December by Michael Clothier

Michael Clothier

Broadjam Artist: Michael Clothier
Song: December

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

Pro General Comments: Hi Michael -Thanks for bringing your song to my attention. I really like it and have enjoyed listening to it several times. For the title, I think that just "December" is a little forgettable, honestly. I'd probably call it "December (Still As Night)" - because that brings to mind Christmas more than just the month of 'December', which can mean different things to different people. Just a suggestion.Overall, the songwriting is very strong as are all of the performances - particularly the vocal and the piano, so nice work there. I think the lyrics and the melody are also both excellent.To me, the only part of this song that needs work is the production value. It's just not quite there... good, but not *great*. For songs that I pitch, the production has to be incredible. It needs to sound like something a major label might put out. So remember your competition. If it doesn't sound that great, it generally will have a hard time getting placements. Your tune deserves to sound its best. Right now, it's probably more along the lines of a really good-sounding demo. It doesn't quite have that final polish that it needs. I think part of it is the mix and/or arrangement too. I'd think about having some nice, subtle string arrangement in there, perhaps starting past the halfway mark and building towards the end (preferably real strings though, not synth strings). Nothing too dramatic, but something that adds to the feel and texture as the song progresses. That's just a suggestion, because it's fine without that, of course. The existing recording is ok, but just needs a little work. The piano is a little dull-sounding (great playing though) and I'm not sure about that airy synth sound I'd think about using more building strings personally. Also, there is a click/pop when the synth cuts off at 1:32 and the piano melody starts, so that needs to be cleaned up. Those types of things can't stay in final recordings that get pitched for film/TV/ads because the editors, producers, directors, music sups, will all hear that and either reject the song or make you fix it then, or simply not use it - costing both time and money that likely no one has. You want to have that stuff cleaned up before you pitch it.So the main issue with the song and the overall bottom line is the production value. Otherwise, you have an excellent song that could work for many types of Christmas opportunities.This song could definitely find a home in the right Christmas-type of sync placement. You can email me for more information if you like via our SongHunters website, or my site at www.diamondiscaudio.com.Thanks again and good luck to you!Best,Doug

Quote From Pro: "December" is a great example of what could someday be a new Christmas/Holiday standard, that many could grow to love, and even become part of people's annual Christmas family traditions.

Gather Ye Rosebuds by James Neilson Graham

James Neilson Graham

Broadjam Artist: James Neilson Graham
Song: Gather Ye Rosebuds

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

Pro General Comments: It's always good advice to avoid using cliche's or old poetic lines as hooks to contemporary folk songs. Gather Ye Rosebuds is only used once in this song and it does not qualify as a hook in the true sense of the word. My Precious Pearl is used 4 times in the song including the last sung lyric. It is the only repeated hook in the song in my opinion. The form of the song is verse/verse/verse this is a valid form for folk songs. your overall length of song is good. melodically this is well done. The end of each verse or the refrain as you call it is catchy and memorable. Excellent chord choices. The groove, melody and chord progression fit this genre well. The prosody is good. Instrumentation is good. Vocals are good. Commerciality of this song for Americana radio is low because of the antiquated poetic lyric and unconversational vocabulary. Don't get me wrong it's well written if your target was a late 19th century or early 20th century folk song. The only market i can visualize this song being used is film and television and even then the opportunities would be limited to the period and era i stated. It's a charming piece of music that is well crafted for what it is. It is not a contemporary sounding folk song for radio airplay in my opinion.

Quote From Pro: James Neilson Graham is an authentic old soul folk writer and artist. His lyric and music will take you back to more innocent times when the world wasn't in the turmoil it is in now. His beautifully crafted melodies are relaxing and soothing. Well worth listening to.

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.

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!