Been Bad For Me (A Dueling Piano Rock Original) by Jerry Impini

Broadjam Artist: Jerry ImpiniSong: Been Bad For Me (A Dueling Piano Rock Original)Broadjam Pro Reviewer: Elizabeth Elkins (Songwriter)Pro General Comments: Piano wise, this is super cool – it has some of that rollicking fun that some of the best radio …

Jerry Impini

Broadjam Artist: Jerry Impini
Song: Been Bad For Me (A Dueling Piano Rock Original)

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Elizabeth Elkins (Songwriter)

Pro General Comments: Piano wise, this is super cool - it has some of that rollicking fun that some of the best radio songs of Elton John and Billy Joel have. My main concern is that I can't make out the lyrics, and the vocal is mumbly, and buried in the mix so I can't grasp what's happening emotionally in the lyric. There's a frantic and sometimes awesome piano going on, but all I take away after listening is the energy of the piano. The vocal has got to be as compelling and dynamic as that piano. I would suggest a new vocal take, with more energy and a stronger emotional performance, with clarity of the lyric made more prominent. Part of that is the mix as well, the vocal needs to be highlighted more, and sit comfortably in the middle so we can better understand and enjoy what you're trying to say. There's no doubt the piano is strong, well-played and fun to listen to, but the rest of the song (and the heart of it meaning-wise) is lost on me.

Quote From Pro: Killer piano fun that makes you want to jump up and starting dancing. Reminiscent of Jerry Lee Lewis, Elton John and Billy Joel.

Talk to the wind by Paul Reidy

Broadjam Artist: Paul ReidySong: Talk to the windBroadjam Pro Reviewer: A.J. Gundell (Songwriter, Composer, Music Supervisor, Producer)Pro General Comments: With “Talk To The Wind,” songwriter Paul Reidy has composed a beautiful and poignant wake-up ca…

Paul Reidy

Broadjam Artist: Paul Reidy
Song: Talk to the wind

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

Pro General Comments: With "Talk To The Wind," songwriter Paul Reidy has composed a beautiful and poignant wake-up call to the scourge of child abuse in our society. The storytelling and music deliver a heartfelt plea from the singer for the audience to listen to her plight and come to her rescue--but her words go unanswered and she feels that she can only "talk to the wind." A brave and powerful piece that tackles a challenging and sensitive subject. Congrats to all who have contributed. The songwriting is really the star here. The A/B/A/B/C/B song form is perfectly crafted. I love how the central idea is captured in the title, the title is the hook, and the song builds to the hook at the conclusion of each chorus. Melody captures the poignancy of the story lyrics tell the story in a concise and moving way, with some great lyrical imagery and turns of phrase. Having said so, all the elements of my Broadjam mantra, 'the holy trinity' of song singer and recording, could each be addressed and revised to deliver the promise of the subject and intent of the song a little more effectively. As beautiful and expert as the songwriting is, the story itself is bleak and hard to listen to. Per the Artist's Submitted Question, I'd look for opportunities to bring some hope for a brighter future--and let the singer and the listener believe that her 'talking to the wind' might bring about positive change. Turn her despair into a more optimistic call to action--for us all. The recording unfortunately does not fully deliver on the drama and promise of the song. The record feels starkly and stiffly produced--with just piano/bass/drums going for a "pop/alternative" vibe. I hear the song genre as more adult contemporary/pop--the track should support this with a lusher, more dramatic David Foster-esque approach to the production: more orchestral than stripped-down rock band, piano/strings/background vocals. The singer delivers an emotional and believable performance, but the vocal sound should also be bigger/lusher/'verbier... and also better supported by the production in order to get the most out of the singer's talent and conviction. In general, I'd consider taking this back into the studio and rebuilding the record from the ground up. It's well worth trying to get the entire package to support and deliver a remarkable song and an important message.

Quote From Pro: With "Talk To The Wind," songwriter Paul Reidy has composed a beautiful and poignant wake-up call to the scourge of child abuse in our society. The storytelling and music deliver a heartfelt plea from the singer for the audience to listen to her plight and come to her rescue--but her words go unanswered and she feels that she can only "talk to the wind." A brave and powerful piece that tackles a challenging and sensitive subject. Congrats to all who have contributed.

We Are One by Shadow Creek

Broadjam Artist: Shadow CreekSong: We Are OneBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Chris Keaton (Music Publisher, Artist Manager, Song Plugger)Pro General Comments: SHADOW CREEK – WE ARE ONEThe title is exceptional and draws the listener in. I just wrote an article …

Shadow Creek

Broadjam Artist: Shadow Creek
Song: We Are One

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

Pro General Comments: SHADOW CREEK - WE ARE ONEThe title is exceptional and draws the listener in. I just wrote an article about the importance of a great title and first line. You knocked this one out of the park. The title and first line really invite the listener to stick around and hear more. I really love the intimacy of the piano vocal arrangement. It leaves so much to the imagination of the listener (particularly if the listener is an A&R director or a producer). It's a blueprint, a map, a guide and it really works. Bravo!!I am very impressed by the vocalist. Great range and sensational timbre to the voice. The song could be recorded by a male or female artist. The timing of this message couldn't be better. With all the turmoil and confusion this song offers guiding light and a healing message which is so needed right now.If this song is not being pitched I highly suggest you hire someone or initiate some type of deal with a plugger or publisher and, as they say, strike while the iron is hot.Wonderful job and I certainly wish you much deserved success with this song!!

Quote From Pro: Sensational recording and a top notch demo recording!

Farewell My Angel (Femme Vocal) by Andre Kerek

Broadjam Artist: Andre KerekSong: Farewell My Angel (Femme Vocal)Broadjam Pro Reviewer: Diana Williamson (Songwriter, Music Supervisor)Pro General Comments: Dear Andre:Please note: I don’t comment on quality of individual instrumentation as my exper…

Andre Kerek

Broadjam Artist: Andre Kerek
Song: Farewell My Angel (Femme Vocal)

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

Pro General Comments: Dear Andre:Please note: I don't comment on quality of individual instrumentation as my expertise delves more into overall performance, marketing, melody, etc I could picture this song in a movie set in a different era to really give it a setting it needs. I could picture the Wizard of Oz- in the beginning, Judy Garland's grandma is washing clothes and singing as she works in the sunshine and she's singing this song. It would fit there. If you can picture that type of scenario. There is always a good demand for these type songs because the market is flooded with modern pop/dance stuff. Older stuff is harder to clear so if you have a song that could fit days gone by- you've got a gem for pitching. Even the title "Farewell My Angel" bespeaks days from the past. It is a good title, summing up your emotions of the song.It seems to have an element of theatre in it as well, the drama and visual lyrics seem to cry out for a theatre setting. You may want to think about this. All you need is a good vocal and piano for this. The demo gets your point across but for film/TV it may need a better demo which is pretty easy to do nowadays inexpensively. This sample of Broadway songs may give you an idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOoYJ8bLHp4You may want to play around with a few words in the third verse to make your story clearer. You set up this dramatic longing by the singer in the first verse and then continue explaining how they were shy and regretted not moving forward. But then in the third verse it seems to tip around completely and say that the singer broke his heart. Make sure your story is clear for your listener. A little more clarity will give the listener closure to your story. I am left wondering if I should feel sorry for the singer or angry that they carelessly broke someone's heart?You have a great rhyme scheme going throughout which is good. The repetition works in the chorus but it would be 50% better if you could introduce a second new rhyming line. Something that sums up the story or gives us more resolution.. For eg- Farewell my angel, my heart you couldn't keep, My journey's long and now I must sleep, Farewell my angel, I'll no longer weep, You let me go and now........ fill in the blank...(it wasn't meant to be?).... If for eg- you have the singer- sad but realizing the person they loved didn't really deserve them because they didn't fight for them- and they are just realizing it wasn't meant to be- then you have a more interesting story. So give it more drama/dynamic and resolution.Your melody works, it has a flow. It is memorable and catchy. You open nicely, very dramatic. The lyric "I still recall the name of your street" is a great line. It's haunting and original- very good. It sets a tone. Which is why I am not sure if you want that percussion coming it. It seemed to distract from the interesting mood of the song. It feels a bit brash and took away from the initial mood. You had set up a real nice vibe of lost and longing and then the drums come in with an almost happy aggressive vibe which seems strange and not fitting. I would stick to the nice vocal piano. If you wanted to go more modern you could, but it would require a whole more modern treatment and arrangement. Which is why I'm suggesting to play to your strengths and give it an old school arrangement - good for film/TV and theatre.Nice work with some polish it could work well as a pitch for theatre and /or film/TV.

Quote From Pro: Farewell My Angel has a dramatic flair which would work well in theatre or film/TV looking for a song with a romantic tone from the past.

Out Of This World by The Silvers

Broadjam Artist: The SilversSong: Out Of This WorldBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Diana Williamson (Songwriter, Music Supervisor)Pro General Comments: Dear The Silvers!Please note: I don’t comment on quality of individual instrumentation as my expertise delves…

The Silvers

Broadjam Artist: The Silvers
Song: Out Of This World

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

Pro General Comments: Dear The Silvers!Please note: I don't comment on quality of individual instrumentation as my expertise delves more into overall performance, marketing, melody, etc Great marketing appeal with the animated group photo - it adds a little fun to your brand and the market can always use some of this, especially now. You have a fun "Southern California beachy vibe" going on here. The song has an upbeat feel to it, which is always good, especially when pitching to film/TV. Upbeat songs are in high demand - especially for commercials. Your song is a great length too- not too long, not too short. It's always a good idea to have a universal title- using a catch phrase- it catches the attention. Your opening starts well, draws you into the song.Song structure works well, you have a good handle on this. Verses lead to hook very well, solo to outro- all flows well. This is not always easy for everyone. It seems pretty clear you have this down. Bg vocals add a nice pep to the song, they work well with the lead vocal. The song is catchy. It's "toe-tapping." Arrangements overall support everything like they should.It's always good to include a lyric- to help evaluation. Even though it seems the singer/subject are at odds you still retain that upbeat feel. This is good. Contrast makes things more dynamic. Your rhyme schemes work well and aren't too predictable. The tone is conversational which works well. If I had a lyric I could comment a bit more. What did your subject do exactly to the singer? It feels a bit vague. Maybe this could be a bit clearer?Perhaps the vocal that works well could be tightened/smoothed up a tad on some of the notes that are held such as 2:05- doesn't matter "anyway." Overall the vocal works well- but some of the wording was hard for me to decipher- so that could be a bit clearer, more pronounced on some lines.Again, great marketing picture, with the cartoon profiles. You might even want to use this in a video down the road. The Monkees and the Archies shot through the roof with this type of marketing. They even released a song in 2018! https://youtu.be/05rUSARpr4g The other advantage of this is, not alot of people are doing it- so it will make you stand out. Just a thought. It's on the tip of my tongue who your band reminds me of- but for some reason Huey Lewis was one I pulled out of the hat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J08ZwySCoJ8 He had that kinda fun vibe going on. I would work this to your advantage as much as possible. When looking for songs- music supervisors remember brands. If you pitch yourselves as a fun surfer band- that will come to mind a year later- when they need material like that.The recording shows off the song just fine. If you wanted to pitch it to film and TV it seems like you could get a crisper recording. The song is fun enough I could see it getting placed in some beach style movies. Nowadays- getting these types of recordings- is a walk in the park. Overall solid work all around. Good luck!

Quote From Pro: The Silvers have a fun, California beach vibe which could lend itself well to film//TV looking for this type of sound.

Black Hurts by Terry Blade

Broadjam Artist: Terry BladeSong: Black HurtsBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Cortez Farris (Producer and Engineer)Pro General Comments: Very Nice musical workTerry Bladewith respect to your song, BLACK HURTS!First off the instrumental Jazz/Soul and Blues arrang…

Terry Blade

Broadjam Artist: Terry Blade
Song: Black Hurts

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Cortez Farris (Producer and Engineer)

Pro General Comments: Very Nice musical workTerry Bladewith respect to your song, BLACK HURTS!First off the instrumental Jazz/Soul and Blues arrangement is off the chain, and your sound is very unique Maxwell meetsAmos Lee. I definitely agree and think that many can feel your tone when you say "just beingblack is a burden" it's so real, raw, and relevant. Thank you for writing your truths, very good vocal range, and storytelling in general."Black Hurts" is a vibe,like no other song out there. The harmonies are absolutely beautiful along with the clean-tone of guitars/keyboards mixed perfectly with that tight drum sound. The instrumental arrangement and mix are one of the cleanest sounds I have heard in a while, great work! impressive.This is almost ready for prime-time streaming services, maybe you can add a few minor tweaks in the song with respect to some of your verses sounding semi shaky or not fully or vocally powered, but I get the sound and vibe you are going for. Outstanding, my team and I would possibly love to work with you on this, or furtherprojects in the future, stay in touch!

Quote From Pro: First off the instrumental Jazz/Soul and Blues arrangement is off the chain, and your sound is very unique Maxwell meetsAmos Lee. I definitely agree and think that many can feel your tone when you say "just beingblack is a burden" it's so real, raw, and relevant. Thank you for writing your truths, very good vocal range, and storytelling in general.

Break Free by VALEXIS

Broadjam Artist: VALEXISSong: Break FreeBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Cortez Farris (Producer and Engineer)Pro General Comments: Very Nice job Valexis!!! I love your song “Break Free” has a nostalgicvibe to it, especially with your amazing female vocals.One t…

VALEXIS

Broadjam Artist: VALEXIS
Song: Break Free

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Cortez Farris (Producer and Engineer)

Pro General Comments: Very Nice job Valexis!!! I love your song "Break Free" has a nostalgicvibe to it, especially with your amazing female vocals.One thing that immediatelycaught my attention was your amazing songwriting.I can tell you carefully constructed your lyrical writing, it was executed very well. Good job on displaying such emotion,authentic real life scenarios and nostalgic lyrics that resonate with virtually any audience, especially in these touugh pandemic times. Well done!!!The song alsohas a very cool and relevant harmony/melody to it, beautifully done. The clean-tone of instruments are mixed very well,not to mention the instrumental arrangement. Last but not least, the compositions overall mix is pretty clean and almost ready for prime-time streaming (if it has not released, yet!) Keep up the great work and the sky's the limit!

Quote From Pro: Your song "Break Free" has a nostalgicvibe to it, especially with your amazing female vocals. One thing that immediatelycaught my attention was your amazing songwriting and vocal ability, similar to a Brittney spears pop vibe- great work!

‘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: Cortez Farris (Producer and Engineer)Pro General Comments: Fantastic song Groovie Selecta!! This is definitely a track meant for streaming, verytimeless composit…

Groovie Selecta

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

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Cortez Farris (Producer and Engineer)

Pro General Comments: Fantastic song Groovie Selecta!! This is definitely a track meant for streaming, verytimeless composition with a great Reggae/Rasta vibe and quality - highly impressive. Your song "So D Tingo / It is Wat it Is" is a phenomenalsong title and the hook itself is really catchy, very well done!The instrumental arrangement of this song is wonderful, especially in this genre of Reggae/World! You definitely don't see a lot of this style, and it's a much needed Beenie Man/Marley Vibes. I think this song has great potential to jump off into something major, specifically in 2021 the new year!!! So D Tingo is a whole vibe! I would definitelybe interested in seeing what we can work on with respect to my team on a good reggae track, possibly after the new year sometime, if this is of mutual interest please let me know?!Finally, the overall song & mix is really clean and ready for prime-time, I'm a big fan of this type of classic reggaeintro.One thing you may want to consider is possibly adding 1-2 more verses or bridge and a bit less chorus/hook nearing the end so it is not too repetitive tosome,but that is all dependent upon the listener,so there is no right or wrong, only perspective! I realize the chorus/hook is supposed to be a catchy repetitivemovementin any song and any chorus candefinitely make or break a song, so for that reason - you have mastered writing a great hook and I must say you have it down - I think the song is amazing! Great work!

Quote From Pro: Fantastic song Groovie Selecta!! This is definitely a track meant for streaming, verytimeless composition with a great reggae/rasta vibe and quality - highly impressive. Your song "So D Tingo / It is Wat it Is" is a phenomenalsong title and the hook itself is really catchy, very well done!

Let’s Go! Let’s Go! by Nectar

Broadjam Artist: NectarSong: Let’s Go! Let’s Go!Broadjam Pro Reviewer: Cortez Farris (Producer and Engineer)Pro General Comments: The song is very uplifting and positive! Let’s Go! Let’s Go! is a great title for it, however you may consider just leavin…

Nectar

Broadjam Artist: Nectar
Song: Let's Go! Let's Go!

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Cortez Farris (Producer and Engineer)

Pro General Comments: The song is very uplifting and positive! Let's Go! Let's Go! is a great title for it, however you may consider just leaving it at Lets Go for search and listener access of ease. Also, I am definitely hearing the similarities to Neptunes / Pharrell Williams and Jamiroquai So again wonderful job on the song comparison.Constructive Comments:I do believe the overall quality of production/engineering could be a bit better or clearer with the help of a quality Engineer, such as myself. Another thing to consideris also having the Vocalist sing maybe in a different key or pitch via lead vocal. I say this because there is a moment of shaky pitch/tone on certain aspects and portions of the chorus/lyrics.Therefore, it is extremely important to have a dynamic vocalist that may not hit the highest key notes, but vocals that remain strong & carry a tone of overall consistencymatter, especially when it comes to the key/pitch and range. You want the sound quality to be outstanding and grab every listener, potential fan and/or music supervisor's attention automatically and off the top within the first 5-10 seconds.So, again just a few minor but vital switch-ups to consider and most of this can be corrected with a great Producer/Engineer rather, especially in certain areas, where the sound should be mastered a bit louder.Final Thoughts:The Verse and hook/chorus is fantastic! I can see some great things for this song with respect to the upcoming New Year, this type of anthem is one that is much needed! Nice Job and Great Vibe!

Quote From Pro: Final Thoughts:The Verse and hook/chorus is fantastic! I can see some great things for this song with respect to the upcoming New Year, this type of anthem is one that is much needed! Nice Job and Great Vibe!

NO JUSTICE NO PEACE by Dublano

Broadjam Artist: DublanoSong: NO JUSTICE NO PEACEBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Cortez Farris (Producer and Engineer)Pro General Comments: Incredible song Dublano!!! This is definitely a track meant for streaming in the current times of racial injustice, while…

Dublano

Broadjam Artist: Dublano
Song: NO JUSTICE NO PEACE

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Cortez Farris (Producer and Engineer)

Pro General Comments: Incredible song Dublano!!! This is definitely a track meant for streaming in the current times of racial injustice, while also a timeless track of great quality and accuracy at that, highly impressive. The song brings a great but serious vibe to the forefront, specifically with respect to all of what has and is going on in society today. Your song "No Justice No Peace" also has a catchy hook, nice R&B Melody, while also creating a dynamic-dose of collaborative Reality rap bars.The instrumental arrangement and with the electric guitar is phenomenal, especially in this genre of Hip Hop! You definitely don't see this a lot and I think it's got a similar vibe to DaBaby and Roddy Rich's Rockstar, who were also clearly not afraid to really go for it and that is the overall vibe that your song gave me, great job -big things to come with respect to your single "No Justice, No Peace".The overall song mix is pretty clean and ready for prime-time but the one thing you may really consider is slightly altering the intro in the beginning by taking the Filter off, see reason below:The reason I say this is becauseListenersnowadays have a short attention span. Meaning, you might really consider taking the Filter off of the intro and possibly trim the intro just a bit, getting to the vocals quicker, and again that is due to most people's lack of attention with respect to music and the fast paced world we live in with social media & etc. Also, Most music supervisors will not have time to listen or will flip to the next song after the first 3-5 sec maybe 10 sec, if the song doesn't grab their attention. Again, I do understand your purpose for the filter sound, but that doesn't mean everyone else will comprehend it, so they may flip to the next song simplybecause they think that your track isn't mixed professionally and/or to a production quality sound, when in reality it is.However, I do believe this would work extremely well "as is" if you left the filter on for something like the music video or anything where there is a visual production, so that your audience is expecting to see, feel and listen to the storytelling behind the song accompanied by a visual. But, when it comes to streaming services and playlisting you may want to consider the intro coming in clear and shorter for your audience or new fan base.Yet, on another positive note The overall songwriting for this composition is excellent!!! I could really feel the emotion and raw lyrics being relayed and delivered flawlessly, which is key and matters more than many artists seem to do. This is one of the best takes on R&B/Rap that I've heard in a minute. I absolutely believe you have something special here! My team and I would be possibly interested in a collaborative effort to work with you on getting the sound quality perfected for publishing and distribution purposes to mainstream, if this has not been done already!Outstanding Job Dublano, keep up the Great work!

Quote From Pro: The instrumental arrangement and with the electric guitar is phenomenal, especially in this genre of Hip Hop! You definitely don't see this a lot and I think it's got a similar vibe to DaBaby and Roddy Rich's Rockstar, who were also clearly not afraid to really go for it and that is the overall vibe that your song gave me, great job -big things to come with respect to your single "No Justice, No Peace".