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3/24/2008

Evan Lesser - Atlanta, GA based songwriter and home recording enthusiast 
(If I) Knew Your Name
Genre: Indie
Rejection Reason: Bastard Child of Chicago, .38 Special, & Alan Parsons
Average Rating: [0 Votes]
Views: 1,407
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Liner Notes
qualcomm [3/26/2008 3:47:55 PM EST]
Score: +0
whoa... greyfield
Greyfield [3/26/2008 2:56:22 PM EST]
Score: +0
hmm...if this song was about 15 bpm faster and had a horn section on the off-beats, you'd have an excellent ska song going here
aaronlife [3/24/2008 3:49:04 PM EST]
Score: +0
the if i knew your name, i know you'd be by girl is a fair hook, and i should add i like the lyrics on their own, it's a sentimental story, but in the song it just sort of drags it out, doesn't capitalize on the tune... i think different lyrics, excepting the if i knew your name hook, would help... but, if this is what you want, ignore my advice, it doesn't matter what i want if you like what you got.
aaronlife [3/24/2008 3:46:44 PM EST]
Score: +0
it's a really enjoyable listen, and there are little sound bits i love, the echo'd guitar panning left to right, but the lyrics are bland, well sung, nice voice, but forced into the song, rather than inspired by it, if that makes sense... that's how it feels anyway... still, i love the retro vibe and sound here.
DarkFriend (song submitter) [3/24/2008 3:43:37 PM EST]
Score: +0
Influences on this one are/were The Cars and Fountains of Wayne, so it definitely has that 80's vibe going on.
unklespaz [3/24/2008 2:58:57 PM EST]
Score: +0
for the record, I think we came up with a darn funny rejection reason
I think the 38 special thing was a reference to the tone of the voice, as well as some choruses that sound a little retro, but not really valid, just a joke.

It reminds me of a few other things as well, but it's a cool tune.. Definitely a 80s feel to this though.
qualcomm [3/24/2008 11:09:59 AM EST]
Score: +0
the rejection reason is mine, darkfriend; i just took a cue from unkle's evaluation comment. i agree that this is nicely recorded and all that, but it fails to raise any goosebumps for me. just too generic in every way. the narrator sounds vaguely stalky--maybe you could emphasize that more and get some creepy mileage out of it.
unklespaz [3/24/2008 10:19:17 AM EST]
Score: +0
i ALSO get great sounds out of my tabby
unklespaz [3/24/2008 10:18:01 AM EST]
Score: +0
actually I didn't make up the rejection reason, but ... sorry, I was kidding.
I'll listen later and review this earnestly but, I had no idea that this would even catch on. ha ha, I mostly was ribbin ya
Sputnikov [3/24/2008 8:44:00 AM EST]
Score: +0
i agree with the darkfriend. good writing, arranging and recording. a field of poppiness. by the way, what gauge strings do you use on your cat?
DarkFriend (song submitter) [3/24/2008 8:32:10 AM EST]
Score: +0
I'll take issue with the rejection reason by unklespaz. Definitely no 38 Special in here, and a more detailed rejection reason would be helpful for future submissions. In short, this is a pretty simple pop song with some good hooks. I think the quality of the recording and songwriting stands on its own, especially against most of the stuff I hear on the main stage. Regardless, I appreciate the opportunity.
aaronlife [3/24/2008 7:54:52 AM EST]
Score: +0
the rejection reason is pretty good, excellent use of commas
aaronlife [3/24/2008 7:50:40 AM EST]
Score: +0
this displayed a lot of talent, i'm gonna have to listen more myself... i was really impressed... i'm not sure of my overall thoughts.
unklespaz [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
38 special and alan parsons had a baby? I had no idea!!
GoingtothePoolhouse [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
this wins the battle but i'm not totally sold on it. some parts worked well, some parts were clunky; i'll have to listen again to say specifically which. overall felt like you followed the path of least resistance and i would like this better if it were a little more daring.
IF I KNEW YOUR NAME

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Music and Lyrics by Evan Lesser - 2008
http://www.myspace.com/evanlesser

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You know me, I live downstairs in apartment 3-G
I've seen you at the mailbox, and by the pool
But I digress, you sure look pretty in that dress
And here I stand just looking like a fool

Won't you go, with me to this show?
I'll carry you home into my world
Cause you can't guess, all the thought that I've invested
If I knew your name, I know you'd be my girl

Don't forget, the Wednesday that we first met
A golden shih-tzu scratching at my door
"Thanks" you sighed, but at that moment I just died
And I came up with this plan to make you mine

Won't you go, with me to this show?
I'll carry you home into my world
Cause you can't guess, all the time that I've invested
If I knew your name, I know you'd be my girl

I can't see this going any other way
Cause I've been waiting for this day so long
There's a promise that I hope you'll hear me say
I do...

Keeping watch, on the parking lot
A new Mercedes with shiny Texas plates
Who's that guy? And what's he done to make you cry?
If there's a God above, he's just now sealed our fates

Won't you go, with me to this show?
I'll carry you home into my world
Cause you can't guess, all the thought that I've invested
If I knew your name, I know you'd be my girl
If I knew your name, I know you'd be my girl

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