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This demo of "The Garden" was recently reviewed and nominated as "Best of SongU.com" by a multiple award-winning songwriter whose songs have been recorded by numerous major label artists in several genres including country and pop, as well as having songs placed in major motion pictures. Here is some of what the reviewer had say:
"Beautiful music. This is a highly listenable, stylized and artistic song with plenty of merits that make it a viable pitch for film and TV......The recording doesn't sound like an "act", first of all, which is no small thing. Most of the stuff that I hear that's intended for film or TV sounds like songwriters trying very hard to be artistic. This is not a phony attempt at being artistic, it's the work of a writer with some vision...... I think Leonard Cohen is a good parallel. There's a bit of William Blake in this lyric, also good for the intellectual audience...... The metaphor in the lyric requires some interpretation on the listener's behalf, but many listeners like songs that challenge them or contain mysteries that don't yield their secrets immediately. Overall, a solid piece of work......no one will say it doesn't deserve some serious consideration for any suitable project. I'm giving this a "Best Of" because the art deserves recognition..."
The Garden was also named a semi-finalist in the lyrics division of UK Songwriting Contest in 2011 and was named a semi-finalist in the acoustic/folk division of the same contest in 2012. . Read more on the "News" link of spragginsmusic.com.
"A Hundred Miles from Boulder"
music by Matt Glickstein
lyrics by Jason Spraggins
"A Hundred Miles from Boulder" is a song that captures a moment in time. A person is moving toward a new life and a new home, leaving his past behind him. He is claiming his life as his own and is breaking free from the chains of his birthplace and his past (and all the traditions and expectations that go along with those things). The experience is both frightening and liberating. Jason and Matt wrote the song in the summer of 2011. This version was just recorded and features vocals by Jon Statham. This song was designated as "Best of SongU.com" .
"Palace of the Snow Queen"
music by Jason A. Spraggins
Gary P. Gilroy Publications, 2018
"Palace of the Snow Queen" is an intermediate-level piece for concert band that was inspired by the "The Snow Queen", a tale by Hans Christian Anderson. The tale, comprised of seven stories, was first published December 1844. The seventh story opens in the Palace of the Snow Queen, where two young children defeat the evil Queen through the power of love and friendship.
Hans Christian Anderson describes the Snow Queen’s Palace, writing…
"The walls of the palace were of driving snow, and the windows and doors of cutting winds. There were more than a hundred halls there, according as the snow was driven by the winds. The largest was many miles in extent; all were lighted up by the powerful Aurora Borealis, and all were so large, so empty, so icy cold, and so resplendent! Mirth never reigned there; there was never even a little bear–ball, with the storm for music, while the polar bears went on their hindlegs and showed off their steps. Never a little tea–party of white young lady foxes; vast, cold, and empty were the halls of the Snow Queen. The northern–lights shone with such precision that one could tell exactly when they were at their highest or lowest degree of brightness. In the middle of the empty, endless hall of snow, was a frozen lake; it was cracked in a thousand pieces, but each piece was so like the other, that it seemed the work of a cunning artificer. In the middle of this lake sat the Snow Queen when she was at home; and then she said she was sitting in the Mirror of Understanding, and that this was the only one and the best thing in the world." (Hans Christian Anderson, 1844).
"On A Starry Night"
by Jason Spraggins
Inspired by the painting of the same title by the famed Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, this work evokes the calmness and serenity of the starry scene while capturing the grandeur of the painting's swirling sky and dramatic moon, providing a sense of abiding warmth, peace, and hope. Selected as an "Editor's Choice" by JW Pepper.
"There's a Light"
Music by Matt Glickstein
Lyrics by Jason Spraggins