Laugh in the Dark

Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Laugh in the Dark - 07/08/19 03:40 PM

Laugh in the Dark

I thought I would write a song around the lyric "laugh in the dark," which I took from the old amusement park spook house ride, Laff in the Dark. This is the result of my efforts.

In addition to the Real Tracks, I added some loops and a synth calliope in the bridge.

Real Tracks (in no particular order):
RT1010 Bass, Electric, BritInvasion
RT2433 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm NewOrleansMardiGras
RT410 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Country Cowboy
RT381 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Syncopated Sugar
RealDrums-RockHardLA
RT2327 Koto, Synth, Rhythm NewAge
RT 1031 12 String Guitar
RT2582 Synth, Rhythm MutedMelody
RT2305 Synth, Background DanceRockTensionPad
RT2023 Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm CountryRockJohn
RC395 Guitar, Electric, Soloist Metal



I thought I knew you
Met somewhere before
I saw right through you
A hackneyed metaphor
Set me free. I wanna be free.

Oh I knew it wasn’t right
Still I loved you on a lark
You always cry in the light
And you laugh in the dark

Shattered pieces
Hanging on the wall
Tattered creases
Betraying your downfall
Set me free. I wanna be free.

Oh I knew it wasn’t right
Still I loved you on a lark
You always cry in the light
And you laugh in the dark

Crimson beads
Deadend leads
Your hunger breeds
A pocketful of needs
Nothing left to feed

Oh I knew it wasn’t right
Still I loved you on a lark
You always cry in the light
And you laugh in the dark
Posted by: Rob4580

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/08/19 03:48 PM


Powerful rock with a good lyric (You always cry in the light And you laugh in the dark).
Great production and vocals. I also liked the synth you added. Rob
Posted by: rayc

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/08/19 07:56 PM

An interesting melange of elements. I don't think the solo at the intro worked all that well but the otehrs seemed to fit in fine.
The bridge is really cool.
I enjoyed the whole package - well recorded/performed vocals and all.
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/09/19 02:55 AM

Yeah, I like this. Good writing, nice arrangement and production, good mix, excellent vocal!

Good from start to finish. Really liked the ending, unexpected but fun.

Well done!
Posted by: Deryk - PG Music

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/09/19 07:27 AM

Nice work on this one! It really packs a punch - love the groove, your vocals and the progression. I'm getting a 90's vibe on this one. Really catchy, and an interesting source of inspiration as well.

Thanks for sharing smile
Posted by: F.M.M.

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/09/19 07:35 AM

I like this really good mix good write great vocal everything spot on eric
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/09/19 07:51 AM

Very well put together. The BAND sound like...well...a band! who have been playing together for a while. Nice "little bits" thrown in at all the right time. A very cohesive sound. Nice use of the Metal soloist...

Good vocals, harmonies and vocal effects throughout. Sitting in the mix "just right".

A good write. (I've always like the word "hackneyed" - and have also used it... HA!)

Good music. Well done.

fj
Posted by: Joe -PG Music

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/09/19 10:33 AM

Thanks for sharing this Ezekiel's Storm, I found this quite a treat to listen to and the instruments are layered very nicely. Nice work!
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/09/19 11:39 AM

"Your hunger breeds
A pocketful of needs"

One of many cool lines!

This is a very polished sounding production with lots of nice little bits here
and there to grab and keep your attention.

We know nothing about the type of vocal effects used for a production
like this but whatever you did sounds great and much like the late 80's - 90's.

The mix is really strong...you took those dozen or more tracks and shaped
them into a great soundstage.

Kudos!

J&B
Posted by: Steve Young

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/09/19 11:43 AM

Very nice! Well constructed lyrics. Many good lines in this one.

Really enjoyed it!

Steve
Posted by: Jim

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/09/19 01:23 PM

Well its about time...
I've been waiting since May smile...
But you've finally delivered...
And you've done an outstanding job on this one...
Others have mentioned your lyrics that I found pretty cool...
So I'll just add I like the little laugh you put on the ending of your recording...
Nice touch!
Posted by: TuneMonger

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/09/19 03:50 PM

Great job all around, especially liked your rhyming patterns and word choices.
Posted by: dcuny

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/09/19 06:17 PM

Sound great - this is a well constructed song.

It doesn't have "the feels" that tug at the heartstrings, but it makes up for it with some bold choices - especially the interesting words!

An enjoyable listen. smile
Posted by: Noel96

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/10/19 01:20 AM

Hi Scott,

I loved the listen!

When I heard the phrase "hackneyed metaphor", I knew I was in for good ride. I've never ever come across that before. And this was just the start of some really, really fresh sounding rhymes and phrases. I salute you for such inventive lyric writing!

I enjoyed listening to you sing, and the arrangement and production sounded great coming out of my speakers.

It's thumbs up from me smile
Noel
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/11/19 08:41 AM

Originally Posted By: Rob4580

Powerful rock with a good lyric (You always cry in the light And you laugh in the dark).
Great production and vocals. I also liked the synth you added. Rob


Thanks for the listen, Rob.
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/11/19 08:42 AM

Originally Posted By: rayc
An interesting melange of elements. I don't think the solo at the intro worked all that well but the otehrs seemed to fit in fine.
The bridge is really cool.
I enjoyed the whole package - well recorded/performed vocals and all.


Thanks for the comment, Ray. I am going to experiment a bit with the intro. I might add the solo from between the verses.
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/11/19 08:44 AM

Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
"Your hunger breeds
A pocketful of needs"

One of many cool lines!

This is a very polished sounding production with lots of nice little bits here
and there to grab and keep your attention.

We know nothing about the type of vocal effects used for a production
like this but whatever you did sounds great and much like the late 80's - 90's.

The mix is really strong...you took those dozen or more tracks and shaped
them into a great soundstage.

Kudos!

J&B



Thanks. I used Nectar three for the vocals. However, for the bridge, I doubled the vocal track adding a bit of spacey cell phone effect.
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/11/19 08:46 AM

Originally Posted By: Steve Young
Very nice! Well constructed lyrics. Many good lines in this one.

Really enjoyed it!

Steve


Thanks, Steve.
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/11/19 08:46 AM

Originally Posted By: Jim
Well its about time...
I've been waiting since May smile...
But you've finally delivered...
And you've done an outstanding job on this one...
Others have mentioned your lyrics that I found pretty cool...
So I'll just add I like the little laugh you put on the ending of your recording...
Nice touch!


Thanks, Jim. The end of the school year kept me too busy, but I finally got a chance to get back to my little hobby.
Posted by: jannesan

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/11/19 09:52 AM

Very nice melodic rocker, catchy and well arranged. I got early David Bowie vibes in the melody and in your voice.

Janne
Posted by: Rustyspoon#

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/11/19 06:29 PM

Ezekiel's Storm,

Clever lyrics which are the star of the show! Vocals and production are top tier.
Enjoyed it.

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.
Posted by: Tangmo

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/11/19 10:11 PM

Entertaining through the end. Lots of cool little production bits. Sort of the opposite of a "tears of a clown" song, to my ears/mind. Much enjoyed.
Posted by: Scott C

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/12/19 07:30 AM

Loved this tune. Such an excellent vocal and lyric. Excellent supporting backtrack. Well done. Guitar was excellent
Posted by: David Snyder

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/12/19 08:21 AM

Really good song!

Love the production on this and that break around 2:45. How did you do that?

smile

Great vocals!! Awesome guitar! Super giggle!
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/12/19 10:15 AM

Originally Posted By: David Snyder
Really good song!

Love the production on this and that break around 2:45. How did you do that?

smile

Great vocals!! Awesome guitar! Super giggle!


Thanks, Dave. For that one measure break, I used a piano chord, edited loop of a backwards piano, muted picking, and a drum fill loop.
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/14/19 11:00 AM

Originally Posted By: jannesan
Very nice melodic rocker, catchy and well arranged. I got early David Bowie vibes in the melody and in your voice.

Janne


Thank you, Janne.
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/14/19 11:01 AM

Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
Ezekiel's Storm,

Clever lyrics which are the star of the show! Vocals and production are top tier.
Enjoyed it.

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.


Thanks for listening, Misha!
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/14/19 11:01 AM

Originally Posted By: Tangmo
Entertaining through the end. Lots of cool little production bits. Sort of the opposite of a "tears of a clown" song, to my ears/mind. Much enjoyed.


Thanks for stopping by to have a listen. I appreciate it!
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/14/19 11:02 AM

Originally Posted By: Scott C
Loved this tune. Such an excellent vocal and lyric. Excellent supporting backtrack. Well done. Guitar was excellent


Thanks for the listen and for the comments.
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/14/19 01:07 PM

Cool rocker!! The band sounds really good (drums maybe could come up 1-2db). I like the vocal processing...you may push the high end a touch. Nice harmonies! Really good job on everything!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Crossroads

Re: Laugh in the Dark - 07/18/19 08:54 AM

Hi Scott,

I do like 'compact' and flowing somgs, and this one does the job extremely well.

My toes started tapping immediately, great melody and I definitely like your singing. Waht a rich usage of RealTracks. Enjoyed the listen A LOT.

Cheers,

Stefan