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Welcome to the Neighborhood 2010


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Featuring vocals and bass drum from the original, written in 2004 in Williamsburg Brooklyn with Rachel Newman, I have since composed completely new accompaniment featuring a driving bass line and haunting piano and piano varietals. The original acoustic guitar riff Rachel played from the chorus makes an appearance for the final chorus. I dunno kids, I think this may be close to ready for release. Input sought!
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Lyrics
Verse 1:
Crossed a bridge to get down
To a home that's been waiting for me
Slip on into my best new socks
My shoes going to step to the beat
Rhythm come from the street lamps
There's art on the warehouse walls
I am ready to get turned on
Ready to have me a ball

Chorus:
Welcome to the neighborhood
Got a new place to live
Lot's of love in this neighborhood
Got a new place to give
I'm so happy to be here
Where my tail feathers I can shake
Whatever I find on these streets
Is whatever I please to take

Verse 2:
It's so dirty and beautiful
Where I choose to hang my hat
I think ugly is lovely
Can you imagine that?
Structure grows out of rubble
A phoenix reborn out of ash
I come to this wonderland
When my whole life when up in a flash

Bridge:
(Vocal Percussion)

Chorus:
Welcome to the neighborhood
Got a new place to live
Lot's of love in this neighborhood
Got a new place to give
I'm so happy to be here
Where my tail feathers I can shake
Whatever I find on these streets
Is whatever I please to take

Welcome to the neighborhood
Got a new place to live
Lot's of love in this neighborhood
Got a new place to give (I give I give I give I give)
I'm so happy to be here
Where my tail feathers I can shake (Shake my tail feathers)
Whatever I find on these streets
Is whatever I please to take

Shake those tail feathers.
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Comments: 30
Fans: 10
Plays: 146
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Votes: 1
Uploaded: Feb 18, 2010 - 08:01:53 PM
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2010 - 02:25:00 PM Last Played: Jan 11, 2017 - 10:19:04 AM
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MacBook Pro, Casio PX100
Software:
Logic Pro, Spectrasonic's Stylus RMX
Comments
craft said 2857 days ago (February 19th, 2010)
cool song
I really like this song... Nice arrangement and great vocals... well done
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JunkyardCutiepie said 2857 days ago (February 19th, 2010)
Awesome
I'm glad you enjoyed it Craft, I'm off to check your tunes out.
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bud said 2857 days ago (February 19th, 2010)
Excellent work - really top shelf
strong vocals - grooving backing - agile production. Sounds ready to go to me. You still in the County of Kings?
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JunkyardCutiepie said 2857 days ago (February 19th, 2010)
Agile like Leopard
Thank you Bud! Funny you should ask, actually on to a whole new neighborhood in north eastern Pennsylvania!
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drakonis said 2857 days ago (February 19th, 2010)
fresh... again
Good to see you two back here again, been awhile! Very tasty little twists and turns in the music, really spice this up and give it a unique and fresh feel, the little shaking of tail feathers, uh, I mean special effects in the music are tastefully added, not overdone. Great singing that catches your attention and doesn't let go.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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JunkyardCutiepie said 2857 days ago (February 19th, 2010)
Yehaw!
Thanks Drako, I will admit to loving lots of complexity and what's been called my evil scientists lab of bleeps and blips. I just have to go back through and comb everything out that doesn't "do" something for the song. Which I think I've at least *mostly* accomplished.
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mikkinylund said 2856 days ago (February 20th, 2010)
Eclectic
Very nice vocal/synth arrangements and performance. The song brings me back to London, 80's era. It's a very melodic song, but as it is sung and performed it gives it a needed indie edge. This is very good in my ears. Bravo!
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JunkyardCutiepie said 2856 days ago (February 20th, 2010)
Brand New Heavies
Interestingly I think I had been listening to a big of the Brand New Heavies before reworking the bass line. Thanks Mikki
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angelahope said 2856 days ago (February 20th, 2010)
Got me from the first note!
Release it!
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JunkyardCutiepie said 2856 days ago (February 20th, 2010)
Release
Nice to hear that. I think it's time for mastering!
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ktb said 2856 days ago (February 20th, 2010)
Welcome to the Neighborhood
Retooled and sounding excellent. I love the bass line (it does drive) and the kaleidoscope keys. Rachel could come forward in the mix a hair but otherwise sounds fab.
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JunkyardCutiepie said 2855 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Thanks
Thanks for the compliment and appreciation and thanks for suggestion! ste posted a similar thought just after you too; I have a feeling it's time for that final mix and mastering.
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ste said 2856 days ago (February 20th, 2010)
i
like the song a lot, good character to the vox. as you seek input, i'd be tempted to stick the drums up a bit for some extra kick. good tune!
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JunkyardCutiepie said 2855 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Character
Thanks ste! You and ktb are like "more Rachel! More Drums!" I can handle that! Will give you MORE! =)
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VicDiesel said 2855 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Sounds good
In principle. But too many repetitions of that one line. Try to occasionally bend it the other way, or surprise the listener otherwise?
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JunkyardCutiepie said 2855 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Sounds good
Ok, I listened to it with that in mind and combed through the lyrics; the chorus only happens twice though the second time it repeats, and each time the word neighborhood happens twice SO, that's a total of 6 instances of the same word, 3 times each two different ways. Granted if you cue up Lady CaCa you'll hear the same thing two dozen times but I'm not going for that! The easiest thing would be getting more vocals recorded except that *isn't* easy with Rachel's availability so perhaps I"ll try some DJ scratching wizardry to vary it up and perhaps I can even mix up the arrangement further. ANYWAY- THANK YOU FOR THE INPUT!
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VicDiesel said 2855 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Counting
Partly you can analyze this by objective counting, but partly it's my impression. The verse consists of 4 lines that are more or less identical. Same for the chorus. But here's the kicker: the verse and chorus have approximately the same melody. And if you take close look at that melody, it's really one step down, then the same step up. That's not a whole lot of material. True, you vary the second half of each phrase (slightly) and there is some cool harmony vocalling going on, but still......
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JunkyardCutiepie said 2855 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Counting is Relevant
And measuring half steps is just counting too; I was taking your point seriously and trying to analyze it to devise an approach. However I do think you just made your point a lot more clear in terms of the similarity between the verse and the chorus. I've been working with the same vocal recording since 2004, again here-in lies the limitation. It may simply be time to coax Rachel back into the studio to work with the new arrangement and that is probably the key learning here!
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Brews_Lee said 2855 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
good viblations
conglats!!
JunkyardCutiepie said 2855 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
good vibrations
thalanks!
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lengold said 2854 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
Definitely sounds
ready to me. Getting a definite Prince vibe. All good in my book.
Cheers
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JunkyardCutiepie said 2853 days ago (February 23rd, 2010)
Definitely sounds
nice, thank you. Always did dig Prince though I hadn't thought about the comparison before, cheers Len!
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scofugate said 2852 days ago (February 24th, 2010)
Loving
the vocals and keys!!. I agree..the bass drives. This is really great and pro stuff!!

Great Job!!
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JunkyardCutiepie said 2851 days ago (February 25th, 2010)
great thanks
Very appreciated, Scofu. I matured my skills with MacJams, I think y'all are the best.
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blaky smith said 2851 days ago (February 25th, 2010)
Cool
Great post, I like it. Excellent on the musical plan and vocals, with a solid production. Enjoyable listen. Thanks...
Marc
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JunkyardCutiepie said 2851 days ago (February 25th, 2010)
Enjoyment
Isn't it always magical when someone actually just enjoys your tunes? Thanks Blaky, mutual fan here.
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2850 days ago (February 26th, 2010)
nice tune
Funny, I hear the Prince comparison too (When Doves Cry in vocal timbre and spacious arrangement as well as melody). I like the overlapping vocal lines toward the end!
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JunkyardCutiepie said 2850 days ago (February 26th, 2010)
nice prince
when doves cry is one of my favorites. It's funny how we discover our influences in listeners ears. Def. like the overlapping big chorus at the end too and have been tempted to bring it up earlier though it's seemed the song needed the build and benefited from the final rock out.
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smokey bacon jnr said 2847 days ago (March 1st, 2010)
Cool
There's so much talent to discover on this site! This is great - really dirty and funky at the same time. I will check out some of your other stuff too. Great stuff.
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JunkyardCutiepie said 2846 days ago (March 2nd, 2010)
Cool
I feel the same way about MacJams; and I love lots of diversity. Love that you used the term "dirty" thanks Smokey, will check you out too.
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