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#279442 - 01/11/15 03:38 PM [User Showcase] C'est Pas Difficile.
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Kicking off 2015 with a bit of bi-lingual blues. OK, so it's not exactly une chanson en français, but it does have the title in French, plus the odd line. Apologies in advance to "mes amis en france".

Very few tracks running compared to some of my offerings -
Drums are RD Blues BB Even 8s
The rhythm guitar, lead guitar and fretless bass are all played in live.
The brass is a MIDI mix of Forte and Edirol Orchestral.
It's all recorded in Realband and mixed and mastered in Powertracks.

C'EST PAS DIFFICILE

I was sitting all alone in this smokey Paris bar
Watching this young girl play the blues on her guitar
She played it kinda laid back, she played it kinda sweet
But when she played it really hot well it just brought me to my feet
I walked across the room just to see what I could steal
When I asked her "how's it done?" she said
"C'est pas difficile"

She played an old blue Telecaster 1957
It was battered, it was bruised, but she made it sound like heaven
Her Vox AC30 was up at number nine
And stamping on the "Cry Baby" sent shivers down my spine
I'd been playing all my life and never got that feel
When I asked her "how's it done?" she said
"C'est pas difficile"

Well my French was not too good and I found it hard to speak, I said
"Comment vous jouez le blues si manifique?"
I think she understood me but it's very hard to say, though
She put down her guitar and she sort of looked my way
She kinda looked right through me, as though I wasn't real
Then she walked across and laughed and said
"C'est pas difficile".

I said " Pouvez vous m'apprendre à jouer blues comme ça?"
She laughed again and shook her head and then she said "Pourquoi?"
I was reaching for my phrase book but she knocked it from my hand
Then she said in perfect English "Well, I think you understand
That music's not a language, it's more the way you feel
And if you try I think you'll find, c'est pas difficile."
She said " Music's not a language, it's more the way you feel
And if you try I think you'll find
C'est pas difficile".

If you have time to listen, many thanks.

ROG.

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#279445 - 01/11/15 03:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: ROG]
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hi rog very engaging great tune love the guitar work thanks for sharing eric
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#279483 - 01/11/15 05:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: ROG]
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Good write, an enjoyable listen.

It's go a very Dire Straits Industrial Disease vibe to it.
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#279491 - 01/11/15 06:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: ROG]
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Really like the wah effect, works really well. Top lyrics, and great ending.
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#279495 - 01/11/15 07:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: ROG]
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Like the groove of this one, very good production work and vocal; thanks for sharing!
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#279509 - 01/11/15 10:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: ROG]
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Bob Dylan meets Hendrix meets Dire Straights meets ROG!! Very cool tune. Everything works. A real treat to listen to!! Take care. Greg

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#279518 - 01/12/15 01:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: ROG]
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Hi Rog,

Productionwise I don't give any comments, I just bow my head :-)
The song is just great fun! It's a fun story and I enjoyed it all the way trhrough. Loved it, in the spirit of Talking Heads... Great!

Psychokiller! Qu'est que c'est? smile smile smile

Fred

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#279547 - 01/12/15 05:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: ROG]
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Fun song and enjoyable listen. You made everything work together nicely. I liked the guitar work.


Charlie
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#279550 - 01/12/15 05:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: ROG]
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Cool tune..... yup...I got some heavy "Dire/Dylan" influence from that excursion into bi-lingual music.....

The bass end seemed fairly heavy and I had to back off the volume to make it sound right. Might just be my system here. Small speakers.... but certainly overloaded.

I don't understand French.... or any other language for that matter...and sometimes have a hard time with English as well.... depends on the accent.

Good song.
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#279577 - 01/12/15 07:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: ROG]
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Smokin Hot, Hot, Hot! Just a great sound all the way through. The cry- baby is killer. The way the lead and the bass come in together is very well thought out and expertly played. This one just made my current playlist. The dry drum sound works perfectly for this. The lyrics are engaging and it is very well delivered. There isn't a single thing that I don't like about this. Excellent work!!! Tom

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#279600 - 01/12/15 09:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: ROG]
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Hi Rog,

very witty lyrics. I liked the guitar work, especially the wahwah.
Fun song and enjoyable listen.

Guenter
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#279645 - 01/12/15 12:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: ROG]
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Holá Rog !:))

Su canción no esta
dificil pero muy
agradable !! (LOL)

Don´t think I know
much Spanish, but I know
French even less !:)) (LOL) !

Maravillioso, Rog y
muy divertido !:))

Gracias ROG & Co

Cheers
Dani

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#279660 - 01/12/15 01:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: ROG]
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Hi Rog. Monster lead guitar and lively drums.
Enjoy your semi narrative vocal style and cool lyrics.
Cheers.
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#279662 - 01/12/15 01:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Bob Dylan meets Hendrix meets Dire Straights meets ROG!! Very cool tune. Everything works. A real treat to listen to!! Take care. Greg


Well we can't top that but....

"Music's not a language, it's more the way you feel
And if you try I think you'll find
C'est pas difficile"

That is such a cool line and, yes, Dylan/Hendrix/Knopfler indeed
and square in the middle of our wheelhouse. We're not about to try
and parse this song out. We'd rather just listen again.

Loving that vocal, guitar and the whole arrangement.

This one is already added to the playlist and has got
to be one of the top rockers we've heard here.

Yeah, we enjoyed it.

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#279739 - 01/13/15 01:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: F.M.M.]
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Originally Posted By: F.M.M.
hi rog very engaging great tune love the guitar work thanks for sharing eric

Hi Eric. Many thanks for the listen and the nice comments about the guitar work.

ROG

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#279740 - 01/13/15 01:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: dcuny]
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Originally Posted By: dcuny
Good write, an enjoyable listen.

It's go a very Dire Straits Industrial Disease vibe to it.

Hi David. I'm always pleased to get a comparison to Dire Straits. Well, who wouldn't?
Many thanks for that and for looking in.

ROG

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#279741 - 01/13/15 01:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: VideoTrack]
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Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
Really like the wah effect, works really well. Top lyrics, and great ending.

Hi Trevor. Many thanks.

I love playing wah guitar, but you really have to have the "Cry Baby" - nothing else comes close.
There's even a bit of slide with wah on this track!

ROG

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#279742 - 01/13/15 01:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: PgFantastic]
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Originally Posted By: PgFantastic
Like the groove of this one, very good production work and vocal; thanks for sharing!

Hi Robert, many thanks for the nice comments.
The "groove" is what matters. I remember Ry Cooder saying he'd spent 40 years looking for the groove!

ROG

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#279743 - 01/13/15 01:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Bob Dylan meets Hendrix meets Dire Straights meets ROG!! Very cool tune. Everything works. A real treat to listen to!! Take care. Greg

Hey Greg.
What can I say? You've mentioned my name alongside three of my heroes. That made my day.
Many thanks.

ROG

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#279747 - 01/13/15 01:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: C'est Pas Difficile. [Re: ROG]
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Oh I really enjoyed this song!

a bit of Dylan and a bit of Talking Heads to my ears

sweet!

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