Sgt. La David T. Johnson

It’s not a terribly difficult name to remember: La David Johnson. Five syllables for a fallen soldier who died in an ambush in Niger earlier this month.
But according to Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Democrat who represents the district where Johnson was from in Florida, that name was too much for Donald Trump to remember.
Wilson told CNN in an interview earlier today that Trump, in a call with the soldier’s pregnant widow, “didn’t even know [Johnson’s] name during the phone call.”


Adam Idris – Break Through – SDC Digital

Adam Idris: “Count On Me” – rich with influences and thoughts
Formerly known as Adamjlss, Adam Idris is musician and composer based in the United Kingdom. Almost a freshman to the scene, Idris started recording and making music seriously in 2016. Entrenched in the urban genres and blending R&B, Pop and Dance elements, the artist has a host of singles in circulation, including “Count on me”, “I’m incarcerated” and Power hungry”.
The songs are by turn oblique, smolderingly direct, forlorn, funny, sad and gorgeous: a vertiginous marvel of digital-age urban pop. On the lead single, “Count On Me” Adam wraps his voice in woozy emotion and pivots in the space of just a few lines between lover-man braggadocios to caring mournfulness.
To release singles as spacious as these by Adam Idris takes confidence, and yet the deeper these tracks explored, the more it seems to be an acceptance of fragility. Adam trades the accessibility of his previous conventionalism for the accessibility of purified emotion.
The tracks are rich with influences and thoughts, and shaving them into cohesive entities has been well done. As filtered through emotion as it is, the slow-burning “Count On Me” feels thoroughly human, Adam’s voice driving a nail between eeriness and romance.
There’s a focus on the vibe of lo-fi confessionalism on “I’m Incarcerated”, though the production is undoubtedly hi-fi. The song rings with a singular voice, as Adam gets more personal than ever without connecting all the dots.
It’s a track of synthesized interests without sampling, without stealing, without influence-as-copyright. He absorbs his influences, pours them through a strainer, and then filters that product once again. Adam Idris is more than his voice, and this track sees him illustrate all the ways in which he’s a true artist.

Adam’s melodies are more attuned to specific states of mind rather than grand pop gestures. The words are a constant swirl of observation that he conveys in a variety of ways, from bursts of confident hip-hop cadence to classic R&B belting and wandering introspection.
On “Power Hungry” he makes yet another powerful social statement. He is storytelling and constructing a world of events around the theme of being power hungry. The textures are so dense and frequently fascinating that the song scans as meticulously constructed.
What’s refreshing about these songs isn’t just how much ground it covers but the open heart and questioning it carries in doing so. In the drift of the music, from song to song, the only thing to hold on to is Adam Idris vocals, which can’t go unsung anymore. His high-pitched voice is the connective tissue between the projects – emotive, it surprises over and over in its versatility.


A Bit More is a song that will make you want to dance and fall in love again. As it starts with a beat that is simple and catchy. The lyrics are amazing, easy to understand and feel connected to it because it tells the story we are all living through it.

Skeletons Amongst the Mangos EP from The Bobby O Band

Amy Barbera iHeartRadio

Amy Barbera iHeartRadio.

Amy Barbera


A voice so angelic and inspirational it pierces the soul; creating a deep connection between the vocalist and the listener. With each of her original songs, there lies a fusion of power and emotion. The combination of Amy’s talent, voice, lyrics, and melody have come together to create a therapeutic moment for all who listen. Her timeless vocal style transcends all cultural barriers as it speaks of relationships on every level. She is one who is active in the community; reaching out to individuals who are broken in spirit. The combination of her compassion and professionalism makes her an artist worth listening to over and over again. 

“Amy Barbera is more than just a blessed gift to the Inspirational genre of music, she is a godsend. Her songs are a colorful display of her deep passion, that envelops the listener in a canvas of hope and love. The absolute beauty that she delivers in her musical creations is a rich combination of the sincerity of her message and the angelic quality of her emotionally charged vocals. There is no doubt that she has been embraced by a higher power from above. Amy Barbera shines bright and delivers from the heart. She is destined to be recognized as one of the most sincere and passionate singer/songwriters of her time. Her compositions embrace the beauties of life and weave a glorious message to all. Amy Barbera hit a home run to heaven with her 13 song debut album “Beautiful Flower of Life” that was officially released in June 2008. Her amazing album will lift your spirits to a higher place. 

Amy was just recently nominated as one of the top 5 artists in the categories best singer/songwriter & best pop artist at the 2013 “Artists In Music Awards” that took place in Los Angeles, California. In April of 2013 she was also chosen by Betty Dravis as “Favorite Inspirational Singer” for the prestigious awards called “The Betty Awards.” In 2012 Jonathan “JDOGG” Lederman & The American Cancer Society presented Amy with a special “Spiritual Entrepreneurs Visionary Award” for outstanding dedication to help other people excel through inspiring and empowering practices. She also received a “Humanitarian Award” from the St. Anne’s Holy Name Society “Patch Awards” in New Jersey for “Project Amy” and her “God’s Special Angel” ministry work and just this past December of 2013 she was surprised to find out that her fun original dance song “Walking On The Stars” made #1 on “SDC Radio Networks” top 50 music review for all of 2013. Amy is also very busy working on her second album titled “Paint Me A Rainbow” that will be released in 2014.

She is an accomplished live performer and professionally trained session vocalist that has dedicated her time to helping others time and time again. Her charitable efforts for the less fortunate have raised money to benefit many causes. These include appearances to benefit children with cancer, accident victims, special needs children and people who are suffering from the loss of a loved one. She mesmerizes audiences with her inspirational performances every time she graces the stage. Amy is praised by many national organizations for the healing energy she has provided at her live concerts. These include the Kiwanis Club and the Shriner’s Hospitals. Her God’s Special Angel Ministry is another one of her creations that benefits children in the USA and as far away as Uganda Africa.” 

~Don Coleman-A/R Group International 

Top 15 Most Popular Music Websites | August 2013

  • Top 15 Most Popular Music Websites | August 2013

    Here are the 15 Most Popular Music Sites as derived from our eBizMBA Rank which is a constantly updated average of each website’s Alexa Global Traffic Rank, and U.S. Traffic Rank from both Compete and Quantcast. “*#*” Denotes an estimate for sites with limited Compete or Quantcast data. If you know a website that should be included on this list based on its traffic rankings Please Let Us Know.

    1 | Pandora
    160 – eBizMBA Rank | 27,550,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 93 – Compete Rank | 38 – Quantcast Rank | 349 – Alexa Rank.
    Most Popular Music Websites | Updated 8/8/2013 | eBizMBA

    2 | Yahoo! Music
    160 – eBizMBA Rank | 27,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 60 – Compete Rank | *260* – Quantcast Rank | NA – Alexa Rank.
    Most Popular Music Websites | Updated 8/8/2013 | eBizMBA

    3 | SoundCloud
    379 – eBizMBA Rank | 15,400,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 559 – Compete Rank | NA – Quantcast Rank | 198 – Alexa Rank.
    Most Popular Music Websites | Updated 8/8/2013 | eBizMBA

    4 |
    422 – eBizMBA Rank | 13,600,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 310 – Compete Rank | *NA* – Quantcast Rank | 533 – Alexa Rank.
    Most Popular Music Websites | Updated 8/8/2013 | eBizMBA

    5 | MySpace Music
    725 – eBizMBA Rank | 6,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | NA – Compete Rank | NA – Quantcast Rank | NA – Alexa Rank.
    Most Popular Music Websites | Updated 8/8/2013 | eBizMBA

    6 | Aol Music
    730 – eBizMBA Rank | 6,400,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 535 – Compete Rank | *925* – Quantcast Rank | NA – Alexa Rank.
    Most Popular Music Websites | Updated 8/8/2013 | eBizMBA

    7 | Grooveshark
    852 – eBizMBA Rank | 5,900,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 755 – Compete Rank | *NA* – Quantcast Rank | 949 – Alexa Rank.
    Most Popular Music Websites | Updated 8/8/2013 | eBizMBA

    8 | Tunein
    1,038 – eBizMBA Rank | 4,525,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 634 – Compete Rank | 517 – Quantcast Rank | 1,962 – Alexa Rank.
    Most Popular Music Websites | Updated 8/8/2013 | eBizMBA

    9 | Radio
    1,087 – eBizMBA Rank | 4,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 395 – Compete Rank | 455 – Quantcast Rank | 2,410 – Alexa Rank.
    Most Popular Music Websites | Updated 8/8/2013 | eBizMBA

    10 | Jango
    1,533 – eBizMBA Rank | 2,900,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 608 – Compete Rank | *603* – Quantcast Rank | 3,389 – Alexa Rank.
    Most Popular Music Websites | Updated 8/8/2013 | eBizMBA

    11 | eMusic
    2,030 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,450,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,005 – Compete Rank | 1,149 – Quantcast Rank | 3,935 – Alexa Rank.
    Most Popular Music Websites | Updated 8/8/2013 | eBizMBA

    12 | Playlist
    2,113 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,400,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 424 – Compete Rank | *NA* – Quantcast Rank | 3,802 – Alexa Rank.
    Most Popular Music Websites | Updated 8/8/2013 | eBizMBA

    13 | Rhapsody
    2,523 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,200,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 606 – Compete Rank | 660 – Quantcast Rank | 6,304 – Alexa Rank.
    Most Popular Music Websites | Updated 8/8/2013 | eBizMBA

    14 | Spotify
    2,764 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 4,134 – Compete Rank | *NA* – Quantcast Rank | 1,393 – Alexa Rank.
    Most Popular Music Websites | Updated 8/8/2013 | eBizMBA

    15 | Live365
    4,211 – eBizMBA Rank | 750,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 3,510 – Compete Rank | 2,880 – Quantcast Rank | 6,244 – Alexa Rank.
    Most Popular Music Websites | Updated 8/8/2013 | eBizMBA

ASCAP Daily Briefing for Gant-Mizick Music

ASCAP Daily Brief
Thursday, October 18, 2012
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ASCAP Daily Brief powered by The Dean’s List 

This daily email, compiled by ASCAP Board member, music publisher and songwriter Dean Kay, cuts through the media clutter to bring you links to the most relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your future livelihood. Now the ASCAP Daily Brief can be accessed on the Headlines page of and in the ASCAP RSS Feed

Tech companies have made billions supporting the illegal exploitation of our cultural past while ruthlessly pursuing the dismantling of incentives creators need to fashion our cultural future.

“Equity Will Not Bear Witness to Such a Travesty of Justice”
By Terry Hart — …while copyright protection itself is solely a creature of statute, it is firmly rooted in principles of justice, fairness, and equity.

Sampling and Copyright – How to Obtain Permission to Use Samples
By Michael A. Aczon — If you use samples when writing or producing songs, one of the biggest favors you can do for your career is to understand the legal and business issues that surround the practice of sampling. The process of securing a sample for use in your own recording is fairly straightforward, but a legal minefield awaits you if you choose to skip any steps along the way.

‘WhoSampled’ Shines on iOS: Find Out Who Sampled Whom, Based on Your Music
By Andy Cush — The new iPhone app from WhoSampled. whose beloved web-only service has been online since 2009….not only…allow(s) you to search its extensive database of sampled, covered, and remixed songs, it also scans your phone’s library, turning up any samples in the music you already have…

Screw You Too, Pandora. Part II: Did Pandora Lie During Their IPO? Or Are They Just Plain Old Greedy.
By The Trichordist — As you may or may not know Pandora is trying to push a bill through congress that would slash payments to artists by as much as 85%….It will let Pandora get around agreements it made with artists unions and copyright holders. This is like Delta Airlines going to congress and asking them to pass a law to force their pilots and flight attendants into accepting an 85% pay cut. We don’t do this in this country.

Grooveshark Retools, Asks Fans To Do What Lawsuits Say They Don’t: Pay Musicians Fairly
By Bruce Houghton — …Grooveshark soft-launched a more social version including a TIP JAR that ironically encourages fans to do something that many believe the site doesn’t – adequately compensate music creators. [Artists grovel for tips while Grooveshark pockets 100% of the money from the advertising plastered all over the site.]

Spotlighting Google’s Politicization of the Law Enforcement Process — My Politico Letter to Editor
By Scott Cleland — Exposes how “Google often plays politics to evade law enforcement culpability.”

Trent Reznor & David Byrne On DIY vs Major Labels
A talk Sunday night featuring David Byrne and Trent Reznor included an interesting discussion of the business options facing musicians today….both artists shared the stance that the current landscape is not about label deals vs DIY but about choosing the right path and the right deals for the artist in question.

5 Lessons YOU Can Learn From My Mistakes: I Spent $20,000 Making an Album I Can’t Even Give Away
By Shane Lamott — “What was I thinking!?”

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Young Consumers Legally Purchase More Digital Music Than Anyone, Study Shows
By Glenn Peoples

Dorsey: Leadership Secrets Of Twitter And Square
By Eric Savitz — Two of the five hottest pre-IPO companies in the world are guided by Jack Dorsey. His role at both offers a blueprint for startups everywhere.

LinkedIn Revamps Profiles, Pushing More Everyday Site Use
By Tomio Geron — LinkedIn is rolling out a redesign of its profile pages for its 175 million members.

Up Your iPad Recording Game With iTrack Solo
By Aarti Kelapure — Pro-audio manufacturer Focusrite recently introduced the iTrack Solo, an aluminum two-channel interface designed for recording instruments and vocals on an iPad.

Top 50 Most Political Artists

Has 3D Guitar Manufacturing Taken the Next Step Toward Innovation?
By Kira Grunenberg — When one starts talking about “3D printing,” the conversation has already taken a modern and somewhat futuristic turn. It wasn’t exactly a process that immediately was thought to latch itself onto music or anything related thereto. After all, any ‘hardware’ needed for musicians to make music usually comes from intensive, delicate and experience hand labor done by trained individuals who studied in apprentice positions for years before making something of their own.

The Most Wonderfully Ridiculous Movie Computers of All Time
By Cade Metz


ole is one of the world’s largest independent

ole is one of the world’s largest independent music publishers. Founded in 2004, and with offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles, ole boasts a team of 40 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide copyright administration.  ole has recently entered the Production Music space with operations in the U.S. (MusicBox) and Canada (clear).

ole has been named Canadian Country Music Association’s Music Publishing Company of the Year for the past six years and earned its first Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Country Song, “White Horse.” Other recent notable ole awards include: Acadamy of Country Music (ACM) 2012 Song of the Year Award for “Crazy Girl” (Liz Rose/Lee Brice); SESAC 2011 Country Performance Activity Award for “Til Summer Comes Around” (Monty Powell/Keith Urban); three BMI 2011 Most Performed Songs Awards for “Fearless” (Liz Rose, Taylor Swift); “Why Wait” (Jimmy Yeary, Tom Shapiro) and “Let Me Down Easy” (Marty Dodson, Jennifer Hanson, Mark Nesler); 2011 SOCAN Country Music Award for “Make Hay While The Sun Shines” (Steven Lee Olsen, Bruce Wallace); 2011 SOCAN Domestic Television Series Music Award “Busytown Mysteries” (Peter Coulman, Carl Lenox, David Tedesco); and 2011 SOCAN Award for 100,000 Radio Performances ofLighthouse’s “Sunny Days” and “Pretty Lady” (Skip Prokop).

The ole catalog includes over 45,000 songs and 40,000 hours of TVmusic across all genres. ole has completed over $120MM USD in acquisitions, including purchases of music catalogs: Blacktop, Jody Williams Music, Rami Yacoub, Chris Wallin, Rick Giles, Balmur, Keith Follese, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for TV catalogs such as WGBH, Cookie Jar, Cineflix, CCI and recently, “The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That.”

ole is committed to the creative development of it’s 6o+ staffsongwriterslegacy writers and composers and the cultivation of our catalogs and client catalogs. ole has ongoing co-ventures with Last Gang Publishing (Alt Rock), Roots Three Music (Country) and tanjola (Pop/Rock/Urban).

ole is an expert in administrating and sub-publishing music copyrights and has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with some of the world’s leading songwriters, publishers and film and television producers. adminow, ole‘s online client account transparency portal, was launched recently and demonstrates ole‘s commitment to modernizing its client services and to leading-edge IT.

Notable copyrights for ole include Taylor Swift singles “Fearless,” “White Horse,” “Tim McGraw,” “Picture To Burn,” “Teardrops On My Guitar”; Rascal Flatts’ “Why Wait”; Kelly Clarkson’s “Miss Independent”; and “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” by  Britney Spears; Pink’s “You and Your Hand”; “It’s Gonna Be Me” from ‘N Sync’; “Shape of My Heart” by Backstreet Boys; iconic Canadian Olympic theme “I Believe”; “Legendary Child” by Aerosmith; “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles; Tim McGraw’s “Something Like That.”

ole owns or represents up to 150,000 production music tracks within its MusicBox and clear libraries.  With 9 staff in North America, ole’s Production Music division delivers excellent customer service and quality Creative on a leading edge IT platform.  Our production music division leverages ole’s established Administration, Finance and IT services.

ole is committed to being the best and most innovative global destination for world-class songwriters, composers, and management talent, and the first choice music source for creators in all media.

Latest News

September 21, 2012Timbaland Signs Worldwide Publishing and Catalog Deal with oleTimbaland Signs Worldwide Publishing and Catalog Deal with ole …Read the full story

September 17, 2012ole MusicBox Launches State-of-the-Art Client Websiteole MusicBox Launches State-of-the-Art Client Website …Read the full story

ASCAP Daily Briefing


ASCAP Daily Brief
Thursday, September 27, 2012
We are pleased to offer you the
ASCAP Daily Brief powered by The Dean’s List

This daily email, compiled by ASCAP Board member, music publisher and songwriter Dean Kay, cuts through the media clutter to bring you links to the most relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your future livelihood. Now the ASCAP Daily Brief can be accessed on the Headlines page of and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.

Tech companies have made billions supporting the illegal exploitation of our cultural past while ruthlessly pursuing the dismantling of incentives creators need to fashion our cultural future.

Is it The Pirate Party, or The Pirate Lobby?
By The Trichordist — It’s endlessly fascinating to witness the double standard of the internet companies and pirate communities. The conversation is, was and will always be about money….Let’s be clear about this, the conversation is not, nor has it ever been about free speech …

Google’s Influence in Germany
By Sandra Aistars — In an online piece, German news magazine Der Spiegel outlines the ways that Google is quietly influencing internet and copyright regulation in Germany, with important implications for creators.

What Actually Drives Music Consumption
By Chasson Gracie — I created the conceptual model to understand the independent variables that help predict music consumption, along with predicting how much change in those independent variables can impact one’s consumption of music in a way that leads to revenue for an artist, an artists’ label et al.

Did You Know Steve Jobs Hated the Sound of the iPod? He Liked Vinyl 
By Brad Kava

Music Apps Become Pawns In Platform War
By Kyle Bylin — Apple did not debut a Pandora rival at the recent iPhone 5 unveiling. Sentiment among analysts about the possibility, however, did reveal something about how the ongoing platform war will impact music apps

Beathound Analyzes Your iTunes Library, Shows You Albums You’re Missing and Recommends New Releases
By Thorin Klosowski

The New Myspace. Does it Stand a Chance?
By Chris Bolton — Myspace has released a video showcasing an upcoming reboot of the ailing company’s flagship social platform….But will a slick new interface bring back the users that have been fleeing Myspace for years now? And is the interface really as easy and sexy as the video makes it seem?

Developers Doubt Whether Facebook Can Hack It On The Mobile Web
By Connie Guglielmo

Why Mobile And Music Are a Must: Interview With Songza Co-Founder Eric Davich
By Eric Jackson — I’ve mentioned Songza in the last few months in these posts. It’s my favorite mobile music app at the moment for its expert curation of different music moods that I often like to listen to during the day.

The Branding Power of Today’s Music Videos
By Brian Petchers — In the last six years or so, however, the improvements in web-video technology and its proliferation has allowed the music video to reassert itself as the most powerful artist branding tool, regardless of whether it is played on national television or not.

Mediacize This: Radio, Your Clients are Becoming “Media”
By Mark Ramsey — One of the greatest challenges for ALL traditional media – radio, TV, and print – is what I’m calling the “mediacizing” of brands.” As our client brands create content via media these brands become media, and as brands become media we have to ask: Where does that leave traditional media brands? Will big brands need radio (or TV or print) when they are their own media and can create their own content?

Music Blogs: Little Engines Power Big Things So You Can Be Lazy
By Eliot Van Buskirk — Here are a few of the cutting-edge music recommendation apps that rely on the work of hundreds or thousands of music bloggers all over the world.

Streaming Music May Be More Environmentally Damaging Than CDs
By Michael Pettitt — Streaming an album online 27 times will use more energy than the production of its CD equivalent. Could streaming music be more damaging to the environment than the manufacture of CDs?

The Last Chance Saloon – Where Dreams Go to Die
By Brian Thompson — “This is my last chance, my last kick at the can.” I heard those words today…and it stung. Don’t ever say that. Ever.

Aqua Notes: For When Inspiration Strikes In The Shower
By Adam Popescu — If you do your best thinking in the shower, you either have soggy wads of paper on the floor or a lot of forgotten ideas. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Singe Andy William dead at 84
By CBS News — [Personal Note: For the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of overseeing Andy’s music publishing enterprise. He was warm, ingratiating, and always interested in the progress of his company. Although we all know how gifted Andy was as a vocalist, few know how grounded his talent was in solid musicianship. When I mentioned I was working with Andy to legendary composer, arranger Johnny Mandel, who, along with Dave Grusen and others, were staff arrangers on Andy’s TV show in the 60’s, he said, “Andy was one of the best musicians I ever worked with.” Apparently, the arrangers used to love to try to throw Andy curves by coming up with the most complicated arrangements they could dream up for him to maneuver through. Andy would never fail to breeze through them as if he’d performed them for years. Of course, Andy’s wonderful recordings will always be part of the soundtracks of our lives but we’ll all be reminded of Andy, himself, year after year, when, like Bing Crosby’s classic recording of “White Christmas,” Andy’s iconic rendition of “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” brightens our holiday seasons for eternity. I’ll miss him. DK]


Dean Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected and forward thinking music publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the Welk Music Group, then as President/CEO of the US division of the PolyGram International Publishing Group, and now as President/CEO of his own precedent setting venture, Lichelle Music Company. Prior to his involvement in publishing, he was a successful songwriter, having had hundreds of his compositions recorded – including “That’s Life” by Frank Sinatra. Mr. Kay has been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP since 1989 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).

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The Muse’s News for September 2012

The Muse’s News
An E-zine For And About Songwriters.
Issue 15.7
October 2012

In This Issue:
Editor’s Musings
Music Reviews –Cyrus Rhodes & Don Sechelski
New Artist Spotlight Additions
Songwriting Book Review – by Anastasia Karalekas
Musical Notes – Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
Muse’s Clues – Songwriting Web sites that inspire – brought to you by Songwriter’s Hall of Fame member, John Brhel.
Featured Article: Quick Tip: 3 Kinds of Re-writes by Brad Dunse
On Site Featured Article – An article already online for your viewing pleasure.
Classifieds & Useful Services
Contact information
ISSN 1480-6975. Copyright 1998-2011 – Jodi Krangle.
For more contact information, see end of issue.


All sorts of products and services especially for songwriters, negotiated so that you get the best price possible. You’ll find means of promotion and distribution, songwriting aids, educational products, musical instruments and their accessories, and lots more. Any of these items would make a fantastic present for a songwriter in your life (even if it’s you! 🙂 ) Check it out!

Sponsor Message: 
(Many thanks to the sponsors that help support this newsletter!)

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Looking for something really special for that songwriter in your life? (Maybe it’s you!) MasterWriter 2.0 is the most powerful suite of songwriting tools ever assembled in one program. MasterWriter is endorsed by ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, NSAI and is used by some of the world’s leading songwriters including Gwen Stefani, Rob Thomas, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Webb, Kenny Loggins, Trent Reznor, Clint Black, and many more.

In addition to giving you Rhymes, Close Rhymes, Phrases, Pop-Culture, Synonyms, and the Definition, new features include Word Families and Parts Of Speech, two unique and revolutionary reference dictionaries that will open up a new world of possibilities for descriptive words and ideas. There have been updates and improvements to the existing features, including greatly expanded Sound-Alikes (close rhymes), and a completely redesigned Interface. These are serious tools for the serious songwriter.

MasterWriter’s NEW price is now only $199 – but you’ll still get a *$20* discount (your price is just $179!) by ordering through The Muse’s Muse! Take the Tour, Download a Free Trial, and get a $20 discount! Note that the auto-inserted discount number 3004 will apply the $20 discount when ordering online. Windows and Mac compatible.

Editor’s Musings:

Welcome to another month of songwriting resources at your fingertips. 🙂 Here’s my obligatory mention of the weather: I love the Fall. There. That’s done. 😀

A few things to mention before I get into the meat of things. First off, I’m tremendously proud to say that my sister Raina has released a CD called Solstice. There’s more information about her and how you can purchase the CD in the Artist Spotlights area below, but I wanted to mention it here too because … well… she’s my sister. And if I can’t menton things like that in my own newsletter, where can I mention it, right?

Secondly, is having an open house celebrating their 10th year (wow, how time flies!) – and you can sign up for 30 days free (no credit card required!), to take up to 5 do-it-yourself (DIY) or instructor-led online courses, attend feedback and mentoring sessions, pitch songs and more. and enter the redemption code TEAMSU166 to take advantage of this. But you have to do it before September 30th, or you’ll have missed the boat! If you’re serious about being a songwriter, SongU is definitely one of the BEST things you can do for your career. There’s more info on this below in the Musical Notes section too.

Thirdly, I should also mention that The Great American Song Contest has a brand spankin’ new website! It’s looking really great. You should check it out when you get a chance. 🙂 They’re on their 14th annual contest – AND they actually send you a written evaluation of your work with every entry. Pretty cool.

And now – on to the lucky raffle winners! Remember that there are instructions below on how you could be one of those lucky folks too!

The raffle winners this month are:

  • Alice Hesselrode from Shokan, New York, has won a downloadable version of Rhyme Genie, a dynamic rhyming dictionary featuring over 300,000 entries and 30 different rhyme types.

  • Russell Jones, from Arnold, Maryland, has won a copy of Virtual Studio Systems’ Lyricist software.

And once again, as I’ve mentioned many times before (you guys should have this memorized by now :D) if you’d like to be considered for a raffle prize yourself, have a look at the various prizes offered at the top of The Muse’s News webpage, decide which prizes you’d most like, and email me with your top two choices along with your mailing address so that I can get the prizes to you. Yes, it’s really that simple. 🙂 (And yes, the mailing address is kinda important. I promise it won’t be used for any other reason than to send you your raffle prize – and to mention your approximate location in the notice of raffle winners you see above here.)

I wish you every inspiration for the coming month and beyond.

All the best,


Contact Info & Credits

Jodi Krangle, Editor:

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