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.

Here with You by Daniel

Broadjam Artist: DanielSong: Here with YouBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Jonathan Stone (Publisher)Pro General Comments: Hey Daniel thanks for your submission. Sorry for the delay in reviewing but been busy during this crazy time. Right? …

Daniel

Broadjam Artist: Daniel
Song: Here with You

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Jonathan Stone (Publisher)

Pro General Comments: Hey Daniel thanks for your submission. Sorry for the delay in reviewing but been busy during this crazy time. Right? Overall I really like what you have done here. The production is very good as is the recording quality. These are very important factors in today's market, production and quality of the recording as I have spoken about many times in reviewing material here. There are 5 primary elements these days to a record. melody, lyric, production, arrangement and recording quality. You really need to check all the boxes if you're going to try and have a career in the music business. These days the most important of those 5 elements is production quality and arrangement. Melody and lyric really have become somewhat secondary to these three. In other words as long as you have a great track and concept you may be able to get away with a lesser lyric and melody but it does not work the other way around. A poor production will get you nowhere. In the case of " "Here With You" you have all of these elements covered but feel the lyric and title could be a little further developed.

Quote From Pro: Check out Daniels "Here With You" If you are looking for a high quality dance track for your next project. Or just crank it up for your own listening pleasure!

Wonder Boy (alternate) by Randall Mark

Broadjam Artist: Randall MarkSong: Wonder Boy (alternate)Broadjam Pro Reviewer: Todd Herfindal (Songwriter, Musician, Producer, Engineer, Indie Record Label)Pro General Comments: A nice, almost duet styled acoustic-based folky singer-songwriter vibe wi…

Randall Mark

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

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

Pro General Comments: A nice, almost duet styled acoustic-based folky singer-songwriter vibe with a real warm-hearted spirit in the music, melody, vocals and overall approach. The female lead vocal has a nice tone, and comes across with the kind of pureness/ innocence that a song like this needs. Structurally, the song's arrangement resembles a kind of verse /lift (PC)/ chorus approach, which works pretty well. The chorus melody is nicely differentiated from the verse and PC melodies and feels pretty natural. I'll say that perhaps the song might benefit from a sung bridge to help round out the lyrics a bit more. The track in it's current state is 3:16. Adding a short sung 30 second bridge means you could still be in a good place as far as the running time, which might land you around 3:45. One other observation: In chorus2 the pause between the 1st and second half comes across like a little flat tire where some momentum is lost. I might skip the pause and just roll into 2nd half. Lyrically, one thing I'm noticing is that each chorus lyric seems to be a little different from the next. Sometimes this can make it more challenging for the listener to get or grasp the chorus as each chorus is lyrically varied. Once idea might be to create one uniform chorus lyric that only gets changed or alternated when the last chorus arrives. That way the listener's got the chorus lyrics in their heads and can potentially hear the lyrical change from a basis point of knowing how the chorus is supposed to sound like. Lastly, watch out for mood deviations in lyrics that can be distracting while going somewhat against the theme like "If you looked deep in my eyes, would you find a true love or just a pocket of lies." It's really the "pocket of lies" line that feels mismatched to the mood/vibe/message. Last lyrical observation is that the 3rd verse lyrics take a bit of a U turn with the protagonist losing faith in herself and then her "wonder boy" . . "But I'm too shy to talk to you, not even a word, not even a few And I don't dare walk up to you, I don't have the nerve to make my big move So I guess I'll look for another boy, I'll keep on searching for my wonder boy." So. . in essence you're telling the listener (paraphrasing of course) "I'm too shy, so I'll look for another guy." This shyness turning to lack of faith in the guy somewhat undermines the rest of the song, and what it's saying. If I were co-writing this with you, I'd suggest staying in the infatuation zone rather than the doubt zone. Lyrical deviations like this which leave the established character/mood of the song can be distracting for the listener, who now may not at all believe in your "wonder boy" which may not be the goal. Overall this is a strong demo/recordings and a promising song that might benefit from any or all of the suggestions I've made above. I appreciate you letting me hear the song and chime in on your creative process. Best of luck!!

Quote From Pro: A nice almost duet styled acoustic-based folky singer-songwriter vibe with a real warm-hearted spirit in the music, melody, vocals and overall approach.

A PARALLEL UNIVERSE by B.Still

Broadjam Artist: B.StillSong: A PARALLEL UNIVERSEBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Michael Marans (Music Technologist)Pro General Comments: The concept of parallel universes “leaking” is way cool, and you’ve done some interesting sound design to reinforce the ide…

B.Still

Broadjam Artist: B.Still
Song: A PARALLEL UNIVERSE

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Michael Marans (Music Technologist)

Pro General Comments: The concept of parallel universes "leaking" is way cool, and you've done some interesting sound design to reinforce the idea. The problem, however, is that the overly washy/reverby production works against the theme, as the individual components are often too smeared to maintain their distinction (and subtlety). Put another way, you've created a wall of sound, but the individual bricks are lost in the mortar. I'd suggest remixing the piece with ALL reverb eliminated so that you can truly determine how all of the parts work together. Once you've made the arrangement work "dry," add reverb back in selectively both as a means to enhance particular instruments and to provide (in small amounts) the "glue" that holds the entire mix together. Hint: Try using delay rather than reverb on the lead instrument(s). (Stereo: 1/8th note L, 1/4 note R, or 1/16th note L, 1/8th note R.) You'll find you can create a big ambient space wiothout introducing the "wash" that's currently detracting from the mix. Lower scores in the check boxes are largely due to reverb-heavy production. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised (and perhaps challenged) by taking a "dry" approach and adding the ambience back in subtley and sparingly.

Quote From Pro: The concept of parallel universes "leaking" is way cool, and you've done some interesting sound design to reinforce the idea.

Convertible Summer by Phil Bouldry

Broadjam Artist: Phil BouldrySong: Convertible SummerBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Diana Williamson (Songwriter, Music Supervisor)Pro General Comments: Please note: I don’t comment on quality of individual instrumentation as my expertise delves more into over…

Phil Bouldry

Broadjam Artist: Phil Bouldry
Song: Convertible Summer

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

Pro General Comments: Please note: I don't comment on quality of individual instrumentation as my expertise delves more into overall performance, marketing, melody, etc Good description, you catch the summer vibe very well. When trying to get your songs cut or used in media, it is always a good idea to have uptempo happy songs whenever you can. Your verses and their description do their job and paint a picture for your listener. Nice visual description. Convertible Summer gives a listener a good strong image, right away you know what it will be about and you catch the energy of that. You progress your story which keeps the interest of your listener and very important to do. Lead us on a journey, keep our interest.Don Henley wrote the Boys of Summer and that captured the nostalgia of our long lost carefree days. You both hint at the nostalgia. You may want to check out his song and you can see why it became a hit. Studying similar themes in a hit song can be very educational and give you a reference point for your own songwriting.Henley's "Boys of Summer" is about a man who is longing for these carefree days and his lover, his description is very picturesque but with an underlying haunting feel. It's always a good idea to delve as deep as possible to stir up the emotion in a listener. But I can see youYour brown skin shining in the sunYou got your hair combed back and yourSunglasses on babyI can tell you my love for you will still be strongAfter the boys of summer, have goneSince you started such a great story, you may want to give us just a little bit more, deepen the storyline. Add some more drama to hold our interest. A song that has everything rosy doesn't have the same impact as our singer saying at the end something like, my lady is so far away, how I long for those good ole days, but I feel her slipping away...... Leave us hanging for the resolution and then give it to us at the end.Something along the idea of "the good ole days are coming my way ... cause my lady... she says she's coming to stay.".... End it with a resolution of sorts, will make it more satisfying. Depending what way you want your song to go. Happy it seems. (feel free to use ideas)

Quote From Pro: Strong happy summer vibe song that makes you dream of those carefree days.

Fairy Tales by VALEXIS

Broadjam Artist: VALEXISSong: Fairy TalesBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Doug Diamond (Music Supervisor, Engineer, Producer, Composer )Pro General Comments: Hi Valexis (Ana?) -Thank you so much for letting me know about this great tune of yours. Excellent all-a…

VALEXIS

Broadjam Artist: VALEXIS
Song: Fairy Tales

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

Pro General Comments: Hi Valexis (Ana?) -Thank you so much for letting me know about this great tune of yours. Excellent all-around. I've known and worked with Mark Zubek off and on for years and have even done a radio interview with him. I have incredible respect for him, his talent, his label, and his work, so great job bringing him in as the producer on your song. Great fit!Well, where to start? I love this song... excellent craftsmanship for sure. It appears you wrote it all yourself. Is that right? A firm grasp of song structure is apparent, as is great lyrics, and the all-important "it factor", which I think this song has.Fantastic hook/chorus! This may be the best aspect of this song - and that's saying quite a bit. The music production is superb from start to finish, a-la Mark Z. I don't think I'd change a thing with anything there.I really like how the Bridge changes things up quite a lot - very nice.Lyrically, you're spot-on too (thanks for providing those in your profile). I could suggest a couple things lyrically that I thought of, but they're not really "gotta fix" issues... it's really more, if you want to address it, I think it'd make the song that much better. I feel like the pre-chorus may have the words "killing me" in it too much... it's mentioned four times in two lines. I'd probably use a different word once or twice. Maybe "destroy" or "wasting", or "debilitating", or some other word(s) that mean similar things, just to give some variety. And having the word "autocracy" in there - how brilliant is that? You also have a few other 'sophisticated' words in there too - meaning, for Pop music, at least. "Capsizing" and "mesmerizing" - both excellent choices for lyrics too - and they work well.I like how this song really kind of has darker-type, "downer" (from an emotional standpoint) lyrics - and yet - the chorus is really a Pick-Me-Up and makes you feel good listening to it. How's that possible? I'm not sure, but I guess it is!Another idea: "Fairy Tales" is good as a title, but I'd consider something a tiny bit more memorable maybe something like "Fairy Tales (Your Autocracy)" or something like that with the parenthesis, giving people a little more to remember. Just an idea...Vocally, I feel like they are very well-done for the most part. There is a place or two where I think some slight tuning might help - or - perhaps one more take singing those spots not much though and I'm being nit-picky about it. I think it's 98% excellent, but there's a little more room to make them that much better, if that makes sense.Overall, excellent work! Not much I would change about this song at all. It's really pretty much 'ready to go' in my book. I know you have submitted it for a few things of mine, sync-wise already and know that we've already pitched it for some things. We'll keep our fingers crossed, but my guess is I know at least one catalog that will reach out to you about "Fairy Tales" and want to get it added into their system asap. The lyrics are a bit specific for many types of sync scenario/placement opportunities, however, just the right sync thing *has* to exist somewhere out there, for this song.Hope that helps, and feel free to write me if you have any other questions.Thanks!-Doug

Quote From Pro: VALEXIS' "Fairy Tales" has one of the coolest Pop hooks / choruses I've heard in a while. Excellent songwriting craftsmanship and production value. Great job! A must-hear!

Where Concrete Meets The Grass by The SuBourbon Blues Project – Chris Ford

Broadjam Artist: The SuBourbon Blues Project – Chris FordSong: Where Concrete Meets The GrassBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Chris Keaton (Music Publisher, Artist Manager, Song Plugger)Pro General Comments: From the viewing of the title, “Where Concrete Meets T…

The SuBourbon Blues Project - Chris Ford

Broadjam Artist: The SuBourbon Blues Project - Chris Ford
Song: Where Concrete Meets The Grass

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

Pro General Comments: From the viewing of the title, "Where Concrete Meets The Grass" I was intrigued. In fact I had absolutely no idea where this song would go. Beginning with the first note, I had a feeling this would be good. From a sonic perspective, the intro is great and when the vocal starts it opens up to a whole new vibe. Great voice for this type of song. The listener can feel the honesty and pain in the singer's heart through his expressive and emotive voice.Also the 6/8 feel really works for me. I am a sucker for this groove. Interesting to me that the high hat does not drive the beat. (If I were to offer a suggestion it would be to allow the high hat to play eighth and swing the whole groove. To me its would be less stiff and have a cooler overall vibe. But that's my personal opinion.Typically this kind of song can come across as trite due to an overused subject but to me the distinguishing quality here is the voice. It really leaves me wanting to hear more. The emotion is just so real. Heartbreaking. Poignant. A real, gritty slice of life.Would love to hear this guy/band play and sing live.The lyric tells a great story. The arc of the narrative really works and the story is easy to follow. The lyric allows the story to unfold in front of the listener in a crystal clear visual manner. One can actually see this guy, feel his pain and frustration. Wow.

Quote From Pro: A real, gritty slice of life.

Mon Beau Sapin / O’ Christmas Tree by Valerie Ahneman and Bon Chic Bon Genre

Broadjam Artist: Valerie Ahneman and Bon Chic Bon GenreSong: Mon Beau Sapin / O’ Christmas TreeBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Robert Dellaposta (Writer, A&R, Publisher)Pro General Comments: This is a holiday classic done in a contemporary light lounge jazz sty…

Valerie Ahneman and Bon Chic Bon Genre

Broadjam Artist: Valerie Ahneman and Bon Chic Bon Genre
Song: Mon Beau Sapin / O' Christmas Tree

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

Pro General Comments: This is a holiday classic done in a contemporary light lounge jazz style. It reminds me of the retro cabaret style that was popular in the 30's and 40's. Excellent vocal. Excellent pitch and phrasing. You kept it interesting and cheerful. The French interpretation is perfect for a music library or a music placement company for use in a Christmas movie or Christmas TV show Ala Hallmark. It was light, cheerful, carefree, festive and captured the holiday spirit. The saxophone added the right touch of jazz flavor. An accordion would always be an option if you wanted to enhance the retro French cabaret style. the ending was a little too long for my tastes but it doesn't distract from the overall arrangement. I would have preferred a longer intro and a shorter outro. It's hard to cover a classic and make it original but you did a good job. You shouldn't have a problem placing this song for the 2020 Christmas programming. Good luck.

Quote From Pro: Turn back the clock and imagine yourself in a French night club in the 1940's at Christmas time. Valarie blends retro and contemporary to create a hybrid that will entertain and make you smile.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Everyone Crazy by Bob Birthisel

Broadjam Artist: Bob BirthiselSong: Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Everyone CrazyBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Diana Williamson (Songwriter, Music Supervisor)Pro General Comments: Dear Bob: First off thank you so much for your comments, I’ve always felt the …

Bob Birthisel

Broadjam Artist: Bob Birthisel
Song: Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Everyone Crazy

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

Pro General Comments: Dear Bob: First off thank you so much for your comments, I've always felt the kindest thing is to be as honest as you can, as that is the only way you learn. I used to hate people saying something was good when it wasn't. I think that is cruel, it doesn't give a songwriter the ability to grow with this type of feedback. There is no shame in making mistakes. So again, thank you - I appreciate your note. And "Almost Canadian" eh? That is funny. Perhaps you are, as Canadians really like their comedy.As you probably know I don't comment on instrumentation, my forte is hook, melody, lyrics, marketing, etc.You have an interesting title to work with. It's almost country-ish, and for some reason, it feels like this song could also be arranged country and made to work if you were so inclined. I like your use of humour, it is not easy to put humour into a song and you pull this off with your description. You easily paint a picture with your choice of imaginative words. You use good examples. You are wise enough to know your market and to find a singer who can nail the genre you are going for. You really nailed the Katy Perry vibe - great work. Having an understanding of your market is key in this competitive world. You capture that fun, flippant tone that this world is often known for.The hook melodically works but might improve with just a little extra oomph. Perhaps just a slight arrangement adjustment of bells and whistles. It takes off, but it feels like it could take off just a little more to really make it ear candy. It works, but I can't help but feel just a little more attention to it, could really grab your listener. You want them to walk away singing it... When going for a Katy Perry sound, make sure if you didn't already, analyze the guitar tones and other arrangement tricks she uses, so all your sounds are as contemporary as hers are. These things can change so quickly from year to year.

Quote From Pro: If you need a fun Katy Perry-esque song, look no further.