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#375447 - 11/21/16 11:43 AM [User Showcase] New Song Post: A Better Man
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New song : A Better Man



Written, played, sung, mixed and mastered by myself in October/November 2016.

Title : A Better Man
Background : more of my quest to write the perfect pop song!
Which tracks were recorded by you : All of them
Which tracks were generated by Band-in-a-Box / RealBand : none of them in the final mix, but the former used as a composition aid
Other programs used in the production : PG Music's Power Tracks Pro Audio V.12
Effects used in the production : nothing out of the ordinary

Thanks in advance for listening...


Edited by mglinert (11/21/16 12:00 PM)
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#375487 - 11/21/16 02:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: A Better Man [Re: mglinert]
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Marc,

A good pop write. The repeating theme/signature of the keys drives it nicely. Has the feel/sound of the AM hits we listened to growing up. The Turtles, 1910 Fruitgum Company, Freddie and the Dreamers...

Enjoyed listening.

floyd

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#375489 - 11/21/16 03:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: A Better Man [Re: mglinert]
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I agree with Floyd. This is a cool pop write. I enjoyed it.
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#375494 - 11/21/16 03:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: A Better Man [Re: mglinert]
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A good write, and an interesting tune.

Would you be able to post the lyrics?
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#375503 - 11/21/16 04:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: A Better Man [Re: mglinert]
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Marc, the is really a neat pop tune! I really liked it. Thanks, Torrey
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#375517 - 11/21/16 05:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: A Better Man [Re: mglinert]
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Excellent vocal and lyric.

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#375547 - 11/22/16 03:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: A Better Man [Re: mglinert]
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Many thanks Torrey, Scott, VideoTrack, David, Floyd for these kind words. Floyd – I love all of those bands so I take that as a huge thumbs up !
VideoTrack – happy to oblige:

A Better Man

I’d get my share
I wouldn’t care
I’d make the others pay

I’d show no fear
I’d domineer
I’d always get my way

And I’d take from life
As much as I can
If I were a better man

I’d stake my claim
I’d take no blame
I’d never be proved wrong

I’d buy it all
I’d have a ball
I’d party all night long

And I’d take from life
As much as I can
If I were a better man
- - - -
One day I’ll empathise
I’ll compromise
I’ll open up my mind

I’ll innovate
I’ll celebrate
I’ll leave the past behind

And I’ll give the world
As much as I can
Cause I’ll be a better man
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#375552 - 11/22/16 03:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: A Better Man [Re: mglinert]
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Hi Marc,

It's good to see you back in the forum. It's been a while!

I like what you've created. You always manage to find some good, interesting perfect rhymes when you compose. I envy your talent. The arrangement you've built around the melody is inventive. That must have taken a bit of time to get together.

I enjoyed the listen.

All the best,
Noel
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#375624 - 11/22/16 12:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: A Better Man [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Marc,

A good pop write. The repeating theme/signature of the keys drives it nicely. Has the feel/sound of the AM hits we listened to growing up. The Turtles, 1910 Fruitgum Company, Freddie and the Dreamers...

Enjoyed listening.

floyd


Agreed!! Particularly, on the "if I were a better man" line, I hear Beatles or Dave Clark Five. I love the 60's and this song takes me back. Nice job Marc!! Take care. Greg

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#375636 - 11/22/16 01:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: A Better Man [Re: Noel96]
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Noel,
So good to hear those dulcet Aussie tones again!

It certainly has been a while but I'm pleased to say a lot of the reason for that is that my 'music' time was spent out playing live with a hard working covers band.

Have put that on hold for a while and renovated my ageing home studio, chiefly by replacing the PC. Hence the renewed interest in writing/recording and just playing around.

Well I wish I had your ears and commitment Noel - nothing escapes you. and while I dabble, you're 3 metres under with oxygen and everything.

As for the rhymes - and why are we here if not to share tips - I'm at Rhymezone.com so much I have actually memorised some of the more frequently occuring rhymes!

It took me a while to sort out the composition in my head. But once I started, the whole thing was put together in probably no more than 20 hours or so.


I'll be catching up on your recent output Noel

G'day

Marc
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#375638 - 11/22/16 01:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: A Better Man [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg just don't get me started on the Hollies, the Tremeloes and the Kinks. We'll be here all night!
Thanks for your kind words,
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#375730 - 11/22/16 05:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: A Better Man [Re: mglinert]
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Marc,

Great to have you back! This is such a pretty song. I love the feel and your voice is so easy on the ears... Bet that cover band is gonna miss you. Hope to see/hear more of your here.

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#376124 - 11/23/16 01:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: A Better Man [Re: mglinert]
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Awesome stuff, Marc. I'd say you're well on the way on your quest to the perfect pop song! I love those 16th notes on the snare, and that marimba melody (what is that?) that comes in halfway through is wonderful.
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#376581 - 11/24/16 11:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: A Better Man [Re: mglinert]
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Thanks Josie, PG's own Will for your kind comments,

- It's great to be back too. I have missed all of you and look forward to catching up on your output.

Will - the solo patch is the Kalimba from my Synth (Roland Juno-D). It is found in the World section. Story about the solo is I knew that that is where I wanted a few bars of solo so I played whatever just as a marker. That is the solo that is still on the track! I tried lots of other stuff but nothing else sounded right. Perhaps I'd just got used to my original idea.
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#376671 - 11/25/16 08:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: A Better Man [Re: mglinert]
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Originally Posted By: mglinert
Thanks Josie, PG's own Will for your kind comments,

- It's great to be back too. I have missed all of you and look forward to catching up on your output.

Will - the solo patch is the Kalimba from my Synth (Roland Juno-D). It is found in the World section. Story about the solo is I knew that that is where I wanted a few bars of solo so I played whatever just as a marker. That is the solo that is still on the track! I tried lots of other stuff but nothing else sounded right. Perhaps I'd just got used to my original idea.



Ah, OF COURSE that's a Juno-D. That's why it sounds so good! It's funny how often that happens -- the quick'n'cheap scratch ideas end up staying all the way to the end!
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#378145 - 11/29/16 12:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: A Better Man [Re: mglinert]
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As floyd wrote " Has the feel/sound of the AM hits we listened to growing up..."

Well done!

We enjoyed it!

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