MasterWriter was given to me by a friend who said, “Here. Chris Isaacs swears by this program.” So does Gwen Stefani, Kenny Loggins and many others.
I’ll say this: MasterWriter is the most impressive, comprehensive, easy-to-use songwriting software out there. It practically writes your songs for you. (Not really. But it seemed like the next thing I should say.)
If you don’t believe me, then view the demo online.
I love MasterWriter because it was obviously designed by songwriters FOR songwriters. The rhyming dictionary is the only rhyming dictionary that is SO totally lyric focused. It doesn’t just give you a single-word rhyme. It gives you close rhymes, phrases, alliterations, pop-culture words, synonyms, the definition and much more. This alone can rev up your brain and catapult you in new song directions.
I can’t recommend Masterwriter enough. It’s Windows and Mac compatible. You can get a free 30-Day trial on the MasterWriter site.
Drawback: If you’re a grab-the-notebook-and-start-writing songwriter, MasterWriter will require some time to build a new habit of grabbing your laptop.
GET MY DISCOUNT: If you buy Masterwriter, use my own personal Christine Kane code and you’ll get a $70 discount. CODE: 4037
I’ll admit it. I’m passionate about great kitchen stuff. I love the Khun Rikon Pressure Cooker. In the winter, we make black-eyed peas, black beans, and all kinds of other bean-y things – all from dried organic beans. (You can make lots of other stuff too!) My husband and I did extensive research before we got our pressure cooker – and this is, by far, the best one out there. You can get it at amazon.com for a great price and free shipping! (And you oughtta email me to get my black-eyed pea recipe – it’s better than eggs for breakfast!)
Drawback: You have to do it a few times to get the hang of it before you’ll trust yourself not to blast a hole in your kitchen ceiling.
The Holosync Solution is a CD series (I’ve put them on my iPod) that you use with headphones. Each one lasts about a half hour. As you listen, the sound is said to “stimulate the creation of new neural pathways between the right and left hemispheres of your brain.”
Maybe so. But I like it because I feel centered after I listen. I toured with a personal assistant when I performed with the ballet company. She always told me to “go listen to the ringy rainy thing” when I got nervous before the performance. (She said she could see a huge difference in me when I did that.)
I listen when I’m on a plane, or if I can’t fall asleep at night, or in meditation. My favorite track is just the sound of rain with Tibetan bowls in the background. (Or “ringy rainy.”)
Drawback: Bill Harris (the creator of Holosync) tends to over-sell and over-pitch his product with long web pages of testimonials, and many emails. I don’t know why he does it. But I’m just going to warn you that he does. It’s still a great product.
4. For the commuter in your life:
An Audible.com Subscription
I’ve written about audible.com so much that my blog readers sometimes send me gift certificates as donations. Happy dance for me! Audiobooks are my thing. I listen to them while I’m cleaning my house, or while I’m preparing dinner (with my pressure cooker), or when I’m driving.
With audible.com, you can get 12 or 24 credits – and go download a book whenever you feel like it. Instantly! You also get better prices on non-credit books when you’re a member. So you can save your credits for the expensive books and buy the cheaper books with your credit card! Audible also has outrageous sales. Click on the audible.com image to go get a great deal on a subscription.
Drawback: You can only copy each audiobook twice. If you have more than one iPod or more than one friend you want to share your book with – then you have to remember that.
5 – For everybody in your life:
A Christine Kane CD
(Aw, c’mon! You didn’t think I’d leave myself out of this did you?!)
You know how you give someone a CD of music they’ve never heard? And how you have the usual “I think you’ll like this” conversation?
NOW – you can give them a CD and say, “Actually, I had never heard of her before. Then, I read her blog! And then I downloaded some songs. I think you’ll like her!”
And then they’ll say, “I’ve heard about blogs. Aren’t they just really lame people writing about their cats?”
And you’ll say, “No! It’s much more than that! Blogs are this really cool thing. Here’s a link to Christine’s blog!”
And the conversation will turn into a deep and meaningful discussion about how the whole world is changing so fast – and maybe you could find ways to use all this new media to benefit you, etc. Pretty soon you’ll be brainstorming cool internet business ideas with my tunes playing in the background. (Unless of course you have the Bon Jovi Christmas CD in the background. After all, it IS Christmas.)
Really, it’ll be the hippest holiday conversation you’ll have!! All because you gave my CD’s as gifts!
Drawbacks: What with Free Shipping on my shopping cart, and no DRM restrictions once you get the CD – I can’t think of a single drawback!
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