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#234030 - 01/09/14 09:52 PM [User Showcase] New Song: Virtual Girl
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Hello PG music nation. This is a song conceived and arranged in BIAB, recorded, mixed "in the box" and now being shared on an online forum, and the song is about the social ills of technology. How's that for irony? This features elec. gtrs (635 and 638), acoustic guitar (405), a Hammond organ (I love their rock organs), EZDrummer (the classic), and live bass by a friend (had to be something to break the pure "virtual nature. Hope you enjoy it. Take care. Greg

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#234035 - 01/09/14 10:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: Greg Johnson]
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This is excellent. Really enjoyed it. Would have been great for that new movie, "Her."
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#234072 - 01/10/14 02:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg...

A real nice Pop-Rocker! Nice production and the song is good on its own merits. Thanks for a real nice listen!

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#234078 - 01/10/14 04:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Nice tune great voice.
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#234102 - 01/10/14 08:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: Greg Johnson]
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I liked it from the start...

good writing job. Nice lyric crafting.

"now you can even find God on line"... lol....!!!

well done. loved it.


just a thought on the fade, a little something more creative... instead of the fade>>>.... song stutters like a glitched CD ... sound of old dial up modem (fax machine sounds) trying to connect.... dial tone... silence..
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#234116 - 01/10/14 09:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Cool song all the way around...and yeah the irony is certainly there re doing it with BIAB! Great vocals, clever lyric and a very clean mix all make this a great listen. Congrats and we certainly hope to hear more! BTW, did you use any mastering software on this?
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#234126 - 01/10/14 10:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

Cool pop sound on this. The bass line is terrific. Good arrangement.
Would have liked to see a lyric posted along with this. There were a few things I missed. Must be my day for not "hearing" lyrics well...

The vocal seemed a bit hot in spots - as I turned it up it broke up a bit...

Very catchy melody! I can still heard it in my head...

floyd

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#234136 - 01/10/14 10:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg,

nice pop song.
Good vocals and arrangement.
I miss the printed lyrics, too.

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#234177 - 01/10/14 03:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,
Loved it! Welcome to the Forum!
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#234203 - 01/10/14 09:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Interesting that you said that. I couldn't decide how to end it. I thought of a quick, sharp cutoff. If you'll notice, I did use a tuning effect on the word "girl" in the fade to give it a weird digital sound. Thanks for your kind words. Take care. Greg

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#234205 - 01/10/14 09:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd. Thanks for the positive words. I deliberately made the vocal a bit harsh and edgy. Here are the lyrics. I typed them out for my biggest fan (my mom) so I copied them for you. Take care. Greg

VIRTUAL GIRL

She’s got her favorite blogs, sites where she goes when she feels alone
Every app she needs, she’s got the whole world inside her phone
Her Facebook fifty friends, the party never ends
The information super freeway, buy it now on Ebay, you’ll always find it there
Forget the brick and mortar, who needs the world disorder
When you’ve got the key to another world
Livin’ fast and free, a virtual girl

It just blows her mind how those in the past could stay entertained
Transistor radios, family shows and those outdoor games
If you dare to dream it, download it or stream it, it’s all here on the web
Your villains and your heroes come down to ones and zeros
She points and clicks her way to another world
Livin’ fast and free, a virtual girl

Reality seems to be such a complicated thread
So she’d rather be livin’ life in her head

When she’s feeling deep, looking for something that’s more sublime
It puts her soul at ease to know you can even find God on line
Virtual and single, log on to Christian Mingle, find God’s match for you
I’m spiritual and female, send photo and an email
There’s nothing she can’t do in the virtual world
Livin’ fast and free, a virtual girl

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#234218 - 01/10/14 11:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Fantastic Greg, loved the groove, really good lyrics, and the concept is just so good. You've done a great job there, again!
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#234262 - 01/11/14 10:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg, I agree with LawTunes. It would have been great for the movie Her. Great write and mix. I agree with floyd about the hot spots. I actually liked the fade out. Missed the lyrics. Overall very very well done. We want more! Tom

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#234340 - 01/11/14 07:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: Greg Johnson]
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LOVING it Greg! Great song. Love the lyrics, melody and arrangement. I could listen to you sing 'til the cows come home. Can't wait to hear what you do next.


Josie

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#234342 - 01/11/14 08:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg, what a fresh approach to a storyline, excellent idea and well written.

Welcome to the hangout of so many talented folks,

More please?
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#234344 - 01/11/14 08:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: Sundance]
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Thanks so much for the encouragement. Much appreciated!! Take care. Greg

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#234345 - 01/11/14 08:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Tanks for the encouragement. Much appreciated!! Take care. Greg

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#234428 - 01/12/14 02:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Excellent job, Greg.
Constantly amazed how different people use the same RTs in so many diverse ways.
Great song and I like the different "chorus" idea.
Pity you had to use EZdrummer - RealDrums needs to be doing some catching up.
I thought the fade was OK - no glitches I could hear and it fitted well. Smooth.
cheers
ian
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#234465 - 01/12/14 10:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: sixchannel]
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Thanks Ian. Appreciate the uh.....appreciation. I actually love the real tracks many times. The only issue I have is not being able to treat different drums in the kit differently. Most of the tracks are really well played and tasteful, but sometimes you want a gated snare and a dry kick or something. Thanks again for listening. Take care. Greg

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#235163 - 01/15/14 10:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: Virtual Girl [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Excellent song with crafty lyrics and a memorable musical hook. It's current and thoughtful. You sure captured the, what, social dichotomy so speak of technology in our lives? Impressive.

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