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Hi y‘all,

it’s pretty hard to shoot videos these days, because not all of my buddies have had both vaccinations yet and, worst of all, Maha is still in the hospital (but on a good way!).

Since we have some songs ready, but waiting for theirt corresponding videos to be shot, I thought I might meanwhile post one or two of them in advance - the videos will follow some day.

Honey

This is another tune from the category “weird love songs“ - definitely designed to make you tap your toes and chuckle.

Thanks for taking the time to listen - hope you’ll enjoy it.

Take care,

Stefan

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Honey

It was a hot summer day, last week of July,
looked outta my window, watched those girls walk by.
a-wiggling and a-giggling, having a good time,
Shaking their tail feathers in the warm suin’s shine

Watched some young boys, too, who were blatantly unhinged,
biting theit lips that looked already fringed
Their eyes were popping, their ears were twitching,
Their jaws were grinding and their teeth were itching.

In my younger days the sight of those butts,
would have driven me, too, completely nuts.
’cause I was a real bad boy, I confess.
But then I met my baby and found out that she’s as sweet as...

Honey, right out of the hive,
Honey, you’re the sweetest creature alive.
Of all the honeys that I’ve tasted you’re by far the sweetest,
So sweet my doctor warned me that you might cause diabetes.

Solos

Sugar, you’re sweet like a cane,
Sugar, your sweetness really drives me insane.
You’re sweeter than nougat or any kind of berries,
So sweet my dentist warned me that you might cause caries.

Passing that big news stand in the center of our town,
with hundreds of magazines, and if I don’t look down,
in that very minute it takes to pass it by,
I’ve seen morer naked women than my Dad in his whole life.

But their beauty’s only paper-thin, they got no sex appeal,
‘cause everything is photoshopped and nothing’s really real.
And with all that silicone that they’re carrying around,
No doubt it won’t take long and they’ll be backache bound.

But my baby’s beauty can be found in every cell,
years just don’t matter, she’s always looking swell.
She don’t need no silicone, no Botox and no wig.
She’s just sweet by nature and that’s her only trick.

Choclate, you’re sweeter than cream
Chocolate, the sweetest thing that I’ve ever seen.
Whenever you’re smiling you show those sweet dimples,
So sweet my dermatologist warned me you might cause pimples.

Candy, sweet as jelly beans,
Candy, it must be in your genes.
You’re as sweet as ice-cream, no you’re tasting even better,
with all that candy it’s no wonder that I’m getting fatter.

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Music & Lyrics: Stefan Nachtsheim (2021)
Key / Tempo: A / 140 BPM

The song was designed in BIAB and worked out in Reaper using the BIAB VST plug-in.

Then Maha used Reaper plus Nectar 3, Neutron 3, Ozone 9 Adv., and Tonal Balance for sound editing, mixing and mastering.

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The (most exclusive) Band
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Vocals: Stefan Nachtsheim (voc, bgv)

Back Line I (everything except the bridges)

Wayne Killius, d (BIAB RD RockhardLA)
Craig Young, b (BIAB / RT7117)
Brent Mason, g (BIAB / RT718 & RT581)
Gene Rabbal, org (BIAB / RT671)
Kevin McKendree, p (BIAB / RT21541)

Back Line II (bridges)

Wayne Killius, d (BIAB RD TexMexCountry)
Brent Mason, g (BIAB / RT718
Audley Freed, g (BIAB / RT848

MIDI

Drums: arr. & progr. by S.N. -> MTPowerDrums
Bass (Bridge): arr. & progr. by S.N. -> NI Factory Selection
Horns (4 x tp): arr. & progr. by S.N. -> Big Fish Vintage Horns
Congas (Bridge): arr. & progr. by S.N. -> EZDrummer2

Solos

Stefan Nachtsheim (g, 1977 Les Paul Custom, VOX VT-20)
Mark Douthit, as (BIAB / RT1956)

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Stefan

Loved it - inventive amusing and a great sounding band.

Those horns are great - (any tips on writing/arranging them?).

A great fun listen.

Peter

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Hi Stefan,

Yeah I also really liked your new song - Honey.

Lyrics - very amusing.
Song - great light and shade and lots of hooks.
Vocals - very good.
Instruments - all good, good strong beat - and I also liked the Horns.
Mix - spot on.

Look forward to hearing more of your songs.

Best Regards
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I love those a-wiggling and a-giggling girls! grin

Love the humor.

Complex and effective production.

Totally groovy!

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Completely fabulous.
Humour, as expected, in a narrative that is engaging - wrapped in a cool melody and arrangement...nice changes to n from the bridges too.
My ONLY complaint is that it started a little abruptly.


Cheers
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Hi Stefan
Some zinging rhymes, great band and arrangement and excellent vocal and guitar solo. The whole thing is as sweet and smooth as you know what.
Regards,
Leon

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Hi Stefan,

As always, a great write! And as always, a fun listen smile

Tip of the hat to Maha for the mix!

Enjoyed!

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Loved this Stefan. Super vocal and loved the lyric. So creative. The backing band was smokin. Well done


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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Stefan

Loved it - inventive amusing and a great sounding band.

Those horns are great - (any tips on writing/arranging them?).

A great fun listen.

Peter


Hi Peter,

I'm glad you enjoyed the song - thanks for your kind words.

As to the horns arrangements - I'm afraid that this is not a miraculous tip:

I finish the song then arrange the horns in the piano roll. No keyboard, just the PR. Try this, try that, maybe discard what I wrote the day before and so on. Sometimes this is done in a jiffy, sometimes it takes a week before I'm really convinced that the arrangement fits the song. But that goes for the entire songs anyway...).

The only real tip I have: If you're going to write a multi-instrument horns arrangement start with trumpets writing the full voicing in one window. Afterwards you can decide wether you want to use just one instrument (like I did with HONEY = 4 trumpets) or split the arrangement into e.g. the typical horn section /tb, ts, tp). In that case just copy the original MIDI track (with the 3 or 4 trumpets) into new tracks, assign the instruments you want and then simply delete all the notes that must be played by the other instruments. Sounds a bit tedious? Not that bad, you'll get faster with every new song.

Take care,

Stefan

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Originally Posted By: Ezekiel's Storm
I love those a-wiggling and a-giggling girls! grin

Love the humor.

Complex and effective production.

Totally groovy!


Hi Scott,

still loving those a-wiggling and a-giggling girls? Ha, I knew you are STILL a bad boy. And: Does your lovely wife know? grin

I know: As long as I meet your sense of humor with a song I can't be all wrong crazy

Thanks a bunch for your nice comment.

Al the best,

Stefan

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Ha, you never fail to activate my toes (usually the whole body), and always elicit a chuckle (usually of the roaring guffaw variety). Man, I can see the video already. Hope your guys get vaxed soon, and that sounds like great news about Maha. I REALLY REALLY enjoy the stuff you guys put out. Consistently and thoroughly engaging. Yeah, keep posting and we'll get the videos in time. Take care.


Enjoy whatever happens!
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You too? And here I thought I was the only guy who had itchy teeth. Well, you are singing my heart and loins here. Perfect.

Kinda makes me a bit....hungry.

Later.

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Super toe tapping song that brought back some fond memories!
That's as far as I'm going on that one!

Loved those lyrics. This is my favorite and also so true:
"But their beauty’s only paper-thin, they got no sex appeal,
‘cause everything is photoshopped and nothing’s really real.
And with all that silicone that they’re carrying around,
No doubt it won’t take long and they’ll be backache bound."

This is a winner for sure!


I just posted a selfie and all of the responses were get well soon!

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Yet another very clever song well performed. That is what we have come to expect from Stefan.

Well done.

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Originally Posted By: rayc
Completely fabulous.
Humour, as expected, in a narrative that is engaging - wrapped in a cool melody and arrangement...nice changes to n from the bridges too.
My ONLY complaint is that it started a little abruptly.


Hi Ray,

well, what more could anybody ask for than that positive comment of yours - thanks a huge bunch !!!

As to the abrupt start: The last thing I do with a new song is deleting the counting-i that BIB adds automatically.
That can (like in this case) lead to an unexpectedly abrubt start, which may be suboptimal with the increasing startle response as we slide down the razor blade of life whistle ...

All the best,

Stefan

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Originally Posted By: Leon1
Hi Stefan
Some zinging rhymes, great band and arrangement and excellent vocal and guitar solo. The whole thing is as sweet and smooth as you know what.
Regards,
Leon


Hi Leon,

I always appreciate your very kind and supporting comments a lot - thank you so much.

Take care,

Stefan

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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Hi Stefan,

As always, a great write! And as always, a fun listen smile

Tip of the hat to Maha for the mix!

Enjoyed!


Hi Dave,

I'm glad you enjoyed the song - thanks a lot for your kind words. I passed your 'tipping of the hat' to Maha - it surely helps her to recover.

Take care,

Stefan

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Originally Posted By: Scott C
Loved this Stefan. Super vocal and loved the lyric. So creative. The backing band was smokin. Well done


Thanks a lot, Scott - I really apreciate your kind comment.

Cheers,

Stefan

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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
Ha, you never fail to activate my toes (usually the whole body), and always elicit a chuckle (usually of the roaring guffaw variety). Man, I can see the video already. Hope your guys get vaxed soon, and that sounds like great news about Maha. I REALLY REALLY enjoy the stuff you guys put out. Consistently and thoroughly engaging. Yeah, keep posting and we'll get the videos in time. Take care.


Hi Marty,

reading your extremely kind and supporting comments on our songs and videos is always a very special treat. Can't help it - looks like we're sharing the same sense of humor, don't you think?

The video is already in the making grin...

Take care,

Stefan

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Originally Posted By: Tangmo
You too? And here I thought I was the only guy who had itchy teeth. Well, you are singing my heart and loins here. Perfect.

Kinda makes me a bit....hungry.

Later.


laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh

Thanks a lot, Tangmo - always at your command for making you feel soooo goooood!

Cheers,

Stefan

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