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Issue 8.3 - June 2005
ISSN 1480-6975

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This issue sponsored by:
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I n   T h i s   I s s u e :

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@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - by Gian Fiero, Brian Rutherford 
                    & Brett Thompson
@-- New Artist Spotlight Additions
@-- Copyright & Publishing Q&A - by Nancy VanReece
@-- 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 - MUSIC TIP #1: Create Your Musical Space
                       By Alex Walsh
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
    viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
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Enter the 10th Annual USA Songwriting Competition now! Winning
songs receive radio airplay! Win Grand prize of US$50,000 of
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

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Ok.  So the weather is still wonky, but at least there are good
days.  I'll take them. ;)  

The first show of Radio Muse is getting lots closer to being
ready!  I'm really pleased that the show is starting up again.
If you'd like your music considered for airplay, please have a
look at http://www.musesmuse.com/radiomuse.html for more info. I
look forward to hearing your music!

Lots of stuff in this issue, so without further ado, I'll let you
know about the raffle winners this month - who are:

* Alexander Grose from Mexico 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)

* Rick Stephenson from Johnson Creek, WI has won a copy of 
"100 Miles To A Record Deal" by Bronson Herrmuth
(http://www.songrepair.com/bookforweb2.htm) 

* Kevin Zarnett from Richmond Hill, ON has won a copy of "Indie
Power" by Peter Spellman (reviewed below!).

* Dale Matthies from Goderich ON has won a copy of the
"Musician's Toolkit" (for details, see
http://www.musicianstoolkit.com/muse/) 

* Dorothy Cooley from Caledonia, MI has won a 6 month
subscription to the Onlinegigs (http://www.onlinegigs.com/)
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. 

And once again, if you'd like a raffle prize, all you have to do
is write to me and tell me!  Please though - if you've already
received a raffle prize in the past, let someone else have a
turn, ok? :)

Have a wonderful June!

--Jodi

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

by Gian Fiero, Brian Rutherford & Brett Thompson 

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NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE:

Gian Fiero:

* 75 Degrees
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000908.html
* Keahi Wai
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000909.html
* Big Mountain
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000910.html
* Preeta
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000911.html
* Sonic Adventure Project
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000912.html


Reviews by Brian Rutherford:

* For The Mathematics
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000914.html
* Jennifer Yeung
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000915.html
* Gary Doles
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000916.html


Reviews by Brett Thompson:

* David Alyassin
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000913.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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Taj Weekes and Adowa - Genre: REGGAE

For their debut c.d, "HOPE & DOUBT" Taj Weekes and Adowa have
summoned up a creation that both upends the idea of modern reggae
music, while maintaining faith with the overarching ethos of the
form. Audacious and original, it shines like a beacon among the
gray of contemporary reggae.

http://www.tajandadowa.com/

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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
        http://www.musesmuse.com/realarealq.html 
		
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Q: Say you're a songwriter who works for a company in which your
job has nothing to do with music. You write a song (with
interchangeable colors in the lyric) but you also claim other
colors. Your company or school knows you are a songwriter on the
side. Your company starts to use your song that you hold
copyright to in word and song, and trademark to sell t-shirts and
banners and posters. You inform them that they can't sell shirts
with your saying on them. Then they pay you to clear out their
stock. 4 years later the company uses your slogan again and could
have possibly given permission to a large game company to use the
idea of your song in their games.

A: When this happens, you need to contact a copyright and
trademark counsel to assist in writing a cease and desist letter
until a fairly negotiated situation can come about.

If the work you did clearly was not a work for hire, you may
succeed in having the leverage you need to work things out.

Once the song is used, anyone can perform it and make copies of
it.  They simply need to get written permission to do so.

I strongly suggest legal assistance to sort it all out.

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Q: I am managing and producing a musician who paid to have
masters made of 3 different albums in the 80's.  He then allowed
a specialty company to produce and sell the albums for him.  He
has never received royalties and must buy the albums at a
discounted price to sell them himself.  I contacted the company
in October of 2004 and asked for the masters back and a copy of
any contract.  He refuses to give the masters back and will not
send a copy of the contract.  He has admitted in writing that he
did not pay for the masters.  Since the musician has copies of
the albums, he would like to use cuts from each of the albums to
make a retrospective of his work.  Do we need permission from the
specialty company for this?  The owner of the specialty company
has been very rude and I really don't want to deal with him
anymore if I don't have to.

A: If you own the masters, you may use them in any way you wish.
If you do not have a written agreement with this company for them
to use the masters, you may be able to stop them from using them
and demand the return for the purchased product with legal
action.

As always with any property dispute  legal counsel is
recommended!

*****

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

Indie Power by Peter Spellman ~ http://www.mbsolutions.com/
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"The real social revolution of the last 30 years, one we are
still living through, is the switch from a life that is largely
organized for us, to a world in which we are all forced to be in
charge of our own destiny"  - Charles Handy

This quote that sits at the top of page 12 of Peter Spellman's
Indie Power is the conceptual epicenter of this powerful book but
it could also be a potential mantra for the entire indie music
scene. There has never been a time in history when there have
been so many choices and so much control for artists.

Indie Power is a book that makes these choices clear and puts the
artist in the drivers' seat when it comes to building a career. 

Indie Power can be purchased as a downloadable e-book or as a
text and is a work that author Peter Spellman has compiled from
his work as director of career development at Berklee College of
Music in Boston.  However, it is also written from 20 years of
experience as a performer, recording musician and as director of
a music business consulting company called Music Business
Solutions.

He is considered a leading authority on the topic of music career
development.

Right from the introduction, there is a fresh optimism for indie
artists in this book. This optimism is founded on the idea that
technological advances and their impact on the music industry
have made it possible to determine how you would like your
musical work day to look, how you would like your music to sound
and how you would like to make and market your art, with a
freedom never before enjoyed.

Chapter 1 is called "Sizing yourself up" and it helps determine
your role in the making, manufacturing and marketing of your
music. It helps you figure out what parts of the process you are
going to do yourself and what parts you are going to farm out.

Chapter 2 looks at the changing landscape of the industry you are
heading into and also features some compelling stories of how
some successful indie labels have been able to make their mark
and their money.

Chapters 3 through to 12 are essentially a very developed
instruction manual for starting up and running an independent
label. These chapters cover everything from business plans,
hiring your team, licenses, copyrights, taxes, office stuff,
signing other acts, developing and producing talent, to
manufacturing and marketing a CD and shipping it to your first
fan... that's not a member of your immediate family. 

Chapter 13 is about diversifying once you are really up and
running and chapter 14 is a directory of resources you will need
to implement the concepts in the book as you work towards your
goal of musical world domination.

Indie Power is a book that you will find both informative and
inspiring if you are working on your music without major label
support and are currently wondering if there are better ways to
maximize your full potential as an artist and as a career
musician.

If you are going it alone or want to start up a micro label, this
book is your roadmap.

Indie Power by Peter Spellman can be purchased at
http://www.mbsolutions.com/

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ABOUT THE REVIEWER:
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 www.songu.com.  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: theharmonyhouse@rogers.com  

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SPOTLIGHT YOUR MUSIC ON THE MUSE'S MUSE!

The Muse's Muse Songwriting Resource (online since 1995) now has
a section of Artist Spotlights at
http://www.musesmuse.com/artistspotlights.html where musicians
and songwriters of all genres can strut their stuff.  Newly
spotlighted artists are also mentioned in this newsletter (see
above). Check out http://www.musesmuse.com/spotlightinfo.html for
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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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7th ANNUAL GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!

The Great American Song Contest features awards for 45 winners in
9 categories and provides $5,000 in prizes. Music-industry judges
are publishers, recording artists, producers & hit songwriters.
EVERYONE receives a written evaluation of their songs. This
annual International event is by Songwriters Resource Network, a
trusted news and education resource for songwriters everywhere.
Submission deadline is Nov. 18, 2005.
For details, visit: http://www.greatamericansong.com/ or e-mail
info@GreatAmericanSong.com

6th ANNUAL GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Jenna Drey & Kevin Churko of Miama Beach, Florida, won top honors
with their original song "Impossibility." First-Place category
winners were: David Fagin & P. Swann for "Show Me Who You Are"
(Pop); A Single Few for "Unpredictable" (Rock); Jud Caswell for
"Richard" (Acoustic/Folk); Brian Morris for "A Prayer For You"
(Christian/Gospel); Rick Sainte for "Eleven Roses" (Country);
Michael Mish for "Gorilla Walk" (Special Category); Jim Pearce
for "Debbie's Birthday Song" (Instrumental); Tyrone Houston &
Erik Grant Bennett "Let Me Know" (HipHop/R&B) and Marvine Carter
for "I Can't Stop the Rain" (Lyric Writing). Hear the winning
songs at the Great American Song Hall Of Fame at:
http://www.greatamericansong.com/ 
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POSITIVE POP SONG CONTEST: SMALLER CONTEST. BETTER ODDS.

All musical styles welcome. The grand prize winning songwriter
gets a full production package of one song [$4,000+ value], year
membership to TAXI, digital distribution of winning song, a
Fender acoustic guitar and more. Singer/songwriter award winner
gets live performance opportunity plus professional services to
help their career. Not sure if your song fits? Take the "is my
song positive pop" quiz. All entrants will receive written
evaluations from industry pro judges.
Deadline: 7-31-2005. Entry fee: $25.
http://www.positivepopsongcontest.com/
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INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION

ISC is an annual songwriting competition that provides
songwriters the opportunity to gain exposure in the international
arena. In addition to a total prize package of $100,000 in cash
and merchandise, ISC offers its entrants the unprecedented
opportunity to have their music heard by some of the most
prominent members of the music industry. Deadline for submission
is September 15, 2005. Please visit
http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/ for more information.

ISC past and present judges include:
Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20); Andy Summers (The Police); Sean "P.
Diddy" Combs; B.B. King; Clint Black; Pat Metheny; David Hidalgo
(Los Lobos); Aaron Lewis (Staind); Five For Fighting; Monte
Lipman (President, Universal Records); Arif Mardin (VP/GM,
Manhattan Records); Alan Meltzer (President, Wind-Up Records);
Michael McDonald (President, ATO Records); Tara Griggs-Magee
(Exec. VP, Gospel/Urban Music, Sony Music); Rose Noone (Sr. VP of
A&R, Epic Records); and many more.
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CMJ MUSIC FESTIVAL- COLLEGE MUSIC JAMS LIVE ROCK MUCIC FESTIVAL-
JUNE 8-11- CLEVELAND, OHIO

The CMJ/Rock Hall Music Fest is pleased to announce its newest
lineup of performers and events for the music festival scheduled
June 8-11, 2005 in Cleveland. The first annual festival is where
thousands of music fans and artists will converge in Cleveland to
celebrate today's best new music. The Music Fest is three days
and nights of music, networking, featured speakers, a daytime
Festival Village and a presentation of the top modern rock poster
artists. CMJ/Rock Hall Music Fest badge holders can enjoy more
than 100 live performances in Cleveland's hottest live music
venues including the Beachland Ballroom, Odion, Agora, House of
Blues, Grog Shop, Peabody's and the Festival Village on the West
Band of Cleveland's "Flat's." The Pixies will kick-off the
festival Wednesday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. with an opening night
concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
For more information, visit http://www.cmj.com/rockfest or
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SWAP FESTIVAL - SONG WRITING AND PUBLISHING FESTIVAL - JULY
1st-3rd - MANCHESTER ENGLAND

The weekend of Friday 1st July - Sunday 3rd July sees Manchester
play host to the very first International SWAP Festival, with
some all-time great songwriters playing alongside unsigned
artists and emerging talent from across the UK.

With some exclusive live performances, SWAP Festival promises
three jam-packed days of outstanding musical talent from a
fantastic diversity of artists including world renowned Steve
Earle (aside from Glastonbury, this will be Steve Earle's only UK
festival performance of 2005), Shane MacGowan, The Be Good
Tanyas, Kathryn Williams, Allison Moorer, Patrick Wolf & Thea
Gilmore plus more special guests to be announced.

The SWAP programme will also include daytime songwriting
workshops and masterclasses with some of the key headline artists
due to perform at this year's festival. Visit
http://www.swapfestival.co.uk/ for more information.
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SongU.com is pleased to make this special offer of a free
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for any market no matter their place of residence" and NSAI says
we're the "next important evolution for serious songwriters."
To take your FREE SONGWRITING COURSE, simply go to the following
link:  http://www.songu.com/suSponsor/musesmuse/ .  

You can learn more about SongU.com courses, co-writing hookups,
industry connections and pitching by going to
http://www.songu.com/?sa=3 .    
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Download Indie-Music.com's free and easy Copyright Kit. Print
Copyright forms, Copyright submission process, handy tips &
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SONGWRITING CONSULTATION SPECIAL OFFER: 

Pete & Pat Luboff will pay for the phone call for Muse's Muse
songwriters who use the Luboffs' songwriting consultation
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analysis, answers to all your creative and business questions and
references to contacts when appropriate. Visit
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TAKE YOUR SONGWRITING CAREER TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Ellen Silverstein Violette, Grammy-nominated Songwriter & CEO of
Create A Splash! e-marketing & writing strategies 4 success is
offering 15% discounts to Muse's Muse visitors on selected
services including all courses, web reviews, and some coaching
programs. Visit http://tinyurl.com/39yxa for information! 
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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 - and now
includes an Artist Spotlight listing! 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

1998-2005 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. Used By
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Recently I got into a discussion with a songwriter who was put
off by the fact that his co-writer demanded that they include his
wife in the writer's credits of the song they had just written
together, even though her only contribution was to say something
like "That was nice."  This is a sticky subject for many
songwriters:  who deserves credit and what will it mean down the
road?

This month I'd like to explore, in a round about way, this topic
of writer's credits.  A number of years ago I took a three day
songwriting workshop put on the Songwriter's Association of
Canada.  It was a great weekend, and a lot of what was talked
about still sticks with me to this day.  One of the published
songwriters facilitating the workshop was Cyril Rawson, who was
at that time signed to Balmur Publishing in Nashville.  One thing
that impressed me was his generous spirit.  Too often we hear
about legal disputes between writers and publishers, arguing as
to who wrote what and who owns the rights to a song or recording.
Rawson advocates sharing writer's credits with anyone who is in
the room during the writing of a song, and that's exactly what he
does!

The first page I'm going to direct you to is a kind of funny
article on a guy named Shell Silverstein, a pretty famous
songwriter in his time.  Shel passed away not that long ago, but
like Cyril, he was the epitome of generosity when it came to
writer's credits.  He was also quite a character and full of
surprises :-)  Read on: 

http://www.salon.com/people/feature/1999/05/27/shel/

The next article deals with the more recent trend of singers
taking songwriter credits on their albums.  The idea is that a
record company can also pitch the artist as a songwriter, and not
just another pretty face. How much they actually contribute to
the songwriting process itself probably varies from artist to
artist, but it does tend to shut out the non-performing
songwriter who is trying to pitch material to artists these days.
Will this trend continue?  Hopefully, there will always be a
place for the non-performing songwriter:

http://slate.msn.com/?id=2097974&

I started out by talking about Cyril Rawson, and here's a recent
bio of his featured in Country Music News, along with a little
wisdom about writer's block:
 
http://www.countrymusicnews.ca/news.ihtml?step=2&article_id=826

If you are interested in co-writing, most pro's will tell you
that it's a pretty good idea to talk up front about all of your
expectations before you sit down to write.  But I also think that
Shel Silverstein's belief that being generous with other writers
will mean that they'll always be happy to work with you again
down the road.  And that could turn out to be a very good thing!

                         ******
						 
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 a songwriter's messageboard.

Songwriting Tips: http://www.irenejackson.com/tips.html
Homepage:         http://www.irenejackson.com/
Songs:            http://www.soundclick.com/irenejackson
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F e a t u r e d   A r t i c l e : 

MUSIC TIP #1: Create Your Musical Space
By Alex Walsh  2005 - All Rights Reserved

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Inspiration can hit in the most mundane places. Living in the
city, I ride the bus almost every day. One time a lady got on
with HUGE pink looped earnings - which reminded me of my first
girlfriend, which made me think of a hoolahoop, and suddenly I
had a riff in my head. I jumped off the bus and sprinted to my
apartment. I had to play the riff before I lost it in the ether.
I was laughing as I got to my room, and then it hit me - I left
my guitar at my drummer's house after the gig last night! Luckily
my roommate had a guitar and the riff was saved - this time. Does
this sound familiar? 

Or how about the "I can't find a pick so I'm going to tear the
house apart until I find one" syndrome? Or the old stand-by:
"Darn, I just spilled coffee all over my new amp.  Wish I'd been
smart and moved those cords so I wouldn't trip on them." Want a
suggestion?  

ORGANIZE. 

Everyone needs a little organization, especially musicians. Why
not get your practice space in order so you can be at your best
when the magic moment strikes? Give yourself the most amount of
time you can.  If you can only grab five minutes to practice, why
spend it digging around for your tuner? I suggest that you set
aside a room, a corner of a room, or at least organize your
guitar case so everything is ready to go when you are. Here's a
list of things you might include to get you started:

. A solid music stand
. A guitar stand (and a second guitar for emergencies?)
. A comfortable chair/piano bench
. A table, desk, or bookshelf to keep things in or on
. Adequate lighting
. A box for picks, strings, needle-nose pliers
. A tuner
. Some sort of recording device to capture ideas (a must for
songwriters like me)
. Your favorite music and something to play it on

Creating your musical space may take some careful planning,
skillful negotiations with house mates, and a trip to the music
store, but it can save you many moments (and minutes) of intense
frustration. Why let a mess distract you from the reason you
picked up the guitar in the first place? Cleaning up your act
will focus your energy into doing what you love - making
music. Now where's my hoolahoop... 

*****

Alex Walsh works at the local Musician's Union as the Assistant
to the President.  He is a local musician who is very active with
community songwriter groups and spends a lot of time recording
tribute music about mentors like Eddie Alley.  His newest album
"Antique Dreams" is already getting attention and his next
recording, now in the working, will hit local indie hotspots
probably closer to 2006.  More charismatic renditions of Alex can
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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 :

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Writing in the Key of W 
By Bill Pere 
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000907.html

A key ingredient for bringing listeners quickly into your song is
the establishment of a sense of time, place, people, and
situation. The 6 W's, and examples of how they are used by
different writers, will help you to address these elements in
your own songs. 

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Can YOU be an artist while you're washing the dishes?
By Linda Dessau 
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In this article I share some of my learning and impressions from
a chapter of the exceptional book, "Free Play:The Power of
Improvisation in Life and the Arts", by Stephen Nachmanovitch.

We'll explore the author's challenge to bring the improvising we
do as creative artists into our daily routines and interactions,
and at the end of the article I'll provide some in-depth
questions to help you explore this topic further.
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