After a few suggestions from my peers and some new observations, I decided to put forth some additional tips when submitting songs for review here at GOM.
1. WORKING URL’S
Lately, several songs submitted have had bad URL’s for songs submitted. Currently GOM has no system set up to change a bad URL without a lot of work. It also makes it incredibly difficult to review a song that we can’t find. The GOM reviewers can’t just fix the URL. We have to e-mail the web master and he has to open up the system and change it. This all takes away time from the review process. It may delay the posting of your review. In the worse case scenario, your song may not get reviewed. Take the time and give a URL straight to the song. It helps us at GOM and it will help you get a timely review.
2. SELECT A REVIEWER
Yes, you heard correctly. If you are a regular at GOM you already know that a new feature has been added. Artists can now select the reviewer they would like to critique their works. This is important because it allows the artist to find a reviewer who really knows the genre which the artist may feel best describes their works. This benefits both the artist and the reviewer because it takes some of the guess work out of the process as the artist and reviewer will be familiar with each others work and or genre.
3. BE READY FOR THE REVIEW
I can’t say this enough. Reviewing is an imperfect process. Reviewers, much like artists themselves are people. We understand that your songs are a part of you. We reviewers know that you have put much into your work. GOM will strive to honor your trust. But that trust is a two way street. You as an artist must be ready for a negative review. They can and do happen regularly. If you are not prepared for this, then maybe you should rethink submitting. This statement is not aimed at discouraging people from submitting songs. It is voiced because some artist have not been realistic in their expectations regarding their submittals. Here are some examples:
If you submit songs recorded on a boom box in a garage with one microphone hanging from the rafters, you may get a low score for recording quality.
If your lyrics consist of two words only, you may get a low score for lyrics.
If you are a poor or beginning guitarist and it really shows in your song, you may get a low score for technical skill.
If your song just drops out at intervals for no reason or a huge fuzz guitar comes screaming over a neo-classical harpsichord piece, you may get low scores for arrangement.
If your song is a derivative work of every other song on the radio, you may get a low score for charisma or long term appeal.
Just remember that these reviews are just opinions. They are not death sentences. Elvis got poor reviews when he started. Eric Clapton couldn’t get booked because a club owner thought he was a poor guitarist. If you get a bad review and it was fair, brush yourself off and move on. Take it for what it is. Someone elses opinion. You are into music because it is a need you have, not because you write songs for the GOM to listen to. In reality, it should mean a damn thing what we think. Music is so much more than that.
If you disagree with a review you have the right to comment on it. We do encourage this at GOM. There is no way to improve our craft, either as a musicians, or as reviewers unless there is an outside, unbiased opinion or critique of the work. We all have to be able to accept that. Just be prepared, either way for good or ill.
If you keep these points in mind it will help you and the GOM.