A.J. Gundell

A.J. Gundell

Title: Songwriter, Composer, Music Supervisor, Producer
Genres: Rock, Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Country, All Contemporary/Hot 100 Music Library Genres
Status: Taking submissions
Song limit per member: 5
Bio: Andy "A.J." Gundell is a 13-time Emmy award-winning songwriter, composer, music supervisor and producer... and currently the… read more

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song: Everything is Anything

genre: Folk - Americana
stats: playlists: 3 | song plays: 46
General Overview
What Genre is most appropriate for this song?
Rock

What is an appropriate title for this song?
Everything is Everything

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

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

What era does this song fall under?
1990 - 1999

What best describes the mood of this song?
Agitated - Troubled

Song Analysis
Quality of Lyrics
2/5

Quality of the Hook
4/5

Quality of the Verses
3/5

Quality of the Chorus
3/5

Quality of the Breaks
3/5

Quality of Instrumentation
2/5

Quality of Arrangement
3/5

Quality of the Melody
4/5

Quality of the Chord Progression
3/5

Quality of the Instrumental Hooks
2/5

Marriage Between Chorus and Verse
3/5

Marriage Between Music and Lyrics
4/5

Instrumentation
Quality of the Instrument/Sound Selection
3/5

Quality of the Lead Performances
3/5

Quality of the Meter
2/5

Quality of Keyboards
3/5

Quality of Guitar
2/5

Quality of Percussion
4/5

Quality of Other Instruments
3/5

Quality of Intro/Opening Line
3/5

Vocals
Quality of the Vocal Pitch
3/5

Quality of Vocal Phrasing and Performance
3/5

Quality of the Backup Vocals
3/5

Quality of Vocal
3/5

Production
Quality of Recording (Techniques)
2/5

Quality of Mix
2/5

Originality of Song
3/5

Overall Rating
3/5

Quality of the Title
2/5

General Comments

Probably the most captivating and enjoyable part of "Everything Is Anything" is the most important part of all: the hook. The words come out the the singer's mouth like a fusillade of gunfire notes--super-singable, memorable, repetitive, and hook'y. The fact that this is also the chorus and title of the song makes for a very promising beginning for this indie alt-folk rocker.

From there, I think some deeper lyrical analysis and critique would be helpful. First, the lyric begs the question of... "okay, but, what's the point?" If the answer comes in the next line, "everything don't mean nothing to me," then my question as both reviewer and listener is--then why are you singing about it? And I don't really believe the singer, that none of this means anything. The verses say "I was cold, and you made me warm;" and "I was old, and you made me young." On both counts, well written, it makes me think the singer DOES care... and should. It's almost like the singer wants to say "Everything... means EVERYTHING... to me." Not only does that make more logical sense, it's also a more positive foundation to build the song around. As written, it not only doesn't make sense, it also makes me wonder as reviewer/listener why I should care myself. Not the setting we're looking for to grab a listener. And all the more disappointing because, per above, the hook is so strong musically and melodically. I think the lyric needs to come up to that level.

Singer's performance, and backing harmonies, are believable and strong--they will sell a stronger, more believable message in the story. Beyond that, the recording tap-dances around being acceptable broadcast quality. If there's a bass, it's too low in the mix--and a rockin' folk song like this really needs it. Drums are solid, except in the breakdown sections, where both the drummer and the band need to be a little tighter to the groove; both the lead guitar and keyboard solos could be more in the pocket. I'm also hearing a fair amount of digital clicking going on--I would check the recording to make sure it's clean, and there aren't some sample rate frequency issues with the DAW.

I'd love to hear Justin and the band build around a killer melodic hook with a hard look at the song/story/lyrics and recording. There's a "holy trinity" of song/singer/record going on in here--it just needs a little more work. And, as songwriters/recording artists, we all have to be willing to call a first draft a draft--and dig a little deeper to make it all undeniable. Rock on.


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Artist's Submitted Question:

Lyrical content any good?

How can I get this song into the hands of the masses? What is the best path for exposure?

Pro's Answer/Comments:

In my opinion, lyrical content in this case needs the work I've described above. I think we not only need more consistent clarity in the storyline, we'd benefit from a more positive spin on the central idea.

For the second part of the question, I'll refer you to my previous comments from the prior review--they're equally applicable here.

Broadjam is the perfect platform for you to begin to get your song (s) out there, into the hands of the masses. On the home page, click on the "Music Licensing" tab, and then "View all Licensing Opportunities." There are literally hundreds to choose from--and the perfect place for you to begin. Research the listings for pitches that you think match one of your songs. Read the "briefs" carefully, they tell you what the client is looking for. Use this Pro Review format to help you hone your song--and then go ahead and make some submissions!

That's the best path to exposure--and a great start. After that, continue to search for more opportunities--and I would recommend researching music libraries as the next step. There are many of them... and there's a reason for that: media clients are increasingly looking to libraries to score their projects. It's really an excellent way for independent musician/artist/producers to get their stuff out there and get their first placements.


Quote From Pro:

Probably the most captivating and enjoyable part of "Everything Is Anything" is the most important part of all: the hook. The words come out the the singer's mouth like a fusillade of gunfire notes--super-singable, memorable, repetitive, and hook'y. The fact that this is also the chorus and title of the song makes for a very promising beginning for this indie alt-folk rocker.


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