American Songwriter is a bimonthly magazine, established in 1984 covering every aspect of the craft and art of songwriting. It features interviews, songwriting tips, news and lyric contest; the magazine is based in Tennessee. The American Songwriter staff concentrates on fulfilling the original objective of the magazine as set forth in the first issue in August 1984: producing an insightful, intellectually intriguing magazine about the art and stories of songwriting. American Songwriter covers all musical genres. Over the years, issues have featured Garth Brooks, Bob Dylan, Clint Black, John Denver, Smokey Robinson, Bon Jovi, Willie Nelson, Billy Joel, Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp, Richard Marx, Drive-By Truckers, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Eric Clapton, R. E. M. Weezer, Death Cab for Cutie, Ryan Adams, Jimmy Buffett, Merle Haggard, Rob Thomas, Toby Keith, Eddie Rabbitt, Roger Miller, Public Enemy, Sheryl Crow, James Taylor, Ray LaMontagne, Tom Petty, Neil Diamond, Zac Brown Band, Kings of Leon, Neil Young, My Morning Jacket, Taylor Swift and others.
In 2004 the magazine published by Jim Sharp, was sold to an investment group based in Mobile, Alabama. In 2011, Albie Del Favero took over the reins, "joining the team as Co-Publisher, President of its parent company ForASong Media, LLC. Del Favero’s extensive background in media includes being founding publisher of the Nashville Scene. More he served as Nashville-area group publisher at SouthComm, which owns The City Paper and the Nashville Scene." Since 2004, American Songwriter has grown from a 2,000 circulation to more than 30,000 as of November 2013, claims a readership of 90-95,000 per issue and 150-200,000 unique visitors to AmericanSongwriter.com each month. American Songwriter is distributed worldwide; the magazine holds six bi-monthly lyric contests. The winner of each contest receives a new Gibson acoustic guitar, a Shure SM58 microphone, a feature in the magazine. One annual grand-prize winner for the 2014 contest will win a co-writing session with Ashley Monroe, get a chance to record a demo at a leading Nashville studio.
A special section of the website, Songwriter U, focuses on the business of songwriting, includes articles on royalty collection, touring, guitar instruction and lyric technique. Advertisers include national instrument manufacturers, record companies who want to gain exposure for their singer/songwriters and bands, publishers who honor writer achievements, demo studios, recording software and a select group of non-musical companies who are positioning their products within the musical culture. American music magazines M Music & Musicians Website
L'Abbé Jules is a novel written by the French journalist and playwright Octave Mirbeau, published by Ollendorff in 1888. After reading Dostoïevsky, Mirbeau plumbs the depths of psychology to describe a Catholic priest, Jules Dervelle, whose body and mind are rebelling against social oppression and the corruption of the Catholic Church. An indictment of the dreary materialism of provincial French society, where life is governed by cupidity and closed-mindedness, Octave Mirbeau's 1888 novel, L'Abbé Jules offers an indictment of the repressive institutions of family and religion. Object of his neighbors’ fearful curiosity, the novel's eponymous hero, Jules Dervelle, for the author, a vehicle for exploring the mysteries of the human psyche, the abuses of religion, the human longing for the transcendental and the sacred. Returning to his native village of Viantais after a six-year absence in Paris, Jules revolutionizes his countrymen with his scandalous behavior and unorthodox religious views. Consenting to tutor his young nephew, Albert Dervelle – whom Mirbeau uses as an uncorrupted and innocent narrator – Jules exposes his ideas on sexuality and man's "quest for an ideal".
Retrospective narrative allows Mirbeau to recount Jules's past, his introduction into the priesthood, the scandalous behavior resulting in his subsequent exile to a remote parish. After his repatriation in Viantais, Jules installs himself in an overgrown country estate, where he delights in the unspoiled simplicity of nature. Wishing to instill in Albert the artlessness of animals, Jules instructs his young charge to throw away his books, he advises Albert that it is easier to "fabricate a Jesus or Mohammed" than it is to dismantle the adulterated social being that each individual has become so that can return to the original purity of his status as a "Nothing." Jules is a self-loathing character. He is a bibliomaniac, he is an enemy of Catholicism. Through Jules and Pamphile, two rich and complex characters, the author elaborates his evolving views on the social evils that pervert man's instincts, artistic sensibilities, spiritual yearnings for the absolute. Robert Ziegler: "For the most part, the message of Mirbeau's novel is a negative one, aimed at exposing the imposture perpetuated by doctors, judges and priests, dismantling the symbolic systems that culture creates.
Mirbeau's text designates literature as repository of meaning." Abbé Jules, Dedalus, "Empire of the Senses", 1996, 232 pages. Translated by Nicolette Simborowski. Yannick Lemarié, "Lazare en Octavie: le roman du mort vivant", Cahiers Octave Mirbeau, n° 17, 2010, 51-67. Robert Ziegler, "Birth and the book: The Incunabulum in Octave Mirbeau's L'Abbé Jules", Dalhousie French studies, n° 36, fall 1996, 100-112. "Octave Mirbeau, L'Abbé Jules".. Pierre Michel, Foreword, Éditions du Boucher, 2003. Pierre Michel, Foreword, L'Âge d'Homme, 2010. L'Abbé Jules, audio version Robert Ziegler, « Octave Mirbeau's cinerarium-novel: L'Abbé Jules »
Keith Jayne is a British actor, known for playing the title role in the 1981 television adaptation Stig of the Dump. A slow growth rate, due to a pituitary gland problem, made Keith a target of bullies at grammar school, To escape them, he enrolled with The Barbara Speake Stage School. Early roles were in Rumpole of the Bailey, Angels and a variety of Children's Film Foundation productions, including Robin Hood Junior, The Glitterball and Sammy's Super T-Shirt. In 1974, Keith appeared as Wilfred Schoenfeld in an episode of Upstairs, entitled "The Beastly Hun". In 1975, he played Mick in Survivors. However, his big break happened in 1979 when he was cast as Tom Arnold, a cabin boy, in The Onedin Line; this was followed by the lead role in Thames Television’s, BAFTA award nominated, adaptation of Stig of the Dump - which'is the part I am most remembered for'. Keith went on to play'Boxer Reed' in all Murphy's Mob, his appearance as Will Chandler -'one of the most convincing and memorable companions The Doctor never had' – in Doctor Who serial The Awakening, led producer John Nathan-Turner to consider making Keith a series regular.
Typecasting persuaded Keith to study for a certificate in Investment. This coincided with a dark period his life, when his earlier health problems came back to haunt him.'As a result of the growth hormone treatment I received as a child, I received a letter from the NHS saying I may have contracted CJD.'Keith's high-profile saw him interviewed on ITN, a broadcast that curtailed his acting career.'The fact that it was reported that I was dying did not help me get any further work as no casting director is going to employ you if there is a chance you will keel over before episode two.'Having run a financial services business for the last 22 years, Keith is planning on a return to acting. Looking for an agent he has made a brief return to television, as a guest in the'Blast From The Past' section of The Justin Lee Collins Show. Keith Jayne on IMDb