Home Made Hit Show #46

Well, I’m on an internet radio show and that’s very cool (with some nice reviews). You may remember my entry of Lovers’ Limbo in the Muses’ Muse contest that didn’t rank. But you should check out Episode 46 at Home Made Hit Show. Great concept for a podcast, and great songs!

I’ve also gotten some nice feedback from listeners on the show’s forum site. Some of the comments include:

  • I really like the sound of this, especially that acoustic guitar.
  • Good concept for a song. Who doesn’t love a good acoustic ditty involving a
    love triangle? Keep it up fellas!
  • Nice vocal presentation. Well played guitars. Well written lyrics. Nothing
    shallow here. Good song. Well done.
  • I like the conversational style to the lyrics, if that’s the right way to
    describe it. The whole song has a personal feel and I could see it working
    well live. Good work

So that’s a nice way to start the week!

SAC Regional Songwriters Workgroup

So, I joined SAC yesterday and today was a Regional Songwriters group headed by a local singer/songwriter, Liana Di Marco. I think it’ll be good for me to do some exercises and see the “craft” in my songs. It’s going to be the first Saturday of every month.

There were about eight of us there this week with various backgrounds. We spent the first hour discussing songwriting in general, and the second hour performing our songs (if we wanted). I wasn’t going to do it… but I couldn’t help pick up the Liana’s guitar and sing …Like the Wind. I’m going to record that one soon. But, in one exercise I had written a story about Johnny B. Goode, which has a train image in it, which just reminded me of my song that had a train engine feel to it… people responded well and even said I can sing! I think they’re just being polite.


Well, no jam this week (I was in Sudbury for work).

Jeffie and I attended the Toronto Music Expo. It was pretty good. The first class I took on digital audio wasn’t that great, but I really enjoyed my second seminar on songwriting. The panel included Haydain Neale (of jacksoul), Rob Lopata, Adam Messinger and Adam Alexander.

I’ve joined up with the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC). $100 for two years… may as well give it a shot and see if it leads to a published song or two…

Not in Limbo Anymore…

Well, I didn’t register in the top 5 for the 2+2 competition… One poster and voter, zmulls, graciously had me for his number two… I’ve read some of his lyrics on his website and I like them (my kind of style…). I asked fabkebab to break my scores down for me… what the hell, I’m a glutton for punishment…

Anyway, I received a total of 9 points (1st place got 57 points, down to 13 points for fifth place), with one 1st place vote, a 2nd place and a 3rd place vote. The results:

  • 1st RLD – She Just Wants Me (57 points)
  • 2nd ktownwrytr – Little girl gone (34 points)
  • 3rd Brina/grandpa – Dont let morning come (29 points)
  • 4th Fancy/Corinne – Almost over (17 points)
  • 5th marty g – how I feel (13 points)

What can you do but keep trying?

Voting for the 2 + 2

Well, I couldn’t vote for myself (shame), but I completed voting on the songs in the competition:

  • AMereHobbyist – Smokey the Cat (2+1)
  • Mikey2 – Colors Of The Mood
  • renz – Lovers Limbo
  • Merlin – Find yourself a paradise
  • marty g – how I feel
  • reprise – this is real
  • Brina/grandpa – Dont let morning come
  • Smile/NanaimoB – If heaven were my canvas
  • RLD – She just wants me
  • NigeQ/Len – Piranha Lover
  • Fancy/Corinne – Almost over
  • ktownwrytr – Little girl gone

I’ll let you know how I did come Thursday…

As for my recording, I laid down some drums and guitars for She’s My Favourite Place… hope to place a link up to that soon when it’s finished.

Feel Like A… scotch, neat, double (on the)

Well, the Feel Like A… posts on MusesMuse have been quite critical of my producing attempts and the length of Feel Like A… One critic wrote, and I would agree:

as far as songcraft is concerned, though, i do think the hook is definitely there and salvagable. in fact, i like the melody throughout and the prechorus is a nice set up. i like the bridge, too. one thing i must say is that the guitar solo is very weak and way too long. if yo ulook at the structure of the tune next to the clock, the solo comes in at 1:30 and the bridge (which i really dug) hits at 2 minutes – and the song is almost five minutes long. you return to the verse after the bridge, which is a cool thing to do, but not to cycle through the whole thing again, like you did. ……….and then another guitar solo section at 3 mins!? you’re getting way too into your own tune, man. you’ve lost your listener at this point. he’s gone.

But cool of cool, it was very nice of one poster, fabkebab (deadmanscorner on his Soundclick site) to say the following:

Hi there Renz –
I listened to this a couple of times – I am quite a fan of yours, based on your two competition entries a while back (Butterfly and Lovers Limbo – I downloaded them both!!) –
This song is in the same vein/style, but you are clearly trying to step up a notch and arrange a full band song, whereas those two songs I mentioned were layered acoustics (presumably building off the rythm of the main guitar part) –

I have dabbled with trying to sound a bit more “complete” in my arrangements too, and it takes a while to make something sound good (learning to play different instruments, and trying to play to a new rythmic pattern – drums instead of guitar) – In this case I think your song sounds tightest in the solo sections-
perhaps you could try recording the rythm guitar along with the drum, then play your bass etc to match the guitar – then drop the guitar out at the end if you dont like it

Anwyay, interesting to hear you try something new; good luck with it – dont assume that you have to though – those two other songs are excellent and something I listen to regularly

The criticism comes…

I posted Prelude to the Fall (see link from previous blog post) on Muses Muse for some feedback. Here’s where to find the forum topic where you can see fellow songwriters critique the song. It’s an arduous process, but the criticisms are fair… I have to get better at producing the songs… at putting what’s in my head (the BIG sound) down into the computer and mixing it all up well.

My wife and I were watching Rock Star: Supernova last night and I missed Dilana’s original tune (although I’ve since watched it on the website, it’s called ‘Supersoul’), but my wife said one of the criticisms against her was her song was too literal. My wife was in no way being subtle at hinting that my songs are also too literal. From the performance recap page of the show’s website, Gilby is said to have thought that the song’s lyric was “unimaginative”.

Visit my Soundclick site (links on the sideboard) and tell me if you agree with my wife… I do and I don’t… but I don’t think I’m unimaginative, and regardless, sometimes a song needs to be literal.

Feist eBay Auction

Well, I lost out on bidding for a chance to have Feist sing one of my songs at her concerts. This was auctioned off on eBay and I went up to $2,267.67 USD. Winning bid was $2,311.67. What kind of loser am I to miss out by $50.00?

My wife said I was just trying to do it (get my songs out there) the easy way. I don’t know what’s so easy about that… but, what the hell, I signed up for a songwriting course through the local school board… don’t know what I’ll learn, but part of the syllabus is the “business” of songs, so maybe I’ll find out something about publishing.

Also, I made plans with my buddy Jeff to start regular jams… I’m looking forward to strumming my guitars and trying to record them. Onward and upward…