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Frank, great job on I Miss Lake Bemidji! The whole album is a huge hit in my mind! As a matter of fact, I Miss Lake Bemidji has kind of become known as the Muskie Fishing Anthem in Minnesota.
All the best,
Great song!!"damn the distance"! Nice country- vocals... Great harmonizing! Great lyrics/ music.. Love the distinct electric guitar!... Keep up the great music!!!.... Many Blessings.... Julia
Frank, Great Job on Lonely Loon! Beautiful and haunting, just as the loon's cry. I can hear the ghost lyrics on the melody line. Peace. - Nick
Thanks Nick! I just submitted it to a listing for a film asking for a haunting instrumental with a bright spot. Thats where the mandolin comes in. Thanks and I hope they like it also.
Frank, thanks for asking about the melody on "THE FIRST TIME". It was a true co-write with Brandon Maddox. If you still want me (and/or Brandon) to work on something for you, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Would be happy to see what you have.
Thanks Sam I will. Frank
Here is the other songpluggers I read about.
FRANK, THANKS, BUT I THINK THIS MIGHT BE GOOD FOR YOU WITH THE BLUEGRASS, OR CLASSIC COUNTRY. MY CROSSOVER IS TO POP FOR THEM. I SEE NO TRACK RECORD FOR THEM ? I DONT KNOW ? BUT ,THANKS. LOU
Hey Lou, I got the next 8 days here in Phoenix with to do nothin but write.if you got anytime to talk I'l be happy to call you. Drop me your number at banjoman1961@gmail.
you have a great list of show openers--i'll bet the kentucky headhunters were a blast--cheers--joe.
Nice work Kenneth...Damn The Distance is a great contemporary story...love the vocals, too.
Thanks, Frank. Stumble on in any time!
Your songs Turn me On!
Hi everyone! I am one of the top five on the Songwriter Universe website for song of the month ! Check it out :) www.songwriteruniverse.com/ Maureen
Thanks so much!
You go girl
Very cool. I like the tune. Listening to it right now on Univers. I think I'll enter too!
Thanks for the nice review John,
I wanna take you up on the verse rewrite on I Use To. I can call you anytime. Drop me a note at banjoman1961@gmail
HI FRANK ! I'M BACK IN TOWN FROM THE TAXI RALLEY IN L.A. GIVE ME A COUPLE OF DAYS TO CATCH UP, AND WE'LL GET ON IT . THANKS, LOU
Frank, Damn the Distance is a Fine 21st Century Country song, but I prefer Bluegrass as it is the transition from Country to Folk. Expand you genre, lad! You have to if you want more plays. Sending you a Friend request to get you on your way. - Nick
HI FRANK, I JUST LISTENED TO "DAMN THE DISTANCE" AND I REALLY LIKED IT. I WAS A CONSTRUCTION WORKER FOR A LOT OF YEARS AND SPENT A LOT OF HOURS ON THE PHONE WITH MY WIFE AND LITTLE ONES, SO I CAN RELATE TO THIS SONG. I STARTED WRITING A FEW SONGS ABOUT LIFE ON THE ROAD BUT THEY ENDED UP IN MY "NEED TO FINISH" FILE.
KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, RON WATKINS.
midnight train--should be put on country radio--cheers--joe.
I'm all for that Joe! Thanks
Frank: Thanks for the helpful review (Drugstore Cowboy). Chris
Keep on Writing
Hi Frank, Thank you for your kind review of my song, "Long, Hot Bath." Best regards, Sue Nikas
You bet Sue!
Thanks for the great review of True You. Do you think it has cross over possabilities?
I'd have to listen to it again. Give me a couple of days on this. But I'm not a musician, I'm a lyricist.
Ok, Frank. I listened to it. I love it. You know, it could possibly be pop, pop/country or country. Was there any other genre you were thinking of?
No, you loving it is all I need to hear. I have a great melody I just wrote for a writer who pulled his words just as I finished. A mid tempo Country/pop feel about a person going through lifes ups and downs and tellin his friends not to worry , I'll be fine but don't give up on me. You got anything like that i can put this melody to. Can you replace the words with your own if you hear it?
I have a few lyrical works that I haven't sent in to a studio. I usually write the lyrics first and then someone writes the music, but if you want, I can send them to you. Sorry for the delay in answering you, I hadn't notice your comment. Waiting for your answer;
Thanks for the nice review of "The Good Coming On." I do get your point, we are very harmony heavy, but I could probably pull back some on the levels. Sometimes my time is so limited that I crank out things as quick as I can, but listening back, they are probably a little hot in the mix. Thanks,
Damn Frank! I went back to add a comment to your song review and forgot that I had not filled in the scores!! They don't let you go back in. This is the second time I've done it and I apologize. I would have scored it high, likely 47 or 48 out of 50. Sweet tune!
Nice work Matt.
Thanks for the note.
"When its your Time to Go caught my attention and I gave it a listen--great song, arrangment and writing.
MATT, CAN YOU GIVE ME A LINE ON MY E-MAIL, WOULD LIKE TO TALK. LOU
Love the way that upright bass sounds. Nice sound. Keep it up man u got it made.
Please review my song in the 6 pack make em laugh catagory, my song I miss Lake Bemidji. thanks
I can't wait to hear what you guys do next...keep it up.
Please review my song in the 6 pack make em laugh catagory, my song I miss Lake Bemidji. thanks
Hi Frank. Thanks for the good review of my song "My Little Girl". I know the production is lacking. I really like your instrumentation and production value of your song "Damn The Distance". I was wondering if you'd be interested in re-recording "My Little Girl". With you singing it and re-doing all the music, it'd definitely be pitchable to the major labels. If you are interested in doing that and being able to get your vocals heard by the majors by me pitching the song once you're done, message me at my email address which is email@example.com. Let me know either way. Look forward to speaking with you. Sharon
Sharon, Phillip Moore at Railroad trax productions did my demo. I don't sing that good. Would love to co-write with you. I do write good melodies and lyrics. thanks. Please review my song in the 6 pack make em laugh catagory, my song I miss Lake Bemidji. thanks
Thanks Frank. I'm more a lyricist and vocal melody creator myself. I need musicians or producers that can create hit music tracks for me. I'll give the song u mentioned a listen.
Thanks Al let me know what you think about Damn the distance, it should be up any minute.
With all these long distant relationships going on some one had to write about it.
...i use to...really cool song frank...from muso al reed
Julianne and Chris, Open has a beautiful melody, nice verses but why the repeat of ,And the door to your heart open, like you did? I get beat up NSAI and by pro writers when ever I did that, stating, can't you think of something else to say? And, name one song that ever did that in the top 100 country songs. Did Kim Copeland ever suggest to write a new line before you spent your hard earned dollar on this great sounding demo? I'm not being mean here guys, I just really need to know so I don't make future mistakes in my writing and choice of demo companies.
I spend 300 to 375 at railroad trax productions per song. How much was KC? Maybe I need to step up or just write better lyrics. thanks, Frank
No offense taken and I really appreciate your compliments. Offhand, I can't think of any song that did that, but it doesn't mean it's never been done. We repeated it because it was the hook, and just felt right. Listen, I drive my wife nuts all the time because I'm constantly in writing/critique mode listening to any song that's playing, and I'm the first to call foul when a rule is broken. "Hey, they repeated the first verse as the second verse." Or "Hey, you can't rhyme a word with the same word." What I've learned is that, though there are many rules, in the end much of it is subjective because you can't account for that elusive X factor. Regarding the Kim Copeland demo, it was part of a prize package for winning the Songsinc Track2Song contest, and the experience was amazing. Kim heard some things differently with regards to the production and she asked if we wouldn't mind if she went with them, so we were more than thrilled to get her take on that aspect. There wasn't any discussion regarding the lyric, and it felt right when we did it, so I don't have an answer on that. As far as I'm concerned, you can't make a mistake going to Kim, she was fantastic, but she, and studios like hers, produces countless demos a month. If they got bogged down in helping you polish your writing, it would only slow their own business down. I don't know that it's a demo companies place to do that. Also, for years we were only doing acoustic recordings because we couldn't afford professional demos, until we found songsinc a few years back. I highly recommend you check them out, it's completely advanced our game exponentially.
I listened to your stuff, and it's killer. You've obviously put in your time. Get some more songs up there, they sound great. I just try to keep learning, keep writing, and try to remember that my best material is in front of me. We'll all continue to get slammed in the critiques, but that's part of the learning process. Down in Nashville I heard someone say "If you haven't written crap, you haven't written." Keep moving forward. All the best.
Thanks for grtting back so quick and the nice comments on my songs. I will check out songsinc and KC productions.
There is every acception to the rules and one writer with courage is a majority!
I usually write my own music but have a new song with none. Would you be interested in a co-write or at least take a look,If you don't hear a melody by the time you are done reading the words, just pass on it. Thats the way I do it anyway. Keep up the great work. Lets keep in touch. fp
I'm flattered for the writing offer. I'd be happy to take a look, but to be, ...er, frank, I've written the same way for 14 years, sitting in a room with Julie and my hammered Martin. I'm not sure my brain is programmed for writing long distance, without that immediate give & take, ideas being tossed about, you know? So I may be useless, but sure I'd give it a shot.
I didn't think I could either until I actually read some lyrics from a writer in the UK and I could hear a melody of the chorus in my head as as read them. Once I got the chorus wrote the verses came eazy. Kind of fun and pulls you outside the comfort zone. really helped my writers block. My song true You is an example of that. see http://www.broadjam.com/banjoman1961. 1
I have 2 accounts and i am trying to get them to get rid of the other but I don't think they know how without killing them both so I might leave it alone for now. Do you have a reg email address I can send the lyrics to? Thanks fp
That .1 after the link I dont think should be there.
Its works after all. who knew,lol
You can drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org also