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Funk on the Rocks - with DWL


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sloparts

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The first version of this song with lyrics was a bit tame, so I beat it up a little in Logic to make a hotter more aggressive mix. I think I want this one to be the one to stand the test of time.

Just to give credit where it's due, the lead guitar part in the break and at the end were done by Dick Langford (DWL) who lives in Merry Ole England. And a very fine job it is too. Thanks Dick.

I deleted the other version but left the groove only version intact.

Ed
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Lyrics
Funk on the Rocks
Written Played and Produced by Edward C. Wemmerus Sr
Copyright (c) Edward C Wemmerus Sr. 5-23-2008
All Rights Reserved
Lead Guitar parts played by Ed Wemmerus & Dick Langford


Verse 1

Walked into a nightclub, - just to listen to the band.

Brought my Telecaster with me, - but I did not have a plan.

Got a whiskey from the barkeep, - stood and listened while they jammed

told the man I'd take another, - as I sat in with the band

Set my whiskey on a table, took my Tele out the case

plug in to an amplifier - and then began to wail

Sayin' I'll take, I'll take some Funk on the Rocks if you please.



Verse 3

I was siting on the bandstand , sippin' whiskey on the Rocks

My lady threw me out, then again that ain't no shock

Playin' guitar for a living, you get used to bad news

But the toughest part of all, is when I cannot find my muse

She's the only one that knows me, she can understand,

What it means to be a guitar player in a Funky band

And to sit here on this barstool, sippin' Funk on the Rocks


Yeah sittin' on this bandstand sippin' Funk on the Rocks

I'll take some Funk on the Rocks if you please Mr. Bartender

Yeah, give me some Funk on the rocks .......
Song Stats
Hits: 3315
Comments: 40
Fans: 20
Plays: 217
Downloads: 120
Votes: 12
Uploaded: Jun 22, 2008 - 12:46:00 AM
Last Updated: May 18, 2010 - 04:45:09 AM Last Played: Sep 25, 2017 - 04:44:12 PM
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Hardware:
iMac 2.0 g, Tascam FW1804, Electro-Voice mic, Takamine GX-2oo Solid body guitar
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Comments
Feter said 3440 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
Funk on the Rocks
Wild and powerful as ever ...Incredible singing
and incredible guitar work as well ..this is a
cool colab realy ..wway to go my freind !!!

thnx for sharin !!!
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sloparts said 3439 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
Thanks Feter,
for coming back for a second listen. Glad you like the new mix my friend.

After I listened to the original groove, and then the track I first posted with the vocal and guitars added, I realized that it had lost the original tracks drive and energy when I mixed in the vocals. Couldn't leave it alone, so I did a remix to try to get that energy back and I think it worked out ok. This one hits a lot harder to my ears. (no pun intended)

Thanks again for the kind words Feter,

Be well my friend.

Ed
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said 3440 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
Funk on the Rocks
This sounds like a really good collab Ed. Love your singing and those guitars sound awsome !!
And well done DWL. :) Love the lyrics too. Your post in the forum made me smile Ed. Cheers.
And thank you for the great comment on my song FeelGoodFinal
If you would like to put lyrics to my song you are more than welcome just drop me a note with your email address ok. Ed I would indeed feel highly honoured :)

Peace Dee


sloparts said 3439 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
Hello Dee
After I put the first groove only track up I was in the doldrums about what to do next. Then, out of the blue comes this guitar part Dick Langford threw together while jamming along with the groove track. That shook me out of my complacence and got the creative juices flowing again and I finished up the track, wrote the lyrics and did the vocal straight away.

Only problem with the first mix I posted with the vocal and guitars on it was I'd lost the energy out of the groove track in the mix. Hence, this new mix to get this song where it belongs, in your face, and it works a lot better now.

Thanks for the kind words Dee, I'll be sending you and personal message it a bit so we can get started on your song.
Be well and stay cool,

Ed

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Skean said 3440 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
You Rock
As always when I hear a tune with you I think you Rock.
This is a very cool collab... Nice work gentlemen's.

take care
--
Kenta
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sloparts said 3439 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
Thanks Kenta, and Happy Birthday my friend
Had to save this one with the new mix, it was pretty tame last time around.

Thanks for the kind words, glad you liked the song.

Take care, stay well, have a Funk on the Rocks on me and be cool man,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
richardhowardjones said 3439 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
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Terrific groove to this. I like the drums with plenty of cymbal without being overbearing.I would have liked a little more brass. Ah, well.
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sloparts said 3439 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
Thanks Richard
Of course you would like more brass man, you and your mates have one of the best brass Raggae bands I've ever heard.

Glad you liked the song Richard. I wanted the rhythm section in your face, but on the first go round I had them to far back in the mix. That's why I pulled that one down and posted the remix. This one has a lot more energy to it, which I like a lot better.

Thanks for dropping in for a listen my friend and for the kind words.

Take care, Stay well, and be cool,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
thoddi said 3439 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
cool
Pretty sassy funk. The way the bass rolls along to the drums gives this the nice swaying groove. Cool guitars, and ditto singing.

I could imagine this performed on a small club scene... Hey, bartender, I'll have one more!
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sloparts said 3439 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
Thanks Thor
This or something like it is probably performed in night clubs and bars all around the world every day, but no one has put it to music till now in a song about it.

Glad you liked the song Thor and sent along some kind words about it. It's got a bite to it that makes you want to move even when your sitting down.

Thanks again for the kind words and for coming by to listen,

Be cool man

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
Vic Holman said 3439 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
Mr Bartender
I'll take another shot of some of those cool guitar likes.

cool tune, not only a story of playing a club but it has the perfect bar band style.....and no crying in the beer
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sloparts said 3439 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
Hello Vic
You know the old saying about Country songs don't you. They say if you play a Country song backwards, you get you wife and kids back, as well as your pickup truck, your house and your beer.

This ain't not Country song, but it might be Country-Funk.

Thanks for the kind words and for listening Vic. Ain't no cryin' goin' on here except from the guitar, and it's wailing.

Take care and be cool man,

Ed

Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
peacepiano said 3439 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
BIte
I like the added bite. Good work from you and your extra guitar player. In my head I am trying to identify which leads are which, but I am sure to be wrong. I've heard both of you play a good range of styles :)

Thanks
Bill
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sloparts said 3439 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
Hi Bill
Let me fill you in on the guitar parts. I used Dick's guitar part for the middle verse and chorus, and for the ending of the song. I played the other guitar part through the 1st and 3rd verses where the vocals are, and the looped guitar parts were playing behind both of us all the way through. Thanks for wondering, did you get it right?

Thanks for you interest and for listening my friend. I appreciate you coming by and the kind words. I hope Dick gets a chance to read these posts, he was a major reason this got finished up. He's a he*l of a guitar player for sure.

Take care, stay well, and be cool Bill,

Ed

Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
Moviz said 3439 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
Funkier
than ever and a great performance from both. Very moody sound with great clarity and great vocals too, cheers M
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sloparts said 3439 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
Thanks Maurice
I was hoping for that very combination. That first post with the vocal was so tame it was almost not there. Took a while for me to realize that and fix the mix, but I gotter now I think.

Thanks again for stopping back and checking out the new mix, and for the kind words Maurice, it really helps when you mixing in the deaf zone.

Be well and stay cool my friend,

Ed

Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
said 3439 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
haha...
Nice goin' Ed. You did indeed beat this up! Raw and raucus...

Really good vocal delivery! (You still got it friend!)

Smokin guitar work too!

Kudos!

Be well friend!
sloparts said 3439 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
Thanks Micheal
I still got it, but it takes 3 tries to get it right. I guess that goes along with old age and senility. That goes along with old age and senility, that goes along...... Oops there I go again !

Thanks again for listening to the new mix and for the great comments Micheal. as I said it take three times but with a little help from my friends I'll get there.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
said 3439 days ago (June 23rd, 2008)
I hear ya man!
A good many of my solos are the best parts of several takes spliced together!
sloparts said 3438 days ago (June 23rd, 2008)
Hey
You mean there's actually people that can get it right in one take. Say it isn't so, I'm amazed.
;-)

Ed
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thetiler said 3439 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
Though I
don't drink, but I always enjoy your writing, cause you have a very fun way of entertaining words and music!

Thanks for sharing
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sloparts said 3439 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
Thanks Bill
I never was much of a drinking man myself either, but you don't have to drink to be able to relate to the story here. It's not about the Wihiskey so much as it is about being a working musician.

Glad you enjoyed the song Bill and thanks again for the kind words.

Take care, stay well, keep playing, and be cool my friend,

Ed

Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
said 3439 days ago (June 22nd, 2008)
Jess like I like it...
hot... slow... gritty... and smooooth. Yeah. Funk on the rocks. Ed, this is gold... excellent track all the way around. Good'un you ole music man.

Jack
sloparts said 3438 days ago (June 23rd, 2008)
Thanks Jack
You left out unusual Jack. But that's okay, I realize it's hard to impress you young kids these days. ;-)

Glad you got to hear this one my friend, and that you sent along the great comments on it. Like about everything else I've been doing lately, it takes me a few tries to get it right. It's the ole man thing I figure!

Thaks again for the kind words Jack.

Take care, stay well and be cool "Ole timer",

Ed
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davisamerica said 3437 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
wow ed
whot have you two been mixing .. lol ... this just strolls right on in to center stage and says howdy .. this is my cup of tea!!
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sloparts said 3437 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
Hi Jack
Man, I'll bet you don't ever wanna hear someone say that at the airport do you.

All right, I admit it. I've been playing in the laboratory again. I first did this as a groove only track with no guitars or vocals and named it "Funk on the Rocks". After posting it that way, Dick Langford DWL on MacJams put down a guitar track and sent it to me just for fun. When I heard the track he did I got motivated to turn the groove into a song so I laid down a guitar track of my own for behind the verses, and then wrote and sang the lyrics for it.

What you heard was the results of Dick sending that awesome lead track you hear on the break at at the end, and me getting off my as* and finishing off the song.

Thanks for the kind words and comments Jack, they are appreciated. Glad you enjoyed the song and took time to drop me a line on it.

Take care, stay well and be cool my friend,

Ed

Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
jgurner said 3437 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
Nice!
This has a great, smokey barroom feel (though it's getting hard to find a bar you can smoke in anymore). Nice and smooth like a good bourbon on the rocks. Nicely done guys. Enjoyed it.
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sloparts said 3437 days ago (June 24th, 2008)
Thanks Joseph
Yeah them old smoky bars are fading into history for sure. But we can still dream about playing there and gettin' the people up off their seats and out on the dance floor now can't we.

I'll take a shot of that Burbon Joe and have one for yourself , on me.

Thanks for the kind words my friend, glad you liked the song.

Be cool now ya hear.

Ed

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WillyB said 3437 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
niiiice!
another clinic by ed. great work guys, and thanks for the d'load!
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sloparts said 3436 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
Thanks Willy
Glad you enjoyed the song my friend and sent along the nice comment.

The last time I went to the clinic, they tried to lock me up, so no more clinics for me, if you please.

Thanks again for dropping in Willy. Tace care and be cool man,

Ed

Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
Bob Rodgers said 3436 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
Yes
I love this! It has a great sound and I love the guitars!! They sound superb!!

Great vocals and a very powerful performance!

Great collab and I loved it!

Thanks!!
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sloparts said 3436 days ago (June 25th, 2008)
Thanks Bob
I forgot to mention when I posted this new version that Dick Langford (DWL) is the one playing the guitar in the break and at the end of the song. He's a countryman of yours that lurks over on iCompositions and is an excellent musician and song writer in his own right.

Anyway, thanks for dropping in and listening, and for the kind words. They are very much appreciated. I'm glad you liked the song and took time to let us know.

Take care and be cool,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
guitapick said 3434 days ago (June 27th, 2008)
Yes...
...that lad from the Isles can certainly pluck those strings...

The first was very cool...this one just flat out rocks!

Great job, guys!
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sloparts said 3434 days ago (June 27th, 2008)
Thanks Bob
Like I said, the first post was okay, but pretty tame, and this one needed to be in your face or it didn't work.

Thanks again for the kind words, and for dropping in for a second listen my friend. It can be hard enough trying to keep up with all the posts, much less coming back a second time. I really appreciate that Bob.

Be well and stay cool ,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
Ibstrat said 3431 days ago (June 30th, 2008)
This
sounds fantastic.I love the guitar work.You could tap into a whole new market with this country-funk style!
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sloparts said 3431 days ago (June 30th, 2008)
Thanks Mark
Oh yeah, it'll be the newest thing, Country Blues Funk. I'm sure that'll go over big in Nashville. ;-}

Thanks for the nice words and for stopping for a listen Mark, glad you like the song. It was really fun to do it this way, but I'm not too sure about there being a future for CBF.

Be cool and have fun my friend,

Ed
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guygrooves said 3428 days ago (July 3rd, 2008)
Man this is
the coolest song I have heard in a long long time. Straight to the Itunes with this one. BRAVO SLO... Thanks for the download and sharing this kick ass tune Ed.
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sloparts said 3428 days ago (July 4th, 2008)
Hello again Guy
Glad you like this little tune and your welcome to it, that's what the download button is for. A long time ago, (almost 40 year), I used to do this for a living. Been a long time, but I'm just now starting to get my groove back. Still not there yet, but I'm getting closer.

Thanks for dropping in and listening Guy, I appreciate the kind words you sent along.

Be cool,

Ed

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said 3397 days ago (August 3rd, 2008)
Funk on the Rocks
The energy that you have added to this song is amazing! I certainly wouldn't change or add anything else to it, but I do suggest a funky-guitar-intense groovy lick at the end to tie-it-up like a grand finish! Other than that wee suggestion, it's essentially perfect, and c.d. ready!
Myrna
sloparts said 3397 days ago (August 3rd, 2008)
Thanks Myrna
I knew this had potential when I first put together the groove track. I got stuck trying to figure out where to go with it for a while until Dick Langford (DWL) sent along this smokin' guitar part he'd laid down for it, just because he liked the groove.

When I mixed his track into the groove, it got the creative juices flowing again so I wrote the lyrics, put down a few guitar tracks to use in the verses and in part of the break, and let her rip. This one turned out to be some of the most fun I've had in years.

Thanks for taking time to revisit the finished (almost) song Myrna, I'm really glad you liked the track and sent along the great comment, and the suggestion for the ending. I think I'm gonna go back into this one and see about fixing that ending. It was a really good suggestion, that I hadn't thought of.

Take care, enjoy the rest of your trip, and as always, be cool,

Ed
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alackbass said 2278 days ago (August 27th, 2011)
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