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#496180 - 10/16/18 04:10 AM [User Showcase] In the Still of the Night (Blues Rhumba)
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Blues with a Rhumba backbeat was quite popular back in the day, Albert king did quite a few as did B.B. King, Magic Sam, etc. Pretty much everyone had one or two in their repertoire, about time we added one to ours smile

In the still of the night


In the still of the night, 2018 Christiane Spruit

V1) when the night shines silver
and the dark takes the sky
when the band begins to gather
in the smoke and the light

Come on and dance with me
in the still of the night

V2) while the dogs are sleeping
one eye open wide
in the heat and in the gleaming
lonely cats come alive

Come on and dance with me
in the gleam of the light

Bridge:

they will come
and they will go
some will say I love you
I'd love a gin, a drink on ice
but baby we both know

Solo

V3) we walk the street of money
he's been talking for a while
little children and the struggle
hush now baby, we'll survive

Outro vamp: Come on, hush now, survive

A note from Chris about the lyrics:

"It is a song about a private dancer in a bar.

The dogs are the pimps, and the cats are the johns on the hunt for love...."

The Band:

RealDrums in Song: Rumba^1-a:Sidestick, HiHat , b:Sidestick, Ride
RealTracks in song: 1417:Bass, Electric, RootsRock Ev 100
RealTracks in song: 2905:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BrightBluesyPopColin Ev 100
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 3004:Piano, ElectricVintage, Rhythm BluesyPopMike Ev 100

I'm playing the lead guitar.

Mixed with Reaper, mastered with Ozone 8 and LMC. Plugins from Waves and iZotope, I'll go into detail if anyone is interested.

Soundcloud link: https://soundcloud.com/blue-attitude/in-the-still-of-the-night-featuring-chris-spruit
Youtube link: https://youtu.be/mnvdN5exp_0

Thanks for stopping by and all comments welcome!


Edited by BlueAttitude (10/18/18 07:05 AM)
Edit Reason: added youtube video

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#496191 - 10/16/18 06:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: In the still of the night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave & Chris,

LOVE everything about this!

The beat is infectious. Chair dancing happening immediately...

Excellent write - such interesting lyrics - especially for a Blues song. Chris' vocal is SO in-the-pocket - goosebumps good.

Dave - your solo on this is a real standout. The tone is sweeeet (S-gear, I assume?)...but more importantly, it sounds more like another singer than a "guitar guy showing off". EXCEPTIONAL.

The mix is Top-Notch. EVERYTHING in the right place, So good.

I think this is another 4-time listen (maybe 5) as I write this... Enjoyed each one more....

fj

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#496197 - 10/16/18 06:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: In the still of the night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Wow, I'd have never thunk blues would sound so good with a rhumba beat smile Love the slow, smooth groove to this. It has a smoky quality, and the vocals are top notch. Thanks for sharing!
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#496226 - 10/16/18 09:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: In the still of the night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Really COOL vibe and lyrics. So smooth and slinky fits the lyrics perfectly. Love the vocals.

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#496227 - 10/16/18 09:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: In the still of the night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Boy did this sound good on the headphones. What a cool mix. I am with Floyd what a cool rhythm to the song. Lovely vocal from Chris. She has quite a few different textures to her voice. Very cool.. Loved your guitar. Neat how you had it set a little bit to the right side. Gave the song a live feel to. Tone and touch was so good. Well done..

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#496233 - 10/16/18 09:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: In the still of the night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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You two have resided on a high performance bar for a long time but...

We gotta say this one pushes that bar into the stratosphere! smile

We've always enjoyed the two Kings when they used this groove and, man, is it ever cool to hear y'all take it on.

The groove is infectious, everything is mixed to perfection and that allows your performance on guitar and Chris's vocal to just smoke. Both are spectacular. And that write just won't leave you.

Pro level any way you want to look at it and deserving of a wide audience!

J&B

Edit: We just listened more today and Janice said that during your sublime solo she could picture water flowing down a winding stream.




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#496274 - 10/16/18 02:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: In the still of the night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave & Chris

Wonderful sultry blues. Beautiful vocal and an excellent lyric.

Loved the beat and Dave that guitar sounds superb. Great intro to the solo (need to borrow that one)
and great phrasing throughout.

As Bud & Janice said absolutely pro level.

Peter

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#496313 - 10/16/18 07:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: In the still of the night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Rumba Blues! I love it

solid write, very nice vocals

guitar sounds great as usual

a cool song, I can sense the smoky atmosphere

Kenny

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#496347 - 10/17/18 05:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: In the still of the night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: 44kfl]
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Hey Dave

Nice job. Love the guitar work. I might cop a few of those licks smile

Thanks for posting this and opening up peoples ears that Blues is not just about 12 bar shuffles.!!

Cheers
Mark
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#496415 - 10/17/18 12:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: In the Still of the Night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Cool vibe!! Steamy lyrics and vocals, and some very sweet, tasty guitar! Everything works for me. Great job guys!! Take care. Greg

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#496426 - 10/17/18 01:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: In the Still of the Night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave & Chris,
Very smooth and infectious rhythm and I agree with the plaudits already written- especially Floyd`s comment on your guitar sounding like a second vocalist.
And what a singer Chris is! Nice touches of harmony too.
Your vocal processing is flawless here.
The bridge lyrics gave me pause `til I read the note and then I understood what a cool write this is.
Top shelf in every way!

Robert

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#496429 - 10/17/18 01:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: In the Still of the Night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave and Chris

That was astounding the guitar playing, the vocals, the style, feel,

Through the headphones I swear I could hear it in my fingertips, this is pro stuff and what a mix.
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#496451 - 10/17/18 03:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: In the Still of the Night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi, Dave & Christiane !


Absolutely superb tune and
performance ! I enjoyed it
very much ! Oh, that wonderful
voice !:))Could hardly get any better
than this !!!

Cheers
Dani

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#496472 - 10/17/18 06:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: In the Still of the Night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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BRILLIANT, Love the vocals as well. Nice one

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#496498 - 10/17/18 10:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: In the Still of the Night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Night-timey tone, Dave. Smokey vocals and smokey lyric. Head-nodding rhythm, just a bit alcoholic. Good one.
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#496500 - 10/17/18 11:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: In the Still of the Night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Cool,
there were spots in the vocal that reminded me of Chrissie Amphlett .
Who is that cool voice?
VERY well assembled package - the solo guitar has a very sweet tone.
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#496504 - 10/18/18 02:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: In the Still of the Night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi Dave,

You and Chris have done it again! You've created yet another outstanding work.

I love the rhumba (and Latin dance styles in general). Incorporating it with blues/jazz and getting that crossover between the two styles makes for a really, really fine listen. As J&B have said, you've reached the stratosphere with this work. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

You and Chris have become a songwriting force extraordinaire!

All the best,
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#496520 - 10/18/18 03:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: In the still of the night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Dave & Chris,

LOVE everything about this!

The beat is infectious. Chair dancing happening immediately...

Excellent write - such interesting lyrics - especially for a Blues song. Chris' vocal is SO in-the-pocket - goosebumps good.

Dave - your solo on this is a real standout. The tone is sweeeet (S-gear, I assume?)...but more importantly, it sounds more like another singer than a "guitar guy showing off". EXCEPTIONAL.

The mix is Top-Notch. EVERYTHING in the right place, So good.

I think this is another 4-time listen (maybe 5) as I write this... Enjoyed each one more....

fj



Thanks so much, Floyd! Every so often you start working on a project and everything just seems "right" about it, and this was one of those times. Took us a while to get the arrangement sorted, but we both had lots of fun working on it.

For the guitar, what I've been trying to do over the last little while is to keep things melodic instead of just playing a bunch of licks, sort of treating it as a little mini-composition that compliments the rest of the piece. Sometimes I pull it off, other times, not so much!

Yes, I've been using S-Gear for a couple of years now ever since I heard the great tone that Tom Adams gets with it. For the last few songs I've been experimenting with copying the guitar track onto a new track and using a different instance of S-Gear on each one. In this case, one has a totally clean preset, and the other slightly dirty. And then, blend them to taste. Also on this song I shifted one of the tracks by 10ms to thicken things up a little, first time I've tried that before but sounded good I thought. Also I should mention that I almost always use the CLA Guitars plugin along with S-Gear.

Thanks again, we very much appreciate your comments! smile


Edited by BlueAttitude (10/18/18 05:03 AM)

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#496570 - 10/18/18 08:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: In the still of the night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Loved this a lot Dave! You use that new Vocal Doubler plugin on this one? Vocals sound awesome as usual.

Rhythm guitar sound reminded me a lot of the "Eagles - Witchy Woman". It was very well placed in the mix.

Leads were awesome as well.
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#496580 - 10/18/18 09:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: In the still of the night (Blues Rhumba) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Aw, yes. This is right up my street. I love the slinky rhythm (nice upfront drums), the vocals, and the superb guitar work (I've been using S-Gear for years also). Also, the engineering is first class and the mix spot on. Off for another listen... cool

John


Edited by Skyline (10/18/18 09:46 AM)
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