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Clown Show

This was going to be an acoustic singer-songwriter type production but then morphed into something else when I started putzing around. The basis for the production is the BROOK style with virtual instrumentation added.

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Lyrics:
You bought your ticket to a clown show
But no one was laughing
You thought everybody’d go
All were left gasping

The big tent
The grand illusion
Satan’s poisoned breath
Feeds your delusion

You bought your ticket to a clown show
But no one was laughing
You thought everybody’d go
All were left gasping

Clown conjures
Forgotten haints
The Lord sees beneath
The shade of your grease paint

You bought your ticket to a clown show
But no one was laughing
You thought everybody’d go
All were left gasping

Trying to ride to paradise
in a hell-bent rocket
Brown shirt, red nose,
And a pillowcase in your pocket

You bought your ticket to a clown show
But no one was laughing
You thought everybody’d go
All were left gasping

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"but then morphed into something else when I started putzing"

Great tune E-S.
Every thing is working well here. Great vocal and production.
Really enjoyed my listen.
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I like the write and the song, and the vocal and guitar energy have good energy.

The arrangement is also good.

Also, nice harmonies! smile

But... the mix seems off. The drums lack mid-punchiness, the bass is louder than anything else, the band instruments sounds like they're in another room, and the high-energy vocals and guitar don't match the balance of the rest of the band.

There are clicks at 0:57, 0:57, 1:04, 1:06, 2:00 and 2:06. I'm not sure if they are intentional, but they sound like artifacts of some sort.

I don't think this is a tough fix - the instruments themselves sound good, as do the vocals. I think another round of balancing the track will have it rocking like it should. laugh


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Excellent tune. Super vocal and lyric. Really liked the instrument selection and chord progressions. Well done


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Nice lyrics, Scott. I particularly liked this stanza:

Trying to ride to paradise
in a hell-bent rocket
Brown shirt, red nose,
And a pillowcase in your pocket

And of course your usual excellent vocal. Enjoyed the listen.
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Well, I love the morph version for sure, Ezekiel. Quite a wonderful production. Catchy melody, engaging vocal, and amusing lyrics. Those strings were worked in perfectly. You make excellent choices when putzing around.


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A clever song idea you carry through well ( I like that third verse too!).
The production is quite ambitious and makes good use of those Dublin guitar RT`s- the strings fit which isn`t easy to achieve.
Your vocals, as always, have great tone and energy.

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Scott,
Pretty cool write! I am not sure if it would have the drive it has if done all acoustically. A lot of interesting elements, especially symphonic stuff. Sharp lyrics. This tune reminded me of late Radiohead music. Like everything about it, with only one suggestion. I thought vocals are a little dry compared to the rest of the mix. Maybe I am hallucinating. Thank you for sharing.

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It's an interesting read, Ezekiel.
Not sure I know what it's about but I like the write.

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Good song with an excellent vocal. Like David I think the bass is too loud and IHMO a little muddy. I liked everything else about this. With a little polish this would be a gem.


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As we have oft stated we are fans of connect your own dots lyrics.

When they are well done like this we never feel lost regarding the story; rather, we just make up our own as the song progresses.

And rich imagery like this makes that brief journey all the more interesting.

We always like your soulful emotive vocals and you wrapped them in a nice mix with a very impressive band.

That's a fair number of tracks to have this open feel that sounds really nice on our monitors.

Cool SC photo also.

Enjoyed it!

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Cool song!! You've captured a great feel here.....love the orchestral elements!! This is quite theatrical, which really appeals to me! Guitar solo fits perfectly! Nice work!! Take care. Greg

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Different! And different is good.

I like how you have the strings mixed in. Nice change in mood at 2:50, that would be the Iron VG I'm guessing? Solo works too.

Cool song, Scott, enjoyed!

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Ezekiel, I think all of my feedback has already been covered by my forum friends. It’s an interesting, mysterious, suggestive song, and I liked the musical design of it. Thanks for posting!

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Scott

As expected an excellent vocal and a very interesting backing, especially those strings.

Nice development and change near the end.

Very good song.

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I also reacted to the same clicks (or whatever they are) as dcuny. Otherwise I really like your voice and the lyrics!

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I think I've seen this show!

Very good write.
Well performed.

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Thank you all kindly for the comments and feedback. I need to find those clicks. I suspect they're on some individual instrument tracks because I've come across that before. The problem is with my poor hearing, I need to locate the clicks.

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Scott, There is a lot of interesting elements here. It doesn’t sound in the least cluttered. I liked the strings. I like the open ended write. Well sung and a terrific arrangement. Enjoyed,Tom

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Sounds good to me, Scott.


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