Archive for the ‘Songwriting’ Category

Hay Ride for Two (guitar instrumental)

May 28, 2019

Hay Ride for Two (short guitar instrumental)
Song #2,099 (c) Tom Hendricks 2019
Hunkasuaurus and His Pet Dog guitar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzgY7TKHwG0

Song #2,100 “F#m” Guitar instrumental

May 27, 2019

“F#m” guitar instrumental.

This is a passionate and somewhat dark instrumental video.
(Not a studio recording) (c) Tom Hendricks 2019
Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar

Comments welcome.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE0SHnfr1Tg

Rock and Roll Vapors (video)

May 19, 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1F_6Ox9Nq0

ROCK AND ROLL VAPORS

1. She’s got the rock and roll vapors.
See how the crowd disperses
Give her room, she’s gotta keep dancing
Watch …. her spin !

2. She’s got the big beat fever
Her hips are out of control now
Look! All the people are clapping
Watch … her spin!

Musicians Don’t Write Your Own Songs

April 27, 2019

CALLING ALL MUSICIANS!!!
PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! don’t write your own songs!

HERE GOES: I’ve never heard your songs, but I can say with 99.9% accuracy that they are not good.

Through decades I’ve written over 2,000 songs – 2,089 as of today, and when I started out, I thought that my songs were great. But after composing the first hundred, I threw all of them away but one or two, because they were bad songs. Then I began getting better.

HERE’S THE RULE: For every thousand great guitar players or great singers, or great drummers, there is maybe ONE good songwriter. Find him! Search him out , make his best songs yours, and get a career for yourself.

This does not mean a corporate moon/june hack. Find a songwriter who thinks like you, who writes songs like you were trying to do, and that has lyrics that you can put your heart into. Great songwriters write great songs; they don’t write trash that you will be embarrassed to perform. Find them and ask to hear everything they have got.

Right now the Big 3, the 3 companies that control music and determine if you have a career (spoiler alert – you don’t, none of us do), are against good songwriting. Just look at the top 100. So that means the great new songwriters are out there, waiting, and as hungry for a fair chance in music as you are. *

Some music execs advise you to write your own music and MAKE ALL THE MONEY! But they are wrong. HERE’S THE TRUTH; You will be spending all your money in studios, recording bad songs that will drain your bank account, loose the good will and interest of all the fellow musicians working with you, turn off your audience, and drag down what little career you have achieved.

But if instead, you record ONE great song by a talented songwriter, you will have a hit and a career that will follow you for the rest of your life!

But Tom, you say, the people LOVE my songs. OK then put that love to the test. Contact the people who LOVE your songs and tell them that you will give each of them 1% of ownership of your entire catalogue of songs for $10,000 dollars. See what happens. See who wants to invest in your songwriting! Put your songs to the real test and see how good they are.

Musicians, 99% of you that write songs – and more power to you – write as many as you like; BUT, keep them to yourselves, and stop
embarrassing yourself in public at least until you get a rare rare rare good one. OR

Record the best songs of those few songwriters who can write great songs. OR

Put your spin on great classic songs.

BTW if you are one of the .01% that are good at writings songs, you already know you have real talent, you probably have agreed with most of this post but know it doesn’t apply to you, and you are not one bit discouraged from what I say. Keep writing!

To all the rest: remember if you have one hit song, you have a career for life. If you never have a hit, you don’t have a career at all (with hardly any exceptions to the rule).

Good composers are rare. This essay is for current musicians and songwriters creating new music in all genres from country, blues, and rock, to pop, MOR, jazz, rap, and folk; but let’s take classical music for example. Why? Because everyone has heard of these composers.

Compare how many good orchestras there are in the world with how many good Bachs, Mozarts, and Beethoven’s there are!

Comments welcome, but beware – until you have put 5 decades into writing songs like I have, I may not give your ideas much credence!

*(Join the Music Revolution, end the Big 3 control of all music. and open it up to all, not just the 1% that make 70% of all the money.)

Tom Hendricks

Recent Cheap Cassette Videos – H and PDG

March 23, 2019

Music Music Music! Songs Songs Songs!

RECENT SONG DEMOS:

Grand World
Unabashedly Optimistic Song.

Guitar
Song for Lead Guitarists to Solo

Video
Video protesting videos!

Watching TV
Guitar Instrumental

Basket Girl
Wolves and Hunters here!

From Me To You
Classic Beatle song

Color My World
Classic from Chicago

Backstage at the Fashion Show
Guitar instrumental

Before Going On Stage
The Warm Up Song

Bam! Bam! Bam!
Rhythm and Blues about getting there on time.

Cherry Tree
Instrumental

Blink of an Eye
Bittersweet song of lost loves.

Rock, Paper, Scissors
Hand Dancing. Can you do the moves?

Jingle Jangle Day
Surely one of my happiest songs with the least amount of lyrics.

Road Chorus
Should be played loud while on the road.

Someone Who Loved Me
Two friends or lovers?

Shoo Bop
Song for background singers everywhere.

Cello (a Love Story)
Man falls in love with a Cello player next door.

Goodbye to War
Title says it all.

Lullaby (a Mother Goose Rhyme)
Pure melody and voice – nothing else.

I Was There
Simple instrumental for all your memories.

All the Birds in the World
Synthesizer song – lots of joy in these notes.

Happy Birthday Song
Now you have two choices for birthdays.

AND

TeXas Video Showdown.
This is the ongoing, worst video ever made… for a good reason – to support the music revolution against the 3 CEOs that have ruined it. Thousands have viewed this one over a few years. Join the music revolution by supporting this worst video ever!

Comment:

From January 6th 2017 to July 2, 2018 I have written the music to 225 songs!

That is more than 12 a month for 18 months. Brings my total to over 1,950 songs. The 225 songs are from Song #1730 – #1955.

For comparison, the Beatles wrote about 190 songs total in their career. I did more than that in 18 months, and ten times that in total so far. But are they anywhere as good? Play them and see for yourself!

(March 2019 – 2,070 songs total.)

I had planned to record many of these, but I’m not going to go into a recording studio until the music stops flowing!

So instead I’ve done some, NOT studio recordings, but rough minute demos of some of these 225 songs I call CHEAP CASSETTE DEMOS.

Please go to my youtube channel, listen to any that interest you, and give them a thumbs up (literally just lifting a finger.)
Search TomHendricksMusea or video floor at the big website.

For 150 studio recordings go to the music ‘floor’ on my website tomhendricks.us or see wikipedia.

Tom Hendricks


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