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    1. Lyrics Feedback

      A place for members to post their lyrics if they're looking for constructive criticism.

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      Do you have music for the song you want critiqued? Purely instrumental creations also welcome! This is the forum to participate in.

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      Interested in creating music videos? Here is a place to get feedback on the video itself. If you want feedback on the song, post in Songs Feedback (or both places if you want feedback on the song AND the video).

  3. Contests

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      Interested in joining a lyric contest to see how your lyrics measure up amongst your peers? This is the place to enter!

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      Inside this forum, you'll learn the musical & lyrical crafts to help you develop your songs and lyrics.

    2. Music Theory and Melody

      A place to discuss questions about music theory and how to develop melodies for your songs.

    3. Songs In Development/Collabs

      Do you have a song that you'd like community help with? Got a good idea and nothing more? This is the place to post your idea, or a link to an audio idea. No critique, just ideas to make it better. A community place to throw your 2 cents in.

  5. General Creativity Area

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      A place for you to post poems, short prose, lyrics, songs, and/or artwork. We're a creative bunch: if you're proud of it, we'd love to see it!

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    3. Songwriting Prompts and Exercises

      Let’s help one another kick-start the songwriting process! If you have an idea for a lyrical or musical prompt to inspire new songwriting ideas, or want to start a non-competitive group songwriting exercise, this is the place to share it. Stumped for a lyric topic? Stuck in a musical rut? Stop by here and get those creative juices flowing again.

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      Discussions on how to do your best in front of a live audience.

    2. Recording Tips & Technical Questions

      Information & recommendations about home recording & equipment you've been particularly impressed with. Also a place to post information about recording studios and tips for getting the most out of your studio experience.

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      Want to make videos for your songs? A place ask questions and discuss all aspects of music video production (technology, software, hints, tips, etc.)

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      This is the place to discuss all those things that don't really belong in any other forum.

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    • I wrote this lyric this afternoon while working on another one. See what you think. Thanks for looking.     Concrete Canyon                                    James L Kleinheksel                            © Copyright 2017   Moving like an apparition Around these dirty streets Give me room to make it through I won't accept defeat I will be the puppeteer Of everything and then some more You’re the lowly volunteer On the concrete canyon floor     I don't need a helping hand I don't need any love Anyone who's in my way Is struck down from above Racing like a greyhound Relishing this blood and gore You just stand and wait in line On this concrete canyon floor   Bridge You know it’s me with all the power It doesn’t matter what you do You’re gonna be devoured     Always knew I'd see the day When I'm always looking down Anyone who's in my way I push em to the ground Screaming like an eagle Always moving at full bore Follow me until you’re dead On that concrete canyon floor
    • Sounds great. Can't wait to hear the finished draft.
    • Got it:   haunting, hiding in plain sight,
      always right behind me,
      just beyond the light. waiting, watching between the lines
      until i catch you sliding
      out of the corner of my eye   the veil crashes down
      we're face to face
      and teeth to teeth
      an image purified
      standing in the mirror
      you're laughing in the mirror i'm on the other side   breathing, meaning beyond words
      that should never have been spoken
      should never have been heard dreaming, whisper in my ear
      images uncertain
      -picture perfect fear   the veil crashes down
      we're face to face
      and teeth to teeth
      an image purified
      standing in the mirror
      you're laughing in the mirror
      i'm on the other side   a victim of coincidence
      and everchanging circumstance
      -i rearrange hung in the balance by a thread
      i cant go back the way i came
      you manifest
      ecstatic visions back and forth and push and pull
      moving too fast nowhere to go
      you overwhelm me, pulling me down   underneath the water
      beneath the muddy water   spinning in the shadows never letting loose your hold   tearing with abandon
      to feed a hunger deep within   the veil crashes down
      we're face to face
      and teeth to teeth
      the enemy inside
      standing in the mirror
      i'm laughing in the mirror
      its all so crystal clear
      an image purified!     Nonsense! our conversation really helped me work through the lyrics and distill what i'm trying to get across. besides, i couldnt have wrestled that 'gator without you Man!   you'll be getting big ups in the credits for sure! THANK YOU!
    • The process of putting words to music is well done here.  Adding a video is even more impressive.  However, I have left some comments on your lyrics.  It's a fast moving number and the story was quiet confusing.  It is not well laid out in the lyrics. 
    • Six More Days 'Till Sunday

      Sunday,... singin' with the preacher, I was feeling so upright
      Listnin' to him read the gospels ..finally.. I had seen the light 
      Felt I'd found my righteous future...., things were lookin' clear and bright 
      Then Pearl came by that evening... and stayed the whole damn night 

      Now it's six more days till Sunday ..I'm running low on prayers
      The neighbors hear us howlin', think some Devil lives upstairs
      I gotta take it easy.... to make it through the week
      'Cause I'm without a paddle, and I'm six days up the creek

      She hit me like a hammer that's pounding on a nail
      Half the things flashed through my mind.. would end me up in jail
      Out went my good intentions ...with that ol' kitchen sink
      Kissin' her sweet lips and wondrin' what was left to drink 

      She's knocking on my door again, my mind fills up with sin 
      It ain't polite to make her wait...I've got to let her in

      Maybe I can stop by church today, I'll sneak out on my break 
      And ask the Lord what I can do... to clean up my mistakes 
      Not sure how I'll do it, 'cause she's sure on a tear
      With six more days 'till Sunday  I'm nearly out of prayers 


      Now it's six more days till Sunday ..I'm running low on prayers
      The neighbors hear us howlin', think some Devil lives upstairs
      I gotta take it easy.... to make it through the week
      'Cause I'm without a paddle, and I'm six days up the creek
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