By Doug Minnick
Dear TAXI,

HOLY COW! Why I waited so long to join Broadjam and submit songs online is beyond me. No more burritos, no more checks, no more wasted paper, and no more long trips to the post office! I have actually put off submitting to some listings simply because I dreaded the whole process of getting it all together and driving up into town to the post office. THANK YOU!!!

Harry Francis
Oxford, PA

Hey Guys,

Ned Nugent here, Loyal Taxi Member since 2000. I have an inspirational TAXI story that I think you might dig.

This is always a tough time around The Nugent House, bill-wise. Holidays, slow gig season (New England is COOOOLD in January!), etc. This year we were particularly strapped. Last Friday, my wife and I were sitting down doing our bill paying and budget. As we slogged through the pile, it became apparent that the worst was about to happen. For the first time we were not going to make our mortgage payment. We cursed, sweated, paced and discussed our options. We realized that at best we would be 21 days late! I took a break to go outside and slam my head a few times with the car door. On the way back in, I grabbed the mail from the box, and guess what! ASCAP Q2 distribution check! I excitedly opened the envelope to find a check for $1200.00 enclosed! Songwriter's royalties on a Song of mine "Arm Yourself", that TAXI placed in a Tom Berenger/Stephen Baldwin film, "Cutaway" in 2000. This represented the film being played 1 time on UPN. This money was completely unexpected, and completely saved our ass! We were able to pay the mortgage on time!

Without TAXI this opportunity, and this little miracle never would have happened. I have again redoubled my efforts to develop more material, and exploit to the limit the real opportunities that you guys provide. Many, many thanks to everyone at TAXI from The Nugent Family, Gloucester Ma. Our winter would have been truly bleak without you.

P.S. I missed seeing you at the Road Rally this year, but we were busy bringing our new kiddo into the world; Edmond Burke Nugent III (Burke). Won't miss another one!

Thanks again

Ned Nugent
Gloucester, MA

Hello TAXI,

I've been a member for about 4 months and have made about 17 submissions to date. About 12 have come back. Here is my dilemma. As much as I welcome and understand the critiquing process, I have found it very inconsistent. I submitted one song to 3 different listings, all with contradicting opinions.

One liked the lyrics and melody but not the music. The other liked the music but not the melody and lyrics. The other liked the verses but not the chorus and bridge.

So, who do you listen to? We pay good money for this service and I find it somewhat confusing this should happen. I don't mean to nitpick but I am trying to get the most out of the service. Also, I have given up on re-writing the songs that have come back and am trying to write material with all the criticisms in mind.

Best Regards,

Rick R.
No address given

Hi Rick,

This is one of the most common questions we get.

There will always be inconsistencies in the critiques. Different people hear different things. This is art, not science.

I suggest looking for common themes among the critiques. If you find different screeners making similar comments over time, those comments tend to carry more weight.

Also, if a suggestion on a critique makes sense to you, that carries more weight.

We would never expect anyone to run out and make changes just because a screener suggests something. They are just giving you their honest, objective, professional opinions. But at the end of the day, it is your song and you should be the one to decide how you want it to be.

We hope you will find good constructive information in the critiques that will help you improve your songwriting, but the critiques are not intended to be the final answer on your songs. You will need to do some interpretation to get the most out of them.

Please address questions to:

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