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Indie Bible 2007 - Get Your Music Heard!

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March 12, 2007

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Hi All,

I hope this finds y'all well and eager for news. As for me, as reported, I got my new laptop last week and I've been working with it daily to learn how to use it. In all the years I've worked on computers, I never worked on a lapper so this is foreign soil to me but I think I'm getting the hang of it. It's really different to use a sensor pad in place of a mouse and learn to type without having my clumsy hands accidentally brush the mouse pad sensor. I haven't gotten it networked to my ol' trusty desktop PC yet. You see, this lapper has a built in wireless system but I haven't had a chance to look into buying a wireless LAN yet. Like PCs, there's so many different kinds and I've no knowledge on rating a router so if anyone has knowledge of what works best, by all means, give me a holler!

I've posted my PC and new bag here so y'all can see what I've been saving to get for so long. I'm thrilled with it. The screen is awesome and so are the speakers. One of the reasons it took me so long to find just what I wanted is that I have read all the negative reports on Window's new Vista system and I don't want to be bothered with it. Mine has Windows XP Media Center so it's geared for movies, music, and graphics, which in my case, makes the most sense.

As you'll see below, I do my shopping on stores that I advertise. One, because I trust them, two, it makes good business sense. LOL

My New Computer!


WOF Country Music Contest I totally forgot to post the winner of the big Wheel of Fortune Country Stars Sweepstakes in my last edition of the news so let me take this time and space to congratulate Coach Richard Anway of Florida for being the MKOC winner!

Coach is now the proud owner of a Silver iPod Nano and a $25 iTunes gift card and as you can see, he's tickled pink!  YeeeHawww!

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Name That Tune
Still lookin' for a winner! Will it be you?

MKOC Store
The MKOC Store has been updated with new store pages and tons of new places to shop!
Here's a list of all the categories:
*Music *Musical Products *Books *DVDs / Videos *CDs, DVDs in UK *Communications *Computer Software
*Computer Hardware *Electronics *Entertainment *Financial *Freebies *Ink & Toner *Photo Services *Travel
*Web Hosting Services *Website Tools *MP3 to FTP *Web & Graphic Programs

Don't pay the high prices you find in the stores. I've researched the links posted to give everyone an opportunity to buy great things at the best prices. I'll continue to post special sales in the news as always.

Artist Info
Artists, be sure to check out the "Info" section as it's been updated with even more info.. web links, sheet music, instruments and more.


MKOC Official Artists
Song Clips Added.. Just Click a Song Title to hear music in Real Audio - Songs are rotated with each newsletter.
Debbie Miles
Debbie Miles
You Ain't Been Worth A Dime
Harold Hill
Harold Hill
San Antonio Sweetheart
Hoyt Hughes
Hoyt Hughes
Joe Tinoco
Joe Tinoco
Five Cards on the Mantle
Narvel Felts
Narvel Felts
Until The End of Time
Red Johnson
Red Johnson
Veteran's Day
Tecia McKenna
Tecia McKenna
Goodbye's What You Got
Tony Oliphant
Tony Oliphant
Can't Change Your Mind
The song collection above are some of my favorites of the MKOC Official Artists. Please take time to visit their web sites to hear all the music and choose your favorites. Write me, and maybe your favorite will be the next song showcased.

Narvel Felts

Check Narvel's show date schedule so you won't miss the next show nearest you!


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Webster & Associates are representing a great new artist, Cody McCarver and he is now the featured artist on MKOC. Visit Cody's MKOC page to read the review and hear his music. Also be sure to visit his official website to find out all the latest on Cody.CodyMcCarver.jpg (4438 bytes)

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Joe Nichols

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I haven't seen this covered in the fan news I receive but I thought it should be mentioned that Joe was asked and agreed to sing his latest hit, "I'll Wait For You" at the funeral of Ann Nicole Smith. I watched it on Entertainment Tonight (ET) and there wasn't a dry eye in the houe. Apparently, Joe was Anna's favorite singer and she went to the Opry just to see him perform and get a chance to meet her idol. Now I realize that many have opinions going from one side to the other about Ms. Smith, but I think it was very honorable of Joe to grant her last request and pay his respects. I'm proud of ya, Joe! You're a true gentleman who is a gentle man.

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Allison Moorer Newsletter

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Hi Everyone,

It is time for another Allison news update. Check Allison’s website for a new journal entry just posted!

If you are in New York or Texas next week, Allison will be playing the Blue Note in NY Monday and Tuesday. Later in the week Allison will be performing in Austin Texas as part of the South By South West festivities in Austin. Allison will be playing in Austin at an event honoring Emmylou Harris on Thursday March 15th. In addition to Allison, Charlie Sexton, Buddy Miller, The Watson Twins, and Elizabeth Cook, among others will be performing.

Check the website now for updated tour dates, more to come!

Allison Moorer.com


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KennyLoggins.jpg (5621 bytes)WHO: There are certain voices in popular music that can be identified as soon a song starts. Kenny Loggins possesses such a voice, and for the past three decades he has led his fans on a creative journey that’s encompassed numerous hit singles and more then twelve albums exceeding platinum status. One of the earliest highlights of Loggins’ career was a publishing deal that placed four of his songs on a 1970 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band LP including the Billboard-charting “House at Pooh Corner.” Loggins went on to form Loggins & Messina with Jim Messina, who’d played with Buffalo Springfield and Poco. Loggins & Messina went on to become one of pop music’s classic duos and an era-defining act. Their partnership ultimately produced five original studio albums, a covers collection, a greatest hits disc and two live albums. Before disbanding in ’76 their hits included; “Vahevala,” “My Music,” “Angry Eyes,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” and “A Love Song.” Loggins then went on to even greater success on his own. His solo debut, 1977’s Celebrate Me Home, was a platinum Billboard Top 40 album whose title track is one of his best loved ballads. The follow up, Nightwatch, delivered the Top 5 hit “Whenever I Call You ‘Friend’,” as well as Loggins’ version of “What A Fool Believes,” which he co-wrote with Michael McDonald, that won a GRAMMY for Song of the Year. His next album, Keep the Fire, netted another GRAMMY, 1980’s Best Male Pop Vocal Honor for “This Is It.” Loggins also reigned as one of the most successful movie theme song composers of his era, with hits including “I’m Alright” (Caddyshack), “Danger Zone” (Top Gun), “Nobody’s Fool” (Caddyshack II) and the Oscar-nominated “Footloose” (Footloose). His latest album, 2007’s How About Now, brings Loggins home to the soulful, roots-centric singer-songwriter tradition that first made him a household name. With Loggins in peak vocal form, 11 of How About Now’s 12 original selections came to life during a period of personal transition for Loggins. Writing in the first person about things that mattered to him the most, this album is a hook-heavy, uptempo instant classic that naturally plays to his strengths both as a songwriter and vocalist

WHAT: Kenny Loggins will be inducted into Hollywood’s RockWalk the only sidewalk gallery dedicated to honoring those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues and R&B. His handprints and signature will reside alongside other equally accomplished musicians and innovators such as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, John Lee Hooker and Earth Wind & Fire among numerous others.

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Los Angeles, CA - Every label, recording artist and band has a hope and dream of having a big time hit on the charts of Billboard & at Radio and Records. Now that they are essentially one in the same, the plot continues to thicken. You still have the petty battle over Clear Channel not wanting adds reported to R&R, and the big fuss over the Media-base tracking system which is also owned in part by the Clear Channel family. Although BDS (Broadcast Data Systems) is still monitoring the Clear Channel stations, some of that information will impact the Billboard charts and not the Radio and Records charts. Does any of this make sense so far? Good, it’s still a bit of a confusing mess.

Another problem that we have noted recently is that for records in an upstart mode, the panel for those monitored charts keeps changing. Just when a new record is about to chart, in comes some panel changes and the record may then fall from 31 down to 45, due to stations being dropped and new stations being added. It also continues to take an "act of congress" to get on the top major market monitored stations. You have to do more wheeling and dealing than you do at your local Mercedes or Lexus dealer. Even then, you’ll eventually have to come up with more money, and then you will have to put your house up for sale to pay for the process.

The system has become so difficult that you have to wonder if it is worth it. Even for the major labels "in the game" it’s taking longer and longer to make it all happen. Recording artist Mat Kearny has had his single "Nothing Left To Lose" out since last summer, and it’s finally making it on to the major pop charts. That means that it took close to ten months to break. If you are a small label and you had your promotion teams on a single for ten months, you’d be "out of business". Once these songs are finally "in the system" they seem to be there forever and we then have to hear them in "over-kill" mode. They don’t move to re-current until something takes it’s place, and that could take months.

The stations that report to New Music Weekly, do things the way radio did from the start. Most of our stations from Pop to Country have music and program directors that will actually listen to a new release without having to hear from their list of consultants. It’s such a breath of fresh air to talk with many of these reporters on a weekly basis and to see that they are actively involved in the breaking of a new artist. Many of our stations are under-loved by the major labels and don’t even get the proper service from them. That’s where we step in and "make things happen".

The reason we need the smaller and medium market stations is that they help "lead the charge" when it comes to breaking a new artist or band. There is really no other way to do it in this current environment. The stations that report to New Music Weekly from Pop to Country are the true and instant barometer to see if you really have something. For many of the new independent labels and bands, it may be the "only" thing that matters at this level.

The best case to our point occurred in the later part of last year when the band Heartland hit a "home run" with their "I Loved Her First" (Lofton Creek) single. The New Music Weekly stations were the first group to take that record home. In fact, the single hit #1 on our Country chart and stayed there for over a month before it hit the top of the charts at Billboard and Radio and Records. The truth of the matter is that if you really have something in a record and you are a true believer, we are here for you first. If you believe that you are sitting on a potential #1 single, there is a good chance that it will hit the top of the charts here at New Music Weekly first, and you won’t even have to sell your house to get there.

The Adams Files:

by Randy Adams

Los Angeles, CA - Last week, I touched on a subject that small market and medium market programmers (the ones who can still make decisions) face today; horizontal and vertical separation when programming your stations. I promised to write about that topic in this column.

That was until the news broke a few minutes ago, as I write this, that XM and Sirius satellite radio have merged, as widely suspected. And no matter how you justify it if you’re a satellite radio advocate, this is a victory, in a sense, for terrestrial radio.

Truth be told, satellite radio never needed more than one provider. Combining the resources of these two conglomerates may indeed bring some great programmers together in the same building, but you can’t ignore this fact: satellite radio didn’t fly as high as many expected. It fluttered, sputtered, and never became as enormous as was promised by both companies before the launch.

Now, the SEC will have to look at this merger to see if it’s met all legalities. The more important question is, will the FCC become involved, and how heavily if so?

There are only so many niche formats a satellite provider can offer. Mel Karmazin is a radio icon, a radio hall of famer, and he tends to build a team around him that are great at what they do. But let’s get back to the original point.

As much as the news will proclaim that combining their services will somehow make satellite radio more palatable to the public, how it "has just improved", and is "better than ever", the point is the projections made by both providers, former competitors, now teammates, were well below expectations.

Karmazin knows that commercial free channels will surely win heads up against those who play commercials. But you can’t do any better than free, which terrestrial radio has always been, and a monthly subscription. Having to launch new equipment every four to five years at millions upon millions of dollars into space, makes me believe that the commercial free channels they offer won’t be commercial free 10 years from now. I may begin to worry about satellite radio when it becomes standard with any AM/FM radio you buy, and it’s free. But then, you can bet it won’t be commercial free.

If you’ve been tempted to subscribe to satellite radio, you’ll find yourself immersed in a large quantity of choices to choose from, but many of the channels, both music and news/sports, offer very similar programming. You can only listen to one channel at a time. Many who jumped on early satellite radio have told me they canceled their subscription because, despite the large amount of content available, much of it sounded the same.

Kind of like terrestrial radio, huh? Lots of signals, but you can only listen to one at a time. Oh, it’s also free. And you can’t get local news on satellite radio.

The hype and excitement marketers create will once again make some people look at satellite radio again with this merger. But, at the end of the day, the scoreboard will read that there’s one less team in the hunt now. And I believe it to be a major plus for broadcast radio.

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When you sing your new song to the musicians at the beginning of a recording session, you will notice one thing... They are writing.

The may be making fun of you in Arabic, but it's more likely the Nashville Numbered Chord system. Outsiders can never understand it. It may be done just to intimidate us.

I picked up some scraps on the studio floor, and I've been trying to decode it. I think it works like this. The One Chord a/k/a/ "1"
is the chord you start and end the song on, if you're lucky. All the musicians should try to end on the same chord at approximately the same time.

Even if you start on the wrong chord, it is still your One Chord, and you must stick with it all the way. It's OK if you are on the wrong chord. Just tell people it's jazz.

The Four Chord is the one they use when going to the bridge or chorus. If the rest of the band plays something else, you should go to the Four Chord anyway. That'll teach 'em. If you keep a confident expression, everybody will think you're right and they're wrong.

The Five Chord is what you play just before starting the song over. If you play it at the end of every chorus, the music has to keep on going and going. It's the law. You'll pick up a lot of overtime.

The 2, 3, 6, and 7, chords are minors, so who cares? We don't use them enough in Country music to keep them from spoiling.

So, now that you understand the Nashville Number System, children, go 4th and multiply.

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The Matekis

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Matekis2.jpg (10799 bytes)THE MATEKIS ARE ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY GREAT ARTISTS & ENTERTAINERS & SONGWRITERS. Bob and I are very happy to count them as dear cherished friends, and I also love co-writing with Paul. We have done many songs, and we enjoy seeing the DJ's playing them. We met years ago at a convention, and have mutual respect for one another. We (Bob and I) are delighted to see the way DJ's accept their songs, and we agree they are truly terrific...THEY ARE ALSO COMMITTED TO THE INDIE MUSIC INDUSTRY. They encourage other artists, and you can find their songs on WHP (GARY BRADSHAW )
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THE MATEKIS are very happy to be on the TOP 100 MARCH 8, 2007 ROOTS CHART

ON WORLDWIDE MOST PLAYED ARTIST CHART FEBRUARY 16-28 , 2007 AM/FM ONLY at # 187 & PAUL MATEKI at #42 (total artists reported 2,314).

HAPPY TO SEE ~THE MATEKIS~ played on the Live 365 rooms and Western Heart room!

DJ's thanks YOU are always faithful to The Matekis airplay..and they are most grateful!
DJ's thanks for your wonderful airplay of their songs:

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DJ'S....RhonBob Promotions is keeping up with the times and the heartbeats of your listeners! We care enough to only promote top artists with top songs and taking them to the next level in their music career. We spotlight DJ's and tell you about the artists we promote .We are thankful to the hard working DJ's for airplay for the artists we promote!

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Redneck Rules of Etiquette

(Note from Marli: I received this from my pal, Alex. We don't know who originally wrote it, it's just one of those things that gets sent 'round and 'round the net and I wanted to share it with y'all)

- Never take a beer to a job interview.
- Always identify people in your yard before shooting at them.
- It's considered tacky to take a cooler to church.
- If you have to vacuum the bed, it is time to change the sheets.
- Even if you're certain that you are included in the will, it is still considered tacky to drive a U-Haul to the funeral home.

Dining Out
- When decanting wine, make sure that you tilt the paper cup, and pour slowly so as not to "bruise" the fruit of the wine.
- If drinking directly from the bottle, always hold it with your fingers covering the label.

Entertaining in your home
- A centerpiece for the table should never be anything pre-pared by a taxidermist.
- Do not allow the dog to eat at the table...no matter how good his manners are.

Personal Hygiene
- While ears need to be cleaned regularly, this is a job that should be done in private using one's OWN truck keys.
- Proper use of toiletries can forestall bathing for several days. However, if you live alone, deodorant is a waste of good money.
- Dirt and grease under the fingernails is a social no-no, as they tend to detract from a woman's jewelry and alter the taste of finger foods.

Dating (outside the family)
- Always offer to bait your date's hook, especially on the first date.
- Be aggressive. Let her know you're interested: "I've been wanting to go out with you since I read that stuff on the bathroom wall two years ago."
- Establish with her parents what time she is expected back. Some will say 10:00 PM; Others might say "Monday." If the latter is the answer, it is the man's responsibility to get her to school on time.

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Joyce Seamone

March 11, 2007


JoyceSeamone.jpg (5571 bytes)This year Joyce Seamone plans to spend the entire year celebrating the fact that it is the 35th Anniversary since she stepped into a recording studio and ….. Like they say….the rest is history……

Not much has been documented about the First Ladies of Canadian Country Music. Only two ladies charted in the 50’s and that was Betty Cody, who later married Hal Lone Pine, and Myrna Lorrie. A few more followed in the 60’s including Lucille Starr, who’s French Song, by the way, never made the country music charts. In the 70’s came Anne Murray, Sylvia Tyson, Carroll Baker, Joyce Seamone, Shirley Eikhard, Honey West and a few others whose records hit the charts.

Joyce Seamone has lots of reasons to celebrate her 35th Anniversary in Country Music.

“Ironically, while female country artists appeared more frequently on the country hit charts in the 1970’s, only ONE of the more than 50 who made their chart debuts during the entire decade, earned a #1 debut hit, and that was achieved by Nova Scotia’s Joyce Seamone, with her 1972 indie release, Testing 1-2-3” . Quote taken from the article, Canadian Country Ladies… Charting History in the Early Years (1950’s-70’s inc.) by Larry Delaney…Country Music News, February. 2007

Little did Joyce realize that when the 80’s arrived that she would go down in Canadian Country Music History as being the only female artist in the 1970’s who would end up holding such an honor. She got to meet most of the recording artists of the late 60’s and early 70’s as their paths crossed in the world of country music. Joyce went on to record many other recordings, has had air play across Canada, overseas, New Zealand, Australia, and USA. She has toured Canada and Europe. She is a singer, songwriter, and a published author. Some of her songs are being recorded this spring by fellow artists. She is the recipient of many awards, including 2004 Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee.

They say that good things come to those who wait. Well, she feels that she waited a long time, but the opportunity came the past couple of years to co-ordinate the music for a country music festival. Joyce says, “This is my baby, just watch it grow”. She would like you to visit both her own web site www.joyceseamone.com and the festival website, www.foxmountaincampingpark.com/countrymusic.htm

Some of the places Joyce will be appearing are Nine Mile River Jamboree, Berwick Legion, Wolfville Legion, North River Community Hall, Pictou’s DeCoste Centre, Hank Snow Fathers Day Celebrations, Hank Snow Tribute Weekend (songwriters circle), Parkdale-Maplewood Maple Syrup Festival, 4th Annual Fox Mountain Country Music Festival, and others.

It’s a completely different ball game now, than it was in the early years, but it was a handful of artists like Joyce, Anne, Myrna, Lucille and a few others who paved the way for the girls who followed. We owe a great deal to these early pioneers.

If you see Joyce at any performance during this year, wish her a Happy 35th Anniversary.

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RustieBlueBio01.jpg (5202 bytes)Rustie Blue will again be on After Midnight With Blair Garner! "Don't Come Cryin'" will be aired during this week's Pick It or Flick It contest. After Midnight With Blair Garner is a syndicated radio show with approximately 250 affiliated radio stations.

“Don’t Come Cryin,’” written by Bobby Atkins, is sassy country/rock song with lots of attitude. “When I first heard the demo, I immediately loved it!” says Rustie. “I did change the song quite a bit from the demo to make it more my own. I've always loved this song and am glad that I'm having a chance to release it as a single!”

With music influences like Patsy Cline and Elvis, it's obvious why Rustie Blue crosses so many barriers. No matter what Rustie sings, her true blue country vocals are very much apparent! Her energetic stage performance and charismatic personality makes Blue a refreshing experience and somebody you won't forget!

Rustie is currently recording her new album, Born Again Country, which is scheduled to be released this spring.

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SongU.com Campus News and Special Offer

This week's quote:
"Thanks again for SongU.com. It is an amazing organization full of incredibly talented and warm caring people." - quote submitted on 3/9/07 Jeff B.

Hi everyone,

I just finished reading today’s edition of the weekly SongU.com Campus News. I thought since several of you have asked what goes on during a typical week at SongU.com, that it would be a good idea to pass the Campus News along so you can find out what's happening this coming week at SongU.com. If you're interested, you can read all about it below my signature.

On another note, we’ve also extended our recent special until March 17th where you get your first three months of courses, coaching, co-writing and pitching opportunities at SongU.com for just $50 (and if you sign up before March 12th we'll even throw in a free song evaluation). Just use redemption code GOLDSTAR when signing up at www.SongU.com. Details are below the campus news.

Hope to see you "on campus" soon ;-)

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March 9, 2007- March 17, 2007

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty." - Henry Ford

Hi everyone,

Hope you've all had a great week. The weather is finally warming up a bit here and we were able to blow up Mia's bouncy outside so she could jump around with a couple of playmates. Nothing like the laughter of a few four year-olds in the sun to make you feel like Spring is definitely on the way. This week around the SU campus, it's going to be a pretty happening week! Our special connections guest, Tammy Brown (former director of A&R at Sony and current Creative Director at OleŽ Music) will be on hand in the e-Auditorium on Monday to answer questions and talk about what she looks for in a staffwriter. Tammy and OleŽ music do not accept outside material, so this is a special opportunity as she has graciously offered to exclusively listen to member songs/lyrics later this month via Spin N' Pitch. Look for details later this week.

In addition, there's also some great instructor-led courses that will begin registering this week. In addition to the FDBK courses, registration continues for "Getting Into The Groove" with the master of music himself, Jai Josefs. Registration also continues for SONG 185 with Dove Award winner, Sue Smith where she'll talk about Writing For The Christian Market. And on your radar should be the pre-pitch meeting in our e-Auditorium on March 19th moderated by our fearless leaderette, Sara Light, where she'll discuss the new pitch opportunities available this month at SongU.com. As always, there is no additional cost for any of the courses for members...registration is just to keep the headcount manageable for our instructors.

SongU.com Meet & Greet Lunch: Nashville, March 31st, On Us!
We have several SongU.com members coming to Nashville for the annual Tin Pan South Festival and NSAI Symposium, so we thought it would be fun to do our annual "Meet and Greet" on Saturday, March 31st from 12:00-1:30PM at famous Neely's Bar-B-Que (yes, there is a vegetarian option too). This will not conflict with the NSAI Symposium schedule since they have “lunch-on-your-own”. So we're treating SongU.com members to a buffet lunch. Your guests are welcome to come, as well as prospective SongU.com members ($5/non-SongU.com member guest), so bring your friends and future SongU.com members ;-) If you plan on attending, please complete the RSVP form linked off the member homepage after you login. Hope to see you there.

Campus Happenings This Week:
Here's what's happening this week on campus. For more information see the member course catalog by logging in at www.SongU.com. For time zone information, view the world clock at: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

* (ongoing) Monday, March 12th at 8:00 PM ET - LYR 251 Successful Lyric Writing II with Sara Light meets in the LYR 251 e-Classroom.
* Monday, March 12th at 8:00 PM ET - FDBK 100 Song Feedback Workshop with Randy Klein meets in the FDBK 100 e-Classroom. Please upload your song and place it in your backpack 24 hours prior to class so Randy can pre-listen to it. TA: Benn Cutarelli.
* CONNECTION: Monday, March 12th at 9:30 PM ET - OleŽ Music's Tammy Brown. Join us in the e-Auditorium with OleŽ Music Creative Director, Tammy Brown, as she talks about what she looks for in a writer and in a song. You will also get the opportunity to pitch Tammy one of your songs via SU Spin N Pitch through the end of March. Send questions in advance to Sara@SongU.com. Meets in the e-Auditorium. No registration required, but this talk is limited to the first 30 who attend. A transcript will be available for everyone else.
* (ongoing) Tuesday, March 13th at 7:30 PM ET - GEN 160 Walking In This World with Gracie Hollombe continues in the GEN 160 classroom.
* (ongoing) Tuesday, March 13th at 9:00 PM ET - SONG 200 Elements Of Commercial Songwriting: Lyrics with Craig Bickhardt meets in the SONG 200 e-Classroom. TA: Mitch Townley.
* Wednesday, March 14th at 8:30 PM ET - TECH 250 The Recording Series: Mastering with the master himself, Fett meets in the TECH 250 e-Classroom. TA: Mike Matzkevich.
* Wednesday, March 14th at 10:00 PM ET - FDBK 200 Song Feedback Workshop II with Helen Darling meets in the FDBK 200 e-Classroom. Please upload your song and place it in your backpack 24 hours prior to class so Helen can pre-listen to it. TA: Bruce Scism.
* Thursday, March 14th at 8:30 PM ET - SONG 160 12 Steps To Writing Better Songs with Pat and Pete Luboff meets in the SONG 160 e-Classroom. TA: Mike Matzkevich.
* Thursday, March 14th at 10:00 PM ET - FDBK 120 Pop/Hot AC Singer/Songwriter Workshop with Robin Frederick meets in the FDBK 120 e-Classroom. Please upload your song and place it in your backpack at least 24 hours prior to class so Robin can pre-listen to it. TA: Dave Swinford.
* (ongoing) Saturday, March 10th at 11:00am ET (GMT-friendly time) - GEN 150 The Artist's Way with Gracie Hollombe meets in the GEN 150 classroom.

FREE American Songwriter Magazines Arriving In Your Mailbox
I spoke to our friends at American Songwriter Magazine last week and they said that our US members who signed up through the second half of last year should have or soon be receiving their complimentary issue of the magazine. This is a really cool magazine that covers all genres of music related to songwriters. In addition to the free issue, SongU.com members will receive a discount of 25% off a subscription to American Songwriter Magazine (just $19.50/year). A subscription card will be arriving with your free issue so that you can begin receiving this great magazine on a regular basis. You can get more information about this special discount rate from: http://www.americansongwriter.com/discount/subscription. Be sure to let them know you heard about it from SongU.com. Happy reading!

Welcome Coach #2062
I just want to say a quick welcome to Coach #2062 who is a Grammy-nominated producer/writer with extensive Film, TV & Recording credits. With songs in over 20 films, as well as HBO, Disney, reality, talk (Ellen DeGeneres, Tyra Banks) as well as cuts in pop, country, hip-hop, rock, world, runway, dance, and remixing, they bring a wealth of experience to the table for your song evaluations. We're happy to have them join us!

Hey, super-singer-mom, Sue Fabisch and her video for her song Wal-Mart Woman continues to knock off the competition. She's advanced to the Third Round of the CMT Music City Madness Contest and still needs your help. Cast your vote for her at http://www.cmt.com/interact/music_city_madness/vote/

That's all for now. Have a great week. See you "on campus"!

Danny Arena
Courses, Coaching, Connections

As a Platinum Member at SongU.com you can take ALL our courses for no additional cost. Plus, you'll get regular co-writing and pitching opportunities, your own member website, access to our award-winning coaching staff and more. Just sign up before March 17th and you'll get your first three months of SongU.com courses, coaching and pitching opportunities for only $50 (recurs at the regular rate of $75/quarter). Sign up on or before March 12th and we'll even throw in a free song evaluation. Just use redemption code GOLDSTAR when you sign up at www.SongU.com

* This special is limited to new members only.

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