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Scary Monsters (MJRF2010)

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This is a complete re-do of the very first song I submitted to MacJams, way back in July or August of 2004. And, I think, it was the second song I'd ever done in GarageBand. The song was written and recorded back in February or March of that year, not long after I first got my hands on GB, on my old eMac.

At the time, it was mostly loops with bass, strings and piano done on an old Casio keyboard I'd run through the audio input jack. Once I got a USB keyboard I updated some of those parts and reposted the song in 2005. The original version is gone, but the repost is here. Alas, the original GB files for the the tune were lost in the Great Firewire Drive Crash of '06. So this was a perfect time to start up again from scratch.

In the remake I recreated the percussion track from the original, for the most part. I think I may have mixed up the loops and thrown in a little more variety than I had originally. Other than the drums, all the other loops I originally used have been replaced with guitar and synth tracks with the exception of one string loop.

And as an interesting sidebar to this song, it came close to being my first, and only submission to MacJams. I found MacJams after I'd tried, with disappointing results, posting some music on another site, only to just basically be ignored. I'd lurked at MJ for a while and listened to the tunes and decided to try my luck. As luck would have it the very first comment I go here at MJ was from someone who thought it would be funny to make some snarky, mean comments about my tune (from someone who never posted a tune and is long gone). I almost walked away, but after a few more days I decided to post another tune and not long after that I began getting the good, supportive and constructive comments that have been at the core of the MacJams community.

And I began to make friends.

Since then I've never looked back. I posted tons of music, made lots of friends and stuffed my iTunes with all kinds of great music.

It's great taking part in the MJ Reunion Fest again this year. So far I've heard a lot of great tunes that have been submitted, and it's just the first day. I'm looking forward to a lot more over the next two weeks.
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Scary Monsters
©2005 Joseph Gurner

Don't go out tonight.Just stay here in bed
Keep the scary monsters out of your head
I'll keep you safe and warm right here by my side
We'll crawl under the covers. Stay there and hide.

Looking out the window. Watching the rain.
All those scary monsters play tricks with your brain.
Creeping through the darkness. Feel the chill on your skin.
All those scary monsters come from within.

Shadows on the stairways. Shadows in the halls.
All those scary monsters cast no shadows at all.
Open up your closets. Look under your bed.
Keep those scary monsters out of your head.

Hiding with a flashlight under the sheets.
Feel the scary monsters as they tickle your feet.
Turn all of the lights on after you scream.
All those scary monsters still wait in your dreams.

Don't go out tonight. Just stay here in bed.
Keep those scary monsters out of your head.
I'll keep you safe and warm right here by my side.
We'll crawl under the covers. Stay there and hide.
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Doadars Uncle said 3492 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Scary Monsters!
I like the environment you set. Nice vocals. Interesting changes, with the strings. Haunting toward the end! Sounds like you had some fun with the vocals.
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sloparts said 3492 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Perseverance pays off Joe
Love the lush sounds in this and the driving rhythm in the bass and drums. The mix is stellar with everything taking it's place in the mix without distracting from anything else.

You vocal comes out pristine and clean, and is very well done. Ya gotta love those "Scary Monsters"

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echoroom said 3492 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
a kinda scary tune... nice set of lungs you have there!
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Vic Holman said 3492 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
well I'm glad you had to start over
this is one heck of a great song. Joseph you did a fantastic job here. no demons in the shadows for ever more.
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Dadai.2 said 3492 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
hey this thing rocks....
nice full, expansive groove. Gotta give big thumbs up on you vocals especially... not to diminish the lush "some-much-happening" sound bed. Bows and kudos.... Scary how good this is!

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TobinMueller said 3491 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
The comfort of surrounding fear
Really nice vocals. You have a Neil Young truthfulness in your voice, a perpetual youthfulness that works well in this song. I got a kick out of some of those old string quartet loops. I liked the simplicity of this, your backing vocals. This song would be great on a children's record (don't take that wrong). There is something very sweet about it.
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Mcboy said 3491 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
so glad u hung in there....
love the ghostly harmonies....and ur kool vocals too...its a fun track and surley will hit some spots for some childhood memories...hehhhe...nice job with this new remix!!!
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ktb said 3491 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Scary Monsters
great singing Joe. The whole tune has a sexy undertow to it ala depeche mode. That bass is killer the way its mixed in. Glad you ignored the lone troll's snarky comment and stuck it out. Great addition to the festival
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Ed Hannifin said 3491 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Stop scaring me!
You can listen to this as a comforting song, or you can listen to it as even scarier than you might think at the start....

I like the way the bass line keeps everything moving and tied together...

Kinda Neil Young and Brian Wilson's long lost single that was produced by Tim Burton....
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ic42 said 3491 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
comments from the boojum
it is a great pleasure to have had you stay with us, joe... i still have and treasure another early song you posted that you later took down, "The Vampire Penguins Awaken". great talent and humor, and who could not like a french horn player?
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snowdragon said 3491 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Morning music at the Festival . . .
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Moviz said 3491 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
This is
the least scary Monster song I ever heard, (unless I don't recognize them, because I am one LOL). It's a very soothing melody and I think your vocals are just great.... love the clarity and pitch. The instrumental parts too are quite relaxing... it's just the lyrics that are scary..... Very nice production on this. I'll play this and listen under the covers, cheers M
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Doug Somers said 3491 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Great production!
A little George Martin influence with the string quartet? :) Cool elements throughout this one Joe. The piece is very approachable, clean and nicely balanced.

Great remake!! Thanks for making the effort - it's our treat.

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Diviner said 3490 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
Very good track
Nice singing voice you have and love the atmosphere created by the track. Nice bass as well. Cool track, enjoyed.
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richard13 said 3490 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
Have they gone yet, daddy?
This is great Joe. Your vocals are just right for the orchestration which is quite lush and driving. And the lyrics were written from experience?
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scaustrita said 3490 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
This is really great song, however it is the unusual lyrics that take the show.
The mix is well crafted.
I am glad I found you, being at MacJams only 14 there are many artist I know not . . .

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Skean said 3489 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
Scary intro
But I have to say I love this orchestra rock song, and your voice is so gently as harmonies... Scary beautiful song... Thanks
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lengold said 3486 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
So pleased that
first scary monster comment didn't frighten you away.
Great song and lyric and amazing vocal. Love that outro and beating heart. Really enjoyed.

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jiguma said 3484 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
I remember this one, although not well enough to compare. A few bars in, and I'm noticing how good your vocals sound here - more up-front than before. I really like the bed (no pun is meant) you've made for your vocals, in fact I really like all of this. If I had to pick a nit - and you know I do :) - it would be that I'd like the drums a little louder in the mix, but that's a pretty small thing. This is excellent - thanks for taking part in the MJRFest!
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mikkinylund said 3483 days ago (February 10th, 2010)
Nice melodies, and very nice vocals. Nice arrangement, like how the distorted guitar comes in with the ghostly backing FX. I've always heard a bit of Neil Young in you, but this time I'd say Robert Smith. And not to compare, you have a unique voice, that comes to play very well in this song.
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bud said 3475 days ago (February 18th, 2010)
Great post - cool song
and i really liked the history behind it - thanks for sharing that part too.
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JunkyardCutiepie said 3472 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Let's hear it for the 2k4 / 2k10 Re-Do!
This is awesome because I just re-posted a track from MacJams 2004 too. I was pleasantly surprised with the vocal kicked in. Wouldn't mind a briefer intro. I could also seeing the lyric work really well with a simplified arrangement focusing on drum and bass and vocal, least with breaks to that effect. Would be very minimal / slick. Would love to get my hands on your arrangement! Cheers.
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BirdmanWayne94 said 3471 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
... vocals sound familiar. Can quite place where I have heard something like this before but you're sounding fine here. Very smooth performance. Catchy melody as well... what more can I ask for?!
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ste said 3416 days ago (April 18th, 2010)
mix on this. really like your vocals. very good melodic line backed up well by that great bass and guitar. great work
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