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Ray888 last won the day on August 12 2017

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    Songwriter (for various artists)
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    Lyricist, Melodist, talent scout, production studio owner, ex artist and label manager.
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    Anything and everything

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    Collaborating with talented composers, artists, producers.
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  1. Ray888

    My baby girl

    I know I am 14 months late but congrats on you new arrival. She must be toddling around the house by now
  2. Ray888

    John Moxey

    Wish I had a room that size John. It looks like you have some decent equipment there. Love your cat, mine is a Bengal and is definitely a strange character lol.
  3. As I stated earlier, whatever works for you is personal, and it may not be what works for others. Everyone has their own path and I for one don't wish to push anything down anyones throats.
  4. I believe that it's OK for a person to find out the way to their own spirit in whatever way they can. I believe in the teachings of Jesus but I also believe that we have had many great teachers in our history that can lead us to a path of righteousness. Once you tell someone that your way is the only way you are on stoney ground. I did not intend this to develope into a religious discussion, I was just relating my personal experience of where I believe my lyrics emanate from. In any case, there is a paragraph in the rules of this website that discourage religious discussion.
  5. My understanding is that music is music if there is somebody who appreciates listening to it. Not everybody likes to listen to all genres and some only stick to listening to one genre of music. Taste is God given and we shouldn't be complaining if a particular music genre isn't our particular taste.
  6. Hi All, I'm wondering if there are any country composers/singers on Songstuff?
  7. Ray888

    Don't wait too long

    Hi, It's not just a lyric, it's a song. Look in your messages inbox in a couple of minutes A little gift for your private ears since you were the first person to comment and wish me well. Enjoy
  8. Ray888


    My apologies for posting 2 in a row but I just got an email that one of my songs has been featured on GodTube. The Artist is `Sheaam Dean` who is resident in Sri Lanka. I crafted the lyric to a rough melody that my co-writer Andy Gatford sent me. Las Vegas Pianist Dave Haertel di the piano and string arrangement and I produced Sheaam's vocals remotely. Award winning producer Giampaolo Pasquile mixed and mastered the song and it was released as a single and is also on an EP that I co-wrote for Sheaam with different co-writers. I wrote the lyric as a song to Jesus although I haven't mentioned his name. I am not a Christian although I have great respect for his teachings. http://www.godtube.com/sheaam888/
  9. Ray888

    Don't wait too long

    I've just had notification that my song "Don't take too long" is under consideration for the American artist Faith Hill's next album. I won't know until the beginning of August whether it has been successful or not. Here is the lyric. Wish me luck. Don’t Take Too Long Lyric by: Raymond Fry & Steve Manning Verse 1: As you step into the future I may never see, Let yourself become the person you could really be. I know the days move slowly as you wish away your youth, Beware of those who claim that they alone have found the truth. Chorus 1: Don’t take too long to realize that you're strong, Don’t let people fool ya, when they tell ya you're wrong. Don’t take too long to see we’re not inside the Matrix, love is real, Don’t take too long to find that scars can heal. Verse 2: If you find that there are roads which you must walk alone, Try to find a self that you can truly call your own. If after failed relationships you can't bare them any-more, Don’t take too long to realize that love’s worth waiting for. Chorus 2: Don’t take too long to realize that you're strong, Don’t let people fool ya, when they tell ya you're wrong. Don’t take too long to see we’re not inside the Matrix, love is real, Don’t take too long to find that scars can heal. Bridge: I can see your natural spirit clearly shining through, And I’m so proud that I can spend this precious time with you. Believe there’s not a single problem you cannot surmount, And while this life caresses you, make every moment count. Verse 3: Wish I had more to say, wish I had more to give: A mothers inspiration for every day you live. And I hope that when the course is finally run, You’ll look back and say “Those days were good, and I was loved”. Chorus 3: Don’t take too long to realize that you're strong, Don’t let people fool ya, when they tell ya you're wrong. Don’t take too long to see we’re not inside the Matrix, love is real, Don’t take too long to find that scars can heal. Outro: Don’t take too long to realize you're strong, Don’t take too long................................... © Copyright worldwide all rights reserved
  10. Ray888


    Welcome to the next stage of your life Rudi, It may take a little time to adjust to the changes but it's a wonderful thing to have more time to spend doing the things you love.
  11. I have been looking for a surface control for my setup and have found it to be a bit of a minefield. I use protools and Logic pro on Mac OSX so require something that would work seamlessly. I have looked at the SSL Nucleus Avid S3 Icon Qcon pro X Mackie Universal and a few others but none according to the music equipment forums I have read are without problems. I am so disappointed with the manufacturers because they state in their sales literature that they are compatible but most are lying through their teeth to the customer. If anyone here uses Mac OSX and is using a surface daw controller with motorised faders that they are happy with I would appreciate you letting me know what you are using. My studio is small with a vocal booth adjacent so I can't fit anything larger than a Nucleus sized unit on my desktop.
  12. Ray888


    Congrats on completing your project Rudi, 40 years must be a record lol. I have a country song that I started 4 years ago (I'm not a country writer) and although I have made a lot of progress with it I am stuck on one section of lyric that would tie everything together. I'll lay it down for awhile and come back to it in a couple of months to see if anything comes to me. I know I'll get there in the end, it's just a matter of knowing that inspiration will come when it comes and there's nothing that we can do to rush it. There's no chance that I will beat your 40 record because I'm 67 and I can't see myself still writing at103, I'll need to retire a little before then.
  13. I always give credit for my lyrics to God because I believe that when you are connected to God you are connected to your spirit where all creativity emanates from. I couldn't tell you who or what God is but to me it is a deep connection to oneself and the sum of your life experience and to make that connection you need to be able to look yourself in the eye and face the emotions that many prefer to avoid. I learned early on in life that their is no gain without pain and that by suppressing and avoiding pain it also deprives the soul of joy. When we open our soul and trust that all will be OK, we open the window to creativity.
  14. 1. Do you sing, play an instrument or instruments? I used to be a solo artist and have also sang with bands but now help younger artists. I don't play any instruments but I work with many others who do. When did you start singing? About the age of 15. Did you teach yourself? Yes 2. Are you in a band or bands? No, but I have managed artists and bands in the past and now work with a collective of composers, musicians, and artists. Does your collective have a name? We are headed under the name "Midas King Productions". What do they play? All instruments Do you have a collective website? Yes 3. Do you write songs? Yes Do you write lyrics, music or both? Lyrics and melodies (Music arrangements by my co-writers) Do you have a writing partner? Yes, Many 4. Do you record your music? Yes Do you use a home studio? If so what gear do you use? Yes, I record in my studio and also utilise the studio's of my co-writers who have their own studio's in the US, UK, Sweden, Russia, Italy. Computer: Mac 2.6Ghz Quad core i7, 16 GB Ram, 1Tb Fusion drive. OSX Monitor screens: 32" iiana 42" Sony Software: Pro Tools 11 Logic pro X Wave plugins Softube plugins Focusrite Red (plugin bundle) Main Monitors: Neumann KH 120 active Secondary Monitors: Harbeth Subwoofer: Adams 7 Microphones AKG C414B ULS SE Z5600 Tube AKG Solid Tube SE Titan SE4 with 3 capsules Octavia MK 219 ADK A51 Type V 3 Sure SM 58s Outboard Effects Lexicon PCM 91 Digital reverb Ivory-series 5013 Dual Valve Eq TL Audio Ivory-series PA 5001 Quad Valve Mic Pre amp SPL Stereo Vitalizer Alesis Quadraverb GT Guitar Effects Processor Sound Modules ASM Novation Supernova (Retro sounds) Access Virus A Analog synth Monitor Controller PreSonus Monitor Station V2 PatchBays Kelsey Acoustics 2X 24/24 Patch Bays Kelsey Acoustics 1X 16 5 pin Midi Patch Bay Do you use a recording studio? All my co-writers have recording studio's of their own. Do you have music available on the web? if so where? Apple music, Spotify, and many other distributors. 5. What other roles do you perform in the music business? Talent scout, production coordinator, Label liaison. 6. Are you a tech head? Definitely NOT 7. What country do you live in? London, UK 8. What are your ambitions? I'm too old to have ambitions but I like to help talented people on their journey. 9. Do you draw/paint/write stories/computer art/dance or other creative pursuit? I design recording studio's What are your pastimes? I love to watch good movies, relax with my wife, spend time with my grandchildren, attending singer songwriter venues seeking talent, Good food, astronomy, watching history, science and nature programs on TV. Meeting new people, socialising. 10. What would you like to get out of Songstuff? I like to meet new people and help where I possibly can. I am a very busy person but I will drop in as often as my schedule allows.
  15. Personally, I enjoy the creativity in making music, which is paramount if one is to endure in one of the toughest businesses imaginable. If someone's goal is solely for fame and money, then it will certainly be an empty achievement and a horrendous battle to stay on top within a very fickle industry..
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