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#1May 25th, 2006 · 04:44 AM
54 threads / 29 songs
1,552 posts
United Kingdom
A Lighter Shade of..

This song is not in a battle

A Lighter Shade of Blue

This is a really rough draft of a song I've had knocking around since the start of the year, but can't quite get the way I want.  It has no bass and no drums, and the recording quality is far from the best!!!

Lyrics are posted here: http://forum.bandamp.com/Lyrics_Review/16220.html

Tell me what you think - should I carry on and record it properly, or not bother?

Comments please,

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#2May 25th, 2006 · 06:57 AM
187 threads / 27 songs
2,802 posts
What a surprise!!!!

Do the drums, do the bass.... carry on...... DO IT!!!!

Excellent. Could be hit? This IS a hit!

Good luck and good success

(I have the complete arrangement in my mind)
#3May 25th, 2006 · 09:33 AM
157 threads / 30 songs
1,953 posts
United States of America
shade of blue
Good song I really like the chorus. great job on the vocal harmonies. Man you could do alot with this. the songs builds up just right
#4May 25th, 2006 · 10:30 AM
160 threads / 88 songs
1,666 posts
United States of America
 I LIKE IT!!!!!!!!!!
#5May 25th, 2006 · 11:41 AM
117 threads / 54 songs
3,065 posts
really great song Jiminuk... I like it a lot too! even without drums and bass, it sounds fairly complete. You did a great mixing job and the vocals are crisp!

I like the feel on this song, don't know what the style reminds me of, but it's something pleasing to the ears!

job well done!
#6May 25th, 2006 · 03:23 PM
54 threads / 29 songs
1,552 posts
United Kingdom
Well, thanks to all!!  I think I'd be mucking about with this song for so long trying to decide on its structure, that I sort of got fed up with it.

For your info, this really is a 3 chord wonder; A, D, and E. I do put in maybe one or two substitutions, but it's basically a very simple 12 bar blues-ish sort of thing.  And for anyone wanting to do the drums for me (JimK - nice sounds, and a good example of what it could be like), it's set at 100bpm

So OK then, I'll get on and do it properly - now, where's that guitar gone!!!

#7May 25th, 2006 · 05:58 PM
29 threads / 14 songs
355 posts
would sound just incredibly great at the Festival....   
looking forward to a fuller version of this simple,  but powerful song....
Liked it  lot, Jim!
#8June 3rd, 2006 · 01:52 AM
77 threads / 45 songs
2,296 posts
United States of America
ahhhh  love it..those 3 chord songs  are awesome at times...

Actually I listened to the 2nd version first.. which I liked ..I like this one also..I can make out the lyrics in it alot better..the 2nd one rocks...this reminds me of Plug in....its really a good tune Jim ..  a touch of Skynrd .. but in your stlye     Keep it going man

#9June 15th, 2006 · 03:06 AM
16 threads / 15 songs
108 posts
Wowww!What a wonderful piece!I like it very much.Realy good work.I like the gentle solo it's really cool.The vocals are superb.Can I say something negative?Of course no!

The Re_FleX
#10March 30th, 2007 · 03:22 PM
64 threads / 13 songs
669 posts
United States of America
This is your best piece, in my opinion.  AS always though, I will only focus on the negative.

The harmonies are WAY off at certain parts.

This is screaming for a guitar solo, drums, bassline etc.

Recording needs some work.

I think you max out your range about 2 times.

Incredible songwriting though.  Finish this.

[edit] levels are also off.
#11March 30th, 2007 · 08:51 PM
127 threads / 43 songs
2,808 posts
Puerto Rico
Wow man this is a hit for sure.
Love your vox and harm
Great piece gets hi vote
The guitar work is excellent
#12May 3rd, 2007 · 04:33 PM
4 threads / 3 songs
15 posts
United States of America
"Lighter Shade of Blue" has a cool melody line and it's well sung by you.  Full band behind this one.  Harmonies work.  Good luck.  Mark Christopher
#13May 3rd, 2007 · 04:36 PM
4 threads / 3 songs
15 posts
United States of America
Thanks for your kind comments on "Embrace My Solitude."
#14May 3rd, 2007 · 04:59 PM
151 threads / 150 songs
265 posts
United States of America
Yay, 3 chords. You can never beat E A D.

Wonderful melody, great mix and recording. High vote 
#15May 3rd, 2007 · 06:21 PM
37 threads / 19 songs
618 posts
United States of America
I've listened to it three times now and as I'm
posting this, it's going again!!! and won't hit
post till it's completely through.. I am so
damned impressed!!! 
 A Lighter Shade of ME!!!! (lol) I love it
when they write songs about me!!! *giggles*
I know what you're thinking, but hey I didn't
know Carley Simon back then!!! I wasn't old

Bro, this don't even need drums, a little bass
and maybe one other stringed instrument like
a very lite steel slide rhythm to just barely
come in under your guitar rhythm.. not to
over power it or even be loud enough to
rival it.. or maybe in the turn arounds, an
italian mandolin lick, or very distinct, long,
haunting strings..  if the bass is right here,
then drums would take away from.. (i.m.h.o.)

But as far as a critique?? I am at a loss for
words.. so FEKKIN AWESOME!! is all
I can think of!!! that and I gotta listen to
this just one more time before I go!!!!

oh that reminds me of something..  hey
ask me about the preacher and mom's
bbq ribs sometime, and I'll tell ya what
that reminds me of..... You'll get the
best deep hard laugh, as well as the
All Over Warm Fuzzies!!!

Blessings Bro,

Blue - Dan
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