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  • #31
    Just listened through to the rest... really interesting all of the different ideas. I think Rick gets the award for most unique! Everyone brought something different to the table which is very cool... but only Rick thought to include a bird and cow solo.

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    • #32
      Hope it's not too late... Here's my first pass:

      http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11811523

      Edit: I only listened to one (Shortchord's) prior to posting this...


      Your voice is incredible on this.

      I am so happy you got the confidence to stop double tracking everything vocally.

      Wonderful.

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      • #33
        Thanks Stick... glad you like it.

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        • #34
          Justin - just listened. KICK ASS !!!!!!!!!! Absolutely amazing. I have been getting such a kick out of how people are handling the very first "There's that moon again" line. Your's knocked me out. Plus - a bonus for me - you stayed closer to the real lyrics. I like that.

          Excellent job, man. Let's get an agent.
          Illinois Jack


          Some of my lyrics are posted on http://illinoisjack.blogspot.com/

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          • #35
            Hope it's not too late... Here's my first pass:

            http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11811523

            Edit: I only listened to one (Shortchord's) prior to posting this...


            That's great. Yeah, I can hear the Ripple. The harmonies that start up the chorus are lovely. The Rhodes and Organ are excellent, as usual.
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            Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.

            -Coco Chanel

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            • #36
              Justin - just listened. KICK ASS !!!!!!!!!! Absolutely amazing. I have been getting such a kick out of how people are handling the very first "There's that moon again" line. Your's knocked me out. Plus - a bonus for me - you stayed closer to the real lyrics. I like that.

              Excellent job, man. Let's get an agent.

              Thanks Jack... cool lyrics. I'll get you a copy when I'm done tinkering with it...

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              • #37
                Very cool idea. How'd I miss this for 3 days.

                I may give it a shot. But that means I can't listen to anybody elses for a while

                It may take me a couple weeks. I don't work fast.
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGxDwt26FZc
                http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marshallsongs
                http://www.reverbnation.com/#!/marshallsongs

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                • #38
                  I noodled around with this, and as luck would have it, found a simple chord pattern and melodic line that fits nicely. It'll take me a couple days or so to iron out the kinks and get it to mp3-able condition. Then I'll make some kind of recording.

                  I expect I have a slower paced, more melancholy approach than most. I'll probably be cutting out some lyrical segments to fit it in a respectable time, giving the pace and mood I'm setting.

                  Very nice lyric. Easy to work with. Lotta meat on the bone.
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGxDwt26FZc
                  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marshallsongs
                  http://www.reverbnation.com/#!/marshallsongs

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                  • #39


                    Very nice lyric. Easy to work with. Lotta meat on the bone.


                    Yeah, I think everybody found the lyric lent itself quite easily to musical interpretation. I know I did.

                    LCK
                    “Good Vibrations” was probably a good record but who's to know? You had to play it about 90 bloody times to even hear what they were singing about. What’s next? Rock opera? —Pete Townshend, Melody Maker Interview, 1966.

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                    • #40
                      Hallelujah. I finally get to participate in a Blockbuster Challenge ! No song-structure-straight-jacket to wear. (It's still August isn't it?)

                      So, I made a real quickie recording on my Zoom H2. It's really bad. Pops and cracks in there. (Sorry about that. I don't know what that was). But the song version is on my soundclick. This should be a link direct to it

                      http://www.soundclick.com/player/single_player.cfm?songid=11817524&q=hi&newref=1

                      I cut out some verse segments. It was a length issue more than anything. As it is, it's a 3:58 recording. On the long side. I might tweak it, if i were to continue to work on it. Maybe add a full chorus at the end. That'd add time. Maybe then cut the old truck. But I don't really want to do that.

                      I would further add that I took a more serious approach to the song; bittersweet. And as such, the silly verse segments (vulger?) were easy targets for the knife.

                      The ending could use some work. . . , the whole song could use some work. But there it is.

                      Nice work Jack.
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGxDwt26FZc
                      http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marshallsongs
                      http://www.reverbnation.com/#!/marshallsongs

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                      • #41
                        PS - Nice work everybody. I didn't listen to others before i started this, becasue i didn't want to be influenced. Once I had worked out my pattern on this thing, I clicked through the versions posted. (Wanted to make sure you guys weren't blowing me out of the water before I got too invested. ) I really like a lot of the approaches I heard. Similar in some senses. Quite different in others. Some took Jack's lyric and went with the playful side. Others went for the gravity (like me). Many tried to strike a balance, which is a testimony to the range of emotion Jack gave us. Fun and serious at the same time. Plenty of meat on that bone.
                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGxDwt26FZc
                        http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marshallsongs
                        http://www.reverbnation.com/#!/marshallsongs

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                        • #42
                          Marshal - most excellent! Really emotional.
                          www.rickdieffenbach.com.

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                          • #43
                            After listening to Marshal's superb tune, I was fascinated that the same lyrics can be interpreted in so many ways.

                            (I was really expecting to hear 10 songs all like mine... boy was I surprised....)

                            Can I ask, what everyone's thinking process was that lead them from looking at the lyrics and developing the particular style of music you did?
                            (Serious, fun, etc.)

                            I think that would be an "educational moment" for many.

                            I'll start with me.

                            When I looked at Jacks Lyrics, and read the the 2nd verse:

                            Old red truck, runnin down the road
                            Bent and swayed without no load
                            Wired on door, colored with rust
                            Coughin and cryin' and kicking up dust


                            ..I had this instant mental picture of an old cartoon (circa 1930's). The image I saw in my head was an old red junker driving down the road, sort of with a bounce and a sway and lots of dust behind it as if on a country dirty road.

                            Then as I read the rest of this lyrics, I thought the cartoon metaphor was perfect for it.

                            As I wanted it to be high energy and fun, I tried writing at 140bpm - much faster than I normally go.

                            The verse melody and chords came within minutes and off I went.

                            When I got to the chorus, I wanted something that would downshift instead of the normal upshift. And hence the talking with an old time telephone type sound. Again, keeping with the 1930's metaphor. (It also saved a ton of time)

                            That's me, how about you?

                            my version is here

                            Rick
                            ======
                            www.rickdieffenbach.com.

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                            • #44
                              Playful images are playful images. They're fun, but they become tired fast if there's nothing deeper to frame the images. Even slapstick like the 3 Stooges, you get a sense of the personalities of the brothers. The bossy older Moe. The young crazy brother Curly. Larry, the agreeable dim witted middle brother, always looking for acceptance from older or younger. It's the consistency of the characters that creates a framework for the silliness.

                              So, when somebody posts a lyric, I'm always looking for the anchor reality that makes it real. I realize that I'm that way to a fault. Not every good song/story has that. But the ones I end up liking have a framework (or a hint of one that I can fill in the blanks).

                              So, what got me going was the 3rd verse. "Me and that moon got history." It's not really about the moon. It's about a guy who's been around a while. "Ain
                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGxDwt26FZc
                              http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marshallsongs
                              http://www.reverbnation.com/#!/marshallsongs

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                              • #45
                                PS - And I generally gravitate to serious subjects. I'm much too heavy most of the time. I keep telling myself to lighten up.

                                It's a character flaw.
                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGxDwt26FZc
                                http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marshallsongs
                                http://www.reverbnation.com/#!/marshallsongs

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