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The Code

This is a song that I had pretty much complete late last year, including lyrics and vocal. I wasn't happy with either so I asked Marty (on the forum here as BabuMusic) if he would like to take a crack at it, and this is the result. I think the chorus is mostly from my original write, the rest is all Marty.

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RealTracks in song: 3351:Guitar, Baritone Electric, Rhythm SwampyBluesBrent Ev 095
RealTracks in song: 2905:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BrightBluesyPopColin Ev 100

Drums: EZDrummer2

Marty Straub: Bass, Vocal, BGV
Dave Bell: Lead Guitar, BGV

Mixed with Reaper, mastered with Ozone9

The Code (2021, Marty Straub)

Going back in history, back when humans began, we can find no rules.
All we know is somehow we should follow some plan, so we built our schools.
Nothing in our books seemed to guide us down our path
yet something seemed to keep us on the road.
Some have gone astray in our search along the way,
but most of us are following The Code.

CH: You may drive a lonely road living by The Code. It's the right thing to do.
People come and go, but there's one thing we know: You gotta live by the code.

All of us are searching for the meaning of life, searching every day.
But words were never written that could cut through like a knife, the weeds along the way.
Nothing that we hear from the elders that we know, and nothing from the tongues of old,
can teach us what to do when confronting something new,
so most of us keep living The Code.

SOLO

Some have tried to cheat and take a bigger bite. Somethin' says they'll pay what's owed.
Somehow we still find a purpose in the grind,
so most of us keep following The Code.

CH - SOLO

Most of us keep following The Code. Stumblin' still followin' The Code.


Edit: Made a couple of tweaks to the ending as per suggestions from floyd and Herb. Thanks, guys!

All comments welcome!


Last edited by BlueAttitude; 04/14/21 12:47 AM. Reason: new mix (changed ending)
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Dave & Marty...

Killer opening. Drums - loud and proud! Gritty guitar. Nice.

I'm a huge fan of Marty's bass! Perfect.

Nice vocals. The BGVs in the chorus are excellent (Nice processing!)

Good write (shouldn't you both get credit for that?).

Very tasty lead (and fills).

Excellent mix.

(The ending was more abrupt than I wanted it to be. Would have been nice to allow a long tail/echo on Marty's vocal on the last word)

Good music.

fj

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Dave / Marty,

Snarling growling rock & blues - does not get any better than that!

Loved it!

Bob

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Hi David drums are awesome the bass drum is so deep and clear ez drums i got to get me some of that great job on vocal and perfect bass excellent mix top notch thanks for sharing Eric


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A song about natural law? Enlightened self-interest? Survival? Community? All of those and more? I'll take a bit of issue with the lines:

"...words were never written that could cut through like a knife...

I think there are "words written" that cut like a knife. But I don't have any faith in the butchers, without experience and without wisdom. They'll cut the way they were intended to cut, for many are called, few chosen.

But this is a music site.

This was a great listen. Marty delivers with great conviction, tone, character, and phrasing. And so does Dave on his instrument. Hugely enjoyed.


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Dave & Marty

Superb blues rock well written, lovely soloing throughout and very well sung including those backing vocals.

Excellent music.

Peter

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Nice one gents.
Ace lead licks, spot on bass, perfectly placed vocals and a tidy arrangement.
The kick is good - it has a hint of click but has real meat behind it.
Nicely obscure lyric.


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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Dave & Marty...

Killer opening. Drums - loud and proud! Gritty guitar. Nice.

I'm a huge fan of Marty's bass! Perfect.

Nice vocals. The BGVs in the chorus are excellent (Nice processing!)

Good write (shouldn't you both get credit for that?).

Very tasty lead (and fills).

Excellent mix.

(The ending was more abrupt than I wanted it to be. Would have been nice to allow a long tail/echo on Marty's vocal on the last word)

Good music.

fj


Man, that ending has been bugging me ever since I started mixing this! The problem is there was some noise right at the end of the vocal track which I masked with a volume envelope. Never crossed my mind to extend the reverb tail so thanks for that suggestion, I've done that. Not perfect, but better than it was wink

And thanks for your other comments, and for your support and help over the years, very much appreciated!

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Top song. First-class production. You guys put out a top product every time.
Love Marty's bass and Dave's guitar, which always reminds me of Dave Gilmour (e.g. the endless, effortless and exquisite licks, and fabulous tone).
BIAB/RealBand Wishlist: PG Music, why not book Dave (Bell) to put down some RealTracks for us to use?

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I enjoyed this a lot. From the writing to the instruments.... all nicely done.

I too take exception to some (but not all) of the message in the lyrics but that's a discussion we shall not have here. That said, it's a good write.

Endings.... they can be a pain at times. I didn't hear the original.... but yeah, I agree, it's still not quite there. Remember that with your DAW, you should be able to fix just about anything. Just figure out what you want to do and then do it. Lots of times I will use my auto punch recording to fix things flawlessly. One thing I was thinking.... just copy the word CODE, and paste it like an echo.... as it fades.... one of many options.

The mix is nice and clear, great sound on the instruments, and vocals. Thumbs up all the way to both of you.

Second time through.... this time on my good ear buds.... much much better. Nice fat bottom, and good harmonies. Enjoyed it.


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That EZ Drummer produces a good drum sound. Love the intro.

The chorus with vocal and harmony is sweet. Would love that worked in the song another time.

Your guitar playing once again is delightful to listen to.

Good work both of you.

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Loved this tune. Super vocal and harmonies. Guitar was perfect. Marty's basslines gave the song a really cool feel. Well done.


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Another impressive collaboration—terrific blues tune. I’m running out of superlatives for all of BlueAttitudes efforts, this no exception. The drums, the write, the slaying lead solo, the lead vocal (which fits this tune so perfectly) . . . all so perfect together. Very cool tune!

My best to you all,

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EXCELLENT ALL THE WAY!
Deliciously crude, yet very intricate. Perfect lyric theme. Cool guitar work! Fantastic balance of vocal styles. Listens very well. Enjoyed it much. Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

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This is a damned good song. Excellent lyrics. Great production. The band is hitting all the marks (bass and BIAB). That lead guitar is fantastic.


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+1 - what they said.

Big sound, fun listen.


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Great song. Bravo to all involved. I love this kinda of driven song, with that percussion driving it along. And the lyrics are wonderful. Great job.

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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Dave / Marty,

Snarling growling rock & blues - does not get any better than that!

Loved it!

Bob


Hey Bob,

Thanks very much, I appreciate that!

Originally Posted By: F.M.M.
Hi David drums are awesome the bass drum is so deep and clear ez drums i got to get me some of that great job on vocal and perfect bass excellent mix top notch thanks for sharing Eric


Hi Eric,

EZDrummer is a great tool, I've been using it exclusively here for a couple of years I guess. I like that I have complete control over what they are doing. The native sounds using the built in mixer are pretty good, but in my case I split each individual drum onto a separate track in reaper so that I can control the EQ and compression on each one individually.

Originally Posted By: Tangmo
A song about natural law? Enlightened self-interest? Survival? Community? All of those and more? I'll take a bit of issue with the lines:

"...words were never written that could cut through like a knife...

I think there are "words written" that cut like a knife. But I don't have any faith in the butchers, without experience and without wisdom. They'll cut the way they were intended to cut, for many are called, few chosen.

But this is a music site.

This was a great listen. Marty delivers with great conviction, tone, character, and phrasing. And so does Dave on his instrument. Hugely enjoyed.


I knew when I read the lyrics Marty wrote that some people would take exception to them. But, that's ok smile

Thanks for the listen/comments!

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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Dave & Marty

Superb blues rock well written, lovely soloing throughout and very well sung including those backing vocals.

Excellent music.

Peter


Thanks, Peter, happy you liked it!

Originally Posted By: rayc
Nice one gents.
Ace lead licks, spot on bass, perfectly placed vocals and a tidy arrangement.
The kick is good - it has a hint of click but has real meat behind it.
Nicely obscure lyric.


I think I've pretty much figured out how to get the most out the EZD2 kick, and you had a lot to do with that wink

Thanks, Ray!

Originally Posted By: mkg50 (Mike G)
Top song. First-class production. You guys put out a top product every time.
Love Marty's bass and Dave's guitar, which always reminds me of Dave Gilmour (e.g. the endless, effortless and exquisite licks, and fabulous tone).
BIAB/RealBand Wishlist: PG Music, why not book Dave (Bell) to put down some RealTracks for us to use?


Made my day with those comments, thanks, Mike!

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I read the lyrics first and it didn't win me over. But when I heard them in the context of all that BA goodness, I was completely won over. Great work, guys.


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