Posted 25 June 2011 - 03:55 PM
Feegis, you are in the zone! I've had you first or second for like 3 months in a row... until this one... alas, i did not rate you high! The problem for me was the short scoring turnaround... the first half of the entries came in and two Fridays ago, i was able to give them a good read on the patio of one of my favorite bars... had to turn in my scores before the next friday, so i didn't give the scrutiny to that second batch... last night i was sitting at my bar, like i am right now, as a matter of fact (so sunny and warm but not humid today... it's beautiful out!) and as i was reading through the entries... i got to Feegis' and suddenly the tune clicked and the chorus in particular took off for me and i thought, "oh, crap, i should have given this one at least one, maybe two more points!"... i'm glad i didn't cost you!
I am sorry that illusions89 didn't get his scores in... i rated Ritz n Rhone at the top, very subtlely over 5 or 6 others... but to me, that chorus just jumped off the page. nice internal rhymes... simple lines but "one day i'll say hello" and "sippin her gin and tonic" i thought were wonderful... and the "to the woman who sits alone" then ending with the title/hook... very nice chorus...
then i had troubles sorting the rest out... lots of good qualities to every entry... i really liked the sentiment to klo's "Sitting in a Chair"... i really really liked Kimberly's "At the Wrong Time" - again here, i thought the chorus was very strong and the verses nice... The Doghouse was one i didn't think i liked much at first... then a tune clicked in (and i wasn't even drinking at the time!)... i got like George Thorogood, and suddenly some of the 'singsonginess' just went away and i could really hear it.... Andy's "loving tree" i also scored very well - it seemed sort of sugary and like something i wouldn't like really, but i thought it was very fluid and smooth and could be sung easily - i like the sing-thru rhymes... "I see your smile/we've not met/but in a while/you are here with me" - just nice a smooth, i think. finally, i really loved stars' chorus in "shadows are behind me" - again, to me, it seemed very smooth and easy (i think maybe a little more punch in the verses, and it would have scored near the top, but it was in my upper tier anyway).
neuroron's Hollywood Dreams (Dreamer?) looks to me like it would lend to song very easily - i kept thinking Bob Seger "hollywood nights" and to a lesser extent, Bon Jovi's "hollywood dreams". another strong chorus for singing, i think.
i liked fabkebob's form in "life of purpose"... good to see some different styles, always refreshing. i like the A-A-A structure, and i thought the refrain was well done.
I'm really glad you decided to enter Camlind (except you're another one to finish ahead of me, lol)... i think "playing with dolls" is very clever, nice touch of humor. i thought maybe the length could hurt you overall in general voting, but it gave me a little more confidence to post my long one as well. I actually noted some similarities i thought in our verse structures - both of us used long lines and our 4-line verses might really be more like 8-line verses... mine more than yours, perhaps... it seemed you had some internal rhymes going in V1... but that didn't carry through the rest, but i thought that V1 was pretty cool... i don't know if the "me-see" and "before-love for" is good or not, but it gave me more of a a-b-a-b rhyme feel in that verse, and i liked it.
"Some Folks Believe" i thought has a generally great idea, and another very easily singable chorus - well done, Midway. I ended up penalizing it a point (or maybe two?) when you hit the lines that were dissing climate science. I'm an amateur writer, just playing around for fun and pressure relief... but there you actually begin to enter my domain... i have degrees in geology/geological engineering and environmental engineering. my day job is designing landfills and landfill gas extraction/energy recovery systems... i've become somewhat of a "go-to" guy at work in our renewable energy and climate change practices because, well, that's what i know best. i'm not a climate scientist, per se... i'm not one of the PhD eggheads that are doing that research, but i study their data and their papers, and i'm pretty well versed in hydrologic and carbon cycles and the physics and thermodynamics that particular science is based on. just the other day, one of my friends at work had to prepare a renewable energy strategic plan to present to corporate, and he came to me to help create the slides and populate the statistics on recent industry trends and projections. a couple years ago, two of my oldest and best friends seemed "shocked" to learn that i "bought the hoax of global warming" and sent me an email apparently to show me why it is a hoax. I wrote them a 284-page response in Word to detail for them all of the scientific evidence. One of them hasn't spoken to me since. I love reading and conversing with people who have different opinions, but here i picked up on some statements i thought were factually misleading, and i was tormented a bit on whether to let it pass or not, but the Bubblingsoul lyric critique guidelines i try to follow have a space in there for "believability" and i thought that there was a good chance that i was the only person voting who might have some serious training in this subject matter, so i consciously deducted a point on that basis... and maybe subconsciously deducted a second point, because this really is well written and the chorus is just shy of awesome - definitely one of the top 3 or 4 catchiest choruses this month, i think!
Graybeard... i liked Merry Mary, it was nice to read... didn't put it in my top tier... i may have shorted you like i did Feegis... just didn't get that chance to read it while sipping a beer... but again, last night, i thought it had a nice airy, wholesome quality... just sort of refreshing.
i think i've touched everyone but Sedation's "Teenage Love" now... i was sort of thinking Love and Rockets' "Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven" when i read the title... but it was obviously different from that. Much like stars' "Shadows..." i think this has a nice, catchy chorus, maybe the verses just need a little more oomph to them to make this really shine! are you really only 14? Holy cow, you're already putting me to shame! i see you have several posts on the lyric board (i've been away on job emergencies and barely even got a lyric in this month), so i will definitely have to check them out, too!