The Muse’s News

The Muse’s News
An E-zine For And About Songwriters.
Issue 13.4

July 2010

In This Issue:
* Editor’s Musings
* Music Reviews – Cyrus Rhodes, Dan Cohen & Don Sechelski
* 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 – Lucky Emma – by Sally Morgan
* On Site Featured Article – An article already online for your viewing pleasure.
* Classifieds & Useful Services
* Contact information
ISSN 1480-6975. Copyright 1998-2010 – Jodi Krangle.
For more contact information, see end of issue.


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Editor’s Musings:

Hello again for another month! As you can see, we’re going through some changes here … I like to think they’re a giant leap forward. From now on, I’m going to basically just include some info here about what the issue contains and this Musing along with the raffle winners. Beyond that, you can pick up the issue online! That’ll mean I can make it look the way I want it to without having to worry about all the different email programs out there mucking it up. πŸ˜‰ Yeah. It only took 13 years. πŸ˜‰ I hope you enjoy. And if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them! And I hope, since you’re looking at the issue on the website now, that you’ll take the time to have a look around there, too. You never know what helpful information you’ll find! πŸ™‚

I also have a question to put to you all. As it turns out, Ed Teja, the book/services/ reviewer here who has been doing such an excellent job for me for so long – will be doing some traveling. He’ll be unable to continue to do reviews for The Muse’s News and I can say that I will definitely miss him a LOT. (But I know you’re doing what you want to do, Ed – and that’s great! Go for it!)

That does leave an opening though – and I’d love it if someone who is a regular subscriber and knows this newsletter and cares about the songwriting industry and the people in it, would take up the mantle of reviewer. Unfortunately, it’s not really a paying gig … but you *do* get to keep all the review copies that get sent your way, after you’re finished reviewing them. And I do reimburse you for any shipping costs involved in getting raffle winners their copies (typically, you’re sent two – one for review, one to send out).

If you’ve been reading the newsletter and the reviews, you’ll have a good idea of how they’re done – the length, what’s typically covered in them, etc. I try to have all contributions by the 20th of each month. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, please do let me know! I’d love to hear from you so that we can talk about it.

Lots of interesting information in this issue, and a great guest article by Sally Morgan of “Sing Like You Speak” that I think you’ll all find inspirational.

In the meantime, here are the raffle winners for this month:

* Dale Matthies from Goderich, ON Canada, has won a beautiful (and highly useful!) notebook from The Jotted Line.

* Meg Tennant from Waterloo, ON Canada has won a copy of”100 Miles To A Record Deal” by author and publisher Bronson Herrmuth.

* Michael Blache from Mandeville, LA has won a copy of “The Rise and Fall of EMI” reviewed in a previous issue.

* Cliff Keller, from Cardiff, California, has won a copy of Virtual Studio Systems’ Lyricist software.

* Kimberly Hales Kime, from Climax, NC, has won a free 3 month membership to SongU, an Internet-based learning environment providing online coaching, co-writing and pitching opportunities, in addition to over 70 multi-level courses developed by award-winning songwriters.

* Shane L. Whelan, from Riverton, UT has won a downloadable version of Rhyme Genie, a dynamic rhyming dictionary featuring over 300,000 entries and 30 different rhyme types.

I know I say this a lot – but it’s really true. πŸ™‚ If you’re interested in one of the raffle prizes listed at the top of – or in the books, software or services reviewed in these issues, please write to me with your first and second choice, and your mailing address so I know where to send the prize. πŸ™‚ They could really be yours! And I’m happy to send them to good homes.

For the products reviewed, I may or may not have another copy to raffle – or it might have already been given out – but it’s always worth a try! The quicker you write to me about a product that was just recently reviewed, the better your chances are!

Happy July, everyone! Enjoy the newsletter!

All the best,

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Jodi Krangle, Editor:

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