Jonathan Weiss

Jonathan Weiss

Title: Music Supervisor, A&R
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Electronic, Soundtrack
Status: Taking submissions
Song limit per member: Unlimited
Bio: Jonathan Weiss is a Los Angeles-based music supervisor for film and television. He just completed music supervising the… read more

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song: Broken Flowers
artist: Howard Siden

genre: Latin - Rock
stats: playlists: 4 | song plays: 121
General Overview
What Genre is most appropriate for this song?
Rock

What is an appropriate title for this song?
Broken Flowers works well

What artist does this song most remind you of?
Carlos Santana

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

What era does this song fall under?
1990 - 1999

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

Song Analysis
Quality of the Hook
3/5

Quality of the Verses
4/5

Quality of the Chorus
4/5

Quality of Instrumentation
4/5

Quality of Arrangement
4/5

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

Instrumentation
Quality of the Instrument/Sound Selection
3/5

Quality of the Lead Performances
4/5

Quality of the Meter
4/5

Quality of Keyboards
4/5

Quality of Guitar
4/5

Quality of Bass
3/5

Quality of Percussion
3/5

Quality of Strings
3/5

Quality of Other Instruments
3/5

Quality of Intro/Opening Line
4/5

Production
Quality of Recording (Techniques)
3/5

Quality of Mix
3/5

Originality of Song
4/5

Overall Rating
4/5

Quality of the Title
4/5

General Comments

Howard,

I enjoyed listening to this well written and solidly structured instrumental piece that haa an authentic emotional tone to it's melody, instrumentation and melodic elements. The influence here is reminiscent of something that Santana would've done as an album cut on one of his records in the 80's or 90's, with organ, bass, percussion and drums accompaniment.

I thought the structure of the song was well conceived and did a good job of setting up the main melody of the song, verse, chorus and bridge sections, which gave it an appropriate amount of sectional and dynamic contrast. The guitar playing was solid and authentic sounding, nice intonation and a great amount of emotion put forward.

While all of those elements were nicely put together structurally and song wise, something to think about in future recordings would be to get the most updated guitar sound down on tape, as well as authentic sounding drums, bass and synth strings. This would give the track more of a contemporary production sound that is more rooted in the 2000's, rather than something that would've been produced in the 80's or 90's.

Perhaps this is still in a demo stage, which in fact does a fine job of getting across the emotion of the song, (which is quite strong), but possibly the next time you're going to record, I would suggest you put a greater emphasis on finding the most up to date sample packs for the previously mentioned elements (strings, synth bass, trap drums etc.) to achieve a production level that would be in line with what's being heard on commercial or streaming radio in 2019.

Again, this kind of heart wrenching, emotional instrumental power ballad a la Santana I believe still has a place in today's music world, especially when its as well conceived and written as this piece is. However, putting together all of the appropriate contemporary production elements are also an important piece of putting together a package which can be marketed to today's commercial market.


Quote From Pro:

Emotional and heartfelt instrumental power ballad that features a lead melody from a solidly played electric guitar that is ultimately reminiscent of some of Santana's instrumental pieces that he became famous for throughout the last four decades.


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