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Dive!


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dreadmon

 Genre: Rock

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Brand new tune, one element still to be recorded. I'm looking for any and all comments on the production, trusting your ears!

Slated to be the title track of my next album, it's about facing the truth, peering deep into yourself to confront buried and unresolved conflicts and bringing them to the light. I liken the process (of soul-searching, and recording this highly personal album) to an underwater dive.

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Lyrics
floating on my back in the sunshine
gazing at the clear blue sky
thinkin' 'bout the time
before I lost my mind
and how sweet it was to live a lie

ah

the weather here is always amazing
no-one rains on your parade
center of the earth
another virgin birth
Jesus Christ, you really got it made

when the sky turned black and the water chilled
and the hired guns arrive
looking for the killer of the man you killed
hold your breath, it's time to dive

dive!

it's murky in the deep blue under
forgotten memories, buried in the sand
wish I had a map
to relocate the crap
that I tossed down here from on the land

when the sky turned black and the water chilled
and the hired guns arrive
looking for the killer of the man you killed
hold your breath, it's time to dive

solo
Song Stats
Hits: 4207
Comments: 24
Fans: 14
Plays: 108
Downloads: 147
Votes: 2
Uploaded: Mar 06, 2009 - 11:24:02 AM
Last Updated: Mar 06, 2009 - 11:24:02 AM Last Played: Apr 08, 2019 - 03:03:55 PM
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Hardware:
Greibhaus solid-body electric mountain dulcimer
Roland Fantom (for triggering the software bass)
PreSonus Firebox
Shure SM-58
Software:
Garageband 3
Comments
Dj French Toast said 3764 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
This one sounds
Like it would be a great song to hear live ...nice and catchy ....the dive backin vocal scarred the crap out of me ..I had my headphones on and I thought someone was yelling behind me :) Hahaha great song Bing !

Toast
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dreadmon said 3764 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Heh-heh!
Sorry about the scare - but kinda pleased with the results of the audio placement there. : ) Thanks man!
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peacepiano said 3764 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
Rocking!
I like this high energy number! Will have to give it a couple more listens before advising on production, but there are no glaring problems to my ears after three quick listens.

Thanks
Bill
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dreadmon said 3764 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Mahalo
Thanks, Bill - please do let me know if you detect anything!
Check out my latest song called Don't You
ktb said 3764 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
you rock
damn catchy, and very pro sounding. Your vocal is mind blowing good. Great choice for a title track. Can't wait to hear the rest.
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dreadmon said 3764 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Mahalo
Thank you! I'm writing the whole album in studio as I go along, so I've no idea what's coming next - didn't expect this one to pop out, that's for sure!
Check out my latest song called Don't You
Feter said 3764 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
Dive!
This is what it can be the mission impossible to see it happened ..wow ...
this dulce smokin rockin axe ...great great vocal work my friend ...a true
groovy song my friend ...great great mixing work my friend ...Rock on !!!!!
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dreadmon said 3764 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Mahalo
Thank you, Feter! Glad you dig it. : )
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Andy-bm said 3764 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
Needs some EQ work
Great tune, can't feel the energy in the drum kit
dreadmon said 3764 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
I thought so
Yeah, I've been struggling with the drums - built the mix up, tore it down and started from scratch. E.Q.ed the kick and snare, doubled the track, carved out space for the bass - it still seems to disappear. I think I see that you've sent me some mixes - gonna go give a listen. Thanks for your attention, I appreciate it!
Check out my latest song called Don't You
Ed Hannifin said 3764 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
Lyrically...
...reminds me of Peter Gabriel's 'Digging In The Dirt' and other songs from the 'So' album...

I like the guitar solo that I just know isn't really a guitar solo....

I think the riff in the bass in the 'Dive' sections is the coolest bit... I think if I was going to toss in a crit it would be that it has drive but not much melody in the singing--the bass part carries more melody... Obviously, drive is a key part of what this song is about, but it would be so cool if there was as much hook to the vocal melody as there is in that bass part....

This is one of those ones where, if it was mine, I'd sing along with the track while walking, or in the shower, or wherever, doing what would happen naturally as a song got performed live, finding where it can get hookier...

Mind you, Bing, I'm just digging in to this because that's what you're asking for... It's sure got more polish than anything I've been able to come up with...

Ed
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dreadmon said 3764 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Oh, I'm likin' that -
Love the Peter Gabriel reference; "Digging In The Dirt" is one of my favorite tunes ever. Glad you liked the solo as well - one bad thing about distorting the dulcimer, it tends to sound like a guitar and people assume you're playing a guitar. It's quite a challenge to step up in the same class when you've only got seven diatonic notes (well, nine notes in the case of my added frets), and it seems so much more interesting if people know that I'm playing a hill-country folk instrument. : )

This is my first time writing something so blatantly riff-centric, I think, and I tried to be a) consistent with its use as well as b) not too heavily reliant upon it. Using it for the verse, breaking away, coming back to it in the chorus - accenting it lightly here and there, the dynamics of push-pull were honestly more on my mind here than melody, and I took a page from some of Bono's similarly melody-free lines on "No Line On The Horizon." More melody may come out of this tune yet, but right now it seems to be more about cadence, content and then the texture of the harmonies. Something didn't feel right about putting more words into the mix, especially the "Dive!" chorus (or lack of a chorus).

You got me re-examining my reasons for recording the tune the way that I did, and for that, as usual Ed, I thank you!
Check out my latest song called Don't You
Alannah said 3764 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
WEll now .....
... this is a whole new Bing to my ears ! OR is it more reminiscent of the old Bing ! Great stuff ! Always a pleasure to listen to your posts !
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dreadmon said 3764 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Old and the new
Ha-ha, thank you, darlin'! Funnily enough, fans of my 80's band Crazed Bunnyz have found me on Facebook and are asking for remastered albums and reunion concerts. LOL! This album is really all about getting back to the basics and this is the kind of stuff I wrote back then. The past few years of film scores and dulcimer festivals has sort of softened me up - I'm ready for something more primal now. : ) Glad you enjoyed it!
Check out my latest song called Don't You
Jim Bouchard said 3764 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
Yeah
I love your stuff, always! You ask for production comments, I gots 'em. Like Andy says. the drums don't leap out at me. They're not quite cool enough for me. I thought Ed's comment about this being sorty of Peter Gabriel like was pretty right one, but the vocal seems a little straight-laced in where it sits in the mix. Too clean, in a way, and I feel like they could even have more depth by making them really deep in the reverb in parts. But that's always a touchy subject. You have such a nice voice, and for this sort of rock song, it sounds like it's tacked on on top when married to the rock-ish music. I think the vocal might fit in more if they were dirtied up a little. I feel like the chorus needs a little bit more volume in the backing vocals. Not the echoing vocal but more like a chorus in the actual vocal.

I'm being overly critical, of course, but I've got a feeling like you are looking to take this a little deeper and I don't feel like it's quite there yet. Gee wouldn't it be cool is there was a real breakdown at some point where the instruments drop out and get replaced by a sort of funky electro loop? I can't figure out where you'd fit that in, unless you extended the song, which wouldn't be bad since it seems a little short. I guess I'm thinking of the dance remix. Sorry if I'm way off base! This is really quite groovy!
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dreadmon said 3764 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Good stuff
Very, very interesting Jim, you've touched upon something here. I'm getting used to the idea that I'm probably not a "gritty" singer most of the times, though I'd like to be. It seems more natural for me to be the crooner that I am - so in recording this, there was one take that came out a bit distorted and I thought, "I should leave that - it's edgy." However, there were no dynamics to that change, so I scratched the track. How is the level of the lead vocal to you? I'm trying to improve "where" the vocal sits - not so on top of the music - and I would like to take another look here at "how" the vocal is sitting in regards to texture. Of the three sets of backing vocals, I know the final grouping is louder than the rest. Do you think they should come up all the way across the board?

Length-wise, ha-ha, you are a man after my own heart, Jim. I would totally love to extend this and go nutty with it, probably will and would definitely include some breakdowns (in fact, my first run at the tune featured some crazy little techno beats as back up - how it evolved into this screaming thing, I have no clue - love the process.) I'm forcing myself to write tunes with economy of length, that maybe will encourage repeated listening. It's a little over 3 minutes and, for me, that's seriously brief, as I'm master of the five minute song. LOL!

Thank you for the insight - you are so right, I'm open to ideas and MJU has been an ongoing education in song-craft. I appreciate you taking the time to listen and critique - all great points!
Check out my latest song called Don't You
dreadmon said 3764 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Drums
Oh - and I'm still trying to suss out the drum situation - sounds like the whole thing could use a kick in the pants, E.Q.-wise. I've been trying to mix at low levels as opposed to deceptively rocking loud levels - this is a tune that currently seems to have the bottom fall out at lower levels, which ain't good. Any suggestions?
Check out my latest song called Don't You
spitlogic said 3764 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Nice
You do it all man. You make the dulcimer do so many things. Great work.
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dreadmon said 3764 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Mahalo
Thanks, man - I appreciate you listening!
Check out my latest song called Don't You
Vic Holman said 3763 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
drive and dive
what a cool rocker. more lenny kravitz then gabriel. to me at least.
I tend to agree a bit on the drum issues brought up. on such a cool driving number like this. otherwise, i like this.

in my opinion, the vocal delivery should be straight ahead for the feel of urgency.

now we got you all confused. huh?
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dreadmon said 3759 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
Decisions, decisions
Thanks, Vic! Not terribly confused. : ) As much as I'd like to have more "grit", it's not a very natural act for me - though I can do it somewhat with this tune. I will probably record a version that's a bit more edgy, vocal-wise, and see how that goes over. I downloaded Ozone 4 to master it and hope that will give the extra muscle I need. I'd been completely neglecting the mastering step - thanks to Andy for the tip on Ozone. Thanks for listening, Vic!
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blaky smith said 3755 days ago (March 16th, 2009)
Energy
Glad to discover this beautiful piece which sounds very pro, excellent guitar playing and vocal, I like it, very well done. Bravo !
Marc
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crissew said 3099 days ago (January 1st, 2011)
Cool
This has a sound that mixes 50s do wop with Lenny Kravitz. This has a nice recognizable guitar riff, well sung and produced. Enjoyed it!
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papag said 3098 days ago (January 1st, 2011)
straight up
jammin. I really like the feel you have here. This song has some cool "green" lyrics. Nice jams throughout.

Thanks for the dl :)
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