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Bob Bentley, one of the finest songwriters and music makers on Broadjam, sent me a solo guitar track for "Raindrop Soul" and I have uploaded the song with his wonderful solo. Be sure to visit Bob and listen to "The Drawing Room" featuring lyrics and vocals by Cyndi Corkran.


"Raindrop Soul" is about a lovely affectionate member of our family who passed on. We found Ulan, a Javanese kitty, on a rainy night. His name means "rain" in Filipino. He was very interactive and he told us what he wanted us to do from the time we got up to the time we went back to bed.
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Cyn
1 week ago to John Walradt

Hi John,
Thank you for listening and adding the stars for "Betrayal ~ with Trinity"! We appreciate your support.



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mPHATic
2 weeks ago to John Walradt

Hey John, can't thank you enough for your listening and playlisting - really appreciated - something you do not have to do. You sir are are someone showing how to really enjoy music and help others. To get a pace on your greatest of all songs list with "Freedom Road" is an honor - thank you!!

I had another listen to Raindrop Soul - the guitar by Bob is neat..super awesome...brilliant that he did that - I can understand why! Theres some great people here on Broadjam!! talent and spirit - you sir are one of those ! btw I was listening to Raindrop Soul while typing this and Sunny Sunday came on - great tune love the melody and the vocals ! so yeah I dropped 5 starts on that one!

Have a great day!!!

Cheers
Mx!

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John Walradt
2 weeks ago

Wow, I didn't expect this, M. Thank you very, very much! "Freedom Road" is absolutely great. You really hit it with that one! Yes, Bob Bentley is an incredible songwriter and player, and he knows how to put mood and feeling into the notes he chooses. Thank you very much for listening to "Raindrop Soul" again. A couple of days ago, I took the drum and synth out of the first stanza and brought them in at the first chorus and put it right up. That was Warren Hein's suggestion. He comes up with things that I miss. I really like how the song progresses now! Thank you for the stars and votes of confidence. I love your use of electronica. That's the next step for me. I really would like to know how to do that. Your mixes are stellar! Best to you, my friend!
Cheers,
John

mPHATic
2 weeks ago

Thanks John, "Freedom Road" was a WFH singer who really got the vibe I think - she did a great job - it's great when singers do that - when they really bring the song home emotionally - this to my mind is the biggest need for any song...

I also can not take all the credit for structure although I wrote and sang the song, Robin Frederick who has written quite a few books on Songwriting suggested moving the ending to the bridge position - which I did not think of - it was a great idea that once executed I really liked..I wrote to her and thanked her yesterday as it has taken a year to finish the song (- too much other production work on), Robin is an amazing talent in her own right - should that be write!

Robin used to write and arrange 3 songs every weekend for Disney!! in the days when there were no computers - then she had to present to the Orchestra and Scriptwriters on Monday on the soundstage so they could record it for the program...no pressure right!!lol!!

Electronica Genre:

For electronica as in all music the most important thing is getting the right sounds...there are some great libraries out there that can really help - you can never have enough. If you can find a track you like and then get the sounds or close to the sounds they used - you will be fine.

There are some genre dependent sounds - "rules" for each genre / type of Electronica that once you know - you can choose to use or"break" this includes high hat styles and kick drums...and idiosyncratic things that are the signature of each genre...

btw Robin Frederick runs a great genre course over here: https://mysongcoach.teachable.com/p /music-genres

I have taken most of Robins courses and have found them to improve my songwriting and lyric writing including how I think about music creatively that's the only reason I shamelessly include an affcode:

https://mysongcoach.teachable.com/? affcode=100298_f9bc8f2h

Understanding genres better is ground breaking as sometimes that's why people do not pick up a song..it's just not quite right for what they need..

I used to think I knew about genres until I took Robins Genre course..she has some other excellent courses here most of which I have taken...Robin is a true professional helping many people through her love of Songwriting and her *deep* knowledge and experience. To me Robin is an amazing talent who has helped many people succeed in the industry including myself - her course prices are ridiculously cheap when you consider the learning opportunity on offer.

Electronica Sounds:

If you don't have it already grab "Serum" (plug in synth), and then seek out libraries for it..some of them are very reasonable and you can tweak the sounds for your own use and to create signature sounds of your own - really signature sounds can make an Electronica track really cut through..sound design helps ...

Mix:

Thanks for the mix comments...something I think most of us are never satisfied with..lo,case in pint I have some great feedback from other Artists / Musicians on Freedom Road and remix #1 is coming almost immediately so any suggestions you have are welcomed!

I do production and mixing and mastering for a living so have done lots of work for people over the years - at one stage I had 35 Artists I produced with a number of successful #1 releases on debut on iTunes in New Zealand when it was the dominant platform.

Working on other people's music to satisfy them with regard to a song is such a massive learning experience...doing this work has improved my ability as you are no longer satisfying yourself - the client comes first - hence you learn how to do a myriad of things better - it's also funny when you work on other peoples songs professionally you learn new ways to write and think and "serve the song". I have learned so much from others just by working on their tracks...music creation is something that gives back if you give!

Given this work last year I invested about $30-$40K into better hardware tools for mixing and mastering much to my wife's concern...lol!

Anyway my clients are happier and I am learning how to use these tools to better effect - this is a game where you never stop learning, which is one of the reasons it's so compelling..just when you think you have mastered one aspect everything changes with new breakthrough technology or new methodologies!

Anyway I just wnated to share a little bit and hope that some of this will help you to move forward with your Electronica music...you are welcome to message me if there's anything you are struggling with - if I can steer you in the right direction I can but try...

Take care my friend! and thanks again! for all you do here on Broadjam!


John Walradt
2 weeks ago

M, this is GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!!! I have never seen information like this from anyone on BJ and I'm very impressed and thankful. I'll definitely look up the genres course. I looked up the Serum synth and have it bookmarked. I copied your entire comment and sent it on to my friend and collaborator, Robert Quigley. Robert is a great person, friendly, very considerate, and helpful. He would like to get into the electronica EDM genres as well. You have an interesting history with production and I can imagine your wife gasping at the prices! My wife would do the same but we both have our creative addictions and spend about the same amount of money on each, which makes it hard to argue. lol! Many thanks and I'll drop by again soon. It's great having you here and I'll be sure to send you an email if I run into any snags and have questions. John

mPHATic
2 weeks ago

Thanks John! appreciate you!

mPHATic
2 weeks ago

John Robin emailed me...lol! she is sharp!

Anyway here is a better link...

https://mysongcoach.teachable.com/? affcode=100298_f9bc8f2h

So good to know you here!

Thanks so much for your support!

Best

Mx! (-aka Chris)



John, Thank you for your thoughts on my song "They Call The Wind Mariah" I have loved that song forever and I will pass your thoughts to my producer, he always likes to know what others hear... songs are never finished till they are ready to go on a cd... again thank you for your review, time and listen.... Always a friend in music 🎶 Delta

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John Walradt
2 weeks ago

Hi, Delta. I understand what your producer means. I'm still reworking some others. "Raindrop Soul" is up but I've recently taken out the synth and drums on the first stanza for a good build up. That came from Warren Hein. Diane has suggested ways to put a slight more reverb on the lead vocal without taking away enunciation. All incredibly good ideas and enjoyable to work on! I've known you to have good ideas and I'm glad I can come up with a few that can be considered. A terrific group of friends we have on here! "The Wind they call Mariah" is an enchanting story and you know how to bring it out. I had not heard that one before. John

Delta Burnett Reed
2 weeks ago

From the movie "Paint Your Wagon".. have you given a listen to "Dust in the Wind" please let me know what you think.Delta

John Walradt
2 weeks ago

I remember the title, "Paint Your Wagon." I didn't see the movie but I'll look it up. I remember your interpretation of "Dust in the Wind" which was very good! I'll listen to it again so I can be more detailed about it. I see that you listened to Bob Bentley's "Back to a Younger Me." That is one of my very favorites! Onward, I'll take a few minutes here...

John Walradt
2 weeks ago

"Dust in the Wind" is perfect. It sounds majestic and atmospheric...just like the dusty Kansas landscape and the philosophy in the lyrics. Background harmonies put a lovely emphasis on it. You did a great job. That's the best interpretation of that song I've heard!

Delta Burnett Reed
2 weeks ago

Thank you... funny how we all hear things differently... I have been, pretty much told not to give up my day job or not understanding my natural verbrato...
Started to listen to your kitties song and it choked me up, I have to go back and finish listening to it later. Thank you for listening, I am very grateful 🎶🎶🎶Delta



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