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#617819 - 10/05/20 03:47 AM [User Showcase] The Sage
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This is a song about looking for answers in this mixed up world that we live in.

The Sage

The Band:

3086:Organ, Rhythm AmericanaSlow128Mike Sw 040
3356:Guitar, Baritone Electric, Rhythm Moody128Brent Sw 060

Drums: EZDrummer2

Dave Bell - Additional Guitars and Vocal
Marty Straub, aka BabuMusic - Bass
Christiane Spruit - BGV's

Mixed with Reaper, mastered with Ozone.

The Sage (2020, David Bell)

There's a Stranger, in the night
passing by, in the cold moonlight

A sense of wisdom, he has the sight
In these times that we live it's hard to tell
what's wrong from what is right

Can you tell me the answer, my friend?
The life we've known is coming to an end
So much has changed, been re-arranged, can't tell dark from light
Can you tell me the answer, my friend?

Solo

Can you tell me the answer, my friend?
In these times that we live it's hard to tell,
what's wrong from what is right
What was up is down, what was lost is found, can't tell dark from light

Can you tell me the answer, my friend?
Can you tell me the answer, my friend?
Can you tell me the answer, my friend?

Outro


I don't consider myself to be a singer by any stretch of the imagination, but both Chris and Marty encouraged me to give it a try. Fortunately I had Chris along to add some much needed finesse wink

Also up on SoundCloud: The Sage

We will probably do a video at some point, maybe another performance video, we had a lot of fun doing that for our last song, but might not be able to get it done in time for me to update the song description.

All comments welcome!

10/07: Bumped the vocals up by 1.5 db based on feedback and uploaded new mix, thanks everyone!


Edited by BlueAttitude (10/07/20 04:02 AM)
Edit Reason: new mix

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#617830 - 10/05/20 06:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Well, now you need to consider this, Dave: You'll have to add lyricist and singer to your resume. You voice in this is perfect, and you're right, Chris can make anything sound better. I've already found myself singing that catch phrase to others. "Can you tell me the answer, my friend." It's weird how often the opportunity arises these days --especially here in the USA. As for the video... you got a lot of takes to take, man.
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#617851 - 10/05/20 08:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Whoa with a capital W!

Your song had a resemblance to the House of the Rising Sun, really cool vibe...

As far as this comment:
"I don't consider myself to be a singer by any stretch of the imagination"

I don't know about anyone else, but my imagination is feeling a bit stretched after listening to you...

Great job/cool song...

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#617862 - 10/05/20 09:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Wow.

Special mention to the guitar solos ... wow.

Otherwise ... just wow. Hats off, ladies and gentlemen ... serious artists here.
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#617863 - 10/05/20 09:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave,
There are very few who have a singing certificate around here; you sing your own write with a gentle authority...( I hear a little Roger Waters in there), and the blend with Chris` voice is really nicely done.
Brilliant guitar work and, of course, a topnotch mix.

Robert

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#617868 - 10/05/20 10:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi most excellent peace great vocal love the guitar chops sweet clear crisp mix well done guys Eric
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#617918 - 10/05/20 05:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi Dave
Your voices blend very nicely. Well written song and wonderful solos, as per usual. Very much enjoyed.
Regards,
Leon

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#617932 - 10/05/20 06:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave,
Nicely done well sung- particularly liked the blend of your voice with Chris.
You are getting very proficient with that drum programming!

Your wonderful solos are a great addition to any song.

Marty - Excellent bass lines throughout.

The song sounds great.

Peter

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#617945 - 10/05/20 08:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Top notch production. You guys really hit the mark with this one. Everything sounds so good (vocals, instrumentation, and, especially the background vocals - they were the cherry on top). Great use of the band too. Cool song. Nice job to all.
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#617947 - 10/05/20 09:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Loved it, vox were more than good enough, guitar was searing, even the graphic of The Sage was so cool.
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#617953 - 10/05/20 11:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: BlueAttitude]
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I'll lead with the nit: the lead vocal seemed buried.

Everything else: Stellar. laugh
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#617975 - 10/06/20 04:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: musician17]
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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
Well, now you need to consider this, Dave: You'll have to add lyricist and singer to your resume. You voice in this is perfect, and you're right, Chris can make anything sound better. I've already found myself singing that catch phrase to others. "Can you tell me the answer, my friend." It's weird how often the opportunity arises these days --especially here in the USA. As for the video... you got a lot of takes to take, man.


Cheers, Marty! wink

Originally Posted By: Bawb
Whoa with a capital W!

Your song had a resemblance to the House of the Rising Sun, really cool vibe...

As far as this comment:
"I don't consider myself to be a singer by any stretch of the imagination"

I don't know about anyone else, but my imagination is feeling a bit stretched after listening to you...

Great job/cool song...


Very kind of you, but man, after hearing *your* vocal ... goosebumps!

Thanks for the listen, appreciate it!

Originally Posted By: musician17
Wow.

Special mention to the guitar solos ... wow.

Otherwise ... just wow. Hats off, ladies and gentlemen ... serious artists here.



Thanks, James!

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#618003 - 10/06/20 07:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave, Chris, Marty...

I always look forward to hearing your songs when they appear. It is always a pleasure. Music at its best.

A good Rock write with a good, simple message that gets right to the matter.

Nice vocal. The voice of a Sage.
(I would not label it as "buried" - as David did - but I agree it could come up a little - a dB or 2 or somewhere in between that)

And the Sagettes are great!

Another gorgeous production and mix. Marty's bass is like butter. Sweet. ALL of the guitars sound great. You ALWAYS have the best organ sound. Great job on the drums - Rock solid with nice simple flairs.

Super solos. Guitar tone is exquisite. Love that bite! Tasteful, as always.

That little tremolo on the organ is a nice touch.

Always worth many listens.

A smorgasbord for the ears.

fj

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#618009 - 10/06/20 08:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Excellent!

Guitar work is fantastic.
Vocals are great, fit this so well, it's magic.
All instruments blended well and sounding good.

Only critique is:
Would like the vocals brought up in the mix in a few spots.

Very much sounds like a co-mingling of these two.


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#618022 - 10/06/20 08:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Holy Crap Dave. How come you haven't been singing before. I got a Chris Rea vibe on this tune. The vocal was awesome and then your guitar wow. Vocals, harmonies, guitar and bass = perfect. Wow !!!!!

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#618025 - 10/06/20 08:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hello BlueAttitude,

well written lyrics. The singer's voice (maybe a little more volume on it) in the bass sounds is perfect for this. The superb double female voice reinforces the lyrics. Beautiful guitar playing and superb arrangement. Well done.

Kindly regard

alias JaniJackFlash

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#618098 - 10/06/20 11:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: BlueAttitude]
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That's a cool thing.
The voice is perfect for the song.
Cool mix with a very cool stinging solo.
The only thing that struck me as worth addressing is the throb of the organ across the stereo image. I'd be inclined to render the organ to mono and keep it over on the left .
Ignore me though... it's a fab track.
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#618111 - 10/07/20 04:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: Leon1]
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Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Dave,
There are very few who have a singing certificate around here; you sing your own write with a gentle authority...( I hear a little Roger Waters in there), and the blend with Chris` voice is really nicely done.
Brilliant guitar work and, of course, a topnotch mix.

Robert


Well, I won't be replacing Chris as the main vocalist any time soon, but it was fun to do one.

Thanks as always for the support, Robert!

Originally Posted By: F.M.M.
Hi most excellent peace great vocal love the guitar chops sweet clear crisp mix well done guys Eric


Glad you liked it, thanks, Eric!

Originally Posted By: Leon1
Hi Dave
Your voices blend very nicely. Well written song and wonderful solos, as per usual. Very much enjoyed.
Regards,
Leon


Appreciate that, thanks, Leon!

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#618160 - 10/07/20 08:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Very contemplative lyrics. Your vocals add a haunting, questioning flavor to the song. The harmonies are great in that it seems as if many are also questioning the now. Very nice!

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#618211 - 10/07/20 02:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Sage [Re: BlueAttitude]
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The somber feel of your vocal fits the write perfectly and the
harmony is sublime. We're late to the party so we missed the
first mix but what we are hearing are vocals that fit, to our ears,
right where they should be in the mix.

So much goodness: the always perfect bass for the tune, your
soaring playing that offers a great and effective contrast to the
sad lyric.

Great drums too. What more to say ... how about great everything!

Another dimension of BlueAttitude -- cool.

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