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    Here's a song I wrote 23 years ago. This is my 3rd go around recording it (my pathetic archiving habits are such that I have no remaining copies of the 1st 2 versions.) I whipped it together fairly quickly.
    Basically a cynical view of politics, over a basic reggae, I IV V progression.
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    Idealistic rhetoric philosophy and politics
    Cannot serve to counteract reality and cold hard facts
    Silly people run around and chew away with bites of sound
    And bash our senses endlessly with tirades of stupidity
    unity they seek they say division they will find
    'cause everybody's got an axe to grind

    Turn on your TV set you wont believe the laugh you'll get
    The stupid things they say you hear it every single day
    Doomed to failure from the start dutiful you play your part
    With unsuspecting willingness and innocence
    Is this a product of their idiotic minds
    Or could it be they've got an axe to grind

    Strategies of lies and slander games of words and propaganda
    Greed and power motivating all integrity foresaken
    On and on the farce procedes more and more the apathy
    grows and grows into the very core of me
    Nihilist or realist I cannot draw the line
    Because you see I've got an axe to grind

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    Fun tune, great lead guitar.

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    I like a little Reggae when the mood is right. Great bass tone--a Jazz, I hope! You might want to zoom in on the bass track and do a few manual edits. You come in ahead of the beat quite a few times, especially on those runs. It unsettles your groove. My only other criticism would be that the background vocals or doubles or getting in the way of the lead vocal. Maybe that was intentional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDP View Post
    Fun tune, great lead guitar.
    Thankee!


    Quote Originally Posted by Robus View Post
    I like a little Reggae when the mood is right. Great bass tone--a Jazz, I hope! You might want to zoom in on the bass track and do a few manual edits. You come in ahead of the beat quite a few times, especially on those runs. It unsettles your groove.
    LOL. I did. I obviously didn't do it well enough.I must confess, I get bored by the end of the process and put up with a certain amount of slop.
    [QUOTE=Robus;4391123 My only other criticism would be that the background vocals or doubles or getting in the way of the lead vocal. Maybe that was intentional.[/QUOTE]
    The intention was for it to sound like one,big, vocally...thing..but any inaccuracies mess it up.I'll revisit at some point.
    Thanks for listening, gangstas!

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    I enjoyed it.
    I don't like the bass & lower end of the drums combining mushing together.
    Is there a stereo effect on the bass? it seems to spread across the image a bit.
    I thin the song & cynicism are worth tweaking a little.
    The vocals have a cool combo of ennui and fatalism with the cynical sneer.
    I'm not worried about the bass coming in ahead of the beat - almost all cod reggae falls into that trap.
    make a definitive mix.

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    Beeze, dude! Nice to hear something from your angrier younger days.

    Hey, this is cool. Nice use of reverb and delay. It combines for a big convincing sound.

    I am wondering if the keys could use some more EQ. Everything else seems to have the shimmer and the keys are kinda thick and dark.
    “There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.” - Socrates

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    I dont like the guitars and drums on this. They sound fine, but too compressed for my taste. I dont like the reverb...

    The delay on the vocals is a good ideia, but maybe you've used it too much? IDK, I'm just giving me view on it, I hope you dont take offense on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibleedburgundy View Post
    Beeze, dude! Nice to hear something from your angrier younger days.

    Hey, this is cool. Nice use of reverb and delay. It combines for a big convincing sound.

    I am wondering if the keys could use some more EQ. Everything else seems to have the shimmer and the keys are kinda thick and dark.
    Thanks dude.Funny how romanticized our younger anger can be. Anger when we're older is just bitter and pathetic. Still, it fits nicely with the current election theme.
    The keys are vsti(http://www.kvraudio.com/product/mrray73_by_gsi/details) I decided after the fact that I wanted wah on them (Rick Wright's performance on "Money" was the model I used.) I tried finding a plug that would work convincingly, but couldn't, so I had to run a line out and put it through a crybaby.The original and the wah are mixed together. I'll keep the EQ in mind when I eventually revisit.
    Quote Originally Posted by CMolena
    I dont like the guitars and drums on this. They sound fine, but too compressed for my taste. I dont like the reverb...

    The delay on the vocals is a good ideia, but maybe you've used it too much? IDK, I'm just giving me view on it, I hope you dont take offense on this.
    No offense taken. I admire a soul who recognizes the fraud that I am!

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    Hi bubba I'd like to listen but sound click says I'm missing a plugin? Might be because it wants flash maybe. . .

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    I think it's a way cool tune. Good Reggie groove and great lyrics. I love how you used echo effect on the vocal.
    good job and good song!
    I was country before they took the O out.

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