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Toxic Desire (Drakonis/BorisLuxx/Roxylee)


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drakonis

 Genre: Dance-Club

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Eduard's Notes:
This is a song about people who cannot control their addiction to (sex/abuse/drugs/alcohol/fill-in-the-blank) and spiral to destruction, blaming everyone else but themselves.

Disclaimer: This is NOT about me, so don't get anxious! I am sure you have met some people who cannot seem to (or won't) escape from this destructive path they're on. I have known a number of them in my lifetime, one who was very close to me, and another who didn't make it out alive. This song is my attempt to capture the helplessness "in the first person." It was a difficult stretch for me to try to do well, since I am not an actor, nor a lyricist, nor a singer... and I'm usually upbeat, not dark and brooding.

So, here's my first attempt at singing into a microphone and sharing the result. If I pulled this off well, it will make you uncomfortable, due to the subject matter. If I did not pull it off, it will make you uncomfortable because I failed to get the message across persuasively. Either way, as always, I'm very interested in any comments you have. Please offer any positive and negative critiques about the subject matter, techniques, timing, singing, lyrics, mixing, etc... I welcome your thoughts!

History: The amazingly talented BorisLuxx posted an intrumental track called Toxicity... it grabbed my attention right away, and started whispering lyrics into my ear. The music rhythm suggested a new title, and I came up with "Toxic Desire", and the lyrics began to write themselves. I decided to pluck up my courage to try to sing them myself. My wife, after her initial anxiety of listening to me "drifting to the dark (wave) side", helped immensely with tweaks to my initial lyrics, and by coaching me on singing. Maurice (Moviz) suggested I drink some Bacardi prior to singing, but since I didn't have any around, I resorted to DragonSauce, which worked just as well... thanks Maurice, *hic!* Roxylee, after I let her peek at an early draft, asked to become the "siren", and fill the empty spaces with her harmonies and sultry ethereal subconscious beckoning... and this 3-way snowball-collaboration was born. After some drafts and suggested changes, she sent me her GarageBand file, and I manually merged her tracks into my GarageBand file and chopped, tweaked, requested changes, EQ'ed, and mixed/blended until I felt the song conveyed its desperate message. I eventually chopped and removed a bunch of Roxylee's singing, and hope that a future collaboration with less "busy" music will give her more space to share her remarkable singing with me. Thank you so much Boris and Roxylee for helping me create this "Cautionary Tale."

Artwork: A drawing I made to accompany a poem I wrote when I was 19... it seemed to fit here, so many years later.

Roxylee's Notes: When Drak said he was going to finally SING and needed someone to do background siren-y voices and play the other part, how could I not say "Ooh, pick me, pick me?" It's a far cry from our usual fare, but I've learned to "think outside the box" here in MacJams land. Not to worry, though; I'm still me - I haven't turned into a femme fatal or worse. My hope is that anyone who hears this and is stuck in an abusive relationship, addicted to alcohol, drugs, or anything that robs life of peace and vitality, will see how destructive it is, and start on the road to recovery. And if this song makes you want addictions, the prayer lines are open. :-)
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Lyrics
Toxic Desire

Part 1:
Your smell, Your taste
It clouds my thought
The poison taints
You're all I've got

I love your taste (..You)
Go down so smooth
I hate myself
As morning looms

You take from me
all day, all night
My job, my friends
I cannot fight

You prey on me
And know I'm weak
You lie to me
I cannot speak

Chorus:
Toxic Desire
Nowhere to go...
We both get lost
within our greed

Toxic Desire
What's wrong with me
There's nothing left
No Sanity

Your smell, Your taste
It clouds my thought
The poison taints (but)
You're all I've got

Part 2:
I love your taste
You blur my pain
I know I'll hate
myself again

You take from me
all night, all day
My life, my self
All drained away

You prey on me
And know I'm weak
You lie to me
(I cannot speak)

Copyright 2008 Eduard Schwan Poetry, All Rights Reserved

Roxylee's parts:
Desire x2
We're alone now, no one can see us
-
Thoughts of me obsess you now
I'm in every waking moment, in every dream
Come closer... closer!
-
No, I enhance
I'll make you strong
It's normal to need
come closer
(maniacal laughter)
I always win
..so very well
You know you can't live without me
Just one taste, and you're mine
-
Thoughts of me obsess you now
I'm in every waking moment, in every dream
Come closer... closer!
-
Yes, now I've got you
I'll make you strong
Shhhh....
Song Stats
Hits: 5653
Comments: 109
Fans: 34
Plays: 412
Downloads: 134
Votes: 12
Uploaded: Mar 08, 2008 - 12:32:35 PM
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2008 - 10:36:38 PM Last Played: Jun 21, 2016 - 11:19:59 PM
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Hardware:
Drakonis: intel Mac Pro, Saffire, AKG perception 200 condenser mic. Roxylee: Dual G4 Mac, Saffire LE, AKG perception 200 condenser mic.
Software:
Garageband 3 & 4, Harmony Assistant for melody writing and extra synth part, pando.com, DragonSauce
Comments
Roxylee said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
Firstsies!
Thank you, Eduard, for letting me take part in your debut singing post. J You played the part of the snared man chillingly well. This one was out of character for us, and it was fun to be an actress for the part of the siren voiced temptress. Your excellent attention to detail and mixing skills really show. I hope that this song will make people think, and it will serve as a warning to those who are in any danger of being addicted to anything.
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drakonis said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
discomfort zone...
what a stretch this was for me in many ways, thank you so much for helping with ideas and your parts, and being so patient as I re-arranged this over and over. I learned a great appreciation for singers who can pour emotion into their singing, AND actually hit the notes... it was really tricky to fit lyrics into an already-written awesome soundbed, and tricky to merge 2 GB files into 1, and getting the mix to sound halfway reasonable was beyond tricky. I feel I worked very hard on this and got a so-so result, due to my lack of talent... but this song really wanted to come out, and I did my best and learned a lot! Mostly I learned not to sing any more... I'll leave that to you! :-)
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Roxylee said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
You learned
not to sing? Say it isn't so! If you sang a love song or anything on the light side, it would be in character and a lot easier to do. I'm really wanting to sing with you again sometime! And I want to hear you play your dulcimer again. The hard work you put into this to integrate all the parts, EQ it and balance the volumes was a lot of work, and I am in awe of your skills in doing all that so well. I deeply appreciate all the time you spent in mixing all the tracks. And did I mention I want to sing with you again? :-)
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said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
Great
Wow... This sounds great... A good intro... And i like the vocals... Good kick drum.... And it has some great synth on it... Thanks for sharing...
drakonis said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
good, bad and ugly
Hi Jakob... thank you for listening to this dark tale. The original synth piece by BorisLuxx is great, you should listen to it by itself sometime. I did add my own synth extra bits here and there to his piece, but mostly it is his powerful driving music that propels the anxiety in this piece.
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Drakonis
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Alannah said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
WOW .....
I'm addicted ...... this is fabulous .... you know I am a huge fan (and addict) of the DARK SIDE of music ... and this one totally hit the spot - but you know now that I've had the taste of dragonvox ... I'm gonna be needing another fix .... so you must keep singing ... you should be very proud indeed of this one Drakonis ... and Roxylee (who knew girl!!!) wow ... welcome to the darknes !!!
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drakonis said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
El Anna Vira, mistress of the Dark wave...
Hey there m'lady, too bad you are addicted to DragonVox now, I don't think I can do anything like this again. This was a little too ambitious a project for me, and although I think I got close to getting the dark creepy aspect nailed, there would be so much vocal training I would need to do this right, that I really need to step back and let the more accomplished singers do this. However, I must admit secretly that this was a blast to try, and was well worth doing... I'm very happy to know it hit the spot for you. I have a feeling there are a bunch of Macjammers out there, mouths agape in horror, wondering what happened to that nice innocent little dragon they thought they knew. (Smirk)
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Feter said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
Toxic Desire
theatrical performance ...Draki the sauce works well
..Roxy you can do magic .Boris this was FUN !!

are you sure it was a sauce I wanna try it !!
works with human software ?
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drakonis said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
DragonSauce - the secret
Feter, my friend... thank you for your positive support! Yes, this turned out as a theatrical performance, but I tried to not go too far into melodrama and lose the message. Roxylee did a super job weaving thoughts between my words. BorisLuxx's music is relentless and awesome.

DragonSauce is my name for my favorite liquor... a Mexican sweet coffee-flavored liquor called "Kahlua". A little bit goes a LONG way. :-) Now you know.
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said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
WOW!!!


Hi all
You certainly are three very talented individuals. Well done.
A very good 'EXCELLENT' callab and Drak you sounded great your voice was amazing and hauntingly scary
you certainly did also have the totally amazing BorrisLuxx so how could this work of art possibly fail. lol
Rokylee and her sweet voice as usual. It was also a nice change something different.-to make people think ?

Now my dad used to say to us kids when we was small everything in moderation will not do you any harm within reason..
Ha ha
But we are one of the biggest Families in Britain and have been in the newspapers fact. Growing all the time. Although my parents sadly
passed away of old age years ago.

Peace
Dee





said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
Oops.


I forgot I was going out for a drink tonight , but I don't think I'll bother
hee hee.
drakonis said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
hauntingly scary...
that is what I was going for. I tried to write lyrics and sing to sound desperate and weak, without sounding "whiny", which was hard to walk that fine line.

Funny to hear about your dad's quote about moderation, then his excitement about having lots of children... because one of MY dad's favorite quotes was ALMOST the same... "Everything in moderation, including moderation." Which I thought was quite humorous, and is perfect dragon philosophy.

I'm glad you listened to this with an open mind... quite a departure from my normal style. Don't worry, my next ones will be regular DrakTunes :-)
ttfn,
Drakonis

(PS - I enjoy a glass of wine, or DragonSauce every month or so)
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dirigent said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
Toxic Desire
Wonderful production. Love the vocals, strange atmosphere, very dense and intoxicating. Great work!
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drakonis said 3450 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
blush
It is a great compliment from an accomplished singer like yourself, I realized that with no vocal training, I would have to half-speak, half sing the words in a more theatrical style. And yes, I was trying to get an uncomfortable "claustrophobic" feeling with the mix, without it being too distracting. Thank you very much for taking this difficult journey with me, Andreas! Now back to your regularly scheduled happy thoughts! ;-)
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Drakonis
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davisamerica said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
right then eduard
welcome to the world of "vocal exposure"...lol .. well you done did it now old friend dragon. you can sing and now will be expected to hear again ... very well done drak and roxy ... she is wonderful on this! only nit ...haha my turn now! ... some places you seemed to be hiding a bit with your vocals ... [wow that felt strange.. critiquing the dragon] no nits reall y at all drak and roxy ... this work is great ... very much enjoyed!
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drakonis said 3450 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
Me? Sing?
Nah, like dragons, it was a figment of your imagination...

WHOA, finally, a critique! Thank you Jack, I am glad to have you point out things I should improve on. I admit, I am a bit shy boosting my voice on this, and it was hard to get the complicated mix just right to cut a notch in the music for my (and Roxylee's) vocals to be heard, BorisLuxx's music is very rich and I hated disturbing it much. Anyway, I think I should have tried to boost the vox ever so slightly. There were MANY places I manually adjusted the volume curve up and down to get the vox levels to be heard. This whole project was a HUGE challenge for me, and I learned a lot. I think I'll go back to something simpler now, like writing complex computer software. :-)
ttfn,
Drakonis
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eanbardsley said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
Great Work,...
you three. Roxy good job being the voice of darkness, you know, you putting yourself in that role, and Eduard, nothing negative, you sing just fine!!! Boris Luxx does nice synth work. A nice sounding piece.
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drakonis said 3450 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
nice?
Nice sounding piece? I did something wrong... its supposed to crawl inside your brain and squirm around and make you want to turn it off. :-)

Well OK, not quite. I'm happy to know that this was dark and listenable Ian, and very happy you stopped by to listen and comment. It is not our happy bouncy Flamenco Technoid piece...
ttfn,
Drakonis
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eanbardsley said 3450 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
Just my way of talking,...
nice means great, like rich means not allot of money but full of flavor, flamenco lingo. It does everything you hoped for as far as I am concerned!!!

Ian
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said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
Its like sitting in a
theatre and look to an opera comin' by...Beautiful piece with only strong sides...ENjoyed.
drakonis said 3450 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
Funny you mention opera
This is what my wife said before I posted it, that it seemed like watching actors on stage performing opera in some ways, but definitely not any kind of "popular music" style piece. Thank you for listening to the piece, and commenting, I appreciate you giving feedback. Glad to hear you think it is a strong piece.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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apb said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
As ..
.. a hopeless addict of filling-in-the-blanks .. I just had to comment ;o)

Big Euro-pop feel - akin perhaps to Visage's 'Fade to Grey'...shares some qualities.

Mix was excellent overall - something did strike me a little uncomfortable stereo field wise .. might be my ears or taste .. is something very low/bass moving around nearer the end??

I liked the way the low synth stabs moved around in the intro- that was very effective.

Fine delivery on the vocals Eduard .. half spoken, half sung, kinda an American Neil Tennant- fits the genre/music .. and excellent supportive additions from Roxanne .. those have room to come up a fraction IMO.

Is it just me or is there something reminscent of the modern Winnie the Pooh ..but after the watershed.. honey addiction.. must be that...hmm... not sure what
gives me that..poetic phrasing?? accent?? Pay no heed..

Deep bows to you, Boris and Roxanne. Dark matter, strong song.
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drakonis said 3450 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
I'm looking down, Pooh...
Alan, always a rush to get your eloquent thoughts! I always love people pointing out connections to other music I've not heard of here, so I must go find "Fade to Grey" and listen, thank you!

The mix was a hydra of a beast to work on! Challenged me to the ends of the earth with levels and EQ! Some of the light chorus/phaser I added to Roxylee's vox was to make her voice get "unhinged" from the stereo field and wander around in your brain. I added a moving synthesizer wash in a few spots and mixed it in with Richard's music, and when it shows up at the very end of the piece, you hear the super-low-end note rumble and reverb away into the distance. I wanted to leave with an eerie foreboding feel, perhaps I didn't do it properly?

Thanks for the vox compliments, I still feel very shy about even attempting to sing. That may be why I have my vox back a little ways... and then I needed Roxylee's vox even more ethereal and wispy... so perhaps I need to bring them both forward a little more (on headphones it seems fine, but when I played it on the stereo, the voices did sound further back, I noticed that and adjusted them forward a little once.)

Funny thing about Winnie the Pooh... my wife and I read those stories to each other from time to time, and despite the "chidren's story" stigma, she and I constantly giggle by reading them with very adult eyes. And it helps that Milne was a GREAT story teller. Funny though, I remember when I first started trying to sing this, I kept slipping into a British accent... perhaps there's a bit of that remaining in parts? Cottleston cottleston cottleston pie, A dragon can't sing, I don't know why...

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Drakonis
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magnatone said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
BRAVO!!!
Eduard, this is masterful in every way. Yes it's a dark subject matter, but this is how we shine light on it. I think your vocal debut is 100% successful and I'm so proud of you for having the courage to give it a try. Boris's synth work and Roxy's vocals make a fabulous mix here. It's chilling and cautionary in just the way you'd hoped. Now the cat's out of the bag and you'll be needing to do lots more vocals - your singing career is just starting. EXCELLENT mix, great editing, all the technical stuff sounds perfecto to my ear. Congratulations - the Dragon Flies!!
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drakonis said 3450 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
There's a light.. deep in the Frankenstein place...
Hey there Karen, thank you for stopping in, and being so supportive. Yes, shining a light is an apropos aphorism for my purpose here. It took courage to tackle something so technically challenging, and to overcome my lack of confidence in trying to sing. But BorisLuxx's excellent music, and Roxylee's incredible support, great recordings, and versatile accomodating attitude as I chopped/changed/asked for more/less through this whole thing was a lifesaver. Also my wife was extremely helpful and supportive, and very glad its over, as am I.

I may try singing again sometime, but not in any major way, it is way too hard to do. As I said before, way too many other people here do that much better.

The technical hurdle of figuring how to write the lyrics and pick a melody and fit it all into the existing sound bed was a real challenge too. I learned a LOT from doing this! Thank you for waiting so impatiently for this to come out, you're a delight! :-)

ttfn,
Drakonis
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sschedra said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
Powerful and Professional!
Great production and the point is well made. Anyone who has been around addiction (all of us?) can re-experience the ebb and flow in this song. I think the music, the lyric, the performance and the production are all first rate. Eduard, you have a pleasant voice and I for one would encourage you to write more pieces that feature it. Rox is just scary playing dark-side and I now have to bathe just for listening. Altogether it was a potent and psycho-dramatical picture of the cycle of the sin of self destruction.
Very impressed,
Stephen
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drakonis said 3449 days ago (March 10th, 2008)
catch my breath
Thank you very much for your encouragement and thoughtful response, Stephen! Perhaps we all think of our own voices as just so-so, and I am glad to know it is listenable (my wife loves me reading to her, so it can't be that bad, can it?) Perhaps I'll take your suggestion and tell a story, or try a poem... singing is a bit out of my league though. I'm in agreement with you about Roxylee, I too felt like this was the Anti-Roxy, and I had to make sure she was back to normal afterward... she did an exquisite job on this! I'm glad you felt the psycho-drama. Now on to something a little less chilling.
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Drakonis
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gail60 said 3451 days ago (March 8th, 2008)
Told you so!!!
I knew it would be great and it is! Wonderful job friend! You and Roxylee did a wonderful job here. She sounded so evil ....whoa that laugh...loved it. You both did an awesome job and Eduard, I think you should continue onto the next step...which is...singing more and speaking less. This is a fantastic start! Great collab. Sultry song.....Toxic indeed. Way to go my friend!!!
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drakonis said 3449 days ago (March 10th, 2008)
Evil Roxylee
Boris's music was the backbone of this. I appreciate you coming and listening to this tale I wove, and I promise to speak more and sing less... that's what you said, right? Roxylee's performance gave ME chills... it was hard not to just copy that one laugh and paste it all over the song :-) But her other parts were great too... thank you for your comments. Perhaps another attempt with this nice microphone is in order soon?
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Drakonis
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said 3451 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
Hey how about a song
...about controlling your addictions, hehehe thats always the favored situation, but must say this is a fun listen, the instrumentaion is top notch and the broadway disco vocals work really well together with the music, good job all involved!
drakonis said 3449 days ago (March 10th, 2008)
out of control
Yah, the topic is often done... I was hoping to be somewhat unique by portraying being already mired and losing the will to escape. Boris's music really was wanting vocals, and this is what sprung to mind for me. It was a huge endeavor for me, since I've never written a song nor sung one... so I'm glad you found that it was a worthwhile listen. I think I will go back to simpler things now for a while, though!
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Drakonis
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lupiroz said 3451 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
didn't know dragons could sing!
Fine debut my friend, cool track and cool siren too!
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drakonis said 3449 days ago (March 10th, 2008)
DragonSong
Hi Lou!
Dragons love to sing, they just don't want anyone to hear them do it!

Thank you for checking out my very first song-writing and singing attempt. Now I give the microphone back to you, since you know what you are doing, and write such great songs!
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jiguma said 3451 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
Great backing track ..
.. really cool interpretation Eduard! I often think Boris's tracks would be even better with a vocal, and you've pulled it off really well. Shades of Richard Harris and Leonard Cohen - and a little Rocky Horror ;) Roxy does a great job also - very out of character Roxy, but very well done.

I'm impressed Eduard!

Neil
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drakonis said 3449 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
two out-of-characters
Neil!
Roxylee and I both enjoyed dressing up in Rocky Horror Goth-tumes and doing the Time Warp here, and then quietly burying the characters in the back yard. I learned so much, about singing, writing melodies and lyrics, mixing voices over music tracks... mostly I learned that I have so much to learn that I need to pick my paths carefully, and not take on too many things. One thing I don't have time for at this late stage, is voice lessons. So I will likely not attempt anything quite like this again. But spoken stuff may happen again soon... silly to have this cool microphone and not use it?
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Moviz said 3451 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
The singing
and the emotion you give to this are just right it has wonderful sounds in this song, but just think if you HAD swigged some Bicardi and lemon WoWW! LOL (Joke). It's like an electronic operetta warning people of the effects of certain vices. I love the mix of sounds and the vocals which give that very seductive, slinky feel are excellent. You said it was a stretch for you, but the elastic seems to be wearing well LOL, regards M
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Moviz said 3451 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
With this
performance we may just be hearing you and Roxie on the next version of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller', cheers M
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Moviz said 3451 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
With
vocals like this, we may just be hearing you and Roxie on Michael Jackson's next version of 'Thriller' if he does one, cheers M
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drakonis said 3449 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
Another round of DragonSauce
Maurice, Thanks for the suggestion of loosening the vox with alcohol, I took your suggestion and it did help (DragonSauce is "Kahlua", my liquor-of-choice.) I appreciate you checking back to see what I created, glad you enjoyed the show. Yes, a stretch for this middle-aged dragon, but stretches are good exercise, and I continue to stretch here and there just to surprise people... dragons are like that.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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caroline said 3451 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
the bear was here....
but had to leave suddenly to find balloons, marshmallows, pink and fluffy things - 'praps you should take that as a compliment to the way the three of you expressed the dark side? big loves xoxox
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drakonis said 3449 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
P
Hi Caro2ine, I'm back, right as rain, see? It was just a song. We're all back in Kansas now. And your little bear too! I promise to do something fluffy and not so serious and gritty-real, OK?
ttfn,
Drakonis
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ktb said 3450 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
love the taste
I think you laid it out there just right. Your vocal sounds great. A slight anticipation and plaintive quality that adds a big emotional element to the track. Boris's soundbed is excellent and kudo's to Roxy for the perfect accents.
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drakonis said 3448 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
thanks for the kudos
Actually, figuring out how/where to lay out the lyrics, then how to lay out Roxylee's parts (she gave me a couple of great takes, then I rearranged them and deleted stuff, poor girl! :-) Getting it all to fit without overcrowding was really complex, and I learned a LOT! Roxylee is incredibly patient and talented, perhaps another collab will happen down the road a bit. Boris's music is way cool, as always. I hope he swings by to see all the accolades swung his way... he's a bit busy just now though. Thank you again for listening and commenting, I love your amazing keyboard writing/playing!
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Drakonis
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ziti said 3450 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
ok...a singing horny dragfon
a troubling thought. Can they fly when aroused, or is their an issue of weight balance displacement?

The perception 200 mic gives us guys with the reedy pipes a chance at johnny mathis-hood. Good mic choice!

This is a depraved song of lust and obsession. Which doesn't surprise me at all from you. The singing does surprise me tho...very good and very appropriate for the tune. the backing music is sublime as always.


good for you, taking these chances with your goods...much respect!

deep bows dragon!

z
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drakonis said 3448 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
Ziti you goof!
Sheesh, you know the answer to that, dragons are always... uh... anyway, yes, I believe it was YOU who tipped the balance when I was weighing mic choices, and I got that on your recommendation. And I liked it so much, Roxylee got the same one based on my experience with it... so... AKG thanks you!

The singing was a lot of work, writing lyrics, fitting them into a song, then actually singing them! The only thing harder would be to sing them live on stage... or worse, sing live on stage while playing a guitar or something at the same time, that would blow my mind. Oh, that's right... that's what YOU do. I'll leave that to the masters. Deep bows back at you sir! Thank you for listening to my little baby step here.
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paul f. page said 3450 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
Phantom ...
...of the Opera - esque... Really engaging orchestration and vocal rendition. Very haunting performance. It is definitely a stage piece and, in my opinion, stacks up well with the best of them. Applause for pushing what you thought were your boundaries...Now you are in a whole different arena. Chilling ending swirl...
Peace.
Paul
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drakonis said 3448 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
Webber or not I agree doesn't matter
Paul, thank you for listening to this and commenting. I guess it does come out sounding a bit like a musical production, I hadn't really intended for it to, but my wife mentioned that it felt more "operatic" too, so, there we are. I don't think that Roxylee would look good in a horned helmet and spear though.

Definitely pushed my boundaries and I had to try new things I'd not tried before... learned a lot, so it was all worth it. And hopefully a thought-provoking piece. I added my own extra synth downward spiral at the very end to give a visceral "shaking of your gut." Glad you noticed.
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saymme said 3450 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
8 ) ( ,
...so U aren't a 'workaholic' then?(just kidding Eduard!) I find this Amazing.....yesterday I heard it several times LOUD -which I think I anyhow MUST to get the right 'feelin' experiencing it & hear the Power of it 8 ) ..THAT was awesome, just now I'm lissening quietly which is VERY different. Like it better LOUD . Your voice then sounds Very 'powerful' & in its strength ! I think You did this REALLY GREAT!!! : ): ) Its a STRONG Song with all three parts/Music/R-L/You in an excellent combination all being just as important Give Yourself credit for it Drakonis(Iwas very proud of my 2 spokenpoems I did in my Life...lmao-i changed my voice/dilect then though it was really FUN to do Lol!) How did it feel doing it? it seems You 'were there' 100% when I play it loud & alittle bit less when playing it quieter?How many takes did U do on this? It seems You ENJOYED it (( 8 RoxyLees laughter is really OOTW (Out Of This World)....WOW back to description gotto read it all..OK HAHAHAhahhaha no baccardi lol ! DRAGONSAUCE!!! well it turned out just fine with that:) To me this isn't 'scary' at all just wonderful & INSPIRING!!it may be 'scarey' to some(the more fears inside yourself not delt with the more things outside scare you) One thing..I don't like when You write in description 'it will make You feel uncomfortable(or not) etc..' as its not up to You to tell the lissener what to 'feel'. & whichever way WE feel its NOT a matter of You failing!(!)
This inspires me !!! I lissened to Borisluxx original (GREAT!)& there saw You were inspired right away with it! A month ago only : )
tx Lena(or You can call me Say)

oh yeah.. I'm sorry I cannot hear RoxyLees words as good/clear/ as Yours a bit muffled
:( As Her voice makes the 'dot over the i' as we say in swedish, 'The Icing' of the Cake I wish I heard exactly what she's saying being a swede!
drakonis said 3448 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
loud is good
Hi Lena,
I had a lot of trouble making the words loud, without messing up the music. So I think you are right, it needs to be loud to hear it. But somebody with more experience than me could do a better mixing job. I may try again to boost Roxylee some more (her parts were soft, and she's up to the max, so I have to adjust other things down.) But I promise I will add her words to the lyrics above tomorrow, so you can read what she says!

Yes, Roxylee's additions are the dot on the i, or the icing on the cake, I agree.

I enjoyed doing this, yes. But it was also technically hard work, so by the end I was exhausted.

In the description when I said "if I did this right, you will feel uncomfortable...", I am not "telling you how to feel"... it was supposed to mean "this is not a happy song, it is supposed to make you feel uncomfortable". I was just warning people that it is not my usual happy stuff. But you are right, I do not want to tell people how to feel.

Thank you for your very detailed thoughts and comments, IN ENGLISH! I really appreciate that, and I will type up Roxylee's words for you!
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saymme said 3447 days ago (March 12th, 2008)
hi
Great to have R-L words ! I know what You meant Drakonis, just wanted to point it out to You : ) Great Job !
aclarke said 3450 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
Very interesting
song and perspective... I found this to be almost theatrical in style... and very cool. Loved the synth sounds and the vocals were really perfect for what you were trying to do.

Eduard, your voice is unique and distinctive... don't be afraid to share it more often!
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drakonis said 3448 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
Adam, you buttering me up?
Thank you for the compliment and suggestion of sharing my voice more... perhaps, your thoughtful words help me feel a little more confident about it. And I'm glad the rather theatrical style didn't go over the top, I wanted this to remain rather gritty and real.
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futzpucker said 3450 days ago (March 9th, 2008)
You have every reason to be proud of this
The word "epic" came to mind while listening to this. The production of the instrumental tracks is excellent, and includes changes in pace that really help keep the song flowing. This aspect of arranging is often overlooked, and its inclusion here is very effective. The instrumental tracks also do an excellent job of creating the foreboding mood that is so appropriate here. Roxy's delivery in the role of the seductress is simply outstanding and adds a spice that elevates this song immeasurably.

Then there's your debut as a singer. What a perfect piece of music for it this is. It allows you great liberty, singing and talk-singing as the moment inspired. The result is a complete success from my viewpoint. Your urgency comes though clearly and enhances the song, rather than distracting, meaning you never crossed over into becoming theatric, which could easily have happened.

I have lost friends to addiction during my life, and this song hits home. I would call it an unequivocal success. Congratulations on stepping out of your comfort zone and making it work so well...
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drakonis said 3446 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
Boris et al
BorisLuxx's relentless but well-thought-out instrumental is what started my mind spinning in this direction in the first place, so I echo your compliments to Boris on his music! However, starting with the ready-made music, and trying to shoehorn some lyrics and melody on top of it was a very "educational" experience for me, especially as a first attempt at writing/singing a song, this became extremely challenging for me.

I'm glad that my talk-singing fit, and didn't wander into melodrama for you... the point and subject are not lost. Roxylee did an outstanding job here. Thank you for listening and offering your thoughts on this, they are always very helpful to me!
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Lightman- said 3449 days ago (March 10th, 2008)
Good vocals....
I really think your vocals are good... Good work.... Thumbs up for that....
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drakonis said 3446 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
From one Beach Boy to Another...
Hi Jakob... you have such great talent writing wonderful music, melodies, and writing lyrics and singing them too... your comments mean a great deal to me! And, now that I have attempted to do what you do so easily... I am even more impressed by your talent! Thank you for commenting!
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kevmikwa said 3449 days ago (March 10th, 2008)
Self-confidence
Self-confidence is a tough thing to come by, especially when you're kinda putting yourself out there a bit, doing something you've never done before. Coming to the party as late as I am, I can only pile on and echo sentiments already expressed: we're all so glad you gave this a go.

There's definitely a preconceived notion floating out there of what a singer's supposed to sound like (from a radio point of view, anyway). Even off this standard, at the most elemental level, you have performed perfectly for this message and with this mood. I don't care if the words dance the line between sung and spoken - they're just right the way you've done them. I'd go so far as to say your own self-perceived limitations when recording actually enhanced - helped to create? - the flavor you were chasing after: anxious, claustrophobic ... even shy about making the admission of addiction.

Artwork is killer, too. Such a multi-talented dragon. Is there anything you haven't tackled successfully?
drakonis said 3446 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
interesting points
There was a lot of trepidation in attempting this, and it turned out to be more technically challenging than I thought... so it could be that there was some real fatigue/anxiety/resignation in my voice as well as the acted versions of them. Thank you, as always, for your astute thoughts and ear. And for noticing the artwork too :-) I thought the artwork was a lot better than the silly teenage poem it accompanied, so it was worth rescuing from my dusty poem book.

Things I haven't tackled successfully? Of course! Drums! I look to you for drumming! I can count to 2 or three and then get totally lost.

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Drakonis
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Roxylee said 3449 days ago (March 10th, 2008)
Thank you, everybody!
I'm so glad that Eduard sang/spoke this, as hard as it was to do, being a composer and not having sung for us yet. I hope he will keep on singing! :-)He did a wonderful job of portraying how we can get lured into a trap. The sound bed by Boris Luxx was fabulous for this song. And I really enjoyed acting like the evil Queen of Narnia. I really appreciate all your comments, and all the time and effort that Eduard took to perfect this. Thank you! :-)
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guitapick said 3448 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
~
Like your voice, Eduard...I've known many people who would fall into the "self-destructive" niche...difficult if not impossible to help out...Roxylee's got a very subtle, sinister laugh, you know...

Powerful piece...
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Roxylee said 3448 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
and Bob...
What's really scary is that it wasn't hard to do- that sinister, evil laugh came way too easily for me. Hmmm.. I'll blame it on too much tv all these years, as I can't afford a shrink. :-)
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drakonis said 3446 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
dextrous at sinister
she does have a great laugh... wouldn't that be a GREAT laugh to install on somebody's computer as their system beep? Totally freak them out! I have an April Fool's gag now!

Thanks for the compliment on my voice. Although singing is not in the cards, I may have the courage to do some spoken stuff soon... stay tuned! Thank you so much, Bob, for listening and commenting.

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Drakonis
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Pete_NB said 3448 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
Well Done
Congrats on your singing debut. Your thoughtfulness to the subject matter shines shows in your inflection.

The interplay between the dragon & siren was perfect. Very tastefully edited.
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drakonis said 3446 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
wow, thanks!
Very nice of you to stop in and let me know this was a success! Despite the hard work, it was also quite fun to collab with Roxylee, and very satisfying to (finally) finish this and get it shared/aired. A very important subject and message... glad it remained so.
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droop said 3448 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
Way to go Mr
Singing Dragon! Great character portrayal by both you and Roxy on a dark subject matter. Of course I always like Boris's music and it fits perfectly here. A job well done Drak!
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drakonis said 3446 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
hmm...
What is the past tense for good dragon-singing? Is it well-sung, or well-singed (with a soft G sound)?

Ah Paul, ye with the golden voice... thank you so much for listening and not concentrating on my voice, but on the overall piece. Make sure to visit Boris's other stuff too, perhaps you can sing on one of his too! I hope to see him around more soon!
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Drakonis
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chipan said 3448 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
Dark dragon, dark
You did an excellent job creating the mood for this. Congratulations on your vocal debut! Definitely a success! As someone else mentioned it's kind of a Phantom of the Opera feel here. Great job guys!

chip
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drakonis said 3446 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
it was a dark and stormy night...
oops, I better not start that Bulwar-Litton stuff. The more it is mentioned and I listen again, the more I agree it has a bit of Phantom/musical feel to it. Glad the mood comes through!
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said 3448 days ago (March 11th, 2008)
VEry cool
Its not easy to lose someone to addiction I like your singing. I need to listen to more of your music I thought you were more on the classical side of things. I enjoyed this very much. Call me crazy but it reminds me of rocky horror for some reason. Mabye it is the back and forth between male and female voices.
drakonis said 3446 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
Time Warp
Probably some Rocky Horror influence there, from Boris's music and from Roxylee's and my additions.

I'm glad my singing is OK in your book, I promise to get my voice out there more now... and you're right, I'm mostly a classical music guy, but I love to try all sorts of genres. I'm no good at alternative rock-type stuff, but if you check out "Sometimes", that's a little more mainstream downtempo stuff. I have one ancient growly guitar-rock piece, I may need to clean it up, extend it, and post it here some day ("Frenetico" is on my web site.) Thanks for stopping in Tim!
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MissChaos said 3447 days ago (March 12th, 2008)
Great job, both of you!
or... well, I should say all THREE of you! Great music to sing to - you and roxylee seem to blend seamlessly in this. Great singing debut, Drakonis!
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drakonis said 3446 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
whew...
passed the MissChaos test! :-) Thank you for checking this daring exploration. I just couldn't leave Boris's music alone, had to add to it... and Roxylee was so good in her role too. Now MissC... where's that violin of yours, hmm? bwahaha...
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rachaelxxx said 3447 days ago (March 12th, 2008)
:)
this is a great production. Sometimes more than three minutes of a tune can be well enough but i could listen to more of this, it's very different to what i normally listen to but i love the vocals and the eerie music well done
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drakonis said 3446 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
Thank you Miss S
One thing I love about Macjams is listening to all sorts of music I would never think I would like... I am usually very happily surprised, and I'm always learning new things here. Thank you for listening to this and writing to me about your thoughts on it. If it is eerie to you, I did the right thing then. Keep enjoying music and learning... and posting new tunes here!
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alfalpha said 3447 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
a dark Drak tale-
...clearly, I don't mean 'a dark tale about Drak', nor 'Draks, dark tail'...

Eduard- an effective vocal interpretation of Boris's original tunage & Roxy's backing vocals add a lovely eerie 'extra'.

If you were worried about your vocals Eduard, don't be- as a matter of fact, I would have liked to have them further 'forward' in the mix...so there! :-)

For my money, there is something reminiscent of Yello in this piece, which makes it an automatic 'fave' in my book.

Congratulations all around!

Cheers,
Alf
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drakonis said 3446 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
Drak is DARK spelled sideways
I'm contemplating more vocal stuff now with your comments and those of others, thank you for the vote of confidence and the critiques. I loved Boris's music, and was anguishing about pushing the music back in the mix and bringing our voices forward too much... such a balancing act! I will try to turn up the "vocal confidence" knob more next time!
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Barretok said 3446 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
This is...
...a great piece. The combination of sounds and voices is perfect. It totally creates the atmosphere of toxic desire. It really is like a mini opera. I love the lyrics and the way they are delivered. Having an addictive personaIity I want to jump into that pool of toxic desire right now! lol!
B
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drakonis said 3446 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
Wondering about your thoughts...
Hey Barretok, thank you for stopping in! I was actually wondering what your thoguhts might be on this, as it seems to be up your dangerous twisted alley :-) I'm glad it came off OK, and got your addictive juices flowing! Just stay out of the deep end of the pool, OK? :-)
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composerclark said 3446 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
Toxic is wrong?
Hey, this is great! You wrote a song about my life! But... I don't get something... are you saying there's something wrong with toxic desire??? Toxic love is the only way to travel, in my experience. So... that's wrong now?

Heh, heh! Very well done, very provocative, and gripping. Congrats to all!
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drakonis said 3444 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
sorta...
desire... good! toxic... bad! Don't go toward the light, Clark!

Hey, it is great to see you back here, I've missed you terribly. Thank you very much for stopping in to see my latest experiment here, I appreciate it a lot!

Hopefully we'll hear another amazing Clark-ism soon?
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Estella said 3445 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
ooh
engaging from the beginning...

Wow Eduard, Your voice is warm and fantastic. A very intimate recording.

Roxylee, what a bewitching laugh!

Good job everyone!

The "club" atmosphere adds a little levity (dance-ableness?)to the dark subject, while, Drak, your voice remains true to the sentiment. I think you'd make a great actor...
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drakonis said 3444 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
good to see you again
thanks Estella for stopping in to the dark club and dancing with us! Roxylee really out-did herself here I think, and Boris's music is just irresistible. And thank you for the compliments on my voice, I shall make it a point to record it some more soon, then. I really appreciate your comments, especially from such an accomplished singer!
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moorlandt said 3442 days ago (March 17th, 2008)
I'm so much surprised...
... that I had to listen again (while I'm writing this comment). This is so captivating. Don't tell me about Richards talents... I experienced them myself, and here he's brilliant again. And then pops up an Eduard I never could imagine... This is fantastic. Really, and I foremost adore the dialogue with Roxylee. Very cinematic feel. This was a real lush to listen to, Eduard. Amazing.
-Walt
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drakonis said 3442 days ago (March 17th, 2008)
hehehe...
I Knew you would be surprised, but I wasn't sure if you would like it or not. Very glad to hear that we got a thumbs-up from you too! This was completely new territory for me, trying to write lyrics and sing and edit together dialogue with Roxylee... things that are easy for you to do well! Thank you for listening, I am glad you could put up with my attempt at doing this stage-singing thing. I do hope Boris resurfaces soon and sees all the accolades for his work, and hope this gets other people to go visit his stuff too.
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WeAreNotPerfekt said 3441 days ago (March 18th, 2008)
A heavy message
Wow this was different. And heavy.
Really nice to hear your voice. It works very well.
Johannes
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drakonis said 3441 days ago (March 18th, 2008)
big stretch for me
Hi Curry and friends, this was heavy and different for me too... but something about Boris's music got under my skin and made me want to try this. I'm glad I did, because I learned how hard it is to write lyrics & melody and try to sing. Now I intend to go back to easier things :-) Glad to hear you thought my voice worked in this, I was very worried that everyone would find this terribly done. Yes, it is a heavy serious message.
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said 3441 days ago (March 19th, 2008)
Well Done!
Everything seems just right here Sir Eduard, I'm really glad to hear your vocal ... You sound truly great here and Roxy's vocal was a very fine addition to the atmosphere of this song. You got my points before about the rest work of the effects but I'd really like to say that it's a great song to add to MacJams and great song to add it to your list. Enjoyed every second.

Thanks for sharing ..

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
drakonis said 3435 days ago (March 24th, 2008)
Woohoo
Thank you Yeman, for taking a moment to run over and listen and comment. Your comments about how it is a worthwhile song are very much appreciated, thank you! Roxylee and Boris really gave this a lot of power.
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screamalexz said 3438 days ago (March 21st, 2008)
nice
i like the darkness of this. i love the chorus, it's definitely catchy. it has a hint of industrial to it but is softer which i like.
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drakonis said 3435 days ago (March 24th, 2008)
soft industrial
It does have a bit of the industrial crunch, doesn't it? Definitely way out there for my abilities, but it was worth trying! Thanks for checking it out Chance!
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screamalexz said 3434 days ago (March 26th, 2008)
:)
ofcourse. ive neglected this site i had to do some catching up on the dragon :)
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Henke said 3436 days ago (March 23rd, 2008)
Nice turn here, Eduard!
I've been away from MJ for awhile (don't want to be too addicted you understand), and what do I find when I check the MJ-mail: A new one from the Drak! And I like it! Of course it IS dark and brooding in many ways, but how dark can it get there in Southern California?! The music here is so goood! I've already downloaded the original by Boris.

Somewhere here and there I here a bit of the title song to the TV-series The Persuaders with Roger Moore and Tony Curtis from 1971-72.

And I hope you forgive me if I say the vocals sound surprisingly good. I understand it took you some work to get there, but it was sure worth it! They work! Also I think it will grow with several listenings (three times so far...)

So well done, all of you!

/Henke
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drakonis said 3435 days ago (March 24th, 2008)
and you return to THIS?
Henke, Good to see you back! The Persuaders, eh? It sounds familiar, but I don't remember it. You are forgiven for thinking that my vocals sound good :-) I thought that since I can't sing, I would do more "acting", and that seems to have worked better. I'm glad you listened and are hooked. Now go write some new music, I'm still waiting! :-)
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davisamerica said 3432 days ago (March 27th, 2008)
duh
how did i forget to fav this originally... runs with scissors.
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said 3432 days ago (March 27th, 2008)
nicely done
boris - the Music for the Mood & Message is just PERFECT!
the arrangement alone had me feeling the toxicity - mission accomplished!

roxy's slow sexy laughter was RIGHT ON.
i couldn't make out all of her convincing arguments - i'd like to hear more of her voicings with a little increase in volume.

eduard, congrats for stepping out into the spotlight and into the role of anguished addict. i sure hope you can't get your voice back into the barn now that it's been let out. 8)

your "OK" as you took what "she" offered was absolutely touching. you sounded so hopeful you would be saved this time. "all day" had a similar affect on me = it was purely poignant. i heard you "pour emotion" into those important parts - i'm here to tell you IT WORKED.

how about a little build in background chaos as the song nears the end - more overlap of repeating phrases between yourselves maybe? that might be some delicious gravy on an already good thing.

very ambitious project successfully achieved, you 3!

my beautiful daughter used heroin from age 17 to 34. half a life down the drain - oooWEE! they told me there's a 3% recovery rate for addicts - the hopeful in me liked those odds. today she's 3 years' clean, and has a lovely 7 month old baby boy. i thought i had lost my daughter many times - i'm living happily ever after right now. ;)

thanks for the message.
i appreciate it Big Time.
don't stop singing, eduard - it's good for your heart.
(good job nudging him into it, roxy!)
anne


drakonis said 3432 days ago (March 28th, 2008)
Major blush
Wow, what a delight to have you comment on this work... I am always in awe/love with your gorgeous singing and harmonies & lyrics... and here I am, trying for the first time to write lyrics and "sing" them. Thank you for the thorough critique and thoughts! I did spend a LOT of time practicing "getting into the character", so the places you mention ("OK... OK...") I was trying very hard to get the feeling across of conflicted hope and anguish. So glad to hear it came across. I didn't change Boris's music much (I extended the ending a bit and added a descending synth in a couple spots) but yes, I think a little extra build would help. Also Roxylee's parts were recorded softly, and I was having trouble boosting her loud enough, and I;m still not satisfied with the mix. But I had spent over a week just tweaking the timing and levels that I finally had to call it done for now. She did an awesome job with her parts, and I still feel terrible having had to decide to cut a bunch of her stuff from this mix just to fit it all in and have it convey what *I* was thinking. But she is an amazingly supportive friend, and still talks to me, whew! :-) I'm not out of the woods yet with regard to my daughter and various possible toxic addictions, and I'm working hard to keep her healthy and happy (nearly impossible to do at 15.) I am very sorry to hear of the terrible struggle with your daughter, but very excited to hear of her current success! That is a wonderful note! Thank you for listening and sharing this with me, Anne.
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borisluxx said 3425 days ago (April 3rd, 2008)
Wow!!!
What an amazing response, Eduard! Your lyric writing capabilities surprised me and the vocals of you and Roxylee really add a great deal to this track. The subject matter hits home, for some people, including people in my own life at the moment. This is a heavy song which, in my opinion, was executed very well. Congratulations!!!

I apologise for taking so long to respond. My life has been a bit hectic lately, with some issues regarding this track's subject matter. Everything is wroking itself out, for now, and I hope to get back to spending more time here at MacJams and doing what I love doing the best; writing music. Take good care Eduard & Roxylee! Peace!

-Richard (Boris Luxx)
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drakonis said 3425 days ago (April 3rd, 2008)
Ahhh.... the instigator arrives!
Boris, sooo glad to have you get a chance to listen to and respond to what I hath wrought. I've been hoping to hear from you (not just to make sure you're OK with what we did, but also to make sure YOUR life is getting better)... good to hear about both. As I mentioned, I worked hard and boy was this a challenging project for me, singing, mixing, lyric writing on top of an existing music bed, etc... I learned a LOT. And yes, a dangerous subject for many people. Perhaps someday I will have time/courage to share some of my personal stories about this subject.

Anyway, so happy to hear that you liked the result. Roxylee did an awesome job on this.

My best wishes to you on moving forward and taking care of the issues before you. Thank you again for allowing me to add my direction/spin on this awesome track.

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MarkHolbrook said 3421 days ago (April 7th, 2008)
Hey Drak...
Can I borrow your voice!? Mine sucks and I need a new one!

Sweet song and a wonderful job! You sing sweet and Roxy well we know she can sing her way out of just about anything!
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drakonis said 3420 days ago (April 8th, 2008)
Hah!
Your flattery is appreciated... but I must go back to what I do best (washing dishes, I think)... but I totally agree on Roxylee's talents... I am so glad I dragged her kicking and screaming into GarageBand and Macjams, she's an awesome talented funny enjoyable person!

Thank you very much for listening and commenting... I need to swing around and reciprocate today... stay tuned Mark!
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Roxylee said 3412 days ago (April 16th, 2008)
I'm glad, too!
If not for you, I would never have tried composing or recording. You are a great encourager and I think you for hearing in me what I, myself, could not hear. I was nervous about play-acting for this song, and some people were probably shocked, but I wanted to portray how seductive and sneaky addictions are- they don't take us in overnight, but once they have us, it's so hard to break free. This one got people to think and to be careful, and that was my goal in playing the part of the luring seductress here. I thank everyone for your wonderful comments. Eduard did a superb job in his portrayal of the weak willed guy who tries so hard, but in the end, gives in again. Hopefully we will not take that first taste at all, after hearing what happens.

So when will you sing for us again, Drak? huh? huh?:-)
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Char said 3347 days ago (June 20th, 2008)
Well, well...
That is truly a cautionary piece. Drak, you did as well as Richard Harris and eons better than Shatner in your singing/speaking. You have an expressive voice. Nice timbre. Roxy's parts did contribute immensely.
Where can I buy some of that dragon sauce? Smokin'!!!!:)
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drakonis said 3347 days ago (June 20th, 2008)
JLS?
Well, I am flattered to be compared to Dumbledore/Jonathan Livingston Seagull!

I hope my upcoming poetry reading avoids any Shattner references! :-) Thank you for listening. And no, I don't share my DragonSauce so easily... it is getting hard to find.
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JayLCiazz said 2911 days ago (August 31st, 2009)
Break The Circle
I hear velvet underground, joy division.. Dark New Wave/Pop. Which is awesome.. but that is just music comparisation and that is doing this song justice.. I love how the female vocals represents the addiction calling you in and how you try to resist.. the "ooohs" in the back are almost the Sirens. Remember those women on the island that could lure any man in with there singing! The lyrics are realy well written and expressed beautiful using a speaking voice. The whole concept is great. I've been an addict on many drugs and I've been in an abusive relationship too (mental). And I've overcome all of them except coffee!!! ;) which was the least of my worries... since that one is harmless for me and my environment. Mentally I'm very strong now and i guess that is what the endresult is when you find the courage, will, strength to leave an addiction behind. I also would like to mention that most of the time a lot of things that go on in ones lives is a circle, an never ending story repeating itself over and over. If you have issues like stated above check your own history and see if there is a pattern, things that keep repeating itself. Most of the time breaking that circle one way or the other will lead to a change that is benefitial to yourself and therefor also to your environment in a good way. Break the Circle!
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drakonis said 2910 days ago (August 31st, 2009)
drop in, not out
Thanks for dropping in! It looks like you picked up on all the things I tried to add to this, Roxylee as the siren, Boris's awesome music track that caught me right away, and my attempt at writing lyrics to capture the anguish. I am not without addictions, and fresh-ground coffee is one of mine too (one of the less dangerous ones.) I am very happy to hear that you are working to break that circle of bad addictions... and now, welcome to a new addiction, Macjams! :-) This place is great fun, and rewarding and educational for me, I hope you will enjoy it too! I look forward to more of your music.
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DonStevens said 2788 days ago (December 31st, 2009)
Toxic Desire
You should write a play around this. I was envisioning the scene on-stage.
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drakonis said 2788 days ago (December 31st, 2009)
I did!
Well, OK, with my limited abilities, it *felt* like I had written a whole play by the end of this... I learned a LOT about writing lyrics to fit a song, and learned a LOT about singing (in this case "leave it to the pros!")

Anyway, it was very interesting to do, and yes, it does unfold sort of like a play, glad the story was being conveyed that way to you.

I had listened to some things of yours long ago, but never left any comments, I must fix that now!
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RAVENS said 2664 days ago (May 5th, 2010)
Powerful
Sad even...I'm sure many people can relate to these lyrics, or know someone who struggles with addiction. I like the interplay between the voices, adds so much to the song. The track is great too! Tastefully done...

RAVEN ;-)
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drakonis said 2663 days ago (May 5th, 2010)
Powerful and sad...
that's what I was trying to convey, so it worked! Thank you, as always for checking on this darker side of me. The vocal interplay was fun to work with Roxylee on, she did a stunning job with this. Unfortunately I'm still learning about mixing, so I feel that I could do better with the sound quality... but, it was a very educational (and big) project.
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