I can't get no sleep

Posted by: BlueAttitude

I can't get no sleep - 02/26/19 08:39 AM

I can't get no sleep

I can’t get no sleep (Christiane Spruit, 2019)

since my love has left me
since my love has gone

I toss and turn until midnight
oh the whole night long
and the hours are creeping
I can’t get no sleep
cold pillows talking to me
I am missing the heat
I am missing you
I can’t get no sleep

every shade of Blue
in every shade of you

I leave the light on 'til midnight
the whole night through
cold pillows talking to me
I am missing the heat
I am missing you
I can’t get no sleep

Bridge:
all my thoughts are creeping
I can’t get no peace
cold pillows talking to me
I am missing the heat
you are missing for me
I can’t get no sleep

Solo

Outro vamp: I can’t get no sleep

The band:

~572:Bass, Electric, Blues BB Ev 085
~673:Organ, B3, Background Blues BB Ev 085
2881:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm BluesStraightMike12-key Ev 085 *
NashvilleEven8^1-a:Sidestick, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride

* I used both the held chords and regular version of the piano track, held chords most of the time then the regular version to play fills

I'm playing the guitar parts. Mixed with reaper, mastered with Ozone8

This one took much longer than normal to mix, not sure it is 100% yet. All comments welcome!

02/27:
Doubled the riff after the first verse on lead guitar to make it a bit more interesting based on a suggestion from floyd, sounds much better. Thanks, floyd! cool
Also uploaded to Soundcloud

02/28:
Chris did a video for the song, here: https://youtu.be/-_n4J0c2I2w

Posted by: Joe -PG Music

Re: I can't get no sleep - 02/26/19 09:19 AM

Great work on this BlueAttitude, thanks for sharing this! The different elements really glue well together and the chord progression is very nice. Adding the organ to this was a nice touch. Great effects on the vocals. Keep it up!
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: I can't get no sleep - 02/26/19 10:46 AM

awesome mix!

all instruments sound so good, panning done very well to my ears

nice write, plenty of emotion

good gritty guitar sound, tasty playing for sure

strong vocals

enjoyed the listen!

Kenny
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: I can't get no sleep - 02/26/19 12:22 PM

Dave & Chris,

Cool opening. Bass + organ - nice idea!

Chris' vocal grabs right off the bat. Smokey...

The piano has a good sound - and does some nice licks! The guitar licks after "can't get no sleep" are a bit low...(where you doubled them later, they had better impact)

The solo is Excellent! - very musical, superbly played. Tasty guitar all over the place.

Another good blues-rock write.

Y'all do outstanding music!

fj
Posted by: PeterF

Re: I can't get no sleep - 02/26/19 01:04 PM

Dave & Chris

Excellent work - a lovely vocal, melodic with some really nice dynamics, and a good set of lyrics.
Very effective intro and build up - especially the use of the organ.
Beautiful guitar solo, and nice playing throughout.

Great stuff.

Peter
Posted by: Scott C

Re: I can't get no sleep - 02/26/19 04:47 PM

What a cool intro. I has visions of Procol Harum or Vanilla Fudge when it first started. Awesome vocal from Chris. Your guitar was perfect. Crazy tone and such tasteful playing. Well done Dave...
Posted by: Ember - PG Music

Re: I can't get no sleep - 02/26/19 04:48 PM

The intro definitely has a rather melancholic feel to it. Sets the tone for the song. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Jim

Re: I can't get no sleep - 02/27/19 02:07 AM

This is truly a awesome song you two have put together...
Your guitar playing & her sultry voice complement each other so well...
Everything on this recording just fits...
I really like hearing this one!
Posted by: Rustyspoon#

Re: I can't get no sleep - 02/27/19 11:21 AM

Dave,
Awesome! Started listening to it while working, ended up listening to about half a dozen of tunes on your playlist smile

When you have it, you have it! From the vocals, guitars, arrangement and mix is A+. You and Christiane have very special musical chemistry. There are no mediocre songs.

P.S. I was thinking about what you said earlier about not missing bar gigging... You are so right!

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.
Posted by: jannesan

Re: I can't get no sleep - 02/27/19 11:45 AM

The bass playing start really grabs attention. Good selection of blues instruments, I like especially the piano. Fantastic guitar playing with beautiful melancholy melody and good effects. Enjoyable vocals once again. Nice surprising major chords couple of times.

Janne
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: I can't get no sleep - 02/27/19 05:08 PM

Ditto what the others said about the intro. This song definitely has that wee hours of the night feel. The guitar is talking to me!
Posted by: Torrey Bliss

Re: I can't get no sleep - 02/27/19 05:24 PM

Dave/Chris, another finely crafted song! Chris's vocal is absolutely perfect....That chorus stays with you for a while! Also, more excellent guitar work by you Dave! You always churn out something great! Enjoyed it! Thanks, Torrey
Posted by: rayc

Re: I can't get no sleep - 02/27/19 11:12 PM

Sweet.
There're a few spots where the vocal gets buried but the overall package is sweet.
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: I can't get no sleep - 02/28/19 03:34 AM

Originally Posted By: Joe -PG Music
Great work on this BlueAttitude, thanks for sharing this! The different elements really glue well together and the chord progression is very nice. Adding the organ to this was a nice touch. Great effects on the vocals. Keep it up!


We have no intention of stopping anytime soon smile

Thanks, Joe!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: I can't get no sleep - 02/28/19 03:37 AM

Originally Posted By: 44kfl
awesome mix!

all instruments sound so good, panning done very well to my ears

nice write, plenty of emotion

good gritty guitar sound, tasty playing for sure

strong vocals

enjoyed the listen!

Kenny


Thanks, Kenny!

Mix is not perfect yet, but close I think. I'll get back to it in a week or so with fresh ears.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: I can't get no sleep - 02/28/19 07:11 AM

The mix sounds good to us...on three different sound systems. It's well past the point where we could suggest anything.

This mix stuff is always wrapped in the system one is listening on and personal preference. It's never finished...just abandoned. IMO.

The write, arrangement, vocal/performances are what we've come to expect from you two. Meaning...excellent. The harmony is STAND OUT.

"I leave the light on 'til midnight
the whole night through
cold pillows talking to me
I am missing the heat
I am missing you
I can’t get no sleep"

Strong lines!

As Kenny mentioned "plenty of emotion." YES....the entire production just oozes soul!!!

And that puts it right in J&B's wheelhouse.

Kudos!

J&B
Posted by: F.M.M.

Re: I can't get no sleep - 02/28/19 07:26 AM

hi Dave&Cris mix sounds crisp and clear well done awesome job thanks eric
Posted by: tommyad

Re: I can't get no sleep - 02/28/19 07:55 AM

Dave and Chris, every time you post something I know I’m in for treat. This is no exception. I think the mix sounds good. I love the write, the vocals and the fine lead playing. Simply a great listen, Tom
Posted by: Will Josef

Re: I can't get no sleep - 02/28/19 05:04 PM

Hi Dave,

I have - for obvious reasons - not heard all the songs you have posted here, but this is in my opinion the best one among those I have listened to. I love the chord progression, the melody, the vocal... everything is just so damn good about this song!

Really, really enjoyed it!
Will
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: I can't get no sleep - 03/01/19 02:34 AM

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Dave & Chris,

Cool opening. Bass + organ - nice idea!

Chris' vocal grabs right off the bat. Smokey...

The piano has a good sound - and does some nice licks! The guitar licks after "can't get no sleep" are a bit low...(where you doubled them later, they had better impact)

The solo is Excellent! - very musical, superbly played. Tasty guitar all over the place.

Another good blues-rock write.

Y'all do outstanding music!

fj



Hi Floyd,
I'm running the piano through CLA unplugged, and I'm alternating between the held chords version and the regular version to do the licks.

You were right about that guitar part being too low, I have it doubled now and it sounds much better.

And of course thanks for the comments on the solo and the vocals smile
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: I can't get no sleep - 03/01/19 02:35 AM

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Dave & Chris

Excellent work - a lovely vocal, melodic with some really nice dynamics, and a good set of lyrics.
Very effective intro and build up - especially the use of the organ.
Beautiful guitar solo, and nice playing throughout.

Great stuff.

Peter


Thanks very much, Peter!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: I can't get no sleep - 03/02/19 02:35 AM

Originally Posted By: Scott C
What a cool intro. I has visions of Procol Harum or Vanilla Fudge when it first started. Awesome vocal from Chris. Your guitar was perfect. Crazy tone and such tasteful playing. Well done Dave...


Vanilla Fudge! That's a name I haven't heard in a while. I remember seeing them on the Sullivan show doing "You Keep me hanging on". Great stuff!

Thanks, Scott smile
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: I can't get no sleep - 03/02/19 02:36 AM

Originally Posted By: Jim
This is truly a awesome song you two have put together...
Your guitar playing & her sultry voice complement each other so well...
Everything on this recording just fits...
I really like hearing this one!


Thanks for the listen and comments, Jim!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: I can't get no sleep - 03/03/19 02:44 AM

Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
Dave,
Awesome! Started listening to it while working, ended up listening to about half a dozen of tunes on your playlist smile

When you have it, you have it! From the vocals, guitars, arrangement and mix is A+. You and Christiane have very special musical chemistry. There are no mediocre songs.

P.S. I was thinking about what you said earlier about not missing bar gigging... You are so right!

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.


Thanks, Misha! The important thing for me at this stage of the game is the fun aspect, no expectations other than that.

Originally Posted By: jannesan
The bass playing start really grabs attention. Good selection of blues instruments, I like especially the piano. Fantastic guitar playing with beautiful melancholy melody and good effects. Enjoyable vocals once again. Nice surprising major chords couple of times.

Janne


Yes, that piano is a nice one, I'll probably use it again at some point. Thanks, Janne!

Originally Posted By: Ezekiel's Storm
Ditto what the others said about the intro. This song definitely has that wee hours of the night feel. The guitar is talking to me!


Thanks for the listen and comments!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: I can't get no sleep - 03/04/19 03:14 AM

Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Dave/Chris, another finely crafted song! Chris's vocal is absolutely perfect....That chorus stays with you for a while! Also, more excellent guitar work by you Dave! You always churn out something great! Enjoyed it! Thanks, Torrey


Thanks, Torrey!


Originally Posted By: rayc
Sweet.
There're a few spots where the vocal gets buried but the overall package is sweet.


Could very well be. Mixing is almost always a two step process for me. When I come back to a song after not hearing it for a while I hear stuff I missed the first time. I'll get back to this one at some point if we decide to do another CD.

Thanks, Ray!
Posted by: Deryk - PG Music

Re: I can't get no sleep - 03/04/19 08:18 AM

Wow - what a tune! Love the groove on it, and thought the progressions and vocal performance was fantastic. Nicely catchy too. The guitar is super smooth and really helped tie it all together for me.

You should be proud of this one - thanks for sharing smile
Posted by: furry

Re: I can't get no sleep - 03/04/19 09:02 AM

Another enjoyable listen for me thanks for sharing
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: I can't get no sleep - 03/05/19 03:18 AM

Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
The mix sounds good to us...on three different sound systems. It's well past the point where we could suggest anything.

This mix stuff is always wrapped in the system one is listening on and personal preference. It's never finished...just abandoned. IMO.

The write, arrangement, vocal/performances are what we've come to expect from you two. Meaning...excellent. The harmony is STAND OUT.

"I leave the light on 'til midnight
the whole night through
cold pillows talking to me
I am missing the heat
I am missing you
I can’t get no sleep"

Strong lines!

As Kenny mentioned "plenty of emotion." YES....the entire production just oozes soul!!!

And that puts it right in J&B's wheelhouse.

Kudos!

J&B


Took me a while to get those harmonies right so thanks for noticing!

Chris and I appreciate the support and kind words smile
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: I can't get no sleep - 03/05/19 03:22 AM

Originally Posted By: F.M.M.
hi Dave&Cris mix sounds crisp and clear well done awesome job thanks eric


Thanks for the listen and comment, Eric!

Originally Posted By: tommyad
Dave and Chris, every time you post something I know I’m in for treat. This is no exception. I think the mix sounds good. I love the write, the vocals and the fine lead playing. Simply a great listen, Tom


Thanks, Tom! Love your latest one with floyd, just top notch.

Originally Posted By: Will Josef
Hi Dave,

I have - for obvious reasons - not heard all the songs you have posted here, but this is in my opinion the best one among those I have listened to. I love the chord progression, the melody, the vocal... everything is just so damn good about this song!

Really, really enjoyed it!
Will


Happy you liked this one, Will! Thanks for the listen and comments.
Posted by: Crossroads

Re: I can't get no sleep - 03/05/19 09:36 AM

Hello Dave,

what a treat. Very appealing composition, brilliantly and most souldully sung by Christiane. Fantastic sound, marvellous solo, sound professional all over. Love it a lot!

All the best

Stefan
Posted by: Sundance

Re: I can't get no sleep - 03/05/19 06:28 PM

Nice arrangement. It really sets the mood for Chris smokey vocal and your tasty guitar.
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: I can't get no sleep - 03/06/19 02:54 AM

Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Wow - what a tune! Love the groove on it, and thought the progressions and vocal performance was fantastic. Nicely catchy too. The guitar is super smooth and really helped tie it all together for me.

You should be proud of this one - thanks for sharing smile


Thanks for stopping by, Deryk!

Originally Posted By: furry
Another enjoyable listen for me thanks for sharing


Thanks for the listen and comment, Graham!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: I can't get no sleep - 03/06/19 02:59 AM

Originally Posted By: Crossroads
Hello Dave,

what a treat. Very appealing composition, brilliantly and most souldully sung by Christiane. Fantastic sound, marvellous solo, sound professional all over. Love it a lot!

All the best

Stefan


Hi Stefan,
Thanks for the listen and the very nice comments!

Originally Posted By: Sundance
Nice arrangement. It really sets the mood for Chris smokey vocal and your tasty guitar.


I'm happy you liked the arrangement,
Thanks, Josie.
Posted by: Joe -PG Music

Re: I can't get no sleep - 03/06/19 08:23 AM

Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Originally Posted By: Joe -PG Music
Great work on this BlueAttitude, thanks for sharing this! The different elements really glue well together and the chord progression is very nice. Adding the organ to this was a nice touch. Great effects on the vocals. Keep it up!


We have no intention of stopping anytime soon smile

Thanks, Joe!


Glad to hear it! - How are you liking Ozone8? I've heard it pairs very well with Neutron
Posted by: Tangmo

Re: I can't get no sleep - 04/15/19 07:24 AM

Can't get no sleep? Write a song. Sometimes that's the cure. Sometimes it's the cause. She wrote a good 'un.

Impressed with the "depth" of the mix. Everything is where it feels right.

I'll be honest...I was kinda hoping for a long slow fade of the vocals with the guitar taking over for the ending, but expectations are personal. Much enjoyed the listen.
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: I can't get no sleep - 04/16/19 10:29 AM

Another very cool song from you guys!! I've always loved minor blues and Dave's guitar with Chris's vocal is a Can't Miss! Sooooooo Well done!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: David Snyder

Re: I can't get no sleep - 04/17/19 09:17 AM


Great song Dave, and the guitar as always is KILLER.

Good job man!