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Taxi Music Forward - Investigative Instrumental Cues 

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

A RANGE OF INVESTIGATIVE INSTRUMENTAL CUES is needed by an expanding International Music Library that needs lots of new music!They’re searching for dramatic, suspenseful Instrumental Cues that could work in a variety of Crime-based scenes. Please listen to the following references to get an idea of what could work for this pitch: 

Fatal Attraction (1:10 - 2:10) 

Crime Watch (0:00 - 0:39) 

Please submit well-composed Instrumental Cues that could support a variety of investigative scenes and scenarios. Your pieces can include Electronic and/or Orchestral Instrumentation, or a hybrid of both. Build your Cues around a central, tension-inducing melody that will sit easily behind a scene’s dialogue, and add new elements as it progresses to create a sense of forward movement and development. You’d be smart to keep your Cue on the simple side, as this pitch is all about setting an Investigative mood! 

NOTE: Your Instrumental Cues can cover a wide range of Crime Show styles, from what you'd hear during a tense manhunt, to the type of cues that would support detectives searching for clues in the field, to scenes in the lab, etc.  Provide the aural backdrop for those Investigative, crime-show scenes where John Q. Law stops the bad guys! 

Your submissions should be about 90 seconds long (give or take). If you go a little long, don’t sweat it! Non-Faded, Button/Stinger endings will work best. 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 overall vibe. Broadcast quality is needed.
 

 

Story Behind The Song - NORDSTRANTANA 

The blog series that highlights a selected song from my latest album, "III"   

 Episode 7 : NORDSTRANTANA

Unlike a most of the instrumental tracks I write which are meant to be just background music for a TV show, this is a true instrumental consisting of a lot of guitar as the feature instrument. It was mean to be listened to! 

The name is a bit strange, but I had to come up with something!. It reminded of a hipster "beat" I would hear while roaming the aisles of certain sections of Nordstrom. Also, there was something about it that reminded me of Carlos Santana. I had fun experimenting with pre-recorded instrument and drum loops.

Anyway, it was sitting around inside the "vault" for a while so I finally released it officially. It has been playing in businesses around the world through an online publisher, but now it's on CD and Spotify and all the rest of the streaming locations.

All instruments performed by me. Recorded and mixed with Logic Pro on an MacBook Pro.

Get the album "III" HERE

To see past song stories, CLICK HERE

Back Home Again in Downey, California 

Well, the Downey Theatre show was quite fun and rewarding. I saw most of early years in Downey flashing before my eyes after the show! 

Of course, members of my family were there that could make it. But then there's fellow past students and friends from Tot-Time (Pre-Kindergarten!), Kindergarten, and from all the years of Elementary, Middle, and High school! 

BELOW: From the small stage on the left in the 70's, to the big stage in middle in the present!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BELOW: And with a different band, I've played on stage-right stage as well in my younger years!

BELOW: It has been brought to my attention, the middle stage hosted the Warren High Jazz Ensemble way-back-when, which I was a part of on guitar!BELOW: Looking out from the backstage, over on the right, the Downey City Library. I was just a little Stevie when I went here. I believe there is now a small display of "The Carpenters" memorabilia. They were from my town and lived here unbeknownst to me at first while I was working on my guitar skills in my bedroom on the other town side of town. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below photos: Joyce Rybold

And then there's the NEWSPAPER ARTICLE! Check it out HERE

Story Behind The Song - CAN'T STAY HERE 

The blog series that highlights a selected song from my latest album, "III"   

 Episode 6 : CAN'T STAY HERE

I set out from the start to write a moody song. Mission accomplished, I think! Ha ha.

This character hopefully is right on the edge of changing his ways and turning his life around. In my younger days, or wait..... or as a working musician, you are at the gig till the end - closing time. I guess I've heard this phrase more than once- "Don't gotta go home, but you can't stay here!!"

Probably been written before, but silly me said, "Hey, let's write another!" 

On the technical side, the "virtual" drums inside the Logic software gave me a realistic palette of drum kits and fills for me to work with. This is the first song I've put out with the new "gear".

A professional critique i got on this was "classic rock". I suppose the electric guitar lent itself to this. I loved the "Brian May" (Queen) guitar tone I discovered and I couldn't resist not using it!. There was no guitar amp in the room. It's all computer software doing it's magic. My Elton John roots did cross my mind as well as I was working on this one.

All vocals and instruments performed by me. Recorded and mixed with Logic X on an iMac.

Get the album "III" HERE

To see past song stories, CLICK HERE


***** LYRICS *****

CAN'T STAY HERE

The spark of a tongue
Saying you're done
Then you slam the door

Look at you now
Closing it down
Watching the whiskey pour

The barmaid's barking like a buccaneer
Don't gotta go home
But you can't stay here

A flood of regret
Muddles your head
Like an empty glass

Love on the line
Losing your mind
Used to hurt so bad

All you wanted was to disappear
Don't gotta go home
But you can't stay here

And as you're spilling off that barstool
Empty hand around your phone
You reach out for some blonde to break your fall

Hit with the lights
Nothing to hide
Nothing to feel at all

Except for the hole
Shaking your soul
Like an altar call

The spirit's willing, but the flesh can't steer
Don't gotta go home, but you can't stay here

© 2018 Steve Probst

Taxi Music Forward - Urban-Based Tension Instrumental 

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

URBAN-Based TENSION INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a European Music Library that's expanding and needs lots of new music. 

They’re looking for Mid-To-Up Tempo Instrumental Cues in the stylistic ballpark of the following examples below: 

Basketball Wives (0:13 – 0:53) 

Love & Hip Hop: New York (2:09 – 2:39) 

Please send them contemporary sounding Instrumental Cues, built around a rhythmic Urban/Hip-Hop beat that would support tension-filled scenes in Reality-based TV shows. Build your Cues around a central melodic theme, while adding and subtracting layers of instrumentation as they progress to create dynamics, interest, and forward movement. 

TAXI Tip: Please avoid anything that’s overtly busy, as it could potentially interfere with dialogue. 

All submissions should be at least 90 seconds long (give or take). Non-faded, buttoned/stinger endings will work best. 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 overall vibe. Broadcast quality is needed.

Steve Goes Back "Home Again"! 

Well, I guess I'm "going home again"!

Hotel California - A Salute to the Eagles is set to play in my hometown, Downey, CA on January 25, 2019 at the Downey Theatre! The last time I played there it was for the "Way Outer Broadway" Talent Contest.... in the 70's! And I have the photos to prove it! (Different hair color - same guitar)

Check this out...

Stevie Ray Satin Pants!

 

 

 

My musical journey brings me back around, full circle. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story Behind The Song - A GIRL AND HER DOG 

The blog series that highlights a selected song from my latest album, "III"   

 Episode 5 : A GIRL AND HER DOG

One summer day at a New Jersey park for load-in and soundcheck, I spied, across a wide open green expanse, a girl and her....dog...interacting under a tree.

Purely on thinking it was a good title, I went from there with any kind of story line this song might take. At the time of writing this I remember thinking this one as breaking out of the normal type of song I would write. It was fun coming up with the soft brass and woodwind lines in the chorus. (All sampled instruments -  meaning, not played by real players, at my house, in front of a microphone - all from the computer). I'm really happy with the outcome.

All vocals and instruments performed by me. Recorded and mixed with Logic Pro on a MacBookPro.

Get the album "III" HERE

***** LYRICS *****

A GIRL AND HER DOG

Looking out across the green
Not a soul to be seen
Just a girl and her dog

Just like any other day
Till my thoughts began to stray
Toward the girl and her dog

We spend our lives tugging on the leash
Whatever's out of reach looks so inviting
We wag our tails until the bitter end
Every now and then we think get our way

I turned away to watch the clouds
Dancing shadows all around
The girl and her dog

CHORUS

Like a bulldog with a bone
I can't leave well enough alone
And so this song
About a girl and her dog

© 2012 Steve Probst

Taxi Music Forward - Pizzi-Based Instrumental 

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

"Pizzi" is short for "Pizzicato Strings" With a short, plucking style of playing, they can sound sneaky or kind of cute, depending on the track. 

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ORIGINAL, PIZZICATO-BASED INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by an A-List Music Publisher/Music Licensing Company with a long history of placements in Film, TV, and Commercials. They're eagerly looking for simple Pizzicato Instrumental Cues that would fall in the generalstylistic ballpark of these examples they provided to us: 

Dad’s Who Play Barbie (Starting at 0:16 - 1:16) 

Did You Know 

Please send simple, well-composed Pizzicato String Instrumental Cues that could work for many kinds of happy, optimistic, and lighthearted moods in commercials. Instrumentation that could work well for this pitch includes (but is not limited to) Pizzicato Strings, Timpani, Light Percussion, Piano, Oboe, Warm Sustained Strings, or Drums. 

Your Cues should be built around an optimistic central melodic theme while layering instruments in and out as your Cues progress to create a nice developmental arc. You’d be smart to avoid submitting anything that’s frenetic, overly quirky, or just plain silly. 

All Instrumentals must be 1:00 in length (including ring outs and reverb tails) with non-faded, buttoned/stinger endings. In this context, we think One-Minute really means 59.5 seconds. That makes it more usable for TV Commercials! Please do NOT copy the referenced music in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for instrumentation, texture, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast quality is needed.

My Spotify "Starred" List - Episode 4 

Joni Mitchell's "Blue Motel"

If I was her in an old Savannah, Georgia hotel or motel room with a blue spread or possibly a blue color scheme, I'd see that too as a possible song. I like some of the playfulness in this lyric.
Traveling for work can be a lonely business. But if it's what you do, you find constructive ways to keep sane. Sometimes that includes writing a song! (See my blog post about my song, "Phoenix Hotel" !)

I can relate. On my starred list it goes!

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Starting in 2012, I began collecting songs in a custom Spotify playlist I simply called "Starred". Currently there are 408 tunes, and I continue to add to it. When I don't know what I want to listen to, I just put on the Starred list. 

Taxi Music Forward - Dramedy-Style Instrumental Cues 

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

DRAMEDY-Style INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a legendary, Major Music Library with tons of top-notch placements in TV Commercials, Hit TV shows, and Feature Films. They’re looking for Mid-to-Up-Tempo Dramedy Cues in the general stylistic ballpark of the following examples:

KUWTK (From 0:29-1:24)

Love & Hip Hop: New York | VH1 \(From 0:48-1:12\)

Please send them well-composed Instrumental Cues that could be used in a variety of quirky, playful, mischievous and comedic scenes in Reality TV Shows. Build your Cues around a central melodic theme while adding and subtracting layers of instrumentation as it progresses to add dynamics, interest, and some forward momentum. You’d be smart to avoid submitting anything that’s overly busy for this pitch, as it could distract from a scene’s dialog. All submissions should be about 2 minutes long, give or take. Non-faded, Buttoned/Stinger endings are encouraged for this pitch. Do NOT copy the referenced songs in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for feel, texture, tone, and vibe. Broadcast quality is needed.

 

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