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#562480 - 11/04/19 01:58 PM [User Showcase] Not Today, Blues
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Hi everyone,

This song I made in 2018, but never brought it to this forum. The recording wasn't too well then and it was hidden somewhere between other songs. At that time I didn't know how to deal with Soundcloud. But I liked the song very much so I re-recorded it these days. I believe it's improved now, but you have to judge if I'm right at that.

It is Blues, so it is sad. But I think you might like the sologuitar the most.
I made it after sitting in a car for hours (as a passenger) with aweful music on the radio. At home, making this song was the first thing I did. I don't make Bluessongs so often, but sometimes I have to make one. Like that carride...

The style is Soultry, the tempo 95. The key C#.
I haven't change one instrument, only added the sologuitar: 576 RealTracks.

I hope you enjoye it,
Hans

I nearly forgot the lyrics:
Not today

(c) HwBerkhout 210818

I used to sing my favourite song
About beer, women and so on
I fell in love, more than intended
Much broken hearts to be mended

I was the villain most of the time
saw feelings flew out o my chime
I didn't want to, I'm not that bad
but troubles each morning make me sad

No, I don't need it, not this way
Live must be special, anyway
I like to see you'll be the one
To let my doubts all be gone

No, it can't be over, not today
Tell me what new song you want me to play?
It's so easy, can't you see?
If you still have these feelings for me

Live had to give us roses I believed
Not the thorns that we've received
They often hurt me, as to you
But we managed to get through

No, I don't get it, why things can't stay
Maybe it's wrong to say
But I don't want it, not this way
You know, that villain has long gone away

No, it can't be over, not today
Tell me what new song you want me to play?
It's so easy, can't you see?
If you still have these feelings for me

No, it can't be over, not today
You must believe me, please do stay
It's so easy to realize
Don't throw away something nice




Edited by Birchwood (11/04/19 02:00 PM)
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#562501 - 11/04/19 04:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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You are correct sir. I like the solo guitar the best. Very good blues sound. Keep up the good work!
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#562541 - 11/04/19 09:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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Hi Hans,

This is such a great groove and it suits your singing and your song so well.

Your singing is excellent and the mix is wonderful. As I'm sitting here right now listening through headphones, there is nothing I'd change. And yes, the solo guitar is excellent!

You've sure raised the personal-best bar with this one.

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#562545 - 11/04/19 10:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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Hello Hans. The guitar work reminds me of Clapton.
The production is very well done.
Great work on this and thank you for posting.
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#562547 - 11/04/19 11:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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Wow Hans, you really delivered the blues, no question.

Great mix, balance, and fantastic groove, great breaks and fills.

Every part of this works so well.
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#562615 - 11/05/19 08:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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Your voice is like made for blues smile I can hear Chris Rea vibes in the melancholy mood and in your voice. Enjoyable chording and melody especially in the chorus. Nice arrangement and the solo guitar is a working addition, maybe chorus could get a nice lift from the verses with an additional instrument, like an organ?

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#562622 - 11/05/19 09:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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Now that's what I'm talkin about! Excellent job on the mix 2, sounds great on my BX8's. I'm off to find those real tracks. Thanks for sharing.

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#562623 - 11/05/19 09:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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Ok the guitar solo is good, but don`t sell your excellent vocal short,Hans- that`s the highlight for me. A little rasp and lots of feeling in your voice - the processing works for the style too.
I think Janne made a good suggestion about adding that b3 organ on the chorus- mix is good though.

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#562635 - 11/05/19 12:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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Hello Hans ...

I'm a big fan of the Blues. This song is a terrific example of why I am. Love that guitar solo ... sparkles like freshly shined diamond. Your vocal is strong and perfect for the song. I'll add a +1 for the thought of a B3 on the chorus.

That was a really great listen! Best to you ...

Alan
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#562684 - 11/05/19 05:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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You've definitely got the groove on this.

Yeah, I love that guitar.

Strong vocal performance!

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#562730 - 11/06/19 03:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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Suitable guitar solo but it's a little loud.
The vocal gets a little loud in places as well.
Nice blues though.
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#562736 - 11/06/19 03:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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Hi Hans,

Listened yesterday but didn't have time to comment.

The star of this song is your vocal in my opinion, very good! I love your tone!

Good song, enjoyed!
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#562757 - 11/06/19 07:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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What a tune smile Love the smoky vibes all over this. It has a mysterious quality to it, and I thought it flowed nicely. That solo knocked it out of the park for me, too.

Thanks for sharing!
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#562887 - 11/07/19 02:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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Hello Steve, Noel, Rob and VideoTrack,

Thanks for listening and your nice comments and compliments.
Steve, as I thought, you liked the solo. It is a significant part of this song, and I enjoyed making it sound this way.
Noel, nice of you to say i raised the personal-best bar. While making the song I was only thinking of what a terrible cardrive I had that day. Worked out nicely, reading your comment.
Rob, that's a very nice compliment; comparing the guitar with Claptons playing skills. I think it's BB that can put that compliment in their pocket too!
VideoTrack, I'm getting curious about your real name, but beside that you gave a very nice compliment (you delivered the Blues). I had to look it up on Google translate, because here we translate it as if you delivered a package. you couldn't mean that, I thought.

But all your comments gave me more drive for another Bluessong (within some time). Maybe first an awful airtrip or something like that...

Hans
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#562890 - 11/07/19 02:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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Hi Janne, Rick, Robert and Alan,

I got a smile reading your nice comments, and suggestions.
Janne, beside your nice words, I became curious about that organ in the chorus. I'm not such a fan of organs, but I tried the song yesterday with a suitable organ (sound). It didn't sound so bad as I had expected. In fact, I also used it on some parts of the verses as well. Today I will finish it all and put the song on SC. Maybe you like it more now. But don't hesitate telling me I did a wrong job with that organ...
Rick, I'm glad you became so enthusiastic. In that style I mentioned (Soultry) I changed the pedal steel for a vintage piano (2906), added the sologuitar (576) and now also an organ B3 (673). Make me some nice Blues!
Robert, That's very nice of you to say I don't have to sell my vocals short. I had some doubts about the cracks in my voice, but you made that fade away. Thanks!
And Alan, you succeeded in surpassing Robert with your compliment about you loving blues and my song is why. Makes me proud...
And I listened to Janne, Robert and you to put in an organ. by accident it is that B3 you mentioned! I didn't know what you meant with a B3 on the chorus, now I do. Thanks for learning!

Hans
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#562902 - 11/07/19 05:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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Nice bluesy feel , with vocals to match the feel nice. Guitar sound Brilliant.

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#562938 - 11/07/19 09:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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That is a great solo guitar and we have used it several times...it seems easy to fit in with it's sparse phrasing.
Also the guy playing it was once in the Allman Brothers Band.

And you added that guitar to a fine production including the write and the vocals.

We love the blues and this one is excellent...it has a bit of a mysterious edge to it not often heard in blues.

Excellent!!!!

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#563077 - 11/07/19 11:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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Hi Hans,

after all those great versatile songs you're now performing 'the Crying Dutchman' - wow, I must say: I AM IMPRESSED.

Great song, great singing, fine arrangement, but your soloing is among the most interesting and best blues solloing I have heard in a long time. Man, would I be happy, if I could play like that....

Very well done, Hans, really VERY well done.

Groetjes,

Stefan
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#563147 - 11/08/19 08:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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Loved this Hans. Super vocal. Such a cool backtrack. My kind of music. The guitar was really nice add. Well done
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#563149 - 11/08/19 08:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: Not Today, Blues [Re: Birchwood]
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Hi Ezekiel, Ray, Dave, Deryk, Beatmaster, Janice and Bud, Stefan,

Thanks all for your comments on this Bluessong.
Ezekiel, you felt the Groove...! and loved the guitar. And you are right. I like Blues, but doubted if my voice was good enough for it. Probabely when the reason for making it was bad enough I can succeed. But with the help of that sologuitar. From Janice anD Bud (or one of them) I just learned it was the sologuitarist of the Almand Brothers.! So I am proud a famous guy joined my band!

And Dave, because of what I just wrote about my voice, your compliment on that gives me wings... Thanks for that, because I keep in mind who is singing with you. That makes the compliment even bigger! And about the sologuitar. I had this kind of solo in mind when I wrote about your latest song.

Deryk, the smokey vibes... Like the term, but the other one as well; you were knocked out by one of the Almand Brothers!

Beatmaster, you also mentioned that sologuitar. Yeah man, it was fun working with it. I had to push the re-genetate button many times to get the solosound I liked for this song. Then immediate frooze it and kept it as it was.

Jannice and Bud, I mentioned both of you before in this reply. I didn't know it was a gitarist of that famous band. Nice to know! And I was wondering wich part you thought sounded mysterious.

Stefan, man that was a very nice compliment from you. You who make those beautiful songs and funny videos... (well ok, Maha did all of that, you did the drinking). But it felt very good getting you IMPRESSED!

And Ray, I saved you for the last. I like your act of immitating a grumpy old man although I know you certainly are not at all. Unless the fact that I am older than you (and know more) I know you're allways right and say that like a hamer hits the nails'head. Directly! Yes you were right that both my vocals as the solo were mixed a bit too loud. So thanks for that. I have corrected it in a new version on SoundCloud. In it I also added a B3 organ as I promised Janne, Robert and Allan. It only took me a day longer than expected. And thanks you liked the song too.

Hans
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