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#516419 - 01/09/19 07:01 AM [User Showcase] New song: "A Throw of the Dice"
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Skyline Offline
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As you get older do you have that feeling sometimes that you're dodging bullets but your luck won't last? I get that feeling more and more, so I put it in a song.

SoundCloud link incl. lyrics
Web site link (Lyrics, technical stuff. etc)

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_TBLZS8S.STY ‘Texas Blues’ Realtracks:
- Drums
- Bass
- Guitar L
- Guitar R
CLAPTON1.STY ‘Clapton1 Rock Blues’ MIDI:
- Organ

Tambourine is from EZdrummer. I programmed the MIDI brass parts and added vocals and lead guitar.
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#516433 - 01/09/19 08:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
Registered: 11/19/12
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Loc: Middletown, PA.
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love that groove

very nice guitar, awesome solo

all too true lyrics

great mix ties it all together very nicely

enjoyed the listen,

Kenny

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#516466 - 01/09/19 10:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
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Crossroads Offline
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Hi Skyline,

that's just great. Very well-arranged and sung; great job on the guitar. British Blues tradition at its best, didn't take long until Mick Taylor shot into my head.... Enjoyed it a lot!

Cheers,

Stefan
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#516515 - 01/09/19 12:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
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Loc: Murgon Queensland Australia
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Yes that's how life rolls smile. Great stuff.

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#516573 - 01/09/19 04:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
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Loc: Texas
Jim Offline
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Great composition & production...
I like it!
I also notice you have some clever little videos I found on your website...
I guess you haven't had time to produce a video of this song...
If you create one, I'd appreciate a PM heads up.
Thanks...
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#516602 - 01/09/19 05:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
Registered: 09/02/18
Posts: 235
Loc: Virginia USA
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Loc: Virginia USA
I dig the gritty driving energy in this song. Great vocals!

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#516609 - 01/09/19 05:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
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Cool stuff! Totally love it. Great energy!
Thank you for posting.

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#516654 - 01/10/19 02:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
Registered: 04/13/16
Posts: 722
Loc: Stanwell Park NSW Australia
rayc Offline
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The midi horns are REALLY good - well programmed.
The icing is the assured and accurately pitched vocal plus the creamy lead lines.
Bonza.
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#516719 - 01/10/19 08:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
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Loc: Florida
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John,

This is super. Everything done SO well. A good write (easily relatable)

Your guitar sounds GREAT. Nice tone, well played.
Drums are killer. Nice punchy bass.
The horns are very well done! (they sound "real").

Your vocal sits perfectly in the mix (and a good vocal it is!)

The overall mix is clear, crisp, clean. Superb. It sounds great at low volume AND very loud - the real test of a good mix.

Very well done.

floyd
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#516724 - 01/10/19 09:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
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Loc: GA USA
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Wow!

This is a wonderful demonstration of BiaB + EZ Drums and your playing. It sounds like a well honed studio group or a long time gigging band.

Add in a fine vocal performance and mix and the result is classic sound that should be heard by many.

And the write...man, does that ever hit home. I (Bud) often say we can do all the healthy things, as Janice and I do, but even then you are just playing the odds.

And like floyd said turn it up or turn it down and it's gonna sound great!

J&B
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#516727 - 01/10/19 09:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
Registered: 11/30/07
Posts: 1986
Loc: Ontario, Canada
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Yeah, this is right up my alley!

Just a killer job on this John, loved everything about it!

But especially loved your vocal and guitar work, and of course the lyrics.

Well done, enjoyed very much smile
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#516846 - 01/10/19 05:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
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A very, very good high energy song! Midi horns sound great and your guitar solo is a treat.
Up there with your best song postings here.

Robert

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#517094 - 01/11/19 11:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
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John,



This is stunning, really stunning.

Your writing, your singing, your arrangement, the mix and production all sparkle with the kind of clarity that stands side-by-side those professional works heard on the radio. The lyrics are so relatable.... the longer I live, the more I believe that Life really is a throw of the dice.... it's a great hook!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening. This song definitely deserves to go places!

Regards,
Noel
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#517095 - 01/11/19 11:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 1007
Loc: Finland
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Very nice traditional blues rock song. Strong touching lyrics with a great hook. The arrangement and mix work well. Excellent vocals, I really like your singing style here.

Janne

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#517258 - 01/12/19 01:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
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Great one John!! Yeah, I get that feeling more and more myself. Really well written and performed!! Awesome guitar!! Take care. Greg

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#517262 - 01/12/19 01:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
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I love it John! What a great bluesy vibe with SUPER vocals and guitar! You always present great stuff! Oh and what a great write on this! Thanks, Torrey
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#517279 - 01/12/19 02:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
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John

Brilliant sound - loved the arrangement and really great guitar playing. Some thought provoking lyrics as well.
Superb.

Peter

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#517579 - 01/13/19 03:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
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Back for another listen and loving it even more....

J&B
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#517977 - 01/15/19 09:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
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Very nice!

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#518170 - 01/16/19 06:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song: "A Throw of the Dice" [Re: Skyline]
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Many thanks everyone, I’m glad you enjoyed this one and I really appreciate the kind comments.
Sorry I’ve been late with an acknowledgement, we were away for a few days becoming grandparents for the second time. The circle of life continues…

Vocals: I confess I've always been most at home with blues; singing them comes naturally, which is why I only had to use a very tiny bit of Melodyne correction.
rayc: ‘The midi horns are REALLY good - well programmed…’
floyd: ‘The horns are very well done! (they sound "real")’
I’m getting better at putting in the timing, velocity and other imperfections that happen in brass sections, and I used a SampleTank patch called ‘Brass Falls’ which made quite a difference.
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