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#255548 - 07/06/14 12:03 PM [User Showcase] Alcohol
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Amongst other things frown I was a prescription medication addict and alcohol dependent a few years/ decades ago crazy and wrote this on my 12 string. It is a distant memory now so I was able at last to record it.
It is a bossa, Chacha tribute(?) to dependence.

ALCOHOL

I like drinking whisky
I also like drinking gin
Maybe that kinda explains a little bit
the trouble I’m in
But noone wants to
be to be unkind

Don’t give me lotsa money cos I wont have it long
The doctor took me of them little yellow pills I relied on to get by
I relied on to get by

My mind makes a killing
Everyday of the week
No time I just sink deep into misery no way out
No more little pills to rely on

It’s not much fun but I’m not the only one
the ones err were once prescribed
To change our minds
Little yellow pills to rely on to get by

My mind makes a killing
Everyday of the week
No time I just sink deep into misery no way out
No more little pills to rely on

No more little pills
aah just one in a million
but i err rely on
gotta get by


****** Song Summary *************
Title: ALCOHOL
File:ALCOHOL RT.MGX
Style is POP_SADE.STY (Pop_Sade -90s Cool Pop-Jazz)
Style MIDI Instruments are : finger Bass 1 from EMU Proteus, SOLO moulded from 2-3 BIAB soloists, and a bit of me and is a mix of Brass and Synth soundfonts
RealTracks in song: 918:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm ChaCha Ev 110
RealTracks in song: 854:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Rhythm RockWaltzA-B Ev 140
RealDrums in Song: BossaBrushes: a: Sidestick Brushes b: Sidestick, Ride
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#255561 - 07/06/14 02:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: gibson]
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This is a weighty subject and your lyrics seem almost a matter of prayer. Your vocals are a good fit for this song and the subject.

Charlie
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#255568 - 07/06/14 05:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: gibson]
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Hi Alyn. I love the drama, the phrasing and the shock of the chorus. The voice and the backing really work for me. Nice one. Cheers.
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#255580 - 07/06/14 06:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: gibson]
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Hi, Alyn !:))


This is one of your more
original tunes ? Dramatic,
yes, indeed very dramatic
and fascinating !:))


Cheers
Dani

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#255643 - 07/07/14 10:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: gibson]
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Alyn!!!!!

THIS IS PHENOMENAL!!!!!!

Excellent in every way. Terrific production. Perfect vocals.

A great big WOW at ya, man!!!

This would fit nicely into one of my all-time favorite albums - that few people seem to know about - BREEZY STORIES by Danny O'Keefe - you should try to find a copy - I think you might like it...

Awesome piece of work, Alyn. I applaud you...

floyd
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#255652 - 07/07/14 12:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: gibson]
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Nicely done - the vocals are an excellent match to the music.
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#255654 - 07/07/14 12:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: Charlie Fogle]
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Hi Alyn,
Originally Posted By: c_fogle
This is a weighty subject and your lyrics seem almost a matter of prayer. Your vocals are a good fit for this song and the subject.

I like those brassy solos.

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#255698 - 07/07/14 10:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: gibson]
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Hi Alyn,

The transition from narrative to that chorus vocal is GREAT! Really like way you put this arrangement together musically too. BTW, I'm not usually a fan of narrative in songs but you sure sold me on this one.


Josie

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#255708 - 07/08/14 01:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: Charlie Fogle]
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THanks Charlie,
I suppose it was a prayer when I wrote it,and I wasn't too sure wether to post this.

Thanks for listening.

Alyn
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#255709 - 07/08/14 01:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: RichMac]
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Richmac

Thanks, I like the use of the word "drama" I never thought of that, just glad that song is now finished.

Alyn
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#255710 - 07/08/14 01:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: dani48]
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Dani,

I thank you too for description of drama.
Thanks for listening.

Alyn
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#255711 - 07/08/14 01:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: dcuny]
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David,

Thanks for listening and commenting

Alyn
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#255712 - 07/08/14 01:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: floyd jane]
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floyd,

I am humbled by your comments. Thank you. A little tear crept into the corner of my eye reading your post.
this is one of the vignettes of my life.

I have heard of Danny O'Keefe, in the recesses of my memory, but will search for him and listen to his works later today.

thank you so much floyd

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#255713 - 07/08/14 01:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: boehm]
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Guenter,

The brassy solo took time to get right, but to me the combo of a chacha and waltz set the solo in place.

Thank you

Alyn
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#255714 - 07/08/14 02:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: Sundance]
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Josie,

I am so glad you liked it, your songs are so beautiful.
The demons can't sing eek it was "me" in the chorus!!

I write a lot of poems and have put a few to music so I will warn you when I post the next one!!! I call this style of mine Old Man Rap without a silent C.

Alyn
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#255733 - 07/08/14 06:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: gibson]
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very unique, love the style here for such a deep and difficult subject. you have a Tom Waits vibe going on to me, and a vocal performance that accentuates and complements the lyric quite effectively!

well done much enjoyed!

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#255748 - 07/08/14 08:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: gibson]
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Alyn, What a great song. An important subject that comes across as a personal journey. The chorus is striking. My favorite of yours so far. Great Job!! Tom

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#255758 - 07/08/14 11:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: gibson]
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Hey Alyn.

That is not a comfortable listen - not something you'd put on late at night to relax to after a hard day. It has the same effect on me as does the piano solo in Bowie's Aladin Sane.

Having said that, it's still brilliant in it's conception and execution. The music, the lyrics and the vocals have so many contrasts and contradictions and yet the whole thing comes together with such a powerful effect. How do you DO that?

Just when I start to think I know what you're up to, you surprise me yet again.

Whatever next? I can't wait to see.

ROG.

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#255773 - 07/08/14 03:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: gibson]
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Mercifully I've never been there...but I have family
and friends who have. Some came out on the
good side and some didn't. I'm happy you landed
in a good place. And, wow, what a way to express
yourself! They've all already said it and I feel the
same way but couldn't begin to be as eloquent as
floyd -- he really nailed it. This is one that will
be on our play list and one that we will share.
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#255815 - 07/08/14 10:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: Alcohol [Re: gibson]
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Glad to hear you kicked your demons, song was great thanks for sharing!
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