and producers from Major record companies tell me this. Thanks!! -- Eugene W. ------------------ A: Hi Eugene. This is a little outside of my area of expertise, but I've asked Duff Berschback, our resident law expert, ( to see if he can answer it for you. This is his response: "I'm assuming what you want to know is what copyright law's "default position" is with respect to joint works (A "Joint Work" as defined in Section 101 of the Copyright Act is "a work prepared by two or more authors with the intention that their contributions be merged into inseparable or interdependent parts of a unitary whole"). The answer to your specific question is: NO. The answer to your implicit question is: if you wrote the verses and the other person wrote the music and you both intended for it to be one song, you BOTH have an interest in the WHOLE work, not just the part you each contributed. So, for example, one of you could license the entire song, subject to paying pro rata royalties for the usage. Hope that helps. --Duff" ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: Hi Nancy.... All my lyrics are copyrighted and registered at the LOC in collections. I now have several co-writers who are writing music for many of my lyrics. One is already on demo, 5 more will be finished within a couple of weeks, and there are others on the way. How do I copyright the final products? Do I use the PA form? SR? CA? While songwriters are encouraged to always have everything copyrighted, I have not been able to find information covering this situation. -- Sunny ------------------ A: Sunny- You will need to be sure that when the new PA is sent in that it clearly indicates you have written the lyric and the collaborator(s) have written the music. The new work will then be appropriately registered. The SR is for the Sound recording itself. It is a separate copyrightable item. If you own the master(s) then you would register those masters with the SR Form in addition to the registration of the underlying work. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: Hi Nancy, I am a somewhat new songwriter, and am wondering what exactly consitutes plagiarism. I am not speaking of melody, but rather of lyrics. Sometimes I will write a line, and it comes so easily I think I must have heard it someplace before....but have no idea where, when, how or why.....or IF in fact that is true or it is just a day when my muse is being very active. It seems to me there are only so many ways things can be said, and inevitably at some point I may repeat a phrase or something. This really scares me. -- Sharon R. ------------------ A: Sharon - First of all living in fear must affect the creative process - so stop that. If you discover that you have inadvertently used a phrase that is from a copyrighted work, then of course, you would need to make adjustments or go about asking permission for the derivative. There are certain specific requirements in proving copyright infringement and if you later find that your work accidentally infringed on a pre-existing work, you would be given notice and opportunity to remedy. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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 ----------------------------------------------------------------- In the Beginning ­ A songwriter's tribute to Garth Brooks Listen up, all ye would-be songwriters. This is the cd you must buy and aspire to. Even if the quality of the performances and songs themselves were to suck, you must buy. Why? These are Garth Brooks songs sung by the people who penned them, either alone or with Garth on co-writer credit. Yes, these are the rich songwriters, the ones who could buy and sell us ignorant and usual and normal people 5 times over, the ones who actually DON'T WASTE their demo postage sending tapes to Nashville. You'll be hearing performances by Pat Alger (who wrote 4 #1 Garth songs like 'The Thunder Rolls', as well as having written for the likes of The Everly Bros., Dolly Parton, and Trisha Yearwood’s #1 album, 'Like We Never Had a Broken Heart'), Tony Arata (7 songs recorded by Garth, and others…), Dewayne Blackwell (1st hit in 1959, wrote the big song in Eastwood's Sudden Impact film, etc, etc.), and others so numerous it's depressing. Professionals. Rather than spend 100s or 1000s to sign onto a songwriting seminar they're probably giving in California somewhere, grab hold of this country cd and listen to what you've got to write to make it in this biz. Up to track 5 already, I haven't heard a voice yet that couldn't hold its own audience, however. These are obviously singer-songwriters who have the confidence to sing it, dream it, be it. Take the softness that is Kent Blazy, doing his 'If Tomorrow Never Comes'. Beautiful song that may not have the best voice behind it, but it's rather impossible to tell with a country ballad. Sometimes the sicker you sound, the better the emotional impact. Nah, he's not sick, he's uncertain, he's a fine craftsman who's had Garth flick a voice on 8 of his songs, plus many other artists singing his wares. With wares like this, it's no wonder. That 1959 #1 song from Dewayne is on here, performed by the man himself. Good voice. Just a guitar, and an ooooo from a troupe of chorus girls behind him, that's all it takes. 2.22 minutes later, you've got an idea what shot it up the charts, and why it made a Brooks comeback. One of the softest songwriters here is Victoria Shaw, giving out a pro-professional 'The River', a co-written #1 hit with Garth. Guitar work somewhat like the lite 'Leader of the Band', and just ravishing. I don't know what Garth's final version sounded like, but chances are it couldn't beat this softie by much. Victoria was the opening act for Garth's historic Central Park concert from 1997. To continue with her other existing credits would take up the rest of the page, but suffice it to say her dog shall never know hunger. There's not much overproduction on the cd. These could all be demos themselves, yet the playing is unerring and the choice of material is hard to condemn, even to those without boots and hats. It's a tribute to a great performer. But it's also a blueprint from which the countless unwashed may glean the secrets of the pharaohs. ------------------ OTHER NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE: John Barnard - Malkum & Chris - Pieces of a Dream - Stephanie Sante - Kendra Shank - Charlie Strater - Abbie Gardner - J.P. Taylor - The Boss Of The Walking Bass - The Foxymorons - Carol Wood - Midiboy - Patti Rothberg - Laya Fisher - ------------------ ****** 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. Song listings are only $29.95 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 ================================================================= S o n g w r i t i n g B o o k R e v i e w : by Jodi Krangle ----------------------------------------------------------------- There will be a new book review next month, but if you're interested in reading some of the previous reviews, feel free to have a look at the Suggested Reading section of The Muse's Muse at . Most of the books there have a link to a review so that you can read about the book and how it might be useful to you, before deciding to pick up a copy for yourself. There is also a new book featured on the main page of The Muse's Muse each month. This month's featured book is Jason Blume's - 6 STEPS TO SONGWRITING SUCCESS. A review can be looked at by going here: ================================================================= F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : Charles will be providing us with a series of articles discussing common problems performing songwriters might face within the music business. THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC: GROUP BREAK-UPS by Charles Katz ©2001, Charles Katz. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission. ----------------------------------------------------------------- As Neil Sedaka's song states "Breaking Up is Hard To Do" A few years ago my wife's cousins were in a popular Jazz group from LA. They toured North America and Europe and the record labels loved their style of music. They struck gold. Their album was the sound track for a famous movie and the lead song got excellent radio rotation. Over that summer some of the members went touring with another group to pursue artistic interest. When they returned, the singer had formed a new band with the same name and was playing the songs from the CD. Needless to say there were a mess of problems and lawsuits that could have been easily avoided with some proper planning. What happens to the royalties on the album, recording contracts, treatment of leaving members, and the band name? A simple "Group Artist Rider" contract can be written to handle the following issues. 1. Method for old members to leave and new members to join. 2. Equitable treatment and disbursement of royalties for old and new members. 3. Who owns the group name? 4. What happens when the band dissolves? 5. Record company caveat for selection of new members. 6. Record company caveat to break up the group if members leave. 7. Guarantees of advancement by members of bands that were jointly signed. 8. Favorable terms to leaving members. All these issues are as sensitive as a marriage contract and although distasteful, must be discussed in detail with an attorney or business manager. Having a written agreement between band members can provide the necessary protection performing songwriters need if they decide to pursue different opportunities. Stay tuned for next month's article: GROUP NAMES : How to Choose a name and Protect it ****** Charles Katz owns a high-tech company, Printerm, established for 20 years, and manages a Record Label, Windrift Music Inc. He currently has a CD "Night Driving Music" installed at Internet sites in the US, UK, and Asia collecting royalties. Charles is presently working on his second CD with a female recording artist and has established a virtual band, Spencer K for that project. As a business leader, musician, publisher, and promoter, he is now providing his expertise for fellow artists. Contact: 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! ----------------------------------------------------------------- GGM SONG CONTEST 2001 The 2nd Annual international songwriters contest "the GGM Song Contest 2001" put together by God's Gift Music, Inc., an indie music label based in Dallas, Texas, is opening entries the first week of April 2001 and closing entry by the last week of May 01. This year, entries are expected from nationwide and overseas. Last year, entries were received from Japan, Australia, England, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Canada, as well as the US. All music categories will be accepted, Genre: Christian and Secular. The purpose of the song Contest is to help expose those valuable artists and songwriters out there that need to be discovered. More than $10,000 is expected to be won. For more info and an entry form visit: ----------------------------------------------------------------- NEW 'RADIO MUSE' WEBCAST FOR INDEPENDENT SONGWRITERS - NOW SEEKING MUSIC! The Muse's Muse & Host, Jan Best of Independent Songwriter Web-Magazine, are putting together a series of shows, one every month, featuring the songs of independent songwriters just like you! See for details on how you can send in your own music for consideration. ----------------------------------------------------------------- PERFORMING SONGWRITER COMPETITION: Entries are due April 15, 2001, for the Ninth Annual Performing Songwriter Competition at the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield, MA, near Boston. Three finalists will be selected and must be able to appear for the Live Finals at the Rose Garden on Saturday, May 19 to perform their entered songs. The featured performer that evening is Ellis Paul. There is a $100 first prize, and the winner also gets gigs at the Rose Garden and the prestigious SummerFest event held in July in New Bedford, MA. Official rules and entry form are available online at the Rose Garden web site: ----------------------------------------------------------------- LAKE COUNTY FOLK FESTIVAL & SONGWRITERS' COMPETITION: The Seventh Annual Lake County Folk Festival will take place on Sunday, August 5th in Lake Zurich, IL. The songwriters' competition includes cash prizes for the top 3 finishers and a place on next year's Main Stage. For rules and entry form, e-mail For more info on the fest visit the soon-to-be-updated Lake County Folk Club website: ----------------------------------------------------------------- 30TH WALNUT VALLEY FESTIVAL - NEWSONGS SHOWCASE: Sept 13-16 2001 Winfield,KS. Engraved medallions & performance during the festival. A. Bluegrass Songs, B. Country Songs, C. Instrumentals (songs without words), D. Songs for Children, E. Religious/Spiritual Songs, F. Songs of Love, G. Songs of Humor and Silliness, H. Songs about Feelin' Blue, I. 30 years of the Walnut Valley Festival, J. Songs of Opinion Requirements: No limit on number of songs submitted, one song/ cassette tape, written copy of the words, folded 3 times and rubberbanded to the cassette.Your name, address, city, state zip, & TELEPHONE on the lyric sheet and the label of the tape. SASE If you wish constructive feedback from the anon. judges Deadline: Postmarked on or before Friday, AUGUST 1, 2001. Check or money order for $6.00 with each song submitted, payable to: Walnut Valley Association NewSongs Showcase -- Category:_______________ P. O. Box 245 Winfield, KS 67156 Notification: Songwriters selected will be notified by TELEPHONE, BETWEEN AUG 31ST AND SEPT 5TH. Contact: festival 620-221-3250 or ( mc) 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 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Remember when the word "indie" didn't exist? Well, I still don't know if you'd find it in the dictionary, but I'm talking more about the idea of artists and songwriters being "independent". It doesn't seem to me too long ago that the only hope of having any kind of success as an artist or songwriter was the traditional method, by being signed to a label or publisher. The music business has undergone a huge revolution in the past few years, with the internet hastening these changes even more. On the internet, you'll literally find everything you need to know about writing, recording, performing, promoting, manufacturing, and anything else you can think of that is related to music. ( ) is a site that offers information on all of these and more! You can register yourself as an artist or band, you find loads of articles and how-to's, you can look up radio stations all over the US and Canada to send your CD's to, get reviews, book a tour, find a recording studio...and on and on. When I checked the site out, I paid particular attention to the Education section. Under "Downloads", I found a site with sample contracts and a link to the US Copyright office forms, and the "Article Library" is stuffed full of tips and articles. Some article titles are "Capturing Your Creativity", "10 Ways to Bust Writer's Block", "Carpal Tunnel in Musicians", "Looking for Sponsorship?" and "RX for Stage Fright"! You could spend hours here getting ideas on how to advance your career as a songwriter and/or artist. And if you haven't figured it out by now, the key to becoming "Indie" is (my favourite line) "Arm yourself with knowledge!" This is a great place to start! ****** 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 ================================================================= F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : YOU TALKIN' TO ME? by Harriet Schock ©2001, Harriet Schock. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted With Permission. ----------------------------------------------------------------- YOU TALKIN' TO ME?" Robert De Niro says in "Taxi Driver." And that's the way I feel when I hear a song that's supposed to be directed at me, the listener, and yet it's a pill I refuse to swallow. Two things come to mind as the culprit: 1) When a song is preachy, I immediately tune out and 2) When it's so in my face and accusatory, I refuse to identify with the person the singer is blasting or describing. The singer may be "talkin' to me," but I'm not listening. So how do we get the listener to swallow the pill, to identify with the person who's being straightened out, to become enlightened? After all, some songs actually make us better people, and how does the writer do that? Well, I can think of four songs right off the bat that have done that for me. John Prine's "Hello In There," so affected me when I first heard it, that it actually changed my behavior. I recently heard it again at a Bette Midler concert and I was moved by it again, as I am every time I hear it. When I walk down the street and pass an elderly person, I take Prine's suggestion and say "Hello" in there. I was not totally oblivious to the situation before I heard the song, but it awakened me more and somehow gave me permission or a mission. If he had simply screamed at us for ignoring old people, we would have tuned it out. But when you hear the song, you'll hear how sweetly he seduces us to his viewpoint and how safe he makes it for us to agree with him. Great writing does that. Joni Mitchell in "Trouble Child" paints a picture of a person who's as crazy at that moment as I sometimes feel. So, when I hear it, I don't feel like I'm the only one who's "under the thumb of the maid," or who needs love so badly yet can't give it, or whatever set of aberrations is biting me at the moment. So specific and revealing is the lyric, and yet so brilliantly pointed inward, that we race to identify with it. "That's me," we say. "I break like the waves at Malibu. I feel just like that." The specificity of the confession (even though it's told in the second person) is what helps us find ourselves in it. She doesn't dwell in this song on the disasters we wreak on others when we're in this shape, but we feel secure in going down that trail of thought in the privacy of our cars, or wherever the radio brings us the song. Bob Dylan can nail a person in a song just about better than anyone. And when he's nailing you, you know it. How many times have those of us of the feminine gender heard "She takes . . . she makes love . . . she aches . . . just like a woman . . . but she breaks just like a little girl" and felt really awful (in a good way, of course)? We see those childish, bratty parts of ourselves that have left a trail of broken pieces, and no matter how together we think we have it, we know that Dylan has seen our worst side. That's why I love Dylan's response to the interviewer who was defending the cover version of the song that changed the lyric to "she breaks up just like a little girl." The interviewer assured him the artist was simply doing her version of it. Dylan's repeated response was, "No. She got it wrong." And I have to agree. The difference between "breaks" and "breaks up" is pivotal. He meant "breaks." Perhaps the most successful song I've heard at awakening us to things about ourselves that are difficult to look at is "Secret Garden" by Bruce Springsteen. He doesn't rail at a woman for withholding herself, beg for sympathy or position himself as victim. He simply speaks to another man, as if he's giving the sagest advice in the world. He warns him that she'll "let you in her house . . . in her car . . ." but that however you may hunger for the nourishment of true intimacy with her, it will always remain "a million miles away." By the third time I heard this, I wanted to scream "mea culpa!" and throw myself on the ground like Audrey Hepburn in "A Nun's Story," begging his forgiveness, as well as the forgiveness of every man who has ever been left hungry by any woman. The music is such a beautiful, soft carrier wave for the communication and the lyric is so matter-of-fact and non-accusing. He gives us the space to confess, to look at what we do and, who knows? Maybe even to change. Look at the power of great songwriting. It can wake us up, make us see ourselves as we are at moments when we like to be the most asleep to our true selves. It can change our attitudes and behaviors. It can change the way nations think and perceive the world. And, perhaps most important, it can change the individual and inspire him/her to be more caring. Anyone who thinks songwriting is a frivolous profession is simply doing it wrong. ****** Harriet Schock is a multi-platinum songwriter/recording artist whose songs have been recorded my numerous artists, nominated for a Grammy and used in films. Her fourth and fifth cds, American Romance and Rosebud, have recently been nationally released, as well as her book, BECOMING REMARKABLE, published by Blue Dolphin, from which this article was excerpted (Chapter 22). As well as performing worldwide, she speaks, teaches and consults in person and via the internet. For further information about her book, CDs, concerts or consultation, go to or call (323) 934-5691. Back to Menu ================================================================= " O N S I T E " F E A T U R E D A R T I C L E : Songwriting Elegance Through Song Form: The "AAA" Song by Mary Dawson This is the second in a new series of articles talking about the most effective ways to create songs using particular "forms". If you're a little iffy on lyrical patterns and want to get your ideas across with a maximum of style and elegance, knowing song forms is the best help you can give yourself! The Introduction to the series can be found at . Back to Menu
================================================================= C l a s s i f i e d s & U s e f u l S e r v i c e s : ----------------------------------------------------------------- USA INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION Songwriters! Enter to win a grand prize of over US$50,000 in cash, merchandise and more! This the 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 A&R Managers from Major Record labels and publishers. Visit: ----------------------------------------------------------------- LYRICIST! THE SONGWRITER'S BEST FRIEND HAS ARRIVED . . . Virtual Studio Systems, Inc. is proud to announce Lyricist, the first of its kind word processor designed for musicians, songwriters, and poets. Includes rhyming dictionary, spell checker, thesaurus, album catagorization and more. Visit our web-site at and download your free 30-day trial today. Call us at 888.732.1176 U.S or 603.726.4911 outside the U.S. and mention this ad to receive a $10 discount towards your purchase. ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE SONGWRITER'S GUIDE TO DEMO SUBMISSION... Everything you need to know to get your songs heard! Updated for 2001, our guide can give you an edge over the thousands of other songwriters trying desperately to get their songs listened to. You'll learn how to package your demos like a pro, discover where to send your demos, learn how to market your songs online, locate songwriter organizations and more! ----------------------------------------------------------------- WINDRIFT SONGWRITING COMPETITION Windrift Music, a new music label in Toronto is sponsoring a free songwriting competition. THERE IS NO ENTRY CHARGE: Grand Prize * $500 in cash * Make Your own demo CD * 50 CDs courtesy of Windrift Music * Web Hosting of Your Song on Windrift Music Site * Artist Home Page with download of music * 1000 promotional Flyers of CD * Free promotion of artist CD to major labels. The deadline is June 30th, 2001. Contest details are located on the Windrift web site: ----------------------------------------------------------------- ATTENTION SONGWRITERS! YOUR SONG MAY BE THE SOUND OF SUCCESS! The Billboard Song Contest has some new and exciting changes taking place this year. For the first time ever, we are offering the "Excellence in Songwriting Award" for our first place winners. The Billboard Song Contest is open to both amateur and semi- professional songwriters. Entry forms can be obtained by calling us toll free at 888-989-0351, at, or email at ----------------------------------------------------------------- GO GLOBAL WITH CDSTREET.COM is your secure source for credit card music ordering in your own website. As a member of the CDstreet network, you will have access to the most cost-effective, secure transaction processing for global music merchandise distribution. Plus, no setup fee and no sales equals no cost! Check it out - ----------------------------------------------------------------- GET YOUR COPY OF THE INDIE CONTACT BIBLE & START MAKING WAVES! This is an absolutely priceless resource for indie musicians. If you want your music reviewed, on the radio, *heard*, THIS is the resource you need to have. It's not going to tell you "how" but it will *certainly* tell you "who". I highly recommend you pick it up in order to compliment your other music marketing techniques. Have a look at this url and read through a few sample pages to see what I mean: (Full review at ================================================================= ADVERTISING RATES: For Classifieds: US$25 Max. 8 lines, where a line = 65 characters including spaces and punctuation. All contracts must be prepaid. Write to: For Newsletter Sponsorship rates and other advertising opportunities, please see . Back to Menu
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