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Issue 4.6 - September 2001
ISSN 1480-6975

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@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Q&A with Nancy A. Reece from Carpe Diem Copyright Management
@-- Featured Article - IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE - by Robert Angello
@-- Music Reviews - by Ben Ohmart
@-- Songwriting Book Review - by Jodi Krangle
@-- Featured Article - THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC: Club Contracts
                     - by Charles Katz
@-- Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
@-- Muse's Clues - by Irene Jackson
@-- Featured Article - OYSTERS & MUSES 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 EzineCenter.com - the Ezine Search Engine(tm) - http://www.ezinecenter.com/ ================================================================= 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 http://www.musesmuse.com/songscope.html for details or contact: writerinfo@songscope.com ~ Tel: 770.754.4543 ================================================================= E d i t o r ' s M u s i n g s : ----------------------------------------------------------------- And another month passes... This summer went by so quickly I barely had time to blink! Don't know if any of you feel the same way. In any case, this issue is packed with information. Duff & Nancy are taking a break from their Copyright & Publishing Q&A, but there's tons of other stuff to keep you interested, including another installment of Charles Katz's THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC, a featured article by Nashville recording studio owner, Robert Angello, great music and site reviews from Ben Ohmart and Irene Jackson, a guest songwriting book reviewer (thanks Grant!), and a fantastic interview with a founding member of Triumph, singer, songwriter & rockin' guitarist, Rik Emmett. The new Radio Muse show (show #5) is now online too so I hope you'll drop by http://www.musesmuse.com/radiomuse.html to have a listen. Think about sending in your own music for consideration, ok? We'd love to hear it. Rick Cohoon of Mattoon, IL, has won a copy of Lyricist Software generously donated by the folks at Virtual Studio Systems (see http://www.virtualstudiosystems.com/products.htm for details). They also have a special on now whereby you can get a copy of this great software for only $14.95 until September 30th - AND that includes a special deal for the new upgrade to the program coming out in October. Not bad, huh? So that you know, all the subscribers to the Muse's News have a chance of being chosen in the raffles to receive free stuff. That's my "thank you" to you for subscribing. :) If you enjoy this newsletter, why not spread the word? Word of mouth is really helpful and I hugely appreciate all your efforts in that regard. And, without further ado, on to the good stuff! :) I hope you have a wonderful September. --Jodi Back to Menu ================================================================= SHAMELESS PLUG: Drop by http://www.musesmuse.com/musemerchandise.html 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... http://www.cafepress.com/cp/info/storeref.aspx?refby=musesmuse Limited Edition Messenger Bags on Sale until September 30th! Help support The Muse's Muse and look cool with our new, limited edition Messenger Bags. They're great for the office or school. Check them out in the online store today, because after September 30th, they'll be history. Visit http://www.musesmuse.com/musemerchandise.html for more info. ================================================================= C o p y r i g h t & P u b l i s h i n g Q & A : There will be a brief pause from this section this month so that Nancy and Duff can recover from their busy summer. But they'll be back next month with more of their forum discussions. Meanwhile, the Q&A's taken from both this newsletter and those displayed online, are located here: http://www.musesmuse.com/pubq-a.html - and are arranged by subject. If you have questions that aren't already covered there, all instructions on how to ask a question are also included at that location. Back to Menu ================================================================= F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE - by Bob Angello ©August 9, 2001, Robert Angello. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Songwriters today are hacking and slashing their way through the competitive booby traps and mine fields of Music Row. Oh, I'm not talking about the couple of guys who are hooked up and in the middle of their glory years. I'm talking about the guys and gals who have had top ten records, walking the streets, looking for a publishing deal, and the new kids on the block, trying to "get something going". The golden days, in Nashville, appear to be over. There are so many conflicting philosophies on the songwriter demo, that books have been written and wars nearly fought on the subject. Remember, the only thing between your vision of your music and the song screener's ears is your demo. What this article will do is help you, the writer, sort through some of the confusion and differences in final product, and focus your energy on the important aspects of demoing your songs. Wanna hear it? It goes something like this... Ring.......ring......ring....."Hello, Angello Sound Studio". "Yes, I would like some information about your recording services. I am a songwriter and you were recommended by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)".... and so the conversation begins. Typically the first question out of the caller's mouth is,"How much do you charge for a demo?" Value in a recording session is something that cannot only be defined by the price. If a songwriter is learning the craft of song writing, there is a good chance not all of his/her first work will warrant a huge investment in demoing. "If you are just gonna play it for your mom, she'll like it, no matter what!" If, on the other hand, you have a little experience and your goal is to compete in today's song writing jungle, there are some things you need to consider. ...CONTINUED @ http://www.musesmuse.com/art-jungle.html ****** Bob Angello has owned and operated his master / demo studio, Angello Sound Studio, in Nashville, for nearly 17 years. His client list includes over 200 writers, producers, artists, publishers, and musicians worldwide. Bob is also an accomplished musician, having started his career, playing for the legendary songwriter, Tom T. Hall (5 yrs.), singer/songwriter Suzy Bogguss (5yrs.) Chet Atkins (1 yr.) Jo Dee Messina (3yrs), Steve Wariner (1yr.), and most recently Pam Tillis. Back to Menu
================================================================= M u s i c R e v i e w s : by Ben Ohmart ----------------------------------------------------------------- Elton Dean & Mark Hewins – Bar Torque Sax man Elton Dean's career is as varied as it is insatiably long. Along with blowing into classic bands like Bluesology and Soft Machine, the 70s also saw Dean giving his all to odd-name groups like Brotherhood of Breath, Ninesense, Weightwatchers and Soft Head. Oh, and don't forget the compliment Elton John gave him by taking half his name away for a stage name. Mark Hewins is hardly a stranger to the music scene either. Ever since he began his professional career as a guitarist at age 15 in 1970, he's been a session man to the best of them: London Musicians' Collective, Trevor Watts, Richard Coldman, Roger Smith. From 1976, he's been in bands starting with Sinclair and the South, The Polite Force, Soft Heap (another of Elton Dean’s bands), The Music Doctors, and on and on. Both born in England, they also happen to specialize in the real alchemy of improv/experimental jazz/rock. There's nothing rock about the current 52 minute Bar Torque album; it's a jazz improvisation with Dean leading his sax against the 3 tracks of Hewing's guitars. Mostly synth guitars, which is quite an original sound if you've never heard this version of keyboard. The Brian Eno sound comes out in full force with tonal messages and large landscapes of resonance and curious motions. 'Merilyn's Cave' is for me the most invigorating, especially near the end of its 14:20 minute run, stopping suddenly as if at the edge of the earth. Underground. Why do I see this being recorded for a late 60s remake of A Journey to the Center of the Earth, directed by Warhol? 'Merlin's Cave' would make an apt title as well, with all its immediate mysticism. The opening 'Bar Torque' is the longest track at nearly 25 minutes. Sonic and imagination-capturing. It is ambitious and moves along at great, low depths among the backing synth, while Dean gets a grip with where the freestyle tune is going. New age, mixed with somber jazz atmospherics. Cleverer people will figure out just exActly where this music belongs in the genre bin. Get it and deduce what it's saying. P.S. Dean is currently working on his autobiography and picking out enough tracks to fill a 3 CD anthology. For someone This important in the world of jazz, let’s hope nothing sidetracks the man. http://www.moonjune.com ------------------ OTHER NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE: Jenn London - http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000045.html Four Shadow - http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000046.html Wings Over Water - http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000047.html The Afro-Indian Project - http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000048.html Harv - http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000049.html Kamal - http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000050.html The Cathy Richardson Band - http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000051.html Ray - http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000052.html Harry James & His Orchestra, Featuring Cathy Chemi - http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000053.html Triakel - http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000057.html --------------- ****** 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: ohmart@musesmuse.com . **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 http://www.musesmuse.com/musicreviews.html for more details.** Back to Menu ================================================================= S o n g w r i t i n g B o o k R e v i e w : by Grant Steeden HOW TO WRITE SONGS ON GUITAR - A guitar-playing and songwriting course by ~ Rikky Rooksby http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0879306114/themusesmuse ----------------------------------------------------------------- Even upon initial perusal, the breadth of what is covered here should make it of interest to almost any songwriter - whether it be the 'bedroom dreamer' with a battered acoustic or the consummate professional ever seeking 'the ultimate song', there is enough inspiration for a million songs here, and with references to over 1,400 it should keep you busy for hours! Starting with the basic forms of songwriting method and working through Chord Shapes, sequences and song structures up to Advanced Harmony and lyric writing it gives an excellent general overview of song creation from Inception upwards which is difficult to fault. From its opening with the author's own introduction, up to his interesting (if brief) sound bytes from famous songwriters ranging across Weller to Garbage, Dylan to Zappa and more ... there is, indeed, plenty to make you think and even some recommended listening - although if you don't own at least some of these albums already you should be ashamed of yourselves! In all, a fine book from an interesting talent with much personal experience of the industry that I would highly recommend for everyone's personal library. ****** Grant Steeden has been songwriting for almost 7 years now, mostly for bands he's been a member of and local colleagues. He completed an advanced certificate in contemporary music in June and is currently in the process of writing a project for an exceptional local female singer which, if all goes according to plan, will be demo'd in a studio within the next few weeks. He unfortunately has to do telephone work part-time to pay the bills, but hey - free internet access is a perk and he thoroughly enjoys passing all the horrible callers to another department. He's 28, single and loves people watching when he should be working - apparently there's a lot of inspiration to be had in wondering what/where and why all those people go running by. (He also seems to supply free clichés like that one, barf anyone?) He can be reached at bartfastslarti@hotmail.com ================================================================= 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: Showcasing - by Charles Katz ©2001, Charles Katz. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ One of my favorite songs of the '70s is "Listen to the Music" by the Doobie Brothers Words and Music by Tom Johnston. "Oh,____oh, listen to the music, oh, ,oh, listen to the music" is the repeated Chorus and that is what showcasing is all about - getting your tune across to the audience. It is a simple concept. Produce a great CD and introduce it at your showcasing release party. The difficulty is in the meticulous follow through required. The following items are the main issues to consider. 1. The Club Choose a popular club that attracts an audience that enjoys your type of music. Sometimes you buy that club out by renting it for the night and organizing the sound and lighting etc. Other occasions may involve a scenario where you pay to play by buying a minimum of tickets from the club owner. 2. Make sure you are on the club mailer and your poster is properly displayed. 3. Secure the optimum time for appearance when the Media and A &R representatives are most likely to be present. 4. Choose a club that has the proper stage and enough room to accommodate your equipment. 5. Make sure the club has a good PA System with Reverb , 3 inputs, Sound Board and a well trained sound operator. 6. Show up on time for sound checks and performances. Very Important. Give yourself at least one hour for sound check. 7. Have excellent lighting and proper communication with the lighting operator. 8. Most artists will play a maximum of two sets, 40 minutes each. 9. Be amiable and cooperative with club staff - especially the sound man. 10. Prepare guest lists with the owner to welcome important VIPs. 11. Dress to be controversial and/or at least be interesting to your Audience, creating a receptive mood. Don't show up in your regular work clothes from your day job!! 12. Perform original material and no cover songs especially when A & R staff are present. I recently heard a very popular group end their song with a Beatles riff. Not Cool. 13. Get the appropriate industry people there. If it takes bribery and coercion , do it!! 14. GET YOUR FANS OUT THERE!!! Email, Flyers, Mail List, Press Releases, Radio, Television, Posters Stay tuned for next month's article: Publicity: How To get 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: ckatz@windriftmusic.com 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 http://www.musesmuse.com/contests.html & http://www.musesmuse.com/markets.html . Please check there regularly for updates! ----------------------------------------------------------------- 'RADIO MUSE' WEBCAST FOR INDEPENDENT SONGWRITERS - 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 http://www.musesmuse.com/radiomuse.html for details on how you can send in your own music for consideration. ----------------------------------------------------------------- ATTENTION CHICAGO AREA SONGWRITERS! Pat & Pete Luboff will be conducting an afternoon workshop in the Windy City on Saturday, September 8, from 1PM TO 5PM. The location is near the intersections of Western and Estis. The cost will be $30 at the door, or $20 to Muse's Musers who pre-register by phone (615-596-3482) or e-mail (accessed from the Luboffs' web site www.writesongs.com). Deadline for preregistration is September 4. A message from Pat & Pete: Our "12 Steps to Building Better Songs" workshop is a unique learning experience. It is an audience participation workshop in which we lead the entire group in a collaboration on a new song. We field titles from the writers, then talk about what makes a title strong. Together, the group chooses a title and we discuss all the many aspects that emanate from the title: story lines, characters, song structures, musical styles. When we all agree on what the song is about we can begin to write the lyric of the song together. Then we show how a melody can arise from the lyric and participants collaborate on the beginning of the melody. Collaboration skills and legal aspects are covered. This is based on the method of leading large group collaborations we have developed in our Los Angeles workshops. The way it involves the writers make it a very exciting learning experience for all. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago. Write On! --Pat & Pete Luboff ----------------------------------------------------------------- DALLAS SONGWRITERS 2001 ANNUAL SONG CONTEST - Deadline September 15, 2001 Dallas Songwriters Association does it again with one of the largest ever Songwriting Association Contests in prizes and cash valued over $4,500! Three Grand Prize Winners and Ten Song Categories. Finalists in each category will be judged by music industry professionals from record labels and publishing companies & Grand Prize winners will be chosen by members of Tonos.Com! Song Categories Are: Country/Western. Hip Hop/Pop/Rock/R&B, Folk/Bluegrass, Christian/Inspirational, Singer-Songwriter, Lyrics, Children’s/Novelty, Easy Listening/Instrumental/New Age, Jazz/World Beat/Latin, and Love Songs. Hurry to beat the September 15th deadline. This could be your chance to be discovered by an industry pro! To print your entry form, go to www.dallassongwriters.org under Song Contest 2001. Or write or email: Dallas Songwriters Association, 2001 Song Contest, James or Annie Cornelius, P.O. Box 459, Royse City, TX 75189, 972-636-9230, Email: jaelius@flash.net ----------------------------------------------------------------- BOSA SONGWRITING AWARDS: The BOSA Songwriting Awards is a twice yearly global competition where the best songs and artists are showcased to Music Publishers and other Industry Professionals for review in addition to category prizes. Site URL: http://bosa.iwarp.com Current Deadline to Enter: October 19, 2001 Contact: info@bosa.iwarp.com ----------------------------------------------------------------- GMIA SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE 2001 AT EDDIE'S ATTIC The Georgia Music Industry Association announces the 22nd Annual Songwriters Showcase & Awards Show at "Eddie's Attic" in Atlanta, Ga. November 8th, 2001. ( www.gmia.org ) "Eddie's Attic" is one of "The Premier" songwriter's showcase opportunitys in the South where "The Indigo Girls" & "Shawn Mullins" launched careers. Be heard and seen performing your own original material at this event sponsored by ASCAP,BMI,SESAC, Mars Music,Lowery Music Group and many more. Submit your original songs in "Any Genre" including Acoustic,Pop,Rock,Rap/Hip Hop,Country,Folk,CCM,AAA, by the entry deadline of September 27th, 2001 for judging by Music Industry professionals for Cash Prizes and your chance to perform for Music Industry pros. Send an Email to GMIA President, Cindy-Lou Harrington at ( cindy-lou@mindspring.com ) or GMIA Board Director, Michael Harris Watson at ( watsonmichaelh@netscape.net ) to receive the entry via pdf document or call 404-266-2666 to request it by mail. 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 ----------------------------------------------------------------- One of the first websites I encountered, WAY back when I discovered the internet, was the Singer/Songwriter Directory. It could easily have turned into one of those long-forgotten websites that I wouldn't have remembered even joining, except for one thing. It has continued to grow by leaps and bounds and Jacques Herman has done an excellent job of not only maintaining it, but building it into a thriving community. There are several ways that you might use the Singer/Songwriter Directory, found here: http://singer-songwriter.com/index.html First of all, if you're a songwriter and you have a website, the most obvious thing to do would be to join up! But beyond that, the directory gives you some opportunities you may not have thought of. If you're designing a website, or updating an existing one, or you have someone doing the work for you...why not check out some of these websites to get some ideas? The design of a website is often not given enough attention in a hurry to get the darn thing online! With a little creativity, you'll put together something that will bring your fans back time and time again. Pay attention to several factors...ease of navigation, colors and font themes, pictures and audio files, bios and performance information. Not all of these websites will be well designed...ask yourself what you DON'T want in a website and look for examples of those! Another use of the Singer/Songwriter directory is to check out the "competition"! The directory breaks down the search in several ways...alphabetically, so you can look up specific artists...by genre, and by region. Not only will you find out what people are writing, but you could also come up with some venues that you might like to perform in, and you might even end up finding a few new favourite artists! Jacques has even added a Singer/Songwriter radio...play it while you're surfing, and if you hear someone you like, you can do a search on the site for the link! You can read through some of the topics in the Singer/Songwriter Forum, or chat live with some other songwriters. And along with all of this, there are also links to publishers, songwriter organizations, record companies and studios and more. Use your imagination and you can come up with a few ideas for using the Singer/Songwriter Directory to your advantage...that's what it's there for! ****** 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: http://www.irenejackson.com/tips.html Homepage: http://www.irenejackson.com/ Songs on MP3: http://www.mp3.com/artists/20/irene_jackson.html Back to Menu ================================================================= S o n g w r i t e r I n S p o t l i g h t : Guitarist/singer/songwriter & founding member of Triumph, Rik Emmett ----------------------------------------------------------------- "RIK EMMETT is one of Canada's most respected musicians: a virtuoso guitarist & singer/songwriter with an award-winning, multi-gold and platinum history that earned him a spot in the Canadian Rock Hall of Fame. He currently owns and runs OPEN HOUSE Records, and has established an ambitious catalogue of guitar-based original music of all styles. Rik is also an experienced, articulate clinician, educator, adjudicator, consultant, cartoonist, columnist and author. For four years, www.rikemmett.com has been one of the most successful pioneering independent ventures on the internet, where you can get up-to-date, comprehensive information on his career." He also gives one hell of a good interview. How does an extremely popular performer keep it all together? Here's some insight into Rik's writing process, how he deals with criticism, how he finds time to write, how he uses today's technologies to get ahead, and how he manages to keep his family life intact through it all. How does he keep himself sane in this insane business? Read on to find out. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, and your musical influences? How did you get into songwriting? ----------------- A: I had been a singer in the school and church choirs ever since I was 8 or 9. At around the age of 11 (1964), the boys from our neighbourhood used to gather 'round the old Seabreeze record player, and lip-sync to Beatles 45's as we strummed tennis rackets. Then my granddad gave me an old catalogue acoustic guitar - one that had palm trees and a hula girl stenciled on the front. After I'd learned to play a C and an A minor first position chord, I wrote a song. Now, in retrospect, I can see that the whole thing - the ambition of wanting to be popular & accepted, the competitive/performance aspect of 'play' (the physical/mental challenge), the control-freak psychology of trying to understand and explain the universe by creating tiny little controllable bits of it in music/songs/stories/paintings - led to singing and guitar-playing and songwriting being all wrapped up in one relatively natural, organic kind of pursuit. I was naturally left-handed (dextrosinistral, actually - things of strength southpaw, fine motor control - writing, holding a fork - right-handed), and began to learn to play in the standard right-handed way, which gave me some natural advantages for left-hand fingerings over contemporaries. Having early advantages led to having early successes, and plenty of positive reinforcement. So I'd play my ditty for my mom, and she'd say, "You're amazing. You're fantastic." Which gave me the kind of courage to think that someday I could get the critics in newspapers to say the same kind of things. 'Defining' moments are hard to pinpoint, because I think the process becomes one of accumulation - putting together basement bands that played at private parties: being the singer/songwriter that everyone at high school remembered from the talent nights and assemblies: sitting at a campfire on Wasaga Beach, or at a YMCA 'coffeehouse' night, playing Paul Simon and James Taylor songs, then throwing in some original songs and guitar pieces and having people react with strong acceptance: these were the kinds of things that gave the thought of 'career' some momentum. In phase two of 'career' development, I was jobbing, playing in wedding & bar mitzvah bands, or C-lounge country bands, and being exposed to covering that eclectic mix of classic standard kinds of popular songs, soaking up influences. And even in phase three, when I was wearing spandex and makeup, playing blazing hard rock solos and taking musical talents in a more obvious 'show-biz' direction, earning bigger paychecks and building a larger reputation, the thing that was still the most satisfying aspect of self-expression was to sit down with an acoustic, create, write, then sing & play something that I wrote myself. Even the anthems that filled arenas for Triumph can be boiled down to simple acoustic folk songs, which is how they started life anyway. I know that my career 'reputation' is probably more one of 'guitarist' - but the truth is, I'm one of those dreaded multiple-slash kinds of people - guitarist/singer/songwriter (add producer/arranger/recording artist into that mix), and it's all just one big ball of wax. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Q: Sounds like it's been one crazy ride! You talk a great deal about positive reinforcement as being a guiding influence in your musical career. Criticism must have been hard to deal with - especially later on in your career when you became better known and more people felt they had the right to criticize. How did you deal with it? Any tips for helping new performer/songwriters handle that sort of thing? How did you deal with it in the beginning of your career as opposed to now? What are the differences? If you can think of a particular incident that you learned from, feel free to talk about it (no need to name names). ----------------- For the answers to this and many more questions, see the rest of the interview at http://www.musesmuse.com/int-rikemmett.htmlBack to Menu ================================================================= " O N S I T E " F E A T U R E D A R T I C L E : Two Article Series by Ken Klar of Must Have Music: GETTING THE PRO'S ON YOUR SIDE: Building a Fan-Base - Who Needs One And Why? So you're convinced you have the greatest songs around on the greatest CD ever produced. When you go to meet with the pro's in the industry who can help your career, what do you have to bring to the table? If you remember the "business" in "Music Business", you'll make sure you have something that will interest them and make nice little dollar signs appear in their eyes. Ken talks about why you need a fan base and gives some helpful hints on how to get one. http://www.musesmuse.com/art-klar1.html to read more. GETTING THE PRO'S ON YOUR SIDE: Marketing 101 "Here's the situation. You've worked incredibly hard and managed to finish your Debut CD. You're ready to announce yourself to the world. How do you market this thing so that your dream of one day being able to earn a living playing music can actually come true?" http://www.musesmuse.com/art-klar2.html to read on. ****** Ken Klar is a Songwriter and Managing Director of Must Have Music (BMI), which has spent the last ten years, developing an extensive catalog of top quality original songs ranging from Adult Contemporary, Pop/R&B, Contemporary Christian, Pop-Rock and Country. The current catalog includes more than one hundred songs that have been placed with Independent Artists across the country. For information about this and other music industry related topics, go to http://www.musthavemusic.net . Back to Menu
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