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  1. 9 points
    I wasn't always into music deeply though I enjoyed its company. I remember picking up a guitar for the first time when I was 15 years old (being 24 now). Maybe that's when my interest in music increased and kept my teenage mind occupied. Being in India and coming from a middle-class background, my only source of international music back then was the radio. Every night at 9:00PM, the local radio would air the feed of Top40 with Ryan Seacrest or Casey Kasem and I used to fall asleep to it. The more I recall those nights, the more I realise how significant it has been for me to ever have my doors open to this wonderful world of music. Around the same time, I came across and heard 'Gravity' by John Mayer. That changed everything. I'm sure there is always one moment in life for every single person that proves to be monumental in deciding what the rest of their life is going to be. Listening to Gravity was mine. Never was I so moved with the words being sung and the music going with it. That's when my fascination with songwriting, making music, expressing was born. My frustration with my noob guitar playing skills further motivated me to write my own words and melodies. lol That's how it began. From there, I would try to find every opportunity to sing in front of an audience. Since I was in school, most of that would be singing competitions. I guess being part of those competitions really helped me gain confidence in myself to stand in front of an audience and perform. There was no stopping me from there. And then Songstuff & John happened. For those of you who know Derek Sivers is would also know that he was an active blogger/writer as well and was open to discussions with any person who would send him a mail. I did so, seeking music advice back in 2011. He said that the best way to get better at what you do is to share it with like minded people. He suggested I find communities online. And obviously, the first one to pop up was Songstuff. I joined Songstuff in Feb 2011 (I just checked, it marked my 6 years of Songstuff just yesterday) and I was quite the excited one. John noticed. I started getting involved with more things Songstuff and we started talking more about music and what not. Back then, I had a very basic phone with internet capabilities at the lowest. I had no computer, no equipment. In fact I had no room of mine either & was living in a room with my two brothers and my mom. But I had these songs. And John suggested I put an EP out with those songs. Now, note that I'd never performed anywhere but in school and college. I had no equipment, no money and quite evidently, no sense of challenge. And John says - "If that's where we've got to start from, then let's start". I did all I can to put some money together (saving lunch money, claiming that I needed lunch money from friends lol) and then went to a studio and recorded 5 songs and called it Beyond the Door. It was just one guitar (with barely average guitar playing) and my voice. But I did it. That's the point John had all along. Use what you've got and work with it. As if there was any other choice. I put the EP out online, sent it indie radio stations all over the globe (I did get my songs aired in a handful of radio stations and podcasts in the UK, US and Japan. I think that was super sweet of the people running the shows), got a 'music video' prepared with the help of my brother. A few people in the city took notice, invited me to perform at a few places for free. Two venue owners saw me there and offered me my very first paid gigs and on I went on my journey to become a full time musician. With John's direction always being there, I continued to stay active and build my music career while in college. As you would know how it is in India when it comes to parents pressuring you to pursue a more 'meaningful profession', I ploughed on as I finished my bachelor's degree in computer science. I worked for about a year and then made the decision to call it quits and pursue music full time. My parents were obviously against it but being stubborn, I did it anyways. John and other friends helped me to be smart about it. Being a singer-songwriter in India is not exactly a financially stable option lol I had to make sure that my education loans were still being taken care of as well that nothing changes in the financial equation I have with my parents. I wasn't a kid anymore. I did have a responsibility. It's been two years since I called it quits. Looks like things haven't gone to the shits yet lol I don't plan on it to. My parents came to a gig of mine a couple of months back. Their very first gig. After years of quarrel, fights, debates and what not, my dad on his way back said "I understand what he's doing now". He's not opposed my music or has shown distaste towards it ever since. In fact, it has been the opposite. Over the years, I've got to support some of the best bands in the country. I opened for Lucy Rose and Luke Sital-Singh when they came to India. I got to perform with Christian Galvez, one of the best Jazz musicians in the world which was a life time opportunity. There is a LONG way to go. And being a full time musician is a real struggle every single day. But it's all worth it! Every single bit. Years have passed and John has continued to mentor me in my career. He's been a greater friend and has helped me in the toughest of my days even when I was at a stage where I was 'hurting' myself. And it is such a mind-boggling thing for me to comprehend how someone on the other side of the world who has never met me in person has had so much selfless concern and passion in helping me. Well, helping people. I mean, this is what Songstuff is all about. It sounds like I'm exaggerating but believe me, John is probably THE biggest reason for any success I have earned and will ever earn in my music career. I try to remember that every day. Well, that's me.
  2. 8 points
    It was lovely to finally meet John on a recent trip to Glasgow! (St Patricks day) It was a miserable day, Raining and gloomy, but we had a very pleasant couple of hours together, along with some other friends, drinking wine and consuming some rather good food in a splendid venue in Glasgow! I hope we can do this again one day mate! It was truly a lovely evening. And an incredible coincidence that we happened to be sporting the same hat! Cheers buddy!
  3. 8 points
    How did you get started writing lyrics? I used to write poems when I was younger but I was always so active that it was on the back burner. I had got sick a few years back so I could not be as active as I wanted, I saw a song contest online and changed some poems into a song format. I started doing that as a hobby and liked it. I have been writing since 2014. I Bought books by Pat Pattinson and Due White and taught my self song formats. Do you play any instruments or sing? I can't carry a tune and play no instruments. My only instrument is my Ball point pen or pencil. Do you like to collaborate with other writers? Yes all of my complete songs are colaborations because I only do lyrics. I have met collaboration partners on song stuff, NSAI, sound cloud and at a songwriters group at my church. if you were to describe yourself as a writer, what would you say? I like to write stories and songs that capture real emotions. I write in country, Christian, Gospel as well s pop and rock genres. I still learning formats, but copy exsisting formats to help to learn what works. Working with other musicians has helped me learn too. What kind of lyrics do you write? Country, story type songs, Christian, Gospel or several types. Why do you write? What do you hope to achieve? I write with the hopes of one day an artist picking up one of my songs and having it be played on the radio. I do have one song that an artist wants to pick up, it is currently on hold until his 2017 album comes out. it is always fun to see a lyric come to life. What interests you when you write? Life stories, conversations, things we go through and sometimes silly things. if you could write a song for an artist, who would it be and why? Carrie underwood, because I like her story type songs and she is a great singer. What are your goals as a songwriter? To make songs that are commercial but can help somebody along the way. Do you have a favorite song? Many favorites The Dance by Garth brooks is my favorite ballad type. I tend to love the songs from when I was in high school the most. There are lots of songs I love. Of your own songs, do you have a favorite? Hand Up and Dancing on a memory, although Love May come late is the one that got picked up. Do you have a favorite situation or location when you write? At night on my porch, or at church they have music rooms with pianos and instruments, my cowriter meets me there sometimes. Has being a member of Songstuff been beneficial to you? Yes it has. I enjoy getting feedback from other artist and it has helped me learn song formats quicker. I have colabarated with a few members and that has been lots of fun.Song stuff has some talented artist from many different places and have learned from many of them. Why do you take part in lyrics challenges on Songstuff? I sometimes struggle with what to write about, that helps me to focus on one topic and helps me to grow. I like the challenges because they help me to write about things I may not have thought about on my own. If you were to offer any advice to your fellow songwriters, what would it be? Try to write something every day, even if it is just one line, if you get out of the habit of writing, it is hard to be creative. If someone really likes your work, what is the best way for them to keep up with your latest writings? Sound cloud, Broadjam, Reverb and for lyrics here. I am working on building a website soon.
  4. 7 points
    1. Be an active participant. Online communities thrive on activity of their members. Activity helps you, and it helps our community stay useful and interesting. 2. Recommend Songstuff to songwriters, musicians and bands that you know. Keep recommending whenever you meet new musicians. More members means more experience, more activity, more things to interest you. 3. Consider making a donation. Having a budget is essential to paying for site running costs and the development of new features.
  5. 6 points
    I believe this is more common than I thought. The attitude of condescension. I've seen it in lots of places and yes, at times I've been guilty of it and needed to look honestly at myself. I am convinced that if we could see the totality of every human being in one glance including ourselves it would do two things. We would have no reason to think highly of ourselves as compared to anyone else.We would see the wonderful things about people. All people, not just a group or groups of people. Any really honest evaluation of the universal human condition takes into account the good and the bad in everyone. At the end of the day, in order to be arrogant and narcissistic we have to ignoring all the facts. One thing that grounds me is to remind myself constantly that no matter where I am or who I am with I must be reminded that I am a part of them. The minute we don't see that we're headed down the path of the Nazis. There is a very small difference in DNA between anyone on the planet and you. So small in fact, that it's hard to measure. If you're at a party in Hollywood and everyone is wearing a tux but you. You happen to be wearing a dirty t-shirt with holes in it. How would that make you feel? How would they look at you? What if you were the one in a tux looking at someone in a dirty t-shirt with holes at a high class party? In a sense you will at one time or another be both of those people. Not in that exact sense. I just used this as an illustration to make a point.In order to really connect with ourselves and with others we need to see past that. See that old man who has trouble walking? This is eventually you. Another thing to remember is that everything you have,have done or will do, you were given the ability or the resources to do it. If you made money, you couldn't have done it without the given ability. No one does something from nothing as independent . In that sense, we are more like stewards of what we are and what we have. Jesus was a probably the best example of this. He gravitated to people who were viewed as lowly. He got it. They really weren't lowly in the things that matter.
  6. 6 points
    A bit messy ATM, but here is the main bit... behind to right and left are guitars, amps etc. Just now I have an Isovox2 set up for a review instead of the usual movable baffle.
  7. 6 points
    I almost forgot about this. One of the favorite things in my studio was hiding behind the camera tripod. MUAHAHAHAHAHAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. 6 points
    This is my studio and vocal booth in my home which was all built by my own hands including the base traps at the rear which have over 400 holes drilled and sanded. My fingers were sore for days after lol.
  9. 6 points
    This is a picture of my studio setup at the moment
  10. 6 points
    Here's something of a tribute to John and Songstuff who've helped me in becoming the musician I am today. The other day, I was having those routine meetings with John that's been going on for 6 years ( besides the fact that every one of them feel like so lol ) talking about my career, the upcoming gigs, EP plans and of course the Songstuff stuff as well. And I realised how normal it has become for me that a Scottish man who I've never even met has become a super important part of my every day life. So I thought it'd be something interesting to talk about in a vlog.
  11. 6 points
    I can ask for help here when I need it. I do need it. I need to know about keyboards, production, mixing etc. I need to ask because I can never find anything myself here. It may be because I am poor at navigating the site. I think its because the site is hard to navigate. Really both reasons are valid, because as a long standing member I ought to know my way around. But its also true that there are others like myself who cant find stuff as well. Writing articles. A long time ago I wrote some music articles for SS. It made me check all the things I had taken for granted. As a result I consolidated what I knew, corrected what I assumed & became more informed. I feel I can drop in at any time and listen to music I had never heard before. That's wonderful. Most of all, this is a proper community. Its a place to share of bit of ourselves.
  12. 6 points
    I've been a member for like almost six years. I joined in 2011. I first started learning to record and edit my music at home in 2009. That one followed the other is not a coincidence. After much hard work, i was finally able to generate a full song production, beginning to end. On a scale of one to sucks it pretty much sucked, but it was a full song. I reached a point where I felt I wanted to hear real opinions on the songs I was making, before they were finished. I initially didn't give much thought as to whether I wanted to hear from listeners or musicians. I just went looking for places to be heard and talked about. Do you like it? Hate it? If so why? ...for either point of view. I went looking... and found this place. A venue where musicians of all calibers and styles come to listen to original songs (and even a few covers...!...) and song ideas... to offer critique, get critique, and otherwise generally live and discuss all things music. Signing up was a given. To say I am glad I joined is an overwhelming understatement. Over the intervening time since I joined, I have posted my own song offerings perhaps 13, 14, maybe 15 times. Not every song I have worked on, but most of them, and all of my most important offerings for sure. The commentary I have received from so many wonderfully talented, intelligent, and conversationally gifted members here has contributed directly and substantially to the quality of my work. ...I am free to post anything, to go far afield and experiment. And I have. I have often reworked songs after hearing the comments on them here. My work is better, and my collaborations are more rewarding because of what I have allowed the fine core group of members here to contribute to my musical knowledge and experience via their amazing input on my work. I have also enjoyed listening to the work of others, and commenting on it. Participation here is easy, positively encouraged, and welcome. As a member in good standing here, I feel I am an acknowledged part of the community, with a reputation that reflects my own contribution to the site. And this is a place where achieving that status feels good. Feels meaningful. I think this is so in large part because the people who are members here are almost all serious amateur, semi-professional and even a few professional MUSICIANS. Not visual artists. Not promoters. Not marketers or advertisers... although many of them can and are all of these things and more... but MUSICIANS. And we all talk, and share, and grow here, together. Newbies, and beginning lyricists, singers and players will be made to quickly feel welcome here. In a word? There is simply no other web site like this on the net.
  13. 6 points
    Hi everyone, been a while. This song has always been one of my favorites, but I've known for some time that I didn't nail the mix (regrettably, not before uploading this terrible version to Youtube.) I'm confident I've finally got the thing moving in the right direction, but have some lingering questions I was hoping to get some feedback on. There was way too much reverb on the earlier percussion, so I blended in some dry samples to bring it more into the room. Have I sufficiently done so? The bass had to come way up, is it on target now? Any missing notes? Did I thin out the opening acoustic too much? Both vocals were way too up front and have been pushed back with reverb/eq. Do they sit right in the mix now? Any other feedback is welcome. Some of you may recognize Janice Ho's lovely vocals, which carry the song. I can't thank her enough. EDIT: A mix update [has been removed]. A starlit veranda A table for two It's easy to pretend I'm still here with you Now it's long days And empty chairs But I don't care I sit each night Beneath an endless sky Watching memories replay I stay every night Beneath this endless sky Till the stars.... fade away I remember falling And you pulling, pulling me to the grass We got lost in the heavens As eternity passed Now the stars don't change The way we did So I sit.... Sit each night Beneath an endless sky Watching memories replay I stay every night Beneath this endless sky Till the stars.... fade..... away
  14. 6 points
    Made a video from some royalty free footage
  15. 6 points

    From the album My Artwork

    My cat Jessie
  16. 6 points

    From the album My Artwork

    3 heads of David Bowie through the years
  17. 5 points
    More often than not Shane MacGowan's name sneaks into the reviews of my songs so I figured I may just as well release my inner Shane My friend Karen helped out with some whistle playing. All and any input welcome. The Curse Of Shane MacGowan While I was still in junior school at the tender age of eight they told me at the talent show that backstage you must wait Then I stepped into the limelight and I struck that opening chord but the second I began to sing the audience all roared Shane MacGowan! Shane MacGowan! He sounds like Shane MacGowan when he sings Shane MacGowan! Shane MacGowan! He sounds like Shane MacGowan when he sings I moved on to a collage and joined the football team I played defensive quarter back my game was tough and mean when we sang the national anthem just before the game began the crowd would hear my raspy voice and the shit would hit the fan Shane MacGowan! Shane MacGowan! He sounds like MacGowan when he sings Shane MacGowan! Shane MacGowan! He sounds like Shane MacGowan when he sings In this grimy bar in Dublin where You can still smoke if you like the beer was thin as water but they had an open mic So I had myself a Guinness and I stepped onto the stage but as I started singing this one guy began to rage Holy Moses! Holy Moses! he sounds exactly like me when he sings Holy Moses! Holy Moses! he sounds exactly like me when he sings From the table in the corner a ragged man appeared he threw himself around my neck while bursting into tears "I always thought I was alone but I was clearly wrong c'mon, lets sing a duet cause the whiskey won't last long" Shane MacGowan! Shane MacGowan! We sound like Shane MacGowan when we sing Shane MacGowan! Shane MacGowan! We sound like Shane MacGowan when we sing
  18. 5 points
    Hey all, These are song collaborations that Andy and I were involved in recently: I was more of a translator to be honest. Andy helped her out with the english lyrics. Emi Maria is an independent alternative/R&B, artist(Japanese). Hope you guys enjoy the songs, Ken/Andy
  19. 5 points
    The reverb part Do you need cavities to obtain that reverb Tom? If so, how do you have both cavities and fills?
  20. 5 points
    Hi, just thought I'd let you know that my song "Doomsday Clock," which was developed here, has been picked up for a new microtonal compilation called Possible Worlds 4. I'll post a link when the album is available to download. As always, thank you so much for your comments and support. This community is invaluable to me.
  21. 5 points
    I took early retirement by means of voluntary redundancy today. The consultation was last Thursday and my employment ended today. Said my goodbyes to some great workmates and took all my 'stuff' home. It looks weird. All this stuff that doesn't belong in the house is here. Not just tools & books, but works mug, cutlery and tea caddy etc. I've worked with some of these fellows for more than 30 years. Its pretty emotional, and leaving is a bittersweet experience. I will meet up with most of them in a weeks time anyway for a dinner. Another retiree, from a month ago, will be there too. I don't ever expect to set my alarm for 6.am again. Nor work 12 hours in a day. There is plenty to do at home. All the stuff I tried to do but never finished. In fine weather I will be out trying to sort out the garden. When its inclement, I'll be inside decorating. When I dont want to work, I'll indulge in my music. Outside I'll continue (with more regularity) both my karate & dance classes. That will get me out 4 times a week. I hope to meet up with family & friends more regularly as well. I have engaged an independent financial adviser to look into my pension options. I met with a couple of them, but this one was recommended to me and he's been helpful already. So many conflicting feelings right now. Happy, sad, excited, tired...
  22. 5 points
    Well here goes. I didn't dust. Please don't enlarge the pictures. Curtained area is my microphone closet among other things. There are two more keyboards in one closet. The room is too small to set them up.
  23. 5 points
    I'm not gonna bore everyone with pics of my home set-up, but I thought I'd share a pic of a good buddy's basement studio. This is someone I've been friends with since childhood. These photos don't show it all, but they'll give ya' the basic idea. This will give you an idea of how we used build 'em back-in-the-day. A common design for basement studios was... A freestanding structure, built in such a way that it only comes in contact with the concrete floor...with insulating materials lining the bottom of the fastened frame, to help control vibration of the structure. Framed with 2 x4s, exterior walls covered with drywall. Soundproofed with fiberglass insallation covered with colored burlap. Mike framed his interior with slats...gives it a much cleaner look. A more commercial version Like Nick's, would include a 3-sided containment booth to partially segregate the drums. Back then, there were no portable plexiglass booths...they were made from the same materials as the rest of the studio. Typically one-piece carpet/pad was used to cover the floor. If my head's on straight, Mike built this 18-20 years ago, but the basic design dates back to my childhood. In our early teens, we lived down the street from a big-name local DJ who also managed local groups. Nick had a more elaborate version of this in his basement...separate control room for the engineer. Mid-teens I played with a guitarist who built one of these down his basement. We used it mainly for band practice...helped control the noise a bit. Back-in-the-day I assisted in ripping down a few like this, Peter Sky's - KSHE radio to name one. Nasty job!, fiber glass partials everywhere. LOL This was how we did it in the states!
  24. 5 points
    I play guitar, and I think I'm a solid player. But, I've been playing for decades. I also don't play guitar in all my stuff - not even close to it. A guitar is just a tool to make music, and there are a lot of such tools. You get little sympathy from me, and here's why. There are zillions of people right now all over the world making damn good music would don't play ANY traditional musical instrument worth a damn at all. Let me say that again so it sinks in. There are zillions of people right now all over the world making damn good music would don't play ANY traditional musical instrument worth a damn at all. With the technology available today, you don't have to play a musical instrument to make good music. The technology IS a musical instrument, and an incredibly powerful and versatile one. Can't play a guitar well enough to make good music? Then make good music using something ELSE. Get a DAW with a library of sounds and get to work. I can assure you that getting into the music tech to make music is tons easier than learning and practicing barre chords or finger picking to the point where you sound good doing it - and then there's the further learning curve of trying to get good audio recordings of your guitar playing. You say you have these "visions" for your songs . . . this one is a country tune . . . that one is a rocker? Where have your musical visions gotten you except still stuck on square one? They aren't visions. They're mirages. Get the tech, start making music and go where it takes you. The clock is ticking. It's time to, literally, "get with the program."
  25. 5 points
    A composition begun 30+ years ago that morphed into many different ideas, most purged & lost. This is the 1st 'final' recording now that it is 98% set in stone. I thought it suited the theme of rain well, so that's the visual pairing here. Just finished the video
  26. 5 points
    As it happens, I struggle with both anxiety and depression... which is very strange for someone who is naturally optimistic, positive, and upbeat. It comes in waves and tides, occasionally floods, though sometimes it is just a puddle on a sunny day. I am also a carer for someone with bipolar type 2 and anxiety, and have been for 25 years. Music, and specifically song writing has long been my therapy, my vent, my friend. I don't tend to express my depressive side much, in conversation or in song, although I have written about depression a couple of times. I tried at least to make the songs thought provoking rather than a personal gripe. Song writing is therapeutic because it allows me to transport myself, to shift my world perspective, to think about something other than my problems. That is why it is invaluable. I deliberately chose not to exercise my own demons in song because I do not want to be defined by an illness, any more than I want to be defined by problems with my back. They are part of me, but only part. I manage both using mindfulness meditation, something I first encounter 15 years ago as a method to cope with chronic pain. I soon applied it to anxiety and later depression. Songwriters are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. Yet it need not be their biggest influence. Yes, they do write about sadness a lot, but that is at least partly due to listeners. Listeners use music as therapy. They use it to help them through hard times. While they do use music to enjoy themselves, music their requirement from upbeat music is simpler. The themes if upbeat songs more readily feel cheesy, over used, more one-dimensional... Sad songs allow for the exploration of a wider range of emotions, much more nuance. As such it. Is easier to write a sad song that feels pertinent, poignant and original. Even when the topic is well explored, if the emotion of the song is honest, authentic, unflinching.... it connects. Song writing is largely about connection. Writers and listeners want to connect. They both want to feel understood. They want to feel connected even when isolated. They don't want to be alone. Listeners, particularly, want to find songs that express how they feel, what they want. They want songs to challenge them, and songs that represent them. Even when immersed in great sadness, they want to find hope. Often that hope is the knowledge of connection. I think that is why so many songs are sad or about sadness. To write in a way that connects people, writers need to be insightful, to be thoughtful. Experience teaches us that being thoughtful, you are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. More likely to dwell on and wrestle with emotion. It serves us well when writing about. I don't see myself as sad. It is part of me, not all of me. Rob mentioned empathetic song writing. Empathy is certainly an important aspect of song writing. Willingly or not, we are the world's therapists, not just our own.
  27. 5 points
    The Upside of Lonely Copyright © 2017 by L.C. Campbell V1 There’s an upside to lonely It seems to slow down time Hours never end And days drift slowly by When you give in to lonely It rises up inside Fills in all the spaces Where love used to reside Ch1 From the outside, looking in This ain’t no way to live But right now it gets me through So I’m going to hang onto The upside of lonely V2 Wrapped up in your memory There’s no need to play along Just going through the motions And always feeling wrong So I’m counting on lonely To fill me up inside To take up all the space Where love used to reside Ch From the outside, looking in This ain’t no way to live But right now it gets me through So I’m going to hang onto The upside of lonely Bridge Don’t want time to heal these wounds If healing means losing you Ch From the outside, looking in This ain’t no way to live But right now it gets me through So I’m going to hang onto The upside of lonely
  28. 5 points
    Hi Gang We are re-launching lyrics challenges, so it might take a little time to get the numbers of members taking part to a good level.... Please invite other members and non-members you think might enjoy a regular lyrics writing challenge! The purpose of these lyrics challenges is not just fun. They are intended to expand experience, building lyrics skills and understanding, and to help each writer to make contact and collaborate with other writers. The first challenge is something many songwriters struggle with. Being positive without being too cheesey! The Challenge The first week long challenge is to write an upbeat song about or related to the season "spring". Try and reflect the feeling of spring in your write. The challenge will last 7 days, from draft to finished work. You will first post a draft in reply to this topic. Your wok will then be critiqued by other participating members. After 7 days, you will then be asked to post your finished work as a topic with an attached poll, asking specific questions (we can help you create these topics), labelled "Challenge Spring Lyrics: Your Title" within this challenge board. Post your work as soon as possible as replies to this topic. Discussion of the lyrics is an important aspect of the challenge. Expect frank and honest critique from other members, and remember, this is primarily a personal challenge. When we run a poll for each finished set of finished lyrics it is to inform you and to help you grow. So please, write your lyrics, post them as replies and then take part in the analysis and development of your own and other member's lyrics. Have fun! Cheers John
  29. 5 points
    Wow...good topic. I've always been interested in music, in singing, playing guitar and drums...(I sang "Country Roads" in my Vacation Bible School class to inconclusive reviews) and broke dozens of drum sticks by beating them against anything I could find. Unfortunately, to say that my mom and step-dad were unsupportive would be like saying the ocean is a small pond. Eventually, after a few years I gave in to "what was expected" and pursued a more conventional track and "rewarding" (pardon me while I yawn) career. Fast forward 45 years, then something truly magical happened. Out of nowhere I got a call from a private eye who was commissioned by my biological father to find me. He and my mom divorced when I was three and he had been trying to find me as I moved around the country over the years. I was skeptical of course, but he did provide convincing evidence. When we met, it freaked my wife completely out because we were virtually carbon copies of each other. Same build, mannerisms, hair (he had much less than me...yikes!) I found out that he had played in a band called Southern Comfort for many, many years as a drummer, and also my brother D (who I met for the first time then as well) is an accomplished bass and guitar player. So I picked up a guitar again. I really had my doubts when I started playing again, and had no confidence that I could even write a song but he kept telling me "goddam boy, it's in your genes, don't let no one tell you no different. Do what's inside and t'hell with 'em." and that's where I started writing my own songs. I looked around for some time trying to find somewhere to get more feedback on what I was writing and then I stumbled into Songstuff and the great group here. And I've never regretted it. Thanks John for putting together this site, and all you folks who write, perform, and produce music that take the time to critique and help. ~ JH
  30. 5 points
    Hi Sreyashi Good topic. For me it has always been there. Making music was and is, as essential as breathing. Just like breathing it happens automatically, my default setting. As a kid my mum sang opera with the Scottish National Opera and the BBC, and she taught piano. So at 4 I started learning the piano. Singing was always there, so I am not sure when that started! After seeing Yehudi Menuhin on TV I was determined to learn to play like that, so at 7 I started learning how to play he violin. My mother rolled my sisters and I out to perform at social events, and I picked up the performance bug there, although even at 7 I was already performing through clubs etc. Although I kept playing both piano and violin, over the years my interest became focused on how music was composed and arranged. I started to learn other instruments so that I could understand them, and How they all worked together. Not only that, it was a challenge and it was fun. I sang with a choir and took part in the odd competition, I started to learn how to play drums and played in a competition pipe band. In our grade we won national and world titles. I learned how to play the bagpipes and played in another pipe band. All along I tried every instrument I could get my hands on, bugle, trumpet, clarinet, viola, cello... I tortured them all lol I am not sure exactly when I started writing. I know I wrote lyrics, and I know I wrote music from a very young age, but writing full songs, I am not sure? 12? 13? When I was maybe 14 or 15 I took up the guitar. My world transformed. Until that point, unless writing my own melodies, I had worked almost exclusively with the notes written by someone else, represented on a manuscript, with me interpreting and performing those notes. When I started playing the guitar I stepped away into improvisation, and playing purely by ear. I remember working on mainly rock music with some folk thrown in for good measure. Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple was many a guitarist's first notes. I remember working out Stairway To Heaven, note by note, and playing it on a terrible acoustic with a ridiculously high action. My guitar became my main instrument, saving for an electric guitar, exploring blues, heavy rock and heavy metal, funk, jazz, folk... just music every day. Soon I was learning bass guitar, mandolin, even didgeridoo! lol learning circular breathing for that wax a challenge believe me! I started playing in bands, people I knew through school, playing school gigs etc. Good fun at the time, but also good experience. My sisters both played and sang. My eldest sister sang in choirs, was a concert pianist who took part in pretty prestigious competitions. My other sister was always more interested in pop culture, Elton John being on of her favourites. Both sisters would duet on piano and singing. They were certainly an influence and through them I experienced pop and Rick music much earlier than I would have as a single child. Similarly, I had an aunt and uncle who loved music. In the 60s my uncle had become a huge Dylan fan. He used to go to gigs in and around London and record them on his 4 track recorder. The earliest Hendrix gigs, The Who, Yardbirds etc. He even had a recording of a jam between Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison lol He has so many rare recordings, in many cases the only recordings of events and gigs in the late 60s and 70s Freak scene, mainly in London and the South of England, but elsewhere too. I am not sure exactly when they started going to festivals and gigs in the USA. Nowadays they still travel to gigs all over the UK and the odd Dylan gig in the USA. (Years later the BBC made a documentary about one of his recordings, a "lost" recording of Bob Dylan in London). Both he and my aunt were friends of Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention) and Roy Harper, and they were involved in the vibrant folk rock scene in Britain in the late 60s and 70s. My uncle ran a Bob Dylan fanzine for many years and he still travels all over the world to see them. I mention my mother, sisters, aunt and uncle, because my family were a huge influence, helping to fuel and nurture my passion and interest in music. Fair to say that my interest in music was quite diverse, and that I was far more interested in how music was created than anything else. I got jobs working in recording studios, live events, played in bands sometimes professional, some times semi professionally. I rode motorcycles, had long hair, partied like there was no tomorrow, but music was always front and centre. One band had quite a large following, got loads of press coverage, played festivals and large gigs was on the brink of being signed, for it to fall away as the band imploded after a few years of playing together. A common enough story. I did session work too, that was fun. It should be said that, what little regard I had for wanting to be a celebrity died away at this time. It had never been a huge motivational factor, but for a variety of reasons, mainly being hugely uncomfortable with press intrusion on my life (even at that minuscule level of celebrity) and being recognised going down the street, became something I didn't want. So here I was, a musician and writer, who loved performing, wanted to play bigger gigs and record my music... but I hated celebrity, what it stood for. I wanted attention for my music, but no attention for me lol. A conundrum! Then I injured my spine. I went from playing gigs several times a week to lying on a floor for 18 months and what was to become decades of pain and extended periods of incapacity, operations, stacks of pain killers, injections, hundreds of hours of physiotherapy. I could no longer reliably perform. I couldn't work as a roadie, or sound crew, or even as a recording engineer. So I went to night school, got the qualifications I needed to get to University, studied and achieved an honours degree in Electronics with Music, which was mainly about designing music tech, but also using it, composition etc. I played in bands all through University, and I honed my music making skills and applying my creativity to technology and the business of music. It was a mind expanding period for me, literally. I played on TV, live gigs on radio, did my share of TV and magazine interviews, Fun years. By now I had built a lot of experience of music marketing and promotion, learned a lot about the making of an artist, managing bands, recording and producing, even the kinds of music deals around, and the ways that the music business worked, how it ticked over, common strategies etc. I had seen bands that worked inrehearsal studios beside us, go from nothing to the top of the charts in the UK and the USA, and had spent a lot of time talking with people behind the scenes, including band managers and entertainments lawyers, publishers and Record Label staff. I started work with Motorola while my musical focus turned towards what I could do at home, recording using computers, electronica, and towards the fledgling internet as a great way to meet and work with other musicians. I was producing local bands and started working with a female singer. We made chill out tracks, were getting featured on Radio One in the UK by Pete Tong and others, we were meant to be tour support for Groove Armada, things were happening again.... and then my back went again. The old injury came back hard, another few operations... and while lying on my back, still full of creativity, frustrated as hell that I should have spent so much time learning all these skills, and they were just going to evaporate away, as if they never happened, when I came up with the idea for Songstuff. If I couldn't do things myself, I wanted to help others, pass on what I had learned. The internet was still pretty new. Google didn't exist! I still made music in my home studio, I still worked with other musicians, but gradually Songstuff took over. I really enjoyed helping other musicians, connecting with people, learning about the internet, how it was used and how it could benefit bands. I transferred over a lot of skills developed in the real world for the old music business, and tried to bypass issues that the internet was throwing up, investigated what worked and what didn't and how successful bands used different strategies on and off the internet, and how they combined the two. Another mind expanding period! I added a community onto Songstuff, and the rest they say is history. I have met a load of famous people over the years, even at a very young age, and was aware just how ordinary they are (out with their sometimes exceptional, sometimes little better than average talent) We put them on a pedestal. Some remain good, untainted, others believe their own hype and really are not that nice. I've learned many lessons along the way, but amongst the most important lessons related to success, I would say are these: Always give attention to detail Be creative in all that you do (music, image, business, everything) Work to as high as standard as you can at all times Work hard Work harder Work harder still That is the essence of the work ethic that is required to make original, engaging music you can feel proud of... no matter if it is as a professional, semi-professional or enthusiastic amateur. Happy accidents occur rarely. Everything else is just noise. A long post (as if I am not known for them lol) but on a bright note, I didn't write an entire book) Hopefully it adds to your picture of who I am, and maybe even what Songstuff is. Why Songstuff is. Cheers John
  31. 5 points
    Wow you're gonna regret asking that question. I'm gonna ramble on about myself because then I can pretend I'm being interviewed by the music press...no doubt plenty of others will...it'll get really annoying... Well, Sreyashi... It all started in the mid 70s after a chance meeting with David Crosby over at our mutual friend Joni's place in Laurel Canyon... kind of... well not exactly... it was my mum n dad's house in Moston North Manc...but Moston and Laurel Canyon were really similar except one was beautiful, sunny and smelled of sinsemilla. and one was a rainy, sh*t hole which smelled of coal, tar and garbage. Anyway...there, aged 8ish, I spent most of my non-school time in headphones listening to whatever I could find in mum n dad's record collection... mostly Del Shannon, Buddy Holly and The Dave Clarke 5. Unlike most kids, I listened thoroughly (because I'm better than everyone else), I can't stand background music. And so the spirit of music possessed me. Soon I was performing to crowds ... Usually Mr Gribbins (psychotic old pervert) class... since he thought making kids go to the front of class to sing was amusing punishment (not as much as he enjoyed putting our heads between his legs to smack our arses)...with such classics as 'Skinny Dogs' and 'Dylan The Fairground Man'. I got the bug. Later, aged 13ish, I began sketching out my master plan...literally sketching it... inventing my new band, recruiting top non-musical talent from Mr Braithwaite's (miserable old git) history class to form the ultimate rock group - 'Satan's Avengers'. And inspiration for our first shit came when my good friend Shaun (school nut job) revealed his latest creation from beneath his school blazer... DEMENTON! (An action man/ GI Joe, which had been mutilated so it was just a head stuck onto one leg)...I wrote the song immediately - Just a head on one leg, That's Dementon! Just a head on one leg, That's all! Yeah just a head on one leg, But a mind built for war, He'll tear out your brains, And eat them still raw, Built by the dark lord himself, Aaaaargh, built with pride, Are you ready to die? Let Dementon decide. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh, prepare to meet his maker! This received rave reviews such as "Headmasters office!...NOW!" And so a star was born... I'll spare you the middle stuff between then and now... You asked!
  32. 5 points
    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
  33. 5 points
    Hello friends I have another song here. I was not planning to write more before I actually finish my previous ones. But I had this chorus melodyline in my head " when the night is young I put on my shoes" so thats where it started and it ended up into lyrics about missing someoone, but i also imagine is about missing a passion she has (like dancing). It also ends well for once. So I am working on many things at same times now. The outro is a little bit long, but I enjoyed playing the organ and doing this rich choir could be cutted I think All critics are welcome of course! I also played with de essing. it might be I did to much. Everything is done in Reason 8.3.2d7 Here are the lyrics: Dancing with Shadows Verse: When you are gone I have a story I want to tell, about passion and love that went blind. There is no one in this world that is going to say, I need distraction from my troubled mind. Seasons are fleeting, many moons have passed me by. There's no secret I miss you much. Echoes and whispers of your voice still make me cry and I remember your tender touch. Chorus: When the night is young I put on my shoes. I keep dancing alone with shadows of you. With you. Verse: When I am moving I have many seamless thoughts. I feel the fire still burns in my heart. I get this feeling that I am not quite alone that someone is watching the performance of my art. Chorus: When the night is young I put on my shoes. I keep dancing alone with shadows of you. With you. Bridge: All of a sudden someone takes my hand. Someone says: "This is not the end." Chorus: When the night was young I did put on my shoes. I kept dancing alone with shadows , dancing alone with shadows , dancing alone With you... Outro but now you are here I am dancing with you..with you..
  34. 4 points
    Hey Everybody! My name's Caleb I just joined this so that I can talk about music with other like minded musicians since I live in a very small town and haven't really had the chance to meet many other musicians around here yet. I'm 19 years old and I live in the town from Footloose, Literally I live in the town where Footloose is filmed and some of the people are as stingy as the movie shows to this day. Right now I am working on making music a career of mine. I'm looking to change the current popular culture with my music and clothing etc. and while it's a lofty goal I'm determined on reaching it no matter how much work it takes. Right now the main focus is making just a decent income off of music by doing small gigs $100 bucks a night and teaching guitar but still working on building that up. I love 50s Music and Rockabilly, and am also incredibly fond of Classic Rock and 80s SynthPop. Heavily influenced by B. B. King, Santana, Eric Clapton, and Brian Setzer as far as guitar goes and when I play I suppose I sound like an odd mixture of them. I definitely wouldn't define my music as any current genre, probably something of it's own but I'm not sure, I suppose each of my tracks would fit into different genres. On a personal level I'm crazy about astrology a lot of the time, I'm a Leo with a Scorpio Rising for those of you who talk the talk, and I've been running around in biker boots, a leather jacket, and a pompadour since I was about 16 years old, and I rock the look really well if I do say myself . I'm looking for like minded musicians with a similar musical goal and I've been in and out of a couple of bands but haven't settled into anything serious yet. If you were to ask my friends to describe me that I would tell you that I was pretty intense a lot of the time but fun to be around I suppose. Yeah, I guess that about sums it up. Looking forward to meeting you all and discussing musical aesthetics. Adieu.
  35. 4 points
    HEE, HEE, HEE, FUNNY IS ME. So NOW go look at Dave's profile. I've brought him back to life. Just go and unlike all the stuff you liked and he'll be back … just like what happened to E.T. and Jon Snow.
  36. 4 points
    This might be a cool topic. How does the fact that you are a musician, or a lyricist, or a music engineer, etc., affect your life? Do you engage in activities others cannot relate to the way you can, such as performing on stage? Do you hang out at certain places, with certain kinds of people, such as in my case ... 40 and 50 year old rock and metal fans all dressing up in jeans and black tees and going to metal and rock concerts? Do you, yourself wear certain clothes, or make up, or have tattoos, or wear your hair a certain way, because of your being a musician, or the kind of music you play? Lately I've been getting bit a lot by the "retired in Florida" bug, and have been hanging out in flip-flops, sunglasses, baggy shorts and light weight tees. But, as a middle aged fan of hard rock and metal from the 80's and 90's, with a lot of history playing out with various amateur rock bands, I often wear jeans, black tees, leather jackets, along with boots of various types and design (but all rugged), thick leather belts with big shiny buckles, leather wrist bracers, etc. I wear my hair long, in a style similar to the way Dee Snider wears his hair lately... pulled back straight from the peak, which in my case is receding... back into either a pony tail or lots of long loose curls held in place by Tresume' moose. This is not the only way I dress, but it remains the way I feel most comfortable... the way that makes me feel like myself, if that makes any sense. I have rock and metal stations programmed on my radio in my car. I also have Public Radio, classical, and talk stations programmed, but rock and metal dominate my choices. My ringtones are all mostly taken from old rock and metal songs. Over the years of my adult life, my love of hard rock music as well as my being a singer and guitarist, has affected everything from the bars I like to hang out in, to the kinds of movies I like to watch, to the kinds of cars I like to drive. I have an abiding affection for big, fat, loud motorcycles, muscle cars, rock and metal t-shirts, old grindhouse movies, fast guitars and loud amps, and of course.... sexy, strong women. The color, flavor, attitude and energy of hard rocking music from the 70's, 80's and 90's has permeated my life. I also have other interests and walk in other worlds, but I always come home to my world of hard rock and heavy metal music. I love it with a passion and intensity that has lasted for nearly 5 decades now. Give me an outdoor gathering, with a big bonfire going and a band playing good hard rocking music, with good earthy, devoted friends having good times, any day. Lots of things have caught my interest in my life so far, Not just rock and metal, of course. But, because I have been a hard rock musician, playing in bands, for almost my whole life (since I was 16), I'd have to say that hard rock and metal have had the most significant effect on my tastes and lifestyle. What about you?
  37. 4 points
    Don't feel bad guys, I have like no idea what's going on in any thread ever, I just think you guys seem pretty cool so I keep typing in them. lulz
  38. 4 points
    I have a simple suggestion. Discussions like this are all too common on music forums like Songstuff. While there's certainly no harm in rehashing the same ol' questions, these discussion rarely if ever yield any any tangable result. On one side, we have folks who believe that financial opportunities exist for independent artists in the digital word. On the other side, we have folks who don't. So...here's my suggestion. Those who believe that opportunity exists should put their money where their mouth is...do it! Put your stuff out there, do your level best to independently promote it AND THEN return to this thread and share the results of your efforts. Real world results are incredibly hard to argue with...unless of course, you're Donald Trump Did you actually make money? Add up every dime that you spent to make it happen (digital tracking codes, promotional expenses, artwork, taxes, fees paid to royalty collection entities, CD production costs, mastering costs, mixing costs, new equipment purchases) ...subtract that amount from the grand total of what you took-in, then tell us if you made money, or lost money. Several of you have already taken steps toward releasing your material for sale. I imagine other members would benefit greatly from the sharing of your results. Tom
  39. 4 points
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    ...or purchase something through our Amazon store ...perhaps a tee shirts?
  41. 4 points
    There seems to be a lot of split opinions on this song... Still as split as mine. But I think that's good? Like I said before, this song included a lot of things I had never done before: a prechorus, a full bridge, different chords for the chorus, the most complex instrumentation I've done, and also strange vocal ranges that I've never given the time time to try! So I guess even if everyone doesn't like it, then I've still tried a lot that I would have otherwise never done! So thank you all for experiencing this with me!! @MonoStone Yes, the chorus is still missing the gut punch that I'm going for.. Definitely strongly influenced by shoegaze for it. And I'm happy it comes off a little scary, it's based on me being terrified at 3 AM! Do you know if there are any programs that do autotune for free? I could use Garageband, but it gets noticeable. I'm very visual, so is there a program that allows me to see how far I am from the pitch? Or will tell me the pitch I'm looking for? Any recommendation would be amazing, thank you. I'm also trying to read up on mastering. Currently reading some chapters from "Zen and the Art of Mixing" from a recommendation from a friend... And I'll start to read articles and stuff. So hopefully that helps :). When I get the time, I'm going to record the vocals again. And also change the second prechorus... Thank you for the help Dek!!!! @HoboSage Thank you for calling me out on my laziness.... To be honest, I didn't even consider changing the second prechorus. I was kind of following some sort of template, I guess. And only sometimes am I creative... don't give me too much credit ! Yeah it was a crappy title... this one suits it much better. I'll record vocals again when I have time and get some inspiration again! (This one took a lot out of me!) Thanks Sweetheart Sage @Sreyashi Mukherjee I'm so happy you've been here since the very beginning! Thank you so much for sticking around... and I hope it's paying off a little! I'm a little confused about what you're saying about the chords... They're the same chords from the verse, but with more instruments. Yes, that jump is pretty difficult. Especially having that note in my head with such a huge change in range and register. I think I understand what you're saying and will try it next time I record vocals! I may also make amore prominent backing vocal that isn't the main focus, but helps me get to that note. I'm a little confused about which synth you're talking about... Would you be able to give a timestamp please? (I have like 20 synths on this track) Thank you for the compliment! A lot of it is at the very bottom of my vocal range so I need to be really warmed up.. I agree that the choruses need more backing vocals. I was listening to music last night with lots of layers and I got inspired to do that style again.. I had tried to keep this song simple, but damn, I love backing vocals. I had done an octave harmony on the choruses, but you can't really hear it, so I can bring that out. Thanks so much for the listen!!! Thank you so much guys, really great advice. Hopefully I get to record again soon!!!!! Also PS........... I've started interning at a recording studio, just marketing them on social media. But they said that for the amount of time I put in, they'll teach me things (like mixing/mastering) or would even give me some studio time!!!! So....... big news
  42. 4 points
    I don't remember how I found the website, but I really am happy I did. Most people in the real world don't know I make music as regularly as I do. Hopefully this will change with time, but this website allows me to put out these crazy ideas I have in my head without getting weird reactions. I find it easier to talk to strangers than people I know, but I feel like I've actually made some friends on here. It's because of all you guys that I figured out that music is what makes me happiest and, therefore, I need to continue to try my best for as long as I can. This is a community at heart: everyone is here to see each other succeed and help them in whatever way possible. I have also found some uber amazing music here and am constantly blown away by everyone's abilities and pure talent. Hell, some of the tracks I have listened on here sound more professionally mixed/mastered than tracks I have bought. Songstuff also allows me to listen to music critically, more so than I already do. With each track, I pick out specific pieces I like and don't like (production, instrumentation, etc.), and I think that's later applied to my own music. Really, this website has taken me in with open arms. I don't think I would have progressed as much as I have without this aspiration to create for and with a community. And I can only hope that one day I will be a fraction of how good some of you are ! I've said this before, but I'll never say it enough. Thank you for everyone who has listened to my tracks and offered invaluable input. Thank you for Songstuff for fostering a platform for my thoughts and the crazy ideas of everyone else on this site! Thank you so much..
  43. 4 points
    I hear this song as kind of a country feel, with a driving beat. It's a bit tongue-in-cheek, but my girlfriends all love the concept of it. See what you think: “Just in Case” (Patty Lakamp) When love turns sideways and you’re feelin’ trapped A lack of cash can leave you handicapped Get some just-in-case money, just in case So you can buy your ticket out and start over again Your man keeps tellin’ you he’s workin’ late He’s dyein’ his hair and he’s losin’ weight Get some just-in-case money, just in case So you'll be the one lookin' good when you're makin' your break (Chorus) Just in case, just in case A woman needs her walkin’ money, just in case Stay in love if you can But play it smart and have a backup plan You need to make sure that you’ll be okay So take the time to plan your getaway Get some just-in-case money, just in case So you're not tied down to a life if you don't want to stay (Chorus) Just in case, just in case A woman needs her walkin’ money, just in case Stay in love if you can But play it smart and have a backup plan (Bridge) You need to invest for those times you detest Give yourself the latitude To grab your coat and hat-itude (Chorus) Just in case, just in case A woman needs her walkin’ money, just in case Stay in love if you can But play it smart and have a backup plan Patty Lakamp © Copyright 2017
  44. 4 points
    Greetings. I'm Richard and have just signed up and will tell you a little about myself. I live in Melbourne, Australia and have played music since I was a teenager (an epoch ago). I wrote from the beginning but stopped for no good reason about 30 years ago. Started writing again about four years ago and am in a home recording duo with a female vocalist (Anne). I write mainly safe, middle-the-road stuff and would be interested in some feedback on our 'stuff' and discussions around recording and songwriting. Our duo is called Strawberry Lane - Yes I'm a Beatles fan. Cheers Richard
  45. 4 points
    I grew up in the cassette days, though there was still some presence of vinyl records. It is quite funny how people's attitude towards collecting music has changed. People download/stream thousands of songs without even "listening" to them. They collect "antiques" like vinyl records and others just to show that they have a quirky hobby. But the real value given to the music and artists is so low, so momentary. Richard mentioned record shops and I felt taken back in time to when I would enthusiastically visit such shops and just get lost there, spending at least an hour if not more. And the feeling after making a purchase was one of pure exhilaration, anticipation and excitement. I certainly don't feel like that before or after streaming a song. I guess such heady feelings are now reserved for those purchasing the latest gadgets. I dunno...
  46. 4 points
    Hello everybody, my name is Michael and I loved music ever since I can remember. Nowadays I even try to write it by myself - just as a hobby. I live in Germany near the danish border. Please excuse my poor english - I learn to use it more correctly day by day. I am an IT-professional / software developer, but back in my youth I already made music with a Commodore Amiga, a sound-digitizer, a very small audio mixer and two tape-decks. Then "career" came... A few years ago I started to learn playing the guitar and step-by-step I collected all these little things like a couple of microphones, an amplifier, an audio-capturing-device, a DAW etc. Now, being nearly able to use these utilities and to play some chords and picks on the guitar, I am looking for an entry in songwriting just to create my own stuff and to tell some of the stories that I'm thinking about. My musical tastes are from the singer/songwriter genre, names like Loreena McKennit, Tina Dico, Milow and yes, Ed Sheeran. And last but not least all these evergreens like Simon & Garfunkel, John Denver, Cat Stevens. I love these songs in which song content, music and emotion go together and make me feel like I experienced the story be myself. In my own songs I am currently working on issues like merging song structure, song content and emotion - how to arrange a song to make it interesting. And of course I often try to use the english language correctly. See you...
  47. 4 points
    To actually answer the question: When I was kid in elementary school, my parents bought a pretty nice upright piano for me and my four sisters, and my mom made us all take piano lessons - she didn't play. The piano was pretty cool because it had built in rhythms - metronome, samba, rumba, shuffle, a 4/4 pattern, a 6/8 pattern, etc. - that I guess were recorded loops of some sort. It was pretty revolutionary for the time. So, I've had rhythms the play to from the start - which no doubt greatly influenced my love of rhythm. My piano teacher was really cool as well. She recognized that I wasn't very good at reading music, but that I could play really well by ear and had a strong sense of rhythm. So, instead of having me learn from the same standard piano books my sisters and other young students had to learn from, she got me sheet music for boggie woogie songs, and she'd play them for me so I knew how they were supposed to sound. That kind of got me hooked with making music, because I also almost immediately started coming up with my own piano instrumentals. For my first and only piano recital, I played a boogie woogie (I think it may have been something by Fats Domino) and one of my own original compositions. My best friend from the neighboorhood Karl had the same piano teacher. His mom had made him and his brothers take lessons as well - and I wonder now if that's where my mom got the idea. Karl quit lessons right before I was forced to start. My mom let me quit after a year, because I got "older" and taking piano lessons didn't seem cool, and practicing and lessons wasn't something I wanted to do during summer. But, I never stopped coming up with my own stuff at home Eventually, I got Karl interesed in coming up with his own stuff at home too, and so, we kind of kept encouraging each other that way over the next four years or so. When Karl and I were 15, Karl started teaching himself to play acoustic guitar using some old steel string that sat in the corner of his living room which no one played. Well, it just so happened that my older sister had quit guitar lessons, and her nylon string acoustic was just gathering dust under her bed - so I stole it. It didn't take long for Karl and I to figure out how to use the guitar chord schematics on all the sheet music each of our families had left over from piano lessons to guide our fretting fingers. And, since we each were good at playing by ear and knew how the popular songs we had sheet music for were supposed to sound, we were playing songs in no time. After awhile though, Karl and I wen't on divergent musical paths. He kept buying sheet music to learn how to play James Taylor, and I started doing my own songs - with words - that I sung. I've been doing it ever since, first with that classical nylon-string acoustic, then with a steel string acoustics, then with electric guitars, then with synths and MIDI and multi-track analog recording . . . and now also with my DAW.
  48. 4 points
    SongStuff While I think about it… Moderators: I know well enough that they aren’t appreciated most of the time. Sometimes it’s laborious to mind the site and pander to the members. A bit like having to mind the kids when all you really want is an hour or two to yourself? Yes, I was a mod once . Contributors: Moderators are contributors, but so is everyone who reviews a service, product or critiques somebodys work. They are also those who stimulate ideas that can be serious or funny. The least appreciated contributors seem to be the technical experts who enable us to function better with their assiduously acquired knowledge. Regulars: I sometimes feel embarrassed that there are more regulars here than I know about. They spend their time elsewhere on the forums and so I think of them as newbies until I notice their post count. Then I realise it’s been too long since I visited the creative forums and listen to some tunes or read some lyrics. Imposters : They are not interested in us. They are here to impress us, court our praise and inspire us to follow them. When they fail (they always do) they move on. They most frequently are responsible for the ‘Too Good to be True’ posts. Queue Jumpers: Imposters are queue jumpers, though not all queue jumpers are imposters. Why do I call them queue jumpers? Because I liken the lounge to the front page of a newspaper, and they only want to be on the front page. To be noticed first, whether they deserve it or not. ‘Too Good to be True’ posts: An enticing title, almost always misleading. So after you’ve read it, you wish you hadn’t. Why? Because it’s just another ‘queue jumper’ who wants attention. Typically that post will be their first or second. They have a band to advertise, a product, a website, or maybe just their own work. I usually feel duped after reading such posts. The lounge: Most of us put in the time and become part of the community and give something back to it. Most of us will post our work in the areas provided for that purpose. I realise that the lounge welcomes ‘shameless self promotion’, but I for one will only reluctantly read or respond such posts. I’m not proposing any change to the lounge’s purpose & function. I understand that there are pros as well as cons in all this. Just making my position clear. Songwriting, Lyrics, Recording. The creative areas seem to take care of themselves. With people interacting and getting to know one another and their work. They make their own mini communities. If I were John, I would be most satisfied with this state of affairs. To have carefully created something, launched it, and eventually see it not only function, but propel itself forwards under its own momentum with minimal maintenance. It’s a bit like parenting. You nurture and prepare a child as best you can, but then see them head off into life as their own person, maybe doing stuff that you never foresaw. Mosh Pit: It’s a volatile place that could be shut down at any time because it could become dysfunctional & nasty. Why is it there? In there, we can reveal the parts of us that are normally not seen. Sometimes we may not like what we see, but that is its real function, because if we confine ourselves to time honoured social etiquette we become sanitised and bland. Most important of all, we get to see what others make of the newly revealed us. The creative areas are the converse of this. They are like pre-school play pens; with safe rounded edges and soft flooring. Being creative often means getting out of the play pen and into some dirty, maybe even toxic areas. Pound for pound, I have personally found more inspiration in the mosh pit than elsewhere.That’s why books, film & video games all involve conflict and struggle of some sort; be it physical, mental or intellectual. There’s a reason that there are no successful stories where everything is wonderful all of the time. All the same, most Mosh Pit contributors probably wonder how long the place can last. I think that the longer it does last, the better we collectively are. By better I mean more resilient, flexible and generally robust mentally and emotionally. Taking a few bruises now and then is fine. Only if anything more serious occurs will we need to reconsider closure. This post turned out longer than I had intended. It wasn’t meant to be definitive or all inclusive, but just a sketch. I appreciate everybody here that I know. I have not harboured any grudges (yet). I sometimes worry a little about friends that disappear for a while, or visit less frequently; - Yes I do have someone in mind right now. I’ll check FaceBook later on. Sometimes people that seem the least grounded or discerning, demonstrate remarkable insight or integrity, and other qualities that don’t always show. That’s why I have not yet given up on anyone here yet. I continue to be surprised and rewarded by remaining open to those I disagree with. I'm happy to learn from anyone at all. John: are you still reading this? Thank you for maintaining SS and being here ALL THE TIME man. That goes for the Mods too.
  49. 4 points
    Some of the boards I don't get to as often, but as time passes, I manage to get around to more than a few. Most of the site is silent reading for me, the Song title association thread is just so cool to pop in and listen to some great music, but I like the song critique forum too. Still, I spend most of my time in the lyrics forum, singing silent songs. I like the addition of the pit. You know, I recently have spoken to two members over the phone, an act that always catches me off guard. I don't know why, it's a strange thing for me to hear someone's voice for the first time. I've spent years on songstuff and haven't heard enough voices. Somehow, the pit is a little like that. it's almost a voice, it's a new dimension added to how I see someone. You can get a good feel for someone's character through their music and lyrics, but give them something to fight for, or a chance to state their core beliefs, and you add some color too the picture for sure. There's nobody in the pit I wouldn't hang out with, even if I don't agree with them much, because at least I know they're honest. I like the articles page, I've read most of them, some of them more than a few times. I like the site bugs and suggestions, and I like seeing Steve pop in every once in a while and would like to suggest he do it more often. I like that it seems sort of family-ish around here. I think someone said it already, but that has to do with how the site is run, the temperament, the ideas, the guidance from all the site staff and the cooperation of fellow members. Nice post Rudi, insightful, thoughtful, thankful. Sparked some nice comments.
  50. 4 points
    Hope you enjoy this as a fun one needs a bit of tweaking but thought you might like the read. The Devil Rides A Bike © L G Service November 2016 All Rights Reserved. C The Devil rides a bike, So the legend goes The screaming noise the engine makes Is the screams of tortured souls The paint is a coat of blood The frame is made of bones The flesh of man makes the seat So the legend goes The Devil rides a bike The Devil rides a bike You can Ride with the Devil Ride with the Devil, if you like V I heard a sound coming down the street That made my hair all stand on end A roaring ball of flame and smoke Came tearing around the bend I ducked behind the nearest bush Trying to hide from that evil beast He pulled right up beside me and laughed He said, On your soul I'm going to feast C The Devil rides a bike, So the legend goes The screaming noise the engine makes Is the screams of tortured souls The paint is a coat of blood The frame is made of bones The flesh of man makes the seat So the legend goes The Devil rides a bike The Devil rides a bike You can Ride with the Devil Ride with the Devil, if you like V I looked that Devil straight in the eye And said you cant have my soul I've made a pact with the man upstairs He's the only Lord I know The Devil stared right back at me And snarled one day you'll be mine I laughed and said over my dead body He laughed back, and said that's what I had in mind! The Devil rides a bike, So the legend goes The screaming noise the engine makes Is the screams of tortured souls The paint is a coat of blood The frame is made of bones The flesh of man makes the seat So the legend goes The Devil rides a bike The Devil rides a bike You can Ride with the Devil Ride with the Devil, if you like B I gave him the bird! If you know what I mean He said my name is written in his book I said go read it again you fiend This time take a proper look He road off in a huff, Ha Ha No soul for him tonight! C The Devil rides a bike, So the legend goes The screaming noise the engine makes Is the screams of tortured souls The paint is a coat of blood The frame is made of bones The flesh of man makes the seat So the legend goes The Devil rides a bike The Devil rides a bike You can Ride with the Devil Ride with the Devil, if you like If you like If you like You can Ride with the Devil Ride with the Devil, if you like