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Afraid of Love (w/estellie)


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rsorensen

 Genre: Indie Rock

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When I first heard Estella's voice over a year ago I thought to myself 'I'm going to write a powerpop song for her to sing someday'. I'm a big fan of Rachel Hayden's vocals and the songs she did with 'That Dog' and 'The Rentals', and I've always wanted to collaborate with a vocalist that can sing as well as she does. When I heard Estella do her thing, I knew she was the one. So, I sent her a note and asked if she was interested. Luckily for me she was on board and I got to work. It took a while for both of us to really get going with it (life got in the way), but after I sent her a rough mix and she sent back her lead vocals, I was totally floored. She did something so original with the verses I wasn't expecting. Something that brought a real emotion to the song (you'll hear what I mean), and something I wouldn't have thought of doing. She also came up with a great lyrical concept that suits the song perfectly. I added some BG and bridge vocals to finish it off and here we have 'Afraid of Love'. I couldn't be more happy with how this turned out. It's been in the works since February but it's totally been worth the wait. This song is everything I hoped for and more. Thanks Estella. You nailed it.

Estella Ramirez - Lyrics, Lead Vocals
R Sorensen - Everything else
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Lyrics
Afraid of Love

I didn't want to keep
this secret to myself,
love him in private
and never ever tell.
I thought, I wished I could
reach out and touch him.
I was so careful with my words
that I said nothing.

I always do this:
afraid of love,
always do this:
afraid of love

He smells like chocolate and dirt.
He makes me hungry.
I wanted to stay,
but I left the country.
I want him for dessert.
I wanted to speak up.

BOY/GIRL:
Tell me why you're so afraid of love/ I wanted to stay but I left the country.

I always do this:
afraid of love,
always do this:
afraid of love

BOY:
Why did you run away from me?
Why are you so afraid of love?
I wish you would have just told me
BOY/GIRL:
I wish you would have stayed/I wish I could have stayed

I always do this:
afraid of love,
always do this:
afraid of love
Song Stats
Hits: 5108
Comments: 37
Fans: 29
Plays: 249
Downloads: 186
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Dec 16, 2008 - 10:32:05 PM
Last Updated: Dec 17, 2008 - 01:01:59 AM Last Played: Mar 19, 2017 - 10:58:25 PM
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Hardware:
Gibson Firebird VII, Fender P-Lyte Bass, M-Audio KeyStudio 49-i, Blue Snowball
Software:
GB08
Comments
Feter said 3171 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Afraid of Love
Cool takin her out of her folky mood into pop rockin ..and what a
powerful rockin sound here you are setting with your guitars ...
top notch stuff here ..thnx alot for sharin !!!!!
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rsorensen said 3171 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
estella
thanks feter! yeah she can definitely bring the rock. hopefully she'll agree to do more cuz I got more in mind ;)
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Lennon714 said 3171 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
It's cool. It's coo-oo-oool
You cats are barking up my tree on this one. If cats were to bark... You know I can't see the word Rentals and not wait for a moog to show up. Did you actually use one? Either way there's nothing wrong with this track at all. Estella brings it with the vocals - lots of good stuff happening. great collab!
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rsorensen said 3171 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
a barking cat
would be very cool.
the synths are definitely 'moogy' but no I didn't use an actual moog (I wish). Thanks for listening dude
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12parsecs said 3171 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
wow.
that break down kicked my ass, ridd. nice writing. and nice performances, both of you.
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rsorensen said 3171 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
break
thanks scott. just borrowing a page from the weezer songwriting manual :)
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mowguy3 said 3171 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
Afraid Of Love
Overdriven guitars and Estella's voice, what a great pair. Killer lyrics, great mix. So glad life let you two finish this up. Good things for those wait and this is no exception.
Thanks to both, Russ
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rsorensen said 3171 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
russ
Thanks - I'm glad we were able to finish it up too. Thanks for stopping by
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said 3171 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
Afraid of Love
As if Estella's voice isn't enough to carry any song, you write a totally cool song to showcase her! A great listen, you two work very well together.
I hope you do more together!

//Andy
rsorensen said 3171 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
thanks andy
I'd certainly like to do more. This was a lot of fun
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tempie said 3171 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
christmas candy
the vocals are sweet, sweet, and the style is all early 80's girl powerpop/punk so of course i'm hooked, and you can't go wrong with the weezer songwriting manual so the break is perfect (I like your vocals too on the break). great song, thanks for the christmas dl..
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rsorensen said 3171 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
thanks
i appreciate that. when i first heard estella's voice I knew she'd be perfect for a song like this. glad you like it man
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illuminati said 3171 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
Two of my favorite macjammers
in one song. Very nice. Cool driving tune. I dig the combo of the heavy guitars and the delicate voice, like if Curve and Nirvana had a love child. I have some mix issues. I wish the verses pulled back to showcase Estellie's voice, maybe the chorus too. I love My Bloody Valentine, but I don't think that's what you're going for here. The mix has the mixed-b- a-guitarist feel (sorry about the anti-guitarist bias, I'm sure it could be said that my mixes have that mixed-by-a-keyboardist feel) which a lot of R's songs avoid, but here reduce the drums to a memory and don't let the voices shine. The effects on her voice contribute to the burial. I wonder also about the male voice on the break, I personally would have let her sing there, but if it is important, I think more of her voice at the end to balance, or more two voice interplay to round it out. There is a really great song in there, don't let my whining convince you that I don't like the song. I honestly do.
rsorensen said 3171 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
illuminati
thanks for the thorough and honest critique. It was tough mixing in estella's vocals to such a seemingly loud song, so any advice for a remix is much appreciated. I am pretty happy with this mix but I agree that her vocals could have been a little more up front. This was the best I could do though without driving myself crazy with remixing over and over again hehe. Thanks though - if I do revisit this I'll definitely consider all your suggestions.
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sheilad said 3171 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
What a cool concept
I love how it tells the story from both sides and the whole idea of missing out because of being afraid of something. Great d/l!
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rsorensen said 3171 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
opera
thanks sheila! Yeah I like when when the song shifts POVs then we sing that bridge line together, changing the wording a little according to the character. Kind of like a mini rock opera. Hey - might be cool to do a 'sequel' to this... Thanks for downloading!
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Doadars Uncle said 3170 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
Hey
Great collab! Happy guitar! Nice vocal interaction.
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Mcboy said 3170 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
mighty fine
song and performance...mighty fine....!!!!!
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Mcboy said 3170 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
mighty fine
song and performance...mighty fine....!!!!!
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DarkPlanet said 3170 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
Floored too
Really love this guys, great energy, rock on...TW
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Estella said 3170 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
Hey Ridd
I'm really flattered by your description of the song. Truth is, I didn't think I could pull something like this off (not quite sure I did, really, ha ha). I was kind of intimidated when I first heard your so-called rough mix because it sounded so big and professionally done.

But it was just a lot of fun to work on, and I'm happy it turned out the way it did. Blows me away. Your voice gives me goosebumps.

And the hubby loves it. He's my number one fan, of course, but I think this is more his style than my usual stuff ;)

BTW, he wants to take a photo of me "running away" for the cover art, ha ha.

Anyway, I have no problem working with you in the future :)
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ktb said 3170 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
two of
me favorite artists here. more please
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aclarke said 3170 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
Sooo good!
Well, why can't we hear music like this on the radio... great guitar hooks the lured me in... Estella's voice set the hook... and deep! Fantastic performance and certainly one for the ipod!
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LunaTrick said 3170 days ago (December 17th, 2008)
Good crunchy song...
Like the vocals a lot too!
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Diviner said 3170 days ago (December 18th, 2008)
Very nice
Love to hear an unplugged version of this. Very cool track, well composed track and nice singing. Very cool track.
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lengold said 3169 days ago (December 19th, 2008)
Great song
and wonderful collaboration. You two have blended perfectly.
Cheers
Len


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blaky smith said 3168 days ago (December 19th, 2008)
Boy/Girl
Oh la la, you make an excellent duet both !
The voice of Estella on the music of Rsorensen, the result is excellent. Bravo you two, talented collab...
I like very much. Perfect in any point of view. Thanks
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saymme said 3168 days ago (December 19th, 2008)
Amazing collab !
This put a tear in my eye when "BOY" started singing,. Estellie does magic to this song !!! I love Her voice & singing : ) : ) & You do some 'heavy magic music' - taking so long to do wow(!)You are totally amazing & i'm happy Youre Happy !!! You should be proud of this collab : )
Courtsey to You Both & Best HolidayWishes - !
Estella said 3168 days ago (December 19th, 2008)
Put a tear in my eye, too Lena!
I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

Happy Holidays!
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echoroom said 3168 days ago (December 19th, 2008)
Chocolate and dirt
feckin hell guys, this is catchier than an STD at an orgy. Awesome guitar licks, and Ella's wonderful voice and lyrics... when's the album pout.... pleeeze?
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Estella said 3167 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Ha ha ha!
"catchier than an STD at an orgy" ?

glad to see you around!
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Vic Holman said 3168 days ago (December 19th, 2008)
man
i always dig crash guitars with sweet female vocalists. the slow refrain is a cool break in the storm.


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guitapick said 3164 days ago (December 23rd, 2008)
Yeah...
...Estelle definitely does it right...cool stuff...I love how you come back down to the solo bass after the chorus...then the vox...to "Boy:"...

Hat's off, folks...
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Nick_Flash said 3144 days ago (January 12th, 2009)
cool
Great track. Estella's fills out the song nicely. Very catchy music.
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Andy-bm said 3106 days ago (February 19th, 2009)
Chocolate and Dirt?
I guess that's better than smelling like cigarettes!

Awesome.

//Andy
ChristopherCihon said 3050 days ago (April 16th, 2009)
Outstanding!!
LOVE the fat guitars!!

This tune is badass..period, Vox, mix, guitars..etc.. hats off!

THX!! for sharing!

C.
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papag said 2278 days ago (May 28th, 2011)
the real story
this has such truth in it...fresh

thanks for the download
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