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The fascists will be gone from power in four days (barring further coup d'états of course)... what am I going to write about when the adults are in control again? This was written for the 2018 RPM Challenge. I know all of the guitars used…
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Colleen Dillon said

Love the chorus on this one... and indeed, what will we all do when the fascist craziness has subsided?

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This was the title track to last year's RPM Challenge. It's only been 11 months but this is the third different version of this I've done already. I thought this would be the best of them but it probably is not. It's faster and it's in a different…
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Colleen Dillon said

Perfect lyrics for the times we are living in!

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I think it was the summer of 2016. I was trying to work on 50/90 and I set some rules for myself involving double tracking the crap out of everything and not using any GarageBandy short cuts like direct signal guitars with amp sims and copying…
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Colleen Dillon said

I didn’t hear the 2016 version, but this one is really great!!

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This was the title track to last year's RPM Challenge. It's only been 11 months but this is the third different version of this I've done already. I thought this would be the best of them but it probably is not. It's faster and it's in a different…
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Nick P said

Great guitar work...really like the tone and sound.

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I like this song, and I've recorded it twice now, but I don't think either recording lives up to its potential. I've been in Covid lock down for nine months now so I might just be crazy. Who can tell? I cut a little out of the original…
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Pat Bondy said

I like this song too!

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I know I should be working on National Solo Album Month, but I'm two timing this month and working on more re-recordings as well. This is the first song for volume three. I wrote this in 2016 during my June album in a month project. I had…
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Greg Connor said

Great tone! Thanks for explaining it in the description.

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This isn't the best song I've ever written. I think that one is on the Quarantine Tunes Volume 1 playlist. No, it's not the best but... I'm pretty sure it's my favorite song I've ever written. Not because of the quality of the song, but because…
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Greg Connor said

Another sonic blast of great tone.

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I really wish I could sing. This one was written for the 2014 50/90. I remember it clearly. I set up with the intention of working on something else but plugged in my guitar and played this without thinking about it. Well, I guess I was…
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Andrew Russe said

But, yeah, listen to Colleen: "Singing sounds great!!!!"

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I really wish I could sing. This one was written for the 2014 50/90. I remember it clearly. I set up with the intention of working on something else but plugged in my guitar and played this without thinking about it. Well, I guess I was…
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Andrew Russe said

Although, picking this one at random for another play, this one's got the same live in a room vibe - mebbe I'm talking crap!! LOL

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I think I need to take a day off. My ears are turning to mush. I really struggled mixing this and I can't even tell if it's worth keeping or not. This song was written during my first attempt at doing anything in GarageBand. Prior August…
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Andrew Russe said

Yeah, this one rocks.

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I think I need to take a day off. My ears are turning to mush. I really struggled mixing this and I can't even tell if it's worth keeping or not. This song was written during my first attempt at doing anything in GarageBand. Prior August…
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Andrew Russe said

What do you think of the mix a few days later? I quite like it. You always get all the parts clearly defined - and I think they are here too - but sometimes I find myself wanting them more "moulded together", which is what is going on here (I think). It feels more like a live band blazing away in a room than it does sometimes.

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Happy Halloween. Or should I say, Happy Covid-ween. Har Har. Another song from 2007's failed RPM Challenge that wasn't finished until 2011. This was also on my short list of songs to re-record when I first thought of this whole silly project…
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Andrew Russe said

OK... where's this Duane Moment? Ah! There tis, I hears it... Now, I can do quite a lot of Duane tricks... but NOT those, cool! Btw, I assume, as a fully accredited guitarist, you have the 6 CD Complete Fillmore East recordings? LOL (Actually, I've been really getting into the Dickey Betts side of the stage recently)

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A simple little guitar/drum loop that is just an excuse to layer big fuzzy guitar parts in harmony. I added quite a bit of soup onto the harmonies too, and put some backward vocals... just for trippy fun. The cleanish guitar is a Gibson ES…
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oldfolks2 said

Rocks me ....

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A simple little guitar/drum loop that is just an excuse to layer big fuzzy guitar parts in harmony. I added quite a bit of soup onto the harmonies too, and put some backward vocals... just for trippy fun. The cleanish guitar is a Gibson ES…
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Pat Bondy said

Very cool. I think I'll download it and play on a loop for a little while...

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I really wish I could sing. This one was written for the 2014 50/90. I remember it clearly. I set up with the intention of working on something else but plugged in my guitar and played this without thinking about it. Well, I guess I was…
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Colleen Dillon said

Singing sounds great!!!! The guitars are awesome too. Fingers might have bled a bit on that solo I'm guessing...

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Not sure about this one. This was written as part of the 2012 RPM Challenge. I had tried RPM five times prior to 2012 and had failed miserably every time. About a week into February that year I had actually decided to call RPM quits in general…
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oldfolks2 said

Works for me, great sound ......

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So, what do you think... could it use more wah-wah? This was written for the 2014 RPM Challenge. The chromatic thing at the beginning had been rattling around in my head for years and years but had never found a home. The lyrics here…
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Robert James said

That plinky little sound in the verses is an organ with some distortion on it. I wanted Jon Lord to play the part but he wasn't available. It's playing eighth notes in the verses and a sustained pad in the chorus. If I remix this I might bring it up. I haven't decided yet. The sound at the end is actually a grunt of frustration. This is the easiest song every written in all of the history of music and it took me 700 takes to get the rhythm guitars right. I was going to cut it out but when the time came I thought it was funny so I left it there.

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So, what do you think... could it use more wah-wah? This was written for the 2014 RPM Challenge. The chromatic thing at the beginning had been rattling around in my head for years and years but had never found a home. The lyrics here…
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Sister Savage said

Love a bit of chromatics :) Very cool bluesy core to this - sounds super sweet to me.

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So, what do you think... could it use more wah-wah? This was written for the 2014 RPM Challenge. The chromatic thing at the beginning had been rattling around in my head for years and years but had never found a home. The lyrics here…
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thetworegs said

I agree with Andrew that Wah is fab great song too

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So, what do you think... could it use more wah-wah? This was written for the 2014 RPM Challenge. The chromatic thing at the beginning had been rattling around in my head for years and years but had never found a home. The lyrics here…
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Andrew Russe said

And that "yeah" - it sounds like an expression of "NAILED it" at the end of a take... and I shall take it as that. But it could so easily be what I tend to capture a lot: a response to a call of "dinner's ready, I've called you three times already" lol

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