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  1. I wrote this tune when CNN’s Jim Acosta was attacked by Trump at a White House briefing a while back. I have a few lyrics... I hate writing lyrics! https://soundcloud.com/user-686710883/freedom-of-the-press Verse 1 starts at 0:19, sing your heart out... Verse 1) Jim Acosta was accosted by the president By the yellow headed dirty evil resident Jim he really kept his cool While the bully played the fool Just like his T-V show
  2. This is a little ukulele tune with finger picking (not a traditional ukulele strum). I hope the levels are okay because I mix in my studio flat response headphones and all I can say is the levels sound fine to me.
  3. Tonskald, thank you so very much for the truly kind words. They brought tears to my eyes. Or... on second thought, my tears could be due to the fact that only a few minutes ago I got a notice that my rent will be increasing by $69 come October. At any rate, it really pleases me to know that you can feel the “Toy Story” vibe towards the end. I love Randy Newman’s stuff, wouldn’t call myself a devoted fan or anything but he’s got a great sense of melody.. and I’m flattered that you mentioned him with regard to my humble little tune.
  4. mark styles, thanks for the advice. With the exception of social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), I've done those things you've mentioned but to me I might as well be reading Greek. I've tried getting into Facebook a few times and it's just not my bag. I can't even sign up for Twitter because they want to verify me by sending me a text message... I don't have a mobile phone, only a landline hence no text messaging. It's a Catch 22. I've even emailed Twitter's customer support a couple of times about this and they never responded back. Not your concern, I know, but I'm just sayin'. I do love YouTube however, so maybe I'll try looking up some mastering tutorials. I think I've tried that in the past with little success but it's been a while. If you've ever seen "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" I'm that guy that just wants to sing (compose in my case). I've got Beatles in my blood so I can't complain.. even though I just did... but I sure wish I had my very own George Martin.
  5. mark styles, thanks for mentioning that the bass isn't overpowering, that's really good to know! I don't ever run mixes through mastering plugins because I don't have a clue how to use them. I've tried to understand db and shelves and all that technical stuff but I only end up frustrated. You've got me thinking about it again and I might try messing around with one. I have a simple question about mastering plugins and it is this; assuming the plugin will be applied to the entire mix as a whole, is it better to run the mix in the DAW to a devoted submaster output where you can insert the mastering plugin or, what I would consider an even easier method, can you just as effectively load the one file (.wav) of your mixed song into a wave editor like Soundforge and use the mastering plugin from there? I'm guessing either way would be okay, but I don't know.
  6. mark styles, thanks for the thoughtful comments. You’ve got quite a few very good observations. I always try to build up parts in my arrangements from less to more. More often than not, less becomes more too fast so I know what you are saying. I do take people’s critiques to heart and try and become a better arranger. If I could master just one thing in my stuff it would be a well balanced bass. I’m constantly struggling with “Is the bass going to overpower everything or is it so low in volume as to not be heard at all?” I only have my flat response studio headphones to mix with and I listen to my finished stuff through an equalizer app where I have the bass turned down a bit, not an ideal setup but it’s what I’ve got. Thanks again for all of your knowledgeable observations. Playing/composing on a real instrument is simple and satisfying. Being the sole producer of all aspects of my music in a DAW is pretty overwhelming. If I could just know that the bass comes across on other people’s systems without being too loud or too soft I’d be happy with that.
  7. I wrote this on my acoustic guitar. This is a virtual instrument acoustic guitar. It’s out front at the start but soon gets kind of lost in the mix. I worked so hard at crafting the finger picking and now I can’t hardly hear it. Why am I complaining? I’m the one who covered it up! Don’t know why, but the last part reminds me of “Toy Story” with Woody and the gang sitting on the fender as the car drives into the sunset. Yes, no, maybe? https://soundcloud.com/user-686710883/i-love-you
  8. Very nice piece for only having two chords. Just goes to show you, music doesn’t have to be complicated to be interesting. You pulled it off. It is indeed a dark piece and would play nicely in a suspenseful movie scene for sure. I don’t know if it’s just because I love minor 6 chords but the second of the of the two chords has an implied minor 6 in my ears... I can’t tell if it’s really in there or not. That doesn’t matter anyway because the piece works. Great build up. I really like where it becomes rhythmic with the arco? strings.. I might have my terminology wrong (is arco a sort of chop, chop on the strings?) Anyway, you’ve also made effective use of the percussion towards the end with the big cymbals along side the higher strings. Nicely done!
  9. Live long and prosper. You might need to turn the bass down. It sounds fine on my listening device but I have the bass eq turned down a bit. https://soundcloud.com/user-686710883/goodnight-mr-spock
  10. This is an acoustic guitar song that I wrote (currently in instrumental form). Kind of has an Elizabethan vibe. Transferred all guitar notes one by one from my real guitar to a virtual instrument guitar in the Sonar 8.5 piano roll then filled it out with an arrangement. Tedious? Yeah, a bit, but I enjoy working like that. The uploaded mp3 sounds heavy on the bass but I use an eq on my listening device to reduce bass. Feel free to comment. I uploaded the mp3 below but here’s a soundcloud link if you prefer:
  11. mark styles, Thanks for the kind words. I know the title doesn't really fit the vibe but it kinda stuck with me. Maybe if I ever write lyrics for it, the title will change. I don't care to write lyrics, unless they just come to me effortlessly... which doesn't happen often. All in all it's too much of a chore coming up with rhymes. I just love writing and arranging tunes. I don't know the last time I woke up in the morning without some tune rattling around in my head. Sometimes it's stuff I'm working on, sometimes it's an annoying TV jingle I've heard, sometimes a random song that I like or even one I don't like from a pop band or recording artist.. and on very rare occasions a piece of music I've never heard before like I'm listening to a radio. The human brain is a mysterious thing don't-chya know. :)
  12. I posted this song a while back but I've cleaned up the voicing and arrangement a bit and thought I'd see what people think. How's the mix? How's the volume on the bass? I'd be interested to know as it's an important element in this song. Feel free to comment. Here's a box link in case the YC uploaded mp3 doesn't work: https://app.box.com/s/4tkorjvexaeez05oqog9ciky7mzhqdvy
  13. Thanks brickblock369, glad you enjoyed it. :)
  14. Here's an instrumental I wrote for no particular reason other than a challenge to write a guitar song completely with a virtual guitar in the Sonar 8.5 piano roll. I didn't allow myself to utilize a real guitar just for the challenge. Therefore I don't actually know if the guitar parts are in proper form, but it sounded good to my ears so I filled it in with an arrangement; drums, strings, etc. Hope it comes across well. Here’s a Soundcloud link: or you can listen via the YC uploaded file. Feel free to comment on any aspect of the piece.
  15. mark styles, Very cool that you got to hang out with Badfinger and drive them around back in the day. Even more cool that you saw the Beatles live!!! It's very tragic about Pete Ham's suicide and then later Tom Evans. Very sad that the world lost the beautiful talents of these two guys. It must be a cherished memory for you to have spent some time with them. Thanks for posting that Naturally 7 video. I love that dense orchestral chord at the very end. Been trying to figure out what it is. My best guess is a "minor 6 add 9" or maybe a "minor 9 add 6", but I think that one would have more dissonance so I'm going with the former, but I'm still probably wrong. I love chords! Who doesn't, right?! "Without You", in my book, is right up there with Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)", Eric Carmen's "All By Myself" (Yeah I know he ripped off the haunting chord progression of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, but man did it work!).. and add to that list "Bridge Over Troubled Water", and the grand daddy of them all, "The Long And Winding Road". What can I say?... I love melancholy melodies. Oddly, every song I just named are piano songs. I do miss the musicality of 60's and 70's ballads when interesting piano chords ruled the day.
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