Whitstable Girl (1) by James Neilson Graham

James Neilson Graham

Broadjam Artist: James Neilson Graham
Song: Whitstable Girl (1)

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

Pro General Comments: This evaluation is based on my first impressions on hearing the song. I was immediately taken back to my remembrance of hearing songs in movies based on WWI. Rudy Vallee came to mind. The songs subject matter fits in with a soldier saying goodbye to his sweetheart as he leaves to fight in the war. The vocabulary used fits in perfectly with this era in history. This song could have also worked for a British soldier saying goodbye to his sweetheart. Your lyric is poetic and true to the era. Halcyon, whistable, o'er and the spelling of rumour give me a sense of England along with Abbeville. The melodies are perfect for this type of folk song. Very strong authentic performance Ala Rudy Vallee. Very emotional and believable. The guitar playing was a little on the contemporary folk side but it was well done. This would be a good pitch to a music library or music placement company needing a WWI type song. I liked your choice of chords and the range of your melodies. This was very believable in my opinion. I can visualize this being sung in a cabaret in 1917.

Quote From Pro: James Neilson Graham has the heart and soul of a 19th century poet. His imagery and music were a time machine that took me back to 1917 and WWI. His vocal and lyric were authentic to the time period.

Nonstop by Joe McGowan Music

Joe McGowan Music

Broadjam Artist: Joe McGowan Music
Song: Nonstop

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Chris Keaton (Music Publisher, Artist Manager, Song Plugger)

Pro General Comments: Dammit! This was NO fun at all. I always like to dislike at least one song per artist, but, NO! Joe ain't allowing NONE of thatFrom the first stuttering notes of the intro, I'm sucked into this one. Interesting but in this song I hear a little Tim McGraw vocal charm and influence.Speaking of the vocal, Joe, you have a wonderful warm tone to your voice. It soothes and really works.The theme of the song is universal, which is my way of saying even though this has all been said many times before this lyric approaches the subject in a new and fresh way. Bravo!The instrumental track lopes along at a comfortable pace and refuses to be rushed. Perfectly situated just behind the beat leaving room for the song's soul to emerge.Am I gushing? Perhaps. But here's the truth. I hear a lot of music and I MEAN A LOT!!! But Joe, your songs are really special and the world deserves the treat of hearing them over and over.

Quote From Pro: The theme of the song is universal, which is my way of saying even though this has all been said many times before this lyric approaches the subject in a new and fresh way. Bravo!

Nonstop by Joe McGowan Music

Joe McGowan Music

Broadjam Artist: Joe McGowan Music
Song: Nonstop

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Chris Keaton (Music Publisher, Artist Manager, Song Plugger)

Pro General Comments: Dammit! This was NO fun at all. I always like to dislike at least one song per artist, but, NO! Joe ain't allowing NONE of thatFrom the first stuttering notes of the intro, I'm sucked into this one. Interesting but in this song I hear a little Tim McGraw vocal charm and influence.Speaking of the vocal, Joe, you have a wonderful warm tone to your voice. It soothes and really works.The theme of the song is universal, which is my way of saying even though this has all been said many times before this lyric approaches the subject in a new and fresh way. Bravo!The instrumental track lopes along at a comfortable pace and refuses to be rushed. Perfectly situated just behind the beat leaving room for the song's soul to emerge.Am I gushing? Perhaps. But here's the truth. I hear a lot of music and I MEAN A LOT!!! But Joe, your songs are really special and the world deserves the treat of hearing them over and over.

Quote From Pro: The theme of the song is universal, which is my way of saying even though this has all been said many times before this lyric approaches the subject in a new and fresh way. Bravo!

Love Is Like A Party by Joe McGowan Music

Joe McGowan Music

Broadjam Artist: Joe McGowan Music
Song: Love Is Like A Party

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Chris Keaton (Music Publisher, Artist Manager, Song Plugger)

Pro General Comments: What's the deal? Why isn't Joe McGowan a star? Have major labels and radio programmers not been invited to this "party"?I love the loop drums under the intro. The intro sets up the listener for an invitation to a sonic party.I am astounded by the vocal here. Seemingly effortlessly rolling through a BIG range. Love the lower end as well as the falsetto. I mention Andy Grammer but I would also compare favorably to James Taylor and other great 70s and 80s singer songwriters.Now let me address the lyric. This could have easily been just another reading of country/pop cliches and other dreadful dreck, but no! Mr. McGowan, you have found a way to shine a new light on a familiar topic and I salute you. You are a badass!Let's talk about the track. It rocks and supports the lyric and melody without ever getting in the way.And if that pink party dress is that great, I'd REALLY like to see this woman!All things considered, in my opinion this is a springtime summertime smash waiting to be discovered.

Quote From Pro: This is a springtime summertime smash waiting to be discovered.

Love Is Like A Party by Joe McGowan Music

Joe McGowan Music

Broadjam Artist: Joe McGowan Music
Song: Love Is Like A Party

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Chris Keaton (Music Publisher, Artist Manager, Song Plugger)

Pro General Comments: What's the deal? Why isn't Joe McGowan a star? Have major labels and radio programmers not been invited to this "party"?I love the loop drums under the intro. The intro sets up the listener for an invitation to a sonic party.I am astounded by the vocal here. Seemingly effortlessly rolling through a BIG range. Love the lower end as well as the falsetto. I mention Andy Grammer but I would also compare favorably to James Taylor and other great 70s and 80s singer songwriters.Now let me address the lyric. This could have easily been just another reading of country/pop cliches and other dreadful dreck, but no! Mr. McGowan, you have found a way to shine a new light on a familiar topic and I salute you. You are a badass!Let's talk about the track. It rocks and supports the lyric and melody without ever getting in the way.And if that pink party dress is that great, I'd REALLY like to see this woman!All things considered, in my opinion this is a springtime summertime smash waiting to be discovered.

Quote From Pro: This is a springtime summertime smash waiting to be discovered.

Lock and Key by Joe McGowan Music

Joe McGowan Music

Broadjam Artist: Joe McGowan Music
Song: Lock and Key

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Chris Keaton (Music Publisher, Artist Manager, Song Plugger)

Pro General Comments: Don't fix the lock if the lock ain't broke, indeed. If the song ain't broke, don't fix it. That's my feeling here.The ominous intro pattern of the strings and piano pulls the listener into the song. Mesmerizing and intriguing.(Is this a 6/8 and 8/8 pattern?) Whatever it is it really works!The lead vocals seem to carry on a intimate conversation which we have been invited to hear. I really love this approach.Both lead vocals sound professional and truly emote. The lyric is not only being delivered it is BEING BREATHED BY THE SINGERS!!! It really sounds authentic and true. So many songs I hear these days sound as if the vocals are being "phoned in" but this is not the case with this production. It's real and true!The arrangement brings ups and downs and turns and twists with the dynamics offered throughout.As I listen the second and third times to the song, I wonder why this is not on the radio yet!Joe, you have done a marvelous job here. Great song, lyric, melody, instrumental track and an exceptional performance in the recording. BRAVO!!!

Quote From Pro: In my professional opinion, the only thing this song needs is a release date!

Lock and Key by Joe McGowan Music

Joe McGowan Music

Broadjam Artist: Joe McGowan Music
Song: Lock and Key

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Chris Keaton (Music Publisher, Artist Manager, Song Plugger)

Pro General Comments: Don't fix the lock if the lock ain't broke, indeed. If the song ain't broke, don't fix it. That's my feeling here.The ominous intro pattern of the strings and piano pulls the listener into the song. Mesmerizing and intriguing.(Is this a 6/8 and 8/8 pattern?) Whatever it is it really works!The lead vocals seem to carry on a intimate conversation which we have been invited to hear. I really love this approach.Both lead vocals sound professional and truly emote. The lyric is not only being delivered it is BEING BREATHED BY THE SINGERS!!! It really sounds authentic and true. So many songs I hear these days sound as if the vocals are being "phoned in" but this is not the case with this production. It's real and true!The arrangement brings ups and downs and turns and twists with the dynamics offered throughout.As I listen the second and third times to the song, I wonder why this is not on the radio yet!Joe, you have done a marvelous job here. Great song, lyric, melody, instrumental track and an exceptional performance in the recording. BRAVO!!!

Quote From Pro: In my professional opinion, the only thing this song needs is a release date!

Come Back To Me by Joe McGowan Music

Joe McGowan Music

Broadjam Artist: Joe McGowan Music
Song: Come Back To Me

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Chris Keaton (Music Publisher, Artist Manager, Song Plugger)

Pro General Comments: Wow! This hook is like crack. Once you start you just can't stop. The feeling is exceptionally happy. From the opening vocal harmonies the tone is set and the expectations are high for a great sonic ride: and, Mr. McGowan, you certainly deliver, sir!The first verse really brings one in and makes one want to continue listening.The verses lay out the story's intent and the choruses drive the message home and makes this listener want to get up and dance and sing along at the top of my lungs!"Like a River Racing for the Sea" is such a great line. It really paints a marvelous word picture.The breather during the middle eight when the song "breaks down" is a great idea. It allows the listener a chance to catch a breath and prepare for the roller coaster thrill ride ahead as the choruses, vocals and instruments build in intensity.By the time the song ends the listener is spent...but only for a moment because the hook is so singable and memorable one immediately wants to hear again.

Quote From Pro: Wow! This hook is like crack.

Come Back To Me by Joe McGowan Music

Joe McGowan Music

Broadjam Artist: Joe McGowan Music
Song: Come Back To Me

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Chris Keaton (Music Publisher, Artist Manager, Song Plugger)

Pro General Comments: Wow! This hook is like crack. Once you start you just can't stop. The feeling is exceptionally happy. From the opening vocal harmonies the tone is set and the expectations are high for a great sonic ride: and, Mr. McGowan, you certainly deliver, sir!The first verse really brings one in and makes one want to continue listening.The verses lay out the story's intent and the choruses drive the message home and makes this listener want to get up and dance and sing along at the top of my lungs!"Like a River Racing for the Sea" is such a great line. It really paints a marvelous word picture.The breather during the middle eight when the song "breaks down" is a great idea. It allows the listener a chance to catch a breath and prepare for the roller coaster thrill ride ahead as the choruses, vocals and instruments build in intensity.By the time the song ends the listener is spent...but only for a moment because the hook is so singable and memorable one immediately wants to hear again.

Quote From Pro: Wow! This hook is like crack.