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Issue 7.1 - April 2004
ISSN 1480-6975

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@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - by James Grimes, Steve Allat, Gian Fiero 
                    & Stacey Board
@-- New Artist Spotlight Additions
@-- 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 - Performance, Musicians, and Demo Making 
                       by Queenie Sataro
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
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@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
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Welcome to another issue of The Muse's News.  It's almost spring!
I can hardly wait!  Ok.  So it's still snowing outside my window.
I have hope. :D  And maybe the warmer spring weather will help
inspire us all!  (Those of you who live in a warm climate all
year round, please don't rub it in.  I beg you. ;) ) 

In other news, I thought I'd put your minds at ease in case some
of you were confused with recent newsletter happenings.  

A number of you may have received a message about being
unsubscribed from the newsletter at some point.  Let me assure
you that the newsletter you were being unsubscribed from was NOT
this main Muse's News newsletter. It was, in fact, the
Announcements list that I had going on Topica along WITH this
newsletter.  

Topica has been changing offerings, forcing me to look elsewhere
for a way to publish this newsletter.  So I deleted that list
entirely from their system.  I have now moved to a great new
service (for a very reasonable amount of money.  Have a look at
http://www.ezinedirector.com/ for more info if you're interested.
And if you think of it, mention that you heard about it here,
though you certainly are under no obligation to do so. :) ).  In
fact, that's how you're receiving your newsletter today.  This
means that in the somewhat near future, you will be receiving
messages from the main list at Topica saying you were
unsubscribed since I'll be deleting the list from that location
very soon.  

Please DISREGARD THOSE MESSAGES.  Let me assure you that the
subscriber list was transferred to Ezine Director with no fuss or
muss and you don't need to re-subscribe.  If you received this
newsletter today, you'll be just fine and you don't need to do
anything at all.

I have removed the Announcement list entirely because frankly,
there were very few extra announcements I had to make.  Every now
and again, something interesting may come my way that I'd like to
share with you in between the monthly newsletter times.  I hope
you won't find such messages intrusive.  I make sure that those
messages contain information it would be highly useful for you to
know about.  There won't be more than one or two a month in any
case and most months you won't be sent any extra messages at all.  

Thanks in advance for your understanding!

Here are the raffle winners this month:

* Rik Howard from West Hollywood, CA who has won a copy of the
book reviewed this issue, "Melody in Songwriting" by Jack
Perricone. (See below for the review)

* Mike Sizemore from Cincinnati Ohio and Patrick King of Spencer,
Massachusetts who have both won a copy of the Galaris Music
Directory (for details, have a look at
http://www.galaris.com/GMD.html?musesmuse)

* Nakia Thomas from Queens Village, NY who has won 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)

* Kristin Strohecker from Towson, MD who has won a copy of the
"Musician's Toolkit" 
(for details, see http://www.musicianstoolkit.com/muse/) 

And since this is another packed issue, I'll just get right to
the meat. :)  Enjoy, folks!

All the best, 

--Jodi

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

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

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NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE:

Reviews by Steve Allat:

* Little Miss Messy
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000629.html
* Stone Marmot
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000630.html
* Soundproof
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000631.html
* Grayson Wray
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000633.html
* Blue Ixy
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000634.html
* Mike Germano
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000635.html
* Arms Of Kismet
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000636.html
* Stateside
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000637.html
* Grant Sparks
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000638.html
* Bill & the AntiDepressants
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000641.html
* Jon Tamayori
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000642.html
* Jana
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000644.html
* Nath Keo
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000645.html
* Norine Braun
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000646.html
* Courtney Love
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000647.html

(Both Norine Braun (Pop) and Courtney Love (Rock) are also
featured in the Artist Spotlights at
http://www.musesmuse.com/artistspotlights.html)

Reviews by James Grimes:

* Tony Denikos
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000640.html

Reviews by Gian Fiero:

* George Hrab
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000639.html

Reviews by Stacey Board:

* Missouri Jennings
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000648.html
* Ele_K
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000649.html
* Kevin Thompson
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000650.html
* Kitra
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000651.html
* The Majestic Twelve
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000652.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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N e w   A r t i s t   S p o t l i g h t   A d d i t i o n s :  

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http://www.courtneylove.com/ --------------- URBAN TAPESTRY ~ Genre: FOLK This award-winning Toronto-based folk trio has a musical style running from traditional folk ballads to blues, pop and humor, with a variety of vocal and acoustic instrumental arrangements. If you'd enjoy a blend of Barenaked Ladies, They Might Be Giants and the Indigo Girls, you'll love their unique and quirky sound. http://www.urbantapestry.org/ ================================================================= S o n g w r i t i n g B o o k R e v i e w : by James Linderman Melody in Songwriting by Jack Perricone http://tinyurl.com/3ckfe ----------------------------------------------------------------- I have always wanted to write a review that started with, "Just the other day I was talking with (Insert world renowned rock star name), and we were talking about this cool book and..." Well, that day has come. Just the other day, I was talking with world-renowned rock star Rik Emmett, former guitarist of the world-renowned rock group Triumph, about Jack Perricone's book, Melody in Songwriting. Cool! Actually it was a couple of years ago... and Rik was telling me about it, and was surprised that I had never heard of it, considering that I had just spent about 20 minutes (and considerable energy) trying to convince him that I was a leading authority on the subject. Not so cool! This conversation took place at a Songwriters Association of Canada annual meeting (Christian songwriter Paul Lowe is my official reliable and sober witness) and Rik's enthusiasm for the Perricone book was absolutely contagious. Impressing a guitar legend is no simple feat (as I can obviously attest!) so I was instantly curious about this allegedly perfectly written book on melody. I must also add that there is not the same market flood of melody writing books as there is of, say...chord dictionaries, lyric writing books and books about how easy it is to become a world renowned rock star. As usual, part of what makes this book great has a lot to do with the credentials of the author. Jack Perricone is a co-founder of Berklee College of Music's songwriting program and has been a songwriter, composer and arranger himself, with a Billboard top 5 hit and lots of chart success in pop, county, and r&b. The book, Melody in Songwriting, starts out with a very convincing argument in the preface about the importance of learning the mechanics of melody. Since the tune is the part of the song that the listener will get stuck in their head and carry to the record store (or your website), it's obvious that this topic really warrants some consideration. Chapter 1 deals with the transcription "rules of the road" and how to properly set up your lead sheet so that the look of your piece and the sound of your piece actually match. Chapter 2 has a working musician's explanation of pitch relations and measurement of note distances and also covers the theory and practical use of stable and unstable tones in a phrase. It's sort of a primer for melodic analysis. Chapter 3 is all about Rhythm and really illustrates the importance of being able to interpret the location and effect of stress positions in your songs along with the gender of your melodic resolutions. Yes, there are boy endings and girl endings. The chapters that follow deal with stuff like melodic symmetry, working in minor keys, melodic shapes and about what all of this will say to your listener. It also covers the melodic relation to song form, of course. There are some extraordinarily illuminating chapters on the vertical relationship between the melodic note, its chord of the moment and its bass note. There are also some great pages on the analysis of blues/rock and the study of modes. Each chapter has a breakthrough exercise to try out and a relevant writing tip to ponder. There are tons of examples, often from universally recognizable hit songs; so that you can really "hear" the theories and know that they have been effective. If you are like me and find that writing a universally likable yet original sounding melody is about as easy as assembling a swing set or a 3-burner barbecue, this might just be a handy book to pick up. I expected a book that could teach a wickedly great guitarist like Rik Emmett something about melody writing could probably teach me a thing or two as well. It has proven to be a book that lives up to its reputation. You can learn more about Rik Emmett at www.rikemmett.com and you can get yourself a copy of Melody in Songwriting by Jack Perricone at http://tinyurl.com/3ckfe. ****** 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 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!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SongoftheMonth.com : GET YOUR SONG OUT THERE - WIN CASH & PRIZES!
SongoftheMonth.com is a fun, online song contest supporting and promoting the art of original songwriting by awarding cash and prizes (and lots of website traffic) to three artists every month! Features include low monthly competition, low $10 entry fee, and the Winner's Circle where artist songs, lyrics, website urls, and SOTM exclusive interviews are celebrated! Drop by the Songwriters Lounge for advice and tips from previous winners, and visit the Hall of Fame to hear and learn about all of our past winners. Hope to hear you soon! Enter Online or by Mail: Visit http://www.songofthemonth.com/ for details! ================================================================= 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! ----------------------------------------------------------------- 2004 ASG SONG CONTEST Austin Songwriters Group is launching its 2004 Song Contest, which will spotlight some of Austin's best unsung (!) talent, and features amazing prizes from both local and national sponsors, like Stephen Doster and Tom Johnson, David Love, CDBaby, Dale Kawashima, plus many, many more. Entry fee is just $15 per song for ASG Members, $20 for non-members. For Entry Form and details, visit http://www.austinsongwritersgroup.org/ Entry deadline: April 17, 2004 ----------------------------------------------------------------- 2004 BOND SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION 3 Grand Prize winners will compete for title of Songwriter of the Year 2004. Prizes include: Professional Demo, possible publishing contract, professional copies of the demo, and Superscope PSD 300! Entry deadline is September 30, 2004. More information can be found at http://www.bondmusicpublishing.com/ContestInfo.html. ----------------------------------------------------------------- DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE COPYRIGHT KIT Download Indie-Music.com's free and easy Copyright Kit. Print Copyright forms, Copyright submission process, handy tips & tricks, choosing the right form, and more. http://www.indie-music.com/freemuse.php ----------------------------------------------------------------- UK INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITERS SEMINAR April 24th & 25th 2004 Visit http://www.interntionalmusicseminars.com/ to find out more about this unique and exciting event, which is being hosted by many top UK and Nashville executives and writer/performers. Usual ticket price for this weekend event is 225 but a discount of 75 is available for Muse's Muse readers taking the cost down to 150 per delegate. In addition to the seminar itself, there are open mic and showcase events in front of an industry only audience. Simply fill in our enquiry form found at the registration link on out site. Under "publications read" put Muse's Muse. We will then contact you via email with registration details and further information by return confirming this discount. If you write AND want to get your work heard and/or covered then this event is a must for you! ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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 . ----------------------------------------------------------------- MASSACHUSETTS SONGWRITER ASSOCIATION MONTHLY MEETINGS The Massachusetts Songwriter Association meets the 3rd Monday of the month at the Falcetti Music Mall, Boston Rd, Springfield,MA from 7-8pm. No dues, No fees. Everyone with an interest in songwriting and networking is encouraged to attend. Whether you want critiques, need to find collaborators or need to find musicians or singers for your demos or band, it is a great opportunity for meeting others who are moving and shaking locally. Bring your own guitar, cassette/CD and an open mind to hear what others are doing in the business. All levels of interest are welcome. The MSA was founded in the early 1980's by Dr Sparkie Allison. You may contact her through her website: www.valinet.com/~sparkie. ----------------------------------------------------------------- MARS SOCIETY SEEKS SONGS TO CELEBRATE SPACE EXPLORATION With our last contest winner just played as wake-up music for NASA's "Opportunity" rover on Mars and featured prominently on television, radio and in newspapers worldwide, the Mars Society is proud to announce its Second Rouget de Lisle Award contest for songs celebrating the cause of the human exploration and settlement of space. We are asking for a tape or CD of songs, in any style, to be submitted together with a hardcopy of the lyrics by no later than April 30, 2004 to Mars Society, Box 273, Indian Hills, CO 80454. More information at http://www.marssociety.org/news/2004/0217.asp . ----------------------------------------------------------------- TAKE YOUR MUSIC TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH BERKLEEMUSIC.COM Berklee College of Music has launched its Berkleemusic.com web site after nearly two years in development. This ambitious 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: http://www.berkleemusic.com/school/?affiliate_promotion_id=338 ----------------------------------------------------------------- GREAT ARTICLES TO CHECK OUT AT GALARIS INDEPENDENT MUSIC: http://www.galaris.com/ * If you target sharp enough, you will own your niche - By Derek Sivers - http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=307 * Prepare the proper promotional meterials and know when to use them - By Bobby Borg - http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=308 * Build career awarness by expending your internet presence - by Bobby Borg - http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=290 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. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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. Back to Menu ================================================================= M u s e ' s C l u e s : by Irene Jackson 1998-2004 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission ----------------------------------------------------------------- You'll always get a bit of an argument when it comes to the difference between poetry and lyrics. Some lyricists such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan were able to bridge the gap somewhat by turning their poetry into songs, but these days more often than not you'll hear the argument "these aren't lyrics, they're poetry" as a reason for a song being unacceptable. Well, what the heck is the difference then? This month I'm featuring a few websites dedicated to poetry. The first one, Famous Poets (http://www.galeon.com/mlz/famouspoets.html), features selected poems from Frost to Keats, Tennyson to Wordsworth. Many of these poets came from earlier generations, and the language of their poetry reflects another era. But even if you find the work stifling, sift through a few and give yourself a chance to absorb the words...occasionally you'll come across a line or phrase that is so well-executed that you have to respect the talent and craft behind it. Some of the poems have rhymes and couplets and even refrains just as we use in lyrics...so what makes them different from lyrics? I leave that one up to you :-) Next is a list of poetic terms http://www.english.upenn.edu/~afilreis/88/poetic-terms.html which at first glance seems rather short. But each definition of terms is actually a study in itself, giving examples, and again you'll find terms also used in songwriting such as "couplet" and "meter". And if you thought that only songwriters have open mics, then you've never been to a poetry slam :-) http://www.poetryslam.com/index.htm . Very similar rules apply to the participants of slams, who compete by reading their original work in front of audiences and sometimes judges as well. In fact, if you're in the US you can find a poetry slam near where you live by using their searchable database. Lastly, a very thorough website on the art and craft of poetry is from the UK. Poetry Magic http://www.poetrymagic.co.uk/ is a great resource as well, and among other things, deals with how to write a poem from a beginners' to an advanced level. Again, you'll find a similarity to lyric writing in some of the articles presented, such as "Finding a Theme", "Imagery and Metaphor" and "Originality". The second article titled "Poetry for Pleasure" gives some pointers for beginners at the end, including the first suggestion: "1. Join a local poetry writing group or literature circle. Writing is a lonely enough activity, and moral support and shared aims will help you through the barren stretches." Sound familiar? By doing a simple Google search for "poetry", you'll find many more websites dedicated to the art and craft of poetry. Maybe you'll come to some kind of conclusion as to the difference between poetry and lyrics, and maybe not. But more importantly, you might just find some inspiration for your own lyrics. Er, poetry. Er...good luck! ****** Irene Jackson is a performing songwriter from Victoria, BC in Canada. Aside from writing, recording and performing, she also maintains a website for songwriters that includes tips, articles and more links of interest. Her eagerly anticipated CD "Catnip" is finally here, and her earlier recordings have had attention everywhere from Japan to South America. Songwriting Tips: http://www.irenejackson.com/tips.html Homepage: http://www.irenejackson.com/ Songs on MP3: http://www.mp3.com/artists/20/irene_jackson.html Back to Menu ================================================================= F e a t u r e d A r t i c l e : Performance, Musicians, and Demo Making - By Queenie Sataro 2004 ----------------------------------------------------------------- In my previous articles on Being Your Own One-Person Indie Team, I mentioned that creating a self-produced album was a lengthy but achievable process for the self-motivated musician. Here is a brief outline of the process of getting and promoting an album: I. Song creation--a song is born! A. Song creation and song choice B. Time management C. Performance, musicians, and demo making II. Recording the songs A. Laying down tracks and vocals B. Mixing and mastering C. CD design and duplication III. Promotion A. Offering a CD for sale online B. Creation of an artist website C. Free web promotion and beyond In this part of the series, I will discuss Part IC, Performance, Musicians, and Demo Making. Each are integral to the album process, even if the only performer or musician is yourself and the only demo is created with a tinny tape recorder. In this article you will learn about the art of the trial run from practice to perfection. PERFORMANCE, MUSICIANS, AND DEMOS IN THE MAKING OF A DEBUT ALBUM Use the clicking box Keep your goal in sight: you want a debut album. It is not a problem for you to practice and refine your 12-14 songs, but here is the catch . . . you really should use a metronome. Yes, that evil clicking box that in the old days used to have an upside down pendulum on it to better hypnotize you with, my dear, the metronome. The reason to use it: tempo problems can ruin the greatest of songs. Most musicians, when left to their natural devices, will wander all over the beat and obscure any opportunity for a listener to tap his foot along with the music. What you want is the rock solid underbelly of a good beat, later provided by a click track (modern term for "metronome") that is either included in your digital recording device or in your sequencer. Confused whether your song is in 2/4, 3/4, or 4/4? Ninety percent of songs in this modern era are in 2/4 or 4/4, but if you are still confused, please email me from my site at http://www.queeniemusic.com/ and I'll do my best to assist. Learn to use the power of MIDI Not a drummer or virtuoso pianist? I understand. You can still create your debut album as long as you can create a simple MIDI file on a keyboard workstation or digital sequencer. The MIDI file is not just a rough draft for your music, it is a virtual method of communication! MIDI is explained a thousand places on the net, so I will not go into it here. I suggest you think of MIDI as the dippy Casio version of your songs that will help you to go on to bigger and better things. For instance, as rhythm tracks will be the first thing you record, try to write the drum and bass first on a sequencer or as MIDI files. I guarantee that you will hate the sound of the cheesy keyboard "drums" or the even worse MIDI "bass", but there is a method to the madness. You will get an approximation of what you want which you can change, tweak, and refine. You can give the MIDI recording to a future drummer or bass player you hire and say, "duplicate this on your drums." If you have a drum machine or a nice sound module, that MIDI file will get transformed into some pretty decent sounds. Lastly, there is a way of printing sheet music from existing MIDI files. It is a free program called Finale Notepad available at http://www.codamusic.com/. I love this free program and have bought more robust versions of the software. Get something done Personally, I sequence entire songs minus vocals on my keyboard workstation before I record the rhythm tracks (drum and bass) or anything else, for that matter. That way I have all the MIDI files I could ever want and I can solo whatever track I need. This approach works for me. If you are in a band, it is probably not an option to pre-sequence all your parts beforehand like I do. Instead, try to record a demo on a tape recorder or analog 4-track and then have the crew listen to it and critique it for every aspect except the physical recording itself. Are the songs complete and ready? Is there a steady beat? Decide the instruments you can and cannot perform ----------------------------------------------------------------- This article is continued at: http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000643.html ----------------------------------------------------------------- ****** Queenie is an indie singer-songwriter who has produced a wildly successful 12 song CD album, QUEENIE, 2 chart-topping internet song collaborations, and designed her own artist website from scratch to promote her own music and positive message. Classically trained in a Chicago conservatory, Queenie's beautiful original works are part medieval melody and part pop-song. Her voice is a Midwestern original that owes nothing to the typical Chicagoan sound, but instead gently whispers where others shout. Queenie's entirely self-produced and recorded album, QUEENIE, has constantly topped charts on sites all over the globe since its release in October 2001. You can learn more about Queenie and her music by visiting: http://www.queeniemusic.com/ . Back to Menu ================================================================= " O N S I T E " F E A T U R E D A R T I C L E : ----------------------------------------------------------------- Where's My Orchestra? By Michael Askounes http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000632.html We all have songs in our heads, and they visit us from time to time, sometimes when we're near an instrument sometimes when we're in our cars. To all of us, the music sounds great; but sometimes, transferring from brain to guitar or from idea to reality can be a frustrating experience...
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