Posts Tagged ‘Songwriting’

Song Intros Count too

September 9, 2016

When arranging or writing a song, I think the introductions count too.
Many today don’t take much time for a good intro. I think they make any song better. Here are 3 examples of intros from my 9CD boxed set.

Light My Fire
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvWgzRAUqrI

California Dreaming
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64cOT72mi5g

The Look of Love
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGHs3IRnaRc

Hunkasaurus – News of 150 New Videos on YOUTUBE

August 3, 2015

Dear Musea Reader,

This weekend brought a nice big surprise for ME and my MUSIC.

I chose the website, CD Baby to put my 150 songs – 9 CD’s on the internet for streaming and sale. Glad I did. It has proved to have extra benefits that I couldn’t even imagine at the time, such as placing all of them on the brand new Apple Streaming.

But a bigger surprise was when I found, this weekend, that they had put all my songs, all 150 on Youtube – each one a separate video! That is 150 new VIDEOS for me (Add that to the 73 I’ve made over the last decade or so = 223!.)

Each one has for the visuals, the cover of the CD, and for the audio the full song.

To see them all go here. You will find them listed on this and the next 7 pages
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=CD+Baby+%2B+Hunkasaurus

[If you have a specific title, search this way ‘ CD Baby + Hunkasaurus + Title of Song and that title will be the top of the first page.]

Will you do me a favor if you visit? Below the video on the right, is a thumbs up and a thumbs down. Would you give these a thumbs up? That would be great. You are certainly welcome to post any comments too! That would be greater!

This one minute video is by CD Baby and explains why they put the music on youtube.

Tom Hendricks

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Tin Box Set of 150 Hunkasaurus songs – Price Break over

March 27, 2015

The introductory month price of $30 for my 150 song, 9 CD, Tin Boxed Set, is over.
The Price now is $50 (includes postage and handling).
I chose that price because 150 songs at $50 = 33 and a third penny each – which seems to fit a music project!
Thanks to all who bought during the introductory period.
– Tom (Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar. Hunkasaurus.com)

Please Don’t Call Me a Singer Songwriter

March 9, 2015

Please don’t call me a SINGER SONGWRITER!

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Just another singer /songwriter right? Wrong! I’ve just released a 150 song set of music that I’ve been working on for the last 10 years. It’s important for me that I am not stuck in a specific formula or category such as singer songwriter.

I don’t like that label. And I don’t think it is right to tag it on to me and my Silvertone guitar, Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar. The most basic of reasons is – it just is not true.

Let’s look at both words.
Singer: Yes I sing on many of the songs, but many are instrumentals, and some are a mix of instrumental with background vocals.
So to be more accurate, I’m not a singer, I’m a singer, background singer, instrumentalist.

Songwriter: Yes I wrote almost half of the 150 songs, but not the other half. And on many I have made specific arrangements that mix their song with my arrangement.
So to be more accurate, I’m not a songwriter, I’m a songwriter, not a songwriter, arranger.

Now let’s put it all together.
Instead of a singer, songwriter, it is more accurate to say:
I’m a singer, background singer, instrumentalist,
that is a songwriter, not a songwriter, and an arranger,

Which sounds pretty silly. That’s closer to reality. And perhaps the real silliness or real lesson here is that it is wrong to try to fit some musicians into a singer songwriter category.!

Sample the music for free (and write a review!!!) at
http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/HunkasaurusandHisPetDogGuitar / or
http://www.Hunkasaurus.com

Tom Hendricks

The American Songbook vs. Rock n Roll

January 30, 2015

THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK VERSUS ROCK N ROLL

The great divide in fifties music was the American Songbook – featured on each and every variety TV show, and Rock n roll featured on a few transistor radios along with the static.
Top 40 radio opened up music to all styles, though rock n roll soon became the mainstay style.
What I think is interesting is this differences between the American Songbook and Rock n roll. I’ve thought about it some and there are two things that stand out.
1. The American Songbook was a collection of great songs that any good singer could cover. There was really no definitive recording of any great song.
But rock n roll was very different. No one could do Johnny B Good but Chuck Berry. No one could do Jailhouse Rock but Elvis. and no one could do their one hit wonder, better than those that recorded it and got the big hit, and so on. When others tried to cover a rock n roll song, it just was not the same. It didn’t sound authentic.
Before rock n roll there was a very popular tv show called “Your Hit Parade, that began on radio and ran on tv from 1950-1959. A cast of singers sang the big hits of the day. But the shows downfall was that the cast could sing the American Songbook with a their big band arrangement behind them, and sound fine; but, when they began trying to imitate the Rock n Roll hits, with a big band, it sounded ludicrous to say the least. Rock and roll was about the record as much as the songwriting. It wasn’t about songs, it was about hits.
2. Then too rock n roll was not rhythm and blues, or country, or boogie-woogie. Those were all adult styles of music with adult themes. Rock n roll was very much teen music – more simple, more passionate, and with a big beat – something that adults that grew up with the big band music, didn’t get. Many still don’t.


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