Doug Diamond

Doug Diamond

Title: Music Supervisor, Engineer, Producer, Composer
Genres: Rock, Pop, Country, Adult Contemporary, Soundtracks
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Bio: Engineer/Producer/Music Supervisor Doug Diamond has been writing, recording, producing, mixing and mastering music for most… read more

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song: December

genre: Unique - Holiday
stats: playlists: 0 | song plays: 28
General Overview
What Genre is most appropriate for this song?
Unique

What is an appropriate title for this song?
December (Still As Night)

What artist does this song most remind you of?
Various other really great piano/vocal Holiday artists, Josh Groban and many others

What best describes the subject matter of this song?
Time - Holidays - Xmas

What era does this song fall under?
2000 and later

What best describes the mood of this song?
Calm - Peaceful

Song Analysis
Quality of Lyrics
4/5

Quality of the Verses
5/5

Quality of the Chorus
5/5

Quality of Instrumentation
4/5

Quality of Arrangement
4/5

Quality of the Melody
5/5

Quality of the Chord Progression
5/5

Marriage Between Chorus and Verse
5/5

Marriage Between Music and Lyrics
5/5

Instrumentation
Quality of the Instrument/Sound Selection
4/5

Quality of the Lead Performances
4/5

Quality of the Meter
5/5

Quality of Piano
5/5

Quality of Keyboards
4/5

Quality of Bass
4/5

Quality of Intro/Opening Line
5/5

Vocals
Quality of the Vocal Pitch
5/5

Quality of Vocal Phrasing and Performance
4/5

Quality of Vocal
4/5

Production
Quality of Recording (Techniques)
3/5

Quality of Mix
4/5

Originality of Song
5/5

Overall Rating
4/5

Quality of the Title
4/5

General Comments

Hi Michael -

Thanks for bringing your song to my attention. I really like it and have enjoyed listening to it several times. For the title, I think that just "December" is a little forgettable, honestly. I'd probably call it "December (Still As Night)" - because that brings to mind Christmas more than just the month of 'December', which can mean different things to different people. Just a suggestion.

Overall, the songwriting is very strong as are all of the performances - particularly the vocal and the piano, so nice work there. I think the lyrics and the melody are also both excellent.

To me, the only part of this song that needs work is the production value. It's just not quite there... good, but not *great*. For songs that I pitch, the production has to be incredible. It needs to sound like something a major label might put out. So remember your competition. If it doesn't sound that great, it generally will have a hard time getting placements. Your tune deserves to sound its best. Right now, it's probably more along the lines of a really good-sounding demo. It doesn't quite have that final polish that it needs. I think part of it is the mix and/or arrangement too. I'd think about having some nice, subtle string arrangement in there, perhaps starting past the halfway mark and building towards the end (preferably real strings though, not synth strings). Nothing too dramatic, but something that adds to the feel and texture as the song progresses. That's just a suggestion, because it's fine without that, of course. The existing recording is ok, but just needs a little work. The piano is a little dull-sounding (great playing though) and I'm not sure about that airy synth sound; I'd think about using more building strings personally. Also, there is a click/pop when the synth cuts off at 1:32 and the piano melody starts, so that needs to be cleaned up. Those types of things can't stay in final recordings that get pitched for film/TV/ads because the editors, producers, directors, music sups, will all hear that and either reject the song or make you fix it then, or simply not use it - costing both time and money that likely no one has. You want to have that stuff cleaned up before you pitch it.

So the main issue with the song and the overall bottom line is the production value. Otherwise, you have an excellent song that could work for many types of Christmas opportunities.

This song could definitely find a home in the right Christmas-type of sync placement. You can email me for more information if you like via our SongHunters website, or my site at www.diamondiscaudio.com.

Thanks again and good luck to you!

Best,

Doug


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Artist's Submitted Question:

Hi Doug, does the delivery of the melody in this holiday song help create a unique quality and sound even when using some standard lyrical themes. Thanks, Michael

Pro's Answer/Comments:

Hi Michael, yes, I think it does do what you're asking. I really like nearly everything about this song. I think the song itself (the underlying composition - lyrics, melody, chords, structure) are excellent as-is. Only the production value isn't *quite* there in my opinion as I mentioned above. The performances ARE there, but it's just that one professional tweak that it's missing (an A++ production value). I'd give it about a B+ - good, but not great, see the difference? I do like your main melody though and do think it's the right type of thing for this song and it does have a nice, traditional type of sound that gives it a bit of a nostalgic feel, which I really identify with in my own Christmas experiences.


Quote From Pro:

"December" is a great example of what could someday be a new Christmas/Holiday standard, that many could grow to love, and even become part of people's annual Christmas family traditions.


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