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Issue 4.9 - December 2001
ISSN 1480-6975

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I n   T h i s   I s s u e :

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- QColumnist Spotlight Michael Allison's THE MUSICIAN'S DESKTOP
@-- Music Reviews - by Ben Ohmart
@-- Songwriting Book Review - by Jodi Krangle
@-- Featured Article - THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC: 
                       Publicity: Using the Internet to Promote
                       Your Music - by Charles Katz
@-- Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
@-- Muse's Clues - Songwriting Web sites that inspire - brought
    to you by singer/songwriter & teacher, Irene Jackson.
@-- Featured Article - The Day the Walls Came Down
                       By James Linderman
@-- Songwriter In Spotlight - Don Ciccone
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
    viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
@-- Contact information
ISSN 1480-6975.  Copyright 1998 - 2001, Jodi Krangle.  For more 
contact information, see end of issue. ================================================================= E d i t o r ' s M u s i n g s : ----------------------------------------------------------------- Well, we're steadily moving towards the 10,000 subscriber mark. I hope to reach that goal in the next few months. If you know of anyone who might be interested in the information this newsletter has to offer, I hope you'll let them know about it! I also hope all the Americans out there had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Taking the time to make sure that those you love KNOW that you love them, is a very important thing at this time of the year - especially given what we've all seen happen over the last couple of months. Why not write it in a song if you're not comfortable speaking it directly? If you can't say it, sing it. :) I'll wish you all a very merry Christmas in this issue too, since I won't be speaking to you again until the end of December. Once again, enjoy it and remember all the things you have to be extremely grateful for. I hope it's a very special time for each and every one of you. Though I've spotlighted Michael Allison's column below, and I've mentioned Terri Ann Palumbo's new column below that (in the interview section), I should also mention that there's a third columnist who has come on board too. His name is Matt Borghi. Matt will be exploring the sound we hear in our everyday lives and how to harness that and use it to inspire us into creating our own music. His column, "In Sound" is here: and I hope you'll check it out. Beyond that, there are two prize winners this month. Cammie Macfarlane from Ayrshire (Scotland) has won a copy of the reviewed instructional songwriting CD by Jason Blume, WRITING HIT MELODIES. Donna Porter from Oliver Springs, TN has won a copy of Lyricist Software - V2! - generously donated by the folks at Virtual Studio Systems. More information on the product can be found here: . Thanks for subscribing, guys! Enjoy the newsletter and have a wonderful holiday season. :) All the very best, --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 l u m n i s t S p o t l i g h t : Michael Allison THE MUSICIAN'S DESKTOP ----------------------------------------------------------------- Music editor/reviewer Michael Allison focuses on the more important aspects of gaining exposure on the web and in the real world. Often these aspects are overlooked by independent artists, and could be what is holding them back. Topics include areas such as press kits, professionalism, review submissions, website fix ups, and much more. Michael also has a forum in the Muse's Muse Message Boards. You can join him for discussions by dropping by and looking underneath the "Columnists" section. MICHAEL'S BIO: As the Founder/Editor of The Global Muse Music Magazine, Michael Allison has written well over one thousand music reviews, artist features, as well as editorials and articles on artist development and music marketing. Michael's free eBook on music promotion and artist development has been downloaded by many thousands of independent artists and music professionals from The Global Muse website. He continues to share his promotion/marketing and artist development advice throughout the web, and through his popular newsletter TGM Music News. One can subscribe for free to this newsletter at , and also submit their music for review as well. Michael is now an associate writer/reviewer for Music Dish, reviewing music from almost every genre. The Global Muse continues to be a resource and host for Michael's articles, eBooks, and bi-monthly newsletter. Back to Menu ================================================================= M u s i c R e v i e w s : by Ben Ohmart ----------------------------------------------------------------- Katrina Bishop - Runaway Lane It's not often a graduated voice comes through this reviewer's hands, but Katrina Bishop has learned how to put songs together and belt them out the hard way - she got herself a Contemporary Voice degree from Vancouver, where she also attended the Vancouver International Jazz Workshop Big Band, 3 years running. What follows from all this hard toil is a voice that needs nothing behind it. A sparkling magical tool that often, on this debut cd, makes one want to cry like a baby spider. The best song on the cd - as far as I'm concerned - is the a capella 'Good Night For Stars' which runs in the seaman ballad style, all voices by KB, and beautiful they are. Lonely, lofty, more susceptible than Enya, sadder than a white Russian on a cold night. 'And she turns away from the sunset, looking for darker skies. / She waits for the great awakening, when the night shall open its eyes.' Please do more like this, Katrina. Adding one more instrument comes my 2nd favorite, the piano/voice combo of 'Nothing Could Be Better' which reminds me more of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' than anything I've heard from a female voice; even though the tune's not even close. Well, just listen to the song. 'Take away the mountains high, take away all the trees; / Take away the time that flies, stoppin' at the seas, yeah / Then nothing could be better, we've been heaven blessed. / Times when we're together, who'd’ve ever guessed?' Meanwhile, the title song has a Latin flavor with the acoustic guitar and rhythms of a very aggressive/easy listening nature. 'I will be your runaway lane, I will break your fall / You dazzle me with genius, how I love to watch you play / but underneath your passion I see them glinting where they lay.' Even with a band behind her, somehow, every song is clearly stamped Katrina, and moves within the tranquility of her most acoustic charm. 41 minutes, 10 tracks written with unerring skill by KB herself. A lot, lot of cds come through my hands. So believe me when I pay this cd the supreme compliment by stating that KB's cd has to rank in the top 1% of all submissions I receive. Ravishing and touching, and that's all you need in an album. ------------------ OTHER NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE: Larry Groupe (soundtrack)- (by Ben Ohmart) Tamika Williams-Clark - (by Eliot Popkin) Katy Miner - (by Eliot Popkin) Cubanismo! - (by Ben Ohmart) Tummel - (by Ben Ohmart) Niacin - (by Ben Ohmart) John Balint - (by Ben Ohmart) Jen Johnson - (by Eliot Popkin) Snowboot - (by Eliot Popkin) --------------- ****** Ben lives in Boalsburg, PA where greedy people want to put up condos in place of a nature preserve. He spends his off hours listening to radio comedy - especially British - loves reading and watching horror, and hates trying to make ends meet. Send him money and gifts. While waiting for bribes, he's currently writing the official biographies of The Bickersons, Paul Frees and Daws Butler. His latest bit of immortality? The text for Contact him at: Eliot is a Boston born singer/songwriter who saw his debut album "Down Along This Road" have 3 songs find their way into movies, radio airplay on more than 100 stations across the country as well as countless wonderful reviews and feature stories. He currently is writing songs for various major label and film projects, and is in the studio working on his follow up album. He lives in Los Angeles, enjoying a nice view of the Hollywood sign. To hear his music, drop by his web site at . Contact him at: If you're considering sending in your own CD for review, please drop by to find out which reviewer reviews which genre. Thanks! 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 Jodi Krangle YOU CAN WRITE HITS: VOLUME 1: WRITING HIT MELODIES with Jason Blume ----------------------------------------------------------------- Here's something different. I've reviewed a lot of books before, but I've never reviewed a book on CD. And by that, I mean, a book that is spoken rather than read BY me. It really was motivating to hear Jason's voice (speaking and *singing*! He has a great voice, too!) while he went through the information and exercises. I found it very much like being in one of his live presentations - only I was going through the material in the privacy of my own home. Now, Jason rightly warns the listener that going through the entire CD at once is probably a bit overwhelming. It's best to take it a little at a time. But that said, what he has here is an amazing piece of confidence-building instruction. His voice is very sincere and relaxing. His examples are immediately recognizable. His exercises are useful and helpful. He put his instruction in terms I could understand. Can't read or write music? Can't play an instrument? Well, you're not alone. Many of the songwriting greats sang their melodies first into a tape recorder before bringing any sort of musical instrument into the process. As Jason points out (rightly so!), being a great musician is something quite apart from being a great songwriter. There is nothing keeping you from writing great melodies, even if you can't play an instrument or read and write music. But this CD is much more than a confidence-builder. It's also highly useful in explaining the nuts and bolts behind a great melody, and even mentions a little about what music industry folk are looking for when they listen to a song. The exercises then take this one step further by involving you in the process rather than simply keeping you as a passive audience. He talks about writing a cappella, rewriting your melodies, repetition, using short phrases, varying rhythms, and a great deal more. Each exercise is preceded by examples and followed by explanation. And throughout it all, Jason's enthusiasm and honesty shines through. Finding books on the subject ponderous? Hearing his voice actually explaining the ins and outs of writing a hit melody takes instruction to the next level of involvement, truly capturing your attention and imagination as you listen. This is a unique and highly useful experience and one that shouldn't be missed. Back to Menu ================================================================= 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: Publicity: Using the Internet to Promote Your Music - Great Indie Sites to Upload your Music to by Charles Katz ©2001, Charles Katz. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission. ----------------------------------------------------------------- "Follow You Follow Me" performed by Genesis, Words and Music by Tony Banks, Phil Collins, and Mike Rutherford, was a classic hit in the late 70's. The repetitive lyric "I will follow you. Will you follow me" is repeated several times in the chorus and gets the message across. In the publicity game, repetition and follow up is extremely important in advertising your product. Getting your music listed on many well known music sites is an important method for a performing songwriter to be visible. To do this, you must have a high speed Internet connection such as cable to upload files quickly and efficiently. Some cable providers demand you use an FTP connection not email to send the files across. Two of the well known Indie Music providers are and Iuma. These sites provide the service of receiving your music, a web site, listing your songs for sale, and providing you with a royalty check based on downloads of your music. These sites help you with your web design and with your image uploading of your CDs. MP3 also has a payola feature which is a favourite of mine. You bid to get your music listed on their top 40 music page for your genre. Your song may appear beside Michael Jackson and by visibility, your song can be downloaded by thousands of listeners. Hold on to your credit card. This can be expensive. Some songwriters pay hundreds of dollars weekly for this form of advertising. I actually made the top 40 a few times by using this feature. Other songwriters start their own Internet Radio Station at and promote their music as well as other artists in the same genre with reciprocal arrangements. Great Indie-Sites to Upload your music to are: www.ubl Once you have your sites posted you can then go to several forums to announce your music and get listeners/fans to download your music and collect royalties. The main advantages of marketing your music on the Net are: 1. You are not limited by the price of printing and postage which makes selling economical. 2. You can change your content quickly and at no cost. 3. On Line Catalogues are searchable. A fan can find you by typing in the artist name, title of CD or song. 4. You can offer video and sound clip demonstrations. 5. Your fans can have detailed and up to date information including your current tours. 6. Your cost per month is low compared to other forms of advertising. Stay tuned for next month's article: Managers and Agents: What a Manager Does 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! ----------------------------------------------------------------- '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 for details on how you can send in your own music for consideration. ----------------------------------------------------------------- NEMO 2002 IS NOW ACCEPTING SHOWCASE APPLICATIONS! Now in its sixth year, NEMO Music Showcase & Conference attracts thousands of participants from all sectors of the music industry who converge on Boston to network and exchange information about today's new music and the current issues facing the music industry. NEMO hosts two days and three nights of events, including panels, clinics, workshops, mentor sessions, a Trade Show exhibition area, and more than 200 artist showcases. NEMO also includes the prestigious Boston Music Awards show at the Orpheum Theatre on the first night of festivities. To submit your music for showcase consideration, call our office at 781-306-0441 or email to request an application. For more information go to: Don't miss your opportunity to showcase at NEMO. The deadline for submission is January 12, 2002 - but don't delay, and get your submission in early! ----------------------------------------------------------------- DO YOU LIKE THE MUSE'S MUSE? HERE'S ANOTHER COMMUNITY YOU MIGHT ENJOY: Just Plain Folks - - is a fantastic organization, over 12,000 members strong - especially for people who want to make it in the music biz. Participation could be a great thing for your career! Have a look at the web site and if you're interested in getting involved, just email me at with your full name, your city, your state/province and your country in the body of your message. I'll take care of joining you up. :) By joining, you'll also be entered into a weekly drawing for great prizes (which is why they need your full name)! They send out a free newsletter once every two weeks and it's a great way to keep informed about what's happening out there - especially if you're an indie. I've been a mentor @ JPF for several years now. They're well worth checking out! -- Jodi ----------------------------------------------------------------- SPECIAL OFFER FROM THE MUSICIAN'S ATLAS The Musician's Atlas is the a music industry resource created exclusively for artists and the independent music community. This 368 page directory delivers over 15,000 key business contacts in more than 25 industry categories. Features include major & indie label A&R depts., commercial and college radio program directors, club and festival talent buyers, music journalists, publicists, publishers, managers, agents, entertainment lawyers, producers, film & tv music supervisors, cd manufacturers, merchandisers and much more. We are pleased to offer Muse's Muse subscribers a 15% discount off the already low retail price when you order your copies directly from Or you can receive a free copy of the 2002 Atlas and still save 15% when you order a copy of the new and improved Atlas CD-Rom. Just log on to and enter MUSESMUSE into the purchase code key found on The Atlas order page. ----------------------------------------------------------------- ATTENTION SONGWRITERS: SONGSALIVE! - run by songwriters for songwriters, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the nurturing, support and promotion of songwriters and composers worldwide. Songwriters Showcase - Last Tuesday of each month. Members are selected to perform at the Showcase, designed to promote songwriters and their music in an intimate, acoustic environment, surrounded by music industry professionals, fans and supportive audiences. Where: The Hot Wired Café 11651 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood (just East of Colfax); and Harbourside Brasserie, The Rocks, Sydney. To perform at a Songsalive! Showcase, go to, go Programs, for application. Songwriters Workshop - L.A: First Sunday of each month / Sydney: First Wednesday of each month. Songsalive! holds workshops where songwriters gather to share their songs, gain feedback and develop relationships within the songwriting communities we have created around the world. Where: The Hot Wired Café, Los Angeles and APRA Headquarters, 6-11 Atchison St, St Leonards, Sydney. ----------------------------------------------------------------- RED JAGUAR RECORDS SEEKS MATERIAL: Red Jaguar Records is the newest entrant on the music industry scene. Our mission is to partner with artists in an effort to create fresh, dynamic music that empowers artist and audience. Currently, we are seeking material to record in the R&B, Pop,Jazz, and Blues genres. We also welcome submissions in Classical, Country, HIp Hop, Gospel and Christian. Visit our website at and find out how you can join us in building our dream, enter our exciting songwriter contests and catch up on our latest news. ----------------------------------------------------------------- CALL FOR ENTRIES: NATIONAL "INDIE BAND SEARCH 2002" NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS ModMusic Records is proud to announce the Indie Band Search 2002. The Indie Band Search is a national contest that gives independent musicians, artists, songwriters, and bands a chance to be heard by entertainment industry professionals and compete for prizes worth over $10,000. ModMusic will be accepting submissions from independent bands of all musical genres, from October 29, 2001 through February 14, 2002. For entry forms, submission guidelines, and rules, visit the website at or call the hotline at (212)479-8418. ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE LADYSIXSTRING SONGWRITING CONTEST: LadySixString is giving away a BR-8 Digital 8 Track Recorder ($800+ Value) to Best Entry in the LadySixString Songwriting Contest. Judges are a panel of Professional Female Guitarsts/Songwriters such as Linda Taylor of "Whose Line Is It Anyway" and Gaye Adegbalola of Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women. Open to all Female Guitarists/Songwriters. Performance on recording not required. Recording quality not judged. Good Luck and Good Writing! More information can be found here: Deadline is June 30, 2002. 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 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Does anyone know what the oldest and earliest songwriting style is? Let me give you a hint...its form is AAAA. Yep, it's folk music. In fact, folk songs and chants and singing poetry were the only way of passing along stories, historical events and information in times when the population couldn't read or write, so it was actually a very practical thing too. Anyone who lived in or remembers the 1960's, will also remember how folk music made a huge resurgence at that time. Some of our biggest songwriting influences like Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs rose to prominence then, giving a whole new generation a taste of folk. Hugh Blumenfeld has created a wonderful online folk music resource called "The Ballad Tree" ( Just reading the definitions of folk music alone will give you a chuckle...the fact is that there are many definitions and ideas as to what folk music really is! The Folk Music 101 section alone is worth the read, moving through the history of folk, both older and more recent, other internet resources, a collection of the major American folk artists, an "essential" folk song list and much more. There is an archive of articles and essays, CD reviews, song collections and artist links, and a series of articles called "Song Shop" which studies individual folk songs. Beyond that, there are links to nearly 100 radio stations offering webcasts, along with links to venues and festivals, and another massive collection of links to other styles of music including bluegrass, Native American, Celtic and even rap! Hugh has even gone as far as creating an site with collections of contemporary folk artists' songs that you can listen to and download for free or order. I'd venture to guess that Hugh is a folk music fanatic :-) And I mean that in a very nice way, because this is one of the best online resources for folk music (and everything related) that I've seen in a long time. Go to it! ****** 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 ================================================================= 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 ================================================================= F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : The Day the Walls Came Down - By James Linderman ----------------------------------------------------------------- I believe that most artists live each day in a struggle to be open and receptive, yet often find themselves withdrawn and reclusive, sometimes even in odd simultaneous balance. was not surprising to see that the tragic events of September 11 inspired some music celebrities to cancel tours and go into hiding and some to come out of hiding and donate their talent and fame to raise benefit money and some to do both. The benefit, to top all benefits was, "America, A Tribute to Heroes". 60 million viewers got to see Hollywood actors being real people and got to hear some stunning musical offerings from the planet's most successful recording acts. Viewers responded with their cheque books in hand, pledging a record 150 million dollars. An otherwise engaging show ended with Willie Nelson performing "God Bless America". Looking deplorable and sounding even worse, Nelson is certainly a symbol of patriotism and yet also embodies the image of the outlaw (he even holds a dubious history with America's tax department). Willie Nelson possibly represents the essence of what it means to be an American, truly human and unyieldingly individual, sometimes not very good and sometimes stunningly brilliant. He has now gone into seclusion, as have many of the artists featured on the program. Michael Jackson came out of seclusion to hold a press conference, where he appeared even more fragile and vulnerable than usual, (even more than three decades of plastic surgery can hide). He announced a benefit recording that will feature himself, and some of today's top pop performers. He then, went back into seclusion as well. The fund raising potential for this recording is estimated at 50 million dollars and it will certainly provide a "giving" opportunity for the youth population of the world and provide them with some music to frame this experience in. Why music though? What is it about music? Perhaps it is because music has become, for a lot of people, their only link to something spiritual in the modern world and these are times when we are all thinking with our sense of spirit. The day the walls came down brought other walls down as well. It made stockbrokers embrace, squeamish computer geeks give blood and it has brought out the importance of stopping and listening to... music. To make that music, there are musicians being what they are; noble, awkward, generous, opportunistic, eloquent, clumsy, beautiful, hideous, sensitive and tough. At times, open and expressive, yet also withdrawn and reclusive, sometimes even in an odd simultaneous balance. Much like the events of September 11th themselves, the music that has and will continue to spring from these tragedies will forever be a blessing and a curse, which will give us all a lot to think about, with our spirit in hand, in the troubled times to come. ****** James Linderman lives and works at theharmonyhouse, a music lesson, songwriting and music pre-production facility in Newmarket, Ontario. He has worked as a collaborating songwriter and consultant for The Toronto Office of Catholic Youth and leads a music workshop program for Life 100.3 Christian radio. James writes songwriting articles for The Muse's Muse Songwriting Resource, Canadian Musician Magazine and Professional Musician Magazine. In 2001, James is producing a national, music writing, development program for the Songwriters Association of Canada and will also be teaching Primary and High School music at New Beginnings Christian School in Newmarket, ON. James has a Canadian University and American College education in music composition and is the author of The Christian Contemporary Songwriting Workbook and Song Anatomy, A Contemporary Songwriting Playbook. Contact James at: Back to Menu ================================================================= S o n g w r i t e r I n S p o t l i g h t : Don Ciccone Terri Ann Palumbo, our newest columnist, speaks with Don Ciccone about the "seasons" of his songwriting. ----------------------------------------------------------------- A SONGWRITER'S MANY SEASONS: Don Ciccone's career as a singer and musician (The Critters, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Shondells) has taken him around the world -- but songwriting remains nearest to his heart. After all, his initiation into the music industry came as a direct result of a producer overhearing him rehearse an original song during a break in a recording session. He started writing songs and putting together bands just a few months after beginning guitar lessons at the age of 12. At 15, he auditioned for a locally popular band in Westfield, New Jersey. The Vibratones, led by Jim Ryan, were looking for a rhythm guitarist who could sing. One of Ciccone's best friends, Bob Podstawski (who would become the sax player and singer with The Critters), had suggested to Ryan that Don would be perfect for the slot. "I would have rather been a lesser member of The Vibratones than the leader of my own band -- that's how good this band was. During the audition Bob said, 'Hey, Don's written some songs too -- Don, why don't you play some songs that you wrote?' I did, and that may have been what clinched the deal." Don's enthusiasm for the group motivated him to put together first one management team, then another; eventually the group, by then re-named The Critters, landed a recording contract with Kama Sutra. It was during a break in recording their cover of John Sebastian's "Younger Girl" (which would become the band's first hit) that serendipity struck. Producer Artie Ripp walked by the rehearsal studio at exactly the right moment. TO READ THE REST OF THIS INTERVIEW, VISIT: ****** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Terri Ann Palumbo is an Emmy Award-winning television writer and producer whose work has appeared on shows as diverse as "America's Most Wanted" and "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous". Her current activities include work on a non-fiction book, as well as articles on subjects ranging from celebrity profiles to investigative pieces. She's also recently started designing websites (the first being, but she still hits the field to produce television programming for a variety of clients, and has three separate independent television projects in the works. In her spare time, Terri wonders what "spare time" means, and prays that she won't find an answer to the question for a long, long time. To keep up to date on her latest interviews, drop by her new column, "Songwriter's Speak" at: to Menu ================================================================= " O N S I T E " F E A T U R E D A R T I C L E : Building the Perfect Beast: Form Follows Function by Pat Pattison This enlightening article explains why it's a good idea to have your rhyming and rhythm scheme follow your song's subject - and gives you tips on how to do it too!
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