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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: MONEY by Richard P. Dieguez, Entertainment Lawyer
8. Here Comes Trouble...How Can You Tell? (Presenting accurate visual images with CD covers) by Kenny Love, MoJamz Records
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WMMW CD Review of The Month by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck











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2. INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the January 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 focuses in on negotiating the commissions.

Also this month, well known Independent music icon, Kenny Love, presents us with an insightful article that emphasizes the importance of your CD's cover.

As always, the MuzikMan is back with another review. This month he reviews Sally Oldfield's new CD "Flaming Star".

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

David Wimble
Editor
indiecontactnewsletter@rogers.com

Below are the contacts that were submitted to me in December.
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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Country Interviews Online
Laura CountryInterviews@yahoo.com
http://www.CountryInterviewsOnline.net
Country music interviews, news, & reviews.

Witch Baby's Shangri La
Michelle Baker witchbaby@atroxi.com
http://www.atroxi.com/witchbaby
Webzine covering unique dark music, art and fashion looking to review music in the industrial, electronic, alternative, gothic, and rock genres. Will review individual mp3s or whole cds.

Maximum Ink
Rokker maxink@aol.com
http://www.maximuminkmusicmagazine.com
Maximum Ink is a Wisconsin based music magazine featuring interviews/stories and cd reviews of national/local artists, plus, the most comprehensive, live music calendar for WI and monthly columns. Send in your music for review!

Indieville
Matt Shimmer mattshimmer@hotmail.com
http://www.indieville.com
a webzine dedicated to independent music of all sorts, from indie to experimental and everything thing in between.

The Sentimentalist Magazine
Asthetik@aol.com
http://www.asthetik.com/sentimentalist
An alternative music and arts magazine published three times a year. The magazine is available throughout the US and Canada. For more information please visit our website.

dorisMartini, the Audio Magazine
Barbara barbara@dorismartini.com
http://dorisMartini.com
Monthly magazine of independent music, comedy, interviews -- on a CD! Tracks from 3 or 4 new bands per issue, along with off-the-wall comedy and interviews.

The Buchtelite (University of Akron student newspaper)
A&E Editor (changes frequently) buchtel@uakron.edu
http://www.uakron.edu/buchtelite
The Buchtelite circulates 15k copies 2 times a week. We traditonally cover a lot of indie/underground music. Located in Akron, Ohio.

Underground Zine Scene
John Ridge jtkl@core.com
http://www.geocities.com/zinescene.geo
I'm currently seeking unsigned metal bands for honest constructive reviews and possible interviews.

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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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RAINMAKER MUSIC PUBLICITY devoted to working with unsigned bands and indie labels across the U.S.A....So..Ride The Revolution... go to: www.rainmakerpublicity.com
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GALARIS - SERVING THE MUSICIAN'S NEEDS
Galaris gives musicians FREE promotional tools such as classifieds, chat rooms, gig calendar, music boards, valuable tips and information, polls, and a place to buy or sell Independent music. For more information visit our website http://www.galaris.com/indiemusic

We would also like to offer you a free subscription to our musician's newsletter. To receive a sample of our newsletter, send a blank email to newsletter@galaris.com To view the newsletter online please visit http://www.galaris.com/newsletter4.html

If you would like to start receiving the newsletter please send an email to addme@galaris.com and type "add me" in the subject line.
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3. RADIO SHOWS THAT WILL PLAY YOUR MUSIC

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ROCK AND A HARD PLACE
Torch rockhardtorch@hotmail.com
http://www.rockhardplace.com
Airplay, Contacts, Reviews,Interviews, Indie resources, Band listings, pics and much more.

Soul Talk Radio
Chuck Freeman chuck@soultalkradio.com
http://www.soultalkradio.com
I produce a weekly interview program about people doing creative, funky, life affirming things. Looking for indie groups to interview, and music to play during segues.

No Pigeonholes
Don Campau campaudj@jps.net
http://www.kkup.com/donc.html
http://www.RadioMarabu.de
Bbroadcasting to the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas (KKUP 91.5 FM in Cupertino CA) , the internet and also throughout Europe on Radio Marabu. I accept all styles of music for airplay on my variety show of underground unknowns. Send me your music! Any style, the weirder the better!

Brazilian Radio Show
Fabio Coltro wcoltro@sercomtel.com.br
I have a radio program, here in Brazil, that's dedicate to Indie, World, Jazz, Electronic, Funk, Blues & Rock !!!!! So I need your help. This program is volunteer, we have no money to buy cd's and other stuffs, so if you could send me your music for airplay I would be very grateful!
Rua Belo Horizonte, 77
Londrina, Paran?, 86.020-060
Brazil

Marquette Radio
Donnie Wad donniewad@wisconsinjukebox.com
http://marquetteradio.mu.edu
Internet radio station run by students at Marquette University. Reports to College Music Journal Monthly (CMJ).

Wisconsin Jukebox Radio Show
Donnie Wad donniewad@wisconsinjukebox.com
http://www.wisconsinjukebox.com
Local music site and radio show for Wisconsin bands.

Live X Radio / The Alternative Station
Charles Leet promos@livexradio.com
http://www.livexradio.com
Live X Radio plays the known and unknown of Alternative music.

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IT'S NO SECRET THAT THE INTERNET IS A GREAT WAY TO GET YOUR MUSIC OUT TO THE WORLD.

There's only one problem. The Internet is so big it would literally take your thousands of hours to find all of the places and people that are interested in your music and are willing to help you and your band out. A solution is finally here. It's called the Indie Bible.

This resource has been created with your immediate need in mind, which is to get your music heard, and moving towards greater exposure as soon as possible. The contacts listed are music reviewers, radio programmers and vendors that will listen to your music, and if they like it, will present it to their readers and listeners.

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!

Visit the website for details: https://www.indiebible.com
email: indiebible@rogers.com or phone: 613-596-4996
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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.
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FEBRUARY 23, 2002: START & RUN YOUR OWN RECORD LABEL
A full day seminar presented by Daylle Deanna Schwartz, author of Start & Run Your Own Record Label (Billboard) at the New Yorker
Hotel in NYC. Revenge Productions (212) 688-3504
http://www.outersound.com/revenge
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Stemway Productions
Ken Stemmer stemway@aol.com
http://www.stemway.com
Promoting live music talent and clubs in New York.

Statue Records
Geoff Emery ge@statuerecords.com
http://www.StatueRecords.com
Large Indie Label in Western US. Representing over 100 recording artist.

Prostar U.K. Talent Scouts
David Priest Prostaruk@hotmail.com
http://www.prostaruk.co.uk
International talent scouts,searching for bands musicians and artiste, singers, songwriters to promote, place your advert with pic, biography and music using streaming media technology.

LIXO Sonido y Discos
Alberto Arias aarias@intic.net
http://www.lixosd.com Independent
Label/distro for Metal bands in Colombia, South America

Digital Underdog Productions
David Thompson info@digitalunderdogproductions.com
http://www.digitalunderdogproductions.com
A production zoo that feeds artists to record labels.

KSB Management
Brian Kurtz brian@ksbmanagement.com
http://www.ksbmanagement.com
Indie artist management for pop, rock, alt, emo, punk.

United Global Artists
Leigh Silberg uga.music@verizon.net
http://www.u-g-a.com
International indie music resource & promotion web site/artist collective, devoted to indie music fans & artists worldwide.

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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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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 http://www.nomamusic.com for more information or you can phone (877) 980-7700 or (818) 566-8817. Thank you. ------------------------------------------------------------------------

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The Song Site
simon@thesongsite.com
http://www.thesongsite.com
Whether you are an artist, a music manager, a record label or a music publisher, there's bound to be something here of interest to you. So sit back, relax and have a listen to some of the songs in our catalogue...

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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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ROCK HARD HORROR
Torch rockhardtorch@hotmail.com
http://www.rockhardhorror.com
I've hooked up with a handful of Movie Directors that are interested in using Bands for their movie soundtracks. I've just begun to tap into this field and expect to have more in the near future.

Totally Bored Monster
Bobby monsterbobby@totallybored.demon.co.uk
http://www.totallybored.org.uk
Co-operative non-profit space for bands, djs, poets, visual artists etc. diverse + inclusive. Put on gigs in Brighton + London.

48 media
J.Morrison Info@48media.com
http://www.48media.com
48 Media produces mid to high end music videos for Television broadcast and Webcast.

musicgalley.com
Mary Ann Wilson info@musicgalley.com
http://www.musicgalley.com Musicgalley offers independent musicians a minimum of 15 mb of streaming media space and the opportunity to sell their CDs.

Ground Zero Music Network
Matt Mesnard elwood@extremezone.com
http://www.GroundZeroMusic.net All styles accepted from anywhere in the world. ALWAYS free, and award-winning. Also free club/chat/message boards/classifieds.

NJY Underground
Ali NJYUnderground@aol.com
http://www.kraproom.com/phs/njyu
NJY Underground is a site that promotes underground bands in the NJ and NY area. Currently NJY Underground has a compilation CD that includes some of the bands on the site and puts on shows.

The Guild of International Songwriters and Composers
Carole Jones (General Secretary) songmag@aol.com
http://www.songwriters-guild.co.uk
International songwriters organization representing songwriters, composers, lyicists, artistes, musicians, performers,, publishers. Music industry consultants. Publisher of Songwriters and Composing Magazine.

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New York City, NY - August 17, 2002
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The Indie Sessions is a one-day networking extravaganza created to bring together all sectors of the music industry. From the packed aisle of the vendor area, to the exclusive conference sessions covering all the latest issues, to the after hours networking party, The Indie Sessions is sure to generate success for every attendee.

Your ticket includes:
- An all-access badge to the keynote speeches, presentations, industry panels, debates and access to the vendor area
- A 2002 Indie Sessions T-shirt
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- A 2002 Indie Sessions event directory, which will include a list of the day's events, sponsor information and various discounts from music retailers
- First 50 ticket holders per event will receive a free A&R listening session. During this session, an A&R executive from a record label will discuss and critique your music
- Next 200 ticket holders per event will receive a written critique from a music industry professional
- Free snacks and beverages throughout the day's events
- All access to after-hours networking party, which will include networking opportunities with executives, sponsors and attendees
- Discount pass for dinner
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7. ARTIST-MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS: MONEY by Richard P. Dieguez, Entertainment Lawyer
? 2002 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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In our last couple of installments we talked about the different ways that the length of time for the management agreement might get negotiated. So 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 musical 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 New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and London -- and that the difference between those who make it and those who don't is the quality of their management.

They will also point out that without the manager, your career will slow down to a crawl. Why? Because instead of honing your performance, songwriting and recording skills, 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 artist.

So what's the range of the amount of the commission? It can generally be anywhere from 10% to 25% of your gross income. But as I have stressed before, the amount that is settled on may very well depend on the circumstances. Again, the art of compromise may bring new life to a negotiation that is at a deadlock on the issue of the commission amount. In the next installment, I will explain some ways this can be achieved.

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Richard P. Dieguez has over 16 years of experience as an entertainment lawyer and 5 years of experience managing major label talent. He is also the founder of the The Circle, a monthly music industry educational and networking forum. You may contact Mr. Dieguez at (516) 621-6424, RPDieguez.com@RPDieguez.com or www.RPDieguez.com.
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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. HERE COMES TROUBLE...HOW CAN YOU TELL? (Presenting accurate visual images with CD covers) by Kenny Love, MoJamz Records
? 2002 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

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In this article I am going to address the issue of "image," and why it is one of the most important elements of marketing, if not *THE* most important element.

And, as such, ask yourself this question..."Why should any prospective buyer of any product need to be informed, or worse, need to *inquire* as to what type of product it is that they are considering purchasing?

Then, closer to home, so to speak, as a musician, music performer and/or recording artist, ask yourself why a potential music fan or buyer of *YOUR* music should be required to ask what type of music *YOUR* CD is?

To answer the above question, "Who can judge a book by its cover," (though I am also a Fiction writer and have a novel to my credit) I am not sure that readers actually judge books by covers. I believe that readers, alternatively, tend to judge a book by the pages of content within a book.

Judgment of a book's cover is fairly much held in reserve specifically by people *inside* the book industry, i.e., book review editors, book distributors, book wholesalers, book store retailers, librarians, etc.

I *do* know, however, that music buyers who have not yet had their psyche pre-empted by songs on radio, and are casually shopping for new music, for the most part, judge CD covers initially by the visual presentation that the artist makes on the cover, in relation to the type of music likely to be on the CD inside.

Actually books, music, and most other products are, indeed, "judged by their covers" most of the time. And, speaking of "judgment," this goes double for "people-judging."

Veering off track for a moment here, if you don't believe so, on how many occasions have you looked at an individual only briefly, and knowing nothing about them, instantly formed an opinion about that person based on his or her appearance, particularly, the length of their hair, the clothes they wore, how they spoke, the type of vehicle they drove, the neighborhood they lived in, and so on, and so on...?

If everyone will be honest with himself or herself, we will all admit that we have all done this on, at least, one occasion (I readily recall during the 1960's and 1970's when most young people who, either sported mile-high Afros, or hip-length hairdos, were surely destined for Hell, according to some of the older adults).

But, concurrently, how shocked were you during some occasions after having prejudged someone, to discover or realize that the appearance of that individual had absolutely nothing to do with your presuppositions? Remember that weird sensation you got upon discovering how wrongful and ill-gotten your perception was?

Notwithstanding, we can attribute all of these judgment calls to our perception being based on physical and/or visual "imagery," with our expectations being based on past experience.

And, so it is with music...

In music stores, while casually shopping, the general process is that potential customers first [see] a CD that catches their eyes before they [hear] a CD that catches their ears. If it, visually, appears to be something they might be interested in, they then approach the counter person and request to hear what the music sounds like.

Now, how do you think that individual feels when, upon hearing this music, realizes their perceptions are wrong? You're right ....they probably feel misled. And, where did this misleading originate? Well, it originated at the point where you, erroneously, paid very little, if any, attention to your product's [visual] appeal.

I recall an example of gross mis-marketing occurring several years ago when an independent producer, who decided to self- release his first artist (a 3-man RnB vocal group), mis- marketed the group by having the group dress for the CD cover shoot in attire that visually misrepresented the group as a Rap act.

This could not have been farther from the truth, for the act had great singers. However, one member was even dressed in a tank top, and all members wore combat boots, with yet another member having his boots untied! In fact, if this CD cover could speak, the first words from its mouth might be..."Drop down and give me 50, soldier! Do it now, before you're older!"

Since people, who are connoisseurs of music, generally, tend to assume that the type of music an artist performs is represented by the way the artist appears on the cover of the CD, based on this particular group's CD cover, most prospective buyers viewed this group as a Rap act, based on historical imagery. This was without ever hearing the music. Needless to say, the project failed miserably.

My advice to all prospective recording artists with upcoming releases is, once you have completed the mastering phase of your recording process, take a week or so to strongly consider the title of your CD before rushing to do anything else. Use this time to come up with a really good concept...a combination of your title and matching background imagery.

Then, attempt to present that final result visually so that a connection can immediately be made with your music by virtually anyone, whether that person is a music buyer, music editor, radio music director or programmer, distributor or club booker.

When I was working as an independent record promoter and press publicist, I would receive CDs for representation in one form or the other, with many of the covers depicting an artist who usually simply posed for a photographer with a guitar in hand.

At one point, there were so many guitar covers, that I wondered if this was either some new fad, or the silent boycott of all other instruments. On one cover, an artist was even kissing the neck of his guitar! (don't ask...I didn't).

Must I say it? Certainly, I must...(((((BORING)))))

So, unless you want to be perceived as visually boring and unappealing, purposely, before manufacturing your cover, again, reexamine the complete concept of your recording, starting with your title. Then, attempt to present your title "visually."

For example...

1: If your CD title is, "Rainbows and Waterfalls," then, by gosh, stick a picture of a rainbow suspended over a waterfall on as the cover.

2: If your CD title is "Deliverance," how about a mail truck and a mailbox in the photograph? Corny? Yeah, I thought so too, well ....let's try this one instead...

3. How about a postman leaving the scene in the background of the shot, while the artist in the foreground is, obviously, emotionally distraught after having read a letter that he is blankly staring at? Still corny, but a little better and more acceptable?

Yeah, I even felt a teardrop form in my left eye after coming up with this one. With a good night's rest, I can probably come up with some award winners.

But, you get the picture (no pun intended), right? Then, after you have successfully arrived at a great matching visual result, duplicate this effort with each subsequent release.

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Kenny Love...a not-so-tall Tequila-drinking Texan who has, obviously, spent far too much time brain-baking in the Texas sun without a hat, is also an internationally syndicated Writer/Author, as well as the Director of Marketing for Houston -based MoJamz Records www.mojamzrecords.com kenlove@txucom.net
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9. WMMW CD REVIEW OF THE MONTH by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck ? 2002 Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

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Artist: Sally Oldfield
Title: Flaming Star
Genre: World-Spiritual
Label: New World Music- www.newworldmusic.com
Website: http://www.sallyoldfield.com

Sally Oldfield has a rich heritage of music going back to her childhood when her mother Maureen played the piano and her father Raymond was a great lover of music. Brothers Michael and Terry have carved their own impressive paths in music as well. Who can forget the incredible progressive classic "Tubular Bells" Michael produced to change the way we heard music forever?

Sally had a profound spiritual experience that changed the direction of her life forever and she began writing songs and singing without any previous experience. Her career began in 1968 and since then she has been credited with several solo releases. "Flaming Star" is her latest project in the dominion of world and spiritual music.

From the outset of the opening title track 'Flaming Star', Sally's angelic vocals are backed by pounding and rhythmic percussion with lush keyboards and strings. Filled with flourishing and gorgeous production in each song, this music will relax you and provide your own private cloud on the way to heavens gate. And I know that is exactly what her intent is, she wants to share what she has found and enjoyed through the vibrations and sounds of musical instruments. Her lovely voice leads the way. 'Shaman', 'Samurai Of The Sun' and 'Mirrors' are songs in which she says the same things repeatedly. I did not find it irritating or boring as I would have in any other genres, such as rap. Her constant chanting profoundly delivers her messages upon the wings of love and inspiration with a trance like backbeat. There is gentleness and clarity in her delivery that allows you to totally absorb every aspect of the images that are being bejeweled in the music.

This is not the kind of music you can throw on at a moments notice and expect to enjoy and understand. You must have a clear consciousness with an open pathway to the chakras to have this work for you. It worked for me because I was ready for it. Are you ready for a cleansing of the soul and a spiritually uplifting experience? Go ahead and make this your New Year's resolution and get this CD. It may open some doors and change your life just like it happened for Sally Oldfield many years ago.

1. Flaming Star
2. Invocation
3. Samurai Of The Sun
4. Bird Of Paradise
5. Shaman
6. Ascension
7. One To The Power Of One
8. Mirrors

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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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Send Submissions and snail mail to:
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PO Box 476
Adams, MA 01220
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