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#111895 - 04/17/11 11:42 AM [User Showcase] Song - The Road Had Curves
Powderman Offline
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Started this one so long ago - I know I started with FPKE120 Straight Country - but it has had a lot added since the beginning

I usually test the mix on a few different systems - does not sound right in the old pickup truck - but seems to be okay else where.

Link below for The Road Had Curves

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#111896 - 04/17/11 03:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: Song - The Road Had Curves [Re: Powderman]
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Hi Powderman,

Your song sounds quite good.

I would reduce all the instruments a tad so that your voice could be heard more up front as I was struggling to make out the lyrics to the song.

Other than that it is well done.

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#111897 - 04/17/11 06:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: Song - The Road Had Curves [Re: George Nelson]
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Sounds good. I am only listening on some small external computer speakers, mix sounds good on them. Thanks for sharing!




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#111898 - 04/17/11 06:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: Song - The Road Had Curves [Re: PgFantastic]
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Hi Powderman,

Thanks for sharing this song! Sounds like a good one. As for the mix, that's always as much of an art as it is a science. And an art that we will always be working on!

Keep up the good work!

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#111899 - 04/18/11 07:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: Song - The Road Had Curves [Re: Steve Young]
Powderman Offline
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George, Robert, and Steve

Thanks for the comments.

Upon a few more listens - sounds like I compressed the heck out of it - and maybe squashed the life out of the mix especially the vocals. My ears aren't what they used to be.
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#111900 - 04/18/11 10:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: Song - The Road Had Curves [Re: Powderman]
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Powderman,

Great song. Sounded good on my phones. I enjoyed it.

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#111901 - 04/21/11 03:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: Song - The Road Had Curves [Re: rsdean]
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Hi Powderman

Coming through loud and clear here.

Sounds like there’s some compression or something on your vox – almost like you recorded them down the telephone.

and yes, you do get a little swamped by the backing track

song builds nicely both musically and lyrically.
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#111902 - 04/21/11 02:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: Song - The Road Had Curves [Re: mglinert]
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Powderman,

Very nice !! The vocal is a bit pressed, maybe some EQ to bring out the hi's? Overall, a great song and mix. Dynamite job

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#111903 - 04/21/11 02:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: Song - The Road Had Curves [Re: Muzic Trax]
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Powderman, it’s all been said.

I will add that a song this good should be worked on until perfect! Then if it still doesn’t sound good in that ol’ pickup then it’s time for a new pickup because a pickup that doesn’t play good country songs like this belongs in New York City


Edited by MarioD (04/21/11 02:59 PM)
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#111904 - 04/23/11 02:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: Song - The Road Had Curves [Re: MarioD]
Powderman Offline
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Bob-Marc-Trax-Mario

Thanks for listening. I will have to take a crack at the vocals again.
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#111905 - 04/26/11 12:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: Song - The Road Had Curves [Re: Powderman]
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I really like the message in this song Powderman. Good title too. I kind of liked the edginess the compression gave your tone but the vocal track itself didn't sit right somehow. Keep 'em coming.
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#111906 - 05/02/11 04:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: Song - The Road Had Curves [Re: Sundance]
Powderman Offline
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Sundance

Thanks for the comments - I want to go back and work on the vocals - just have not had the time.
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#111907 - 05/03/11 11:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: Song - The Road Had Curves [Re: Powderman]
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Hey P'man - how's 'bout postin' the lyrics - I like to read while I listen. Of course my hearing isn't what it used to be so like Michee said, some of the lyrics don't come through for me.

Please. Ian
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#111908 - 05/04/11 09:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: Song - The Road Had Curves [Re: Powderman]
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Great song...........

It's all been said regarding the mix, compression etc. Keep workin on it til you are happy with it.

Good job

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#111909 - 05/16/11 06:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: Song - The Road Had Curves [Re: toucher]
Powderman Offline
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Ian,

Sorry it took so long to get back - it has been a very busy few weeks - but here you go.

Verse 1
Its been 20 days and 20 nights – I been trucking – down this road
I’ve been drivin’ down this highway – pulling some heavy loads
But the load now is on my heart – I wonder if your there
Cause you said you were leavin’ – you thought I didn’t care

Chorus
Well the road had curves that slowed us down – but girl can’t you see
That I did the things that I did – just for you – not for me
I’m coming home – I pray you’re there – let me show you how much I care.

Verse 2
Things were good for many years – I worked at - the factory
But they close their doors – I was out of work – it caused such misery
There were bills to pay – and mouths to feed – I went out on the road
It was bad for me – and worse for you – bein’ all alone

Chorus

Bridge

Verse 3
I’ve been callin’ people all day long – trying to make it right
And I’ve got good news – I can hardly wait – ‘til I get back home tonight
The factory is back on line – there’s no more on the road
If you’ll just – wait for me – you’ll never be alone

Chorus



Toucher

Thanks for listening and the comments
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