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You're pretty critical but more often wrong with your assessments of the songs. I think you need to get out more and turn the radio or Spotify to listen to other genres other than the ones you write or perform. You mention things like not understanding the meter of a song or having too many words which leads me to believe you're out of touch with music in the last decade. Listen to different music than what you like and maybe you'll become a better music critic.
Hi, Marcel. First of all, I love the Philip Bailey/Phil Collins ("Easy Lover") energy in a few of the songs I heard on your page. 80s influence and very much pertinent today. Next, thank you for your thoughtful review of "Sunny Sunday." I'll definitely listen and try bringing more punch into the bass and bringing up the instruments. Those are very good ideas! John Walradt
Thanks for your review of my song State of the Union - appreciate your time and comments.
Thanks so much for the review of "John's New England Fall". That was a piece I wrote as a theme/music-bed for a tribute video that I produced; a documentary type piece for a retiring physician and college president.
I appreciate your kind words and perspectives... thanks again.
Be and stay well,
Hi Frank, thanks for reviewing I Got Da Luv and Dead End Love. It's fascinating to me the difference in critiques from person to person sometimes and what they hear even outside Broadjam. In both those songs you reviewed you mentioned the vocals even when I've gotten compliments on the vocals on every song and throughout my career as a musician and a Published songwriter. All my songs are scrutinized to death before they're even put out publicly and especially the vocals are analyzed for pitch and anything else you can think of. I've sent my songs to industry professionals in Nashville and vocals are never mentioned in any of their critique, in fact they love the vocals on most songs. Maybe it's a matter of style so I'm just curious. So it leave me wondering what it is you hear? If you can point out exactly where you think there's a pitch issue or problem in those songs I'll be glad to go back and listen again. Thanks.
Yes... reviews and critiques can really get subjective. I try really hard to let the person know if I'm commenting based on personal preference or more objective criteria. Because as you mentioned, music and performance can be so subjective. For example... one person once told me that Celine Dion is the best vocalist in the world and another argued that Taylor Swift is the best. Both were basically correct because they were basing their conclusion on their personal preferences.
I really appreciate you asking for more specific information. This is exactly what I do when I'm trying to figure out if there's something that I can do to improve.
I'll take some time to go back and listen and provide a bit more specific detail on what I'm hearing... both subjectively and objectively... I'll send you an email/message... probably over the weekend.
Thank you Klaus for your kind review of Goodbye My Friend. Much appreciated!
Many thanks for your kind review of Time To Think, it's much appreciated.
Good luck with your own projects.
Thank you Steve for your positive review of 40 Hr Weekend, glad you enjoyed it. I really dig your music too. Seems we have similar taste. Keep on making great music!
Thank you Steve for your positive review of 40 Hr Weekend, glad you enjoyed it. I heard your songs too and I enjoyed them a lot, I think we have similar taste! Keep on making great music!
Thank you Klaus for your kind reviews of Lifelong Honeymoon and glad you liked it.
Thank you jay for your kind reviews on Lifelong Honeymoon. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Hi Jay, thanks for reviewing my song Sneak Me In Your Window. I wrote that when I was 19 years old so I agree with you in your comments. That song will be sung by a much younger guy than myself now and it will fit much better. But I had to sing the melody for whoever the next singer is. Thx for the kind review and keep writing. Cheers!
Thanks for the review of my song "I Will Find You". You are exactly right on the use of autotune. The reality is that you (and most others) probably would not want to listen to my vocals without it. I am definitely not a singer and pitch/intonation is definitely not a strength of mine.
Maybe at some point I'll be able to find more singers that would record vocals for me... the problem is that I don't have much to offer in return.
Anyway, thanks for taking the time to listen and to provide positive and useful comments.
Anytime brother, just keep on rockin'....
Thanks for reviewing "Huntin' In The Dark". This tune was on a bunch of top 10 lists for many months.
Congrats and keep up the good work!
Thanks for reviewing my song "Take It Back". I appreciate you taking the time and provide positive comments as well as your perspective on the lyrics. I know that lyrics can be a personal thing... be it in the messaging and/or in the writing style... so I thank you for your input on that.
My pleasure. Keep making music, that's the main thing.
Thanks for taking the time to review and comment on my song " I Make A Difference".
I appreciate you listening and providing your thoughts.
I'll check out some of your music.
Be and stay well!
My pleasure and keep on making music!
Marcel, thank you for the kind words/review of my song "Play Yah". Much appreciated!!
My pleasure and keep on making great music!
Thank you Marcel for taking the time to review"Good GRACIOUS If It WERE".. Keep well,safe and creative.
Hi Marcel, Thanks for a detailed and honest review of Days Of Mystery. Much appreciated. Stay safe. Bob
Thank you so much for taking the time to listen and review my song "Last Night I". I appreciate your comments. Again, thanks and be safe! :)
My pleasure. And Keep writing !
Thanks so much, Marcel, for reviewing my song 34. Guilt. Much appreciated. Best wishes, jay
Thanks for a very constructive review of What If You're Wrong. I can only agree with you about the mix, I was going for a particular feel and think I probably overdid it a bit!! It's a controversial subject so I very much doubt it will ever see the light of day- it was a bit of an indulgence at the time and I probably will leave it as it is. I might find new lyrics for it one day and will reconsider the mix when I do. Your review was honest and helpful - I like that!
No problem my pleasure. I try to be as honest as possible even if sometimes it may not be what people want to hear. And I expect the same if somebody reviews my songs. Take care.
Likewise Marcel, otherwise we don't learn.
Hi Bob. All your songs are very well crafted and recorded. Professionally executed and radio ready. Curious where they were recorded...
Thanks much! Everything was done here in Charlotte NC at GAT3 Studios. I have 1 guitarist that plays almost all parts (including bass) on all my stuff, and another guy who does all keyboard parts. I've used 2 different drummers, and I'm singing all parts on 95% of my songs. What can I say, I'm retired living on Social Security so we pretty much try to kill it in just a couple of takes, then overdub. GAT3 is a great little studio, and they have Grammy and Dove awards to their credit!
Do they have a big board or is it ITB all digital? And who mixed and mastered the songs?
They use ProTools, but here's a link to their website so you can check it out. The owner (Glenn Tabor) mixed one of my songs, but all other mixing/mastering/editing has been done by Wade Starnes. He's really good and oftentimes we'll take a handful of takes Jeremy played on guitar and "build" solos from that piece by piece. It's been very effective. https://www.gat3.com/studio-a
When you check out the client list, you'll see everything from Def Leppard to Da Baby to Queen Latifah to James Brown to Third Eye Blind. They can pretty much handle anything plus they're exceptionally nice people!
That's great. I'm mostly a rock/pop guy but have a bunch of songs that needed to be country as they were too good to waste on a pop song.;) I took my 3 songs to a Producer in Nashville and they did record through a SSL 9000 which was great. You get that big open sound. he charged me $2,400 for the 3 songs and he used his own musicians and vocalist. I didn't really have to do anything except sit and watch. But I'm open to checking out other possibilities if I hear a good sounding demo or finished product.
Very cool. I'm particular about being involved in my songs, both performing and mixing since I don't have kids and these are my babies. But whatever works! I just reviewed another of your songs by coincidence.
Thanks for the review of my instrumental edit, Marcel. The actual song is called "Cowboy" (I Wanna Grow Up To Be A Cowboy) and the full vocal version with harmonies is here on Broadjam as well. I just shortened the instrumental version so it would be tighter. Hearing it in context with the vocal does make a difference, but some Music Supervisors are only looking for background instrumentals. Thus the 2 options.
Got ya! I'l check it out. And thanks for your kind reviews of my 2 songs 40 HR Weekend and Mistake. I appreciate it....
My pleasure, Sir!
Thanks for reviewing Cowboys and Indians. I can only agree with your observations - it's an old song now and really showing it's age. It does need to be rerecorded, it's on my mental to do list but other songs are possibly a higher priority. It's very much a record of my boyhood when all I wanted to be was a cowboy, not very likely in Dublin, Ireland!!
Keep at it man. The main thing is to stay active as a songwriter. And cheers!
Thanks for adding my song to your playlist. Cheers!
I'm glad to have the rockin' here!
Thanks a lot for your kind review!
Thanks for your kind review of Its Over Now. You are quite right about the 80's feel, it is a bit of a throw back but more by accident than design!
I had a listen to a couple of your tracks, very original and some great musicianship and vocals going on.
Good luck and thanks again.
You're welcome. Glad to help out if I can.
Marcel, listen to some of your killer songs, WOWZA!! Great Vocals and guitar playing, very cool tunes, GREAT JOBS!!!
Gave several of your songs 5 Stars & Likes!! Nice songs!!
M & A Corey
I appreciate that and keep on rocking....
Cheerio Young Man....
Keep Rockin' in the New World
I just added some comments for you. I hope it helps.
Dear Marcel, you just reviewed our silly song, "Poopers McGoo Sinclair". You are correct about the lyrics being buried in the Mix, this is what you said about our song!
I dug the vibe in this. It reminded me a bit of Prince but it also had a 70's thing going for it too. I can envision this in a movie or any other Pop radio. Good work.
The only thing I can say is that I had a hard time hearing the lyrics throughout the song due to the heavy Reverb. A little less reverb would've been nice so I can listen to all the lyrics clearly. But good work!
As you suggested, we went back and took out some reverb and brought the Lead Vocal up a tad! If you have a chance, we'd love you to give our tune another listen and see if the music sounds clearer?? Truly appreciate all your helpful comments, is was a very helpful review of our material!!
Oh, being from Florida, have a listen to our newest tune, "Mar-a-Lago"
M & A Corey
Thanks Marcel for review of "I'm Cryin"
It's such an awesome feeling to get good reviews, which makes for more musical outputs to create more.
Thank you so much. It is very much appreciated. ðŸ'‚
You're welcome, keep on writing and recording. Only way to keep getting better....