Over the years I've had many comments on my music and services by email and on newsgroups. Some are listed here. They are all genuine comments from genuine people. I haven't had time to get permission to publish from each individual, so if you recognise your comment and wish me to remove it, please contact me and I will do so straight away. (or perhaps you'd like me to link it to your website instead!)
Now read the testimonials we have received...
our Songwriting & Arrangements
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John was just the perfect person for my song
and other songs. It has an ethereal feel to it, and the ending is so powerful....gave
me goose bumps.
Very cool Lynn..... Great lyrics, nice feel,
tight performance what more could you ask for?
Hey Lynn this is top notch stuff, very catchy.
Only jsut started catching up on people's stuff in here as have been lent
some CDs by Colin Vearncombe aka Black and been listening to them nonstop
I'm listening to "Just down the road
from Babylon". Very creative. I like it alot! Thanks!!!!!
What can I say??? The
song is brilliant!!! My thanks to everyone for such a great job. I must
admit, it's really weird hearing my words! You were asking about using
the song on the internet.......thats fine by me. Well......it's really
been worth the wait and I am so pleased with the song..........as I'm
sure Michelle will be also!!!!! Thanks once again for making all this
possible, it really is an excellent service that you provide.
You can be proud of that one, song, arrangement
I really enjoyed this song, Lynn. I'm putting
it on my playlist to enjoy again and again. Good story, fun music.
Lynn - the intro theme --> that's a greatly
atmospheric theme, I'm gonna put it in the intro of the game, it's amazing
Are there any Christmas themed arcade games?
I was seriously looking for game controls by midway through the song.
Look out Santa, jump over the Grinches! Glo-o-o-o-ria! Good'on'ya
I like your melody better than my initial
idea. Shows more imagination! As a matter of fact I like the idea in general.
We have some new people loggin in all the time. I'm hoping some of them
are singers that might help to interpret this into voice. Nice work! The
synth you used is intriguing. Maybe we can leave some of that in there
too after we hopefully get a vocalist in the mix. It didn't seem boring
in your arrangement. Nice work Lynn! Thank you for working on this!
I still stand by giving you co-writer credit
for the 4 note riff you added and just for the excellent arrangement you
Re: Three Time Blueser - Nice job on the
lyrics for this one Lynn. I'm hoping to try singing your lyrics myself
on this. I think we'd share author credits on these we work together wouldn't
just listened to a preview of "I See
Stars" on songscribbler. What a ROCKIN fuckin song. You should really
do a professional demo of this song it's fuckin great. Tons of potential!
Singing sounds like "Macy Gray joins the Beatles" I love it!!...incredible
hook, great musical fills, genius sliding bass!! Anyway, I had never heard
it before cuz it wasn't on your soundclick page. Great job and keep 'em
I love the way the bass and drums work on
this. I'm not sure about the melody, but the singing is so unusual it
is hard to say if it wouldn't be better if delivered better. Midi strings
are a good enough idea. I think this song would be more of a grower than
an instant hit, but the vocal sound and unusual harmonies are very interesting.
There's an awful lot of inspiring experimental ideas in here and I like
that, even if it doesn't quite come together, sometimes I find it more
rewarding just to have tried something new and maybe inspired somebody
else than to have written a great hook. I figure that might be where you're
heading with this and if so, you've done a grand job. Nice one. Yep, my
final thought is that it is spinning third time now, and it is seriously
growing on me. The "I'm in a technicolor dreamworld" part is
You of course don't know me, but I've been
reading rec.music.songwriting and came across your post and began listening
to your songs. As a keyboardist, producer, occasional songwriter, arranger,
vocalist and latin percussionist, let me say that I'm instantaneously
your biggest fan! How ever do you come up with such wonderful harmonic
chromaticism and ambiguity? I wish, oh how I wish I lived in the UK if
only to play these songs with you. If you ever come to the States and
to Philadelphia specifically, consider a standing invitation to hang out,
play music and perhaps even collaborate on some stuff. Really, you have
a keen talent and a breath taking melodic sense.
Erm...I *think* I like it. Can't get a handle on the 3rd verse though, lyrics-wise. But very interesting. The recording has an ethereal quality like some early Genesis stuff which is nice and certainly suits the lyrics.
I downloaded yesterday, have played it a few
times since, I could have posted a "well-done" earlier, but
I thought I'd better show I had been really listening with further comments.
What I have been wrestling with is the percussion (I know, me commenting
on percussion to you is a bit like a virgin advising on how
Cool song, Lynn. Nice feel to it. Reminds
me of the mood created by some of Traffic's early stuff. Way to go...
Personally, I would classify this song as Brill Building pop rather than jazz fusion, which it was listed under, but I enjoyed it at any rate, especially for its retro chic appeal. In my opinion, if you were to market this song as such, all the baby boomers who listen to AM radio would eat this shit up, but of course I would be the last person qualified to give advice on anyone's career here.
I love the melody line. I will see what I can do with it. You did a great job.
I just had a listen. Pretty interesting. The
style of music caught me a bit off-guard, but it quickly grew on me. I
like the rhythm. The lyrics are so 60s! Such idealism! hehe. I've listened
to a few at your "Lynn" site, too. You certainly have an eclectic
style of music.... I mean that in a *good* way! :))
Well I alway liked this song ;) And I like
the arrangement you did. Those (twelvestring?)-accousticguitars
A sort of Summertime for the sensitive death
metal fan, definitely wins the most creative award for me. As for your
vocals, you may not be Karen Carpenter (or even female, a fatal flaw in
many male vocalists), but you've got style in spades. Great job.
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Yes, yes, yes and yes. I loved every word of what you wrote, it is straight-forward good sense and fun, and you are absolutely right. If ever we run into each other at a crossroads in life I'm sure we would be great friends. Your wonderful answer to my queries has inspired me to stop seeking digital-age perfection and to worry about what is really important. Being human and conveying feelings. So thank you so much again.
I am hoping that Lynn comes back and does
her production critique for you - I think we will all learn something
But don't think I don't realize the first
advice you gave me, of how crucial a proffessional production is. (THAT"S
why it sounds so good !!!) And I'm thrilled I can afford for you to do
3 more !!!
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Give the lady a bonus! Excellent read - nicely
assessed and fairly reviewed.
I also think it was great of Lynn to go to
all of that trouble...I know how much time and effort goes into giving
a thorough and fair evaluation of a song, let alone an entire CD (and
an exceptionally long one at that!).
I can well believe that Lynn spent a good deal of time on the review, and Tom was appreciative of that, too.
Thanks, Lynn. That was really good advice.
You catch a lot of the problems that I dont even think about. Youre
good at putting on regular-listener-ears and hearing things that would
turn them off.
Thank you very much for taking the time to
listen to my song and
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I liked the feel of it, very 45rpm single,
and not overextended at all. I think it may bear another listen, and that's
a very rare thing out there in mp3land. :-)
On our free production
of "She Looks Lovely" that can be streamed from
Wow, its very impressive. Thank you
very much. Its definitely not what I expected. Its very pop,
which I have to admit is not really my style. But it does sound really
good. It has a professional sound. The way you did everything is very
pop to me. I think its really good in that way.
I'm definitely impressed. :-) I still wouldn't
be able to sing this easily to the backing track - I'm very tied to hitting
chordal notes and emphasising cadences, boring though that is - but the
slight dischords probably lift it (i.e. I'm undecided). The rising and
falling dynamics I do like a lot. Hearing my voice lifted right clear
of the backing was a big surprise (even more so that you seem to have
got away with it LOL.) I think maybe the audio "haunting" suggestion
is slightly OTT (?) but equally it could have its own appeal. I'd personally
reduce that considerably, but that's about the only niggle I've got. A
great pleasure to hear myself "produced" and thanks to you,
Chas and anyone else who actually took the time to play instruments for
this. Feel free to request my vocal assistance anytime you think my voice
will fit the bill (hiss and all, of course...).
I like the production/mix very much. Love
that 4 note motif and it's sound that reoccures...
I really like this song, John's voice sits
really well in the mix.
I also had a really good time playing all
on the wobbly site, there were some I had not heard before that I really
loved. The name and credits text displayable by windows media player inserted
into the mp3s would help, if you have the tool to do it. You re doing
Lynn's soft music is much more powerfull than
my original music which I thought was powerfull.
I really like your treatment of this song,
Lynn. I suspect that it will struggle in the replays, and need a bit more
content or a bit less length, but it well achieves the first objective,
to make me want to hear it again. Good work.
Lynn, I'm listening. Procastinating another
dive into the hardware from hell. Like what you did with "cry"
after hush "baby don't you.." Nice/weird turn after that. I
think the background piano/harp type thing
Your stuff is really different, new, cool....I like "just down the road from babylon."
I thought the performance/arrangement/ production
were great. I enjoyed the song.
I downloaded the hi-fi version. I liked it.
I think you did a good job, I like the base sound.
I like it. It has a nice laid back feel to
it. Even so, the drums do seem pushed back a little far for the particular
style. That's just what my instincts are saying. But the whole song flows
Love the bass and the distorted guitar. The
singer reminds me a bit of a cross between Roy Harper and Bon Scott for
some reason. Some great unexpected harmonies. Well-produced. Well done!
I like songs that have little bits that you don't notice on the first
play but come out the next few. Keeps your interest. Best,
I only have time to write a short e-mail.
You and all the musician's involved did a superb job !!!! (Unfortunately
the computer's speakers don't give out a lot of bass.....so I was unable
to fully appreciate it.)
"Your voice was clear and the recording
was noise-free and the music was pleasant to listen to. You're
Your arrangement is conquering all hearts
and ears here. "Much, much better", "Osé",
"beaucoup plus vif", "à la fois gai et triste",
and last but not least "totalement nouveau" = "totally
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Hi Lynn - a very good experiment and well
done! To my ear you have not only increased the loudness but also the
depth and clarity of the sound has increased substantially as well. Regarding
needing expensive equipment - this is old thinking. A modern PC with sophisticated
DSP software costing only a few hundred dollars together can accurately
achieve most functions needed to master a song well - given a high enough
initial sampling resolution. Imho, this is the future of analogue signal
processing and the great thing about it from our point of view is that
anyone with the time and effort can potentially make a great sounding
song - as you have done.
Finally after what seemed a very long wait
the CD came today. It was great to hear a different arrangement of something
what we had wrote. Thanks for all the time you spent on it, there are
some really good bits there. I also checked out the LSO files and boy
do you know how to use logic to its full extent there. Do you do any classes
in it ;)
Overall I didn't hear a significant difference
in the two versions, but Lynn should still be congratulated for the sound
quality she has achieved in these recordings.
Yup, very happy. I listened carefully, quite
a few times, to the stuff, throughout the day. I could find no problems
other than those you pointed out, and none of those surprised me, anyway.
Fortunately, I've enough savvy to understand that no amount of hardware
or software processing, ('less I sent it NASA, or something), could give
material committed to disk my way an edge over music professionally recorded,
mixed and mastered in a studio. That said, I think you did a pretty good
job with what you had to work with, and, frankly, I was confident you
would. I asked you to do the work you did, primarily, in order to judge
what I would end up working with for myself, and that was something I
really needed to do. As it happens, I'm so very glad I did, because, apart
from realising that the material is going to be good enough for my purpose
when you've added your magic touch, I actually learned a good deal more
than that, in as much as, I discovered a little gem in your good self.
Really listening to it all I think it is not
to bad at all and there is not a lot I would change. It interesting I
can hear some bongos in there and I was thinking about an almost unplugged
sound before you mixed this like just Sean's picking and lead bongo and
shakers for percussion sort of a Cat Sevens mix. Something that comes
out of this is, I thought the outro was boring and repetitious with just
my stuff on it. Now you have some drum fills, shakers and Sean's picking
and lead they come in and out of the mix and it sounds just perfect to
me. It's the best part of the song.
Heee, yeah it´s really great an dubby!
I like it! I didn´t remember exactly what we did 2 years ago but
listening to it was somehow like remeeting old friends, rememebering the
"good old times" we had in rocket 2 years ago - "when we
were young" ;)
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I liked that Lynn. Good Job! I like the opening
and the way the song keeps the same vibe throughout it's entirety. I think
your vocals sound great although they are quite loud in some places. You
have a sexy British accent... LOL The beat kind of disappears behind everything
else after a while, which maybe it should I don't know. The lyrics are
cool - you presented them well.
He said what I was gonna say. A good read,
matching a good groove. I might have added more subtle rhythm guitar throughout
(but I'm a guitarist, so..<g> I think the accent and the lyric work
well together, no need to add effects to the vox. Gary..nice job on the
Once again.....my expectations have been SO
far surpassed. Congratulations and THANK YOU ALL !!!.....SUPERB JOB !!!
LYNN !!!.......You have a BEAUTIFUL VOICE !!! (And I hope you know I mean
this as a compliment when I say you actually SOUND A LITTLE LIKE MADONNA
!!!) Also if you see my buddy Dee....tell him I got chills up and down
my spine when I heard the solo to "Ultra". He has now replaced
Frank Zappa as my FAVORITE GUITARIST !!! Zappa moves to # 2 !!! And Robert
Fripp moves to # 3 !!!
Got it on now, it really grooves and hey i
would never say you had a weak voice it is very young sounding and works
great. A very catchy piece. I am on 3rd listen. I like the groove and
the feel and that is ALL that keeps me into song. Well you should be going
up the charts with this one. Am on listen number 4 i think...
Hi, Ive just started on the above site and
listened to your music. Its good, and more to the point original. How
did you get that sliding bass sound? Heard similar on pieces by Helen
Watson and King crimson. Sounds neat. Hope to chat on the site, see you
I got that mp3 file with you playing drums
and I must say I was quite impressed. That's what I call a dam good drummer!
Inspiring enough to create a total new song out of it as well as use it
for the original tune.
Truly, you deserve all the massive praise
anyone can bestow. Do you play guitar and keyboards? I definitely hear
many diverse influences in your music, from jazz and fusion to synth pop
When you do the drumming are you going to
put a tea towel over the toms:-) Sounds like the work tapes for Abby Road,
I keep wanting to yell out Come Together in the chorus.
Once again, Lynn.....I couldn't be more pleased
! Thanks for a great job !!!! Please give all involved my thanks....john
did great vocals !!!! And the guitar player REALLY put it over the top
and energized it !!!!.... (sorry I can't remember his name at this moment.)
This actually has a dreamy feel to it. :-)
I like the vocal sound on this track. I don't know if its the MIDI or
intentional, but the rhythm sounds out of sync or something. Maybe it's
just me. I liked the Krieger style guitar solo, very cool. btw I want
one of those hats :-)
My psychotherapist gave me a cd copy of "Lovely"
and I FINALLY got a "proper listening" of it.(My Panasonic mini
stereo isn't "top of the line".....but it puts out a pretty
IMHO your biggest asset is the easyness with
which you move from style to style. But I consider it one of my merits
to have pushed you to a new genre, one you created yourself. Being able
to be new is what keeps us young. But what is more important is it gives
the best feeling one can have in the world. Mere creation is not enough
for me. When I create it must be totally new. What I am doing in my poems
has never been done by anyone else before. And what you did in the music
noone ever did.
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Shame, I just had somebody elses site loaded
to listen to their music when I saw this. I am afraid I pre-empted theirs,
and did a play all on dickos site - I am listening to the first track
now, and am in blues heaven. Thanks! Lynn and the band.
Good luck with John, "Why Aren't You
Talking" is superb.
Sounds tight Lynn! Would have liked to have
been there. You guys ever think of doing a cover of "Soul Man?"
I think your band would pull it off well :) Great job!
Great song, Lynn. You won't get much come back from the Americans who think reggae is an obscure ethnic musical form ;-)
I love the song Peanut Vendor....very louis
armstrong...reminds me a lot of skokian....great song and very original
to boot...ROCK N ROLL!!
I just downloaded & listened to the composition
"Peanut Vendor" from your soundclick.com offerings. I love it!
In the absence of "other alternative" as an option, I think
you could have squeaked by listing it as "Jazz" - a very creative,
original Jazz, to be sure. You really captured that circus festival peanut
vendor atmosphere, in this piece. Wonderful!
I also listened to Take a Little Time and
thought this was a stronger song, better mix too.
Lynn, I am just listening
to John's stuff, sounds really good, good material,
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I think that new song-Just Down The Road From
Babylon is great. Super lyrics too from Gary? Anyway, good stuff.
Wonderful arrangements and one of my favorite
songs of all time. Vocals are great...The first line I didn't like but
it got better as it went along. Sounds as if the vocal levels were very
high in some places...maybe just my speakers made it sound like that.
I listened to the hi fi version. GREAT JOB LADIES!!!!!!
For an internet collaberative effort, wow!
Well done to all who participated...quite lush sounding production...nice
sounds across the board! The vocal harmonies when you sing "You're
part of me...etc." are amazing! Kind of like The Travelling Wilburrys
(sp?) with a bit of Beatles there....of course just my 2 cents...I found
it a bit slow for my tastes, definitely the harmony part I just spoke
of was my favourite part...the little bit of tension there is what held
my attention through the song..but that just could be my taste in music
talking... I'm off to check out more of your stuff...well done!
Frank's songs almost always reflect something
real, a distant memory or even one in the making. This one took me back
a long time, and every character in the song seemed like an old friend.
Nice job, both of you.
I was doing a comment on the Iraqi war and
I started thinking about that being the cradle of civilization, having
come to this. It was more in sadness than in protest. I was very pleased
with what Lynn did with that lyric. I'm not sure if it's slow jazz rap
or what it is. But I thought when I heard it, imagine doing this with
a full orchestra and real choppers and tanks, and a full choir. Then I
thought no it's been done already by that Russian chap with his cannons.
Still it would be a blast!