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#568090 - 12/02/19 07:59 AM [User Showcase] Always Be My Friend
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Here is my latest song:

Always Be My Friend

I used:

Evening evening ev 16 Brit 80s Rock
80 BPM
36 Fretless bass
54 Voice Oohs
26 Rap TR808 Drums
50 Slow Strings

I played keys on my PSRE403, which was routed through the Cl1 interface into Mixcraft 5.
I sang vocal though a SP1 mic, through Cl1, into Mixcraft 5.
Everything mixed in Mixcraft 5.

Thanks for any listens and comments.

Always be My Friend

I remember we first met
You were sweet as life could get
I kissed you in the gray London rain

Then I lost track of you
Heard you moved to New York too
Then you fled to L.A. on a red-eyed plane

Oh, oh, until we meet again
Oh, oh, you'll always be my friend

Thought I saw you in Shanghai
In a rickshaw wheeling by
But then again it didn't look like you

You called me from a Cairo street
Said in Paris we could meet
How I wound up here I never knew

Oh, oh, until we meet again
Oh, oh, you'll always be my friend

Bridge:

I really want to say
I miss you everyday
No matter where you are
No matter near or far

I hope we meet someplace
I hope I see your face
But my memory won't fade
Of the friend I've made

Oh, oh, until we meet again
Oh, oh, you'll always be my friend

Oh, oh, until we meet again
Oh, oh, you'll always be my friend



Edited by jptjptjpt (12/02/19 08:07 AM)
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#568267 - 12/02/19 06:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: Always Be My Friend [Re: jptjptjpt]
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jpt,

A cool song. A good "Indie" sound to it. Good choice of tracks.

A very soulful vocal.

There is a Leonard Cohen vibe to this. That works well.

I enjoyed the listen.

fj

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#568303 - 12/03/19 03:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: Always Be My Friend [Re: jptjptjpt]
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it does have a last couple of albums Cohen sound to it. He'd have, & you ought to, wrap the vocal in the backing a little more even just using a little more reverb.
There're a couple of wavering notes that you could hold closer to the target with some automation.
Otherwise this is pretty solid.
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#568327 - 12/03/19 06:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: Always Be My Friend [Re: jptjptjpt]
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I enjoyed this one - Ray and Floyd mentioned above that it reminds them of Leonard Cohen, and I can definitely hear that myself. I thought the vocals packed a lot of punch, personally. It flows smoothly and all ties together nicely.

Thanks for sharing smile
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#568352 - 12/03/19 07:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: Always Be My Friend [Re: jptjptjpt]
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Crossroads Offline
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Hi jptjptjpt,

yes, definitely Leonard Cohen peeping around the corner...
Good write, your voice got soul. But Ray is (as usually) right the voice is too far above the backing track- it doesn't have to disappear in it, but both should form more of a unity.

But nevertheless: a very enjoyable listen !

Regards,

Stefan

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#568383 - 12/03/19 10:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: Always Be My Friend [Re: jptjptjpt]
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Cool piece. Loved the vocal. Well done

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#568411 - 12/03/19 01:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: Always Be My Friend [Re: jptjptjpt]
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Well, heck, we'll jump in with the Cohen references also. Indeed.

And a heartfelt soulful vocal backed by an excellent band!

Enjoyed it...


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#568448 - 12/03/19 03:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: Always Be My Friend [Re: jptjptjpt]
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You've created a very haunting mood to your song. I like the keyboard bits you put in. I especially like the lyric

"Thought I saw you in Shanghai
In a rickshaw wheeling by
But then again it didn't look like you" Good stuff.

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#568478 - 12/03/19 06:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: Always Be My Friend [Re: jptjptjpt]
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Sounds very original.
I particularly like this line.

"Then I lost track of you
Heard you moved to New York too
Then you fled to L.A. on a red-eyed plane"

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#568501 - 12/03/19 08:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: Always Be My Friend [Re: jptjptjpt]
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This song has a really neat indie vibe to it which I really appreciate! Cool stuff, thanks for sharing!
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#568527 - 12/03/19 10:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: Always Be My Friend [Re: jptjptjpt]
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Great moody piece, vocal was very good, good enough to fix the few off notes. Liked the globetrotting context, made me want to know more about the characters. Good work.
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#568622 - 12/04/19 10:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: Always Be My Friend [Re: jptjptjpt]
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Your lyrics create the setting for a mysterious love-lost story...
Without giving away too many details of the relationship...
Nicely written & done...
Nicely sung...
I enjoyed the listen.
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#568748 - 12/05/19 06:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: Always Be My Friend [Re: jptjptjpt]
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I really like this one, nice vocal!

I'll echo the others that mentioned Leonard Cohen, certainly has that vibe especially with the lyrics.

Good song, enjoyed the listen.

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#568833 - 12/05/19 11:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: Always Be My Friend [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
jpt,

A cool song. A good "Indie" sound to it. Good choice of tracks.

A very soulful vocal.

There is a Leonard Cohen vibe to this. That works well.

I enjoyed the listen.

fj


Yeah, I think Floyd nailed it!! Very well done!! Take care. Greg

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#568884 - 12/05/19 04:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: Always Be My Friend [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Originally Posted By: Ezekiel's Storm
You've created a very haunting mood to your song. I like the keyboard bits you put in. I especially like the lyric

"Thought I saw you in Shanghai
In a rickshaw wheeling by
But then again it didn't look like you" Good stuff.


I agree with Scott here! Very nice soulful tune! I wonder if that (megaphone?) vocal effect could use a reverb touch to it...just a thought! Nice job! Thanks, Torrey
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