Maggie Murphy

Maggie Murphy


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Maggie Murphy

Title
Former Parade, People and Entertainment Weekly editor. Currently contributing editor at Next Issue Media
Bio
From Entertainment Weekly to LIFE to People and Parade, I have written or edited every kind of story imaginable. I can help you find your voice.
Website
Expertise
networking, creative writing, digital branding, music writing, magazines
Interests
startups, fitness, fashion, pop culture, health, lifestyle
Location
new york

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Follow Through (Audio) by Team!Badguy

Maggie Murphy

i like it. i wish the hook was stronger, but it's catchy. and i like when the music drops out and you just hear the singer's voice. 

John Kanne submitted media.

Love Is Fire by Northern National

Maggie Murphy

Has a good feel to it. Feels a bit retro. Late 80s power pop. Was that what you were going for?

Sir Video submitted media.

Maggie Murphy

Popish and fun. Sounds like good bar band music. 

John Son submitted media.

NOLLL by John

Maggie Murphy

love the pulse and drive of this. would love to hear more of your stuff. would love hearing this in a club or in spin class. great job. 

Noah T submitted media.

Runaway by Noah T

Maggie Murphy

well named. feels like great background music. curious to hear where you go from here 

Jason Kendall submitted media.

Jason Kendall by Make Big Plans

Maggie Murphy

Has an 80s retro feel. Not sure the song is as tight as it could be to really catch on but again the vocals carry it along.

Silvia Nikoletti submitted media.

Loving You (Official Video) by Celeste Buckingham

Maggie Murphy

I like the sound I like the power and clarity of the voice. I found the video itself a bit problematic. (I don't like that he smokes.) I thought at first it would feel like more of a dance.  But it just seemed to repeat the same motion, etc. The images aside, I like the spirit of the song, the power of the singer 

The Romantic Era submitted media.

Maggie Murphy

I like the song. The rhythm is probably a bit conventional these days. But I like how the music kicks in with the vocals. I could see dancing or running to this. It would be awesome in spin class. I hope you keep at it and send me more. 

Moses biko submitted media.

Maggie Murphy

I really like the instrumental and beat. Feels very movie soundtrack. It isn't something I think I would hear on the radio (though it has Goyte vibe) but in the context of an album or a soundtrack I could see it being very effective.

Moses biko submitted media.

Maggie Murphy

I think you are tackling a very important issue. I think it's a powerful message and the rap is pointed.   I  think you need to credit your statistics to ground them (maybe a rolling credit at the end). But before you do that you need to consider how some of those stats conflict with each other: 12 percent of homeless have jobs, but unemployment is the primary cause, yet 45% of homeless have mental illness or substance abuse. So unemployment is the primary cause but mentally ill people or substance abusers have a hard time holding down a job.  So is the lack of job really the root cause? I think you have to carefully consider how the stats make a case...maybe reorder with a bit t follow more logic, some of which you have, but structure would be...who is homeless (black. white, domestic violence victis, mental ill, substance abusers-) how they become homeless (lack of housing, lack of jobs) how long they are homeless (years on streets; jail is biggest homeless shelter, etc)  you can end where you do--how homelessness can happen to anyone... but maybe a tag on what someone who has watched this should now do...

Todd Michael Schultz submitted media.

Hotel by Todd Michael Schultz

Maggie Murphy

very fun. feels poppy. and boy band-ish. i wonder, though, if the hotel metaphor gets a bit strained. i wish the songwriting was a bit more effortless. but a good start. keep me posted on your material. 

Laura Sullivan submitted media.

900 Voices by Laura Sullivan

Maggie Murphy

What a great idea. You are actually teaching the world to sing. 

Jared Lutes submitted media.

Lionheart Soul by Jared Lutes

Maggie Murphy

Hi, Jared. I like this but I wonder if you're hitting folks over the head a bit much. Would it be better to do this without a lionheart picture. To me a lionheart is anyone doing anything brave, fierce, fighting for something. I wonder if attaching it to a picture of a lion undercuts the spirit a bit. I would love to see your music attached to video more than still pictures. I feel like you're writing soundtracks to characters you've yet to find. 

Epoch Failure submitted media.

Maggie Murphy

I like the powerfully positive message. And the video itself is incredibly accomplished. I wish the images were about something else like working or doing a job. Because that's when you really need a heart of the champion. 
When you need to find the fight within. 

Neil Cartwright submitted media.

City Lights by Will Robert

Maggie Murphy

First, you look like a young Rob Lowe. The guitar playing and musicianship is very accomplished. I like the mood of the song. I couldn't quite figure out what it was about.  I got the feeling but didn't quite see the images. I think it's hard for a song like this to catch on without that visual cue, but I think there is a lot to offer here. 

Neil Cartwright submitted media.

In The Moment by The Parades

Maggie Murphy

I liked music. Upbeat. Felt a little Mr. Mister.  But video was too much like a  Mountain Dew ad. I would have preferred seeing you guys just sing. 

Jared Lutes submitted media.

I Am Overcome by Jared Lutes

Maggie Murphy

I like it. I think the music has a mix of Celtic and Country. It also has that Lumineers new folk feel. I think the song itself isn't as good as the music, so maybe that needs tweaking. Some lyrics are lovely, others feel like you have the wrong words.  I think you want to listen to Mary Chapin Carpenter and Fun and get that songwriting to a crisper place. Make it a bit more poetic. But thank you for sharing. 

Ari Herstand submitted media.

Keep Fighting by Ari Herstand

Maggie Murphy

I like the urgent tone of the vocals. Very driving. The chorus is great. Last minute of song is the best. 

Lance Coleman submitted media.

Nobie Black Society by We People

Maggie Murphy

I thought the rap was powerful. I would have loved it without the f-bombs, just because that means I wouldn't be able to have my daughter listen to it. But I like that it had a message and  there was a fierceness to it.