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Issue 7.9 - December 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 VanReece from Carpe
    Diem Copyright Management
@-- 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 - YOUR ART AND YOUR DAY JOB 
                       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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Hello again!  Since this will likely be the last issue I'll be
sending out before the holidays, I'd like to wish you all a VERY
happy holiday season, whatever it is you happen to be
celebrating.

Once again, I have another very full issue with a new article by
Harriet Schock! So let's get down to it, shall we? :)

The raffle winners this month are:

* Greg Norlin from Mission, BC has won a copy
of the "Musician's Toolkit" 
(for details, see http://www.musicianstoolkit.com/muse/) 

* Chris Lovie-Tyler from Auckland, New Zealand 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)

* Mike Strasser from Sacramento, CA has won a copy of the DVD
reviewed in this issue of the newsletter (below):
"Harmonic Ear Training - Berklee Workshop, Featuring Roberta
Radley" (http://tinyurl.com/4b4u5)

* Gary Smith from Tucson, AZ has won a copy of 
"100 Miles To A Record Deal" by Bronson Herrmuth
(http://www.songrepair.com/bookforweb2.htm) 

* JamisonPriest from Abilene, Texas has won a 6 month subscription
to the Onlinegigs (http://www.onlinegigs.com/) service.  This
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administration of booking and promoting a band or bands. 

Happy writing! 

--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 VanReece
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TOPIC: PITCHING
 
Q: Dear Nancy: I would like to know if a music publisher is
interested in you and your songs and they shop your material to
record labels and the record labels are interested in you, how
long does it take for the record labels to set up appointments to
audition you?   
 
A: If you have a publisher pitching songs for you then it will be
the song they are interested in and not your performance of it.
If you are looking for an artist deal then you should have a
manager or attorney pitching you in an entirely different way.
Once interest is generated, usually you and your manager, agent
or attorney will set up a showcase and invite the interested
parties to attend.  You will not get an invitation from them, you
should be giving one to them.
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TOPIC: DUPLICATION

Q: Hi. I am looking for information about copyrights. My daughter
is getting married and has seen many other couples make a
CD as a gift for the people who come to the wedding. She is a
journalism major and is concerned about copyrights. If
she owns the album a clip is taken from, can she burn a CD for
this purpose? They want to put about 6 of their
favorite songs on the CD. Thank you for your help,

A: Anyone may burn a copy of the CD they own for their own
personal use. For example, if you want to make a compilation CD
to play during the event. However, to then duplicate and give
away additional copies without paying for them would be the wrong
thing to do. You may be able to go on-line and purchase the 6
songs one by one in the quantity you need.  Each CD will cost you
the $6.00 but you will be doing it the appropriate way.
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TOPIC: DUPLICATION
 
Q: Dear Nancy, Our church band wants to make a CD of all our
favorite songs.  We plan to offer the CD for a suggested donation
with the money going to help out one of our ministries.  Where do
I begin?  What am I asking for, copyright permission? Any help is
appreciated!
 
A: If the church band is recording the songs then you need to
secure the mechanical license for each composition.  You may do
this by making the request directly to the publisher of the
individual works. If you are duplicating pre-recorded versions of
the songs onto a compilation, then you must also secure
permission from the owner of the copyright of the sound
recording.

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ABOUT NANCY VANREECE:
Since 1998, Nancy VanReece 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:
http://www.musesmuse.com/realarealq.html 

How to Ask a Question:
If you have a question for Nancy about publishing or copyright
administration, you can e-mail her at nvanreece@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 Brett Thompson, Stacey Board & Kathy Brackley 

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NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE:

NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE:

Reviews by Steve Allat

* MUSIC MOSAIC - Tribal Trance Dance 
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000764.html
* MUSIC MOSAIC - Goddess Groove
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000765.html
* MUSIC MOSAIC - Tribal Dreaming
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000766.html
* Joey Checketts
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000767.html
* the Francis Kim Band
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000768.html
* Kat Maxwell
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000769.html


Reviews by Brett Thompson:

* Tom Beaulieu
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000781.html


Reviews by Kathy Brackley:

* Sena
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000783.html
* Karen Jacobsen
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000784.html


Reviews by Gian Fiero:

* Tim's Myth
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000770.html
* Danni O'Neill
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000771.html
* Ari Scott
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000772.html


Reviews by Stacey Board:

* Kathryn Priestley
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000762.html
* The Megan Slankard Band 
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000763.html
* Chris Van Cott
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000773.html
* 56 Hope Road
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000774.html
* Hans Storsberg
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000775.html
* Russ Rentler
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000776.html
* Gabe Lee
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000777.html
* Greg Hyde
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000778.html
* Kate Redgate
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000779.html
* Paul White
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000780.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

Harmonic Ear Training - Berklee Workshop.  
Featuring Roberta Radley
http://tinyurl.com/4b4u5 
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The first thing you would want to know about Harmonic Ear
Training is that it is a DVD - so no trees were injured or killed
in the making of this educational product.

It was produced by Berklee College of Music as part of their
"When Music Works" series and features Roberta Radley, assistant
chair of the Ear Training Department at Berklee. 

The DVD opens with an introductory discussion between Roberta and
the host of the series, Matt Marvuglio, who is Berklee's Dean of
Professional Performance.  They cover some of the benefits of
developing a skill base in harmonic ear training and why you
would want to devote your time to this fairly unglamorous
pursuit. 

Harmonic ear training is not necessarily for those who are just
discovering the academic side of music for the first time and it
is even mentioned in the opening discourse that some basic
melodic and rhythmic ear work and rudimentary chord theory would
be necessary for making this material consumable.

I would think that two great prep books for this DVD would be
Essential Ear Training by Steve Prosser, which is also a Berklee
text, and Edly's Music Theory for Practical People by Ed Roseman,
both of which I have previously reviewed in The Muse's News
(www.musesmuse.com/musenews.html).

You would be ready for this DVD when, as Roberta explains, "your
brain is way ahead of your ears" or when your comprehension of
theory is quite strong but your application of it is stilted.

What I like most about this DVD is that ear training is so much
better to watch and try out then it is to just read about.  The
fact that this is a filmed demonstration, is awesome.

What I like about Roberta as a teacher is that she is very smart
and very focused. Her enthusiasm for this discipline and its
application is completely contagious.  I found it really
inspiring that she originally struggled with ear training when
she first started out and considers herself to still be a student
of it as well.

The lesson itself features Roberta at a piano singing and
describing the theoretical materials in a chord progression
starting with the bass line.

The bass note can often reveal much about the chord it is under
as you use your ear to determine if it is the root of the chord
(C in a C chord) or an altered bass chord (like a C chord with a
D in the bass) which will have a more unique personality.

Roberta systematically dismantles a bass line and the chords
built on it and puts the theory of it all to use by making it
into real music.

She discusses secondary dominant chord movements which many of us
are writing songs with but don't necessarily know it or know the
theory behind it. Roberta explains that there is a consistent and
reliable formula that our mind's ear can hear and our brain can
decipher before we even send our hands to an instrument to find
it.

It is totally inspiring to think how powerful a chord progression
could become when its construction is completely deliberate.

The thing that I appreciated about Roberta's approach throughout
the lesson was her inimitable charm and warmth. I thought of some
of my own favorite music teachers, (and I had more than a few),
and the personal qualities they possessed that were ultimately as
great an influence on me as was their musical expertise.

The DVD closes with a band playing behind the credits and if you
have a good ear you can't help but hear that the vocalist is
Roberta (you can see her there too which helps). You can hear the
precision in pitch and time that her own ear training has helped
develop. It's simply breathtaking.

When you consider that music is an art consumed by hearing, it
makes perfect sense that those of us who create that music should
have a complete understanding of what our listener will hear and
be able, ourselves, to hear it better.

You can get a copy of Harmonic Ear Training - Berklee Workshop,
featuring Roberta Radley at http://tinyurl.com/4b4u5 .

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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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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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THE AUSTRALIAN SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION 25th AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL
SONGWRITING CONTEST - 2005 SILVER JUBILEE

This Songwriting Contest is an annual contest open to Australian
citizens and permanent Australian residents. Entries are
submitted on CD or audiocassette and are rendered anonymous prior
to judging. Songs are judged on originality and craft and must be
unpublished at the time of entry. Established in 1980, the
Contest is the largest annual songwriters contest held in
Australia. This years Prizes (including cash) total over $25,000!
There are 15 categories which include Open, Contemporary Pop,
Contemporary Ballad, Folk/Acoustic, Country, Jazz,
Blues/Rockabilly, Rock/Metal/Indie, Spirit of Australia,
Spiritual/Sacred/Gospel, Instrumental, Dance/Club/R & B/Rap/Hip
Hop, Songs for Children, Lyrics and Youth.

The deadline for entries is January 17th, 2005. 
Entry Forms are available at www.asai.org.au/contest-info.htm
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THE TIPPERARY INTERNATIONAL SONG OF PEACE
will take place in Tipperary Town, Ireland, on Saturday April
16th, 2005. Finalists in the Contest will perform 'live' in the
Simon Ryan Theatre, Tipperary Excel Centre, and the winning entry
will receive the specially commissioned Crystal Trophy and a
cheque for Ä1,500. Entries are now invited for the Contest on the
theme of peace, love and harmony, in fact anything that one feels
constitutes a 'sense of peace'. The closing date for entries is
February 1st, 2005. Forms are available from Martin Quinn at the
following e-mail address; martinquinns@eircom.net . Information
on Tipperary Peace Convention is available by visiting the
following site http://dev.mobhaile.ie/south%20tipperary/tipppeace .
Forms can also be downloaded from the same site. 
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LEARN ABOUT MUSIC FROM THE SCHOOL THAT KNOWS - ONLINE! 

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,
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potential employers, collaborators, and students.

For more information visit: 
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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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As a songwriter, arranging is probably the very last thing you
would consider when you're writing.  You're too worried about
this word fitting here, this chord changing there, to really
consider what the end product might sound like.  But these days,
many of us who write songs also record them in our little home
studios.  Granted, most of us will never have the time or the
patience for the learning curve it would take to become a true
engineer, but even creating a clean sounding demo can be an
important thing to learn.

This month, I'm going to point you in the direction of a website
called Sound on Sound, specifically an article on that website
called "Tips for Pop Arranging"
(http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/apr00/articles/arrangingpop.htm)
.  Now why would you jump all the way to arranging before you
even have a song finished?  Well, the interesting thing about
this article is how it approaches the different parts of a song
and how they should be arranged or what techniques could be used
to enhance them.  It discusses many aspects of arranging that
could also be applied to writing...for instance, the idea of
"tension" and "dynamics".  The article often refers to older
songs by bands like "Blondie", but if you can find the songs you
can listen to audio demonstrations of some of the tricks that are
discussed. 

If that article sparks your interest, you might also surf over to
another one on the same website that is actually a four-part
series, all on arranging (http://tinyurl.com/4m6wm).  Again, the
parts of a song are discussed and how each should be approached,
but this time in much more detail.  Each of the articles also
includes an "Anatomy of a Hit", the first one being the 1966 pop
hit "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys.

If you've never paid much attention to arranging before, these
articles will certainly open your eyes and ears to how important
this element of a recorded song can be.  You may pick up some
important clues as to what to keep in mind when you are in the
creative mode.  In fact, why not read the articles and then try
to write a song specifically with arrangements in mind?  You
might hear something you've never thought of before!

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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 : 

YOUR ART AND YOUR DAY JOB
By Harriet Schock © 2004 - All Rights Reserved

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It's almost a joke line, "Don't give up your day job." It usually
means "Whatever you're trying to do, you're not good enough at it
to make a living, so don't give up your day job." First of all,
Charles Bukowski kept his day job at the post office even after
he was highly respected and making money as a poet. There is a
case to be made for day jobs, like having money for demos, not
having to give up your publishing, not having to make creative
compromises, etc. And just because someone keeps it, that doesn't
mean he's not good enough at a creative endeavor. He could just
be smart. But this article isn't about how keeping your day job
could benefit your career. It's about the converse of that.

I believe it's important FOR your day job, as well as the rest of
your life, not to give up your art and your dreams. I've had a
number of students tell me that they wanted to write songs but
their day job required so much time that between work and their
families, they gave up the writing. Of course, that usually
happened ten years ago-during which time they aged about twenty
years. They then come dragging in knowing there's something
terribly wrong and wondering if it could be a good idea to start
writing songs again. Not only is it a good idea, they should have
never stopped in the first place. As I said in my article (now a
chapter in my book), "WRITING IN SPACE," songs are not written in
time but in space, so you can't use the old excuse that you have
no time. That won't fly.

Your art fuels your soul which is what's running the show.
Without your creative life, your day job will suffer, your family
will suffer, all because your soul is not being fed. Of course,
not everyone needs to write songs. Some people go through life
perfectly happy with day jobs and families and they never write a
song. But these people are not songwriters. Songwriters need to
write songs. And if they don't, they'll have hell to pay. You
know this if you're an artist of any kind and have abandoned your
art. It takes a toll on your soul, and thereafter, everything
else. It's like removing the generator from your car and still
expecting the battery to work endlessly. Where are you going to
get the energy to do all the work your day job requires if you
have cut off your power supply?  Of course, some people will make
anything they do creative and that will fuel their lives. But
I've seen so many songwriting students come in on their last leg
and the minute they start creating again, they become
enthusiastic (the Greek word for spirit is similar to the word
for enthusiasm). Without enthusiasm, it's all just drudgery. Your
art can give you that enthusiasm, or in some cases, give you back
your enthusiasm-for life, for getting out of bed in the morning,
even for your day job. After all, you have to get from home to
the workplace. And isn't that drive more fun when you're thinking
about your new song on the way?

The good news is that it doesn't really matter how much time has
elapsed for the writer, the flame never really goes out. The
embers of creativity can be fanned into a full-fledged fire. Of
course, the skills may need some work, but the desire will still
be there. All that's needed is some real hope, not even of
success, but just hope that the process can continue. You can
write a song and someone will listen.  You may not realize how
many other rooms in your life will be warmed by that fire and
it's not important that you know. But having seen so many writers
get the fire back after so long a time away from writing, I can
speak with certainty, that much good will come of it. 

Nik Venet, the legendary record producer, used to tell his
classes "If you drive a cab and write songs, then you're a
songwriter. Driving a cab is your hobby." Whether you subscribe
to that point of view or not, there is truth to be learned from
it. If you respect songwriting as your chief endeavor, then you
will see that it feeds the other areas of your life, like your
day job.

I have a student who is a wonderful songwriter/singer.  She's
also an excellent accountant. But I believe that if she were not
also a songwriter, she'd have pulled her hair out long ago from
looking at so many numbers. She's a calm, cool, collected
comptroller. Probably in the back of her mind at all times is a
song. And that song keeps her smiling, keeps the engine running.
Her boss is happy. She's happy. The numbers add up. Everybody
wins.

*****

Harriet Schock is a gold and 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: For
Songwriters and Those Who Love Songs, published by Blue Dolphin.
She recently released a CD of 19 of her students, called "Schock
Futures." As well as performing worldwide, Harriet Schock 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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Considering the article above, I thought this new article by
Linda would be extremely appropriate to highlight.  Shows you
where folks' minds are this month! :)  Enjoy!
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Managing time, when music isnít your "day job" by Linda Dessau
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000782.html

You *can* do everything. What you cannot do, however, is do
everything at the same time, or create a day that's longer than
24 hours. The two most important aspects of time management are
acceptance and choice. When you think of time in terms of
acceptance and choice, you're never "wrong", "bad", or "lazy",
you've just made certain choices. When you think in terms of
discipline and willpower, however, your inner critic can really
do a number on you. We already have low self-esteem as artists;
let's not add to the problem!! 
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