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Hey Stephen- thanks for your comment. Don't often get feedback, so thanks. Any particular song?
WHERE DOES HE HIDE HIS ORCHESTRA. INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL MUSIC!!
Thanks so much Toby! Really, thanks so much for listening.
Hey man.. I was born in 1952!!! In 1967..Montreal,, Expo 67... It brings a smile and a happy grin.. Ola
Thanks for the comments on "Sing LaLa". You mentioned it could use a remix. That's true for sure but that puppy was recorded live to 2 track stereo back in 1965!!
Its what we could do at the time.
Thanks for your in depth review of "Close Enuf For Jazz". We've never done anything like that before or since. It was kinda done as a joke. Except for the bass, everything else was played on keyboard. Glad you liked it .
Thanks for your review of "Yankee Doodle 911. What a surprise to hear that piece. It was done around 9-11 so we wanted to do something sad. It is really an old Irving Berlin song that has fallen into the public domain. I probably haven't listened to it since we recorded it and forgot it was on Broadjam ;-)
Victor - You are too kind for reviewing my music. I would like to contact you but there seems to be no way to do this.
Toby, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to hear from you sometime
You ever call your old Friend
Duane R Freeman
Toby, thank you my friend for your kind words and thoughts on Bad Guys... the song that is!
You take real good care bud.
Great Sound! lkb
Hey Toby : Thanks for the review on Foggy Sat. Hope all is well. SS
Jim, been a member for 10 years. Never had a 5 star rating. THANKS!
Thanks Toby, it means a lot!
I had to track down who it was that wrote "Wart on your Face" Enjoyed it thouroughly. I would say it was tongue in cheek but I'm not sure where on the face the wart was. Bravo Sir.
Thanks for the comment. It's from the album "The H T Three" available on iTunes and all the others. The album was a conglomeration of all styles ( piano jazz, pop songs, instrumentals, comedy pieces, etc. At the time I was hoping that something on the album would get me airplay. I'm embarrassed to tell you how long ago that was!
Don't believe him. This guy is good!
Boy, I'm about to give up. I just can't figure out what these people - the "providers" are really looking for. I submitted 2 songs to the MAJESTIC INSTRUMENTAL project that the "provider" asked for. i sent in 2 orchestral instrumentals which were very majestic (French Horns-etc.)
So what does the provider pick - 4 songs. Three of which were quite guitar based VOCALS !!??. What gives here?
We know how that feels buddy. Maybe the providers need some help. Sometimes they really seem clueless. It's so sad.
TOBY: I FEEL LIKE I WROTE YOUR COMMENT...
I'M NOT TRYING OPS ANYMORE...
SEVERAL OF THEM DON'T PICK WHAT THEY'VE ASKED FOR
NO SENSE IN THROWING AWAY MONEY...
In my other life I maintained 70 different music libraries and agency people and music supervisors would pay me an hourly figure to send them music that they requested. Now it seems the tables are turned and we pay them to listen to music.
I really enjoy listening to your music, you're brilliant!
Thanks for the comment, Jeff.You're a tough guy to beat.
I also do this... www.MoviesInTheJungle.com
while I'm listening to (and enjoying) some of your work, wanted to send best wishes of the season for you and all those who you love. . .
Gracias. Mucho struggle in this contest. Your music shines!
Hi Roy: First off thank you for a truly wonderful website - I have a question for you - it comes more out of frustration than anything else and I don't know if you even have the answer - I submit to many licensing opportunities and often I see that my artist profile has been looked at by the opportunity provider which leads me to believe they are at least slightly interested in my work - yet I to date have not had any selections - maybe I am missing some crucial element in my profile that could help get me chosen? Anyway it's nice to say hi and introduce myself - I am sorry I missed you when you came to New York a few months ago
Belle, Thanks for the note. Before I answer questions like this, I listen to the artist so I can give a qualified answer. Sometimes I would say an artist might need to work on the production, arrangement or vocal. With you none of this is the case. Your stuff is well performed well with good productions so it makes it that much harder to provide guidance. If the providers are viewing your profile and considering your songs, it's probably coming down to artistic preference between you and another writer/producer. That's my guess and I would not get discouraged and actually be encouraged by this......I have been listening to your list. Again and Cry For Me have jumped out to me. Very good songs.....I will follow up with an email as well.....All the best, Roy
In addition to what Belle has said, we'd like to know if one's country of residence plays a role as to who wins in the end. Wouldn't it be fair and advisable to view an artist's profile once the consideration process is done and a final decision has been made?
Isn't every song judged on merit in terms of how much it conforms to the provider's requirements? Isn't that the reason why Broadjam says; "See how others interpreted this opportunity"? For example in the cellphone ad, the two considered songs are great but did any of them include anything that promotes the mobile company? Wasn't this opportunity about that? Wouldn't one say this song does? It's "When You're Gone" http://www.broadjam.com/player/player.php?play_file=62866_544204 1
Should we be discouraged by this? Or is there something we don't know about the provider's synopsis?
Waiting for some enlightenment.
Hi DRM,...I don't think Roy can do much about a particular Provider's reasoning and the choice he/she makes...I've been at a loss for words sometimes when the Provider has chosen 3 songs that to my mind/ear.....had non of the elements the Provider asked for in the first place...one I remember quite recently...asked for a piece containing Staccato strings...or horns....none of the selected songs had staccato anything...in fact...one of the chosen was a solo piano...Legato .....lol....sometimes I wonder how some of these "Providers "....got their gig.....? Best...Ian.
Thanks a lot for sharing these sentiments. If the winner is a Broadjam member, maybe we'd take heart in the fact that we're a a family! Not so? Otherwise some of us are gonna give up completely.
Hi all. I've worked in custom composition and music licensing for a many years and can tell you more than once I've carefully met a clients description and audio examples only to learn that providing exactly what they asked for was wrong!
Ian is right. We ask for as much information as the can give us. Most of the time they know what they want. At other times, they think they know and find something that triggers an idea.....Just like songwriting, being a music supervisor is a very creative process and the direction can be altered with a good suggestion from a writer. We have no influence on their decision.....Every provider has their own unique process. I have never heard of anyone selecting music based on the country of residence. If that was their reasoning for picking a song, we wouldn't use them......Hope this helps. All the best, Roy
One other thought....If you are interested in placing music in film or tv, it's good to understand the ever changing market. My recommendation is to view some of the top shows on television on a regular basis. Listen closely to the music that is selected by our providers and note the similarities. (We display what is being considered and selected for this reason).... Most of us believe that our music would be perfect for film and tv. But the reality is, music supervisors choose music for a reason. And none of us will ever know why a person picks a certain song. If your style is similar, then your chances are better. If your style is completely different, then it will be more difficult to get placed.
For example...A Zappa like piece will probably not get placed in tv. However, that style might work perfectly in a film.....It has always been difficult to place country and rap in tv shows, primarily because of the strong lyrical content in both genres. But that is changing for the better as well.
Hopefully this will help give you clearer direction....Best of luck, Roy
That's so soothing to hear!
For more years than I care to say, I provided music to ad agencies by using the many stock music libraries I had in my studio. They would come in, tell me what they were looking for and I would play various cuts according to what they asked for. So many of them didn't have a clue. When they asked for something like "such and such a band", you never knew if it was the melody, the rhythm, the guitar sound or what that had actually perked their ear. Sometimes I would send them 10 cuts of what they asked for and a couple that were entirely different but generally it was the different ones that they picked. It is extremely hard for anyone to second guess what the client really has on their minds. That was the big problem with TAXI. It went thru an extra step of someone trying to guess what should be sent forward to the client. Really, most of the "providers" don't really know what they want. IMO.
You just hit the nail right on the head! I think it's a waste of time trying to write a song for a specific opportunity then. All we've got to do is just submit whatever song we feel like and hope it's the one that's gonna tickle their taste buds!
hey toby ! i see your doing great in the six pack !! yay!
No one's more surprised then me. Thanks for the cheers!
I dunno Jeff, It's all I can do to hold onto #1 from ya.
You deserve to be there, your music is amazing! :)
Toby, you've been a busy guy. I listened to THE CHALLENGE. Is that you singing? If so, you have a wonderful voice. I listened to a pop tune of your also very good. I noticed you're one above me #9 in the challenge competition. Good luck with it. You're very tatented.
Sylvia, thanks for your comments. It doesn't seem that we can listen to which song is in the 6 pack challenge so I don't know what song you think I am singing. Usually I have friends sing the few songs I write with lyrics - being mostly instrumental stuff- . I have sung a few novelty ones. I listened to many of your songs. VERY NICE! Is that you singing? Clean recordings as well. Good luck on the contest. It's a bitch.
Toby, Thanks for your comments on my songs. I'm the lyricist. I use several studios. COME ON HOME, the latest song is my favorite. I don't remember which song I heard of yours. But it was great. Don't have a picture, don't know how to get it on the computer. May learn how to do that. Good luck.
hi toby !! congrats on you win .. love the song!!!