Diana Williamson

Diana Williamson

Title: Songwriter, Music Supervisor
Genres: Dance, R&B, Pop
Status: Taking submissions
Song limit per member: Unlimited
Bio: Diana Williamson is head consultant in charge of licensing and acquisition for Themusiclibrary.org, a boutique publishing… read more

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song: Legacy
artist: Michael Kawka

genre: Unique - Soundtracks
stats: playlists: 0 | song plays: 71
General Overview
What Genre is most appropriate for this song?

What is an appropriate title for this song?

What artist does this song most remind you of?
Emerson Lake and Palmer

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

What era does this song fall under?
1970 - 1979

What best describes the mood of this song?
Lovable - Enchanting

Song Analysis
Quality of Lyrics

Quality of the Hook

Quality of the Verses

Quality of the Chorus

Quality of the Breaks

Quality of Instrumentation

Quality of Arrangement

Quality of the Melody

Quality of the Chord Progression

Quality of the Instrumental Hooks

Marriage Between Chorus and Verse

Marriage Between Music and Lyrics

Quality of the Instrument/Sound Selection

Quality of the Lead Performances

Quality of Recording (Techniques)

Quality of Mix

Originality of Song

Overall Rating

Quality of the Title

General Comments

FYI -I don't comment on instrumentation as my expertise lies in overall vision, marketability, lyrics, hooks, etc..

Good melodic opening, mysterious, you lead your listener into the song. Vocal has a lot of empathy, character and really helps to sell it. Always a good idea to have such a universal title/hook which can help make it fit into a variety of media uses. Your arrangement sense is very tasteful and effective and supports the song.

Pre chorus is dynamic and intense but could possibly build a bit more melodically to the chorus. The chorus is great but could really soar with just a bit more melodic build, if you really want to maximize your hook. It may not need a lot. The ear seems to want to have something extra underneath.

Lyric starts off with an interesting idea. Rhyme scheme works well in your hook like it should. You have a good use of rhyme. You might want to steer concept towards the idea of a positive legacy- in a few choice words, which you seem to do- but if you emphasized this a bit more- it may be a more easy sell. (FYI-It's very helpful to post your lyric - when asking for a critique...) "In silence we dream of what we could be"- perhaps a more visual word than silence would paint the picture more. (in darkness? Etc..) "Your footprints, impressions left behind"- good use of visual lyrics.

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Artist's Submitted Question:

Hi Diana. Recently finished mixing this song "Legacy". Would love to hear your impression of the song and lyrics. I can see it in a Disney soundtrack and would like your feedback on whether that is a realistic goal and if you would have any ideas for the best avenue and presentation in accomplishing that. Thanks you and I look forward to hearing back soon.

Pro's Answer/Comments:

I would say for marketing for synch placements, one idea is -you might want to go for TV first- which is more active of a market- and target any of the shows that deal with 70/80's rock styles. You will be ahead of the rest- because many TV shows nowadays want certain eras- and your material seems to have a good handle on that sound and there would be less competition. I keep hearing the Emerson Lake and Palmer type of feels.

As far as a Disney style, study the competition. It could be a possibility. The track has a great expansive feel. Do they use a lot more strings? Are their lyrics more specific or general or geared to a specific outcome? You could check the trades that post movies and TV shows in production. Follow them on IMDB to see if they might use a similar vibe to yours. This takes research. But since it really has that 70/80's type of feel in my opinion, you would be ahead of the pack that only have contemporary tracks in their vaults. Perhaps there is a film in production that uses the words Legacy or something similar. Subject matter is another way into a production. Good luck!

Quote From Pro:

Anthem-like, melodic track has a heroic, mysterious feel.