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Issue 7.3 - June 2004
ISSN 1480-6975

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@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Copyright & Publishing Q&A with Nancy A. Reece from Carpe
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@-- Music Reviews - by James Grimes, 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 - "That Struggle You’re Going Through May
                Just Be Your Answer!" - by A. "Mac" MacMillan
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

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I'm going to keep this Musing pretty short as there's a lot to
get to in this issue.  Nancy Reece is back this month with some
Copyright & Publishing Q&A's and her e-book is still on sale for
half price.  

More Artist Spotlights have been introduced this past month.  I
hope you'll take a moment to check out the awesome music of your
fellow songwriters.  

Some of the raffle winners didn't get back to me in time for this
issue, unfortunately.  But I did hear back from a few.  Here they
are:

* Kimberly Simonetti from Sherman Oaks, CA won the book reviewed
this month - "Music Notation" by Mark McGrain.

* Debbie Kinnamon from Loveland, Ohio has won a copy of the
Galaris Music Directory (for details, have a look at
http://www.galaris.com/GMD.html?musesmuse).

* Brentwood from Toronto, ON 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)

Thanks again for taking the time to subscribe and read this
newsletter.  I hope that you find it helpful.

Keep on writing!

All the best,

--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: COLLABORATION
 
Q:
Hello and thank you for your time. I composed and wrote a melody
for a song being used by a hip hop artist. I was not paid for the
composition of the song, and had not made an arrangement prior to
recording it. I was working with the artist on a friendship level
and wrote many musical parts for his songs and never charged for
the music I wrote. Most of the music I wrote for this artist was
fill in strings, guitars, piano etc..  My question is this. The
one song in question is a melody and arrangement that I composed
entirely-minus the drum loop. Can I ask for a sum, to hand over
all exclusive rights to the song, or do I petition that the song
not be used? Thank you,  Frank
 
A:
The Digital Web Book (DWB) has an entire chapter on this and you
may find it helpful.  Once you put the song in a "fixed format"
(write it down or record it) then the copyright exists.  If the
artist you worked with did not offer you a work for hire
agreement then you should consider the copyright yours.  For that
artist to then record the song, they will need a mechanical
license from you.  There is a sample of one in the DWB.
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TOPIC: PUBLISHING
 
Q:
I am a songwriter and music producer and I am looking to sell my
material independently.  My question is, should I get my songs
published before I get them registered for Copyright protetion or
the other way around? 
 
A:
Once your copyright exists, you will want to register it for any
future ownership and creation concerns.  I tend to suggest that
you then set up a publishing company yourself and tuck the
compositions there.  As you pitch, if someone is interested in
the songs, it is easier to negotiate a co-pub deal if you already
have it all set up. There are samples of how to set up publishing
in the Digital Web Book.
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TOPIC: COLLABORATION

Q:
I am currently writing lyrics in collaboration with a composer. I
copyright my lyrics by registered mail and turn them over to the
composer for his melody making. Upon his completion and recording
of the song, he copyrights the CD by registered mail in order to
protect his melody.  In this case we have two sets of copyrights
for one song. Is that normal and, most importantly, legal? I
trust that by maintaning my copyrights to the lyrics I have the
freedom to present them to any number of composers and therefore
technically my lyrics for one song could be on 5 different songs
on the hit parade. Is that a fact?  Thanks for your assistance.
Best regards, Ray

A:
The registration form should show both writers' names with you as
100% author of the lyric and he 100% author of the music. If you
do not have a copy of what he has sent in, you may want to ask
him to send that to you for your files.  If he only indicated
that he was 100% author of music and left you off then you will
need to register again showing your authorship.  Yes, you may use
your lyric with another melody to create another copyright.  Just
as he may use other lyrics to his melody to create yet another.
Collaborating can be very productive but very confusing and it is
always good to get procedure settled up front with anyone you
work with. 
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ABOUT NANCY A. REECE:
Since 1998, Nancy Reece has been providing a question and answer
forum for Muse's Muse readers. Now all of the articles, forums
and Q&A's are compiled into an e-book called REAL ANSWERS TO REAL
QUESTIONS: THE SONGWRITER-PUBLISHER FORUM .  

For information on how to pick up your copy today, visit:
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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
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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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NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE:

Reviews by Stacey Board:

* Richard Abel
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000688.html
* Jono Aggett
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000690.html
* Dante
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000685.html
* Eystone
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000686.html
* Jennifer Gasoi
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000687.html
* Jana
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000683.html
* Scott Johnson
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000691.html
* Nancy Walker
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000689.html
* Kieskagato
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000684.html

Reviews by Steve Allat:

* Morph
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000678.html
* Population
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000677.html
* Joel Bermudez
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000682.html
* Dejection
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000681.html
* Tim Gerwing
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000680.html
* Arthur Yoria
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000679.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 :  

Great music is only a click away!  
Here is the latest addition to the Artist Spotlight section of
The Muse's Muse at http://www.musesmuse.com/artistspotlights.html 

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NANCY FALKOW ~ Genre: SINGER/SONGWRITER

Nancy Falkow is a melodic and soulful singer-songwriter from
Philadelphia, who is relocating to Dublin, Ireland in June 2004
as she simultaneously celebrates the release of her latest album
"Clear View." As a vocalist, Falkow has landed guest spots on
recordings from Astrud Gilberto to G Love. Her most cherished
career highlight was when she toured as a vocalist with Daniel
Lanois on his "Shine" Tour in 2003. 

http://www.nancyfalkow.com/
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LIQUID MANDO ~ Genre: WORLD

The Liquid Mando experience has developed over ten years of
exciting artistic pursuit in both the realms of music and graphic
art. One poet once claimed that the format, style, or genre of
Liquid Mando's unique sound could not be categorized. Part jazz,
part country, part rock, and a whole lot of World Fusion are in
the mix. Of course, the mandolin is at the center of it all. 

http://www.liquidmando.com/
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SEVEN 13 - Genre: ROCK

Throughout the time we spend in this world, distinct people are
joined together to form unexplainable alliances. We are SEVEN 13;
a Theatrical Rock Band based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Old
World Harmonies combine with our own unique personalities and
musical experiences to forge a sound and essence that is
distinctly our own. 

http://www.seven13band.com/
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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

              Music Notation - by Mark McGrain
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Mark McGrain has written a book on the topic of notation that has
much of what a formal education covers on the topic.  It's simply
titled Music Notation.
 
This is definitely a text book and it just so happens to be the
Berklee College of Music text for this discipline.

Right from the first page you get the sense that this is a very
well thought out text book because it does not attempt to be
comprehensive like a dictionary or historical like an
encyclopedia.
 
In Mark McGrain's book we get the "day to day" notational symbols
and a thorough explanation of how they are to be drawn and
positioned to make the music you notate exactly the same as the
music that is intended to be played and heard.
 
In the introduction Mark explains, "This text is designed to
provide the reader with an understanding of the theory of music
notation as well as the necessary technique for drawing each
notational symbol". The reason why the word "theory" is so
important to this "statement of purpose" for the book, is that
this book explains, not only how long the stem on a quarter note
should be, but why this is important to your reader's ability to
play your work.  It also shows how to achieve this kind of
notating skill successfully and consistently.
 
There is a section on the tools of the trade in pencil notation,
which this book deals with exclusively. It details what kind of
pencils, erasers and rulers are preferred for proper notation.
Mark never actually says to make sure that you get a massive
eraser in so many words, but I'll tell you right now that if you
want to learn how to transcribe at this level, you will use more
rubber than you'll find on the 4 Goodyear all season radial tires
I just put on our van.
 
Any self respecting stationery store will have everything you
need.
 
The first chapter deals with drawing clefs properly including the
alto, tenor and percussion clefs. If you were unaware that
there's more than one clef for percussion or that the C clef has
more movable versions than alto and tenor, then this is a book
in which to research that information before the day comes when
someone might expect you to know it.
 
There are chapters on drawing the various rhythmic values like
whole notes, half notes,and the proper length of their stems,
drawn in the correct direction for the notes pitch, etc...
 
Almost no one I know draws his or her sharps and flats correctly,
except me of course...well...most of the time. This book
illustrates and explains the drawing of all of the tempo and
dynamics markings, chord names, articulation and ornament
directions.  It also explains the other "traffic signs" found on
typeset published music that are absolutely necessary to make a
piece of music completely playable by anyone, anywhere.
 
There are four sections at the back of the book offering valuable
stuff. First, there's a reasonably comprehensive listing of the
names and common abbreviations of the various instruments you
might find yourself notating for. Next, there's a "crib notes"
explanation of score layout; thirdly, a listing of the
transpositional keys of the instruments,(especially the ones that
are not concert), and finally, a glossary of terms more
comprehensive than ones found in the back of most theory books.
 
This would be a great book for anyone who can read music but is
challenged by the writing of it and for those who can write it
but find that their transcriptions just don't seem to measure up
to the handwritten charts they see in fake books or in the
studio. 
 
A well written chart can be a pleasure to read because it comes
right from the composer's pen and has some of his or her creative
spirit right in its calligraphy yet should also have all the
precision and accuracy of published sheet music. That's the part
of the art that this book teaches.
 
You can find a copy of Mark McGrains Music Notation at
http://tinyurl.com/3ckfe.

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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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The Muse's Muse Songwriting Resource (online since 1995) now has
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http://www.musesmuse.com/artistspotlights.html where musicians
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spotlighted artists are also mentioned in this newsletter (see
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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
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SONGWRITER TV FINDING THE NEXT HIT MAKERS!
This contest TV show intended for broadcast, created and under
development by Sound Works Entertainment, will challenge
contestants each week to write an original song based on specific
criteria. Each song will be performed in front of a live
audience. This contest is open to all songwriters - for all
musical styles. Non-performing writers are encouraged to enter
this contest. You do not have to be a musician or singer to
enter. There is no entry fee. We are looking for the next hit
makers! For more information, rules, regulations and entry form -
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DIAMOND RIO INVITES SONGWRITERS TO ENTER THE NASHVILLE SONG
SEARCH (TM) 
Nashville Song Search seeks to identify the next big hit in
country music, and offers struggling songwriters the critical
exposure they need to launch their dream career in songwriting.
Songs will be judged by legendary songwriters, publishers and
producers: Catherine Blasingame, Gary Burr, Kent Earl, Gary
Harrison, Chris Lindsay, Vince Melamed, Pat Pattison, Troy
Verges, and Thom Schuyler. Judging will be based solely on
originality, lyrics and melody. Winners in all eight categories
will be flown to Nashville and provided hotel accommodations for
three days, play in the round at the world-famous Bluebird Café,
and receive coaching from hit songwriters in intimate sessions.
The Grand Prize winner will be announced at the Bluebird Café
performance and receive a professional promo package to pitch
his/her song to major record labels, a personal mentoring session
with a hit country songwriter, a six-hour songwriter's inside
tour of Music City, and a lesson with a master guitarist. 100% of
the proceeds benefit Crisis Center (www.crisiscntr.org) - a free,
24-hour telephone crisis counseling service. Visit
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WIN A MUSIC VIDEO, VIDEO RELEASE PART, $1,000 SHOPPING SPREE AT
TOM LEE MUSIC, PLUS MORE 
Swoon Media is presenting the first annual Forge Indie Music
Competition. Boasted as the antithesis of American Idol, the
Forge Indie Music Competition is accepting submissions from
musical artists and bands in BC, until June 7th. The lucky
winners will receive a music video, video release party, $1,000,
$750, and $500 shopping sprees from official sponsor Tom Lee
Music, recording time, their song on the radio, and t.v.
Exposure. How it works is, artists submit their music and
application online or in person. Because they are NOT American
Idol, Swoon Medi will not be accepting photos along with the
initial submissions in an effort to base judging exclusively on
talent rather than image. 

The application form and additional information is available
online: swoonmedia.com We can also be contacted by phone or
email: 604.856.0104 or contest@swoonmedia.com 
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JOIN PETE & PAT LUBOFF FOR A SONGWRITING DREAM VACATION!
Pete & Pat Luboff invite you to join them on a songwriting dream 
vacation in the hills west of Nashville, July 5 through 9.  On
the gorgeous grounds of a Civil War mansion with gourmet meals
included.  Instruction, camaraderie, intimate concerts with hit
songwriters, and contacts with music publishers. Perform in
finale concert at the world-famous Bluebird Cafe.  Please visit
http://www.writesongs.com/ for more details.

SONGWRITING CONSULTATION SPECIAL OFFER: 
Pete & Pat Luboff will pay for the phone call for Muse's Muse
songwriters who use the Luboffs' songwriting consultation
service. The service provides detailed, constructive song
analysis, answers to all your creative and business questions and
references to contacts when appropriate. Visit
http://www.writesongs.com/consults.htm for more information. 
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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.

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LOOK FOR "MUSIC ROW NORTH" IN TORONTO, JUNE 26
NSAI's "Music Row North," a one-day educational seminar &
concert, will be held Saturday, June 26, in Toronto, Canada.
Segments will include a music industry panel discussion
(featuring guests from Canada and the U.S.) along with a song
critique panel. The concert will feature Canadian
artist/songwriter Paul Brandt ("My Heart Has a History" * "I
Do"), artist/songwriter Mark Selby ("There's Your Trouble" by the
Dixie Chicks" * "Blue on Black" by Kenny Wayne Shepherd) and
Grammy-winning songwriter Tia Sillers ("I Hope You Dance" by Lee
Ann Womack * "There's Your Trouble" by the Dixie Chicks) and Dean
McTaggart ("Dark Horse" by Amanda Marshall * "Unsung Heroes" by
Terri Clark). For more information, visit:
http://members.rogers.com/torontonsai/EV06%20MRN.htm .  
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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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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 
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GREAT ARTICLES TO CHECK OUT AT GALARIS INDEPENDENT MUSIC:
http://www.galaris.com/

*  Music CDs versus DVDs - by Jeffrey P. Fisher
http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=294

*   Achieving Your Best Studio Vocal 
- Part Three - By Jeannie Deva
http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=295

*   Climb Every Mountain - by Jamey Andreas
http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=296

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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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
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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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Maybe it shouldn't, but it still surprises me when a young guitar
student asks to learn a Beatles' song.  I often ask them where
they heard the Beatles, and the most predictable answer is from
their parents, but occasionally it's one of their peers who has
passed the Beatles' music on to them.  I like that :-)  The
Beatles are commonly named as a songwriting influence by many
other well-known songwriters, and there's no question why. Not
everyone is a Beatles fan, of course, but even if you're not, you
might be interested in this month's clues.

Surfing the web recently, I came across a huge collection of
quotes on songwriting by John Lennon.  Many of them discuss
particular songs, who wrote what, but there is also some good
discussion on John's writing process, where ideas came from and
his songwriting philosophy.  You'll find the first page of his
songwriting quotes here: 

http://mysite.freeserve.com/pictureyourself/page4.html

The quotes were taken from various interviews between 1963 and
1980, and there are quite a few of them!  Beyond that, this is
obviously a John Lennon fan site, but very well researched,
including a list of every song John wrote, some statistics about
the songs, including the ones they "gave away". 

"Picture Yourself" is an interesting look into one of the most
influential songwriters of our time, and well worth spending some
time.   

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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 : 

"That Struggle You’re Going Through May Just Be Your Answer!"
- by A. "Mac" MacMillan © 2004

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Anything in life worth doing, is worth doing the best you can.
For me, writing, producing and performing music is something I do
because it is in my soul to do it.  It is an art that feeds my
soul for a million different reasons; but that doesn't mean,
there aren't "tough" moments I get to wade through from time to
time, or daily for that matter!

Learning why this resistance pops its head up in my world and
how to deal with it became essential to getting back up, brushing
off the guck and continuing to move forward.

Your music career: whether you're a songwriter, producer or
artist, won't go anywhere without YOU!  You have to find the
strength to allow those dreams to happen.  You have to rise above
the difficult moments (or days, weeks, months) and do what it
takes because if you don't, no one else is going to do it for
you.

Before I go a step further, I want you to notice two words in
that last paragraph.  The words are "have to".    You "have to"
find the strength...  You "have to" rise above....

The fact is you don't have to - you "get to".  This is what you
do - this is what you love, even when it's tough.

Resistance (or conflict, struggle – whatever word fits for you)
is necessary and here's why it may actually be a "GIFT" in your
world.  Understanding the following, simple, Universal Law will
lift a ton of pressure off your mind and help you write the songs
you dream of writing!

When you're working on that new song or that entire album project
and it doesn't seem to be going smoothly – or – when you're
working in a band with all kinds of crap coming up with band
members – or – when you're trying your best to get your musical
aspirations off the ground and things just don't seem to be
working out the way you had imagined, STOP, take a long deep
breath, slow down and take a look at the whole situation through
new eyes.  Here's how...

There is a Universal Law that says, "when anything is initiated,
there will be resistance".  

This U.L. (universal law) is a constant.  The actual name of this
U.L. is, "The Four Forces" (detailed book coming to LifeForce
website soon on this law) 

How this law works and the fact that it exists, doesn't go away
because you or I might not know about it.  It's there for a
reason and it's immutable; kind of like gravity.

Why does this law exist?  To produce life of course!  Without
this law nothing would exist!

Here's a nutshell version of how The Four Forces works:  

( For the remainder of this article, please click through to:
http://www.musesmuse.com/art-struggle.html#newsletter )

                        ******

A. "Mac" MacMillan, is the world's coolest Meta-Phusician.  A
professional musician, singer-songwriter, composer and producer.
She is also an author, lecturer and licensed coach in
Philosophical Sciences and Women's Mysteries.  Co-founder of
LifeForce Project with partner and bassist, Jai Steward; Mac is
co/author of the LifeForce RESOURCE Series E-books.  Principle
writer and performer with her own band "Two Eyed Violet", their
music can be heard on the LifeForce site.  To learn more about
Universal Laws that can help you get a leg up in your own life,
free your creative nature and live a more efficient, connected
life on the planet, visit http://www.lifeforceproject.com/ – it’s
instrumental for your life!

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Laying Down Tracks and Vocals - Queenie Sataro
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down tracks and vocals. For some of you, this is the fun part,
recording. For others, recording music presents huge technical
challenges. She is of the latter school of thought and has
struggled for many years when it comes to recording time for her
projects. In this article you will learn about the recording
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