Heart In Vain by Andre Kerek

Andre Kerek

Broadjam Artist: Andre Kerek
Song: Heart In Vain

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
A.J. Gundell (Songwriter, Composer, Music Supervisor, Producer)

Pro General Comments: This is a beautiful work in progress of an original soundtrack with a gorgeous, memorable melody and an orchestral vibe that's reminiscent of film scores from feature films like The Pianist, Schindler's List, and The Zookeepers Wife. All very nice company to be in!Further to the upside, the piece is nicely composed in an A-B-A-B-A form that works well, and is harmonized and arranged effectively to develop and maintain interest throughout. The overall emotional impact is quite striking--really effective and affecting. Per above, Heart in Vain evokes some of the poignant romantic drama and pathos of historic feature films and film noir/Eastern European works.On the downside, the piece is compromised by the fact that it's presented in demo form as a midi file. Clearly, from the Artist's Submitted Question, the composer knows that the work needs a more fully produced rendition recorded by a legitimate orchestra. In the meantime, the demo sounds... demo'y. The sounds lack the vibrancy of real instruments but there are better orchestral samples available than these. Of course, it also follows that the feeling of a real performance is also lacking here: it suffers from being clocked to the click and the quantizing/error correction available in midi, and really misses the real feel and the dynamics, rubato's, ritards, and sounds of a live orchestral performance.Since a fully produced orchestral recording is expensive, I'd consider some out of the box alternatives to that investment: a school, church, or community orchestra that may be interested in doing Heart in Vain as an original work. And although it's not arranged this way, maybe a string quartet arrangement could substitute for the full orchestra, with or without piano--and, as four or five live pieces, achieve the live feel at an affordable cost.All that said, there's a germ of something really special about the basic elements of this instrumental composition: the melody is unforgettable, and the piece works great as an idea whose time hasn't quite arrived yet.

Quote From Pro: This is a gorgeous work in progress of an original soundtrack with a stunning, memorable melody and an orchestral vibe that's reminiscent of film scores from feature films like The Pianist, Schindler's List, and The Zookeepers Wife. All very nice company to be in!

Man 4 Me by The High Children, LLC

The High Children, LLC mobilt bredband/ Broadjam Artist: The High Children, LLC Song: Man 4 Me Broadjam Pro Reviewer: Robert Dellaposta (Writer, A&R, Publisher) Pro General Comments: You kept me listening from the downbeat. It was retro yet contemporary. Great vocals all around. This song would fit very well in movies and television. Romantic break-ups and romantic dramas as well as slow dance scenes. The instrumentation was also authentic to the genre and the performances sounded professional. I can also hear this being included in an R&B album. The song is very commercial in my opinion. I loved both the solo vocal and the background vocals. The arrangement was interesting and entertaining. This took me on a musical journey back in time and then brought me back to the present. Although the lyric is about not finding the right man the music still left me with a smile on my face. I loved it.The instrumental melodic lines added a lot to the overall R&B experience. Mariah Carey would have had a big hit with this song in my opinion. This would have been a big hit with the Fifth Dimension as well. It combines the 70's and the 2000's. Quote From Pro: The High Children are a musical group worth listening to. The melodies, arrangements, vocals and instrumental quality is very high indeed. I wholeheartedly recommend The High Children for your listening pleasure.

One Second – Basic Home Recording by MoBack


Broadjam Artist: MoBack
Song: One Second - Basic Home Recording

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
John Anderson (Publisher)

Pro General Comments: Hey MoBack, I'm happy to see this second submission from you. "One Second" is my favorite out of the two. "One Second" is a solid, positive, feel good crossover dance anthem. The lyrics are super catchy and the chorus is already on repeat in my head. This reminds me of late 90's/early 2000's Spice Girls' "Girl Power" pop. Somewhere between Kylie Minogue and Katy Perry definitely comes to mind. Check out Kim Petras, she cuts outside tracks. The production quality for the demo recording is solid. I can already hear this being played on the radio and in clubs and encourage you to take it further. "One Second" is a fun crossover dance hit.Depending on what your goals are, this song could also be considered as a demo in order to find a suitable artist who would be interested in recording it and releasing it as a single. A male or female singer with a strong reputation and fan base would be able to take this song to higher levels.On the Film/TV placement side the recording would most likely need an upgrade to land any of the bigger dollar spots but the song itself pumps so you never really know. Do your due diligence and get this song in the right hands. I think it has great potential to go somewhere. Hunnypot Approved!

Quote From Pro: "One Second" is a solid, positive, feel good crossover dance anthem. The lyrics are super catchy and the chorus is already on repeat in my head.

Black-Hearted Cowboy by Ashley Martin

Ashley Martin

Broadjam Artist: Ashley Martin
Song: Black-Hearted Cowboy

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Jim Bruno (Songwriter)

Pro General Comments: Overall I liked the song and the demo. The song has a timeless quality to it and to my ears sounded like it could be a country/americana standard. The chorus and the verses work well with each other and the lyrics reflect the mood of the melody and vice versa. I especially liked the couplet "Ya now I'm tough like a broken glass shardHard and jagged and shattered and scarred". It really summarized the emotion of the song well. The title is also strong. Your understanding of song craft is evident in various ways including...Keeping your rhyming scheme consistent. Repeating your title in the song.Making sure that your song components are well differentiated from each other.

Quote From Pro: Ashley Martin is the kind of songwriter who writes from the heart. Her melody and lyrics will stick with you long after her song stops playing. Do yourself a favor and check her music out!

Summertime feels good by MoBack


Broadjam Artist: MoBack
Song: Summertime feels good

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
John Anderson (Publisher)

Pro General Comments: Hello MoBack, apologies for taking a bit long to complete your review. I've listened to "Sumertime Feels Good" many times now, and it is a track that really grows on you. I very much like the intro. The first ten seconds is a captivating beginning to the song, and consists of a great hook. It reminds me of a lot of Lizzo, who is an artist that I am extremely fond of. The versus of the song include a solid melody that immediately pulls you in. The chorus is defined, and it blends well with the song and works nicely.My efforts are focused on Film and TV music placement. I feel that once the song is a finished and fully recorded, it will appeal to the Licensing Community at large. Programs such as "Claws", "Shameless" and "Hawaii Five-O" are suitable examples of projects that I would present to the show's Music Supervisors.Thanks for turning me on to a great pop/dance track!John AndersonHunnypot UnlimitedLos Angeles CA

Quote From Pro: MoBack's "Summertime Feels Good" is a solid, feel-good demo that has significant potential to appeal to a wide audience. Bringing in live musicians with a full recording will better the song substantially. Well done!