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    Guitars are good things
  • Birthday 25/10/1961

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  1. Neal K

    Chord Progressions

    Then of course there are those famous one-chord songs: Get this Party Started, by Pink, the amazing Chain of Fools, and the soul classic, Shotgun. Now there’s an idea for a contest.
  2. Honestly? I think it needs work. Your vocals are pretty off key and the words are hard to understand. The song and the performance could really use some dynamics. My next comment is a personal taste thing, so take no offence. You could present yourself better. The jeans/tee shirt/backward hat thing is a little sloppy (remember, just my opinion). You don't have to wear a tux, but a little style goes a long way.
  3. Neal K

    You can't, I can't (edited 06/13/18)

    It would be a good idea for you to google some of your favorite country songs and have a look at the lyrics. You'll probably find that: 1) They all have a strong rhyming scheme. Yours does not. 2) They have a consistent tense... the lyric is in the past, the present, or the future, but not in all three. Your lyric jumps around in time which makes it hard to follow. 3) Many will have a story line: a beginning, a middle, and an end... just like a short story. Yours has no real story. 4) The language is consistent, meaning if the singer sounds "country" in one verse, he or she cannot sound like a city slicker in the next. Throwing the word "ain't" into this lyric does not make it a country song. 5) They will likely use images to describe things, rather than just coming right out and saying it. Once you've really, really studied what makes a lyric work... try again. Good luck
  4. Neal K

    June Song Contest

    Regarding the scoring system, I didn't like it either. I just copied what was used in the previous month because I thought this was a new system. I would have preferred the old system but I didn't want to flip flop back and forth.
  5. Neal K

    June Song Contest

    The winners are: 1st Place: Love and Joy ScenesFromPalacio 2nd Place: New School fabkebab 3rd Place: Dreaming of You Jason Kalman Thanks to everyone who entered, and special thanks to our non contestant voters: Peko, BarneyBoy, IronKnee and Mike B. Love and Joy ScenesFromPalacio 7.0 8.0 6.0 3.0 10.0 8.5 7.5 5.0 6.0 8.0 7.0 6.5 5.5 5.0 7.5 9.0 4.0 113.5 New School fabkebab 8.0 9.0 5.5 2.5 7.0 7.0 7.0 8.0 4.0 8.0 9.0 8.0 5.0 5.0 6.0 7.5 6.5 113.0 Dreaming of You Jason Kalman 7.5 6.0 5.0 3.0 6.0 8.5 8.5 6.0 7.0 6.5 8.0 6.5 7.5 5.0 6.0 8.5 6.0 111.5 The Truth Comes Stumbling In Paul Canuck 7.5 6.0 7.5 3.0 7.0 6.5 6.0 7.0 4.5 7.5 8.0 6.5 7.0 5.0 6.5 6.0 7.0 108.5 I'm Not Givin' Up on Love GocartMoz 6.0 6.0 6.0 2.0 7.0 7.5 5.0 7.0 6.0 8.0 7.0 6.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 6.0 107.5 Right There and Then MopTop 6.0 5.0 5.0 3.0 8.0 6.5 4.0 5.0 5.0 9.0 7.0 7.5 5.0 7.5 6.0 7.0 4.5 101.0 Forever Eric Borgos 5.0 5.0 7.0 4.0 6.0 6.0 6.5 6.0 4.0 7.0 8.0 5.5 5.0 5.0 5.5 7.0 6.0 98.5 Bottle Short Order Kook 3.5 5.0 6.0 3.0 7.0 9.0 6.0 6.0 4.0 7.5 8.0 5.0 5.5 5.5 6.0 6.5 3.0 96.5 Start in This Town Murphster 5.5 5.0 7.0 3.0 4.0 6.0 5.5 6.0 5.0 7.5 7.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 6.0 6.5 2.5 94.5 Sunday Christian tunesmithth 6.0 7.0 3.0 2.5 5.0 6.0 6.5 4.0 4.0 7.5 8.0 6.5 5.5 2.0 4.0 6.0 6.0 89.5 Tomahawk RoadDog 4.0 5.0 6.0 2.0 5.0 7.0 5.5 6.0 4.0 7.0 6.0 4.0 4.5 5.0 6.5 5.5 4.5 87.5 Summertime Song onewholovesrock 6.5 6.0 4.0 3.0 5.0 6.5 5.0 5.0 5.0 7.5 6.0 4.5 5.5 2.0 5.5 4.0 6.0 87.0 New Life Around the Bend Donnie 3.0 6.0 4.0 3.5 3.0 5.5 3.5 7.0 4.0 6.5 7.5 4.5 5.5 5.0 5.5 5.0 4.0 83.0
  6. Neal K

    June Song Contest

    Sorry for the delay.... it’ll now be Sunday night before I post the results.
  7. Neal K

    June Song Contest

    I will post the results tomorrow, July 5th
  8. Neal K

    June Song Contest

    Time to score! Please read the scoring rules carefully How to score: Score each song this way: 10 - This is the best song I have ever heard in my entire life 2...9 - Somewhere in between... 1 - This song needs a complete overhaul IMHO Put your score for each song to the left of the title. Don't score your own song - it may or may not be given the average of the scores you give others So the list you PM to me should look like this: 8 - Song Title 1 5 - Song Title 2 8.5 - Song Title 3 etc... Here is the list of entries (did you read the scoring instructions? :-): Sunday Christian Summertime Song New School The Truth Comes Stumbling In Dreaming of You Tomahawk Bottle Forever Right There and Then Love and Joy New Life Around the Bend I’m Not Giving Up On Love Star In This Town (Daydream Believer) You have until Midnight EST Monday July2 2018 to send me your scores. Good luck everyone!
  9. Neal K

    Sell my songs

    Think about songwriting as a business. Clearly you would not start a business without some kind of capital: either money, skills or equipment. You say that you have none of these things, so the odds are stacked against you. As Mike said, the first thing you need is a sellable product. That means having a demo of your song that is produced well enough that it could be on the radio as is. No a capella and no crappy demo recorded on your phone. Without that, you really don't stand a chance. You already said that no one is taking you seriously. Without a top notch demo, probably no one ever will. Here's a question: do you want to sell songs that you have written and performed yourself, or are you interested in having another artist (somebody famous?) record your song? You have to answer that question because each answer requires a different strategy.
  10. Neal K

    June Song Contest

    Welcome to the June Song Contest – an open format contest. For any newcomers, open format means the entry can be at any production level - from just you and your guitar to a fully orchestrated masterpiece TO ENTER: You must post your song in this thread. The timeline is as follows: • Entries will be accepted now through Midnight Pacific Standard Time (PST) Thursday, June 28, 2018. • Voting (scorecards) will take place Friday June 29 through Midnight PST Monday July 2, 2018. I REALIZE CANADIANS HAVE A HOLIDAY ON THE 1ST AND AMERICANS HAVE A HOLIDAY ON THE 4TH, so July 2 seems to be the best deadline for scoring. • Please don’t start scoring until I officially post the scoring instructions. • You must score all other entries or your entry will be disqualified from the contest - just saying! • I'll post the results shortly after scoring is completed. If you plan to enter, please review the revised rules, pinned in this forum. When posting your song to the Songs Feedback Forum, please include: •song title •writer credits (If it’s a collab with another Muser please make that clear by including their M/M id) •audio link Please include the lyrics on your post. Videos are permitted. (Voters are encouraged to refrain from watching any video until after they've scored the song.) All Musers are welcome to submit songs as contestants or score the songs as non-contestants. Any questions or problems should be sent to me (Neal K) via private message (PM).
  11. Sure... what the heck.
  12. Sorry, folks... this was my mistake. Paul asked me to run this contest a few months ago and I agreed, but I thought he was asking me to run the lyric contest. So when fabkebab started the lyric contest this month I thought, oh well, I'll just crawl back into my cave. I now see he'd asked me to run the song contest. Again, sorry for my mistake.
  13. Neal K

    The long hot summer in Hamilton

    I used to live on McNab St S. It wasn't the heat, it was the humidity!
  14. Neal K

    Your #1 Songwriting Question

    Moving this to self promotion.
  15. Neal K

    And wedding bells chime

    I just read this. Why didn't you just come out and say this in the lyric? In a more poetic way, of course. Poetic doesn't mean hiding the meaning in metaphor, it just means telling your story in an interested way.