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Lyrics/music and arranging.
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Beatles/Posies/Lets Active/Klaatu/Badfinger/Cheap Trick/Blow Pops/Shoes

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Icon   R-N-R Jim I Me Mine

About Me

Im usually working on 10 songs at any one time. Sounds funny, but I have songs at different stages of completion and only complete them when "the feel is there".

I complete any wheres from 2 to 8 songs a year. Some have taken up to 10 years to complete. So a deadline is not what Im up against in writing and recording a song. I figure if your creating something, it should finish itself, not finish a song for the sake of finishing it. It's this discipline that can only result in a better song.

Many moons ago, I went from just banging on church pianos and buying records to actually playing in a garage band playing bit keyboard parts and backing vocals. I went about learning the guitar somewhat and songwriting took on more importance than learning other peoples songs. I bought a used Roland tr808 drum machine and a Washburn bass guitar which led to getting a 244 Tascam 4-track recorder.
I now had the basics for writing and recording songs. I tried writing commercial songs for publishing, but the sound I was coming up with seemed to lean more towards indie pop.
As time went on, I tossed aside the idea of writing commercial songs for other people or groups and concentrated on what I would write and record as an artist which lent alot to the Beatles sound which I so much enjoyed in my youth. Its when I started down this path that I actually started getting more attention or positive feedback from publisher/small indie labels.

One such publisher was James Haber, notably Wonderwax music who published one of my songs and had an interest in me as an artist back in 1993-94(1994 Songwriters Market page 133, song "Vain"). Since I never fronted a band or had a band to perform my material, this made his pitching me to bigger labels a problem.
He did take my demo to L.A. to pitch me as an artist and did get positive feedback... but again, not being a complete entity or band with a master recording, no one was into development deals for songwriters anymore and passed on me as an artist.

In 2000 I upgraded to a 16 track and was able to do better quality recordings and with it a new batch of songs would emerge along with more demo pitches.
Another indie label would take interest in me headed by Randy Layton of Alternative records. For the past decade or so we have kept in touch. Ive sent him songs from time to time, but only recently has he contacted me in pursuing some type of record deal for 2014. Details are still pending on how this will take place if it takes place at all...I guess Im a bucket list candidate for him..lol
What I find intriguing about this guy is his loose connections with music idols of mine i.e. Mitch Easter who headed the pop indie band Let's Active as well as being the producer of many R.E.M. recording sessions. And another artist he actually forwarded my cd to was Ken Stringfellow of the Geffen recording artists "the Posies". He liked "Girl With A Frown".

For the most part my window of being a viable artist has probably closed, but I still enjoy writing and recording songs in my usual Beatles mutation mode. I have on another front the last couple years have branched out into writing female genre songs. One such song was a collab with a female Muser and talent named singnpeach who also sang on the song called "Baby" uploaded on https:// soundcloud.com/tad-strange.

This collab
placed in the honorable mention section of a national songwriting contest. Not bad for a collab. Anyways...I come here to the muse to be entertained as well as look for other talented like minded writers. So, in closing, I am still looking for that Lennon to my McCartney angle...lol
"Its all about taking the easy way out for you, I suppose" -elliot smith


To listen to songs I have written and recorded, go to these links:

https://soundcloud.com/tad-strange

https://soundclick.com/jimcanrock



link below is an honorable mention from a national songwriting contest that I entered the song "Baby" that I wrote with the help of singnpeach on vocals and a couple lines for the lyrics she added. Not bad for a muse collaboration.

http://www.songofthe...JamesUpham.html

My Information

Member Title:
A Muse's Muse
Age:
52 years old
Birthday:
March 18, 1962
Gender:
Location:
Fox Valley,Wisconsin
Interests:
Songwriting, arranging and recording and on occasion performing.

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Private
Website URL:
Website URL  http://soundclick.com/jimcanrock

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    Madison Icon

    17 Apr 2012 - 11:06
    Thank you Jim :)
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    21 Jan 2011 - 04:58
    Heya Jim :)
    Back? sorta I guess lol, been writing a bit here and there, no big projects at the moment unless my vocalist comes up with something :) how about you? writing anything? projects?
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