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Kerry Parr

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Kerry Parr last won the day on January 20

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    Dylan, Cohen, Cave, Oberst, Dulli, Cobain, Phillips (Grant Lee and John), too many to list really.

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  1. Kerry Parr

    March Lyrics Contest

    I haven't had time to properly reply to anything until now but things I want to respond to are growing so exponentially, I'm gonna have to just start bailing some water. First, a long belated congrats to the winners! Patty's was my top pick, Donna's was undervalued in my scoring, and Clemo's was criminally undervalued in the final ranking. I tend to read through lyrics like an A&R rep at Sony would listen to a demo... if nothing grabs my attention in the first few seconds, I hit eject. This is at the expense of missing a few hidden gems, granted, but it's a numbers game. This is how "The Rain" originally missed me. By title alone I'd think, "Oh gawd, another song about the rain" (great song by Cracker btw https://youtu.be/R8zuQH27Qjk) let alone the style of speaking came across as less than natural and more proper and gilded, which I think might be part of what Barney is getting at. Nothing new or exciting jumped out at me at the time, and though it's still a bit quaint and anodyne for my particular tastes, I appreciate the subtler things I originally missed. Patty's jumped out at me more and though she'd likely be loath to admit, it shares a commonality with mine. They both speak to a taboo truth of our inmost ugly thoughts, her's with earnest solemnity and mine with insecure and boorish bluster, but things we don't like to admit about ourselves nonetheless. I'll diverge here a bit since I brought up my own song to say thank you to those who liked it originally as well as those who hated it. Admittedly, I was intentionally pissing in the wind by entering it in the first place, caused by my own concern about the style of many of the other entries and winners by making a passive-aggressive point. It might be a record to have over a 3rd of the judges give you the lowest possible score, especially when people's default setting is to not hurt or offend that you can safely assume that any of the 4's and 4.5's were "being nice" so to speak. I doubt the low scores had much to do with the intentionally trite lines like "you're the only girl I'll ever love/dreaming of" but had more to do with its crass vulgarity. Even if it got your disdain, it captured your attention and that's a win right there ("I can't deny the fact that you hate me, you really hate me!." ). The recording that followed (And thanks too, for those who liked the music version) can also illustrate what doesn't seem to work on paper can work better than what does, and to make us ask ourselves how to bridge that gap. Generally speaking, I notice far too many retreads of the same old themes and no new twists or play on words. There's a dearth of powerful, attention grabbing opening lines and the choruses are often just as anemic if not overly long, meandering, and indistinguishable from the verses and just as unmemorable. A lot of them are just overly long, at least on page, that with a couple dozen entries tend to all blur into one. I've never entered my favorites... only the shortest, simplest, and succinct to break the monotony. As far as "winning formulas" in these contests go, I've had various theories dispelled so I'm not sure. My first theory when I joined was themes about veterans or getting into heaven played overly well on judges sentiments. I had started writing a song called "I Put the Wrong Song in the Song Contest", poking fun of the various winning memes that was to be my first entry but never finished it because I didn't want to start off by being an asshole. In the meantime, there have been what I consider fair judgments as well as frustrating ones. An interesting one to me was, "Bar Room Rodeo" a month or two back. It kind of bucked the trend in that it was just a fun party song. No deep or sentimental themes (superficial and well-worn, honestly), no poetic language to really speak of that I can recall but it was something that most everyone could hear in their head as a finished song they (or at least Country fans) would enjoy. Barney can thank the millions of undocumented immigrants voting for that one And ah yes, Barney... I haven't had a good blood sacrifice in awhile but I'd likely take it too far. He only "thinks" he's a fan straight-forward, unbridled truths - but it's society's sympathetic soft-peddling that keep people like him from being the most crushed underfoot.
  2. Kerry Parr

    March Lyrics Contest

  3. Kerry Parr

    March Lyrics Contest

    I'm biting my tongue with jaw dropped to the floor.
  4. Kerry Parr

    March Lyrics Contest

    @Moso I'm actually truly delighted I would've been bothered had it been some middling ranking. The remarkable thing is how exceedingly popular it is among the crowds I play it to and how women, in particular, love to sing along with it. Maybe, it's the sophisticated musicality??? https://m.soundcloud.com/kerry-parr/facial
  5. Kerry Parr

    Condemned to the Blues

    Losing "condemned" loses the entire metaphor. Don't do it.
  6. Kerry Parr

    Condemned to the Blues

    I think there's some other metaphors you could add like "now I'm banging on the bars", "you're rattling my cage", or "I'm held in contempt for decisions you made"
  7. Kerry Parr

    Condemned to the Blues

    Actually, v1 and v2 are pretty strong. Not a fan of the chorus except for the last couple of lines or "the tag". Not find of the bridge but I'd probably use "objections" vs "plea" if you keep it. I think it's got potential if you rework some of those things.
  8. Kerry Parr

    A Thousand Years Ago

    He was a "dumb kid" when he left her, well before his divorce.
  9. Kerry Parr

    A Thousand Years Ago

    Sorry, I don't like it. I know it's said the art of writing is in the rewriting but I often find it the opposite... that it just kills the instict and becomes overthought, forced and dry. The original is good as is.
  10. Kerry Parr

    A Thousand Years Ago

    You've got some really good lines here These are my favorites There's nothing I'd really suggest. I mean, you could fill it with a bit more story or resolution if you wanted (and only if you happen to have more quality lines up your sleeve) but I don't think it's necessary. I really like it. Thanks
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    Yeah, this problem is ultimately more concerning to me than people bullshitting about their true motives.
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    I have to second this. It's been bugging me the whole time. Also, I know it's easy to dismiss the allegation because any of these reasons doesn't necessarily make it so... but enough of them do make a suspicious pattern when the common denominator is that they are adverse to minorities. Giving one the benefit of doubt, (like wars that last so long, no one remembers why they're fighting) maybe these reasons have merely been passed down and sanctified by forgotten context. But if you're not listening to the context, what are we then to assume? I understand your argument all too well but do you understand ours? Could you write a lyric or even state and argument that effectively counters the one you've posited?
  13. Kerry Parr

    Dem Blues / Those Blues

    Was "out of kindness I suppose" a nod to Pancho and Lefty? Just curious
  14. Kerry Parr

    January 2018 Song Contest

    Ah, missed that part. Thanks.
  15. Kerry Parr

    January 2018 Song Contest

    So... did anyone actually win this thing?