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Mike B

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About Mike B

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    Acousticus Bostonicus
  • Birthday May 1

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    Methuen, MA
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    Todd Rundgren, Neil Young, Beatles, anyone and everyone!
  1. Breakup Ballad lyrics

    Hi Margaret - yes, this reads long, too. Suggest you look at the structure - usually a pre-chorus is shorter, a build from verse to chorus, but yours is 4 lines, same as the verse. So is it really a 4 line build, or just an extension of the verse, or maybe both? And your first pre-chorus doesn't even lead to a chorus! In verse 3 the pre-chorus (you don't have it labeled that way, so maybe it's a second stanza?) you forego the structure/words you had in the first 2 pre-choruses. After your 2nd chorus, there are two extra stanzas, not sure if this is a chorus extension, another bridge or what.
  2. I Don’t Want a Goodbye Kiss

    Hi Frankee, welcome to The Muse. One suggestion I'd make is in the chorus, instead of repeating the 4th line, repeat your hook/title line instead. I asuume that 'I can’t wait for this night to end/I‘ll get my life back and begin again' is a bridge, I think this could be a couple of lines longer, to show more of the singer's spirit and desire to move on.
  3. Acoustic Guitar Recording

    My usual method: 1 LDC (large diameter condenser) mix, about 9" out from the 12thfret of the guitar, angled slightly toward the soundhole. I've also used a 2nd mic pointed towards the bridge from the end pin area and at the lower bout (I use this with my 12 string, as it doesn't have a lot of 'body' in the sound near the neck). I typically position myself in my 'studio' so that I am facing some bass traps (I have some I can hang or use as movable gobos) - 4" thick rockwool in frames. This keeps first reflections (from the guitar to the walls) down so there is less room reverb getting picked up by the mic. Any FX are completely up to what the song needs. If its a simple 1 or 2-guitar song with vocals, a minimum of reverb. If its in a song with lots of other instruments, I'll scoop out a lot of the low-mid area with EQ to keep the clarity and cut the mud. capturing the best sound you can get to start with means less work to 'fix it' during mixing.
  4. Continuing decline of radio

    Well the fact is that radio plays are declining rapidly. 50 years ago, having an "in" with a popular DJ could get a band from obscure to stardom practically overnight. Record company reps/payola schemes/etc. 10-15 years ago, radio was still the best way to hear new music, not anymore.
  5. Too much too little too late

    Arthur noticed the same thing I did - all 3 of your verses have different line counts and rhyming.
  6. Continuing decline of radio

    I don't know how SOCAN keeps track of every song splayed on every Canadian radio station, but in the US, it's all 'averaging' and 'sampling' so only the big-timers get any money from it.
  7. She go to the show

    Actually, the first time its used in verse 1 (and again in verse 2), it should be 'She went to the show'. I don't see how the bad grammar (or using correct grammar) affects the story or rhythm of the lyrics. And re-reading, I think this is the problem that I had with it - the verb tenses are all over the place, past tense in some places, present in others, and bad grammar in others!
  8. Girl, Don't Do It

    I like this, but agree with others that the first 2 verse are confusing to point of view and don't pull me in quick enough, instead I have to pause and figure out what's going on. Something like: You’re telling me your secret I've got one too Let’s talk it through together Just me and you
  9. Love's a Game

    This line threw me, grammatically and 'meaning': What was have turned to had I'm with the others: where's the game? The love-game analogy has been used a lot, so you need to throw something new and meaningful; into this. 'The Games People Play' by Joe South: Oh the games people play now Every night and every day now Never meaning what they say now Never saying what they mean 'Play This Game by Utopia/Todd Rundgren: Play this game, take the prize But not before you realize That win or lose, it's all the same Then maybe we can play this game
  10. Hi Triffid, I'm at work so can't listen to your mix, I'll tell you a few things you can do differently: 1) Don't convert WAV files to MP3 until the mixing/mastering is complete. Even at 320k bit rate, you lose a lot of digital information when you convert to MP3 (hence the smaller file size). 2) Mixing: You're using headphones (MF friend you linked)? This can give you a very false impression of how the mix will sound in other systems. This is the crucial thing - you want your mix to sound good on other systems - whether it's earbuds, a car stereo or a computer speaker. You can somewhat learn this from experience, but it takes time. I started out using headphones a lot because I had some small 3" monitors that didn't give any low end, and I found muddiness and too-soft vocals and lead guitar often resulted - because the headphones accentuated the mids and highs, but 'scooped' the low mids (where the mud is). I started burning my mixes to CD, then listening in my truck, because I know how music should sound on that system, I've listened to hundreds of CDs in it. Also play them on my living room stereo system. Then I make notes of what's wrong with the mix, go back to the computer, remix, do it all again. A time-consuming process for sure! I had times when it would take me 5 or 6 'tries' to get it close. Then I sent the mixes to a mastering guy who told me the low end was out of control! The solution is decent monitors, and acoustic treatment in the room (bass traps, not "acoustic foam"). 3) Not sure what you mean by 'one of the canned acoustic sounds' - if you mean an FX preset, turn it off! Instead, listen to the track you have recorded - what does it need? More high end? Low end? Volume automation or compression? Same thing applies to the vocals. I'm guessing Garageband offers these presets - no other DAW does as far as I'm aware. If there was a magic 'make everything sound good' plug-in, everyone would use it. Usually its not a good idea to add FX to tracks until you are in the mixing stage - for example, how do you know the guitar needs more high end until you've got it playing along with the rest of the parts?
  11. Continuing decline of radio

    The change in listeners described is not unexpected with current automobiles having the ability to interface with phones, which the 20-somethings and teens have already been using to stream their music. As older vehicles without the ability gradually disappear from the road, this trend will not change. Luckily, I live in an area (greater Boston) where radio still has a strong hold and there are lots of listening options, but having traveled to other places (including major metropolitan areas) in the last few years, I was appalled by the lack of radio station choices. More and more music has given way to talk radio. The fact that radio does not 'pay per play' the way streaming does hardly matters to the non-professional artist/band, of course, as we are not getting played on radio, except for the occasional college radio station (only places I've had any plays).
  12. The War revised 9-10

    Thanks for all the comments so far, keep them coming! The War ( 9-10-17 revision) V1 We’re fighting among ourselves Never a moment’s peace Is fear our destiny? No chance the war will cease V2 Fighting spreads around the world Blood has soaked the earth Everyone’s the enemy Doesn’t life have any worth? Ch No one wants the war No one knows what it’s for Only the dead have seen their last war No one wins (the war) V3 Can’t escape the hate Evidence of it everywhere All reason has been lost A total lack of care Br Wasn’t it only yesterday We played as children, totally unafraid Now the war has turned the world to gray And caused all the love to fade Ch No one wants the war No one knows what it’s for Only the dead have seen their last war No one wins
  13. I thought I included the credit on this, but it must not have c-and-p-ed - this came from Songtown USA. Re intros: unfortunately, with today's ADHD listeners, you can lose them if you don't grab them quickly. SO, you can write for the masses, or not, it's always your choice!
  14. The War revised 9-10

    Definitely, but what?! Thanks to all for comments so far - suggestions on changes are welcome. I always do more editing as I start working on putting the lyrics to music (and sometimes well before that!). A few changes, mostly to remove some of the toooften-repeated words. The War V1 We’re fighting among ourselves Never a moment’s peace The hostilities are getting worse No chance it will cease V2 Fighting spreads around the world The oceans are no barrier Everyone has become the enemy Hate is the war’s carrier Ch No one wants the war No one knows what it’s for We’re all fighting the war No one wins V3 Can’t escape the hatred Evidence of it everywhere All reason seems to have been lost There’s a total lack of care Br Wasn’t it only yesterday We played as children, totally unafraid Now the war has turned the world to gray And changed all our love to hate Ch No one wants the war No one knows what it’s for We’re all fighting the war No one wins
  15. The War revised 9-10

    Thanks for all the comments so far, keep them coming! The War ( 9-10-17 revision) V1 We’re fighting among ourselves Never a moment’s peace Is fear our destiny? No chance the war will cease V2 Fighting spreads around the world Blood has soaked the earth Everyone’s the enemy Doesn’t life have any worth? Ch No one wants the war No one knows what it’s for Only the dead have seen their last war No one wins (the war) V3 Can’t escape the hate Evidence of it everywhere All reason has been lost A total lack of care Br Wasn’t it only yesterday We played as children, totally unafraid Now the war has turned the world to gray And caused all the love to fade Ch No one wants the war No one knows what it’s for Only the dead have seen their last war No one wins ----------------------------- The War (Revision 9-9) V1 We’re fighting among ourselves Never a moment’s peace The hostilities are getting worse No chance it will cease V2 Fighting spreads around the world The oceans are no barrier Everyone has become the enemy Hate is the war’s carrier Ch No one wants the war No one knows what it’s for We’re all fighting the war No one wins V3 Can’t escape the hatred Evidence of it everywhere All reason seems to have been lost There’s a total lack of care Br Wasn’t it only yesterday We played as children, totally unafraid Now the war has turned the world to gray And changed all our love to hate Ch No one wants the war No one knows what it’s for We’re all fighting the war No one wins --------------------------------------------------------- The War V1 We’re fighting among ourselves Never a moment’s peace The fighting’s getting worse No chance it will cease V2 Fighting spreads around the world The oceans are no barrier Everyone has become the enemy Hate is the war’s carrier Ch No one wants the war No one knows what it’s for Everyone’s fighting the war No one wins V3 Can’t escape the hatred The war is everywhere All reason has been lost No one seems to care Br Wasn’t it only yesterday We played as children, totally unafraid Now the war has turned the world to gray And changed all our love to hate Ch No one wants the war No one knows what it’s for Everyone’s fighting the war No one wins
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