'One Minute With Dec' 28 Dec 2009

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"My Emails Are Written With Good Humour And Should Be Read With A Smile"

[-The views of any contributor to 'One Minute with Dec' are not necessarily the views of Dec Cluskey-]

"For the Holiday Season, here is a very nice bit of news...
Alcohol does not make you FAT!
- it makes you LEAN...
--- against tables, chairs, floors, walls and ugly people."


At last they get together [Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder]

If you ever wondered where Stevie Wonder got and developed his amazing mouthorgan style … unheard of in the Pop industry … then wonder no longer.

I started my Show Biz career as a harmonica player … aged 12 years. The school I went to in Dublin Ireland organised a Harmonica band with the help of Hohners the German harmonica manufacturers. We played concerts and even appeared in concert with the Radio Eireann Light Orchestra on the national radio station.

I took my playing seriously and got my brother, Con, interested … we developed a classically orientated harmonica trio and at our height played a 26 week radio series at prime time on the radio. All at age 15?

Toots Thielemans, probably the greatest jazz harmonica player in the world, was is a friend of mine … we last met in Marbella after his concert when I told him that I had advised Stevie Wonder [or Little Stevie Wonder as he was then] to get all the Toots Thielemans albums he could and study them …. happened during a TV ‘Ready Steady Go’ recording in the UK.

That is where Stevie got his style and even Toots didn’t know that or recognise his influence. He asked: “do I get any royalties?” Strangely, that must have hit home and he played tributes to Stevie …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uzln9jXrX_g now that is mouthorgan playing.

"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas ... but if the white runs out I'll drink red"

Thermonetix announces new Guitar customization option for Stratocaster owners [stunning idea]

Thermonetix has announced the release of a brand new patent pending product, the Guitar Body Hugger. The Guitar Body Hugger is a new option in guitar customization that makes changing the colour or design of a guitar not only simple, but also affordable.
A very clever idea and so reasonably priced …. A ‘new’ look for your guitar for $19.95?

Read on:

“Being utterly honourable and kind as well as ruthless when called for,
seems so opposed, yet doesn't it seem most truths are like that, a wonderful balance of strict opposites? Serious Writers Guild Member - Sean Clarke

United Breaks Guitars [what a way to get a Hit?]

A musician named Dave Carroll recently had difficulty with United Airlines. United apparently damaged his treasured Taylor guitar ($3500) during a flight.

Dave spent over 9 months trying to get United to pay for damages caused by baggage handlers to his custom Taylor guitar. During his final exchange with the United Customer Relations Manager, he stated that he was left with no choice other than to create a music video for YouTube exposing their lack of cooperation. The Manager responded: "Good luck with that one, pal".

So he posted a retaliatory video on YouTube. The video has since received over 5.5 million hits. United Airlines contacted the musician and attempted settlement in exchange for pulling the video. Naturally his response was: "Good luck with that one, pal".

Taylor Guitars sent the musician 2 new custom guitars in appreciation for the product recognition from the video that has lead to a sharp increase in orders.

Here's the video...

"Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation...
even so does inaction sap the vigour of the mind." Jim Rohn


“When I enrolled for the S.W.G course Uncle Dec, it was to last for 10 months...but sincerely, for those who are really serious about their music and will want to take charge of their future, you should make it a 4 years course if possible.

In one sentence, 'The Serious Writers Guild is BIG'. It's years of experience squeezed in, compressed into 20 books which in my opinion is still not enough to convey the amount of experience written in them.

Thank you for being a teacher, friend and mentor Uncle Dec...I appreciate you.

KK [Nigeria]”



“If you will change, your life will change for you” Jim Rohn

Subscriber's Section [ Can I guarantee success in music? ]

“Dear Dec

Thanks for all your emails. The reason we have not joined is because my partner has lost faith in his musical ability and plays Playstation more than creating music.

If you can honestly say by joining we can sell some of his songs then I may consider. But I would like you to listen to some of his songs on the following website as we do not have money to waste, that way you can tell us honestly if this is something he can make money from.


In my opinion Hush, Valentine, Mother and Butterfly Lullaby are sellable songs. Butterfly Lullaby goes with my fairy story.

Thanks S*****”




My Reply:

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Hi S*****

<<<<<<If you can honestly say by joining we can sell some of his songs then I may consider.>>>>>

Nope! Can't promise that ... No more than going to Medical School can guarantee that the student will become a world renowned brain surgeon.

You must have heard the phrase: "you can bring a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink"

Likewise, I can show exactly and precisely how to become a monstrous success in music....step by step over ten months of hard graft, study and extreme effort .... But I cannot do it for the student involved...the student has to do it himself/herself.

Just the same as you cannot do it for your partner. I would suggest you throw his Playstation off the nearest cliff. That might be a start. [grin!] …. Nope, forget that ‘grin’ … I am deadly serious!

<<<<<<<< But I would like you to listen to some of his songs on the following website as we do not have money to waste>>>>>

There is absolutely no point!

Think about it:

If your husband has not had massive success, so far, doing it his own way, then he must be doing something, if not a lot of things wrong.....you must agree with that?

So therefore, his music will be exactly the same as all the others who have not understood that the art of writing and making Hit, sellable, money making music has got to be learned and learned hard!

Incidentally, no one in the music industry will follow a link to listen to music... For a number of reasons

    1) Far too dangerous .... One click and lose a whole hard drive? [could happen... And has!]

    2) The links are slow, 'iffy', don't work, take an age to download ,,,

    3) The result is un-transportable ... In other words, if I got excited and wanted to play it to a pal wanting a Hit song, I would have to download, copy, edit, set up a copy facility and make a CD.... How long does that take? [that is a huge reason why the music industry will not deal with downloads....they can't bring the music even to the office next door]

    4) The music is, 99% of the time, 25 years too late, self indulgent, amateur 'fun' stuff, with no relevance to the top 3 in the chart today.

As I have often said: "it is impossible to stumble on the art of making and writing Hit music while walking on the beach .....IMPOSSIBLE."

As regards wasting money:

How much does a medical student pay for his career? A doctor? A solicitor? An accountant? A world class painter? Formula 1 driver?

How much did I spend on my music career? And now I reap the results.

$277 for a $Mill a year career doesn't seem a bad deal to me....does it to you?


The successful guys in our industry are the ones who know that this is exactly like becoming a brain surgeon...with the same dedication and killer attitude... No one has ever had success having fun on a bedroom music computer ... No one!

Despite what the music magazines claim.


Dec [Cluskey] dec@makehits.com

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“Profits are better than wages” Jim Rohn

The gags: ..... [ A serious, tear jerker at Christmas time ]

A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet.

She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even The total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes.

Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall's Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.

She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy at this moment. Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!

'And what do you want?' the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. I'm talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven't seen in ages,' he said without waiting for a reply to his question.

'Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,' Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. 'He's really, really sick...and I want to buy a miracle.'

'I beg your pardon?' said the pharmacist.

'His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?'

'We don't sell miracles here, little girl. I'm sorry but I can't help you,' the pharmacist said, softening a little.

'Listen, I have the money to pay for it... If it isn't enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs.'

The pharmacist's brother was a well dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, 'What kind of a miracle does your brother need?'

' I don't know,' Tess replied with her eyes welling up. ‘I just know he's really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can't pay for it, so I want to use my money.'

'How much do you have?' asked the man from Chicago

'One dollar and eleven cents,' Tess answered barely audibly.

'And it's all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to.'

'Well, what a coincidence,' smiled the man.. 'A dollar and eleven cents---the exact price of a miracle for little brothers. '

He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said 'Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let's see if I have the miracle you need.'

That well dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed free of charge and it wasn't long until Andrew was home again and doing well.

Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place.

'That surgery,' her Mom whispered, 'was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?'

Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost..one dollar and eleven cents....plus the faith of a little child.."


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  • Enjoy video for a song I co-wrote with extraordinary Dutch singer Jenny Lane.
    I have 2 co-written songs on her great new album Monsters.
    Thanks for all the continued support & advice... Mick Lee.

  • In 2010 film, just budgeted in LA, for full theatrical in the US for $8.7mill with Paul Kay attached.
    Two Liverpool 08 commissions. First with 200 choir Second a major CD Brass Band album with Fairey Brass Band ... Phil Lawrence [UK]

  • I had my first Top Ten Hit in Germany as a songwriter, great things are happening ... I'm on tour all over Europe with the band that I'm producing. We're the official support act for 50 Cent. 15 shows in the greatest countries of Europe. Marcell Brell [Germany]

  • We played The Cavern Club in Liverpool
    Patchwork Grace were the best thing they'd ever seen!!
    Ian - Thanks again Dec! [UK]

  • I was asked to play at the Pepsi Music festival in Buenos Aires. The most important festival held on the whole South American continent. it lasts 10 days every major local star, as well as many international acts like Megadeath, The Wailers, Die Toten Hose, etc. Thanks again Dec ... Emiliano Canal [Argentina]

  • Recently I have finished a score for an independent movie called “Treehouse”. I am now composing tracks for various music libraries for licencing and am also discussing publishing the MUNKIE catalogue with various publishers. Jason Clarke. [N. Ireland]

  • This is Yosi & Ofir Nafkar from Israel member of The Serious Writer Guild Membership No NET0778030W. We wrote music for an Australian Movie By Kerry Bowden. She is a great woman who helps children in need. The movie and the music had a great success. Together we gathered 1million$. [Israel]

  • Hi Dec, some good news regarding my girlfriend Erin's songs, 3 are being used on a new American TV show. Anyway thanks again for your invaluable support, knowing your there makes this leap into the publishing world feel a lot safer ... Roger O'Donnell [The Cure]

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