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#580878 - 02/14/20 05:54 PM [User Showcase] Drink with Me
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Hi, all:

Here’s another collaboration with John Vaughan. When John sent me the original lyrics I think he had a ballad in mind . . . and I think I surprised him a bit going in a little different direction--something new for both of us! I did say I wanted to focus on some more upbeat tunes in 2020, so . . . here goes. Not sure I’ve quite nailed it, but hope you enjoy it nonetheless. As always, your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Here’s the song:

DRINK WITH ME

Here are the lyrics:

Ain't got much just friendship to give;
no flash car on the drive where I live—
lived alone since love come to an end.
Her lies, always persuasive, took our friends.

It gets lonely when my day’s works done
I sure miss hanging out with someone . . .
I’m at the bar in my own company.
Will somebody have a drink with me?

Does anyone care to have a drink with me?
Let's hop on a cloud from reality.
Pretend that we're happy, like good friends should be.
Does anyone care to have a drink with me?

Hey, don't be silly, don't you be shy—
this one's on me I'm happy to buy.
It's my anniversary one year today.
I’m single now, but it ain't all what they say.

Does anyone care to have a drink with me?
Let's hop on a cloud from reality
Pretend that we're happy, like good friends should be.
Does anyone care to have a drink with me?

Do you come here a lot?
Is this your second home?
Are you one of those guys
who keep checking their phones?
Me, I get tired of keeping myself to myself.
Hey, there's a crowd of us now—
let’s leave bygones alone;
find the ultimate high
in a place all our own.
Set life aside, and
cheers, let’s drink to ourselves.

Does anyone care to have a drink with me?
Let's hop on a cloud from reality
Pretend that we're happy, like good friends should be.
Does anyone care to have a drink with me?

And here’s the band:

RealTracks: 2939 Bass, Fretless Electric Rock8thsRene Ev 120
RealTracks: 2023 Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm CountryRockJohn Ev 120
RealTracks: 847 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountryRockRiff Ev 120
RealTracks: 844 Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountryRockPopping Ev 120
RealTracks: 593 Fiddle, Rhythm Bluegrass Doc Ev 100
RealTracks: 669 Guitar, Slide, Background EasySouthern Ev 120
RealDrums: DrivingPop8ths^01-a:HiHat, Snare, b:Open Hat, Snare

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#580911 - 02/14/20 08:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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Nice rock song - excellent vocals and melody. Nice use of the slide track.
Liked the song structure kept it interesting.

Had a Stones / Buffett vibe.

Well done.

Peter

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#580927 - 02/14/20 11:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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Bravo. Hats off, once more ... I sat up from those very first, hard-hitting rock guitar notes.

It seems that, in Western Anglo-Saxon culture at least, open emotions and compliments are frowned upon ... but I'm a musician, emotions are my business, so I can't shut up, haha ...

You know what my genuine first thoughts were on hearing this? "Screw him ..." (joking, of course), "... he's far too good". I'll leave it at this, shall I? haha. But, seriously (and since I've started on the path of honest feedback, haha) ... let me just say this: you really do NOT do "crap" or even "mediocre", haha.

Also, with those lyrics, yes ... I read them first and did not expect this kind of song. Well done for making it work. I'm going to listen to it again now :-)
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#580933 - 02/15/20 12:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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A show opener if I've ever heard one. Of course, it sounds good and is well put together. I love the way it builds and gets more drunken the longer it goes. Fantastic fun with subtext. Hugely enjoyed.
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#580939 - 02/15/20 01:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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Nice country rock. Not upbeat thematically though.
You need to tame the cymbals as they're burying the vocals - it'll require some careful EQ subtraction but is easily done.
You've placed yourself squarely & solidly in modern country Deej, your voice suits the style well.
Nicely done.
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#580967 - 02/15/20 06:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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Ah, well done, DJ. I first read all of the lyrics, then tried to listen as if I was John Vaughn expecting a ballad. My eyes opened wide with a wtf look when it started, but quickly changed to a smile of delight. I was singing along by the 2nd chorus, and raised my glass several times before the end. Great production, use of all the best band choices, and vocal!
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#581002 - 02/15/20 11:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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Cool intro. Guitars were excellent. Super vocal and lyric
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#581008 - 02/15/20 01:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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Deej,

A good rockin' BAND. Nice vocal. (I agree with ray about the loose open hi-hat in the chorus).

Cool that you are working on the upbeat side...

fj

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#581021 - 02/15/20 02:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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Peter, James, Tangmo, rayc, Marty, Scott and Floyd:

Thanks all for the listen and kind feedback. Glad it was worth the listen.

rayc and Floyd: It’s always the things you don’t quite hear on your own that makes a board like this so helpful. I’ve gone back in and EQ’d down the symbols a tad, trying not to overdo it too much. I can always do a little bit more if need be. Let me know if you think this works better, or if a little more tamping is needed. Thanks for the feedback.

rayc: Yes, “upbeat” might not have been the best choice of word for this one. “Lively,” maybe? It does have a sad element of loneliness to it thematically.

My best to all of you.

Deej

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#581048 - 02/15/20 03:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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Deej,
Those twin riffing guitars really keep this rocking... as does your fine boozy vocal ( you know what I mean-you sound loose and in character!)
I couldn`t hear the cymbal issue so I think whatever taming you did worked.
A very convincing lyric so easy to relate to.

Robert

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#581051 - 02/15/20 04:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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Deej, you had me from the git-go on this one. Super rock with excellent lyrics. Your vocal was very strong and that rhythm track was outstanding.

A great song and yes I will have a drink with out anytime!
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#581062 - 02/15/20 05:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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Oh yeah! Another good one from you.

Tight production. Excellent vocal performance. What a captivating rocker!

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#581144 - 02/16/20 08:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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Hey Deej,

Good song! And great vocal as always. Enjoyed!
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#581215 - 02/16/20 04:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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Deej, you do a great job with an upbeat number as proved here! You've got a super voice with awesome range! Powerful chorus! Thanks, Torrey
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#581236 - 02/16/20 05:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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Deej & John
Solid collaboration piece.
Rides well. Cool musical bed. Deej, you swinged those lyrics very well Vocals A+. Not sure if I heard revised version, but everything sits well to my ears. Liked it! Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

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#581708 - 02/20/20 02:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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Cool rocker!

Great vocal (showing off that range!) and excellent use of RT's...especially the
BG slide RT.

Upbeat in that Stones groove / vocal but a bit melancholy in the lyric.
An effective contrast.

Enjoyed it!

J&B
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#581747 - 02/20/20 09:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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Robert, MarioD, Ezekiel, Dave, Torrey, Misha and J&B:

Thanks to you all. I’m hoping the adjustment I made worked and it appears so . . . but glad you all seemed to enjoy the song either way.

Janice & Bud: Well, definitely pushed myself on those back up vocals, and it works well enough (though not perfect) in the mix . . . but let me tell you, I sure wouldn’t be eager to share that back up vocal track with anyone to listen to anytime soon. Not pretty on its own, LOL!

Hope all is well with all of you,

Deej

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#581773 - 02/21/20 02:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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Deej,

This is great! Love the song, arrangement and your delivery - nice rock voice!

Bob
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#581827 - 02/21/20 04:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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You are my absolute favorite singer here and one of the best artists overall. I'm a big fan. I liked this track, but it's not quite an earworm like so many of your songs are. Still good, and I wouldn't dissuade you from uptempo.


Edited by TuneMonger (Yesterday at 12:36 PM)
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#581903 - 02/22/20 07:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: Drink with Me [Re: Deej56]
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I too was expecting a ballad after reading the lyrics, so you caught me by a surprise. Anyway, touching lyrics I can relate to (not that I go to bars alone...). Good melody and powerful rocking band, maybe the verse could be even lighter so that the catchy chorus could pop out more. Left positive feeling after all, as always with your enjoyable vocals, cheers!

Janne

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