Quote:Chits, If you don't mind, these are my words, thoughts and observations concerning "Old Lem Jones."Your Song's Marketability? Good question . Perhaps yes and maybe not - here's why. Something nagged at me form the beginning. I'm not sure if it's the vocal similarities between your session singer and Tanya Tucker or the predictable musical arrangement, maybe a blend of the two? Whatever the reason the song sounds a bit dated ( Kinda 80's- early 90's). So if I were to determine your "marketability" ,as a songwriter, based on this song - I would assume that you lean more towards Traditional C&W, then you do Contemporary Country. Not that there's anything wrong with TC&W. Actually, from what I've heard, it's nice work if you can get it. But it does limit your access to other markets. Your Song's Music and Lyrics? I commented on the music already so that leaves only the lyrics. And it's a biggie!!! Not really, but it is genuine. For some reason I cannot enjoy singing the words Die, Dead or DEATH unless there's an obvious comedic escape. For example the Dixi Chicks,"Goodbye Earl". Call me a wuss, but when it comes to ballads I can only go as far as: I stopped loving her today, and like a candle in the wind... I wanna see her Fly!!!!!! Your Storyline... I can't say that "I" was moved by the story. But, I do understand how someone could be. All the parts of a touching song are present: The loss, the living and the lingering memory. More then enough melancholy to tug at my heart, right? I think so. Then why wasn't I moved ? Honestly, it was the Food. After all is said and done, your red beans and rice stole the song! Leaving Lem, Charlene and the kids to struggle for significance. And as hard as they tried they never pulled it off, not really.So, you're probably thinking, "This isn't the song I wrote, not at all." And you're right. But it's the only song I heard.Well, I guess I've said enough, or am I forgetting something? Oh yeah! I would like to mention that everything I didn't say had something to do with how talented you are - blah, blah , blah and such !Cheers,RanThanks for the nice comments, Dogs....yep, you have me pegged.....my favorite country music is traditional....interesting how you nailed the time period as well. I've posted here before that my favorite period of country music was roughly from the middle 80's to around 1995. I love George Strait, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Sammy Kershaw, John Anderson. I'll admit this song could be a little dated. I also write stuff Keith Urban would sing, but this was sort a little experiment of mine..."Old Lem Jones" is the song my family loves so much, so therefore, I demoed it taking the chance it might get a foward from TAXI...which is a crazy reason, LOL. As far as the food goes, well, that's Charlene's 'last gift' to Lem....I once read a story about a man whose wife cooked all these dinners for him before she died...froze them all to make sure he'd have enough to eat for a while after she was gone, and I was touched by that story. So the song is really a celebration of Lem and Charlene's great and selfless love for each other, a marriage that spanned 48 years. I meant it to be more inspirational....about how love endures even beyond the grave, but this might have been too lofty an undertaking....maybe I just didn't get that idea across. So maybe it just comes off as a bit morbid...that's always been a concern of mine. Thanks for your comments though...it's very valuable getting this kind of feedback!