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#207728 - 06/27/13 11:52 AM [User Showcase] New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get"
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Here's a fun little ditty from the vault - written with Charlene back in the 80's. Rearranged with RT's. Mixed in Tracktion.

I Can Use All The Help I Can Get

Let me know if anything's weird with the mix or any other comments you may have. Lyrics on SC page.

Hope you enjoy.

Real tracks used are:
Reggae set -
Real Drums
Bass 1157
Electric Rhythm Guitar 1158
Organ 1159
Piano 1160
Other added realtracks -
Banjo 1579 and 1790
Organ 671
Tuba 1618
Fiddle 1117
Vibes (sorry forgot number)
Ukulele 1143
Guitar Nylon 606


Edited by Sundance (06/27/13 09:24 PM)
Edit Reason: to add real tracks used

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#207731 - 06/27/13 12:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: Sundance]
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Hi, Josie !

Don´t get me wrong if I say
this was a very cute song !
I enjoyed it very much !
....and btw if I can be of
any help......


Cheers
Dani

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#207741 - 06/27/13 12:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: Sundance]
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Josie -

A fun listen. The ukulele, fiddle, organ combo were a great feel for the sentiment of the song. (the tuba/banjo ending was cute, too)...

floyd
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#207750 - 06/27/13 01:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: Sundance]
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Hey, you did a great job of incorporating the ukelele.. I've tried to use it, but I can never make it fit. In that song it sounded very "right"

Also, "I can use all the help I can get" is one of those catch phrases with universal appeal and application.

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#207762 - 06/27/13 02:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Josie -

A fun listen. The ukulele, fiddle, organ combo were a great feel for the sentiment of the song. (the tuba/banjo ending was cute, too)...

floyd


Floyd said what I was thinking.

Yes I love the instrument mix!

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#207776 - 06/27/13 03:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: Sundance]
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Nice tune smile light and funky - do you mind if I ask what the style was you used?

Dennis

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#207785 - 06/27/13 06:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: Sundance]
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Hi Josie.

What a fun song!

Why has no one said that this sounds like a reggae track? Is it just me? Granted, a gentle reggae, but it definitely has that feel to it. Brave mix of instruments, but I must say that I think it was an inspired choice.

Very inventive. Loved it.

ROG.

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#207787 - 06/27/13 06:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: Sundance]
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I heard reggae in the rhythm too. and vocally at the end when you sing the "awww" and on a couple of the "helps" I could hear a hint of Joplin

well done

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#207804 - 06/27/13 09:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: Sundance]
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Dani,

Thank you. I'll keep that offer in mind. wink

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#207805 - 06/27/13 09:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: Sundance]
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Thank you Floyd, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I love that tuba it really added to the fun.

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#207806 - 06/27/13 09:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: Sundance]
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Appreciate it Pat. I thought the uke fit really well with the reggae feel too.

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#207807 - 06/27/13 09:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: Sundance]
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Danny, thank you very much.

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#207809 - 06/27/13 10:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: Sundance]
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Josie, the style used was?

Dennis

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#207810 - 06/27/13 10:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: Sundance]
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Dennis,

I don't remember what style I started with - I rarely stay with the first one as I'm usually just looking for the feel and the tempo I want.

Here's the story of the arrangement. I wanted to try the reggae rt's when they first came out and thought this was a good song to do it on but I wanted a faster tempo. So I used the reggae tracks - some at half time since I was way out of range. Then I added everything except the tuba and banjos because they weren't available yet. I got busy on some other projects and time went by.

When I listened to the song again the other night I thought I'd add the tuba and banjos for the heck of it - loved the effect and here we are. Many of the instruments are used in very small snippets that I pull out of what is generated and mix in where I want them. Hope that helps.



Oh and thank you!

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#207812 - 06/27/13 10:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: Sundance]
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Great ears ROG, it is indeed based on reggae tracks.

Thank you!

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#207813 - 06/27/13 10:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: Sundance]
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Thank you gruverider. Appreciate that very much.

Good catch on the reggae before I had the tracks posted.

I listed the tracks used in the original post now. smile

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#207817 - 06/27/13 11:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: Sundance]
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Originally Posted By: Sundance
Dennis,

I don't remember what style I started with - I rarely stay with the first one as I'm usually just looking for the feel and the tempo I want.

Here's the story of the arrangement. I wanted to try the reggae rt's when they first came out and thought this was a good song to do it on but I wanted a faster tempo. So I used the reggae tracks - some at half time since I was way out of range. Then I added everything except the tuba and banjos because they weren't available yet. I got busy on some other projects and time went by.

When I listened to the song again the other night I thought I'd add the tuba and banjos for the heck of it - loved the effect and here we are. Many of the instruments are used in very small snippets that I pull out of what is generated and mix in where I want them. Hope that helps.



Oh and thank you!



Josie, thanks yes it does as it give me a starting point. That uke groove would be pretty square on for the Iz version of Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World.

Cheers

Dennis

PS: YVW smile

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#207834 - 06/28/13 03:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: Sundance]
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Hi Josie,

You had me tapping my feet along with this one. I love the happy, cheeky feel that this song has. Top to bottom it's a pleasure to listen to and the song can hold its head high in Josie Beck song collection smile Really nice work!

All the best,
Noel

P.S. The tuba ending was a stroke of genius!
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#207836 - 06/28/13 03:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: Sundance]
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Loved it Josie

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#207841 - 06/28/13 05:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song "I Can Use All The Help I Can Get" [Re: Sundance]
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Josie -

Very nice - love da reggae beat. Everyting be irie now.



Regards,


Bob

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