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About ScenesFromPalacio

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    A Muse's Muse
  • Birthday 04/03/1917

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    Birmingham UK
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    Living in my mythic song dreamworld as much as possible..

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    The Beatles,David Bowie,Love,The Kinks, Foxygen,T.Rex,Tyrannosaurus Rex,Neil Young,The Rolling Stones (60s),The Who (60s),The Shangri-Las,Francoise Hardy,Nick Drake,Donovan,TROPICALIA (60s/70s Brazilian music ) Simon And Garfunkel,Holland-Dozier Holland,Bacharach/David,Barry/Greenwich,Mann/Weill,Goffin/King , Pomus/Schumann,Leiber/Stoller,The Zombies,Velvet Underground,Tropicalia,Blondie,The Byrds,Syd Barrett, Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green 60s), Roy Harper (60s),The Beach Boys,,Elliott Smith,Momas And Popas,Fleetwood Mac (70s),Mott The Hoople,The Police,Bonnie 'Prince' Billy,Big Star,Jimi Hendrix,Stevie Wonder (60s/70s),The Buzzcocks, Chopin, Nirvana,Phil Spector,Elvis Presley,Elvis Costello,Abba,Queen,10cc,The Four Seasons,Jeff Buckley,Bob Dylan,The Four Tops,The Supremes,Kate Bush,Dusty Springfield, Incredible String Band,The Ronettes,Supergrass,Tiny Tim,Roy Orbison,Biff Rose

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  1. ScenesFromPalacio

    July song competition

    Silver Tongue Music/Lyrics by Steve Ison/Pete Churchill He was a wanderer from London Town Chasing his tale from bar to bar and though his stories were long they wove into song and sang out beneath the stars and every night he would dream his dream of a woman who was the one WITH A GLINT OF THE POET IN HER EYES AND THE GIFT OF A SILVER TONGUE She was the Belle of the Brighton ball She had the world at her perfumed feet With all her diamonds and pearls,Princes and Earls You'd think that her life was sweet but every night she would dream her dream of a lover who'd bring the sun WITH A GLINT OF THE POET IN HIS EYES AND THE GIFT OF A SILVER TONGUE Upon a winters night as the snow was faling She heard a voice that wove into song and as a wanderers face came through the dark A dream begun... He was a wanderer from London Town She was the Belle of the Brighton ball and though their worlds were apart they knew in their heart A love that could conquer all So every night now they dream their dreams As the music plays on and on WITH A GLINT OF THE POET IN THEIR EYES AND THE GIFT OF A SILVER TONGUE WITH A GLINT OF THE POET IN THEIR EYES AND THE GIFT OF A SILVER TONGUE WITH A GLINT OF THE POET IN THEIR EYES AND THE GIFT OF A SILVER TONGUE WITH A GLINT OF THE POET IN THEIR EYES AND THE GIFT OF A SILVER TONGUE !!
  2. ScenesFromPalacio

    June Song Contest

    Many thanx for the thumbs up for Love & Joy here & many thanx to Neal for steppin' up n running the comp ! Sunday Christian – A very sophisticated musicality n thoughtful lyric - ..Appreciate the key-changing surprises here -slightly proggy esp with the swirling keys..Has a sad-eyed quality & a low key understated charm I enjoyed..The fade is great too -quite haunting Summertime Song – Really like the instant rhythmic quality here..Sounds a lot more intuitive for me than some of your recent ones, which is a really good thing imo..The insistent repetitiveness definitely works -but I was glad of the mid 8 to break the chord loop when it came n it was good..It’s fun n would def go down well n get peoples attention on an open mic night..Good song, fun n engaging New School – This is really good..Naturally intuitive , well written leftfield pop reminiscent of clever, breezy 90s summery Brit pop like Kirsty Maccoll n The Sundays (maybe Smiths too in spirit)…Cool chord changes, witty lyric n neat production..Kinda summery n sad at the same time The Truth Comes Stumbling In -Very clever n witty lyric n intelligent musicality which I’ve grown accustomed to hearing from you now..This is a fun track..Your vocal is fabulously expressive n I dig the kinda lofi ramshackle country way you’ve produced it which suits the vibe of the song well Dreaming of You – Very elegantly produced n performed atmospheric easy listening pop song that’s aiming for transcendence..There’s a kinda underlying depressive quality for me in your vocal delivery n the mood the song creates which completely suits the lyric, but contrasts sharply with the ethereal guitars n dreamy atmosphere of the soundscape you’ve wrapped it in Tomahawk – There’s a playful evil in this song like a lofi heavy rock troll has invaded daytime pop radio..Love the line “Don't 'cha love Mondays, like your hand in a blender? “..Its fun n riffy n slightly arty bluesy n enjoyable Bottle -Think the verse is fabulous with its loose limbed Stonesy swagger..The chorus is a little too close to “Stuck in the middle with you “ musically for me tho-which I thinks a shame,,The slow breakdown is a real unexpected treat n feels really free-spirited n effortlessly cool..Enjoyable track Forever -Strange n big n blustery left of centre pop /rock..The sudden tangent into that cathartic chorus took me by surprise, but I really grew to like it by the end..The keys underneath the chorus were really cool too Right There and Then -Very much a Byrdsy psychedelic pastiche, but the tunes so delightful n fresh n sunny n the vibes so sweet n playful, it transcends its genre pigeon-hole n I can’t help but love it..So much about music for me is how it makes me FEEL n this just makes me want to go n press play again..Has oodles of an (unfortunately) rare quality nowadays CHARM..Lovely track New Life Around the Bend – Has an easy going almost childlike quality here that reminds me a bit of Daniel Johnstone…Has a good flow n a natural quality with those easy chords..Really like the title too. I’m Not Giving Up On Love – Has an excellent easy going mid 70s FM West coast vibe..Infact with that sax n guitars you’ve got it off to a tee..Great chords, strong musicality n supa-catchy hook..This is really good timeless pop n my guess at a (deserving ) winner here ” Star In This Town (Daydream Believer) This is another one of yours which has a lovely empathic feel..Love the insistent piano riff n the chord change on On “wake up to appointments” ..Strong chorus too..Really nice song
  3. ScenesFromPalacio

    June Song Contest

    Love & Joy All music/Lyrics Steve Ison I'll sing a song of love and joythrough the bluesthose avenues of a heart that's not been roundOut of sight -in the nightOut of touch -It's all too muchBut when it comes to loving youi'm a fool still at schoolI just give myself awaywith every look -an open bookand every gush - as i blushEvery clown falling downEvery song i put on....Talking away through the tears for your hopeless manwho's got you in the canHe's pawning off your worldI'm biggin' you up like a child at a divas doorYou've heard it all beforeAll the better things you ignoreBut i don't mind 'cos i love you the way you areand see you like a starFeels colder when you're goneI got a plan -it's a genuine honest wayI'll tell you about somedayOr maybe i won't say at allOrbitting the sun we make our way through itOr to put it another way we're travelling through everyday in dancesSo how could i do it down ?The moment i wake up might not be too prettyHead full of muddy dreamshung on some memory that's hauntingtill i feel the sun come round again..then you're there, we're here with love and joyAiming for the stars like a leaf blowingSome day we're gonna be ash in the cemetery -I know itThere's always been one way outMoving right along we got to keep going around like a satelliteHere then we're out of sight , its overbut you know that we'll be found againthen you're there, we're here with love and joy
  4. ScenesFromPalacio

    May Song Contest

    Thanx alot for voting Night Lingers on Winner here..I do love surprises sometimes ! Many thanx to Paul for running it too, non-con voters & all those here who've taken time to comment on the tracks here The Real World – tunesmithth -Thought this was really cool indeed..Can’t believe it’s done as badly as it has here -I had it down for a definite winner as soon as I heard it. Once again the muse totally surprises me ! The unexpected push on the chorus is ace..This would sooo of been a massive hit for Roy Orbison in the 80s…The verse is cool n brooding, chorus is memorable, haunting n resonant, the lyrics universal, the mid 8s great. What’s not to like folks ? Bring Me Home – GocartMoz -Very nice slice of adult Americana pop, well performed,written n produced.The major 7thy chorus is cool n a nice diversion Funky Baby – RoadDog -Jimi Hendrix is obviously a huge influence on this from the first choppin’ chords..A fun track.Could picture the Experience doing it The Night Lingers On – ScenesFromPalacio – The win here is hugely unexpected.I know its direct, dynamic n upbeat, but thought the obtuse lyric (even I don’t think it’s much good) would be the reason people would’ve voted it down Never Gonna Be My Girl - moptop/Peko – Unashamed classic late 70s style pop with nice descending chords..I like the sudden increase in vocal rhythm on the chorus..Nice track Wedding Bells Still Chime - Triffid/SongWolfe – Nice folky pop with sweet acoustics.The lift on the chorus is sweet Sent to Win – abacusmc – Thought this was good..The sample is eerie n your lyrics are cathartic, interesting n intelligent..Maybe something more musical behind the chorus to separate it from the rest of the track would be my only suggestion Child of the Radio – Oswlek – Luxuriously produced piece of Pink Floydesque pop..Its sombre n stately, beautifully done n n the lyric is picturesque n imaginative Gone, Gone, Gone - Eric Borgos/Chris Davidson -Has a nice easy listening groove, but needed it to move somewhere more I think Comic Girl Life – fabkebab – Kinda sad n quirky. The tune n lyric is kinda upbeat n sunny but the voice n mood is strangely downbeat..Its a funny mix, but still an entertaining, intelligent track Love Triangle – Zeligovitch Eerie n haunting track.The first time I played it when you posted, I thought it sounded like the lyric had been grafted on-but I’m not getting that at all now.Its moody n spacious n darkly gothic & (like your last one) probably too stylistically removed from centre to do well in a comp like this All of the Trees - DonnaMarilyn/Billy Playle My favourite part of this is the sudden unexpected push of the chorus. It’s very jazzy n sophisticated The Way You Make Me Feel – Mutrins Very well produced, sung n performed slice of modern pop..Chorus is very catchy.
  5. ScenesFromPalacio

    May Song Contest

    The Night Lingers On All music/lyrics Steve Ison Motorway through the countryside as winter life reels about you Get away from the dust and grime You realise you might.. Celebrate in the morning light when you arrive free of doubt So you drive going dusk till dawn beneath your eyes tonight Always forming Doing alright by everyone And the night lingers on... Motorway through the countryside Just going by near to something Anyday it'll be so fine it could be all you want Hear the waves in a distant cry 'We'll Never die" though years are tumbling Goodbye to the desperate world Where all your lives were caught Always forming Doing alright by everyone And the night lingers on...and you're gone..
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    April 1+1 Song Contest - Results Updated

    Thanx Justin for running the comp, well done to the winners n thanx to those who've commented on the songs here Here's some short reviews of my favourites this time..Sorry i havn't had time this month to do reviews for them all.. Zeligovitch – My top track..Thought this was just great. Can’t believe it came near to last, I thought it would win ! How naïve n idealistic I am still after 7 years of entering these comps! Jazzy, playful, wonderfully moody n atmospheric..Beautifully sung, played, recorded..Musical, creative, distinct n intelligent.It validates my belief that its not good as an artist to put your faith n belief in the popular taste of the crowd. I’m guessing the person who gave me a 5 prob gave this 4.5 too haha RWade – There was a natural soulfulness about this n intuitive, natural quality in the tune I really liked..Created a lovely sense of serenity n space just with a guitar n vocal which isn’t easy to do. Could really picture this in some reminiscing dream sequence from a film Murphster -I really dig the naturalness of your melodic sensibility n the empathic vibe of your music..Nothing ever feels forced in anything you do -so I always look forward to hearing your songs..This is a really pretty,intuitive song Ironknee -I scored this high ‘cos I really like the easy, natural lilt of the melody, sounds like a very good old-time country song. Thought the bit that went high on the chorus was really cool too.. The universal lyricism was fine -but mixing it with dumb modern catch-phrases like “White guilt” didn’t really work n kinda cheapened the song for me Paul Canuck -Really enjoyable 50s/60s style genre song with intelligent classic melodicism n great exaggerated vocal delivery..Is unintentionally funny n a bit camp in its OTT stylised moody melodrama
  7. ScenesFromPalacio

    April 1+1 Song Contest - Results Updated

    Cold Lover Music/lyrics Steve Ison On a ride to free the lost & lonely You decide I’ll be your one & only but I’m on the outside of the pain, let’s talk about it yeh I’m on the outside of the play in your mind Where the fire of loves claimed in the morning & our lives become a passion story but I’m on the outside of a dream you brought in for me yeh I’m on the outside of the dream in your mind I’m just a leaf free to swing in the open sky, never burning in an old wood pile You wanted me as a vision of love you caught in the shadow of a song gone by I tried to dance, dance away from your whirling flame, wearing nothing but a hopeless smile You took a chance -that the fun of a friend would grow to become a lovers’ road in time A dream has passed , its gone so fast, goodbye Back inside on your own U-uh oh U-uh oh yeh Drinking fast, talking loud, see the world spinning around you Getting up, falling down, screaming “I hate you” once again You were in love & I was your friend You were in love ‘cos love never ends Saying I’ve got no heart, all your loves wasted upon me & what I play is faker art because I’m not feeling anything You were in love & I was your friend You were in love but love never ends Cold Lover -Cold Lover yeh Cold Lover -Cold Lover yeh
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    March 2018 Song Contest

    Like last month (for fun) i had my guess at final placements here i sent to Paul with my scores n was seriously off track..Gotta stress this has nothing to do with my personal taste n everything to do with trying objectively to understand the general muse audience for songs n what they'll like/dislike thru nearly 7 years of entering these comps...The main anomalies are my song n Murphsters/kuyas..Mine rating alot higher n theirs alot lower than i thought 1.Your Life – Oswelek 2..Walking Tall Murphster 3..Not My Fault -Triffid 4..You Lift Me Up -Jason Kalman 5 Even The Devil -Donna Marilyn 6.I Got The Satellite -Scenes 7.Future Story -Hobosage 8.Islamorada -Neuron 9.Middle Class Blues -Tunesmith 10.Getaway Plan -Eric Borgos 11.Where Do The Cold Winds Blow ? -Slow D 12 Bottle Of Whisky -Roaddog 13 Old -Moso
  9. ScenesFromPalacio

    March 2018 Song Contest

    Thanx for that man..Have long ago realised quality of soul/songwriting etc has nothing at all to do with "success" these days though...It used to really annoy me n i'd rail like mad against it,but now i (more or less) just accept it..People seem to need strong image/personal charisma/sex appeal/a dramatic life narrative you can market etc to really engage their imaginations n loosen their wallets...Guess its always been like that -but seems even more so nowadays.. The general public are very lazy too, arn't really receptive to the unfamiliar n only want to be bothered with what they already know With everyone n their grandmother recording now, n flooding the internet with free as water content too- & with the creative bar for success commercially set so low,the "song" as a thing has never had less power n weight than it does now it would seem...So people like me n you n most here i'm sure, do it purely for the love of it..Maybe in some ways its a good thing as there's no commercial pressure to be anything other than ourselves That a band as creatively lazy n mediocre as Oasis can dominate a chart like this speaks volumes i think...I wouldn't give high marks to songs as dull n leaden as Champagne Supernova n Slide Away if they were put in the competitions here, let alone being voted "best of all time !"
  10. ScenesFromPalacio

    March 2018 Song Contest

    Thanx for the vote here,non-contestant scorers n Paul for giving up his time running this..Thought it had generally the best quality of songs i've heard in a comp for a while here..Great to see people doing reviews of all the songs too Middle Class Blues – tunesmith Thought the tune on this was cool n interesting for a blues, almost had an oriental feel in places too. It was the lyric I struggled with. Maybe its an American thing. It’s something I can’t imagine anyone from the UK singing seriously- without any irony at all - like here Old – Moso Enjoyed this.. Had a biting rockin’ verse n the lyin in my bed chorus was good with neat chord changes. Would’ve preferred it without such a long solo after the first verse tho Bottle of Whiskey – roaddog This had a confidence n sense of personality mixing folk n rock in your distinct early 70s style. Thought it was arranged/played really well to really emphasise the drama. Sounds very atmospheric n reminds me of Mott The Hoople (specially the -very cool- solo) You Lift Me Up - Jason Kalman I definitely feel for you if this lyric’s autobiographical as I suspect. I could never work like that n have spent my whole life working as little as I can get away with, being honest. This has your signature empathic, slightly world=weary vibe that suits the subject matter well. Really tastefully performed n recorded too I Got The Satellite – ScenesFromPalacio Was genuinelly shocked that this won Anything I’ve entered that isn’t conventional verse/chorus/verse chorus etc has never been voted so high before..This track is not only non verse /chorus but has a time-sig change as well to contend with.. If that isn’t enough to stymie its chances, it has a cryptic, obtuse lyric to digest too ! Maybe the fact the different melodies are all repeated often, letting people can get used to them n the general vibe of the 2nd section is so upbeat has helped it here. Anyway, was a very pleasant surprise ! Islamorada – neuroron Thought the tune here had a similarity to The Drifters “Mexican Divorce” that I vaguely recalled -but went back n listened to it and there’s absoloutly no similarity at all. Very well crafted lyric n lovingly made pacific island soundscape here f’sure Getaway Plan - Eric Borgos Was caught in 2 minds whether this felt really cool in its ultra laid-back 80s easy-listening simplicity, or annoyingly bland. Actually think it’s strangely a mixture of both for me. Not fond of the word “vacay” definitely tho.. Your Life – Oswlek Was so sure this would win as soon as I heard it. Everything about it from the excellent chromatic minor melody n chord progressions , thoughtful lyric n fantastic atmospheric production says so. Very classy indeed , really good work Not My Fault - Triffid & SongWolf Really enjoyable track with its obvious passion, energy n presence. Great vocal -very natural n spirited .Good classic rock which has an undeniable power to affect even without drums/bass n just a couple of guitars n a vocal Future Story Told – HoboSage Really didn’t think I was gonna like this when it started, but the emotive unexpected power of the chorus really grabbed me. There was a chaotic, cathartic strangeness about the whole track which gripped me n I really enjoyed. Even The Devil – DonnaMarilyn This definitely reminds me of The Eagles. There’s a quirky soulfulness n freedom here in how he’s phrasing your cool lyrics, which I think is just great. Its unexpected, has bags of presence n is slightly left-field. A great listen Where do the Cold Winds Blow? – SlowD This has an appealing openness n engaging soulful simplicity. The starkness of the production n your vocal really helps add to the atmosphere here too..Good track Walking Tall - Murphster & Kuya Thought this was really heartfelt n naturally affecting with a sweet childlike quality I loved. Great simple haunting melody, lots of heart in the lyric too. Was really expecting this to do a lot better than it did. Thought the quality of the song would transcend the slightly unpolished production & your non-american idol voice here, but sadly it seems, not
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    Awkward lyrics by the greats...

    "Person, Who's not confined to a dress A fluid gender, because labels oppress." Hahaha
  12. ScenesFromPalacio

    March 2018 Song Contest

    I Got The Satellite All music/lyrics Steve Ison Everybodies looking for the sun, locked inside of the tower like a maidenWith a million shekels in her hand,she gazes out through the eyes of a strangerWonders when her hero's gonna come,somewhere out of a smile from tommorowTravelling thru the emptiness of space,she lives in hope there's a dream that'll follow..I got the satellite& constellations go to my headi roll thru the dark for just a moment of light with youYou're such an open hearti feel it but i don't understand,caught in the wireless of my cerebral mind like glue& Danie's standing heresaying there's no love in her world,wanting a sky that there is never the time to view& the people go on & on thru stories of their livesYeh the people go on & on & on tonightbut its hard to be strong when you're caught in the barrel of a gunthat won't let them run..but you let them run....I got the satellite& conversations go to my head,I roll thru the dark for just a moment of light with you.. You're such an open hearti feel it but i don't understand,caught in the wireless of my cerebral mind like glue
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    February 1+1 Competition, Scoring Phase

    My top 4 this time -Thanx for the nice comments on my song & thanx so much to Joan for running this Paul Cannock - Always a joy to hear such excellent musicality n melodicism..I'm not actually a massive fan of the lyric..Not because its not well done -or obviously personal -its just the aesthetic..The word "Alzheimers" grates in a song for me...Thought this was strong enough to win, to even transcend the very strong bias here at the muse musically toward Americana.. Murphster - Glad to see this did better than i thought...Really enjoyable track with sweet melody & some evocative chord changes..Really like the little pauses in the vocal at the beginning..Nicely quirky..Very cool song The S - Sounds like a lost track from Blood On The Tracks..The Dylan influence is very pervasive..Very difficult not to be influenced by your brilliant presentation n performance (always)...Nice dusty roadtrip song tho Ironknee - The descending picking chord patterns definitely reminds me of very early Simon n Garfunkel..This is an enjoyable easy listening song with a well crafted lyric..You present your songs really well for a 1+1 too For fun, i thought i'd send Joan my predictions of how the results would pan out..Gonna do this for all the competitions now n see how close i get..Taking into account presentation,muse stylistic preferences,recording quality, instant understandableness of lyric,vocal timbre n (last but not least) songwriting..Gotta stress this list has nothing to do with my taste but just how i thought the results would pan... 1.Paul Cannock 2..The S 3..Ironknee 4..Triffid 5..Hobosage 6..Murphster..7..Me...8..Mike B..9..Roaddog 10..Onewholovesrock
  14. ScenesFromPalacio

    Unrecognised genius

    Definitely..I prefer really polarised scores for my songs in the song comps than a bunch of 6s n 7s.............8s n 9s n 2s n 3s much better ! Found someone had "rated" my On The Way Up album n gave it 3 stars..Was really depressed about it..Would've much preferred a 1 star if i'm honest
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    February 1+1 Competition, Scoring Phase

    Temple Of The Singers Music/lyrics Steve Ison They’re dreaming their way through a desperate life, they’re getting plucked out of the airThere’ll never be room in the place they’re atthey’ve just gotta be everywhereTemple of the singersBreathe out ,relax,enjoy& every note’s for you loveabout a girl & boy They’re running back home with a broken heart& shutting their door to the worldThey’re lighting the candles through streaming eyes& praying one day they’ll be heardTemple of the singersBreathe out ,relax,enjoy& every note’s for you loveabout a girl & boyOh-oh You’re hooked on a line they’re singingOh-oh You’re feeling the hurt they’re bringing……‘cos life haunts you tooYou wanna shake it when they’re hotYou think they’re naked though they’re not,‘cos underneath they look a lot like youYou’re always wanting something more,but don’t know what you’re looking forSkip every song before it’s halfway throughTemple of the singersBreathe out ,relax,enjoy& every note’s for you loveabout a girl & boy