Thursday, July 15, 2010

Second songwriting contest winner!

Announcing the second monthly winner of the Home Recording Weekly blog songwriting contest!

Congratulations to Lani Trock! A great tune that will forever be in my head!

Lani Trock's submission is titled “Alive”, and it is a wonderful song. It was well written, well recorded, and the vocals are simply inspiring. A job well done Lani!

Her name is Lani Trock (with a k on the end), sorry about the mis-spelling!

my website is

I recorded this song with producer Christian Davis- of Sly Doggie Productions

John Meenk played several instruments on it, and Marcos Lopez-Iglesias, (the original drummer of Duran Duran) recorded the drums for my record.

"Alive" is the title track off of my first record, "nine"

Here are her own words......

A little about me:

Born under the Hawaiian sun, Lani Trock was raised with a guitar on her tanned shoulder and saltwater in her wavy locks. A young boho beauty, she was writing music by age 15 and soon brought her ocean blues to Santa Cruz. She dove into coast’s music scene, sitting beside a beach bonfire with Stella in hand. But don’t mistake that bewitching green-eyed smolder for just another cookie-cutter crooner. She’s churned surf-rock and reggae into her uniquely innocent, suddenly sultry vocals that give you no choice but to burn one down. From the Hollywood Hills to Laurel Canyon you can find this girl belting the kind of honest lyrics that restore faith in pop music.”

Lani recorded her first studio album with award winning producer Christian Davis of Sly Doggie Productions. She is preparing for release of the album “nine,” and is filming her ambitious part live-action, part animated music video for the album’s first single, “Alive.”

Lani will be getting her own copy of Toontrack EZ Drummer software as a prize! EZ Drummer is one of the best sounding and easiest to use professional drum sample plug ins available today! Working with pre-recorded midi loops, played by the industries hottest performers, within EZ Drummer, makes making music both a snap and a joy!

What a month for music! The judging is becoming harder as the entries are getting better and better. I wish that I had the chance to offer second and third place prizes, because there are a lot of great songs that just need to be heard! Thanks to each and every one of you for submitting your material! Because of all of you I am having the time of my life. Keep the songs coming, and I look forward to “hearing” from you all again this next month!

This time around I am giving away IK Multimedia Amplitube 3 software to one lucky winner! IK Multimedia Amplitube 3 software is the ultimate guitar and bass amp/cab/rack/and pedal array simulation plug in available today.

Follow this link to read about the rules for entry, and as always, GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL!

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  1. This song is a good song, and very well produced! However, it's unfair to include songs produced by someone like Christian Davis, who has written for Boyz II Men, and produced for Scrubs and Laguna Hills. This is a celebrity producer with experience and equipment that home recordists don't have access to. Since this a blog call "home reording weekly," it's not a fair contest to include songs that were not produced in a home studio. This just discourages your readers, most of whome are recording in their homes, from entering future songwriting contests!

  2. You make a very good point. I do not have a reply except that I wrote from the start that this is acceptable. I judge from the song, not the production. Look at the winners up to this point and you will see that this is true. Please do not get discouraged, if your songwriting is good, you have a solid chance!