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I just listened to your song numbers 7 and 8. They are both very nice, but I like 8 the best. I can't make out all the lyrics, but maybe that is my faulty hearing. Anyway, good work Michael.
Read your comment on why you write songs. If you read mine you saw we said basically the same thing, just different words. I can't explain it either. I just go with it. And just like you, I've lost more great lyrics by not writing them down when they materialized in my head than I would lke to admit to. I'll give your songs a listen. You're welcome to check mine out to.
Michael, thanks for the kind comments on the song....I just had a tune in my mind one day, did a couple of quick tracks and then Trish wrote down a few lines for the chorus and verse etc. Where or why the "cries in the rain' came from, she doesn't know/remember....ya know how song writers can get inspired, particularly C&W.....see a mouse run across the floor, the cat goes into action ..and kaboom....out comes lyrics for a song titled "Game of Cat and Mouse"...go figure.
I watch the Roadshow quite frequently.....I don't expect them to come to the wild wondeful WV hills...but I could, now being retired, travel out of state...if I had a list of the dates and locations for upcoming shows...guess I could check this out myself..huh? I'm just a mediocre guitar flat picker, don't know that I could do the fiddle any justice..considering it being a "fretless wonder". But, I guess anything is possible....miracles do happen....even for musicians..eh?
BTW, where in Texas is Lewisville, I have an uncle and cuz..his daughter...who lives down on the border...a long border at that...Brownsville, more specificaaly ..Raymondville? Haven't seen the old coot for umpteen years.
Sitting here having my first cup of java...listening toWisdom's Sweet Sweet Wine....very nice...soothing........the lyrics stirs up mind pictures and easy on the ears. Again, your fingerstyle playing is superb!!!
Thanks for the comments on our song....it's not a great recording cause I'm still in a learning mode....recorded about 16 months ago. I'm in the process of buying a prof mic pre-amp/channel strip...to get a much cleaner sound...particularly for the instruments.
The old fiddle has an interesting history that I can't confirm from cuurent family members. I've been told that a luthier from California who repaired the fiddle in the midto late fifties wanted to buy it because it had....."significant colonial history should be in a museum", yet, I was also told that he stated inside markings indicated it was made in 1721??? I ha a violin expert from Boston look at several digital pics I emailed him and that's where I got the comment about it may have been made in France and/or Germany. I can't play the thing but I do remember granddad playing lots of bluegrass and other old appalachian tunes on it....a shame ther are no recordings.
Michael - I just listened to "Dreams Are the Food". Not bad, overall. I'd like to offer a couple of thoughts, if I may.
Lyrically, it wasn't bad, but there were lots of themes in each verse and that made it sound a bit scattered. You might want to consider taking three or so of the ideas you have and concentrate on them: center each verse on one main thought and develop it. Just an idea.
I like your melodies, including this one, but I've noticed there's not a lot to break them up. The chorus seems to be a repeat of the verses. Some variation would help make the melodies more interesting and perhaps add emphasis on your thoughts here and there.
Good guitar work, and you have a pleasant voice. I'm looking forward to the next one!
Hey Michael. Listened to the you song Dreams are the food..that you put out there. I think you have a good lyrical sense to you. When I hear that song I'm waiting for the chorus and the chorus gives me the same melody as the verses. When I get to the chorus, I want to sing at the top of my lungs. I want to soar and so does that song. You don't have to change anything except raise the pitch. I can't explain it except for I feel thats where the song really wants to go. Now ...on another note. I saw your post about nobody listening to your stuff and I have empathy for that but I reached out to you when you first joined the site and you didn't respond at all. I listened to your songs and liked them quite well but I didn't feel that you were looking for comments. Anyway, I think here it is good to get involved. Every song is important because it comes from someones heart and if you listen, they will listen too. Why don't you join the song of the week club with me and Omaha. Its a good excercise and its not about good songs it about getting better at song writing. And each week you will get feedback on your stuff. I can tell your passionate about songwriting and that my friend is all you need.
I thought I heard a difference in the songs. What software are you using to record? I assume you or your teacher did mixing and mastering to the songs before finalizing them. It sounds like some of the songs have reverb or echo on the vocals or perhaps that's from the room. I have been using Cakewalk Sonar and the more I learn about the software the better my songs sound.