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My Crime


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chronologic

 Genre: Rock

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We have nearly arrived at our destination, the present. We have just a few stops left. My Crime, which is #8 on One Man Screaming took me quite a while actually to get into this form. I am pretty sure what started this was the two chord acoustic verse, which for me inspired a weird mix of funk, jazz, and latin overtones. Taking that as a base, I was able to create something that I think is extremely thick PPTKO style, in my deluded mind a glorious representation of this style and a very full modern representation of the mood I have had in my mind for years. I know, that's saying a lot isn't it. What I really hope is that there is a real intensity here, a viable energy that is believable and even intoxicating. If I could dare to dream that is something I might have floating over my pillow. You will have to let me know where you stand.

In actuality, when I got done with it there was a strong dose of punkish rock to go along with the other styles I mentioned. I guess I have that in me what can I say (or do). I will also add that it was a sheer pleasure to lay down the final layer, which was the lead electric guitar. I enjoyed playing/creating this song very much.

The subject matter is along the lines of saying "what did I do wrong?". Feeling stupid and naive, but yet realizing that in the moment there was no choice but to surrender. I have heard, and possibly made attempts at learning, that you can't gain if you won't risk, so yeah, really in retrospect the only mistake you ever made was risking. But you HAD TO do that didn't you! It is frustrating, it is mind boggling, it is as hilarious as it is painful. Well, I can tell you that sometimes you risk and you win! So there is another side. But I am not capable of writing an interesting set of lyrics about the other side! Losing is more interesting! Right? Anyway I kind of hope the lyrics are as fun as they are disturbing.
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Lyrics
a whisper in the dark
you draw me near
telling me i have nothing to fear
oh my lady
I am breaking
I find that I don't have the will
to resist

calling me softly as if you know I'll come
swearing I'll always be your only one
oh baby
I must be crazy

You know you lead me into your web
though if I knew the truth
I would rather be dead
so slowly draw me into my grave
letting me believe that my soul
can still be saved

anything you want from me
or anything you need
anything you want you'll steal from me
my crime is I believe in you

sewing threads
of lies you tell
pull the strings
tie the knots well
oh my lady
won't you save me
you know that I believe you will
and you will
won't you?

trusting in my last lifeline
believing what I think I see in your eyes
oh my baby
could you betray me?

you know you can tangle me up in your web
when all is said and done
they'll find me lying here dead
with such precision
you put all your pawns in their place
letting me believe that my heart was safe


Song Stats
Hits: 2965
Comments: 28
Fans: 11
Plays: 50
Downloads: 95
Votes: 1
Uploaded: Apr 10, 2009 - 01:20:58 PM
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2009 - 01:20:58 PM Last Played: Jan 03, 2019 - 03:30:03 AM
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Hardware:
All acoustic sources (guitars, amps, drums, mics), then to a Roland digital workstation. Mixed down back through analog land through a small amount of compression and a light touch of BBE. On the computer, using audacity a very light noise reduction, and a final amplification.
Software:
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Comments
magnatone said 3754 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
your vocals are awesome!
really, killer singing on this, and your guitar is sounding terrific. some very interesting chord changes in here too that keep me guessing. very good work chrono - thanks!
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chronologic said 3746 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
Thanks for the comment
and you get firsties! I think you nailed it for me. The things I would have enjoyed hearing, you provided me. What more can I ask for besides your enjoyment and approval. Thanks!
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sheilad said 3754 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
excellent!
always love your lyrics... really draw me in and your vocals are great... backed by groovy music! Oh, am I allowed to say groovy?? going to the ipod regardless! Thanks...
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chronologic said 3746 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
Groovy!
Yes, you are allowed to say that! In fact, thanks!
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dajama said 3754 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
Sweet!
Outstanding acoustic sound (and playing) on this, and really nice contrast with the electric. The vocals are really nice, too. You do a good job with the harmonies, adding nice depth to the vocal. Did I mention there's some lovely playing on this?! Well-crafted, evocative lyrics, and some nice imagery ("sewing thread of lies you tell" nice!) to illustrate the dramatic sentiment of the track. Very cool. Nicely done. Peace.
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chronologic said 3746 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
acoustic, contrast
I have always been drawn to something I call "texture" in music. I don't know if that is the correct technical word. But some sound beds have a lot of depth to them. The layers seem to weave and accentuate or compliment. If the sound of a crystal glass ringing is "smooth" then the sound of a washboard and stick is "rough". I guess that is some kind of definition of texture? I really enjoy adding texture to a song. I think that must be part of my style and I think you are picking up on that. Thanks for the listen!
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Feter said 3754 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
My Crime
Hot Rockin stuff here ...loved the choppin chords here ..nice sound bed ..
as always cool vocal ..the lead is too dark against the acoustic ..anyway
this is the feel of the song ..and it rocks ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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chronologic said 3746 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
rock
I call my songs rock because all the other choices seem so complicated. Is it rock? I don't know. It does have drums and guitar! I don't know what rock is anyway I guess. Hmmm Feter has left me a criticism. I don't often get that I should take time to really listen... too dark against the acoustic? Funny, I would think to be brighter it might clash. I was careful to keep it smoother so the acoustic would not be buried. Maybe I was wrong! I have a big problem with that because I like to put acoustic and electric together and keep both parts very "up-front". It's hard to do. In a lot of my test mixes I lose one or the other and I hate that. But maybe by "dark" you mean something else. Do you mean the melody? It is kind of Phrygian I think, which to me was the "latin" part of it. I was accentuating that melody to produce a little bit of the "spanish guitar" effect. Did you feel it was not in alignment? I guess I don't know what else to say about that. If you care to come back and clarify I'd love to continue the discussion. Thanks!
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guygrooves said 3754 days ago (April 10th, 2009)
Thanks..
for letting us download these amazing song for free.
Peace
Guy
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chronologic said 3746 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
Ok sure!
Don't know what else to do with them! I really appreciate the support and comments.
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DeathArrow said 3754 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
lalala
i just wanted to quit for lunch..
but glad i listened to your song !!

great and powerful guitar playin !!


great rockin' tune !!


singing is perfect !! and very classy !!

many changes, great !


fav'd !!



cheers, Luke

PS: now it's time for lunch =D
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chronologic said 3746 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
Thanks Luke
You're a prolific guy, and it's very cool for me to have you stop by and lend your support! I missed THAT lunch, so let me wish you a great lunch TODAY!
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MarkHolbrook said 3754 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Sweet
I love the guitar chords in this! Nicely done!
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chronologic said 3746 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
thanks
I personally get into the changes. I wasn't sure where I was headed at first but it came out pretty nice, I think. I'm glad if you agree!
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davisamerica said 3754 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
intelligent
music
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chronologic said 3746 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
Mr. America
I am drawn to delve ever deeper into your shortly-stated but evolving interpretations! I must go meditate.
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Char said 3753 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
What wonderful
lyrics and so well sung. Love all the backing music. Bluesy rock ballad. You put a lot of heart into this. Very grateful. Thanks.
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chronologic said 3746 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
Char
I appreciate your time. I really enjoyed your latest! You may have more rock in you!??
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Char said 3666 days ago (July 7th, 2009)
This is
my kind of song. Glad to hear it again. Wow! Thanks.
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chronologic said 3666 days ago (July 7th, 2009)
made me look
for this one! See you visited me a bunch already. Almost every song. No need to come back! Thanks for thinking of me though it was a nice thought.
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kassia said 3753 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
chrono
great lyrics. i love that acoustic guitar chord progression opening the song, then that killer electric comes in. your vocals on this one are really great. there's a certain tension and energy to this piece that is really palpable. your diversity is astounding. this is another great tune.
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chronologic said 3746 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
thanks
I appreciate your time and the details you notice and mention. It's great here to have other musicians who care about stuff like that get involved. I am actually kind of trying to "reign in" my diversity... believe it or not! I am sometimes all over the map, and for the purposes of creating an "album", which is a personal goal of mine that keeps me going, you want cohesion. Anyway, thanks for stopping! It's always a pleasure.
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Vic Holman said 3753 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
arresting development
i dig it. the acoustic chord arrangement is great. very cool syncopation there and doesn't sound forced. cool

great vocals too. I notice that they get more and more confident, bolder and intense as the song goes along.

very nicely done
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chronologic said 3746 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
forced
I'm very glad to hear you say that. I had about 3 versions of this and made some minor (but hopefully effective) timing changes with the guitars to get the syncopation in line. It sounds like I got it right! You are probably right about the vocals getting more bold/confident toward the end. I don't think it was really on purpose in an artful kind of way, just more that I became more confident naturally as I finished it up. I'm sure you know about that. Thanks!
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lengold said 3751 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
Great feel
to this song. Great lyrics and vocal performance. Love the musicality - like a dark circus - great musicianship. Enjoyed and downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len

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chronologic said 3746 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
One more for the collection!
That's great. I'm honored. Like a "dark circus". Ha ha I once had a song I called 'Evil Clowns in the Dark", but I renamed it before it was "out". I can't remember which one it was anymore! That was also before there were lyrics so I suppose the lyrics killed the metaphor. Too bad. I like to play around with song titles sometimes. You may notice that. Your comments are appreciated. Thanks!
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Livingstone said 3709 days ago (May 26th, 2009)
AGAIN I DIG THE VOCALS!!
growing up in the 70`s (I was born in 69) I remember hearing my sister`s STYX albums, this puts me TOTALLY in mind of styx!! Are you a professional musician? you gotta be!! if not QUIT your DAYJOB MAN and get out there!! what are you using on the guitar? the lead guitar? I`d be so happy if you were to answer this for me, Im in NEED of a good electric sound!!
chronologic said 3705 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Well thanks
I am not professional man, not in the sense that music comes anywhere near to paying my bills. But I do put a lot of time, effort, and energy into creating a sound that I can be proud of and that I hope might be worth something to other people. So, if ever people decide to, well, notice, then things might change.

I haven't listened to Styx that much, in fact, when I was a kid I got the idea that they were "devil's music" -- in my heavily religiously influenced environment just about anything that was rock was branded. When I was very young, I had fear in my heart about things like that... well needless to say I got over the fear and the labeling of things like that. But not before Styx had passed into the annals of history. So besides one of their late albums with a song on it I remember being called "Mr. Roboto" (domo arigato...) I couldn't recite a single Styx lyric. I always find it interesting what people compare my work to though. Sometimes it is an "old favorite". Other times it's a band I just never really listened to. I have had a lot of Bowie comments, and I never heard much Bowie so I can't assume I was influenced by him that much! It's interesting.

As for the guitar sound, yeah I'd be happy to answer, and I hope it helps you but really it's no big secret. For most of the album "One Man Screaming", which is where you will find "My Crime", I used a Gibson Les Paul standard for the lead electric. I think the one exception is the song "Complicated Mess" which had a Fender Jaguar on it. So the Gibson was the main electric guitar I used in the last couple of years. It is nothing special, just stock, but not a copy. I also didn't use any effects boards at all, I do also have a Marshall half-stack setup that I play the Gibson out of, I would have to go look at the number, but basically they have a high-end head and cabinet... and I don't have that! I have the step down (or two). If you really want to know I can go find out for you. I actually received the Marshal setup as a wedding gift from the father in law (can't complain about that!). He is into guitar also and he wanted to get me something so he asked me what I wanted. I think I bought a nicer head and a lesser cab. I was trying to keep the cost down to a minimum. I had always wanted something like that. I also use a rocktron hush pedal in the effects loop on the marshall head, to trim off the top of the noise, I am careful to not kill the sustain and tone with it. But if you use it carefully it helps and sounds pretty nice. That is IT, there was nothing else involved. I mic'd the cab with a decent mic. And voila! Here you have it!

Thanks a lot for your time! See you around.
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