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#657198 - 05/27/21 03:07 AM [User Showcase] Down by the Sea
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Down by the Sea


The Band:

RealTracks in style: 2933:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking SongwriterFolkSlapQuinn Ev 120

Chris Spruit: Piano, vocal
Marty Straub: Bass
Dave Bell: Guitar solo, BGV

I used EZDrummer2 for the drums and shaker.

Mixed in Reaper with plugins from Ozone and Waves, mastered with Ozone9 and LMC.

Down by the Sea - 2021, Chris Spruit

let's get out of the city
'cause the temperatures rising high
Let us take the car
the road ahead is winding

down by the sea
a cool breeze is waiting
not long a long ride and we'll be
cool down and take our shoes off
feel the mellow breeze
soothing and free

let's get out of the city
the sea is waiting blue
just me and you
in the beauty of the summer
I am so in love with you
let this summer last forever
with you

let's get out of the city
'cause the temperatures rising high
the sea is waiting blue
just for me and you
in the beauty of the summer
I am so in love with you
feel the mellow breeze
soothing and free
down by the sea
with you

so in love with you


All comments welcome!

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#657199 - 05/27/21 03:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave & Chris,

Wow! This is great!

It sounds like you both went into the studio and cut the perfect "kick off the summer" record. This should be on the radio.

Everything about this is truly outstanding - vocal, mix and arrangement...

Dave, the solo is awesome - what guitar did you use?

EXCELLENT!

Bob

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#657204 - 05/27/21 04:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Cool of up beats and a longing narrative with a hint of melancholy.Very good performances all around.
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#657212 - 05/27/21 05:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Dave & Chris,

Wow! This is great!

It sounds like you both went into the studio and cut the perfect "kick off the summer" record. This should be on the radio.

Everything about this is truly outstanding - vocal, mix and arrangement...

Dave, the solo is awesome - what guitar did you use?

EXCELLENT!

Bob



Thanks very much, Bob, greatly appreciated!

The guitar is one I've had for at least 15 years, from a Canadian company called Godin. The model is an A6, although it is very different than the A6 model produced these days.

Here's a pic:



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#657217 - 05/27/21 06:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave, great guitar - I know the Godin company well. They make excellent guitars.

Back in the 90s I had a Gibson Chet Atkins SST - very similar to your Godin.

Great job again on this song - it's top of the line material...

Bob

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#657219 - 05/27/21 06:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: BlueAttitude]
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ChrisDaveMarty...


Terrific opening - always an important part of a good record. The acoustic-shaker-bass combination catches your ear and then leads you right to the vocal as the center...

LOVE the processing on the drums!! HUGE. They become an integral part of the sound immediately - and notch it up... GREAT snare sound/processing! An additional "signature" for the song (mucho kudos!)

Also love the processing on Chris' vocal. JUST right. It sits in the mix PERFECTLY.

What an excellent solo! I've never been a fan of the sound of a plugged-in acoustic. There is a "plastic" quality to it that I don't care for. But it really works for this. And the fact that it is such a GOOD lead - smooth, melodic, right-for-the-song made me forget that (sounds like an L.R. Baggs pickup?)

Chris' vocal is SUPERB!

Cool song. So good that it should be the song that rockets the band into the mainstream commercial market (like the transition of Fleetwood Mac from Blues bamd to Pop megastardom...)

Cool cover art, too!

Loved it all!

fj

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#657235 - 05/27/21 08:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Chris, Dave, & Marty:
All-around great work. Just the thing to ring in these days of summer. (ed)
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#657304 - 05/27/21 11:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: BlueAttitude]
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You two are artists! There isn't one part of this song that doesn't sound pro to me.

For what it's worth I listened to Sade for a reference I was trying to find, came back and listened to this again and you mix is BETTER!

I am curious about the gating on the snare and toms. May I ask what you are using for that? Really well done.

I like this song A LOT. Every. Part. Of. It.

Thanks for sharing your talents!
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#657314 - 05/27/21 12:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave,

This sounds great. I love it all, and the sound of that Godin is sweet.

The song has kind of a Dire Straits feel to me. Big. Time.

And. I. Mean. That.

Wait. Why. Is. My. Period. Key. Stuck.

Any. Way. I love it. Ah there we go. Problem solved. Whew. Great song man!

smile

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#657363 - 05/27/21 03:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Brilliant work by all.

Lovely vocal and uplifting lyric. Solid bass work, superb production work on the drums & the guitar solo was really nice.

A top quality production in every aspect.

Loved it.

Peter

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#657401 - 05/27/21 06:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Instantly "absolutely likeable".

As usual, Chris delivers outstanding vocals, and the mix is perfect.

Everything blended together in one very quality production.
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#657436 - 05/27/21 09:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: BlueAttitude]
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I agree with what's already been said: great intro, love the Dire Straits feel, nice groove.

Of course, vocals and guitars are are excellent as usual. smile
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#657446 - 05/27/21 11:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Yeah, what Peter said. Top quality work by you three. Love the little touch of scatting.
Regards,
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#657472 - 05/28/21 05:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: rayc
Cool of up beats and a longing narrative with a hint of melancholy.Very good performances all around.


Thanks for the support, Ray, greatly appreciated!

Originally Posted By: rsdean
Dave, great guitar - I know the Godin company well. They make excellent guitars.

Back in the 90s I had a Gibson Chet Atkins SST - very similar to your Godin.

Great job again on this song - it's top of the line material...

Bob


Hey Bob,

I just googled that Gibson Chet Atkins guitar, yes, very similar to my A6. I recently ordered another Godin guitar, more of a jazz type instrument, something I've never owned before.
Then just need to get a baritone guitar and I'll have all I need I think wink

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#657505 - 05/28/21 07:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi Blue Attitude,

It is a very pretty composition. The voice is pretty. I love the guitar solo. Ez drummer 2 is an excellent vst. Excellent arrangement.

Kindly regard
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#657641 - 05/28/21 08:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Very cool intro Dave. Love the sound of your Godin. Excellent tune. Super vocal. Wow on the solo. Acoustic solos are bare and exposed. This one is so well done. Loved the backtrack. As always Martys bass lines are perfect for the song

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#657650 - 05/28/21 08:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi Team!

On my third listen, still trying to figure out genre. Blues with a hint of Bossa or Bossa with a hint of Blues?
Both genres are dear to me, so regardless of which facet glows brighter - love it! Bright and light hearted. Excellent input from all members. Cool and different addition to your collection. Enjoyed it! Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

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#657660 - 05/28/21 09:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Very nice. My new fav of yours. Love the easy going breezy mor jazzy feel. And I could use a sunny day or two at the beach.

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#657661 - 05/28/21 10:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: BlueAttitude]
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This song just warms up to you right out of the gate. Very ear inviting. Vocal is tops and the solo fits just right. Great work.
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#657884 - 05/30/21 07:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: Down by the Sea [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Ah, a real mover, and a fun song to move to --the perfect travelling song. Windows down and shoes off. Man, I love that acoustic, Dave. Very tasteful solo, and excellent (subtle) harmony. Chris's voice... well, I can't say it never sounded so good because she always sings at the top of her class --And she is in a class all by herself.
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