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Taxi Music Forward - Contemporary Country 

..Which means: “Hey cool track, I'm going to pass this on. It may be usable to the TV/Film/Publishing pro that will hear it next."

This is the second time this song was forwarded for myself and co-writer, Mary Lyn Bates. (Our first forward was "Stupid Little Heart")


CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY SONGS with Male Vocals are needed by a great Music Row Publisher for a CMA-nominated, Billboard-charting act who’s working on his next record! 

Please submit great Songs in All Tempos that could be found on a playlist with artists like: 

"Young Once" by Sam Hunt 

"Make Me Want To” by Jimmie Allen 

“Tn Whiskey” by Blanco Brown 

Please submit top-shelf, Contemporary Country Songs that would sound at home on today’s Country radio stations and/or charts. Please be sure your submissions have great melodies, memorable choruses, and visually descriptive, conversational lyric approaches. Having some R&B flavored vocals with a bit of a Pop delivery, wrapped up in a current Country way could help get this Music Publisher and Artist excited about cutting your Songs! 

Stripped-Down Demos and full productions are both okay to submit, as long as your Songs are great and your recordings are clean, clear, and well-balanced! 

NOTEWORTHY: If time permits, someone from the Publisher's staff (who has been trained as a TAXI screener) will screen for this request. That means that somebody who is directly involved in this request and ultimate pitch could be "ears-on" with your submissions. 

Taxi Music Forward - Comedic Instrumental Cue 

..Which means: “Hey cool track, I'm going to pass this on. It may be usable to the TV/Film/Publishing pro that will hear it next."

With live performances and gigs on hiatus, I'm cranking out the tracks, upping my skills, trying to get "through the doors".


A LOT of COMEDIC INSTRUMENTALS and/or CUES are needed by a globally recognized Production Music Library with an awesome history of great placements! 

They’re searching for a wide range of Mid-To-Up-Tempo Instrumentals and/or Cues in the general style, vibe, and sound of these silly examples: 

Funny Music For Videos | Funny Background Music For Bloopers And Gaming Videos 

Funny Music For Videos | Funny Background Music Instrumental 

Best of Just Kidding Pranks (From 5:14 – 5:20) 

Just for Laughs (From 4:00 – 6:32) 

Please send well-crafted Instrumentals and/or Cues that capture the funny, slapstick, and quirky style of the references above and other tracks in that genre. Your instrumentation and production approaches can vary, as long as they have a silly and goofy vibe. Think of the type of music that would accompany a compilation of “epic fails” on shows like America’s Funniest Videos, Wipeout, or Ridiculousness! That's what they need! 

TAXI Tip: We do not recommend adding sound effects to your Instrumentals and/or Cues! A light, slide whistle? Ok! Some marching band elements? Sure! But no bull horns, splats, punches, or other wacky sound effects. If they need them, they’ll add them in post-production. 

All submissions should be about 90 seconds long, give or take. Solid edit points and Non-Faded, Buttoned/Stinger endings are strongly encouraged. Please do not copy the referenced examples in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, texture, tone, and vibe. Broadcast quality is needed. 

The Challenge and Fun of Scoring to Picture  

I've always wondered what it would be like to "score to picture". You know, like John Williams, Randy Newman. Then this opportunity came along...

The Westworld Scoring Competition

Oh, sure there was stuff to win for the lucky participants out of thousands chosen by the creative minds behind HBO's "Westworld". Who does't want to win?! I'm a beginner, so I wanted to have some fun, at least. 

I gave myself the whole month to finish it, interspersed amongst my more serious musical efforts writing tracks to specific industry pitches. I figured I could do 1 minute of music per week or so. Live performances for Hotel California were/are shelved for the time being, so off I went in the land of film/TV composer!

I must say, it was a creative rush! I sensed/chose a tempo by the pace of the action, trying to weave in and out of dialogue and gunfire. I aimed (ha ha) to use the gunfire actually as a percussion instrument all it's own! 

Well, here it is... [I noticed too late after I bounced the finished video that one of my "Buh's" in my big drum "buh-BUH's" did not play for some reason. ]

Taxi Music Forward - Investigative Tension Instrumental Cue 

..Which means: “Hey cool track, I'm going to pass this on. It may be usable to the TV/Film/Publishing pro that will hear it next."

With live performances and gigs on hiatus, I'm cranking out the tracks, upping my skills, trying to get "through the doors".

Lots of INVESTIGATIVE TENSION INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a hard-working Music Library that’s constantly landing cool placements in TV Shows. 

They need a bunch of Instrumental Cues in this style! Please listen to the following reference the Music Library provided to us to get an idea of the style and sound they're after: 

“Pandemic Response” by Steve Barden 

TAXI Tip: To get some general tips on composing and selecting sounds for this style of Instrumental Cue, please check out this TAXI TV Episode of Steve Barden crafting the reference above: TAXI TV 

Please submit well-composed Instrumental Cues that could enhance the emotion and mood, in a variety of investigative scenes and scenarios. Think of what you might hear in investigation-based shows like CSI, NCIS, and Criminal Minds. 

TAXI TIP: Although some CSI-style Cues can be more “techie-sounding," for this request he’s looking for arrangements that incorporate more organic-sounding instrumentation, as heard in the reference. Save the "heavily arpeggiated" forensic-type stuff for other requests! 

Be sure to craft your Cues around suspenseful and tension-filled melodic ideas. Keep them simple, while adding new layers of instrumentation as they progress to create dynamics, interest, and forward momentum. Remember that this is all about setting the mood! 

All submissions should clock in around 90 seconds to 2 minutes, give or take. Non-Faded, Button/Stinger endings will work best for this request. Do NOT copy the referenced example in any way, shape, or form. Use it only as a general guide for tempo, texture, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed. 

NOTE: This Library is NOT interested in composers that turn in 1 or 2 tracks every couple of months. They want composers they can work closely with – the kind that would be able to deliver an album’s worth of production music within 8 to 10 weeks of signing with the library! This is a great opportunity to build an ongoing relationship.

Taxi Music Forward - Hip-Hop-Flavored Country 

..Which means: “Hey cool track, I'm going to pass this on. It may be usable to the TV/Film/Publishing pro that will hear it next."

This is the second forward for myself and co-writer, Mary Lyn Bates. (Our first forward was "Stupid Little Heart")

I don't consider my production skills in this genre are super strong, so I just worked up what I call a simple demo with as much of that "country swagger" as I could muster. I imagine a genuine country dude could really make use of this on their next project [wink, wink].


CHART-WORTHY HIP-HOP-Flavored COUNTRY SONGS (Hick-Hop) with Male Vocals are needed by a well-known Music Row-based Publisher for a CMA-nominated act that’s looking for his next single! 

They’re looking for Mid-to-Up-Tempo Songs that would appeal to the fans of acts and Songs like: 

"Back to Them Backroad" by Colt Ford ft. Jimmie Allen 

"Thats All We Know" by Jawga Boyz 

"Old Town Road " by Lil Nas X 

Please submit contemporary-sounding Country Songs that have a Rap/Hip-Hop style, with authentic Country instrumentation and Hip-Hop beats. Be sure to have solid vocal deliveries, original storylines with fresh lyrical perspectives, and super-catchy, memorable choruses! 

TAXI Tip: Your submissions can be well-crafted, stripped-down demos or fuller productions, as long as what you send in is competitive with what they’ll get from writers on the Row. 

The specific deal points will be negotiated on a Song-by-Song basis directly with the Publisher. Please submit as many Songs as you’d like, online or per CD, and please include lyrics. All submissions will be screened and critiqued by TAXI. Submissions must be received no later than 11:59 PM (PDT) on Sunday, May 10th, 2020.  TAXI # S200510HC

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