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Hi John-Thanks again for your support and listening to "Another World" and the stars. Always appreciated!
You're welcome, Jeana. Your tunes are always a beautiful listen. I don't usually get on Broadjam much anymore. Just enough to spend a couple of minutes. I've been spending more time working on getting out of Phoenix and some time making videos using artificial intelligence, which still has lots of glitches!
Looking forward to seeing the videos!
Hi, John and Geri. I'm catching up with what's been going on at BJ. You have very pleasing personable style of mixed vocals that fit comfortably into the listener's living room while you tell your stories. You dropped by a few weeks ago and enjoyed "Just Another Weekend," which I humbly thank you for. I've never been to Michigan's upper peninsula which I would imagine is a lovely place. Going across Canada is as close as I got. I like your lilting arrangements, too. Today's pop music doesn't have much of that anymore. Thanks much for dropping by! John
Thank you John. Back in the 80's, we sent some songs we wrote to Scott Turner, Buried Treasure Music (ASCAP), Captain Kidd Music (BMI). He composed songs with Buddy Holly, Audie Murphy and many more. He liked our "vocal styling". Unfortunately, he passed away in 2009. He was an awesome mentor to us even though nothing "big" happened on our end. We just keep plugging away. The UP is a lovely place, but not much fun in Winter!!
Hi again Mr. John Walradt. Thank you for listening to my song "This Version Of Me" and thank for the stars. I'm working hard to complete a long list of overdue creations. I look forward to listening to your creations.
Happy 2023 Holidays!!!
You're much welcome, Pete. I have several songs to complete as well and I'm working on one about global warming called "If the World Ends" and giving it a Roxy Music treatment as in their song, "Avalon." I also did some fingerpicking guitar and just found out it just doesn't mesh. Back to the drawing board! You really come up with beautifully layered compositions and a flair for pleasing melodies that have not so common chord progressions. That's a great thing to have! You also have thought provoking lyrics. Of my songs, my favorites are "Stay Here Now," "Far From Home," and "Raindrop Soul" which I consider my most beautiful song. A lot of people like "We Didn't Have Time Enough." If you have some you'd like me to listen to first, give me a list. I'll be happy to do that! Happy 2023 winter holidays to you as well!
Thank you Mr. John Walradt for your words, comments, your music and your support. I will listen to those creations you suggested first.
Pete, thank you for dropping by my page and for your enjoyment of "Just Another Weekend." I listened to a few of yours. You have beautiful melodies with unexpected chord progressions that are wonderful to listen to. "A Dream of You" is wistful and "Float" is peaceful. It's a welcome thing to come upon your songs amid the chaos that's out there these days. John
Hi Mr. John Walradt. Thank you for taking the time to listen to some of my music and thank you for the kind comments.There certainly is a lot of chaos out there. I follow a simple method for side stepping it all. "engaged detachment". I am fully aware of the chaos but I manage to disconnect from it and stay in my peaceful "still point" where I am able to focus on music and the things that are most important to me, my wife and puppy.
PS. Love your music. May I add to you to my friends list?
The rest of the world gets on hold when I sink into my music or paintings, and being with my wife and our kitty. I'd be glad to be on your list!
Hi John--Thanks again for the song support, this time for Feels Like October. I came up with this idea in August, when there was a slight breeze of change in the air. I have been sidelined A LOT from the two new fur kids so it took a while to get recorded. :-)
Hey John thanks so much for the stars for "The Pit" truly a work in progress. I only released this little snippet for my Fiverr account it an attempt to get some attention. haha. Thanks again John and much more to come. PS it works so well with the video...
You're much welcome, Scott. It's a cool piece. I took a guess it's an evolving piece. It's somewhat like a very dark instrumental I wrote called, "The Dark Shore," which was going to be for a film my older brother never made about a woman's body being found at night on a coastal beach. I never quite finished the piece and it needs a lot more instrumentation.
OH that sounds interesting John. Yes the song actually has lyrics and a melody once I get into it. More to come as Johnny Carson would say. haha
Thanks much for the stars on I Still Miss Her Kiss, my first attempt at a country dittie years ago!
You're very welcome, Warren. Your first attempt has your poetic conversational lyrics and a very good melody, both of which you're always good at. My second country tune was actually intended as a pop tune until I was told it could work as a country tune. That was "Comes and Goes," my first crossover.
Hey John thanks so much for the shout out! You're the man! Make sure you listen to John's song "Down East in a Harbor Town" for an authentic feel of what it's like to live in a harbor town in the good old USA.
You're very welcome, Scott! I have so little news about myself that I thought I could make things more interesting by changing it weekly with news of what I find with my friends. I think it also makes people wonder what the hell I'm going to talk about next. Your FiveRR page is very good for everyone who stops by to know about. I hope it will bring one, two, hopefully more, people to your page.
Me too John I really do appreciate it very much my friend.
Excellent job on "I Got Nothin'," Frank. Terrific chorus that stands out laboriously and strained which really drives home the lyrics, and great full bodied guitars in the arrangement. You really know how to get a social statement across, my friend! John
Thank you so much john. In full transparency, that song was written from experience... from a pivotal point of in my life where I needed to make some "life decisions".
Thanks again for listening and for your insightful perspective.
Songs from true life experiences are the ones that live on and are lasting. They have the most human emotion, grit, and wisdom. Those are the songs we are grateful for and I'm glad you wrote it.
"Slow Slow Burn" is a classic beautiful pop song! This one should be on everyone's top songs collection. John
John, thanks again for the comment!!!
Hey John thanks so much for stopping by with some stars. "No Blue Song" was recorded with the last band that I was in with some amazing players and a great man at the production and recording controls. In fact he liked the song so much that he added a little bit of himself to it by putting in an amazing little lead guitar at the very end just after the last chorus. haha. Jack Chesterfield another friend gone way to early. Thanks again my friend. Scott
Hey, Scott. I could easily tell that was your band and a heck of a good time! You guys played it with energy and spirit. Terrific stuff and a great song from you! The lead guitar was an amazing touch.
Your friend, John
Thanks again John, I was re-listening to your wonderful song "Down East in a Harbor Town" as it's one of my favorites by you and had to add it my play list. What a great song and so perfectly done. Great emotion and feel. Scott
Wow, thank you, Scott! It was the third of a trio of songs I wrote in just a few months in 1977 that were inspired from taking my VW bus across the country in 1976. "Sunny Sunday" was first. "We Didn't Have Enough" was next. Then "Down East in a Harbor Town." "Down East in a Harbor Town" is Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Squirrel Island, is three miles offshore. The girl, Joan, is someone I had a crush on in junior high school. She hated my guts, but the name was good! It was December when I drove out to Spruce Point and looked across the bay at the island. I had just driven up there from Bard College where I visited long time friend, Russ Shane, and had an extremely short affair with a girl, Sheilla, which became "We Didn't Have Time Enough."
Yes John, there's just something about living next to a large body of water, whether it the ocean or the one of the great lakes, as I did, that just seems to get in your blood. There's a certain feeling you get after while that is difficult to explain but your song "Harbor Town" really captures that feeling just as "Edmond Fitzgerald" did. Not easy to capture an emotion like that but you pulled off perfectly.
Hey John, thanks for the stars on Chicken Wing and Better Late Than Never. Much appreciated!
George, you rock, man! Terrific music that sounds like it came from the old masters...no gimmicks or fluff, just straight to the point rock with punch and finesse. I listened to a couple tunes plus "Walking on Fire" which is haunting and atmospheric. Excellent music! Many thanks for your listen and review of "Ride the Wave." It means much more to get the vote of confidence from a talent like you who knows his stuff. Arden Snow produced it with his magic. He's on here, too. Thank you! John
You are too kind! Been doing this for a long time and I try to learn something from everything I listen to. Really enjoyed Ride The Wave, great track. I want to check more of the music on your page.
All the best,
Thanks much for the stars John!
You're very much welcome, buddy!
Hi John--Thanks for listening to "Awakening" and the stars. Your support is very much appreciated!
I'm listening to "Achill Lament" now. It really is lovely and the emphasis on the pipes is a welcome change. Also sounds like there's more emphasis on the guitar which is really nice. It is a beautiful tune among the several beautiful tunes on your Instrumentals album which I'll encourage anyone reading this to go over to Bob Bentley's website and buy it now!
Thank you John. As you know, feedback is so important in the whole songwriting and production process, otherwise we just carry on in our own little bubble, not really knowing how things are.
So, I'm very grateful to get comments from someone who "knows his onions", especially as you feel the track has been improved.
Thanks again for your continuing support.
Hi again. Thank you very much for your appreciative and fun review of "Ride the Wave." I love Cheap Trick and to be compared with them is an honor! I also enjoy very much the punk groups like Joy Division, Clan of Xymox. I have Black Flag, too. It looks like you have a new one up so I'm going to take a listen. Best to you, my friend! John
Thanks for the compliment, I grew up smack in the middle of the early 80's Hardcore punk scene of Madison, Chicago and Minneapolis (actually was starting a band with Bob Stinson from Replacements fame..unfortunately, was 3 weeks into writing material, city pages had snuck into out rehearsal space and wrote that we would be the next big thing out of Minneapolis next to soul Asylum ...and he past away way to abruptly. Alot of my friends went on to become fairly popular in the underground music scene (Babes in Toyland, Killdozer, and was even offered the frontman position for a band that the singer of scratch acid was starting, but I was young and didn't think texas would be my kinda place back then so I declined his offer only to find out years later that the band was The Jesus Lizard...talk about a botched opportunity lol...
I heard of all those bands you mentioned. I loved the punk groups, especially goth. You have some really interesting stories of angst. Nearly everyone I know had missed or botched opportunities, including myself. I met Gerry Beckley of America and I handed him the wrong tape. I should have handed him "Far From Home." Would have been perfect for the group! Bob Bentley nearly got one of his own songs given to Charlie Pride. He was actually in a recording studio where he got to play on Mick Jagger's guitar. His band was ready to be signed on a major label when the group broke up. I'll get a friend request over to you. John
Lol...I'm pretty sure that I have enough great stories that even Martin Scorsese would have a heyday making a movie about all the wild things I've been through...
"Only Getting High" sounds very good, Bob. I just listened to your latest version of it. John
Thanks John. I've yet to listen to it in the car, my usual double check on the sound of the mix. It may change again!
Thanks so much for the 5-stars for my song Highway Bound. Its very much appreciated!
Bob, I just visited and must listen to more! Your messages are essential, your socially conscious songs hit the mark. I like the stand you take. Many thanks for your listening to "Ride the Wave." A vote of confidence from you is very meaningful coming from you. You've probably noticed Broadjam has a very red presence, but it's not the only place and it's important to get our messages out. You have very earnest vocals on top of the terrific songs you write...some with the great urgency of a Neil Young song among others. John
On behalf of Susan Odella and me, thanks for a great review of Falling Away. It was a great project to be involved with. The song is Susan's but I composed the music for the middle 8. It's my backing track and production along with Susan's wonderful vocal, it's a song I'm proud to have been part of.
John. So glad you liked chicken in the pan. Nicely written review...you're a pro! Thanks! And may the Lord bless you today! Cluck cluck. Mrs Kate
Hey, Scott. Wow! That's the best review I've gotten for "Ride the Wave"!!! Thank you so much! What a boost. I certainly needed that. It also means a lot as it comes from a great songwriter as yourself! Thanks again, my friend. John
Hey John well deserved as it's such a great song. Perfect anthem at the perfect time. Love it, very well done my friend...
JOHN I CANT FIND THAT SONG I THOUGHT WAS SO GREAT! iLL LOOK BACK ON MY REVIEWS---KNOW ITS IN THERE SOMEWHERE
I'm going to guess: "We Didn't Have Time Enough."
Hi, Steve. "Carolinas in the Spring" is a lovely, wistful instrumental that has the feel of a breeze, the trees, and a peaceful day out in the countryside. Also, thank you for a wonderful review of "Ride the Wave." That was quite the departure for me and for Arden Snow who played guitars, mixed and mastered it. We had a good time doing it. John
Great to hear from you again! I absolutely vote you as one of if not...THE best reviewer on Broadjam. You always provide in depth, meaningful and helpful comments/perspectives in your reviews. It's obvious from your comments that you truly LISTEN to the song... noting technical and philosophical aspects.
I really appreciate your review on "I Make a Difference". Just the fact that you called out my intentional use of those same two notes placed every two measures is very percipient. That juxtaposed to me wife's lyrics reflects how something so simple... so seemingly insignificant... can indeed make a difference in so many ways.
Thanks for another comprehensive and useful review.
I'll be sure to check out some of your latest stuff... it's been a minute since I've been on your page.
Be and stay well,
Thank you, Frank! Trying to stay out of harm's way. I had to go into SMIL imaging yesterday. The scheduler said she would type into my chart that I prefer the staff who attended me to wear masks. We asked three times if my wearing a mask was okay. "Oh, no problem!" When I followed the tech into the x-ray room, she took off her mask and wanted me to take mine off, too. I told her I wouldn't. They weren't imaging my face. So she and another tech were put off. It took them a half-hour and did them over saying my mask was in the way. I was upset on leaving. Found out the scheduler did not put it in my chart. The manager said, "We follow CDC guidelines and we cannot force our staff to wear masks." Arizona is very much an anti-mask state. When Lora and I are out, more often than not, we are the only ones masked. We use N and K-95s. Politics and personal vanity must NEVER get in the way of physical and mental health! It is a huge flaw in our society and government. Anyway, trying to get my mind distracted again with my songs. I'm going to redo "Sunny Sunday" again because I really like Sofi's folky vocals and get Arden Snow's piano on there...and get the sound updated! John
So sorry to hear about your experience at SMIL.
I totally agree that politics and personal vanity must NEVER get in the way of physical and mental health. It's disappointing to hear that a facility that is intended to help and/or heal people, is falling short of respecting the patient's preference. To your point, that preference leads to comfort which in turn leads to mental wellness. And both Jane and I truly believe that our mental health has a profound impact on our physical health.
Hang in there John, and I hope all turns out okay for you.
Hi, Jeana. I'm very appreciative of your dropping by my page, listening to "Ride the Wave" and the stars. I feel encouraged when getting that vote of confidence from you. Thank you! John
Hi John--You are quite welcome. I always look forward to listening to your latest creations! Nice work on this.
Hi, Arden. Thank you for a great, lighthearted review! I got a kick out of it and it made the evening much better! I have to agree...it sounds a lot like you...well, yeah...because from looking at the credits, it is you! Many thanks again!
Hey John once again wow thank you so much for the great review of "Gothic Blue" Greatly appreciated and much needed. haha I was very nervous about even putting it up for review as I'm afraid one of the philistines might trash it and that would break my heart...Thank so much my friend.
You betcha, my friend, and you can believe every word I wrote!
Hi, Jim. I did some looking around and found your video of "Sunset," a very well done heartbreaking song of how love endures, and with the grand feel of country living! Your melody and story line grows and becomes more majestic with each verse. No wonder the judges in the contests you entered were so positively drawn to your songcraft. A very nice job, sir! Thank you for stopping by to my page, too, and for the terrific comments and stars for "Just Another Weekend" and "Ride the Wave." It's always a pleasure to share songs and thoughts with you! John