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I thought Johnny and Jes' teams both had songs that felt like they were written from an artist's perspective. They felt universal yet unique to their experiences at the same time. Jes's melodies were breathtaking and Johnny's lyrics and musical changes showed a musicality we had not seen on the show until this week.
I loved the debate that surfaced this week over what is more important -- melody or lyrics. Songwriters I know always debate this issue. I have come to believe they are both equally important.
Best lines of the week:
Johnny - "I'll let these tire tracks talk dirt behind my back."
Sonyae -"The only compass that I got is the beating of my own heart."
Kara and BRAVO...will you please add an online polling system so that viewers may vote on which song they preferred . I am curious to see the correlation between judges choices and the viewers, who are the ones that ultimately determine if a song is a "Platinum Hit." I think it would be interesting and it may also help the judges, all of which are amazing, fine tune their craft. Maybe add a section that gives options of why the viewer felt one particular song was their favorite (Lyrics, harmony, instrumental. If this request is too complex, time consuming, annoying or just redick maybe Andy could just do it as a poll question one evening and you can see what type of response you get. Thanks in advance.
Long Live Bravo!!! and thank you for creating television that week after week consumes my life :-)
I LOVE Platinum Hit! It’s so great to see a show that’s dedicated to the craft of songwriting as opposed to just vocal performance. Each week the songs seem to be getting stronger and stronger (I assume due to their nerves calming down and getting into a routine).
One thing that I’ve been noticing each week regarding Nick (and I think you touched on it this week) is that he’s excellent when it comes to the craft of songwriting. He knows how to structure a song and write great melody. I think he does have a few significant issues, though:
1. He seems to play it safe – doesn’t really push the boundaries.
2. His music lacks in originality. Everything that I’ve heard from him I hear in every day songs.
3. For the most part, his compositions don’t elicit strong emotion. You can be great at the craft of songwriting, but if you don’t connect with the listener on an emotional level – make them feel what you’re feeling – your song isn’t really going to go anywhere. I think that’s why Adele is at the top of the charts today – she stands out from the Electro-Pop pack in the sense that she bares her soul, and you can feel it. She connects with her audience at a deep level.
Looking forward to next week’s show!