After you've been on this board for a while you start to see the clear pattern. Most members apparently have to go through the shock of having their best material rejected, and it usually upsets and confuses them. I'm sure glad I was not upset by my initial rejections. Cool as mountain air, that was me.Taxi must have a higher shakeout rate than the navy seals. I don't know how many people ask for their money back or quit after the first year, but I imagine it is a pretty steep percentage.I am guessing that the ones without success who stick around, eventually noticed something. They noticed they could make their best stuff better. It doesn't matter if they agree with what the screener thinks is wrong with the piece. They might think the screeners are morons, but now they themselves can no longer deny that they can make their own stuff better.It may not be necessary to explicitly act on all screener suggestions. You might find ways you can improve your sound that have little or nothing to do with screener advice.If you make your song better, the screener will probably notice, whether or not he/she remembers the piece and whether or not you took his/her advice. The only important part is that you did make it better. All their advice can be boiled down to one request: MAKE IT BETTER. I imagine that is all they really care about, not whether you acted on their specific advice.Most normal folk are not used to the level of perfection. We write a song, we think it is good, we get excited. We feel that anyone with a set of ears ought to be able to recognize its value immediately.Hell, all we have to do is join Taxi, call they lawyers and put them on retainer, send in a song or two, and the next thing you know we are purchasing the house that sits between the Skaggs and Gill estates over Nashville way. What does it matter that the second verse might need a little tidying anyway? The bridge should repeat, etc., etc.? Don't they know how to arrange a song in Nashville?Which brings me to another reason Taxi might set its own bar so high. The rip-off factor.The world is absolutely full of worthless, unethical people. In this case song thieves. You don't know who will have their hands on your tape after it leaves Taxi. A drummer passing through the studio where it was lain aside for a minute could pick it up on his way out for no other reason than that he is a scumbag with the morals of a wood rat. I am convinced this stuff does happen.A half baked song is a lot easier and safer to appropriate as your own if you are the type. Songs that really aren't finished but the writer thinks they are, are a lot more vulnerable."Hey, that's my song on the radio! Those sons of Baal!"What grief that could be for a person with no real money or power. You may rest assured that you will not beat Big Star X in court. Their lawyers draw up in front of the courthouse in limosines, while yours pushes his moody Toyota the last hundred yards into a parking place.Giant stars and publishing houses never lose. Let me show you that again. NEVER! The only exceptions are if they are going up against another giant. Then somebody has to lose and both are giants. Right now I would give you a link to lengthy summaries of essentially every song plagarism case that ever made it to court in the United States, but I do not want to leave this post right now. I will provide that link later to anyone interested. Many eye openers there. You will learn there that your copyrights are almost worthless at protecting you. I said almost worthless. You have a better chance of winning if you have them than if you don't. You also have a better chance of winning the lotto if you buy two tickets instead of one. The thing that counts is not whether you have a copyright, but whether you can demonstrate for the court the defendant had access to your song. If it happens to Matto with a piece that played on Oprah, Matto will be all right. He can demonstrate a reasonable likelihood that this artist had acces to the piece, since Oprah is a mighty big venue. If it happens to you, and your song won a big songwriting contest in Denver or Miami. Forget it, pals, you only thought you were protected.The upshot is: Taxi's high bar might be saving you more grief than you have ever felt over a song. Third party song theft would also generate a lot of bad press for Taxi. In protecting themselves this way, I see they are protecting you also.