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#268912 - 11/18/14 03:52 PM [User Showcase] Back To The Country
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dani48 Offline
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Hi,folks !:))

Well, I had to try a country even if
I don´t really have the right voice for it !
Actually this is my first ever written !:))

http://app.box.com/s/uuwj7sq2zu3j93v4zktf

STYLE: BRSOLC2.Sty Country Brent Guitar solo 2 (120 RS)
INSTRUMENTS:
Bass: 520 El Pop Halfnotes (165 EV)
Piano: 1515 Guitar El soloist Country Brent (120 EV)
Drums: Realdrums = Nashville Even 8/6 HiHat /HiHatO)
Guitar: 844 Guitar El Rhytm Country Rock popping EV 120
Strings: 847 Guitar El Rhytm Country Rock Riff EV 120
Soloist: 1682 AC Guitar 12 String Fingerpicking EV 165

Recorded and mixed with Mixcraft 6
Zoom h4n used as mic

Lyrics:

BACK TO THE COUNTRY (by Dani) © Dani Lindroos

Back to the country
That´s where this cityboy is headin´, on my way
no use to try and make me stay
that´s where I wanna go
climb the mountains, see the rivers far below
hope my folks are all okay

I left the country
when I was 12 or so, that´s quite a time ago
and still I´m yearnin´there, I know
you know, I´m gonna pray,
that it will not be far away for me to stray
you know I´ll always love it so

I think I´m gonna jump this freight train
it will take me closer still
and I sure hope it´s not in vain
I´ll meet my folks, wow ! what a thrill !

I miss the country
I miss those rural sounds, and all the lowing cows
I miss the gobbling of the grouse
I miss the cold and freezing breeze,
that blows incessantly all thru the trees
miss that old and stable house

Brent´s solo

I left the country
when I was 12 or so, that´s quite a time ago
and still I´m yearnin´there, I know
you know, I´m gonna pray,
that it will not be far away for me to stray
you know I always loved it so
you know I´ll always love it so

Cheers
Dani



Edited by dani48 (11/18/14 03:56 PM)

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#268914 - 11/18/14 04:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: dani48]
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Dani,

That was a throughly enjoyable listen.

BTW, you've got a great baritone - some pretty cool low notes... smile

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#268915 - 11/18/14 04:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: dani48]
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Impressive Dani. One of my favorites so far.

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#268925 - 11/18/14 07:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: dani48]
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Definitely not conventional country but very cool! It has a lot of country influence but your unique style shines through. I always love hearing what you're doing. Nice work! Take care. Greg

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#268930 - 11/19/14 12:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: dani48]
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Dani

Everything you do has the Dani hallmark which is EXCELLENT.
I enjoyed listening to that a few times.
Not conventional country but a damn good upbeat song.
Vocal as always excellent

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#268934 - 11/19/14 04:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: dani48]
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That was interesting. Not exactly what I was expecting to hear. Yep, it definitely has your signature sound and vocals. In places, it reminded me of the songs Glen Campbell used to record, as well as a number of other artists of that time.....lots of chords and changes in the music. Not exactly country, not exactly rock, but back then GC wasn't known as a country artist.

Observations on the song. It is what it is... however, when writing country....at least at first, experiment with straight up chords. The opening chord told me right from the start "this isn't a country song".

There's a saying that country is 3 chords and the truth. Try writing a country song using simply the basic chords.... for example C F G and Am. Of course choose whatever key you like. The basic 1,4,5 and occasionally the use of the minor 6th is all you need for a country song. Avoid the use of the flat fifths, and sharp 9ths and the other colorful chords for the most part. They're cool for a one time use in a creative way..... but don't write a country song with them as the main chords. As you write more country songs and get used to the genre, then, once you know your way around the genre, jump in and use some cool chords. It's not illegal to use cool chords in country music...so please don't misunderstand me..... but it helps to understand the genre a bit before using them.

Poor Brent..... in the solo, that was one hard chord progression to play a creative country solo against. Again....less is more when it comes to using different chords. Think 1,4,5 and you can't go wrong. If I was asked to play a solo against that progression I would say "No way".... fix it. There's not enough room to explore a melodic lead especially towards the middle to end where the changes come quickly and unpredictably. A solo should have some level of predictability to it. The guitarist needs it and the listener expects it.

Your voice fits well into a country song.... lots of singers had smooth, quiet voices.... "Whispering" Bill Anderson was one who had a big career singing that way, the great Merle Haggard was often smooth, Conway, the list goes on...... so your voice works well. You just need to get a grasp on what country music is..... either in the past or now, or anywhere in between. Listen to some of the old country folks and write something similar to that. 75% or so of the old country from the 60's through the early 80's was 3 chord songs.


All that said.... I like the song, the things it talks about, and the creativity it displays..... just some tweeking in the writing process and you'll be writing country music in fine fashion.
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#268938 - 11/19/14 05:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: dani48]
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Nice tune Dani. Excellent lyrics and singing.. Well done..

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#268939 - 11/19/14 05:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: dani48]
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Cool song Dani. "Helsinki Country"!


Regards,

Bob

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#268956 - 11/19/14 08:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: dani48]
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Hi Dani,

as some already said this is not country and I'm glad it isn't. The leopard can't change its spots.
Very nice song. I like the changes. But as Herb already mentioned, Brent has got some problems.

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#268964 - 11/19/14 12:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: rsdean]
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dani48 Offline
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Hi Bob !:))

Thank you so much for your
most kind words really much
appreciated !!

Cheers
Dani

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#268965 - 11/19/14 12:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: Charlie Fogle]
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dani48 Offline
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Hi, Charlie !:))


Much obliged by your
most kind words !!:))


Cheers
Dani

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#268967 - 11/19/14 12:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: Greg Johnson]
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dani48 Offline
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Hi, Greg !

You are all too kind with me
but naturally I do appreciate
those kind words very much !
I always like to listen to your sweet tunes
also !:))


Cheers
Dani

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#268968 - 11/19/14 12:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: gibson]
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dani48 Offline
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Hi, Alyn !:))

You know you are much too
kind with this ol´cityboy
but he sure like your kind
words very much ! Gracias !

Cheers
Dani


Edited by dani48 (11/19/14 12:35 PM)

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#268969 - 11/19/14 12:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: Guitarhacker]
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dani48 Offline
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Well, dear friend !:))

You know, I do not
consider myself nor
a country singer nor
a composer of country tunes !
I probably could write
something using 1 4 and 5
etc. but I have to confess
that I am more in for Bacharach
type of chording !:))

In any case Herb, I do appreciate your
very kind words regarding this
embryonic tune !:))

Cheers
Dani

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#268970 - 11/19/14 12:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: Scott C]
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Well, friend Scott !:))

I feel most grateful for
your more than kind words !

Take Care

Cheers
Dani

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#268972 - 11/19/14 12:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: 90 dB]
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Hi, Bob !:))

What I was describing
with this tune was indeed
a mixture of Finnish and
Norwegian Country !:))
You probably have to go to Norway
to climb those mountains for
to be able to see the rivers
far, far below, Finland is generally
much more flatter ! Now, Bob, I do
appreciate your kind words
truly much !

Cheers
Dani

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#268973 - 11/19/14 12:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: boehm]
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Hi, Guenter !:))


LOL ! Yes, poor Brent, I have to
admit to that !!!:))
Okay, you know Guenter that I am
not really into this type of
music though I do like really good
country also !:)) Usually I´ll stick
to more challenging chords and
progressions !:)) As you know, I do
appreciate your very kind words
truly much !:))

Cheers
Dani

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#269041 - 11/20/14 07:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: dani48]
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Hi Dani
A very interesting combination. Your wonderful voice with some country backing and unconventional chords. I enjoyed it very much!

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#269046 - 11/20/14 08:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: dani48]
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Hi Dani,

This is a nice song, although we wonder if you could call it a country song. But does it matter?
We agree with Herb about the solo. It sounds a bit chaotic.
May be if you replace one or 2 of the guitars by other instruments (or leave one out?) it will work out better.
However, your voice fits in well.

Regards,
Rob and Anne-Marie
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#269051 - 11/20/14 08:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The Country [Re: dani48]
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Hello Dani...

I'm here to give my honest opinion or suggestions to this forum. So here it goes....

Overall I liked the song but would suggest a lot less vibrato on the voice....and lose the auto harmony machine...it does not sound natural....you would be better off singing the harmony yourself. Or maybe get someone else to sing it.

I don't beat you up....but I do want to help....
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