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Hi Mark, many thanks for your kind review of my song "Race To The Finish". Good luck to you and your music in 2012. - Alex
To everyone ive connected with and got to know here at Broadjam - Merry Christmas & a happy new year...
Thanks, Des. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too and good luck with your music in 2012. - Alex
As promised I finally got round to listening to your classical and jazz music - very powerful stuff indeed. It seems that "It Only Happens In The Movies" is not typical of your usual compositions. I am not sure that I have the ability to produce what you do, although I might give it a go. I have a Yamaha digital piano which MIDIs into Cubase 5 with Halion Symphony Orchestra, so I believe that I have the equipment. What software do you use to create your classical works?
Have a good Christmas and all the best with your music.
Sorry for the delay in responding, but things came about which just had to be sorted before the new year began.
Thank you for listening to other examples of my music and for your encouraging comment "very powerful stuff". Yes I try my best, but am still anxiously awaiting some positive results.
Having said that however, just before Christmas, I received the welcome news that my Big Cat Kingdom had made the Top 5 Finals in the 2011 Song of the Year Contest - so there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
Sounds as though you have some good basic equipment, so I hope to hear some good orchestral work from you. I use a digital piano, Sibelius and the Garritan Personal Orchestra, which does have a few compatibility problems with Sibelius - which, although annoying, I somehow manage to get around.
I wish you and yours a good, productive 2012, during which I will be eagerly listening out for your orchestral endeavours.
I wish you success with your music and any other creativity.
The main thing is NEVER GIVE UP!
My turn for a delayed response and I apologize. Well done on making the finals of the 2011 Song of the Year contest and good luck in the final. At present I am trying to improve my music and songwriting through feedback sessions on SongU, so I have not been on Broadjam as often; however, I want to come back better than before.
I did try out Sibelius but had problems with the demo version which rather put me off a purchase. I chose Cubase instead, especially as it offered a free trial and ultimate discount on Halion Symphony Orchestra. I think that ultimately my main pitching will be for TV and film but I need to improve the quality of my production. For the time being I just want to make better audio-visual presentations with better music.
I wish you a productive 2012 for your music, starting with the Broadjam final.
Many thanks for your very encouraging review of "Waiting For The Day". Good luck with your music. - Alex
Thank you for your fair analysis of It Only Happens In The Movies.
I was particularly chuffed by your 4/5 acceptance of my singing. I too have been writing since the sixties, but have not dared to call myself a singer. I decided to have a go with this song because session singers are just too much of a drain on my finances. Normally I write very rangy songs which I know to be out of my league, in which case I have little option but to dig deeply into my pockets - but I may have just managed with this song.
I do not agree with the "too much staccato" comment. I think that it adds a bit of fun and sparkle and breaks the monotony of the amount legato, which this track has. In my opinion, a little more legato in POP could be a good thing - provided that it is appropriate to the song and proportionate to quantity of any legato present. Although I do not agree, I still thank you for bringing it to my attention in such a constructive, polite manner.
I am a self taught orchestrator, who is getting more involved with orchestral classical music - so any constructive criticism is most welcome and appreciated.
I have listened to some of your music and cannot help noticing how much synthesised sound you use. I have to say that I prefer real instruments - even if they are sampled. Hence I would suggest that you have a go at writing some orchestral music, perhaps starting with some small chamber combinations? I am pretty sure you can do it Alex and I believe that you would gain much satisfaction therefrom- so why not have a go??
Thanks again Alex and good luck with your music - I mean it!
Best wishes from Dave Brown.
Many thanks for these very interesting comments. Although your song may not have been the most commercial track I listened to yesterday, it was certainly the most interesting and original. I agree with you that the staccato effect added to the atmosphere of the song but just felt that it was a little overdone. It would be a boring world if we all agreed on everything. Your singing is much better than mine, although like you, I might have to give it a go. I did win a karaoke competition once but heaven knows how!
I am interested in your comments on orchestration and will listen to more of your tracks in the week ahead. I have actually had a bash ay writing orchestral music as I usually provide the music to the audio-visuals that my wife and I make - we belong to an AV group which exhibits to the public. You can find some of my orchestral music on my YouTube channel 'ashouston1' (Madeira and the Fjords are examples). I am not particularly happy with them and think that I can do better.
I agree with you on my synthesised sounds and commented on another music site that I hide behind my DAW. My daughter, who lives in London, is better at electronic music than I am and wrote "Last Goodbye" which I have put on Broadjam with her permission.
As I said, I will listen to more of your music over the holiday period and get back to you.
Best wishes, Alex
Hi Alex - thank you for your review.
i have been just informed by Broadjam that my song Lost Angel was rated the highest in the review process for a placement and that i'm entitled to $50-whoopy whoopy doo-my 1st (small) $ payout of its kind for my music-all biz... lets hope i win placement as well...
Well done Des ! and good luck .
Right on Des!!
well done Des its a great song i cant fault it well deserved
Thanks guys/gals-it's Victory for Lost Angel...
Well done, Des. I managed a 96% on placement review recently but didn't come top. "Lost Angel" deserves it. Have a good festive season. - Alex
thanks Alex, may you and your family have a great festive time. ive wrote a christmas song. hopefully, my christmas song turns out good musically and will get it some airplay next year...
Congratulations Des, hard work pays off as does a good song!!
Hi Lou. Many thanks for your kind review of my track "Waiting For The Day". - Alex
Hi, many thanks for your kind review of "Race To The Finish" - Alex
Alex, thanks for your nice review of my song YOU DO ME IN. I'm the lyricist, so it was their decision to end the song that way. Thanks again.
Hi Sylvia. It is always a pleasure listening to your songs and "You Do Me In" was no exception. Good luck with it. - Alex
Alex thanks for the review on You Smiley Killer-i appreciate your time and effort as well...
My pleasure, Des. Excellent song. I thought it was one of yours at first but changed my mind halfway through.
Hi Alex, and many thanks for your enthusiastic review of my song "Survive". I appreciate very much your informative and interesting comments and high marks. Thanks, John.
My pleasure, John. Good luck with the song. - Alex
Hi Alex, many thanks for your fantastic review of '27' (under your spell) Its about the trappings of fame and was written with the death of Amy Winehouse in mind at the age of 27, and Janis Joplin, Brian Jones etc. There is a surprising amount of stars who have died at that age, hence my title, I love metaphor, so tend to write my lyrics not as straight as a dye. Have taken onboard your constructive comments with ref to a good end chord. Your sound is very unique and I really liked your opus 'last Goodbye'.
Many thanks and good luck! Dave Kelly
Hi Dave. I really enjoyed the track. I was aware of the significance of the age '27' and think that Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison were among the others who died at that age. I am glad that you liked 'Last Goodbye', although I have to credit that track to my daughter, Melanie. - Alex
Hi Andy. Many thanks for your very kind review of "Race to the Finish". I really appreciated it. Alex
I apparently deviated from my usual thank you note after your review of our song "About My Sister".....first & foremost, thank you for a very good review!
I only wanted to casually approach your comment "My only minor gripe is that the mood of the music was not entirely suited to the lyrics. But, I admit, that is being picky."
Although this song is one of the very few that I didn't write, (which actually enables me to be less biased than a writer who was 'hands on' with it) I feel that the music mood does very much blend with the lyric....I guess that you would have to know my two daughters and the writer of the song to fully comprehend it....sort of an 'inside' thing....Brooke, the vocalist was 18-19 (she's 25 now) at the time....on the verge of beginning college(which she completed, I'm happy to say, successfully with a BM in vocal performance, magna cum laude)and now she's almost finished with her Masters!
A footnote: we wanted Brooke to hit a high soprano A at the end of the piece, which she was un-comfortable with....we recently recorded (August) "Lovin You" in Las Vegas (onour page) where she hits the minor and major 3rd above that A, and if push were to come to shove, she could probably sing an octave above that A now!
My other daughter was a handful at the time, and so this song was born!
Hi Rich. Many thanks for your interesting comment. I am pleased that your daughter is doing so well. Although I reviewed the song some time ago, I remember it well. My wife and her sister, who normally get on very well, were going through a really bad patch and it was difficult to listen to the song without relating it to their problems. This may be where my comment came from as theirs was a very different relationship to that dealt with in the song. Perhaps, I should have been more objective, although my subjectivity was part of the reason that I enjoyed the song so much. As a point of interest, I also have two daughters who have had their differences. They get on better now but live in London and Sydney and communicate via Facebook! I will make a point of listening to "About my sister" again when I get a few moments. Cheers, Alex
Girls are great! I single-parented both Brooke and her younger sister Sarah for 8-9 years!
Your comments above make sense!
If you have some time, Brooke has several dozen beautiful pieces on our page...We love London and England, and who knows possibly one day soon all of the collective daughters and their fathers can meet!
Hi Rich. Can I ask a quick query before I get around to listening to Brooke's songs (and I promise I will)? My daughter, Melanie, has agreed to me putting one of her tracks, which she also wrote, onto Broadjam. However, apart from creating an audio-visual for it, I had no input on the track. Is this allowed in Broadjam as I have no wish to be thrown off? Thanks, Alex
Thanks! I wouldn't worry about that....I've had Brooke, Kristin, Jovanny...heck, I've even got tracks from my friends that I' behind....helping....so, I doubt seriously if bjam cares about something like that!
Thanks for your advice. Rich. I will do it! - Alex
Hi Joe. Many thanks for the very encouraging review of my instrumental "Waiting For The Day". It was much appreciated. Alex
Hi Bellamy, thanks for your encouraging and helpful review of my song "Race to the Finish". Much appreciated. - Alex
Alex, thank you for reviewing my song "Wind 'o night". I appreciate it very much. Osea
It was a pleasure, Osea. Good luck with it. - Alex
Alex, here is my email firstname.lastname@example.org send me an email as i want to chat to you about PRS thanks, des.
Hi Johnny, thank you for your kind review of my song "Waiting For The Day" - Alex
Hi Alex, thank you so much for your kind review of my song "Superhuman." I have to say, I might like your title suggestion better:) Thanks again! Amanda
No problem, Amanda. I really enjoyed the song. Glad you like my title suggestion - Alex
Hi Scott. Many thanks for your kind review of my song "Race To The Finish". Your constructive comment that it would go with a visual is particularly apt as I belong to an audio-visual group and write music with AV in mind.
My pleasure Alex -- a great lyric and a little melody tweeking would make for a great dance-pop song here..
Hi Osea, many thanks for your review of my song "Waiting For The Day" and for your constructive comments.
You are welcome Alex, a pleasure for me. Osea
Many thanks for your review. It was much appreciated, and very useful. Thank you.
Al (The Trouts)
No problem, Al. It was a highly original and very enjoyable song.
Many thanks for your helpful and constructive review of "Waiting For The Day" - Alex
you are most welcome, nice tune Alex
Hi D.S., many thanks for your helpful and constructive review of "Race To The Finish". I will take your comments on board.
Alex, thanks for you nice review of my song: RUSH RUSH HOME, OH YEAH. I'm the lyricist. I'm glad you liked it. What bothered me was how the vocalist sang RUSH RUSH HOME in the choruses. It sounded weird to me. I'm wondering if I can use it for licensing.
Hi Sylvia. I enjoyed the song and wondered if it was one of yours as I listened. The vocalist has a very good voice but I did find her "Rush Rush Home" a little strange. I am probably not the best person to ask about licensing. I just register my songs with PRS in the UK and leave it to them, so I am a bit naive really.
Many thanks for your kind and constructive review of my song "Waiting For The Day". I am planning a revamp and remix of the song and will take your comments on board.
hey Peter thanks for your review of our song "medicine." if you like that please check out some more of our music at www.facebook.com/thestephenbanister
Hi Peter, many thanks for your kind review and constructive comments for my song "Waiting For The Day". The song originally had lyrics - hence the title - but some of these I have forgotten. I will try to resurrect them.
Hi Eric, thank you for your very thorough and constructive review of my song "Waiting for the Day". The piece was indeed constructed as a backdrop to an audio-visual about Edinburgh's ghostly past. I will take your advice on board. Alex
Alex you're the man-thanks for your review of Lost Angel, i appreciate your time and effort aswell...
Lost Angel deserves to make it big. Good luck with it, Desy.