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#551148 - 08/25/19 07:45 AM [User Showcase] Hide and Seek
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Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek (2019, Christiane Spruit)

Explain the ways of life to me,
I don't know how it all works out.
Will you come to get me?
Tell me where are you hiding right now?

Like two foxes hunting
Between the poles, in the pale of white
We trail down winter
Hide and seek in the need of life

Back on the track of life

Born in a cold, dark country
Life is slowly melting down
Under the snow white blanket
Roots are seeking for the ground

Back on the track of life

From Chris: Lyrics are inspired by a poem by Vernon Scannell

The Band:

~572:Bass, Electric, Blues BB Ev 085
~365:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 085
~542:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Dreamy Ev 085
~542:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Dreamy Ev 085
1763:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Pop16thsGritty Ev16 085
575:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Blues BB Ev 085

I used EZDrummer2 for the drum track.

I'm playing the lead guitars, Chris is playing the synth Pad.

Mixed with Reaper, mastered with Ozone.

Also up on SoundCloud, here: Hide and Seek

All comments gratefully received!


Edited by BlueAttitude (08/28/19 02:34 AM)
Edit Reason: added comment on the lyrics

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#551154 - 08/25/19 08:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Very cool intro Dave. Love the drums. Guitar just sound great. nice lead in to the vocal... Chris just nails the vocal. Love your music... So well done..

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#551175 - 08/25/19 11:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave / Christiane,

I love this - it's a bit of pop and a bit of blues...

Some really outstanding guitar lines and another stellar vocal by Christiane.

Crystal clear mix - excellent!

Bob

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#551204 - 08/25/19 01:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave / Chris

Big sound - the drums at the intro and outro sound great. Excellent vocal, and a nicely paced song, with good dynamics.
Very tasteful guitar playing throughout, very complimentary stuff.

Another excellent write.

Peter

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#551232 - 08/25/19 05:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: BlueAttitude]
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This makes my ears happy. laugh

I'll be honest, this is the type of song that I literally don't care what the lyrics are - it just sounds good. Heck, I've read through the lyrics, and I'm still not entirely sure what it's about. Perhaps it's an a allusion to hiding under the blanket of snow, and coming back to life with the thaw of Spring?

Doesn't matter, it sounds awesome.
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#551309 - 08/26/19 12:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: BlueAttitude]
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hi dave great intro drums and guitar great vocal as well enjoyed my listen eric
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#551315 - 08/26/19 01:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave & Chris...

AWESOME opening. The drums are outrageous! - Dave you get more out of EZDrummer than anyone I've ever heard. Absolutely LOVE your guitar tone on this. And the playing is exquisite! Perfect "singing guitar". (which guitar? direct? s-gear?)

Chris' vocal is as good as always. Clean and confident.

The mix is excellent throughout.

Going back for a 3rd listen.

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#551371 - 08/26/19 05:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: Scott C
Very cool intro Dave. Love the drums. Guitar just sound great. nice lead in to the vocal... Chris just nails the vocal. Love your music... So well done..


Thanks, Scott, I appreciate that!

Originally Posted By: rsdean
Dave / Christiane,

I love this - it's a bit of pop and a bit of blues...

Some really outstanding guitar lines and another stellar vocal by Christiane.

Crystal clear mix - excellent!

Bob


Hey Bob,

I decided to do that blues thing in the middle at the last minute just for the fun of it, original plan was to solo over the same changes as the verse. Worked ok I think to change the mood a little.

Thanks for the listen and positive comments!

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#551388 - 08/26/19 05:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Like it a lot, very cinematic to me, I could hear it for a show like Vikings as well.
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#551411 - 08/26/19 07:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave & Chris,
Beautifully paced. Quite a lesson in song dynamics really.The intro is so restrained and moody-had me hooked right away and your guitar tone is spine tingling good.
I`d be interested in hearing how much back and forth there is between you on the arrangement of a song like this?

Robert

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#551414 - 08/26/19 07:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: BlueAttitude]
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BlueAttitude,

Had to break out the headphones to listen to this one . . . knew right off this was a special mix, and the headphones make it all that much more. What a wonderful mood, and a spot on vocal. Totally chill song—digged this one!

All the best,

Deej

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#551440 - 08/26/19 11:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Drums are fantastic. They really set the dark, slow mood great. I love this dark yet hopeful (to my ears) lyric and Chris' delivery of it. The progression has some great movements that I think accentuate the theme of the song really well. Your play is wonderful here, and all mixed well to my ears in these phones. Hats off.
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#551457 - 08/27/19 03:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: BlueAttitude]
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A cracker!
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#551478 - 08/27/19 06:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: dcuny]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Dave / Chris

Big sound - the drums at the intro and outro sound great. Excellent vocal, and a nicely paced song, with good dynamics.
Very tasteful guitar playing throughout, very complimentary stuff.

Another excellent write.

Peter


Thanks, Peter!

Originally Posted By: dcuny
This makes my ears happy. laugh

I'll be honest, this is the type of song that I literally don't care what the lyrics are - it just sounds good. Heck, I've read through the lyrics, and I'm still not entirely sure what it's about. Perhaps it's an a allusion to hiding under the blanket of snow, and coming back to life with the thaw of Spring?

Doesn't matter, it sounds awesome.


"This makes my ears happy", I like that!

Thanks, David smile

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#551504 - 08/27/19 08:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: BlueAttitude]
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You get Ginger to kick this thing off?

As Janice says, “she always sings with such attitude!”

A pretty voice, yes, but sung like she means business.

Velvety and edgy…just like the guitar soloing on this.

The best rock ballad we’ve heard in a LONG time.

Production, the “connect your own dots” lyric, vocal/guitar performances, mix, RT’s, Drums — everything is hittin’ the note.

Over the top good!

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#551529 - 08/27/19 10:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi Dave & Chris.

Outstanding.

Loved the whole thing, but have to mention-

(1) The Drums. A great big sound with a fabulous expensive-sounding reverb.

(2) The guitar. A wonderful sound and a touch of Peter Green in the playing.

(3) Chris's voice. Brought me out in goosebumps.

Great stuff.

ROG.

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#551545 - 08/27/19 12:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Great intro and outro with strong and appealing drums, gorgeous solo guitar playing and the dreamy guitars support it nicely. Chord progression works well. For some reason reminds me of Eric Clapton. Great vocals, flowing smoothly.

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#551549 - 08/27/19 12:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi Chris and Dave,

This song started very intriguing with those drums everyone mentioned in their posts. But it stayed intriguing all the time. The way Chris sings makes your song very strong. And it is also such a beautiful voice.
It's another good piece of work from the both of you. Like it very much. Pity I couldn't add a 'like' on your site.

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#551561 - 08/27/19 02:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Very smooth as is the production and vocal.
Congrats. Rob4580

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#551574 - 08/27/19 03:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hide and Seek [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Tone,

Tone! Tone tone tone tone tone. Tone tone tone. Tone tone tone tone tone tone tone tone. Tone tone, tone tone tone tone.

Tone, tone tone tone tone. Tone tone. Tone tone tone.

Tone tone!

-Caaron

(Everything else is great too; but you are the king of tone my friend. Every part of it drips in it. And as someone who gets great tone, you already know it takes every aspect of every note to do that. From placement, to timing, to how it's played/sung, to the correct lyrics, to the effects chosen. You've got it Dave and Chris!ALL of it! Great song that needs to be used somewhere.)
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