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The lyrics were off the top of my head so if you're wondering how I really feel, or what I'm talking about... let's just say there's a lot of stupid out there right now and a lot of it has important jobs. Dig? Kinda funky. Not bad. Maybe…
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Colleen Dillon said

That says it perfectly in a nutshell!

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This is one of only two songs from this year's 50/90 that was started on guitar rather than bass. It's also one of three where the vocals were recorded on a day where I couldn't sing in tune to save my life. It's also one of three where the…
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Colleen Dillon's avatar
Colleen Dillon said

Amazing!!!!

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I managed to work on 16 songs for this year's 50/90 before I did something strummy in 6/8 time. I've started working on another 21 songs since and I've yet to do another one. That will likely change before today ends. Sorry, strummy songs in…
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Andrew Russe said

6/8 is good :) ... cool set of songs in this batch. Keep going!!! :)

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I like this one, even though there's not a lot to it musically. Mix wise, there's tons going on. Four rhythm guitar tracks, five vocal tracks, four lead guitar tracks, and (really) two drum tracks. Oh yeah, and one lonely bass guitar. I…
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Andrew Russe said

Oh yeah this one stands out big time. Love the build up. Love the space under the lead.

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I like this one, even though there's not a lot to it musically. Mix wise, there's tons going on. Four rhythm guitar tracks, five vocal tracks, four lead guitar tracks, and (really) two drum tracks. Oh yeah, and one lonely bass guitar. I…
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Colleen Dillon said

Very cool! I like the build up indeed.

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How's that for some word salad, eh? Throw a little Italian dressing on this one and you've got yourself a healthy meal! I've been trying to challenge myself vocally with more complicated melodies and lots of lyrics and things like that, even…
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Andrew Russe said

This is another that benefited from a second listen. What I've got to do is STOP reading your blurb on the first listen! Anyways, that's actually a really clever vocal melody. Keep challenging, don't actually kill yerself, obviously, but falling down after the vocal take is a good sign!! (ish!) LOL

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A couple of months ago I came up with a couple of things that used polyrhythms. The drums were in one time signature and everything else was in another. I had some fun with it then and tried it again and... well, I got pretty bored with it really…
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Andrew Russe said

I wasn't sure about this one on first listen (your stuff about polyrhythms was making me think too much... then I remembered I'd forgotten something with work, so I had to deal with that while the track carried on)... when I got back I couldn't think of anything to say... so I hit play again and, woah!, it really grabbed me... then I realised I wasn't counting trying to figure out the funny rhythm - I'd just accepted it and it sounds really cool. Sounds like the hand's recovered too?

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I'm really tired right now so this mix might sound awful and I won't know. Also, 50/90 might be hitting a snag in that I have a bit of an injury to my left hand. It's not getting better and while recording the leads on this puppy it was affecting…
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Andrew Russe said

Wooo! Another fab chorus.... oh crumbs, hand problem?? It's two days later now... hopefully it's healing.

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A couple of unusual things with this one. There's an overdrive pedal in there that I've never used before. Meaning, I had never even plugged it in before. I bought it like six months ago and it sat on my dresser just waiting for me to play…
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Andrew Russe said

You're creating songs faster than I can keep up with them!! Loving the rhythm of the vocal line on the chorus ("Nothing like a...")

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Another in an endless string of recordings that would have been saved by a competent singer. Maybe. I like the individual pieces of this song, but I don't think I like the song as a whole. Okay... maybe I don't like the chorus at all. I don…
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Andrew Russe said

Yeah, the more I listen to this one, the more I think you're being hard on it/yourself... and the guitars are fabulous.

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Another in an endless string of recordings that would have been saved by a competent singer. Maybe. I like the individual pieces of this song, but I don't think I like the song as a whole. Okay... maybe I don't like the chorus at all. I don…
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KCsGroove said

I dig those guitars. Great tone KC

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Another in an endless string of recordings that would have been saved by a competent singer. Maybe. I like the individual pieces of this song, but I don't think I like the song as a whole. Okay... maybe I don't like the chorus at all. I don…
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slkrell said

Ok the 335 is tapped at enough treble to really bring out that special tone . The Vox is one of my personal favorites. Wish I had one again.

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Another in an endless string of recordings that would have been saved by a competent singer. Maybe. I like the individual pieces of this song, but I don't think I like the song as a whole. Okay... maybe I don't like the chorus at all. I don…
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Andrew Russe said

Some very very cool guitars though!

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I kinda like this one. The melody in the hook is kinda fun, and having the guitar play a melody of its own was something fun that I don't do often. The lyrics are stream of conscious garbage, meaning they are probably about the idiot in the…
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Andrew Russe said

Yep, I like this one too. Gorgeous guitars, cool bvox, and the groove just works on this one.

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Do you know where the title comes from? One of the Disney Parks (I don't remember which one), as part of it's Covid-19 re-opening plan, suggested to patrons that screaming on a ride is a good way to spread the coronavirus, so instead they ask…
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Andrew Russe said

Oh yeah LOVE those guitars... the drums, bass and guitars just gel so gorgeously. And that title makes for a superb chorus. Makes a lot more sense to me here in a song than it does as a theme park motto!! lol

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Round two of what? I'd tell you if I had even the slightest idea. I'm pretty pleased with this one. Well, I don't completely hate it at least. I think it could have benefited from some rehearsing, which during 50/90 is asking a lot…
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Andrew Russe said

Nice one... I do like that "Here comes round two" hook... And I've just looked up 50/90... you're a crazy man!!! Crumbs, a song every two days for 3 months solid!! I could probably write the songs, but I could never record them in that time frame! Anyways - mighty cool, I shall keep listening and cheer you on from the sidelines.

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Do you know where the title comes from? One of the Disney Parks (I don't remember which one), as part of it's Covid-19 re-opening plan, suggested to patrons that screaming on a ride is a good way to spread the coronavirus, so instead they ask…
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vaisvil said

nice tune and great guitar! indeed - that is a weird emotionally social distancing instruction.

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I tried to do something a little weirder rhythmically and ended up with something that feels just a little off. Just a little out of time, just a little ragged. I don't know. I don't think the song is bad, it's all just a smidgen off. I…
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Andrew Russe said

Love the looser feel. And some gorgeous guitars. It seems a little cymbal heavy in places at the moment?

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Overall this one seems okay to me. The performance is pretty awful, but this song is all right. I don't like the transition from the first hook into the first verse. It feels awkward, but the second time seems better. Weird. Is it just a…
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Andrew Russe said

Cool chorus on this one... but you're right there's something... It really shines later on after the bridge- I like the interaction between the vocal, bass and guitar - really bounces. But earlier it doesn't have the same effect and I can't really spot the difference - except the later one is surrounded by instrumental and maybe feels looser? The earlier ones feel a bit "held back" and "correct", and they don't draw attention to themselves like the later one. They also leads straight into and out of a verse section that doesn't sound a lot different - maybe you're right, maybe volume? Maybe take the drums down on the sung verses? Something to make the chorus stick out more? But yeah, this is a cool one.

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Another song that doesn't really stand out to me. This one is a little embarrassing though. The tempo is set at 85 beats per minute. Originailly it was 95 beats per minute. Why did I change it? Because I couldn't pick the guitar part in the…
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Andrew Russe said

Wow - those leads! Nice one

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