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    • Hey folks,    I'm traveling for work and happened to be near-ish Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  I knew there was music history here but had to take an extra day, make the drive, and check it out.  If you dig music from the 60's and the 70's (Aretha Franklin, Rolling Stones,  Duane Allman,  Wilson Picket, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, etc.) and you are near here I highly recommend touring both FAME studios and the 3614 Jackson Highway.  It is hallowed ground.   Here is a trailer for a 2013 documentary about the place:   Cheers, Pete      
    • Dudes/Dudettes,   This is really good.    I love the verses, and I really like the guitar work underneath the chorus.  I wish the chorus vocals had two things:   1) more oomph 2) perhaps had a second half with lyrics different from the first   The use of the echo on the word 'gray' works very well - makes me think of Kenny Wayne Sheppard Blue on Black in terms of 'echo use' The solo/guitar break is proper prog - reminding me of one of my favorite bands:  RUSH!   The outro is freaking brilliant!!   Cheers, Pete  
    • Hi everyone. I had a bit of a haitus forced on me when my wife was diagnosed with RA about 6 months ago. She is doing better now, and I am back in the saddle. 

      Here is my new song - it's a 2 parter. All critiques are welcome, especially on the mix.



      Love, crowded out by hate
      Bliss, confounded by the pain
      Pride, a casualty of shame
      Fight to keep the fear at bay

      There's a monster
      A monster's in control
      A monster's in control

      Black, painted over white
      Gray, can't get the shade just right
      Dark makes a shadow out of light
      Death survives because of life

      I feel your fear

      There's a monster
      A monster's in control
      A monster's in control


      You are living in a dream
      When the monster comes for you
      Resist the urge to run away
      Be the one who makes the rules

      Use your fear to fight it
      Find the courage and let it show
      Remember it needs you to survive
      It can't prevail if it's alone
    • Quirky, fun tune with some clever turns of phrase. I don't think the lyrics are mindless at all. Not every song has to be about the meaning of life!   As far as the singing goes, it conveys the tune reasonably well now. That being said, they are pitchy, and the timing needs a bit of honing. Find the melody on a guitar or keyboard, and sing along with it to lock the notes into your head. After that, a bit more performance and listening to it back should resolve most of your timing issues. Then, you should be go to go; you just need a bit more practice to perfect it. Anyway, this is what I do. I SING but I am not a VOCALIST if that makes any sense. These 'tricks' helped me sing my songs better.   Cool song.   Peace, TC
    • I am not sure what to make of this. It does have a certain charm.   With the minimal accompaniment, the vocals should be clear and intelligible. Right now, they just are not. Without the lyric sheet I can't make out most of the words. I realize the overdone effects are an artistic decision for this tune, but you need to craft them better. I would experiment with delays, and use less reverb to achieve this. The guitar is WAY too bright.   With a bit of tweaking, this could be very cool.   Peace, TC
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