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Issue 7.6 - September 2004
ISSN 1480-6975

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

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - by Steve Allat, Stacey Board & Kathy Brackley
@-- 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 - The 5 "Oops - Why Did I Have to be so
Influential" Artists of All Time - by  Brian "Sly" Curley
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
    viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

Lots of announcements this month folks, so please do bear with
me. :)  

First off, please help me welcome Bill Pere & Brian "Sly" Curley
to our roster of columnists here on The Muse's Muse. Bill will be
writing about techniques that get results and add impact to your
songs in his Songcrafters' Coloring Book column
( Brian will be
basically making fun of music (we all need a little humor
sometimes, don't we?) in his unique column called Beat On The
Brat ( Brian's latest
article is the featured article for the newsletter this time
around and Bill's article is the featured "On Site" article, so
there are also ready links to these new additions right in this
newsletter.  I hope you'll check them out!

Next, we move to the happenings on the Muse's Muse Message Board
- :

As a result of some pretty stiff competition in the Music &
Lyrics section of this message board, a committee has formed to
create the first ever Muse's Muse Member CD. A survey has just
been completed in the Muse's Muse CD Project forum and the
committee is currently putting together the rules and submission
process. We anticipate a great turn out based on the survey
results and we're looking for sponsors to help make this project
the best that it possibly can be (especially folks who can help
us afford a CD printing!  Do you represent a CD replication
company?  I'd love to hear from you if you're interested). 

A Sponsor's logo and web address or telephone number will be
prominently displayed on the back of every CD as well as credited
in the insert (and there could be more than one.  It depends on
how many interested folks contact me). We honestly have no idea
how many sales of this CD there will be, but there are over 4,000
registered users on the message board so you can bet your own
message will get around town. ;) 

The Muse's Muse has become more than a hangout for songwriters.
Since the inception of the message board, it's become a viable
source of creative influence, a place for songwriters to learn
how to better their craft, and now a place to be heard.  If you
would like to be a sponsor for the Muse's Muse CD Project, please
contact me by September 10, 2004. 

If you'd like to be considered for inclusion in the Muse's Muse
CD Project, please visit the forum to read the rules and
submission process.

Phew!  Ok.  Now on to the raffle winners. :)  They are:

* Angela Hammontree from Seattle, Washington, who has won a copy
of the "Musician's Toolkit" 
(for details, see 

* Mike Rickard from Atlanta, GA has won a copy of VSS's
songwriting organization product, Lyricist (for details and
information on a discount offered, see

* Don Thrash from Dallas, TX has won the book from last month's
issue: "The Contemporary Singer, Elements of Vocal Technique" by
Anne Peckham (brought to you by Berklee Press

* Mike Yoder from Grand Rapids, MI has won a 6 month subscription
to the Onlinegigs ( service.  This
valuable service is a powerful tool for musicians, agents, record
companies and managers designed to virtually automate the
administration of booking and promoting a band or bands. 

* Janet Griffin from Owings Mills, MD has won a copy of the book
reviewed in this issue of the newsletter (below): "100 Miles to a
Record Deal" by Bronson Herrmuth.

Happy writing! 


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Deadline: Oct 15, 2004

2004 Judges: Monte Lipman (Pres., Universal Recs); Bo Diddley;
Aaron Lewis (Staind); John Ondrasik (Five For Fighting); Sean "P.
Diddy" Combs; Clint Black; David Hidalgo (Los Lobos); Peter
Furler (Newsboys); Alan Meltzer (CEO, Wind-Up Recs); Michael
McDonald (President, ATO Recs); Tracy Gershon (Sr. Dir A&R, Sony
Recs Nashville); Kim Stephens (VP A&R, Lava Recs); Barbara Sedun
(VP Creative, EMI Music Pub. Canada); Leib Ostrow (CEO, Music For
Little People) and many more.


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

by Steve Allat, Stacey Board & Kathy Brackley 


Reviews by Kathy Brackley

* Lovechilde, Jemiah, Kormelo
* Montrose

Reviews by Stacey Board:

* Scott Celani : Saturday
* Bob Pyle
* LaMont
* Gina French
* Javelyn
* Guerrilla Funk Monster

Reviews by Steve Allat:

* The Boxing Lesson
* Cronic
* Pete Schmidt
* Seismic
* Henway


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

      100 Miles to a Record Deal by Bronson Herrmuth
The subtitle to 100 Miles to a Record Deal is "A Manual of
Reference for the Working Musician, Band, Artist or Songwriter"
and so it wins points with me right away for being a reference
manual while gaining greater validity for being called "100 miles
to a record deal" and not " 1 Mile to a record deal" or worse
still "Several inches to a record deal".  When you are that close
to signing a deal you shouldn't be in need of a general reference
book.  You need a good lawyer and a good record but there's not a
book in the world I know of that can help you then. 

There is a lot of good stuff in this book but it's more for those
of us who are still 100 miles away from being signed, and so the
information is organized in a very linear way to parallel what
your career would ideally look like starting from the very start.
In other words the author starts Chapters 1 and 2 with the
auditioning of members for your band and then booking them for
local gigs and not with you leaving your hand prints in the wet
cement on the walk of fame. 

Chapter 3 takes a general look at rehearsing and I instantly
thought that this would make a great companion book to one of my
absolute favorite books, Jeff Strand's "Starting a Band Made
Simple" which I reviewed in the Muse's News a couple of years
ago. Jeff's book deals more specifically with how to set up and
run through a good rehearsal whereas this book stresses the
importance of rehearsing and why it's so essential. 

The chapters that follow share advice on just about every aspect
of being an artist - things like promotional packages, fan clubs,
recording, merchandising, music conferences, song contests,
agents and managers and lots more. 

The author has spent the last 20 years in publishing and there's
a chapter that has some very direct guidance for anyone
approaching publishing with some confusion about what kinds of
things to send and how to send them. 

My favorite chapter is called "The big 3" and it is the 3
questions you will be asked about your music when things start to
get serious. What the author has included is the correct way to
answer those 3 questions to keep the window of opportunity open
and for your work to move forward. Very cool.

This would be a great book to read if you were just starting out,
(remember the 100 miles) but there is also some valuable
reminders for those of us who have been at this for a while along
with some cool stuff in the back half for seasoned pros. 

100 Miles to a Record Deal can be found and purchased at

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:

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

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As a performing songwriter, one thing I've always had to contend
with is performance anxiety.  Some artists/performers can just go
out there with no hesitation, few nerves and lots of bravado.
How I envy them!  And if you are anything like me, you know the
feeling:  dry mouth, shaky hands, foggy brain and a feeling that
every person in the audience can SEE how nervous you are and
hates what you're doing!

About a month ago, after a long break away from performing, I had
to play a couple of songs at my uncle's funeral service.  It's
not the first time I've had to perform at a service, and chances
are that it won't be the last.  It has to be the ultimate in
terms of difficult performances...not only are you nervous, but
with only a couple of songs to play you never get the chance to
warm up, there is usually no applause, only an awkward silence
between songs, AND you're playing to a room full of emotional
people, which can really affect your own emotional and
psychological state. 

Because I had been away from performing for awhile, I decided to
do some research on performance anxiety beforehand.  I've written
articles on this myself, but I thought some fresh ideas might
help me get through a most difficult situation.  One thing that
I've learned is that performance anxiety is a mild form of
something more extreme called Social Phobia which afflicts quite
a few people in non-performing situations.  If you do a Google
search for social phobia, you'll find plenty of websites
dedicated to this problem.

But I wanted specifically to narrow my focus to performance
anxiety, and during my web travels I came across David Leisner's
"Six Golden Rules for Conquering Performance Anxiety"

David is a classical guitarist, but I think his rules apply to
any musician in any situation.  We are all self-conscious at
times in even the most innocuous of places, but what happens when
you're in a room full of people staring at you, waiting
expectantly for you to entertain them? 

David's rules are meant to be used and perhaps even meditated
upon just before your performance, although you can read them
through over and over in the days or weeks leading up to the big
day and benefit from them as well. That's what I did.  They are
relatively easy to absorb and remember. 

We are not all performing songwriters, but for those of you who
aren't, there may come a day when you want to play that great
song for a special someone, or try it out in a songwriting
circle.  Take a look at David's Six Golden Rules first and you
might just enjoy the experience a little more! 

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 : 

The 5 "Oops - Why Did I Have to be so Influential" Artists of All
Time - by  Brian "Sly" Curley © 2004
Editor's Note: This is Brian's first article for The Muse's Muse
as our newest columnist.  What follows, is all in good fun.
Please give him a warm welcome! :)
One thing I find intriguing about music is rock history's
complexity and the many heated disputes that surround it. What
other subject is so dynamic? You could talk about rock bands and
their respective sub-genres or styles for days and barely scratch
the surface. A five hour debate on whether T.Rex were glitzy glam
rock sissies or proto-punk gods could be carried out and still
result in a "hung-jury". 

The most memorable debate I've ever engaged in about music was
with my college roommate at the time, who is one of my closest
friends and was the lead guitarist for our high school garage
band. If any two people are alike in their musical interests it
is us. Except on this particular night. Although we were out
bar-hopping until the wee hours, our musical judgment had not
become impaired. The argument took place on the night Spin
Magazine released its article divulging the "so-called" 50 best
bands of all time. "Husker Du was one of the most influential
bands of its time. What they did for rock was paralleled by only
a few bands. If it wasn't for their rocking songs, we would not
be listening to such bands as the Foo Fighters", I argued. As a
rebuttal, my roommate delivered the goods by saying that "the
Huskers weren't even that influential". Nevermind the fact that
their music sounds like it was recorded using a blender, bands
such as R.E.M, and the Replacements were beginning their era of
utmost relevance. Plus, the Ramones were still cutting classics
during this time. Therefore, we definitely would be listening to
the Foo Fighters today, except instead of being a really awesome
band, they would be an unbelievable band. He continued with a
sarcastic tone, "they lose a few merits because of their Husker
Du influence". He continued; furthermore, if it weren't for the
Huskers, the Goo-Goo Dolls might still be serving hand-leafed
lettuce wrapped beef at the In-N-Out Burger. Oh could we be so

Oh yes, there is a point to my spiel. I do intend to make meaning
of the above prattle. You see, an artist's influence and
relevance has been a well debated topic for years. I've decided,
however, to take my musical prowess to the next level and give
you something that I've never seen examined before. The 5 "Oops -
Why Did I Have to be so Influential" Artists of All Time will
expose, in my opinion, artists who have left their mark in music
but have somehow accomplished the feat of influencing a select
few of their followers to, for lack of a better word, suck. 

For the rest of this article, please visit:

Born in beautiful Pictou County Nova Scotia, Brian "Sly" Curley's
life was saved by rock n roll in the early 90's during the
"grunge" movement. At this time, he was inspired to learn bass,
guitar, and most recently began banging away on the drums. He
started his first band in high school and played many live shows
with thrashers and friends, A Murder of Crows
( Currently, Sly plays bass for
Butter Side Down who in the near future hope to be working on
their first release. He can also be found laying down the low-end
with singer/songwriter Steven Bowers
( The now 23 year old Sly, spent the
last 4 years at Acadia University where he listened to and played
a lot of music, watched quite a few movies and wrote some short
anecdotes on university life. This primary education was
complemented by a degree in Business Administration.

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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 :

Bill Pere is another new columnist here at The Muse's Muse.  This
is his first article contribution and I'm confident you'll find
it inspirational.
Expression vs Communication - The Heart of Songwriting 
- By Bill Pere

Perhaps the most fundamental part of songwriting is deciding
between expression and communication. The choice is always yours,
but it's important to know exactly what that choice means for
your song.  Misunderstandings about these concepts are often at
the center of debates about "artistic integrity" and "creative
freedom". This article will help you spend less time debating and
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