Lead singer, guitarist, songwriter for Planets in the Ocean.
Planets in the Ocean, Stereo Embers, Robb Benson & the Shelk, The Glass Notes, Dear John Letters, Dept of Energy, Nevada Bachelors, many other groups, and many solo releases.
For the last few years I have been a hired gun songwriter. I write, record, and produce peoples poems into the songs of the their dreams. Any style and vibe... See below for details.
"I've been trying for over ten years to describe how much I love Robb Benson's voice. He's got all the pop smarts of McCartney, the peppy hooks of Squeeze and the gritty soul of Otis Redding, and he's so talented he sometimes uses all three in the span of a three-minute pop song."
-Alex Green (caught in the carousel)
Planets in the Ocean is recording new stuff to be released soon, but we did this raw basement EP in my studio and it came out really cool and raw!
I remember the first time I wrote an ex-girlfriends poem into a song. I was like 19 and I realized at that point I wrote backwards. Let me please explain. Most people write musical parts first and fit words to the song. I never really worked like that. I wrote words first then the songs came from these words. So the first time I wrote the poems of my friends into songs it was the most easy way to write a song. It is like the story tells me what parts to play what progressions to take. It guides me through the process.
I channel these poems in to music and melody!
I started writing songs from band mates words, then other girlfriends words, then later when I was married I used my wife's poems. I just always connected with people who had something to say in a poem or lyric. My friend Jake and I who started the band The Glass Notes co-wrote over 120 of his poems into songs. I used my production skills and ability to play all instruments into the recording part of the process. After all these years, now it is easy to write your words into a really great song!
So that is where we are now.
I have done this HUNDREDS of times and I have never felt like I couldn't make each poem a song.
I can create full production demos for you, or more simple acoustic recordings... both sound great!
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I have been doing this for years. For anniversary, birthdays, love songs, break up songs, songs about animals, songs for kids. Any style you want! I can write your words into a fully produced song. I write the song from your words, I record all the instruments. Guitar, bass, drums, piano, synth, lots of vocals and harmonies, fully produced in the style you want the most. Feel free to email me for more information. I have done this a lot more over the last few years. It has become my weekend side job. I would love to help your words come alive in a fully produced song in my studio. ***
I will take your poem or lyrics and create any style of song you request. I will keep it simple, no need for big production, just a vocal or two and a couple of acoustic guitars to create the poem song you have been dreaming of! Feel free to email me first if you have questions. I have done this formula many times and the response has been excellent. No need for drums bass guitars and all that extras stuff if you just want a cool groove and some smooth vocals with your words.
By purchasing this poem to song creation you are commissioning a piece of art. There are no returns. I have never had anyone unhappy with the results. Most people are absolutely blown away by the co-creation. I have had many return clients.
Song credits are a three part system. One part lyrics (that is you) one part music and one part Melody. Publishing rights for all our creations will be 50% each. In other words, if it ends up making $10,000 by being placed in a film we agree to split the income of the song 50/50.
I do all the writing and recording solo in my house so they do take time. Delivery can be 2 days but it can be 3-4 weeks. It is all about the schedule. I have a band and a full time day job. Most songs are delivered in about a week on average.
At first a song is delivered to you by email as an MP3. After that I will send a link to drop box for the full Wav file. I often have been asked to make tiny changes, maybe a word was mispronounced, that is no big deal... I can do this in my studio very quickly. No major edits but small changes are totally acceptable.
Because most full production poem songs take 8-10 hours I often split them up over a few days work. I will keep you in the loop by email about progress during my recording process. I will let you know the instrumentation and vibe. Clients seem to enjoy this part of the process. I keep you in the loop.
I have had many people ask me to write the song first then they will pay me later. One time I did this for a woman in England who LOVED the song but told me she was poor and couldn't pay me. I Would love to write for free but I simply can't spend 10 hours recording for free. I don't have enough time. I realize it is a little freaky to send money to someone you don't know, but Pay Pal will keep you secure in your purchase! I promise you will get your song!
TURN YOUR LYRICS INTO A SONG!
Client says: Can you turn my lyrics into a song?
YES, I have done this hundreds of times! We can co-write an amazing song!
Customized song of your choice. You provide the words and I will create a professionally produced song using real live drums, keyboards, synth, bass, many guitars (acoustic and electric) tons of vocals and harmonies, and even cello or horn sections if needed. I can write any style, rock, pop, indie, soul, blues, country, Americana, you name it!
Can my words be a musical masterpiece?
YES, I have turned many peoples words into awesome songs, everyone has been very happy with the results.
Turning lyrics into Melodies is my specialty, but It can be much more...
Email if you would like some song samples! Or listen to my tunes on the sounds page.