473 tracks by Robert James

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This is probably the simplest thing I've ever done in my entire life. An eight bar drums/bass loop, a little three part harmony on guitar, a little three part harmony vocals, a little more three part harmony on guitar, and that's it. I think…
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I have to apologize in advance for bars 31-37, the section right after the vocal. The whole song is playing with polyrhythms. One guitar (and the bass and drums) is playing in 4/4 time and the other guitar is playing almost the same thing in…
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Not too much happening here. I like the guitarmonies. Somehow that always sounds better with a lot of fuzz. There are a couple of places where tracks play backwards. The second verse has a copy of one of the voices chopped up and reversed…
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Okay, I said none of the October album in a month songs worked as songs so much as little rhythm or harmony exercises. This one sort of works as a song. Not sure about the mix. I kinda like the melody, which is odd as I wasn't going to write…
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This one isn't polyrhythms, but it wants to be. I actually took a four beat phrase and occasionally had one guitar shuffle it so beat one from guitar #1 is beat two for guitar #2. Simple. Outside of that, there's nothing all that special going…
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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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I've done an RPM Challenge style album in a month (10 song or 35 minutes) every month in 2020 (except January). I told myself I was going to take October off and just work on re-recording old songs. That plan didn't last long and eventually…
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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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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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The downside of writing about politics in February of 2016 is that it doesn't have any meaning in October of 2020. Oh well. This one and "Did I Offend You" were both written back to back on the last couple of days of the RPM Challenge and they…
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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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The first song completed for the second round of re-recorded Quarantine Tunes. This one was written on the last day of the 2016 RPM Challenge. I had written a bunch of songs saying that people who think the Earth is flat are somehow defective…
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This bouncy little groove brings the 2020 50/90 Challenge to a close. I end with 51 songs written in 88(?) days. I've only finished this challenge once before, in 2014. That year I stopped at 50 songs but I got there with a lot more time to…
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Short and sweet. Nice and hyper. The mix is a little ratty, but I can live with it on a Tuesday afternoon. Lyrically I think this is the most milage I've ever gotten out of the fewest words. I'm just winning all around. This is the 50th…
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I really like the chorus in this one. I don't know if it's the pick up notes in the vocals, or the key change coming out of the verse, but I just dig it. The rhythm guitar is a Gibson ES-335 into a Klon KTR into a Malaise Forever Black Lives…
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Did you see any of the articles recently that talked about the John Cage piece? Cage wrote what is unquestionably the slowest piece of music ever performed. A machine was designed in order to play the entire piece and recently it changed chord…
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I was going for something here... I don't know what it was, but I didn't get it. It's not the worst thing ever. I like the strummy guitar solos. The chorus isn't so bad. I don't know. I might just be tired, but I think this one is going to…
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This one is okay. Nothing special. The whole stream of conscious lyric writing approach got a little screwy here when the second verse went really dark but the chorus was kinda up and happy. Oh well. I kinda like the chorus here. A few…
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A nice, bouncy little ditty, eh? This has two tie backs to the 1980's. First, the lead guitar. Back in the late 80's I was not a guitar gear junkie at all. That addiction only developed a few years ago. Back then it was Les Paul -> Wah…
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I think we have a winner here. I already had 50 songs in process for the 50/90 challenge and I was starting to feel like I was going to finish with time to spare. Then my wife and I were having a Facetime call with my step daughter who is…
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