Having The Time Of Our Lives by SKY HIGH MUSIC LABS

Broadjam Artist: SKY HIGH MUSIC LABSSong: Having The Time Of Our LivesBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Elizabeth Elkins (Songwriter)Pro General Comments: I really like that this a positive, uplifting tune. I bet it gets people dancing. I have some of the same co…

SKY HIGH MUSIC LABS

Broadjam Artist: SKY HIGH MUSIC LABS
Song: Having The Time Of Our Lives

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Elizabeth Elkins (Songwriter)

Pro General Comments: I really like that this a positive, uplifting tune. I bet it gets people dancing. I have some of the same concerns with this one, however, as your first submission. The vocal is good but not overtly compelling. I really want the vocal to be amazing emotionally and I feel like the singer is giving me a performance rather than a heartfelt take. That may just be a question of the engineering but it's worth really trying to get the best out of this singer because that's simply so important to bluegrass. You have to be top notch to really cut through. The guitar and other instruments sound like they are at that level and I want the singer to be at the top of her game as well. Production could help this by settling the vocal into the mix a bit more carefully and watching the tuning. I like the lyric and the melody, simple and memorable. At first I wasn't exactly sure what was going on lyrically, but in the end I felt as though this was a song about being in the moment and loving life and goodness knows we need more songs about that! Keep up the good work and just keep trying to really get an incredible vocal take that can take you to the next level.

Quote From Pro: A fun, uptempo bluegrass romp that will leave you feeling like you've had the "Time of Your Life" too!

I’ve Known All Along by SKY HIGH MUSIC LABS

Broadjam Artist: SKY HIGH MUSIC LABSSong: I’ve Known All AlongBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Elizabeth Elkins (Songwriter)Pro General Comments: This is a nice, feel-good bluegrass-leaning country song. I have a feeling it is well liked by audiences. The vocal…

SKY HIGH MUSIC LABS

Broadjam Artist: SKY HIGH MUSIC LABS
Song: I've Known All Along

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Elizabeth Elkins (Songwriter)

Pro General Comments: This is a nice, feel-good bluegrass-leaning country song. I have a feeling it is well liked by audiences. The vocal is good, but not as top notch as some bluegrass singers where the phrasing and pitch is airtight. Harmonies are similar, they are good but not at an A+ game level. However, the feel of the whole song is lovely. I see this as a song for you as an artist more than a song to pitch. I like the storytelling and the hook is memorable, as is the melody, which is infectious and will likely be stuck in my head for awhile. I think a slightly more compelling vocal take would take this from good to great. The production feels really good, though you may want to turn the vocal down slightly to really nail the blend and vibe. This is overall one of the stronger sounding demo I've reviewed on Broadjam so you are certainly headed in the right direction. You're not breaking any new ground musically but you're headed in the right direction. Look for songs that really create a spark and passion in the vocal so the emotion translates to the listener.

Quote From Pro: A rollicking-fun bluegrass song about falling in love. Lovely harmonies and melody will make you smile.

Facebook Addict by Randall Mark

Broadjam Artist: Randall MarkSong: Facebook AddictBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Doug Diamond (Music Supervisor, Engineer, Producer, Composer )Pro General Comments: Hi Randall -Good to hear from you again. Yes, “Facebook Addict” is a unique idea for a song, so…

Randall Mark

Broadjam Artist: Randall Mark
Song: Facebook Addict

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Doug Diamond (Music Supervisor, Engineer, Producer, Composer )

Pro General Comments: Hi Randall -Good to hear from you again. Yes, "Facebook Addict" is a unique idea for a song, so good job there. I mastered a song for a band awhile back called "Facebook Famous" which is I guess the next step after that... once you're addicted and then become really known for it. So people are definitely focusing on the addictive nature that is social media. You've done a good job of capturing that idea in your somewhat humorous / somewhat a-little-too-close-for-comfort lyric for certain folks, where it really has become an addition or problem. Without getting off into a diatribe about addiction or at least people who have those tendencies with just about anything, I do think your song does capture a certain desperation of people who will do or at least consider doing anything to "get that fix". All in all, I do like the concept and feel that it shows promise, however, I'd definitely address a few things before putting this song in more of a final form.The first thing I noticed other than the lyric/idea of the song was that the melody or hook seems almost identical to "Wonder Girl" (or Boy). When this happens, you run the risk of pigeon-holing yourself and your songwriting style. Because people who know your stuff will think (or say) something like: "All of his songs sound the same". You know? Be careful of that. To me, right now, this song's melody/hook are "Wonder Boy" with different lyrics. I'd definitely have a look at that and see what you can do to change the melody itself so that it's not so close to the other song. For instance, if you think of your songs as your kids, you wouldn't want your 2nd kid to look and act just like your first one, right? They're not meant to be twins in this case, I don't think. To me, it's the same song at the moment, but with different lyrics. So that is a fairly major issue... If I hadn't heard "Wonder Boy" first, then I might think the opposite if I'd heard this one first, but right now, to me, they are interchangeable, melodically. Work on that one for sure...My next thoughts are really more about once you've addressed that, then "now what?".If this song had a broader appeal, meaning, more "universal" where everyone could relate to it, I think that would make it much better. Right now, where people might realize they have an addition to FB, they wouldn't compare their use of it to hardcore drug use, stealing, losing their families over it, and some of the other extremes you mention. So, because you're talking about those things in the song, it is sort of funny in a dark sense of the word a kind of black comedy - because this guy is so ridiculously addicted to FB that he'd go to all of these extremes just to satisfy his addiction. Very sad, but kind of stupidly funny if someone did that in real life, which... who knows. However, people don't usually go to that extreme either and those that do have other kinds of serious mental health issues too, not just addiction. So, it's a fine line to walk... keeping it funny without it being over-the-top where no one can really identify with it or making it unbelievable, lyrically. I hope that makes sense. You don't want it to be so ridiculous that the listener thinks not only, "that could never be me", but also you don't want them to think "NO ONE could EVER do that". At that point, it's gone past the point of no return and it doesn't really maintain it's sense of humor - and just becomes unbelievable. It simply MUST have a strong element of truth in it all the way through so that people can really identify with it. Also keep in mind, many people HATE Facebook. Others have never used it. So this song would not be identifiable to those. How can you draw in those people? Just something to keep in mind. Maybe verse one needs to be about his normal life, and then verse two and three can be about how he went from that to giving in completely and giving up everything he loves to get his fix.[MAX CHARACTERS EXCEEDED]

Quote From Pro: "Facebook Addict" is a (sad but) funny story about a guy who has literally given in to his addiction and lost everything he cares about in order to satisfy it. It might be a little too close for comfort for some folks, but it does a good job of capturing the power of addiction and taking it to the extreme of what could be possible within the human psyche.

I Cried, Please Let Me Try ! by Jim Covington

Broadjam Artist: Jim CovingtonSong: I Cried, Please Let Me Try !Broadjam Pro Reviewer: Chris Keaton (Music Publisher, Artist Manager, Song Plugger)Pro General Comments: From the title of the song I really had no idea where this sonic adventure would le…

Jim Covington

Broadjam Artist: Jim Covington
Song: I Cried, Please Let Me Try !

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

Pro General Comments: From the title of the song I really had no idea where this sonic adventure would lead. The opening banjo lick is inviting and leads right into the first line of the song. From there the narrative unfolds. The lyric allows many visuals or the listener to recreate the scenes of civil war times from the perspective of a Virginia homesteader (being from Virginia I could really see the images int his song). As the story progresses the listener is taken through scenes of youth, war, strife and some remorse.Here is where I get a bit confused. Mr. Covington describes the songs as contemporary country. In my professional opinion, that is not the audience for this song. I would humbly suggest Americana as the correct format for the song. Americana encompasses folk, country, and many other indigenous music forms in which the song seems a better fit and stands a better chance to be heard and enjoyed by many.The sentiment I get from the song is heartfelt. Finding a family heirloom like this and taking the sentimental journey are very personal yet universal feelings. The write has a done an excellent job of guiding us along the way.Instrumentally the track works very well. At times the mix seems a little muddy but the lead and backing vocals are always out front and intelligible.Thank you for allowing me to the review and respond to your song. I wish you all the best!

Quote From Pro: The exceptional lyric allows many visuals or the listener to recreate the scenes of civil war times.

‘so d tingo’ (It is wat it is) by Groovie Selecta

Broadjam Artist: Groovie SelectaSong: ‘so d tingo’ (It is wat it is)Broadjam Pro Reviewer: Diana Williamson (Songwriter, Music Supervisor)Pro General Comments: Hi there.Please note: I don’t comment on quality of individual instrumentation as my experti…

Groovie Selecta

Broadjam Artist: Groovie Selecta
Song: 'so d tingo' (It is wat it is)

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

Pro General Comments: Hi there.Please note: I don't comment on quality of individual instrumentation as my expertise delves more into overall performance, marketing, melody, etc The structure of the song is very good, it moves and keeps your attention, it has a good flow. So you know how to structure a song which isn't always easy for everyone. I like the title- it is straightforward, simple but also is engaging, philosophical. I like the bell sounds at the top, it opens up the song nicely. It gives a good contrast to the intense vocal.The vocal is intense and the arrangement seems to work for the song as well. I'm not too sure about that "child-like" vocal in the very beginning (7 second mark)- it seems to take away and be distracting to the song. Although the other BG vocals do add an interesting layer to the song and help bring it to life. Very nice layering. Also when you are pitching a song hoping to get it placed in a film or TV show, any voices that may not come from you, can make a music supervisor uneasy as they don't take chances on people they don't know if there sounds like a sample that is used, that may not be cleared. Another words the easier you make it for them, the better your chances.It is a good song. If you want to elevate it some more- which is why I'm hoping you are asking for a review - as it is always great to ask an outside person to get some objective feedback. We can't always see or want to see what needs to be done in our own work. I would say that a slight change or build to the chorus - a bit more of a melodic change up, escalation would make it more enthralling to a listener.You want your listener to walk away singing your song and you do make it catchy, but perhaps you could make the melody a bit less repetitious so that your listener can remember it and sing it. That's when you know you made it catchy and it is really working. But it does work as is, just something to keep in mind. Not sure if you wanted a bridge but adding a bridge that takes your song away from the intensity can also be a good trick to keep their attention. Something totally fresh to break up the dynamic. You have a way with bg vocals, perhaps an acapella part?It is helpful to include a lyric when you pitch, and it is hard for me to make out the words, however the flow works and so you are certainly on the right track. From the description on your page it appears that you picked a very good theme to sing about. The songs that come out of what we really feel needs to be said, can be very good when we are stirred by something versus a formula song. And those songs seem to touch people more which is what a songwriter hopes for.Since you write in the Reggae/ Caribbean genre I would pitch your songs to film/TV that use this type of music. Make sure you have releases for any people that helped out on the track and mention this when you pitch. You have a niche market and music supervisors are always looking for this type of material, especially if you can say you have releases for everything. Good luck with your art and keep up the good work!

Quote From Pro: Groovie Selecta delivers an intense, heartfelt reggae track that could spice up the right movie or TV scene.

Everywhere I Look by John Francis Cooper

Broadjam Artist: John Francis CooperSong: Everywhere I LookBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Jonathan Weiss (Music Supervisor, A&R)Pro General Comments: Conceptually and melodically, the song evokes a peaceful, tranquil type of musical environment that if fleshed…

John Francis Cooper

Broadjam Artist: John Francis Cooper
Song: Everywhere I Look

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

Pro General Comments: Conceptually and melodically, the song evokes a peaceful, tranquil type of musical environment that if fleshed a bit more arrangement wise, possibly by adding a bridge or a B section, could help to elevate the emotion even more. The opening keyboard intro was well conceived and set up the rest of the arrangement well. Once the rest of the instrumentation comes in at 0:33, the listener can hear the synth strings brought forward into the arrangement. I would suggest trying to update some of the synth and keyboard samples to ones that are more contemporary sounding, as well as far as the strings, more organic and less synthetic sounding. It's good enough for a demo version to be able to get the main melodic elements of the song, however, for any kind of pitch for a film/tv type of placement or in a library, than an update of samples would be required. As mentioned, the main melody has a kind of melancholy, yet uplifting emotion to it, that brings the listener in, however, I think by adding a B section to contrast with the first section would help to flesh out the arrangement more. The overall performance is pretty solid.

Quote From Pro: An uplifting, yet tranquil type of main melody comes forth in this song, which is mainly derived from a keyboard and synth string arrangement.

Wonder Boy (alternate) by Randall Mark

Broadjam Artist: Randall MarkSong: Wonder Boy (alternate)Broadjam Pro Reviewer: David Arkenstone (Performer, Composer, Producer)Pro General Comments: Sweet, sweet song. Makes you feel happy, even with the ‘searching’ lyrics. The light hearted vocal sty…

Randall Mark

Broadjam Artist: Randall Mark
Song: Wonder Boy (alternate)

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
David Arkenstone (Performer, Composer, Producer)

Pro General Comments: Sweet, sweet song. Makes you feel happy, even with the 'searching' lyrics. The light hearted vocal style is very appealing. Also liked the flute melodies, it gives the break moments a nice buoyant feeling. And by the way, the lead vocal is so strong and convincing, I question whether the guy should be there at all? Might be superfluous. Don't want to hurt any feelings, but, just sayin'. It's from the girls POV, and maybe that's enough. Obviously, this is only my opinion! But you asked...Maybe bring in some light percussion at 2nd chorus.Liked the muted guitar propulsion at the intro, but then it seems to tack a backseat to the piano. Maybe experiment with the mix, and put that guitar on the right side, away from the piano.Maybe in the choruses find an additional element to make it special. Muted bass playing with the guitar, doubling the guitar strumming. Or bring a sparse, high piano in doing something fun.Piano is too strong is some places for me, it kind of grounds the song. I would experiment and radically change the mix around. Start with the vocal and guitar thumping. I wouldn't bring the piano until the first chorus.Overall, it's a catchy, sweet song, I could see it in a sync situation easily.I would also clean up some of the hiccups here and there in the timing of the vox and piano. And at :03 in the opening guitar needs tightening. Also not completely sold on that string sound in 2nd chorus. Sounds like a Mellotron?Sorry, for the late review, things have been quite crazy in the world!~David

Quote From Pro: Sweet sentiment illustrating a universal subject matter.

Without a Dawn by The Haunted North

Broadjam Artist: The Haunted NorthSong: Without a DawnBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Todd Herfindal (Songwriter, Musician, Producer, Engineer, Indie Record Label)Pro General Comments: A solid, hard rock ensemble styled brooding ballad featuring some of the sig…

The Haunted North

Broadjam Artist: The Haunted North
Song: Without a Dawn

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Todd Herfindal (Songwriter, Musician, Producer, Engineer, Indie Record Label)

Pro General Comments: A solid, hard rock ensemble styled brooding ballad featuring some of the signature sounds, overall vibe, tones, feel of the grunge era heyday. The lead vocal has some nice, intense emotion and a strong performance and delivery. Arrangement wise the song's structure resembles a kind of verse/lift/chorus approach, which works fairly well here. No bridge here except for the chorus lift or pre-chorus, if you will. The guitar solo after 2nd chorus works effectively to provide some sectional contrast and momentum. Cool "wah-wah" action in that guitar solo BTW!The verse melody starts in a lower range and has a pretty dark vibe, then nicely modulates up an octave the 2nd time around. The pre-chorus lifts in a way that isn't expected, then releasing nicely into the longer-held notes of the chorus melody.No lyrics were included for my reference, but I can tell you the lyrics generally serve the loneliness, sorrow and darker emotional themes of this track. I will say that it took several listens to really hear the many of the lyrics. This may suggest that the lead vocals are mixed a little too low, which is pretty common. In this case the singer is strong so from where I'm sitting, it seems appropriate to turn the volume up on those lead vocals. Musically the signature riff that opens the track serves as a strong underpinning to the verse melodies that come later. I will say that the nearly 30 second intro feels a bit long. If editing were an option, I might consider trimming it in half. This would help get the song under 4 mins, which could be useful to you depending on your goals for the song.

Quote From Pro: A solid, hard rock ensemble styled brooding ballad featuring some of the signature sounds, overall vibe, tones, feel of the grunge era heyday.

BURST by GABRIEL THE MIRACLE

Broadjam Artist: GABRIEL THE MIRACLESong: BURSTBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Robert Dellaposta (Writer, A&R, Publisher)Pro General Comments: very impressive…you grabbed my attention from the downbeat and kept me interested…This is rock/with a rap influenc…

GABRIEL THE MIRACLE

Broadjam Artist: GABRIEL THE MIRACLE
Song: BURST

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

Pro General Comments: very impressive...you grabbed my attention from the downbeat and kept me interested...This is rock/with a rap influence...loved it...It's difficult to select one word that fits the subject matter or the mood of this song...The message is confident, aggressive, determined, confrontational and powerful. It is positive and shows the singer knows where he is going and what he wants to do and no one or nothing will stand in his way. the rap and singing style was very spot on...great performance.Very powerful and entertaining.The track is killer in my opinion. The instrumentation and arrangement were very contemporary and up to date with today's recordings.This instrumental track without the vocal is also very movie, television and commercial friendly. Pitch them both to a music supervisor when submitting. There are a lot of non-exclusive music libraries and placement companies out there that would love to have this song in their catalog. My advice is go non-exclusive and keep the publishing and master rights unless some one makes you a deal you can't refuse.

Quote From Pro: Gabriel the Miracle is a force to be taken seriously. He's a street poet and a great rapper/singer and musician. I will not be surprised to hear his songs in movies and TV in the near future.

Walkin’ by Bob Birthisel

Broadjam Artist: Bob BirthiselSong: Walkin’Broadjam Pro Reviewer: Chris Keaton (Music Publisher, Artist Manager, Song Plugger)Pro General Comments: From the call to arms of the bass drum and handclaps at the top of this song the listener is drawn in. I…

Bob Birthisel

Broadjam Artist: Bob Birthisel
Song: Walkin'

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

Pro General Comments: From the call to arms of the bass drum and handclaps at the top of this song the listener is drawn in. It's an infectious little groove and the message is simple, elegant and right in point. It makes me want to stand up, shout and fall in line with the other "fifty million people walking to the beat of the lord."Your references to the New Orleans style (Allen Toussaint and The Night Tripper), Little Feat and Elton John (Honky Chateau) are evident and the respect you obviously have for your predecessors. Bravo!Obviously the player are real sharp professionals. The interplay between the players is sensational. They all intuitively know when NOT to play. I refer to this as musicians being sympathetic to one another. (Real pros know what to leave in and what to leave out- and these guys know)!!On a second listen I get even more excited by the song. The directness of the lyric is really well done. It's like the singer is singing directly to each listener individually.Needles to say I am very impressed with every aspect of this song, the writing, the selection of musicians, the performance, the recording. Bob, you have really created something very special here and I look forward to hearing many more great songs from you.

Quote From Pro: I am very impressed with every aspect of this song, the writing, the selection of musicians, the performance, the recording.