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Scotto last won the day on February 14 2017

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  1. Collaboration Contest Discussion

    Just did my first listening run through and what a great bunch of songs. I love these collab contests. Anything that gets me off the couch (I swear my feet are on the floor!). Had an great time working with Jonie and had so much fun with her vocals. We had a great time with this thing. I couldn't ask for a better partner. Song ready lyrics out of the gate. oooh la la!!! (sorry I'll show myself out)
  2. Collaboration Contest Scoring - April 2018

    Title: Lucky Man Team: Jotto (Jonie and Scotto) The woman likes to tell you What to wear and when to eat She’ll tell you how to walk the line And where to stick your feet She’ll tell you that she’s always right She never gets that wrong ‘n if you’re a lucky man She’ll tell you all night long She’ll tell you when she’s mad if You neglect to see the signs And if you don’t apologize She’ll make you do hard time She’ll tell when she’s ready to She’s told you that before ‘n if you’re a lucky man She’ll tell you that some more Ooh la la la That woman never gives her mouth a rest Ooh la la la A lucky man like you deserves the best Ooh la la la She’ll tell you when she’s happy When she’s horny, when she’s sad She’ll tell you how she likes it when Your naughty girl’s been bad She’ll tell you she’s the only one She’ll never let you down ‘n if you’re a lucky man She’ll let you stick around Ooh la la la A lucky man like you has got it made Ooh la la la Better never let that woman get away Ooh la la la Bridge Ooh la la la That woman never gives her mouth a rest Ooh la la la A lucky man like you deserves the best Ooh la la la
  3. Collaboration Contest Discussion

    Yeah I agree. I mean I like mixing when it works out quickly... just never seems to do that. Though this particular song has not been too bad at all. Mastering is a whole different animal. So I try to wear that hat too I guess. I barely touch it though. Might as well use LANDR for as little as I actually do to it... I'm in a trio and we like to pay for studio time and get someone who knows what they are doing every now and again. It gets expensive though so we save up our live $$$ and usually just record a few at a time. Maybe once a year. Heck I think we're over due at this point...
  4. Collaboration Contest Discussion

    There's still time! Really though I am done mixing. It's all over but the crying lol
  5. Collaboration Contest Discussion

    Oooooh thanks for the tips!! I'm trying all of those...
  6. Collaboration Contest Discussion

    We're pretty much done but I'm trying to give it a light master. I know I have the time so I'm taking it to just make sure and give this a whirl. The contest helps me learn and this is part of that journey. I'll probably give my ears a rest here and give it one last try tomorrow. Worst case scenario I'll just post the mix as it is pretty solid. Best case I get the mastering figured out without sacrificing too much. Right now the master seems to improve some things but takes away some others that we liked about it. No worries though. We'll make it for sure and the only reason we are probably noticing these things is because we've been listening to it for an extended period of time. Someone coming to it for the first time probably wouldn't even notice what I'm on about...
  7. Collaboration Contest Discussion

    Team Jotto is hoofing it! Jonie sent me a collection of lyrics and one of them jumped off the page and knocked me off of my feet! I did a quick video run through on acoustic for her to hear and it was well received. So I fired up the studio and I am currently on version 2 of the song that I think will be the final version. After a once through on the full recording for Vocals Jonie made some edits and updates that have been very helpful and she had some great insight musically that we are adding into the song. I should have all the edits and updates out to her this week to get a feel for how the song is progressing. In case anyone had any doubt... it's a toe tapper...
  8. Collaboration Contest Discussion

    Wow some folks are really running with this. Team Jotto is plodding along. Jonie gave me a great collection of lyrics and one jumped right off the page. I sent her a quick take and she agreed. Currently taking things step by step here but the shoe is on the other foot as Jonie is waiting for me to produce the music. So far I've built the drums and just need a session or 2 for the instruments. Then we'll walk back to the lyrics and get the vocals recorded after that. There's plenty of time so we've got a walk don't run approach... (sorry not sorry haha)
  9. Collaboration Contest Discussion

    Cool, looking forward to it!
  10. Collaboration Contest

    In as a musician... Been working on my recording lately and getting my chops back. What little there was... This would be very helpful.
  11. Tapped Out

    Old thread! I didn't end up having a lot of output creatively in 2017 did I? I think I worked on 1 song and 1 collab for the whole year. On the flip side to that I was not un musical. I played a ton of gigs over the spring and summer and that allowed for a lot of improvement to some aspects of my playing. Also caused some bad habits I'm sure. That being said the biggest thing is inspiration. All those guys in Nashville or anywhere in the world that do this at every level are inspired and motivated to be doing what they are doing. When life throws curve balls, as it does, that inspiration can fall to the wayside as we focus on other things. Important things of course. For me creativity has always been a great escape and just something I love to do. Not having that total escape has hurt me I think. While the gigs fill that need somewhat it isn't the same animal as actually writing. I do feel uncomfortable with the lyrical and idea side of song writing most of the time. Strange but true. I take to heart scheduling times to just work on lyrics. It's a great idea and something I could be doing instead of noodling on the phone or iPad. For my gigging stuff we add songs and deconstruct and rebuild them to suit us and that is always really fun. I learn so much about song writing and playing just through the act of going through that process. I also have the opportunity to play with some amazingly talented folks and a lot of the time I feel just lucky to be in the room. They let me grow in my playing. Taking improv solos from Jazzy to Blues to note for note. (Hate the note for note stuff honestly) I can at least say I've really grown musically this past year. With some of this newfound discovery I've recently found some great inspiration in my guitar (vocals not so much). Rather than meander as I usually do I am picking a style and writing to that style. Setting a goal and driving forward. I have song names mostly picked out where I will be converting some past works to this style as well as finishing off a lot of songs that started and stopped and applying this focus. What I've drawn up for myself will be very challenging. I have been listening to my genre of choice and really digging it but to pull it off I will be playing way over my head sometimes and that inspires me. Picking a genre feels limiting sometimes. There are 4 walls you are expected to stay in for the most part. Can I even make it sound like something that would sit on that station? That is my lofty goal anyway. As with most things it will most likely be a shadow of what I was aiming for but the journey is thing for me. Inspiration is the key here for any of us at any level. What gets us out of bed and makes us want to be creators?
  12. We used to do things like that in the collab contests. They were always a lot of fun and a great chance to collab and work with people around the Muse. Maybe bring it to the Roman numerals so you can move your key to suite your vocal. I wouldn't want to use that particular progression though.. We'd probably get sued by Lana . Also interesting that not a lot of main stream songs have used that progression. At least I couldn't find any outside of what has been listed.
  13. I agree with Murphster.It’s all been done. I don’t disrespect most of the artists in these cases who are being sued. Also it is more likely Radio Head’s publisher is doing the suing and the band is only marginally aware. Still... lawyers amiright?
  14. I actually covered this song for a few years and I do like it. It’s interesting but try and write a song around G B C Cm. I was messing around on acoustic today and fast slow whatever I can’t get away from hearing it. Odd case where that chord progression has to be locked up for a while. Generally speaking there are thousands of songs with the same chord progressions and you don’t notice most of the time because it is how you play them and what you do with them. I couldn’t get away from it here... Anyone using those chords is going to pay everyone on down the line lol
  15. For the song I do think the beginning section uses the same chord progression. Adding the minor chord version of the 4 is very distinct. Melody choices start to sound the same over that kind of section and with the same tempo you can't get away from it. Radio head didn't get away from it in theirs either... The irony for this whole thing is that Radio Head was sued for this song by the Hollies and already had to give up a percentage of Creep to them. Apparently later sections of the song map to the Hollies song. Maybe they are just trying to re-coop their loses. Awfully capitalist for a hipster band... I do not think a song writer can own a chord progression. If that were the case we'd run out of progressions. Unfortunately that chord progression lends itself to slower tempos and if you do that the similarities are going to pop. It's probably hard to get away from weather you mean it or not if you pick up on that little trick no matter the key. She actually listened and acknowledged the similarities and offered them 40% though she said she didn't mean to. They said they wouldn't take anything less than 100%. Maybe the Hollies need to join the lawsuit and get money from the both of them. Also Radio Head, being hipsters, hate the success of this song and never play it live and haven't acknowledged its existence until now. I wouldn't have an issue with the lawsuit if they hadn't already been busted for stealing it in the first place. I'm sure they don't feel they stole it. So why can't someone else make the same mistake? Leading me back to that chord progression. I think it lends itself to this kind of thing with the chords in that order and adding a minor of the 4 as the last chord.... My .5 cents...