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    Another Example Of Why I Can't Sell Songs

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    I'm just not "happy" enough...LOL. Don't get me wrong, in my personal life, I'm blissfully happy 24/7. But I cannot, for the life of me WRITE "Happy" songs. When I try, they suck. Even the funniest song I've posted here was called "FUCK YOU."

    So I've been feeling guilty about not writing a song for my wife -

    ever

    I mean, we've been married 13 years now, and I've written over 200 songs in the 15 years that I've known her - AND NOT ONE FOR HER!!!!

    So I set out to write a:
    1. HAPPY song;
    2. FOR MY WIFE

    LOL...(run for the hills - plus, there's little doubt about this one being country...you've been warned)

    ithis definitely rides the fence between goofy and serious, but it's NOT "happy."

    I gave it a sincere shot...but it just comes off as really sarcastic and pissed off...

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    I got up early to mix this, and I had to do it on headphones, so I'm sure all the freaking vocals are waaay loud; but the drums are supposed to be really quiet...


























    ...and it's okay to laugh at this one; it's meant to be kinda' funny...sorta'... a little bit
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    Definitely good stuff. Coming back with comments later today.

    AL

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    Hey Chris,
    Very nice tune man. Im listening at work, so ....bla bla bla ..
    A very nice "happy" tune man. Solid writing, as usual. Man, you sure pinch these out fast, do you have a studio at the office too....... ...if so, those folks that are laying down those fat retentions deserve a couple of points on your next cd The guits sound great, and i absolutely love the mando in this. You are really good at conveying the "sweet, and caring" side of country.(G trying desperately not to sound gay ) Thats a strong talent in your genre. On these speakers the "oooooh's" bg's sound a little hot, but im thinkin you already know that.

    "Have a nice day" .....and i do mean well
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    LMMFAO

    I've seen your "better half," G, and your sexuality is not in question.

    God, that was funny.

    However, you are the enemy, b/c you're on the job @7:00 a.m., and knowing the business you're in, probably more like 6:00. I hate people who can do that, LOL.

    I know this isn't exactly your bag...I don't think it's mine either, but I really appreciate the listen, man.

    If you ever wanna' torture yourself with this again, try it on headphones sometime...you can audibly hear the kids kicking each others' asses in the background, LOL.

    I thought it was appropriate for the song, so I left it in.

    I also think the mix that's up is kinda' harsh... It's like my "thing."

    Chris = Harsh, in both sound and content.

    Thank you very very very much for the laugh...and for trying.

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    I thought this was a pretty nice song. I'd have to say it's not happy. Close to happy, but just not quite there. But it's a nice song for your wife - you succeeded there. Nice pretty melody.

    Some real good lines here and there. "I've never gotten along too well with the world at 7AM. You morning people have a clear advantage in the world I'm living in." That was first rate. The motivational speaker lines were just fantastic.

    Now the "screwy as a football bat" line was... well.... screwy as a football bat. . "Problems with authority"... been done a million times.

    The high harmony part sounds a little harsh in spots. Synching issues in the first chorus (elsewhere too I think).

    Really nice clean acoustic guits. Nice parts too.

    Good job. I really like the song.

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    Originally posted by TripleM
    I'd have to say it's not happy. Close to happy, but just not quite there.
    Hey Trip - thanks for taking the time, and yeah; that's kind of my point. I cannot write "happy." LOL. I try, and it comes out like this.

    In fact, I started this with the express intention of proving that I COULD write "happy." Well, I guess I showed ME! LMAO.

    I agree with everything you said, as usual. The "football bat" line has to stay, though...little joke with the wife.

    Thanks again,
    -the hack

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    Originally posted by chrisharris
    The "football bat" line has to stay, though...
    c'mon...sing it...hehehehee...it'll grow on you.

    Although, I have to admit, it sounds a lot funnier when you kinda' yell it out, and use the "F" word...like "THAT'S A FUCKED UP AS A FOOTBALL BAT!"



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    Im here at 5:30 man I try to be open to everything, I like some country, I just cant write it well. I like anything "emotional"......most definitely not genre-specific. .....I just wanna feel something. What can i say, Im just a 6'7" 220lb, sensitive construction worker ...... (sniff)

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    Chris,

    Sorry, but a "happy country song" is an oxymoron! That's OK, you gotta write what comes naturally to ya, or it sounds contrived. So just give up on "trying" to write to a formula. It'll happen when it happens.

    You do however write some "funny" (I like quotation marks!) stuff, and this is a great song on it's own, happy, funny, or otherwise.

    P.S. next time see your shrink. I've got better things to do, and I'm not licensed.



    Twist

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    great writing........i really liked it


    my favorite line:
    "sometimes write em down in a song.....it's good enough for me.......it's therapy...."

    you seem to write happy songs like i do.....with a painful disposition.

    didn't listen on headphones, but over the speakers, sounds like a great mix.......nothing i'd suggest.............great song

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