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#549336 - 08/14/19 06:50 AM [User Showcase] For all Mankind
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Dear Forum Friends

I apologize for not spending more time with you on the forum. Work-life demands have kept me away from music for a while. Somehow I found time to write and record a new song for your entertainment.

As you know, or might assume from my music alias, I'm a real space geek. As such, my wife and collaborator encouraged me to do a song commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing. We had a big celebration at the Smithsonian in Washington DC.

I used some of the famous audio clips from that era and based the lyrics on statements and ideas from those who played important parts in the missions. The title of the song "For All Mankind" is on the plaque on the Apollo 11 Lunar Module still on the moon.

As a young boy, these space missions inspired me to a life of service, advancement of science for the good of all mankind, and the hope of a bright future. I know we are still working on the last part.

Here's the song link: sondclick.com "For All Mankind"


http://sclk.co/r/s8a506

and my website:

https://www.soundclick.com/dcspacedog

I'll put it on Soundcloud soon and give the link to PGM for their radio stations.

I plan to remix this once I get back to my studio next week so I'd be grateful for your technical comments.

Thanks for listening.

Mike Bonadonna
DC SpaceDog

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#549383 - 08/14/19 11:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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A nice "feel good" song.

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#549390 - 08/14/19 11:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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I gave a listen.

A well put together creative effort and I enjoyed it.
I'll bet that took a while to mix and finish up.

I would say one thing: I lyrics were hard to discern much of the time so I'd consider bumping up the vocals a db or so for lyrical clarity.
Just my observation.

(NOTE: I'm a space/science junkie too AND everyone always tells me my vocals are too low in the mix :))

Well done SD....

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#549398 - 08/14/19 12:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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I've always been a sucker for songs that have 1-3-4 chord changes...
So you got me on that hook...
I also like the way you molded the music with those old audio clips...
Even at the end of the song...
Nicely done!
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#549426 - 08/14/19 02:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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Mike,
Very good tune and arrangement!
I am with chulaivet1966 on bumping vocals just a hint. Vocals are clear, just a bit quiet for my ears.

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.

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#549454 - 08/14/19 03:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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Nice work on this SpaceDog! Really enjoyed the overall tones on this. Thanks for sharing!
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#549465 - 08/14/19 04:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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Yes, the voice could be up a bit. Loved the build in intensity of the band and the overall mix of sounds and production bits. And, of course, the theme and inspiration are close to my heart as well. Really, really nice one.
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#549481 - 08/14/19 05:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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Space is really fascinating. I don't blame you for being inspired in life by it! Really great song. Thanks for sharing.
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#549535 - 08/15/19 07:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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Nicely done smile Really catchy, and the mix on this is fantastic. It sounds really professionally executed. Loved your vocals and the subject matter too. I found it hard to listen to this without feeling happy.

Thanks for sharing!
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#549611 - 08/15/19 12:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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Mark, Thanks and welcome to the best musicians forum around.

Chulaivet, Thanks for the feedback. The arrangement took quite a while but I've gotten pretty quick at mixing. I'll raise the lead vocal a few dbs.

Jim, I'm glad you liked it. The 1-3-4 chord progression in the chorus was a by-product of the melody which had priority. The phrase "one small step" rises in half step tones and the "giant lead" phrase is an octave jump. Following the melody lead to the chords.

Misha, Thanks for the listening and commenting.

Joe, Thanks I owe PGM the scoop on the RealTracks and Midi. Aside from one piano track and my vocals, the rest is BiaB and RealBand.

Tangmo, Thanks. the arrangement was really important on this project since the song runs about 4:45. That's a long time to hold a listeners ear.

Ember, These events in the 1960s really shaped my life. I'm still engaged in the space business today. I'm very fortunate.

Deryk, I've been studying and practicing my mixing skills hard over the last few years. I'm glad it's paying off. Also, making music that helps people feel happy and good is one of the main reason we spend hours in the studio. Thanks for that comment. Mission Accomplished.

Mike

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#549679 - 08/15/19 05:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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Very feel good indeed!

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#549861 - 08/17/19 12:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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A little more vocal level or a reduction in everything else: the audio snippets were, invariably, drowning your vocal part & whilst I accept that you were singing echoes of the snippets the balance between each wasn't solid.
You might need to carve a little out of the bass track where it overlaps with you vocal too.
Lyrics would be nice too.
Cool song - I enjoyed it.
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#549888 - 08/17/19 10:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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Hi Trevor. I enjoyed my listen very much. Hope to be hearing more from you.

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#549898 - 08/17/19 11:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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hi spacedog well done nice chord changes enjoyed my listen thanks for sharing eric
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#549900 - 08/17/19 11:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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We just finished watching the three part American Experience on the moon landings. it's worth it even if you've followed it since a kid like us.

Great use of those old audio clips. It's cool to hear them in a new context.

Nice write, vocal and production!

Fun
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#550013 - 08/18/19 04:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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Enjoyable historical reminiscence, beautiful melody and chording. The arrangement has some nice "space" elements. I can almost feel like looking the mother Earth from the Moon. I hope she will be as white and blue for centuries to come.

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#550434 - 08/21/19 05:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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We completed the NPR series last night.

This should’ve been playing during the credits!

J&B
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#550779 - 08/22/19 06:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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Thanks for your comments and critiques. Here's the finished version. http://sclk.co/r/s8a506


Pianowillbebach. Thanks. I prefer to write feel good songs.

RayC. Thanks the mixing comments. The lyrics on the song page https://www.soundclick.com/dcspacedog

Joanne. Thanks for listening

Eric. Glad you enjoyed it.

Jannesan. Thanks. I think you nailed the most important idea in the song.

Janice and Bud. Thanks for your comments. I was glued to the documentaries and read two books on the Apollo missions while writing this song. I guess I've always been a child of the space age.

PGM I'll send the Soundcloud link on Friday.

Here are all the RTs RDs and Midis I used:

Style is _PWPOWER.STY (Praise & Worship w/ Guitar & Pia)

RealTracks in style: 1523:Bass, Electric, PopPowerA-B Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1535:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopPowerPushA-B Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1529:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopPowerBrightA-B Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1526:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopPowerPushA-B Ev 120
RealDrums in style: PraiseWorshipPowerPush^1-a:Qck, b:PHt

Added:
Drums_MIDI M_ANSWR1 9 9 Room Drum Kit_Sing
Bass_Real 1739 Bass, Synth ModernDancePop8
Bass_MIDI M_ANSWR1 49 Strings_SingleRender
Strings_Real 2265 Synth, BellPad, Rhythm 8
BBDrums_Real 1943 Synth, Rhythm, EuroDance S
Strings_MIDI ST 2060Strings, Rhythm PopCou
MIDI ST 2060Strings, Rhythm PopCou
Piano_Real 2262 Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm 80

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#550786 - 08/22/19 08:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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Hey SD, to Mars and beyond! Cool song and very pretty harmonies. Made me feel good too.

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#550868 - 08/23/19 02:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: For all Mankind [Re: SpaceDog]
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Nice job SD!! It is really refreshing to hear something that reflects patriotism and unity!! Enjoyed it!! Take care. Greg

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