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Table of Contents


1. Introduction
2. Sites Where You Can Get Your Music Reviewed
3. Radio Shows that will Play Your Music
4. Online Services that will Help to Sell Your Music
5. Sites Where You Can Upload Your Band's MP3s or Videos
6. Helpful Music Resources
7. Artist-Management Contracts: More About Time and Money, by Richard P. Dieguez, Entertainment Lawyer
8. The Process and Power of Persistence - Part II, by Brian Austin Whitney, Founder of the 'Just Plain Folks' Music Organization
9. WMMW CD Review of The Month by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck











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THE WINNER OF THE DECEMBER DRAW IS ROBIN ALCIATORE!
robinalciatore@alciatore.com
Robin is a classical pianist, composer and arranger living in the
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Robin has a "serious" project studio where the Audix will fit in perfectly
with her other mics, particularly on an upcoming project with songwriter
Harriet Schock (http://mp3.com/harrietschock).
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RAINMAKER MUSIC PUBLICITY devoted to working with unsigned bands
and indie labels across the U.S.A....So..Ride The Revolution...
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2. INTRODUCTION

Happy holidays! and welcome to the December edition of The Indie Contact Newsletter.

Richard P. Dieguez is an Entertainment Lawyer working out of New York City. Richard also hosts the very popular Entertainment Industry Forum called "The Circle". This month Richard continues his discussion on Artist-Management relationships, and takes a look at how long the contract should be. Richard also touches on what sort of commission the manager should receive, and will elaborate even further on commissions next month.

Brian Austin Whitney, Founder of of Just Plain Folks, continues his discussion on the Power of Persistence, and lists 5 more key qualities that musicians and songwriters should consider cultivating if they truly wish to succeed in the music business.

Note that there's a tremendous music conference coming up in March (2-3). It's called the Global Entertainment & Media Summit. I'll be there with my usual booth, but also co-hosting a panel on "The Importance of Persistence". Please drop by if you can. Tickets are very inexpensive ($50) so if you can somehow make it to New York, I think it will be well worth your while.

As always, the MuzikMan is back with another review - actually two reviews this month. This month he reviews Jen Foster's new release "Ordinary Girl" as well a holiday bonus review of "The Christmas Spirit of Raine Austin".

As is the case every month, there is a sizable group of new contacts listed that can help you to gain some exposure for your music. So dig in, and enjoy the December edition of The Indie Contact Newsletter!

David Wimble
Editor
indiecontactnewsletter@rogers.com

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COME AND NETWORK AT THE GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA SUMMIT!
New York City, March 2-3 2002.

This will be the most exciting music industry event of the year! Meet and hear music industry executives, filmmakers, directors, producers, and artists- no hype, no egos, just people committed to helping artists develop and get their music to the masses. Keynotes include Miles Copeland (manager of Sting and founder of IRS Records), Les Paul (legendary guitarist and inventor of multi-track recording), and filmmaker John Waters.

This year's summit is being held at the New Yorker Hotel Grand Ballrooms and Conference Centers and tickets are quite inexpensive, only $50 per person for the ENTIRE weekend event!

To register for the Summit by credit card, go to http://www.acteva.com//booking.cfm?bevaid=18479

For checks and money orders, please send your payment (with a copy of this e-mail invitation from the Indie Contact Newsletter) to:

Global Entertainment & Media Summit
519 Bloomfield Ave, 6G
Caldwell, NJ 07006.
USA

Everyone who purchases a ticket can submit music for performance consideration when registering. For those who are paying by credit card, please print out your ticket order receipt when mailing your CD or tape to the Summit's offices

The first 400 ticket orders will also receive a complimentary pass to the Summit's special VIP party and Awards show being held on Saturday night, March 2nd.
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Below are the contacts that were submitted to me in November.
The contacts listed are sorted into FIVE sections.

1. Publications that will review your music
2. Radio stations/shows that will play your music
3. Online services that will help to sell your music
4. Sites where you can upload your band's MP3s or videos
5. Resources and promotional sites for Independent bands

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2. SITES WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR MUSIC REVIEWED

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PHASE9 Entertainment
Nigel M editorial@phase9.net
http://www.phase9.tv
Independent site for reviews and information on music and movies in the USA and UK - over 3000 pages online.

Dark Realms Magazine
Music Editor dark@monolithgraphics.com
http://www.monolithgraphics.com/darkrealms.html
Nationally distributed print magazine covering goth and industrial music. Read guidelines for submitting at www.monolithgraphics.com/pages/guidelines.html

Do you like music? ilikemusic.com
Cheryl Rickman cheryl@ilikemusic.com
http://www.ilikemusic.com/soundstage.html
Unsigned Acts Soundstage (new unsigned talent reviewed), music promotion articles, tips and links galore. For musicians, djs, unsigned talent, and music lovers.

The Synthesis Network
Bill Fishkin info@synthesis.net
http://www.synthesis.net
The Synthesis, a regional print and world-wide online magazine focused on music and pop culture.

IndieMusicReview.com
Jeff Leisawitz sales@indiemusicreview.com
http://www.indiemusicreview.com
IndieMusicReview.com empowers indie artists by offering critical reviews of any and every independent CD that is submitted. Guaranteed!

Zzaj Productions
Dick Metcalf, aka Rotcod Zzaj rotcod@reachone.com
http://www.cdstreet.com/cgi-bin/artisthome_db.cgi?81048 Highly evocative music to stimulate you!

Lightword Publishing Company/Mindquest Recommendations
Bernie P. Nelson mindq@drtx.com
http://www.lightwordreviews.com/Indie.html
Submit a nonreturnable, uplifting CD to be considered for a free recommendation and mini-review in Mindquest Recommendations.

Death By Glitter
Kat Fiction kat@deathbyglitter.co.uk
http://www.deathbyglitter.co.uk
Death By Glitter is an open-minded indie/glam/alternative magazine site that reviews everything it receives.

Spitting Glass Stars fanzine
Sarah Kirk-Browne spitting_glass_stars@lineone.net
http://www.spittingglassstars.co.uk
Long-established fanzine with popular website. Always looking for new music to review - all genres welcome.

Real-Local.com
Neill webmaster@real-local.com
http://www.real-local.com
24 hour internet broadcast and ezine featuring Charleston SC's thriving music scene.

The Sound Magazine
Andie Jones, Editor/Promotions andie@soundmag.com
http://www.soundmag.com
Unique Regional Multimedia Performing and Visual Arts Community, Resource and Publication.

Inside Connection Magazine
editor@insidecx.com
http://www.insidecx.com
We keep you up-to-date on new releases from up and coming independent bands, while playing a sneak preview of their music.

Somnie's Cyberspace
L?a Langelier somnie@hotmail.com
http://www.geocities.com/somnie2001
Band reviews, show reviews, cd reviews, message board: slam/defend bands, free band announcements - all genres - pro indie scene coverage

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GOTHIC BEAUTY, A NEW FASHION MAGAZINE, also accepts music submissions for review. Each issue also features music interviews. Gothic Beauty is interested in goth, electro, industrial, ethereal, and punk. Gothic Beauty is published quarterly and has major distribution through Hot Topic, Tower Records, and Books-A-Million covering 600 outlets in the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, and Japan. Issue 4 will be out mid December and in-stores on January 7 '02. Please send us your material now for Issue 5 (April 9 '02). See website for more details http://www.GothicBeauty.com
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NOMA MUSIC IS A MUSIC PROMOTION COMPANY that successfully places and licenses songs and music into TV and film projects, as well as other media. Signed or unsigned, we work with bands, songwriters, solo artists, and instrumentalists. We have a market for most styles of music. And for those seeking a recording contract, we work directly with hundreds of Major and Indie record label A&R directors from around the world and can get an act signed.

Visit the company site at www.noma1.com for more information or you can phone (877) 980-7700 or (818) 566-8817. Thank you.
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MAGGIEB.COM invites you to submit your independent CD recording to showcase your work and identity on a dedicated platform. Indie artists of ALL musical styles and genres are encouraged to submit projects for consideration. We feature enormously talented independent musicians and songwriters who are underexposed or on private record labels that are difficult to locate. Maggieb.com provides a unique opportunity for indie artists to be recognized and to be heard. All product sales go directly to you -- the artist -- in support of your endeavors.

For submission inquiries and additional information visit:
http://www.maggieb.com
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LORD LITTER'S RADIOSHOW
litter.dittmar@berlin.snafu.de
http://www.LordLitter.de
http://www.futurenowradio.com - the weekly show
http://www.indieport.com - the monthly show
http://www.radiomarabu.de - the German on demand show Now broad/webcasting at 6 stations ALL OVER THE WORLD! Europe's best radio program that side of John Peel Shut-Ups-Website. The show presents the variety of the true indie-scene. From Country to Experimental - from Folk to Hard Rock - the show that presents YOUR music! If you want to send releases for airplay please check http://www.LordLitter.de/radioshow.html

The Funk The Soul The Groove
Paris Mark Toon mfcradio@hotmail.com
http://stations.mp3s.com/stations/66/the_funk_the_soul_the_groo.html
The FUNK The SOUL The GROOVE Radio Station is for indie artists who would like to have their music played by other indie artists and fans. Simply submit a song to us and as long as it fits our genre of music and is funky we will add it to our play list.

The Songwriters Network
Patty macromusicg@netscape.net
http://www.cyberstationusa.com
Live Saturdays 6-9 p.m EST. Accepts CD's & bios of original, indie label artists. Send material to: BG Enterprise, P.O.Box 1265, New Britain, CT 06050.

Three Point Radio / The Best Music ... Period
Charles Leet admin@caleetdesigns.com
http://www.threepointradio.com
Alternative Internet Radio at its best! Listen to the known and unknown of modern music and thought.

hXc shiznit!
Nick xZILLAx@hotmail.com
http://www.mp3.com/stations/hxcshiznit
hXc shiznit promotes the best in hardcore music.

WQRZ
Format is a/c pop new wave/age jazz blues world folk 60's 70's 80's christian . We are a new educational station building our station library.
WQRZ 103.5 FM
attn: Program Director,
4340 Indian St., Bay Saint Louis, MS
39520-8522, USA

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The 3rd Edition is 322 pages and contains: 2300 publications from around the world that will REVIEW your CD! 2700 radio stations from around the world will PLAY your songs! 440 vendors and services that will help you to SELL your music! 340 sites where you can UPLOAD your band's MP3 files! 300 helpful resources and sites where you can PROMOTE your band!

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Static Ground
melissa@staticincorporated.com
www.staticground.com
A new e'zine, launched by Static Inc. featuring major, minor and indie label reviews, interviews and industry spotlights. Also featured are releases, gig swapping and unsolicited opinions. WE ARE ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR REVIEW.

Please send all materials attention Melissa at: 2161 E. El Moro Ave. Mesa, AZ 85204
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4. ONLINE SERVICES THAT WILL HELP SELL YOUR MUSIC

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Fambam Records
Thomas Mullin tmullin@fambamrecords.com
http://www.fambam.com
Upbeat, Urban record label developing the new urban sound for the millenium.

Hardcore Promotions
Dj Catatonic catatonic109@yahoo.com
http://www.hardcorepromo.com
hardcorepromo.com promotes all music. If you're an artist with music on mp3.com, this is for you!

Hagerstown Hardcore
Chad nosurrender23@yahoo.com
http://www.geocities.com/hagerstownhc
Show organizer/promoter for bands wishing to play/be heard in the Hagerstown, MD area and South Central PA.

Kranzke Entertainment
Eli Swenson contact@kranzke.com
http://www.kranzke.com
Kranzke is a full sevice online record distributor/ retailer & label. We offer one of the highest payouts for CD sales on the internet.

Particle Promotions
Chris Baker talent@technoinnovations.com http://www.technoinnovations.com/particle.htm Our goal is to assist any artist who wants to increase their exposure.

One-sixty Productions
Frank Mastalerz oasis160music@hotmail.com
http://www.oasisonesixty.com
We are a chicago based agency that assists indie bands in booking, marketing, advertising, management and direction.

MIC FIEND RECORDS
JYMINI jymini@msn.com
http://www.micfiend.com
Top Notch & Independent Female CEO, producer, emcee, vocalist, web designer & more!

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KARI ESTRIN MANAGEMENT - ARTIST CAREER CONSULTING

KEM specializes in artist management consulting: career direction, goal setting and implementation. Plan a recording project and maximize touring, publicity and radio; get out of a rut and make a jump in your career by learning how. Management plan specifically tailored to your talent, needs and lifestyle. Kari has an extensive music business background: artist and tour management, concert/ festival production & promotion and is editor of "How To Be Your Own booking Agent...A Performing Artist's Guide to a Successful Touring Career." Career assessments and consultation-by-the-hour by phone, e-mail or in person. Management-related services also available. PO Box 60232 - Nashville, TN 37206
615/262-0883 - 615/262-9885 (fax)
www.kariestrin.com
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Songwriters, bands & artists! Enter to win a grand prize of over US$50,000 in cash, merchandise and more! This the largest prize package in any annual songwriting competition. Also, winners' songs will be featured on a nationally syndicated radio program serving over 60 cities in the US and Canada. Judges include A&R Managers from Major Record labels and publishers. BONUS: Early bird entrants receive a FREE gift. Hurry, visit: http://www.songwriting.net
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5. SITES WHERE YOU CAN UPLOAD YOUR BAND'S MP3s OR VIDEOS

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BarChord.com - Play the Music, Pay the Musician
Bill Wittur wittur@barchord.com
http://www.BarChord.com
What's BarChord all about? Visit our site to experience the new way of sharing files, reaching listeners and promoting your music. Join us (for free) to discover the future of online media distribution.

No Record Label.com
Ken Lavcot klav@norecordlabel.com
http://www.norecordlabel.com
Created for the purpose of exposing talented new musicians to the listening public. Filling a void musicians have contended with since the beginning of the art, NoRecordLabel.com is a highly traveled site that contains MP3 files, photos and information about up and coming artists.

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INDIE MUSIC SAMPLER NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
SBS Records wants to help you expand your audience by releasing your "single" to their indie music-loving fan base of over 15,000. Our objective is to support and encourage independent artists in all genres and all levels of experience by placing your song on a CD Sampler and giving the CD's away on a first come first serve basis to folks who buy music. Entries must meet the following requirements or cannot be considered: 1. Song must be less than 4:25 in length. 2. Song to be considered must be circled on the CD (one entry per CD) 3. CD's only. Your cost to be included on 1000 CD samplers is only $275 - that's less than .28 per CD - Plus you also get 50 FREE sampler's. For more info, write SBSRecords@aol.com, or apply immediately by sending your CD to: SBS Records, P.O.Box 3092, Decatur, GA 30031, ATTN: SAMPLER.

Your CD must be reviewed first; DO NOT SEND MONEY. We will contact you if your song is chosen. Artists retain all publishing and ownership. CD cannot be returned. I'm not only the president, I'm also an indie artist member. Michelle Malone, SBS Records
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IMAGINESTATION
A Global Meeting Place for the Creative Community
http://www.imaginestation.net
Celebrate the Holidays with Special Offers and Prizes
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Web Design: Gift with purchase!
Gallery: Juried Exhibit
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Sacramento.com
Laura Johnson lljohnson@sacbee.com
http://www.sacramento.com/ Bands from Northern California can submit their gigs in Sacramento and surrounding areas for free to Sacramento.com, the region's best entertainment guide. The site also has a list of Web sites for local bands.

Wholeteam Entertainment / IRONN
Kysii Ingram info@wholeteam.com
http://www.wholeteam.com
The One Stop Network of Services and Information, Dedicated to Empowering the Independent Artist.

Mad Egg Publishing
J Reustle jreustle@hotmail.com
http://mad_egg_publishing.tripod.com
Mad Egg promotes and gives unsigned bands info and links to helpful resources.

Leo Media Inc.
Luis Orozco leotony@optonline.net
http://www.leomediainc.com
We're a two man production group creating all styles of music. A division of Leo Media Inc.

Blue Beard Productions
Matt Baron info@bluebeard.tv
http://www.bluebeard.tv
Blue Beard is a Chicagoland music Promoter. Offering free web pages to independent artists. We give more, that's who we are.

The MusicScene Network
Conal Garrity gonzo@musicscene.org
http://www.musicscenenetwork.com/
MN's largest independent listing for the Music Industry. All Local. ALL MN! Watch for us in other cities soon.

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7. ARTIST-MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS: MORE ABOUT TIME AND MONEY by Richard P. Dieguez, Entertainment Lawyer
? 2001 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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In the last installment, we talked about how industry newbies might choose to negotiate for a relatively short contractual period. Now let's take the other extreme and assume that both you and your manager are established veterans of the music business. Under these facts, it may be more practical to enter into a long-term contract, since you will each presumably have some track record of success. In this situation, the risks involved are not as great as they are when you're both newcomers to the business.

Perhaps you and your manager will fall somewhere between these two extremes. What happens if you can't agree to a fixed amount of time? Well, to satisfy both parties, the attorneys can always try to hammer out a compromise: a short-term contract with the potential of being converted into a long-term contract. For example, the parties could agree to a one-year contract. Part of the agreement, however, would be that the manager must meet certain conditions during this one-year period -- such as getting you a record deal, a publishing deal or even guaranteeing that you earn a minimum amount of income. If the manager fails to meet the conditions, then the contract ends when the year is up. If, however, the manager is successful in meeting the conditions, then he has the right to automatically extend the contract for an additional period of time, say for another year. Under this kind of an arrangement, the best interests of both you and your manager are met.

Guess what the next subject of negotiation will be? That's right. Money. The custom is for the manager to work on a commission. In other words, the manager gets compensated for his efforts by taking a percentage of whatever income you earn as an artist. Obviously, your attorney is going to try to negotiate for as small a percentage as possible. Your position will be that ultimately it's your guitar virtuosity that will make you a success. You'll argue that the manager simply manages, and without your talent, there is nothing to sell to the labels or to the publishers. Therefore, you'll confidently conclude, the manager's commission should be negotiated toward the low side since you are entitled to keep as much of the money your talents have earned as possible.

But, as you should soon be appreciating, there are two sides to every coin. The manager's attorney is going to negotiate for as high a commission as possible. Their position will be that there is a lot of talent out there -- especially in the major music centers like California and New York -- and that the difference between those who make it and those who don't is the quality of their management. Without the manager, your career development may slow down to a crawl. Why? Because instead of honing your talents, you'll be too busy running around doing all the things that a manager is supposed to be doing. Talent is important, but without a manager exposing you to the people who can make a difference, you're just another unknown basement band.

So what's the range of the amount of the commission? That?s our topic of discussion in the next installment!
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An NYU Law graduate, Richard P. Dieguez has over 16 years experience in entertainment law. He has represented hundreds of clients across the U.S. and several nations in music, film, television, publishing and other legal matters such as Amber (Tommy Boy Records), The Jerky Boys (Select Records), Village People (BMG Records), members of the Gangstarr Foundation (PolyGram Records), Lisa Lisa (EMI Records), and many other high-profile personalities and companies. Mr. Dieguez taught 3 semesters of entertainment law at Baruch College and is listed in over two dozen Who's Who and professional directories. Mr. Dieguez is also the founder of The Circle, a monthly music industry seminar held in New York City. More info on Mr. Dieguez and The Circle is available at www.RPDieguez.com.
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BRING TRAFFIC TO YOUR SITE THROUGH THE INDIE LINK EXCHANGE!
The Indie Link Exchange is a list of people that wish to exchange links with other music related sites. With over 500 current listings, it's a great way to get some IMMEDIATE and FREE exposure There are no rules to follow. It's a simple one-to-one exchange of text links or banners. http://www.indielinkexchange.com/ile
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8. THE PROCESS AND POWER OF PERSISTENCE - PART II by Brian Austin Whitney, Founder of the Just Plain Folks Music Organization
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Last month we looked at the first five ingredients that will help you to persist and succeed in the music business. Let's now take a look at the last five keys.

6. Help others along the way.

Small-minded people think they can succeed by the failures of their peers. Good business people understand that a strong peer makes for a larger and more vigorous market for your work as well. Retailers often build near similar rivals so that customers get used to going to a particular shopping area to buy that product. They use the marketing efforts of their competitors to bring people within their grasp. The same holds true with musicians. If there are bands with similar fan bases and similar niches as you, it is always in your best interest to work with them and share the limelight and double the spotlight that your combined efforts will bring on the music you all make. Help your fellow bands get gigs. Not only will they return the favor but the music fan base will begin to expect more live music and will start associating all the cooperative bands with the others, and will begin to support all of you instead of just one of you.

7. Get out of your basement and into your community.

Even if you are a solo writer who doesn't perform, get out into your community and participate. See other bands. Attend area songwriter and music organization meetings. Spend a few hours at the local music store and get to know the people working there (they are usually the most in touch with who is active in your community musically). Get to know the people at the local recording studios and ask if you can watch some recording sessions now and then. Being out in your community not only networks you with others but it will keep you up on the area industry gossip and goings on. It will also keep you hip to trends and styles and what is working for some and not working for others.

8. Seize the day.

Make positive progress every single day. Even if that progress is tiny. If you are performing, ALWAYS give it your best, even if you are performing for 3 people at an open stage at 1 AM. If you are a performer, then treat every performance as if it is THE pivotal one. Treat every audience member as if THEY hold the key to the rest of your career. If you do that, one day they WILL. A performer giving her all when it matters least is a sure thing to give it her all when it matters most. Industry people and those they know come in all shapes and sizes. Never underestimate the impact a great performance by you will have on any audience. Also, never assume that a small opportunity isn't worthy of your best effort. You are creating music because you love it. Show it every single chance you have and the word will be out about you. Your enthusiasm will be contagious and your zest for making the most of any situation will not go unnoticed.

9. Perform every chance you get. Co-Write every chance you get.

If you are a writer or performer, you probably feel the need and desire to do it at every chance. If you don't feel this desire, it might not be the right career path after all. If you do, it's possible that you can never get your fill of it and struggle to find opportunities, especially if you don't have a band, don't know other writers and so on. I suggest performing every single chance you get. That means sitting in with others at open stages, singing back up or playing harmonica, guitar, keys, tambourine or anything else for other bands during their shows (or if they are opening for you or vice versa.) The same goes for writing. If you hear something interesting by a local writer, suggest co-writing. Challenge yourself to write with folks who write differently, or in another genre completely. Stretch your artistic perspective. Writing talent is always evolving over time. Performing with different artists doing different types of music will only expand your repertoire and improve your chops, not to mention expose you to more audience members and gain you a reputation as a musician's musician.

And most importantly:

10. Always remember, the persistent journey IS the thing. Not the destination.

Your life isn't about the destination. After all, that final destination is death. Your life is about what happens in between birth and death. The same is true for your musical life. It is all about your development, your trials and tribulations, your successes and failures and all the things you do along the way. It is about the people you meet, the songs you write, the people you perform for and pure joy of the creative effort. Persistence IS life. Enjoy it. Learn from it. Succeed on your terms. Thrive on the experience. As artists, we're all in this together. This crazy journey that begins with our first creative step forward and keeps going until we stop persisting is what it is all about. As long as you keep going, the life, the dream and the art keeps growing and going right along with the effort.

I will leave you with a final thought about persistence and never giving up on your dream that seems appropriate to this topic.

Sometimes reaching a goal earlier than planned is a great achievement. It shows you have worked hard, pushed ahead and made it happen. However, sometimes reaching a goal far past your original deadline, long after you wanted to complete it, and after the accolades you might once have gotten for the achievement are over, it is an even greater achievement. This shows you persisted and never gave up, due to adversity, deficit, criticism and those little life detours that end many dreams and goals. In many ways, this is a reason for even more pride!
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Brian Austin Whitney is the Founder of the Just Plain Folks Music Organization, which is one of the largest groups of artists, writers and industry professionals in the world. To become a member, or learn more about all the organization has to offer, visit their website at http://www.jpfolks.com.
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Artist: Jen Foster
Title: Ordinary Girl
Genre: Rock-Pop
Label: Jen's Big Music
Website: www.jenfoster.com

Jen Foster is no "Ordinary Girl" on her jumpin' new release. You can hear her smiling and laughing through her music. This woman is in love with her job, there is not doubt about that. Foster offers up various components of her personality on this album. One moment she is the excited little girl and the next the disappointed forlorn lover.

It's all set to rock-pop music with upbeat flavors. It's kind of like walking into an ice cream shop and picking out a flavor, except it's a mood or attitude that you get when take a taste. This is all reflected in the music, what Foster ends up with is a good consistency and an unyielding recording.

She's a real looker too guys?and that never hurts, now does it?

1. Ordinary Girl
2. I Like You
3. She
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8. Medicine
9. When I Grow Up
10. Sleeping

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Artist: Raine Austen
Title: The Christmas Spirit of Raine Austen
Genre: Pop-Seasonal
Label: Independent
Contact: raineausten@yahoo.com

If "The Christmas Spirit of Raine Austin" doesn't move you in some way I would be very surprised. With songs of love, hope, and the story of Christmas bursting from her heart, she sings as if she was sent from heaven to deliver the messages found in these classic seasonal tunes.

Austin has plenty of range and strength in her voice. It seems that this kind of music is a perfect fit for her. Her style borders on opera as it resonates in the church service that's going on in your minds eye as you listen.

Meet Raine Austin, a gift from God with beautiful music from the heavens to bring to us all.

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3. O Little Town of Bethlehem/The Birthday of a King Medley
4. We Three Kings of Orient Are/Angels We Have Heard On High
5. Hark The Harold Angels Sing Medley
6. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
7. O Come, O Come Emmanuel

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Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck muzikman@bcn.net is an independent music reviewer. Keith writes reviews for "Women Of Music-Music Of Women" as well as several other sites on the Internet.

Reviews, interviews, and articles can be viewed at these sites:
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