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A musical essay of the daily intake of regular households.


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https://soundcloud.com/user-963416123/the-ups-n-downs-by-pygmy-beat-extended-feat-gene-pensari

Written by ray cochrane 2022
This is a rebuild of an earlier piece that existed in a different frame of a thoroughly perpendicular reference.

Performed by Gene Pensari - LEAD GUITAR
Bandhi Nahbox - DRUMS & ORGAN
with ray doing the other bits.
MASTERED by
FRAN ASHCROFT

Lyrics...
Ups n Downs

Frenchman's gift
Beans ground sniffed
Cuts of cane
Toke back down again.
Rhythms clocked by pain

Nicotine
Caffeine
Sucrose
Cannabis
Put the mind in order

Smoke guillotine
Drink routine
Poison we chose
Oblivion knows
DNA predisposed

Nicotine
Caffeine
Sucrose
Cannabis
Mind upon the border

solo

Nicotine
Caffeine
Sucrose
Cannabis
Experience re-order

Take you up
Loving cup
Called your own
Personal touchstone.
Needs must is chaperone

Nicotine
Caffeine
Sucrose
Cannabis

Any/all comments welcome and, in fact, encouraged as I will store them for use with the next faux psych project.
I think the narrative is fairly obvious and the vocal, whilst buried, has a bell attached.

Last edited by Andrew - PG Music; 02/09/23 08:40 AM.

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Excellent tune Ray. Very creative lyrics. Very interesting to what we ingest to get through each day. Loved the vocal. Guitar was excellent. Well done...


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I like it, Ray. The vocal is indeed buried. Without the lyric sheet I couldn't really make out the words but the vocal melds nicely with the musical backing. Gene's guitar is very good.
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Ray, you are so refreshingly different than most of what I hear. Love this (as you already know), and the video is outstanding and has your signature creativity throughout. Man, your lyrics are always quite clever and this one opens a whole new realm of clever. Yes, bring out the vocal. That guitar is perfect. An yes, I listened to the whole minute-plus ending, and loved it.


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One guilty confession for caffeine here Ray! The rest of it, no way...at least not these days!

It's certainly a different type of tune but a cool production! I always like your chord progressions and melodies! Guitar parts are great...don't know if the rhythm parts were you or not, but I like them! Good job arranging all of this!

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Hi, Ray.

Out of sheer obstinateness I refused to read the lyrics while listening. wink

Sonically interesting - guitars do some cool stuff. Harmonies are neat as well. Some unexpected chords in there.


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Sounds great Ray
Interesting vocal and video
super mix

Two thumbs up

PS - since you didn't have beer on your list I going to assume that it is still OK to drink. Well even if it was on the list I'd still drink it grin


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Hi Ray ...

Your music is always an adventure (meant in a good way). I'll join the chorus about bringing the vocal just a bit more foe=ward in the mix.

There's a lot going on in the overall soundscape ... but it all fits. I'm sure that took a buit of time!

Cool stuff!

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Originally Posted By: Scott C
Excellent tune Ray. Very creative lyrics. Very interesting to what we ingest to get through each day. Loved the vocal. Guitar was excellent. Well done...
Thanks Scott, most of us consume something unhealthy..most of s are moderate about it.


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Originally Posted By: Leon1
I like it, Ray. The vocal is indeed buried. Without the lyric sheet I couldn't really make out the words but the vocal melds nicely with the musical backing. Gene's guitar is very good.
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Thanks Leon,melding was the aim.


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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
Ray, you are so refreshingly different than most of what I hear. Love this (as you already know), and the video is outstanding and has your signature creativity throughout. Man, your lyrics are always quite clever and this one opens a whole new realm of clever. Yes, bring out the vocal. That guitar is perfect. An yes, I listened to the whole minute-plus ending, and loved it.

Thanks Marty,
Lyrically it results from my bemusement with the routine daily intake of stimulants and how the edge is taken from that stim by downers even while still consuming the uppers. I know many people for whom this is normal...a few who add booze to the mix as well.
It spins me out as I have one up of coffee in the morning and whilst munching on biscuits or other sweet things, occasionally, through the day I don't have a constant recharging plan.
I know a couple of people who plan their week around outings to acquire the necessary provisions of gaspers, tea, sugar for the tea, milk for the tea and bread. Rarely does a resupply of the addictive ones coincide and the lack of any one causes agitation. Clearly for many cannabis & alcohol are interchangeable or companions.


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Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
One guilty confession for caffeine here Ray! The rest of it, no way...at least not these days!

It's certainly a different type of tune but a cool production! I always like your chord progressions and melodies! Guitar parts are great...don't know if the rhythm parts were you or not, but I like them! Good job arranging all of this!

Thanks, Torrey

Hello Torrey,
not much of it on my shopping list either.
BIAB did drums n organ, Gene played the lead lines and the rest is me.
Thanks


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Hi, Ray.
Out of sheer obstinateness I refused to read the lyrics while listening. wink
Sonically interesting - guitars do some cool stuff. Harmonies are neat as well. Some unexpected chords in there.

Hello DC,
From sheer obstinate curmudgeonliness I approve of your obdurate stance.


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Originally Posted By: MarioD
Sounds great Ray
Interesting vocal and video
super mix
Two thumbs up
PS - since you didn't have beer on your list I going to assume that it is still OK to drink. Well even if it was on the list I'd still drink it grin

I'll take interesting anyday!
Many of us are in a position to pick our own poison and pickle ourselves as we see fit.
I bought my old man, (90 next year), a bottle of Chivas Regal for Oz Fathers' Day knowing that hell enjoy it, he'll imbibe moderately and, at his age, it's the least of his worries.


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Originally Posted By: Al-David
Hi Ray ...
Your music is always an adventure (meant in a good way). I'll join the chorus about bringing the vocal just a bit more foe=ward in the mix.
There's a lot going on in the overall soundscape ... but it all fits. I'm sure that took a buit of time!
Cool stuff!
Alan

Thanks Alan,
it was fun to make...that's the main thing.


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Creative song and video. Interesting as well.

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Liked how the video followed the lyric.

Song was good, almost dream like which suited the topic.

Good guitars throughout.

Nicely done.

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Ray,
"intake of regular households." LOL
Very creative track. Wild instrumentals and some very cool use of FX. Fun video, especially the girl with ball and cigarette dance. Ending is an icing on the cake. The only thing, I believe vocals are way low.
Thank you for sharing.

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Hi Ray
Cool song
Sounds really extraordinary good
Great work from all involved
Many greetings
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I must have said this before to one of your songs, maybe this one:
This has the early Pink Floyd song vibe!

I would take that as a serious compliment wink

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