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Music In You

Brent Baxter

April 11, 2017

Genre: Country

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I wrote this song with Jason Wilkes and Brad Watkins.


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Phillip Lemmonds

Hey Brent!  Congrats on the new venture… should be right up your alley.

For this song, I found the electric guitar distracting and it took away from the lyrics.  I think it would be better with an acoustic guitar.  The verses seem a little short to me also, or the chorus is a couple of lines too long… LOL!  It just seems out of balance.

April 21, 2017

Amber Lewis

I really like this song! I love the vocals and instrumentation, it has a modern sound that I think will be enjoyed by all kinds of age groups. I really like the electric guitar in this, I think it just plays too simple for too long, do some more or different strumming with the build in the song, but if this is just a demo makes sense that it is more a simple.

May 02, 2017

Jackson Lucas

Hey Brent, I like your song.

Works for me as a demo that shows a lot of promise with a good vocal and an interesting guitar part which is at times a bit high in the mix (which is also Philip’s point above, I guess) and needs support from other instruments for a more polished, dynamic performance.

On the other hand, it works perfectly well for me as a solo coffee house performance, so depending on the medium/environment and what you want to make of it, you have a variety of options to explore: further polish, a more dynamic guitar part, etc.

Am I anywhere near the ballpark in my assessment, or just wandering lost in a La La Land of my own? grin

Best,
Jack

May 02, 2017

Brent Baxter

Thanks for the feedback, ya’ll!

May 03, 2017

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Jackson Lucas

It actually sounded better to me on a second listen… it reminded me of a Jeff Buckley version of a famous LC song and the guitar sound of your song is so haunting, I could not get it out of my mind and tried to figure it out.

I still believe the guitar part is better a bit lower in the mix and I understand if you want to avoid the comparison above but, in my opinion, the battle between cliches and originality has already been won in country music, as far as the biz side is concerned…

May 03, 2017

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Robert Lloyd

Brent:

Normally with a half rhyme I have no problem and sometimes they are great. But as Marilyn Bergman said in an interview (she must have been quoting me:-), why have a half rhyme when you can use a full rhyme? And in this case, being the first two lines of your song and with little spacing between the words to sing, I don’t think “note” and “untold” really works. How about something like: “Like an unstrung guitar or an empty boat” or similar? Or what could we say instead of “empty” that would be nice to equate to “sitting there so quietly”. I’ll continue…

Or these:
““or a letter un-wrote”
“the unread letter you wrote”

Or a better half rhyme such as:
“or a fire un-stoked”

I hope this might help.

May 31, 2017

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Robert Lloyd

Some more ideas for the second line of the first verse Brent:

How about “or a shipwrecked boat”

“or a castaway boat”

And is “a resting note” a musical note or a written note? Leave it up to the listener.

 

May 31, 2017

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Shane Trepeaux

I dig it. I like your other stuff quite a bit, but this is a real change and refreshing. Not that you had to go out on this limb to keep my attention at all. But man, it definitely shows your diversity! I like the electric guitar myself. It’s simple, clean, raw, and makes a point. And I do feel while an acoustic is always beautiful to hear, the electric’s tone really hints at the “music within”. Which to me, seems what the song is saying; that inner music that’s got to come out. I feel like that electric says, “Hey, this song could run like a wildfire any minute, if he/she can just get the guts to crank it on up!” Good work Brent!

June 09, 2017

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Michael Casali

Yes it’s cool, I love the guitar intro, what is it, a telecaster with tremolo? lyrics are good, I’m going to take another listen

August 05, 2017

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Phillip Lemmonds

Hey Brent!  Congrats on the new venture… should be right up your alley.

For this song, I found the electric guitar distracting and it took away from the lyrics.  I think it would be better with an acoustic guitar.  The verses seem a little short to me also, or the chorus is a couple of lines too long… LOL!  It just seems out of balance.

April 21, 2017

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Amber Lewis

I really like this song! I love the vocals and instrumentation, it has a modern sound that I think will be enjoyed by all kinds of age groups. I really like the electric guitar in this, I think it just plays too simple for too long, do some more or different strumming with the build in the song, but if this is just a demo makes sense that it is more a simple.

May 02, 2017

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Jackson Lucas

Hey Brent, I like your song.

Works for me as a demo that shows a lot of promise with a good vocal and an interesting guitar part which is at times a bit high in the mix (which is also Philip’s point above, I guess) and needs support from other instruments for a more polished, dynamic performance.

On the other hand, it works perfectly well for me as a solo coffee house performance, so depending on the medium/environment and what you want to make of it, you have a variety of options to explore: further polish, a more dynamic guitar part, etc.

Am I anywhere near the ballpark in my assessment, or just wandering lost in a La La Land of my own? grin

Best,
Jack

May 02, 2017

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Brent Baxter

Thanks for the feedback, ya’ll!

May 03, 2017

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Jackson Lucas

It actually sounded better to me on a second listen… it reminded me of a Jeff Buckley version of a famous LC song and the guitar sound of your song is so haunting, I could not get it out of my mind and tried to figure it out.

I still believe the guitar part is better a bit lower in the mix and I understand if you want to avoid the comparison above but, in my opinion, the battle between cliches and originality has already been won in country music, as far as the biz side is concerned…

May 03, 2017

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Robert Lloyd

Brent:

Normally with a half rhyme I have no problem and sometimes they are great. But as Marilyn Bergman said in an interview (she must have been quoting me:-), why have a half rhyme when you can use a full rhyme? And in this case, being the first two lines of your song and with little spacing between the words to sing, I don’t think “note” and “untold” really works. How about something like: “Like an unstrung guitar or an empty boat” or similar? Or what could we say instead of “empty” that would be nice to equate to “sitting there so quietly”. I’ll continue…

Or these:
““or a letter un-wrote”
“the unread letter you wrote”

Or a better half rhyme such as:
“or a fire un-stoked”

I hope this might help.

May 31, 2017

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Robert Lloyd

Some more ideas for the second line of the first verse Brent:

How about “or a shipwrecked boat”

“or a castaway boat”

And is “a resting note” a musical note or a written note? Leave it up to the listener.

 

May 31, 2017

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Shane Trepeaux

I dig it. I like your other stuff quite a bit, but this is a real change and refreshing. Not that you had to go out on this limb to keep my attention at all. But man, it definitely shows your diversity! I like the electric guitar myself. It’s simple, clean, raw, and makes a point. And I do feel while an acoustic is always beautiful to hear, the electric’s tone really hints at the “music within”. Which to me, seems what the song is saying; that inner music that’s got to come out. I feel like that electric says, “Hey, this song could run like a wildfire any minute, if he/she can just get the guts to crank it on up!” Good work Brent!

June 09, 2017

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Michael Casali

Yes it’s cool, I love the guitar intro, what is it, a telecaster with tremolo? lyrics are good, I’m going to take another listen

August 05, 2017


(by Brent Baxter, Brad Watkins, Jason Wilkes)
  
You sit there so quietly... a resting note
Like an unstrung guitar or a truth untold
Afraid of what they’ll say... if you’re heard
Don't you know what you're worth?


CHORUS
There’s a melody, and you’re the only one who knows that song
But if you never sing it, we’ll never get to sing along
You’ve got a story hidden like a lyric buried deep
A little hard-earned wisdom that somebody out there needs
It’s beautiful, it’s powerful, it’s true
Maybe you don’t hear it, but I do... I do
There’s music in you

So open up your heart... like a dusty case
It matters more who you are than what they say
May not be in style... but it's your voice
Don't you know... God don't make noise

CHORUS

BRIDGE
You've got a story somebody out there needs

CHORUS

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