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Ray888

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  1. When I crafted the lyric I always felt that it would suit a male better because women do have armour for the simple reason that they are betrayed by men far more often than men are betrayed by women, although I would agree that both sex's are inclined to build a coat of armour to cover up their pain from past experiences. I have just sent it to two of my regular co-writers, one being an artist and they both want to work together musically on it. Funny thing is that when I wrote it I felt it was definitely country but this singer/composer is Neo soul and it will be interesting to see what they do with it. He sounds very similar to Al Jarreau. Regarding Armour/armor I don't believe that it would bother anyone unless they happened to be obsessive compulsive lol.
  2. COUNTRY SONG I'm looking for a competent male country composer/singer for collaboration for this lyric. Am able to pitch to known artists. Please message me so we can discuss the project. I'm still waiting (Her armour covers wounds) Lyric by: Raymond Fry © She's got fire, but it ain't burning I found a heart that never sings I'm shining a bright light Upon her darkness Until her eyes see how it bleeds I'll find the words that can cut through To touch her heart I know is blue She can't hide from love forever I know her armour covers wounds I'm still waiting She'll be breaking I know her armour covers wounds I ain't worried, that she ain't crying There'll come a time her heart will sing I'm shining a bright light Upon her Sadness Until her heart knows what it needs I'll find the words that can cut through To touch her heart I know is blue She can't hide from love forever I know her armour covers wounds I'm still waiting She'll be breaking I know her armour covers wounds I'm still waiting She'll be breaking I know her armour covers wounds I'll find the words that can cut through To touch her heart I know is blue She can't hide from love forever I know her armour covers wounds I'm still waiting She'll be breaking I know her armour covers wounds I'm still waiting She'll be breaking I know her armour covers wounds I'm still waiting She'll be breaking I know her armour covers wounds Her armour covers wounds © copyright worldwide Raymond Fry Registration ID: 194228
  3. Yes they do have country music in Germany funnily enough Tim. He is not country though because he sent me a piano track and it turned out that he doesn't play guitar. John Moxey has put me on to a fine guitarist who I was willing to pay for his services but I suspect that the pianist is reluctant to contribute. If that should prove the case I will be looking for another co-writer because piano was not what I was looking for.
  4. Hi Tim, I have just seen your post. I have given it to a German producer who contacted me but I wasn't totally happy with his melody so asked him to make a couple of changes. That was about 5 days ago and he hasn't got back to me. I have updated the structure and have also strengthened the lyric since I posted the lyric. If you are still interested after I have given him a little more time to respond I will get back to you on it. It's the first time I have worked with the guy so have no idea whether he is reliable or not. I could probably record a vocal myself although it's quite some time since I used my voice, otherwise I could find a singer who would suit it. The German guy has a very croaky voice so if he decides to complete it I would need to find another vocalist anyway. Here's my revised structure and lyric changes. I'm still waiting (Her armour covers wounds) Lyric by: Raymond Fry © Verse 1: She's got fire, but it ain't burning She hides a heart that never sings I'm shining a bright light upon her darkness Until her eyes see how it bleeds Pre chorus: So I'll be waiting She'll be breaking I know her armour covers wounds Chorus: I'll find the words that can cut through To touch her heart I know is blue She can't hide from love forever I know her armour covers wounds Interval Verse 2: I ain't worried, that she ain't crying There'll come a time her heart will sing I'm pouring my lovelight upon her Sadness Until her heart knows what it needs Pre chorus: So I'll be waiting She'll be breaking I know her armour covers wounds Chorus: I'll find the words that can cut through To touch her heart I know is blue She can't hide from love forever I know her armour covers wounds Outro: So I'll be waiting She'll be breaking I know her armour covers wounds Her armour covers wounds © copyright worldwide Raymond Fry Registration ID: 194228
  5. What does it mean to succeed?

    Peace, quiet, sanity, contentment, happiness are fleeting because if we had it all the time we would not appreciate those times when we have it. You definitely get more of it with age although along with old age comes health issues which can impede on how one feels. I think that if we look for it there are always positives so it's important to not focus on the hardships too much because it can kill ones spirit.
  6. What does it mean to succeed?

    Peace, quiet and sanity equates to success in my book
  7. What does it mean to succeed?

    Robs 100% correct about the control that record labels have over their artists.
  8. What does it mean to succeed?

    Sounds good. If Songstuff promotes music on facebook It would be great but it would cost money for Songstuff to promote their page in order to target and attract the general public to pay to download songs. That promotion and marketing fund would have to come from somewhere so I would suggest either it be taken from percentage of sales or a set charge to songstuff for each promotion depending on what feels the most comfortable.
  9. What does it mean to succeed?

    I would have been a major artist if I didn't look like that lol. My audiences weren't to keen on hearing the Oink Oink song twelve times in a row
  10. What does it mean to succeed?

    So was I referring to members music and my description of a facebook page was intended to describe what other are doing and that Songstuff could help members promote their music if members were willing to back it up with their time and money. Maybe I wasn't clear enough in that particular post but It should have been clear if you had read my earlier posts and replies leading up to it.
  11. What does it mean to succeed?

    Just us old hands going a little senile methinks
  12. What does it mean to succeed?

    Understood lol. It is possible for an indie artist to make money without having industry contacts but it happens to very few. Basically it's all down to people loving your songs and sharing them to go viral. That's why artists who are good at promoting and marketing their music have a head start on those that are either not very good at it or can't spare the time because they are either too busy working a dayjob to fund their recordings or their own equipment to do so or aren't proficient enough to record and mix/master to a standard that people would listen to.
  13. What does it mean to succeed?

    You have totally misunderstood what I was getting at. I have no idea where you picked up the idea that making money was the object? If musicians on songstuff have a hard time gaining a fanbase I was suggesting a way that it could be done with Songstuff. ASCAP is run by musicians and for musicians and it is not their goal to make money. ASCAP is of benefit to musicians and that was my real point. Songstuff could work on similar lines but without funding ASCAP would never be what it is today.
  14. What does it mean to succeed?

    Yes, It only takes the will to do it and the backing of musicians and artists to make it happen. When you look at ASCAP which is run by musicians for musicians you know that it could work. I just wonder how many members would be willing to put whatever money they could afford into shares in Songstuff. Currently we have the founders and admin who put all their time and efforts into keeping songstuff afloat and members who contribute on a voluntary basis. I'm pretty certain that there are many members who utilise this facility by receiving feedback who don't. If Songstuff were to have shareholders preferably members, it would attract more members if it was to have a release platform. By growing it slowly it would give it a lot more clout and other release platforms would be queueing up to do a deal. It would also attract major artists, TV, Film and gaming companies who are seeking songs, instrumentals, soundtracks etc so would benefit everyone here. I believe that songstuff already has a facebook page so if everyone blogged it and admin chose good quality songs to post on it there would be greater response and it would attract purchasers.
  15. What does it mean to succeed?

    Actually, It's not wishful thinking of Starise to think that a Savvy person could do ok with promoting music online as a side line because there are hundreds if not thousands of people who are doing it on a daily basis. I've seen lots of Facebook sites that promote your music for a fee and they tend to have a lot of followers. If you had a facebook page with 100,000 likes and followers you could offer to promote artists and songs for a small fee if you weren't greedy. If you advertised your page to "friends and friends of friends" you would in all probability have a reach of 50 times your followers which adds up to 5,000,000. I don't know how many members there are on Songstuff, but supposing this website was to have sections where music could be sold with Songstuff receiving a percentage of revenue for administration. If all members were to blog the selling section on their Facebook, Twitter, and all the other available platforms, how long do you think it would take to build it's membership and take over from Reverbnation and CD Baby? Unfortunately Songstuff would need a much larger server to be able to cope with demand and that costs money. However, if people put their hearts, minds, money and energy into it it could work. How many members would be willing to invest their money buying shares in songstuff as a company? I would.
  16. What does it mean to succeed?

    I don't think it really matters what platform you sell your music on, without promotion and marketing the chances are that you won't be getting much revenue from it. It takes a lot of time and effort to promote and market yourself so it helps a lot if you have an army of friends to help. As I mentioned earlier I am far from being good at it myself but artists who are savvy at creating interest tend to do much better than those of us that aren't. Even if you are excellent at marketing yourself it still requires spending a lot money which many don't have. I have no wish to put a downer on the hopes and aspirations of members but it's always a good thing to be honest about the difficulties involved in selling music. If you are gigging it helps a lot because you can hand out leaflets to your audiences with your website, Facebook, and Twitter links and future gig dates and venues you will be playing at. It's always easier to sell CDs at a gig than online. Once you attract some faithful followers you can slowly get to play in larger venues.
  17. Her armour covers wounds

    This is my latest lyric. Music/Melody currently being composed by a co-writer/producer in Germany. I'll be waiting (Her armour covers wounds) She's got fire but it ain’t burning She hides a heart that never sings I'm shining a light upon her darkness Until her eyes see how it bleeds So I'll be waiting She'll be breaking I know her armour covers wounds I'll find the words that can cut through To touch her heart I know is blue She can't hide from love forever I know her armour covers wounds I ain't worried, that she ain't crying There'll come a time her heart will sing I'm pouring my love upon her Sadness Until her heart knows what it needs So I'll be waiting She'll be breaking I know her armour covers wounds I'll find the words that can cut through To touch her heart I know is blue She can't hide from love forever I know her armour covers wounds I'll find the words that can cut through To touch her heart I know is blue She can't hide from love forever Cause I know her armour covers wounds So I’ll be waiting She'll be breaking Cause I know her armour covers wounds Her armour covers wounds © copyright worldwide Raymond Fry Registration ID: 194228
  18. What does it mean to succeed?

    Hi Mike, Pitching songs to artists, management, pluggers, and labels today requires far better quality than would have been accepted in the past. They now require high quality mixes because they listen to so many songs that they toss anything that isn't ear friendly straight into the waste basket.
  19. What does it mean to succeed?

    I don't see myself as being negative, I see myself as being a realist. When you place music on these sites you are a needle in a gigantic haystack. Unless you have marketing skills and money to spend you are dead in the water and that's a fact unfortunately. Personally, I class myself as being mediocre at Promotion and marketing for the following reasons. (1) I am a two finger typist and it takes forever to keep my website, Facebook pages, Linkedin site, Twitter blogs, and posts elsewhere forever. (2) I would like to get myself on sites like snapchat and other available sites but don't have the time. (3) Getting airplay takes up a lot of time but I am lucky enough to have a couple of artists that are well connected in that field otherwise it would be a lot more difficult to achieve. Time and expertise are the bane of musicians and artists today and it takes others who believe in you to give you a little time and share your material with their connections. If you have a growing network that shares your music you are on your way but it takes more than good music to attract them. They have to like you as an artist as well.
  20. What does it mean to succeed?

    Radio ready just means that it is well mixed and mastered to sound good on the many devices either portable, home hi fi, headphones or even a mono radio. Also it needs to be well written and sung to fall into the category of Radio ready. (In my eyes anyway) I have some songs that I co-wrote when I first came back to the industry after an 11 year break which I would definitely not class as radio ready but would come under the heading of "Semi pro" because when I came back it was like starting over again from scratch so I would work with anyone that would co-write with me, I was desperate lol. I can be a bit more choosey nowadays
  21. What does it mean to succeed?

    I think that the internet is a wonderful thing but as you have pointed out there is no vetting or monitoring to test the standards of songs. I reckon that if they split every thing into sections like "Radio Ready", "Semi pro", and "Amature" and vetted songs before allowing them on Youtube, CD Baby, Reverbnation it would be far better for the listeners and purchasers of songs. It won't happen because these platforms want to earn money and not spend it on paying muso's to monitor and filter on the sites.
  22. What does it mean to succeed?

    When I was signed to a major label right through the eighties I was witness to how it all works from the inside. It's important to understand that majors are only interested in one thing (Money). It's a business that is run by corporate entrepreneurs and Lawyers who will even sign a talented artist just because they feel that they are a threat to another of their artists who are making them money. Basically the shelve them so that they can do nothing whilst they are under contract. During the 1990s when I had a large studio complex in Willesden in North London I used to have A&R regularly dropping by asking for specific types of artists and bands and they would not show the slightest interest if I tried to point out to them artists or bands that were outside of their remit. Orders are given from the top down and the devils minions obey orders to the letter because there were many others in the queue who were waiting to take their jobs. Not many A&R people are in the same job for very long because of it. Today we have Online record Labels like CD Baby, ReverbNation who are just as bad as the majors, the difference is that online labels don't pay you anything upfront like the majors do and expect you to do your own promotion unless you pay them for it. To sum it up in one sentence, the whole music business is a money making machine and it's getting worse not for the labels but for songwriters, artists, and musicians who just want the chance for their music to be heard by the wider public and would be happy if they could earn enough money to get by and continue doing what they love. If you are a person that is willing to jump into the quagmire with them you will probably do well.
  23. Pics Of Your Studio

    Thanks but my options are very limited with my layout because the controller either needs to fit in my centre rack which I can easily adapt or it needs to fit in a space that is maximum 39 inches wide bX 14 inches deep. I do have a midi keyboard controller which is an Axiom 61 note but I need a controller which has great auto faders. I have just seen the Avid artist mix but I don't know if they will work with Protools and Logic or if the auto faders are as good as the SSL or Avid S3. It will be a long term investment so I don't want to make a purchase that I regret. I did so much research before I purchased the Neumann KH120s because they weren't cheap and am very happy with them. I want to be as happy when I purchase a control surface. I really love the look of the Icon Qcon pro X but it seems to be going through a lot of teething problems with it's software interfacing and the master fader on the unit was not syncing with protools or Logic the last time I checked on forums. I'm hoping that a reliable company makes a unit that will suit my set-up but I can only pray lol.
  24. Pics Of Your Studio

    Hey John, I can't work out if that keyboard is really curved or whether it is trick photography. Is that a Mackie control surface your using, how do you find it and are you happy with it's functions? I have been looking around for a controller that has smooth auto faders and works with both protools and logic pro. I have checked out the SSL Nucleus, Avid A3, and Icon Qcon pro X but they all seem to have problems from what I have read on forums like Gearlutz. I am limited for space which doesn't help. I only have 14 inch deep space in front of my outboard equipment which means thet the SSL would hang over the front a little. What monitor speakers are you using John?
  25. Pics Of Your Studio

    I think that one of your problems may be the size of your monitors compared to the size of your room. I would advise you to situate your right hand screen above your larger monitor at an angle down because as a rule of thumb it is always a good thing to keep the monitor wall as symmetrical as possible. Also I would advise that you place some thick absorbers behind your monitor speakers because it will help prevent reflections from the wall behind. One more thing you could do is to hang some heavy curtains to the window which would prevent high frequencies bouncing back at you, or fit louvered wooden blinds leaving them at a 45 degree angle which would act as a diffuser. Obtaining a balanced sound especially for mixing purposes is one of the hardest things to achieve and it will probably amount to much trial and error before you get it right. My studio is a lot smaller than yours so I am using 5 inch Neuman KH120s which is as large as I dare risk. I have had a much larger studio in the past using 14 inch questeds but still used Yamaha NS 10s and cubes for reference. Looks like you have a decent setup though.
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