Resting My Head On A Raindrop by Soulscript

Soulscript

Broadjam Artist: Soulscript
Song: Resting My Head On A Raindrop

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

Pro General Comments: "Resting My Head On A Raindrop" has to be one of the most intriguing song titles ever. And while it took me a few listens to drill down to what I think Soulscript is onto lyrically, with those few listens the song and hook became a classic 'song worm' for me... and I couldn't stop singing the chorus. A good thing--for this original roots/rocking/Americana band charting some new territory for itself.Stylistically and musically, I think the band and its sound/performances fits perfectly in their genre--the record and vocal have an authentic, earthy roots'y vibe--indie acoustic/electric rock band, little lo-fi, some nice guitar shredding, working eq filtering to cool effect a couple of times. As I said, the title and hook keep coming at you and linger long after the listening has stopped. In part due to my feelings about the lyrics, I could use a little more vocal in the mix--some lines get lost in the band. Today, regardless of the genre, our ears want to hear everything loud... especially the vocal/singer.The most intriguing and essential element--that killer chorus/title, and the lyrics/story--is also the spot that needs closer examination and I think a little more work. I had to ask myself... 'what's Soulscript trying to say here?" My conclusion is that the singer is sending us an existential message about the universe, the tiny place each one of us occupies, and how we might find some comfort resting on that raindrop and feeling connected to the larger cosmos. But... there's a little too much work the listener needs to do to make those connections--I think I'd look to tighten up the internal flow of ideas so we get it, more clearly. There are numerous lines that suggest it's not so much restful on that raindrop as it is overwhelming. I'd try to go for a little more clarity... so the listener doesn't have to wonder.End of the day, this is a pretty heady, philosophical topic--and Soulscript has made a cool sounding, provocative record that gets our wheels turning at the same time we're grooving on it.

Quote From Pro: "Resting My Head On A Raindrop" has to be one of the most intriguing song titles ever. And while it took me a few listens to drill down to what I think Soulscript is onto lyrically, with those few listens the song and hook became a classic 'song worm' for me... and I couldn't stop singing the chorus. A good thing--for this original roots/rocking/Americana band charting some new territory for itself. End of the day, this is a pretty heady, philosophical story--and Soulscript has made a cool sounding, provocative record that gets our wheels turning at the same time we're grooving on it.

Come on Home by Justin Seegert Music

Justin Seegert Music

Broadjam Artist: Justin Seegert Music
Song: Come on Home

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

Pro General Comments: "Come On Home" is a very simple, poignant heartland folk song--but one I believe, given the right setting/recording/licensed usage, could rise to the level of a timeless standard. It's very simple, and very good."Come On Home" reminds me a little bit of songs like "Love Me Tender" and "You Are My Sunshine." The main idea and central message are clear--the singer misses his girl, is heartbroken, wants her to come on home. The melody and lyric both achieve that classic simplicity, fit together and sing perfectly. There's next to no uncertainly about the point. Instrumentation and arrangement choices are perfect as well--we have a basic solo vocal, accompanied by guitar, hand drum, and a beautiful, lilting fiddle. All are well played, sung, and mixed. The vocal tone has an appropriate touch of the poignancy of the subject matter, nicely delivered there may be times when the performance feels a tad hesitant, like the singer could be singing out a little more, but it doesn't pull the recording down. Love the harmonic choice for the beginning of the chorus--first inversion D/F#. Really sweet, naturally flowing. It's easy to hear how a little more of a finished record, or a cover by an established artist, could take this demo to a whole other level.There might be a couple of spots where the lyric and song structure could benefit from another look. I'm not too sure what "symphony of youth to grey" means--maybe, play with me from when we're young now until we're old? If so, I think there's a simpler way to say that in keeping with the overall tone. And--nothing broken here--but the repeat of the first verse exactly as the third asks for maybe a small deviation for some ear candy/interest... maybe in line two?Overall, this is a quiet little gem that deserves to find a place in the otherwise too-loud rest of our contemporary music world.

Quote From Pro: "Come On Home" is a very simple, poignant heartland folk song--but one I believe, given the right setting/recording/licensed usage, could rise to the level of a timeless standard. It's very simple, and very good. Overall, it's a quiet little gem that deserves to find a place in the otherwise too-loud rest of our contemporary music world.

Come on Home by Justin Seegert Music

Justin Seegert Music

Broadjam Artist: Justin Seegert Music
Song: Come on Home

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

Pro General Comments: "Come On Home" is a very simple, poignant heartland folk song--but one I believe, given the right setting/recording/licensed usage, could rise to the level of a timeless standard. It's very simple, and very good."Come On Home" reminds me a little bit of songs like "Love Me Tender" and "You Are My Sunshine." The main idea and central message are clear--the singer misses his girl, is heartbroken, wants her to come on home. The melody and lyric both achieve that classic simplicity, fit together and sing perfectly. There's next to no uncertainly about the point. Instrumentation and arrangement choices are perfect as well--we have a basic solo vocal, accompanied by guitar, hand drum, and a beautiful, lilting fiddle. All are well played, sung, and mixed. The vocal tone has an appropriate touch of the poignancy of the subject matter, nicely delivered there may be times when the performance feels a tad hesitant, like the singer could be singing out a little more, but it doesn't pull the recording down. Love the harmonic choice for the beginning of the chorus--first inversion D/F#. Really sweet, naturally flowing. It's easy to hear how a little more of a finished record, or a cover by an established artist, could take this demo to a whole other level.There might be a couple of spots where the lyric and song structure could benefit from another look. I'm not too sure what "symphony of youth to grey" means--maybe, play with me from when we're young now until we're old? If so, I think there's a simpler way to say that in keeping with the overall tone. And--nothing broken here--but the repeat of the first verse exactly as the third asks for maybe a small deviation for some ear candy/interest... maybe in line two?Overall, this is a quiet little gem that deserves to find a place in the otherwise too-loud rest of our contemporary music world.

Quote From Pro: "Come On Home" is a very simple, poignant heartland folk song--but one I believe, given the right setting/recording/licensed usage, could rise to the level of a timeless standard. It's very simple, and very good. Overall, it's a quiet little gem that deserves to find a place in the otherwise too-loud rest of our contemporary music world.

O King by Ellen Hayes

Ellen Hayes

Broadjam Artist: Ellen Hayes
Song: O King

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

Pro General Comments: As a praise and worship song this is well crafted and can be arranged to fit any time slot that the church service needs...two minutes to four minutes. 4:39 is a little long for a live performance in my opinion. This type of song can be used by a soloist in the choir or by a Christian artist with a music ministry. It's moving and stirring. The choir adds just the right musical bed for you to embellish and adlib on and you did so very professionally. The track sounds great...just when it was starting to become predictable you changed it and made it interesting. Musically except for the length I give this an A+. Lyrically is fairly common. I'm not seeing anything in this lyric that hasn't already been said thousands of times in thousands of other praise and worship songs. To going down of the same didn't work for me...till the ending of our day sounds a little more conversational. for being clothed in our right minds? That's not something that people usually say when thanking the lord so i'll give you credit for an original line. For the breath in our bodies is a good line.For our heart beating at the proper time isn't working because there is no improper time for a heart to be beating in my opinion. If we had ten thousand tongues, Lord we couldn't thank you enough, oh)Lord We Love You, O King 4x why only 10,000 tongues why not ten million? You're our provider and we love you lord...you're my provider only speaks for you. Keep it we and our etc. It's true he is known by all the names you listed. This is typical in most praise and worship songs. Lyrically this may serve your purpose if you have a ministry but these common lyrics might not grab the attention of other Christian artists looking for something new to sing. It's a very uplifting song and there really is no incorrect lyric when praising our lord. It's my job to point out lyrics that I think could be improved.

Quote From Pro: This is a very authentic and stirring praise and worship song that showcases Ellen Hayes' enormous vocal abilities. It would not surprise me to hear this song sung in a movie or in a television scene involving a church service with the choir singing.

O King by Ellen Hayes

Ellen Hayes

Broadjam Artist: Ellen Hayes
Song: O King

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

Pro General Comments: As a praise and worship song this is well crafted and can be arranged to fit any time slot that the church service needs...two minutes to four minutes. 4:39 is a little long for a live performance in my opinion. This type of song can be used by a soloist in the choir or by a Christian artist with a music ministry. It's moving and stirring. The choir adds just the right musical bed for you to embellish and adlib on and you did so very professionally. The track sounds great...just when it was starting to become predictable you changed it and made it interesting. Musically except for the length I give this an A+. Lyrically is fairly common. I'm not seeing anything in this lyric that hasn't already been said thousands of times in thousands of other praise and worship songs. To going down of the same didn't work for me...till the ending of our day sounds a little more conversational. for being clothed in our right minds? That's not something that people usually say when thanking the lord so i'll give you credit for an original line. For the breath in our bodies is a good line.For our heart beating at the proper time isn't working because there is no improper time for a heart to be beating in my opinion. If we had ten thousand tongues, Lord we couldn't thank you enough, oh)Lord We Love You, O King 4x why only 10,000 tongues why not ten million? You're our provider and we love you lord...you're my provider only speaks for you. Keep it we and our etc. It's true he is known by all the names you listed. This is typical in most praise and worship songs. Lyrically this may serve your purpose if you have a ministry but these common lyrics might not grab the attention of other Christian artists looking for something new to sing. It's a very uplifting song and there really is no incorrect lyric when praising our lord. It's my job to point out lyrics that I think could be improved.

Quote From Pro: This is a very authentic and stirring praise and worship song that showcases Ellen Hayes' enormous vocal abilities. It would not surprise me to hear this song sung in a movie or in a television scene involving a church service with the choir singing.

The Secret Place by Ellen Hayes

Ellen Hayes

Broadjam Artist: Ellen Hayes
Song: The Secret Place

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

Pro General Comments: Fantastic vocal and great sounding band. Catchy hooks and memorable melodic lines. Stirring spiritual stimulating happy vibrant lively positive and much more. It's a hand clapping toe tapping R&B Contemporary Christian worship song. I can easily hear this is a movie or television show with a religious scene taking place in church. I can see the altar and the choir and the congregation joining in. The sound will be awe inspiring and would touch everyone listening with the holy spirit. Your performance is professionally off the charts. You would hold your own against the best of the best in my opinion. This song shows me you have been blessed with musical talent and skill. This is a master worth promoting to all the musical outlets available. If you don't have a music ministry you should have one and be leading worship with this song. The arrangement is unpredictable and moving. The chords are very colorful and your adlibs are very cool and entertaining. The R&B groove is very pulsating and capturing great instrumental track...love the drums and piano.

Quote From Pro: I would go to church just to hear Ellen Hayes sing. Her true love of Jesus shines through on her vocals and it will surely touch everyone who hears her singing. Watch for her new sing "Secret Place" and be prepared to get blessed.

The Secret Place by Ellen Hayes

Ellen Hayes

Broadjam Artist: Ellen Hayes
Song: The Secret Place

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

Pro General Comments: Fantastic vocal and great sounding band. Catchy hooks and memorable melodic lines. Stirring spiritual stimulating happy vibrant lively positive and much more. It's a hand clapping toe tapping R&B Contemporary Christian worship song. I can easily hear this is a movie or television show with a religious scene taking place in church. I can see the altar and the choir and the congregation joining in. The sound will be awe inspiring and would touch everyone listening with the holy spirit. Your performance is professionally off the charts. You would hold your own against the best of the best in my opinion. This song shows me you have been blessed with musical talent and skill. This is a master worth promoting to all the musical outlets available. If you don't have a music ministry you should have one and be leading worship with this song. The arrangement is unpredictable and moving. The chords are very colorful and your adlibs are very cool and entertaining. The R&B groove is very pulsating and capturing great instrumental track...love the drums and piano.

Quote From Pro: I would go to church just to hear Ellen Hayes sing. Her true love of Jesus shines through on her vocals and it will surely touch everyone who hears her singing. Watch for her new sing "Secret Place" and be prepared to get blessed.

Can’t Get There From Here by Dave Schnur

Dave  Schnur

Broadjam Artist: Dave Schnur
Song: Can't Get There From Here

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

Pro General Comments: The track and the players are right on the money here. The session must have really been magical. Very much like the last song I heard, from you, your recording and performance skills are exceptional. These players are top notch and should be creating records! Bravo!Now, the title: in my opinion, you have to be careful with one as ubiquitous as this. In other words, I have heard/read/been presented this title multiple times (and I am just one small voice in the forest!). In my opinion, you have not gone anywhere new with this. It's not original enough to grab my attention. To be brutally honest, I've heard it all before and written better. I am intrigued by one line: about the quarter not being returned. Now, THAT takes me back. But maybe ONLY me. Here's what I mean: the country audience these days skews very young. So young that it's doubtful they even know about pay phones, much less that you had to pay for calls!My suggestion is a rewrite of the lyric and re record the track.

Quote From Pro: The track and the players are right on the money here. The session must have really been magical.

Can’t Get There From Here by Dave Schnur

Dave  Schnur

Broadjam Artist: Dave Schnur
Song: Can't Get There From Here

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

Pro General Comments: The track and the players are right on the money here. The session must have really been magical. Very much like the last song I heard, from you, your recording and performance skills are exceptional. These players are top notch and should be creating records! Bravo!Now, the title: in my opinion, you have to be careful with one as ubiquitous as this. In other words, I have heard/read/been presented this title multiple times (and I am just one small voice in the forest!). In my opinion, you have not gone anywhere new with this. It's not original enough to grab my attention. To be brutally honest, I've heard it all before and written better. I am intrigued by one line: about the quarter not being returned. Now, THAT takes me back. But maybe ONLY me. Here's what I mean: the country audience these days skews very young. So young that it's doubtful they even know about pay phones, much less that you had to pay for calls!My suggestion is a rewrite of the lyric and re record the track.

Quote From Pro: The track and the players are right on the money here. The session must have really been magical.

Long Decline by Dave Schnur

Dave  Schnur

Broadjam Artist: Dave Schnur
Song: Long Decline

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

Pro General Comments: Dave, first and foremost please forgive my tardiness in getting this review to you. I apologize.I love the sultry, lazy vibe of this track. The lyric, melody and track make it so easy to visualize the scene. It's as if I am able to be a silent and invisible witness to the entire scene. To my mind, music s supposed to move the listener and this song really does. In fact, it seemingly transports me through time and space to be precisely where this Long Decline takes place.The track is absolutely stunning. The players (WHO THE HECK ARE THESE GUYS!?) are obviously pros. The way they ebb and flow, push and pull each other as they move through time is truly magical. My interpretation of their playing is that they are sympathetic to one another. Listening intently to each other and playing accordingly. Giving one another the space needed for the magic of this music to occur. Bottom line" THEY GET IT!The vocal is just imperfect enough to make the song believable. It's reminiscent of Sinatra's original version of One For My Baby ( and One More For The Road).

Quote From Pro: The recording transports me through time and space to be precisely where this Long Decline takes place.