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#535449 - 05/05/19 05:15 AM [User Showcase] Two Pretty Girls
Registered: 11/29/06
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Two Pretty Girls

While browsing through my archives for songs that a rock band could play, I found this song I composed in 2008. At that time the arrangement used mainly MIDI tracks so it didn't sound very pleasing, thus I had almost ignored it. I decided to give it some fresh sound, fix some lyrical issues and sing it myself. I kept one MIDI track, but used very nice SampleTank 3 guitar preset.

I am more than happy with the end result, BIAB with its recent RTs can really make an old song sound like a completely new one. I hope also you like the driving energy of the arrangement smile

Note, no woman in the title this time smile

MIDI: guitar / CC_HIVE.STY (VST - SampleTank 3)
RealDrums: NashvilleEven8
RealTracks:
Electric bass #2591
Electric Guitar Rhythm Punk #2583
Electric guitar soloist #2586
Baritone guitar #2499
Organ #671
Acoustic Piano #2353
Vocal OohsAahs #2975

Vocals: Janne S
Mixed in Cakewalk by BandLab


Lyrics:

Fell in love again
blind like other men
she was beautiful but strong
thin line dividing right and wrong.
A brunette having fun
always on the run
trendy, groomed apperance
a country girl with elegance.

Two pretty girls like east and west
fighting over my heart
one with her kindness
the other with her sword.
Two pretty girls like yin-yang
I can't make up my mind
should I join the rhythm
or should I play the right chord?

Rings she didn't wear
no make-up no dyed hair
just naturally blonde
modest things set apart or bond.
Easy, sociable
soothing spectacle
priceless is her love's worth
a city girl but down-to-earth.

Two pretty...

Seasons come and go
moods like tide from high to low,
crop needs sun and rain
pleasure comes with pain.
Two faces of the coin
two sides I could join
but the choice is not black or white
there's a rainbow in every light.

Two pretty…

Two faces…

---------------------
Janne

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#535450 - 05/05/19 05:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: jannesan]
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I think remember this song or one with a similar theme but a darker outcome?
The Real Tracks really improve things though I think the intro solo is a bit loud and the verse vocal too.
The chorus levels are cool.
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#535451 - 05/05/19 05:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: jannesan]
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Janne,

Great upbeat song. I like the way you mixed the vocal - clear and present.

I enjoyed this one. smile

Bob
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#535471 - 05/05/19 07:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: jannesan]
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Good little pop song here...
Great snappy rhythm...
I really enjoyed listening!
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#535494 - 05/05/19 11:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: jannesan]
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The song title caught my eye. Yes, high energy tracks--this song rocks. This has a catchy pop chorus. I especially like "she was beautiful but strong/thin line dividing right and wrong." I think I know her. smile

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#535538 - 05/05/19 02:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: jannesan]
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It's no fair if you don't make up your mind. smile

This rocks along just great. I like that the instrumental bridge is quite so different from the main body of the song in progression. Much enjoyed.
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#535571 - 05/05/19 05:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: jannesan]
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Hi Janne,

Very nice song that made me happy when listening... "Feel good"-mood coming up!

I agree with rayc that it maybe would have been beneficial to the song if your vocal in the verse had been a little bit less loud compared with the backing track.

Very enjoyable song!

Thanks for sharing!
Will

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#535607 - 05/06/19 04:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: jannesan]
Registered: 11/30/07
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Nice rocking number!

Good stuff Janne, enjoyed the listen.

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#535633 - 05/06/19 07:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: jannesan]
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Janne,

Cool song. A terrific Pop sound - you are good at getting that type sound from the BAND.

The chorus is especially nice. The guitar solo is good. Enjoyed.

fj

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#535670 - 05/06/19 11:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: jannesan]
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Nice work Janne, this is excellent! This is beautiful and I really dug the chord progression. Excellent guitar riffs and great effects on the vocals!
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#535771 - 05/07/19 07:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: jannesan]
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a great pop/rock upbeat feel to this song

flows very well

I really like that punk rhythm guitar

enjoyed the listen,

Kenny

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#535860 - 05/07/19 03:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: jannesan]
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Janne,
Cool positive pop! Very good BIAB arrangement and mix!
Unusual & optimistic lyrics smile This was very clever in context:

"should I join the rhythm
or should I play the right chord"

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.

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#536121 - 05/09/19 10:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: rayc]
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Originally Posted By: rayc
I think remember this song or one with a similar theme but a darker outcome?
The Real Tracks really improve things though I think the intro solo is a bit loud and the verse vocal too.
The chorus levels are cool.


Thanks Ray for commenting smile I haven't showcased this one, so it's probably some other song, but yes this is one of my few lighter ones. I like how the intro solo is on-your-face as a wakeup call, but you are right about the verse vocals, I guess I should use automation to lower the volume on the first half of the verses.

Janne

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#536122 - 05/09/19 10:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Great upbeat song. I like the way you mixed the vocal - clear and present.
I enjoyed this one. smile
Bob


Thanks Bob for your positive feedback smile

Janne

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#536123 - 05/09/19 10:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: Jim]
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Originally Posted By: Jim
Good little pop song here...
Great snappy rhythm...
I really enjoyed listening!


Thanks Jim, I'm glad you enjoyed my little pop song smile

Janne

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#536154 - 05/09/19 02:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: jannesan]
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Nice upbeat tune Janne! I hear everything in this from the Police to the Beach Boys all coming together in a cohesive rockin" tune! Nice little quiet place towards the end! Thanks, Torrey
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#536363 - 05/11/19 09:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Originally Posted By: Ezekiel's Storm
The song title caught my eye. Yes, high energy tracks--this song rocks. This has a catchy pop chorus. I especially like "she was beautiful but strong/thin line dividing right and wrong." I think I know her. smile


Thanks for your kind words smile So was that kind of a girl your choice wink

Janne

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#536364 - 05/11/19 09:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: Tangmo]
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Originally Posted By: Tangmo
It's no fair if you don't make up your mind. smile
This rocks along just great. I like that the instrumental bridge is quite so different from the main body of the song in progression. Much enjoyed.


Thanks Tangmo for your positive feedback smile Yep, it's more fair to choose one than to take both laugh

Janne

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#536365 - 05/11/19 09:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: Will Josef]
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jannesan Offline
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Originally Posted By: Will Josef
Very nice song that made me happy when listening... "Feel good"-mood coming up!
I agree with rayc that it maybe would have been beneficial to the song if your vocal in the verse had been a little bit less loud compared with the backing track.
Very enjoyable song!
Thanks for sharing!
Will


Thanks Will, your kind words make me feel good smile And thanks for the suggestion, I'll take another look on the verse vocal volume.

Janne

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#536501 - 05/13/19 03:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: Two Pretty Girls [Re: jannesan]
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Cool tune Janne. Loved the backtrack on the is one. Super vocal..

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