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by JonPorobil
Tue May 04, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Nur Ein
Topic: Nur Ein XVI: Starting Line
Replies: 11
Views: 460

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Starting Line

I really liked how last year's judging panel all posted introductions about their personal song preferences and general approach to judging, so I'll take this opportunity to do the same here. 1. Fundamentals. - Make sure your instruments are all in tune, that you're singing on key and performing to ...
by JonPorobil
Sat May 01, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: SpinTunes
Topic: SpinTunes 17 Round 3 Songs
Replies: 5
Views: 221

Re: SpinTunes 17 Round 3 Songs

As a first-timer doing this competitively, it's been a really interesting process and I've enjoyed it enormously! I've found the reviews super helpful in understanding how the songs are received/heard and where things need to be tighter. Even the less than flattering reviews or comments generally s...
by JonPorobil
Fri Apr 30, 2021 4:01 am
Forum: SpinTunes
Topic: SpinTunes 17 Round 3 Songs
Replies: 5
Views: 221

Re: SpinTunes 17 Round 3 Songs

Here are some severely belated reviews for Round 3. I figured I better start flexing my judgin' muscle! These are in order from the bottom (my least favorite) to the top (my favorite). I did not review or rank myself. One thing I found really interesting was just how radically my opinions deviated f...
by JonPorobil
Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:12 am
Forum: Nur Ein
Topic: Nur Ein XVI: Starting Line
Replies: 11
Views: 460

Re: Nur Ein XVI: Starting Line

Interestingly, this year's judging panel is 3/5 the same as the one in Nur Ein X. Pigfarmer Jr., Johnny Cashpoint, and I all judged that year as well. However, that was the first year Niveous sat out judging. Glad to see you on the other side of the table again for this one, Niveous!
by JonPorobil
Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:01 am
Forum: Nur Ein
Topic: Nur Ein XVI: General Discussion Thread
Replies: 25
Views: 579

Re: Nur Ein XVI

Caravan Ray wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 3:34 am


Wait...does this mean that I beat glennnny as being the only person in EVERY nur ein? (though - from memory - surely Sam and Ken were also in every Nur Ein with me?)
I guess it depends on how you count. You were a judge in Nur Ein X. :geek:
by JonPorobil
Wed Apr 21, 2021 6:13 am
Forum: Nur Ein
Topic: Nur Ein XVI: General Discussion Thread
Replies: 25
Views: 579

Re: Nur Ein XVI

Near the end of every Nur Ein, there's always some drama and grousing from the judging panel about how it's a thankless job... And I sympathize with that. But may I offer a counterpoint? I find judging to be genuinely rewarding and fulfilling. It's educational to listen to a large group of songs, mo...
by JonPorobil
Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: SpinTunes
Topic: SpinTunes 17 Round 3 RESULTS
Replies: 4
Views: 201

Re: SpinTunes 17 Round 3 RESULTS

Cybronica, I know yours wasn't the most positive review of my song, but it definitely made me feel the most seen. I agonized over whether to stick with my first pass of the chorus lyric because of that "baby back" connotation. Two days in, I was still singing it to myself and none of the potential r...
by JonPorobil
Sat Apr 17, 2021 6:11 am
Forum: SpinTunes
Topic: SpinTunes 17 Round 4 Challenge
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: SpinTunes 17 Round 4 Challenge

Here's another terrific song that meets this challenge: https://spintunes.bandcamp.com/track/i-hear-the-roar :lol: I did a song like this as part of a FAWM ten years ago. It's just a rough demo, solo voice and piano, lots of mistakes in the performance. I kept meaning to go back and flesh it out som...
by JonPorobil
Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: Nur Ein
Topic: Nur Ein XVI: General Discussion Thread
Replies: 25
Views: 579

Re: Nur Ein XVI

Judge #1, reporting for duty!
by JonPorobil
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:46 am
Forum: SpinTunes
Topic: SpinTunes 17 Round 3 Challenge
Replies: 21
Views: 546

Re: SpinTunes 17 Round 3 Challenge

I have submitted a safety mix. It's 4:10. Dang narrative songs...

Big thanks to Mo for helping with guitar after I slammed my finger in a door Friday. :o
by JonPorobil
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: SpinTunes
Topic: SpinTunes 17 Round 3 Challenge
Replies: 21
Views: 546

Re: SpinTunes 17 Round 3 Challenge

Aw man, after my rant about song length last week, now my Round 3 entry is gonna be about four minutes long. I brought this on myself.
by JonPorobil
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: SpinTunes
Topic: SpinTunes 17 Round 2 Listening Party
Replies: 8
Views: 372

Re: SpinTunes 17 Round 2 Listening Party

All right, now that the judging is over, I'd like to share a few details about my song. First of all, a couple of reviews broached this (and I expected it to be a dealbreaker, to be honest—I'm surprised I didn't get cut)... No, there's no existing connection between Futurama and "The Love Song of J....
by JonPorobil
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: SpinTunes
Topic: SpinTunes 17 Round 2 RESULTS
Replies: 4
Views: 269

Re: SpinTunes 17 Round 2 RESULTS

Congrats to Sober twice over! Well done and well-deserved!

Vom, you and I have to quit meeting up like this! :P
by JonPorobil
Wed Mar 31, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: SpinTunes
Topic: SpinTunes 17 Round 2 Challenge
Replies: 38
Views: 972

Re: SpinTunes 17 Round 2 Challenge

My low point working on our song last week came when I realized that it was clocking in at 4:56. I cut it down to 3:51 by removing empty space (that I was going to fill with saxophones) from the chorus, and then put 12 seconds back in to make a little more space for... saxophones. But if I go down ...
by JonPorobil
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: SpinTunes
Topic: SpinTunes 17 Round 2 Challenge
Replies: 38
Views: 972

Re: SpinTunes 17 Round 2 Challenge

Does a slower tempo at 3:00 seem longer than a faster tempo at 3:00?? It really depends on the song and the subjective experience of the person listening to it, but I think a faster tempo song generally feels LONGER than a slow-tempo song of the same overall length. I also had a couple of structure...
by JonPorobil
Tue Mar 30, 2021 4:21 am
Forum: SpinTunes
Topic: SpinTunes 17 Round 2 Challenge
Replies: 38
Views: 972

Re: SpinTunes 17 Round 2 Challenge

Also a good point - most of the rules (both official and judge preference) don't apply to shadow entries. So that's one benefit to being cut early. :lol:
by JonPorobil
Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Ye Olde Lyric Archive
Topic: What Were They Thinking? Spintunes 17 Round 2
Replies: 5
Views: 128

Re: What Were They Thinking? Spintunes 17 Round 2

My song is from the perspective of Lieutenant Kif Kroker, from the TV series Futurama . My brother Harrison contributed his impersonation of Zapp Brannigan. I couldn't manage the entire vocal performance in character voice, but the spoken word "Yes, Sir" part in Kif's voice is me. Bald, Green, Bonel...
by JonPorobil
Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: SpinTunes
Topic: SpinTunes 17 Round 2 Challenge
Replies: 38
Views: 972

Re: SpinTunes 17 Round 2 Challenge

I got mine submitted. Since we're talking tempos and song lengths, mine is mostly 112bpm, but it jumps up to 123bpm for the bridge, then back down again. My song clocked in at 3:13. You're welcome, judges. :lol: (Yes, when I'm judging Nur Ein, I will absolutely hold it against you if you submit a lo...
by JonPorobil
Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:57 am
Forum: SpinTunes
Topic: SpinTunes 17 Round 1 RESULTS
Replies: 10
Views: 429

Re: SpinTunes 17 Round 1 RESULTS

Ooh, I missed this thread. Very hearty congratulations to Sober for his well-deserved win! Sober, you were my #2 pick for the round, and I absolutely don't mind losing to you. I'm also gobsmacked to have been in a three-way tie for third place! Thank you to the judges and to everyone who wrote revie...
by JonPorobil
Sat Mar 20, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: SpinTunes
Topic: SpinTunes 17 Round 1 Songs
Replies: 26
Views: 905

Re: SpinTunes 17 Round 1 Songs

Part 2! As I said before, I am not a judge, and my reviews represent only my subjective opinions. I try to meet each song on its own terms, but I don't have expertise in every possible genre, so I apologize in advance if your song left me without much to say. Rackwagon - I like the slower intro that...
by JonPorobil
Sat Mar 20, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: SpinTunes
Topic: SpinTunes 17 Round 1 Songs
Replies: 26
Views: 905

Re: SpinTunes 17 Round 1 Songs

Here are some song reviews. I am not a judge, and my reviews represent only my subjective opinions. I try to meet each song on its own terms, but I don't have expertise in every possible genre, so I apologize in advance if your song left me without much to say. I hope to finish the batch later today...
by JonPorobil
Mon Mar 15, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Ye Olde Lyric Archive
Topic: Pleasure To Meet You - SpinTunes 17 Round #1
Replies: 6
Views: 171

Re: Pleasure To Meet You - SpinTunes 17 Round #1

"My Name is Jon" by Jon Porobil You know, I never hit rock bottom But I wish I had I never lacked for health or food or shelter I should be glad What would remain of me if all those little luxuries were gone My name is Jon and I’m an addict (Hi, Jon) After every satisfaction It’s like, “What’s next?...