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#580372 - 02/11/20 07:22 AM [User Showcase] Magpie
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Crossroads Offline
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Hi y’all,

I’m really lagging behind - not only with listening to all those new songs here (am I the only one who has the feeling that the number of new songs is increasing exponentially?), but also with my own songs:: Got three new videos ‘in the making’, but none of them is ready for the roll-ouit by now..

So for the time being I’m going to post something a bit different from my usual stuff today - here’s the back story:

Last summer my brother sent me an mp3 file with just a melody he had sung, some funny German lyrics, no harmonies, just some very raw singing. He wanted to give this song as a birthday present to his girl friend and asked me if I could make an arrangement / backing track for it.

Well, of course I was excited to do this, we had a nice collab, recorded his vocal, and the birthday present was a huge success.

Because I liked the song I thought I should try to translate his lyrics into English sticking as closely as possible to the original wording and then recorded it myself using the arrangemt I had put together with BIAB, changing the melody a bit.

This production was never meant to see any public light, so I already kept the first or second track - TommyC would say; ‘Just foolin’ around.’ Since I can’t’t even find the original RealBand file anymore, Maha couldn’t work on my vocals and had to make do with an almost forgotten wave file that she did some mastering on today.

So just take it as it is, please: no big thing, but it was fun to work on something very different from my own songs.

MAGPIE

Take care,

Stefan

Technical data:

Style is _GRVYPNO.STY (Groovy Piano Pop )

RealTracks in style: ~684:Bass, Electric, PopHalfNotesSync Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 2046:Piano, Acoustic, Solo-Accompaniment CountryPopJohn Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 691:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming AcRockBright Ev 120
RealTracks in style: ~686:Organ, B3, Background Pop Ev 120
RealDrums in style: JazzFunkGroovin^1-a:HHSdStk, b:HHSnr
Added: RealTrack ~143:7Piano, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkGroovin Ev16 110

Added: RT2534:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, HeldChords
Added: RT408:Guitar, Resonator, Background Allis Ev 120
Added: RT669:Guitar, Slide, Background EasySouthern Ev 120

Unfortunately I can’t trace which alto sax soloist track I used for the sax parts - sorry.

I used BIAB and RealBand for the backing track, Maha did all the sound work using RealBand with PGMusic dynamics, PGMusic reverb and the EasyQ parametric EQ pluig-in. Mastered it in Ozone 8.


Edited by Crossroads (02/11/20 07:40 AM)
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#580375 - 02/11/20 07:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: Crossroads]
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Henni & Stefan & Maha...

A fun listen! Clever.

Good vocals, nice mix. Enjoy it.

fj

HA! the tab says "Nagpie"...intentional??

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#580385 - 02/11/20 08:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: Crossroads]
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Hi, Stefan. You need not apologize for lagging behind on your posts. Your influence is evident here, man. I'm new here and am still catching up on all the magical music you've already posted. And tell Maha I REALLY love those videos, and I never tire of the songs. Ok, that said, now get back to those 3 that are ‘in the making’.

This song is superb, and I'd like it in any language!
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#580389 - 02/11/20 08:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: Crossroads]
Registered: 09/30/16
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Loc: Netherlands, Haarlem
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Hi Stefan,

I thought you were too busy with my song. How could it happen you also were working on this, very good swinging song with that funny lyrics, without mention it to me?
I think it's because you also sing about an animal like in my song, isn't it!
But well done on this!

Hans
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#580404 - 02/11/20 11:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: Crossroads]
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Nice old rag time blues, fun theme and looks like the cat got the bird !!!.

Enjoyed ,

Thanks
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#580423 - 02/11/20 04:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: Crossroads]
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Good fun.
the slowed ending works a treat.
An enjoyable narrative with my expectation of the climax being met which adds a satisfying feel to the piece - home - journey & home again.
Excellent work - kudos to your brother on top of the excellent work you & Maha did.
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#580435 - 02/11/20 05:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: Crossroads]
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Good idea well delivered, and the ending was nice. Vox, instruments, production, all good. Enjoyed listening!
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#580443 - 02/11/20 05:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: Crossroads]
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Loc: Virginia USA
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Stefan,

You are right. There has been a lot of activity, and I am having a hard time catching up with all the good posts.

I see the brothers share a sense of humor.

The chorus really sticks with you.

Love the style. Good choice for the content.

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#580463 - 02/11/20 10:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: Crossroads]
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Big smiles here. Clever idea, and the translation works well. To end so sweetly put a tear in my eye.

The band is solid and the vocals strong and well-placed. Maha did them both proud. The only crit I can make is that "wanted" is not spelled "wnated". smile Easy fix.
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#580475 - 02/12/20 01:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: Crossroads]
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Loc: United Kingdom
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This is a CLASSIC in capital letters! Absolutely brilliant!!! Loved it all, made me smile and made my day brighter - and, if music can do that, that's one of the highest compliments one can give to a writer, right? And that ending! Love the slow tempo, as if to emphasise every single word and syllable you are singing. Bravo - standing ovation from me :-)
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#580507 - 02/12/20 09:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: Crossroads]
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Enjoyably positive and easily flowing lyrics, definitely sounds like the original was an excellent birthday present.
The chorus is really catchy sing-a-long. I like the smooth soulful arrangement. Kind of a musical song, I could see you dancing with a stick and a hat wink

Janne

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#580539 - 02/12/20 01:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: Crossroads]
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Stefan

A really nice fun song - excellent vocals and clever ending.

Very much enjoyed.

(And yes the songs are cycling through very quickly at the moment!)

Peter

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#580680 - 02/13/20 10:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: Crossroads]
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Hi Stefan,

You are right, the number of posts is definitely going up, makes it easy to miss new posts. I saw you had posted this yesterday but didn't have time to listen, and when I went looking for it today it had slipped halfway down the second page.

Great song! Good writing and I really like your vocal. Love the slowed down ending! Mix sounds great also, listened through both the monitors and the phones.
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#580700 - 02/13/20 01:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: Crossroads]
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Lots of new posts. Some very good songs. Love your music. Super lyrics and always excellent vocals and production. Well done
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#580793 - 02/14/20 06:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: floyd jane]
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Crossroads Offline
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Henni & Stefan & Maha...

A fun listen! Clever.

Good vocals, nice mix. Enjoy it.

fj

HA! the tab says "Nagpie"...intentional??


Hi Floyd,

thanks a lot, glad you liked it.

"Nagpie"...intentional??"

No, I'm afraid this would posit a level of English 'pun-ability' I haven't yet reached - sorry, just a typo...

Regards,

Stefan
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#580795 - 02/14/20 06:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: BabuMusic]
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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
Hi, Stefan. You need not apologize for lagging behind on your posts. Your influence is evident here, man. I'm new here and am still catching up on all the magical music you've already posted. And tell Maha I REALLY love those videos, and I never tire of the songs. Ok, that said, now get back to those 3 that are ‘in the making’.

This song is superb, and I'd like it in any language!


Oh man, you are really supportive !!!!!! Thanks a lot for your very kind words and also that kick in the butt: it worked - video no. 1 is almost done ;-))...

All the best,

Stefan
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#580796 - 02/14/20 06:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: Birchwood]
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Originally Posted By: Birchwood
Hi Stefan,

I thought you were too busy with my song. How could it happen you also were working on this, very good swinging song with that funny lyrics, without mention it to me?
I think it's because you also sing about an animal like in my song, isn't it!
But well done on this!

Hans


Yes, Hans, looks like we brought a new genre to this forum: 'pet tunes'...

No need to worry: I did not have to work on this one anymore, only had to look for the wave file and have Maha do the mastering.

I am very glad you liked it.

Take good care,

Stefan
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#580797 - 02/14/20 06:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: beatmaster]
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Originally Posted By: beatmaster
Nice old rag time blues, fun theme and looks like the cat got the bird !!!.

Enjoyed ,

Thanks


Yes, baetmaster: The cat got the bird... Thanks a lot for your nice comment!

Cheers,

Stefan
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#580798 - 02/14/20 07:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: rayc]
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Originally Posted By: rayc
Good fun.
the slowed ending works a treat.
An enjoyable narrative with my expectation of the climax being met which adds a satisfying feel to the piece - home - journey & home again.
Excellent work - kudos to your brother on top of the excellent work you & Maha did.


Hi Ray,

I'm always especially happy to read your positive comments, so thanks a lot for this one, too.
I passed your compliment to Maha and knowing that you're the expert she was very flattered by your kind words.

All the best,

Stefan
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#580833 - 02/14/20 02:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: Magpie [Re: Crossroads]
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Great song Stefan! Your vocal and the processing on it is fantastic! You did (once again) such a wonderful job on the production of this tune! You always post great stuff and this one is right there with the rest of your material! Enjoyed it! Thanks, Torrey.
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