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Just Plain Folks!
It isn't often that someone gets to work at pursuing their dream all while helping others follow their dream at the same time. If you have wondered why I do what I do, perhaps after reading these quotes, you'll understand!

Brian Austin Whitney
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1: Brian Austin Whitney has given freely of his time and expertise to bring together worldwide talent not to benefit himself, but to benefit all members of Just Plain Folks.

Member: Nancy Lanza Email: Foxynails@aol.com
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2: Reading the brief, yet informative stories and letters in Just Plain Notes and Just Plain Folks serves as a reminder to me that old dreams don't have to die just because they haven't manifested themselves fully yet. So far I don't feel like anyone is trying to sell me anything I don't need, trying to influence my personal style and decisions, or pretending to have something more wonderful to offer than I will ever be able to offer. In other words, I neither feel like sharks are lurking in wait for the kill nor that ego-monsters are pushing my thus-far unrealized ambitions into forever-to-be ignored corners for the sake of their own brilliant and more popular spewings. Just Pain Folks is plain and simple and dedicated to everyone's mutual enjoyment, fulfillment and cooperation.

Member: Cathy Benedetto Email: BeANeedle@aol.com
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3: Brian Whitney is a dynamic, well-organized dude with a clear vision of what it takes to help songwriters and performers find cracks in the wall... he is providing a valuable serve to us all

Member: Dalton Roberts Email: DownhomeP@aol.com
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4: A wonderfully informative and welcome bit of e-mail that I forward to all of my musician friends.

Member: Duane Allen Harlick Email: mailto:Giggin Pig@aol.comGiggin Pig@aol.com
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5: I am fairly new to the music industry and I have been informed, educated, and even inspired by the JPFolks newsletter. Keep 'em coming!!

Member: Eric Russ Email: Wordsmyth1@aol.com
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6: Brian has done an amazing job! After the article he ran on me I got an amazing amount of responses from the group. Some just to pass on congrats, but some are people I will keep in touch with and work with going forward. Brian has an incredible knack for getting people together. I am MOST impressed with the immediate response and actions his ideas and Just Plain Folks inspire!

Member: Susan Gibson Email: GROOBEEGAL@aol.com
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7: JPFolks is an excellent vehicle for musicians to network. Brian Austin Whitney has done a admirable job of organizing this massive effort. I, personally, have benefited from his toil. I was featured in an issue of JPFolks and received numerous email interests in purchasing my tape as well as a concert date. I will be a member as long as JPFolks is around.

Member: Tiik Email: Tiik@aol.com
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8: "Just Plain Folks has grown and blossomed into a truly worthwhile and informative source of networking and information, for people at all levels of the music and songwriting industries."

Member: John M. Email: John MPire@aol.com
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9: I think Just Plain Folks is the best thing to happen to the music industry in a long time!!! Especially for the struggling Artists and Musicians out there. Cheers for a job well done!!!!

Member: Brenda C. Adems Email: Angelicall@aol.com
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10: Just Plain Folks is Too Cool!

Member: Rod A. McMillan Email: mcgnarly@odsgc.net
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11: Just Plain Folks is an awesome group and newsletter for people who don't know whether they are coming or going in the music business, like myself.

Member: Nadia Baksh Email: Dovinetti@aol.com
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12: I find Just Plain Notes articles interesting and informative; more so than any other similar newsletter I've noticed on the web.

Member: Gary A Edwards Email: GEdwa27173@aol.com
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13: Its very hard to find people you can trust in the music business, when you find them such as Just Plain Folks that is out to help one another you have to jump at the opportunity to be a part of it.

Member: Steve Booke Email: SBooke@aol.com
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14: Just Plain Folks is a great opportunity to read about and meet the new and upcoming artists, (especially those who continue to be "themselves" even after someone picks them up!) and to get that encouragement we all need to keep on loving what we do and doing what we love. Thanks Just Plain Folks!

Member: Jeremy Bussey Email: JBpianoMAN@aol.com
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15: I enjoy the format, which I would describe as informally informative. I like the
inclusion of email addresses and web links with the articles and have utilized more than one of them.

Member: Val Shultz Email: oatpvs@hub.ofthe.net
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16: "Brian Austin Whitney's Organization Just Plain Folks is Just Plain Fun."

Member: Virigina Wagner Email: Anvilrcrds@aol.com
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17: As a person who has been around more years than I would care to admit,
experiencing all the ups and downs of the business, with plenty of time to
become jaded and disheartened by all of the promises and lies, this is the
first time I have felt comfortable joining a "group." When I read Brian's
ideas, I felt his sincerity and liked his informative and no nonsense approach.
I'm looking forward to watching this project grow and becoming more involved.

Member: Cathe St. Jean Email: LaMelody@aol.com
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18: I really enjoy Brian's "writing as a human" skills He seems very real and kind.

Member: Lori Sandoval Email: GloriSong@aol.com
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19: Just Plain Folks has so far been a very educational experience as well a great contact avenue. I have learned a lot from all of these brilliant people it has put me into contact with.

Member: Lisa Bruton Email: Musikldy1@aol.com
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20: I love Just Plain Folks. I am amazed at the quality and quantity of information that Brian Austin Whitney compiles and writes each month in Just Plain Notes. I have met many interesting and valuable contacts through my association with Just Plain Folks and look forward to its expansion in 1999.

Member: Valerie DeLaCruz Email: GirlSingr@aol.com
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21: I've only been a member of Just Plain Folks for a week or two, but already, I found the back-issues to be very informative, and enjoyable to read.

Member: Mark Rhodes Email: MisterMark@aol.com
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22: I think the concept of the organization is great for the small people (newbies) who look to those members who are established for guidance and assistance

Member: Martin Email: MartinW771@aol.com
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23: Thanks for the great Notes!

Member: Sean Murph Email: Hotreno@aol.com
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24: Just Plain Folks is a wonderful way to keep your finger on the pulse of music and music makers in our industry - there's always something to learn from the success of fellow members on a one-to-one basis. A rare quality indeed.

Member: Lysa Parker Email: Unamore@aol.com
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25: I think Just Plain Folks and Brian are doing a great job! It's so hard in this industry to find anyone who is really trying to pat you on the back in support, without there being a knife in their hand... I applaud you, Brian.

Member Marilynn Manfra Email: MalDiva@aol.com
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26: Just Plain Folks is the most ardent labor of love to emerge from the music industry in a very long time. I am grateful to see such a publication take root, and hope that it may continue as a useful source of helpful support and guidance to the community for many years to come.

Member: Robert Sherman Email: Gitdoc@aol.com
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27: I thoroughly enjoyed the Women in music issue. Being a woman in music I like reading about other women's experiences in this industry. It's reassuring that others are traveling down this road and are reaching their goals. Thanks Just Plain Folks!

Member: Danielle DiStefano Borman EMail: SpicyAiela@aol.com
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28: I'm new to Just Plain Folks and Just Plain Notes, but I have found the information invaluable to my upcoming CD release. The links to other members sites have been extremely fun and helpful. A wonderful way to share the wealth of knowledge for independent artists - to help us do what we do best which is bring our hearts and souls to our communities worldwide! Thank You Just Plain Folks!

Member: Christina Email: FunkyMuse@aol.com
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29: Just Plain Folks is a brilliant idea......well thought out, professionally executed.....in short, a real shot in the arm for all of us "little people"!

Member: Ally Piermarini Email: AllyPier@aol.com
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30: I have to say, Just Plain Notes newsletter has been the MOST helpful piece of information that I have came across in a long time. It offers both advice on the industry.. as well as getting musicians exposed to each other. This could be THE great way to network in the music industry. My hat is off to you!

Member: Brian Christopher Email: Xcitment97@aol.com
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31: I wish the music industry as a whole was as inclusive as Just Plain Folks. This is a forum where musicians of all types and levels can network with each other for support in their journey!

Member: Julie Larson Email: Artmuse@aol.com
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32: Just Plain Folks is a sincere Organization dedicated to the Art and Science of Songwriting and Recording. With the change of paridigm of music distribution shifting from large companies of monolythic dominance to the possibility of artists directly distibuting their work worldwide via the internet, Just Plain Folks could be the resource for the struggling artist to take advantage of all these internet opportunities.

Member: Dean Bowlus Email: Sngpro@aol.com
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33: I am just glad to have suscribed to your newsletter. I believe that it has a great and productive future ahead as does the organization Just Plain Folks!

Member: Deborah Ramos Email: JazzieDeb@aol.com
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34: For someone who knows nothing and nobody, it's great to read about everything and everybody from just another person. Thanks Brian!

Member: Robert H. Mahone Email: CMessnger@aol.com
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35: I like the grass-roots, community feel to the group, and I expect great things to come of it. It's the American way of music.

Member: Michael R. J. Roth Email: Easy Hero@aol.com
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36: Just Plain Folks is a great idea, and an excellent way for music industry professionals to take advantage of the networking opportunities afforded by the internet.

Member: Dave Isaacs Email: Jackjctn@aol.com
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37: Just Plain Folks is a really nice organization and newsletter, and makes me feel connected to others pursuing this endeavor, which feels lonely so much of the time!

Member: Natasha Ragland Email: NKarlottaR@aol.com
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38: Just Plain Folks strkes me as a quirky little enterprise, dedicated to helping some of the most creative and interesting creatures in the Universe- Musicians. May Just Plain Folks live long and prosper!

Member: Tom Roddey Email: THRODDEY@aol.com
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39: I really like being in touch with other musicians. As a songwriter just starting out, I get a lot of ideas and information from reading in Just Plain Notes about others' experiences.

Member: Beth Weiss Email: Bethbasha@aol.com
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40: Just Plain Notes is consistant and in depth!!! Thanks for all your efforts!

Member: Michael Monroe Email: Mmonroedmm@aol.com
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41: Well done, we are very impressed with this whole thing so far!

Member: Brett and Tina Gregory Email: magnifikat@email.msn.com
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42: Just Plain Notes is a very fine newsletter!

Member: Margie Brannon Email: mbrannon@ldd.net
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43: Since Joining Just Plain Folks, I have learned a lot about the music business and I enjoy the articles in Just Plain Notes from the veteran songwriters/performers. It gives me hope that I may someday make it in this business or at least have fun trying.

Member: Laura Maynard Email: LOVEREAGLE@aol.com
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44: Independents really need the kind of support that Just Plain Folks offers. A means of networking and sharing with others. A bridge that joins the many occupations and services providing assistance to the underdog!

Member: Cilene Bosch Email: CBMKTpromo@aol.com
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45: I have only been a subscriber of Just Plain Notes for a short time but I find it inspiring, informative and friendly. I look forward to reading it and getting more involved in it in the future. Thanks for offering it!

Member: Brenda Freed Email: BFreed1@aol.com
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46: The "Just Plain Folks" Music Industry Network is an example of the tremendous momentum of 'just plain folks' coming together with a common goal of professional growth and an example of the pure power of networking, especially via the internet. Great Job Brian!

Member: Barbara McDonald Email: JasminePA@aol.com
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47: I can truly say that Just Plain Folks is an organization I am proud to be a member of. In the time that I have been a member, I have been continuously impressed with the amount of information provided by "Just Plain Notes." Brian Whitney is quite attentive to all of the members. I have personally sent several inquiries to his attention. I have always received a timely response and have never been disappointed. I am also a part of several other industry newsletters and this is by far, the most helpful.

Member: Angie McIsaac Email: AngieBabys@aol.com
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48: Just Plain Folks is a songwriter's haven!

Member: Jill Sansores Email: JILLMUZIC@aol.com
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49: Just Plain Folks and Just Plain Notes are the best thing I have found since sliced bread!

Member: Aaron Wilson Email: A54 CAL@aol.com
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50: "Just Plain Folks" is really valuable to the internet, education and networking of songwriters, what a great idea! Thank you, Brian, I recommend it to everyone I know who is serious about songwriting.

Member: Philip Quintas Email: TRUGIVER@aol.com
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51: Just Plain Folks is THE new concept for the millenium to bring the songwriting/Artist community together. So many talented artists hit a brick wall when it comes to being able to showcase their material and act. Additionally, the education in business law and protection of your material is essential. Just Plain Notes delivers, educates, and encourages the artist to follow his/her dream and to continue the process. We all know, that an artist is not happy unless they are working and delivering.. Thank you! I'm honored to be part of this!

Member: Marge Raymond Email: Mrayhan@aol.com
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52: All great music is rooted in the people, i.e. folk music. The roots of rock, blues, jazz, country, and even classical music all started this way. It's only right that a grassroots organization of musicians like Just Plain Folks not only should exist, but will likely be the birthplace of the greatest music yet to be written.

Member: Tuck Neilson Email: SecretDoc@aol.com
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53: This is a great resource for music industry folks that are trying to get familiarized and oriented to the many facets involved in developing a career

Member: Justin Roth Email: Roth752@aol.com
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54: I think Just Plain Folks is a wonderful group in which people who love music can
link together with others who share the same interests!!

Member: Chris Abbate Email: cpos@juno.com
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55: Brian's doing a great job with everything he's started in Just Plain Folks....give
him a chance, and he'll be directly or indirectly responsible for helping members make it happen!

Member: Billy Lee McDow Email: billyleemcdow@juno.com
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56: It is an excellent idea and a great network of support for musicians all around the world :-)

Member: Adele Saunders Email: NewAgeBrat@aol.com
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57: I appreciate all the advice given by my fellow Just Plain Folks members. Thanks!

Member: Jim Dautry EMail: Stereoncat@aol
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58: I feel that Just Plain Notes gives me the variety of information that I would not be able to find other places. The people at Just Plain Folks have the same interests and actually care about your success.

Member: Claire Ashton Email: MSAASH22@aol.com
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59: I want to thank you for including me in Just Plain Folks. Many of the members have written me and its always great to meet more industry folks.Thanx for your help!

Member: Aruna Abrams Email: ArunaSutra@aol.com
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60: Finally an organization for the struggling musician that works.

Member: Geno Vann Email: Jimi Sound@aol.com
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61: Just Plain Folks is the best thing that has happened on the net for us Songwriters! Thanks!

Member: Peter Rae Email: SCOTSMATE3@aol.com
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62: I appreciate Just Plain Folks and have learned so much in the months I've been a member! Brian has a heart for people that shines through and brings a depth of purpose to this vibrant world of music. Thank you Brian, for all your hard work.

Member: Tia Ciferno Email: DrawNear21@aol.com
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63: I am not very educated in publicizing myself or my music. I have always left that to others. Just Plain Folks will change that for me.

Member: Severin Browne Email: Sevman@flash.net
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64: Just Plain Folks members have a diversity that matches the caliber of organizations such as NSAI and ASCAP, however, I find it easier to talk and network with JPF members. The intimidation factor (for me anyway) has been removed. I feel like I am talking to "just plain folks" instead of someone in a big office with only two minutes to spare.

Member: Annette Shearer Email: Anetsu@aol.com
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65: It's been great so far!

Member: Robin Renee Email: RebR2@aol.com
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66: Just Plain Folks is an honest and straightforward attempt to bring together artists, writers, and other members of the music business, to network their talents and abilities. With no "hidden agenda" JPF is doing a wonderful job of enlightening everyone within the music business. Keep up the good work!

Member: Joshua David Whitmore Email: MrRoosey@aol.com
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67. Glad to have a medium where professionals from all perspectives of the industry can become acquainted and even possibly work together. Thank you.

Member: Amy McKinney Email: AMckin2132@aol.com
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68. Just Plain Folks has a lot to offer songwriters, artists, and those who aspire to be in the music industry. Just Plain Folks supplies information and offers a group of friends who help each other succeed.

Member: Kimberly Nobayashi Email: Kdn1 Kdn1@aol.com
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69. You are doing a great job with Just Plain Folks, Brian. How do you get an extra four hours of each day to do all this? = )

Member: Mike Frandson Email: mofrandson@ktis.net
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70. Thanks for what you are doing with Just Plain Folks, it is much needed!

Member: Carole Isis Email: Isisongs@aol.com
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71. Hi Brian, Gotta say, your newsletter alone is worth my subscription to AOL.

Member: Stubak Email: Stubak@aol.com
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72. Brian, what a beautiful job you are doing. I really enjoy Just Plain Folks. Very informative and inspiring.

Member: Ruby Email: RubyTunes@aol.com
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73. Thanks so much Brian! You will never know how much you have helped me! It's a rough world out here. You just made it a little kinder! Be Blessed

Member: MIke Boyle Email: Boylemike1@aol.com
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74. Hey..this is a cool little news letter. Keep up the great work!

Member: John Beland Email: Flyingb@aol.com
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75. Its so refreshing to read mail full of interesting material....thanks...great Just Plain Notes newsletters!!!!!

Member: Kim Liane Email: Twigs99509@aol.com
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76. I wanted to say keep up the great work! JPFolks really helps a lot! Thanks!

Member: Lauren Email: EmmaRose23@aol.com
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77. Wow!...It is great to see so much information available to us struggling performers, entertainers, writers and producers.

Member: JB Email: JBSngWiz@aol.com
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78. Thanks to Just Plain Folks I don't feel so isolated anymore. I quite appreciate all the people who offer helpful advice. It also makes my day reading Just Plain Folks success, and non-success, stories.

Member: Rick Mantree Email: Rcsme54321@aol.com
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79. Every since being invited to join your group, I look forward to getting your letters. They are indeed full of wonder from wonderful-sounding people. I appreciate you taking the time to do this "networking."

Member: Mike Kirkman Email: LyricSmith@aol.com
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80. I can't begin to tell you how useful and informative your newsletter has been to me as a neophyte songwriter. I've discovered resources that I never knew existed! thank you for continuing this valuable service...I look forward to every issue.

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81: I just wanted to say I'm glad that you've given me the opportunity to join your informative and insightful organization. I think one thing that impresses me is the fact that you put these newsletters out every 10 days! whoa! A lot of great info you send.

Member: Greg Luce Email: UV Orange@aol.com
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82: I just want to thank you soo much for organizing Just Plain Folks! This is a great outlet to gain new connections, brillant idea!

Member: Lucy Chapin Email: Mtngirl630@aol.com
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83: Thank you for you very helpful publication and organization!

Member: Silvia Brandon Email: Aquari2000@aol.com
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84: I've been telling my "musical friends" about your newsletters and I love to receive them. I just want to say also that I have been "fixin to" mail out demos for a LONG time. It wasn't until your newsletters gave me some really useful information and a great deal of encouragement that I finally started doing it. I can't believe the response! Just about everyone I request permission to send demos to responds with a resounding.....sure, we'd love to hear them! (That way I can send them with the package notated "Requested Material"), an idea I got from your newsletter! It makes me feel like everybody out there is really "just plain folks"! Thanks for stoking the coals!

Member: Diane Smallwood Email: LiveWords@aol.com
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85: Just wanted to let you know that this is the best find to date since I have been cruising the web. I have learned so much from your newsletters and truly enjoy reading them. They provide a wealth of information. I am sure there were times in the infancy of your newsletter that you wondered if it was all worth it. It is definetly worth it. Keep up the great work you are doing.

Member: Bill Buechel Email: WRB71055@aol.com
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86: I'm overwhelmed by all that your doing! There are a lot of hungry folks out there who obviously, like us, love music and will benefit greatly from your work!

Member: Ed Di Matt Email: Ed Di Matt@aol.com
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87: Just Plain Folks is great! I love it! Keep the info rolling, it's great to be in touch with other musicians. I am a music teacher, but also a composer, singer, etc. I find your newsletter, Just Plain Notes, a breath of fresh air to my daily existance.

Member: Rhonda Email: Notoffkey@aol.com
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88: I Love the Just Plain Notes newsletter!

Member: Christina Email: FunkyMuse@aol.com
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89: You have a very nice newsletter. I'd like to put your contact info for JP Notes into my next client emailing. I think some of the songwriter, artists, etc. that I represent, as well as songwriters who send unsolicited material to my office would benefit!

Member: Cynthia M. Cleves Email: CMCLEVES@aol.com
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90: I just signed up and think Just Plain Folks is great. Keep up the good work!

Member: John Morse Email: JOHN125299@aol.com
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91: I am very impressed by what you have going here with Just Plain Folks. I am really quite new to all the in's and out's of the songwriting industry. We are all serious, dedicated professionals who take music very seriously! And your help is appreciated!!! Thank you!!!!

Member: BDrums Email: BDrums1971@aol.com
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92: After reading your last four Issues, I was very impressed by your informative newsletter. Thanks!

Member: Ken Email: KRansom01@aol.com
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93: "A great change from the usual music industry periodicals. Very nicely laid out, treated with sensitivity. A true inside look at the business through the eyes of the people living it not reporting it. Not afraid to be asked and give answers to questions most publications wouldn't want or couldn't give."

Member: Christian Merry Email: ActsMag@aol.com
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94: "Just Plain Folks has been a great source of encouragement, confidence, insight, learning, and camaraderie."
From: Craig Completa Email: WEATHERTOP@aol.com
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95: I do like JPF very much. It has a 'populist' flavor. Newcomers of all ages feel welcome. There seem to be few doors. Talented and experienced professionals share their wisdom without flaunting their wares. It has a good mix.
-mjm
From: Mike Mahn Email: MJMahn@aol.com
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96:Great Brian.... Thanks for the things you do..and all the info that is available in the chat! Look forward to learning something new every week there! Keep up the good work!

Member: Andrea Fleming Email: TCARsSis@aol.com
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97: "One of the best things that happened to me in 1998 was hearing from Brian! Just Plain Folks has been a constant source of enjoyment and encouragement and I look forward to all the things that the future holds in store!"

Member Ron "S" Judd, Email: RonSJudd@aol.com
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98: jpnotes has helped me to take the first steps towards making my dreams of a carreer in music a reality. the newsletter and members have offered me much needed guidance, information, and support.

Member: Jess Glasser Email: JesscaG@aol.com
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99: Congratulations on your "Just Plain Folks" success. It has obviously resonated with a lot of people. I'm not sure who referred me, but I have thoroughly enjoyed Just Plain Notes.

Member: Harold Payne Email: RtBrayne@aol.com
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100: Just Plain Folks is filled with music professionals who genuinely want to help others achieve success in the music industry. It's not about competition, it's about sharing in the spirit of true "giving back" from those who have been on and are still on that long hard road. It's both inspirational and informative. It is an amazing networking opportunity for ANYONE that wants to be or already is in the music business.

Member: Michael Howard Email: Sewknee1@aol.com
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