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After a break of almost a year, a combination of Scott`s gentle persuasion and my songwriting switches lighting up again brings me back.
First up is a reworking of an old song ( one of the first I posted on the forum) in a folkrock style that echoes some of the original Scott/Robert collaborations.
Its a cautionary tale to those heeding the "go west young man" call in the goldrush era.

Falling Into The West

Bass: 1583 Texas Blues Rock Shuffle
Drums : Blues Rock Shuffle
RT 1553 Gtr El.
RT 3126 Mandola
RT 3418 Jaw Harp
RT 3145 Fiddle 5-String
Lead Guitars: Scott
Vocals: Robert

Thanks for listening!


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This breathes 'America' all the way. Great vocal and lead guitar!

About the vocals, apart from the bridge section, they could be mixed a little bit hotter in the mix throughout.
After all, you've got a great vocal timbre Robert!

Rob


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Hi, Robert!! I agree with Rob about bringing up your excellent vocal. I do really like the way you dressed it with the interesting enhancements. I also agree with Scott. [Thanks, Scott. I missed this guy's music.] You made excellent choices on the band --including the jaw-harp, which I only heard in the beginning but it grabbed my attention. This is a fun song to bounce along with, but the story would be better told with a louder voice.


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Robert,

Good to see you back!

A really cool Indie sound. And Scott's guitar works perfectly with it.

Cool song. A good listen! Enjoyed.

fj

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A welcome return.
I agree that the vocals could use a little boost and to lift those fading phrase ends.


Cheers
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Originally Posted By: RnAM
This breathes 'America' all the way. Great vocal and lead guitar!

About the vocals, apart from the bridge section, they could be mixed a little bit hotter in the mix throughout.
After all, you've got a great vocal timbre Robert!

Rob


Thank you for listening and commenting, Rob.
Scott remastered & file is changed; vocals given a slight boost.

Robert
Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
Hi, Robert!! I agree with Rob about bringing up your excellent vocal. I do really like the way you dressed it with the interesting enhancements. I also agree with Scott. [Thanks, Scott. I missed this guy's music.] You made excellent choices on the band --including the jaw-harp, which I only heard in the beginning but it grabbed my attention. This is a fun song to bounce along with, but the story would be better told with a louder voice.


Having Scott play behind/to one side of the vocal is something we always go back & forth on with our collabs... we think the balance is close now. I guess the lyric story would be more upfront if we dropped the guitar on verses. But then would it be true to our "sound"?
Thanks for your positive comments and welcome back here.

Robert

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Robert,

Good to see you back!

A really cool Indie sound. And Scott's guitar works perfectly with it.

Cool song. A good listen! Enjoyed.

fj


I appreciate the welcome back, Floyd!
Glad you liked the song and the band here.

Robert

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Hello Robert
Good song
Very well composed, orchestrated and sung
The background has a lot of great details
I like it
Good work
Many greetings
Andi ;-)

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i agree mebe boost vocs a bit...
liked the voc doubles...well done.
very interesting song concept and nice guitar tones.

best
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Robert,

So good to hear you back on the fourm—a sweet offering with your distinctive vocal and lyric style. Man, do I love Scott’s lead guitar work on this. Brilliant—

My best to you both,

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Robert,
Glad to see you back!!
Cool tune. I am probably listening to a revised version, as I do not hear what some had mentioned.

Awesome story telling & collaboration effort. Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

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Great storytelling.
Most enjoyable. Rob4580

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I have really missed new Spirit Level music, so this is very welcome return smile Nice story placed in the history of reaching for big fortune. Great forward galloping tune. Really like the selection of instruments, the drums, the jaw harp, they all have their own purpose. Scott's guitar is the signature sound of Spirit Level which fits especially perfectly into this American landscape. Enjoyed the vocals and the mix.

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Well I cannot express how much fun it is to be playing with Robert again. We decided to go back to our roots and explore the music styles that got us together in the first place.

Thanks everyone for the comments on the guitar work. Really glad liked the song as well..


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Robert,

Good to see you back!
Great vocal and lead guitar!
A lot of America feel.
I think continuing to write songs is difficult for every one, sometimes it works well, sometimes it doesn't, and sometimes it falls into a slump.
I'm glad to hear your works again after you overcame them.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

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Originally Posted By: rayc
A welcome return.
I agree that the vocals could use a little boost and to lift those fading phrase ends.


Thanks for the listen, Ray-those fading phrases are my thing!


Originally Posted By: PROJECT M
Hello Robert
Good song
Very well composed, orchestrated and sung
The background has a lot of great details
I like it
Good work
Many greetings
Andi ;-)




Thank you, Andi!

Originally Posted By: justanoldmuso
i agree mebe boost vocs a bit...
liked the voc doubles...well done.
very interesting song concept and nice guitar tones.

best
om


I would say we`re a little closer with this mix... who knows,maybe we`ll have another go sometime.
I appreciate your comments.

Originally Posted By: Deej56
Robert,

So good to hear you back on the fourm—a sweet offering with your distinctive vocal and lyric style. Man, do I love Scott’s lead guitar work on this. Brilliant—

My best to you both,

Deej


That`s very kind, Deej. I agree, Scott plays sweetly here.



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Robert,
Glad to see you back!!
Cool tune. I am probably listening to a revised version, as I do not hear what some had mentioned.

Awesome story telling & collaboration effort. Thank you for sharing.

Misha.


Misha,
Its good to be welcomed back and feel the urge to write again.
Thanks for your support!


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Robert,

Loved this! A wonderful story, vocal and overall production.

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Welcome back Robert! We thoroughly enjoyed this new old song.

Your lyrics always make us wish you would publish a book of short stories. Janice saved to her phone your lyric to “Saved by Stories” and she rereads it often. This song is another good one that makes us want to know more.

Scott, your guitar fits like a glove and your mix is very good.

Enjoyed it!

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Robert

Great to see you back. Really nice work on the vocal and the track, and Scott's guitar is excellent.

Hope to hear some more.

Peter

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Thanks everyone for the awesome comments. Really glad you liked the song


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Hi Robert and Scott,

I am very pleased to see you returned to the forum, Robert. I feared you were lost for us, but I'm glad Scott could convince you to keep singing, making songs and writing lyrics like no one else can do. So welcome back!

Scott, I liked how you played your guitar. It's quite a bit different from what I heard from you. You keep surprising me in a positive way, of course!

A wonderful song and you both did very well in it. Although I read your explanation why you think the balance between your vocals and Scott's guitar is good now, I still think your vocals can use a bit more volume.

But I enjoyed it and your return too,
Hans


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