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#1020126 - 08/19/13 08:18 AM Hello From a New Songwriter!  
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Hi everyone!

I am in the Chicago area, previously from the San Francisco Bay area and originally from western Kentucky! I love John Prine and Led Zeppelin, Gillian Welch and Pink Floyd, New Grass Revival and Yes, Neil Young and Jethro Tull, Dolly and Taylor and Gaga and Amy and Madonna and Tammy, Willie and Waylon and Hank and Johnny and Merle and George, Elvis and Pearl Jam, the Jackson 5 and Michael, Prince and Jimi, the early Beatles and the later Beatles! There is very little music I don't like!

I have been writing songs for just a little over a year and I am enjoying it immensely! I have written about 45 complete songs and have a bunch of bits and pieces floating about in various states of completion.

I find I am mostly writing Americana/folk/country type songs using an acoustic guitar or banjo for accompaniment. But I also dabble in bigger productions using other instruments and the odd loop or backing track here and there! I have recently hooked up my electric guitar to the computer to see if I can maybe write a rock song! smile

I use Reaper on Windows for my DAW. I record mostly with a Zoom H4n handheld digital recorder using its multi-track mode so I can lay down several layers.

I am currently participating in my first 50/90 Songwriting Challenge (I have 14 songs done with about 6 weeks left) and earlier this year I participated in FAWM.

I entered a couple of songs in the UK Songwriting Contest this summer and got semi-finalist for each (one of them scored 8 of 10). I am thinking about joining Taxi or maybe one of the other pitching services to see if I can make anything happen with any of my songs.

But honestly, my bottom line is I really love my songs and if I never make a dime off them I will still be quite happy to keep writing!! Producing a finished CD is a bucket list item for me!

So, there you have it. I hope to participate here, listen to some music, discover some artists, learn and have fun!

Last edited by John Staples; 08/19/13 01:21 PM.
#1020127 - 08/19/13 09:16 AM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: John Staples]  
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Hi John and welcome.
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#1020131 - 08/19/13 10:01 AM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: Vicarn]  
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Hi John,

Nice to meet you & WELCOME to JPF.
You sound like a true music lover, that's cool.
I enjoy lots of different types of music too, very similar to your taste.

Calvin


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#1020203 - 08/19/13 10:29 PM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: Calvin]  
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Welcome to the party my friend, looking forward to seeing some of your songs.


Nathan Calvert

Vocals, songwriting, guitar, banjo, mandolin, steel guitar, bass. Not all at once though unfortunatly.
#1020258 - 08/20/13 04:29 AM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: Nathan Calvert]  
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Thanks for the welcome Nathan! Looking forward to being here!

#1020273 - 08/20/13 09:52 AM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: John Staples]  
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Hi1
I have different styles I have been interested in for the last several years. Even though what I would like to do would be a strange mess to many. I am satisfied in my desires wherever they may fall none the less.
Good to have more feedback for that joyous expression.

#1020361 - 08/20/13 10:50 PM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: R&M]  
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Hi R&M! Nice to meet you here!

#1020364 - 08/20/13 11:08 PM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: John Staples]  
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Welcome to JPF, John.
Good to meet ya, sir.


Write on, Man,
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#1020378 - 08/21/13 12:17 AM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: Michael W. Brown]  
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Hey Bluesriff! Thanks for the welcome and nice to meet you too!

#1020566 - 08/22/13 02:18 AM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: John Staples]  
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Hi there, John. smile

Donna


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#1020574 - 08/22/13 02:53 AM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: DonnaMarilyn]  
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Hiya Donna!!!! Great to see you here!!! grin

Hope your busy summer is going swell!

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#1020598 - 08/22/13 11:18 AM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: John Staples]  
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Welcome John ! Look foward to hearing your toons !

cheers, niteshift

#1020636 - 08/22/13 05:12 PM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: niteshift]  
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thanks for the welcome niteshift!

#1024964 - 10/01/13 12:53 AM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: John Staples]  
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Hi,

I'm new as well. I'd love to hear your songs. Is there a link?

#1026499 - 10/18/13 02:44 AM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: iggyiggy]  
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Hi iggyiggy!

I have a few songs online on my website here, http://www.JohnStaplesMusic.com/

Working on a CD currently.

#1026626 - 10/19/13 08:00 AM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: John Staples]  
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Hi John... welcome aboard.. we're glad to have you! We all look forward to hearing your work and your thoughts on other members material as well!

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#1026630 - 10/19/13 09:24 AM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: Brian Austin Whitney]  
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Welcome to JPF, John...good to have you with us. Will look forward to hearing some of your work. I've been here over 12 years and still liking it. Best to ya!

Al

#1027225 - 10/24/13 07:11 PM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: Brian Austin Whitney]  
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Originally Posted by Brian Austin Whitney
Hi John... welcome aboard.. we're glad to have you! We all look forward to hearing your work and your thoughts on other members material as well!

Brian

Hey Brian! Thanks for the welcome! Really nice place you have created here!!!

#1027226 - 10/24/13 07:11 PM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: Two Singers]  
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Originally Posted by Al David
Welcome to JPF, John...good to have you with us. Will look forward to hearing some of your work. I've been here over 12 years and still liking it. Best to ya!

Al

Thanks Al! Lookin' forward to checking out some music and sharing some as well!

#1027238 - 10/24/13 09:45 PM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: John Staples]  
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Hi John, Sounds like the song writer bug has got you as bad as some of the rest of us. Great place here to interact with music minded friends from all over the globe. Treat us to some of those songs you're writin...be well...moker

#1027346 - 10/25/13 01:27 PM Re: Hello From a New Songwriter! [Re: Moker Jarrett]  
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Welcome John! Nice web site you have going there. Easy to use and good information.

You will find that JPF is like anything else in life. The more time and effort you invest, the more the rewards. Because of JPF I met another member and joined a fantastic band. JPF has lead me to publishing deals, movie placements, and even tried out for a TV comercial!

But the great thing about JPF is the people. Starting at the top with Brian to the many different mentors and board members, they all are open and support the motto "we're all in it together".

Reading the recent posts about a long time member we suddenly lost, should give you an idea of JPF's core values.




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