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Issue 7.10 - January 2005
ISSN 1480-6975

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

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - Steve Allat, Stacey Board, Gian Fiero, 
                    Kathy Brackley & Brett Thompson
@-- 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 - REACHING THE BREAKING POINT - PART 1:
    by Jeannie Deva (New Columnist!) 
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to
the New Year!  Whatever you have planned, stay safe and enjoy
yourselves. :)   

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Have a very Happy New Year and I'll see you again in 2005! 


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

by Gian Fiero, Ann Klein & Brett Thompson  


Reviews by Ann Klein

* Mar Project
* Jim Duffy
* Kenni & Co.

Reviews by Gian Fiero:

* Draw Tippy
* Chelsee Oaks
* Templeton Thompson

Reviews by Brett Thompson:

* Jennifer Paskow


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!

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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 :  

Great music is only a click away!  
Here is the latest addition to the Artist Spotlight section of
The Muse's Muse at 

Lou Black - Genre: POP

"Sophisticated Global Pop." Soulful and personal with a few
counter-culture songs thrown in for good measure. Unique and
polished blend of melodic pop, blues, folk, & world. "The tone,
international flavor, lyrics and vocal quality will recall such
luminaries as ...Peter Gabriel, Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed."


Bud Buckley - Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

Former NY teacher Bud Buckley has emptied his schoolbag into a
new CD, Feel My Love. If Bob Dylan ever managed to swallow Paul
Simon, James Taylor and their guitars, it would sound like Bud.
His pop style is at times folk/rock or traditional ballad.
Whether he's drawing a laugh or a tear, he's a good listen.



"Veering expertly between Westerberg styled smart-guy rock and
classic Brit-inspired pop, this is the kind of disc that radio
programmers should glom right onto. Each of these tracks is well
produced and, thanks to a remarkable roster of musicians,
rendered eminently listenable." -- West Coast Performer Magazine 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

Review of Berklee Music's Online Lyric Writing Course 
If your dream perception of being in college includes frat
parties involving clandestine rituals where you pour beer over
your best friends' head while wearing a toga…then online learning
does not have the potential of really delivering what you're
looking for. 
However, online courses hold some remarkable advantages for those
who are looking for an education that propels them forward in
their field, yet fits nicely into a contemporary lifestyle. 
Most of us who are "into" song writing are already fitting our
art into a life that involves lots of other priorities.  But we
would all agree that there is so much we need to know to move our
writing forward.  I also find it's hard to learn when I'm pulling
information from randomly discovered sources all over the net
whenever they happen to surface. 
Berklee College of Music's online song writing course may just be
the solution for busy, yet committed, songwriters like you and I. 
From September through to mid December I did an academic audit of
Berklee's online lyric writing programme that featured three
courses to choose from.  All three courses were authored by Pat
Patterson who has been teaching lyric writing and poetry at
Berklee since 1975 and played a central role in developing
Berklee's song writing major. 

Pat Pattison is the world's leading authority on contemporary
lyric development and analysis, having authored three of this
planets defining texts on the topic.  The prospect of gaining
online access to Pat's teaching and guidance is simply
The first thing I noticed when I first logged onto the virtual
campus was how easy it was to find everything on the personal
home page they set up for each student.  With one click of the
mouse, at anytime of day and night, you can access the full set
of course materials you are enrolled in from this page. 

The three lyric courses I audited were "Writing Lyrics to Music",
"Writing from a Title" and "Tools and Strategies". 
Lesson One of "Writing Lyrics to Music" had one of my favourite
topics - the placement of stress syllables in a lyric - so I went
there just to see what a course on this might involve.  

Each course is a twelve-week module and each week's worth of
materials includes a complete introduction, a comprehensive set
of lessons and an assignment. 

One of the features that I find most helpful is the audio clip
that accompanies every example so that students can actually hear
the examples and apply their lyric idea to actual music. 
Students then post their lyric ideas in a thread or discussion
page which is then addressed by the course instructor and also by
fellow students creating an opportunity for genuine input from a
lot of sources. 
Each course features a syllabus page which introduces the course
materials and objectives, lists the required texts and computer
requirements and expresses the criteria and regulations
concerning assignments, communications and grading.
Speaking of grades…You can look up your grades with a click of
the mouse from this same page and also read or review archives of
the announcements, discussions and chats that have gone on during
the twelve weeks of the course. Very cool!
At first, I felt a little sneaky going into the chat archive and
snooping around but I was assured that only academic auditors,
(of which I believe I was the only one) and the dozen or so
students in the course have access to any of this material. 

I found it interesting that the students, in the class I audited,
had their first chat September 25th with 274 posts, (124 of which
were from the instructor) and by December 8, near the end of the
course the final chat had 512 posts (130 provided by the

This leads me to believe that during the twelve weeks of the
course some real community gets built here, as students enjoy
some opportunities to fellowship, network, co write and
experience peer to peer learning to augment the best lyric
writing instruction available anywhere in the world.

For enrolment information visit

James Linderman lives and works at theharmonyhouse, a music
lesson, songwriting and recording pre production facility in
Newmarket, Ontario. James writes songwriting articles and music
book reviews for The Muse's News, Canadian Musician Magazine,
Songwriters Magazine, and Professional Musician Magazine. His
writing is also featured in the James Linderman Wing of the
library at James has a Canadian University and
American College education in music theory and composition and is
also pretty good at making up songs and playing the guitar. 

Contact James at: 

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above). Check out for
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M u s i c a l   N o t e s : Songwriting Contests & Market Info.

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and market information that have already been listed here, are
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This competition is open to all amateur and professional
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M u s e ' s    C l u e s :  by Irene Jackson

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For a little change of pace, this months' website is devoted to
the "science" of music.  The Exploratorium
( offers online movies,
exhibits and common questions, such as "Why does my recorded
voice sound so strange to me?".  And have you ever heard of the
term "ear candy"?  This is an expression for something sweet
sounding...of course what sounds sweet is a relative thing when
it comes to music, but the Exploratorium discusses the opposite
of ear candy -- earworms!  Ever had that annoying part of a song
stuck in your head for the longest time and wonder what is
actually happening in your brain?  The German psychologist James
Kellaris Ohrwurm studied this very phenomenon, coming up with
some interesting theories.

The website also offers up some unusual interactive pages.  You
can play the drums, create your own loops from various "step
dancing" elements, where a person becomes an instrument by
clapping hands, stamping and chanting.  It's much too difficult
to describe here, you'll have to go the website and try it out
for yourself!  Learn about mixing and about natural reverb in a
way you may not have understood before.  And just how do opera
singers hold those notes for soooo long?
Of course, if you want to get away from music altogether the
Exploratorium has much more to offer, calling itself "The museum
of science, art and human perception".  You may very well get
lost for a few hours exploring our universe and all of its
wonders, so fill up on turkey, enjoy your family and friends, and
THEN sit down and take some time for yourself.  And while you're
at it, have a wonderful holiday season!

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:
Songs on MP3:
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F e a t u r e d   A r t i c l e : 

By Jeannie Deva © 2004 - All Rights Reserved

Jeannie is our newest columnist here at The Muse's Muse.  This is
her first article for us.  Feel free to visit her columnist page
at and ask her
questions you might have about getting the most out of your
vocals!  She's one heck of a teacher. :)

Years ago, I learned to "make due" with a very limited vocal
range. True, I could really belt out a song, but the song had to
stay contained within a small number of notes. After a while, I
realized there was more that I wanted to be able to express and
for that, needed to have more "high" notes in my vocabulary.
However, therein lay the problem. My upper range was a complete
embarrassment – and forget about being able to sing smoothly from
low to high!

I did not even think it possible to expand my range. I, like so
many others, believed that you were born with the voice you had
and I would just have to learn to deal with what little range I
had at my disposal. When I began to research the voice and create
a new approach to voice training, I was my own first client. I
was so sure that I could not expand my range and get past my
"breaking point" that I did not include this as a goal for
myself. I was truly surprised when I began to sing smoothly
further and further into previously unknown vocal territory! This
led me into additional research, to better understand this
phenomenon and its solutions, some of which I will share with you
in this article.

Many singers find their lack of range and lack of confidence
holds them back from being the expressive singer they wish
themselves to be. Still others have come to believe that the
"breaking point" in their range is a natural part of a person’s
voice. This belief alone causes people to invent ways of hiding
or maneuvering around an aspect of their voice they wish was not
there. But is it really true that this "breaking point" is a
natural part of a person's voice?

Defining Terms
To start off, let's define the term "breaking-point."
Breaking-point, otherwise known as "register break" is defined as
those few notes which are the cross-over from your lower to your
upper register. In classical voice training, this is called the
"passage" or passagio (passageway between two sections of vocal
range). Usually this is one to three notes which suddenly become
weak and are difficult to control.

Though there are some variations, this is normally experienced
from an E to an F# over Middle C for men. For women it is either
the same notes an octave above, or a Bb to a C# above Middle C.
Above these notes, the singer may be able to regain a sense of
vocal control and recapture some vocal quality. The register of
notes above the "breaking-point" is often thought of by men as
their "falsetto" range and by women as their "head voice."

The Cause - Physical or Mental?
Singing is both a mental and physical process. When you think you
have to do something to achieve a certain note, and if what you
think you have to do is actually not what your body needs to do,
the conflict can cause tension and a poor result. The outcome
will never be as good as it could be if your thoughts are in
harmony with your body’s natural and automatic sound functions.

An example of this is thinking you have to reach "up" for higher
notes when in fact all the pitches are created in the same
location in your throat. In actuality, to achieve faster
vibrations (higher pitches), the back of your voice box tilts
down into the center of the throat so that the vocal folds can
stretch. So thinking "up" is contrary to the physical motion of
the voice box, which can confuse your body and cause tension.

Finding Answers

(This article is continued at


Jeannie Deva is the founder of Jeannie Deva® Voice Studios since
1978 and originator of The Deva Method® A Non-Classical Approach
for Singers™. Author of the internationally published vocal
home-study course: The Contemporary Vocalist book and CDs, and
The Deva Method Vocal Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs CD, she has been
flown to recording studios internationally as a recording studio
vocal specialist and has been endorsed by producers and engineers
of the Rolling Stones, The Cars, Aerosmith, and many others.
Clients include Grammy Award Winner Aimee Mann, Patty Griffin,
Dar Williams, members of the J. Geils band, Broadway cast of
Grease, the international touring cast of Fame, Jesus Christ
Superstar and many more. While her private voice studio is
located in Los Angeles, Jeannie maintains private clients across
the US, South America and Europe, giving lessons in person and
long distance, by phone. Jeannie Deva® Voice Studios

Copyright 2004. All Rights Reserved. Jeannie Deva, The Deva
Method and A Non-Classical Approach for Singers are service and
trademarks owned by Jeannie Deva Enterprises, Inc.

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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 :

Here are a few of new articles that have been placed on the
Muse's Muse site since the last issue of this newsletter.  I hope
you'll check them out!
Jealous Again by Linda Dessau

Jealousy – do you feel it? Do you sense it in others? Does it
hinder your relationships with other songwriters? Does it sap
your confidence? Does it block your writing? Here are some
questions to help you get clearer about the jealousy in your
What Is A Broadcast Quality Recording? by Jerry Flattum

This article is Part 1 of a series of articles exploring the
question, "What Is A Broadcast Quality Recording?" From home
studios to state-of-the-art facilities, what kinds of recordings
songwriters and artists need to make will prove critical to their
success. It could be that the new millennium marks a new era in
recording: the death of the demo. And, how commercially released
recordings are "mastered" may influence sales. 
Out Standing Songs by Jon Nicol

With so many songs out there, here's a few thoughts on making
yours stand out.
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