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#582613 - 02/27/20 03:05 AM [User Showcase] Black Crack in the Wall
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Black Crack in the Wall

We also have a video for this song, link at the bottom of this post.

Black Crack in the Wall (2020, Christiane Spruit)

Wheels are turning
now it's all coming to ground
What we needed, we don't need it anymore

Our children playing
while the dust clouds falling down
burned their dreams in the backyard of the mall

Days of laughter
I still hear the echo down the hall
from the good old days we had before the fall

Black crack in the wall
It won't happen again they call
They scale the city walls
burning bridges and the flames are rising tall
We've seen the black crack in the wall

All the answers
they are blowing in the wind
All the songs we heard and all the songs we sing
Words are burning we all saw the writing on the wall
HISTORY repeats itself, for us all

The Band:

1827:Bass, Electric, PopModernGrooveA-B Ev16 075
1839:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopModernGrooveA-B Ev16 075
1831:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopModernGrooveBrightA-B Ev16 075
1831:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopModernGrooveBrightA-B Ev16 075
PopModernGrooveSync16^1-a:Snare on 4, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride

I used EZDrummer2 for the Shaker, tambourine, and cymbals.

I'm playing the acoustic, an electric rhythm guitar track and the lead guitar.

Mixed with Reaper using native plugins, also plugins from Waves and iZotope, mastered with Ozone 9, more detail available upon request.



All comments welcome!


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#582615 - 02/27/20 03:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Powerful vocals, excellent backing, different. Not a genre I'm naturally drawn to but this was well worth the listen. Thanks for sharing.

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#582618 - 02/27/20 04:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Pro quality vocals, band, and leads. I don't think I've heard a better one from you guys...and you consistently put out high-quality tracks. Loved it.
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#582632 - 02/27/20 06:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Wow - what a tune! Enormously powerful vocals, with superb harmonies that are instantly ear-grabbing. Definitely getting a bit of a Pat Benatar vibe on this one, which is definitely a good thing in my books.

Thanks for sharing smile
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#582636 - 02/27/20 07:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi, Dave. Christiane really tells the story with such emotion. Your guitars, as always, are perfect. Great tune!!
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#582653 - 02/27/20 08:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: BlueAttitude]
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A STRONG lyric delivered with a power packed emotive vocal and supported by a great lead guitar performance. The outro is
is a great example of vocals and an instrumental solo working perfectly in tandem. The entire production is nailed...everything,
the band, the vocal/guitar performances and the mix.

A song that should be heard by many not just for the message
but for the musicality of it also.

And that acoustic intro...yeah.

The video's sparseness helps drive the message home.

Y'all NEVER fail to deliver!

J&B
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#582674 - 02/27/20 02:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave / Chris

Loved everything about it! Wonderful vocal, great guitars from the acoustic intro to the searing ending.
Great mix & overall production.

Simply top quality music.

Peter

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#582680 - 02/27/20 02:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi Dave and Chris
Completely agree with Peter's comments, as well as Bud and Janice's - you never fail to deliver.
Regards,
Leon

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#582688 - 02/27/20 05:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Absolutely amazing! Very good lyrics and a vocal performance that is really first level. I truly enjoyed listening to this!

Thanks for sharing such a diamond of a song!

Will

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#582704 - 02/27/20 06:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave & Chris,
another gem. I guess it is more on the rock side of the blues.
I hear a little more rage in Chris vocals, definitely makes this tune more powerful. Guitar work is excellent. I like raw acoustic feel mixed in. Overall, I can only look up to you two and learn smile

P.S. Since you mentioned "all comments"... I liked the opening with acoustic, it felt different and good, however it felt like all instruments come in little two soon. A part of me wants to hear more of that acoustic. If it was my choice, I would let vocal and keys join the guitar and then all other instruments come at 0:27 on drum roll. Just 2 cents of opinion wink

Excellent tune with fresh approach!
Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

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#582714 - 02/27/20 07:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi Chris & Dave ...

What a terrific song ... in every possible way. The lyric is strong. As always, Chris' voice is strong on emotion and so nice to the ear. And your guitar work, Dave, is so sweet! The tracks and mix are done so nicely. This is strong! What a great listen!


Best to both of you ...

Alan
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#582721 - 02/27/20 08:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dear 'blueattitude' and Ms. Christiane Spruit...

Any performer, ANY PERFORMER -- instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, whatever -- who deliberately and purposefully creates a song that addresses the terrifying presence of racism ANYWHERE on this globe, as directly, as courageously, as fiercely, and with such unapologetic righteousness as you two did in your 'buck-stops-here' song, Black Crack in the Wall, deserves a humble, grateful and respectful bow from me! In fact, I'll 'do you one better': I got your back on this mad.

I'm gonna give you a moment to read what I wrote so you can feel the truth, the urgency of what I wrote above...

Okay, time's up smile !!! And now, the 'kudos'. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your obvious(?) concern about the rise of violent racism in this world. Thank you for not second-guessing your instincts. Thank you for joining the masses of people all over this globe who are trying to calm everybody down so we can clear our heads and start listening to our hearts. Thank you !!!

'blueattitude', you play your guitars as though someone was trying to take them away from you, but I am glad you defended yourself and held onto them smile. Practice pays off, right???

Ms. Spruitt, Ms. Spruitt, Ms. Spruitt...Listening to you exhorting the message behind the lyrics and the dialogue that appears in the video, caused me to think of you as a singing Joan of Arc. The emotional committment you poured into your voice was utterly striking and empowering (to me, at least). Thank you!

As of this moment, this very moment in time, I regard both of you as musical artists who clearly are not afraid to speak out on what concerns you according to the dictates of your conscience. I mean it. If I had medals on hand, I'd pin them on your breast -- uh, I mean, only on 'blueattitude's' breast, Ms. Spruitt laugh laugh laugh.

God bless you, God keep you, God love you, God protect you, and thank you (yet, again) for applying your musical skills towards the solution of a seemingly insoluable social problem.

As forum members 'Bud & Janice' exclaimed, Black Crack in the Wall is "...a song that should be heard by many not just for the message, but for the musicality of it also". Hearin' ya' loud an' clear, 'Bud & Janice'!!!

With my utmost respect and deepest sincerity,

LOREN (a.k.a. 'bluage')


Edited by bluage (02/28/20 08:41 PM)
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#582730 - 02/27/20 10:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Is that a pick scrape to accompany "...history..."?
If it's not then you might address the sound or the distortion of the voice.
Terrific song, playing & singing.
No nits other than the above.
COOL.
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#582742 - 02/28/20 02:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave / Chris,

You have really kicked it up a notch with this one...

WOW! Tremendous song, vocal and production.

You guys are quite the team. Loved it!

Bob

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#582774 - 02/28/20 08:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Love the sound from your acoustic. This is an excellent song. As always Chris has an awesome vocal and very cool lyric. Loved your guitar work on this. Took the song to another level. Well done

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#582824 - 02/28/20 03:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: PeterF]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Dave / Chris

Loved everything about it! Wonderful vocal, great guitars from the acoustic intro to the searing ending.
Great mix & overall production.

Simply top quality music.

Peter


Amen to that and the message of this song!
For my $ the best vocal yet by Chris - her timing and ferocity are a perfect compliment to the lyrics.

Robert

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#582892 - 02/29/20 03:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: Ghostgum]
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Originally Posted By: Ghostgum
Powerful vocals, excellent backing, different. Not a genre I'm naturally drawn to but this was well worth the listen. Thanks for sharing.


Thanks for the listen, especially since you don't normally listen to this type of music smile

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#582893 - 02/29/20 03:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: Tangmo]
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Originally Posted By: Tangmo
Pro quality vocals, band, and leads. I don't think I've heard a better one from you guys...and you consistently put out high-quality tracks. Loved it.


Cheers, Tangmo!

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#582894 - 02/29/20 03:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Wow - what a tune! Enormously powerful vocals, with superb harmonies that are instantly ear-grabbing. Definitely getting a bit of a Pat Benatar vibe on this one, which is definitely a good thing in my books.

Thanks for sharing smile


Thanks for stopping by, Deryk, we appreciate it.

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#582946 - 02/29/20 09:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Black Crack in the Wall [Re: BabuMusic]
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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
Hi, Dave. Christiane really tells the story with such emotion. Your guitars, as always, are perfect. Great tune!!


Hey Marty,

Yeah, I thought Chris did a great job on this. Me? I'm just having fun wink

Thanks, man!

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