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#364489 - 09/08/16 11:49 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter)
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Hardly Ever

I created this song using _CACTUS.STY (Cactus Songwriter Country Waltz) from the Xtra Styles pack.
I was looking for inspiration for this competition and didn't have to audition many of the new styles before my writers block became unblocked smile

Added my vocals and my guitar noodling afterwards.

****** Song Summary *************
Title: Hardly Ever
Key=Em , Tempo 140
Style is _CACTUS.STY (Cactus Songwriter Country Waltz)

RealTracks in style: ~1123:Bass, Acoustic, CountryWaltz Sw 140
RealTracks in style: ~825:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Country Waltz Sw 140
RealTracks in style: ~2055:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking CountryWaltzBrent Sw 140
RealTracks in style: 1298:Pedal Steel, Rhythm CountryWaltz Sw 140
RealDrums in style: CountryWaltz^2-a,b:Brushes, Swirl
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Enjoy!
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#364534 - 09/08/16 05:36 PM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter) [Re: receder]
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I did enjoy!
There`s a nice ethereal Pink Floyd feel to the vocals and the chord changes. Very good guitar fills.
The ending fade seemed quite long, but didn`t detract for me.



Robert

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#364547 - 09/08/16 06:30 PM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter) [Re: receder]
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Really nice effects across the vocals. Good match between the vocals and backing tracks. Great listen.


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#364560 - 09/08/16 09:07 PM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter) [Re: receder]
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NICE.

Very Dave Gilmour in vocals and the excellent guitar work

A great way to start my day!
Good to hear from you again

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#364566 - 09/09/16 12:52 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter) [Re: gibson]
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Originally Posted By: Robertkc
I did enjoy!
There`s a nice ethereal Pink Floyd feel to the vocals and the chord changes. Very good guitar fills.
The ending fade seemed quite long, but didn`t detract for me.

Robert


Thanks Robert, your comments are much appreciated.

Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
Really nice effects across the vocals. Good match between the vocals and backing tracks. Great listen.

Charlie


Great comments Charlie, many thanks.


Originally Posted By: gibson
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NICE.

Very Dave Gilmour in vocals and the excellent guitar work

A great way to start my day!
Good to hear from you again

Alyn


Thanks a lot Alyn. I've been working on an album so haven't had time to contribute here much lately.
The competition gave me a bit of an incentive to have a break from the album. The competition entries I have heard so far are great.
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#364607 - 09/09/16 06:34 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter) [Re: receder]
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Hey, this is really cool. I like this a lot. Great arrangement.
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#364609 - 09/09/16 06:45 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter) [Re: David Snyder]
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Originally Posted By: David Snyder
Hey, this is really cool. I like this a lot. Great arrangement.


Cheers David, thanks for taking the time to listen and for your kind comments.

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#364758 - 09/10/16 07:12 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter) [Re: receder]
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Really nice ethereal sound. Great contest submission. And I agree, it has a David Gilmour vibe to the vocals, sounds like it's really channeling the Dark Side of the Moon album's feel and groove.
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#364783 - 09/10/16 11:16 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter) [Re: receder]
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Many thanks for your encouraging comments John. I am a big Floyd fan so I guess I'm heavily influenced by them.
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#364862 - 09/11/16 12:42 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter) [Re: receder]
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I like the beautiful chord progression, the melancholy atmosphere and the harmonious singing. And of course the excellent Xtra style selection, I'll have to try it, maybe I'll get inspired too.

Janne

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#364866 - 09/11/16 01:24 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter) [Re: jannesan]
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Originally Posted By: jannesan
I like the beautiful chord progression, the melancholy atmosphere and the harmonious singing. And of course the excellent Xtra style selection, I'll have to try it, maybe I'll get inspired too.

Janne


Thanks Janne, that's very kind of you. I hope it does inspire you too!

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#365007 - 09/12/16 04:04 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter) [Re: receder]
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In my opinion this is one of the best submissions so far. It also has that, Richard Wright (Pink Floyd) vocal feel.
Beautifully arranged, perfect vocals.
Like others said a very nice esoteric feeling.

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#365010 - 09/12/16 04:16 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter) [Re: RnAM]
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Originally Posted By: RnAM
In my opinion this is one of the best submissions so far. It also has that, Richard Wright (Pink Floyd) vocal feel.
Beautifully arranged, perfect vocals.
Like others said a very nice esoteric feeling.

Rob


Hi Rob, that is praise indeed coming from such accomplished musicians as you and Anne-Marie!
Thanks very much to you both.

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#365455 - 09/14/16 11:11 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter) [Re: receder]
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What a great sound! It's a terrific chord progression you've created. I really liked this.

All the best,
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#365457 - 09/14/16 11:20 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter) [Re: receder]
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Noel,

Thanks very much for your kind comments.

After a break from songwriting I really have found the new Xtra styles in BIAB to be the inspiration I needed to get back on track. It still can't be beaten for getting an idea down quickly before you forget it. Anyway, I know I am "preaching to the converted" so I'll stop there smile

Thanks again,
Rec
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#365657 - 09/15/16 05:51 PM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter) [Re: receder]
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What a cool song and sound.
Love the creative lyrics and production.
One of the best I've heard here in this genre.
Great job.

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#365683 - 09/16/16 01:39 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter) [Re: receder]
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Your encouraging comments are very much appreciated Josie.

Thank you,
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#365929 - 09/18/16 01:29 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter) [Re: receder]
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I'm not sure I like better the guitar work or the vocals ... heck, I like them both A LOT!!
Good, good job!!
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#366066 - 09/19/16 03:16 AM [2016 & 2017 Xtra Styles Contests - Closed] Re: Hardly Ever (Singer-Songwriter) [Re: receder]
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Cheers Jo, much appreciated smile

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