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  1. Todd Lerner's new CD of songs...

    Hi Elizabeth, I'm honored that you took the time to analyze my music. Thank you > So far what I’ve come up with is that while I enjoy > the music very much as it is playing, I don’t > spontaneously think of it when it’s not playing. Me too! What an excellent observation. > And I think that the reason I don’t is that the > tunes seem more staccato than melodic to me. > Does that make sense? Yes. I understand what you are saying! > In contrast, one of the waltzes that I just can’t > get enough of and wish I could sing > properly is Nocturne from Secret Garden: I listened a bit at iTunes, and there are many songs that do similar things to me. > I wonder if part of the difference between > what I’m looking for and what you have > done is because of the stories you chose? I think I might know what the difference could possibly be, and I'm not sure it's the stories -- I'll give my thoughts in a bit... > It seems that the theme of most of the songs > is about starting, not finishing things. I'm not sure about this... > So the kiss is stolen, but the lady > didn’t miss it. (My intended theme was "mischievous joy.") > The blah blah person didn’t really listen yet. (My intended theme was "cutting out irrationality.") > The long look in the eyes > is talked about, it seems. (My intended theme was "reflection through relationship.") > The TV is becoming a good recreation, etc. (My intended theme -- though it might be working backwards on this song as a justification for a song I kept because I liked the music and the cleverness of the lyrics -- was "happiness in being alone.") > ... I confess some of them were complex enough > that I didn’t catch them on the first go or so. And now, even though you are talking about the lyrics, I think, you are thinking something similar to what I'm thinking... > Because the pure staccato can be done in > a way I find more hummable. And there it is: I think hummable songs might owe their hummability to good and simple and more "vertical" melodies, with fairly simple arrangements. By vertical melody, I mean a melody which goes up and down the scale, more like a typical Paul McCartney melody, rather than a "horizontal" melody, which stays more in one spot (while the chords/harmonic structure moves around it), which is more like a typical John Lennon melody. I think that my melodies might be more horizontal simply because my singing range and ability is limited and so I stay within my comfort zone while writing/singing the song. But this is something I must reconsider! Incidentally, horizontally melodic songs with moving chords/harmonic structures might require that one actually be listening to the song to really appreciate it because simply humming a horizontal melody does not as easily imply the harmonic structure. As for complexity of arrangement -- the other possible hummability factor -- I think this might involve a balancing act between quickly-catchy songs verses songs which last through many listenings. I often give this axis thought, and I believe I could benefit by continuing to give it thought! > I’d especially like to hear > about your goals and what you > would like to do in a 2nd album. If and when I record another album, I was thinking of recording it more roughly. Less produced. That would interest me. But I do have other work to do as well. I have non-musical writing to do. I'm currently thinking over my plans for the next phase of my life Thanks again for your good input. -Todd
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    Thanks for the additional feedback -- valuable info! (I was somehow unsubscribed to this thread and so wasn't notified of your latest posts.) -Todd
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    Stephen, your forum is great! Please allow me to send you a free CD if you're interested. Email your address to: todd@toddlerneradvertising.com Best, -Todd
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    Thanks! May I send you a free CD? Email your address to: todd@toddlerneradvertising.com -Todd
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    I wouldn't mind posting all the lyrics to any song, but, actually, I don't think the TV song lyrics are my best or truest -- I have caught myself rationalizing about how it's a song about enjoying my own company, but the whole thing was somewhat more affected than that, sorry to say. I think the topic would be fun to discuss (not to mention worthwhile to me), but perhaps after you get and listen to the CD, and if and when we get to know each other better, it would be easier to phonetalk about it for a bit -- then maybe post some lyrics for other input -Todd
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    Hi JRoberts, Thanks for the great feedback; it means a lot to me. I also notice the emotional baggage thing myself in much of today's music. It's easier, I think, to put decent-enough chords and melodies together, than to write good lyrics. For starters, many base their lyrics on faulty philosophies. Actually, I often get the feeling that many musicians hardly even read or write at all. Plus the fact that it often seems like they try to put everything into each and every song, instead of letting a short pop song be about something more specific. Anyway, your input was valuable to me and I'd love to send you a free CD -- just email your address to me at: todd@toddlerner.com Best, -Todd
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    Thanks for the input. I was wondering about that! Do I just buy a little mixing board for the stage (then give the house a stereo out)? Any other specifics that you might be able to suggest? I think I'll start small -- with just me and one another musician. I might even start solo (scary, lol!). But eventually I'll want more of a full band. -Todd
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    Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for your good review -- it would really be my pleasure to send you a free CD, just give me your address. You can email me directly if you'd like: todd@toddlerner.com "...please give feedback on the feedback, ok?" All feedback is telling, and yours is especially insightful... and appreciated "...a song that inspires me to dance. These clips did that." Thanks, though making danceable music wasn't my goal. However, rhythm is a fundamental part of music, so I do take what you say as a compliment. And there is one latin track on the CD ("Baby") and I did want that one to " move," lol. "They sound a bit like Robin Field" Couldn't find him on iTunes. "First, Todd, your voice" My voice is a weak link, with which I did my best (using studio recording and engineering tricks). But although my voice is rough and perhaps a bit shrill, I do prefer that to overly smooth and/or showy singing. I don't like "over singing." "...and second the lyrics. The flavor I get is that you aren't really singing to me, but sort of tongue in cheek or a little apart from me..." I've heard this before, but I never thought I was doing that. Yes, my aim was to make the songs as universal as possible, without sacrificing my philosophy in any way, but I didn't realize I was coming across as any kind of a smart-alec. I'll have to give this some more thought! Elizabeth, I see that you are on Match.com! I'm on Match too -- I'll read your profile and send you a Match email -Todd
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    Hi Bold Standard, Thanks for the nice words. I recorded the songs from my fairly professional home studio. You're right about the affordability of recording technology these days -- plus, I spent years learning the art of producing and engineering. The CD was a labor of love and took me over ten years to make. I play all the instruments, and I've never played live, but I am considering playing some of my new songs live for the excitement of it. I'm a little scared, though All the best, -Todd
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    Thanks Stephen Best, -Todd
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    Hi, I've just released a CD of original pop/rock songs. The songs reflect the fact that I'm a student of Objectivism. I'm giving away my single "Song For Free" which is a free song that's also ABOUT being a free song. It can be downloaded at my fun Flash website: http://www.SongForFree.com Clips from the other songs on the CD can be heard at the site as well -- the three most explicitly Objectivist songs are numbers 4, 7, and 10. I'd be honored to get some Objectivist feedback. (The songs are being played on internet radio podcasts all around the world, and they've gotten great music press reviews.) Best, Todd Lerner ---------- Get Todd's catchy new song for free at: http://www.SongForFree.com