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Part-Time Christians

I've been a bit lazy this summer. This is only my second song for the season. I tried something different with having no intro and having the verse and chorus in a parallel minor and major key.

Sorry that the vocal isn't the best. It's all I've got in me right now, but I did enough electronic trickery to make it passable and palatable.

I think the lyrics a pretty much self-explanatory. However, regarding verse 2, it is approximately 1,000 miles from the border of Guatemala to the border of Texas. The last line of the bridge refers to Hebrews 13:2, "Forget not to show love unto strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."

The BIAB style is BEATS and I added Native Instruments Electric Mint to give the song its drive.
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Lyrics:

See the man
waiting at the gate
Let him in
before it gets too late

Tear down the wall
Around your heart
Faith, Justice, Mercy
Must play a part

We can’t be part time Christians
And hear only what we think should be heard
We can’t be part time Christians
We need to see every word

See the woman
who’s walked a thousand miles
Just to feed
the hunger of her child

Tear down the wall
Around your heart
Faith, Justice, Mercy
Must play a part

We can’t be part time Christians
And hear only what we think should be heard
We can’t be part time Christians
We need to see every word

I was hungry, and you gave me food
I was thirsty, and you gave me drink
I was cold and naked, and you clothed me
Entertain angels unawares

See the boy
with eyes much too old
Searching for
a kindness he can hold

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Wow! This is good!

Is this really Band in a Box?
If so, it's even better than I thought grin .

I have one small nit, your excellent vocal (which always fondly reminds me of Uriah Heep's David Byron) could be mixed in a bit hotter and you might want to bump up the high frequencies (EQ) a little.

Rob


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A very good arrangement of dynamics - particularly the intro.
Good melody- really good vocal - personally I like the level though I'm infamous for that I suspect.

The lyric is good though "Hebrews 13:2, "Forget not to show love unto strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.", does suggest another type of Christian - the sort who do what they do because of potential ultimate reward as opposed to altruism.

BUT that's a matter of interpretation.
Well done sir.


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Scott,

Great song. Love the vocal and the production is crystal clear. Very nice job!

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Nice one, Scott!

Good write and arrangement, love what you did at 2:27, very effective.

Your vocal sounds great to me, so your electronic trickery did the job wink

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Originally Posted By: RnAM
Wow! This is good!

Is this really Band in a Box?
If so, it's even better than I thought grin .

I have one small nit, your excellent vocal (which always fondly reminds me of Uriah Heep's David Byron) could be mixed in a bit hotter and you might want to bump up the high frequencies (EQ) a little.

Rob


Thanks, Rob. I made some slight adjustments to the vocal based on your suggestions.

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Originally Posted By: rayc
A very good arrangement of dynamics - particularly the intro.
Good melody- really good vocal - personally I like the level though I'm infamous for that I suspect.

The lyric is good though "Hebrews 13:2, "Forget not to show love unto strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.", does suggest another type of Christian - the sort who do what they do because of potential ultimate reward as opposed to altruism.

BUT that's a matter of interpretation.
Well done sir.


Thanks, Ray. My interpretation, of course, is different, based on all the other Biblical passages I quoted or paraphrased in the song. I was aiming at certain American Christians who wear their faith on their sleeves but turn their backs on those in need.

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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Scott,

Great song. Love the vocal and the production is crystal clear. Very nice job!

Bob

Thanks Bob! Much appreciated!

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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Nice one, Scott!

Good write and arrangement, love what you did at 2:27, very effective.

Your vocal sounds great to me, so your electronic trickery did the job wink


Thanks, Dave. I appreciate your assessment of the vocal, but there are aspects of the performance I'm not happy with.

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Great job all around, particularly lyrically given the divisions in the US today.


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First of all, Scott, your vocals are always such a big part of every song you present. Always so good, and this one is not excepted. Electronic trickery. Ha Passable? More like bar-setting. Anyway, this is such a good write, man. I like the melody and the lyrics are perfect.

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Strong message, although those who need to see every word, won't probably see.

Nice structure, minor/major division works well and the chord progression is very pleasant (although I would have ended the song with a minor chord). I like the "straight to the business" intro. Very nice break.

I always enjoy your voice and this is no exception, good work.

I see you have used Electric Mint, I really like its sound, creates a nice vibe and works very well together with RT guitars.

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Scott...first off great song with a valid and appropriate message...love the total feel and tempo of the song...the band was stellar and your vocal the same (not sure what you were concerned about?) I hope that everyone who authentically follows Christ will be reminded and challenged by this "love song"...great job lyrically, melodically and musically!


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Super song

Great vocal, you have a great voice!

Super mix

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Great song - worth the wait. I think the lyrics are the strongest part, a very good write. Good job of challenging folks to consider things from a biblical perspective. I also liked your vocal, did you do the harmonies too? I thought they were great.

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I'm not a Christian so it's obviously not so easy for me to get all the finer details of the lyrics...that being said, I like your song. A lot!

It's a strong song with a very good arrangement.
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Hi Scott
Absolute Top Song
I like it from the beginning
Sound, melody and singing everything fits perfectly
Really good work Scott
Many greetings
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Scott,

Powerful.

Excellent write. Speaking truth to (supposed) power.

GREAT use of BIAB. Super production.

Good vocal. Good mix.

Truly powerful. This is really good.

fj

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Originally Posted By: Bass Thumper
Great job all around, particularly lyrically given the divisions in the US today.

Thanks so much, Mr. Thumper!

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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
First of all, Scott, your vocals are always such a big part of every song you present. Always so good, and this one is not excepted. Electronic trickery. Ha Passable? More like bar-setting. Anyway, this is such a good write, man. I like the melody and the lyrics are perfect.


Thanks for the vote of confidence.

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