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The Minstrel Boy (V4C01) w/ rschletty


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This, for what it's worth, is my entry for the Voice4Choice Challenge. This has been a lot of fun to do, especially with such an outstanding vocal performance by Richard to work with. Kudos, Mr. Schletty - I've listened to your vocal over and over again as I've worked on this, and it never ceases to amaze. I feel privileged to have been allowed to play around with it. Enjoy.
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Uploaded: Jul 27, 2007 - 04:42:02 PM
Last Updated: Feb 18, 2008 - 10:24:28 PM Last Played: Mar 19, 2017 - 01:00:35 PM
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ledebutant said 3647 days ago (July 27th, 2007)
Dig that Bass Line!
I really like the opening, echoing 'gone, gone' gone' going into the guitar and then, again, at the ending. The guitar work is very nice and I love the tuba sound that comes in here and there. Great work, all around.
dajama said 3646 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Thank you, indeed
Glad you dig the bass line - it was the first thing I came up with after listening to the vocal over and over, and it kind of led me in the direction I went. The drums followed, and the guitar (which was supposed to be acoustic) suddenly became electric, and this is what I ended up with. Thanks for the comment. I appreciate it. Cheers.
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said 3647 days ago (July 27th, 2007)
hard edge of sword
Here's my imagery with this rendition: flowering apple tree in the middle of a battle tree. Untouchable minstrel and harp in the shade of that tree. Wall of sound and heart of gold repel the hatred and man-waste of war.

You did the song right, my friend. Thank you.
said 3647 days ago (July 27th, 2007)
typo
I meant "in the middle of a battlefield". :-)

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dajama said 3646 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Wall of sound
and heart of gold - what great imagery! And what an uplifting interpretation of the song. I'm glad you liked the way it turned out. I was so happy to work with your vocal, which was so nicely done that I felt there was little that was needed to supplement it, so I decided to frame it. The bass and drum backing over the vocal section worked for me because it allowed your singing to shine through. It has been a pleasure. Once again, thanks for sharing your talent and allowing others to tinker with it. Peace.
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michael2 said 3646 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
nice job
you did a really cool job with this. it almost reminds me of the clash doing "when the saints go marching in." love the guitar. i think there have been some really cool entries, but it's rare to hear something that doesn't sound like a loop (although i do love a loop).
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dajama said 3646 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Thanks, brother
And thanks especially for the Clash comparison. Now that's made my day! Glad you liked the approach I took. It all stemmed from the bass. Once I had that, everything just flowed. Wasn't sure it was the right approach, and i didn't know what others had been doing (I purposely had been avoiding listening to other entries for fear of intimidating myself!) but I decided to just go for it. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers.
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apb said 3646 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
I too ..

.. like the way this overall sounds less 'loopy' and
has great treatment of Richard performance: the repeating
"gone"s and the track echo/delay works very well.

Snappy beats and cool touches. Good one.
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dajama said 3646 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
That "gone" just
sounded so rich and bell-like to me when I was listening to Richard's vocal that I isolated it and started playing around with it. I particularly like the way it sounds when it comes back in at the end. Thanks for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed it. I think it's hard to go wrong when you have a performance like Richard's at the center. Peace.
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Diviner said 3646 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Great work
Very good and well constructed. I enjoyed listening to this. I could tell that you had thought about each section of the track (I just threw alot of things together, stirred them around and hoped for the best, and little bit like my food). Great guitar work and did you play the drums as it all sounds like a live recording. Well done
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dajama said 3646 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Thanks, indeed
I greatly enjoyed your version of the song. It sounded very far from "thrown together"! Glad you liked the live sound. The bass and guitar are played live - the drums are loops (apple, I believe) and the sax is pen tool and musical typing. Thanks for the kind words. Glad you liked it. Cheers.
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said 3646 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
will the inspiration never end???
i hope not.

great addition the the vast library of amazing tones and assorted noises...
dajama said 3646 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
I never cease to be amazed
by the sheer variety and quality of music and ideas that are thrown around this place. It's humbling to be sure, but also inspiring and stimulating. Richard's vocal here is a perfect example. Glad you found this interesting, and I appreciate your comment. Your latest rocks the roof off the building by the way! Cheers.
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said 3646 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Nice juxtpositioning
Great drums in this puts Rschletty's in a whole new perspective!
dajama said 3646 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Thanks, dude
The drums were a lucky break. I had the bass, and the drums just seemed to fit. It was the first of about six or seven loops I tried, and I just ended up going back to it because I knew it was the right one. Glad you liked it. Hey, did i see you have a new one posted? Nice. I'll drop by soon. Peace.
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VicDiesel said 3646 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Rockin' minstrel
I like this. This is among the few entries that manage to get far away from the implied simple chords of the original melody. Also rhythmically you've managed to get a very different feel from the somewhat militaristic original. Richard's vocals fit beautifully with this.

Victor.
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dajama said 3646 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Thanks, Victor
I'm glad you liked the musical approach. I thought it was worth a shot at least. The whole goal was to interpret the vibe I got off Richard's vocal and then frame it appropriately. I think he did an outstanding job and it was a lot of fun working with it. Thanks for your comments. I appreciate it. Peace.
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perceptualvortex said 3646 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Wow
It sounds like you guys are playing in the same room it fits so well. Great job with making such fitting music. I like Rich's vocals here; I've downloaded them, but at the rate I'm going it'll be years before I'm done with it. Very cool collab, guys.
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dajama said 3645 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
If it sounds like
we're working together, then we've got to be doing something right! Glad you enjoyed this, and good luck with whatever you with it. I suspect it will be impressive! Cheers.
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said 3646 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
GEEZ!
I'm blown away by how there can be so many different versions of this tune with each one excellent in it's own right. This one is surely among the best!

I love the drive of the skipping drum beat and accompanying bass. Like the wounded and the lame marching...The tones on the guitar are perfect---just the right amount of grit...I also love the way you effected Rich's magnificent vox. Nice nice work David.

Be well!
dajama said 3645 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
Thanks, Michael
Glad you think the drumbeat works, and thank you for your comment on the guitar effect. it took a while to get to that - I was afraid of overwhelming the whole track with distortion. Glad you think I got it right. Cheers.
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peacepiano said 3645 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
Rocking
Great job rocking Richard's vocals. The repeats at the end work very well.

Thanks
Bill
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dajama said 3645 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
i like those repeats
at the end too. It was a great vocal to work with, and I was wary of messing around with it too much, but that seemed to work, and the effects I put on the vocal seemed to match. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it. Peace.
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bud said 3645 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
Great production and playing
and imaginative as all hell. Love the way this tune moves around the bass - very cool and unexpected. Love it.
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dajama said 3644 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Thanks a lot
for your kind words. Glad it was unexpected in a good way! Particularly happy you liked the bass. Cheers.
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jiguma said 3645 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
Simple works
You've managed to keep this really straight forward, and I like it. Nice bassline and drums running through, and the guitar sounds extra-right! Richard is a national MJ treasure for sure.
Neil
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dajama said 3644 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
"Treasure" is the word
When I first listened to Richard's vocal track after downloading, I almost decided not to do anything with it, because it's so good that i was afraid I'd just mess it up! I'm glad I did, though - it was a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to V4C02. Thanks for your comment - glad you liked the guitar sound! Cheers.
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said 3644 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
very compelling!
i like the treatment you did with rich's voice, and the guitar work fits nicely!
a welcome addition to the challenge!
very nice
dajama said 3643 days ago (July 31st, 2007)
Thanks, man
Glad you liked the treatment on Richard's voice. I was going to leave it as it is, but I decided to risk a little effect - I thought it fit the groove better. Thanks for stopping by and commenting - I appreciate it. Peace.
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Feter said 3643 days ago (July 31st, 2007)
The Minstrel Boy (V4C01)
very clever and smart arrangement ..the guitar
and the drum took place of the fife and drum .
just a vey good take ...well done my friend !!
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dajama said 3622 days ago (August 21st, 2007)
Hey there
Sorry for the long silence. Been swamped. But I'm back. Thanks indeed for your comment. I love the fife and drum reference - very apt. Those drums just jumped out at me. Glad it worked for you. Thanks for taking the time. I appreciate it. Peace.
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lengold said 3640 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
Sorry
seem to have missed this version until now. I think that you have done a very good job of this. It actually sounds like the vocal and backing was conceived at the same time. No mean feat. Well Done. Impressive.
Cheers
Len


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dajama said 3622 days ago (August 21st, 2007)
Conceived together...
almost as if we had a plan - now that's a compliment. I really just reacted to what richard did, and that you think it fits makes me proud. I really enjoyed working on this, and i'm glad you enjoyed it. Cheers.
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echoroom said 3622 days ago (August 21st, 2007)
AAARRGHHH
Sorry, i missed this ... didn't get a notification for some reason ... great fuzzy guitar and almost reggae bass playing. I agree with mike, this has a kinda Clash feel to it, but the music fits the voice really well. Excellent version, and you could re-use the music for another track!

Great to have something from you again - sorry for not heraing this earlier.

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dajama said 3621 days ago (August 22nd, 2007)
Hey there
Thanks for the kind words. I love that Clash comparison! Reggae, eh? Fits in with the Clash vibe, I guess, and an interesting take. Glad you liked the way it all fits together, and I love the idea of taking that music and turning it into something else - wheels are turning... I'll be by shortly to hear your latest - I've been out of the loop lately due to work overload and I have a mountainous backlog of stuff I want to listen to. Damn these ridicously prolific MacJammers! Cheers.
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echoroom said 3620 days ago (August 23rd, 2007)
Hey david
I've fixed my preferences so i get a notification when you post your next stuff - it's a pain, isn't it - life/work gets in the way too much. Hope you're well, and look forward to your next guitar epic!

Steve
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MacFerret said 3522 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Great presence and balance all round
TAIL (Typing As I Listen)....

Like the intro. Original. Good balance in the mix - plenty of space between drums and guitar. The vocal is great and I feel as if I'm back in Scotland here: echoes of Big Country in the guitars and possibly Fish in that voice with its huge presence. The Clash comparisons ring true, as well.

Great collab, folks. I looked for more info on who and where you are but drew a blank. I'm new here, so I might just be missing info already posted.

Nice work.

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dajama said 3522 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Thanks
Thanks MacFerret for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I love that Clash comparison and I'm glad you think it stands up. Big Country, too, eh? Very cool. This song was a collaboration as part of one of the challenges MacJams throws up every now and then. In this case, Richard Schletty (rschletty) posted a vocal track (the rather amazing performance you can hear above) and anyone could download it and do with it what they would. What you hear above is the result of me playing around with Richard's vocal. I added the drums, bass, and guitar, threw some effects on the vocal, and created a little loop from part of the vocal (that you hear at the beginning and the end). It was great fun, and a real pleasure to work with such a great vocal performance.

Thanks again for taking the time. I appreciate it, and I look forward to your next piece. Cheers.
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Heightened said 3512 days ago (December 9th, 2007)
The Minstrel Boy
Cool song.
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dajama said 3511 days ago (December 10th, 2007)
Thanks, dude
Glad you enjoyed it. It was a blast to work on. Cheers.
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MarkHolbrook said 2073 days ago (November 17th, 2011)
Always a treat
to listen to your stuff!
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