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Hey there shards. Merry z
Christmas and thx for the nice review on time with you. I hope I get to hear your songs soon. Mrs Kate
thanks for your reveiw of Flowing Mountain Stream, a collaborative initiative with Bobby Sahlen of Mexmo Music.
Thanks for the great review of "The Best". We're glad you liked it.
Good Luck to you!
Thanks, and to you with all you do.
Thanks for the great review on "Made Me A Better man"! Scope the ELECTRIC version when you can...it rocks!! I will check out your tracks later for sure!
Thank you for the really great review of "The Best". As you can see we have finally finished the new record and it's called "16 Stories". It only took us 18 months! In our defense it does have 16 songs and is one hour and nine minutes long and I even learned to play a little Banjo AFTER we had started recording. I hope your doing well and thank you, thank you, thank you for the great review.
My pleasure Chris, your band sounds very tight and the musicianship is top notch. It took me several years to finish my CD, so I can relate to taking the time and having the patience to making things turn out right for your recordings. Best of luck to you.
Hey Chris....and zee Shardetts,
Thanks for the kind review of my song, "Time Loop-Live at Cowtown Ball- KC, MO)!
It is fun to hear a live song. It was recorded on 9/11/71 at a "live" show I did at the infamous Cowtown Ballroom in Kansas City. The whole show had some recording issues, but most of the show was salvageable. This song comes from the CD, " Black & White".
This song, "Time Loop", is actually the title track to my first album, "Time Loop". Check the studio version out. It is a very hot track. I have Nicky Hopkins ( The Rolling Stones) playing piano.
Anyway, I always love your reviews. I want to wish you and the band a happy, blessed and jolly Christmas and New Year.
Love "The Best".... Mostly, I really like the band's writing and overall sound. Fun, original and very hooky!
Thanks for the encouragement. If you get a chance I'd love for you to stop by and listen to "Still Your Man". I'd be honored to hear your thoughts on that one.
Chris and The Shards
I recently reviewed your song "Taxi" and enjoyed it very much. I gave it very high ratings and commented that it was "obviously done by a seasoned professional". However, when I look back at my completed reviews it is showing that I rated your song a 18/50. I know this is incorrect. I reviewed a Jim Breem song at the same time and it is also showing that I gave it an 18/50, which I know is wrong. I was wondering what the score says on your end, and if it does say 18/50 what can be done to correct this?
Yeah, I felt something was amiss as the scores where 1/5 on most of the feedback lines. You should contact the folks at Broadjam (Matt ).... They really want to know about quirky stuff like this.
Hope all is well with you .... And I always look forward to your feedback!
Thanks for your nice comments about "Sailing" good luck with your band's recordings and career!
You're welcome. It was a good song. I am concerned however, because when I went back into my reviews it says I gave you a 18/50 for the song, which is not correct. I know for a fact that I rated it much higher. I'm showing the same score for a Chet Nicholls song I reviewed at the same time and I know I gave him really good ratings as well. What does the score say on your end?
yes I think you must have graded it as 1 being the best instead of 5 being the best... I figured that out when I read your comments that you liked it and mixed up the grading scale, no worries, glad you liked the song and appreciated all the hard work that went into it! Regards Jim
I didn't mix it up. It recorded the wrong scores. I'll contact customer service and see what they say.
Thanks for the review of "Jonie". As usual you have gone over and above the call of duty. Sadly, there are probably not many songs left on "23,999 MPH" left for you to review. The nice comments are much appreciated, as are the constructive criticisms. Jonie is a different kind of song. We usually get "too dark" or "don't like this style". To each their own, we say.
Continued congratulations on your top ten's, which are becoming too many for me to list off the top of my head. Have a great day and stay cool!
Good attitude with the "To each their own." If you feel dark, go with it. Do you know the band "Cowboy Junkies?" Think how they would do with Broadjam (or any other) reviews. "Too dark," "too moody," ...whatever. They're a great band because they've got their niche that they can feel in their bones. And for what it's worth, I like your darker stuff. No matter what the style or vibe reviews should be about the artist and song, not the reviewers taste.
I know what you mean about reviewing all your songs. It seems like every third song I review in that genre is a Shards song. I've enjoyed it.
You have to have that attitude, Robert. What you said about "Cowboy Junkies" is right on. Them and many other popular acts would be ravaged in the review system on here. It's kind of funny when people get angry because they have recieved a negative review. We are under no illusion that all people will like all of our music or know exactly where we are coming from with every song. If that were the case it wouldn't be that exciting when people do truly appreciate what you are doing.
We will admit, the first couple of negative reviews you get does feel like someone has just assaulted your infant child, but you learn to take it in stride. The great thing about this site is the diversity in music, personalities, culture, and many other things. Naturally, there will be different tastes. We always try to review the song, not the style.
...so well said!
Hey Whats up. I really dig your music. Cant wait to hear more. Thank you for your great review of "River End" You can hear more of my works and other artists I have worked with at http://www.myspace.com/markthashark1 Feel free to leave a comment!
Your welcome, we liked "River End".Thank you for giving us a listen and for the kind words. We'll certainly check out some more of your work.
Thanks for the review of 'So Far Down'. Ironically, that's the song that the Theremin is on (at the end of the song)! Thanks again and congratulations on yet another top ten.
It's odd, since you told me about the Theremin, I'm hearing it, and about it "everywhere." Really liked the theme and way you performed "So Far Down."
Thank you for your review of 'Blackbirds'. We listened to Flying (Intro) and thought it was cool. Good luck to you.
Thank you very much. Good luck to you guys too.
We saw that 'Texacan Love (Alt. Country)' made the top ten. We just finished listening to it and it is certainly deserved. You have a terrific voice and the band is great too. The drummer on that track is incredible, blew us away. Anyway, just wanted to tip the cap to you. Have a good one.
What is amazing is that the song was recorded back in 1978.
The band was Fuzzy John Oxendine on drums, Bill Berosini on bass, Wayne Goodwin on lap slide, I played guitars and sang. Chorus was: me, Laura Allen, Estrella Berosini, Bill Berosini, Fuzzy, Rick Wallace. Aside from the chorus in the background the song was recorded live in Stephen Barncard's hillside home in Beverly Glen, CA. he had three levels of living build into a step home..... Thanks again, guys and gals (?). Check out my new songs, "Good Times" and "Sunday Morning" ... at my site....tell me what you think.
Hey Shard Family,
Thanks for the review of my song, "My Baby's Bringing In The Dough".....a true musicians tune! (:?)
I recorded it "live" at Channel 26 in KC, MO back in 1971. It was done in front of a live audience. Aside from the fact that the "mixing" board was old and for TV...it sounds OK. The piano was clearly out of tune....but that adds to the funkiness of the tune and recording. Glad you like the harmonica....I have back-up many acts with my harp playing when I was on tour....always getting the call to join the band on stage after my sets.
Best of luck to you all,
Inductee - The Kansas Music Hall Of fame
You're very welcome, Chet. Though we have to say that when we are reviewing people like yourself we feel like the student is grading the teacher! Great song! A live recording always captures an energy that is hard to duplicate in a studio. Good luck to you.
Well, I have to be honest, I learn a lot from my students..... we are all equals in music and our individuality and diversity is what makes music and musicianship so addicting and engaging ......
Thank you for your kind review of "Prilla". Hope your recordings are going well. Scott
Your welcome, Scott. The sound on your recordings is really great. If your producing them, as well as performing, you're doing a great job. We're doing alright, although progress is always slower than expected. Much of that is my fault, as I continue to try different tempos or put in different words here and there, or lengthen, or shorten! It just never seems like a song is finished until we finally record it. Then It becomes what we capture at that time. The new stuff is also a bit of a departure in style from our past work
so we'll see......
Thank you for yet another thoughtful and thorough review and for the nice words about our vocalist on 'Saturday Sunshine'. Congratulations to you for Automatic Venus and Diabolical Vertigo making the top ten lists(the names of these songs are top ten as well). You're on a roll, you may be king of the top tens soon! Great job and thank you again.
You're welcome, Shards, and thank you for acknowledging my tunes. Glad you like those titles.
Thanks for the review of 'Blackbirds'. Your comments are appreciated. You are correct that we do have a big live sound and also are currently working on enhancing the sound on '23,999 MPH' which is the album the song you reviewed came off of. We see you're hard rock so we'll be checking out some of your tunes. Thanks again for the nice words.
Congratulations on your top ten for 'End Of Gravity'.
It is well deserved.
Thanks, Shards. I appreciate you noticing and mentioning it.
Listened to your Yankee Song. I stumbled across while I was browsing. That's good stuff. I know exactly how you feel. I was depressed between October of 2004 and October of 2009. If they lose again tonight I might be headed back that way. Good Luck to you! Go Yankees!
Thank you for the thoughtful and thorough review of '23,999 MPH'. It's nice to get a review by someone who really digs into the song and actually gives some helpful comments. We are currently recording new material, but are also trying to remaster much of this album at the same time. We recorded it just across the border from Vermont in Argyle, NY at Sweetfish Studios (we were the last project under that name, as they were going under as we were recording, which we didn't know).We were certainly going for a "live" sound, but were dissapointed with the final product, especially considering the investment to do it. We recieved cases of CD's from Dismakers in NYC and by that time Sweetfish was a goner. We put a ton of work into this record, hopefully we can get rid of the muddy places as we remaster. Anyway, thanks again, your comments are much appreciated.
Hi Shards. As mentioned in the review, I thought that song had a lot of great features going for it. Sure, some production issues got in the way, but that's sort of a technicality (can be fixed). You have a great basis, there and with your tunes in general. Look forward to more.
Thanks for your review of 'Saturday Sunshine'. Your comments are appreciated.
Thank You for your review of 'When Will You Arrive?'. Your points are well taken. We actually agree to be honest. It's from our last record 23,999 MPH. We probably could have expanded on the concept a bit, but it is what it is. A short simple love song. Good luck to you.
Thanks for the nice review of 'Pure As A Dove'. The comment on our singer is right on. Our goal has always been to create music that, when heard, will be recognized as The Shards. Some people love it, some people hate it, but we strive to avoid indifference at all costs.
Thanks for the review of 'Gone'. We have to say that we are compared to many different bands but Boston/Foo Fighters is a new one. Thanks for your comments.
Thank you for the comments on '23,999 MPH'. We are currently working on new material and while we are at it we are going to remaster that entire album. We'll see how it goes. Again, your thoughtful analysis is appreciated.
You are very welcome sir.
Keep producing and knock em dead!!!
Hi, re the review of Blackbirds. You are very welcome. I really enjoyed listening to your
music. Nice sounds, and lyrics. Best regards, helen.
Thank you for the review of 'Blackbirds'. It is a song that was written as I was reading a series of books by Carlos Castaneda. In the "Teachings of Don Juan" the appearance of a blackbird represents an omen of a coming event. Thanks, again for your comments. Good luck to you!
Thanks for your review of 'When Will You Arrive?' It is a song that is unlike the other songs on that record (23,999 MPH), which are more straight forward rock. We appreciate your comments and will check out some of your work. Thanks, again.
Thanks for the review of 23,999 MPH. Your comments are appreciated.