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Thoughts And Prayers ft Jay Hud

Thoughts And Prayers (single release)

Available on SoundClick, AudioMack, BandCamp and ReverbNation: Thoughts And Prayers ft. Jay Hud. Rocksong mixed up with Rap. A true  Crossover! Thoughts And Prayers is a song about the mass shootings in the USA. The song is a co-write of three songwriters: Jesse (Jay Hud), James & Rudy.

Thoughts And Prayers ft Jay Hud

The song was initially released as a pre-release on SoundClick only and started charting almost instantly in the Rock-charts. After only a few days it landed in the Top10 and has stayed there for a few days now. Today the final mix was released on SoundClick, AudioMack, BandCamp and ReverbNation. It was also submitted to fifteen online streaming platforms including Spotify. The song will be available on them soon.

Recorded and mixed at the Loft Studio and additional vocals recorded and remixing and mastering by Jay Hud, creator of the well-known Vocal King  VST-plugin. He previously also remixed the song “Summertime” for the Solid Rock Blues Band project.

James has co-wrote several songs with Rudy in the past like UPS Delivery Girl and many others. James’ music can be found on BandCamp, SoundClick and many other sites.

Lyrics Thoughts And Prayers

Thoughts And Prayers
Words & Music ©2023 Jesse, James & Rudy

The street I grew up in
ain’t my home no more
dealers cross the street
and cops at the door
The schools children go to
ain’t safe no more
shots during lunch
bodies at the floor

Thoughts and prayers
is that all we can do?
Thoughts and prayers
For the lives they blew?
Thoughts and prayers
killing is a sin
but we all want them guns
we’re in – up to the chin!

People dying, families crying,
Lives are lost, by our gun laws,
It’s time for change, Can’t stay the same,
How many more, will die in vain?
Guns in the wrong hands, tearing through our lands,
United we stand divided we fall
We need to take a stand and push gun laws

It is time, to go
and make a song
And we’re havin’ fun,
while we’re jammin out
this is what we do,
all the time
and we’re feeling so blessed
making songs right now


Now mister, the NRA
Might sponsor your seat
the right bear Arms
is it more important
than your grandchildrens’ lives?
you cherish your guns
while the poor have no food to eat ?


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Drooble’s new policy (and my 2 cents about it)

Drooble announced new guidelines for the “Drooble radio station”. Drooble will now reject people from rotation on the ‘Drooble radio’ because of “poor quality”. This Social Network is no longer a Social Network for musicians if they do so.

Radio is a feature of the Drooble Network right? Rejecting people because they have made recordings or songs that are not up to Drooble’s standards (that is: standards for radio) is plain stupid.

People pour their heart and soul in to a song, upload it. Get applauded for it. Receive feedback and will get better because of that. And now, no one will listen to these “bedroom recordings” anymore because it’s “substandard” and will no longer be played on Drooble Radio.

Of course it is sub-standard! That’s the whole idea right? As the Drooble Mission says:

At Drooble we believe that music has the power to change the world for good. So our mission is to provide musicians with better opportunities for growth and networking [..] Imagine a community where you can connect with others to collaborate, exchange ideas and share knowledge. A place that unites all artists worldwide and offers them a revolutionary approach to promote their work. A place where music comes first.

Sharing stuff, getting feedback, getting better. Enjoying other peoples hard work.It’s almost impossible if they kill their radio station and only allow “radio ready” (a.k.a. “commercial stuff”!) songs. The rating system they propose now also doesn’t give any insights to what you should do to improve yourself.

This will only lead to people “applauding” stuff they don’t give a rats ass about to earn “Karma points” so they can get their song in rotation. This might lead to many leaving Drooble or frustrate them so much they won’t upload anymore. They will lose a lot of active members this way. If Drooble insist on this stupid new policy, it’s only going to lead to people using Drooble to “get plays” .. It won’t help the community. It won’t help musicians to improve.

Drooble has the following to say about it:

The songs you upload will no longer be automatically streamed on the Drooble radio. Instead, there will be an approval process managed by Drooble Team – your songs will receive different in text and colour labels, which show your songs’ statuses: Pending Review in yellow, Live on Radio in blue, and No broadcasting in red (Please, note that you can click on each status for more information. You will be notified every time your songs’ statuses change). These statuses will increase the overall quality and give a signal to those who need to spend more time on production – this is a good way to see if your production skills are on a radio-ready level or not yet.

In other words: they don’t want to play your bedroom recordings. They don’t want other artists to listen to your latest masterpiece because you recorded it using a smart phone playing on your old acoustic guitar. They want radio-ready shiny sleek produced stuff. So, we all know what this, in the end, will lead to. Hip Hop, Rap, commercial radio music.. “Bye Bye Talented and Aspiring Musicians – we no longer welcome you to Drooble Radio”.

Despite the policy change I still like Drooble. The concept is good. They’re the new kid on the block and I’m willing to wait and see how these changes will effect me and the community. For now, I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt. But I’m afraid this move might cause them to be forgotten, over and done with, just like MySpace in the past (and many others before that).

(November 2018)

So far, one of the SRBB songs was rejected for Drooble Radio. Other songs were accepted for rotation. And yes, those are more commercial sounding tracks, as we suspected.

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