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  1. john

    3 Ages of David Bowie

    From the album My Artwork

    3 heads of David Bowie through the years
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  2. I challenge (or I shame, if need be) every member to make a donation to Songstuff. I just made one using the PayPal Donate button at the top banner. Yeah, I know we're all broke after the holidays. But, if I can donate something, then so can you. C'mon . . . DIG DEEP! David
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  3. john

    Jessie

    From the album My Artwork

    My cat Jessie
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  4. I still think the major obstacle to newbies getting more feedback for their posted lyrical or musical works is their understandable assumption that they should post in the "Members Only" sub-forum boards, which we all know are deserted islands compared to the bustle of the main, public boards. And, I still think that problem could be significantly mitigated if in the description of the Members Only boards it was made clear that the sub-forum is private from the public, that it does not get as much attention - even from other members, and that if you want maximum exposure and feedback you should scroll down and click "Start New Topic" to post your thread in the main, public forum below. I see it happen - they post in the Members Only forum, they're essentially ignored, and they never post here again. I and other members try to catch them and explain the difference between the private forum and the public one, but we don't get them all, and it's a pain in the ass. In my opinion, the descriptions for the Members Only boards themselves should explain all that upfront so the problem is avoided. I also still think instrumentals need not be banished to their own largely-ignored sub-forum as well. More experienced members will post instrumentals in the main forum regardless. But, newbies typically won't. Although I have no idea how big of an issue it is, I do know some new members, especially more novice artists, feel intimidated by some of the more polished recordings by more experienced talent posted in the song and recording critique forum. I know, because they say so when they begin their first post, which invariably contain a list of disclaimers apologizing for their presentation. I can't help but wonder how many other newbies don't even get to the point of being confident enough to post that first post. Maybe that issue does need to be addressed somehow better than it currently is. I also think some pinned topic of tips somewhere where explanations of how to do things here on the site via the Songstuff software could not only be useful to new members, but us older ones too. How to delete and edit a comment. How to delete your topic/thread. How to change the title of your topic thread using the Full Editor. How to avoid having a giant signature like Rudi had, etc.
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  5. Hiya guys, It has been a while since I've posted here. Hope it has been well. I wrote this song a couple of days ago. I envision it to be more of an RnB/Neo-Soul "Justin Timberlake" kinda production. And those who have heard my songs before know that such an arrangement is not exactly my forte. So I was wondering if you can help me out with ideas. Anything that comes to mind. Hopefully I get to work with a producer soon and get this song going. Until then, I plan to work with my DAW and learn as much I can on my own. As always, thanks for the help. And as I keep saying, I've learnt much over the years! (Edit: Thanks for the heads up @M57 ) *Finders Keepers* Don't you see what you're doing? As you sit there playing blind, All you burn is out the fire You left behind As you turn back the pages, Slip away to your alibi, I'm standing here Waiting for a sign babe Come, won't you come now... Come before we're out of time Before you change my mind Learn to see through the grime Come find me Yes, I know you have reasons For your actions and your cause, But darlin' is it love when all you do Is keep me in the dark? I am far from perfection And your standards maybe high But you know I love you More than love, you can't deny Come, won't you come now... Come before we're out of time Before you change my mind Learn to see through the grime Come find me Forgive me, I am tired Forgive me, I am lost when you are quiet Lead me to your light Won't you come, won't you come now Come before we're out of time Before you change my mind Learn to see through the grime Come find me Finders Keepers Written and performed by Mahesh Raghunandan All Rights Reserved © 2016
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  6. Your post made me think... Aside from making albums to sell (or give away...whatever)... I think if you plan to make an album it could help focus you with a goal (not that you need it...but 'you' meaning anyone), and maybe more importantly an album captures a period. All artists develop, change, and I suppose a good thing about an album is it generally, or maybe should, contain the best of an artist's work during a certain period of time.... and it needs to be done so there's some pressure which has some effect too... then when it's done, time to think about the next...which will likely be slightly different and so maybe also encourages change and development. Something that the artists we all know and love have always done... but something that most amateurs/unsigned (including me) don't really think about because we don't need to! So it made me think...although I don't expect to sell any albums, maybe I should focus on making one as a goal within a set time. I have made one before but really it was an afterthought sticking tracks I liked together.... which isn't the same thing at all. In terms of a sales related reason... I dunno. Don't people buy albums anymore? If not...they should!
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  7. Hi folks Here's a new song that I wrote and recorded. Nits and crits welcome. OverthinkingWritten and performed by Staypress V1I've had some thoughts about overthinkingIt'll get you in the endTrying my best to stay in the momentBut my brain won't comprehend V2I've had my doubts about relative theoriesThe laws of physics are your friendUnderstanding the space time continuumBut my brain can't comprehend ChDid you ever stop to think and forget to start again?Did you ever think to stop and disengage your brain? V3I'm paranoid my lack of meditationPracticed as a daily choreWill turn my conscious into vegetationI'm not thinking anymore ChDid you ever stop to think and forget to start again?Did you ever think to stop and disengage your brain? Middle bitGive your mind a restBe at your bestThought can be a dangerous thingGet some zenRemind me thenI have to stop overthinking ChDid you ever stop to think and forget to start again?Did you ever think to stop and disengage your brain?to endThe late, great Gene Wilder
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  8. Woke up this morning and what do you think I saw, a Donate banner at the top of the page of the first place I've been going for years. About Damn Time! Thanks John, for all you do and all you've done for years! Tom
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  9. My current opinion is that (unless you're writing to get your songs placed, sync etc) you're better off giving it for free or better still just do it for yourself, for the love of it. Unless you're gigging and pulling really good sized crowds it's going to be really hard to sell music. To be honest it's even hard to give music away for free unless you have a following. That's not only based on my own experience, it is partly but it's also an observation. If anyone disagrees, show me some examples of pretty much unknown, unsigned artists who are not gigging or not pulling crowds but are selling more than a handful of tracks/albums a year to people outside of friends and family.... There's certainly no money worth speaking of in album sales for the unknown independent... The only way to change that is to get a buzz going and that normally comes from gigging, but maybe with some luck if you can get enough of your music just 'out there' then people might start to buzz about it. Also, I think YouTube is another way to create a following without gigging, but that is still kind of gigging...just online rather than on stage.
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  10. Thanks, Everyone. I know now what fixes it needs, and I'm taking it back to the lab for further work. I''ll update the Soundcloud track as I update the mix. I thank you. The song thanks you. David Back from the lab: Second Draft. https://soundcloud.com/hobosage/hive-first-draft-2017-by-hobosage-all-rights-reserved
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  11. i like your vocal tone and I do sense a deeper emotional effort on your part, those were nice adjustments and do go deeper than the original version. I hear where you adjusted the melody in the chorus slightly, but I'm still not feeling it like I do in the verses and bridge, which I like very much.
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  12. Dek, Gry, Richard, Ken - Thanks, everyone. I'm still experimenting with how I want to sing this.. The "hive" shouts I could only yell so loud at the late hour I recorded., so I just roughed it up with the Retro Transformer effect. I'll either do that over with better enunciation as a solo vocal with the transformer effect, or have multiple uneffected shouts - my original intent. I also still have to add an appropriate bass line to the intro to see if I like that better than the current bass-less intro. Ken, the third "soul" bothered me too. I woke up this morning with a change idea. I have to have the first two - I'd trade my soul . . . if I had a soul to trade "soul - which I quite like. But then, instead of using "my heart and my soul, were lost long ago . . . the first casualties of the cage," I'm going to use another reference for my soul and use "the real me at core, was lost long before . . the first casualty of the cage." * Updated track. I re-sang the chours as indicated to use "the real me at core," etc. I also re-shouted "hive" to enunciate it more clearly. It's still just one vocal with the Retro-T distorto effect. But, I took the reverb off the track, and I think it sounds pretty clear now that I shout the word "hive."" This are just my attempts working out the vocal melody and harmonies on the fly. I'm hesitant to try and massage better vocals from the current takes with the pitch correction because Mark may come swooping in with the entire M57 nebula behind him to really let me have it if I do. * I re-sang some things with other lyric tweaks and updated. Dek, there was something bothering me about "stuck in . . . general population" too. But, I kept isolating "general population" and it really sounds perfect to me. I just realized that the reason that line sounds a bit rushed to me overall is because I was actually a bit late singing the preceding "in" - it came after the beat. So, I nudged it to be on the beat. You may still think the line sounds rushed overall. But, it sounds right to me now. Oh, Ken -- the "ah" is a sound f/x I have.
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  13. Good point. Change "we strike a balance" to "to strike a balance" to still imply it's an attempt, not a success. If balance is actually struck, then the singer has no legitmate reason to complain.
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  14. Just wanted to thank folks here who have been part of the process and have helped me work through this one both lyrically and musically. There's no question that without your honest thoughts and excellent suggestions, this would not be anywhere near the song it has become. I had an English horn and a string player over last weekend to lay down some 'real life' instrumental tracks, with the RL EH replacing the Virtual EH, and the RL strings supporting the VI strings. AND ..I got my wife to supplement my background vocals - because she actually thought the song was "..pretty good." LOL. Did some EQing mostly to the guitar to get rid of hiss on the high end and bloat in the mid lows. That may have taken some of the life out of it, but it really makes the recording much more listenable to my ears. Of course for me these things are never ever done unless the DAW files are lost, but any changes from here should be of the super tweaky variety, (I'm still having fun with minor details like where to bury the EH and where to feature it, etc), so you're all always welcome to make suggestions. Dad was on vacation - took the family for a ride We got caught up in the songs we sang and the exits passed us by Pretty soon the darkness fell and we looked up and saw a clear and moonless sky. It couldn’t be more beautiful; the stars, they were on fire. With the tank approaching emptiness, well it came down to the wire We made our destination and I remember these, the best of times There’s nothing wrong when you can laugh things off and try another way. So we sang along on the journey back to Monterey We are the stuff of battles lost just as much the ones we've won The constellations of where we’ve been and of all the songs we’ve sung So when rambling roads and songs don’t take me anywhere, well then I’ll know There’s something wrong when I can’t find me another way Oh it would sure feel good if I could make it back to Monterey Last night I and Amelia got lost between the strings Her vapor trails came floating down and wrapped around my wings In disbelief I went outside and looked up and saw a clear and moonless sky. And all the stars, they fell around me in disarray That's why I’m going back to Monterey I don’t belong here anymore; these aren’t my days or times. Don’t give me so many choices - no, ‘cause I’ve made up my mind. Yeah, you’ve all got friendly voices, but I can read the signs These are the memories I'll save, and hold on to my wings tonight Let’s sing about adventure with the windows open wide We’ll sing right through the fog and chill and let the exits pass us by. Anton Evans: Bass Craig Bunch: Drums/Percussion Nancy Dimock: English horn Joel Zavala: Additional Strings Fran Rabuck: Additional Vocals Copyright 2016 by Mark Rabuck
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  15. Regardless of whether anyone else hears them. In my headphones (I have pretty good ones) I hear every single "p" before "patient" in the second chorus pop. I challenge anyone who thinks they don't hear them, to listen again, and compare all the p's with the "p" in "patient" in the second chorus. That "p" does not pop at all. That's how all the p's should sound. There are some b's boppin' too. Even an "h" sound as "moo-hoo-hoove" is sung assaults the mic's diaphragm. Given the sensitivity and gain of the mic, overall, it sure sounds to me like this was sung too close to the mic. The final two instances of "I know you're gonna change" near the end of the song sure sound to me like "I knew you're gonna change," which I don't think works so well. I don't know if it's a noise gate, a compressor are just muting and un-muting the vocal track, but the off/on of the background hiss on the vocal track gives the vocal track a pumping aspect to it, and it seems to kill the reverb too. The piano decaying after the last chord at the very very end of the song cuts off too soon. Let it go all the way out by itself, or fade it down to zero near the very end. That abrupt cutoff doesn't sound good. What happened to the gal who stormed in here looking for feedback declaring she can't take it and has thick skin? She wants to what . . give up? You're oozing talent, and are on the verge of making awesome music "in a league of your own." So, allow me to channel Tom Hanks and say: There's no crying in baseball!
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  16. Just1L

    Me At Sun Studios

    From the album Images

    Here's me the other day at Sun Studios. Great tour there. $1,000 for 5 hours of recording time. Can you guess who will never record there?
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  17. There has always been good music (i.e. what I like) and bad music (i.e. what the other guy likes) . There has been good music written by committee (Holland/Dozier/Holland) and bad music written by committee (too many to mention). The more some writers are original, the harder it is for other writers to be original. There are undoubtedly more bad songs than ever but because there is so much more music than there ever was. So perhaps the problem is more that there is too much music, and therefore the good songs are harder to find, so it seems that poor songs are the norm? I will grant you Meghan Traynor, though. And Death Metal. Nearly all death metal sucks. But that is kind of the point of it. And I wish music wasn't so damn easy to make and share these days so that people like me couldn't share our abysmal songwriting skills with the world
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  18. I agree with this. I'll add that, and least for this song (I haven't listened to others yet), for me, it's really mostly the fairly strict on-the-beat aspect of the vocal delivery and the fairly unchanging vocal melody from part to part that imparts a lack of feeling to me - not the quality of your voice, which is awesome. For me, that's what makes this sound like you're a demo singer singing a vocal track and not singing the song like you feel it. If this song had a strong, poppy chorus with backing vocals, then block-like singing would sound appropriate. But, this is a bare-bones heartfelt ballad with one lead vocal. I think you need to be more creative and natural with the vocal melody and phrasing to sing around the rhythm a little more than so much in step with it - not as wild as a guitar player would be playing lead to backing music - but with a not dissimilar attitude. The music is your canvass. Your voice is the paint. Paint less by the numbers, and with a little more impressionism.
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  19. It's not an actual rule Richard - not anymore. But, it is an expectation. When Dek and I and others raise the issue with a newbie, it's more like telling them to not expect much feedback if they're not offering any of their own. It's for their benefit. Yeah, I could be less blunt about it sometimes. I'm working on that. Baby steps.
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  20. Songstuff has always been about the community. Even in the few months before we added forums, it was about the larger music community. To have you all feel at home, and motivated to make the site and community better is brilliant. For our community to move forward and thrive it needs people to give a damn about it. No matter how good it already is, it could be better. Your help, ideas and effort are hugely appreciated, and I mean that for all of you. You already help make a Songstuff what it is. Me saying to members "please do this, we need your help" is one thing, but members noticing things themselves and doing things to help is what really makes the difference. Suggestions and drive coming from members, rather than staff, passes that message on to other members too... that this place, our community, is worth giving a damn about... that participation is worthwhile... that community is important. How existing and long term members behave does set the tone, elsewhere too Rob, though here it seems particularly important. New arrivals look to older more established members, and to staff.... they sense the tone of a place. Are members enthusiastic? Are members encouraging? Are members talented? Helpful? Young/old? Fun? Etc. They are judgements people make all the time, often in the flash of a first impression. We all make a difference. We all help form that first impression.
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  21. I think I've likely been influenced by every song I've ever heard that I liked - by various artists and bands - and my taste in music has always been pretty eclectic. IF I had to pick, I'd say Sting, and a drummer I knew and worked with for a time. I think Sting kind of opened my eyes to real song crafting - both musically and lyrically I know there were plenty of great musician/songwriters before Sting during my time. But I was never much of a fan of their music. Starting with The Police and then into his solo work, Sting not only has had great music, he writes great lyrics too. I was a big fan, and so I paid attention. My music may not sound like it's been influenced by him. But, I still think he's been a big influence on it. The drummer I knew and worked with (I won't mention his name) was/is incredibly good - I mean, amazingly good - and I know working with him has a lot to do with my current sense of and feel for rhythm in my own music. He also turned me on to jazz-fusion, and that extended the influence. And, not just with respect to drums and percussion I incorporate in my stuff now. The way I play guitar and keys (including keyboard bass), and even the way I sing are all quite influenced by my appreciation for rhythm, and I think that first blossomed back in the day with that drummer.
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  22. I like your enthusiasm Richard. Get the ball rolling of one of those ideas.
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  25. As someone who deals with symptoms of depression (& laziness! lol ), I decided to deactivate my Facebook profile. It was consuming way too much of my time, not just because of my presumably weak will power to resist social media but also because of the constant formality of keeping in touch with people and of course, lots of business/career related communication. While I only have my Facebook Artist page now to manage, I use the internet for extracting some useful/interesting/funny/memorable content. So... cheatsheets anybody? I'd rather see it as a cohesive set of useful basic concepts in one place, which is all that it is anyways. and of course, my favorite.
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  26. Happy Birthday John, here's a stripper for you.
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  27. Happy Birthday John... I'm sure we could have all,come up with a song to sing to you today, but I don't know what we would have called it
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  28. J |Morrison 2014 this was J. Morrison ( c ) 2014 know the title pulled most readers in but thanks for looking anyway . john I see the first snowflake it brings back memories of that Christmas day nineteen ninety three you came on Christmas eve you were not due 'till spring so beautiful we believe you're an angel without wings ch you came to us on Christmas eve we didn't know if you'd stay or leave the snow falls we hear a choir sing and we pray for our angel without wings you were small but tough that's what the nurses said we hopped tough enough for the fight that lay ahead new years eve was a close call you gave it your everything so much fight in one so small our angel without wings ch you came to us on Christmas eve we didn't know if you'd stay or leave the snow falls we heard a choir sing and we prayed for our angel without wings brg it feels like just only yesterday where have the years gone now we're here to celebrate that it's birthday twenty one as the snow begins to fall I'm sure I hear a choir sing I mouth a silent "thanks to God" for our angel without wings you came to us on Christmas eve we didn't know if you'd stay or leave the snow fell we heard a choir sing and we prayed for our angel without wings now I mouth a silent "thank you God for our angel without wings ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- when I see the first snowflake you know it brings back memories of those scary days back in nineteen ninety three you came along on Christmas eve but you were not due 'till spring so beautiful you could be an angel without wings you came to us on Christmas eve we didn't know if you'd stay or leave as the snow was falling we heard a choir sing holding hands we pray for our angel without wings yes you were small but tough that's what all the nurses said we hopped tough enough for just what might lay ahead new years eve was a close call that's when we almost lost you such fight in one so small somehow you made it through you came to us on Christmas eve we didn't know if you'd stay or leave as the snow was falling we heard a choir sing holding hands we pray for our angel without wings brg now it feels like yesterday where have the years gone time has come to celebrate that it's birthday twenty one as the snow begins to fall I'm sure I hear a choir sing I mouth a silent "thanks to God" for our angel without wings I mouth a silent "thank you God for our angel without wings
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  29. I was thinking that maybe it would be nice to have a “(just for fun) topic/ thread” were we post our own (or cover of a) “guilty pleasure song”. A song you did write (or play) but does not really fit into your repertoire (because it is to commercial or the lyrics are filled with clichés or…) But you “kinda like” anyway. You know “guilty pleasure”. So let’s see what happens when I start this: Mine is called “Just An Other Hit The Road Song”. It’s a song with a kinda reggae feel in it (and I do not do reggae). It is filed with clichés and I even have copy/paste the line “Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no…” in it. I think that is more than enough reason to feel guilty about this song. The pleasure? It makes me happy. I challenge you all to post yours... if you dare.
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  30. I really like going higher at the start of the chorus. I still don't like "Life" starting those lines though. While I agree taking out the "oo's" that originally came after "it's all about you" works well, I now think they would work great to start those lines instead of "Life: "Ooooooo . . . It's all about you," and those opening "oo's" would sound killer in three-part harmony - including your current higher sing. I can also imagine pad or string synth swelling in stereo along with those "oo's" sounding damn sweet too. Just ideas.
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  31. I'm a medically retired Marine from Pennsylvania living in Missouri having just moved here (Missouri) from Arizona. I've traveled a bit, including overseas. I love singing/songwriting, but am much better at songwriting than singing. Been songwriting for a few years so we'll see what you guys think and I look forward to honing my skill.
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  32. HELLO First and foremost, I'd like to start by saying, well, hi...It's such a pleasure to even be taking part in something like this, so thank you. I spent most of my youth exploring my creative nature without realizing what a vital role it played in my overall well-being. Unfortunately, like many do, I boxed up that part of me shortly thereafter to take a trip up the corporate ladder. Why? Well, because that's what you're supposed to do, right? I mean, the artistic stuff was fun for a while but what about stability? What about titles, stock options and 401K plans? At 23, supplanting myself in that environment seemed to be the grown up, "responsible" choice. Maybe even the only choice. So I jumped at the opportunity. I was on my way too, a rising star snagging every piece of Resumé eye candy I could get my mits on. I had a real career in the making. With only one problem. A big problem actually. You see, as time went on I grew increasingly miserable but couldn't figure out why. Next thing I know my 20's turned to 30's and although it looked like clear skies ahead I was getting rocked by a turbulent shitstorm, for lack of a better term. Somehowm, more lost than ever. I was flying through self help books at the time, just grasping at straws, when one in particular really dug in. It asks you personal questions to help you identify with who you are at your core. Your answers should serve as a compass and help you understand more about where you're gifted and what you're passionate about. I remained as unbiased as possible and hoped, assumed, hell I almost even knew the answer would scream back "LEADER" or "BUSINESS BADASS" of some sort (I know, I'd want to punch me too but I'm being transparent here). But Instead of screaming affirmations, just a faint confusing whisper... "That's really great and all, but what the hell does all this writing, art, and creative junk have to do with me being a successful leader?" I'd love to say it clicked right then but my head was too clouded. What it did, without my knowing at the time, was water a wasteland in dyer need of life. Seeds planted years ago were buried deep down, and they soaked up ever drop. A short time later, heavy rains came down in the form of, let's call it an involuntary departure from the fortune 500 company I devoted nearly a decade to. Struck me as odd that I felt so relieved. But to be honest I was jaded and still a bit misguided. Sadly I kept thinking about careers that might look and sound good to other people. A voice kept saying, "dude, you know"... But the cynic always yelled louder to drown it out. Then one day just for kicks I started working out a song idea I had in my head. All these ideas came pouring out! Man that lit me up like a Vegas night & got me twice as high. And wouldn't you know I even completed the Damn thing. Nobody knew it existed, but I did. And I was more proud in that moment than I had been in way too long. That was a cornerstone moment, the first of many to come. Since then I've had countless "chance" encounters with like minded individuals who I now consider brothers and sisters. Now here I am 2 years later, and while I'm more unsure than ever about what the future holds for me, I'm becoming all the more clear on who I am and why I'm here... One misstep at a time. Believe it or not, this marathon rant started with me staring at a blank screen not knowing what to say... If you made it this far, thank you for indulging me and congratulations. You're not only a writer, but apparently you are ONE HELL OF A READER as well. Cheers, Derek
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  33. Thanks all of you. I'm hoping for your the first of 2017 with happiness.
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  34. Happy New Year to everyone, hope it is a good one and brings a lot of inspiration for making lots of really good songs/lyrics And thanks for making me feel welcome this year and I hope to be more productive on the site next year (you can all stop groaning now ) Cheers
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  35. Hello, I've been messing with this... I can't say it's complete and it may change a lot but I'm interested to know how it sounds so far to everyone. I've thought about ditching it , I have my own thoughts on what I like and don't... but I'll run it by you lot to see what reaction it gets and any feedback. I've just quickly done a construction and mix for it so that I can post. P.S I know I've not edited the noisy breathing between lines etc... I usually do but just posting this as a rough version. Words (might be slightly different to sung) We’d shine everywhere we’d go We could Light up anywhere we’d be With beauty from despair with hope For everyone The newspapers just buried us but the crowds carried us And we gave the sun with our love To everyone We left our ghosts unchained our songs We were the fallen favourite sons Behind the masses, calling for truth From the many hateful fools Born from the mountain’s endless soul Cut by the river’s tireless flow Dying together, dulled by the rust Remember us
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  36. "A Little Bit Of Freedom" "Hi, how are you?" _ Hall pass, Leave the room Lunch soon, Close to noon. You need a little bit of freedom. _ Skip school, Learn to Skate Take trips, Roam the state. You need a little bit of freedom. _ Skip work, Learn to sing Play strings, Write a thing. You need a little bit of freedom. _ Where will it take me? When will it take me? I don't know. I don't seem to care, but I've always needed A little bit of freedom. How about you?
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  37. The premise is to link the song just posted with your new song. Either title-title, title-group, or group-group. The above post, 25 or 6 to 4 was linked by the numbers to Magnificent 7 theme, which was linked to the group name The Magnificent 6, who's song title was within the web which was linked to the title Weaver, Weave Me A Coat. Each post is somehow linked to the post above it. So, the group name above is Chicago, I might post Boston- More Than A Feeling But you can get more creative if you want to. Like think of 25 as one quarter and post Led Zeppelin's No quarter, or think in terms of telling time, or stay with Chicago and post the new Cubs song, or Take Me Out To The Ball Game. Things like that. The stonger associations are easier to build from, the more clever associations are fun to figure out too.
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  38. Thanks Richard, looks like upgrading the ram to 16gb is gonna be cheaper than the SSD drive upgrade. I need to look into it especially now that I've got to hear from you about Logic being faster. I'm a singer songwriter so I'm looking for a nice warm acoustic vibe along the lines of Damien Rice or the likes. I have plans of arranging strings as well as it brings about much emotion. Something like this: https://soundcloud.com/maheshmusic/sleep-ft-adiel-massar I love it when my mixes sound wide and open.
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  39. Aw, but it's Christmas! Can't we let it slide...just this once? A far as I'm concerned, as long as players continue adhering to the basic concept (each new response having some kind of association with the previous entry), life will continue to be good here on SongStuff. Birds will sing, joy will be plentiful & love will find a way! LOL That's quite enough cliche's from me for one day.
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  40. Personally, I've never viewed this a competition...more like a cooperative, ongoing effort. Were it truly competitive, there would be winners, losers and the game would have ended years ago. Right? Doesn't mean you can't take a competitive approach to it, but you may need to tamp down your expectations for the rest of us. As for that last link Tom, I'm guessing that maybe "a key" could be seen as "indispensable" when attempting to open a locked door.
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  41. No pun intended, but I also think you should "break up" the four repeats of "I'm broken" in the chorus. Even a small change like "Broken . . . I'm broken . . . I'm broken . . . Broken," or some similar variant, would be a welcome change from the same-same, and it would also highlight the simple title of "broken."
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  42. john

    Sandy Denny

    From the album My Artwork

    Pastel on cardboard box

    © John Moxey 2007

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  43. john

    Dog

    From the album My Artwork

    © John Moxey 2007

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  44. Thanks, John! Hope you, the Songstuff staff, and everyone who participates here have a safe, productive, and fulfilling year. I've been here, off and on, for a decade. You've done amazing work here.
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  45. And, the title of that song is Catharsis. Welcome Aboard, Derek. David
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  46. Joining in about the lyrics after skimming other comments - I find it very hard to critique these lyrics (other than specifics like the cards) because, to me, they're kind of ok but just quite bland... I mean nothing about them screams real soul or stand-out POP HIT...so whether you perform or you place it with an established pop artist the lyrics don't seem to quite cut it ... BUT... I'm not sure I'm correct about that at all, because (and I sadly had to test this theory by reading some) if I look at lyrics by current big name singer/songwriters they're at least as if not way more bland than these. Mark mentioned Nick Drake...I love listening to Nick Drake, but there's a good example because these days apparently people would prefer to listen to Ed Sheeran or some tit in a fancy hat prattle on with some cliche baby baby soulless stuff, and Nick Drake's probably still not shifted as many albums as any of them, and no 9 year old girl knows who he was... Mark might not have been referring to Nick's lyrics especially, but I thought it was a good example to use since the difference in that department is so big. I mean the talent gap is vast too in my opinion, but lyrically Nick was on another planet compared to Ed, and those lyrics are a big part of the attraction to me...but not to 9yr old girls. My point is - My feelings about these lyrics being bland might actually mean they're exactly what's wanted... I have no idea to be honest!! But Ed's definitely shifted a lot of records with worse, and he's not even selling them on his looks.... I dunno, maybe it's a trend??
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  47. Are in/near Glasgow? We could meet for a coffee sometime? If you want someone to help give an opinion on album track selection, give me a shout. You say you don't care if it sells.... a great recipe for a self fulfilling prophecy. In recording an album you will be investing a lot of time and money. You have hundreds of songs to choose from... do you not want to record a second album? A third? I know I have enough for a few, and a plan for the same. I can understand a lack of interest in fame, it simply has no appeal for me. However, when I think about it, I do want my album to do as well as it realistically can. I can't afford to invest much for publicity and promo, but that doesn't mean it doesn't deserve what I can give/get it. If it can at least earn enough to pay for itself that would be nice. If it could pay for the next album, even better! I wouldn't be looking to get rich but if it made me some money, I wouldn't cry. lol What I want to avoid is unnecessary loss. Just make sure you don't hog tie your album with lack of belief No matter where you are in muisc, it's worth considering that if you believe your songs are worthy of attention, that your real goal should be to share your music. If you don't have any goals your album will literally go nowhere. So, how about this: Work out the break even cost of your album, set that as a minimum financial goal, with a secondary financial goal being the same cost again.... in other words, try to make enough money to pay for your next album Secondly, have some people based goals: reach (the number of people who get to hear your album) followers (social media & blogs. Have targets for each social network you are part of, at least twitter, Facebook. Seriously consider YouTube) subscribers (people on your mailing list, yes you should have one) fans (the number of people who actually buy your album) So actually set some goals. You might be surprised by the results! One thing that makes a huge difference is a good release process.Do you know what a cold / warm market is? To amswer more fully just now I willl assume not. A cold market is one that is unprepared for your product. There is a lack of appetitie for it. If you release a product into a cold market your product will almost certainly fail. Spectacuarly. A warm market is where you have cultivated interest in your product. People are ideally "hungry" for you product. While you may not like to think of your music in such stark marketing terms, you can bet that the principles apply. You can learn some lessons from it and use it your present circumstance. I am happy to help where I can. Cheers John
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  48. Wow, interesting concept. Nice work. I think this part of the verse caught my attention.
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  49. No Problem, i figured a good intro would impress
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  50. . . . and please let the virtual door hit you in your arrogant ass on the way out.
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