386 tracks by Robert James

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If ever there was a song that begged to close an album, it was this turkey. A couple of things here. First, I don't really know what I was going for. Quiet, slow, boring? Probably not boring, but there you go. The cool thing happens in…read more
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I came dangerously close to calling this ABACAB, and also to having the song form be ABACAB. Bullet dodged? I was noodling out the bass line and drum parts on my iPad and I had three sections. I couldn't decide which one had the better hook…read more
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Did you know that if you use a drummer in GarageBand you can shut off the snare drum? I didn't. I setup the entire song with the drummer (Benny) and then copied the track to a standard MIDI drums track and deleted all the snare hits. Cool…read more
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This was the first idea I had for May Music 2020 or whatever the hell I'm calling this month's project. I came up with the guitar riff using the fake guitar thingie in GarageBand. I "played" the riff using the fretboard on my iPhone. I sort…read more
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Nothing special about this one except that it was written in 7/8. Also, this month I've tried to work out guitar parts using MIDI instruments when I'm fiddling out the initial bass and drum grooves. It doesn't really amount to much, it just…read more
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The first May 2020 Music project song to be finished. I did the RPM Challenge in February. In March I did another one... just because. In April I did the COVID-19 RPM Challenge Bonus edition. In May I am doing another one... just because…read more
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This one has potential but I don't think I pulled it off. It uses a gimmick I used once already this month where the drums are playing in one time signature (in this case it's 6/8) and the rest of the band is playing in another (7/8). I like…read more
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Urgh, this song. Destined to be last on the April RPM Challenge album, not because it's a good closing number, but because it's crap and everyone will have stopped listening before they get this far. I started this on guitar. I set up a drum…read more
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I don't like this one. I had a really hard time singing it so I buried the vocal tracks in sauce and tried to forget they were there. I had a bridge section that I wrote lyrics for but I couldn't pull off the vocal. I turned it into guitarmonies…read more
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A couple of notes: First, I am so tired as I finish up this mix that I have no idea if this sounds good or not. Second, I am not sure if I like this song or not, but I am kinda leaning toward liking it. Third, I am pretty sure I already wrote…read more
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This one is all gimmick but I like it. I think it has album track one potential, but I'm not sure yet. The last few projects I've done have seen me writing melodies out on a keyboard, then writing lyrics to fit the melody, then recording the…read more
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A few thoughts on this one.... First.. does that... could it... do you think... Reggae? I wasn't planning on that but it just sort of happened. I'm not sure how but... I think... I think I might like it. In a spur of the moment thing…read more
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I don't know what to make of this one. Is it good? I can't tell. I sort of dig the not-quite-funky or maybe more like wannabe-funky vibe to it. Sort of. Almost. I don't know. The lyrics are about social distance, just like everything…read more
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When I tell people I am a terrible singer, this is what I'm talking about. Listening to myself here is making my teeth ache. This was the first idea I had for the April 2020 RPM Challenge - Social Distance Edition. I used a 1x12 combo amp…read more
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The drums in the chorus are in 4/4 time. Everything else is in 7/4 time. Polyrhythms, people! Welcome to the 20th century! (sorry... that's kind of a music school joke. Even I'm not sure I get it... just like most 20th century classical music…read more
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The rhythm guitar part for this was originally written on an electric piano, but given that I can barely play piano I think it turned out better this way. The title describes the lyrics. I was trying to write something coherent but I gave up…read more
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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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I had this song worked out pretty much completely but it was only about a minute long. What to do? I just repeated the whole thing and stuck an extra phrase at the end to wrap it up. Boom, two and a half minutes. Rhythm guitar is my SG…read more
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Literally everything I've done this month could be titled "Social Distance" or "Shelter in Place" or "Holy shit this is scary as hell". I don't think I ever really plan to write a big dumb sludgy rock song, but they always show up and here…read more
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Another one with an attempt to sort of improvise the rhythm guitar part. Some of it at least. Also, another one with a melody that... well... seemed like a good idea at the time. The rhythm guitar is a Gibson SG, the lead is a Gibson Les…read more
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