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Pop Song About an Ex


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michael2

 Genre: Indie Rock

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saw an ex-girlfriend and it reminded me of how i felt the entire time we were together. she was a beautiful fragile catastrophe at the time and tore me up. she's doing really good now and said she was sorry.

i recorded this really quickly as i only had about an hour and a half to write and record. actually started out with a different melody, and when i recorded the guitar this one popped out. this is indie pop, with a hint of 60's melancholy. maybe the Shins come to mind.
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Lyrics
i don't want to say
something that ill regret tonight
i need your lips, your eyes, your smile
i need a paradise

i need some time to sleep
i need some rest and food to eat
i'll sag like a tenement tonight
it's just not fair to you

Chorus:
you don't need to feel so sad
we're doing better than you think
we both have someone
to hold at night

yeah i know
it's like you're on fire inside
it's just your head, it's playing games
and getting the best of you

i don't think you know how much i
worship and adore you and
you're always taking jabs at me
but it's okay

Chorus:
you don't need to feel so sad
we're doing better than you think
we both have someone
to hold at night

Bridge:
later on, later on
when i'm gone
you'll take back those words
run away, run away if you must
i'll wait here for you

we're doing better than you think
we both have someone
to hold at night

ooh's and ah's (ad nauseam)
Song Stats
Hits: 4695
Comments: 47
Fans: 34
Plays: 270
Downloads: 150
Votes: 2
Uploaded: Mar 14, 2008 - 06:53:20 PM
Last Updated: Mar 14, 2008 - 06:53:20 PM Last Played: Nov 23, 2015 - 11:14:27 AM
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Hardware:
intel mini mac, m-audio keyboard, ibanez bass, ibanez artcore hollowbody electric, line6 toneport, a lime green guitar cable,
Software:
GB4, line6 gearbox,
Comments
Kenta_and_Linda_Rocks_together said 3327 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
Nicely done
Very nice song and thanks for the heart feel story.
This song made me think back a little on my kids and that lady I had before I meet my lovely wife.

Cheers
---
Kenta
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saymme said 3327 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
( : )
This brought a tear to my eye at first...then I find it Happy ( 8 Honoured to be First?) really swell & nicely done...! Sounds better the louder I play it LOL! Wish I had a great stereo so I could BLAST IT on & dance ! (its 1o'clock here now so i'm in bed already couldn't sleep needed a song & fell on this GREAT lovesong . .so now I have Peace to sleep) thankYu so much Pleasure to hear this !

michael2 said 3327 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
hey thanks
so glad you liked this one, and i love your comments. glad you stopped by for my latest outing. see you round MJ.
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rsorensen said 3327 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
nice one
yes the shins do come to mind, and maybe a little 'stars' too, but it's all you for sure. not sure how you can crank this gem out in an hour and a half, but kudos to you for doing so! well done!
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michael2 said 3327 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
oh
it's easy: come up with 3 chords, lay them down with a simple bass and drum part, quickly sketch out some lyrics and then throw the vox on. make sure to leave all mistakes intact and use only first takes for the vocals. as far as mixing goes, that took about a half an hour. not so good at it, so i just usually thrash out a mix, throw on some reverb and i'm done with it.

thanks for listening, glad you liked it.
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Feter said 3327 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
Pop Song About an Ex
call me crazy ...but I feel this is a new lennon song
great song my friend ..very nice chords ..singing ...
and arragment ..rock on !
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michael2 said 3327 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
thanks Feter
so glad you liked this one. you know i love Lennon. thanks for your kind words, very appreciated.
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said 3327 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
Cool song
you might have set a world record on Mj heh
sounds pretty tight for such a quick recording session
Nice Job
michael2 said 3327 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
thanks TW
i always tend to work pretty quickly, but this was faster than most. i guess you could say i've played 10,000 variations on this song in my life, so it just kind of comes out. thanks for listening, appreciate it.
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Vic Holman said 3327 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
sing a sad song...
...and make it better.
very cool. you combined a bit of melancholy but make it have a good warm feel all over. great harmonies. cool chord progression, shweet guitar line!

and that lime green guitar cable sounded extra cool!
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michael2 said 3327 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
thanks vic
glad you approved. and that cable is the best. i accidentally walked out of a club in Portland with it (and a matching pink one) years ago. thanks for listening.
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davisamerica said 3327 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
right michael
know this girl ... lol... right then michael ... u r amazing and this is a great track!
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michael2 said 3327 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
thanks DavisAmerica
glad you liked this one. it was kind of nice doing a simple pop song. thanks for your kind words.
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aclarke said 3327 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
Not a note
wasted... really well done Michael.. great sound and strong production.. cool lyrics- I find it hard to believe you wrote this so quickly... and I am so jealous at the same time!

Fantastically simple approach you took here really pays of big!
~Adam
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michael2 said 3327 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
thanks man
so glad you came by. this one was actually super easy for me; pretty much wrote itself. it's amazing what you can do with G-C-D. thanks so much for the kind words.
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Estella said 3327 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
love it!
I'm most intrigued that you "had" only that much time to do this in. I wish I had such a fire up my pants to get my recording done. I work at snail's pace.

But the sentiment penetrates every space in this song. I'm in awe.

Maybe add some variety in your oohs, as far as dynamics, maybe in the drums or something?

Sounds like a sweet girl, and I'm glad she's doing better now. Don't we all have our troubled times? This song is touching. I love that chorus, especially knowing what ultimately happens to the relationship.

Thanks for sharing it with us!


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michael2 said 3327 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
thanks estellie
glad you liked. she is a sweet girl. i wanted it all to be pretty simple, i mixed up the drums more at first then just left the 3 different sections and fills. i did cheat on the oohs at the end; they were an afterthought so i did a few and then just cut and paste the last half of them.

with a hasty approach comes mistakes, like i forgot to play the chord progression 3 times after the bridge, si there is only 2/3 of the fake chorus there. luckily i am totally lazy and always willing to say "good enough." thanks so much for listening.
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Heightened said 3327 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
I don't know what it is but every time
I hear your music I want to hang up the old computer and slide the guitar under the bed - for all eternity. This is simply cool to the 100th power.
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michael2 said 3327 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
heightened
you are far too kind. you are always right there on the new stuff, and it's always appreciated. your new tune is a killer BTW.
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Alannah said 3327 days ago (March 14th, 2008)
I agree ....
... with Feter on the Lennon reference .... and wow when the exes get songs written about them (maybe both the good with the bad) .... it's still an honour cause it means you actually thought about them after they became exes .... I always like your lyrics too .... vox spot on (as usual) and harmonies nice and mixed to a tee ! Always look forward to checking out a M2 tune!
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michael2 said 3327 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
thanks
so glad you liked this one. i'm pretty obsessed with 60's vox, so it comes out. as far as writing about exes, i write about everything. can't write a million songs about being a happily married father who goes to work and fixes things around the house. thanks a bunch for listening.
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said 3327 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
those lime green cables are great
nice tune michael

i can almost imagine this in the super 8 set
michael2 said 3326 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
thanks bryn
you know that I love Super 8. you need to find someone to release that stuff. thanks for stopping by.
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cjdaley said 3327 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
as the author
of a novel called "exes" I can only relate to this. Il like the idea of being nice after all those years and regardless of what has happened at the time. Exes are not ennemies (if one is lucky). Downloaded.
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michael2 said 3326 days ago (March 16th, 2008)
sweet
thanks so much for checking this out. now you need to start writing a post-rock opera set around your novel. can't wait to hear it.
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Reinholt56 said 3327 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
Another great song....
This is another great song Michael. I totally relate. I have many t-shirts and mugs in my possession, commemorating broken dreams. What we go through in life and as a part of growing up shouldn't have to happen to anyone.

The line 'I'll sag like a tenement tonight' really caught my attention. I know exactly what you mean.

The theory you have about making your songs makes the songs sound more 'real' and takes the 'studio' out of them, so they come across as less 'mechanical' and more human.

Keep 'em coming Michael.

Take care.

Paul
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michael2 said 3326 days ago (March 16th, 2008)
thanks Paul
always happy to see you pop in to check out a track. like the t-shirts and mugs analogy. as far as sounding human goes: i just try and play up my good points and minimize the weaknesses. it's never going to be perfect so i just try and keep the vibe by doing everything fast (when a whole band plays a song there will always be someone making a mistake or not playing tight, that's what makes them sound like a band). thanks so much for listening.
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lengold said 3327 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
Lovely and
gentle song Michael.
Cheers
Len


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michael2 said 3324 days ago (March 17th, 2008)
thanks for stoping
by Lengold. glad you liked. i'm a sucker for a pop song.
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SmokeyVW said 3326 days ago (March 15th, 2008)
melancholy...
...but upbeat as well

spring is in the air

peace

thanks


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buckhorn said 3326 days ago (March 16th, 2008)
I f I had a year
and a half I couldn't come up with this. Very nice pleasant overall sound to the tune , and held my interest through out. Excellent as usual.
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Mcboy said 3326 days ago (March 16th, 2008)
kool
vocals....yes i do get the 60's vibe.....amazing how this would have been a hit back then.....!
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lavalamp said 3326 days ago (March 16th, 2008)
At the beginning......
it reminded my of a "Double Fantasy" song. Upon further listening you are definitely showing a Lennon influence or T. Petty or both. Which you know I dig.

Not Indie. As far as the genre issue is concern.

Ooh ahhhhh

Cool.
LL
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magnatone said 3326 days ago (March 16th, 2008)
Pop Song
This is terrific! Great vocals (as usual), love your instrumentation, and you are so good at mixing. Oh to have those mixing skills! Thanks Michael
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apb said 3326 days ago (March 16th, 2008)
Lovely
.. laid back and straight up- very pro sounding .. and radio friendly too .. everything is 'just right' .. not too much .. not too little .. nice little catchy melodies .. but your singing is without doubt the star attraction .. great voice, effortless sounding.


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bud said 3324 days ago (March 17th, 2008)
Great chord progression in the chorus
really like the subtle slip to minor or something like that (I'm just guessing here). You have a great knack for keeping it simple yet making it deep at the same time - similar to John Lennon in that way. BTW - your drum production keeps getting better all the time.
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gail60 said 3323 days ago (March 19th, 2008)
great song
Michael, you know I have always been such a big fan of yours. This is top notch kid! I enjoyed this alot. Emotional lyrics that tell a sweet story. Love your singin as always. Thanks for sharing this with us.
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guitapick said 3322 days ago (March 20th, 2008)
You have..
..quite a way with words..and the music to match them..I can relate to this song from a ways back...
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timothy devine said 3317 days ago (March 24th, 2008)
great chords/nice flow
Michael this is very cool stuff
and on the fly
better yet
t



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selters said 3316 days ago (March 26th, 2008)
wonderful!
This was a wonderful tune, im quite impressed by the time you spent making this gem. The chorus is incredible, the melody is beautiful. The bridge and the verses are also very good. This is a download!Thanks you1
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dajama said 3315 days ago (March 26th, 2008)
Great song
Love the guitar on this. Nice lyrics, lovely rolling rhythm, and great vocal performance. The words and music gel nicely and the bittersweet feeling resonates throughout. This is a great song, however easily you feel it might have come to you. Sometimes the magic just comes to you! Kudos, my friend. Peace.
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said 3286 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
KUDOS Bro.
Great by all means. Your singing is shining beautifully and the music is really great... very sad but very true.

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
lavalamp said 3062 days ago (December 4th, 2008)
Double Fantasy
See: My previous comments.

Dave
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davisamerica said 3062 days ago (December 4th, 2008)
your 1.5 hour wonder ...
michael u amaze me ... x2 !
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ktb said 3061 days ago (December 5th, 2008)
missed this
my loss, but I'm glad you called it out in the 08 thread. You always write such great tunes. They're all different but always you. The chorus is soooo sweet. The fact you did it in 90 minutes all the more incredible
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sedasia said 3040 days ago (December 26th, 2008)
Lyrics and..
lullabye...

Ok, the lyrics to this hit me. I love it. So realistic. I love the melody in this. It reminds me of a lullabye. I'm becoming a fan of yours quickly. This is going on my favorites. Well done.
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Youra said 3034 days ago (January 2nd, 2009)
Catching up
Due to MJ08 Album Challenge I'm discovering great music and great artists as well. This is a really delicious pop song. Well done !
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