We'll Be There
I posted this a while back (at least an earlier production of it) but pulled it after a 36 hour bout with a sick kid and a bit of exhausted self-pity. This has a lyric (more or less) but there is no way I can sing it. I've never been a good singer, but these days I can barely hold a tune. But more importantly, what flows out of these rusty pipes is most assuredly NOT POP!
I make this stuff so I can enjoy it, and I am beyond certain that I would not/could not "enjoy" listening to me try to sing this. I may one day be able to demo it for a true vocalist, but there are hazards, I've learned, in dealing with singers--especially on sites like Fiverr. It's very difficult to "explain" what can't be proficiently demo'ed.
So, for now and maybe forever, this is what it is. I don't post these things to show off ME. I've got better songs than any I've posted here so far. I post HERE to show off BIAB, and this is a prime example of what someone can rather easily accomplish with a bit of planning, listening to the band, and engaging that "producer" ear.
But for those who want words, here's the tagline and the reason for the piece. All you crazy cats will be back, and we'll be there.
And the middle section:Show up, tune up, get up, act up
make us proud, make it loud, make it love to the crowd
Feed us. You need us to feed it back to you everywhere
You crazy cats'll be back, and we'll be there
And the chorus (in one iteration).Play LIVE, work LIVE, act LIVE, be LIVE
And it's dedicated to musicians and other performers aching to get back in front of a live audience, as well as for all of us who are aching to see/hear that happen.
And now, a repeat of the song notes.
I got away from harmony and mode explorations with this little number and decided to focus on rhythm. Indeed, I just went with the ubiquitous four-chord pop loop.--I V vi IV. I'm hardly an expert in pop production, but I hope I at least lean against it here. The end is a bit "harmony" experimental, however.
This was created out of two instances of the main "style". While I kept that funk ONE strong, I alternated the other three beats in the main sections with different iterations of 1/8 and 1/16 pushes (^ and ^^) and then brought them together in DAW. This juxtaposition is most apparent when the guitars come in, panned wide L&R, but it's there in some of the piano, and all of the synth lines. As experiments go, this one was a lot of fun.
I used a lot of more modern mix/production techniques and lots of cuts and sliding. For example, the chorus is mainly delineated by the addition of the main synth line.
The "mix" is uneven to my ears, but I was playing with so many new tools, it's not likely I can make modest changes without massive effort.
This whole effort is inspired by a comment I left on a YouTube video a while back to the effect that all you crazy live-playing cats will be back, and we'll be there. I hope that optimism rings through and proves true.
Enjoy, if possible.
****** Song Summary *************
Key=C , Tempo 90, Length (m:s)=1:14
No intro. 8 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 8. Repeat x3 choruses
Style is _KPFUNKY.STY (Modern Funky K-Pop)
RealTracks in style: 2325:Bass, Synth, Rhythm JazzFunkFat Ev 110
RealTracks in style: ~~1638:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkBreezyMuted Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 2282:Synth, Rhythm DiscoSynthGuitDelaySync Ev 120
RealTracks in style: ~~1639:Piano, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkBreezy Ev16 075
RealTracks in song: ~1642:Sax, Tenor, Soloist JazzFunkBreezy Ev16 075
RealDrums [in style:SynthDrumsDanceRock^1-a: Bass and Snare , b: Snare and Bass
Second Style (for middle 8)
****** Song Summary *************
Style is _PINKGIN.STY (Pink Gin Lounge Funk with Loop)
RealTracks in style: ~1636:Bass, Electric, JazzFunkBreezy Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: ~1639:Piano, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkBreezy Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: 3329:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm LoungeFunkSwells Ev16 080
RealTracks in style: ~1638:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm JazzFunkBreezyMuted Ev16 075
Loop in Song: Loops PAK 2\Funk\Drums, Acoustic, FunkBreakA-B Ev16 080.wav
Mixed in Reaper with PG reverbs and a lot of Izotope plugins.