THis Land is America (new mix)

Posted by: Guitarhacker

THis Land is America (new mix) - 09/30/21 07:51 AM

This one has been setting in the DAW for longer than it really should have. I've been busy with life and haven't had the time to play much music recently.

Just a few observations about what is going on outside my front gate.


The style is Stonz Flash and just like the Stones, it is guitar rock. I didn't play on this one.... yeah I know.... What the Hey!

The band:

Bass 519
Drums Nashville Even 8
Rhythm guitars 499 & 505 panned 50%
Solo guitar Brent 1171 that's a fat sounding guitar.

Vox... 3 tracks, the usual, but no fixing.

Original mix: STILL AMERICA

NEW MIX: THis Land is America

What's new? I raised the double vox trax and added 2 harmonies ( if you want to call them that ) and I dropped the lead guitar a wee tiny bit. Based on early comments which I'll start addressing tomorrow in the A.M. Who knows.... might be a third mix....but probably not

The lyriks:


Some say our country has seen it's better days
People want to burn it down and put something else in it's place
I'm here to tell you buddy, that ain't gonna happen today
Too many people died for for old glory for me to just walk away

This land is America, The home of the free and the brave.
If they had the faintest idea of what you're doing today
Our founding fathers would be rolling over in their graves
This land is America home of the free and the brave


You can call me names, friend I don't care, just take a number get in line.
But if it's on my block and in my town, you best watch your own behind.
Around these parts we don't play those games and you better not burn our flag.
Good old boys with our country toys, man that's a fact not a brag

Y'all better stay away from here with that communist nonsense
we ain't playing that game



Hope you enjoyed it.



Posted by: Gary Weder

Re: Still America - 09/30/21 08:05 AM

A great song Herb sung with conviction and an even greater message !!! Bravo.
regards
Gary.
Posted by: justanoldmuso

Re: Still America - 09/30/21 08:21 AM

nice gtr bends at begin.
as i believe in honest comment herb please, i beg of you...try singing along with yourself
herb to double the vocs. this song cries out for it.
with a few added production touches this song would
soar into the stratosphere. and be a huge winner.

eg you can call me names... and this land is america etc.
believe me mate doubling vocs can really make a song.

herb this is v well done. like the lyrics...inventive.

i also liked the ending vocal talking...and the bass
and the mix.

bestest
om
Posted by: chulaivet1966

Re: Still America - 09/30/21 09:53 AM

Howdy Herb....

This is a good write....mix sounds good to me and vox is performed well.
As a vet, the lyrics certainly reflect my views.

The only (quite subjective :)) comment I would add is that it screams for some harmonies during the chorus....I know, don't make you work any harder than you already have on this one smile

A good rocker....well done.
Posted by: David Snyder

Re: Still America - 09/30/21 03:03 PM


Sounds great Herb.

I will look for this style.

Cool man!!

smile
Posted by: Will Josef

Re: Still America - 09/30/21 03:24 PM

Good, classic rock and a great vocal as always. Enjoyed it!

Will
Posted by: Jim Fogle

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 09/30/21 04:29 PM

Herb,

Always nice to hear one of your songs. I'm glad to see you found some time to devote to recording.
Posted by: MarioD

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 09/30/21 05:09 PM

LOVED IT and it is so true!

Super production, vocal, and instrumentation.

This should be on the radio today!

Two thumbs up!
Posted by: justanoldmuso

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 09/30/21 05:09 PM

herb...darn you lol.
this is one hell of a catchy tune. this is a potential big hit.
i listened to new mix.

in the choruses the song really needs back up singers.
or record a local pro choir who can really belt it out in the choruses.
but please dont change your own lead vocs cos i really like the character of your vocs and your vocs sound picture.
i also like those little voc words like >allright<

i can hear now millionsd of pepople singing along with this.

best/respect
om
Posted by: rayc

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 09/30/21 10:17 PM

It's strutt'n stuff.
The only thing I'm not keen on, musically, is the Brent guitar - too many country licks for my taste is all.
I think the backing vocals do a fine job...I understand JAOM's thing about doubled vocals and you seem to have done a cool job of vocals on this mix whatever was done..

I assume the spoken part at the end was meant to be humorous. There's an awful lot of talk about socialism & communism going on at present about things that are neither. Anyway, it gave me a laugh.

Well written rock song. I would've liked to hear you playing to replace Brent but it is what it is.
Posted by: dcuny

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 09/30/21 10:30 PM

Nailed the Country Rock sound. Good job on the vocals. I agree that some vocal thickening would be nice.

Fun listen.
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/01/21 07:59 AM

Quote:
A great song Herb sung with conviction and an even greater message !!! Bravo.
regards
Gary.

thanks. It's fun writing songs like this.

Quote:
nice gtr bends at begin.
as i believe in honest comment herb please, i beg of you...try singing along with yourself
herb to double the vocs. this song cries out for it.
with a few added production touches this song would
soar into the stratosphere. and be a huge winner.

eg you can call me names... and this land is america etc.
believe me mate doubling vocs can really make a song.

herb this is v well done. like the lyrics...inventive.

i also liked the ending vocal talking...and the bass
and the mix.

bestest
om


I actually did have doubled vox in there but I was running them low. Very hard to hear them.... I did bump them up and added harmonies. Have a listen to the new version.

Quote:
Howdy Herb....

This is a good write....mix sounds good to me and vox is performed well.
As a vet, the lyrics certainly reflect my views.

The only (quite subjective :)) comment I would add is that it screams for some harmonies during the chorus....I know, don't make you work any harder than you already have on this one smile

A good rocker....well done. chuliavet


As per your observations, I went back and added harmonies to a new mix. I tended to not do a lot of work on this.... down and dirty mix, a few loose ends left hanging.....



Quote:
Sounds great Herb.

I will look for this style.

Cool man!!
David


I have seen that style and auditioned it a few times and for this song... it just seemed to be the right one.
Posted by: CaptainMoto

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/01/21 08:46 AM

You've created a nice Country Rock vibe.
Nice job on the performance and the mix.

Given the current volatile political climate, I'm more sensitive to messages that conflate divisiveness with patriotisms.
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/01/21 02:34 PM

Herb,

A good Rockin' BAND. And a good gravelly vocal to go along with it (the first version the vocals seemed to be "tucked down" just a hair too much. The new mix, they are just where they need to be). Bass and Drums sound good - a nice solid bottom.

I'm with ray on the Brent guitar. The fills didn't "jive with the track" and the solo seemed to really go off-the-rails about half way through and then seemed lost the rest of the way.

Good mix.

fj
Posted by: Scott C

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/01/21 06:43 PM

Cool driving rocker Herb. Super vocal and excellent backtrack. I agree the world has become crazy place. Thanks for sharing.. Well done...
Posted by: BabuMusic

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/03/21 05:50 AM

Love it, Herb. Excellent lyrics and sentiment. The harmonies and doubles really add to the excitement and the statement. Well said and sung. The mix is perfect.
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Still America - 10/04/21 06:32 AM



Originally Posted By: Will Josef
Good, classic rock and a great vocal as always. Enjoyed it!

Will


Thanks. THis was a fun tune to record
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/04/21 06:34 AM

Originally Posted By: Jim Fogle
Herb,

Always nice to hear one of your songs. I'm glad to see you found some time to devote to recording.


Yeah... life sometimes intrudes into the plans I have for myself. With a farm and 28 acres.... there's always something needing to be done.

Thanks for listening.
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/04/21 06:36 AM

Originally Posted By: MarioD
LOVED IT and it is so true!

Super production, vocal, and instrumentation.

This should be on the radio today!

Two thumbs up!


Yeah... I think a lot of people should hear this but I have a feeling there's a lot, and I do mean a lot, of folks who feel the same way. Kinda like poking a sleeping bear.... you will get away with it a few times.......

Thanks for listening.
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/06/21 03:26 PM

Really well done Herb!!! Love the energy, and love the message....you nailed it!!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Rustyspoon#

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/06/21 04:49 PM

Herb,
Strong Country Rock tune, well delivered. Tried 2nd mix. Sounds good on my Sennheiser phones.
Thank you for sharing.

Misha.
Posted by: jptjptjpt

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/07/21 03:36 PM

I listened to this last week. I guess I forgot to post my response. Sorry. Yep, this is a good power-country patriotic song ala' Toby Keith. Good work. Good message too.
Posted by: 90 dB

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/08/21 08:39 AM

Herb,

This is great! Really enjoyed the song and the sentiment.

Regards,

Bob
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/08/21 10:44 AM

I apologize to everyone who has been so kind and taken the time to comment and I have not had the chance to respond.

I certainly appreciate the comments and critiques.


THANK YOU ALL!!!
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/10/21 04:51 PM

Your first version sounded good, but changes make it sound even better.

Still good!
Posted by: justanoldmuso

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/14/21 07:45 AM

herb.
either version cranks me up.
its a belter. kudos herb as i said in my last post.
its a v good song.
if you could , round up 100 people choir.
all singing that hooky chorus.
would sound to grrreat effect if you had a huge no of people singing this with you.


love your song herb. its an excellent example of useing hooks in a song imho.
in summary, excellent song write.
best
om
Posted by: Bawb

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/14/21 08:20 AM

Hi Herb,

Kick...
Butt!

The vocals tell the story. You've got a good sound going there. I don't like a lot of things that are going on right now and your song pretty much sums it all up.
Thanks for posting, I enjoyed the listen!
Posted by: RnAM

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/24/21 01:04 PM

Well... as far as we're concerned the double vox does it!
Being back after some time ourselves, it struck us that we've not been the only ones who have been busy with other things and are now returning to the forum.
However.... it is a very cool song with great music!

Rob and Anne-Marie
Posted by: Charlie Fogle

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/24/21 04:37 PM

Good song Herb. It has the vibes of Charlie Daniels songs from back in the day. Good company to keep. Enjoyed my listen.

Charlie
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/29/21 07:12 AM

Rock on!

Listened weeks ago and thought we had posted. The vagaries of old age!

Well done.

J&B
Posted by: Planobilly

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 10/31/21 10:38 PM

I just enjoyed the song Herb. I did not feel any need to pick it apart.

I often just want to just listen and enjoy the music.

Plenty of others here to give you critical feedback.

Thanks,

Billy
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: THis Land is America (new mix) - 11/01/21 09:18 AM

Thanks for the recent comments..... I'm working on another similar song..... Gotta get busy on the recording.