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#535928 - 05/08/19 12:25 AM [User Showcase] Working My Way To The Top
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A short piece I wrote to spec as the intro song for a musical talent show. The various tracks are introduced in layers as the piece progresses. It was forwarded a couple of months ago but haven't heard back. I wonder which trash can they tossed it in! It's just 1:21 in length as that's what they wanted (1:20 to 1:30). I've considered making it a full piece of about 3:00. Haven't yet decided.

Working My Way To The Top


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File:Working My Way To The Top.SGU
Key=A , Tempo 120, Length (m:s)=1:20

Style is _BRIGHTP.STY (Bright Pop Rhythm Section)

RealTracks in song: 995:Bass, Electric, HardRockLA Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1729:Piano, Acoustic, Solo-Accompaniment PopBalladJohn Ev 110
RealTracks in song: 2911:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountryPopBrent12-key Ev 085
Loop in Song: Chillout\Chillout - lounge_85_fx_f_sharp_minor.wav
Loop in Style: HipHop\Old School - neon_drums_95_g ev16.wav
RealTracks in song: 1853:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopUpliftA-B Ev 120
RealDrums in Song: NashvilleEven8^1-a:Sidestick, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride
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#535932 - 05/08/19 01:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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I like the buildup and think has that "theme" music structure and progression you were aiming for. Sounds good, too. I'm not sure you should have ended on such a "sad" chord, but what do I know? I think it would work great fleshed out to a more "song-sized" arrangement.
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#535934 - 05/08/19 01:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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It works and I can hear it doing as designed but you have a very truncated guitar chord at 0.09 that sounds like an error in editing.
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#535935 - 05/08/19 01:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Hi Tangmo ...

Thanks for the listen and comments. Glad you like it ... thanks for letting me know. As far as that last chord/note: By not resolving to the tonic chord, I think it leaves a sense of anticipation or a "hunger" for more. Since it was for a TV show, I thought that might be the feel it left. But, I could be wrong. I sometimes am ... my wife will testify under oath to that. I'll see what others have to say. I appreciate the feedback very much. Best to you ...

Alan
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#535936 - 05/08/19 02:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Hi Ray ...

It seems you were replying as I was answering Tangmo. I'm aware of that issue @ :09. Every time I would attempt to get a "new" sound there with a rerecord, I got the same thing each time. I have a couple of Real Tracks like that for some reason.

But thanks a bunch for the listen and feedback ... and the good ear. Best to you ...

Alan
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#535946 - 05/08/19 03:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Alan,

Great piece! I love the way it kicks into high gear around the 34 second mark...

Awesome mix - you can clearly hear the way this is layered.

Loved it!

Bob
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#535947 - 05/08/19 03:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Alan,

Great piece! I love the way it kicks into high gear around the 34 second mark...

Awesome mix - you can clearly hear the way this is layered.

Loved it!

Bob



Good Morning, Bob ...

Thank you so much. Glad it works for you. And that's the way it was planned ... layers up to the final one and then ... GO! Thanks for the very nice words! Wishing you the very best ...

Alan
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#535948 - 05/08/19 03:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Sounds good to me Alan! I like the way it builds, and I think not resolving to the tonic is the right thing to do for a piece designed as an intro.

I could see this as full length piece, it has good bones.

Best to you and Di!
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#535953 - 05/08/19 05:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Sounds good Alan. Well worth expanding. I liked the last chord. I think it worked well.
Cheers,
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#535960 - 05/08/19 06:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Alan,

Well done - as are ALL of you instrumentals.

Smokin' guitar that is fit very well in the mix. I could definitely see this being used for a show intro.

The very beginning could have used a pick-up note or two - it was a bit "abrupt", everyone-jump-in-at-once...

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#535969 - 05/08/19 06:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Sounds good to me,

as usual an excellent mix

enjoyed the listen,

Kenny

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#535976 - 05/08/19 06:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Very thematic for sure. Hope you hear from them!

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#535987 - 05/08/19 07:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Sounds good to me Alan! I like the way it builds, and I think not resolving to the tonic is the right thing to do for a piece designed as an intro.

I could see this as full length piece, it has good bones.

Best to you and Di!


Thanks Dave! Appreciate the listen and your feedback. Sounds like the jury is calling for a full track ... just might do that! And thank you for the well wishes. Di has felt noticeably better the past 2 days. I'll pass your greeting on to her. Best to you ...

Alan
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#535988 - 05/08/19 07:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: mkg50 (Mike G)]
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Originally Posted By: mkg50 (Mike G)
Sounds good Alan. Well worth expanding. I liked the last chord. I think it worked well.
Cheers,
Mike


HI Mike! So great to hear from you! I'm delighted it works for you. I appreciate you letting me know. Woishing you the very best ...

Alan
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#535989 - 05/08/19 07:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Nicely done - short, sweet, and to the point. Never a bad thing! I can definitely imagine this as the background music to a TV show intro or something similar. It definitely has a cinematic feel to it.

Thanks for sharing smile
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#535990 - 05/08/19 07:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Alan,

Well done - as are ALL of you instrumentals.

Smokin' guitar that is fit very well in the mix. I could definitely see this being used for a show intro.

The very beginning could have used a pick-up note or two - it was a bit "abrupt", everyone-jump-in-at-once...

fj


Floyd ...

Thank you very much! Good call about a couple of pick-up ticks at the beginning. The prevailing thought seems to be it's worth a full song. SO, I think I'll do that just as soon as I can. I'll keep your comments in mind when I do ... thanks for the input. Best to you & yours ...

Alan
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#535991 - 05/08/19 07:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: 44kfl]
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Originally Posted By: 44kfl
Sounds good to me,

as usual an excellent mix

enjoyed the listen,

Kenny


Good Morning, Kenny ...

Thank ya so much for the listen and very nice comments! Hope you're enjoying your vacation in Texas. I know you have family down there close to where I used to live.

Just watched the morning weather report ... hope the predicted storms aren't too bad! Best to you ...

Alan
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#535992 - 05/08/19 07:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
Very thematic for sure. Hope you hear from them!

J&B


Howdy Friends In The Next State Over ...

Thank ya so much! Sometimes when you think they've forgotten your song you hear back with a nice surprise. And if you don't hear back, it's NOT a surprise! You know how that is!!!

Wishing you both the very best ...

Alan
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#535993 - 05/08/19 07:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Nicely done - short, sweet, and to the point. Never a bad thing! I can definitely imagine this as the background music to a TV show intro or something similar. It definitely has a cinematic feel to it.

Thanks for sharing smile


Good Morning, Deryk ...

You're up bright and early out there on the West Coast! Thanks so much for the listen and your encouragement. I appreciate all that ... very much! Wishing you & yours everything good ...

Alan
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#536007 - 05/08/19 11:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Good job...
I can't think of anything more than what others have already said...
Its good & I do hope you get a call-back.
BTW... Give Di a hug & best wishes from me.
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