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Shine


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Kicbal

 Genre: Rock

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Chris Watson: lead & back-up vocals, synths, drum programming, mixing, mastering
Gator4040: guitars

Hmmm— upon completion I realize that this song finishes a trilogy of related material starting with "If I Ran The Circus", then "On Top Again" and now "Shine". It's all heavily influenced from my life experience of the past 2 years and myself and families navigating the tricky currents of the Great Recession. Okay, enough catharsis, lets move on.

The lyrics, when seared into the music are a "wall of sound" reminder to rise above your current state and live perhaps a little better; physically, spiritually, socially, whatever way that can brighten the world around us.

Musically the intent was to use some fairly aggressive synth sounds and meld them with some heavy guitar to create a cohesive driving groove and energy. The end result is pretty darn close to what I had in mind. What luck!

This wouldn't have happened without the help of my good friend Gator4040. As many of you may know, we played in a band together in the late 90s and its been so cool to be playing music with him again. His guitar tones are amazing and he was able to nail the guitar ideas I was hoping for with his slammin Mac Truck progressions.

Rock it and enjoy!
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Lyrics
(verse 1)
Post-mortem to when it was all roses
Nothing could trip up or phase me
That big-ass storm, yeah it spun me round
It threw me to the ground
Threw me to the ground
Seething in this heavy haze
I came out full of rage
Trying to overcome this mood
Even when the skies turn blue
Maybe once upon a time
Maybe only as luck will find
Maybe part of some Grand Design
A chance to shine
A chance to shine

(chorus)
Shine—Shine—Shine
Working with all that I can find
Shine—Shine—Shine
Looking for a higher life to define
Shine when the world refuses anything better
Afraid to re-discover, it's okay to live bigger
Shine—Shine—Shine
A blazing light to direct my mind

(verse2)
And though I sometimes miss
Those times when I was younger
I still haven't lost
My passion or my hunger
So if 10 years from here
I look back at me now
Will my dreams be fulfilled
Or will I be lost in the crowd
Chasing the right thoughts
The right words to the perfect song
Some mark that I can leave
On the world when I am gone
To say that I lived big
To say that I loved bigger
Of memories of a life
That someone will remember
Now running with eyes open wide
Untethered from that crushing pride
Working with a better plan
Even as fear creeps in again
Maybe once upon a time
Maybe only as luck will find
Maybe part of some Grand Design
A chance to shine, yeah yeah

(chorus)
Shine—Shine—Shine
Working with all that I can find
Shine—Shine—Shine
Looking for a higher life to define
Shine when the world refuses anything better
Afraid to re-discover, it's okay to live bigger
Shine—Shine—Shine
A blazing light to direct my mind

Yeah
Shine
Shine
Shine
Shine
Song Stats
Hits: 4234
Comments: 41
Fans: 26
Plays: 202
Downloads: 52

Uploaded: Aug 31, 2011 - 11:16:52 PM
Last Updated: Sep 01, 2011 - 01:34:10 AM Last Played: Jun 26, 2019 - 06:33:23 PM
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Comments
PaulaMunk said 2878 days ago (August 31st, 2011)
This is SO
good. Very professional. Fun to listen to. Thanks, guys.
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Symphony101 said 2878 days ago (August 31st, 2011)
Awesome !
A fantastic song, very catchy melodies and great work on building up ! Gator4040's guitar work awesome too.

Very clear production. And I took my official download now :-)
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papag said 2878 days ago (September 1st, 2011)
Industrial Anthem
Got some nice hooks in here. Power jam for sure.

Thanks for letting me download :)
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michaeljayklein said 2878 days ago (September 1st, 2011)
Very loud and very good
As always enjoyed your incredible music. Thanks so very much.
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ted23 said 2878 days ago (September 1st, 2011)
Shiiiiiine!
I love the arrangement. The way you’ve constructed it and linked it with the very clever transitions is genius. There’s nothing obvious here. I’d say it’s clever song writing It doesn’t feel like you’ve just slapped a verse/chorus structure together as the blending from each section to the other is done so well.
Your control of synth is outstanding man.
Great chorus!
And then there's gators big n thick guitars. Now that's a tone and energy many would live to be able to capture. Great song man
Maximum_Lux said 2876 days ago (September 2nd, 2011)
Epic!
Very professional sounding! I really dig the way the vocals were mixed in, they sound great! I like the hard hitting/mellow sound, it's a refreshing change of pace compared to a lot of music I seem to hear. I see what you mean about how we both used a similar sun image... Great minds think alike? =)
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Les_Kloo said 2876 days ago (September 2nd, 2011)
Shining
Gator's guitar and the drums lift this out of what could have been mere synth pop. The vocals and synths fit in nicely. Then there are the unexpected and refreshing chord changes. I like the energy. Clever arrangement and slick production.
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gator4040 said 2876 days ago (September 2nd, 2011)
shine
I was lucky enough to hear a few versions of this while he was mixing. Kicbal did a great job with the synths and the melding of the heavy guitar sound into his mix. Great tune and thanks for the opportunity to add a little guitar mayhem!
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PatriciaGirl said 2876 days ago (September 2nd, 2011)
Nice one!
Your guitar work is awesome in this piece gator! Shredder status I must give ya \m/*.*\m/ PG
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mystrag said 2876 days ago (September 2nd, 2011)
That chorus
is very addicting with unexpected chord changes. The whole thing has my favorite OSI vibe to it. Great job!
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Kicbal said 2876 days ago (September 2nd, 2011)
Thanks everyone
I appreciate all the cool comments. This was a fun song to write. I'm glad it's resonating with you.
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alackbass said 2876 days ago (September 2nd, 2011)
Shine
Caught this at work yesterday! Instantly fanned it. Killer song! Now back for a proper comment. Love the big techno backing track and Gator's power chords add great intensity. Super mix!
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PatriciaGirl said 2876 days ago (September 2nd, 2011)
Awesome!
Very cool fusion of electronic and gators guitars. Great lyrics and mixing all together very professional imo. Great collaboration you two!

Thanks for sharing,
patty
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dave_b said 2874 days ago (September 4th, 2011)
Shine
Great groove. Synths & guitars are blended well. Nice changes in the chorus. Tight playing. Really nice sounding mix.
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awigze said 2872 days ago (September 6th, 2011)
Chris
ah yes... gentle reminders of how fragile we are. Cathartic indeed and really enjoyed the thought put into this. Dig the crazy!
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Bob6stringer said 2872 days ago (September 6th, 2011)
Playin' hooky...
Tight mix, great vocals. Good nasty power on display, and the chorus is perfectly hooky.
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shazbotgreens said 2872 days ago (September 7th, 2011)
Great lyrics
It seems like we musicians are a million how do we fit in? Yes, shine...
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gadzooks said 2871 days ago (September 7th, 2011)
Shine
Excellent arrangement and mix. Like the crunchy thick guitar and great vocals.
SG
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TobinMueller said 2871 days ago (September 7th, 2011)
Optimus Prime
I dig the pacing, the changing density of the accompaniment. Your nearly spoken vocals works with the outpouring of lyrics. I really dig the quirky machine-like instrumental solo. I imagine you shining alongside a spankin' clean waxed Optimus Prime Mac Truck. High energy. Nice track.
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Kicbal said 2871 days ago (September 7th, 2011)
Alackbass - Tobin
Thank you all for listening, faving and downloading. It makes me very happy to write some music that resonates, as I try really hard to combine the inspiration, songwriting craft, production, and dumb luck into something compelling.
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Soundhound said 2866 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
Cool track....
Solidly put together, good vocals great guitar work, big mix...

Well done
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finkeldink said 2866 days ago (September 12th, 2011)
Yeah man
Great groove.
This is the kind of song that played live would be a dangerous crowd situation.
Excellent vocals.

Sorry I'm late,
Glad I finally made it.
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CrazeeFlootGrrl said 2864 days ago (September 14th, 2011)
Sweet!
It sounds pretty frickin' awesome! Defintely diggin' the grittiness of it!
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ic42 said 2862 days ago (September 16th, 2011)
vocal slides
First of all, let me compliment you on the mix, creating a synthy wall of sound but still having the vox crisp and clear... a difficult feat.

Secondly, love the slippery portamento/synth&vox in the chorus, cool effect.

Third, just lots of adrenal power here... shook up the cobwebs here.

ttfn,
Drakonis
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ramonaji said 2860 days ago (September 18th, 2011)
I LOVE IT
great stufffff!
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Kicbal said 2858 days ago (September 20th, 2011)
Success
Thank you. My work here is done ;)
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oldlibmike said 2860 days ago (September 18th, 2011)
Nice work!
Great guitar work and mixing. The vocals are very percussive - drives the beat more.
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Kicbal said 2858 days ago (September 20th, 2011)
oldlibmike
Thanks for the listen and comments.
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Loob said 2856 days ago (September 22nd, 2011)
I like this a lot!
You've done a great job on this! Love the heavy guitars that come in after a bit! Cool harmonies!
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Soundhound said 2850 days ago (September 28th, 2011)
cool feel....
Strong lyrics, solid mix and vocals love the big guitar thing.....

Nicely done.....
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TvRicky said 2812 days ago (November 5th, 2011)
Shine
Tell your story baby. You got some voice the harmony you very seldom hear anymore. I just realized how much harmony is missing in the vocalist of today. I suggest you continue with that harmony heaven. I feel the hope in your story.

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky
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that80sboy said 2796 days ago (November 21st, 2011)
intense!
a lot of sound wrapped up in this....cool fx in there too!....tight mix!
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Kicbal said 2796 days ago (November 22nd, 2011)
Thank Yous to all
Thanks for listening, commenting, downloading etc. Feels good to rock out every once in a while eh!?!
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billykirsch said 2786 days ago (December 1st, 2011)
Hard techno dance
What a powerful combination you're cooking here. I could even dance to this! Only thing I miss a little bit is more bass. It could be there though: probably my headphones don't go low enough.

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Kicbal said 2786 days ago (December 2nd, 2011)
True Dat
Yes the bass is a deep synth bass. Bass part came first and Gator4040 follows its pattern through much of the song on his guitar, so they are blended together. The bass is particularly deep and driving when played on my car stereo with a sub under the driver seat. Yeah it's tricky getting a mix to work on a nice home stereo and earbuds. Thanks for listening and commenting.
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magnatone said 2775 days ago (December 12th, 2011)
Shine
well, i just about couldn't be more late on this - sorry! i'm kicking myself about that too, because this is fantastic. love gator's guitars, and these vocals are awesome!
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SomeMadGirl said 2766 days ago (December 21st, 2011)
cool
This is very well constructed and I like the harmonies on the chorus. I can feel the frustration building in the verses and then the chorus opens up and the optimism is there. Overall, a great work. Thanks!
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lholden said 2708 days ago (February 17th, 2012)
Shine
Some cool lyrics and beats going on here. I like how it builds up to the chorus! Well done.
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Philip18 said 2652 days ago (April 13th, 2012)
Shine
Strong lyrics. Plenty of power in the backing with that wall of fuzzy guitars. Energetic vocals with good harmonies. I like the synth around !.40 and the guitar motif that takes it out. Excellent work!
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Kicbal said 2620 days ago (May 15th, 2012)
Philip18
Thanks for taking the time to listen to my back catalog stuff too.
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FEEL said 1964 days ago (March 2nd, 2014)
Another nice one
Driving and Digging that guitar. Vocals are spot on, lots of ear candy. Keep them coming.
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