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Issue 9.2 - May 2006
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
@-- Music Reviews - Kevin Zarnett, Chip Withrow, Jane Eamon & 
                    Jon Stewart
@-- 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 - Self-Care Rules of the Road - 
                       by Linda Dessau & Dr. Timothy Jameson
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

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Hi again.  Well, it's finally starting to feel like spring.  More
walks, more motivation to get out and away from my computer... I
like spring. :)  I hope you guys do too!

Once again, tons of good info in this issue so I'll keep this
Musing short.  Incidentally, there's more in Sean Farrington's
article series from last month, in case you really enjoyed that
one.  I'll be printing more in upcoming issues.  This issue
though, we have a fantastic article on taking care of yourself
when you're touring, by Linda Dessau and Dr. Timothy Jameson that
I think you'll find really interesting and enlightening.  And
there's lots more too!  Read on to catch it all. 

And here are the raffle winners for this month:

* Ed Ramsey from Jacksonville, FL has won a copy of Virtual
Studio Systems' Lyricist software
(http://www.musesmuse.com/vss-review.html).

* Timothy J. Ross from Oakland, CA 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. 

* Chris Yurchuck from Brooklyn, NY has won a copy of "Piano
Essentials; Scales, Chords, Arpeggios, and Cadences for the
Contemporary Pianist" by Ross Ramsay / Berklee Press (reviewed
below)

Enjoy, the spring, folks!  

Wishing you every inspiration,

--Jodi

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M u s i c   R e v i e w s : Kevin Zarnett, Chip Withrow, 
                            Jane Eamon & Jon Stewart

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NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE:

Kevin Zarnett:

* Rob Falgiano
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00001099.html
* Andrew Hanna
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00001100.html


Jane Eamon:

* Bill Madden
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00001103.html
* The Pedrick-Hutson Guitar Duo
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00001102.html


Chip Withrow:

* Mark Berube
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00001107.html
* Hot Buttered Rum
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00001101.html


Jon Stewart:

* Janine Davy
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00001104.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 are just some of the great CDs highlighted in the 
Artist Spotlight section of The Muse's Muse at
http://www.musesmuse.com/artistspotlights.html 

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Beth Schafer - Genre: RELIGIOUS & DEVOTIONAL

Infectious music that touches the soul, validates the thinker and
encourages those on a spiritual journey. A leading
writer/performer of contemporary Jewish music, Beth's universal
themes reach out to all. Her questions are your questions, her
messages are inspired. Her music is passionate and intelligent
and never loses sight of its acoustic roots.

http://www.bethschafer.com/

For other talented artists in this genre, visit:
http://www.musesmuse.com/artistspotlights-religdevot.html

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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

Piano Essentials; Scales, Chords, Arpeggios, and Cadences for the
Contemporary Pianist by Ross Ramsay / Berklee Press. 
http://tinyurl.com/3ckfe 
(look for the "Keyboards" section under "Instruments" on the
left-hand side and it will be in that list)
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I spent a fair amount of my childhood chained to a piano, which
has caused me to need more therapy than I will ever be able to
afford. 

The upside to this, however, is that it has ultimately made me a
better guitar player than I would have become without it (for a
lot of reasons I won't list here) and I guess the other upside is
that I'm still considered a pretty decent piano player, although
this isn't really how I define myself musically.

It has also given me a greater working knowledge of music's
technical rudiments and theory and this is the well I feel I draw
from every time I write a song.

Ross Ramsay's book Piano Essentials; Scales, Chords, Arpeggios,
and Cadences for the Contemporary Pianist covers much of what I
had to study in a book called The Brown Scale Book back when I
was a kid, (8000 years ago) but does it in a way that makes the
information much more relevant to practical application.

As a chef knows ingredients and a racecar driver knows cars
completely, it is professionally empowering to know what goes
into the making of a song.  Those formulaic components are found
in the very list that subtitles this book; scales, chords,
arpeggios, and cadences.

Piano Essentials is authored by Ross Ramsay, member of the piano
department faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has
been teaching piano for over 25 years, is a working composer,
performer and piano clinician and is a graduate of Berklee
himself.

The book begins with a theory overview that will provide a great
refresher if... lets just say, you haven't thought about piano
theory since your piano teacher used to hit your wrists with a
ruler.

If you are new to piano theory, this chapter will bring you
totally up to speed and get you ready for the rest of the book in
no time at all.

The review demystifies theoretical staples like; the circle of
fifths, scale construction, intervals, chords, and arpeggios and
ends with a comprehensive set of scales to play through.

Chapter 2 looks at Diatonic Triads, which are harmonized scales
(or scales of chords as it were). For songwriters, this is like
having a complete collection of chords to choose from rather than
just the ones that come to mind, when writing in a certain key.
Very empowering!

All of the exercises in the book are also featured on an
accompanying CD.  This means that not only are the performances
of the scales and chords etc. modeled for you, but that you could
actually play along with the CD and match your note selection, as
well as timing and tone, with that of the instructor. 

In Part Two there are chapters devoted to dynamics, phrasing,
articulation, and rhythmic variation and contrast, taking the
exercises a step beyond the realm of just hitting the right piano
key by also explaining the art of hitting the piano key right.

The inclusion of minor scale and harmony materials in the third
part of the book, explains and provides examples for what is
possibly the least understood set of compositional tools used in
contemporary music creation today.

Piano Essentials is the technical requirements book for Level 1
and Level 2 piano students at The Berklee College of Music in
Boston but it could also provide a perfect modern companion to
the technical requirement texts recommended for use in
conjunction with any of the well known conservatory style
repertoire systems.

This would be a most timely purchase for someone who has
considered that grounding in the theoretical fundamentals of the
piano might open up a whole new world of songwriting
possibilities for them. 

I can personally attest that the time I spent at the piano
running through scales, chords, arpeggios, and cadences as a kid
quickly manifested into a lifelong interest in molding those
materials into original songs.

I can only estimate how much easier and more relevant it would
have been to accomplish this with a book like Piano Essentials to
work from... but perhaps I'll save that for my next therapy
session.

You can pick up a copy of Piano Essentials, Scales, Chords,
Arpeggios, and Cadences for the Contemporary Pianist by Ross
Ramsay at http://tinyurl.com/3ckfe (click on "Keyboards" under
the "Instruments" section on the left-hand side menu and the book
should be one of the ones listed there.)
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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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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
regularly for updates!
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UNDISCOVERED BAND CONTEST - WIN YOUR SONG IN THE MOVIE AND THE
SOUNDTRACK

The John Tucker Must Die Undiscovered Band Contest
(www.myspace.com/johntucker) gives unsigned artists the chance to
submit a song to be eligible for inclusion in the movie and on
the soundtrack. The grand prize winner will be chosen on May 26th
by a panel of celebrity judges and music executives. Wind-up
Records will award a $10,000 production budget to the winner for
professional re-recording, mixing, and mastering of the winning
song. The ten finalists will each win an electric guitar from
Gibson Guitars. From April 6th until April 24th, unsigned bands
can submit songs for consideration by going to
www.myspace.com/johntucker and uploading a song through the
upload form. From these initial submissions, 20 semi-finalists
will be chosen by members of the MySpace staff. On May 1st, those
20 bands will rely on the support of their own fan bases, or
MySpace 'friends,' to determine the top 10 finalists who will be
selected on May 19th. The grand prize winner will be announced on
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PAUL REISLER'S 6-DAY INTENSIVE SONGCAMP WITH PAUL REISLER, JON
VEZNER, JULIE PORTMAN AND SPECIAL GUESTS, Charlottesville, VA ­
July 10-16, 2006

Join us for the most in-depth songcamp in the country in the
beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. 6-days of total immersion
songwriting, performance, creativity and community. Limited to 35
students for lots of individual attention. PAUL REISLER, one of
the most popular songwriting teachers in the country, is a
composer, songwriter, teacher, recording artist, and performer.
He was the leader of Trapezoid and is founder of the Kid Pan
Alley. JON VEZNER'S Where Have You Been is the only song in
history to have won all 4 major honors including a Grammy. Faith
Hill, Marina McBride, Reba McIntire, John Mellencamp, and Kathy
Mattea are just a few of the artists who have recorded his songs.
JULIE PORTMAN is an Obie award playwright, actress, author,
director, singer and teacher. She teaches performance and Life
Stories workshops throughout the country.
Tuition: $575. ($100 discount if registered by June 1). Room and
board $245.
To register call 540 987 3164. www.paulreisler.com/workshops.htm
or email: songcamp@paulreisler.com
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THE 2006 SINGER/SONGWRITER AWARDS

We Are Listening, in association with Berklee College of Music
and in partnership with Sonicbids.com, is currently accepting
entries for The 2006 Singer/Songwriter Awards. Enter now for a
chance to win an all-inclusive trip to London to record your song
with the UK's finest music professionals (or prize of comparable
value). Visit: http://www.wearelistening.org/ for more details.
Deadline: 30th June 2006 
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THE JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST -- Lennon Award Voting is
OPEN!

Help choose the Lennon Award Winners for the John Lennon
Songwriting Contest. Voting is open until April 26th and ANYONE
can vote! Visit WWW.JLSC.COM/VOTE to listen and pick your
favorite in each category.

Session-I is now accepting entries and we've added an amazing NEW
prize. One winner will be chosen as the Maxell Song of the Year
and not only win $20,000 but will also win an Apple Power Mac G5
with Cinema Display and Logic Pro software. With 24 Grand Prize
Winners, 72 Finalists, 12 Lennon Award Winners, and 1 Maxell Song
of the Year, this opportunity is not to be missed.

For more information and for your chance to WIN, please visit:
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SONGWRITING: FROM INSPIRATION TO PERFORMANCE WITH BETH NIELSEN
CHAPMAN AND PAUL REISLER - Hollyhock Retreat Centre ­ Cortez
Island, BC ­ August 4-9, 2006

A songwriter's retreat in one of the most beautiful places on the
planet. An intimate week of songwriting, natural beauty and
spectacular food. Beth Nielsen Chapman's hits include Faith
Hill's This Kiss, and songs for everyone from Bonnie Raitt,
Willie Nelson and Trisha Yearwood to Ute Lempur, Emmy Lou Harris,
and Elton John. Beth's recent release Look was one of the top
albums in the UK. Paul Reisler is a composer, songwriter,
performer, and one of the most popular songwriting teachers
around. He's the founder of the award winning Kid Pan Alley
children's songwriting project, as well as Trapezoid, and his new
band, Paul Reisler & A Thousand Questions.
Info/Registration 800-933-6339 - http://www.hollyhock.ca/ -
registration@hollyhock.ca
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Tony Butterworth, a home musician and advocate for home based
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strives to deliver top quality, original, home based rock, pop,
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Butterworth, "After taking up guitar and making a few of my own
songs, I discovered a huge online community of amateur musicians,
many of them producing songs of a quality that simply astounded
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Please listen in and http://www.homemadehitshow.com/ and send songs and
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M u s e ' s    C l u e s :  by Irene Jackson

©1998-2006 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. 
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I wake up these days to our local CBC (Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation) radio station.  Every Tuesday morning there is a
segment called "Scott Walker's Musical Almanac", where Scott goes
back in time to tell some interesting stories from that
particular week in music history.  Sadly, as far as I know, the
Alamanac is not archived so you can listen only to this week's
insert (http://www.cbc.ca/intownandout/almanac.html), but Scott
always has three or four very interesting stories, many of them
behind-the-scenes tidbits on how particular songs became hits.
Scott, who, besides being a broadcaster has also released a
couple of albums of jazz and classic pop standards, clearly has a
passion for the history of popular music and his segments are
always enlightening and entertaining. 

Also on the CBC website you can find The National Playlist
(http://www.cbc.ca/nationalplaylist/).  I actually heard about
this show a while back from a couple of my guitar students who
faithfully tuned in every day at 11:30am.  The premise of the
show is that 10 popular songs, past and present, are introduced
each week.  Listeners get to vote on which songs get to stay and
which get booted off the list.  All week, different guests
including artists and producers and radio people (a panel of
experts I guess you could call them!) and listeners pitch and
promote their favourite song on the list.  The songs in the past
have included a wide array of artists and songwriters such as Van
Morrison, Queen, Dolly Parton, Bjork, Bruce Cockburn, and the
Arctic Monkeys!

At this point the show seems to be in hiatus, but you can look at
the lists and listen to the pitches at the National Playlist
website.  The pitches (which are Real Audio files) are sometimes
just a personal bias, but there are also some intelligent
discussions and evaluations of lyrics and production and they're
often pretty passionate presentations!  Very worth while having a
listen to.

And last, but not least, the BBC has an excellent collection of
musical documentaries on their Radio 2 website
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/documentaries/).  Someone recently
mentioned The Record Producers, a series on some of the most
influential producers, the latest one being Trevor Horn.  But you
can also find documentaries on Neil Diamond, the Everly Brothers
and a four part series called "10 Million Can't Be Wrong" which
is an exploration of albums that sold in excess of 10 million
copies and what their mass appeal might have been attributed to. 

Public radio has always stood out for me in terms of its value
and commitment to diverse and intelligent programming.  And these
days their websites have also become a goldmine for just about
anyone wanting to listen and learn.

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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 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 :
 
Self-Care Rules of the Road - © 2006 by Linda Dessau & Dr.
Timothy Jameson ~ All Rights Reserved.  Used By Permission
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Taking your creative work out on the road can be exciting. Seeing
new places, meeting new people, and sharing your music with new
audiences are all enticing prospects.

Ready to go? Not so fast...

Jumping into a touring experience without planning ahead can lead
you down a destructive path of poor routines and lifestyle
habits. This path can negatively impact your self-care, not only
while you're away, but also when you get home and you're trying
to settle back into everyday life.

How many times have you come back from a tour (or even a
vacation) with the feeling that you'll need a week at home just
to recuperate? Hard work, excess "fun," and general neglect of
your health while you're out on the road can all add up to big
trouble.

These times of extreme stress can take their toll on your body
over time. Even in the short term, you're at risk for illness,
mental fogginess, and irritability.

Here are the factors that will have the greatest effect on your
physical, mental, and emotional health while you're on the road:

A. You're away from your loved ones, including your family, your
friends, and the other people closest to you. Some of them might
be touring with you, and that's wonderful. But you're bound to
have left some of them behind and face it, that can hurt.

B. You're away from your familiar routines. Traveling turns your
world, literally, upside down. Some people thrive when they shake
things up; but if you're a creature of habit, don't underestimate
the traumatic effect of the constant surprises that traveling can
bring.

C. You have an intense performing schedule. Whether or not you
have stage fright, performance can be a draining activity. You'll
receive energy from the audience, your band mates, and your
music, but you're also giving out a lot of energy and that can
leave you sagging.

Physically you might be putting an enormous strain on your body
with improper and uncomfortable postures when you play, stand or
move on stage.

D. You're under pressure to perform well. Whether or not you have
performance anxiety, this can create a lot of mental stress as
you're constantly trying to figure out how to do your best, and
analyzing what you did right and wrong.

E. You have to play nice with others. There are lots of social
situations and challenges that come up while you're touring.
Being in close quarters with the same people over a long period
of time can lead to arguments, resentments and tension.

Meeting a lot of new people can be fun, but it can also be
awkward or even frightening if you're a naturally shy person.
Depending on where you're touring, you might also need to adjust
to different social and cultural customs than you're used to.

To address these challenges and keep you healthy on the road,
pack along these ten tips before you leave for your next tour.

Top 10 Self-Care Rules of the Road

1. Think ahead and know what's coming.

Carefully look over your trip itinerary and schedule of
performances. Pay special attention to back-to-back performances
or long stretches of traveling. Notice also where you might be
able to take advantage of breaks in the schedule.

2. Have a Plan A and a Plan B.

Loosely plan a self-care schedule for yourself, including what
and when you'll eat, how you'll make sure you get enough sleep
and rest (at night and during the day), and when you'll take time
to recharge in whatever way works best for you.

At the same time, have a set of "Plan B" contingencies for when
unexpected things come up or Plan A just isn't possible. This
will help you to be flexible and make the best possible choices
you can.

3. Fill your "energy bank" before you leave.

Take special care in the days and weeks before the tour to get
enough sleep and eat well.

The healthier you and your immune system are before you leave,
the more resilient you'll be when things come up that challenge
your self-care routines.

4. Stay in touch.

Keep in touch with the people you're close to, using the
telephone, email, and Internet. With camera phones, web cams and
other technology, there are many ways to "close the gap" and ease
the feelings of separation.

5. Sleep right and regularly.

Keep to a regular sleep and wake schedule where you can. Aim for
7-8 hours of sleep plus a planned nap or rest time each afternoon
- the earlier, the better.

If you're performing until around 2:00 am every night, sleep
until around 10:00 each morning. Avoid the temptation to sleep
the day away because that will just leave you groggy and
ineffective.

6. Eat right and regularly

Plan your three meals a day, and also plan regular snacks. Dr.
Jameson recommends a snack every two hours or so.

Mixing a carbohydrate (e.g. whole grains, fruits or vegetables)
and a protein (e.g. nuts, cheese or peanut butter) will give you
the best boost and keep you going the longest. Stay away from
sugary snacks or nutritionally empty salty foods because you'll
just "crash and burn" a short while later.

7. Hydrate right and regularly.

Most people maintain their best hydration levels by drinking
between six and eight glasses of water a day. Dr. Jameson writes,
"Keep in mind that anything else you drink may interfere with
your hydration levels. For example, caffeine containing drinks,
such as coffee, teas, and colas will actually make your body
urinate more, leading to higher levels of dehydration.

Sugar laden sodas actually make you thirstier because of the
increase of blood sugar levels after ingestion. There are about 8
to 10 teaspoons of sugar in soda, so drinking soda is not a
substitute for drinking water. In fact, youíll need to increase
your water intake if you are drinking sodas throughout the day.

Another key factor in hydration is alcohol intake. If you are
enjoying yourself with alcoholic beverages just keep in mind that
you should follow up for at least six hours afterward with
increased water intake. The amount of water will obviously depend
on your level of "enjoyment." If you wake up in the morning
wondering how you got in the bed last night, then drink water all
day long!"

8. Blow off steam right and regularly.

Find ways to express your thoughts and feelings safely and
effectively. Keep a journal, talk to someone you trust, or
whatever works for you. Physically, balance out periods of down
time with exercise and activity so you'll have enough energy for
your performances.

9. Recharge right and regularly.

Actively seek out things that inspire and nourish you - bring
along your favourite readings, music and pictures. Find
interesting places to visit in each location. Get out into
nature. Plan something luxurious like a massage.

10. Make your choices known.

Instead of being a victim of what everyone else is doing, stand
up and make your healthy choices known. Chances are, other people
will appreciate the healthy options as well.

There's no need to leave your self-care at home when you go on
tour with your band. And there's definitely no need to return
from a tour completely depleted of energy and your health.
Self-care is portable, so pack it along!

                              *****
							  
Linda Dessau, the Self-Care Coach, helps artists enhance their
creativity by addressing their unique self-care issues. Feel like
your creativity is blocked? Sign-up for your complimentary copy
of the popular e-course, "Roadblocks to Creativity" by visiting
http://www.genuinecoaching.com
Dr. Timothy Jameson is a chiropractor, guitarist, pianist and band leader, and is the author of "The Musicians Guide to Health and Wellness". Learn more and download your copy at http://www.musicianshealth.com/musicianhealthandwellness.htm
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Killer Music by Jerry Flattum (© 2006)
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00001106.html

At the end of this article "Killer Music" is a list of rappers
who were murdered or died mysteriously. It is by no means a
definitive list. In fact, it might not even be accurate. Who
really knows what happened? One thing's for sure, not one of
these deaths was due to old age. Facts aren't really important.
In Pop/Rock, myth far overshadows reality. But has the gangsta
myth gone too far? Is murder really the new ploy used to increase
sales?

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Are We There Yet? - Part 1: Do We Ever Truly 'Get There'?
By Seth Milliner (© 2006)
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00001108.html

In an effort to remove some of the mystique from such common
questions as "how can I get noticed?", "what do I do next with my
music?" and "how do I get my music on Christian radio?", Iíve
decided to try to put together an essay series based on my
experience and knowledge of these issues, specifically targeted
to the beginning musical artist. 

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Are We There Yet? - Part 2: Getting Started 
By Seth Milliner (© 2006)
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00001109.html

Getting started in the Christian music industry isnít an exact
science. There are a thousand different paths you can take, but
hereís what I recommend. Now make sure you read this carefully,
because itís really deep, OK?

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Inspiration for the new Year by Jennifer Yeko (© 2006)
http://www.musesmuse.com/art-inspiration2006.html

Jennifer offers advice about how to get the most out of your
musical career. 
 
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