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City of Trees


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urbnite

 Genre: Acoustic Rock

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well. this song is how i feel about detroit lately. i must disclaim, however, that this town is not as bad as people think it is. but 5 years of living here has taken its toll on me.

for those of you familiar with my usual one-mike recording process, this is a bit different. still a 'live' performance, but i thought i'd experiment with using the pickup on the guitar but it bleeds into the vocal track. i've copied the guitar and added a bit of amp simulation on one. slightly different sound, but i must admit i didn't spend too much time editing.

i finished writing this yesterday and just wanted to do a rough recording. as usual, i'm getting the idea down, not going for sonic perfection.

oh - and it's better loud, really.
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Lyrics
bums & beggars in the street
more whores than you could ever meet

someone shrunk the mayor's head
careful now, or you'll wind up dead

can you help me?
can you donate?
i'm so down, see
i need your help, mate

in this city of trees
in this city of trees
it's a city of pleas

a hollow where once was a town
an anthill burned to the ground`

i've loved this place within inches of life
2 steps from the edge of a knife

kwame saw me
kwame saw me
and the irony fell on me
and the irony fell on me

bums & beggars in the street
more whores than you could ever meet

someone shrunk the mayor's head
Song Stats
Hits: 3717
Comments: 42
Fans: 4
Plays: 212
Downloads: 103
Votes: 11
Uploaded: Jul 20, 2006 - 01:06:11 PM
Last Updated: Jul 20, 2006 - 02:15:59 PM Last Played: Mar 31, 2018 - 06:03:49 AM
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Comments
drakonis said 4478 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
strong folky stuff
This has a lot of kick, really good guitar writing and playing, I like the
little twisty chord turns you came up with. Good lyrics, and emotional
singing. I must admit though, that I like the songwriting ideas in this so
much that I'd love to see this get practiced and polished more... the
guitar's pretty good, but probably could be recorded a little cleaner, but I
definitely want your voice stronger and angrier in this. If you recorded
this in 2 takes, one for guitar one for voice, then you could do some GB
EQ/FX to separate the guitar and voice a little, and not have them be
dead-center and boomy. This is a powerful song!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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urbnite said 4478 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
strong folky stuff
hey drak!

thanks - yeah the twisty bits may be my favorite part as well.

yeah, i wish i could get over myself enough to record separate tracks. it's
summer, the windows are open. i know the whole neighborhood can hear
me. i can't bear to sing without guitar...

but besides that, thanks for the kind words!

fractals forever!

- d

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said 4478 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
like saliva and blood
Good stuff. I should go bury my guitars. You do it right! Powerful
performance. "Someone shrunk the mayor's head" ... wow, can you
write and sing that? I guess so! Tough song about a tough situation.
Pathos drips like saliva and blood.
urbnite said 4478 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
like saliva and blood
i'm a little compulsive... like to have an even number of comments... oops.

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said 4478 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
like saliva and blood
Good stuff. I should go bury my guitars. You do it right! Powerful
performance. "Someone shrunk the mayor's head" ... wow, can you
write and sing that? I guess so! Tough song about a tough situation.
Pathos drips like saliva and blood.
urbnite said 4478 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
drippy
hey rich -

thanks!

i sure hope i can do that, cause i did it. someone will be coming after me
soon, i'm sure.

funny cause i was just admiring the guitars on your cowboy song... different
strokes, i suppose.

glad this dripped for ya.

- d

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said 4477 days ago (July 21st, 2006)
drippy
Well, I think I need to trade in my rummage sale guitars for a nice Martin or
something. Or at least put new strings on them. Your guitar sound is sure
righteous.

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urbnite said 4477 days ago (July 21st, 2006)
drippy
A nice Martin would be nice - I do love my Seagull. I recommend them highly. I
have a Seagull Artist Mosaic. Quality wise, it's on par with a lower end Martin.
And way cheaper.

New strings are inspiring. I try to change mine as often as possible. These ones
are a few months old and on their way out...

Also - don't be afraid to pound on it!

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kevmikwa said 4478 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
I'm in!
I enjoyed our chat convo about Detroit and the meanings behind your lyrics. It's especially entertaining when someone with passion and a message (combined with that especially elusive bit called talent) pours it all out there and captures it all to share. The backstory on this is great, and I dig the lo-fi recording. The 4/4 break two-thirds of the way through was a welcome diversion from the 6-feel. I must admit I'm with drakonis - I can't wait to hear your next version of this. Excellent socio-political statement!
urbnite said 4478 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
I'm in!
hey man -

yeah, it's rare to talk to people who have been here that don't live here. nice
to see that viewpoint, as well.

ha, and leave it to a drummer to notice the 4/4 break... i didn't even notice
the stuff was in something 6 until yesterday.

yes, maybe i will try redoing this... or doing it with my 'band'? could be
rockin.

thanks kev!

- d

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Einarus said 4478 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
Strong, indeed
Great songwriting. That really shines through here.
Yes, the production/recording could be a bit better, but like you said -
you're rather trying to get the message across, and you succeeded in that.
Very strong, very emotional.
Very cool.

-E
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urbnite said 4478 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
Strong, indeed
hey ein!

nice to see you around!

thanks for the kind words. :) glad you liked it.

- d

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DOCTORBIZARRE said 4478 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
SNAPPY!
Snappy little track my friend! Detroit acoustic city!
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urbnite said 4478 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
SNAPPY!
rock n' roll

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said 4478 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
You've got something special
Darren. Thanks for sharing your talents. This music has soul.
Cheers
urbnite said 4478 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
You've got something special
hey mr. masses -

thanks so much!

sorry i missed ya on ichat - had some sudden guests!

hope all is well in the north.

thanks again!

- d

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springclock said 4478 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
great
opening....I dig this tune....very interesting mood that is created here...
I dig your voice on this....rugged and yet smooth....great texture ti
this....nice work you pimp master you....thanks for the invite to listen....
good job bro!!!!

peace....Ian Baird
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urbnite said 4478 days ago (July 20th, 2006)
great
hey ian -

thanks man! yeah - the intro... don't know where that came from. i've actually
changed one note in it since this recording and i think it makes is much more
interesting. ha.

glad you like the texture - it's just doubled guitars.

pimp it.

- d

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The Composer said 4478 days ago (July 21st, 2006)
Just mirroring some comments
Quite a nice song here... yes the production lets it down a bit... but I
can hear it in my imagination though and its sounding sweet...
particularly with some bass and drums along with it.

Quite like the change to 4/4 also the funny timing you did in the
section before it... just wished you kept that up a little more. That and
the introduction... you've got quite a few nice ideas... but you're just
not taking enough advantage of the ideas in the intro and bridge. If it
were me writing this... I would have probably set one aside and varied
the other so the intro and the bridge were strongly connected to each
other... either that... or make the song longer. Regardless, I wanted to
hear each of those ideas again... or not to have known about them
(that way I wouldn't have been wishing I heard them again :P )

Anyway... great little song, quite enjoyed it.
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urbnite said 4478 days ago (July 21st, 2006)
Just mirroring some comments
hey bryan

yes, i would love to hear this with drums and bass as well - may take this one
down the street and play with my neighbors.

hmmm - i'm not sure how to take more advantage of that into and bridge
section idea more... i'll think about it and see if i can work it in somewhere
else. if not, maybe it'll make people want to come back and listen to the song
again!

thanks for the input, bryan!

- d

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fishboisfo said 4477 days ago (July 21st, 2006)
hey there
This is really nice -- I wish that one day i could play guitar. My fingers
don't work that way . . . alas -- I had tried.

You are very talented -- it takes a lot to "off the cuff" toss a tune together
and actually make it sound so that people want to listen to it twice -- as I
have already done.

Please keep up the good work --
peace
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urbnite said 4477 days ago (July 21st, 2006)
hey there
hey fishboi,

thanks for the kind words. :)

glad you enjoyed.

- d

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craft said 4477 days ago (July 21st, 2006)
good stuff
This needs some prodution... but the songwriting is very good so as the lyrics. Like it a lot. The guitar is tight and catchy
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urbnite said 4477 days ago (July 21st, 2006)
good stuff
thanks craft!

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jie said 4477 days ago (July 21st, 2006)
cool
enjoyed the song.nice intro going into song. nice chord progression,nice production. thanks for sharing, Cheery
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urbnite said 4477 days ago (July 21st, 2006)
cool
hey mate -

glad you liked it - thanks for the kind words!

- d

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said 4477 days ago (July 21st, 2006)
Great, great tune!
Wow---really nice work. With the implementation of Draks tech tips it
could be well nigh perfect. I hope you'll take the time to give this tune the
treatment it deserves.

Be well!



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urbnite said 4477 days ago (July 21st, 2006)
Great, great tune!
hey conductor -

thanks for the kind words. i may redo this. or i may wait and work on it with
bass and drums and record it for real... :)

- d

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Leon said 4477 days ago (July 22nd, 2006)
Michigan forever!
I lived in Ann Arbor for many years... Compared to Detroit, Ann Arbor is a
safe haven... so I understand where you are coming from. Still, Detroit
can't be robbed of its place in our national history. It's sad to see it
gradually deteriorate to a social wasteland. It's one of the great cities that
i hope will find a way to rebuild itself.

The music is great! Love the passion in your singing. Very well written.
The rawness of the recording compliments the message.
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urbnite said 4477 days ago (July 22nd, 2006)
Michigan forever!
hey leon -

i'd forgotten you lived in ann arbor. funny - i was just there last night. i
prefer detroit. :)

no, detroit can't be robbed of anything. and like i said, i'm slightly afraid of
spreading anti-detroit sentiment with this song. it really is an okay place.
and it is 'rebuilding'. there's a lot of new interest in downtown. but it's all
corporate gentrification. at least it's a start, i hope.

anyway - glad you liked the music, too. :)

thanks for the kind words and the ann arbor viewpoint!

- d

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said 4477 days ago (July 22nd, 2006)
Excellent
I enjoyed everything about this - and look forward to hearing any update.
When you start going out there vocally and strumming it reminds me of
the reverie Tim Buckley would find himself in sometimes on stage.
urbnite said 4477 days ago (July 22nd, 2006)
Excellent
hey mungo -

thanks for the kind words! i won't turn down a buckley comparison. :)

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Rebsie said 4477 days ago (July 22nd, 2006)
Full of expression
Passionate guitar and soaring vocals.

I'm so jealous of your ability to hold a note and drag it out with such
warmth and control.
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urbnite said 4477 days ago (July 22nd, 2006)
Full of expression
hi rebsie -

did you know i stole your horses frequently to promote my song 'stolen horses'?
:)

thanks for the kind words. i do admit i got a bit lost in this one... for fear of
having to start over and do it again. lol

- d

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urbnite said 4477 days ago (July 22nd, 2006)
Full of expression
hi rebsie -

did you know i stole your horses frequently to promote my song 'stolen horses'?
:)

thanks for the kind words. i do admit i got a bit lost in this one... for fear of
having to start over and do it again. lol

- d

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ledebutant said 4476 days ago (July 22nd, 2006)
City of Guitar
What passionate playing, Darren!! I love the guitar on this to death, the
way you play it, the tone you get from it, the chord progressions and
the way the recording sounds. It's really killer. Let's not even talk about
how cool the bridge it because I'd get all gushy.

I hope you do go back and record the vocal separately, because the
words are getting lost, as it is and it feels, as Drak said, "boomy". Your
voice sounds really gorgeous, it's just the recording that's the issue.
Any chance of closing the windows long enough to do a take or two?
The song really, really deserves it.

P.S. Viva le Thom Yorke!
urbnite said 4464 days ago (August 3rd, 2006)
City of Guitar
thanks ledeb!

don't get gushy! i may melt!

i will actually be redoing this entirely in a couple weeks... not many structural
changes, not many additions, but it'll sound waaaaay better, i promise!

thanks for gushing!

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selters said 4469 days ago (July 30th, 2006)
havent heard it yet!
I havent heard this song yetm but im giving you a little comment as well. The only song comment that I will give when i am in belgium! Im looking forward to listen to this song when i get home! Take care darren
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selters said 4469 days ago (July 30th, 2006)
havent heard it yet!
I havent heard this song yetm but im giving you a little comment as well. The only song comment that I will give when i am in belgium! Im looking forward to listen to this song when i get home! Take care darren
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urbnite said 4464 days ago (August 3rd, 2006)
havent heard it yet!
selters!

how's your crazy european vacation?

hope all is well - not sure if you'll even get this, but i like to reply to comments.
:)

talk to you soon!

- d

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Heroin_Marys said 3368 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
Interesting process
I like the stripped down. A lot of times we get so caught up in testing this and that out that we forget a song exists. Going for the live feel brings a whole new experience to the table.
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urbnite said 3368 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
thanks
i usually use this site to upload demos to see how people react to songs, not production. not much of an engineer, really...
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