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#542508 - 06/23/19 11:50 AM [User Showcase] The Tramline Of Life
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The Tramline Of Life

Over 10 years ago, I had an idea to make a movie with my colleagues... only two trailers and some 4 minutes of movie was ever finished.... but I made couple of songs for its soundtrack. This is one of them, the story is combination of ideas from synchronicity (C.G. Jung) and 'tramology' ('sporalogia' in Finnish, parody of astrology invented by a Finnish sceptic Nils Mustelin - how trams affect city people with much greater gravity than distant planets etc.). Well, I understand if you can't figure out the lyrics, I can't remember what I was trying to say… but the journey is more important than the destination smile

Singing for me was bit challenging because of the high notes and fast pace rhythm - it was impossible to sing the verses on one take. I assume there are also some issues with stressing of the words. But I still hope you enjoy the tram travel laugh

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Acoustic bass #769
Electric Piano #906
Organ #425
Sax #457
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Harmonica #???

MIDI: sitar+ocarina melody

Vocals by me

Mixed with Cakewalk by Bandlab


Lyrics:

Power in the cables
read your destiny
in the time tables.
You can't leave the trails
you can't even play
heads and tails.
The position of the car
on your birthday
tells what you are.
You can only go
from a station to another station
follow the bed of the eternal flow.

Trams in conjunction
the cathedral is rising
on the horizon
fate on the map
your destination
untangle the twines
read all the signs
on the tramline of life.

Tracks are not a mess
but a network of
consciousness
vehicles on a side street
and soulmates
share the same backseat.
Parallel grid pattern
on her palm there's a
line of saturn.
Joined by synchronicity
home waits at the terminal
or someone's just one stop serendipity.

[Chorus]


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Janne
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#542583 - 06/24/19 07:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: jannesan]
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Very cool, Janne!

Nice composition and production, I like the way you bring in the various instruments.

Vocal also works very well I think.

Maybe my favorite of yours that I have heard so far, well done!

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#542590 - 06/24/19 08:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: jannesan]
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An interesting write with a very strong jazz feeling...
I can see how the song's tempo would make the vocals difficult...
But I think you did a very good job on them...
The backing tracks are excellent...
Do you have plans to merge your song to the video files you mentioned?
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#542592 - 06/24/19 09:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: jannesan]
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Hello jannesan, wowzers! Excellent mixdown on all of this and the instruments are layered nicely. Fantastic work on the vocals. Looking forward to hear more!
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#542623 - 06/24/19 02:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: jannesan]
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That is some cool music!!! The progression and melody are quite mesmerizing. The lyric works so well with the concept of the song, and with the music. I want to see the movie!! This is certainly one of my faves of yours (maybe #1). Love it!!! Take care. Greg

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#542644 - 06/24/19 04:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: jannesan]
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What a tune - very enticing, and very unique. The sitar was an excellent touch. The song has a really cinematic and abstract feeling to it. Somehow, it managed to be dizzying yet addictive all the while.

You should be proud of this one - thanks for sharing smile
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#542645 - 06/24/19 04:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: jannesan]
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I love it when someone steps outside the box and puts something challenging and original on the forum.
This is really interesting and well worth a couple of listens. The choice of instruments worked well. I particularly liked the sitar echoing the tramlines. The sw16 drums worked a treat as well.
The slightly stilted vocal delivery added to the trippy journey.
Cheers,
Mike
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#542651 - 06/24/19 05:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: jannesan]
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Janne,
Tasty stuff! Very interesting and unique write! Melody goes to very unsuspected places.
Perfect tune for aliens!

P.S. Sitar was a great choice.

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.

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#542742 - 06/25/19 01:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: jannesan]
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Very cool song Janne. Loved the intro. Very intense. Well done

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#542749 - 06/25/19 02:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: jannesan]
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Light & breezy satire!
The rim shots are REALLY prominent but all is is chill & well constructed.
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#542814 - 06/25/19 08:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: jannesan]
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very nice arrangement

flows beautifully

interesting and different

good vocals!

enjoyed,

Kenny

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#542825 - 06/25/19 10:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: jannesan]
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Janne

A nice sophisticated piece, very clever interesting composing, and the vocals work well.
Enjoyed.

Peter

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#542841 - 06/26/19 02:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: jannesan]
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Janne,

This is a great piece. Love all the layers and textures.

Outstanding work!

Bob

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#542891 - 06/26/19 08:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Very cool, Janne!
Nice composition and production, I like the way you bring in the various instruments.
Vocal also works very well I think.
Maybe my favorite of yours that I have heard so far, well done!


Thanks Dave, I appreciate your very kind words smile

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#542892 - 06/26/19 08:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: Jim]
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Originally Posted By: Jim
An interesting write with a very strong jazz feeling...
I can see how the song's tempo would make the vocals difficult...
But I think you did a very good job on them...
The backing tracks are excellent...
Do you have plans to merge your song to the video files you mentioned?


Thanks Jim for your positive feedback smile I have no plans to use this song on any old video clips, because they already have necessary songs, but I had some vision back then for the scene where this song could be used, maybe I should try to find the script…

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#542894 - 06/26/19 08:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: Joe -PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Joe -PG Music
Hello jannesan, wowzers! Excellent mixdown on all of this and the instruments are layered nicely. Fantastic work on the vocals. Looking forward to hear more!


Thanks Joe for your positive words smile I'm especially glad you liked the vocals smile

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#542897 - 06/26/19 09:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: jannesan]
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Fantastic production. Constantly fresh. A very cool idea for a song and the pop-jazz backing is a prefect match. I know it must have been hard to sing/record...but it was worth it. Really good.
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#542971 - 06/26/19 05:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: jannesan]
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Great work here Janne! I think I like this one better than anything I've heard of yours. I think you did an excellent job with the vocals on this! That jazzy chorus is beautiful and very original! Thanks, Torrey
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#543174 - 06/28/19 06:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Very cool, Janne!

Nice composition and production, I like the way you bring in the various instruments.

Vocal also works very well I think.

Maybe my favorite of yours that I have heard so far, well done!


Dave said just what I was thinking. This is very cool! Well mixed.

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#543212 - 06/28/19 10:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Tramline Of Life [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
That is some cool music!!! The progression and melody are quite mesmerizing. The lyric works so well with the concept of the song, and with the music. I want to see the movie!! This is certainly one of my faves of yours (maybe #1). Love it!!! Take care. Greg


Thanks Greg, always nice to read your kind feedback smile Glad to hear that also the lyrics worked well. Yeah, I wish I had resources to make that movie wink

I'm surprised you rate this song so high, I thought that the song structure AB-Long Solo-AB and the verse melody are not particulary interesting, so I almost wasn't going to showcase this one… but it is refreshing to read that people have different favorites smile

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