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The Measure of a Man (YouTube Video)

The Measure of a Man (audio link)

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Marty Straub (BabuMusic) is on Bass Guitar.

Christiane (Chris) Spruit is doing the lead vocal

I used EZDrummer3 for the drums and percussion, added a couple of additional guitar parts, and did some (subtle wink ) BGV's

Mixed in Reaper, mastered with Ozone 10.

The Measure of a Man (2023, Dave Bell)

Don't judge a man until you've walked in his shoes
You don't know the struggles that he's been through
Every step that he takes, a story left untold
We're all just travelers, on this winding road

The good book to said to take the log from your eye
before you judge others, best to look inside
The road twists and turns, we do the best that we can
how we deal with others is the measure of a man

(Chorus)
The measure of a man is not about wealth
It's not about the many times he's won
The measure of a man is in the lives that he's touched
and all the good that he's done

Don't judge a man until you've walked in his shoes,
For every soul's journey is a tale we can't lose,
Choose love and understanding as our plan
how we deal with others is the measure of a man


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Great song, great lyrics, great everything [1].
I love what you guys are doing. Very atmospheric!


[1] In some places Chris could be a dB or three louder, but that's just a personal preference.
The mix itself is great!


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Dave, Chris & Marty,

Another song that sounds like it should be a radio hit! Excellent vocal by Chris and superb production throughout. Love Marty's bass lines...

Loved everything about this.

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Marty, Christiane, and Dave,

IMHO this is your best to date.

Outstanding lyrics, vocals, bass, and guitar all mixed to perfection.


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Nice sound - punchy drums, clear vocals, lead guitars that sit just right.

Nice work, all.


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Vocal control, you say. Never heard of it. Is that some kind of ProTools thing?
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Originally Posted By: B.D.Thomas
Great song, great lyrics, great everything [1].
I love what you guys are doing. Very atmospheric!


[1] In some places Chris could be a dB or three louder, but that's just a personal preference.
The mix itself is great!


Yeah, you could be right. If I decide to release this song on Spotify I'll revisit the vocal mix, although these days Spotify doesn't interest me that much.

Thanks for the support, B.D., and thanks for checking out Train, Train over on YouTube also, very much appreciated! wink

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Listening rather than watching as Utub has been playing unlovable...
Nope not listening either - seems the internet broadband/NBN is playing narrowband/NoBN.
I'll try in the morning - sorry.


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That was outstanding! you're the best band on the forum...Chris absolutely knows how to deliver a song...her voice is exquisite! Dave, you are always so spot on with a flawless delivery and perfect tone (the BGV's were very cool) and Marty is seamless and smooth as he carries the bass line...I love it when truth is set to music and you guys nailed it here (great write Dave!)...super video (as usual)...this was a pleasure to listen to in every respect!


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I'm back and glad of it.
GREAT sound and a very cool tune.
You're a fab trio.
The only thing that struck me as worth mentioning is that Christine's vocal seems a little hot - there's some plosive/clipping/reverb jumping in the 1st couple of sung lines.
Excellent narrative.

Last edited by rayc; 09/07/23 08:59 PM.

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Well written and sounds good all through to me, Dave.

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Dave, I'm not gonna talk to you here --you already know how much I love love love this. Excellent lyrics and theme. I won't even mention how incredible Chris's vocals are and how cool it is when you come in with "the measure of a man."

I'd rather address anyone else who gets here. Man, this is a cool ride watching these 2 songwriters create. I've written many song with many writers, but nothing ever gelled as well as this duo. Just listening to the back-in-forth communications is a lesson in how it should be done. Maybe I should start writing it down; it'd make a great educational book.


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Great stuff. Sounds professional in all aspects. Chris' vocal is expressive and pleasing. And the guitar is classic Dave. Done good song too.

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Blues full of soul. Very professional sounding song on every measure. The message is very strong and touching, every line is full of meaning.

Really like the mixing of drums. The BIAB instruments create a pleasant mood. Marty's bass sounds better than ever. Dave's guitar playing just keeps amazing me, why is this guy not better known around the world? Chris sings straight from her heart.

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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Dave, Chris & Marty,

Another song that sounds like it should be a radio hit! Excellent vocal by Chris and superb production throughout. Love Marty's bass lines...

Loved everything about this.

Bob


Appreciate that, Bob!

Originally Posted By: MarioD
Marty, Christiane, and Dave,

IMHO this is your best to date.

Outstanding lyrics, vocals, bass, and guitar all mixed to perfection.



Happy you like it, thanks, Mario!

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BA,

A nice Rock write.

Chris' vocals are SO nice.
That Bass!
The Guitars are so good, I almost forgot to "listen" to them. That means - they are perfect. Love the outro.
Drums are crisp and clear (I thought they could use more reverb).
You "do organ" so well.
I thought the chorus needed "chick singers" doing funky stuff.

Good Listening.

Y'all are putting out Great music.

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Dave and Blue Attitude team.
Another neat tune. Solid theme, touching several important social issues. Ace vocals from Chris. Marty's bass sits so perfectly in the mix (I always have trouble with mixing bass). Nice rounded guitar parts by Dave. Mix is super clean. Thank you for sharing.
Misha.

P.S. This reminded me of some tunes by Tanita Tikaram from early albums.

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Originally Posted By: dcuny
Nice sound - punchy drums, clear vocals, lead guitars that sit just right.

Nice work, all.


Thanks, David!

Originally Posted By: firesong
That was outstanding! you're the best band on the forum...Chris absolutely knows how to deliver a song...her voice is exquisite! Dave, you are always so spot on with a flawless delivery and perfect tone (the BGV's were very cool) and Marty is seamless and smooth as he carries the bass line...I love it when truth is set to music and you guys nailed it here (great write Dave!)...super video (as usual)...this was a pleasure to listen to in every respect!


Really appreciate that, Dan, and thanks for checking out the video too!

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“The measure of a man is in the lives that he's touched and all the good that he's done”

Amen!

That’s such a true lyric, Dave. Maybe we should beam your song into the offices of all the politicians these days.

Chris sounds great, as she always does, and the little bits of hers and your harmony add just the right touches.
Your guitar soars well on this and Marty’s bass is the perfect glue.

The video scenes are quite effective and a good reminder of the needs of so many.

Enjoyed it!

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Originally Posted By: rayc
I'm back and glad of it.
GREAT sound and a very cool tune.
You're a fab trio.
The only thing that struck me as worth mentioning is that Christine's vocal seems a little hot - there's some plosive/clipping/reverb jumping in the 1st couple of sung lines.
Excellent narrative.


Not hearing any distortion here, Ray, and I went back and checked to make sure none of the plugins I used on her vocal were clipping also. I know you have better ears than I do, but I can't fix what I can't hear/see.

Happy you liked the song!

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Well written and sounds good all through to me, Dave.

Vic


Thanks, Vic!

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Loved it everyone is at the top of their game.

Great vocals, bass and sizzling guitars.

Peter

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