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Cold Hearted Man

Chilling is the truth in this song. This voice attracts and draw you in and that sharp violin note, ooowwwhhh. The acoustic guitar gives us some much needed structure and rhythm. The recording is great and well balanced and around three minutes in you feel surrounded by the hurt of the man. Honest and haunting in the same song can be a tough listen but in this case it is an experience of good. Peter

Cold Hearted Man

Hi there brother Gene. I am always thankful for somebody stepping out to express themselves through music, so I encourage you to continue to develop your musical abilities. Great attempt. No matter where any of us are in our musical journey, there is always room to improve; myself included. :) The Bible does say that there is a place and a purpose for every voice in the world, and I believe that you have something important to say through your music. :) Well, when I first heard the instruments of choice (organ & guitar?), I half expected some kind of Gregorian chant song. I am sorry, but I couldn't understand many of your words because there was so much of a "sathern drawl" in your voice, and the music was mixed higher than your voice. You may want to consider toning down some of your heavy accent, and mixing your voice a bit higher. Because of the instruments used, and the somberness of your song, the heavy country twang in your voice seems to be out of place. From some of the words that I could detect, it would appear to me that you are singing about an unfortunate incident that either happened to you, or that you saw happen to others. In any case, I feel so bad that those kinds of things happen to anybody from a supposed man of God; it ought not to be, but God will deal with that pozer (a fake). You might also want to work harder to match up the notes you are singing with what is being played on your instruments. If there were verses and choruses in your song, you might also want to make the chorus material sound a bit different than the verses, because the chorus is meant to showcase, or emphasize, the main point of a song, The verses are usually considered to be a progressive reading of the chapters in a story book. I hope this helps you brother. In all things Gene, love Jesus with all your heart, and have fun with your music. If God has given you the desire for music, I have found that it is meant to be therapeutic; first to you, and then to others. May our awesome loving God bless you and guide you in your musical journey and ministry. Blessings, Trev :)

Slavery song style

Wow this is different. It reminds me of a slavery song. A manga on a plantation reflecting. I would love to Year the rhythum tracks. I can heart this in a 60s slavery movie. Great concept. Different style.

Brother Gene review

First and foremost, I believe you have a very good lyric. However, the strings are overriding the vocals and hiding much of your good lyrics. I love the sad solemness of the song. It really reaches the heart and emotions. The song tells a story. This is very important for any song. A song that doesn't have a message is not a song, but simply a musical tune. Overall a good song. Just needing some volume adjustments to show off more of the quality of the lyrics, and less strings.

In MY Opinion

Nov. 20 - little mountain Home Greetings, Thank you for choosing me to review your work, I count it an honor to be included in such a task. My hat is off to you and anyone willing to step out and share their gift, talent and love of music to the public. Be it a musician, singer, song writer, actor and so-on. I myself, via 40 some years of experience in the fields, on the road, in the studio, radio, TV, video, and management, consider myself to be a seasoned musician, singer, song writer, studio-sound tech/engineer/ owner/operator, stage manager, find it sometimes hard/difficult and perhaps not even fair to sit in a seat, voicing My Opinion concerning anothers creative efforts. Especially in certain genres of music I am not all that familiar with concerning very important elements that make up and meet the required standards to justify the various levels of ratings and grades. So, in saying ALL that, I will limit myself to MY Opinion concerning the quality of the work according to My ears, and the standards I have been familiarized with thru-out the years. I hold to the old - saying " Beauty Is In The EAR of The Beholder ... LOL. The sound quality of the recording over-all is crisp and bright and clear, The backing sounds was clear and the mix levels was fine. I would like to had heard a little more change in the music somewhere in the song for a break.. Vocals are smooth and natural, sort of -down to earth as they say. The vocal mix levels needed to bring the voice out front of the music backing, so as to stand out thru-out the song. I really enjoyed the message in the song. I mean no offense in any part, I myself take all feedback and use it as a tool toward my next project. I pray you feel the same way. Either way, I say to you, keep doing what you do, keep kicking and enjoying what you do. I tell folks all the time for many years. When it stops being FUN, then it's time to stop, and stand back and think about what we are doing, why we are doing it, how we are doing it, what we and others are getting out it. Is it what we want, and how we want it. IF NOT. what are willing to do from there? Thank you again for asking MY OPINION. Johnny

Cold Hearted Man

Hi Brother Gene, thankx for the review request. This song really proves that for a song to be good, it does not necessarily have to have multiple instruments in it. I really enjoyed the soulful vibe and direction, and the mournfulness of the vocals, which i think really came from deep within your soul. The musical backing really works well, and gives the song a steady, if somewhat hypnotic effect. There were times when your vocal inflection dropped a bit, but that does not detract from the overall feel of the song. For me personally i would have liked a with a few moderate changes of tempo and a slight upwards crescendo of the vocals for a bit of extra drive. But still, the style in which you have sung is very fitting to the song. All in all, it is very listenable and good, keep up the good work.

Different approach

I like the concept of the song, the lyrics are great, I hear the message. The way you sing the vocals are good as well, you have a "stranded in the dessert" out west type of feel to it, kind of like a old dirty Harry movie. The one thing that seems to throw the entire track off is the main sound in the music portion of the song, it hits a note that clash with your vocals at a particular time throughout the entire track and it annoys me, I'm sure others will take notice also. Sometimes something that small can ruin a perfectly good song. I would suggest altering that one note in the main sound of the melody, it seems to be some type of strings used to create the sound that I mentioned earlier. I like the song actually and I love the old style of music you chose for this message, I think it works.

yes

COLD HEARTED MAN review. this song is a strictly Rock piece in the highest sense of the word. everything sounds in Rock style as I said everything recalls the Rock genre. personally it is not my favorite genre but I can give you a musical judgment that is certainly positive because all that there must be in a Rock piece in your piece is therefore complimented and continues. good job

review

I liisteed to your music it sounded just like a japanese traditional song...the waveform of the sound is small and it is hard to hear somewhat. i can not feel the ingenuiyy in the song itself but maybe there is some aim? good enjoy

Cold Hearted

Nice haunting melody that grows on you. I can't quit hear the words of your song. I really don't want to be a cold hearted man. Our Lord wants us to be warm to all those who need His help and our encouragement. DE

Somber Tome

This song conveys quite well an air of somberness and hopelessness. I sensed a cold rain and a cadre of silent crows around the singer. The mixing could have used some thought; was it intentional for the lyrics to be almost hidden behind the organ? By just lowering the volume of the keyboard slightly, and possibly raising the volume of the guitar a bit, the vocals would stand out better in the mix, maybe a slight reverb on the organ to add some spaciousness - just some little tweaks, and not done in a heavy-handed way, and this would help in the reflective atmosphere of the lyrics. Other than the above-mentioned tweaks, I believe the songwriter and performer have captured their subject. Cheers!

Love it

Love the track and I appreciate what your doing remain humble and continue to let Yahweh God use you I look forward to hearing more from you you can check me out as well keep shinning light in the dark areas

Solitude cherising song

This song gabbed me right from the start although of sparse instrumentation. Very smooth played chords of the acoustic guitar coming at the right time. The keyboard sound of soft melodic clarinette impression creating a meditative atmosphere. This extra factor brings increasing feeling into the music. Unique vocals of the singer implements an intense desire. The words come from the heart and touching the soul. I like the monotony of the track and the songwriter has a god given talent to write lyrics about someone or something, including all the relevant characteristics, qualities, or events. Overall an impressive song and professional recorded, influenced by Irish Folk and Christian Country music.

Good job capturing the "cold hearted" vibe

I can't really understand what you are saying at the very beginning of the song. (That gets better after a while but could still be improved.) It would help to turn up the volume of the vocals. Cleaner articulation might also improve understanding, too. I'm not hearing a ton of variety in the instrumentals or in the vocal line. For such a long song, you might want to consider adding some variety so that listeners don't get bored.

Cold Hearted Man

Brother Gene is a rare artist. He seems to live the songs he writes about before recording them. I hear more than guitar, and vocals; I hear a lonely soul who has lived life in a brutal way, and by the Grace of God has come through the other side of pain to sing about his experiences. This is what "singing the blues" is all about. Arrangement: A Simple and direct approach to instrumentation. Just a guitar, and violin accompany. Pure and simple. Lyrics: A tale of sorrow, and of redemption. Brings to mind the movie, "Oh Brother, Where art Thou?" Vocals: While not a great singer, Brother Gene still embodies one who has felt deep emotional turmoil and a joy that only forgiveness can bring. Mix: Again, this is a simple and direct approach to a song whose writer has given his heart and soul to the telling of it. The Mix is very clear and without any distractions. Only the mic for the vocals could have been more distinct. Blessings to ya! Donivan.
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