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I am so tired right now I can't keep my eyes open. Does this mix sound okay? I have no idea. On the day the RPM Challenge website opens up for sign ups for a COVID-19 April Challenge I finish the bonus album in a month challenge I set for…read more
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Bethan Mathis said

Niiiice guitar playing!

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My post-RPM Challenge plan is to just keep going. Here's my first March 2020 Challenge song. I am trying to go much more raw and low-fi than usual. One guitar straight into one amp. No doubling, not extensive overdubs. Same with the vocals…read more
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thetworegs said

they sure are.....

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The miracle here is that I was able to upload this using the guest wifi at Disney World and it didn't take six days! Nice! The lyrics are about how I used to be a cynical asshole when it came to love and relationships and then I met my wife…read more
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Bethan Mathis said

Aw! Who's happy then. Like the vocals and the guitar.

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No one ever rocks in 3/4 time. This is a cheesy attempt to do just that. I woke up one morning with the music for this pretty much complete in my head. I recorded the rhythm guitars and vocals over a simple drum and bass loop. When I went…read more
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Bethan Mathis said

I would imagine that was quite difficult to do. But it works!

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No one ever rocks in 3/4 time. This is a cheesy attempt to do just that. I woke up one morning with the music for this pretty much complete in my head. I recorded the rhythm guitars and vocals over a simple drum and bass loop. When I went…read more
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Guest said

Chambers brothers for a new age! So great!

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I forgot to write an ending for this one. That's why it fades out. Lots of squawky saxophone. I must have been running out of gas when I recorded it. The lower vocal part has a lot of iffy pitches. I'm sort of glissing between notes and I…read more
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Brett Warren said

The acoustic guitar sounds great on this. Good work, Robert.

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I waited until RPM Challenge song #20 before I used a 12-bar blues. This was a guitar noodle that happened when I finished everything I had planned to work on that day but wasn’t quite ready to stop playing. I like that feeling. The lyrics are…read more
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Sister Savage said

This is shaping up to be quite the Halloween party play list!

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My ears are turning to mush tonight. I’m not sure if this sounds okay or not. It’s another ghost story song. This time about a house where the ghost of a previous resident made friends with the new kid in the house. I struggled with a lot of this…read more
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Sister Savage said

Digging those harmonies!

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The second of three (so far) songs for the 2019 RPM Challenge with lyrics inspired by a ghost story. This time a woman who was executed for witchcraft (yup, I live in New England) who cursed her accuser. Years later his family built a memorial…read more
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Sister Savage said

You've got quite a Santanaesque sound to your guitar. Very cool! Nice slinky track.

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A few years ago I was working on a 50/90 and I was stuck for lyrics. While hunting for ideas I Googled “New England folk tales” and found a few stories that I was able to use as a loose idea for a song lyric. I was trying to write lyrics for this…read more
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Sister Savage said

Nice, authentic rock sound with a fab hook. Great opener!

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A simple 12-bar in 6/8 time. I almost like it. The guitars are all Les Paul. Turn the page again It's time to start anew From the top this time don't think we can make it Don't see there's much chance Round and round and round we…read more
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Raimondi Custom Guitars said

Oh yes those are LP's allright. Sound great!

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Eh. I thought it would be cool to write something in drop D and then play it on a 12 string. Then I could drop two D's! HarHarHar. The lyrics are about how scary some of Donald Trumps followers are. If he wins in November I'm moving to…read more
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Guest said

You'd be very welcome in Europe Robert but believe me we have our own problems. Nice work

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Eh. I thought it would be cool to write something in drop D and then play it on a 12 string. Then I could drop two D's! HarHarHar. The lyrics are about how scary some of Donald Trumps followers are. If he wins in November I'm moving to…read more
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Johnny Stone said

Another cool track

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This one had throw away written all over it from the first moment I thought of it. It's my second entry in the Ice Cream Chords challenge over at FAWM.org. I kept this one in Major and it's just as fruity as one would expect. The lyrics are…read more
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Johnny Stone said

Nice one

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I'm really disappointed in this one. I don't like it. I wrote it last night and recorded it today. I think if I changed the lyrics to be about hookers I could probably sell it to Poison or Motley Crue. I feel dirty and ashamed of myself…read more
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Johnny Stone said

Like it dig the vocals

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I wrote a blog post about Donald Trump. The gist of the statement was that every four years we joke about how if the Republican Presidential Candidate wins the general election, where are we going to move? Canada? UK? In the post though I…read more
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Johnny Stone said

Nice one

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Written in pieces back in 1994 and 1995 during my "arrangements that are to complicated for humans to actually play" phase. Recorded in January 2015 during my "Ancient History Revisited Volume 2" phase. Mixed in September 2015 during my "I actually…read more
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Johnny Stone said

Like this

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The final RPM Challenge/FAWM song for 2015! I'm done! Garageband has this running at 66bpm in 6/8 time. It probably should be 132bpm in 3/4, but you live with what you have, right? I didn't really plan on saving this for last as it was one…read more
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Gene Eric Mann said

Great topic for a song! Good lyrics, kick ass guitar. Rock on!

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The rhythm guitar is a scratch track. Can't you tell?
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Johnny Stone said

Great track mate

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Have you seen the movie The Theory of Everything? I highly recommend it in a "I hate these damn movies that make me ball my eyes out" kind of way. The lyric to this song is sort of inspired by Dr Hawking's diagnosis. He's given two years to…read more
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Gene Eric Mann said

He was diagnosed at 21, told he had 2 years left -- 3 years at most -- and now he's 73! Glad the story inspired you. Good topic for a song. Good lyrics, good music, and the vocals does it all great justice, sung with feeling.

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