Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Muse's News for June 2015

The Muse's News
An E-zine For And About Songwriters.
Issue 18.3
June 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: (None for this month! Sorry!) 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 Folks! Welcome to another month and another issue. Thanks so much for staying with me here. Especially those of you who have been around for the long haul! (And I do mean LONG. This newsletter has been happening since 1998!)
In all this time, while I've done music projects with others, I've never had my own album to tell you about. Guess what? I now do! It's been a long time coming. My friend Chris Conway and I have been making music together for over 15 years now but it took this year for us to decide to actually do a full album project together. I'm really happy with how it turned out. Chris is hugely talented (he did all the recording and instrumentation for the backing tracks) and not only does he play a whole TON of instruments like a master, but he also has a real talent for making old songs sound new again. I do all the vocals on the project and his arrangements really inspired me. There are 14 songs in the jazz/blues/slow pop genres, some covers and some public domain, some songs we've written together coupled with songs each of us have written. It's an eclectic mix but it works. :)
The album doesn't officially debut until June 1st, but as I'm basically inviting you guys into my figurative living room here (thanks again for subscribing!) :) you're getting a sneak peek. Cover art is by my hugely talented artist friend, Beckett Gladney, by the way. She did a fantastic job!
Visit to hear for yourself. I'd love to hear what you think! If you're ok with it, please do consider writing a review on CDBaby. That would be super helpful. There's also a video on YouTube (created by Chris!) that you're welcome to listen to - the full version of Time Will Tell - for which the album is named.
And now to the raffle winners! They are:
  • Jim Moffatt, from Victoria, BC Canada, has won a copy of Virtual Studio Systems' Lyricist software.
  • Richard Schletty from Saint Paul, MN, has won a 6 month membership to 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.)
Thanks so much for your support and I hope your month is a greatly productive one!
All the best,
Contact Info & Credits
Jodi Krangle, Editor:
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