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David, long time since we hooked up. Thanks for the five start on 'ZIGGY'. Wrote it shortly after Bowie died and finally got round to finishing it. Glad you like it man. Take care.
P.S. Thanks for the 5* Warren.
Hi Warren. Thank you for your comments re. 'Big Fat Lie'. I tried to reply to your comment on the thread but the internet was sticky. 'On tenterhooks' means in a state of suspense. Thanks again.
Hey David, I dig your Big Fat Lie, like the retro vibe and the lyrics quite right, though I don't know what tenderhooks are, but hell, I'm a Californian, my bad LOL...
Kudos to you,
Thank you for the 5* for 'Ideal World'. Much appreciated.
Thank you for the 5* for 'Battlefields' Delta.
Battlefields is a bold song in construction and delivery! Sounds even like a Battlefield! Very atmospheric! Not sure, but is it about a soldier remembering the fighting trauma?
Unique I would say!
10/10/from me but can only give 5 stars!
Hi Jim. Many thanks for the kind comments and the 5*s. I often write lyrics that can be interpreted in different ways and 'Battlefields' is an example of that. So it's open to interpretation. I'll catch up with your music again soon. Thanks again. David
Thanks for the 5's for "New Dog, Old Tricks".
Thanks for the 5*s for 'Out On The Road'. Glad you like it!
Thanks for the 5*s Banzai!
Thank you for the 5* for 'The Way You Change'. Much appreciated.
Thanks for the 5* for 'Keep Me Warm' Jim!
Thanks for the stars for "I see her dancing" (Allyson) David!
I think when Allyson has mixed the music with her vocals, she has her vocals too quiet.
I would rather the singing had a little more volume!
I reckon Tim Patterson's version is better!
Hi Jim. I'll check out that version too. Many thanks for the 5*s. Much appreciated. David.
I like, "Keep me Warm"!
Love the sax! It keeps the sound Warm and rolling!
I can hear this in a Night Club, Evening Dresses, Tuxedo, Lovely meal, Beautiful companion, In love!
Thank you for your comments Jim. I have a non-public Christmas version of 'Keep Me Warm' which is fundamentally the same, but with different lyrics. The song has had a few plays on BBC Radio Cumbria over the last few years in the run up to Christmas.
Hi Jim, Thank you for The Beatles comparison for my song 'Second Hand Clothes'. I'm flattered! Your song 'I See Her Dancing' reminds me of early Joni Mitchell. It's like something from her 'Blue' album.
I'll look it up! Years since I've heard Joni!
I've submitted songs to bbc but, no luck!
Well done you!
I see you are one short of 100 songs!
When's the century?
Which songs of yours do you reckon I should hear?
Hi Jim. The century should be coming up soon, I hope. As for recommendations I suppose it depends on what you like. I've got songs in all sorts of styles, from acoustic stuff to House music, even Reggae. For a modern pop song you might like 'The Way You Change'. For something more retro 'Keep Me Warm'. Folk/Country 'She Can Fly'
Enjoyed She Can Fly!
Your music is refreshing and you have good vocals. Worth the Five stars!
I do not sing!
I only write a lyrics and Melodies!
It is late!
Hear more tomorrow!
If interested, I would recommend you hear my, "Dear Jane" , "The Promise", "One Night Stand"!
Thank you for the 5* for 'Candy Bar'. I really appreciate it. The song has been picked up by a publisher, so I will probably have to delete it from BJ at some point. Thanks again. David.
You're welcome David. And thank you for 5 stars on Love On The Lam...
Thank you MGB for nice review on 900 Miles!
Thank you for the 5* for 'Mesmerise Me' William. Much appreciated. David.
Thank you for your review of 'The Way You Change'. Glad you like the song. Yes, the bass is a synth. David.
Keep em comin BRO!! pat
Many thanks for the review Mrs Kate. Much appreciated. David.
you are welcome
Thank you very much for your review of 'Mesmerise Me'. I really appreciate your comments. David.
Good Morning David, You are welcome! Great stuff!
P.S. thanks for the 5*. David.
Thanks you for the 5* Kate. David.
Thanks for liking the Thrift Store Song, David!
No problem Kate, an inventive, clever song as always.
And thank you for the 5* for 'Keep Me Warm' John. David.
You're much welcome, David, deservedly so!
Hi, David. I had to find out what Keke's displeasure was with "Keep Me Warm," which is a very well written song. The primary snag that members get into when writing reviews is that they weigh too much on their personal taste and production, without taking into consideration that the biggest part of the song, 90 percent I like to say, are the words and music. Can the song stand by itself when sung with one voice and just one instrument? This is where your songwriting is a resounding yes on all fronts. Production and all else can always be adjusted, but if the words and music of themselves are mediocre, all the production in the world cannot fix that. Besides that, what in hell is wrong with a 70s sound? The 60s, 70s, and 80s had great melodies that stuck in your head! John
Thanks John. I've replied to KeKe to the effect that an old fashioned song might be marked down for marketability in 2022, but that it shouldn't be marked down in respect of genre or time period. Of course you're absolutely correct in saying that the 60s, 70s and 80s was a golden period in popular music. David.
You're much welcome, David. Besides that, if you have great words and music, your song can be adapted to any decade's dominant styles. You cannot go the other way. Case in point: I listened to K's "Where Do" and the melody is not strong, in fact it is boring, monochromatic, and gets lost in an overriding riff that is more consistent. I don't know how a tune like that would be able to stand up to the test of time. Eventually, the current songwriters will look back to our golden era to learn from. John
I hope you're right John that the current crop of songwriters will look back and learn. I don't know whether you follow Rick Beato on YouTube, but he has made many videos on that very subject. David.
P.S. Frank. Thank you for the 5* for 'Mesmerise Me'. David.
Hello. Thank you for your review of 'Keep Me Warm'. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the song more as it has had numerous plays on BBC Radio here in the UK. David.
Hi. I said your song was nice, sorry if you was offended, I'm a young talent, your music fits your genre and time period so overall it was okay!
Thanks KeKe. No I'm not offended. A lot of my songs are more contemporary. In fact many are dance and house orientated, but remember you're not judging the genre nor the time period, you're judging the song. If a song sounds old fashioned, then that might effect its marketability score in 2022, but not the other categories. David.
thanks for the review of Bifocal blues. MK
Hi Frank. Thank you very much for your review of 'Mesmerise Me' and your useful comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the song. David.
Hello once again John. Thank you very much for the 5* ratings. Very kind of you. David.
"Too Different to Change" sounds like one of those personal everyman songs that could tell a story from every street. Fellow BJ member Warren Hein is wonderful at that. Those kinds of songs are what the original minstrel style of songwriting is about, the kind that Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne could do. It's also a treat to get a taste of how you originally write your tunes with your own instruments and vocals. Best to you, David. JW
Thanks John. 'Too Different To Change' is a bit of a rough recording. I had all sorts of problems picking the guitar to the click track. As far as lyrics are concerned they always come after the chords and melody. I'm not entirely sure where the lyrics come from. A girl at work asked me if my lyrics were autobiographical. I responded 'no', however I've always had an interest in what make people tick and that is where most of my lyric ideas come from. David.
I have a few of those that I keep at the bottom of my page, David. I got back to practicing the guitar for a few months and I'm pleased that I've finally worked up from incompetent to marginal! I'm not a vocalist by any means but I somehow got away with it (I supposed it could be argued) on "The Most of Nothing" and "Studly Do-Right," both which I need to remix and remaster. A lot of mine are autobiographical but I make up a few stories, too. I'm definitely more the songwriter than the musician. The tune always comes to me first. Sometimes I have to wait for the tune to let me know what its title should be. What makes people tick is very interesting but harder for me to write about unless I write it from my observation of how someone else behaves. John
Thanks for your insight John. I too am more of a songwriter than a musician. I'm going on a holiday (vacation) today, but I'll make a point of listening to more of your songs on my return. David.
Thanks for the shout out John. For me the stories and most lyrics are all made up... but of course all good lyrics come from life and what one has reaped from it..
Have a great week folks!
Hi John. Thank you for your generous review of 'Goodbye To Paradise'. Glad you liked the song. The producer Corin takes a lot of credit for the final result. Thanks again. David.
Thank you for the review of 'Believe'. I'm glad you enjoyed the track. I take your point about the vocal. The reason it might quite work as well as I'd hoped was that the song was recorded during lockdown, with the result that I couldn't get a vocalist in and I ended up recording the vocal myself in the living room. Thanks again. David.
No worries at all. Great job getting it done! I know how that goes. I have several tracks that I was "forced" to sing myself because I couldn't get a vocalist, which is often the case with my songs, but it is what is sometimes.
Be and stay well,
Thanks so much for your thoughtful and detailed review of my song "I Can Dream". I appreciate your positive comments and your constructive feedback as well. Good input and things for me to think about and/or incorporate.
No problem Frank!