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Songwriters Musepaper – Volume 5 Issue 4 – April 1990 – Interview: Michael Jay

Songwriters Musepaper – Volume 5 Issue 4 – April 1990 – Interview: Michael Jay

Songwriters Musepaper - Volume 5 Issue 4 - April 1990 - Interview: Michael Jay

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Songwriters Musepaper - Volume 5 Issue 4 - April 1990 - Interview: Michael Jay 

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FEATURES MICHAEL JAY – ON A HOT ROLL
John Braheny interviews one of LASS’ and Famous Music’s latest success stories, as he discusses his work with Martika, New Kids on the Block, Five Star, his writing and producing techniques and more. Page 8

TOOLS OF THE TRADE: Noise Wars – Hank Linderman offers some valuable advice on the eternal quest for noise-free recording Page 18

LASS AND ASG PLAN AUSTIN SONGWRITERS EXPO
Randy Delcah interviews LASS co-founder/director John Braheny about the first Austin Songwriters Expo on June 23-24 Page 20

THEORETICALLY SPEAKING Vertical vs. Horizontal Construction – David Cat Cohen shows you a couple of different approaches to writing that could increase your versatility Page 21

LASS NEWS

MEMBER NEWS – NOTEWORTHY – MUSICAL CHAIRS

News about classes, biz events,where your favorite publishers and a&r reps are this month and good stuff about our members Page 4

WEEKLY SHOWCASE SCHEDULE Cassette Roulette (publisher song critiques), Pitch-A-Thon (producers and record company reps looking for songs and acts), Pick-Ups (the names of writers whose songs got picked up at those sessions in the past month) Pages 13-14


From the Acting Archivist…

Much like the Songmine columns posted earlier, the archives contain a large collection of Songwriter Musepaper publications. With this posting, I am beginning a project to scan the cover and table of contents of each issue and then OCR (convert the scanned picture to text) the table of contents in order to make it searchable. I don’t yet have the staff necessary to create complete scanned issues of the Museupaper, but if there is interest in a particular article or interview, I can scan that and make it available here.

Douglas E. Welch, douglas@welchwrite.com

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Songwriters Musepaper – Volume 5 Issue 10 – October 1990 – Songwriters Expo 14 – Interview: Glen Ballard

Songwriter Musepaper – Volume 5 Issue 10 – October 1990 – Songwriters Expo 14 – Interview: Glen Ballard

Songwriter Musepaper - Volume 5 Issue 10 - October 1990 - Songwriters Expo 14 - Interview: Glen Ballard 

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 Songwriter Musepaper - Volume 5 Issue 10 - October 1990 - Songwriters Expo 14 - Interview: Glen Ballard

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FEATURES

INTERVIEW – GLEN BALLARD 7

With the phenomenal success of his co-writing/production with Wilson Phillips and his and Siedah Garrett’s song for Michael Jackson, “Man In The Mirror,” Glen Ballard’s already good career just got a whole lot better. Angelo Roman, Jr. steps into his world for some valuable information and philosophy.

REPETITION IN SONGWRITING THEORETICALLY SPEAKING 22
David Cat Cohen repeats the virtues and vices of repetition.

LASS PRO MEMBERS HIT TOP TEN
Allan Rich, Jud Friedman, Joe Mele and Dick Winzeler all have hits in the Top 10. Congratulations are in order!

LASS PRO MEMBERS SCORE IN MUSIC CITY SONG FESTIVAIL
Five Pro-Members take home Grand Prizes in the 10th annual MCSF.

SONGWRITERS EXPO 14 8-14
This is it…the rundown on the whole fantastic weekend. The schedule and cast of characters in the grandaddy songwriters event of the known universe!

LASS NEWS

MEMBER NEWS – NOTEWORTHY – MUSICAL CHAIRS
News about classes, biz events, where your favorite publishers and A&R reps are this month and good stuff about our members.

WEEKLY SHOWCASE SCHEDULE 25
Cassette RouletteTM (publisher song critiques), Pitch-A-ThonTM (producers and record company reps looking for songs and acts), Pick-ups (the names of writers) whose songs got picked up at those sessions in the past month).


From the Acting Archivist…

Much like the Songmine columns posted earlier, the archives contain a large collection of Songwriter Musepaper publications. With this posting, I am beginning a project to scan the cover and table of contents of each issue and then OCR (convert the scanned picture to text) the table of contents in order to make it searchable. I don’t yet have the staff necessary to create complete scanned issues of the Museupaper, but if there is interest in a particular article or interview, I can scan that and make it available here.

Douglas E. Welch, douglas@welchwrite.com

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Songwriters Musepaper – Volume 6 Issue 10 – October 1991 – Interview: Dewayne Blackwell

Songwriters Musepaper – Volume 6 Issue 10 – October 1991 – Interview: Dewayne Blackwell

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SPOTLIGHT – BMI WINS LANDMARK CABLE SUIT 6
The BMI victory marks the beginning of a new negotiating climate for BMI writers and publishers and cable television.

INTERVIEW – DEWAYNE BLACKWELL 7
He’s been writing hits for over 30 years and his most recent, “Friends In Low Places” with over four million in album sales , not counting sales of the single, is the biggest yet. John Braheny gets into his life and craft.

MUSICAL NOTES – HOW TO WRITE STRONGER MELODIES 10
Molly-Ann Leikin is back with some good advice on melody writing from her book, How To Make A Good Song A Hit Song.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE – THE EQUIPMENT SHUFFLE 11
Writer/demo producer Mike Booth, through trial, error and economic necessity, has figured out how to update his equipment at a minimum cost. Check it out!

UPBEAT – LAYING DOWN THE LAW 15
Dan Kimpel reviews a new book, All You Need To Know AboutThe Music Business, by entertainment attorney Don Passman.

THEORETICALLY SPEAKING – WHY RHYTHM? 22
David Cat Cohen explores the obvious and not-so-obvious reasonsfor the importance of grooves in contemporary music. LASS NEWS

MEMBER NEWS – NOTEWORTHY – MUSICAL CHAIRS 4
News about classes, biz events, where your favorite publishers and a&r reps are this month, good stuff about our members and Pickups.

WEEKLY SHOWCASE SCHEDULE
Cassette RouletteTM (publisher song critiques), Pitch-A-ThonTM (producers and record company reps looking for songs and acts).


From the Acting Archivist…

Much like the Songmine columns posted earlier, the archives contain a large collection of Songwriter Musepaper publications. With this posting, I am beginning a project to scan the cover and table of contents of each issue and then OCR (convert the scanned picture to text) the table of contents in order to make it searchable. I don’t yet have the staff necessary to create complete scanned issues of the Museupaper, but if there is interest in a particular article or interview, I can scan that and make it available here.

Douglas E. Welch, douglas@welchwrite.com

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Songwriters Musepaper – Volume 7 Issue 9 – September 1992 – Songwriters Expo 16 – Interview: Jennifer Warnes

Songwriters Musepaper – Volume 7 Issue 9 –  September 1992 – Songwriters Expo 16 – Interview: Jennifer Warnes

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INTERVIEW —JENNIFER WARNES 7 The music-scene mainstay talks to John Braheny about why—at a point in her career when other performers have fallen comfortably into a niche—she is still looking for new challenges and the chance to make history. 

SONGWRITERS EXPO 16 9-15 LASS presents its 16th annual Songwriters Expo at the Sheraton Los Angeles Airport. Keynote speaker Wendy Waldman headlines a non-stop weekend of education, information and pitching opportunities. 

UPBEAT —NETWORKING FOR SUCCESS AT THE SONGWRITERS EXPO 20 Publicist and personal manager Dan Kimpel offers some pointers for making the most of networking opportunities at the Songwriters Expo. 

TOOLS OF THE TRADE — MULTIPLE MIXES, MIXES, MIXES 23 Hank Linderman discusses the wisdom of producing a variety of mixes to meet a variety of needs. 

THEORETICALLY SPEAKING —BALANCING THE FRESH AND THE FAMILIAR 24 David Cat Cohen discusses theories for successfully integrating new ideas with tried and true methods. 

SPOTLIGHT — HAVE A DISPUTE? TRY MEDIATION 28 California Lawyers for the Arts offers a service which may keep you out of court. 

LASS NEWS MEMBER NEWS — NOTEWORTHY — MUSICAL CHAIRS 4 News about classes, biz events, where your favorite publishers and a&r reps are this month and good stuff about our members and Pickups. 

WEEKLY SHOWCASE SCHEDULECassette RouletteTM (publisher song critiques), Pitch-A-Thon’m (producers and record company reps looking for songs and acts). 21 


From the Acting Archivist…

Much like the Songmine columns posted earlier, the archives contain a large collection of Songwriter Musepaper publications. With this posting, I am beginning a project to scan the cover and table of contents of each issue and then OCR (convert the scanned picture to text) the table of contents in order to make it searchable. I don’t yet have the staff necessary to create complete scanned issues of the Museupaper, but if there is interest in a particular article or interview, I can scan that and make it available here.

Douglas E. Welch, douglas@welchwrite.com

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Songwriters Musepaper – Volume 8 Issue 10 – October 1993 – Cover: Charles John Quarto and Pete Wasner

Songwriters Musepaper – Volume 8 Issue 10 – October 1993 – Cover: Charles John Quarto and Pete Wasner

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INTERVIEW-CHARLES JOHN QUARTO AND PETE WASNER 7
They started writing in L.A. 15 years ago and they’ve both had successful collaborations with other writers, but their own well-honed magic and a supportive Nashville creative environment are beginning to find an enthusiastic audience with Hal Ketchum’s “Mama Knows The Highway” and there’s much more to come.

MUSICAL NOTES-YOU OUGHTA BE (WRITE) IN PICTURES
Harriet Schock knows you get more communication mileage out of visual imagery than anything else and gives you some advice on how to start thinking that way. 11

SONGWRITERS EXPO 17- PREVIEW OF THINGS TO COME 12-15
All the latest information on panelists, speakers, and industry pros looking for songs and acts at Songwriters Expo 17, the largest and most extensive songwriters’ two-day event on the planet. (The complete schedule update—with times, days and rooms—will be in the November issue of Songwriters Musepaper.) If you are serious about songwriting, you can’t afford to miss this event! Read about the best way to take advantage of all that this extraordinary week-end has to offer. To register see ad on page 19.

LASS NEWS MEMBER NEWS – NOTEWORTHY – MUSICAL CHAIRS 4
News about classes, biz events, where your favorite publishers and A&R reps are this month, good stuff about our Members and Pickups.

WEEKLY SHOWCASE SCHEDULE 6
Cassette Roulette1M (publisher song critiques) and Pitch-A-ThonTm (producers and record company reps looking for songs and acts).


From the Acting Archivist…

Much like the Songmine columns posted earlier, the archives contain a large collection of Songwriter Musepaper publications. With this posting, I am beginning a project to scan the cover and table of contents of each issue and then OCR (convert the scanned picture to text) the table of contents in order to make it searchable. I don’t yet have the staff necessary to create complete scanned issues of the Museupaper, but if there is interest in a particular article or interview, I can scan that and make it available here.

Douglas E. Welch, douglas@welchwrite.com

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Songwriters Musepaper – Volume 7 Issue 6 – June 1992 – Cover: Interview : Wendy Waldman & Brad Parker

Songwriters Musepaper – Volume 7 Issue 6 – June 1992 – Cover: Interview : Wendy Waldman & Brad Parker

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INTERVIEW – WENDY WALDMAN AND BRAD PARKER
Writer/artist/producer Waldman and her writer/guitarist husband collaborate on life and music. John Braheny explores their successful musical interactions in-house and out.

UPBEAT – THE MUSICIAN’S BUSINESS & LEGAL GUIDE 12
Dan Kimpel finds the ultimate, readable reference on the music biz.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE – THE ALMOST HUMAN RHYTHM COMPOSER 16
Hank Linderman, ever in search of the ultimate drum machine comes as close to unbridled enthusiasm as he ever gets.

PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE – IF YOU’RE DOING IT FOR THE MONEY, YOU MAY NOT MAKE ANY 18
Hit writer, teacher and recording artist Harriet Schock makes you take a close look at your motivation.

MUSICAL NOTES – TOPICAL/POPULAR SONG SEARCH 19
Len Chandler, LASS co-founder/director and veteran topical songwriter launches a new project.

LASS NEWS MEMBER NEWS – NOTEWORTHY – MUSICAL CHAIRS 4
News about classes, biz events, where your favorite publishers and a&r reps are this month and good stuff about our members and Pickups.

WEEKLY SHOWCASE SCHEDULE 13
Cassette RouletteTM (publisher song critiques), Pitch-A-ThonTm (producers and record company reps looking for songs and acts).


From the Acting Archivist…

Much like the Songmine columns posted earlier, the archives contain a large collection of Songwriter Musepaper publications. With this posting, I am beginning a project to scan the cover and table of contents of each issue and then OCR (convert the scanned picture to text) the table of contents in order to make it searchable. I don’t yet have the staff necessary to create complete scanned issues of the Museupaper, but if there is interest in a particular article or interview, I can scan that and make it available here.

Douglas E. Welch, douglas@welchwrite.com

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Songwriters Musepaper – Volume 8 Issue 8 – August 1993 – Cover: Interview: Janis Ian

Songwriters Musepaper – Volume 8 Issue 8 – August 1993 – Cover: Interview: Janis Ian

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INTERVIEW – JANIS IAN 7 

Len Chandler recounts the trials and triumphs of the original comeback kid whose new album has just been released by Morgan Creek Records. 

UPBEAT – OVERCOMING NEGATIVITY 11 

Dan Kimpel gives us some tips on keeping a positive attitude in the face of the constant rejection songwriters must endure, along with fear of success and fear of failure. 

TOOLS OF THE TRADE MIXER BASICS: THE INPUT MODULE-PART 1 . . ………. 12 

Hank Linderman offers the first of a two-part series on the techniques and technology of mixers and mixing for songwriters who want to produce your own demos. 

MUSICAL NOTES STRAIGHT LINES 14 

Harriet Schock observes that if you have trouble focusing and communicating clearly in your songs, it may be because you’re having trouble focusing in your life. 

LAS3S NEWS 

MEMBER NEWS – NOTEWORTAY V’Kji3-DCAL CHAMS – – – . 

News about classes, biz events, where your favorite publishers and A&R reps are this month, gOod stuff about our Members and Pickups. 

WEEKLY SHOWCASE SCHEDULE ………………. –

Cassette RouletteTM (publisher song critiques) and Pitch-A-ThonTM (producers and record company reps looking for songs and acts). .12 


From the Acting Archivist…

Much like the Songmine columns posted earlier, the archives contain a large collection of Songwriter Musepaper publications. With this posting, I am beginning a project to scan the cover and table of contents of each issue and then OCR (convert the scanned picture to text) the table of contents in order to make it searchable. I don’t yet have the staff necessary to create complete scanned issues of the Museupaper, but if there is interest in a particular article or interview, I can scan that and make it available here.

Douglas E. Welch, douglas@welchwrite.com

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Songwriters Musepaper – Volume 7 Issue 10 – October 1992 – Cover: Interview: John Trudell

Songwriters Musepaper – Volume 7 Issue 10 – October 1992 – Cover: Interview: John Trudell

Songwriters Musepaper - Volume 7 Issue 10 - October 1992 - Cover: Interview: John Trudell

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INTERVIEW -JOHN TRUDELL 7
Political activist and poet John Trudell talks with Len Chandler about staying alive artistically, the constant evolution of revolutionary consciousness, the healing power of creativity and much more.

SONGWRITERS EXPO 16 -SCHEDULE UPDATE 10-13
All the latest schedule information on panelists, speakers and industry pros looking for songs and acts at Songwriters Expo 16, the largest and most extensive songwriters’ two-day event on the planet. If you are serious about songwriting, you can’t afford to miss this event! To register, see ad on page 2.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE – MINI TOYS 14
Hank Linderman introduces us to some mini devices that can entice the stimulation of the gear muse without burning a hole in the old wallet.

UPBEAT -GEOFFREY AYMAR: IN THE PICTURE 18
LASS Pro-Member Geoffrey Aymar tells Dan Kimpel how collaborating and networking with an old neighbor helped him get his first major credit.

THEORETICALLY SPEAKING -SETTING LYRICS IN THE RIGHT GROOVE 20
David Cat Cohen gives you basic grooves to choose from and shows you how to find the right groove for your lyrics.

LASS NEWS MEMBER NEWS – NOTEWORTHY – MUSICAL CHAIRS 4

News about classes, biz events, where your favorite publishers and A&R reps are this month, good stuff about our Members and Pickups.

WEEKLY SHOWCASE SCHEDULE 6

Cassette RouletteTM (publisher song critiques) and Pitch-A-ThonTm (producers and record company reps looking for songs and acts).


From the Acting Archivist…

Much like the Songmine columns posted earlier, the archives contain a large collection of Songwriter Musepaper publications. With this posting, I am beginning a project to scan the cover and table of contents of each issue and then OCR (convert the scanned picture to text) the table of contents in order to make it searchable. I don’t yet have the staff necessary to create complete scanned issues of the Museupaper, but if there is interest in a particular article or interview, I can scan that and make it available here.

Douglas E. Welch, douglas@welchwrite.com

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