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Waiting For You (2013 Version)



 Genre: Electropop

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And...... almost thirty years later, my updated version of Waiting For You. This one was uploaded to MJ a few years ago, and illustrates my brief but curious fling with autotune.

It's essentially the same song - I changed the chorus somewhat, dropped the reference to "Concorde" in the final verse since the Concorde was retired a long time ago, and piled on a thousand synthesizers or so. But hey... that's what I do. (grin)

Want to hear the 1985 version? Here it is... Waiting For You (1985)
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Waiting For You

O my stars, I’ve been seeing double since the day that I met you
I’ve been looking deep inside to find out what to say
and what to do
I will find the combination, I will find the key
I will save you from the darkness,
You can count on me

Oh baby baby, I’ve been waiting, I've been waiting for you
Oh baby baby, I’ve been waiting, I've been waiting for you

Listen lady, I would wait a hundred thousand years
And then a day
With couragous flourish, I’d defeat the crooks and
Save you on the way
If you need a hero, here’s a hero standing tall
Putting on his white hat,
Waiting for you to call


In my heart I’ve travelled every star at least a dozen times or more
I’ve battled every villian, righted every wrong and
Fought in every war
Come with me to Paris in a jet across the sea
Come with me and let me show how splendid it could be


Music and Lyrics 1985, 2013 by Rik Berryere
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Uploaded: Sep 12, 2013 - 12:38:02 PM
Last Updated: Jan 05, 2015 - 06:03:24 AM Last Played: Jul 05, 2019 - 03:26:04 AM
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michaeljayklein said 2228 days ago (September 12th, 2013)
Very nice work Rik!
Your auto tune experiment on this worked very successfully for the tone and feeling of this (very well written--it's a good melody line and your lyrics are especially outstanding). Enjoyed listening to this a lot and thanks for sharing it! (PS: Just NOW read your mail to me from about 200 years ago--I am SO sorry Rik! As you may know, I've moved from Minnesota to Alabama and well, I've been pretty much away from my usual activities for a spell now. Just getting settled into the swing of things again...whew!) Take good care now and thanks for the excellent work! Michael
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mr_mordenus said 2226 days ago (September 14th, 2013)
Settling In
No worries, Michael. Real life stuff always has to be taken care of, and I knew you had your hands full. Glad you enjoyed this; I had a tone of fun playing with the song and serving up another batch of Rik-goes-nuts-with-the-synths-again.

Always an honour to get the thumbs-up from one of MJ's premier singers!
MikeRobinson said 2228 days ago (September 12th, 2013)
Really, an amazing difference ...
What's "truly remarkable" about this piece, in both of its versions, is how both of them are so completely “a product of their times.”   Both of them push the technology of their respective present-days to their respective (low-budget, esp. in the first case ...) technological limits ... and both of them, each in their own very-different way, turn a relatively-simple lyric and sentiment into ... musical magic.
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mr_mordenus said 2225 days ago (September 15th, 2013)
Musical Magic
You've underlined one of the things about this that I find so fascinating. It really is a reflection of '85, yet this one does suggest some of what I dreamed it might have been back in the day when I was so limited by a real lack of musical skill. I WANTED it to sound more like this, I just couldn't make it happen. Didn't have the knowledge, the skills or the chops - or the equipment.

And yet... back then I'm actually PLAYING that synth, not creating lush synth tracks on a computer. My playing sucked then, but it's nonexistent now - yet look what can be created. A fascinating reflection of the two eras indeed.
MarkHolbrook said 2228 days ago (September 13th, 2013)
Now this is
simply freaking cool! The vocal auto-tune work is fun! Lots going on to make this fun!

Thanks for sharing the old and the new. Personally I like this one better but the omnichord brought back some serious memories.
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mr_mordenus said 2225 days ago (September 15th, 2013)
Auto Tune
My little fling with autotune didn't last too long. It's like hot sauce - in the right place, at the right time, it's tasty and snazzy. But when the entire piece is swimming in it, the novelty burns out its welcome in a real hurry and just gets irritating.

In fact, in the version I posted a couple of years ago, the autotune was quite a bit more invasive, particularly on the back vocals. This time I cut the back vocals out completely and let the lead vocal stand on its own - a much better sound resulted. The autotune is very light on the lead vocals most of the time, only going to full effect as an accent here and there, particularly near the end.

Now......... I want a vocoder!
PeterB7858 said 2228 days ago (September 13th, 2013)
Waiting For You
It still has an 80's feel but with a contemporary edge. The synth work is uber impressive. Your vocals are really expressive and engaging. A very fine song with pro quality production. Radio ready. Thanks for sharing it with us. Regards, Peter.
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mr_mordenus said 2225 days ago (September 15th, 2013)
Radio Ready
My vocals *have* improved since stepping out on MacJams seven years ago, and that truly amazes me to no end. I'd essentially retired my musical itch in the late '80s and figured the tunes in my head would stay there forever. Then came GarageBand, and then MacJams...... the first tune I put vocals to scared the crap out of me when I posted it, but now I just have fun with it and go nuts.

And those synths! I still can't believe what GarageBand can do if you push it hard enough... what I could have done with it back in the day, huh?

Thanks for the drop in, friend.
alackbass said 2227 days ago (September 14th, 2013)
Waiting For You (2013 Version)
Even better. Benefiting from years of production experience no doubt. Modern tools help too I'm sure. But what matters is you have a very strong piece of songwriting here.
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mr_mordenus said 2225 days ago (September 16th, 2013)
I always thought this was one of our stronger songs. Problem was, my skills were never up to recreating what I could hear in my head - GarageBand gives me the means, albeit thirty years after the fact. (laugh)
Vic Holman said 2226 days ago (September 14th, 2013)
what a difference 30 years make
so different from the original. it's a pleasure to hear the 2 versions Rik. this is spectacular.
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mr_mordenus said 2225 days ago (September 16th, 2013)
What A Difference Indeed
... too bad I don't have any photos of myself from the '85 synthopop years, with my absolute '80s hair. Errr, well, maybe it's a good thing...... Anyway, having the two versions side by each is actually quite interesting indeed. Thanks Vic!
Llarion said 2226 days ago (September 14th, 2013)
I, too...
have been reworking old material... It's curiously satisfying, is it not? Very enjoyable piece that shows its roots in proud splendor! Good use of Autotune, it has the right sort of spacey-but-not-slammed feeling... Terrific arrangement; dense is good when you can still hear everything...
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mr_mordenus said 2225 days ago (September 16th, 2013)
I've learned A Bit
...hanging out here among real musicians who don't chase yobs such as myself out the door. Particularly about cluttering up arrangements to the point where interesting stuff becomes buried... but I've always been a 'big production everything including the sink' kind of guy, and learning how to get the' big sonic wall of everything' and yet still have it sound uncluttered is quite the trip. Once in a while, it actually happens - and what a rush that is!
Philip18 said 2226 days ago (September 14th, 2013)
Waiting for you
Entertaining song. Tight backing and the effected voice sit well in that. Varied instrumentation and arrangement. Good one!
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mr_mordenus said 2225 days ago (September 16th, 2013)
That Autotune
... was quite fun to tinker with, but a little sure goes a long way. It seemed to be the right kind of song for it, at any rate. I actually had a much heavier use initially, and backed it off quite a bit this time around.

Thanks for dropping in!
Char said 2226 days ago (September 15th, 2013)
I believe you,
Rik and I'll follow you anywhere. I like the vocal where I hear a little Bowie. Some glorious swirling synths you've got there. Thanks for this.
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mr_mordenus said 2225 days ago (September 16th, 2013)
I'm going to be insufferably pleased with myself for at least a week! Seriously.... thanks. My singing has never been worth noting, but since coming to MJ I've learned to throw nervousness out the window and just go crazy - and I've grown quite comfortable with it. Besides, I'm among friends - it's all great!

Always a pleasure, Char.
Doug Somers said 2163 days ago (November 17th, 2013)
Polishing the gem
This song so deserved the refresh treatment. Not because it needed improvement but more because your well honed arranging and mixing skills really bring this one to life BiG time. As a member of the 'throw everything plus the kitchen sink' 12 step program, I appreciate anyone who can have lots going on and keep the focus on what really matters rather than creating sonic mud. The portamento synths, al-tyered vox, and balance in the mix has my ears craving more - especially wearing cans. Take a bow Rik!
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sschedra said 2154 days ago (November 26th, 2013)
Great job
You really get all the synth elements in line for this Pop hit. And when it comes to auto tune, this is the way it should be used, as an effect. This is the whole package.
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Electropop (also called Technopop) is a subgenre of synth pop music which flourished during the early 1980s, although the first recordings were made in the late 1970s. Numerous bands have carried on the electropop tradition into the 1990s and 2000s.

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