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Hi Roy. I wanted to tell you how much Broadjam has helped me move forward in my career. If it wasn't for my membership, I would never have had the pleasure of working with Johnny Neel and his crew in Nashville. They are the reason I released my first CD, after Doug called me and said, "Johnny wanted me to call you and tell you we think you have something here." I have a number of songs inspired by the 6-pack and other writing contests, one of which I recently produced and recorded in LA as a gnarly blues rock guitar instrumental. I treasure at least a dozen songs that would never have been written without the Broadjam songwriting challenges. Being a member has been the most fun way to learn about the business side of music (if there is such a thing); and I have found Broadjam--and its community--to be a resource like no other. Have a great 2022 and thanks for all you do for songwriters.
Thanks so much for the thoughtful comments. But more importantly, thank you for all of the music and the contributions you have made to the Broadjam community. Listening to your music over the years has been nothing less than joyful. Watching you grow and stretch as a writer into different genres is inspiring. After receiving your note, I have been listening to your playlist and realized one more time how wide-ranging and remarkable your songlist is. I just love Cholcolate Buttercream, Miss Hattie Moran's Georgia Rag, Hospital and Rush On the Savannah may be one of the most interesting and captivating pieces of music I have heard in a while. Certainly, I have my favorites from your list and I'm only half-way through, but I haven't heard one yet that isn't well written/produced. Congrats, you just keep getting better and more advanced as a songwriter. Thanks for putting it on Broadjam.
I am so glad you connected with Johnny Neel and Doug Jones as they are two of my favorite people on the planet. I spent a lot of time with Johnny when he was on the road with Allman Brothers and wrote a song with him as well. He may be the most versatile and talented musician I have ever worked with. Doug is truly one-of-a-kind as well. A killer guitar player and a great friend. If I lived next door them, I am sure we would find all kinds of ways to get in trouble with loud music LOL.
I am also thrilled to know the 6-Pack and other songwriting challenges are helping you stretch outside of your comfort zone. Stay tuned for more good stuff coming down the road as we plan on expanding the songwriting competitions and relaunching the new 6-Pack as well.
Thanks again for the wonderful note. You made my day!
PS - Just as I was finishing this up, Hit and Run came up in your playlist and I'm smiling from ear-to-ear.
Hi Roy. Johnny and Doug, and Dennis and Daryl (and Johnny's wife Christine on backing vox) arranged and recorded at least 40 songs for me from 2007 to present, not to mention all the great info and advice over the years. Hit and Run is a Broadjam-born song. I wrote it for a challenge BJ offered years ago with a selection of music beds for participants to write to. I loved the rock track, and dark lyrics streamed out pronto from I-don't-know-where! It's a song that requires much more vocal power and attitude than I've developed, and since lyrics are heavy-metal dark, I sang a scratch vocal years ago and just last fall decided to finish it as an instrumental, to license as backing for sports media.
Another of my favorites was from a BJ challenge to write a birthday song. I was so irritated and remember thinking: "Well, there's the standard, and then the Beatles wrote one. What more can there be?!?! I ended up writing two! The first was a goofy novelty tune that has stood the test of time; the drums and bass (bass solo sounding a bit like a tuba) constituted the first production track I licensed. The second song landed on my debut CD, arranged and played by Johnny. I was sitting at the piano one day, still in my frowny mood about the likelihood of a decent birthday song, and the opener popped into my head: "Well, I'm too old for toys / but I still eat cake / so come by my house later / and help me celebrate... and continued into a playful, sexy mood: Will you be my present / will you keep me up late / blow out all of my candles / and untie this bow...
BJ challenges can function as a songwriting class with effective and intriguing writing prompts, in a format that's pure fun, much more so than a typical lyric-writing class. I'm always interested in listeners picks and song-specific comments.
Kate, you have some wonderful music! Some of the most fun children's songs I've heard since Philadelphia Chickens! Are you going to do a CD and book for A Horse Named Sherman? My son is a K-8 music teacher and I would love to surprise him with it. All best, Hattie
Thank you! Yes I have a couple hundred albums left (lol) first album - ordered too many syndrome...
ordering info at http://www.heronandearth.com/New--Music.html. 1 and yes I have some children's books in the works too.
I tried to purchase your albums today but something wasn't working with my card. Will try again.
I have to look up Philadelphia Chickens now.
I hope to record some "Grown Up" songs this winter. Happy Healthy New Year to you and yours.
Ah yes - Sandra Boynton! I love Casper Babypants and another Local band "Dog on Fleas".
Hi Kate. Happy New Year to you, too! Hope 2022 is better than the last two! I got a notice of a "failed order" on my website, so if your order problem was on my end, I will get it fixed ASAP. Will let you know when it's resolved.
I clicked on your link and got this message: The resource you are looking for has been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable. I tried it without the double dashes and without period at end and got the same message.
try just www.heronandearth.com. And if you want to send me the ship to address I can ship the album before the check arrives to save time.
I LOVE your voice and whole vibe....Would you consider singing one of my songs... It's Funky, but I want it to be Country Funky..Let Me know Marvin. SKY HIGH MUSIC LABS
Glad you like what you heard Marvin. You've got some very nice tracks and you have a wide range of sounds down! I'm thinking the voice you might want is on Stand Up and Dance, and that's not me. I don't think I have anything in the country funky category other than that one. I have a few Lyle Lovett tunes that were kinda sassy, but that's it. Let me know. Hattie
It's unusual for sure and if not your cup o tea, I understand. I can send the Song bed, Scratch vocal and lyrics, then you can say yay or nay, no harm no foul...My email is "firstname.lastname@example.org" with your email, I can send to you Thanks Marvin...
The key thing is I want it to be sung country... hope it works...
Hey Elza! We're connected in Connecticut! Jazzy EDM, tell me when it's uploaded! Like your range of genres. All best, Hattie
HI Hattie, I've been in and out of ER..very tough couple weeks. Just catching my breath and looking for answers.
Hope you are okay Eliza, or will be soon! Take care. Hattie
Well Randy, I listened to all your songs. As I come away from them, I'm certain there is a gypsy hiding in the long train ride, and in the procession. Nice guitar and sax, and what a thrill to hear trumpet! Would like to know what you mean when you say "just a school assignment." I've seen some licensing posts lately that Adventure Theme would fit. Thanks for listening to some of mine. Hattie
Hi Hattie... I find that having some reason or having a subject matter to write about is very helpful. I went to school where they had specific assignments and sometimes had even a defined subject matter. So those pieces were a few of those assignments.
This morning I had the delightful opportunity to list to a wide swath of your material, good heavens you are diverse. With all the electronic stuff happening these days it is so delightful to hear real musicians and emotions being expressed. I only recently was able to afford working with other musicians again, and can honestly say I just love it. I also love co-writing but everyone is so busy these days I've not had much luck making that happen.
You are extremely talented, consider me one of your fans...I'll be listening...
Hi Randy. Well, I'm your fan, too. Your voice is very emotive and so is your daughter's. Both voices are full of sincerity and authenticity. As for assignments, I have written to Broadjam's contests and challenges, and I have a handful of songs I'm proud of that would not exist without those BJ "assignments." It's a good feeling to be able to write to order. Glad you found some songs of mine that speak to you. Yeah, diverse. I remember moving to LA in the mid 80s and being told if I wanted to succeed, I had to stick to one genre. Didn't want to do it then, and don't want to now cause there's great music in all genres. And I always noticed that famous musicians didn't have to stick with one genre, but I know the LA advice was about breaking into the business. I'm working with musicians long distance, which is fun, but not as fun as eyeballing each other in the same room. Do you play piano?
Oh my gosh... I moved to LA in the eighties too... I put in 5 years
I hated la... they told me the same thing, AND that I needed to sound more like whatever the flavor of the days artist was ...can't remember...
Thank you for your kind comments... and if u ever have desire to co write something sometime lemme know. I do play piano... I write mostly on piano and guitar in G tuning. I'm not really good at anything in particular but I'm okay at a lot of stuff. Comes from writing alone for so many years.
Hattie I really like your work a lot.... It's so nice to hear someone actually writing music instead of rehashing cover tunes. Your stuff has real quality and a great feel overall. VERY REFRESHING
Thanks Randy. Just finished listening to your entire list, so we're mutually refreshed!
Thanks Fred for your review of Chuckwalla. I listened to some of your music a while back. You have some nice work. All best, Hattie
Thanks, Hattie, for your review of "It Was a Pretty Good Night" I give it a 10!
Thanks Hattie for listening to "Ambient Jazz Pop"! Appreciate your expertise weighing in here.
Very nice track Steve. Good luck with it.
Thanks Hattie for reaching out and giving stars for some of my music. I appreciate you taking time to listen. I took the opportunity to check out your music and really love what you are doing. By the way I have multiple Lyle Lovett albums.
Thanks, Kevin. Lyle Lovett is probably my biggest inspiration, neck and neck with Etta James.
Hey Joe. Thanks for adding my song to your playlist. Good luck with movie in which you are the lead! Hattie
Keep writing and singing those cool tunes Hattie.
Thanks for your review of Elizabeth (solo piano). Love your suggested title "Batman told me you lived here." Love your music. All best and stay safe. Hattie
Thanks Hattie! You are awesome!
Hey G. Thanks for review of Chuckwalla. Listening to some of yours and love the Sex Text groove and Got This really took me back since I was raised on Little Anthony and Sam & Dave. All best in your music, Hattie
Hey Fred, "...can't resist a little twist..."--love it. Read a review you wrote on a song of mine and I don't think I ever looked you up! My loss. Finally did. Some great stuff here, pro everything, and fun. All best, Hattie
Hey Randall, thanks for the stars. What a shock to see you gave 'em to Jealousy. I just did an updated arrangement of it in the last few months to get rid of the ad lib at the end. Now I'm content to let it be. I gave your song Wonder Boy 5 stars--very commercial. I also really liked Wonder Girl. Such an original concept/hook is refreshing. Congrats! I see you are from El Cajon. I lived in San Diego for 24 years and just caught up with a dear friend from El Cajon yesterday. Stay safe. All best, Hattie
Yeah I really liked Jealosy song. I didn't notice you had another version. I'll try to listen later and compare. I didn't have time to hear all your songs will try more later. U lived in El Cajon? Nice!
Oh and thx for the *'s on Wonder Boy/Girl. I have a couple other versions of Wonder Boy up there also.
Dear Hattie, you just heard one of our Texas songs, " BBQ Brawl" and said you really enjoyed it!! Let's become Broad Jam Buds and connect, we got a few more Texas Tunes, that you might really enjoy!! We'll keep the porch light on for you!!
T he Corey's.............
Thanks, Hattie, for your review of "Searching For Love". I appreciate your suggestions!
Thanks for the stars Alan. Stay safe. All best, Hattie
Alan , thanks for the stars , on Here for You , glad you are doing well , from reading your latest news.
Thanks Alan for the 5 Star rating on "Lady Jane Grey"
Margie & Art--I love Texas songs and honky tonk and I found one of yours! Love the laid-back feel. Plus, I won a blind chili cook-off years ago at work. Mail-order New Mexico chili powder, lime juice, and beer took us to the top! Will listen to some more. All best, Hattie
Way to go Hattie.....................thanks for the listen! We got quite a few Western tunes for your enjoyment! Stay Tuned!
The Corey's & Stay Safe!!
Hey Margie & Art! Thanks for the 5 stars on Blue Mountain Bride and Love Leave Me! Much appreciated and thanks for listening. Stay safe. All best, Hattie
Hattie, again..........your songs "Blue Mountain Bride" and "Love Leave Me!" are both excellent tunes! Hopefully you will come on down to our Broad Jam site and have a quick listen? WE write in several Genre's, we have been writing Pop-Jazz as of late, but several of our older tunes are much more Country & Folk......
Margie & Art Corey..............
Hey Laurie. Some fine harp and guitar playin' on some interesting tunes! Stay safe. Yours in the blues, Hattie
Thank you I have enjoyed Delta Blues, with not a clue how to play them, you are wonderful, rock on and you stay safe as well.
Hey woman, great blues grooves, from one blues woman to another peace
Hi Greg--Hope my song added a little more fun to someone's birthday. Thanks. Stay safe, Hattie
Great, bluesy tune! Congrats on the placement!
Great voice and songs! Super talent! All the Best! Congrats! stacy olmino
Thank you for the listen and kind words, Stacy!
Adam, congrats on winning the 6-pack. Great songs. Hattie
Thank you, Hattie!
Thanks, Hattie, for the stars on "The Wolf" - appreciated! Susan
Hi Liz. Thanks for listening and stars for Revoloteando Enamorado. I appreciate it. Stay safe. All best, Hattie
You have great stuff!
Hi Ross. How are you doing? Going through old files today and listened to Year After Year. Hope you are ok. Stay safe. Hattie
Hope you are doing well. Have moved back to the land of Oz. After living the UK for 15 years. Keep well.Ross
Hope you are well, too, Ross. Kansas?
Welcome to Broadjam Murphy and thanks for listening. All best, Hattie
"You should give a listen to my new song "Gypsy Pirate" when you get a chance! Best! P.
Listened to Gypsy Pirate CP. You are a good lyric writer! All best, Hattie
Really enjoying your new stuff--better hide that git. player--he going too the top! P.
Thanks P. Stay safe. Hattie
Thanks for listening Patrick, and for the stars. Stay safe. All best, Hattie