Robert Dellaposta

Robert Dellaposta

Title: Writer, A&R, Publisher
Genres: all
Status: Taking submissions
Song limit per member: Unlimited
Bio: Bob Dellaposta has over 50 years experience as a professional in the music industry.

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song: TO BE A MAN

genre: Country - General
stats: playlists: 3 | song plays: 41
General Overview
What Genre is most appropriate for this song?
Folk

What is an appropriate title for this song?
How to be a man

What artist does this song most remind you of?
Arlo Guthrie, Bob Dylan

What best describes the subject matter of this song?
Concepts - Life

What era does this song fall under?
1960 - 1969

What best describes the mood of this song?
Calm - Composed

Song Analysis
Quality of Lyrics
3/5

Quality of the Hook
3/5

Quality of the Verses
3/5

Quality of the Chorus
4/5

Quality of the Breaks
3/5

Quality of Instrumentation
4/5

Quality of Arrangement
3/5

Quality of the Melody
4/5

Quality of the Chord Progression
4/5

Quality of the Instrumental Hooks
4/5

Marriage Between Chorus and Verse
4/5

Marriage Between Music and Lyrics
4/5

Instrumentation
Quality of the Instrument/Sound Selection
4/5

Quality of the Lead Performances
4/5

Quality of the Meter
4/5

Quality of Guitar
4/5

Quality of Bass
4/5

Quality of Percussion
4/5

Quality of Other Instruments
4/5

Quality of Intro/Opening Line
4/5

Vocals
Quality of the Vocal Pitch
4/5

Quality of Vocal Phrasing and Performance
4/5

Quality of the Backup Vocals
4/5

Quality of Vocal
4/5

Production
Quality of Recording (Techniques)
4/5

Quality of Mix
4/5

Originality of Song
3/5

Overall Rating
4/5

Quality of the Title
3/5

General Comments

This song reminds me of retro Americana folk from the 60's. The steel guitar is country but a harmonica could easily replace the steel guitar. The form structure is very Americana folk in my opinion. Verse/verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus/instrumental outro is not contemporary country radio friendly. The song is well over four minutes long which pretty much makes it destined to be an album cut. As a rule of thumb the closer you are to three minutes your chances of radio airplay go up and the closer you are to four minutes those chances go down. This song is closer to five minutes than four minutes. The third verse is a mixture of verse one and verse two and it doesn't add anything new to the story line. My advice is do not have a third verse or re-write the third verse and add new info, action and imagery. If you delete verse three the form would be verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus and you would be closer to four minutes long than five minutes long. Starting a song with two long verses goes against most commercial guidelines but it is acceptable in Americana folk. Ending the second verse with the hook is also indicative of Americana folk. The song ends but I'm not convinced the singer ever learned how to be a man. The song doesn't point out what makes a man a man in his eyes. I really like the retro feel of this song. My guess is that baby boomers will also like this style of Americana folk rock. Strong melodies, catchy and memorable. I love the instrumental track and your vocal. The song sounds authentic. If you are hoping to pitch this to other artists keep in mind that the majority of Alternative Americana folk artists write their own songs and very few ever record outside material that they didn't have a hand in writing.


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Artist's Submitted Question:

would like to know if the lyrics and hook are quality in todays business

Pro's Answer/Comments:

You may well be the best artist to record, release and perform this song live and to the internet so if the lyric and the hook are what you want to sing then yes the lyric and hook are quality enough. The only people whose opinions count are your fans and you. If they support your music by showing up at your performances and buying CD's and downloads of your songs and you feel comfortable singing the lyrics in front of your fans, friends and family then that should answer your question.


Quote From Pro:

Allison Bolton brings the authentic sound of retro 60's Americana folk rock in the styles of Arlo Guthrie and Bob Dylan to the present day. Baby boomers as well as all fans of Americana will enjoy Allison Bolton's music.


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