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Alistair S

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Alistair S last won the day on May 19

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About Alistair S

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    Reading, Berkshire, UK

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    Neil Young, James Taylor, Leonard Cohen, Tracy Chapman, Tom Waits, John Martyn, Harvey Andrews, Ralph McTell

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  1. Alistair S

    How I do vocals

    That can work on reverb too. On a vocal, for example, it could dry up the vocal while leaving the tail. Done right, it can work quite well!
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    Just a thought. The chorus takes up quite a bit of space and (to my mind) doesn't add a lot. What if you cut it out and had a simple chorus: I waited years to feel the world spin/And I’ll never do that, ever again It works nicely at the end, following the "I know I can't wait" too. You may not feel the same, but it just feels tighter to me. Your hands don’t excite me Your kiss leaves me cold And the secrets we’ve shared They’ve all been told Don’t say you still want me It won’t change my mind I’m not chasing that dream I left it behind I waited years to feel the world spin And I’ll never do that, ever again My hearts cloaked in steel, now I can’t feel it beat I’ll chase down my future With the souls of my feet (soles?) Don’t stand in my way You’re yesterday’s news You’re useless to me Like an old pair of shoes I waited years to feel the world spin And I’ll never do that, ever again Maybe there’s love Maybe there’s fate Maybe there’s anger Maybe there’s hate Whatever it is I know I can’t wait I waited years to feel the world spin And I’ll never do that, ever again
  3. Yep - pretty much. I think someone asked for the "likes" facility to be removed from there.
  4. Just hit the plus sign next to the "quote" button in each post you want to quote and, when you get to reply there should be a box to add the quotes (bottom right). I just used it in this post. Oh yes, the Contests don't allow "likes" to avoid any other feedback on entries bar the scoring and comments post scoring. It was felt that entries should be posted with no comment or "likes".
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    "That Empathetic Man"

    None of us can know that for sure. Either way, the point has been made. Now let's move on (or this could disappear into a political argument that has little to do with providing useful feedback on the song).
  6. Alistair S

    "That Empathetic Man"

    It's a well-written and well-performed - and honest - song. I think the point that some listeners won't share the viewpoint of the singer has been made already (and likely won't come as a surprise to Tom, anyway!). Some will, of course. Let's focus on the song rather than the politics now - or, as Tom has requested, take those discussions to Off Topic?
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    This is America (What do you think of this?)

    That sums it up nicely for me too. A "moment". Yeah. I like that.
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    This is America (What do you think of this?)

    No more than the random stat you quoted.
  9. So, some people like numbers and some prefer written feedback. Luckily, we have a way to choose (for each thread-starter)
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    This is America (What do you think of this?)

    Jim, I hope you'll stay. You are free to say what you think and be the change you want to see. There are all sorts here. It's important to engage with them or we live in a bubble. Mind you, it's also important to be realistic about the degree to which we can change how others think - but at least we can challenge and brings facts.
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    Led Zep honored as songwriters?

    Judge for yourself ...
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    This is America (What do you think of this?)

    Interesting take. However, you should maybe ask whoever gave you the stats why that particular stat is important - after all, more than 80% of whites are also killed by other whites ( https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2013/crime-in-the-u.s.-2013/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/expanded-homicide/expanded_homicide_data_table_6_murder_race_and_sex_of_vicitm_by_race_and_sex_of_offender_2013.xls). It does say something about society, but maybe not what they wanted to use it for? I do agree that the casual attitude to this violence is part of the message.
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    This is America (What do you think of this?)

    Oh, I think every scene and every shot was carefully worked out to represent something, right from the Jim Crow stance at the start. That's what makes the video quite remarkable, I think - a real work of art. The song? I'm less sure. I think it's interesting that he went for trap lyrics and I think that was a deliberate choice (he could have gone down the "conscience" route), but I suspect there are a bunch of messages in there that I miss, being an old fart (so any nuances are likely to pass me by).
  14. Well, let's say you get a dozen opinions. Some like it, some don't. What does that say? Not much. A different 12 people might give a completely different mix of like and dislike. Put it another way- if you are playing live in a bar and there are 50 people in the bar and most are chatting and drinking but 4 are watching you closely and seem to be enjoying it, what does that tell you? Maybe 8% like what you are doing (or maybe they are just drunk or antisocial) and 92% could care less (and maybe would be disinterested in whatever you were playing). Do you focus on the 4 or the 46? Do you need to play in a different venue or do you need to change your material? Not everyone is your audience, whatever you do. Let's say that one of the four comes up and explains exactly what he or she likes about your stuff and it is clear that this IS your audience, but also explains how that one, new song doesn't work for them - that's useful, isn't it?
  15. What you'd get is the number of people voting for each option. If you wanted an average, it's just a matter of addition and division. I guess an alternative would be to link to something like Survey Monkey (free for up to 10 questions per survey). How many people would actually do it though, I don't know. Personally, I want the qualitative feedback more than the quantitative - I want to know why people feel what they feel about a song. A number doesn't give me that. I do recognise that some people like numbers, though. Maybe you should try a poll?