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    Writing lyrics of almost all genre. Give me the music and I'll write the song!!

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  1. Fantastic news, well done. So glad to hear it is all going so well for you :thumbsup:
  2. I don't quite follow the benefit of hosting a home server setup for websites over a current cheap reseller option that will be hosted on fast hardware and server location, allow for multiple individual domains to be hosted, offer updates for all the backend software, almost zero downtime ++, unless you like to do it all yourself. For me it's a time efficiency issue whereby rather than you spend the time setting up, testing out, resolving issues etc that you pay someone else a few dollars a month to do, you get to focus on promoting, marketing and selling which I get the feeling is where you need to be - earning the money by time spent selling, not with the spanners out. Just a thought Mike
  3. Seems like there's two veins of thought going on here, which I think is good, because as musicians/songwriters/producers etc we apply one cap to creating and when we switch off the creativity we put on the cap of enjoying listening to music. I think when we are creating, our focus is on the style and genre which can impede our creativity since we are often trying to follow a set of rules we've been told to follow, whether that's line length, rhyme, metre, subject, composition et al and we forget the enjoyment part that comes from listening. Creating can be very clinical whilst enjoyment is freedom, and as has already been said a couple of times, what makes a song great is always on an emotional level, something that 'vibrates' through the prosody of all the instruments including all the vocals (and I mean backing singers too) that when combined and arranged flows not just through the air into your lugholes, but hits you in your soul, twanging it's strings. The emotions felt of course cover the whole range. And 'this elusive ingredient' I don't think is recognisable in the creation process, because we're working from an idea, and often one that we change and rewrite and find mistakes and correct them and the end product can often be far removed from what you began with (due to trying to,again, fit it into a box we think people will enjoy), which was a message from within, which had the seed of this elusive ingredient at the very start, that then gets lost or covered up along the way. I think what Tom is trying to say is important, because as creators we need to look back to look for this ingredient in music history and the greats that have been and understand why the listeners found them to be great, why it 'touched' them so deeply, to get a glimpse hopefully of what combination of all the factors available brought it to greatness in most peoples eyes. A song always has vocals of some sort, just sometimes they belong to an instrument and greatness often comes then from the ability of the player to make the instrument come alive and talk to us, as I often find George Benson does for me, though a lot of jazz turns me off. When a vocal actually becomes an instrument rather than just a tool to sing words, such as when Pavarotti performs Puccini's Nessun Dorma (I cannot categorize it as a performance) and you cannot control what's happening inside you because it's something more, something intangible, it has to be because I have no idea what the words mean and yet feel every note. The first time you hear a song, it's very rare that the words are what draws you to it, because you don't know them. But there's something in it, the first few bars of the beat or rhythm style used, or how the verse becomes the pre and then explodes into the chorus - whether quietly/gently or not, but within you there's a hurricane building up of emotional highs and/or lows - or the range of the vocalist if there is one and how well they use it. As Gary says, this all comes under prosody. But all the physical parts do not yet make it great. Which brings me on to the most important aspect of my reply, that there is one thing that I do think counts a lot towards the writer/composer finding this invisible ingredient that turns into greatness - and that is 'cost'. It must cost you emotionally and physically to create the piece. Then the musicians and vocalists to perform it get infused with it and pass it on so that the listener is drawn to it and 'it' captures them deep within. When every ounce of emotion has gone into creating the 'song', that the performers of it 'get' and translate it across to the listener, the listener also gets it too and that is what I think makes it great. Being a study of The Beatles or The Rolling Stones might make you a hit, but it won't turn it into greatness!
  4. It's not easy is it - I'm in a very similar if not the same boat to you. Any power into the voice and cover your ears, plus I'm having another more determined go at learning the guitar too. You want to start by looking through the DAW's forum area. There's a lot to choose from and I know you've said something to just get a beat down and record it - the basics. That means you want a package deal, where you will get music (often midi packs) included with the software. Now others will have different opinions and suggestions, but I think the simplest software to get the hang of quickly that comes with a load of drums and guitars etc you can use 'and' that down the road as you get more accomplished will still help you with what you're looking to do, is Mixcraft. A lot of the other DAW's are about creating music (I know quite a few guys who use Ableton for House type Live gigs etc) and then there's the ones for recording all instruments etc and then there are those that are more tuned in their way for producers. They all pretty much do the same thing Johhny. But they can be somewhat daunting, which is why I suggest Mixcraft, because when you open it up, choose a drum set, drag them onto the screen, copy and paste, extend or cut up parts etc, you should get the hang of it quite quickly and easily. next you'll be adding other instruments like a bass etc. So, what you really need to do is go to the Mixcraft site and look around (a good look), check out some tutorials on youtube to see how the job gets done using it, then do the same for any other suggestions and then decide. I know where you are right now, because I've been there too and Mixcraft helped me understand quite a bit about DAW's and choosing a drum type etc through it's very simple and basic screen etc. Hope this is of help.
  5. Billy Ocean Rudi :)
  6. It's just an 'off the cuff' idea Mike, but even with your limited time and tiredness, helping someone perhaps to learn, at least at the beginning, could help energise you with their enthusiasm and bring back reminders of why you began, or create some of the goals you want that John mentioned. As I said, just an idea. Feel better m8.
  7. I'm not a Pro user by any means, but for simple things I like Mixcraft and when I dabble into more serious stuff (for me) I have Studio One. But I've enjoyed reading through about Reaper. I might give it a test drive. Thanks Songstuffers!
  8. Hi Tom, yep I can't see it anymore, plus I've so many old messages from old members that are still pertinent that even after deleting well over 100, my demoted status means I'm still well over so I can't PM you m8. What that video explains to me, a person that will never own a set of drums, is how to truly understand how those sounds are made, and then create them within a DAW. But I didn't grab a copy so I'll never know ..... again :lol:

    1. tunesmithth


      Easily fixed....here's that vid link https://youtu.be/OUI58l4LzdU

      Have a good weekend!

    2. justsoulin


      I'll grab & dload it m8 - thanks.

  9. Much appreciated ! I left a comment in the edit function before hiding that thread, then it occurred to me....you probably can't see it anymore. My bad! LOL

    Thanks again....don't be a stranger.


  10. You certainly deserve it mate I sincerely hope it works out for you. I know only too well how 'getting by' to follow your passion works.
  11. I can hear John's voice coming loud and clear with this LOL
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