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The rally and collab WORKS!

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:52 pm
by Casey H
At the last road rally, as I've done at other ones, I paid close attention to Robin Frederick's presentation and made note of the songs she referenced. I went through a bunch of them and chose one to "ghost write" lyrics to. What that it is writing new lyrics to an existing melody. That got me to write a chorus that worked well with the "known" melody. I sent the lyrics with no music or mention of what song I based it on, to Steven Guiles. Interestingly, the original song was singer-songwriter style. Steven took the words and sent me a melody idea, surprisingly, in an R&B style. It sounded awesome.

As soon as we knew it would be an R&B song, we knew we had to bring the great CaiNo (Marcus Cohen) on board. Marcus wrote music for verses and a bridge that were perfect with the chorus. He sang mainly filler sounds so we could hear the melody. Then I wrote the verse and bridge lyrics with Marcus and Steven polishing that up in some places.

Marcus went on to do an awesome production and performance. Damn! That guy could sing the phone book and it would sound great! :shock: 8-)

As soon as the mix was done, we sent it off to one of our favorite Taxi friendly publishers who signed it instantly. It's already being pitched to a daytime soap.

So, my friends... Go to the rally. Absorb everything you can. Collaborate with other Taxi members. IT WORKS!!

Oh, the song... https://soundcloud.com/caseyh/kiss-me-b ... no/s-yxMdY

Warmest,
:D Casey

Re: The rally and collab WORKS!

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:07 pm
by cassmcentee
Awesome Casey!
Songwriting/Production All-stars!

Re: The rally and collab WORKS!

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:15 pm
by funsongs
HA! Funny to see this post at the same time I posted up one.
I've only submitted to a handful of listings, and my only realistic path to do so will be because a co-write/collaboration thing happens to work.
So - I continue to reach out on the various Forums, TAXI TV chat room, and at the Road Rally... meeting people & building relationships continues to be my focus.
Cheers.
Good onya, Casey!

Re: The rally and collab WORKS!

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:30 pm
by markhimley
That's a genius idea. Love the song too - awesome work and congrats to you all!

Re: The rally and collab WORKS!

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:12 am
by songmaster
Congrats Casey and gang! Really nice song and I love the " ghost writing " idea. Just goes to show you, it takes a Taxi village and a little Robin Fredricks to succeed. Nice work boys! :)

Tom

Re: The rally and collab WORKS!

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:30 pm
by jaywilliams
way to go fellas! congrats on your latest Signing, keep us updated on those Placements!

Jay :)

Re: The rally and collab WORKS!

Posted: Thu May 02, 2019 10:09 am
by almccool
Awesome story and tune! Kudos!
-Allen

Re: The rally and collab WORKS!

Posted: Thu May 02, 2019 11:01 am
by johnnyrowing
Thanks for sharing. I love the way the Taxi community comes together.

Marcus sure can sing. Really nice track. I can see why it got signed right away.

I like the way the verses follow that rule that Ralph Murphy talks about "I" in verse one and "You' in verse 2. :)

Best wishes.

Re: The rally and collab WORKS!

Posted: Thu May 02, 2019 11:58 am
by CTWF
Great song! Tom

Re: The rally and collab WORKS!

Posted: Fri May 03, 2019 4:32 pm
by DannyWeber
You guys got it goin' on! Congrats to all of you on the signing!!

Dan