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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

Taxi Music Forward - Quirky, Humorous Dramedy Inst. 

..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."

4th time for this one!


A BUNCH of QUIRKY and HUMOROUS DRAMEDY-Style INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a globally recognized Production Music Library with an awesome history of great placements! 

They’re searching for a lot of Mid-To-Up-Tempo Instrumental Cues in the general stylistic wheelhouse of these examples: 

Funny Bone - Upbeat Background Music 

"Desperate Elves" by Steve Barden 

Funny Background Music | Silly And Awkward Comedy Music 

Please send fun Dramedy Instrumental Cues that could work well under quirky and funny scenes. Build your Cues around a central melodic theme, while adding and subtracting layers of instrumentation as they progress to create dynamics, forward momentum, and a developmental arc. You can use a variety of instrumentation, as long as your Cues sound quirky and a bit silly, overall – but don’t get too carried away! 

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 it only as a general guide for tempo, texture, tone, and vibe. Broadcast quality is needed. 

Taxi Music Forward - Original Classical Instrumental 

..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."

Two for for this one! I would love to write some more like this. 

It seemed a daunting task but I've always been drawn to the orchestral. Had no idea I could write this stuff (including the meticulous manipulating of sampled instruments), but accepted the challenge to make it somewhat believable.


ORIGINAL CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTALS – in a variety of Moods, Styles, Tempos, and Ensemble sizes – are needed by a globally recognized Production Music Library with an awesome history of great placements! 

Please listen to the references below to get an idea of the styles they’re looking for: 

"Springtime" by Luke Faulkner 

"IV, Spider Knows His Craft" by Alexander Litvinovsky 

"The Falls" by Ennio Morricone 

Please submit ORIGINAL, well-crafted Classical Instrumentals with authentic-sounding Instrumentation that sounds like a real orchestra played by realmusicians. Your submissions can range from a small ensemble of strings to a full-blown orchestra, and anything in-between, as long as they sound like the real deal! Any instrumentation that sounds stiff, synthetic, or MIDI-driven will not work for this pitch. Here’s your chance to show off your compositional writing chops, folks! 

TAXI Tip:  Please be sure any samples/virtual instruments you use sound very authentic, with great dynamics and articulation. 

Your submissions can be around 2 to 4 minutes long and should have Non-faded endings. Do NOT copy the referenced composers or Instrumentals in any way shape or form. Use them only as a general guide for tone, texture, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed. 

Taxi Music Forward - Comedic Urban Dramedy Inst. 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."

3rd time for this one!


COMEDIC URBAN DRAMEDY INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a new division of a Music Licensing Company that gets tons of placements in TV Shows and is now expanding! 

NOTE: They’re currently building a few new catalogs, so this is a killer opportunity to start a relationship with an awesome company! 

They're looking for Mid-to-Up-Tempo Instrumental Cues with a similar vibe and sound as heard in these examples: 

Black Ink Crew (Starting From 2:29 – 3:03) 

Married to Medicine (Starting From 2:09 – 2:20) 

Check Yourself (Starting From 0:07 – 0:20) 

Please send well-produced Urban Dramedy Cues that could be used in a variety of mischievous and comedic scenes in Reality TV Shows. Your Cues should have contemporary-sounding instrumentation and be built around rhythmic, Urban/Hip-Hop beats. As always, be sure to structure your Cues around a central melodic theme while adding and subtracting instrumentation as they progress to give them some dynamics, forward momentum and a developmental “arc.” 

TAXI Tip: Imagine the type of music that would be playing when a group of people is hanging out cracking jokes or when a prank is about to be played on someone! That’s what they’re looking for! 

All submissions should be about 90 seconds to 2 minutes in length (give or take). Non-faded, Buttoned/Stinger endings will work best. Please do NOT copy the referenced material in any way, shape or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, texture, tone and overall vibe.  Broadcast Quality is needed. 

This company offers an EXCLUSIVE deal. You’ll split any upfront sync fees 50/50. They’ll get 100% of the Publisher’s share, and you’ll get 100% of the Writer’s share. You must own or control 100% of your Master and Copyright. Since this is an EXCLUSIVE deal, please be sure the material you submit for this pitch is NOT already signed with other Libraries or Catalogs.

Taxi Music Forward - Tension, Middle Eastern Drone 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."



Several TENSION-BASED, MIDDLE EASTERN DRONE INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a leading Music Licensing Company for a bunch of ongoing placements in Middle Eastern TV programs and Documentaries as well! 

They’re looking for quite a few Down-Tempo Instrumental Cues that would fall within the general stylistic ballpark of the following examples: 

"Eyn" by Burak Malçok, Serkan Alkan 

Rescuing Ex-Muslims: Leaving Islam (from 2:39 - 3:10) 

Please submit subtly textured Instrumental Cues with very little to no melodic movement. Your submissions should have a consistent, droning quality and include hints of Middle Eastern instruments, melodies, and/or percussion. Please be sure to stick to a singular vibe and sound throughout each of your Cues to keep your submissions emotionally cohesive from beginning to end. They need a bunch of Cues in this style, so if you can picture your Cues working in a Documentary about the Middle East on the Vice Network, send them in! 

NOTE: Your submissions can include some minimal sound design elements, but don’t go crazy! Be sure to keep your Cues fairly simple, which is ultimately what works best for this type of request. Less is more, and they'll be looking for mood and vibe more than compositional brilliance. 

Your submissions should be at least 90 seconds long. Non-faded endings with a natural decay/ring out 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.

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."

3rd time for this one!


INVESTIGATIVE TENSION INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a fast-growing European Music Library that's building a new catalog and is looking for a bunch of music in this style! 

NOTE: We previously ran this request as a TAXI Dispatch Listing (#D191223CT), but the company still needs MORE material! If you submitted to TAXI Listing #D191223CT, please send in different material this time around. 

They need a bunch of Investigative Cues in a variety of tempos, with moods ranging from tension and suspense to danger, distress, and anticipation! Please listen to the references below to get a general idea of the style and range they need: 

Crime Scene - CSI Suspense Music 

Stealth Music - Crime Scene 

Please submit well-produced Instrumental Cues that could enhance the investigative tone found in Crime-related TV Shows and Films! Craft your Cues around a simple, tension-inducing idea, and gradually add elements to create dynamics and interest as they progress. Your Instrumental Cues can be composed around Electronic and/or Orchestral Instrumentation, but don’t overdo it with this request! Keep your Cues on the simple side and remember that this is all about setting a mood! 

TAXI Tip: For this request, you'd be wise to lean towards Tension Instrumental Cues that sound like they would be heard in a show like CSI. 

All submissions should be at least 90 seconds long (give or take), with non-faded, button endings. Do NOT copy the referenced music in any way, shape, or form. Use it only as a guide for tempo, texture, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed. 

Taxi Music Forward - Comedic Dramedy 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."

2nd time for this one!

COMEDIC DRAMEDY INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed by a premier Production Music Library with an extensive history of great placements! 

They’re looking for Mid-to-Up-Tempo Instrumental Cues that could stylistically be right up the alley of (but not limited to) these examples: 

“Sneaky Snitch” by Kevin MacLeod 

KAPTAIN MUSIC - DRAMEDY STORY 

RHOBH | Bravo   (From 1:13 – 2:09) 

Please send them well-composed Instrumental Cues that could be used in a variety of funny, playful, and comedic scenes in TV Shows. Build your Cues around a central melodic theme while adding and subtracting layers of instrumentation as they progress to add dynamics, interest, and some forward momentum. Think of what you might hear when a prank is being played or when a funny moment is happening in a scene. That’s exactly the kind of music they’re looking for! 

All submissions should be about 2 minutes long, give or take. Non-faded, Buttoned/Stinger endings are strongly encouraged for this pitch. Do NOT copy the referenced Cues in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for feel, texture, tone, and vibe. Broadcast quality is needed.