Robert Dellaposta

Robert Dellaposta

Title: Writer, A&R, Publisher
Genres: all
Status: Taking submissions
Song limit per member: Unlimited
Bio: Bob Dellaposta has over 50 years experience as a professional in the music industry.

• Co-founded Silver Spring Music… read more

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song: Cafe Valny

genre: Folk - Alternative
stats: playlists: 4 | song plays: 153
General Overview
What Genre is most appropriate for this song?
Folk

What is an appropriate title for this song?
Cafe Valny

What artist does this song most remind you of?
Leon Redbone

What best describes the subject matter of this song?
Feelings - Loneliness

What era does this song fall under?
1930 - 1939

What best describes the mood of this song?
Sad - Cheerless

Song Analysis
Quality of Lyrics
4/5

Quality of the Hook
3/5

Quality of the Verses
4/5

Quality of the Breaks
4/5

Quality of Instrumentation
4/5

Quality of Arrangement
2/5

Quality of the Melody
4/5

Quality of the Chord Progression
4/5

Quality of the Instrumental Hooks
4/5

Marriage Between Music and Lyrics
4/5

Instrumentation
Quality of the Instrument/Sound Selection
4/5

Quality of the Lead Performances
4/5

Quality of the Meter
4/5

Quality of Guitar
5/5

Quality of Intro/Opening Line
4/5

Vocals
Quality of the Vocal Pitch
4/5

Quality of Vocal Phrasing and Performance
5/5

Quality of Vocal
4/5

Production
Quality of Recording (Techniques)
4/5

Quality of Mix
4/5

Originality of Song
5/5

Overall Rating
3/5

Quality of the Title
3/5

General Comments

This is a very quirky and interesting song. As a publisher I can't think of another artist to pitch it to so that leaves it in the 'unique" category where you are most likely going to be the artist performing this song both live and to the internet. My impression is the singer is lonely and sad and only feels peace when he is in Cafe Valny. It's deeper than just the cafe's coffee and soup in my opinion. All three of your songs reminded me of different singers. This particular song has the bluesy retro sound of Leon Redbone. This song also reminded me of music I've heard watching a movie or TV scene taking place in France. Definitely has a European quality about it. There were a few iconic references that I did not understand and they might be confusing to others. The Buffy Saint-Marie reference was unpredictable and I have no clue as to what egilsstadir is. Is the singer an actual hobo or are you just describing his solitary lonely life? A hobo brings to mind an image of a man dressed in rags dirty unshaven and penniless. The arrangement was unpredictable. I wasn't expecting 6 verses and a 4 minute 33 second song. A music supervisor would most likely edit that down to fit the time of the scene. I would have preferred you only adding the humming part after the 3rd verse but that is subjective. The music was haunting and well crafted. I see the song was written 9 years ago. I assume you have written many more songs since you wrote Cafe Valny. I can hear this being used as background music in a movie or television show...it would most likely be a period piece during the great depression or during world war I or II. Try pitching it to a music library or music placement company. Good luck with this and the other two songs. I hope my comments and suggestions were helpful.


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Artist's Submitted Question:

Needs arranging?

Pro's Answer/Comments:

James,
The simplicity of the song is what's important. I could hear this being sung to an accordion accompaniment or with guitar and mandolin...keep it simple...your vocal and melody will carry the song...a full band arrangement will not make it more commercial.


Quote From Pro:

James Neilson Graham has the talent to be a force in Folk/Americana. His retro poetic lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies are both interesting and unpredictable.


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