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The Muse's News An E-zine For And About Songwriters. Issue 18.1 April 2015


The Muse's News An E-zine For And About Songwriters. Issue 18.1 April 2015
 In This Issue: * Editor's Musings * Music Reviews - Cyrus Rhodes * New Artist Spotlight Additions * Songwriting Book Review -            

The Muse's News
An E-zine For And About Songwriters.
Issue 18.1
April 2015

In This Issue:
* Editor's Musings
* Music Reviews - Cyrus Rhodes
* New Artist Spotlight Additions
* Songwriting Book Review - by John Thomas
* Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
* Muse's Clues - Songwriting Web sites that inspire -by adventurer and songwriter, Richard Miller.
* Featured Article Quick Tip: Lyrical Mystery: Playing Detective on Your Own Lyric by Brad Dunse
* On Site Featured Article - An article (or articles) already online for your viewing pleasure.
* Classifieds & Useful Services
* Contact information
ISSN 1480-6975. Copyright 1998-2015 - Jodi Krangle.
For more contact information, see end of issue.

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Editor's Musings:
Hi guys. Ok. I have to ask. What IS it with the weather warming up throughout the week, and then cooling right down into the minus double digits on the weekends? Does that seem fair to you? Sheesh. :)
Still waiting for winter to end ... but as I said last week, there's a light at the end of the tunnel and at least the snow isn't staying on the ground to make everything messy. I'll take what I can get. ;)
I hope you're all staying warm! Or if you're already somewhere warm, thank your lucky stars!
Oh - and I thought I'd let you know that I'm *this* close to releasing a jazz/blues/easy listening album of my own. I have the honor and pleasure of working with my good friend Chris Conway who is probably one of the most talented musicians/arrangers I've ever had the opportunity to work with. We've been doing this project remotely since he's in the UK. And he's truly a wizard with backing tracks and arrangements, and then mixing and mastering the end result. I'm really happy with things so far. We're just working on one last song and then everything will be ready. It's a mix of a few covers, some of his songs and some of mine and a few we've written together. I'll keep you posted!
In the meantime, here are the raffle winners for this month:
  • Rich Thomsen, from Vadnais Heights, MN, has won a copy of Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software.
  • Sparkie Allison, from Chicopee, MA, 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.
  • Do Mi Stauber from Eugene, OR, has won a 6 month membership to GuitarMasterClass.net. GMC has tons of helpful videos, instructors and lessons along with a forum for chatting with teachers and students 24/7, recording collaborations, attending video chats, & content for bass, drums, singing, piano, etc..
     
     
DO YOU WANT TO WIN A RAFFLE PRIZE? You don't get if you don't ask!
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.)
Have a wonderful month, folks!
All the best,
--Jodi

Contact Info & Credits
Jodi Krangle, Editor: editor@musesmuse.com
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