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#342938 - 04/02/16 12:47 AM [User Showcase] Even If . . . (Title Track)
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This is the song I wrote to explain the name "Even If . . ." and will be the title track of album #1.

Until Biab, this song had been difficult for me to convey to live musicians . . . even with chord chart . . .

It had been written for awhile but I was not talented enough to play all of the parts so it sat for a long time . . .

I used _HROCKLA.STY LA Hard Rock, All RTrks

I switched out 996 with 1270 pop lift sync muted guitar
and added 1000 Guitar fuzzy held

A lead in this style at 140bpm wasn't really there in Biab, so I used 705 Flute Soloist Bossa (Bluesy) and then ran it through Amplitube 3 lead Marshal emulation with aphex aurel exciter and Reel ADT

Link to song: EVEN IF . . .
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#342982 - 04/02/16 09:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: Even If . . . (Title Track) [Re: Even If]
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You have a lot of cool stuff going on in this song:

1) I really like your voice... it has the perfect mix of tonality, pitch and raspiness to make your vocals sound interesting and even exciting!

2) the dialog between the king and his minions regarding Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego's unwillingness to bow down to the idol adds a theatrical moment to the composition that I found to be really interesting and attention-getting

3) In fact, I find that your songs in general are full of interesting little ditties that ramp up the interest level repeatedly in different directions, and in so doing they keep your songs moving from one audio texture to another... little tricks like changing the EQ for one phrase only, to emphasize the message contained in that phrase, or adding harmonies at key points to beef up the impact. Lots of songs use harmony, but you use it as a form of dynamics, and I find that interesting

4) I absolutely LOVED your use of the flute run through an overdriven marshall... it was reminiscent of Jethro Tull and maybe a metal solo with only the high harmonics stripped out and used alone. VERY Interesting sound! It would be interesting to take a metal solo guitar real track that has an accompanying MIDI track and superimpose a flute on the MIDI to create harmonics that can be controlled separately

5) considering the fact that you appear to be using your music as a ministry, I think you are missing an opportunity by failing to post your lyrics

In conclusion, I have really enjoyed everything you've posted so far.. I think you have a lot of talent and some interesting approaches to solving the standard musical problems.

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#343016 - 04/02/16 04:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: Even If . . . (Title Track) [Re: Pat Marr]
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Thanks Pat!

Here are the lyrics to Even If :-)

Even If . . . by Bill Bannister Key of C 140 bpm
Verse 1
Em
(In the) 3rd year
D
(of the) reign of the king
Em
(of) Judah
D
Em
Neb oo kad net tsar
D
(laid) siege to
Em
(Je rus a) lem
D
Em
(by the) hand
D
(of A don) ai – along with
Em
items from the House of
D
God
Em
(Yeh) ho ya keem
D
(Judah's) King – was handed over
Em
(to) him

D
Bridge
Am
(But the) King couldn't sleep at night
F
(He was) troubled by his dreams
Am
(So) God gave Dani'el a vision
G
(to un-) lock the mystery
Am
(The) King soon forgot about Dani'el's God
F
(and made an) IDOL 90 feet high
Am
ALL must bow down and worship it
G
(those who) won't, have to DIE!

Talking . . .
“Oh king, those Jews you put in charge refuse to bow
down and worship the gold statue you made . . . “

“WHAT?!! Bring them to me so that I might find out
why they disobey my royal decree!

Verse 2
Em
Shad-rak, May-shock,
D
A-bade-knee-go
Em
(were) brought before the king
D
Em
Bow down and
D
worship the
Em
god I have made,
D
(or be) thrown in the furnace and flames


Chorus
C
(If the) God whom we serve
C
(is) able to save us
A
(He will) save us from your hand
C
(EVEN) IF . . . He doesn't
C
(We) want you to know -
B
WE – WILL – NOT – BOW – DOWN!


Edited by Even If (04/02/16 04:20 PM)
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#343031 - 04/02/16 07:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: Even If . . . (Title Track) [Re: Even If]
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Another awesome vocal. Loved the tune
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#343045 - 04/02/16 08:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: Even If . . . (Title Track) [Re: Scott C]
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thanks Scott! Blessings!
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#343050 - 04/02/16 09:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Even If . . . (Title Track) [Re: Even If]
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A great tune, vocal is perfect as is the production; thanks for sharing!
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#343065 - 04/03/16 01:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Even If . . . (Title Track) [Re: Even If]
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Great rock song u have here Even If ! Really took me back to the 70's. Remaining me of another band, just cant remember who, Great work !
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#343073 - 04/03/16 03:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: Even If . . . (Title Track) [Re: Even If]
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Really pro feel about the production and performance. Nice song.
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#343082 - 04/03/16 05:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Even If . . . (Title Track) [Re: PgFantastic]
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Thanks PGFantastic! Blessings to you smile
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#343083 - 04/03/16 05:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Even If . . . (Title Track) [Re: Trygve Larsen]
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Thanks Leo! Blessings!
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#343084 - 04/03/16 05:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Even If . . . (Title Track) [Re: Charlie Fogle]
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Thanks Charlie! Blessings!
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#343133 - 04/03/16 11:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: Even If . . . (Title Track) [Re: Even If]
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This is one of the best complex productions I've ever heard on here. You have a LOT going on in this rock song and it's obvious the attention to detail that went into it. I think you're target audience is going to love your new album. In a word "wow"!

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#343153 - 04/03/16 02:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: Even If . . . (Title Track) [Re: Even If]
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Wow! What a production. Could only imagine how much work went into this.
Very clever and wonderfully crafted.
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#343156 - 04/03/16 03:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: Even If . . . (Title Track) [Re: Sundance]
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Very encouraging words Josie! blush
Thanks you for the kind comments!
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#343161 - 04/03/16 03:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: Even If . . . (Title Track) [Re: Rob4580]
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Thanks Rob! It has been a struggle for sure. The best thing about Band in a Box is that the musicians listen very attentively and do what they are asked to do laugh

Seriously though, Biab helps me get a lot of things out that have been difficult in the past with live musicians . . .

Without Biab, this song would prolly still be on the shelf . . . .

I just wish it had more pentatonic electric guitar leads in the 120-150 range . . . If it did, I would be in production right now on the albums.

Blessings to you!
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#343514 - 04/05/16 01:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: Even If . . . (Title Track) [Re: Even If]
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Great stuff!! Energy, vocals, arrangement, and mix are all excellent. As Pat mentioned, that flute idea was brilliant-worked perfectly! Enjoyed this a lot! Take care. Greg

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#343522 - 04/05/16 01:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Even If . . . (Title Track) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Thanks Greg! Blessings! smile
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