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My Head (by sbloodsworth)


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This is the first collaboration I ever did once I got my e-drum studio set up. I should point out right off the bat that my sole contribution to this one is the drums. I realize it's therefore kind of a misnomer to post the song as mine, but I hope everyone will let me slide since the real author is not yet a MacJammer.

The song belongs to a good friend of mine (and former bandmate), Stephen Bloodsworth. The song is under copyright (2005). In my humble opinion, the guy is just an amazing singer and songwriter. He sent me a CD with a bunch of his songs on it with everything recorded but drums. I feel everything was recorded and balanced perfectly. All that was left for me was to throw a simple rhythm on top and avoid getting in the way of the song.

I like the way this one came out - it's not a complex drum part, but those are some of my favorites. As part of the collaboration, I sent him the raw drum tracks as if I'd mic'ed up a real drumset - giving him the ultimate in control. What you are hearing is my lame, drum-heavy mix ... but I think it still gets the tune across.

I hope that Steve will take a look at this page and maybe soon we can convince him to become a MacJammer too!
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Lyrics
When I go to bed
I think of you
When I go to sleep
I dream of you
And in the morning light
When I lay my eyes on you
Babe it's all that I can do
To keep my head
Song Stats
Hits: 4421
Comments: 32
Fans: 10
Plays: 475
Downloads: 162
Votes: 19
Uploaded: Jan 14, 2006 - 07:09:21 AM
Last Updated: Aug 05, 2010 - 08:41:57 AM Last Played: Oct 11, 2015 - 08:32:04 AM
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Hardware:
Steve recorded into a Roland VS-2480 (digital work station) using a Neumann TLM103 and an Audio-Technia 3035 ... I played e-drums into my eMac
Software:
Steve's used the software native to the Roland VS-2480 ... I imported his track into GB2 and used Toontrack's dfh to sim the drum sound
Comments
dreadmon said 4232 days ago (January 14th, 2006)
Nice work
This is a nice tune, he's got a nice voice, and the song really flows well. That's an e-drum set-up? Sounds great! The snare in the choral part seems sort of "heavy" for such a song - but the playing is very good. Overall - very cool!
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kevmikwa said 4227 days ago (January 19th, 2006)
Nice work
Thanks for the kind words. Regarding the snare reverb in the choral part ... I don't know that I got what Steve was looking for there. I think he wanted a big snare sound, but it probably needed to be warmer. If I had any mix skills at all, I'm sure I could have worked a little EQ in or something to take a bit of the edge off. Thanks for the feedback, I'm sure it will be incorporated when Steve does his final mix.
aclarke said 4231 days ago (January 15th, 2006)
Cool song!
Really nice flow to this... I see what you mean by drum heavy. The drums
are a little loud in places but everything seems to be located in the right
spots. But as you say, it's relatively simple and therefore perfect for this
song. What is so nice about this song is it's simplicity. It can be easy to
lose a song by trying to fill it out too much.

Vocals are excellent I love that beautiful harmony. Guitar mix and sound
is perfect! Hopefully Steve will join us in the alternate music universe that
is MacJams.
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kevmikwa said 4227 days ago (January 19th, 2006)
Cool song!
Re: "drum heavy" ... I think I need to listen more to albums that are out there before I start mixing. Admittedly, this was just my rough mix prior to shipping the raw drum files to Steve for his mixing pleasure. Still, I'm sure I would be able to mix better if I kinda "set" my ears beforehand. I guess it's easy for a drummer to put his drumkit front and center ... apparently I'm guilty as charged!

I also agree with you in hoping that Steve joins us soon. Heck, it's free, right?
jiguma said 4227 days ago (January 18th, 2006)
nice feel for slow rhythm
Glad you posted this Mike - I was keen to hear how those e-drums
sounded in a song, and this was no disappointment I can assure you.
Firstly, the song: I really liked the simple way this song unfolded - the
great voice and really nice harmony work, as well as the guitar. The
production is also very good.
Hard to imagine that the drums aren't the real deal, except for the
change in snare sound mentioned already. You have a very nice feel
for slow rhythm, which not all drummers have - you also show a
creative use of the sounds at your disposal. I suspect you might get
quite a bit of virtual work here on MJ - you certainly will from me (if
you're interested).
Good post,
Neil
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kevmikwa said 4227 days ago (January 19th, 2006)
nice feel for slow rhythm
Hey, man - glad you like the drum sound. I do want to clarify a bit - the sounds you hear are not the ones that come out of the e-drums. I use the e-drum set shown in my profile pic just to record a MIDI performance. Then I use a kind of "drum simulator" to turn that performance into drum sounds that are pretty life-like (IMHO). I've been on a lot of recording gigs, so I've heard what my real drum tracks normally sound like. I don't work for Toontrack (the makers of my drum sim), but I believe the drum tracks that are output from the sim are so realistic that most drummers would not be able to tell the difference between the sim and live tracks.

And regarding the virtual work ... I sincerely hope you're right - I love the online collabbing! Thanks for the kind comments.
selters said 4223 days ago (January 23rd, 2006)
Lets hope he joins!
Let me know when this guy joins Macjams! This was a very pleasant tune and I really liked the drumming. The feel of the reminded me a bit Calexico/iron and wine EP. It sounds to me like you are en exceptional drummer!Your playing is so gentle! I have listened to this many times now, I love it!
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said 4217 days ago (January 29th, 2006)
Nice tune
Wow what a great song, this one I realy love'it I feel for it, I love the whay
you play the trums, and the voice is nice, the song is very good.

God bless you.

*Skean*
ktb said 4166 days ago (March 21st, 2006)
welcome addition
very original..nice job on the added percussion. hard to do with just
the other tracks to sync to. sounds awesome. short and sweeeeet
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ktb said 4166 days ago (March 21st, 2006)
welcome addition
very original..nice job on the added percussion. hard to do with just
the other tracks to sync to. sounds awesome. short and sweeeeet
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burtonger said 4102 days ago (May 24th, 2006)
Good job
Pretty good sounds/samples on those drums too,very acoustic .
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Wildcat said 4066 days ago (June 29th, 2006)
Gute Nacht
Noch ein schöner Song vor dem Schlafen gehen.
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Wildcat said 4066 days ago (June 29th, 2006)
Gute Nacht
Noch ein schöner Song vor dem Schlafen gehen.
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trembmic said 4038 days ago (July 27th, 2006)
Nice touch!
You have a great touch on those drums! Very nice! Would love to colaborate.
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blaky smith said 3907 days ago (December 5th, 2006)
Good collab...
Great job ! Very nice voice on a beautiful melody, I like this. It's a very pleasant piece to listen to. Bravo...
Marc
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Agent Stewie said 3906 days ago (December 5th, 2006)
Like the sounds.
Really like the music! Too short, Give me more! :-)
DaroMode said 3880 days ago (January 1st, 2007)
Very Cool
This song made me remind a lot of things and i liked a lot the lyrics are very nice. Keep doing great
DaroMode
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LightTronics said 3880 days ago (January 1st, 2007)
What???
How did this get 7 somethings? It song deserve a much higher rating. This is really nicely done! Can't wait to hear more! Keep it up!
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Leon said 3842 days ago (February 7th, 2007)
Very cool... more please...
I love the direction of this song. It has a pop-rock appeal that is rare in radio songs nowadays. Vocals are heartfelt and the tune has a very endearing sentimentality to it. Only thing is, it's too short and kinda abbreviates my listening pleasure. Would be good to lengthen this by a verse or two and add a little more instrumental embellishment to give it a fuller pro sound. By and in itself, it is a very good listen. Truly admire this piece!
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burlesquirrel said 3828 days ago (February 22nd, 2007)
nice
a great solid piece of work....reminds me of being on the worm farm my pappy use to own....good laid back tune and very well played....great acoustic tone!!!!
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Shimky said 3796 days ago (March 26th, 2007)
Why Is the Scoring On This Not Higher?
This is beautifully played and recorded. Kudos to your mate and to you for finding the perfect balance for your drums on his track. Very nice stuff!
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said 3780 days ago (April 11th, 2007)
wow
this touches my heart in a wonderful way. it's gently powerful - and that's the way i like it. bravo, boyz! anne
davisamerica said 3604 days ago (October 4th, 2007)
i lost this
song in the frey for awhile. thanks to skean found it again. i love this song. great drum work my friend. this song is a gem. will not lose again!
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thoddi said 3546 days ago (December 1st, 2007)
good
Beautiful song, and I listened especially to the drums. And they're just how I would like them to be. Relaxed and listening to what's going on with the rest of the musicians.

Bravo!
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said 3447 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
Great!
Great work here Mikey, nice guitar playing, nice vocal and killer drums work. Enjoyed this piece a lot! Thanks for sharing friend.

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
said 3430 days ago (March 26th, 2008)
sooooo nice
what a cool song! steve sounds so smooth on those delicious vocals.
i think your drum compliments the whole shebang in an ultra-tasty way.
whole song is a wonderful gift to the ear.

GOOD!
anne
said 3319 days ago (July 15th, 2008)
My head
A very relaxing song and nice lyrics, good music and great singing.
Well done. Nice drums too.
Char said 3109 days ago (February 10th, 2009)
A very good song
that deserves to be made into a longer play. It sounds pretty good. Nice voice and good melody. I know, I'm here late. I liked it. Thanks.
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MarkHolbrook said 2940 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Wow
Me likey! I love the synchronization between the guitar and vocals! Very cool!
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MarkHolbrook said 2940 days ago (July 29th, 2009)
Its cool enough
I was wishing for more than 2:22 worth... Very nice!
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smokey bacon jnr said 2725 days ago (March 1st, 2010)
Another great song
This is a great song (with some great drumming natch).
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jdholliday said 2440 days ago (December 10th, 2010)
great songs Mike
this guy is really good, and a huge compliment to you to ask you to play the drums on his stuff, which you do extremely well friend, nice work!
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