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Son Roberts
2 weeks ago to Steven Arkley

Congrats on getting "For One Love" selected! Simple, stripped down vibe with powerful, even desperate declaration. Not looking to intrude on any trade secrets, but I'm curious about your process and this line in one of your replies: You will "send Michael 3 more songs to produce for me." My method in Toronto is to cobble together a demo with my vocal, some harp where it works, and a click or drum track to set the groove. Then I gather some musicians I trust and work out the song in a rehearsal before I commit to studio time. How do you folks get it done? BTW - "For One Love's" sound and production values are first class. Looking forward to your reply. One more thing, what's your handicap?

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Steven Arkley
2 weeks ago

Thanks for the sweet words about the song!! Much appreciated!!!
I write the lyrics for all my songs... I use different artists for the music... I've collaborated on a few songs with the guy that wrote the music to For One Love... Oddly enough this is the only blues song I've ever written and recorded... I'm working on a few more currently, and hope to get them recorded within a month or so... I'm actually all over the map... contemporary country, country rock, country pop, pop, rock and even a little RandB, etc... All the way to quirky like Mouse in the Corner if you've listened to any of my other tracks on Broadjam... I'm always looking for new artists to collaborate with!!
Anyway, I create a Rough Demo/melody in my studio at home then send the MP3 to my engineer/producer in Nashville... I also send him the WAV file for the music, he schedules a singer then records, mixes and masters the song... He will add instruments if we decide it needs a guitar solo or strings for example... I also work with Michael to write original tracks for my songs like Bottle in a Message and I'll Sing Anyway...

So thanks again and I'll have a listen to your stuff as soon as I get a chance!!

Son Roberts
2 weeks ago

Thanks Steven... appreciate the candor and insights.

Hey Steven!
I am back....the strikes are over, so email me if you want to Co-Write.. I have some lyrics for you....I hope you have a great Christmas and a very Happy New Year....Vicki J

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Steven Arkley
over 30 days ago

Hi Vicki...
So glad the strike is over for everyone involved!!
I've written several new songs since the strike started and, since I had no idea when it was going to be over, I have been working with my producer in Nashville to get them recorded...
However, I'd still love to collaborate with you!

I have moved to Santa Rosa, CA from Vegas and I'm thrilled to be here, but I'm crazy busy for the next 2 weeks trying to get settled... including building a barn for work and a small man cave that will include a small studio...

I'd love to read some of your lyrics and I'll you some of mine if you'd like to get going on collaborating... I'll make the time at night to read and offer thoughts!!!

Thanks for getting back to me and, again, congrats to all on getting through the strike...

Lastly, any thoughts on pitching For One Love as it is or do you think it needs some work to get it ready to get out there?

Hey Steven,

I am happy to hear you have been in production and getting material recorded with your producer in Nashville! No rush on my end, as I completely understand your move to CA, as I just wanted to tell you I am back in production mode myself. You get settled in and we can look into the new year to try to collaborate if you like. I have been to Santa Rosa, and I wish you much happiness in your home!

As for your lyrics "One Love," are those the same as "Forever Now?" Those would absolutely make a wonderful storyline to a song! It flowed in content and has substance. Get that out there!

Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year Steven! Vicki

Hey Steve- Hope you are well...Looks to me like you moved? We should chat sometime and catch up my friend..
All the best,

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Steven Arkley
over 30 days ago

Great hear from you Ed!
I'm on the road right now, but I'll get back to you in a few hours...


The Ed Bentley Project
over 30 days ago

Sounds great

Steven Arkley
over 30 days ago

Hey Ed...
Sorry but I ran pout of time yesterday. I'm in Santa Rosa, CA. confirming final details for my move here later this year.
I had been taking care of my mom for the last 13 years, but she died last August so I moved from Santa Cruz area to Vegas to get my life back and just paly golf all the time... when I wasn't writing lyrics!!!

Vegas is not my ideal place to live! Golf is great but that's not enough to keep me there.

A friend of mine that I've known since high school has 2 acres in Santa Rosa and made me an amazing offer to move here, design and build her a 22' diameter gazebo and 44'x60' barn with a 1200 SF living unit inside the barn... She has an endless list of remodel projects too and she wants me to help her with all those too... Bottom line, I've agreed to all her conditions and they property is amazing so I'll be moving here before December of this year...

It's gonna be great for this old cowboy!!!

I'm still writing and I'm about ready to send Michael 3 more songs to produce for me!!!

I was also contacted by a woman whose been in the biz for over 40 years I believe and she loves my lyrics and especially my song For One Love... She wants permission to pitch my stuff and shes got a team for that and a team to write and record anything I may want to do... She's stuck with the strike going on, but as soon as that's over, we'll get at it... Her name is Vicki Johnson at quite the resume!!!

All in all I'm doing OK and feeling better all the time... Once I get out of Vegas, I'll really get inspired to get back to work and writing again in a really positive environment...

Hope you're doing great and I know you're still writing great music cause I try and listen every time you post a new song!!!

Thanks again for reaching out... Always a joy to hear from you...


The Ed Bentley Project
over 30 days ago

So sorry to of your mom's passing... But so glad everything else is going well for you..
I really like the song you have on Country/Americana top 10 chart, something about Mama's Way.. Great demo also!

Nice to hear of the lady taking an interest in your songs also!

So, your going to be back in California? Great!
We'll have to stay at bit more in touch my friend...
All the best to you my friend..

Steven Arkley
over 30 days ago

Where exactly do you live?
Even though I've got a ton of stuff going on, I'm also thinking of traveling a bit and I'd love to meet you at some point!!
I definitely want to get to Nashville to visit Michael and maybe sit in on a recording session for one of my songs...

Thanks for the sweet words about My Mama's Way!!

The Ed Bentley Project
over 30 days ago

Hey Steve
I live with n Buffalo NY...A long way from California!
Hey, who is Mike in Nashville you are talking about?
You've got me curious now...

Talk to you soon...

Steven Arkley
over 30 days ago

Michael Salacuse...
He has recorded all of my songs for me...
I come up with lyrics, rough demos and melodies then he hires singers, writes the music if necessary and records the songs...
Andrea Standley introduced me to Michael 10 years ago...

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