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Leon

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Written and sung by Leon, played by Oceans: Davide Raso, Pauly Hansen, Paul Pederson, Mark Jacobson. 2010.

This is another of my band's songs that we never got to record formally or even play onstage. This was one of a handful of songs that we labored on for weeks, only to find out shortly after that we were breaking up. Aw! Ironically, it is titled "Winner." We had "winning!" in our slogan long before Charlie Sheen claimed it as his trainwreck battlecry. Haha! Kidding aside, I had an inspirational song in mind, much like a rock version of "Man In The Mirror." There is a winner in each one of us.

Parts of the song were recorded with a field recorder, some added and tweaked on ProTools, and vocals were added through Garageband.
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Lyrics
WINNER
(Lyrics by Leon; Music by Oceans)

When I look at the mirror, I see a winner
A warrior who fights and conquers his fears
When I look at the mirror, I see a man undefeated
He comes to life with strength in his arms

Pre-chorus:
We all wanna feel loved and saved
We wanna make it through the journey
We all wanna live unafraid
to have a vision of great destiny

Chorus:
Don't you wanna be a winner
so we can change the world,
and make it all much better
Don't you wanna be a winner
and save us from destruction,
and we'll be all together

When I look at the mirror,  I learn from history
I'm ready to walk through the night
When I look at the mirror,  I claim my victory
I'm ready to carry on the fight

Chorus:
Don't you wanna be a winner
so we can change the world
and make it all much better
Don't you wanna be a winner
and save us from destruction,
and we'll be all together

(break)

Outro:
Don't you wanna be a winner in the battle of life
and you can change the world
You're gonna come out stronger.
You're gonna make it bigger
You're gonna fly up highe-ee-er
Song Stats
Hits: 2170
Comments: 22
Fans: 14
Plays: 160
Downloads: 67

Uploaded: Apr 28, 2011 - 11:33:57 PM
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2011 - 09:27:39 PM Last Played: Feb 23, 2017 - 05:23:05 AM
Song License
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Hardware:
Lots of pro stuff used by my bandmates :-)
Software:
Originally recorded live, arranged on ProTools. Vocals added and remixed on Garageband.
Comments
alackbass said 2191 days ago (April 29th, 2011)
Winner
Outstanding! Great anthemic rocker! That voice!!! WOW!
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Leon said 2190 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Tireless
Andrew, thanks for your tireless listening to all the songs here and your ever-motivating comments. You have a real passion for music and a very skilled musician who is worth emulating as well!
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
jgurner said 2191 days ago (April 29th, 2011)
Definitely a winner
A great sound and great vocals, as always. Sorry the group broke up, but it's great to get to hear the work you did. The tune really rocks.
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Leon said 2190 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Joe!
THanks for dropping by to have a listen. Yes, this is one song of our band that I was particularly proud of because if its message. It was too sad that it never got to see the light of day (or the limelight of the stage for that matter), so I decided to release it for everyone to hear for the very first time outside of the rehearsal room. Thanks for your kind comments. I am hoping to be able to really rock this out live onstage someday soon -- maybe with a new band.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
papag said 2191 days ago (April 29th, 2011)
Reminds me of
a Journey song. I like the emotional arc and the vocals are right on. The solo was cool too.

thanks for the download :)
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Leon said 2190 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Journey!
Yes, most people commented that we did sound like Journey especially with our fast rocking sound. Our bandleader was aiming U2, but my voice and style altogether was more along the lines of Foreigner and Journey, more melodic hard rock, less cerebral and artsy stuff. I do sing songs with a full emotional awareness and not just mouthing lyrics. That helps bring it to another level, I think. Thanks for all your very kind words, Papag!
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
Leon said 2190 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Electronica
I just listened to your stuff... whoa! I wanna sing to that! :-)
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
dave_b said 2190 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Winner
Strong structure, the pre-chorus builds nicely to the chorus. Strong vocals, band is tight, production is solid. I could hear this as a song in a coming-of-age type of movie.
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Leon said 2190 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Thanks, Dave!
No one outside of our rehearsal room ever got to hear this song, so yes Macjams had the privilege of airing it publicly for the first time ever. I do love this song. This is a song that I might play to myself when I'm feeling down and lost. Thanks for your appreciation of the artistic effort we put into this song.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
RAVENS said 2190 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Can't go wrong...
With that voice! The lyrics are so inspirational too. Awesome music bed as well, great stuff!

RAVEN ;-)
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Leon said 2190 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
D-A-N-I !
D-A-N-I
When are we gonna sing a song together, Ms. Beyonce Dion Houston? :-) Thanks for your kind words on this song. Yeah, it's all about the inspiration, and really less of the voice (although it's the latter that seems to get attention all the time, unintentionally.)
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
tokai said 2189 days ago (May 1st, 2011)
pro sound
Leon, this is an accomplished song. Is that you singing? Very cool voice you have, perfect for this style of music. Love that bass playing in this. The song is a winner.
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Leon said 2189 days ago (May 1st, 2011)
Thanks
Yeah, I recorded my vocals for this song last year and it languished unfinished for many many months until I decided to post it.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
jdholliday said 2188 days ago (May 2nd, 2011)
wow! Dude!
Awesome vocal! Great song, you should enlist players here to collab with and re-do this song, it's your best imho! Great post!
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Leon said 2187 days ago (May 3rd, 2011)
Thanks JD
I wanna do that next time. The band's backing track is unfinished and unpolished but it was for demo purposes. I really wish we found time to finalize our recordings before we disbanded. Well, I guess I know now who to run to when I need some awesome collab. (looking at you :-)
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
Skunkwrx said 2187 days ago (May 3rd, 2011)
Winner
Great to hear you with such a cool backing band track. Inspiring lyrics. Cool to hear you belting it out. The reverb on the backing music seems like it has a bit of a tinny reverb setting, canned in a way. A little distant IMHO.
dug it.
SW
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Leon said 2187 days ago (May 3rd, 2011)
Thanks, man!
I agree with you on many counts. The backing track was for demo purposes, while we were trying to figure out the final production. Unfortunately, we didn't get to the finish line insofar as final recording and producing was concerned. So I'm stuck with this rough gem. Thanks for listening. Truly appreciate your comments.
Check out my latest song called Just Another Day
Carrie71 said 2179 days ago (May 11th, 2011)
Winner...
Your vocals are so passionate and moving, you can feel them! I love, love, love the tone of your voice. You are amazing.
PaulaMunk said 2179 days ago (May 11th, 2011)
Leon,
you are one of the most soulful singers. I always loved Steve Perry for the same reason. Well mixed. A real listening pleasure. Thanks.
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smokey bacon jnr said 2146 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Whitesnake lives!
You've got a great voice for this kind of anthemic rock. One of my fave songs in this genre is Whitesnakes There I go again on my own - and this song approaches that standard. Cool song.
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Loob said 2146 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Isn't that how it always goes?
You have something great and it disolves in front of you? Awesome track man! Some of the best vocals I've heard on this site!
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mvh9591 said 2141 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Great ___
Great stuff Leon -

Enjoyed - Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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