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Issue 9.8 - November 2006
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, JJ Biener, Gian Fiero,
                    Francesco Emmanuel & Jon Stewart
@-- 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.
@-- Featured Article - Five Paths To $100,000 Per Year - Part 4:
                       Randy's Way by Sean Farrington
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

Hi folks.  I hope you're having a very productive Autumn.  Lots
of new stuff on the website and in this newsletter.  Some great
new reviews of very talented artists that I hope you'll check

Just as a reminder, there's a new Radio Muse show (#14) now
online too at so I
hope you'll check that out.  The show will continue, just in case
you were wondering.  It might have only one host, but there will
definitely be a Radio Muse #15.  I hope you'll send in your music
for consideration!  More information on that can be found at . 

And now, the raffle winners for this month. :)

* Jeffrey O. Kasbohm from St. Louis Park, MN, has won a copy of
Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software

* Bradley Weaver from Denver, CO, 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.

* Trenell Ladd from Hyattsville, MD, has won a copy of's Musician's Toolkit CD

I wish you all the very best of inspiration! 


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M u s i c   R e v i e w s : Chip Withrow, JJ Biener, Gian Fiero,
                            Francesco Emmanuel & Jon Stewart


Jon Stewart:

* Jade
* Ebony Evans

Gian Fiero:

* Eoin Harrington
* Shakti
* Kevin Wong
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Francesco Emmanuel:

* Emma Cook
* Arvel Bird
* Lukas Vesely

Chip Withrow:

* Second Movement
* The Hideaways

JJ Biener:

* David Alstead


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 

Mark DuBerry - Genre: ELECTRONIC

The music on 'Head Room' is rich and complex and is mostly
instrumental, with some atmospheric vocals. Acoustic and electric
guitars feature throughout along with electronic instruments and
strong rhythms. World flavours come together with dance,
progressive rock, jazz and ambient influences to produce a lush,
vibrant and powerful sound.


Mark Evans - Genre: COUNTRY

Mark Evans is a truly gifted songwriter in the mold of Billy Joe
Shaver and Kris Kristofferson. He nailed a publishing deal on his
first trip to Nashville and completed his forthcoming CD on his
second trip. Titled I Crawl Out, Mark Evans' debut disc will be
released in England and America.


Doug Spears - Genre: FOLK

Thoughtful, intelligent lyrics in the style of Gordon Lightfoot
and John Prine, memorable melodies, a warm, engaging acoustic
guitar style and smooth, rich vocals reminiscent of John Denver.
That’s acoustic folk artist, Doug Spears. Doug's songs tell
engaging stories mixing musical elements of Americana, bluegrass
and acoustic folk. Turn off the TV and the cell phone and enjoy.


Shannon Chase - Genre: POP

With a voice that's been compared to 'golden pipes' Shannon Chase
breathes new life into todays pop music. Combining her interests
in adult contemporary, Top 40, and rock this debut album appeals
to a large number of people with its catchy hooks and haunting

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

Million Dollar Mistakes by Moses Avalon
Although this book focuses more on industry games that directly
affect performers, producers and business people than on the
world of songwriters, songwriters also need a clear-eyed picture
of the industry. If you harbor romantic images of the music
industry, this book will help you confine them to your lyrics.

The author, Moses Avalon, is a record producer turned
artist's-rights activist; a professional dispeller of the
industry's illusions and myths, who gives seminars, consults on
legislation affecting music, and has even given expert testimony
in courtrooms. To add to his own experience, in researching this
book he interviewed a cross section of industry experts
(including entertainment lawyers, engineers, producers, and label
executives) getting them to identify the myriad ways it is
possible for us to go wrong, based on their own experiences. He
summarizes these in the back of the book, in a section aptly
titled: "The Top Reasons Why Artists Fail."

While hearing about failures, even from those who recover and go
on to success, is not exactly inspiring (or even always fun
reading) it does serve a purpose. It points out pitfalls and
traps that lie in the path to musical goals. Everyone makes
mistakes, and the author intends that you profit from other
people's errors. You don't have to bother making these particular
mistakes, which leaves you free to make your own.

There is, of course, no one path to success, no single "business
model" that suits everyone aspiring to music industry success. A
band, he points out, is not a business. In fact, many extremely
successful bands are run anything but like a business. That
leaves us asking: If there isn't a business model, if you
shouldn't run a band like a business, then how do you get

Moses Avalon believes that part of the answer is this insider
collection of mistakes, of dangerous steps to avoid. Thus the
book talks about the costly mistakes made by pros. And not just
the mistakes themselves. One of the book's important themes is
that actions have consequences. Not returning phone calls leads
to losing work. Not sharing writing credits with nonwriting band
members (a point that will strike home with songwriters in bands)
offers a perfect example of how the obvious or logical (even
honest) approach can often make no sense whatsoever in the rather
twisted world of record labels.

Along the way the author also takes issue with a certain amount
of "common sense" often heard in the industry. For instance,
should your demo be radio ready? Do you have to be nice to nasty
people because it is such a small industry? The author gives you
some new perspectives on these questions and many more.

To his credit, the author recognizes that some of his positions
are not definitive, and in those cases he lets interviewees who
disagree with him completely speak their piece. On the issue of
radio-ready song demos, for instance, you are treated to an
interesting debate, and in his dialogs with lawyers, it becomes
clear that the music business remains a bit murky even to the
industry experts. Don't expect that to change.

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: to Menu

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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 & . Please check there
regularly for updates!

Submissions to the 8th Annual Great American Song Contest will be
accepted through Nov. 17. Songs, lyrics and instrumental
compositions are welcome. This year's event features awards for
45 winners in 9 categories and provides over $10,000 in prizes.
Music-industry judges include prominent publishers, recording
artists, producers and Grammy-nominated songwriters. Entrants
receive written evaluations of their songs from the contest
judges. This annual International event is sponsored by
Songwriters Resource Network, a trusted news and education
resource for songwriters everywhere. 

Submission deadline is Nov. 17, 2006. For details, visit: or e-mail
Catawba College announces the availability of songwriting
scholarships for the 2007-8 school year. Qualifying freshmen and
transfer students can receive up to $2,500 for study at the
Salisbury, North Carolina school (the renewable scholarship could
total $10,000 over four years). Scholarships are also offered to
instrumentalists and singers of rock, alternative, gospel, and
other forms of popular music. The Catawba degree concentration in
music business/popular music attracts talented musicians from
across the country and enjoys a growing reputation through the
success of its students and recent graduates. They include Dennis
Reed, who beat out nearly 1300 college entrants to win the 9th
BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship. For application details,
contact Dr. David Lee Fish at or call

Come out to one of the city's only Friday night open stages at
the fabulous Now Lounge, 189 Church (just south of Dundas) Host
is Laura Ranieri. Sign up is 7:30. Upcoming dates: Friday October
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Friday February 16; Friday March 16; Friday April 20. For more
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We Are Listening, in association with Berklee College of Music
and in partnership with, is currently accepting
entries for Round II of 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: for more
Deadline: 31st Dec 2006 

The Tipperary International Song of Peace Contest will take place
in Tipperary Town, Ireland in April 2007. What kind of song is
Tipperary Peace Convention looking for? A song of Peace, Love and
Harmony, about people, places or things, in fact anything that
one feels constitutes a 'Sense of Peace'. The organisers are most
anxious that the contest embrace all musical tastes. Entries must
be submitted on a compact disc or cassette tape with one copy of
the type-written lyric. The entry fee is €25 (euro) and the
closing date for entries is February 1st, 2007. From the entries
received, 10 songs will be chosen to compete 'live' in the Grand
Final in Tipperary Town, Ireland on April 28th, 2007. The winning
song will receive a cheque for €1,500 (euro) and a specially
commissioned Waterford Crystal Trophy.

Entry Forms are now available and can be downloaded from the
organisers website: or by contacting the
Contest Secretary, Martin Quinn by e-mail to

A unique opportunity to represent your country and win an
international songwriting award from The Music Aid Organization
(the United Nations music partner at The best
entries will receive Gold Disc Awards and the top songs will be
on the desks of the world's music executives and record
companies. There are also categories for bands, solo artists,
producers and instrumental composers. The top entries will have
their songs sold as downloads on the Music Aid International
website and the international media spotlight will be turned on
when a United Nations UNV specialist PR team promotes national
and international winners and finalists in a campaign of
worldwide press releases and media announcements. Visit: - Deadline: November 17, 2006

Now with a bigger Grand Prize and 13 winners, the 2007 Great
Lakes Songwriting Contest is open for entries. The contest is
open to songwriters currently living in the eight Great Lakes
states and the Province of Ontario. Grand Prize is $1,500 US
cash, with 12 additional prizes of gift certificates,
subscriptions to the Songbridge songwriters' pitch sheet,
discounts on songwriting retreats, and publicity opportunities.
Entries must be postmarked by April 14, 2007. Now sponsored by
Elderly Instruments, Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters, and
Songbridge.  More about the 2006 winners, judges, concert, and
prizes at

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Awards will be distributed as follows:

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Tony Butterworth, a home musician and advocate for home based
music, has released his new internet based program, The Home Made
Hit Show, featuring exciting and original rock, acoustic, blues
and pop music made by home based artists. The Home Made Hit Show
strives to deliver top quality, original, home based rock, pop,
blues and acoustic music to its listeners. "After years of being
disillusioned with popular music, I was ready for a change", said
Butterworth, "After taking up guitar and making a few of my own
songs, I discovered a huge online community of amateur musicians,
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Please listen in and and send songs and
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references to contacts when appropriate. Visit for more information.

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

©1998-2006 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. 
Used By Permission

A few years back, I remember coming across a website called MSN
Music which had a list of just about every genre of song you
could imagine.  I immediately wrote about it for this newsletter.
But a year or two later when I referred back to it, it had
disappeared!  I always thought it was a shame, because one issue
that comes up again and again is that of genre. Most songwriters
want to know how others view their songs in terms of the style
that they write.  Is it pop?  Rock?  Some kind of weird fusion of
acid rock and contemporary jazz?

Lucky for me (and now for you!), I recently came upon virtually
the same great online encyclopaedia of music and all of its
genres in a commercial website called ""
(  I don't always like to promote
commercial websites, but in this case, there's really a whole
whack of information at your fingertips at no cost. 

What is great about it is that you can explore each and every
genre with all of the sub-genres and cross-overs you can possibly
imagine.  The "top" artists and albums of each is listed,
including a link to an audio clip of them.  The artists and bands
also have good bios, complete discographies, links to the artists
or bands that influenced them, and "followers"...those who were
influenced by them and followed in their footsteps.  There is
chart information on each of the artist's songs, and just about
every connection with them that you can think of, including
multiple photos, session musicians, and even the "moods" that
each artist or band represents!  In fact, if there's a music
video for that artist, you'll also be able to view it.

Another interesting aspect, to me, is getting a sense of which
artists and bands best represent each genre.  As a songwriter,
you might want to write for a certain artist and want to research
what they've done in past. Allmusic's descriptions of the origins
of many of these genres is fascinating as well, some of the
history is pretty good reading. 

If doesn't satisfy all of your musical inquisitions,
try the Wikipedia music portal
( Wikipedia, if you've
never heard about it, is a kind of volunteer-based online
encyclopaedia.  Anyone can sign up and submit information on just
about anything you can think of.  The music portal includes
everything from articles on music genres to composers and
musicians, instruments and anything related.  The Wikipedia music
portal goes a few steps further than Allmusic, in that it
includes genres such as "computer games music", categories such
as music-related occupations, a dictionary of terms (yes, even a
glossary of bagpipe terms!), and articles on theory and
techniques. There are links upon links... If you've never checked
Wikipedia out, you should definitely put aside a few hours to do

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 Sean Farrington - © 2006

Five Paths To $100,000 Per Year
Part 4: Randy's Way
Welcome back to my little documentary (or moc-umentary as I
prefer to call it). We are now on Part 4 of a 5 part series
exploring the lives of five fictional characters who are all
racing to a six-figure income with very different styles. Though
the cast of characters in this moc-mentary are indeed fictional,
the techniques are not. These are the same skills that artists -
just like you - use day in and day out to survive and thrive as

In this episode we'll visit Randy who is a self-proclaimed
recording nut. He records 2 CDs a year, plus all his live
performances, music videos and even behind the scenes
documentaries. We'll see how Randy's recording ready attitude
pushes his income to the six-figure mark...


[Act 4 Scene 1. Opens in a black and white childhood memory

Since he was given his first Fisher Price™ cassette recorder
(with dual microphones!), Randy has been bitten with the
recording bug. His mom would often find him stuffing his brother
in a coat closet while trying to explain that it wasn't a closet
at all, but rather an isolation booth. 

Today we find that Randy has found a way to turn his penchant for
recording into a fairly decent little enterprise for himself. He
takes his Prog-Rock inspired Zydeco music and manages to create
two well-crafted CDs per year. 

Randy has gotten this process for recording down to a science.
For instance, he knows that if he gets all his band mates
together to rehearse their songs until they hate them, then he
will be able to get 10 songs recorded and mixed down in the
studio inside 40 hours.

Let's go ahead and dive into the grade school math. 40 hours of
recording at a rate of $35/hour costs all of $1,400 to record and
mix an album. Now Randy has been around this business enough to
know that a good recording isn't really done until a competent
professional has mastered it. So he splurges every single time
for a low-priced mastering session that he gets for $500. Again
doing the grade school level math we add $500 mastering to the
$1400 recording and we are now up to $1900. 

Randy is a realist when it comes to selling his CDs. Even though
he wants to sell 10,000 copies of his masterful creations, he
shoots for a much more reasonable total of 3000 CDs. Randy has
shopped around on the internet and discovered that he can get
3000 CDs printed (with jewel cases and four page inserts) for

This means that Randy shells out a whopping $5,800 to get his
project in physical form. Randy prefers to say that each CD costs
$1.93 (which we'll round up to $2.00) per CD. This cost includes
the total to record, mix, master, and duplicate 3000 copies of
his next hit CD.

Now most people would go into sticker shock at seeing this
number, but not Randy.  He knows the full profit potential of his
little gold mine. For instance, because Randy writes good music
and has become adept at marketing his CDs, he knows how to price
and move his merch. He will be selling those 3000 CDs at a very
reasonable $12/ per CD. 

Doing our grade school level math again we see that selling 3000
CDs multiplied by $10 in profit for each CD brings us to a
$30,000 net profit for each of Randy's recording projects.  

But that's not all; remember Randy does two CD's per year. The
costs are exactly the same, but since there is only six months
left in the year he only sells half as many before the year's
end. Though he has next year to sell the remaining 1500 CDs, we
will be lopsided and stack all of the costs into the first
half-year of sales.  This raises his costs per CD to an
artificial $4, and lowers his return to $8 per CD.

Selling 1500 of these by years-end nets Randy an additional
$12,000, bringing his yearly total up to $42,000.


One day while watching "Making of the Chef," his favorite cooking
documentary show, Randy had a "brain blast." He fathomed that he
lives a fairly interesting life and decided that maybe he should
video some of it for his fans. As this idea rattled around his
mind, it began to snowball in a way that only self-absorbed ideas
do. When the snowball had gathered size and momentum, Randy
decided that a Music Video on DVD was in order.

Taking his discipline and organization skills from his music
productions Randy began to organize what he would put on the DVD.
All of this work produced a list of needs and their associated

Here's what he came up with:

$450     For 2 Mini DV camera rentals @ $225 per day for 2 days
$200     For Mini DV tape 
$200     for desktop editing software such as Final Cut Express™  
$0       for a borrowed home video camera for the documentary 
$1950    For 750 DVDs with a full color cover and 3 color on disc
         printing for $2.60 per unit.
$2,800 Total costs

Randy figured he could get his music video shooting done in 2
days because he chose a simple theme, picked simple sets and
locations and rehearsed everything like crazy before the cameras
were even rented. He even went so far as to create a "mock-up"
video using the borrowed home video camera that he used to shoot
his documentary titled, "A Day In The Life Of A Zydeco
ProgRocker." He was happy with the results and decided to move

Once the 2 days of shooting were done Randy got to work using his
desktop editing software to compile and edit all of the video. By
the end he had a full 1 hour Documentary, a music video and even
a, "making of the video" documentary.

Randy offers his Zydeco Prog Rocker Video Spectacular to his fans
for a very reasonable $15 each. Selling all of the DVDs at this
price gave Randy a gross profit of $11,200. When he backed out
the costs of $2800 he discovered a net profit of $8,450 for one
video product. 

Friend, that's a %300 percent return on his investment of
Not too shabby. 

The best part is that after Randy sold out of this run, his costs
for the second run dropped by 30% because he didn't have to pay
for rentals or software again. But that is a topic for another

So now Randy's yearly take is up to $50,450

The success of Randy's first video got him thinking about other
video projects. The next was a "live concert video." Of course
Randy did all of his planning in advance and decided that he
needed the following equipment to produce is full-scale concert

$675   For 3 Mini DV cameras to get lots of angles during the
$50    For Mini DV tape for all three cameras. 
$100   For a one-day rental of a 16-channel mixer and
       miscellaneous cables. 
$50    To rent a realtime CD-R recorder 
$50    For a one-day rental of a 16-channel mic splitter to split
       the signals from the front of house mixer to the recording
$1,300 To replicate 500 DVDs at a price of 2.60 per unit.
$2,225 Total Costs

Here's how the whole thing went down. Randy had his friend Ross,
who is a music-production student, sit behind the stage during
the concert. Ross's job was to do a "live mix" of the concert
straight to the CD-R recorder so that the video would have nice
clean audio.  

Randy placed two stationary cameras in the audience and one
operator with a handheld to roam around on stage. He threw all of
the footage into his desktop editing program - which was now paid
for from his last video shoot. When the recording was done, Randy
edited it down to the live audio recording that Ross made.

Now because of how late in the year Randy began this project he
only sold 500 copies, which at a $15 price point grosses him
$7,500. With production and replication costs of $2,225 his net
profits are $5,275. 

This is a 237% return on his investment. 

Just ask those who dabble in the stock market how many times
they've pulled off that kind of return and you'll start to think
Randy is a financial genius.

The running total for Randy's recording mania total is now up to
$55,725. A long way from 100k but hold on because we haven't
factored in gigs and other merch.

Randy does a "massive" 2 gigs per week with a paltry guarantee of
$300 per gig. This nets him $31,200 per year in revenue from
gigging alone (104 gigs per year times $300).

This brings the new running total up to $86,925

Now, Randy was in an Apple Computer users forum last year where
he met a rapper named MacDaddi from Philly. Mac advised Randy on
exactly how to make and sell a variety of merch. So at the
beginning of this year Randy's first t-shirt was officially for
sale, it's called the "Crazy Dancing Man" design, and his fans
love it. These sell for $15 each, which yields a $10 per shirt
profit. Randy sold an average of 13 shirts per gig, netting him
$260 per week in additional revenue (13 shirts x $10 profit x 2
gigs per week).  When calculated out over an entire year, Randy's
t-shirt sales bring in an additional $13,520. 

That's all it took. The final piece to Randy's profit puzzle is
in place, and the picture is a grand total of $100,445.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Last we heard from Randy he was in the throws of
recording a crazy compilation EP with five other local bands. He
created a mega-band by combining the performers from all five
bands for just one song. Then he added one cut from each band for
the remaining tracks. He figured they could all sell the CD at
their own gigs and thus increase each other's market by a factor
of five. Smart idea, Randy. You go!

Next, installment we'll visit Betty Balance, or "Steady Betty" as
her friends call her. Betty's music career is a thing of beauty.
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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 :

I thought this month, that I'd focus on some of the articles
already on the site that deal with "Creativity".

Here are a few I highly recommend:

Linking Your Vocals and Guitar Through Parallel Melodies - 
by Jon Anthony Collins

Jon has put together some very helpful suggestions to follow when
linking your vocals and your guitar playing. Note that you'll get
more out of this if you read music. (PDF).

The Creative Process of Songwriting - by Garrison Leykam

Garrison discusses "letting go" for a more creative you.

Put Your Song To The Tests - by Pat & Pete Luboff

Pat & Pete Luboff discuss the common elements in great songs and
how some simple tests can help your songs really connect.

Oysters & Other Muses - by Harriet Schock

Harriet provides advice on how to get that grain of sand
(inspiration) that may eventually turn into a pearl (a song). 
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