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Bernd

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About Bernd

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  • Birthday 10/02/1953

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    Germany
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    Songwriting, lyrics writing, Rock music

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  • Lyricist, Composer or Both?
    Lyricist, sometimes Composer as well, yet not exactly a Musician
  • Musical Influences?
    mainly Blues Rock and Hardrock, yet sometimes also Pop and even Folk

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  1. Hello Mike, I use CD Baby for worldwide distribution of downloads only. There is a one time fee of $69 for an album including the barcode that is needed for Amazon and the like. They often offer special rates so $69 is the maximum (you could put up to 50 titles on an album if I remember correctly).
  2. I can't help doing it. After "Rock Bernd III" I did not intend to publish anything new ever. 50 songs should suffice. But after learning a few mixing and producing tricks I found it might be worth it after all. So I remixed a few older songs that I thought worthy of preservation and added all the new ones. They're LOUDER and BADDER than ever ;-) https://www.amazon.com/Rockin-Up-Bernd-Harmsen/dp/B07DPS6SVN
  3. Bernd

    Be happy

    "So" instead of "and" makes a lot of sense! I didn't care much for the switch from telling about 'me' to prompting 'you' but found that it actually just was this little word 'and' that irritated me: Gonna wear a smile and not a frown ... And be happy (which would still refer to 'me'). The title sounds too much like "don't worry - be happy" to my taste that was a VERY big hit here (Germany). Maybe swap the lines "get happy" and "be happy" and make it "get happy"? Be happy, Bernd
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    Seems Like Only Yesterday

    If it flows well with the music then more than half the job is done :-) Verse 2: "homely" has a positive meaning, similar to "cosy", and does not fit here. Verses 5 and 6 are very well constructed. Great! The bridge doesn't add anything to what the chorus already has said. I would simply scrap it as you already have provided for an instrumental part anyway to fill that role.
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    Her Telephone Rang

    Well, I came home drunk Smelling like another woman She said she was leaving me <= as Patty mentions this would be the same time that I came home; here it should be past perfect like "she had told me she was leaving" If I pulled this again ... Good one!
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    tomcat

    Thanks a lot, guys (only guys this time, no kitty!), I prefer "smell" to "sense" which sounds more abstract to me and less catlike. But I like the "resist" that I will have to keep in mind. It wouldn't fit the meter as I'm hearing the song in my mind now - but that might change. It also did, actually, because I edited the first two lines in the chorus following the advice of two commentators from another board: no use hiding, I see you in the dark I 've come to you to leave my mark I'm not sure if there could be a twist or ending that would NOT damage the atmosphere of menace and promise (as someone put it). I think I prefer it as is. Thanks again, see you around, Bernd
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    Take Me

    Good one, I like it :-) Cheers, Bernd
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    tomcat

    No bridge, I'm hearing this as rock - with a cool guitar solo ;-) I can smell your hunger and arousal I know where your hand slides in the night never mind, I won't reveal your secret be assured I won't switch on the light no use to hide, I see you in the dark I have come so I can leave my mark spare your tears, and spare your fear I'm the tomcat - I'll take you while we're here you don't have to fight off your desire I don't see why you should feel ashamed I could be the answer to your wishes you know, nothing ventured, nothing gained no use to hide, I see you in the dark I have come so I can leave my mark spare your tears, and spare your fear I'm the tomcat - I'll take you while we're here
  9. Bernd

    the city is burning tonight

    Great ideas and great lines. I love those inner rhymes in the first two verses that drive the lyrics/song forward. Very good suggestions from 'spanishbuddha'!
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    dead easy

    Thank you yet again, I appreciate your thoughts and contributions a lot although I do not adopt them this time. I will leave the line "if you don't give it a rest" in the chorus because I think the - now - consistent use of "you" in its generic sense ("one") actually leaves no room for misinterpretation. I also rewrote the bridge yet again because I still was not quite happy with it. It now goes: I admit I have a loose tongue it is true, I cannot keep mum no one who shows some sympathy instead they all just turn against me The (slight) change in attitude from remorse to reproach should suit a bridge (that is supposed to add a new perspective).
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    dead easy

    Thank y'all a lot, I have rewritten the (most) parts that you mentioned, namely the bridge. I think using "you" its personal sense as well as in its gerneric sense could have caused some confusion so I decided to (try to) make it generic all through (there is still an "us", though...). Current version: just one joke upset the office mob one prank that cost me my job I didn't mean it dead easy to make a fool of yourself dead easy to get into a mess dead easy if you don't give it some thought dead easy if you don't give it a rest just one word - threw us off the track [who "us" refers to still remains unclear, I like to think of it as "me and the other(s) involved" ;-)] one straw broke the camel's back I didn't mean it dead easy... I admit I have a loose tongue it is true, I cannot keep mum why can't people just disagree [maybe not the greatest line anyway, but might be a bit better than "we"] I hate to have them turn against me dead easy...
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    dead easy

    just one joke upset the office mob one prank that cost me my job I didn't mean it dead easy to make a fool of yourself dead easy to get into a mess dead easy if you don't give it some thought dead easy if you don't give it your best just one word - threw us off the track one straw broke your camel's back I didn't mean it dead easy to make a fool of yourself dead easy to get into a mess dead easy if you don't give it some thought dead easy if you don't give it your best I admit I have a loose tongue it is true, I cannot keep mum why can't we just disagree you don't have to turn against me dead easy to make a fool of yourself dead easy to get into a mess dead easy if you don't give it some thought dead easy if you don't give it your best
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    WRITING VERSES

    When I write for other musicians I normally begin with the chorus as well. That must be the strongest part of the song and present the hook that usually also is the title. When both, the composer and I, are happy with the chorus - the heart of the song - I begin working on lift and verses. Bridge, if needed, usually comes last. As for the veres I ask myself: what (story) could lead up to what the chorus says. At this moment I have a chorus fragment that goes: I give you time to think come clear with what you feel I won't give up hope too soon that you'll be back with me So the story will have to be: they got together, became lovers yet somehow got seperated because she (male singer) got somewhat unhappy. Could have been some misunderstanding. She might have seen him with another girl. Another story could be that they fell in love during both their vacation, and because of the seperation once they had returned home the feeling cooled down, at least on her part (that was my first idea). Probably, this background will make one verse, maybe two - before the first chorus. In the second part I then could write over his time after they had drifted apart, his yearning, his hopes. In the bridge I then could describe how he tried to forget her, to get over it - yet didn't succeed. *** When I write my own folk songs I normally begin with the verses. Some don't even have a chorus. It could be a good exercice for you just trying to write an AAA song (only verses) instead of jumping right into the middle. The content, the story, could be anything. Among other things I retell Greek myths in some of my songs (Dionysos, Ganymede, Europa), for example. Once I retold a news story that I found hilarious (rule of thumb). There are more stories to be told than anybody could do in a lifetime.... Good luck! Bernd
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    fool for two

    Thank you all! I corrected the typo and another little mistake. The part beginning "when I fell in love with you..." is the bridge. And yes, it repeats what's already been said. The new aspect I wanted to add is that "I" actually loved her attitude, her outspokenness - at first. I'll keep your suggestions in mind and see if I can come up with alternative phrases to replace the repetitions.
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    April Rain

    I like the imagery. Quite romantic. Maybe "before new leaves began to show" instead of "blow"? I was also a bit irritated about the season you were talking about. The line "blowing down through the birch trees" doesn't work for me because of the stress that should lie on "trees" to rhyme with "breeze". Cheers, Bernd
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