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Against the Flow!


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Gav

 Genre: Rock

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Hey. This is the final version of this tune I did a few months back. For this version I managed to get The composer to add drums to it. This is my first collab and I am happy to say Bryan has done a fab job as you can hear! He also helped in significantly improving the mix too with his tips, tricks and direction. Enjoy!
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Lyrics
Can’t feel his fingers or his toes from playing out in the cold,
Could’ve had a place to stay tonight but that guitar will never be sold,
You’ve heard him on the streets and you’ve seen his face around,
Walked past way past three on the way, he fills the air with sound,
On the way he fills the air with sound,

CHORUS
And he goes against the flow of everything and everyone that he know,
And it shows when he’s got a sound yeah he’d got a sound of his own.

So I talked to him the other day thought I’d lean a thing or two,
About the pictures his fingers paint and how does he do what he do,
He said, I do it for the love of it and not the love of all of you,
And I play the way my fingers play and not, how they're told to,
No no not, how they're told to.

CHORUS

And during the night he plays in my mind.. Al night,
Yeah.. I hope I don’t wake, who would want to shake the sounds he makes.

CHORUS x 2
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Comments: 49
Fans: 20
Plays: 383
Downloads: 150
Votes: 21
Uploaded: Sep 12, 2006 - 03:26:22 PM
Last Updated: Sep 13, 2006 - 06:54:51 AM Last Played: Jul 05, 2019 - 04:46:01 AM
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Comments
ledebutant said 4694 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
Wow!
Excellent song, Gave and the drums aren't too shabby, either. The mix
is really solid and I did the rock/reggae interplay.

This box isn't long enough to list all the things I love about the song.
Please do post lyrics, so I can read along with your terrific vocals.

P.S. Were you the one that posted a thread a few months back
wondering if he should give a music career a shot? If so, I have to say
that I think you're nuts if you don't. This is terrific writing, singing and
musicianship. I'd buy your album.
ledebutant said 4694 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
ignore that E
some maniac stuck an e on the end of your name. I swear it wasn't me,
Gav! ;-)
Gav said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Cheers
Thanks for the post Lisa (your true identity was exposed on the 'Bad Day'
thread). I'm glad you liked the tune. I really only came together once Brian did
the drums and it fell nicely together. I found that mixing is soooo important
though its not my forté.

Yes it was me that did that post about taking it up career-wise. Still battling with
that one - thanks for remembering!
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MissChaos said 4694 days ago (September 12th, 2006)
yes
glad Bryan posted this in the forums. Fantastic all around -- Professional
with a capital P. My favorite parts: the drum rim shot & the utter passion
in your vocals. Bravo.
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Gav said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Thank you
Thanks misschaos. Glad you liked it! Thanks for the capital P!
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jiguma said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Not too shabby! I like that Lisa!
Bryan has some great ideas in the production department and can put
down a great rhythm - the drums on this are really excellent. Then
again, the song itself is also really cool. I love the variety you get in
this Gav - great dynamics and very good playing and singing. All in all
an extremely professional effort - better than most of what I hear on
radio these day!!!
Neil
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Gav said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Thanks
Bryan surely has some good ideas that really elevated this mix from a flat song
to a dynamic song. Learned good stuff. Thats the second reference to
professional I have gotten - it is a nice sounding word - thanks!
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Feter said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Great rockin
Gav ..this is a powerfull song ....loved the drums alot
the lead fits ...well done !!
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Gav said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Much appreciated
Thanks Feter! Glad you liked it. I have been doing alot of soft-ish tunes recently
and it was nice to get into a bit of a roking one -thanks for listening!
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The Composer said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Still love this song.
This was a great lot of fun being involved in this song. Loved the lyrics,
melodys and overal structure from this piece to being with... so the ideas
with the drumming flowed freely and got me grooving easily. I'm really
stoked about how this songs come out... and although I did have a hand
in with the drumming and post-production... it all still relied on having
fantastic material to work with which is what Gav's produced... so all
credit still goes to him for this!
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Gav said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Stoked
I'm pretty stoked with the end result too Bryan. It's a Ripper! Thanks again
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Einarus said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Really nice
Now this is a nice piece of music!
I really like the melodies and lines in this - and very nice drumming, as
well.
A definate fav!

-Einar S.
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Gav said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Thank you v much
Thanks for listening Elinar! And for sharing your thoughts!
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Willywagga said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Georgous
Fabtastic, great production here lovely rhythms. Absolutely stunning, for
a second I wasn't sure about that second vox, at times it sounded a bit off
but that just might be my dumb ears. Fab
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Gav said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Dumb Ears
Yep - it must be your ears! Kiddin - I think a couple of notes may be a bit off
alright -will redo at some stage. Thanks for commenting!
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said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Great job guys
Enjoyed this very much, nice work - almost a touch of Jamaica in here.

. - Harold
Gav said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
A bit Reggae alright
It does have a bit of reggae in the verse for sure - It was a feel I was looking for
and Bryan nailed it on the head with the drumming. Thanks for listening and
posting!
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vbluesky said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
good jam
you have a very good sounding tone in your voice, nice collab, very good production / mix what a pic?, this song rocks
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Gav said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Much appreciated
Thanks for the comment. It does rock and I likes though its been a while since I
have been into something a bit rocking. Acoustic guitars will do that to you. Oh
- the Pic; My girlfriend took this pickture of me about a year ago joking around
in Austria. It makes me smile so I put it up! thanks again!
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Macaudion said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Hah ha
That was good - I can't believe I hadn't had you fav'd -this IS good stuff and it couldn't have been the first time that you pulled it off so well - Nice indie feel to this - I (of course) especially liked the drums on this - A good driving natural feel and with an idividualistic style to them - I know, I know.... I was supposed to mention how perfect your vocals were at delivering some pretty crafty writing - And I was supposed to talk about how the gtar work in this is just kickn' - But I didn't just because... well... you know why... - A very nice arrangement, I must say - AND - Thanks! - Dion
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Gav said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Thanks Dion
How dare you mention Bryan before me! Even though the drumming pretty much
pulled the whole thing together. Kidding - thanks for the post Dion!!
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Macaudion said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Sorry bout that
My bad - I didn't read the song discription - Had I known that someone else played the drums I might have pretended that I was comfortable w/ a different type of comment and I would have mentioned your part first - Nahhhh - I wouldn't have... Hee hee - And now I'm being a butthead.

It's a great tune no matter who did what and when... But you knew that, huh...

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apb said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Very slick ..
liked alot .. interesting song! Vocals and lyrics are fantastic.

The overall production is extrememly good to my ears .. very smooth ..
well you can say this is final version ..

to me I hear trace elements of The Police (drums, plucky guitar), Red
Hot Chili Peppers (in vocals a bit) and a hint of Pearl Jam too ..

The main guitar sound reminds me of something I can't place . . but
it's all inconsequential .. it's that it comes together and it's new and
well blended.

PS. My nieghbours tend to call the police if I flash at them - how do
you get away with it??? ;o)

Keep it up you guys .. brilliant job/collab.


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Gav said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Perceptive
Thanks for the comment. I happen to be a fan of all the bands mentioned so I
suppose it came out a bit in this song.

Oh - the flashing! I did that in Austria on a remote country hill where there were
no cops. Plus I was on a plane out of there the next day! Flash abroad!

Thanks for the nice comments
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AquilA said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Real Deal
Great tune here. Beautiful melodies, first rate performance and
production. Very catchy lyrics too, with the music delivering their
message.
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Gav said 4693 days ago (September 14th, 2006)
Thanks
Thanks very much for your attention Aquila. Much appreciated!!
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chikoppi said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Superb
Great production. Really striking rhythms established between the
guitars and percussion. Excellent guitar work and vocal performance.
Intriguing lyrics with a meaningful delivery and catchy melody.

In all a very skillfully constructed song, both creatively and technically.
Shades of Radiohead and Pearl Jam in there, but also an original sound
with a great deal of integrity.

The drums sound beautiful. My one critique is that the kick is a little
too punchy (hard) at times, at least in contrast to the very melodic feel
of the song. A change to the compression settings might round it out a
bit.
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Gav said 4693 days ago (September 14th, 2006)
Cheers
Thankk you. I am a Radiohead fan and a Pearl Jam fan too. I used to emulate
Eddie Vedders voice a bit when I was a teenager cause I liked his style so much. I
sing whats natural now but grains of influence still remain - vocally and
musically I suppose.

I may look into the kick drum thing another time but I do like how punchy it is.
For now it can just stew in my head. Thanks!
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ktb said 4693 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
omg
You guys must be on cloud nine. This is exceptional. Gav your vocals
and guitars really shine on this. Bryan gets all A's for a stellar track.
Drive, energy and commercial appeal to spare. Sounds like the mix was
a labor of love. Time well spent. A fav collab.
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Gav said 4692 days ago (September 15th, 2006)
Thanks Karmatoburn
Cheers. Cloud nine eh? Thanks. I never thought it was commercial to start with
but then again I suppose its nit a million milkes away from whats out there at
the moment. Thanks for the comment!
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Gav said 4692 days ago (September 15th, 2006)
Thanks Karmatoburn
Cheers. Cloud nine eh? Thanks. I never thought it was commercial to start with
but then again I suppose its not a million miles away from whats out there at
the moment. Thanks for the comment!
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Tiny_Man_Inside said 4692 days ago (September 14th, 2006)
Outstanding effort
Now that I've listened and downloaded, I'm ready to give some comments. The very first impression I got of the song is "professional". This really sounds like something that you'd find on a commercial major label release, in terms of both production and performance.

You've come up with a very nice tight arrangement, the song flows well, and I also like the early changes where the drums cut back to the rim hits.

There are a few critiques that I would mention though - first off I think that some of the lead guitar sounds are a bit on the harsh side, particularly the higher pitched chords after the first change. I think some careful EQing could make those a little more user friendly. Secondly, there are some parts where the acoustic guitar underneath is a bit brittle sounding and doesn't quite mix well... but this is a minor criticism.

Overall I really like, have downloaded and faved, and listened several times already. Great effort and I can see that you have the talent to make some noise... Oh, and a great contribution by The Composer as well.

Mason
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Gav said 4692 days ago (September 15th, 2006)
Cheers
Thanks very much mason for you detailed attention. I am aware of the issues
you have brought up and its something that did occur to me so I may tidy those
up at some stage. As far as mixing goes I am a novice as you may hear in my
other tracks, and most of the good mixing came from The Composer.

Glad you liked it and you are not the first 'commercial' word. Might just tidy up
those loose ends and send to a Radio station for the crack! Cheers Mason


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soulmonk said 4692 days ago (September 14th, 2006)
A great song
This is a great arrangment. Definately one of my favorites in MJ.
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Gav said 4692 days ago (September 15th, 2006)
Thanks
Happy you liked it and thanks for saying so!
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said 4692 days ago (September 14th, 2006)
Big song
Powerful and authoritative. Perfect blend. Pro quality. Some cool
interludes in there.
Gav said 4692 days ago (September 15th, 2006)
Thanks rschletty
Thanks for the comment. 'Powerful and authoritive' - I like that! Cheers
rschletty!
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ginz111 said 4688 days ago (September 18th, 2006)
Excellent
Gav this came out great! I knew it would.
This is really excellent and I cant say much more than that.
Keep em coming.
Your friend,
Carl

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Gav said 4686 days ago (September 20th, 2006)
Thanks Ginz
Thanks for vising my tunes again! Much appreciated! More to come!! Watch this
space - thanks!
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B.J.C. said 4674 days ago (October 3rd, 2006)
rocktacular
Sounds like an outstanding mix of coldplay, goo goo dolls and reggae, I
love it, the guitar work and the lyrics are fantasic, this is what I want to
here on the radio forver from here untill the end of time, its quickly
become one of my favori te sounds, Such a powerful song.
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Gav said 4668 days ago (October 8th, 2006)
Thanks Rocktacular
Thanks very much for the compliment. Its something along the lines of what I
want to do more of. Much appreciated! Watch this space! ;)
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slide said 4663 days ago (October 13th, 2006)
strong voice
Hey, I like this. The lead singer is really good. Mix is dynamic - more so
than much of the stuff one can hear these days. Perhaps the mix is a
bit ...(a tiny bit) on the dark side - but good stuff indeed!
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paxeden said 4658 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
holy smack!
this is sweet. i'm very glad to see people posting, getting feedback and
kicking it back with truly nice edits and "growth" on songs. this is a great
tune. i'm adding it to my favorites. can't wait to hear more! btw. you have
a great pop vibrato...awesome vocal tone. --pax
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jpfeiff said 4567 days ago (January 17th, 2007)
Right On!
Listened to your "acoustic rock" version first. This one does sound better all filled out! Verry nice melody, great voice, also nice dynamics!

Faved---Jim
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said 4529 days ago (February 24th, 2007)
: )
I just LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE that photo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is that You? : ) The music is GRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTT
: ) : ) :O : O : ) ; ) : ) : O
THANKYOU SO MUCH You have GREAT STUFF HERE: )!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ): )

MUSIC UNITES
said 4529 days ago (February 24th, 2007)
: ) : ) : )
Reading some more of the comments I see it is You !!: ) : ) You & Your girlfriend must have had a good time : ) ! 'No cops around ...' LOL !!!!!!

THANKS AGAIN
MUSIC UNITES
Gav said 4525 days ago (February 28th, 2007)
Thanks very much!
Thanks for the comment Lena. Much appreciated! Glad you liked it!
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said 4525 days ago (February 28th, 2007)
anytime !
I am a big fan of Your music : )
Looking forward to more of You !
Thanks again: )MUSIC UNITES

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echoroom said 4485 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
Cracking track
Just going through some of your previous postings ... this is a great track. Your voice sounds fantastic on this Gav, really emotional. The guitar playing is really powerful, and the song structure just great - loads of really well thought out twists and turns. The mix sounds bloddy great, even on the crappy speakers I'm playing this through.

In short - everything in its right place - a really cracking track.

Steve
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