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  • Birthday 06/15/1983

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    lyricist, composer, recording, production

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    Music.....Pink Floyd, Silverchair etc. I collect old books and oddities
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  1. "To Rust Be Lost" Please don't lay your iron will upon this bed of moss For in time the bed will wither and the will to rust be lost I'm not much like Jesus and I cannot bear your cross I wish I were a stronger man and not so easy to accost
  2. Just mail a demo copy of your music on CD with lyric sheets to yourself (registered mail only). That'll do the trick. You technicaly own the copyright as soon as you put your work into tangible form, this means recording it or scoring it. You still need to (like John said) set something up to prove this date of ownership somehow, just in case. -Joel
  3. I saw a guy once that was sreaming out this death metal vocal while smoking like a whole pack of cigaretts on stage. He would let out this howl while the smoke rolled out of his mouth. It was good showmanship i guess. I wonder if he's a mute now? -joel
  4. I once had to go without playing the drums for over a year (no place to set them up) and that was hard. When I finally played again , most of my hard earned chops were still there, but my finess was very much lessened. I've rarely went more than a few days without picking up a guitar, but if i did go without for a while, i imagine that that i my playing would get rather shakey. I'd survive alright playing the keyboard i suppose, but i would get tired of exclusivly playing an instrument that i'm crap at.
  5. John, you got it right! "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" has definity some of the best lead Guitar ever, it's like every note is right where God intended it to be. Also, i think his guitar's tone is uncommonly ear friendly. To add to Gilmour's prise, I think that the solo on "Comfortably Numb" was excellent. It's an ultimitly satisfying cresendo at the end of that song. The man is very good at bending notes and at vibrato. His playing gives a good lesson too, about the importance of the space between the notes, the breathing room.
  6. I'm afraid "Rock and Roll", John Bonham is probably the most recognisable rock drum track of them all. I personaly like "Good Times, Bad Times". Some really good signature double kick (without a double kick). -joel
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    i like to tune in thirds. makes a very satisfying "chord" if you will, when you play two together. -joel
  8. no, i wasn't saying just chord progressions could get you in trouble. if that was the case, we would all be screwed! I just used guitar riffs as an example of unconciously channeling from your memory while creating a piece of music. however, a chord progression, basic vocal melody, and vocal hook accidentaly borrowed from another song might be a problem. -joel
  9. i think your right. the last two lines sound like something you'd have to learn in elementary school. in any case, it doesn't really go with the rest. it calls for something more powerful. -joel
  10. Humm.........I'm not sure about that. I get the impression that it's looked upon with less severity than intentional plagiarism in the eyes of the law, but i'm sure it could destroy the career of a new writer. Two different parties can own individual copyrights on an almost identical piece of music, if it's deemed that the later had no access to the first work, and came up with the similar piece on his/her own. So i guess your best be in such a situation would be to go with that defence, although the song would be completly unmarketable ("hey guys, have you heard the new song 'Sexy Bakk'? It sounds just like 'Sexy Back', by Justin Timberlake). I don't know, in todays world of ten million copyrighted songs, it's probably got to be very, very similar to another's work before anyone would raise their eyebrows. -joel
  11. I've done a little more research about this. The tecnical court term is "subconscious plagiarism". George Harrison was once found guilty of it. I've never had a real problem with this myself either, but in aspiring to be a commercial songwriter, you have to wonder what exactly inspired that great song you just wrote. Of course, trying to emulate the sound of another's song for you own new work is different, your aware of what your doing, so you don't just copy the other persons material. You make something new, something that only borrows a feel from the other song. I think it's highly plauseble that someone might accidentaly end up with a melody (or chord progression) and hook that came from another's song unaware's, thinking it's their own. This has never happened to me that I know of either:-/ , but it seems like it would be all to easy to do. -joel
  12. "Contemplate" by Joel Smith Lay not down you iron will upon this bed of moss For in time the bed would wither, and the will to rust be lost Keep your thoughts inside your head, untill such time you've contemplated Then exactly what you mean will be the the statement you have stated
  13. I've heard of this before, a phenomina that sometime affects even professional songwriters. You think you've written a brand new song, the words and melody for a chorus just kindof poped into your head. You finish and demo the song. Then it turms out that your "inspiration" came directly from a song you've acually heard before (playing quietly over the intercom speakers at the doctors office eight years ago, for example). They call your song a rip-off, tell you that you've made a copyright infringement. Now you've embarased you're self in front of industry professionals, and your reputation is tarnished forever. But it was an accident! It was a mistake of you're subconsious! Now, i've done this before once or twice (when I was first learning to play) with bit's of music, or riffs, generaly accompanied by some vague vocal melody. I would think they were my own, most of the music I wrote (and write) come's to me with a vocal melody already in mind. Then later I would hear them on the radio, some song from my past, or some album that i hadn't played in a very long time. Crap! No big deal, but what if a chorus you've written, complete with the hook and melody, was identical, or almost identical, to someone elses? I don't believe that this would be able to happen with really deeply personal lyrics, but what about commercial lyrics? Has anyone ever heard of, or have any thought's on this? -joel
  14. Grammar be blowed! When the average person speaks, they use bad grammar, slang, etc. Nobody wants to hear their english teacher sing them a song! And John Lennon of all people! That heckler may have never been born if his parents hadn't conceived him in the back seat of their Volkwagen Bug while listening to the Beatles!!! -joel
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