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RoadDog

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RoadDog last won the day on August 30 2017

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About RoadDog

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    Hendrix, The Beatles, Paul Kosoff, John Denver, Rush, Bach, Muddy Waters, and many others
  1. Good

    Many thanks Hobo! I’ll check it out!!!
  2. Good

    Thanks Bob for the listen, glad you liked it. Yep see my reply to TC ... I need help with many things but bass tops the list. I need to somehow fake a bass with my guitar and GarageBand.
  3. Good

    Thanks TC for the listen and review. Yeah a common theme with me is the lack of bass. I’d like to fix this but I don’t have a bass guitar. I am open to suggestions from any and all but my thought is to play a bass line with my guitar and then tweak the EQ in GarageBand. I am a noob with respect to mixing but I’d like to get better.
  4. Good

    Hey folks, here's a song (for the open contest) based on awful things I saw in the news last year. It's told from the vantage point of the bad guy, who, as a metaphor for humanity, (I hope) starts to have a change of heart and (eventually) asks "What good will I do today?" "Good" Verse 1: I’m not tryin’ to be self righteous. I just can’t help it. I was born that way. Verse 2: Gonna grease my treads with your hot-dog cart! And ice the cake with my apathy. Pre-Chorus (or maybe a chorus??): I only give blood to put it on Facebook! even if I’m keeping it for myself. Maybe I need a revolution! Just to get my conscience off the shelf... Chorus (1&2): What good will I do today? Can I change the atmosphere of the world in a better way? Hey! Hey! Verse 3: Gonna watch a man drown. It’s gonna go viral. Put an epitaph down with a poignant ... LOL Verse 4: Got a snake in a can. Watch out he bite! Pretty sure this ain’t legal. Pretty sure this ain’t right. Bridge: Why can’t we have more Passion Compassion? (repeat several ~3x) Chorus (3): What good will I do today? I won’t sit like an emperor on the throne of yesterday . Hey! Hey!
  5. January 2018 Song Contest

    Hey folks, here's a song based on awful things I saw in the news last year. It's told from the vantage point of the bad guy, who, as a metaphor for humanity, (I hope) starts to have a change of heart and (eventually) asks "What good will I do today?" "Good" Verse 1: I’m not tryin’ to be self righteous. I just can’t help it. I was born that way. Verse 2: Gonna grease my treads with your hot-dog cart! And ice the cake with my apathy. Pre-Chorus (or maybe a chorus??): I only give blood to put it on Facebook! even if I’m keeping it for myself. Maybe I need a revolution! Just to get my conscience off the shelf... Chorus (1&2): What good will I do today? Can I change the atmosphere of the world in a better way? Hey! Hey! Verse 3: Gonna watch a man drown. It’s gonna go viral. Put an epitaph down with a poignant ... LOL Verse 4: Got a snake in a can. Watch out he bite! Pretty sure this ain’t legal. Pretty sure this ain’t right. Bridge: Why can’t we have more Passion Compassion? (repeat several ~3x) Chorus (3): What good will I do today? I won’t sit like an emperor on the throne of yesterday . Hey! Hey!
  6. Social Waste

    The Nirvana-themed music fits the theme-theme well. At first I thought hip-hop bit was rushed but I loved the contrast of the first verse not only with the medicated chorus but also with the other verses. Made it much more interesting to me that way, fun too!
  7. January 2018 Instrumental Competition

    Hey folks here is my entry: "Song for Ava" (technically I guess it's not a song proper without lyrics) Goals: My goal was singular and that was to write a piece for my niece. Techincal Notes: I don't know much about jazz so I thought I could look up a few jazz chords and apply them. In one spot I did fall back on the old II-V-I progression but for a lot of it I tried to figure out the right chords for what I heard in my head. The same goes for the melody. I don't know much music theory and mainly play in terms of patterns (of scales/modes, and chords) on the fretboard. I suppose purists frown on such activity but what are you gonna do? Gear: Guitar, mic, Garageband
  8. I love the almost orchestral opening with it's power but especially how it contrasts with the mellowness of the opening verses. And then there is that great build that starts at 1:10. My only gripe is that the vocals are just a tad unclear in parts (in the 'heavier' parts) so I would bring them to the front more. The lyrics are fantastic and I really like the use of the word 'plaintive' although I had to look up that one! The guitar breaks, are awesome too. Really really well done!
  9. I really like this one. What does it for me is the uniqueness of the melody, and general feel of the song. It's not upbeat and at the same time not super-dark either. To my ears it's got a little 80's angst in it coupled with the requisite disinterest (but that's on the melody not the lyrics) I love how you come back to the clean little acoustic lick at regular intervals - it helps set the tone and the subtle dynamics. Cool stuff!
  10. COUNTRY BOYS

    Well if you boys don't have a record deal ... You Should!! Solid solid solid mix of a rockin' good tune! Cheers, Pete
  11. For Nothing

    I like the intro and the contrast of the lead and the rhythm. The tone of the lead guitar sounds good. Then the same contrast is repeated later but with keyboards- this is a cool repeat of a theme to me. My only complaint is that I felt that the song could build to be a little stronger in parts. But it is a nice instrumental. Cheers, Pete
  12. Hey Steve- Well it does sound like a jingle! Now I'm no jingle expert but it sounds a bit long for a jingle even at 45 sec. Unless you want it to play in the background of a 1-min commercial or something but I guess when I think jingle I think short like "Nationwide is on your side" - unless that is what you mean by 'snippets' when you will select just bits of this for the radio show. In any case I'd say bring the lead vocal to the front more when you have backing vocals starting around ~0:26. Good luck, Pete
  13. Doesn't Make Sense

    Thanks for the listen Joe, yeah I need to clean up / tweak that effect a bit. Pete
  14. Christmas Flurries

    Well I love the contrast in the concept of a seemingly-cheerful sounding Xmas tune and the subject of a break-up. It makes it bittersweet - and that's good as there are so many sweet songs out there about Christmas that once in a while we need to address that everyone in the world doesn't always have the best holiday whatever that holiday is. Reality bites sometimes but it is a part of life. So cheers Paul for tackling that one. The melody of the bridge is good in general for me in terms of separating itself from the rest of the song - but I take issue with the note on the word 'love' at the end of the first line - I feel like the pitch should actually drop there instead of go up (or remain constant). In any case you have yourself a bonafide olde-tyme country Xmas tune here and that is undeniable. Nice work Paul.
  15. Grammi

    Very cool intro, and well done second half in terms of the development in the music that takes places compared to the opening. But yeah, that break... maybe it is too abrupt for my ears, or maybe there should be a build up at the end of the first half right before the break to make the abruptness make sense (to my ears) - or maybe, during the break there should be one instrument that continues, getting to shine a little albeit in a subdued fashion while the others are silent. New age will always be new!
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