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#652783 - 04/23/21 06:17 PM [User Showcase] Lazy Afternoon - new version
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Lazy Afternoon 92bpm rough mix

Hey, all!
I’m in the process of reworking “Lazy Afternoon”.
Slowed the tempo down a little, and made some other changes as a result of the new tempo:

wrote new intro
recorded new live drums and percussion
new background vocals
added firewood piano
added synth solo in outro
added some effects loops from Cubase
simplified Rhodes part in places

Bass and guitars BIAB Real tracks:
RealTracks in style: 2609:Bass, Electric, ClassicFunkRootFiveAlex Ev 130
RealTracks in song: 1572:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Soul60sHighA-B Ev 110
RealTracks in song: 1403:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Soul70sWarmHeld Ev16 100

I used some effect sample loops from Cubase


I perform all vocals and all other instruments:

Live acoustic drums and percussion.
Scarbee 88 Rhodes
Spitfire Firewood piano
Yamaha MOTIF ES8 synth solo
AIR DB-33 organ
strings and harp (Spitfire Audio and East West instruments)

LYRICS:
Lazy Afternoon

Dreamy
romancin’ on this quiet afternoon
so pure and perfect
and peaceful lying here with you

Deeply
sensations that that i never thought i'd feel
we'll take it slowly
'cause surely we've got all the time we need

I just wanna love
love you girl
on this lazy afternoon
I just wanna love you girl
On this lazy afternoon

Sweetly
your luscious honey lips caress my skin
magical moment
to feel our precious love begin

Easy
and gentle when you cuddle close to me
relaxed and chillin’
together we’ll live natural and free


I just wanna love
love you girl
on this lazy afternoon
I just wanna love you girl

Adlib to outro


Peace!
-rob


Edited by robsmusic (04/24/21 03:55 AM)

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#652907 - 04/24/21 03:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lazy Afternoon - new version [Re: robsmusic]
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Lovely song. Super vocal. Very nice listen. Well done.

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#652911 - 04/24/21 03:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lazy Afternoon - new version [Re: robsmusic]
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Hi Robert,

Top song.

Vocals - great.

Instruments - a lot of clever stuff here.

Synth - in the outro - perfect.

Mix - can't be faulted.

Wonderful - send us more.

Best Regards
Nigel

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#652937 - 04/24/21 05:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lazy Afternoon - new version [Re: robsmusic]
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I immediately was reminded of Al Jarreau, of whom I am a big fan!!! Very pretty music.........rich and dreamy!! Take care. Greg

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#652952 - 04/24/21 05:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lazy Afternoon - new version [Re: robsmusic]
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Rob, this is an outstanding song. I got a Johnny Mathis vibe on this one. Great vocal and lyrics. I also liked your chord progression. The mix was spot one.
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#652974 - 04/24/21 06:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lazy Afternoon - new version [Re: robsmusic]
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The new arrangement adds a lot to an already excellent song.

Love the synth on the end.

The long end fade is like a never-ending afternoon. smile
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#652996 - 04/24/21 10:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lazy Afternoon - new version [Re: robsmusic]
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Really well played augmenting instruments. A great blend of the BIAB and "real".
There's a fair bit of sibilant/plosive stuff going on - particularly in the intro.
The synth solo outro fits in with the era/genre but, to be honest, the sample is a little cheesy.
Well done, good performances and a cool arrangement.
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#653002 - 04/24/21 11:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lazy Afternoon - new version [Re: robsmusic]
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I was trying to think of someone with a similar voice and finally decided you just have your own unique voice. Kudos for that. The song was excellent, too. Top work!
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#653005 - 04/25/21 12:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lazy Afternoon - new version [Re: robsmusic]
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Hi Rob,

This is terrific listening.

I haven't heard any earlier versions so I can only comment on what I'm hearing here. The tempo is perfect. I'm finding it hard to imagine it at any other tempo, actually. I love the ethereal and drifting-and-dreaming feel of the arrangement.

Really nice work.

Regards,
Noel
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#653036 - 04/25/21 06:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lazy Afternoon - new version [Re: robsmusic]
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Thank you all for giving up your time to listen and for your helpful detailed feedback.

I appreciate you!

-rob

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#653040 - 04/25/21 06:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lazy Afternoon - new version [Re: robsmusic]
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Yeah, like Greg said, Al Jarreau. What a captivating voice. Great song all around, Rob. I haven;t heard the faster version, but this is superb. Wonderful playing and production.
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#653245 - 04/26/21 11:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lazy Afternoon - new version [Re: robsmusic]
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rob,

A real delight.

A really nice write. Good lyric and killer melody.
Sweet vocals and BGVs.
SUPERB production!!
Excellent mix.

A great listen.

Special.

fj

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#654449 - 05/04/21 05:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lazy Afternoon - new version [Re: robsmusic]
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That's pretty cool!
Nicely written and performed.

I hesitate being critical but...........
It's such a nice song I thin it could use a better mix treatment.
It sounds like everything is competing for the same space.

Try some focused EQ to give each part it's own space.

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#654571 - 05/05/21 02:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lazy Afternoon - new version [Re: robsmusic]
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Rob,
You have a very expressive voice and the melody here is a wonderful vehicle for you.
I`m no expert in the genre, but your Lazy Afternoon seems about as good as it gets.
Very well done!

Robert

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