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Issue 6.0 - March 2003
ISSN 1480-6975

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

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Copyright & Publishing Q&A with Nancy A. Reece from Carpe Diem
    Copyright Management
@-- Music Reviews - by Ben Ohmart, Stacey Board, Gian Fiero,
                    & David Lockeretz
@-- Songwriting Book Review - by James Linderman
@-- 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 - BLUESPRINT - A Tribute to Black History
                       Month by James Linderman
@-- Message Forums In Spotlight - Here are some of the great
    conversations going on right now.
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article (interview this month,
    actually!) already online for your viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
@-- Contact information
ISSN 1480-6975.  Copyright 1998 - 2002, Jodi Krangle.  For more 
contact information, see end of issue. ================================================================= LOOKING FOR A PIECE OF THE MUSE'S MUSE? :) Visit for great Muse's Muse products like mugs, mousepads, shirts, and even wall clocks! Start your own store too - with no up front costs! See ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ S p o n s o r M e s s a g e : (Please support the sponsors that support this newsletter! Thanks!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SONGWRITERS! ENTER THE 2003 USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION NOW! Win a grand prize of over US$50,000 in cash and merchandise and exposure, making this the largest prize package in any annual songwriting competition! Winning songs get radio airplay. Judges include record labels such as Warner/Reprise Records, SONY Music, Epic Records, etc. FREE EARLY BONUS: First 1,000 entries will receive a free gift. Hurry! Info: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ E d i t o r ' s M u s i n g s : ----------------------------------------------------------------- Wow. Can you believe this newsletter has been going on for FIVE YEARS? Quite something, huh? You can see every single issue online at so feel free to have a look through the archives and choose your favorites. :) For those of you that have been here from the start, THANK YOU for sticking with it! And for those of you that have just joined up, welcome! I hope you'll be with us another five years more. The raffle winners for this month are Andrew Robertson from Indianapolis, IN, who has won a copy of Ed Roseman's "Edly's Music Theory for Practical People" (reviewed below), Mark Fleming from B.C., Canada, who has won a copy of's "Musician's Toolkit" (for details on this package of useful indie musician-related tools, see ), and Adam "Pops" Nierow from Brooklyn, NY, who has won a copy of VSS's helpful songwriting organization product (for a review of Lyricist & information on a discount offered, see ). For those of you buried in snow, good luck digging yourself out! I know the feeling. We just got dumped on here in Newmarket too. :-/ Ah well. Winter wouldn't be winter without snow, right? (You folks in California, be quiet. :) ) I could just do with a bit LESS of it. Too much of a "good thing" and all that... ;) Blah. Anyway, don't pull any muscles and keep writing. All the best, --Jodi 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!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ LYRICIST! VERSION 2.2 HAS ARRIVED-INCLUDES ON-LINE COPYRIGHT LINK Virtual Studio Systems, Inc. is proud to announce Lyricist V2.2 - The Songwriter's Best Friend: the first-of-its-kind word processor designed for musicians, songwriters, and poets. The software includes a rhyming dictionary, thesaurus, album categorization, chord charting, chord generator, song arrangement, On-Line Copyright Link, and much much more - all in a user-friendly package. Check out the review at Muse's Muse visitors can take home the product for $5.00 off the regular selling price just for purchasing through the form provided off of the review! For more information, visit the review url above or call us at 888.732.1176 inside the U.S.A. and Canada or 603.726-4499 outside the U.S.A. ================================================================= C o p y r i g h t & P u b l i s h i n g Q & A : With Licensing executive Nancy A. Reece ----------------------------------------------------------------- Nancy is taking a break this month - but if you'd like to see some of the great Q&A's she's conducted over the years she's been with The Muse's Muse, you can drop by her previous listing of Q&A's at . Her new page contains some of her newest Q&A's along with information about her upcoming book at . And as per usual, you're welcome to ask questions! ***** ABOUT NANCY A. REECE: Since 1998, Nancy Reece has been providing a question and answer forum for Muse's Muse readers. Now all of the articles, forums and Q&A's are being compiled into a book. Nancy is wanting to be sure that you have the opportunity to receive a copy of the book as soon as it is ready. If you are interested in getting an E-mail notification to indicate that the book is ready for purchase, please send your request to . How to Ask a Question: If you have a question for Nancy about publishing or copyright administration, you can e-mail her at Please indicate in the subject of your e-mail that your submission is for The Muse's Muse guest forum, Real Answers to Real Questions. Thanks! Back to Menu ================================================================= M u s i c R e v i e w s : by Ben Ohmart, David Lockeretz, Stacey Board, & Gian Fiero ----------------------------------------------------------------- Kenny Camacho – "Long and Overdue" (by Stacey Board) When I popped in this CD and started listening, I was surprised to hear a cover tune as the first track. But then I was immediately impressed with Kenny's quite superb singing chops. He's got a great tone, control and expression in his voice. Not overtrained schlock – there's a big difference!! He's an outstanding singer. The choice of "Lady In Red" really showcases his voice's range from subtle to powerful. As a bonus it also slips in some Spanish language lines and a somewhat different arrangement of the tune that I really liked. I think it also plants the seed that this guy is as good as any singer out there in radioland, by showing how well he sings something we are already used to hearing sung well. The second song is entirely in Spanish and reminds me of a Ricky Martin-ish pop song – he does what he does very well. It's quite danceable. The production on all the songs on the CD is rich and layered and I could hear any of these tunes on the radio standing right up to anything on the Pop stations. "Never Give Up" is soulful R&B, and reminds me of something very Marvin Gaye, but with a few electronic updates. There aren't any instrument credits on the CD liner notes and I get the impression that the music is arranged with programmed drum and keyboard loops. Kenny's got big-league chops as a singer, and some very good soulful radio ready songs on "Long and Overdue". Fans of power pop will enjoy this new find to add to their CD collection., Fan Club C/O Dream makers, P.O. Box 848, Poughkeepsie, NY 12602 ------------------ OTHER NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE: Amateur God (by Ben Ohmart) Richard Shulman (by Ben Ohmart) Drumming Planet (by Ben Ohmart) The Yardbirds (by Ben Ohmart) Soulthieves (by David Lockeretz) Trikus (by David Lockeretz) Jondi and Spesh (by David Lockeretz) Wonderful Johnson (by David Lockeretz) Chris Yarchuck (by David Lockeretz) Rob Bodle (by Stacey Board) Robin Eye (by Stacey Board) Pete Leary (by Stacey Board) Kenny Camacho (by Stacey Board) Laura Massaro (by Stacey Board) Boo-Ray (by Gian Fiero) --------------- ****** For bios on each of the reviewers, see . If you're considering sending in your own CD for review, you can also view that page to find out which reviewer reviews your 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 James Linderman Edly's Music Theory for Practical People - By Ed Roseman ----------------------------------------------------------------- The originality of this book, as a scholarly resource, starts at the cover. Dr. Seuss style characters in vibrantly coloured costumes prancing around, quoting accolades for the book by such music luminaries as, Windham Hill artists Alex de Grassi and the late Michael Hedges. Jack Perricone of Berklee College fame and Dr. Lampl from Julliard are the creatures representing the world of the scholarly. Between the covers, the culmination of whimsical humour, back porch sensibility and legitimate academia blend together to produce an effect similar to being at a wild costume party and having your closest friends dressed as smurfs, perhaps, endeavouring to teach you music theory. That is... if this seems actually funny to you and they could still be deemed sensible, and only if they were actually qualified to teach music theory and they were actually really smart. I know it's a big reach. If you are the kind of person who needs to see serious academic credentials from an author of a theoretical text, especially one this offbeat, (and I do,) it's relevant to note that this author studied at Wesleyan University, Berklee College, and at The University of Michigan. That's a lot of learning... and a lot of tuition. I feel like buying a copy just to help him pay down his student loans. If you are like me, and thought the name Ed Roseman sounded familiar, he's also a guest columnist for Keyboard Magazine. For anyone who finds all this education and credentials a little intimidating, relax. This is the first theory book I've ever seen that is written like the author knows that we are not all born knowing this stuff and that we are not to be treated like we are idiots for not knowing it. The tone of the book is relaxed but efficient, as the author seems really keen to share his information and is very, very respectful of the learner. I hate intellectual snobbery so this is quite important to me. Highlights for me: The Charts! There is a reference chart for almost everything in this book and I'm a chart fanatic. "Show me the big picture" and let me explore it and if I get confused, then I'll go back and read the instructions... and they'd better be there... and they'd better be good. As dysfunctional as this sounds, this is how I learn, and how I see lots of other people learning. This book completely delivers on all counts to every kind of learner or anti-learner of music theory. From teaching notation, to showing a fresh approach to improvising, from demystifying the circle of fifths to providing lots of very cool chord materials. It's all presented as "applied" theory not just "stare into a book and watch yourself become compost" kind of music theory that we've all seen before. All of the materials in the book are written to be suitable for exploration on any instrument, but it would be helpful to have a keyboard or guitar within arms reach to produce all the harmonic stuff. This is an especially good read for those who gave up on music theory because they figured out how dreadful it is... but need it desperately to progress with their song craft and musicianship. I mean, you just have to love an academic theory text that has a quote by the author recommending that this would make great bathroom reading, in that it is entertaining and informative enough to compete against all the other bathroom reading materials revered by musicians. Hmm... I wonder if my keyboard will fit across the top of the toilet tank. You can find out more about Edly's Music Theory for Practical People and even buy yourself a copy at . ****** ABOUT THE REVIEWER: James Linderman lives and works at theharmonyhouse, a music lesson, songwriting and music pre-production facility in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. He is the Songwriters Association of Canada regional coordinator for Newmarket and leads a music workshop program for Life 100.3 Christian radio. James writes songwriting articles for The Muse's News web magazine, Canadian Musician Magazine and Professional Musician Magazine. Contact James at: 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! 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Please check there regularly for updates! ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE "SECRETS OF SONGWRITING" SEMINAR HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2003, IN NASHVILLE, TN. This seminar continues the successful series founded by author Susan Tucker. Renown writers sharing their secrets on the art & craft of writing hit songs include Tia Sillers ("I Hope You Dance"), Jill Colucci ("No One Else On Earth"), Stewart Harris ("I'm Gonna Be Somebody") and event closer Jeffrey Steele ("When The Lights Go Down," "These Days" & "Cowboy In Me"). Tucker, songwriting teacher/mentor Kim Copeland and manager/publisher John Dotson, who will address organization of the creative process and insights on pertinent business issues facing songwriters, will join them. In a feature unique to "Secrets of Songwriting," registrants will be offered the opportunity to join the circle of stars at the Bluebird Café that evening. Two winners will be chosen to perform two songs each which they have written. The anchors of the round that evening will be Jill Colucci, Tia Sillers, Michael Garvin ("Waiting For Tonight"/Jennifer Lopez, "Tell It like It Used To Be"/T. Graham Brown) and Mark Selby ("There's Your Trouble"/Dixie Chicks). For more information on the seminar go to:, or call Journey Publishing Co., Inc at 615-952-4894. ----------------------------------------------------------------- UK SONGWRITING CONTEST This prestigious international event is staged by the BRIT Trust (of BRIT Awards fame), Roland UK, The World Music Foundation, and other well known and respected industry names. Prizes include the latest digital home recording equipment, publishing deals, career development, subscriptions to and the GISC and more. Full details and an entry form can be found at ----------------------------------------------------------------- NEW LABEL LOOKING FOR ROCK/POP SINGER-SONGWRITERS! Tonos hosts many songwriting contests and Industry Opportunities specifically for songwriters every month. The newest contests include: * New Label Looking for Rock/Pop Singer-Songwriters! - A new label with major distribution is looking for young singer-songwriters in the rock/pop genre. Please keep these points in mind when submitting: You must have strong writing skills and raw vocals and you must play instrument and sing. * Female Artist Needs Songs for Album! - A label distributed through Universal Music in the U.K. is looking for songs for one of its female artists, who they describe as a cross between Sarah McLachlan and Shawn Colvin; with a tender but tough soprano voice. Her A&R team is looking for songs that are "empowering" or even a bit fun and humorous. They DO NOT want to hear songs with lyrics of "breaking up" or "being dumped." Rather, they are requesting rock/pop songs with a fun feel. * Publisher Guarantees Licensing Deals for 5 tonosPRO Members! - Flagship Music Online Licensing is the Internet's one-stop source for industry professionals to license great songs from talented indie artists and songwriters. Now the folks at Flagship are going to GUARANTEE that 5 tonosPRO members will join their musical library where your song can get considered for film/television projects and other media outlets. See for details on these opportunities and more! ----------------------------------------------------------------- BERKLEEMUSIC.COM WEBSITE LAUNCHED After nearly two years in development, Berklee College of Music has launched its web site. This ambitious new offering provides songwriters opportunities to take online music writing courses and explore new music career directions. Users can create a personal or band web page containing bios, MP3s, images, reviews, news, and links that are useful resources to potential employers, collaborators, and students. For more information visit: ----------------------------------------------------------------- WIN, PERFORM, NETWORK, AND LEARN AT THE SONGWRITER’S FESTIVAL ON KAUAI, HAWAII The Kauai Music Festival will be held from June 1st through June 4th, 2003. Win a guaranteed spot in a BMI showcase, a beautiful Gibson guitar, free event attendance and much more. Network with top producers and music attorneys. Learn from Lisa Loeb, Lamont Dozier, Dweezil Zappa, Hugh Prestwood, and more. Get all the details at or call toll free 1(877) MUSIC22. ----------------------------------------------------------------- GREAT ARTICLES TO CHECK OUT COURTESY OF GALARIS INDEPENDENT MUSIC: * BLENDING THE BACK-UPS - Part 3 * Your Own Music Library Can Make Dollars & Sense * Capitalizing on High-Profile Gig$ Sign up for the Galaris Independent Musicians Newsletter. Simply send a blank email to and Twice monthly you will receive FREE, direct to your email box, articles containing: Promotion tips, Career advice, Recording tips, Practicing tips, Legal advice, Musician's health, Radio promotion, Songwriters tips and much more. ----------------------------------------------------------------- FINALISTS SELECTED FOR PETER WHITTINGHAM AWARD FOR SONG CREATION The Peter Whittingham Award for Song Creation is a new award for 2003 of £4,000, administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund in collaboration with the University of Westminster. Young songwriters on undergraduate courses were nominated by: Universities of Westminster, Leeds, Salford, Newcastle, Paisley; Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts; and Bath Spa University College. Seven applicants have been short-listed to take part in a showcase final at the Kashmir Klub, 6 Nottingham Place, London W1 on Monday 10 March at 9pm before an invited audience including pop industry specialists. The winner(s) will be announced following this showcase: The finalists are: Philip Charles (24), University of Newcastle; Kirk Ensor (23), University of Leeds; Ian Peacock (22), University of Salford; Anthony Ward (21), University of Salford; Daniel Whitehouse (23), University of Westminster; Jez Wing (21), Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts; and Jamie Woon (19), University of Westminster. The showcase final will be broadcast live on the web at . For further information please contact , website: . ----------------------------------------------------------------- SONGWRITING AND THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC Through demonstration and exploration of a range of song styles, you will discover how to break through limitations in your creativity. Techniques learned will assist you to understand and express yourself more effectively in your music. Additionally, you will develop an appreciation of the many sources of musical inspiration, learn to work collaboratively and will have the opportunity to take advantage of constructive critiques from your peers and instructor. In addition to songwriting techniques, you will learn how to save time and money in the recording studio; "network" with other songwriters; get your music played on the radio; receive funding/grants; and market your CD. Instructor: Gregg Lawless Location: Haliburton School of The Arts, Haliburton Ontario Starts: July 7 to 11, 2003 Day/Time: Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 4:30pm Cost: $215.65 (on-line registration available!) Contact: Sir Sandford Fleming College's Haliburton School of The Arts Telephone: 705-457-1680 Email: ----------------------------------------------------------------- CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN SONGWRITING CONTEST - DEADLINE SEPT. 1 The Contemporary Christian Music Network International is hosting a songwriting contest. The proceeds of this benefit contest will be used to support missions. This contest is endorsed by Twila Paris and Russ Lee. For complete details, go to our website at . Feel free to contact us through our website with any questions. Back to Menu ================================================================= M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson ©1998-2003 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission ----------------------------------------------------------------- Ear training is one of those elements I often take for granted because I've always been able to play by ear. But sometimes I come across a guitar student who really struggles with identifying the difference between two notes: is this one higher or lower? Tuning a guitar can be a real struggle for those who don't have natural ear-ability :-), and recognizing intervals and chords is next to impossible! This month, rather than devoting my column to one particular website, I thought I'd point you to a page that features a collection of software, some shareware, all dedicated to ear training, sight reading, sight singing and "groove training". You'll find it at Harmony Central: Harmony Central itself is a wonderful website dedicated to all aspects of music, and on this particular page you'll find lots of info on and links to various programs designed specifically for ear training. Some of them have trial versions of the software that limit you to a number of days of use, and others limit the number of features until or unless you register. Most of them are relatively small in size and can run on most computer systems, almost all require some kind of sound card, and some use midi as well. For "Sight Singing Trainer", you require a microphone setup so that you can sing a note into the program, where it will help you correct your intonation and display your note as you sing it. It features three levels; beginner, intermediate and advanced, and is a fully functional demo for 10 times before you need to register. I like the idea of being able to try software out (especially fully functional!) so you can get a feel for how it works first before registering it. "Ear Power" is similar and one that I decide to download and try out. It functions fully 7 times before you have to register. The only thing I didn't like about this program were the voices telling you "No! That's wrong!" in that kind of condescending-teacher tone :-) Two helpful software programs that are also included on the list are "Guitar Calc 101", a little program that shows you how to play a multitude of guitar chords, and "Groove Trainer" which is like having your own drum tutor. Some of these programs take a little time to figure out, but if you're really feeling the need to get some ear training, why not try one or two out on a trial basis and see if they can help you? ****** 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 : BLUESPRINT - A Tribute to Black History Month by James Linderman © James Linderman, 2003 All Rights Reserved. Printed with Permission. ----------------------------------------------------------------- It is likely that the mere thought of Black History Month conjures up individual images in your mind of Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, perhaps Mohamed Ali, or possibly Duke Ellington, since many of us are musicians... Maybe you get a more corporate image in your mind regarding Black History Month like the 1963 March on Washington where a quarter of a million blacks converged on Lincoln Memorial or the thought of a whole planet watching CNN coverage of the video tape footage of Rodney King. Even our varied opinions, vindicating or condemning O.J. Simpson, become a part of black history. Whatever your perception, it is likely to be comprised of a blend of personal experience, historical fact, the news of the day, and Hollywood dramatization and it's mandate in molding public perception. Here in Canada, many of us, born in the suburbs in the '50s, grew up knowing very few black people. There had been only one black student in my entire school by grade 8. He played the bass in a band that I played guitar in, which also happened to be deafeningly loud and hideously unmusical. We were together 3 years... and 0 gigs, and I've not had more fun playing guitar since. When I got to University I got to know a lot of black students and began to perceive the Canadian black experience to be as much about isolation and aloneness as it was about prejudice and racial discrimination. There are in fact, many "little known facts" about black people in Canada that might have inspired and galvanized them as a people had we not been so mesmerized by the American media and the making of history taking place in The United States. One great example is Viola Desmond, a black lady from Nova Scotia, who one day in 1946, decided to sit in one of the "whites only" seats of a movie theatre... 9 years before Rosa Parks took a front seat on a bus and became an American symbol for the human rights movement in the States. Taking nothing away from the beauty and bravery of Ms. Parks' act and the rippling effect of her contribution, Viola Desmond was instrumental in setting a precedent that created new law and fresh perceptions that were clearly ...Canadian. We can see in all of this the power of a well-documented history, as resource text certainly, but also as literature, poetry and orature. The elements of art in these forms can breath life into facts, and make them seem more real then the mere reality of the facts themselves could ever do. In honour of Black History Month, I took the opportunity to read a collection titled Bluesprint, Black British Columbian Literature and Orature, edited by Wayde Compton as recommended by the publishers at Arsinal Pulp Press. They thought it would be timely and interesting... and it proved to be both. In the introduction Mr. Compton provides an historical perspective that I think is fairly necessary to fully appreciate the work in this collection that features everything from turn of the century poetry, through to some of today's trend setting oratory and prose to some very poignant and contemporary hip hop lyrics. One of the highlights for me was Joy Russell's 2002 poem, "returning to the place where there were so few of us when I grew up" because it's just beautiful, and deals with issues of racial acknowledgment and racial connection in a way that captures a snapshot of a moment in the lives of the people in it, and defines them. Rebecca Gibbs' poem from 1869 titled "The Old Red Shirt" is also breathtaking in its simplicity and history, as is Tanya Evanson's 2000 poem "Bangkok Business." I particularly like poetry and there is a real feast of language here that celebrates the goodness of life and mourns it for it's harsh nature. There is an excerpt from Truman Green's novel, "A Credit to Your Race" that is a must read and I hope will lead you to the whole book, as it did me. Bluesprint is over 150 years of writing that portrays what's under the skin of black culture, from a place where it could perhaps be considered to be a collective, only within the covers of this book. As Black History Month comes to a close and the media, including this medium, turn our gaze back on other interests and the next news and flavour of the day, it might be very gratifying to read through Bluesprint. This is important if only to take a moment to get a deeper sense of the culture of a people that created a body of art to merely say. "I was here and I mattered and I have something to share that will rock your perception of this life." Bluesprint can be found at ****** James Linderman lives and works at theharmonyhouse, a music lesson, songwriting and music pre-production facility in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. He is the Songwriters Association of Canada regional coordinator for Newmarket and leads a music workshop program for Life 100.3 Christian radio. James writes songwriting articles for The Muse's News web magazine, Canadian Musician Magazine and Professional Musician Magazine. Contact James at: Back to Menu ================================================================= M e s s a g e F o r u m s I n S p o t l i g h t : Here are some of the popular discussions going on right now on The Muse's Muse Message Boards: Feel free to join in! 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