Broadjam Artist: The Guinetones
Song: Friday Night Fights
Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Tirk Wilder (Songwriter, Performer)
Pro General Comments: Let me begin by saying that I am sorry that it took so long to get these reviews to you. I have recently moved, and Broadjam.com did not have my new email address. Therefore I missed their notification that your songs were in the queue.If "The Guinetones" is an actual band, and the instruments being played are by that band, you have a very tight sound. The musicianship is excellent. Jake Johnson did a very good job of production. It is refreshing to hear a well-played, well produced song.There are hundreds of publishing companies in Nashville. The big ones have staff writers. These people show up on Monday morning and write all day long. They are paid a draw on royalties the publishing company believes they have a possibility of earning. Sometimes as little as $300 a week.When a name artist is looking for material, he only goes to the biggest of the publishing companies. If you are an independent and you send them an MP3 or a link, chances are very good it will be going to the circular cyberfile, and you will get a very nice rejection email if you hear from them at all. Right now, "Bro' Country" is still big in the radio airplay rotation.This does not mean that cuts cannot be gotten. If you can start getting yourself cut by independent artists, you can make a pretty good living at it. There is also the television and movie market that is always hungry for new songs. And don't forget the international market. That is really growing.The best thing I can tell you is that you don't have to set your sights on getting your song "picked up by recording artists or producers". It can happen, but it is extremely rare for an independent to get anything on major radio these days.As an exception to the rule, there was a song called "Buy Me A Rose" that was cut by Kenny Rogers. I believe that cut came from Broadjam.com. It is possible.But NOT likely.As to this song, "Friday Night Lights", the background music is excellent. The feel and the beat are very catchy.It is risky to open a song with a chorus. When you do that, you are giving away the entire point of your song right at the very beginning. There are no surprises for the listener to hear later on in the song, and they probably won't listen much past the first line of the verse.Secondly, your chorus needs to be enough different in its melody that the casual listener can detect, almost subconsciously, that that is where the payoff for his listening to your song is going to be. You do this quite well in your song "Someday", but it is problematic in this song and in "Die In Comfort".A big-name producer, Dan Huff, was once quoted as saying that the chorus should "soar". In "Friday Night Lights", I would suggest a complete rewrite. I believe your second verse would be good if it were moved up to the front. "It's become so clear that you can't hear, I never even said that (continued in "Artist's Submitted Questions")
Quote From Pro: Great Roots Feel!
Broadjam Artist: The Guinetones