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Thank you so much for the kind and positive review of my instrumental, "Berkshire Spring". This version is an instrumental lift from my song, "The Secrets Of Life", which currently a Top Ten song at Broadjam. Check it out...I am thinking you will really dig the lyrics. Hope life in KC is good these days. I went to KU and was part of the vibrant music scene in KC in the 60's and 70's. It was a great time..... but LA Was calling and I went.... Best to you, Chet Nichols....... PS I love you music....!!!
Loved your piece. Rock chalk Jayhawks!!! Wow, I didn't know you went to KU. You followed your calling, and it looks like you made the right choice!!!!!
KC is alright. Dealing with the crazy weather changes right now. 70s yesterday afternoon, mid 20s yesterday evening. Crazy!
Thank you for listening to my music. I appreciate it. Keep creating that beautiful music!!!
Hey there Chet, thanks for the stars on my tune, I've been a bit off the grid a bit as my lovely mom (100 yrs old) passed away this week - It hasn't really hit me yet, still feels she's around "somewhere". Anyways, I'm very appreciative of the ears, so big thanks! - diane
Hey Diane, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I could never say "I know how you feel", as I don't. But I have a sensitivity to what you are going through. Lost my dad at 7, oldest brother when he was 45, next brother at 70 and my mom back in 1992. It is not easy, but I have great spiritual faith and know the transition is to.... Glory. Anyway, my prayers go out to you and your family. I wrote a wonderful song, "The Sands Of Time", about people passing it has a lot of hope embedded in it. Here is a link: https://chetnichols.net/single-the-
sands-of-time.... I think it will comfort you. I hope so.
God bless and keep me posted how you are doing.
Thanks for that Chet, I did listen to "Sands of Time" - yes very hopeful lyrics, we need more of that on this crazy planet don't we? I also listened to a few other tracks and was equally impressed with them, you're not only a great musician and vocalist, but a great lyricist too. Things are going along. This period of time has given me a unique chance to reflect on lots of good things, many of which I wouldn't have even thought about - so there's always some good somewhere eh? Go well, and thanks again, Diane
Hey Sarah, I think you have one of the most distinctive voices I have heard of late. You are truly blessed and gifted. I also love your production values on the tracks you've recorded. In this day of copy-cat production and voices, to hear someone who has a mature and unique timber is very cool and engaging. I am doing mostly soundtracks for movies and TV.... As I rebuild my singing voice after it was attacked by a weird virus that paralyzed both my vocal cords. Just getting the voice back at full-strength.... So, more singing tracks are coming. Anyway, continued success... don't ever stop .... No matter what! Best, Chester Nichols
Hey Patrick, I am getting close to releasing a new ambient, new-age album....and just posted a new track.... "Caravan To Orion".... hypnotizing track with lots of levels and flavors.... check it out.... wear some over-the-ear headphones as it has some "health tones" embedded in it....
Will Do! P.
Thanks for the review of one my vintage outside-loner-acid-psychedelic song, "Kites In The County". Sorry, you didn't really like the song, but it does come from a totally different era of music, as it was recorded "LIVE" at Wally Heider's studio in San Francisco waaaaay back in 1972. Back then, Wally Heider's, was the center of the Bay Area recording scene. Anyway, on that day, I was working with my producer, Stephen Barncard (David Crosby, CSNY, The Grateful Dead...etc)) on my second album, "Waving Prairie". Songwriting was different back then. Yes, we had to have singles, but the album cuts allowed us to create longer, more atmospheric tunes, which "Kites in The County". This was also a thread that was woven in the psychedelic music scene in SF and in the Laurel Canyon songwriter scene I was part of in LA.
On the song, "Waving Prairie", Stephen was able to bring in the tabla virtuoso, Zakir Hussain (https://zakirhussain.com/) to play tabla (check it out). It is an amazing song. Once we had finished recording the song, "Waving Prairie", Zakir just wanted to keep playing with me. So, I had just finished writing, "Kites In The County", and I suggested we just jam to the song. And that is what we did. I asked Zakir if he wanted to rehearse the song and he said, "No, just play and I'll join in". So, I opened the song with the harmonics and Zakir joined in. We played the song, I sang and we improv-ed our way thru it with no rehearsal all in ... ONE "live take". Once we finished the song, everyone in the studio and the booth sat there stunned. It was quite the track and experience. Stephen broke the spell and laughing he said, "Ahhh, that is a keeper"..... and it made its way to the album.
I guess you had to be there.
Anyway, I do miss those days of recording. I am still close friends with Zakir and Stephen.
Ahhh, the magic of music.
Anyway, you have a lot of nice songs and a bright future ahead of you. Keep up the good work and great success in the future.
Hi Chet, Thanks for the kind response, and for taking the time to share that story! Sounds like it was an amazing experience, and a powerful musical moment for all involved. I'm glad to have heard of it. The technical and musical skill of all the players definitely does shine through on the track. And in context of the story of how the song came into existence, the longer track definitely makes sense!
Thanks for reaching out, and I wish you all the best!
Hey Arden, thanks for the great review of my song, "Tangled Up In You".... people generally love the tune. Me, too.
Continued success..... I produce a lot of instrumental soundscapes, too. Check out my sit and listen to, "Ticking Stars"..... Very Bowie like.... Best, Chet Nichols
Hi Chet, thanks for reaching out and of course! It was a catchy tune. I will check out Ticking Stars and let you know what I think. You would probably really dig the newest song I just uploaded called More Than Most. It's currently an instrumental but I am in the process of writing lyrics and doing the vocals. Thanks again and take care, Arden.
Thanks for the great review of the INSTRUMENTAL VERSION of my song, "Bernadelle". At one time it won the "Best Song Contest at Broadjam"! Glad you like the "the band sound"! But, here is a secret, I played all the instruments and made it sound "live", something I am good at. That said, PLEASE seek out the version on Broadjam with LYRICS. It is a fun song, I wrote back a couple years ago. It is dedicated to my grade-school music teacher who was a Catholic nun at school. She was a brilliant teacher and instrumentalist. I would often wonder what she would have done with her life had she not dedicated herself to being a devout nun. As I pondered this, I envisioned her living on a sailboat docked in the River Seine in Paris and that the boat was filled with instruments and the tools to paint pictures. Nice image, eh. Fun story. I truly loved Sister Bernadelle and oddly enough, I have found it almost impossible to find another woman named Bernadelle on the Internet. She was truly "One-In-9-Billion".... Best to you!
Hey Randy, Thanks for the great review of the INSTRUMENTAL VERSION of my song, "If You See Kaye". At one time it won the "Best Song Contest at Broadjam"! Glad you like the "the LIVE band sound"! But, here is a secret, I played all the instruments and made it sound "live", something I am good at. That said, PLEASE seek out the version on Broadjam with LYRICS> It is a fun song, I wrote back in 1965, and meant to be a Beatles-Kinks crossover track. Fun story..... Best to you!
Hey Mrs. Kate,
Thanks for the Perfect 5 (or is it a "10") score for my song, "Pennies From Parking Lots".....I love that song. I wrote it for my grandfather. True story.... Ya know, YOU should record it!
May you be blessed with Love & Light and PURE Source Energy!
I knew it was you...I heard that song before!
Hey there Chet, Thanks for sending me to your page, I'm listening to your "Flying My Pyramid" and wowwowowowo absolutely love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your mix is so full and engaging!!!!!!!!!! Lots going on but it all sings together in one big happy voice! I'd be happy to get some of that into my
own mixes, so good to be inspired, it's like being shown brand new colours you've never seen before, big rainbows !!! that's for sure!!!!!!Big thanks!
Hey Diane...thanks for the kind words. "Flying My Pyramid" was inspired by a dream I had of discovering a pyramid in the desert, got inside and found a way to fly it...
Check out "Ticking Stars"....it has BOWIE-like vibe to it. It is a great track....
And then, "Stairway To Peace" was inspired by a dream, too. Woke up and went in and laid the basic track down and it was done in 3 days. The next day, the Middle East broke out in war.... hmmmm.
Thanks, again....keep me posted...
Hey Diane.... I just released another new instrumental single that will be part of the "Flying My Pyramid" album. This new song is entitled, "Caravan To Orion"..... I think you will really like this track! Hope all is well... Best, Chet
Sure do like it! Especially the change & lift at 1:26 and again at 6:06, really rich & wonderful! Sounds like your album is gonna be spectacular! Keep going!
Thanks for the GREAT review of the instrumental version of my song, "The Transportation Blues". I really loved your feedback. Oddly enough, I wrote that way back in the mid-1970's and recently re-recorded it. There is a version with lyrics. Check it out...it is sexy and fun. God bless and Happy New Year. I also tried to do my best Joe Walsh vocal on the track.....!!!
Thanks for the GREAT review of the instrumental version of my song, "Love Turned Into A Fever". I really loved your feedback. Oddly enough, I wrote that way back in the mid-1960's and recently re-recorded it. There is a version with lyrics. Check it out...it is sexy and fun. God bless and Happy New Year.
It's good to hear from you again, and yes I will certainly have to check that out! I wish I could've experienced the 1960's myself. I hope you have a great New Year!
Another solid one Chet! P. Instrumental
Hi Chet! Have just gone through a few of your songs. Firstly, what a style range you have and secondly, what keyboards/Synth do you use? Some really cool sounds in there. Wow! Well done! Best wishes for 2024!
Hey Paul, thanks for the kind words. Aside from an array of acoustic instruments, for keys, I use an M-AUDIO 88 weighted keyboard controller, a 61 M-Audio controller and a Yamaha MONTAGE synth M8x. But my favorite tools are my plugs-in and instruments from NI, Soundpaint, 8dio, Spitfire Audio, Waves and others. Just discovered SoundIRON....great offerings from them. After all the time and years, I have an abundant asset library.
Ah...I have seen some ads for Spitfire audio on facebook and yeah, it sounds great! I've got a Yamaha S70sx and I know it was developed around the same time as your Yamaha synth. I have also got garritan IO orchestra but need to get into the program more to get the most out of it. Many thanks Chet for the reply and will listen out for more of your songs. Best wishes, Paul
Hi Chet! Thanks for the mail! Now the "Spirits Of Christmas" makes perfect sense with vocals on. An absolutely beautiful song, mate! No wonder that the Johnny B Good song sounded like it did. That's a real bit of history you got there, Chet! Will look forward to hearing some other songs in your list in the near future. Go steady and Happy New Year!
Paul, stop bye sometime and enjoy more.
Hope you have a great New Years.... Best, Chester
Hi Chet! Just listened to "Majic"! I knew I recognized that voice! Seems you're quite over any vocal issues now! Voice is strong! Nice tune!
Happy Holidays Sir! catnip=+=
Always nice to hear from you. Hope Santa treated you well and that you have a great new year! Best wishes, Chester
Thanks for the great review of my song, "I Have A Dream">... I love that song...
Also, I wrote a rock song back in 1964 entitled, "If Your See Kaye"..... it is a really fun song and won a "Beat Song Award" a while back. Very much an upgraded 1960's tune. Give it a listen.....
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Holidays!
Chet, Thanks for the positive review of "This Makes Me Happy"...And you are correct when supervisors like the 3 act play structure, with the builds and drops, for sure on Trailers, and most EDM yes......with exceptions like sound scapes etc, but just about everything else, the standard structure of some sort. In that, should be builds, lifts and drops. I like your stuff! Marvin
Thanks for the 5's for "Space In Between". Appreciate it.
Enjoying your venture into the new age world...
Bill a.k.a MrBill
Thanks for the 5-Stars for "Flying My Pyramid"..... Glad you liked it!
Hey Chet enjoyed the listen, thanks for sharing. Scott
Hey Frank, thanks for the thorough and insightful review of my Neo-Classical composition, "Himalayan Borealis". I grew up playing in orchestras. I was a child prodigy on cello and started playing in competitions and orchestras at 8. So, I love doing classical tracks, but I love doing whatever comes to me. I woke up this morning and was still in the sleep mode.....deep....sat down to the piano and wrote an incredible 12 minute piece.....with eyes half-open....weird.... Anyway, thanks for the review and CONGRATS on winning the song competition. Best, Chet Nichols
Thanks for the fun review of my instrumental, "Hollywood Strut". It IS an instrumental version of my song with lyrics, "Hollywood, Hollywood"..... which I INSIST you find at my site, grab the earphones and joy. You gonna diiiiiiiggg it! Best, Chet Nichols
Sure I'll def check it out. I look forward to hearing and I'll let you know what I think once I listen. Take Care, Arden.
Keep on grooving! By the way, "Hollywood, Hollywood" was inspired by Don Henley of Eagles...
Thanks for the 5-stars on my songs, "ticking stars" and "Stairway To Peace". I love those songs, too.... Glad you do to. Currently working on a 62 track world-new age song. Takes quite a bit of time to produce it. Moreover it is a little over 12-minutes. I'll make one, but also have a 4 and 7 minute version for the sync crowds.... They are so fickle... anyway... a little hard to compose and then work full-time selling cars.... But the economy is so tough right now.... Anyway, best to you and your endeavors. I DO have a new album, "Drifting Fog".....it is at Broadjam. You might like it. A lot of songs inspired by the ocean. God bless....Chet Nichols
Wow. You must have made a lot of money. You're real successful. Keep it up. Sylvia
SYLVIA, "Ha".... I did OK, but money is a fluid exchange and hard to keep....especially at my age. These days it is very hard to make a living in the music business...and even harder to make money unless you are touring....
BUT, I love it and keep on writing.... or MY MUSES begin wo whine and complain.
Anyway, I LOVE you music and voice.... wonderful...you are gifted.
Stop by and enjoy some of my newest offerings....especially, "Flying My Pyramid".... grab the headphones and sit back and TAKE the stick!
Hey Chet! Dizzy M d is great! I was right in the jungle! And I'm so glad about your voice! I've so enjoyed your compositions and glad to be a part of this party of love! catnip=+=
Stop by and enjoy some of my newest offerings....especially, "Flying My Pyramid".... grab the headphones and sit back and TAKE the stick!
Thanks for a kind review of Only Getting High, glad you enjoyed it.
Great ideas for the bridge but, sadly, my vocals are quite restricted nowadays due to the impact of vocal cord problems a year or two back and the fact that I'm now quite an old sod! It is incredibly frustrating because it severely limits what I'm capable of singing which, in turn, limits my songwriting. Since a lot of the satisfaction for me is being able to do the whole thing myself, I am very reluctant to hand my song on to a demo singer. I'm not keen on paying out for a singer, however, it's something I will have to think seriously about in the near future.
Thanks again, very much appreciated.
NO problem, the song rings true.
Man, I know the whole vocal chord deal, first hand. After a bout with a strange pre-Covid virus that caused a bronchitus issue, it ATTACKED by vocal chords and paralyzed them one night. The next day, I could not sing. I freaked out. Fortunately, my doctor knew a specialist who worked with Sir Paul, Sir Elton, Robert Plant, Adele and Celine and others and we met and he said he had never seen anything like my voice issue. It was a long slow process back. I didn't know if I'd ever sing again. Then, after driving to work when I would pray the rosary, that night I had a dream where I was prompted to SING the rosary to the Virgin Mary, starting off in my low register and moving up and down the scale. Within a couple weeks, my voice came back. These days, it is very solid and strong. Don't know that you are a believer, but I don't think you need to, just ask the Virgin Mary for help. She is very kind.
Anyway, I liked the song.
I wrote one a couple years back after seeing so many of my friends passing from drugs (I worked with MANY "Name" artists). Then, after seeing the Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a overdose. This song won many song contests, but I could never get it placed because it is TOO real. These days they wants beats, beats, beats....airy, repetative vocals.....blah, blah, blah.... with happy, undefined, ambiguous lyrics...
Anyway, yove to hear your thoughts on this one.
Fascinating recovery, wow! You were certainly fortunate to get your full range back. That's what comes of knowing good people - and believing. Not sure I qualify for that remedy?!
I like Needle In His Arm, it's very authentic and has an unorthodox chord sequence which took me a little time to get my head around. Once I'd mastered that it all fell into place beautifully. Yes, a good song indeed.
Keep them coming,
Many thanks for the stars for Remember Last Summer, much appreciated.
I love your "Remember Last Summer"! Beautiful sentiment and brings memories to so many of us, "the way we were". Hope you and family are all well. I have had a lot of trouble with this site vs Google Chrome. No music files would work, (all of a sudden!), so I've uninstalled it several times, and now on Bing, and was able to bring everything back up. I've been wresting with this for over a week!
Hard to believe that we are so close to September, once again, and looking forward to autumn!
"Talk" to you later!
Thanks for the comments, and your perseverance! Glad you liked the song.
Lots of people have had problems with the BJ site recently. It's very poor and has had major glitches since they modernized it.
Thanks for the update Bob. I miss the last version of BJ; so much easier to navigate and, less issues!
Try moving over to BRAVE browser...it is all I use now....plus, Safari, too... Brave is very good.....
cyn who? Corkran?
I will try Brave Chet Thanks So Much!!! catnip=+=
Hope all is well with you!
I've been using the Brave browser for a long time now, is far better than most, and less invasive. This Bjam site is still full of problems nonetheless, some I've reported. By far the worst aspect is the mail system. Try following a mail message conversation - the sent folder doesn't even tell you who each message was sent to! Not good.
Thanks for the stars on Never Surrender, much appreciated!