Jim Santo's Demo Universe
Mikey d. - Mikey d.
A Las Vegas-based pop songwriter who gains important insight from "open-mic nights at various drinking establishments around the bi-state area," Mikey d. (a/k/a Michael del Rosario) has that rarest of gifts: an ear for a great melody. Jimi Hendrix, Todd Rundgren and Paul McCartney are stated influences, and it's clear he's studied them carefully: the soaring chorus of "Rosalie Is Dead" actually gave me goosebumps. Mikey's gruff drawl is appealing (a few off notes hear and there, but no big deal for a demo) and his arrangements and playing are spot on. The one glaring weakness is his lyrics, which frankly are rather ordinary, but clever words are not a prerequisite for great pop. Were I Mikey d., I'd start shopping for a publisher tomorrow.