Jim Bruno

Jim Bruno

Title: Songwriter
Genres: Folk, Country, Americana
Status: Taking submissions
Song limit per member: 3
Bio: Jim Bruno is a San Francisco Bay Area based published songwriter. Songs he's written or co-written have been recorded and… read more

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song: Black-Hearted Cowboy
artist: Ashley Martin

genre: Country - Americana
stats: playlists: 7 | song plays: 66
General Overview
What Genre is most appropriate for this song?
Country

What is an appropriate title for this song?
Black-Hearted Cowboy

What artist does this song most remind you of?
Johnny Cash

What best describes the subject matter of this song?
Feelings - Loneliness

What era does this song fall under?
2000 and later

What best describes the mood of this song?
Sad - Poignant

Song Analysis
Quality of Lyrics
4/5

Quality of the Hook
4/5

Quality of the Verses
4/5

Quality of the Chorus
4/5

Quality of the Breaks
4/5

Quality of Instrumentation
4/5

Quality of Arrangement
4/5

Quality of the Melody
4/5

Quality of the Chord Progression
3/5

Quality of the Instrumental Hooks
5/5

Marriage Between Chorus and Verse
4/5

Marriage Between Music and Lyrics
5/5

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
3/5

Quality of Bass
4/5

Quality of Percussion
3/5

Quality of Strings
5/5

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 Vocal
3/5

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
4/5

General Comments

Overall I liked the song and the demo. The song has a timeless quality to it and to my ears sounded like it could be a country/americana standard. The chorus and the verses work well with each other and the lyrics reflect the mood of the melody and vice versa. I especially liked the couplet
"Ya now I'm tough like a broken glass shard
Hard and jagged and shattered and scarred". It really summarized the emotion of the song well. The title is also strong.
Your understanding of song craft is evident in various ways including...
Keeping your rhyming scheme consistent.
Repeating your title in the song.
Making sure that your song components are well differentiated from each other.


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Artist's Submitted Question:

Hello! This is the first time I had a demo made for my song (I didn't know I could do that until a month ago!), my own playing/singing is passable at best, so I am more interested in getting my songs to artists that can do them justice. I think Mr.Ziogas did well with the music, I envisioned a little more gruffness/emotion in the vocals, but other people seem to like it. Very new to this process so looking for guidance, thank you! Ash

Pro's Answer/Comments:

Hi Ashley,
Well done overall!
If you're inexperienced in the studio the best thing you can do for yourself is to find a good producer that you're compatible with. A good producer should be able to work with you and to determine what the song needs. More expensive producers are not necessarily better. Ask to hear prior their prior work.
Regarding this demo I think it was well done. The guitar was a little busy to my ears but the violin was superb. The vocal was pretty good and I think go the song across.
Keep in mind that a demo is not a finished product. It should demonstrate the potential for the song and I think your demo does that.


Quote From Pro:

Ashley Martin is the kind of songwriter who writes from the heart. Her melody and lyrics will stick with you long after her song stops playing. Do yourself a favor and check her music out!


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