Jul 21, 2009, 2:10pm, daniel481 wrote:Hey Celeste,Sounds like you're pretty bummed out about the response that you've gotten so far, and trust me, you're not the first person who hasn't liked what they've heard when they first start submitting things to TAXI. I've been a member for a couple of years and have had both success and frustration from it. I've also had a fair amount of success outside of TAXI, in terms of scoring some major video games, etc. I haven't been around the forums a ton lately, but I saw this thread and I'd like to try to clear up a couple of things for you before you completely dismiss TAXI.First of all, you say that "Butterfly Dance and Trout Stream were rejected once, then forwarded; however, they seem to have been forwarded into cyberspace". The way you state that, I'm not sure if you totally understand what being forwarded means. To put it simply, all it means is that the screener thought that the song(s) fit the listing criteria, so they sent them along to the listing party. Then, at some point (could be right away, could take a while) the listing party will go through all the music they've been forwarded, and will decide if there are any tracks they are interested in signing at that point. There's no guarantee that they will or won't, and if they choose not to, then you will most likely never hear back from them. In a little over a year of getting a pretty substantial amount of forwards (something like 30), I heard back from three companies that resulted in deals. Between those 3 deals, I signed over 100 cues. Some people have a higher ratio, some have a lower ratio. That's just how it goes. Once the tracks are forwarded, TAXI is basically out of the picture and makes no promises as to what will happen.Now, to the rejections you're unhappy about. I listened to the songs you mentioned, and they sound pretty good. You definitely have some talent and can play. But to be completely honest, they're not great and all do have issues that are keeping them from reaching their potential. "Silent Night" definitely has some tuning issues between the guitar and the melody. There are several flat notes in the lead, and the while the guitar may have been in tune with a tuner, I can hear some intonation problems. It may just need a setup. There are also some minor timing inconsistencies."Joy To The World" has the same issues to my ears as far as tuning and some small timing issues."Front Porch" is not a bad song, and the performances are not bad either, but honestly, they're not great, and the production isn't great, either. I know that you find that hard to believe because the person who recorded it is quite talented and has had many successes, but for whatever reason, it does appear to be true. And unfortunately, I've known of many instances where a person has hired a big name to record a track, and whether it's because of a tight budget, a short amount of time to do the work, or additional players on the track who are good but not great, have had the final product come out to be not as strong as was expected. So maybe that's what happened here. Even amazing producers need all of the ingredients (plenty of time, amazing players, killer song, and again, plenty of time!) to make world class tracks.Again, the song isn't bad, but when you're fighting for these kind of placements, not bad, pretty good, or even good usually isn't going to cut it. Everything has to be GREAT! Outstanding, rising above the rest, whatever. To me "Front Porch" sounds a little dated, the drums kind of just meander along without really driving it, there are some little timing inconsistencies throughout, and the instrumental break feels way to long. The mix is also not very punchy (that could mostly just be the lack of drive in the drums though). I'm not sure what the listing was asking for, but unfortunately I do basically agree with what you mentioned from the taxi critique.Anyway, I really hope you understand that I'm not trying to be critical for criticals sake, but am just trying to help. I do think that you have the potential to write good songs, and like I said, you can definitely play, but there are a few things holding these back from being at the level where they're likely to get placed. Many, many successful people on these TAXI boards started off getting upset that they got somewhat negative critiques, but then got over it, allowed themselves to see if the critiques were right, and then went about figuring out how to make them better. I hope you will, too!So anyway, I do hope that helps in some way, and keep writing/playing music!-DanI think you both produce fantastic music but inhabit different ends of the musical spectrum.