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About Nicholas

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    Book hoarder and songbird from the woods of Maine. I like the taste of language.

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    Everything I can get my hands on.
  1. Ghost Radar

    “Ghost Radar” is a delightfully quirky lyric combined with a breezy, fuzzed out rock sound. I haven’t heard the words “Ghost Radar” together anywhere else before. Out of all the possible songs I could’ve spent half an hour critiquing, the title drew me in because it seemed to promise weird fun. I confess, though, that the lyric lost me at first. I’d never heard of the Ghost Radar app, so I had no idea what you were singing about. It sounded crazy! I studied the lyric, but remained flummoxed until I pieced the situation together through song comments and a Google search. From there I was up to speed and ready to enjoy the tune. With that initial perplexity out of the way, I love the vocal delivery. Your voice has a great sound and texture for this song. Musically you and your backup band sound tightly rehearsed. The recording sounds great. Once I understood the tune it was great fun, but lyrically there may be a barrier to entry for some listeners. A quick explanation before the song in live performances of what Ghost Radar is could help. Thanks for a fun listen.
  2. That was a great read. I see a lot of musical friends getting mentally hung up on this--discouraging themselves about the state of the music industry. But hey--creating anything is always a risk. (shrug) Music wouldn't be what it is if we could expect some flat, consistent fee for everything we create. Thanks for posting this.
  3. That Tan Dun video is cool! Have you heard the piece he did with Kronos Quartet? I might have to revisit that one. Cheers!

  4. This is interesting! Over years of getting bored while doing dishes, I've become a pretty mean player of the dishpan and the very conga-like kitchen sink.
  5. I hear a lot of talk about caring what others think vs. not caring what others think, but I rarely hear anyone getting detailed about specifically whose opinion they care about. I have issues with the word "universal" because no song sung on this planet connects universally. Consciously trying to appeal to everyone is futile. No matter how well an album sells, it still sells to a limited audience. Caring what others think is totally normal and healthy. Feedback is vital. But I think you've got to be careful not to ask a group of Linkin Park fans to give your Japanese folk/fartcore fusion album a listen, you know? And vice versa. Of course if you can create something so well-made and heartfelt that you even win over a few people who usually dislike Japanese folk/fartcore, that's the biggest win of all. But for the most part, each song you write will appeal to only some people. Others will find it unappetizing for one reason or another. So again, I don't think it's a question of caring vs. not caring; I think it's a question of whose opinion you choose to take to heart. Who's this one for? If not Billboard buyers, then who?
  6. I wouldn't say it's ALWAYS focused on commercial success, but it's certainly common and I do share your frustration. The words "hit songwriting" are enough to put me off my tea. "Well-crafted" and "commercial" aren't synonyms. Realistically, I know my music is never going to appeal to a mass audience. No flash overnight success for me; just lots of hard work, constant learning, and the slow accumulation of a small--hopefully loyal--audience. I have no illusions about that; I've known for a long time that I'm not writing for radio and not writing for Billboard. Yeah. Songwriting is a craft and an art that I'm prepared to spend the rest of my life working on. Stretching myself and reaching past my current limits and learning technique means the world to me. A kind word from the likes of Tom Waits would mean the world to me. Not interested in a handshake and a shiny wall hanging from some RIAA employee. I don't think trying to appeal to a mass audience is a good idea. Drawing a dollar sign on a music staff isn't a good way to start off any new song, if you ask me. I do think that writing for an audience is totally healthy, though. Don't we all do our best work when we know someone's listening (or have faith that someone will listen)? The question is: who's in that audience, how well-crafted is the music, and how genuine is the connection?
  7. is working on a new song called "Home From Nowhere".

  8. Crowdsource a song?

    That'd work as a chorus. Now you'll need some verses to support its devil-may-care attitude and really make that line glow. Sorry I wasn't able to contribute much--got a busy day today! Good luck.
  9. New mic! Blue yeti

    hahahahaa! You can tell it's sexy just from looking at it, that's for sure. How many speeds does it have?
  10. Happy Birthday!

  11. hi Nicholas ty for the Welcome

  12. Hey Nicholas,

    I just came across your comment from June on my profile and wanted to thank you for it. Glad to see someone else from my neck of the woods on here!


  13. Hi Raypat! Welcome. :)

  14. Great lyric post today! Cheers.

  15. Looking for Lyricst for Rock Opera

    This is a REALLY cool and ambitious idea. I'm hesitant to offer help because I'm so frantically busy... but man, my hat is off to you and I wish I could throw my hat into the ring. My best to you; please keep me informed about how this is going!