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Issue 6.10 - January 2004
ISSN 1480-6975

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

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@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - by by Steve Allat & Stacey Board
@-- 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 - On the Subject of Cowriting
                       by Bronson Herrmuth
@-- Message Forums in Spotlight - find out what's being discussed
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
    viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

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This issue is going to be pretty short as I've been hugely busy
over the holidays.  I hope you'll all forgive me!  And I hope
you're all having a wonderful holiday season, no matter what you
celebrate. :)

I'm holding off on the raffle winners this month since people are
having a hard time getting back to me (and I can't blame them.
:)) but I promise I'll make up for it next month!

From Berklee, a copy of the DVD reviewed in this month's
newsletter will be raffled off (along with the new book reviewed
in February), there will be a copy of IndieMusic.com's
"Musician's Toolkit" (for details on this package of useful indie
musician-related tools, see www.musicianstoolkit.com/muse/), a
copy of VSS's helpful songwriting organization product (for a
review of Lyricist & information on a discount offered, see
www.musesmuse.com/vss-review.html), and coming next month, a
couple of copies of The Galaris Music Directory (for details,
have a look at http://www.galaris.com/GMD.html?musesmuse - Thanks
Ariel!).

I hope you'll help me in welcoming our newest columnist, Queenie
Sataro! Her column is called: Everything Indie: How To Be A
One-Person Indie Team. Why not drop by and have a read through
her first article?  That's at www.musesmuse.com/col-queenie.html.

There are more columnists in the works, the message boards are
hopping, and I hope you'll check out the new reviewers at
www.musesmuse.com/musicreviews.html too!

All the very best during this special time of the year, 

--Jodi

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M u s i c   R e v i e w s :  by Steve Allat & Stacey Board

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Steve Singh  "I Will Not Break Your Heart" (by Stacey Board)

This is a CD filled with humor, sweetness and originality. He
could have also called it "I will not write anything boring or
predictable", which for me, as a CD reviewer, is exactly how to
not break MY heart. 

How's this for lines from a love song: "I'll work on the sky/
When we do our cottage puzzle/ You can work on the barn  it's
more fun". This is the kind of CD that makes me really look
forward to each song because I can't wait to hear what he is
going to come up with next. 

Throughout the CD, Singh creates a spectrum between slowly sweet
and touching to rocking pop. I like Singh's voice very much
because it suits the music perfectly. It is kind of a cross
between Michael Franks and Steven Bishop. But the music is not in
any way like either one of them. It's much more interesting, full
of humor and intelligence. I love "NYC vs. Jeffrey Brown". It is
a great, hooky song about a subject that is actually dark. It
totally draws you into the story as you enjoy the energy and
melody. 

"The Party Is Over" is a wonderful way to end the CD. This song
is just Singh and a slightly out of tune, old timey sounding
piano, singing straight from the heart. No 'quip or a clever
line'. Just sincere emotion. I hope he meant it and it worked
because I really grew to like him in our 10 songs together. 

http://www.stevesingh.com/ 
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OTHER NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE:

Reviews by Stacey Board:

* StereoSoul
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000576.html
* Benjammin 
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000575.html
* Wise
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000574.html
* The Sandro Dominelli Quintet 
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000573.html
* Marc Douglas Berardo
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000572.html
* Chris Grace
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000571.html
* John DeGrazio
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000570.html
* Daniela Nardi Trio
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000569.html
* Steve Singh
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000567.html

Reviews by Steve Allat:

* Corbin Keep 
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000578.html
* Pamela Richardson 
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000577.html
* Keyth Lawrence and the Purple Circle
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000566.html
* 3 Blind Mice
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000565.html
* A Perfect Circle
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000564.html


Please help me welcome three new reviewers to The Muse's Muse
family!  They are:
* Steve Allat: http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-stevea.html
* Ran Birkins: http://musesmuse.com/mrev-ranb.html and 
* James Grimes: http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-jamesg.html
Check them out when you get a chance!

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For bios on each of the reviewers, see
http://www.musesmuse.com/musicreviews.html . 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!

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S o n g w r i t i n g   B o o k   R e v i e w : by James Linderman

     Building Your Music Career - by David Rosenthal
              http://tinyurl.com/3ckfe

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I was telling some friends in the studio that I was reviewing a
DVD, and not a book this month and one of them said, "Sweet, no
reading, just sitting back, watching TV. Cool, I absolutely hate
reading but I could watch TV all day long..."

As an academic musician and a bit of a self-proclaimed
intellectual snob, I take a very dim view of this kind of
attitude... at least in public.

In private, however, I have to admit that (lean in close to the
computer screen because I'll be whispering here...) I actually
enjoyed watching this and I might even watch it again.

This is a DVD of David Rosenthal speaking to a class at Berklee
College of Music in Boston and there is just something about
watching somebody who is really, really smart, thinking out loud,
that is very engaging.  It cannot be rivaled by many things
written on paper.

I'll get to why David is so smart and why this DVD is so cool in
a minute. 

Lets talk about me some more.

What I really miss about university, (where I spent a pretty good
chunk of my life) are the lectures. Hearing people teach is
perhaps second only to cheap beer as the primary reason why I
found university life so hard to leave behind.

This DVD puts you right into a Berklee classroom but it's not the
kind of class any of us would want to skip because it's about
building a music career.  David Rosenthal can speak
authoritatively about this because that's exactly what he's
succeeded in doing.

David Rosenthal graduated from Berklee in 1981 and almost
instantly got an audition for Richie Blackmore's Rainbow.  He has
not left the road or the recording studio since.

He has played for Robert Palmer, Little Steven, Cyndi Lauper,
Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Enrique Englesias, Rainbow, and has
spent the last 9 years as the keyboard player for Billy Joel.

He has appeared on Jay Leno and David Letterman (now I'm
officially jealous) and is a recent recipient of the
Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in
Contemporary Music from Berklee. 

David speaks simply and candidly on topics like developing your
skills, education, preparing to audition, the musicians' union,
diversification of style, touring, and networking. 

David's advice is simple and direct and parallels the guidance
and wisdom that prevails in any business; prepare well, work
hard, be focused, be flexible and above all else, try to be nice
to people. David's presentation is not so much about the details
but it is very inspiring and his confidence, so understated, is a
nice frame for a lifelong dedication to being the absolute best
player he could be.

This DVD is part of Berklee's "When Music Works" series which
also includes; Beginning Improvisation Motivic Development, Vocal
Practice for Performers, Shred Metal Chop Builder, Basic Afro-
Cuban Rhythms, Preparing for Your Concert, Modal Voicing
Techniques, and (my personal favorite title) Rockin' Grooves.

The diversity of this series makes it easy to find something of
specific interest to help you in your quest to reach your
personal best as a musician but I think that everyone interested
in taking their developed skills to market will find David
Rosenthal's DVD a real good example of professional mentoring at
it's best. 

Building Your Music Career by David Rosenthal is available at
http://tinyurl.com/3ckfe  (It's the "When Music Works DVD" link
in the Categories left-hand menu box under the Series section.)

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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:  theharmonyhouse@rogers.com

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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!
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2004 VIRTUAL MUSIC INDUSTRY AWARD NOW SEEKING ENTRANTS
The 2004 virtual Music industry (viMi) award is an award where
entrants submit an original composition completely created and
realized through controller and computer hardware and software
(no vocals or other analog audio clips). Winners will receive a
cash prize of $1,000, plus the beautiful and symbolic viMi
statuette. Final round of judging will be by peers of the virtual
music industry, via internet. See details, how it works, and
complete rules at http://www.virtualmusiccompany.com/. 
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AMERICAN SONGWRITER MAGAZINE'S LYRIC WRITING CONTEST IS ON NOW! 
Established 1984. 6 contests per year. 

Requirements: Send lyrics only. Lyrics must be typed and a check
for $10 (per entry) must be enclosed. 3 entries maximum per
contest. Include an entry form with each lyric sheet submitted.
Call for required official form (615-321-6096) or print it from
our website. http://www.americansongwriter.com/ ~ Lyrics only, no
cassettes. 

Awards: A Martin guitar with case and certificate to each contest
winner. Top 5 winning lyrics for each contest reprinted in
American Songwriter Magazine. One overall winner per year
receives airfare to Nashville and a demo session. 

Deadlines for 2004 Are: January 16, March 19, May 14, July 16,
September 17, and November 15. 
All entries must be received on or before one of these dates to
qualify. 
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SOUTHERN GOSPEL SONGWRITING CONTEST - DEADLINE APRIL 1, 2004! 
The International Southern Gospel Music Network is hosting a
songwriting contest. This contest is endorsed by Karen Peck and
Gerald Crabb. Included in the prizes for 1st place is an
opportunity to co-write a song with John Darin Rowsey in
Nashville, TN. The song that is co-written by the 1st place
winner and John Darin Rowsey will also be published by Centergy
Music in Nashville, TN. For complete details, go to our website
at http://isgmn.org/ . Feel free to contact us through our website
with any questions. 
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TAKE "SUCCESFUL LYRIC WRITING" WITH SARA LIGHT ONLINE ONLY AT
SONGU.COM

Join Tony Award nominated lyricist and hit songwriter, Sara
Light, for this exciting online course beginning September 25th.
Also, as a member of SongU.com, you can take over 30 self-paced
courses that are available online 24 hours a day, 365 days a
year.  No airfare, no hotel costs, no time constraints.  Right
from your own home, you can get quality education and personal
attention from a faculty of active hit songwriters and successful
independent artists.  

Back-To-School Special for Musesmuse members.  Use redemption
code: MMU8303 when you enroll for one year at SongU and get an
additional 3 months free!  
To take the campus tour, go to http://www.songu.com/?sa=3 .
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New! COUNTRY SONGWRITING CONTEST
Country songwriting contest conducted by a veteran composer,
producer, and award-winning songwriter. Winner will receive a
fully-produced, professional quality demo of the winning song,
valued at $500.00 (or a personal website).  Honorable Mentions
will be noted, as well. Deadline is March 31, 2004. 
Winner will be announced by April 15, 2004. 
For details and entry, go to: http://www.moneyswirthmusic.com/ 
or E-mail: MoneysWirthMusic@aol.com
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SONG OF THE YEAR 2004 AMATEUR SONGWRITING CONTEST
Song of the Year (http://www.songoftheyear.com/) is excited to announce
their 2004 amateur songwriting contest supporting VH-1's Save the
Music Foundation. Judges include Grammy award winners, Emmy
nominees, as well as representatives from Rolling Stone, BMG
publishing, and ABC to name a few. The grand prize winner will
receive $5,000 in cash as well as some great prizes. 600 monthly
winners will have their songs sent to labels, publishers, and
more. There are monthly deadlines. Currently accepting entries. 
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GET IN THE GAME! MUSIC CONTEST 
GRS Games is giving your song a chance to get astronomical
exposure aboard their new PS2 video game SpaceStation:SIM!
Millions of players will listen to your song as they select a
music preference for their SIM Astronauts. Imagine, millions of
game players becoming fans of your music! GRS Games will award
one Grand Prize winner as well as First Place winners in eleven
(11) music categories! All types of music are being sought for
the game. Complete details and entries may be made online at
http://www.grsgames.com/. Contest Deadline extended to January 31, 2004. 
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BERKLEEMUSIC.COM WEBSITE LAUNCHED

Berklee College of Music has launched its Berkleemusic.com web
site after nearly two years in development. 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 Berklee Music Online .
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GREAT ARTICLES TO CHECK OUT AT GALARIS INDEPENDENT MUSIC:
http://www.galaris.com

*  Build career awareness by expending your internet presence -
by Bobby Borg
http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=290

*  Reach people like you would want to be reached - by Derek
Sivers
http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=291

*  Why most demo recordings are rejected - By Christopher Knab
http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=292

Visit http://www.galaris.com and Sign up for the Galaris
Independent Musicians Newsletter.  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.
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SEMINARS FOR SERIOUS SONGWRITERS - January 28-31, 2004 -
Breckenridge, Colorado. 
You'll be inspired & enlightened by this one-of-a-kind
experience. Enjoy 3 days & 4 nights in beautiful Breckenridge
with a fun, creative group of fellow songwriters. Mentors include
from LA Jeffrey Steele 2003 NSAI & BMI Songwriter of the Year,
Allan Rich & Steve Dorff; from NY Jimmy Bralower & from Nashville
Tim Johnson, Diane Petty, John Dotson, & Dillon Dixon. In-depth
song critiques. Socializing & networking. Nightly public
performances. Audition to perform with the mentors. 1-day
packages available. Registration is limited. Call 1-888-31BRECK.
Details, bios of all the mentors & online registration at:
http://www.beamsonline.com/ 
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INTRODUCING A SPECIAL WEBSITE PROMOTION PACKAGE ESPECIALLY FOR
MUSICIANS/SONGWRITERS
It's important for your website to be found once it's created. We
all know this. But who can afford the promotion a website needs
to truly make its mark on the web? Now YOU can. This package is
offered exclusively to Muse's Muse visitors only. Do you have a
website that no one knows about? Do you want it to stand out from
the crowd? Now you can get it promoted for a fraction of the
price most search engine optimization packages would cost you. 
Visit http://www.internet-marketing-mm.com/musicianpackage.html
for more details. 

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M u s e ' s    C l u e s :  by Irene Jackson

1998-2004 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. Used By
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I've written about chord finders before, and there have been a
number of them online over the years, but quite often the
websites disappear after awhile.  This month I'm going to
introduce you to two websites, one a variation on the guitar
chord finder, and another related to piano. 

In fact, it's the first time I've seen a piano chord finder
online, and amazingly it also includes a whole bunch of scales,
for those of you wanting to develop your melodies on piano.  It's
appropriately called the Piano Chord and Scale Finder, and you
find it here: http://members.tripod.com/~TroyWoodfield/vpc.html

I'm not a piano player (well, I fake it!), and sometimes when I'm
fooling around on the piano I'm trying to determine what I'm
playing so that I can translate it to guitar, or vice versa, so I
know I'm going to get some good use out of this website!  Another
way to use it might be to get an "ear" for what different scales
sound like, because each has its own personality.  Sit down with
the scale finder and go through it on your piano...it could be
that you'll come up with a new idea for a melody, or find a way
to use it on an existing song.

The second website is the Guitar Chord Name Finder
(http://www.geocities.com/xulfrepus/guitar/) ...rather than
instructing you as to how to play a particular chord, this site
allows you to insert finger positions on the guitar and gives you
the name of the chord you're playing! You can even use it for
open tunings!  Wow.  It is much more difficult to figure out open
tuning chords, so this is a big bonus.  A lot of songwriters I
know will fiddle around on the guitar with different fingering
positions and often not know what chord they are playing, so the
Guitar Chord Name Finger will certainly help.

Start the year right by educating yourself just a little more on
your instrument of choice, or by learning another one...and Happy
New Year! 

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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
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F e a t u r e d   A r t i c l e : 

Well, keeping things short, there isn't a specific article for
this month.  However, that doesn't mean you guys should go
without!  Bronson let me know about this awesome article on his
own site and I thought I'd point you in that direction to have a
read through.

On the Subject of Cowriting
by Bronson Herrmuth 2003
http://www.songrepair.com/onthesubjectofcowriting.htm

Bronson has written a great book called 100 Miles To A Record
Deal, which will be reviewed in this newsletter eventually.
Watch for it (or feel free to get your copy early.  There's a
banner about the book at the bottom of the article. :) )

Enjoy!							 	

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M e s s a g e   F o r u m s   I n   S p o t l i g h t : 

http://www.musesmuse.com/forums/index.php

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I'm going to focus on one REALLY cool happening on the message
boards this month.  If you have a look here:
http://www.musesmuse.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4102
you'll see the 2003 Muse's Muse Forum Awards.

David and Bobby_2825 put together an awesome show - and the
evidence is all right there.  Yes, it was done entirely within
the message boards and it worked out really well.  We're already
looking forward to next year's! :)

There are some very cool people over there and I think this
particular thread will demonstrate just how close-knit the
community has become.  But newcomers are always welcome!

Why not stop by and register?  It's free. :)

Also, congratulations to the following monthly songwriting
contest winners (this is just done for fun and recognition - it's
free to apply if you're a participating member of the board and
no prizes are currently given out)

* For the Lyric Critique Forum (moderated by Neal K):
http://www.musesmuse.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=3845

1st Place: ktinberg for Misguided and Oblivious. ktinberg won the
September contest too
2nd Place: Couchgrouch for The Soul Remains Unseen. Couchgrouch
took 2nd place in September as well.
3rd Place: Four-way tie between
- A Lyricist for Unconcious
- Replica for Holding On
- Star to Be for Goodbye My Baby
- Chadg for Aynsley

* For the Lyric & Music Critique Forum (moderated by Marty g):
http://www.musesmuse.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4015

1st place: Replika's Hurricane 
2nd place: Monktrump's Back to me 
3rd place: ( tied ) Corrine's Beyond Words & Jan Val's There must
be a reason 

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    " O N   S I T E "   F E A T U R E D   A R T I C L E :

Thought I'd focus on a whole bunch of articles this month!
You'll find all the articles contributed to the site over the
many years it's been around (that's since 1995, folks :)) at
http://www.musesmuse.com/articles.html . 

They're split up into different topics and well worth a looksee!    
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