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This is a song I wrote on acoustic, and then decided to see if I could do a horn arrangement. Any tips or critiques are welcome. Not sure that alternative is the right genre for this, but close maybe.
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Uploaded: Jul 23, 2008 - 07:12:29 PM
Last Updated: Jul 23, 2008 - 07:12:29 PM Last Played: Nov 10, 2014 - 09:29:37 PM
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intel mini mac, m-audio keyboard, ibanez bass, fender tele,
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Feter said 3203 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
Piano's Play
this is a nice song ..great feelins here ..
the singin the arrangment ..all sound so real
and tight with such laid back feelin ..restless
a bit ? ...just a great song my friend ..if there
is a slow rock gener I would recommended this
there ..(its always questioning me why everybody
puts there songs on al rock ?) ..I m enjoyin
this s much ..thnx alot for sharin !!!!!!
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michael2 said 3203 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
feter
thanks so much for listening, i'm really glad you liked. i guess i put stuff under indie rock or alt, because I used to play those club scenes and played the same music i write now. thanks again.
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said 3203 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
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great song! thats all i can say...
michael2 said 3203 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
thanks
very nice of you to say, glad you approve.
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Jim Bouchard said 3203 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
I am always critical
or at least usually, but I have a real hard time being critical of your stuff. You just slay me! Let's see, um, I can probably find something. The drums aren't too inspired I guess. It sort of goes along with what I understand the message in the song to be, though so perhaps that's appropriate. I sort of wish there was a bit more movement in the horn part, and the horns end up sounding sort of synth-y.

But I'm really digging, here. It's another great song!
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michael2 said 3203 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
hey Jim
i left the drums pretty bland as I was going for a live, just wrote the song kind of feel (but you're right, they could be more interesting). as for the horns: man those canned horns are awful. i usually avoid them, but wanted to try this experiment. i messed with them for a while, but they sound so fake it's crazy. i may change the bridge to pedal steel instead of horns (that is if i can get in touch with a friend who plays). glad you like the song though. thanks for the listen and the feedback.
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Jim Bouchard said 3202 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
for horns
The horns in the Orchestra Jam Pack are pretty good if you really want horns. There's probably other horns samples out there that are better than the stock GB software instruments, but I like the Orchestra Jam Pack because it has a broad selection of instruments that are usable, with the strings and percussion and horns. And the horns might work. I think in one of the Boldt free instrument packs there's some better horns as well.

If you want some steel guitar (non-pedal but electric Harmony lap steel) and your friend can't do it, send me a note and I could take a pass at it.
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rabittwhole said 3203 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
dude ....
stop it!! are u just a music machine or whot!!

Jack
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michael2 said 3203 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
thanks Jack
so glad you liked; you did like it didn't you?
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peacepiano said 3203 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
Song
I like where this is going. The vocal is just right to me. I would like to hear this "acoustic" also to get a better feel for which way to go: more harmonies and guitars or less. Either way the way the intensity builds for the choruses sounds great.

Thanks
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michael2 said 3203 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
thanks Bill
it makes me happy that you liked it. I may try to do a remix, with acoustic gtr and more harmonies. I like the song, but something about the bridge isn't sitting right with me. can't put my finger on it though, could be the vocal delivery or the melody. thanks for listening and for your comments.
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Vic Holman said 3203 days ago (July 23rd, 2008)
so how come....
... this didn't make the "White Album"?
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michael2 said 3203 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
oh vic
it's a long story: so much drama. Paul kept insisting he was going to play drums, and that Ringo could sing it. Usually George would have sided with me, but he was off in Nepal somewhere doing field recordings of indigenous peoples, and Yoko never liked me, so John stayed out of it. In the end, I just blew those guys off and joined forces with HUmble Pie. They hated the song, and it has remained in the vaults until today.
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rsorensen said 3202 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
piano's play
great laid back tune. if you revisit definitely get your friend to add the steel. that would sound amazing over this. like the drums. did you tap it out with your keyboard?
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michael2 said 3202 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
hey Ridd
glad you liked it. lately I've been into this idea of blending indie rock with hippie music. Something you could listen to while walking barefoot in a meadow with your lady and a bottle of wine. The drums are drums on demand that i chopped up a bit.
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mowguy3 said 3202 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
Piano's Play
I like the White Album idea. Nice flowing tune.Your vocals are right on,very enjoyable.
Be well,Russ
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michael2 said 3202 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
hey man
so glad you liked this song. wasn't sure of it (parts i wish were a little better). thanks for the listen and the comment.
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dirigent said 3202 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
Piano's Play
Wow - what a cool track, an amazing picture (how many pianos were burnt for getting this perfectly performed? LOL)
Great voice, wonderful performance, a beautiful song, bravo!!!
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Lennon714 said 3202 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
I wouldn't change a thing
It's near perfect as is. My only beef with the horns is how canned they sound at the very end (the note that holds). I actually kind of like how they sound throughout the rest of the tune. They're subtley placed so the focus isn't on how real they sound, but the place they take the song.
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Lennon714 said 3202 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
BTW
Is that a clone trooper playing that burning piano on the beach? My grown-up Christmas wish is that it is.
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ktb said 3202 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
light my fire
1st off, what an insane pic. I love it. The song is fantastic. A peaceful lovely feel. Your voice just floats across space. There's a very cool instrument/synth? you use on the chorus. Adds a neat flavor. Very subtle
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lavalamp said 3202 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
You know what......?
I just turned this up and leaned back in my chair and mellowed out. Sort of a Beck-ish thing from Mutations. Nice laid back melody.

Certainly, one of your best.

See ya around,

Dave
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said 3202 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
Nice one
Somewhere in between the Beatles and early Grateful Dead I think.

Lovely arrangement. Superb vocals.

Photo is reminiscent of PF's "Wish You Were Here" cover.

I agree with Lennon714 re the horns, but it's so hard to get synthed horns to sound real.

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this laid back and friendly song Michael.

Be well friend!
egobandit said 3202 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
You have
A way of making some rather simple chord arrangements sound so perfect and good. Ya know I would like to criticize this, but when its your song It always sounds perfect to me
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guygrooves said 3202 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
You're filling
up my Itunes man, great song. It has a cool vibe to it. It reminded me of Nirvana, mostly because of how you sang it. I didn't think horns sounded all that canned, you did a good job of tweaking them. I do have one nit ... the hiss, it might be from those single coil pickups in the tele (I have a 98) I have trouble with an audible hiss when I use my tele with my digitech processor. All in all a great tune, with incredible lyrics and a solid performance behind it. Thanks for the download.
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michael2 said 3202 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
you know
i totally zeroed in on the hiss, and thought about trying to EQ it out, but figured after awhile that it was a part of the song. they got some probs, but don't you just love a tele? that thing has been around the world and back with me. thanks for your comments and the listen.
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guygrooves said 3202 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
I DOOOO
Love my tele lol.
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thoddi said 3202 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
cool songwriting
You sure have a talent for making brilliant melodies and compositions. The laid back style of playing suits this one very good in my opinion. I think I'm with Jim on the drums and the horns though. But the quality of your performance and songwriting shines through anyway.

I think that the way you have arranged the horns might be the reason for them sounding more like a synth/string section than a horn section. I think those long notes gives that feel. But platic horns will always be ust that;)

Maybe it could be interesting to replace them with a distorted guitar holding those long notes, or maybe an B3 organ...

If you'd rather have a horn section I think that getting some real horns in there and maybe alter the arrangement for them a bit could do the trick. What about a sax, a trumpet and one bass/bariton/trombone to get some boom in there...:)


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tokai said 3202 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
love that photo
where it from? tell me you made it just for this track!!!! very smooth track.
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jiguma said 3202 days ago (July 24th, 2008)
Love the laid back nature of this
Nice mix, cool vibe. You have a real way with a melody. The horns sound a bit dodgy and kind of break the mood a bit - as Jim says, the horns in the Orch JamPack are pretty good.

I like this one a lot.
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michael2 said 3201 days ago (July 25th, 2008)
thanks man
the frustrating thing is that's the horns that I used. couldn't get a decent horn stabs sound. everything else seems to be passable in MIDI, but the horns are just awful to my ears (then there is the fact that I don't know how to write a horn arrangement). trying to get together a MJ horn section to redo this one. thanks so much for your feedback and the listen.
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Elevator_Funk said 3202 days ago (July 25th, 2008)
Wow...
so many questions. is that wurlitzer/rhodes sound from our m-audio? It sounds too good to be midi. Also, is that your real voice? I don't remember hearing it on your other songs.... It sounds really good. Got a lot of good character to it. This is a really good song. Totally radio ready.
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michael2 said 3201 days ago (July 25th, 2008)
thanks man
yeah that wurli sound is MIDI. I think it actually sounds pretty good which is surprising. it's the one that came with GB. it's especially weird that I use it so often, as I have a really nice Rhodes here at my house; I just find the MIDI thing to be easier to set uo and use. thanks for listening. vocal compliments are always welcome as I was never really comfortable with singing (originally started when I couldn't find a singer). thanks again.
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said 3201 days ago (July 25th, 2008)
Pinao's Play
Sounds really gorgous . Love it. You are Amazing and a fantastic talented geezer you are :) Thanks for the download
I love your voice. Michael2.
michael2 said 3201 days ago (July 25th, 2008)
aww
thanks Dee, (and thanks for checking out my moldy forgotten oldies as well). so glad you like it, and compliments about vocals are a sure way to a mans heart. thanks again.
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said 3201 days ago (July 25th, 2008)
--->
How you got the guitar and horn sounds out of the burnin' piano i'll never know

:-|

always enjoy every one of your tunes, really

. - Harold
12parsecs said 3201 days ago (July 25th, 2008)
indie rock?
the genre (not that it's important) could almost be indie rock for this one. great vocal performance! best yet, perhaps? i love the laid back feel. i like the drums. simple, with a lot of room.

i don't know if i'd change anything in the mix. maybe (and it's just a maybe) take the synth pad at the end down a db, and the rhodes piano up a db. the that's purely a taste thing. thanks for sharing!
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bud said 3201 days ago (July 25th, 2008)
Oh man this is sweet -
I love the way this just rolls out and slides across the floor and ripples up the wall and wraps itself around my head. Very subtle horn section - excellent way to go for it - was expecting something brassier from the description - but this is just right and fits in beautifully. Great track.
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Lightman- said 3200 days ago (July 26th, 2008)
Great
I really like your vocal sound.... The voice is great.... And good guitar play.... I think you did a good arrangement..... Good melody...
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paul f. page said 3200 days ago (July 26th, 2008)
There's such a...
...laid-back, mellow feeling about this number and the chorus rises up in just the right spot for the lift that the tune needs. Your mix of instruments is just right throughout. I wish I could hear the vocals a little more clearly -- I am missing some of the lyrics -- but my hearing isn't maybe so hot these days. The quality of your voice is very pleasant indeed...and harmonies work beautifully. Very nice number.
Peace.
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michael2 said 3200 days ago (July 27th, 2008)
thanks paul
so glad you like this one. i don't think you're losing your hearing, it's a thing i have about mixing vox. i came from an indie rock background, and vox were just mixed in with the instruments since no one knew how to mix right and did everything super fast. eventually it just became an aesthetic that I have grown fond of. i always equate big up front vox with major label music. god, that sounds snobby and I didn't mean it to. i guess it's just a taste thing. i'm so happy you like this though, thanks so much for the listen and the comment.
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LunaTrick said 3200 days ago (July 26th, 2008)
You's popular!
Easy to see why - good songwriting and production - always willing to take on new forms! Good stuff!
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heath said 3200 days ago (July 27th, 2008)
Nice under whatever genre u choose
I agree with ALL the nice things that have already been said so I'll skip ahead to an attempt to be constructive:

I think the bridge is good, but suspect it could be better. The vocal is fine but perhaps the melody strays too far from the overall feel of the piece. Maybe something even simpler, closer the main melody would work better.


michael2 said 3199 days ago (July 27th, 2008)
Heath
you hit the nail on the head. that's exactly how I feel about the bridge. i don't completely hate it, but it could definitely be better. problem is that I have the current bridge stuck in my head and will have to get it out before I can revise. this part of the song was improvised, and my intention was just to break up the song. i listen to it, and hear something that lacks the melody of the rest of the song, and truthfully I hate the way I sang it (it's like faux soulful - i know i'm not soulful so i don't usually go there). but as I said, this was an experiment and I was hoping for feedback. thanks for the listen and for your comments.
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magnatone said 3199 days ago (July 27th, 2008)
Pianos Play
Hi Michael! First of all, thanks for the note - sorry, I've been away on vacation and am just now trying to make a dent in the my backlog of listening. Anything from Michael2 is tops on my list to get to ASAP. I think the horns are a great idea, your vocals here are terrific, and I don't know how you make that m-audio sound so good either. You're just a wizard I guess!
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MarkHolbrook said 3198 days ago (July 28th, 2008)
Micheal
As always I love the vocals and in general the song but I found this one a little repetitive.

It could have used some bigger changes to keep it interesting... even the chorus or bridge whatever it is called is the same set of chord changes. The first really big change didn't come till over 3 mins in.

Ya this coming from Mr. Repetitive song himself... Well again I'm just pointing out what occurs to me! I certainly am guilty of the same thing!

Nit picking here because Micheal this is like virtually all of your other works a truly great song. Lots of mean in the lyrics and the sound bed creates a good place for those lyrics to live.

I also couldn't pick out the horns very well until the change and the very end. They seem sort of buried in the mix.





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michael2 said 3198 days ago (July 28th, 2008)
THANKS FOR LISTENING
oops, sorry about the caps. glad you liked, as far as being repetitious goes: I think that's a style and taste thing. i really love music that just kind of ambles aimlessly, but i know it comes across as not fully developed to some. my doubts about this one are with the bridge (the big change). but i'm really glad you liked it and were able to amble along with it. thanks so much for listening and commenting Mark.
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stevel said 3195 days ago (July 31st, 2008)
Great song
Fab performance...those horns are just right. Reminds me a little of REM for some reason...Electrolite or something off Automatic for the People.
Very cool
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Alannah said 3192 days ago (August 3rd, 2008)
I'm running out .....
... of things to say to you .... all your stuff is just great and I always enjoy listening to a new post by you ..... I was singing along with this one !
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Heightened said 3049 days ago (December 24th, 2008)
Geeze! Another super
cool song! Damn these paws and howls.
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sedasia said 3047 days ago (December 26th, 2008)
Nice
I like this a lot. Very cool song all together. Each instrument stands apart but blends well together. I like your vocals.


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