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DinoRider

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  1. What I have done before is worked up a cover song. Made some change to get it where I wanted it to go, then played with the melody to take it in a bit of a different direction. Strip the lyrics and write new ones, and since you did the modifications it's an entirely new song, some times unrecognizable from the original you patterned from, sometimes it sounds "inspired by". I think Nickleback uses this method to write their material. Peace
  2. Hey Ty! I did a bit of sleuthing myself. No conspiracies, but a solid lead and theory (imo of course) I came up with the language being Somali with a bit of digging. What I finally came up with as a translation: "It alone is a piece of excrement" Waa is a particle that marks the verb Daa which means "to leave" and when combined with baa turns into "it alone is" add gu lu and it turns into "it is the first piece alone" Now where the sleuthing came in. There was no chu in somali so i got to thinking it might be a borrowed word or maybe slang. Upon reviewing the languages of the region it turns out some people in somalia speak swahili. But no "chu" exists there either BUT "choo" does. And it means "toilet" "excrement" and "earthworm" I believe (closed the window too lazy to open it back up) So satisfied with that result and being it kinda fits the lyric I stopped there. So my summation of the lyric: It's a crock of sh*t that a man donated his organ and the recipient is ungrateful. A sentiment I can agree with. Peace
  3. Absolutely stellar! Actually enjoyed all 3 of your originals. Love that voice! Peace
  4. Then hop over to the "Revamp "critique" system" thread and give your input and suggestions. OT: With the "like" system not being in the most commented forums, what benefit does it actually have? What benefit would it have if it were in the critique forums? The arguments will come against those with reserves against the system, but I have yet to see anyone comment about why/how it could be beneficial/useful/helpful.
  5. Damn, Emily, you're right ! Maybe....
  6. Definitely an experiment a mad scientist would love! Peace
  7. while it may seem cool the "like" system is a loaded gun. Just an example: "this song is a train wreck and should be shredded immediately!" 1,000 likes No different than giving a "dislike" imho. (to the song that was posted) Another thing to think about.... if you like it just say so! Adding a like button just gives more reason not to participate. Just a couple of things to think about. Peace Oh btw, nice update, looks sweet! I love the color customization. The muse looks great in black!
  8. I agree with what you say. It becomes too easy over time to just critique the works of those you know and have been around a while. I'd be interested to hear how people choose who they are going to critique, and why a new member might not be their choice at all. Peace
  9. Do you have any suggestions on how to get the kind of feedback you want? Edit: while promoting interaction
  10. Emotional impact: 5 Strength of hook/title: 7 Originality: 3 Appeal: 5 Focus:2 Phrasing/cadence: 6 Form: 9 Wordiness: 4 Doesn't take long at all, I would probably be more active with something like this. Not sayin that's a good thing. Why would people be opposed to that format?
  11. I'm saying make it mandatory, at the minimum, they score each item 1-10, and if they wish to leave a comment /suggestion they could but would't have to. Keep the requirement at 2 per 1 or even raise it to 3-4 "scorecards" for each lyric posted. Newbies generally start off with "I like it" comments anyway, which is not much information to go on. With this revamp they can still say "I like it" but give the poster much more information about the strength and weakness of the lyric. Like you said, many of those areas aren't touched during the course of an average "critique" these days. Peace
  12. There seems to be concern over the "perceived" decline in forum participation. This suggestion is to help stimulate participation in the "feedback" sections of the forum. I'm not saying do away with the 2 for 1 requirement, imo that is more than reasonable. Instead of the open format critique that is currently in place I propose a "scoring" style critique with optional comment. What I mean by this is take this list from the "how to review a lyric" thread and score each aspect of the song/lyric. CRITIQUE: Emotional impact: Strength of hook/title: Originality: Appeal: Focus: Phrasing/cadence: Form: Wordiness: It could be a 1-5 or 1-10 scale, doesn't really matter. Optional comments can be left but wouldn't be mandatory. This would make meeting requirement less intimidating and stressful for not only new people to the site but also new to the craft. Just a suggestion, if it's not the right solution, what other options are there? peace
  13. I'm personally not sharing anything atm. I think the other questions are similar enough to give one opinion on. This is just a hunch, but I believe that instead of searching the web to find this magical place, they are searching the big social media sites for a solution. I can't say for sure, because I really don't do the whole social media thing, but am willing to bet there are several songwriting communities on those platforms. On youtube you can find a tutorial for just about anything songwriting. I have gone there and browsed videos and tutorials and many of them had links to their community on facebook. I don't do the social media thing so I never check them out. Others will promoting their site through the free tutorials they have up on youtube. They are subscription sites, and claim to have more advanced tutorials and "tools" for songwriters upon paying for the membership. I, being a tightwad, have failed to check any of these out either. I would imagine those are the places many of the young folk are getting their start. The irritation about the "young people" comment doesn't stem from that comment alone. There have been several threads started that go something like "this new (insert genre) is total dogshit" (paraphrased of course) and many people jumping on the bandwagon. That really doesn't give off the vibe of a friendly community for ALL songwriters. Then placing ALL young people in a box.... well... On a side note mike b owslek and hobosage are probably the 3 most open minded and helpful individuals Imo. They will listen to and offer suggestions to just about anything. It may not always be what people want to hear but at least they are giving something to a subject that would normally be shunned or ignored by most. And Mike B, i understand your frustration with the youngins, but remember those type of people who think everything they do is "golden" come in all ages, just look around. Peace all, and Merry Christmas
  14. Tbh when "young" people come here and are told the styles they like and try to imitate are crap, they aren't going to be sticking around. Even less so when the only examples given of "great artists" they should try to imitate are 30+ years past their prime. It's the constant bashing of "modern" things that probably has many shying away. They want to be relevant in the "here and now" not in the "if they lived 30 years ago" To put it simple, Ya'll have become your parents. Peace So DinoRider - where *do* people like yourself go to hang out and share their creations? If it is not here, is it somewhere else on the internet? Is it in some real world place? I'll share things here from time to time, but I've been hangin round these parts for a few years. A few people seem to tolerate my existence and have been helpful, especially in my latest endeavor (which I have fallen a tad bit behind on my goals). That being said, If I were new to looking for a place "hang out and share my creations" it wouldn't be here. And that would be because of the "new is bad old is good" vibe the site now gives off. When I first joined there were people of all ages and interests posting regularly and that was absolutely fantastic. You could get the point of view from someone who wouldn't have otherwise given your "creation" the time of day. Like wise I checked out a lot of things I normally wouldn't have. Then somewhere along the line the "if it's different, kill it" mentality came into play. So let's go back to the complete quote I'm gonna say this and it's probably going to piss some people off, but the statement would also include myself since I am sorta-kinda part of the "community'. Did it ever cross your minds that people wandering the net looking to "share creations" or "looking for advice" find little value in what you have to offer? I've seen it time and time again, new person posts lyric or song. By some strange twist of fate, they review a lyric or song or 2. they get ignored for days, then someone gives them a one line response to fill their quota to fall within guidelines. Not much value in that. Or new person posts lyric/song Doesn't "do their part" They get a response telling them they need to do "their part" They "do their part" (maybe) then get ignored for days, until someone gives them a one line response to fill their quota to fall within guidelines. It becomes a waste of time. As far as where I'm looking to hang out, it's either going to be An online chorus for composition/production or The community college has some courses on music production or Both I heard a quote about a month or so ago that got me a bit back on track It went something like "to be content is settling for being below average" So I'm choosing not to be content with my current ability, which would be easy to do if I just hung around a message board. That's what "people like me" are looking for, somewhere you can grow a bit quicker than a snails pace and not be setting at a dead end. Peace
  15. Tbh when "young" people come here and are told the styles they like and try to imitate are crap, they aren't going to be sticking around. Even less so when the only examples given of "great artists" they should try to imitate are 30+ years past their prime. It's the constant bashing of "modern" things that probably has many shying away. They want to be relevant in the "here and now" not in the "if they lived 30 years ago" To put it simple, Ya'll have become your parents. Peace