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    We want to make a demo. Which of these tunes are good enough?

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    I have a bunch of Leon Fullerton songs recorded. It's sloppy basement stuff, but I'm hoping some of the tracks are good enough to put into a CD.

    Here they are: When the Wagon Rolls 'Round

    They're selected from about 130 tunes posted on other pages of the website. I chose them mainly based on sound quality. But that doesn't mean they sound that good! So tell me:

    Are there enough good-enough-for-demo tunes there to make a respectable demo? If yes, which would you definitely include? Which would you definitely NOT include?

    Thanks!

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    Idon't know, maybe you can get friends/fans to listen to them all to help you.

    What's the purpose of the 'demo'? To get gigs? To sell at shows?
    I just listened to a few bits. Sounds recorded acoustic live, maybe even 1 mic? When the vocals come in its hard to tell if the sound is the singer leaning in on the mic, or overtracked on, but its not a great sound to my ears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    Idon't know, maybe you can get friends/fans to listen to them all to help you.

    What's the purpose of the 'demo'? To get gigs? To sell at shows?
    I just listened to a few bits. Sounds recorded acoustic live, maybe even 1 mic? When the vocals come in its hard to tell if the sound is the singer leaning in on the mic, or overtracked on, but its not a great sound to my ears.
    Thanks, that helps. It's starting to look I should just go back to the drawing board. Or put the money into a new instrument, instead.

    Friends and family aren't really the most objective people to ask, and it's kind of unfair to put them in that position, anyhow. So I'm asking strangers, instead.

    As I said, the CD's purpose is to sell a song or two for someone to record and perform. The voice and all the instruments are me multi-tracking and mixing in stereo.

    You're right, I lean into the mic. This is a tiny house, and I don't want to estrange my wife by bellowing lyrics over and over for hours day after day. Again, I'm no singer!

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    I'm sort of confused. Its the songs you want to sell for other people to record? I'm not familiar with the genre - so without a melody I genuinely haven't a clue if the songs are good enough because I have nothing to judge it against. The chords and playing style sort of sounds like I think I've heard - but I just don't have experience of spoken leads, so I have to let others more comfy with the genre comment. It doesn't sound bad or anything but kind of country rap?

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    How do you propose to 'sell' your songs to others to record? Have connections?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob aylestone View Post
    I'm sort of confused. Its the songs you want to sell for other people to record?
    Yup. I'm not a singer or a pro musician. I just write lots of songs. I do love gigging, but again, I'm not a pro. Pubs and local festivals are about my level.
    Quote Originally Posted by rob aylestone View Post
    I'm not familiar with the genre -
    I write mostly blues, country, folk, mid-tempo rock, and Americana, whatever that is.
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    so without a melody I genuinely haven't a clue if the songs are good enough because I have nothing to judge it against.
    Then judge them against songs with melodies! (Maybe you just did.)
    Quote Originally Posted by rob aylestone View Post
    The chords and playing style sort of sounds like I think I've heard - but I just don't have experience of spoken leads,
    Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, Mark Knopfler, James McMurtry, Greg Brown?
    Quote Originally Posted by rob aylestone View Post
    so I have to let others more comfy with the genre comment. It doesn't sound bad or anything
    I don't hear THAT very often!
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    but kind of country rap?
    Ow! Oh, well, why not? I can take out the ountry all it crap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    How do you propose to 'sell' your songs to others to record? Have connections?
    No connections, or I wouldn't be asking here!

    I'd send CDs to folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delmont View Post
    No connections, or I wouldn't be asking here!

    I'd send CDs to folks.
    Don't waste your time. Not because your songs aren't good, but because unsolicited CDs never get listened to. There are teams of writers cranking out songs daily for the big stars, the stars themselves write music, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    Don't waste your time. Not because your songs aren't good, but because unsolicited CDs never get listened to. There are teams of writers cranking out songs daily for the big stars, the stars themselves write music, etc.
    Okay, I'll bite. What's NOT a waste of time? Flying to Austin and knocking on doors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delmont View Post
    Okay, I'll bite. What's NOT a waste of time? Flying to Austin and knocking on doors?
    You need a business plan (if you are serious about this).
    1) Identify your 'targets' - the people you want to sell songs to.
    2) Research the songs they currently use and where these come from.
    3)... you'll have to work out the rest of the plan yourself.
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