I could have written this in the third person but as it's me that's typing it I'll stick to the first.

I write songs in a variety of genres. I hope you like them. Many other talented people contribute to my work. I thank them very much.

I've been lucky enough to have had my songs played on numerous occasions on the BBC radio as part of its BBC Music Introducing programme.

And thank you for listening.

'Ideal World' ft. CoriAnder & Amy Reader runner up in the SongwrtersUniverse song of the month for December 2018 https://www.songwriteruniverse.com/katelyn-dawn-185.htm#finalist3

Give it a listen.
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David James
over 30 days ago to David James

Thanks you for the 5* Kate. David.

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Kate Carpenter
over 30 days ago

Thanks for liking the Thrift Store Song, David!
MK

David James
over 30 days ago

No problem Kate, an inventive, clever song as always.

David



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John Walradt
over 30 days ago to David James

Hi, David. I had to find out what Keke's displeasure was with "Keep Me Warm," which is a very well written song. The primary snag that members get into when writing reviews is that they weigh too much on their personal taste and production, without taking into consideration that the biggest part of the song, 90 percent I like to say, are the words and music. Can the song stand by itself when sung with one voice and just one instrument? This is where your songwriting is a resounding yes on all fronts. Production and all else can always be adjusted, but if the words and music of themselves are mediocre, all the production in the world cannot fix that. Besides that, what in hell is wrong with a 70s sound? The 60s, 70s, and 80s had great melodies that stuck in your head! John

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David James
over 30 days ago

Thanks John. I've replied to KeKe to the effect that an old fashioned song might be marked down for marketability in 2022, but that it shouldn't be marked down in respect of genre or time period. Of course you're absolutely correct in saying that the 60s, 70s and 80s was a golden period in popular music. David.

John Walradt
over 30 days ago

You're much welcome, David. Besides that, if you have great words and music, your song can be adapted to any decade's dominant styles. You cannot go the other way. Case in point: I listened to K's "Where Do" and the melody is not strong, in fact it is boring, monochromatic, and gets lost in an overriding riff that is more consistent. I don't know how a tune like that would be able to stand up to the test of time. Eventually, the current songwriters will look back to our golden era to learn from. John

David James
over 30 days ago

I hope you're right John that the current crop of songwriters will look back and learn. I don't know whether you follow Rick Beato on YouTube, but he has made many videos on that very subject. David.



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John Walradt
over 30 days ago to David James

"Too Different to Change" sounds like one of those personal everyman songs that could tell a story from every street. Fellow BJ member Warren Hein is wonderful at that. Those kinds of songs are what the original minstrel style of songwriting is about, the kind that Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne could do. It's also a treat to get a taste of how you originally write your tunes with your own instruments and vocals. Best to you, David. JW

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David James
over 30 days ago

Thanks John. 'Too Different To Change' is a bit of a rough recording. I had all sorts of problems picking the guitar to the click track. As far as lyrics are concerned they always come after the chords and melody. I'm not entirely sure where the lyrics come from. A girl at work asked me if my lyrics were autobiographical. I responded 'no', however I've always had an interest in what make people tick and that is where most of my lyric ideas come from. David.

John Walradt
over 30 days ago

I have a few of those that I keep at the bottom of my page, David. I got back to practicing the guitar for a few months and I'm pleased that I've finally worked up from incompetent to marginal! I'm not a vocalist by any means but I somehow got away with it (I supposed it could be argued) on "The Most of Nothing" and "Studly Do-Right," both which I need to remix and remaster. A lot of mine are autobiographical but I make up a few stories, too. I'm definitely more the songwriter than the musician. The tune always comes to me first. Sometimes I have to wait for the tune to let me know what its title should be. What makes people tick is very interesting but harder for me to write about unless I write it from my observation of how someone else behaves. John

David James
over 30 days ago

Thanks for your insight John. I too am more of a songwriter than a musician. I'm going on a holiday (vacation) today, but I'll make a point of listening to more of your songs on my return. David.

Warren Hein
over 30 days ago

Thanks for the shout out John. For me the stories and most lyrics are all made up... but of course all good lyrics come from life and what one has reaped from it..
Have a great week folks!
Warren



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