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Issue 9.11 - February 2007
ISSN 1480-6975

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

@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Music Reviews - Chip Withrow, Jon Stewart, Francesco Emmanuel
                    & Alex Jasperse
@-- New Artist Spotlight Additions
@-- Songwriting Book Review - by Ed Teja
@-- Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
@-- Muse's Clues - Songwriting Web sites that inspire - brought
    to you by singer/songwriter & teacher, Irene Jackson.
                     - by Jay Flanzbaum
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

So it's the start of a new year.  Are you doing anything
differently?  Sticking to those resolutions so far?   I have to
admit that I'm really horrible when it comes to things like that.
And I'm spending more time inside than I'd like due to the frigid
weather around here ... -11 degrees celcius with a wind chill
that feels more like -20.  Ouch. :-/  You folks in warmer
climates are very lucky.  Have I mentioned how much I hate
winter? :)  Those who know me, hear this mantra many times over
the cold winter months (and there are far too many of those
months for my liking!).  I certainly don't live where I do
because of the weather! :)  

There's lots of new stuff for you today in the newsletter and on
the site.  And here are the new raffle winners for this month:

* Gary Koenig from Green Valley, AZ, has won a copy of 
Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software

* Roberta Rice from Lucasville, OH, has won a copy of's Musician's Toolkit CD

* Del Que from Reno, Nevada, 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.

* Adrianne Duncan from Los Angeles, CA, has won a copy of 
Bronson Herrmuth's "100 Miles To A Record Deal"

* Jacob Malone from Kelowna, B.C. Canada has won a copy of the
new e-book, "Music and Radio in Transition in the Digital Age" 
by Jim McNabb (reviewed below)

Good luck with your resolutions and I hope you find inspiration!

All the very best,


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M u s i c   R e v i e w s : Chip Withrow, Jon Stewart, 
                            Francesco Emmanuel & Alex Jasperse


Alex Jasperse:

* Altered State
* Ten West
* Tunnnelvision

Francesco Emmanuel:

* Café Soul All-Stars

Jon Stewart:

* Makaela

Chip Withrow:

* Si Hayden
* Mark Dougherty


For bios on each of the reviewers, see . If you're considering
sending in your own CD for review, you can also view that page to
find out which reviewer reviews your genre. Thanks!

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N e w   A r t i s t   S p o t l i g h t   A d d i t i o n s :  

Great music is only a click away!  
Here are just some of the great CDs highlighted in the 
Artist Spotlight section of The Muse's Muse at 

Raina's Rainbow Party - Genre: FOR KIDS

Sing-A-Long fun for everyone. A mixture of original melodies with
traditional kids songs that even parents will enjoy singing along
with. Raina has been entertaining young children for over 8 years
at private birthday parties, schools, corporate events, and
childcare centres. Accompanied by her sticker-covered guitar,
children have delighted in her high energy shows while they sing
and jam along to songs they already know as well as Raina's
catchy original tunes.

S o n g w r i t i n g   B o o k   R e v i e w : by Ed Teja

Music and Radio in Transition in the Digital Age
By Jim McNabb
I'll begin with an axiom: If you are writing songs, you care
about what is happening with (and to) radio. Unlike non-writing
recording artists, whose income comes from record sales and
touring, much of a songwriter's income can derive from monies
collected from radio stations for airplay. Now, if you have been
paying attention at all, you've heard plenty of predictions
concerning the demise of terrestrial radio due to podcasts,
iPods, satellite radio, or other high-tech newcomers; but seldom
do you get a real inkling of what those predictions are based on.
This book explains some of the predictions, much of the research,
and tries to provide the insight that will let you decide for
yourself which prognostications have legs and which are wishful

The book is a PDF file, and the author produces and updates it
himself. While this is not my favorite format for reading lengthy
documents (although some of my friends adore it) it serves a
purpose, at least in this case. The author explains that the
information the book contains, and the issues it addresses,
changes so fast that a printed volume would be out of date before
you got it. By offering a PDF he can update the saga on a
continuous basis, and the buyer always gets a contemporary view
of a fast-moving picture. While this is a book, it is also an
ongoing research project. You just jump on board to get a handle
on current events.

This is a thorough consideration of the way music consumers find,
buy, and listen to music today. As you'd expect, many of the
experts McNabb cites contradict the others. In some cases the
future is as clear as mud. But if you are writing songs, and
wondering about what you might do with them once they are
written, it is good to know where the pitfalls lie. For the
performing songwriter, McNabb's discussion of the role of the
Internet in marketing music is invaluable. He gives very specific
examples of how musicians are actually using it, such as Pearl
Jams's free downloads on that might be inspiring. If
not, they are informative.

I was happy to see that he spent some time exploring the
relationship between indie artists and radio. There still is a
link, at least in the minds of some in music and radio, that
local musicians can contribute to the staying power of local
radio, and that local radio can help the performing songwriter in

Although part of the story he tells about the future of radio is
somewhat Austin-centric, the author gives a reasonable
explanation for that focus, and since it tends to slant the text
to a songwriter's perspective, it suits our purposes well.

Reading this book will give you a sense of the history of radio,
an update on the current threats to its well being (and how
formidable they might be) and some sense of its viability. I
should point out that this is all presented in a fairly academic
format. You won't be wowed by the storytelling, but if you are in
the music business and keeping a weather eye on the changes
afoot, it might be very compelling reading.

Ed Teja lives in New Mexico, USA, writing songs and
instrumentals, and trying to find them loving homes. Performing
since the early 60s, he has appeared at strange venues in Hong
Kong, Canada, St. Martin, Bequia, Venezuela, Grenada and
Trinidad, as well as the Silver City (New Mexico) Blues festival
in 2003, and the Tucson (Arizona) Folk Festival in 2006. Working
as a magazine editor and freelance writer, his articles appeared
in magazines ranging from Pro Sound News, BYTE magazine, to
Import/Export, and with book reviews in THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING
POST, and The Midwest Review of Books.

Find out more about Ed at:

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

©1998-2007 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. 
Used By Permission

Pepsi Cola hits the spot,
12 full ounces, that's a lot
Twice as much for a nickel too
Pepsi-Cola is the drink for you

Recognize that jingle?  No?  How about this:

I'm a pepper, he's a pepper
She's a pepper, we're a pepper
Wouldn't you like to be a pepper too?
Be a pepper, drink Dr. Pepper

Yes, I'll bet those of you here in North America will especially
remember that one   The first verse I gave you is actually a
jingle for a Pepsi radio ad from the 1930's.  That's right,
commercial jingles were around even then!  You can find audio
files of these jingles and more here:  The website is
actually about American food from 1900-2000, but the webmaster
kindly includes audio samples of all kinds of jingles for all
kinds of popular drinks and food. 

Now why am I telling you this?

Very simple.  Jingles are a form of songwriting.  Oh, I know, you
probably don't think much of them, but can you think of anything
that sticks in your head (sometimes annoyingly so!) as much as a
commercial jingle?  According to Wikipedia
(, the first known jingle was
produced in 1926 for Wheaties.  I didn't even know Wheaties was
around that long, let alone jingles   The 1950's and 60's proved
to be a real boom for jingle writers.

In an article by Roger M. Grace in the Metropolitan
(, he
states that the longest running (and it's still running) jingle
on the American airwaves is from Campbell's Soup.  If you haven't
got that in your head already, go to his article and maybe
that'll stir up the soupy memories.

Barry Manilow is probably the most famous songwriter to have had
his start in commercial jingles.  "You, you're the one, you are
the only reason...". Remember that one?  Many songwriters have
paid their dues (and occasionally had some good dues paid to
them!) through jingles.  I've even seen "Jingle Schools" or
courses where you can hone your jingle writing craft and learn
how to write and produce jingles for clients.

My baloney has a first name
It's O-s-c-a-r...

Sometimes when I give songwriting workshops, I tear out some
advertising pages from magazines and I get the participants to
form groups of two or three, and give them each a page and a
half-an-hour to co-write a 30 second jingle about the product.
This is an excellent way of really zeroing in on what is
important to say about it, and saying it as effectively and
memorably as possible.  Now you might not be a commercial
songwriter, but even if you're not, there is something to be
learned from that exercise. 

As much as you might hate to admit it, you've been influenced,
accosted, and even tickled by a commercial jingle.  So here's
your assignment for the month:  go and listen to a whole bunch of
jingles from the webpage I mentioned above, and then rip out an
advertisement from a magazine or newspaper and give yourself a
half an hour to write a really great jingle. Maybe you've got a
career you've never even thought of before! 

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:

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F e a t u r e d   A r t i c l e : by Jay Flanzbaum ©2006

I am going to go out on a limb here, but there is something you
need to know. You are not getting a major label record deal, you
will not get signed to a major booking agency or management
company, you will not be getting a support slot on the tour for
that arena band that has influenced your sound, nobody is going
to finance a national tour for you and no one is going to
publicize your performances to the media.  There I said it. I
know it's not what you wanted to hear and it's possible that
these are the only ways in which you have defined "success." But
I can confidently say that the odds are just against you and in
actuality the odds of you winning your state lottery are better. 

I don't wish to suggest that some or all of these things might
not happen to you. There is always the possibility. But even if
you were to get a lucrative record deal or sign to a major
agency, you are still not necessarily assured of success. The
reason I think it's important to embrace this idea that you are
not getting signed to some stellar deal, is that the results of
thinking the opposite can be debilitating to an artist or band. I
think it is time we put an end to the cliche about the performer
who wastes their entire career playing the same local bars,
waiting for that ever elusive recording contract, agent or

In today's technological landscape, all the means of production
and distribution that historically were held in the hands of a
few execs, are now held in the hands of the many. What this means
for you is that there are just no more excuses for being without
a CD or a website. There are no more excuses for only performing
locally and there are definitely no more excuses for neglecting
to adequately publicize all of your performances. The power lies
in your hands now more than ever and the realized benefits grow
exponentially as you become more adept at managing your own

I know you think your band is different from all the rest. I know
you think you have something far more marketable or special, and
this is the reason you need to become your own agent, manager and
publicist first. No one can sell your band like you can. Any
agent that adds you to his big roster is just adding another
commodity to his inventory to ultimately add to his bottom line.
He is not always selling you for the extraordinary talent that
you are.  He is more often than not selling you so he has an
opportunity to make a commission. 

But here is more bad news for you: YOU HAVE ZERO VALUE. That's
right.  Technically you are worthless, and agents don't usually
seek out bands that only give them an opportunity to make 15% of
NOTHING. The hardest thing for many artists to understand is this
idea that a new band in a new market has no value, but if nobody
in that market has ever heard of you, then nobody is going to
come out to see you. And I don't know of many original music
clubs that make their living selling tickets and liquor that are
willing to pay serious dollars for a band playing to an empty
room. Similarly most record companies are not clamoring to pick
up an act that has no representation or serious experience with
touring and performing. However, you are infinitely more valuable
to a booking agency, manager or record company if you can prove
that you have some momentum in markets other than your own
hometown. It doesn't matter if you are the greatest songwriter in
the world or if you show up with an amazing light show complete
with Stonehenge stage props. An empty room is a money loser for
all parties.

So what's an independent band to do? I know it sounds hopeless,
as if you are destined to waste away in your bedroom for all of
eternity. But that is just not the case any more. With a cell
phone and a laptop, hell with a calling card and a pad of paper,
you hold the power to the greatest distribution channel there is:
the road. In my upcoming articles I will lay out a solid plan for
you to follow so you can start creating real value, start playing
out in new markets and start making your act attractive to
agents, record companies and managers. It is not going to be
easy. There are no get rich quick schemes here except for maybe
winning the lottery. But the biggest lesson I am trying to convey
is that you do not live your life waiting for that winning
lottery ticket, so why waste your music career waiting for an
elusive deal that may never come. 

Jay Flanzbaum is a musician, booking agent and web designer. He
began his career booking national tours for unproven acts from
all across the country. The trials he faced as a boutique agency
forced him to seek out better administrative solutions.
Onlinegigs is an incredibly powerful tool for musicians, agents,
record companies and managers. It will help you automate the
administration of booking and promoting your band or bands.	

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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 :

Let the show begin! Getting ready to take the stage
by Jeff Oxenford

I've been getting ready for an upcoming performance so my mind is
on preparing a well-rounded set. Here are the stages I went
through in order to choose something I'm happy with along with
some other ideas to make sure the performance goes well.
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