Jim Bruno

Jim Bruno

Title: Songwriter
Genres: Folk, Country, Americana
Status: Taking submissions
Song limit per member: 3
Bio: Jim Bruno is a San Francisco Bay Area based published songwriter. Songs he's written or co-written have been recorded and… read more

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song: I Can't Help It
artist: matt taylor

genre: Country - Americana
stats: playlists: 6 | song plays: 132
artist comments: God I like people who tell it like it is!
General Overview
What Genre is most appropriate for this song?
R & B

What is an appropriate title for this song?
I Can't Help It

What artist does this song most remind you of?
David Bromberg

What best describes the subject matter of this song?
Love & Relationships - General

What era does this song fall under?
2000 and later

What best describes the mood of this song?
Happy - Content

Song Analysis
Quality of Lyrics
4/5

Quality of the Hook
4/5

Quality of the Verses
4/5

Quality of the Chorus
4/5

Quality of the Breaks
4/5

Quality of Instrumentation
5/5

Quality of Arrangement
4/5

Quality of the Melody
4/5

Quality of the Chord Progression
4/5

Quality of the Instrumental Hooks
4/5

Marriage Between Chorus and Verse
5/5

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 Bass
4/5

Quality of Percussion
4/5

Quality of Intro/Opening Line
4/5

Vocals
Quality of the Vocal Pitch
5/5

Quality of Vocal Phrasing and Performance
4/5

Quality of the Backup Vocals
4/5

Quality of Vocal
5/5

Production
Quality of Recording (Techniques)
4/5

Quality of Mix
4/5

Originality of Song
4/5

Overall Rating
4/5

Quality of the Title
4/5

General Comments

Hi Mike,

Another strong song and this one is really different from your previous one but both were well crafted and performed.

I categorized the song as R&B mainly for its influences and not for the marketplace.

Your vocals and the treatment sounded to my ears a bit like David Bromberg, who's one of my favorites. There's a sincerity that I mentioned in my review of your previous song that I'm hearing hear as well.

The recording is very tastefully done. The main thing I liked about it was your restraint. In this era of Pro Tools too many songwriters/ artists feel that since they have endless tracks that they need to fill them up. Don't they realize that music isn't spackle? You didn't make that mistake. I like how every instrument and vocal are clear and discernable.

That bridge worked well too. Came at just the right time.

The harmonies were absolutely on the money. I always liked the way they were mixed. Too often harmonies are considered background vocals and not mixed hot enough.

Regards,
Jim


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Artist's Submitted Question:

Hey Jim,
Thanks for the nice review of "Like a Mountain"! Here's another love song of sorts. I love any advice you could give on how to get this out there.

Pro's Answer/Comments:

Hi Mike,

Finding the right opportunity for a song is a combination of talent and luck. Every songwriter and artist out there needs both. Those with a lot of talent need a little bit of luck and those with little talent need a lot of luck. You fall into the first category.

It's important not to get discouraged. Keep plugging. Keep trying and most importantly, keep writing.

As I mentioned in my email, finding the right publisher could fast track it for you but while you're waiting for that to happen you can publish yourself. Identify artists who cover other folks. Go to their CDs and review their "Special Thanks to.." Google those people. Contact them and see if you can send them something.

As I previously said, never sign anything without having a music attorney look at it and advise you. Make sure they're a 'music' attorney.

Jim


Quote From Pro:

Matt Taylor writes songs that stick to your ribs. They have very deep roots and definitely stay with you. He's on the way up!


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