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Lyrics/music and arranging.
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Beatles/Posies/Lets Active/Klaatu/Badfinger/Cheap Trick/Blow Pops/Shoes

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Icon   R-N-R Jim I don't have all the answers. But I do have plenty of questions.

About Me

Thoughts on songwriting:

I write about 2 to 8 songs a year. I have other songs that are in different stages of completion. The key is to let a song finish itself. Why finish a song in haste? There's no time table to creating or finishing a song... Unless your a pro-songwriter and your publisher says so. lol

From my youth onward, music was the art form I gravitated towards. Beatles, top 40 radio of the 60s and 70s were my influences. After high school I took the plunge and bought a guitar as well as some keyboards and joined a garage band that did originals. In the mid 80s I bought some equipment and started recording demos.

Early 90s I had a couple nibbles. James Haber of Wonderwax music (1994 Songwriters Market page 133, song "Vain") published one of my songs and took my tape to L.A.
He did get positive feedback... but the industry wasnt interested in development deals for songwriter/self contained artists with no band to back them up for tours.

In 2000 I upgraded to a 16 track and was able to do better quality recordings and with it a new batch of songs would emerge along with more demo pitches.
Another indie label would take interest in me headed by Randy Layton of Alternative records. For the past decade or so we have kept in touch. Ive sent him songs from time to time, but only recently has he contacted me about exploring the idea of recording a cd. Things are still in the talking stages at this point and there hasn't been a flurry of activity to nail down a recording schedule etc.
What I find intriguing about this guy is his loose connections with music idols of mine i.e. Mitch Easter who headed the pop indie band Let's Active as well as being the producer of many R.E.M. recording sessions. He also forwarded my cd to Ken Stringfellow of the Geffen recording artists "The Posies". Ken liked my song "Girl With A Frown".

For the most part my window of being a viable artist has probably closed, but I still enjoy writing and recording songs in my usual Beatles mutation mode.

Occasionally I go out of my comfort zone and write other styles. One such song was a collab with a female Muser and talent named singnpeach who also sang on the song called "Baby" uploaded at This collab placed in the honorable mention section of a national songwriting contest. Not bad for a collab.

Anyways...I come here to the muse from time to time to be entertained as well as look for other talented like minded writers. I have collabed a few times with Musers, one being the song "All That I Dont Got" on my soundclick site with lyric writer Missy. Cheers
"Its all about taking the easy way out for you, I suppose" -elliot smith

Links to my recorded songs....

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Member Title:
A Muse's Muse
54 years old
March 18, 1962
Fox Valley,Wisconsin
Songwriting, arranging and recording and on occasion performing.

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    31 Mar 2016 - 03:12
    Cheers for your reply in Lyrics Feedback RNR Jim, did you have a post you'd like me to have a read? Have a good day.
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    Friedemann Icon

    08 Feb 2016 - 13:15
    Thanks for the kind words Jim - glad to be here and let me know if I can help :)
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    Madison Icon

    17 Apr 2012 - 11:06
    Thank you Jim :)
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    21 Jan 2011 - 04:58
    Heya Jim :)
    Back? sorta I guess lol, been writing a bit here and there, no big projects at the moment unless my vocalist comes up with something :) how about you? writing anything? projects?
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