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CD REVIEW: Melinda Gidaly - This Mortal Lust
By Ashley Petkovski - 08/29/2002 - 01:54 AM EDT

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Groovin' in the Bag with Sound Theology
By Jon Nicol - 08/28/2002 - 06:17 PM EDT

Do you remember that plastic comb we use to put in our back pocket as kids? (We never actually combed our hair, it was just cool to have it sticking out just below the red 501 tag.) The comb was billed as "unbreakable." If you were anything like me, you would find a way to break it--just because it said you couldn't. So now we're all grown up into semi-well-adjusted-songwriting-adults and we treat the rules of songwriting the same way: we love to break them! So as we take off with this inaugural article of Vertical Songwriting, I'm going to buck the system and suggest that there are three "unbreakable" rules for writing praise and worship music. And I'll admit, like the comb, you are able to break these rules. But what good is a half a comb?

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CD REVIEW: Eric Colville – “Afraid to Dance”
By Stacey Board - 08/28/2002 - 03:53 PM EDT

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CD REVIEW: Steve Elliott and Lucie Walker, "Straight Up"
By Stacey Board - 08/28/2002 - 03:51 PM EDT

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CD REVIEW: Naked Angel - "The Vth Angel"
By Stacey Board - 08/28/2002 - 03:47 PM EDT

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CD REVIEW: Guy Bergeron - "Livin in the Valley"
By Stacey Board - 08/28/2002 - 03:43 PM EDT

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Singers As Athletes
By Dagmar Morgan - 08/28/2002 - 12:51 PM EDT

For those of you just embarking on your vocal journey, this article will outline what parts of the body are used to vocalize and why vocalists are just like athletes.

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CD REVIEW: Chione - A Better Day
By Ashley Petkovski - 08/28/2002 - 12:58 AM EDT

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The Recording Process - Part 4- What do Producers and Arrangers Really Do?
By Leon & Sheryl Olguin - 08/26/2002 - 05:22 PM EDT

Learn what a good producer and arranger can add to your recording project, as we continue our series on the recording process.

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Singer / Songwriter - The Making of a DIY CD Part 2
By Henri Ferguson - 08/25/2002 - 05:02 AM EDT

This is the second part in the DIY CD process. Here I cover players in the cast who will help you nail your creative target, the actual recording, mixing right through to the final mastering.

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CD REVIEW: Greg Tannen – Coney Island
By Ben Ohmart - 08/21/2002 - 05:02 PM EDT

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Boy!! Bands!!
By Danny McBride - 08/21/2002 - 12:45 AM EDT

Danny discusses the dreaded recording industry practice known as "unrecouped".

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CD REVIEW: Damir/Rimad: Road Rash/Odd's and End's
By Ashley Petkovski - 08/18/2002 - 07:19 PM EDT

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CD REVIEW: Code Green - S/T Demo
By Ashley Petkovski - 08/18/2002 - 07:10 PM EDT

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CD REVIEW: Duke Fame - Regrets
By Ashley Petkovski - 08/18/2002 - 05:29 PM EDT

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CD REVIEW: Robin Kelly - "Silk and Knives"
By David Lockeretz - 08/16/2002 - 10:19 PM EDT

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CD REVIEW: Jack's Mission - "New Butterfly"
By David Lockeretz - 08/16/2002 - 10:02 PM EDT

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The Three R's of Successful Songwriters
By Paula Carpenter - 08/12/2002 - 01:27 PM EDT

Hey songwriters! Hope everyone is meeting with enormous success in your songwriting ventures. Now...about this title: this was the title of a songwriting session I did recently for a Texas group, and I wanted to share it with the Muse's Muse as well. Usually when we think of the 3 r's...it obvious: Reading, "R"iting, and 'Rithmetic...the old school saying! But....I submit that it COULD BE, and for songwriters, SHOULD BE this: Rhymes, Resolve, and Resilience! Read on to learn more...

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CD REVIEW: II Big - "Sounds of the Highway"
By David Lockeretz - 08/08/2002 - 10:15 PM EDT

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CD REVIEW: Iron Savior – Condition Red
By Ben Ohmart - 08/08/2002 - 08:12 PM EDT

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CD REVIEW: Traces – Avikal Costantino & Murray Burns
By Ben Ohmart - 08/08/2002 - 07:56 PM EDT

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CD REVIEW: Marly Hornik – Say You Do
By Ben Ohmart - 08/08/2002 - 04:09 PM EDT

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CD REVIEW: Kathy Compton, "Recovering Humans"
By David Lockeretz - 08/06/2002 - 07:49 PM EDT

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CD REVIEW: TampaStan - "Don't You Ever Grow Old"
By David Lockeretz - 08/06/2002 - 07:34 PM EDT

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Q&A: Is It Time To hire A Publicist?
By Michael Allison - 08/05/2002 - 08:51 PM EDT

When is the right time to hire a publicist? My band is starting to build a pretty good following, and I was wondering if it's time to hire a publicist to help get the word out about us. What things do I need to consider with a publicist? Is this a big undertaking? When do we know we are ready for one? All of these questions are answered here!

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Name Recognition
By Michael Allison - 08/05/2002 - 08:49 PM EDT

Advertising can be pretty costly, not to mention a huge undertaking for a band. There are several ways to do this on a small budget, but if you're not getting your name stuck in the heads of music fans, it can be a big waste of time. We'll discuss name recognition and how to apply it to your marketing campaigns.

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CD REVIEW - King Bathmat, "Son of a Nun"
By David Lockeretz - 08/03/2002 - 05:33 PM EDT

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CD REVIEW: Matt Jorgensen + 451 - Quiet Silence
By Ben Ohmart - 08/03/2002 - 12:33 PM EDT

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