Yesterday (Featuring Bryan Harkness) by Tim Sharp

Tim Sharp

Broadjam Artist: Tim Sharp
Song: Yesterday (Featuring Bryan Harkness)

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Nikki Hornsby (Songwriter, Artist, Producer, Arranger)

Pro General Comments: If there were ever a song writer submission to Broadjam that I would stop my tasks in the office to listen it is your song. Your production work is prime as I listen focused on hearing precisely good work like I do too when judging the Grammy's every year. I am impressed. Again I must say Bravo! This is a follow up release and not the one that would grab attentions. I gave you a suggested title too because the titles are never copyrightable you know and do a search engine on songs with that single word title. In picking titles you might have consumer searchers crossing over for another download from someone who thinks it's your song and it's an old or another one unrelated to yours. The title search helps but World of Yesterday maybe also used before but research is warranted if you'd want.

Quote From Pro: Grateful I am for that truth in the professional music recording industry. I learned to judge talent for many years taught by a great gentleman named Cliffie Stone and he was impressive to me. So I continued with the honor of judging the Grammy submissions to the Top Five where my vote is my responsibility like all the others honored to judge. Here I am reviewing another great song among so many that you have produced in the past. I am honored to listen. Focusing on finding faults I found not one but I'm not the know it all of perfection. Oh, if anyone says they are run for the hills! I understand that my Grandpa was an A&R man for Columbia Records before I was born and discovered lots of outstanding talents in his day like Bessie Smith who Billy Holiday was listening to at that time. He was very famous in his day as a singer songwriter & musician too in the music recording industry and I've still got a long way to go. I DO promise you that I've heard and I'm still learning all the world of change in music worldwide. Tim, YOUR work is good and of course it's the consumer that needs to buy it for that exact reason if that's your goal. So take your writers hats off and put on the business of product marketing and sales to reach the fans of country music like you have written so honestly. I am a fan and appreciate your asking me where to possibly go and what to do to promote yourselves. It's like any consumers product - it takes time and money - or if you want it from corporations that could tie your work into theirs machine ... from film to internet and more it's money profit & loss base. Possibilities in business are endless and the only thing you need to have is to know you are good at your craft and you have created great intellectual property and for this, Tim, you should be proud as I am to have you reach out to me once more. God bless and I am here when you get to the Grammy Level for your submission as I will hear it before your name appears on the top five in that category for this I am certain. Sincerely with respect, Nikki

Broken Flowers by Howard Siden

Howard Siden

Broadjam Artist: Howard Siden
Song: Broken Flowers

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Diana Williamson (Songwriter, Music Supervisor)

Pro General Comments: As you probably know- I don't comment on instrumentation as my expertise lies in overall vision, marketability, lyrics, hooks, etc..Well you have managed to avoid the songwriter's sin. This song is not boring. It has energy, panache and moves like a hungry beast. Awesome work. It has a good structure which works and keeps the ear wanting more and doesn't ramble.Many instrumentals get stuck somewhere but your song really moves. It's hard to find fault with this song to tell you the truth which is why I'm saying what its not!Its got that elusive, bluesy, sexy, haunting, hypnotic feel that you can hear in Beck, Clapton and many others.The title is descriptive which you want in an instrumental. You want to invoke the imagination which this does. It makes you wonder and is what will tempt a music supervisor to take a listen. You don't want "track 12 intense" which they will have a million of, you want a "Broken Flowers" which stokes the curiosity and describes the mood.I could hear this as a movie/TV soundtrack to many uplifting type scenes where at long last the lovers are finally reunited type-of-thing. It's been a long haul but there is relief and pathos at the end. It could fit in a lot of eras, the 80's and in some TV shows now as well. Keep your eyes and ears open for shows that use this type of material and pitch them.Not sure if I could hear a vocal on this song- I always try to imagine out of the box things for each song I listen to. It really shines on its own, but it has such a great vibe, I can't help but thinking it might be fun to mess around with a vocalist on it. Like Gary Moore's hit "Still Got the Blues" which I believe became one of his biggest hits. It would all depend on finding the right vocalist, the right tone to not overpower the song.Really great work and a talent like yours, better keep on keeping on.

Quote From Pro: This bluesy hypnotic track really shines and would work well in a soundtrack that wants a Beck, Clapton, Gary Moore type vibe.

TO BE A MAN by allison bolton

allison bolton

Broadjam Artist: allison bolton
Song: TO BE A MAN

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Robert Dellaposta (Writer, A&R, Publisher)

Pro General Comments: This song reminds me of retro Americana folk from the 60's. The steel guitar is country but a harmonica could easily replace the steel guitar. The form structure is very Americana folk in my opinion. Verse/verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus/instrumental outro is not contemporary country radio friendly. The song is well over four minutes long which pretty much makes it destined to be an album cut. As a rule of thumb the closer you are to three minutes your chances of radio airplay go up and the closer you are to four minutes those chances go down. This song is closer to five minutes than four minutes. The third verse is a mixture of verse one and verse two and it doesn't add anything new to the story line. My advice is do not have a third verse or re-write the third verse and add new info, action and imagery. If you delete verse three the form would be verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus and you would be closer to four minutes long than five minutes long. Starting a song with two long verses goes against most commercial guidelines but it is acceptable in Americana folk. Ending the second verse with the hook is also indicative of Americana folk. The song ends but I'm not convinced the singer ever learned how to be a man. The song doesn't point out what makes a man a man in his eyes. I really like the retro feel of this song. My guess is that baby boomers will also like this style of Americana folk rock. Strong melodies, catchy and memorable. I love the instrumental track and your vocal. The song sounds authentic. If you are hoping to pitch this to other artists keep in mind that the majority of Alternative Americana folk artists write their own songs and very few ever record outside material that they didn't have a hand in writing.

Quote From Pro: Allison Bolton brings the authentic sound of retro 60's Americana folk rock in the styles of Arlo Guthrie and Bob Dylan to the present day. Baby boomers as well as all fans of Americana will enjoy Allison Bolton's music.

TO BE A MAN by allison bolton

allison bolton

Broadjam Artist: allison bolton
Song: TO BE A MAN

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Robert Dellaposta (Writer, A&R, Publisher)

Pro General Comments: This song reminds me of retro Americana folk from the 60's. The steel guitar is country but a harmonica could easily replace the steel guitar. The form structure is very Americana folk in my opinion. Verse/verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus/instrumental outro is not contemporary country radio friendly. The song is well over four minutes long which pretty much makes it destined to be an album cut. As a rule of thumb the closer you are to three minutes your chances of radio airplay go up and the closer you are to four minutes those chances go down. This song is closer to five minutes than four minutes. The third verse is a mixture of verse one and verse two and it doesn't add anything new to the story line. My advice is do not have a third verse or re-write the third verse and add new info, action and imagery. If you delete verse three the form would be verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus and you would be closer to four minutes long than five minutes long. Starting a song with two long verses goes against most commercial guidelines but it is acceptable in Americana folk. Ending the second verse with the hook is also indicative of Americana folk. The song ends but I'm not convinced the singer ever learned how to be a man. The song doesn't point out what makes a man a man in his eyes. I really like the retro feel of this song. My guess is that baby boomers will also like this style of Americana folk rock. Strong melodies, catchy and memorable. I love the instrumental track and your vocal. The song sounds authentic. If you are hoping to pitch this to other artists keep in mind that the majority of Alternative Americana folk artists write their own songs and very few ever record outside material that they didn't have a hand in writing.

Quote From Pro: Allison Bolton brings the authentic sound of retro 60's Americana folk rock in the styles of Arlo Guthrie and Bob Dylan to the present day. Baby boomers as well as all fans of Americana will enjoy Allison Bolton's music.

Teardrop in the Rain (vocals) by Mary P. Carter

Mary P. Carter

Broadjam Artist: Mary P. Carter
Song: Teardrop in the Rain (vocals)

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Robert Dellaposta (Writer, A&R, Publisher)

Pro General Comments: very dark and melancholic. sad and lonely singer prays for rain so her lover won't see her cry in the rain.good prosody. the song is slow but your melody kept me interested.the chorus rhyme could be stronger...i would not use A rhymes especially after ending the verse with A rhymes.this song might find a home in a music placement company or music library for movies and television...this will work for the UK and Ireland as well as Appalachian country in the USA. speed it up a few more bpm's .I like the unpredictable phrasing and chord progression...very emotional and moving...The piano sounds great and adds a lot to the arrangement but be careful in making it too busy...in this genre simplicity is a major factor. You want the listener to focus on the words and melody not on the piano accompaniment.

Quote From Pro: Mary Carter has the talent and skill to write a unique blend of Americana folk with Celtic influences. She can take a song of heartbreak and sorrow and make it interesting touching and emotional and show a ray of sunshine that offers hope. She is not jaded by commercialism and cookie cutter formula songs. Her music is real and the listener will be moved by its innocence and honesty.

Teardrop in the Rain (vocals) by Mary P. Carter

Mary P. Carter

Broadjam Artist: Mary P. Carter
Song: Teardrop in the Rain (vocals)

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Robert Dellaposta (Writer, A&R, Publisher)

Pro General Comments: very dark and melancholic. sad and lonely singer prays for rain so her lover won't see her cry in the rain.good prosody. the song is slow but your melody kept me interested.the chorus rhyme could be stronger...i would not use A rhymes especially after ending the verse with A rhymes.this song might find a home in a music placement company or music library for movies and television...this will work for the UK and Ireland as well as Appalachian country in the USA. speed it up a few more bpm's .I like the unpredictable phrasing and chord progression...very emotional and moving...The piano sounds great and adds a lot to the arrangement but be careful in making it too busy...in this genre simplicity is a major factor. You want the listener to focus on the words and melody not on the piano accompaniment.

Quote From Pro: Mary Carter has the talent and skill to write a unique blend of Americana folk with Celtic influences. She can take a song of heartbreak and sorrow and make it interesting touching and emotional and show a ray of sunshine that offers hope. She is not jaded by commercialism and cookie cutter formula songs. Her music is real and the listener will be moved by its innocence and honesty.

This Means War by Mary Jennings

Mary Jennings

Broadjam Artist: Mary Jennings
Song: This Means War

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Jonathan Weiss (Music Supervisor, A&R)

Pro General Comments: Chorus is recognizable and overall has noticeable sectional contrast between verse and chorus sections. Verse and chorus melody are pretty similar in tone in terms of being in the same dynamic range and melodic structure. Chorus is pretty strident sounding in terms of the lyrics themselves (this means war) and the delivery which is somewhat aggressive in tonality. Pretty innovative background vocal arrangement which has the ability to soften up the more aggressively styled lead vocal phrasing and overall tone. Instrumental track and overall production is contemporary sounding and has current sounding percussion, bass and keyboard samples being used. Bridge section also helps to break up the verse and chorus sections. Vocal rhythm during verses is pretty staccato sounding which also moves it towards a more aggressive and familiar sounding style.

Quote From Pro: Contemporary sounding arrangement and confident sounding vocal delivery make this song an appealing relationship based song that has an overall current sound.

This Means War by Mary Jennings

Mary Jennings

Broadjam Artist: Mary Jennings
Song: This Means War

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Jonathan Weiss (Music Supervisor, A&R)

Pro General Comments: Chorus is recognizable and overall has noticeable sectional contrast between verse and chorus sections. Verse and chorus melody are pretty similar in tone in terms of being in the same dynamic range and melodic structure. Chorus is pretty strident sounding in terms of the lyrics themselves (this means war) and the delivery which is somewhat aggressive in tonality. Pretty innovative background vocal arrangement which has the ability to soften up the more aggressively styled lead vocal phrasing and overall tone. Instrumental track and overall production is contemporary sounding and has current sounding percussion, bass and keyboard samples being used. Bridge section also helps to break up the verse and chorus sections. Vocal rhythm during verses is pretty staccato sounding which also moves it towards a more aggressive and familiar sounding style.

Quote From Pro: Contemporary sounding arrangement and confident sounding vocal delivery make this song an appealing relationship based song that has an overall current sound.