Happy Curmudgeons .... 2nd Chances

A wonderful recording of a song that seems so familiar, real pleasant to listen to and the layers of instrumentation and superb vocals have been thought out for a holistic sound i.e. every thing compliments the whole effort nothing is shouting out look at me, this has such a nice feel to it has a timeless quality from the seventies to the present, a lot of work has gone in to this track and I can only say add to your play list and press play to bathe in a rich sound from the Happy Curmudgeons. all the Best Stephen
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take some chances

I'm not gonna sugar coat, the music is solid,! the mix of strings, guitar, keys, all great. I feel that you have some top notch players reference to the drummer for being spot on in a slow tempo ballad , thats not easy to do, hats off to you! The lead vocalist is good ,nice voice, back up vocals feel tentative. the Lyrics need some work, when the listener hears the first line, you don't want them to be able to guess what the next line is gonna be before you sing it! and it happens line after line, the high point is when the female vocalist uses her upper range just a little on the second half of the first verse, I was looking forward to more of that but it never resurfaced! the lyrics are safe and I'm sad to say , uninspiring. the melody is safe also and predictable as well. take some chances, show your emotions here, make the listener believe that you mean what you are saying. Anyone can string together some words and tell a story. it takes an out pouring of emotion to elicit the response of your listeners emotions. As a songwriter you want to study the greats within, and even outside of your genre, listen to not just what they are saying but how they are saying it. I am writing from Portland and in this town there is a singer songwriter named Michael D. Damron. He has captured audiences all over america and in Europe as well with his songs. take a listen to him. he is in the americana genre. now here's the thing, he is raw! his voice is gravely even a little pitchy at times (dont tell him I said that) but he oozes emotion, he bleeds his lyrics out onto the stage. he feels everything he is singing to you because he is opening up his soul on that stage and showing all the pain and all the happiness he feels. and as a human, thats dangerous. you fillet hour heart open and what if the reaction you hear back isn't favorable ? thats a hard pill to swallow ! A jagged little pill even? listen to Allanis Morrisette, her lyrics are very personal, exposing alot of pain and hurt and anger . so many people listened because they could identify with those feelings. She exposed her emotions and then she made you believe that those were HER experiences and how much it hurt or in some of her later songs how good it felt and how happy she was! I too am a songwriter, I know that its scary. you will stand in front of an audience and pour your heart out and may get no response! Keep trying keep pushing yourself to be better. Challenge yourself to reveal a little bit of your soul and then sing about it with conviction. the safe and easy road usually gets you nowhere great. the rocky and risky path may take you to the top of the mountain. keep climbing. sincerely, M. Elmer

Pedestrian...

This song walks when it should run. For a beginning effort it's a good start though. The violin break in the beginning, although fine, is too soon. Save it all for the solo break or keep it in the background behind the vocals but where it is since, as a listener, I wasn't even sure where the song was going at that point. People judge whether they like a song and will continue to listen within the first 25 seconds. If nothing interesting has happened by then, they'll move on. Raising the tempo automatically makes a song more interesting. Sorry for being de-constructive. But keep writing. It's a process as well as a art.

2nd Chances is AMAZING!

Wow, what a great optimistic song! Amazing vocals and I love the music. Happy Curmudgeons make entertaining and thoughtful music. Keep it up! I can not wait to listen to more our your new material.
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Nice groove and well produced!

The song has a great country rock feel. The drum track sets a great groove and the song builds nicely. Lead vocalist has a very nice, smooth delivery and draws you in to listen to the story. By kid song they bring in some great ear candy with the organ. Well played and the building the harmony vocals takes you into the guitar lead. Understated but supports the narrative. Winds down a littles, brings you back to the story line and then builds to the outtro. Very enjoyable, nice job!
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Beautiful!

I love the intro to this song. It draws the listener in and provides a depth as the additional instruments enter the song. Vocals are great and up front where I like them. Harmonies are tight. Overall. I found the song to be uplifting in the fact that the lyrics are saying " I believe in us and time heals all wounds". Nice work and good luck with this sweet song!
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2nd Chances

Nice music and vocals. The song is musically close to Sweet Home Alabama - though the chorus is different. The theme of "second chances" is supported by the lyrics - the protagonist knows they have to change direction but does not know where to go. My favorite lyric was "If I could fly to Saturn, I would go between the rings."

2nd Chances

Great song... good production.. Nice wide & warm track... I would of liked to have heard the 2 part harmonies come in a little sooner, at the first chorus or tagline .... and maybe the Lead a tad shorter... other then that the Song, production, vocals all Rock... Great job Guys.. Peace Jeffrey James
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