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Thank you for the 5* for 'Mesmerise Me' William. Much appreciated. David.
Thank you for your review of 'The Way You Change'. Glad you like the song. Yes, the bass is a synth. David.
Keep em comin BRO!! pat
Many thanks for the review Mrs Kate. Much appreciated. David.
you are welcome
Thank you very much for your review of 'Mesmerise Me'. I really appreciate your comments. David.
Good Morning David, You are welcome! Great stuff!
P.S. thanks for the 5*. David.
Thanks you for the 5* Kate. David.
Thanks for liking the Thrift Store Song, David!
No problem Kate, an inventive, clever song as always.
And thank you for the 5* for 'Keep Me Warm' John. David.
You're much welcome, David, deservedly so!
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
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.
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
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.
P.S. Frank. Thank you for the 5* for 'Mesmerise Me'. David.
Hello. Thank you for your review of 'Keep Me Warm'. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the song more as it has had numerous plays on BBC Radio here in the UK. David.
Hi. I said your song was nice, sorry if you was offended, I'm a young talent, your music fits your genre and time period so overall it was okay!
Thanks KeKe. No I'm not offended. A lot of my songs are more contemporary. In fact many are dance and house orientated, but remember you're not judging the genre nor the time period, you're judging the song. If a song sounds old fashioned, then that might effect its marketability score in 2022, but not the other categories. David.
thanks for the review of Bifocal blues. MK
Hi Frank. Thank you very much for your review of 'Mesmerise Me' and your useful comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the song. David.
Hello once again John. Thank you very much for the 5* ratings. Very kind of you. David.
"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
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.
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
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.
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!
Hi John. Thank you for your generous review of 'Goodbye To Paradise'. Glad you liked the song. The producer Corin takes a lot of credit for the final result. Thanks again. David.
Thank you for the review of 'Believe'. I'm glad you enjoyed the track. I take your point about the vocal. The reason it might quite work as well as I'd hoped was that the song was recorded during lockdown, with the result that I couldn't get a vocalist in and I ended up recording the vocal myself in the living room. Thanks again. David.
No worries at all. Great job getting it done! I know how that goes. I have several tracks that I was "forced" to sing myself because I couldn't get a vocalist, which is often the case with my songs, but it is what is sometimes.
Be and stay well,
Thanks so much for your thoughtful and detailed review of my song "I Can Dream". I appreciate your positive comments and your constructive feedback as well. Good input and things for me to think about and/or incorporate.
No problem Frank!
Hi William. Thank you for your perceptive review of 'Mesmerise Me'. Much appreciated. David.
Thank you for your review of 'The Sea'. I get where you're coming from in your comments. David.
Thank you very much for the 5* for 'Believe'. Much appreciated. David
Hello once again Phil. Thanks once more for your generous review of 'Mesmerise Me'. I really appreciate it. And for the 5* for 'The Way You Change'. David.
You're welcome David . Obviously , I'm an old timer now , but I still know a good tune when I hear it .
Phil. Thank you for your review of 'The Way You Change'. A lot of the credit for the way the song sounds goes to the vocalist Gus and the producer Corin. BTW a few years ago I walked from Gravesend to Eastbourne. It was interesting to visit a part of the country that was new to me.
Blimey , that's some walk !
Next time you're down this way , pop in for a cup of tea - or a beer .
Great song by the way .
Thank you for your review of 'Believe'.
Hey, David - thanks for you great review of my track 'Feels Like The Seasons Have Gone Cold'. Great, too, that you think it sounds like Goldfrapp as I also think the track is reminiscent of their music...
No problem Steve.
Hi David, thx for the 5 stars on Desert Road, cheers.
It's great Randall. Really haunting. I love that mix of the male and female vocal.
Thx so much. I don't sing too well so it's a challenge sometimes to bring in other vocalists and get the right sound
Many thanks for the stars for The Drawing Room. Much appreciated.
No problem Bob.
Hi Randall. Thank you for the 5* for 'Too Different To Change'. I thought maybe it was a bit rough around the edges because I played everything on the song and finger picking doesn't come easy to me. Thanks again. David.
I thought it sounded great. Well played instrumentation, as far as I can hear.
Thank you for the 5* and playlisting for 'Believe'. I really appreciate it. David.
Thank you for your review of 'Believe'. I appreciate it.
Thanks for the 5 star. I aooreciate it.
No problem Evan. The song is really catchy.
Hi Eric & Ray. Thank you so much for your review of 'The Sea' and for your constructive comments. Glad you enjoyed the song! David.
Hi Marilyn. Thank you for your review of 'The Way You Change'. Glad you liked the song! Thanks again. David.