Too many movies

Posted by: Birchwood

Too many movies - 09/08/21 05:40 AM

Hello everyone,

I made this song when I realized how much time I (we) spent on watching movies from Netflix, Disney, Amazon or whatever. They can do strange things to your mind, I mean my mind. I can assure you!
This is an example: https://soundcloud.com/user-296497130/too-many-movies
I used a talkbox from BiaB for my instrumental solo.
There are some female vocals involved in the song, but they are all from Realyvox 'The Ladies' and my keyboard.

I hope you like it, but don't hesitate to tell me what you think of it.
Oh, the cover was made by my son and me when fooling around making a cover for a former song. I decided to use it for this song.

Hans
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Lyrics
Too many movies
v
I'm floating on a river
My hands are tied on my back
It seems I'm in trouble
Future now looks black!

-break-
v
Around me creepy wildlife
But none to help me survive
It seems I'm in trouble
No idea what to do

Ch
I was kidnapped on a Sunday
Dragged into a car, that was bizarre!
No way this was funny
Bad things happened there to me
v
Their interrogation was real horror
The stress I couldn't bare nomore
I yelled, I cried
Everything I tried, but...

-break-
=solo=
v
Finally, torture ended, it was a mistake
Got some food and water, but kind of fake:
Tepid water, bone dry bread, no toppings
These guys were really mad!

Ch
I was kidnapped on a Sunday
Dragged into a car, that was bizarre!
No way this was funny
Bad things happened there to me

I was the spy from Russia, they called me
Like in a James Bond movie
"But I'm from Holland", I cried
They nodded with compassion, but still convinced I lied
v
So here I'm floating on that river
My hands tied on my back
I hear white water, a waterfall?
Any help will come too late

Or, maybe...          
I watched too many movies
today...

[Song] [Title Too many movies]
[Key Am ] [Tempo 110]
[.Sty _MILDLY.STY] [Style Mildly-Swung Funk Pop Bari Solo]

RealTracks in song:
2613:Bas
2157:Piano, El. Vintage,
3703:Guitar, Ac, Fingerpicking
3351:Guitar, Bariton El., Swampy Blues
3352: Guitar Solo, Swampy Blues Talk box
3492:Guitar, El., Ska
1858:Synth, Euro Dance HousePiano
RealDrums: Funk, Disco
Keyboard, Native instruments and Realivox Ladies (me)
Posted by: Torrey Bliss

Re: Too many movies - 09/08/21 08:33 AM

Hi Hans,

What a cool sounding track! I love how your vocal fits like a glove with that driving rhythm of the guitar and bass! You created a complex sounding tune that's got a SUPER groove to it! You put a lot of work into this and it shows! It is high quality music! Thanks, Torrey
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Too many movies - 09/08/21 12:24 PM

If you don't mind could you list the movies that resulted in this? smile
We would like to make sure we don't watch them! But we will
give them credit for inspiring a great song.

There is a lot of goodness here:

- The creative, cool and fun write
- Your fine vocal along with "The Ladies." No idea how that works but they sound excellent.
- The talkbox guitar was a fine addition...thought Joe Walsh had walked in on your session.
- And a mix that sets up a great soundstage on the monitors.

FUN!!!

Nice album cover too.

J&B
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: Too many movies - 09/08/21 12:35 PM

Hans,

SO much to LOVE about this!

An excellent write. Imaginative. Very descriptive - like a MOVIE!! Both the lyric and the melody are super...

Killer instrument choices for an awesome sound. The opening guitar captures the ear. The added female vocal lifts it and then the drums nail it down. The guitars and piano lift it again. A stunning arrangement. Really nice use of stops (where just the drums play). The talkbox solo is inspired.

Great energy in your vocal. The first and last verses are really good. The higher parts in between have some "harshness" to them. They seem somewhat distorted - like they have too much of a saturation plugin (?) and could use some high EQ removed. They sort of "jump out of the mix". Would be nice if you could "warm them up".

This song is SO damn good!!


"Any help will come too late

Or, maybe...
I watched too many movies
today..."

Killer.

fj
Posted by: CaptainMoto

Re: Too many movies - 09/08/21 04:49 PM

I like it!

Plenty to keep your interest.
Nice write and imaginative story.

Vocals pop nicely.
The ladies fit nicely!


moto
Posted by: PeterF

Re: Too many movies - 09/08/21 05:46 PM

Hans

Really good work all round. Excellent arrangement and great choice of the band.

Clever and engaging.

Peter
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: Too many movies - 09/09/21 02:47 AM

Nice one, Hans!

I'm with Bud, would love to see a list of the shows that inspired the lyrics wink

Very creative and very entertaining, really well done in all aspects.

Enjoyed!
Posted by: Tangmo

Re: Too many movies - 09/09/21 06:31 AM

LOL. You held that tension till the last. I've done that too. One time I was living in a closet under the stairs when I was visited by a wizard who told me the ring my uncle Voldemort had left was the one true ring that binds all the houses of Hogwarts and must be destroyed. So I took the blue pill and escaped the Matrix. At least I think it was blue. I'm color-blind.

Great production on the band. Loved the changes in dynamics. The talk-box was the perfect choice and delivered the chills. Enjoyed the breathless delivery over the spooky vibe. Genuine entertainment.
Posted by: rayc

Re: Too many movies - 09/09/21 04:04 PM

Very aggressive and a little funky.
The aggressive vocal does give an impression of the situation.
The fem vox were distracting in some places...usually when they were over the top of, rather than supporting your lead vocal.
Cool ending...well done Hans, well done.
Posted by: jannesan

Re: Too many movies - 09/10/21 08:15 AM

Creepy text, Deliverance meets Godfather.

Excellent interesting chord progression combining rock, blues and folk. Really great arrangement, excellent selection of instruments. Enjoyed the rhythm, variation between electric and acoustic guitars. lots of interesting changes, the ladies fit very well and so does the talkbox soloist. Your vocal blends nicely to the mix.

Don't stop watching movies, it seems to inspire you to be very creative smile Definitely one of your best works in all aspects.

Janne
Posted by: Rustyspoon#

Re: Too many movies - 09/10/21 03:02 PM

Hans,
Very cool tune you cooked! Interesting rhyming & lyrics + engaging delivery. Musical bed is great with many surprising elements. Solid mix. The only thing which somewhat creates a bit harsh tension for me is that ladies vocals compete with yours. Since they are more like background vocals I think they would be better if scaled a bit down in the mix and maybe more spacy rev/delay fx on them? Just an idea. Good one! Thank you for sharing.

Misha.
Posted by: Birchwood

Re: Too many movies - 09/11/21 03:55 AM

Hi Torrey, J&B and Floyd,

Thanks for your comments and applause for the movie song.


Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Hi Hans,

What a cool sounding track! I love how your vocal fits like a glove with that driving rhythm of the guitar and bass! You created a complex sounding tune that's got a SUPER groove to it! You put a lot of work into this and it shows! It is high quality music! Thanks, Torrey


Torrey, I just sent a post to you about your latest song 'Keep singing your song'. A minute later we're discussing mine. What a nice compliment you gave! Very nice, I must say. I had some work with it, because I began this song as a Blues on 90 bpm, less instruments an no singing girls around me, but also no lyrics. But it was too dull (I thought). Then I got the idea about me floating in a difficult situation and that made the tempo rised to 100 and finally to 110 bpm. And then I got the idea of that choir in a kind of African style singing in the chorusses. They had to sound loud, however opinions differ on that...
In that way you were right on mentioning that 'lot of work'. But I bet we all face these things, dont we?


Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
If you don't mind could you list the movies that resulted in this? smile
We would like to make sure we don't watch them! But we will give them credit for inspiring a great song.
There is a lot of goodness here:

- The creative, cool and fun write
- Your fine vocal along with "The Ladies." No idea how that works but they sound excellent.
- The talkbox guitar was a fine addition...thought Joe Walsh had walked in on your session.
- And a mix that sets up a great soundstage on the monitors.

FUN!!!
Nice album cover too.
J&B


Hi Janice and Bud, I've thought about handing you that list of movies, but on second thought I don't do it, because it takes away your creativity to find them. You can become lazy and that is not what you want, do you? I give one title: 24 hours, not a movie, but a series with 10 seisons or something. Very bad, lots of adventure and the good guy always win...

Thans a lot for your compliments and what you wrote about the ladies. I have that software for about some years and wasn't able to get me a normal sound. They yelled in every direction. Horrible. But I managed to get the solist and the choir where I wanted them. And they didn't become angry! But you don't need them, Bud. You have Janice! Ok, I have my wife, but in singing skills there is a gap...

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Hans,
SO much to LOVE about this!
An excellent write. Imaginative. Very descriptive - like a MOVIE!! Both the lyric and the melody are super...

Killer instrument choices for an awesome sound. The opening guitar captures the ear. The added female vocal lifts it and then the drums nail it down. The guitars and piano lift it again. A stunning arrangement. Really nice use of stops (where just the drums play). The talkbox solo is inspired.

Great energy in your vocal. The first and last verses are really good. The higher parts in between have some "harshness" to them. They seem somewhat distorted - like they have too much of a saturation plugin (?) and could use some high EQ removed. They sort of "jump out of the mix". Would be nice if you could "warm them up".

This song is SO damn good!!

"Any help will come too late
Or, maybe...
I watched too many movies
today..."

Killer.
fj


Floyd, Thank very much for this rating! I've walked in the house for some days as if I was the big rooster! That's why you had to wait so long for this reply. Sitting wasn't easy for me with all those feathers...
And secondly, because I take your critics very serious, I had to adjust some eq and other stuff to get my voice within a nice bandwidth. You were right about that saturation. I forgot I used it on my vocals and there it was. You have very good ears!
I hope it's alright now.
Oh, about the movie list? See what I told bud and Janice. I think you'll understand...

Have a nice weekend with or without movies,
Hans
Posted by: BabuMusic

Re: Too many movies - 09/11/21 06:02 AM

Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
If you don't mind could you list the movies that resulted in this? smile
We would like to make sure we don't watch them! But we will
give them credit for inspiring a great song.

...

J&B



Haha, that's great. Put me on that list. Cool concept, Hans, and well done giving it that twist of humor. At first I was thinking this guy should watch more comedy, but then realized you may need those kidnapping movies to balance out the natural humor. I'd much rather kidnap someone from Holland than James Bond...

Not sure I liked the ah-ah girl. She good, but she might do better in the horror category. The rest of the instrumentation, feel, changes and your convincing vocal are perfect. Five stars!!!!!
Posted by: justanoldmuso

Re: Too many movies - 09/11/21 07:22 AM

nice song opening.
wow what did you use for those haunting femme vocs ?
wild lead bw.
this is very very good.good tempo.
nice song dynamics later on in song. bringing it all down
loved ending.
i can see this was lots of work.
i'm mighty impressed.

very well done bw.
om
Posted by: MarioD

Re: Too many movies - 09/11/21 04:47 PM

Hans I'm late to the party but I'm glad that I made it. It would be a crime to miss this one!

Everything has already been said that I would have said. You had me hooked from the first measure to the last.

Loved it.
Posted by: jptjptjpt

Re: Too many movies - 09/11/21 09:12 PM

I love the strong steady beat. Good song. I like the treatment on the vocals. I also like the female vocals. That's cool. Good one.
Posted by: Leon1

Re: Too many movies - 09/11/21 11:15 PM

Yeah, Netflix has been getting quite a bit of use at our place too, Hans. This is built around a fun idea and a very creative groove. Long time since I heard a talk box solo (Peter Frampton comes to mind). Nice.
Regards,
Leon
Posted by: Gary Weder

Re: Too many movies - 09/12/21 05:02 AM

Hans.
Loved this , my favourite of yours. Creative , innovative and well put together. made me want to move my two left feet ! Bravo.
Posted by: Scott C

Re: Too many movies - 09/12/21 08:18 AM

Loved this tune Hans. Your instrument selection was excellent. Very cool how the song sat back and the the energy built and built then dropped back off. Super vocal. Perfect for the song. Super aggressive. Well done. That talkbox was need. Will have to look into that. :-)
Posted by: Birchwood

Re: Too many movies - 09/12/21 08:55 AM

Hi Captain Moto, Peter, Dave and Tangmo

Thanks for your nice comments and observations on the band, the Ladies and my vocals.
Sometimes I have to fight some selfpity when it comes to my vocals, but you manage to shove that aside with those comments. So thanks again!

Originally Posted By: CaptainMoto

I like it!
Plenty to keep your interest.
Nice write and imaginative story.
Vocals pop nicely.
The ladies fit nicely!

moto


Moto, In 5 short sentences you expressed yourself in a very nice way. I like your very nice compliments! If you like a list of the movies, tell me...

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Hans
Really good work all round. Excellent arrangement and great choice of the band.
Clever and engaging.
Peter


Peter, you can do the same as Moto, but in one sentence less! And what a compliment you made. Thanks!

Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Nice one, Hans!
I'm with Bud, would love to see a list of the shows that inspired the lyrics wink
Very creative and very entertaining, really well done in all aspects.

Enjoyed!


Dave, thanks for listening and your so positive comment. But about the list, look what I said to Bud about it. But be shure, there are no comedies on that list. I think live offers enough comedy. Even more than I can handle. Take politicians...

Originally Posted By: Tangmo
LOL. You held that tension till the last. I've done that too. One time I was living in a closet under the stairs when I was visited by a wizard who told me the ring my uncle Voldemort had left was the one true ring that binds all the houses of Hogwarts and must be destroyed. So I took the blue pill and escaped the Matrix. At least I think it was blue. I'm color-blind.

Great production on the band. Loved the changes in dynamics. The talk-box was the perfect choice and delivered the chills. Enjoyed the breathless delivery over the spooky vibe. Genuine entertainment.


Tangmo, ha ha! A fun comment you gave. Especially the blue pill and your color blindness... Well, as long as there is only one pill it doesn't matter, but I fear it wasn't that simple. But thanks a lot about what you said about my song and that talk box. It was a challenge, I can tell you!

Enjoy your sunday and have a nice time,
Hans
Posted by: David Snyder

Re: Too many movies - 09/12/21 10:15 AM


Very funny and catchy!

Such a great sound and mix too!

Lots of clever dynamics.
Posted by: rsdean

Re: Too many movies - 09/13/21 09:45 AM

Hans,

Great song - great sound!

Bob
Posted by: Birchwood

Re: Too many movies - 09/14/21 08:20 AM

Hi Ray, Janne, Misha and Marty,
Thanks for listening and commentiong on the song.
I appreciated it very much. And humour as well!

I received some tips on the eq and tried to solve that immediatly. But it turned out not to be that simple. It had something to do with the bg-vocals. And they already gave me some big problems with aligning them. There was an annoying delay. You probably heard them too. I couldn't solve it, not with vocalign or by hand. Turned out it had to do with my pre amp for the mikes...
I think the version I made some hours ago dealt with it (mostly). Any tips on that?
That's why I underlined 'humour'!

Originally Posted By: rayc
Very aggressive and a little funky.
The aggressive vocal does give an impression of the situation.
The fem vox were distracting in some places...usually when they were over the top of, rather than supporting your lead vocal.
Cool ending...well done Hans, well done.


Ray, I wrote you by email if you could explain 'aggressive' and which fem vocals you meant; the solo girl or the ladies. Well you explained it all to me. The most comforting part was that aggressive isn't bad when you are floating in the situation I sang about. So the last sentence became the most important; well done!

Originally Posted By: jannesan
Creepy text, Deliverance meets Godfather.
Excellent interesting chord progression combining rock, blues and folk. Really great arrangement, excellent selection of instruments. Enjoyed the rhythm, variation between electric and acoustic guitars. lots of interesting changes, the ladies fit very well and so does the talkbox soloist. Your vocal blends nicely to the mix.

Don't stop watching movies, it seems to inspire you to be very creative smile Definitely one of your best works in all aspects.
Janne


Hi Janne, you Finish people must like creepy things, don't they? I also watch movies from Finland. You mostly make crime movies that involve forests and dark ponds. My story was nothing compared with them! When will you make a song on that?
And thanks for the nice words you used!

Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
Hans,
Very cool tune you cooked! Interesting rhyming & lyrics + engaging delivery. Musical bed is great with many surprising elements. Solid mix. The only thing which somewhat creates a bit harsh tension for me is that ladies vocals compete with yours. Since they are more like background vocals I think they would be better if scaled a bit down in the mix and maybe more spacy rev/delay fx on them? Just an idea. Good one! Thank you for sharing.
Misha.


Hi Misha, I feared you would write about the eq, the delayed bg-vocals and the annoying solo girl. To my relief it was 'only' the competition between me and the ladies in the chorusses. Several times I lowered their volume because I heard that competition too. There was one thing I wanted to stay: that choir was special, so has to be heard. See it as a kind of focus. I used two tracks of the Ladies on both sides of the spectrum. My vocals are strong enough to win the competition. Still, in my most recent version, some hours ago, I skipped one track and I did this as well for some instruments to give more space on the hertzes, so to say.
Let me know what you think. And thanks again for your nice words on the song!

Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
If you don't mind could you list the movies that resulted in this? smile
We would like to make sure we don't watch them! But we will
give them credit for inspiring a great song.
J&B


Haha, that's great. Put me on that list. Cool concept, Hans, and well done giving it that twist of humor. At first I was thinking this guy should watch more comedy, but then realized you may need those kidnapping movies to balance out the natural humor. I'd much rather kidnap someone from Holland than James Bond...

Not sure I liked the ah-ah girl. She good, but she might do better in the horror category. The rest of the instrumentation, feel, changes and your convincing vocal are perfect. Five stars!!!!!



Hi Marty, I think it will stay a secret list! I only gave away one name. I wrote that as a reply to J&B.
And I wrote to you on SoundCloud I actually don't like comedies. There are very good ones, of course. But I do like it when humour plays a rol in a movie or in real live. I was a chairman in my working days (making songs is no work, my sons say) and mostly stressy things were at hand. I used jokes a lot then. When most people laugh it creates space for the stressy things. At least I noticed.
But I shure will make a list of all those stars I received from our forum. 5 from you already! Thanks.

I think this reply became huge. You don't have to read it all. Therefore I wrote your name in the first line and after your reply. Easy to skip all other stuff.
But thanks for listening and till the next song from one of us.

Hans
Posted by: Birchwood

Re: Too many movies - 09/15/21 12:11 PM

Hi OldMuso, Mario, Jptjptjpt and Leon,

Thanks for listening and your nice comments on this song.
I wrote one post ago to have some difficulties with the backgroud vocals. i seemed to have solved this, but I didn't. Until the version I made some hours ago. I never faced such problems, but now I know how to del with this kind of latency in the Daw.
So phew, at last it sounds how I would like it to sound.

Originally Posted By: justanoldmuso
nice song opening.
wow what did you use for those haunting femme vocs ? wild lead bw. this is very very good.good tempo.
nice song dynamics later on in song. bringing it all down. loved ending.
i can see this was lots of work. i'm mighty impressed.

very well done bw.
om


Hi OldMuso how right you were on the amount of work on this song, but also long after you heard 'your' version.
The femme vocs are from my keyboard and software from Realitone. I even could let them sing some words instead of ooh's and aah's. But this is the first time I used them solo and as a choir. To my surprise it was less dificult than I thought.
And the tempo had a whole evolution. It started way down (90 bpm) as a Blues and ended on 110 bpm and as a kind of Rock.
Glad you liked it!

Originally Posted By: MarioD
Hans I'm late to the party but I'm glad that I made it. It would be a crime to miss this one!
Everything has already been said that I would have said. You had me hooked from the first measure to the last.
Loved it.


Hello Mario, If you were late, what am I now? But I needed all my time on some sound difficulties I wrote to OldMuso (above). And the rest of my time flew away on playing a granddad, buying a new (E-) bike, my cats, cooking and so on.
Time flies, not only if you're having fun...
Thanks for that nice review "It would be a crime to miss this one"(!) I wished more people felt that way ;-)

Originally Posted By: jptjptjpt
I love the strong steady beat. Good song. I like the treatment on the vocals. I also like the female vocals. That's cool. Good one.


Hi Jptjptjpt for these nice words. Glad you liked the Ladies. It was my first time with them!

Originally Posted By: Leon1
Yeah, Netflix has been getting quite a bit of use at our place too, Hans. This is built around a fun idea and a very creative groove. Long time since I heard a talk box solo (Peter Frampton comes to mind). Nice.
Regards,
Leon


Hi Leon, I think all of us have a lot of fantasy on their musical projects. I'm always amazed to hear songs made out of ideas from all kinds of angles. And the lyrics even more. And you are one of them! Even without Netflix.
When you mentioned Peter Frampton on that talkbox I immediatly knew what song you meant. Very funny you came with it. But I thought I recently heard a song on the Forum where someone used it as well. I think it was Ray, but I'm not sure. But I like the sound of that instrument (in some kind of songs, like this one).

So I was very pleased with your posts and I wish you a very pleasant day,
Hans
Posted by: TuneMonger

Re: Too many movies - 09/15/21 02:38 PM

I've been curious about those Realivox Ladies so I was particularly interested in hearing this. They sounded good. I liked the line "But I'm from Holland," that was great. Good song, good work.
Posted by: cubanpete

Re: Too many movies - 09/15/21 02:57 PM

Oh wow! Loved it. Fun tune, vocals great!

Mike B.
Posted by: Birchwood

Re: Too many movies - 09/17/21 07:42 AM

Hello Gary, Scott, David and Bob,

I enjoyed your replies on my song. Thanks for that!

Originally Posted By: Gary Weder
Hans.
Loved this , my favourite of yours. Creative , innovative and well put together. made me want to move my two left feet ! Bravo.


Hi Gary, that sounds splendid; becoming your favorite song. (But; what was wrong with the others then? ;-))
I hope at your age two moving left feet won't be a problem? I will make a sentimental song within some time. One you also call your favorite and change one left feet into a right one. Kind of magic, but that is what music does to us, don't you think?

Originally Posted By: Scott C
Loved this tune Hans. Your instrument selection was excellent. Very cool how the song sat back and the the energy built and built then dropped back off. Super vocal. Perfect for the song. Super aggressive. Well done. That talkbox was need. Will have to look into that. :-)


Hi Scott, thanks a lot. Now I understand ággressive. I asked Ray to explain this to me. I usually have a negative feeling about that word. That's why I was confused. When you asked if I need a lead and a bassguitarist, I was thinking what kind of songs I would like that in. This latest song was already close to the finish. I only had problems with a latency-issue for my vocals. And you don't sing... So I come back on that soon!

Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Very funny and catchy!
Such a great sound and mix too!
Lots of clever dynamics.


Hello David, your lyrics are as big as a book, but in your replies you be as short as can be. Mostly one sentence. But I got 3 of them! And nice ones too. Thanks for your post on it!

Originally Posted By: rsdean
Hans,
Great song - great sound!
Bob


Hi Bob, I think you were imitating David Snyder with your reply. In one sentence you told it all. Great! Even David needed 3 sentences... Thanks, man.


As I said I liked your replies. Sometimes it takes a while before I can answer them, but I really cherish them all.
Hans
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: Too many movies - 09/20/21 03:40 PM

Cool and intriguing song.

I like the mysterious sound you created with the tracks.

I like the females vocals; I would just lower their volume in the mix when you are singing.

Talkbox solo was a good choice.
Posted by: Birchwood

Re: Too many movies - 09/25/21 02:39 AM

Hi TuneMonger, Mike and ezekiel,

Thanks for your very nice comments on the song. I appreciated what you said.

TuneMonger, I had the Realivox Ladies for some years, but I used it rarely. I don't know why. Probably because I mostly like background vocals that can sing the same words as the leadvocal. The ladies can sing a bunch of words, but not my lyrics. That leaves only me...
In this song I used both possibilities; solo and choir. You can try it too!

Mike, I was amazed to receive this nice post of yours. I thought it wasn't your style at all. Thanks for the compliments!

Ezekiel, I remixed and remastered the song and I think the choir leaves my leadvocals more space.

Best wishes,
Hans