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Issue 6.11 - February 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
@-- Copyright & Publishing Q&A with Nancy A. Reece from Carpe Diem
    Copyright Management
@-- Music Reviews - by James Grimes, Stacey Board, Gian Fiero,
                    Steve Allat & Ran Birkins
@-- 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 - Wit, Reality and Songwriting 
                       by Harriet Schock
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

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I hope you're enjoying your winter!  These incredibly frigid
temperatures are enough to keep *me* inside trying to stay warm.
Maybe it'll inspire me to write some songs.  How about you?  :)
Maybe it's inspiring you to stay indoors with your honey.
Considering that this month is the month of luuuuuuuv, that
wouldn't be a surprise.  Enjoy your Valentine's Day folks!  Yes,
it's mostly a Hallmark occasion, but who knows what might inspire
you?  After all, there are more songs written about love than any
topic.

We have another new columnist!  Michael Askounes' new column is
called "The Newbie's Nook" and also has a corresponding forum on
the message boards.  So have a look and if you have a question,
feel free to ask it in his forum.  

The raffle winners this month are:

* Mary Owens, from Wilmington, NC who has won a copy of the DVD
reviewed last issue called "Building Your Music Career" by David
Rosenthal. (http://www.musesmuse.com/6.10-January04.html#book)

* Brad Conner from Cape Coral, FL who has won a copy of the book
reviewed in THIS issue - "The Art of Writing Love Songs" by
Pamela Phillips Oland

* Mark Castillo from San Francisco, CA has won a copy of the
Galaris Music Directory (for details, have a look at
http://www.galaris.com/GMD.html?musesmuse)

* Jaime-Leigh Encarnacion from Warwickshire, England has won a
copy of the "Musician's Toolkit" 
(for details, see http://www.musicianstoolkit.com/muse/) 

I've tried to reach folks to give away a second copy of the
Galaris Music Directory (see the url above) and a copy of VSS's
songwriting organization product, Lyricist (for details and
information on a discount offered, see
http://www.musesmuse.com/vss-review.html)
but I'm just not having any luck actually getting people to get
back to me. :-/  So I think I'll send out the newsletter now, on
time, and if those people reach me later, I'll give them their
prizes next month.

There's a great issue for you here, including a brand new and
never-before published article from the talented Harriet Schock.
And there's a free book offer in the classifieds too!  Pretty
cool.  So read on and enjoy, folks. :)

All the best (and wishing you much luuuuuuv :D ), 

--Jodi

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  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

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TOPIC: Derivitive Works/ Permissions

Q: I have a question about copyrighted music. My question is, if
I decide to take a bunch of my favorite songs and put them
together in a mix that I came up with and worked on, with my own
samples and sound effects and sell them to people, will this be a
copyright infringement on the original artists? 
Thank you, Jennifer

A: Yes, this does require written permission.  You must secure a
mechanical license for each composition (songs) to sell
duplicated copies of the material.  You would also need
permission from each copyright holder of each sound recording
(record company) to sell duplications of their work.  Further,
with your additions, you would need to secure permission for the
creation of the derivative work.  If you want to make your tape
for yourself for personal use, no problem.  Enjoy yourself!  Any
copies made of copyrighted works for anything other than private
use without permission of the original copyright holder(s) would
be infringement on several fronts.

TOPIC: PUBLISHING AGREEMENTS

Q: I find myself in a unique position with regard to my music
publishing company. Back in 1989 I signed a song for perpetuity
to my BMI publishing company. I pitched the song for several
years with no luck. Now 14 years later the writer of the song
contacts me saying that a major Nashville producer is interested
in recording the song and could I send him a copy of our
contract. He claims that he doesn't remember ever signing a song
publishing agreement with me. The songwriter found my contact
information because the song had been registered with BMI back in
1989. Over the last week I have tried to find the contract but
after 14 years it appears to be lost.

I contacted BMI in Nashville and obtained a copy of the BMI
clearance Form for the song. The BMI form shows that the
songwriter not me completed the clearance form and he listed my
publishing company as 100% publisher. He also signed the form.
Do I have any legal grounds to work with in this situation?
Regards, Maurice G.

A: I am not an attorney and encourage you to seek legal advice
from a competent entertainment counsel. If you do not have a
written transfer of copyright but do have a copy of his signature
on the BMI registration form showing publisher and writer share,
you may have something to work with.  Contact the Performing
Rights division at BMI by calling 615-401-2000 to request a hard
copy of any documents and find an attorney to assist in
communication with the writer.  Duff Bershsback is a Nashville
entertainment attorney, collaborator of my Digital Web Book and
friend of The Muse's Muse and some of his previous articles may
help you. They are located here: www.musesmuse.com/songlaw.html .

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ABOUT NANCY A. REECE:

Carpe Diem Copyright Management's owner and president, Nancy A.
Reece has been involved in the music business since 1983. She was
the president of an independent advertising agency for eight
years as well as a successful personal artist manager for nine
years. She represented the careers of several recording artists
and songwriters including those with EMI, Zomba and Liberty
Records as well as Benson, Starsong, WoodBridge, Temple Hall and
N'Soul Records. She also represented, for a number of years, a
Grammy and Dove nominated record producer. Reece has won awards
of excellence in print magazine advertising and has been named as
one of 2,000 Notable American Women (1995) as well as being
listed in the International Who's Who of Professional and
Business Women (1993). She was also named Cashbox Magazine's
Promoter of the Year (1989). In addition to her work at Carpe
Diem Copyright Management, Reece works at a performing rights
organization in the United States and is an accomplished
contemporary artist working in abstract and multimedia on canvas
and wood.

How to Ask a Question:
If you have a question for Nancy about publishing or copyright
administration, you can e-mail her at nreece@musesmuse.com.
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!

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M u s i c   R e v i e w s :  

by Gian Fiero, James Grimes, Steve Allat, Stacey Board 
& Ran Birkins

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NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE:

Reviews by Ran Birkins:

* Genie
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000601.html

Reviews by James Grimes:

* Rick Speyer
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000584.html
* The Workers
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000583.html
* Gregg Lawless
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000608.html

Reviews by Gian Fiero:

* Cuddy Mack
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000586.html
* Bray
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000587.html
* Christia Mantzke
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000588.html
* George Mason & Friends
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000589.html
* Jerra
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000590.html
* Jim Anthony Band
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000591.html

Reviews by Steve Allat:

* Modalities
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000596.html
* Eyestrings
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000597.html
* Aeolian May
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000598.html
* Livio Guardi & Wilson Montuori
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000599.html
* Tony Pica
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000600.html

Reviews by Stacey Board:

* Sunny Travels
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000607.html
* Christine Saunders
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000606.html
* Stuart Weber
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000605.html
* Liz Tansey
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000604.html
* Lisa Fraser
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000603.html
* Chicklet
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000602.html

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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

  The Art of Writing Love Songs - by Pamela Phillips Oland
        http://www.allworth.com/Catalog/MU281.htm
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When considering the prospects of reviewing a book about love
songs in February (the month belonging to Valentines Day), for a
reading audience of songwriters (renowned as the world's most
hopelessly romantic people), I had to wonder what could possibly
qualify me as an authority on this topic.

As I look back through my song catalogue, I have a song about
coal mining, two or three about the awful state of the world, one
song about greed and a bunch about sin and redemption. I have a
half-written song about two lovers writing letters to one another
during the Civil War but sadly, the soldier takes a bullet in the
head which kind of stops their relationship from moving forward.

So...considering myself to be a fellow with much to learn, I
started leafing through Pamela Phillips Oland's book, The Art of
Writing Love Songs. What I found was a book that is as much about
our perceptions of love as it is about the choice to express
those perceptions in the form of a song.

This is the second book of Ms. Oland's that I have reviewed (The
first being The Art of Writing Great Lyrics Issue (5.0 March
2002) and despite the fact that her first book was very good,
there are two reasons why I believe this book to be even better.
Firstly, she has simply become a better author and secondly, I
think the whole topic of love and romance is her "happy place".

Pamela Phillips Oland has also written some songs. Her lyrics
have been sung by Whitney Huston, Aretha Franklin, Reba, Selina
and Sinatra, which involved writing a few songs about love and
without a doubt some very very good ones.

She has written for TV and film for such shows as The Sopranos,
Coming to America, Dexters Lab and Xena: Warrior Princess. She
lives in LA (of course) and has taught advanced lyric writing at
UCLA.

The book begins with some really astute observations about how
hard it is to experience real emotional intimacy in our
relationships in a world that values efficiency and objectivity,
not things like openly professing your love for the projector guy
by reciting a sonnet in the middle of a power point presentation
on regional economic development. 

From chapter one we gain some insights into observing,
understanding and expressing our feelings with greater clarity
and honesty. Good stuff.

Chapter two teaches how to project your imagination beyond your
own real (and perhaps not very romantically fascinating) daily
life into the lives of other real or imagined people. A lot of
songwriters get into the habit of writing only from their own
inner dialogue and this book is really built to guide us beyond
that.

Chapter three has an extensive list of possible "points of view"
that I have added to my personal list of essential tools to have
at arm's reach when I'm writing.  In chapter four, Ms. Oland
explains the difference between love and lust in a way that would
put a grade 9 Phys. Ed. teacher to shame.  Useful to think about
when you need to consider whether it's true love or true lust you
are actually writing about. 

In the remaining chapters, this book has a great deal of the very
stuff that I like in a book: lots and lots of lists. There are
fresh ways to look at content and form, tons of lyric examples
and some provocative observations, many framed in boxes like
sidebars.

Pamela Phillips Oland's book has the potential to expand our
options, going far beyond, or deep within, our own life
experiences to make songs that express what love, within life,
might mean to a whole world of listeners looking to songwriters
to help them make it all make sense. 

To get your hands on a copy of The Art of Writing Love Songs by
Pamela Phillips Oland go to
http://www.allworth.com/Catalog/MU281.htm .

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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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* 10 Essential Tips For Making a Living With Your Music 
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http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=301

* Music Success Formulas - by Jeffrey P. Fisher
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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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Plagiarism:  the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or
ideas as if they were your own.  We've all worried about this
from time to time, especially when we come up with something that
sounds suspiciously familiar in our songs.  This is referred to
as "subconscious plagiarism", when we haven't intentionally
copied something.  The interesting thing about plagiarism is that
in a U.S. court, someone who files a claim is not even legally
obligated to prove that a song was copied intentionally!

So what if you unintentionally copy something, your song becomes
a huge hit, and someone files a claim against you?  One of the
most famous cases of subconscious plagiarism was contained in the
lawsuit against George Harrison for his song "My Sweet Lord".
The lawsuit came from the holders of the copyright for the song
"He's So Fine",  recorded in 1962 and released by the Chiffons.
Harrison at first attempted to settle, but eventually it went to
court.  Musicologists were hired to analyze the song and
determine how unique the melody was, which was an interesting
part of the case for me personally, as was the author, Joseph
Self's observations regarding how much an artists' popularity has
to do with the success of a song.  Being that George Harrison was
a pretty famous guy by the time he released "My Sweet Lord,"
couldn't you attribute a great deal of its success to that fact?
And how do you determine how much the melody makes the song
popular, and how much of it is based on lyrics?

The article (found at http://abbeyrd.best.vwh.net/mysweet.htm)
was originally published in 1993 and gives some interesting
insights into the complexities of a case of plagiarism and the
politics related to the business of music.  Most of us won't ever
have to worry about having to go through something like that,
thank heavens.  Hey, whoever said being famous was easy?
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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 : Wit, Reality and Songwriting 

by Harriet Schock 2004

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I've been formulating a theory for a number of years. It keeps
morphing before I can put it into words, but at the moment, I
think it's this:  There is a correlation between wit and great
songwriting. Mostly I'm referring to lyric writing here, but I'm
not certain composers should be left out. The problem with trying
to communicate this theory is that by the time I get it out of my
mouth, I'm sure it's been mostly misinterpreted to mean that I'm
talking about humorous songs. I'm not. I'm talking about having
observed that most really good writers--songwriters (and poets,
novelists, screenwriters, et al)--are invariably witty and look
at life differently from other people. 

A sense of humor can mean different things to different people,
but to me, a true wit is someone who sees life a bit differently,
whose take on things is a little askew and who can make us see
them that way too. That's why we laugh.  Things are made to seem
a bit odd or a correlation is drawn that gives us new insight.
This happens in great lyrics as well. We see things from a whole
different viewpoint. We have a realization or an "aha..." 

I have a friend who's a true fountain of creativity. She is
constantly creating stories, inventions, new approaches to old
things. Unaware of how creative she is perhaps, she talks about
her brother as an inspiration to her in this regard. A few days
ago she told me he used to believe that when he was walking, he
was moving the earth under him rather than his moving along the
earth. As we walked home from the restaurant, she said, "Try it.
Think of every step you take as moving the ground, rather than
your moving on it." I did. It was such fun! She also said she and
her children often look at the world as if every movement were an
act of kindness. For instance, they saw a truck delivering
furniture, and one of the kids said, "Look, they're taking their
furniture out for a ride!" I was baby-sitting a little girl one
time who put her head next to mine. I said, "What are you doing,
Alison?" She said, "I'm trying to hear the tune in your head."
Children frequently have this askew take on things until the
school system or big people discourage it out of them.

I think that's where the famous "thin line between genius and
insanity" comes from. We believe everyone should think
"normally." "Inside the box."  Thinking "outside" is not
insanity, really, not at all. It's quite the opposite. Really
bright, creative people simply disagree with the reality most
people see.  They see it a different way. That is what makes them
writers. And I believe that is what makes them witty.  

Irony comes from this type of mind set. People who can see the
irony in situations frequently are witty, as well. They're both
branches from the same tree.  Billy Collins as Poet Laureate of
the country would read to huge college audiences and people would
be laughing riotously, but he is a "serious" poet. Sondheim's
lyrics are clever and poignant, but no one would accuse them of
being "comedic." When I read Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes, I
was laughing constantly but if you read it, you'll know what I
mean when I say it wasn't a comedy.  Even though people laugh at
Randy Newman when he's being sardonic, he can break your heart
with a film score or a song like "Marie." Arthur Hamilton ("Cry
Me A River") is a brilliant speaker and conversationalist with a
delightfully wry sense of humor, as are Dan Hill, Gerry Hallford,
Marie Cain, Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian, John Mayer and many other
gifted writers.  I don't know Hugh Prestwood but there's no doubt
in my mind that he's witty and sees his own reality. You don't
write "The Song Remembers When" or "Ghost in this House" when
you're merely a journeyman songwriter. His kind of writing
inspires and amazes us. We laugh out of recognition of truth the
way we would laugh at a comment that twists our head around to
give us new insights.

So is this witty personality/askew view of the world found only
in lyricists? What about composers?  I find many composers of
really interesting melodies and chord changes to have excellent
senses of humor, as well. Those who color inside the lines and
never surprise us sometimes are not as witty and stick pretty
much with the reality they see. More often than not, though, the
more brilliant composers are brilliantly droll and quite
entertaining. I heard Hans Zimmer speak after a screening of "The
Last Samurai" and he was hilarious with a kind of dry,
intelligent wit. And the legendary composer David Raksin is one
of the finest wits of our time. He sounds as if he cut his teeth
at Dorothy Parker's round table and brings that kind of dry,
sophisticated edge to us for our delight and enjoyment. 

So what good is this observation? Well, as a songwriting teacher,
I find it helps me a lot. When I get a student who's extremely
witty, I know he has the capacity to be great.  I don't have to
try to "explain" how to look at life as a writer. It will come
naturally to him. I don't have to have him "catch" a sense of
irony by reading endless volumes of Charles Bukowski; he already
has it. All he needs is craft and I have steps which will easily
give him that, which will isolate all his songwriting muscles and
exercise them. I can give him craft. But I can't give him talent,
wit, genius.  I find, actually, that most people do have some
degree of wit once they're comfortable. And that comfortable
frame of mind, in which associations are made between dissimilar
things, is the very frame of mind that the songs should come
from. It's almost like peripheral vision. You can't have it by
focusing on it. When a person "tries" to be funny, he's usually
not successful. Just as when he "tries" to be profound or
insightful in his writing. It's a magical thing that happens when
he's simply comfortable and at ease and communicating--something
many writers abandon the minute they start "writing." But if a
bright, witty person communicates and does so honestly, with the
craft of songwriting, the song will usually be quite good.  

Of course any muscle will get stronger with use. So why not
exercise all the individual muscles of songwriting? One of them
is to see the world from your own askew viewpoint. You can easily
build that muscle as you go around during the day. See the
objects in the room as more than they appear. See correlations
between things, the personality in things. Interpret what's
happening a bit differently, maybe as a child who hasn't had
"reality" forced upon him would do. It's fun, it's productive and
it will make all areas of life more interesting. In fact, /do/
try this at home.

                              ******

Harriet Schock is a multi-platinum songwriter/recording artist
whose songs have been recorded my numerous artists, nominated for
a Grammy and used in films. Her fourth, fifth and sixth solo CDs,
"American Romance," "Rosebud" and "Harriet Schock Live" are in
current release, as well as her book, BECOMING REMARKABLE,
published by Blue Dolphin. She recently released a CD of 19 of
her students, called "Schock Futures." As well as performing
worldwide, she speaks, teaches and consults in person and via the
Internet. She teaches a correspondence course in songwriting to
writers all over the world. For further information about her
book, CDs, concerts, correspondence courses, classes or
consultation, go to http://harrietschock.com/ or call
(323)934-5691.
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