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SON OF A GUN by Richard Scotti


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Bobby D.

6/11/2016 9:24:14 AM

That's a different kind of song from you, Richard. I really like it. I just got done with a girl like that. She started out so nice, now all she sees is my flaws and some that aren't even there.

nice fiddle!

Nice bridge too, this is a good bit of songwriting.

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Shoe City Sound

6/13/2016 10:12:03 AM

Gotta agree, this is really different for you! I don't know much about the genre to say anything worthy, but it sounds great, like everyone else, I love the fiddles. The story is great too. Admiring how you can create in, apparently, any style at all - fun!

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Richard Scotti

6/13/2016 1:04:48 PM ---- Updated 6/13/2016 4:54:37 PM

Thanks Bobby D. I'm pleased that you mentioned the bridge as I spent many hours trying to get it right.

Delores ~ Thank you for always taking the time to review my songs. You are an angel! I wish there we're more folks like you here but wishing don't make it so!

Your insights are always on the money. I appreciate the compliments. I've loved all kinds of music since I was a child. Someone once told me to never claim to be "versatile" as it is hard to be good at more than one kind of music and suggests a lack of focus on perfecting one style. My goal was to prove this person to be wrong in that assumption.

Truth be told, the only things that make me proficient in varied styles are hard work and dedication to craft. To me, music is music. It's all part of one thing. The goal is to make music that moves people regardless of the style. I especially enjoy combining different genres and coming up with a "hybrid" sound. That will be very evident on a new CD I'm working on. I think it's pretty unique. I call it Rock 'n' Soul.

Any decent musician can be fluent in different genres. It just takes practice and periods of intense immersion into each style including reading up on the history of the individual genres and it's pioneers and listening to EVERYTHING that is good. Through osmosis it filters into the subconscious and erases the boundaries between the styes and then travels to the fingers and into the guitar or keyboard.

Once you're on track, you can never go back!

BTW ~ You don't have to be an expert in a genre in order to appreciate it, Your comments are always intelligent and pertinent, no matter what the genre, You are SO worthy!!!

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Shoe City Sound

6/13/2016 6:20:53 PM

No thanks necessary Richard - I'm a fan! haha - and anyway you are so cool about listening to other people's stuff and making helpful suggestions too. I know I always value your comments a lot! And I totally agree that sticking to one style/genre of music forever would be deadly. Your description totally makes versatility sound fun and it's obvious why you're good at it. I'm feeling totally worthy now too haha thanks!

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Richard Scotti

6/13/2016 9:01:33 PM ---- Updated 6/15/2016 3:43:16 PM

Music is like pitching baseball. You can't rely on one kind of pitch all the time.

Additionally, I feel compelled to change things up when I get less excited by my latest song than my previous one. I never want to get to get too confident in my comfort zone. I have to keep challenging myself to entertain myself because I feel if I don't get turned on by something I've written, then no one else will.

I also find the risk of failing to be thrilling because I hate to fail. This fear makes me work harder because I want to give everything I have while I'm still here. But although I fear failure, I don't let it get me down at all when a song or two goes awry. I just move on to the next one.

Well, I don't want to pontificate too much but I see others doing a lot of talking while I stay quiet. I need to change that. I want to share my music and my insights because I love other artists and I want them to succeed as much as I want to succeed. I'm in competition with no one but myself.

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The Rhythm Kings

6/15/2016 1:34:26 PM

Well Done Richard! Love the fiddle work! Nice Mix!

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6/22/2016 10:20:02 AM

Oh this one has that nice down home feel to it. Love the fiddle and those lyrics are right on point. I don't think I have ever met as great a songcrafter as you. At close range is a strong example of your versatility and songwriting skills. No one does it better or quite like you.

Much Respect,

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6/22/2016 10:20:03 AM

Oh this one has that nice down home feel to it. Love the fiddle and those lyrics are right on point. I don't think I have ever met as great a songcrafter as you. At close range is a strong example of your versatility and songwriting skills. No one does it better or quite like you.

Much Respect,

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Richard Scotti

6/22/2016 11:28:11 AM

Stoneman ~ you really made my day!!! I was having a rough day (got some ailments of own) but I feel so much better now. Your review of Conundrum and Close Range
totally blew my mind. I guess we sound like a mutual admiration society but so what?
It sure beats fighting all the time!

Your work as well as your work ethic have been so inspirational to me. Your musical imagination seems infinite and boundless and your detailed understanding of all kinds of genres is amazing. I simply don't know anyone who is more prolific as you are even under difficult circumstances. I have always love soul music way before the Beatles came along. I used to go to the old Fox theatre on Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn to see the Murray The K show which featured ALL the soul acts. Name the act, I've seen them and yes I saw Stevie Wonder doing "Fingertips" on harmonica when he was 12 years old, James Brown and the Flames, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, well literally every black act there was at the time.
One of my favs was Chuck Jackson doing Any Day Now and Dionne Warwick singing "Walk On By". I only mention this because this music influenced me and there is some of it in almost everything I write but you and your music has been bringing out more of that side of me and I have several new songs that I call
Rock n Soul. It's a hybrid of the two styles and also includes a song that I wrote for Prince in the style of Prince. I'd like to write a song about you too but as Rogers and Hammerstein wrote: "People will say we're in love!" :-)

Your white soul soul brother,

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6/24/2016 5:59:18 PM

Hey there White soul, Soul Brother,

Wow! You saw Stevie do Fingertips way back in the day. That is amazing. I am so jealous! Over the years I have seen all those people you mentioned including Dionne. She has such a sweet spirit. I was raised on all that music so there is no doubt that I was influenced by it. I don't give a shit about what people say. I am very secure in my sexuality and it has nothing to do with men. I am defintiely going to check out this mergeing of styles you are talking about. That sounds like something I would enjoy listening to.

Richard, you are legend around here man!

Much Respect,

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