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I Can't Sleep w/Char


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richard13

 Genre: Romantic

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A month or two ago Char (as Demeter7) was having a problem with GarageBand and I was able to help her. As a reward she visited all my posts and left lovely comments on them. I sent her a private message asking her if she didn't have better things to do, which she didn't, so I sent her this odd hybrid I'd created and asked her if she could add anything to it. (It's odd, to me, in that it has reggae organ and bass lines (loops), a somewhat busy percussion section (also loops but several quantized variations), and a sad sort-of-European melody (MIDI from my keyboard): hey, I just combine these things and some of them sound good ;-)

Anyway, Char sent back an angst-ridden track of lost love that sounded great. We tweaked the lyrics a little, she sent me another couple of takes, I arranged all the bits and pieces, and here we are. This is my first "real" collaboration. Char's an old hand at it by now, so her part sounds great. I'm happy with the result but I'm curious to know how you feel.

Music by richard13
Lyrics by richard13 and Char
Vocals by Char
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Lyrics
I Can't Sleep

Oooh, you don't know what you do;
I can't sleep because of you.
Oooh, you don't know who you are;
You toy with me, you go too far.

Till you came I had it all --
I did not expect to fall;
Foolish me could not resist.
Love is cruel, like a fist.

Oooh, you don't know what you do;
I can't sleep because of you.
Oooh, you don't know who you are;
Torture would be kinder far.

All of me is black and blue;
Dangerous -- this love, so new.
Tears of pleasure, tears of pain;
Loving you is quite insane.
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Comments: 37
Fans: 29
Plays: 308
Downloads: 88
Votes: 0
Uploaded: May 07, 2010 - 06:26:58 PM
Last Updated: May 07, 2010 - 06:26:58 PM Last Played: Oct 27, 2017 - 07:25:32 AM
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Comments
Skean said 2775 days ago (May 7th, 2010)
Sweet
Nice work you2, me like:D
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michaeljayklein said 2775 days ago (May 7th, 2010)
Outstanding!
Big applause! Sorry I cannot say more but typing on this laptop is a royal pain--I'm out of town! Thanks to you both for such great work.
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magnatone said 2775 days ago (May 7th, 2010)
Can't Sleep
oh man, what a great combo of talents this is!! really like rich's instrumental work here, and of course the amazing Char, lyricist/vocalist extraordinaire!!! Thanks you two!
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jdholliday said 2775 days ago (May 7th, 2010)
Amazing!
wow what a great song for char's voice, great colab!
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Char said 2775 days ago (May 7th, 2010)
Who you calling old?
It was a blast, since you liked my first idea. You're easy, you know? :)
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alackbass said 2775 days ago (May 7th, 2010)
Do You (Char)
gravitate toward singers from the 30's and 40's. There's a classic jazz age thing about you phrasing. I love it. Great track Richard.
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said 2775 days ago (May 7th, 2010)
what a trip!
This is so cool - like in Jamaica and got stuck there. This really works.

. - Harold
thoddi said 2775 days ago (May 7th, 2010)
wow
How cool this sounds. Char sounds like Shirley Bassey on some kind of chemical trip:) I'm almost expecting James Bond to come knocking...
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drakonis said 2775 days ago (May 7th, 2010)
Kaa...
This is cool, you two! Sultry loops weave in and out in a dreamy way, and Char's singing is beguiling... it is great to have her vox recorded more clearly now, yay! But you know what the lyrics and hot twisting melody that she sings reminds me of... Kaa's "Trust in me" song from Disney's "Jungle Book" (I loooved that song.) Anyway, great work here, and Richard, you picked a super collab partner.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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dave_b said 2775 days ago (May 7th, 2010)
I Can't Sleep w/Char
Cool lyrics and sultry vocals fill up this
well executed jazzy backing track. Those vocals sound a lot harder to do well then a midi track with the pencil!
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Demeter7 said 2775 days ago (May 7th, 2010)
It does have
a sultry appeal. It could be something from a Bollywood movie. :)
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Alannah said 2775 days ago (May 7th, 2010)
I can't Sleep with Char ......
.. heh heh .... no seriously ...... Char is finding her "noir" sound ..... I agree with Harold ... a hint of Jamaica ..... I was gonna type Calypso first .. but thought I would read the comments .. half way through listening .... good stuff all round ! If you were inclined to mess with it on a remix ... you could totally get away with a DARKER .. slower sound too !
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RAVENS said 2775 days ago (May 8th, 2010)
Fabulous
This sounds so awesome, totally diggin' the vocals. The track is great as well, lovely combination.

RAVEN ;-)
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Moviz said 2775 days ago (May 8th, 2010)
You sound
love it and the Egyptian sounding 'belly dance' style backing.....so seductive...Char, you little minx you LOL... ...... You are our own Eatha Kitt and it all sound great. Good work with the loops Richard, cheers M
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davajonah said 2775 days ago (May 8th, 2010)
Cool!
Reminds me very much of The Specials "This town, ain't nothing but a ghost town", their lament to Coventry, here in the UK. Rhythm section I guess.

Whatever - I really like this. Vox and backing work really well. Not sure about the reverb on the vocal. I'd like to hear this without so much. Maybe it was intended to mystify the whole thing?

Very cool stuff anyway.
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egobandit said 2775 days ago (May 8th, 2010)
melting pot
Nice mixture, the vocals take the rythm in a different direction. My only suggestion is the vocals need to be pushed back a bit, Enjoyed!
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billykirsch said 2774 days ago (May 8th, 2010)
Richard, Char (aka RiCharD)
What a strange mix of musical ingredients here, but the strangest thing of all is how well it sounds!
The intro already presents the melody and the rhythm, but Char's voice brings the music to another place, sounds surreal behind that somewhat distorted/telephonic mic.
The key really fits well with Char's voice: her voice here has good presence and allows her to jump to the highs easily.
What a great collab. Thanks!
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davisamerica said 2774 days ago (May 8th, 2010)
ohhh...
i really just popped in to see why you can't sleep with char and why you would make it public ... but then i had a listen and realized i was wrong. lolol.... charlene great vocals and lyrics... i think this maybe one of your best. richard the music and production is totally working. very nice one guys... what a fun track.
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particledots said 2774 days ago (May 8th, 2010)
Very, very nice
Vocals are perfect for the music and the music is perfect for the vocals

Well done every one

b
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RobLeBanc said 2774 days ago (May 8th, 2010)
Char
your voice is so original, it blows my mind each time I hear it! Really a great quality and tone. Very interesting song all around.
Thanks for sharing folks!
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ShadowofNine said 2774 days ago (May 8th, 2010)
tis romantic
I simply luv Chars vibrato laden voice and vocals, and she did a cool job with your track...enjoyed you guys...
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Sir Bass said 2774 days ago (May 9th, 2010)
Nice Vibe
You really decorated those loops well, great job. Euro Reggae haha.
Voice and lyrics fit well with the music nice song.
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Symphony101 said 2773 days ago (May 9th, 2010)
Great song
Lovely song, very nice Richard, Char's voice, amazing as always.
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VicDiesel said 2773 days ago (May 9th, 2010)
Ain't she cute
A great collaboration. I'm amazed every time at what Char's vocals inspire.
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Reggie_Pole said 2773 days ago (May 9th, 2010)
Catchy catchy
Nice instrumentation Richard. Great match. This sounds like a cabaret scene from an old movie, which makes it unique. Lyrics, yes. Vocal delivery, yes. You two make a good team.
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scaustrita said 2773 days ago (May 9th, 2010)
Romantic Raggae?
A first of me, however this is a great song.
Outstanding lyrical line: "Tears of pleasure, tears of pain; Loving you is quite insane."
Excellent Team . . .

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Char said 2773 days ago (May 9th, 2010)
The lines you like are richard 13's lines.
I thought so too. :)
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PaulaMunk said 2773 days ago (May 9th, 2010)
I thought
I'd make triple sure that Richard knew I liked what he did here. It is really groovy, kiddo. :)
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crissew said 2773 days ago (May 10th, 2010)
I cant sleep
This song definitely has an interesting vibe to it. Not sure there are too many songs out there that sound like this, lol. Char's distinctive vocals over an almost reggae backer! Well written lyrics too. Stands apart from the rest, cool song!
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lengold said 2773 days ago (May 10th, 2010)
Love this!
Very moody soundbed that supports char's amazing voice beautifully.
Cheers
Len

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bud said 2772 days ago (May 10th, 2010)
Excellent collab
hard to go wrong with Char in the mix - inspired me - that's for sure. The backing has a great flavor - I like the mix of elements and styles.
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ktb said 2772 days ago (May 10th, 2010)
I feel
satiated, but only after hearing this. Thats a wonderfully kool melody line. The light dance reggae vibe is hypnotic joy. Char! this may be my new favorite.
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lavalamp said 2772 days ago (May 11th, 2010)
welly welly well
Char, nicely done. Like the music bed Richard. Great production.

LL
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SISTERS said 2772 days ago (May 11th, 2010)
Q-WORD
now this is just QUIRKY to the max.
crazy, crazy music!
Char - you've wrangled this one beautifully.
wondrous lyric - i think the entire song is incredibly insane with its perfect, quirkiness. consider me quirked! anne
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SmokeyVW said 2760 days ago (May 22nd, 2010)
a
very disturbing - the lyrics are frightening and warningful

"Love is cruel, like a fist."

that bass line is just way off - and perfect

well done!

thanks
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Demeter7 said 2753 days ago (May 29th, 2010)
Still waiting
for another version of this tune. Still like this a lot. :)
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Damroze said 1878 days ago (October 20th, 2012)
I first read the title as
" I can't sleep with Char " as in she turned down the writers advances :-) Maybe I'll post that as a challenge in the forums ( nyah-ah-ahh)
Nice use of Ms. Munks somewhere between Edith Piaf and Melanie vibrato.
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