John Wessel / Songs / I Pound Sand by Brian Cohen and John Wessel

You gotta dance !

You hear this, you gotta dance. A bluesy guitar intro gives us the desire to hear more. This has B-52's and Neil Young flavours that are amazing. The energy of the song is way up and the vocal delivery is surprising and enjoyable. The flute jam at the end took me somewhere else, and it took a car outside to bring me back. Really enjoyed this amazing song and I'm sure you all will to. Nice one John & Brian :)

Ambitionated melodic rock song

I just can say, this sounds like good melodic alternative-rock. One minute intro sounds a bit long, but it´s worth listening the virtuos played rock-guitar solo. This extra factor brings more rock-feeling into the song. But the arrangement is more varied. A steady acoustic guitar accompanes the whole song, including routinely played drums and great bass lines convincing, because forcing the music constantly on a higher level. The lyrics are dramatical engaged, comming from the heart and touching the soul. John Wessel has the talent to write lyrics about someone or something, including all the relevant characteristics, qualities, or events. The song is more creative than some others. You will hear a great fluet solo sounding like Jethro Tull close to the end. Overall an impressive arrangement of a self-produced composer. This song is definitely professional recordet and very creative, influenced by alternativ rock, and pop Music.

I pound sand

John Wessel has done it again! Another classic Rhythm and Blues speciality. Exactly what you'd expect from a guy who knows his musical chops. Arrangement: Base, drums, guitar, vocals, and more make this arrangement top notch. It's the laid back easy flowing style of the rhythm section that makes this song work. It's got a groove that just makes you want to get up and dance, even if you can't. Lyrics: Very clever usage of storytelling to a musical riff. Not too wordy, not too lazy in it's approach. Very singable, very crisp and clear in scope within the vibe. Vocals. Nice. Every word is heard. The syncopatic syllables and multi capable delivery is spot on! Well done! Mix: This song has a very clear and distinct mix, each instrument is neatly woven within the style of R&B. Crisp and clear, simple is better. No hiss, no clutter, no harsh blending of tones; each track is well placed and balanced to each other. Well done! Keep up the great music! Donivan.

Straight good rock coming alive

John and Brian play rock with a very good additive. A stright and professional performance which make you happy. And they know how to add sounds that make it standing out, wheter it is fluites or other instruments. You can really understand why they are so popular playing live, you can feel the good and powerful vibes!

Sweet intro riff

Nice exciting and energetic tune you got going here! The beginning guitar was really, really good you have some killer guitar playing skills. Your lyrics are funny and rhyming is good. "Can't get warm on this cold concrete because too wasted on drugs... " LoL! Oh the agony of karma! Good tune to enlighten the masses. I like your style. Nice song boys. Not the best in rap quality only because the rap sounded forced or not a natural thing you do.

Straight ahead blues rock tune coupled with a mad chant

I really like the music and the straight-ahead performance; this has all the makings of a great tune, excluding the delivery of the lyrics, which are chanted, and should be reworked to match the tight punch of the music. Surgical cutting of syllables would do wonders for what stands as a really worthwhile vehicle. As it is, it has much musically to commend it to the listening public, but it could be so much more using economy in the vocal phrasing. Not that all the lyrics need to be tightened up, just most of them, adding (or, in this case, keeping) extra beats near the end of the tune after earning the listener's appreciation. As a fellow artist, I hate being overly critical of someone else's artistry, but I feel warranted, as I was disappointed when the promise of the instrumental beginning was drained away during the first vocal section. Please don't scrap this, but do rework the vocals; let them for the most part mirror / match the instrumentals

Excellent lyrics

Neat idea to start out the song with a guitar solo! I don't think I've ever heard that before, so it caught my attention. The vocals sound somewhat flat or perhaps damped. (And this is true even where there's doubling, although to a lesser degree.) I'd recommend adding some stereo effects or maybe a touch of reverb or delay to help "fatten" them up. I really enjoyed the lyrics to this song, by the way. So keep up the good work.

Hooray for Ound Sand

I really enjoyed the excellent instrumentation on this song. Well done. Made me want to move with the rhythm. Good use of story telling in the lyrics. The singers voice is a little strained but it totally works with this style of rock. Good job!


This is a classic old school Rock. If you like this kind of music. Then John Wessel is your man good music for your soul.some of my friends would love this song.keep up the good work guys. Yours truly LS Lighter Shade

great song

the playing I heard I loved.. the way it sounded not fake like something maid for a computer program,, but real work when into and heart and soul. Wish I could hear more like this most I hear on hear from others is some how computer program some how that's not music.. What John Wessel has done is real great and soulful

Very competent

Very competent. Like, "Every thing I do I do every day". To improve- voice is from throat, a bit strangled, and struggling with too many words. There's no middle just verses. Sax panned hard right sounds like a bee's got in, but I'd be happy to hear it in a bar.



interesting song and arrangement

the song takes some interesting turns, with a great electric guitar sound and an unexpected flute solo.will definitely give it more listens. the vocal complements the lyrics, nice blend all around.

John Wessel - I Pound Sand

Straight up ballsy Californian bluesy rock from the excellent John Wessel who hails from Paso Robles and stll plays up to one hundred shows a year. The track hits from the off with some tasty guitar work and some interesting gritty lyrics - "Cajun woman down the street that hates my guts" in particular really pulled me in. John has played in a Jethro Tull cover band featuring an original bass player from the seminal UK prog rock outfit. You can feel their influence as the flute and sax play off each other towards the end of the track and the band is really cooking on the outro. John is currently working on tracks for a 2018 release and I am looking forward immensely to his new material. Keep on keeping on John !

I Pound Sand by Brian Cohan

Der Track trägt sich für meine Begriffe durch die hervorragend gespielten Guitarrenriffs.Die Abwechslung zwischen Trompeten Flöte geben dem Track die Möglichkeit das der Zuhörer bis zum Schluss die Ohren offen hält.Alles in allem ein gelungenes Stück. Lg.G.W.Scott
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