Quote:My question is, how can the real people who listen to my CD and see me perform live love it... professional musicians love it... local producers love it, basically everyone loves it except Taxi.Hey ej,Sorry to hear you're disappointed. I'm a somewhat newbie with Taxi too. I can very much appreciate how you feel. I can't speak to your specific situation because I don't know where you're coming from or what you sound like.. but let me share just a moment.I could've written your post. I've been writing and playing for decades. I've got several CDs out of various types of music. People loved what I did. I've played on a regular basis in front of 600+ people (which, I'm sure is nothing to a lot of people here but it's still not an empty room at the Ramada). Been on TV, radio. I'm still playing music in satellite stations. Royalties trickling in.My initial dip in the songwriting pool is now an embarrassment for me and I'm glad it never made it anywhere significant. But I've been told the whole time that people loved my songs. I don't doubt that. There's a lot of music out there that people love and plays on the radio that I think is pretty horrible... some is lifeless, some doesn't say anything at all, doesn't rhyme in all the wrong places.. but people listen and buy it. There are a lot of reasons this music works. People already love the artist.. album cuts, etc. Obviously, artists can record whatever they want and may get a hit out of it riding on the popularity of the artist. Live performance is a whole different area because it's a different energy, significantly more visual, etc. But none of these make them GREAT songs by default.I submitted some of my best newer tracks. These were going to pale anything else I had done. These were solid. These were also rejected without a second thought. And the things that the screeners said were, for the most part, dead on and even obvious to me once someone had pointed it out. But how can this be? People loved these songs. Well, these songs may have gone somewhere. Could I have signed on to some little indie label somewhere and cashed my $100 checks every couple of months? Maybe. Probably not. There's too much good music out there to be competitive with a mediocre product.While the Taxi screeners have sometimes been cryptic, from my perspective, and have done little to stroke my needy ego, they have been polite, supportive and almost always painfully accurate. (As a side note on screeners being cryptic, I don't know how many times I've come on the forum and typed out a complaint about a critique and, in the process of posting the critique into the posting, reread what they wrote and could see what they're saying. I guess that's part of the process of distancing yourself from the music to be objective).At the same time, I've been reading. A lot! If your critiques have suggested reading material, let me re-suggest it. For me, it's been priceless and I'm blown away by how much I've learned. I understand how people can like my old stuff and get no traction from Taxi. Why certain material is good in one venue or situation and doesn't work in another. Oh.. and I still have more to learn.The songs I've gone back and redone are stronger, leaner and meaner. The songs I'm doing now are starting with a better foundation to begin with.From my perspective, in the real world, I'm out there competing with the big boys (and girls). Someday, I'm going to be out there competing for a single spot with Dave or Vikki or Steve.. or maybe even the mighty Matto. They do amazing work. It's a different league than I was in before so I get frustrated sometimes when I'm not hitting the mark (or getting close). But.. it's a different league than I was in... and there's truth that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. I'm going to keep figuring it out until I get there and Taxi, along with my own quest to learn my craft and the people here, have helped immensely.It would be interesting for you to post some of your music.Taxi isn't for everyone. That much we know. But if the reason for your frustration and disappointment is what you said it is, there may be some very good reasons for it. Maybe not. Either way, I think you're doing yourself a disservice if you make decisions based on frustration. (a good friend of mine once said, "everytime I make a decision out of frustration, it always turns out poorly"). Just something to think about.