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Jan Best is the senior editor for Independent Songwriter Web-Magazine as well as a singer / songwriter / musician / freelance writer, and an avid coffee lover. She hosts the internet-only radio show called Radio Muse located at http://www.musesmuse.com/, and is also the host for the ISWM Network at http://www.independentsongwriter.com/. Jan is currently in college, and will ultimately obtain her Ph.D in English at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Jan has recently been commissioned to create and instruct an online Songwriting Business course that will be available this Fall at select colleges and universities throughout North America. Jan is also working on her first novel, and plans to release it this winter as an e-book publication through Amazon.com and several other outlets. Jan has written articles for publications such as; Cross Country Music Magazine, Spotlight and Fairs and Expos., to name a few. You can visit her personal website at; http://www.janbest.com/ .

ABOUT THE SONGWRITERS:
Here is a bit of information on each of the songwriters included in this Radio Muse Webcast. I hope you'll take a moment to explore their own web sites (linked to from their names) or purchase their CDs if they have them. We don't have anything if we don't support each other. If you like what you hear, let the songwriter know! Words of encouragement are always welcome.


David Culiner: Were You Listening To The Rain (4:06)
From his EP CD "Onward" ~ 2000 David Culiner (ASCAP). All rights reserved.

Talk about Determination...talk about Persistence...talk about the true Love of making music...and you're talking about David Culiner. Who else would give up a comfy six-figure salary running a major soundtrack label to pursue his passion for making music? David Culiner did... And now...after five long years of start and stop guerilla recording sessions, Culiner's persistence is paying off in spades. Fueled by a stellar lineup that includes drummer Pete Maloney (DISHWALLA, TONIC, JOSH CLAYTON FELT), bassist David Sutton (LIZ PHAIR, BEN HARPER, TEARS FOR FEARS) and Delaware guitarist David Duncan, the sharply etched vocal melodies and interweaving guitars that shape Culiner's EP 'Onward' is quickly finding it's way into the impenetrable world of commercial radio across the U.S., Europe and South America. Ultimately, Culiner admits that his musical pursuits are actually the result of music pursuing him. "I'm a slave to music. I've tried as hard as possible to deny the inevitable, but I can't help myself - I've got to have a guitar in my hands...there's nothing else in life I want to do...or can do."


Dave Nachmanoff: A Certain Distance(4:26)
From his CD "A Certain Distance" ~ 2000 Round Spider Music (BMI). All rights reserved.

Dave Nachmanoff has a knack for transforming a roomful of passive listeners into active participants. His repertoire includes several hundred original songs and he backs up each one with virtuoso playing on acoustic guitar and other instruments. At age 9, Dave wrote his first song - the same year he met the legendary Libba Cotton and was invited to accompany her on stage. He studied music and philosophy at Columbia and Oxford Universities, and earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, Davis (1997), promptly then retiring from academia to dedicate himself to music. Dave tours nationally as a solo performer and teaches workshops for songwriters of all ages. He has released three CDs.


Linda M: Rhonda's Pop Song (4:27)
From her CD "Bliss Machine" ~ 2000, Linda M & Luscious Productions. (SOCAN) All rights reserved.

Beauty, brains and passion fuel the 11 song breakthrough album for LINDA M (formerly of Holly go Lightly), Bliss Machine. Known for her dynamic stage presence, Linda M has played supporting slots for Lyle Lovett, Ani DiFranco and Natalie Merchant all at Toronto's Molson Amphitheatre side stage. With tours of Canada, the US and Germany already under her belt, this late comer to the music scene continues to bloom with the arrival of her debut solo acoustic EP: "This is Linda M." Currently Linda M hosts the wildly successful "Girls with Guitars" on the last Thursday of every month at famed Toronto club, C'est What?.


Chlorophyll: Caffeine (2:54)
From their CD "...Radio Silence" ~ 2000, Chlorophyll, axisxyz, (ASCAP). All rights reserved.

On September 29th, Chlorophyll was featured on VH1, as one of their Break through Bands. Since their incarnation three years ago, Chlorophyll's unique, provocative vibe and the compelling voice of Pat Jamieson has captured the attention of music fans. The release of their first album was a veritable success, landing the group a five-show commitment as opening act for the Alanis Morisette and Tori Amos "5 1/2 weeks" tour. While on tour, the band was featured on the CBS show "Wild Web TV", which aired in Los Angelese, New York, andthe E! Network nationally. Chlorophyll has also opened for such groups as Lit, Pat Dinizio (Smithereens), and Joy Drop. The group was named as "Best Unsigned Band" by modern rock station WJSE (R&R reporting station), that added their song "Caffeine" to their play list. Debuting at #35, "Caffeine" climbed to #15 in just a couple of weeks. They recently won Alternative Band of the Year at the Ashbury Music Awards 2000. Chlorophyll has also been featured in major publications such as Billboard Magazine (3/00), The New York Times (8/99), CMJ Weekly (10/99), and Bass Player Magazine (3/00) among many others. They are an independent band managed and produced by Michael Deputato.


Katy Tessman: A Day Is A Day (4:09)
From her CD "Fall" ~ 2000, Katy Tessman, Rhythmelodic Records (BMI). All rights reserved.

As a performer, Minnesota singer-songwriter Katy Tessman combines energy and emotion with genuine warmth and musical passion. Her rhythmic guitar style and powerful voice express a straight-from-the-heart songwriting style that's won accolades from fans and critics alike. Katy's 11 song solo debut CD, Fall, remarkably showcases her abilities as a vocalist and songwriter. She has been called an "urban folk purist" by KFAI-Radio and "a power-house in personality and music" by Pulse of the Twin Cities newspaper. With a voice that critic Bill Snyder described as "smooth and distinctive," Katy is emerging as one of the most engaging acoustic talents in the Twin Cities.


Angela Sterling Forest: Be Here Now (4:01)
From her CD "Marble Feather" ~ 2000 Angela Sterling Forest (BMI). All rights reserved.

Angela's music is in a genre of it's own, however, a recent movement in the music industry towards Eco-Pop as a new category of music has allowed her style of writing to become more recognized. Her evocative lyrics are interwoven within the rich tapestry of guitar, bass, classical cello and world beat percussion. Lyrical themes range from hopeful reminders of our reponsibility to ethically care for the natural environment, to the bittersweet secrets of the psyche's interior landscape and the timeless worlds of magical fantasy. Fluid instrumentals revolve around layers of vocal harmonies that create a dreamy sense of introspection while encouraging a celebration of the human spirit. The music of the Marble Feather was used for a soundtrack in a documentary produced by Florida Public Television and premiered in Florida in the fall of 2000 before being released nationally on the PBS channel.


Smart Apple: Faded(4:58)
From his EP CD "Valley Of The DogZ" ~ 2001, Teddie Tapawan (a.k.a. Smart Apple), All rights reserved.

Teddie Tapawan is an independent (unsigned) artist of the band, or rather, "one-man-project" called "Smart Apple". "Smart Apple" is the pseudo-name he uses to make his music more marketable. The name's origin comes from the fact that he has kids and doesn't like to curse around them, so if the kids are around and he feels like calling his sister-in-law a smart ass, he just calls her a "smart apple". Ground-breaking artist name? No. Interesting? Sure! He's lived in the Washington, DC Metro Area all his life, although since the conception of "Smart Apple", he's been living in Springfield, VA with his beautiful wife and his two cool kids, all of whom support him and his music - 110%. His style or genre of music is Alternative Rock, although there is an intense blend of Funk, Blues, Grunge, Metal, Techno, and Rapcore mixed within. He's not necessarily trying to make "something for everyone", it's mostly because he just really digs all types of music and has always enjoyed anything that got his groove-on. An open mind has made his tastes in music as broad as the eye can see. He's currently working on his latest project, a Full-Release CD entitled "Conformity" which should be available by 4th quarter, 2001. He's also currently implementing his latest Smart Apple promotional plan for 2001, including distribution of thousands of promotional CD's, national radio airplay, music videos, etc. His mission is to get his music out to as many folks who are willing to listen.


Derrik Jordan: Me Being Me(4:14)
From his CD "Expecting A Miracle" ~ 1997, Derrik Jordan, Worldsoul Records. All rights reserved.

Derrik Jordan is a prolific songwriter and composer, a soulful lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and environmental activist. Performing solo and with groups including Uncle Daddy, Natural History, and Simba, Derrik plays his acoustic pop soul songs on keyboard and guitar and performs his spontaneous electric violin improvisations. Calling Vermont home, he studied congas with master drummer Milford Graves and has traveled to Brazil, Trinidad and Ghana, West Africa to further develop his craft. Derrik has recorded professionally as a vocalist, keyboardist, guitarist, violinist and percussionist and has produced jazz, children's and Native American independent recordings. He has composed music for award winning NYC dancer, Amy Pivar. In 1992, he made his national debut as a recording artist on "Right As Rain", a compilation CD to benefit the Rainforest Action Network that also featured such artists as Jerry Garcia, Paul Winter, Mickey Hart and Beausoleil. Angela Bofill (Arista Records), Urban Speech (Warner Bros), Lisa Molina (Wave/BMG) and the Stockwell Brothers have recorded his songs. He passionately performs his "positive pop and globally conscious soul" throughout the New England and New York metropolitan area.


Leigh Goldstein: Another Love Like You (3:23)
From his CD "Lonely Tears" ~ 2001, Leigh Goldstein. All rights reserved.

Leigh Goldstein was a top ten finalist in the songwriting competition at The Wildflower Music And Arts Festival in Richardson Texas in 2001. He has played shows throughout the Philadelphia area at places such as The Point in Bryn Mawr, Twisters Cafe in Haddon Heights, NJ, Narbert Park Summer Fest, 3 Beans Coffee House in New Jersey, & The Sun Music Company in NY City. He has appeared at the Borders store in Bryn Mawr, PA and has headlined shows at SOS in Ambler PA, The Grypon Cafe, The Cloud in Haddonfield New Jersey. He has also performed in the WXPN sponsored Newton Colony Arts Festival. Leigh's music has been described as a cross between Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce, and Randy Newman without the irony, with a touch of Marc Cohn thrown in. Leigh has also been on the radio on WXPN in Philadelphia. His songs are full of great melodies, strong hooks, and his distinctive bass-baritone voice, relaxing and pleasing to hear. His stage show is often humorous with an excellent mix of catchy melodic pop style songs. He is a piano oriented singer songwriter who takes his craft seriously.


Puzzlebox: Fly Freedom (4:26)
From their CD "Assembly Required" ~ 1999, Alisa Garcia, Puzzlebox. All rights reserved.

Puzzlebox is: Taunya Gren on vocals; Alisa Garcia on keyboard, flute, and vocals; and Paul Kwinn on guitar and vocals. All three write songs. The group has been together for almost three years. Their music comes from a variety of genres, mostly acoustic. Lyrics span an even broader range, from wishes for magic, to love, to ending relationships, to very confused aliens. Their CD is entitled "Assembly Required", and ordering information is available at the group's website. "Fly Freedom" is the first song Alisa has written. It was inspired by her great-great grandmother, who was a Chippewa.


Edna Garte: Longings (3:09)
From her CD "Songs For Free Spirits" ~ 2001, Edna Garte. All rights reserved.

Edna Garte has been writing, singing and playing guitar for most of her life. In 1990, she released Songs of Love and War, a cassette-album of original songs, performed by several Baltimore musicians. The music was played on "Woody's Children", "Oscar Brand" and numerous other radio programs. Songs for Free Spirits, an expanded CD remix with added material, has just been released. She's been performing life at folk venues, and recently co-founded "Crosswinds", a traditional/contemporary folk ensemble, with percussionaist/story-teller Betty Appleton and vocalist, Lynn McInnis. She also gives songwriting and interdisciplinary arts workshops, and teaches interdiscipliary arts at a community college.


Joe Turley: Don't Dawg This Cat (3:43)
From his CD "When The Jitterbug Bites" ~ 2000, Joe Turley, Boogietime Records. All rights reserved.

With music in your blood, you'll find a way to play it. When passionate musicians taste that jubilant, invincible feeling that comes with jamming, they'll find a place to do it. This is true of Joe Turley, a singer, sax, harp and piano man. His new CD mixes swing with blues and rock. His first break came as saxophone, harmonica player for Dolly Parton. Turley then toured with many others including Leon Russell, Edgar Winter, Waylon and Willie. These days are filled with boogie-woogie piano horn arrangements as he continues with corporate band gigs and solo engagements.



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