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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.

Best regards
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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]
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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]
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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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#111910 - 05/17/11 12:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: Song - The Road Had Curves [Re: Powderman]
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Very nice verse and hook... seriously as a song writer .. your never really satisfied.. You will always see something that needs to be changed…

Sometimes you need to step back and just take the song as it as.. it’s a nice arrangement as is..

You have a unique voice that is your signature. I like this as it is…
Just my 2 cents…

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#111911 - 05/28/11 12:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Song - The Road Had Curves
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Hi Powderman,

I'm a little late to the party! Every time I hear your voice, I always think to myself, "gosh that's a great tone". You've really developed a good edge to your voice now. It's been a while since I last heard your songs and I've to say that I'm blown away at how professional your sound is now. I got to say that I think you've used instrumentation very thoughtfully in this arrangement.

This was a really good listen!

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#111912 - 05/28/11 01:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: Song - The Road Had Curves [Re: Powderman]
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I'm a little late getting around to saying "thanks" for posting these lyrics.
It makes a world of difference when I'm listening. It makes for a fuller picture of the song.

This song has a great hookline - a great working man's song.
Work at it at your leisure if you feel you need to make changes.

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