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Tryin Hard To Wake From This American Dream (Nashville Demo)


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dave_b

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Latest version. The last version (http://www.macjams.com/song/66859) cleared yet another off site critique with just a couple of minor changes suggested. It was pretty close to my birthday and my family decided to gift me with a pro Nashville session to get the song done!

Just to be perfectly clear I'm not singing or playing on this. I'm just the songwriter here.


This is the first mix back from the session which I still have to approve. I can still get some tweaks done to it so I'm particularly interested in your opinions of the mix. I'm thinking it might be a tad dry, and that the electric in the right channel might be a little out front.

Overall I'm really happy with this version. I put it in country this time mostly on the basis of the vocal interpretation.
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Lyrics
Tryin Hard To Wake From This American Dream
Words & Music Copyright David Brown 2011

Verse 1
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A lowering sky in the fading light
Hands in pockets shoulders tight
The pink slip in his faded jeans still burns a hole inside.
The for lease signs are all around.
Been that way since the plants shut down
he's just out there walkin streets as empty as his pride



Chorus
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And the American Dream is turning dark today
Red White and Blue start to fade to gray
From the office parks to the union halls
People running scared if they can run at all
The jobs are gone, we can't move on
Things aren't what they used to be
And we're trying hard to wake from this American Dream


Verse 2
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A darkened hall with a flickering light
Moving slowly, arms crossed tight
He waits his turn with all the rest
In the unemployment line
Their faces worn by the desperate times
They all need jobs by week 99
When the checks run out, and their savings go
All their homes'll be on the line.


Chorus
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And the American Dream is turning dark today
Red White and Blue start to fade to gray
From the office parks to the union halls
People running scared if they can run at all
The jobs are gone, we can't move on
Things aren't what they used to be
And we're trying hard to wake from this American Dream


Bridge
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And the endless calls from collection men
fall like a toxic rain
And the sheriff's sale will put him on the street
A cardboard box by the overpass a new home for the pain
Cold and tired, nothing left to eat

Chorus
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And the American Dream is turning dark today
Red White and Blue start to fade to gray
From the office parks to the union halls
People running scared if they can run at all
The jobs are gone, we can't move on
But it's not what it used to be
And we're trying hard to wake from this American Dream
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Uploaded: May 09, 2011 - 04:03:56 PM
Last Updated: May 11, 2011 - 01:33:26 PM Last Played: Jan 30, 2017 - 01:41:53 AM
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sammydix said 2292 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
vocals
sound best yet first off. like a whole new voice or something. you were in top form here, guy. sounds to me like they did an excellent job. as far as the dryness, i think *maybe* just a tiny bit more on your voice, but the music sounds fine. glad you went with the Nashv session. song was so worth it...and definitely glad you didn't dumb down the lyrics.
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dave_b said 2292 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
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I didn't do any of the tracks on this not trying to be the artist, just the writer! Thanks for the listen & the comment!
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sammydix said 2292 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
Just to be perfectly clear I'm not singing or playing on this. I'm just the songwriter here.
written just clear as a bell. this is one red-faced black man.
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dave_b said 2292 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
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No need to be red-faced, I made that correction after you listened!
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RochaMalhada said 2292 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
I could never do this
because I can't

Every turn of this sounds right on to me.

. - Harold
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dave_b said 2292 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
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Just to be clear neither can I! I didn't sing or play any of these tracks, just let the pros do their thing. Thanks for the listen and the comment!
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magnatone said 2292 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
Tryin Hard
wow, this sounds terrific to my ears dave! "pro nashville session" - how cool is that??
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dave_b said 2292 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
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Thanks for the listen & the comment Karen!
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PeterB7858 said 2292 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
Should be a bona fide hit
Hi Dave. You have written a great song and Nashville pros have done a fantastic job with it. The sound quality is exceptional and the vocalist has just the right touch of country in his voice. This should be a bona fide hit. Perhaps the right guitar is panned just a tad too far right and a tad loud - it seems a bit disconnected from the rest of the mix, but boy is the song sounding good. Take care, Peter.
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dave_b said 2292 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
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Hi Peter, thanks for the listen and the comment, glad you're digging the song. I noticed the right channel guitar too.
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alackbass said 2292 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
Tryin Hard To Wake From This American Dream (Nashville Demo)
Radio ready country hit! Great song! Outstanding chorus! Amazing pro production! Wow!
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dave_b said 2292 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
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Hi Andrew, thanks for the listen & the vote of confidence!
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finkeldink said 2292 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
Very well done
Wow!

This song has outstanding production. I'm quite impressed.
Great mix and recording.

I think the mix sounds pretty solid.

I think that your song writing is great man! You did post the original a while back?
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dave_b said 2292 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
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Hi Michael, thanks for listening & commenting, glad you dug it. Yeah my last version is http://www.macjams.com/song/66859
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Daugrin said 2292 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
Ah, been here...
Instead of the modulation before the outro, how about a late eight that resolves the issue with a bold statement of personal accountability? That step just sounds cliche...

Daug
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dave_b said 2292 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
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Hi Daug, thanks for listening & commenting. I suspect you're being facetious here but....I like the modulation. I think there's a reason it's become a cliche and that's because it is effective at building momentum. I think a bold statement of personal accountability in the face of this economic crisis might make a good song but it probably wouldn't be effective to add it to this one.
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ted23 said 2292 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
I
REALLY like this.
My country music knowledge is limited as it's only usually through movies I hear it.
It must be so great to hear your tune being performed like this. I'm intrigued to know how long they spent working on it, recording it and practicing.
A real treat.
dave_b said 2292 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
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Hi Ed,
Thanks for listening & commenting, glad you're liking the song! Yeah, I suspected that the song would "clean up" well with some better performance and production, but I think these guys knocked it out of the park. They work amazingly fast. A couple of the players might have heard my version of it (http://www.macjams.com/song/66859) the day before, but I think the guitar guys heard it once, and were handed a chord chart. They track everyone at the same time in isolation booths. They finished the tracks in 1/2 hour.
The vocals were done in about 1 1/2 hours, and at least part of that was due to my having to catch up with them using the chat app attached to the session stream

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Reggie_Pole said 2291 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
American dream
Not really a C&W fan, but this is just too good to deny. If this tune is any indication, then you have the knack for composition in this style. Lyrics, music ... yes, right there. That's a good lyrical hook ... wake from the American dream. I'm sure that hits home with many. "Just the songwriter" --- hahahaha --- that's the main thing, isn't it? Well done.
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dave_b said 2291 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
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Hi Reggie,
Thanks for listening & commenting. I'm glad you liked the tune, especially because it pulled you out of your normal listening zone. I just listened to "As If", just a fabulous tone, congrats.

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KCsGROOVE said 2291 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
a great song
well performed and a great production!
radioready :-)
KC
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dave_b said 2291 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
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Hi Cees, glad you like it, thanks for listening & commenting!
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michaeljayklein said 2291 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
Dave!!
Geez O' Mighty--this song is excellent (and dem guys performing do it complete justice--please send your family over my way near October 12--I want one of these for my birthday too). This is a very well written tune--those (very natural flowing) lyrics certainly grab one's attention and your melody line plays them out just right. As I sometimes ask myself here: "Okay, now that I've heard it, where do I send the check?" To my ears, this sounded just fine--I can offer no constructive criticism (and I played it on both my Bose speakers and my good headphones). Congratulations on your success Dave! Michael
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dave_b said 2291 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
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Hi Michael, Thanks for listening & commenting, glad you liked it, and especially glad you liked the songwriting. I know you've been imprinted with those swing classics, and those guys really could write. Looking forward to your next one my friend.
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jdholliday said 2291 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
Amazing vocal!
What a great present! I think they did a great job, I hear you can get a whole album done nowadays for like $5000. Happy Birthday friend, you have a sweet family, very cool!
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dave_b said 2291 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
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Hey JD, 'sup. I hope your new gig is not giving you too many headaches and you get back to posting soon. Thanks for listening & commenting, I agree those guys hit it out of the park.
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Vic Holman said 2291 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
a songwriters dream
How cool of your family to ante up for this.

the songwriting is the most important part. and man, the players here sure gave it justice
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dave_b said 2291 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
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Hi Vic,
Yup sometimes it doesn't suck to be me :) Thanks for the listen & the comment man - I agree, I think they killed it for sure.
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scofugate said 2291 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
Man!!
A songwriter you are man!! I live near Nashville and I do get to hear a lot of Country from time to time, and Let me tell you my friend, this is just great!!!!
The mix..This kind of mix is not like most we hear on MJ. It sounds to me like a lot of outboard equipment was used here instead of plugins in a DAW. It does not sound dry to me.
I would approve the mix my friend...Just me man!
Great Songwriting and the pro musicians ...wow. it all works for me
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dave_b said 2291 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
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Hi Scott (or should I say mighty Scofugate :)) Thanks for listening & commenting. Further thanks for the vote of confidence in the songwriting! I thought the mix was a just a little dry at first, but it grew on me. I approved it earlier today.
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Sigmund said 2291 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
Tryin Hard
Nice song - nice slice of Americana. It has got to be interesting to experience your work through the interpretation of a group of pros like this - how cool is that! Good luck with this song - I really enjoyed listening to it - thanks!
Sig
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dave_b said 2291 days ago (May 11th, 2011)
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Hi Sigmund,
Yeah it's been a real learning experience which hopefully I'll be able to use going forward. It's cool to hear it cleaned up from my arrangement, performance and production deficiencies! Thanks for listening & commenting looking forward to hearing some more of your shredding soon.
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RAVENS said 2291 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
Wow
Beautifully written, a sad reality that so many have faced. This sounds so professional. Great vocals, and the mix is just as good. Congrats to all involved, especially you Dave!

RAVEN ;-)
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dave_b said 2291 days ago (May 11th, 2011)
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Hi Dani,
Thanks for listening & commenting especially on the writing :) I'm looking forward to your next post!

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TobinMueller said 2290 days ago (May 11th, 2011)
The irony of awakening
Excellent mainstream Nashville sound. Very balanced and crafted writing. Kudos. The down and out angle of the song, the well drawn details, and the protest song quality of the lyrics, all are melded wonderfully.

As a side note, I think about the time it takes to write and produce a timely tune like this. The song may become dated... if employment and house mortgages ever heal. Then again, it may remain timeless. Kind of a terrible thought. My own spirit wants a song about how people find ways to bounce back, to survive, to remain deserving of happiness, like in a Paul Simon song. The lyrics are all weight, no resilience, even thought the arrangement has buoyancy. But I missed some sense of being still crazy after all this, of finding the heart among the bones.

An incredibly well done track. What a great birthday gift. And all I got was a gift card to Dunkin Donuts!
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dave_b said 2290 days ago (May 11th, 2011)
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Hi Tobin, I'm honored to have a visit from MJ's elder statesman. I've not only enjoyed your terrific posts over the last couple of years but also your insightful comments. I think maybe those affected by this crisis have to go through all seven stages of grief, and maybe this song represents depression & reflection. I think your idea for a song about resilience in the face of adversity, or as Daug put it "personal accountability" is a good one. I'm trying to dredge up a little of that myself! I'm glad you liked the song, and donuts are a good gift for those who need no help composing, playing, & recording!
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egobandit said 2290 days ago (May 11th, 2011)
Where have I been
This struts and moves, The phrasing is constant and driving, brings out the lyrics and the truth in them!

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dave_b said 2290 days ago (May 11th, 2011)
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Hi Tim, thanks for listening & commenting. Kinda wish that maybe those lyrics weren't quite so true!
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Symphony101 said 2289 days ago (May 12th, 2011)
When the song is good
such a production becomes such a stellar song. Awesome man, fantastic tune.
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dave_b said 2289 days ago (May 12th, 2011)
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Hi Yves, thanks for listening & commenting, glad you dug the song!
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neilh79 said 2289 days ago (May 12th, 2011)
American Dream
Really good song man, very well written flows nicely and great lyrics. Well played by the band too!
dave_b said 2289 days ago (May 12th, 2011)
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Hi Neil, Thanks for listening & commenting, glad you liked it!
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ShadowofNine said 2287 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
supreme track
While Country is not my best genre to understand, this sounds so dang good to me, as good as any Nashville tracks I've heard..
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dave_b said 2287 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
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Hi Dave, thanks for listening & commenting, glad it's sounding good to you!
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FEEL said 2287 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
This is a fantastic song
I'm just wondering why I haven't heard this on the radio, or have I? Really sold production and what a gift. Maybe it'll pay off as well, it should.
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FEEL said 2287 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
Oh
and did I mentioned that I also really love the original.
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dave_b said 2287 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
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Hi John, Thanks for listening & commenting. I appreciate the vote of confidence! Hey if I play it over my nephews walkie-talkies does that count :)
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jibes said 2287 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
Super!!!!
To me this could be a hit! I think the session is spot on. It's really quite simple but effective. Two guitars bass and drums I think. Very nicely sung with effective harmonies. I don't think the dryness is an issue. Great Lyrics!!
I liked the critic's advice and you did a good job bringing it to this point. It just shows how polishing a song is a good idea. It inspires me not to just "let it slide."
Thanks for posting the progress!
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dave_b said 2287 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
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Hi Neil, thanks for listening & commenting glad you're liking it. Yup you called it, 2 guitars, drums and bass. After listening to my last version (http://www.macjams.com/song/66859), they laid down the entire thing in 1/2 hour. They just hand everyone a chord chart and they track everyone at the same time in isolation booths.
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DWL said 2286 days ago (May 16th, 2011)
Fine writing
The song sounds excellent and shows the strength of your original.

Cheers

Dick
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dave_b said 2285 days ago (May 16th, 2011)
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Hi Dick, thanks for listening & commenting!
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irok75 said 2286 days ago (May 16th, 2011)
Clear and crisp
One of the best well played mix i have listen to for a while, songwriting extraordinary.
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dave_b said 2285 days ago (May 16th, 2011)
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Hi irok, thanks for listening & commenting, glad you liked it!
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Philip18 said 2285 days ago (May 16th, 2011)
In the country
I love the overall sound. Agree about the guitar on the right, but probably wouldn't have noticed it unless it had been pointed out. Given the lyrics, maybe the vocal could be a bit angrier? However, I really like the song and the production - great listening!
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dave_b said 2284 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
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Hi Philip, thanks for listening & commenting. I think anger has it's place for a song like this, but it would be more appropriate for a first person rather then a third person perspective like this one is.
I think huge economic upheaval is on the same order a magnitude as a natural disaster such as a hurricane or tornado. For me tt doesn't make much sense to get mad in these contexts. Glad you enjoyed the song.
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PaulaMunk said 2284 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
Yeah,
it does sound country. Great lyrics. I love a song by the Elders called American Wake. (Celtic)
That's so cool. I think you've got a hit. Thanks.
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dave_b said 2284 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
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Hi Char, good to hear from you, thanks for listening & commenting. Glad you like it!
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Moviz said 2283 days ago (May 18th, 2011)
Love the
vocals... lovely clarity and tone and a great song with excellent lyrics..... top performance, arrangement and production as far as I'm concerned.... lovin' it, regards M
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dave_b said 2283 days ago (May 18th, 2011)
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Hi Maurice, thanks for the listen and the comment, glad you liked it. You've been on fire lately, had some really strong posts!
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Doadars Uncle said 2282 days ago (May 19th, 2011)
Wow!
Great stuff, man! All around great.
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dave_b said 2282 days ago (May 19th, 2011)
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Hi Doug, thanks for listening & commenting, your latest is really cool.
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jfisenne said 2280 days ago (May 21st, 2011)
This American Dream
Awesome country song! Very pleasing to the ear. Nicely crafted tune. I really enjoyed listening to this.
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dave_b said 2279 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
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Hi J, thanks for listening & commenting. Glad you liked the tune. I'll have to find me a 'Stripper Wife' too!
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segiperkasa said 2280 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
... Bon Jovi .....
... really cool song ... very catchy and the lyric really cool .... just awesome ..... yes very much remind me of Bon Jovi .....
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dave_b said 2279 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
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Hi Segi, thanks for listening & commenting, glad you dug it.
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Jarvoid said 2274 days ago (May 27th, 2011)
Oh bugger...
this is how you do it properly isn't it? Instead of playing at it like what I do !

I will have to have a mess in your back catalogue as well.Nice sounds ....all of it !

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dave_b said 2274 days ago (May 27th, 2011)
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Hi Chris, thanks for the listen & the comment. This isn't me singing or playing here, it's a bunch of session pros performing one of my songs. Glad you dug it!
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drakonis said 2272 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
home run writing
Enjoyed the first incarnation, but this definitely great sounding. I agree the guitar on the right is a little too far right or out front (at least in cans.) But otherwise, this is super-smoothly performed, and really shows off the great songwriting here. What a cool birthday present!
ttfn,
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dave_b said 2272 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
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Hi Eduard, thanks for listening & commenting, glad you liked the performance, and especially glad you liked the songwriting!
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Llarion said 2270 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
I agree..
That lead on the right channel struck me as just the tiniest bit upfront.. It's not even enough to be distracting, like 2dB... I really like the tune. Well-placed hook in the chorus, the last line is memorable, it drives the point home very well. Excellent contrast in the bridge, You gotta love those Nashville session cats, they just smack it over the fence every time. You gave them great material to work with. Plan to shop it to anyone?
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dave_b said 2270 days ago (May 31st, 2011)
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Hi Phil, thanks for listening & commenting, glad you appreciate the songwriting especially. Yep, the session guys didn't even break a sweat they had the tracks done in 1/2 hour or so. I'm still weighing my options on where/how to shop it. Gotta dig through that Braheny book...
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Saltaireguru77 said 2269 days ago (June 1st, 2011)
Trying hard
Dave, this is well cool. I'm no mix expert by a long way but to me this sounds spot on. I can't say if I think that right channel is too out front as I read your comment before I thought about it and might be pushed by it. From a songwriting aspect, there are some superb lyric twists in there and nothing is straightforward or obvious. I envy you. In some ways, it has a very Springsteen feel to the songwriting - honest, full of grit, integrity and realistic. Excellent song.
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dave_b said 2269 days ago (June 1st, 2011)
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Hi Stephen, thanks for listening & commenting. I'm a big Springsteen fan, so I like your Springsteen comparison! Glad you liked the song.
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Soundhound said 2267 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
nice .....1
Very nice lyric very true, it started fading for me when I returned
from Viet nam that's why I live in Canada now, wouldn't go back
there now if my life depended on it, to be honest it ain't no place
to be these days or yesterdays.....

Good song very well done and you can sing your butt off for sure...

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dave_b said 2267 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
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Hi SoundHound, I wish that were me singing! That's a Nashville session guy that we could possibly be hearing from on the charts, I can't even mention his name :) Thanks for the listen & the comment, glad you liked it.
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scaustrita said 2267 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
Country
Not to much country music at MacJams but this is an excellent representative!
Very pro sound, with outstanding vocals . . .

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dave_b said 2267 days ago (June 3rd, 2011)
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Hi Steve, thanks for listening & commenting. I'm still not sure where to put this one, Country or Americana maybe a little of both. Glad you liked it!
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JAB24 said 2261 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Great Job !
Hard to critique. Over all Great Job ! The Only thing I would do is call it "American Dream"(Tryin hard to wake) People will remember American Dream a lot better. Very Nice
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dave_b said 2261 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
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Hi James, thanks for listening & commenting, glad you liked the song.
That might be a workable idea for the title, I had it as just plain "American Dream" originally and got this reaction from my pro songwriting consultant "It still might be difficult though to grab a listener's interest if they see the title on a cd because it's been written so many times." I'll get around to checking your latest out when it's approved.
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TracyVosh said 2257 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Asleep at the Dream
I'm not a huge country music fan but this is a tight mix Dave! Pure quality - I can hear/see this being played from an oversized stage to a huge screaming crowd!! I'm curious to hear the last version. Thank you for sharing.
dave_b said 2256 days ago (June 14th, 2011)
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Hi Tracy, thanks for the listen & the comment. Nice fantasy, mind if I borrow it? :) This is a mix done at a Nashville pro studio using session players. The last Garage Band version can be found here. My arrangement, particularly the bass line is more complex then the one here. I learned a lot from these guys.
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FatherTime said 2253 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
very crisp
The American Dream ain't workin' out so good for a lot of people, me included. Right wingers trying to break the unions too. This song is timely, it goes against the grain too because many country songs just shamelessly rah rah America.
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dave_b said 2252 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
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Hi FT, thanks for the listen & the comment. I'm with you on the dream not working out, I had and still have some real reasons for writing the song. There have been some Country songs critical of America lately though, check out John Rich's Shuttin' Detroit Down.
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tokai said 2253 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Great voice
the production is spot on everything is very clear with all the instruments well placed. Very skilled written lines with a strong message, fair play. Reminds me of an Eagles tune.
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dave_b said 2252 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
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Yeah man that dude could sing the phone book and it would sound great.
Thanks for listening & commenting Steve, glad you liked it. I grew up on the Eagles, love 'em so thanks for that!
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Bob Rodgers said 2252 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
A
great song, well written and an excellent production.
Everything sounds so good, great vocals and this sounds like an Eagles song to me, one of my fav bands.
Really enjoyed this.

Bob
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dave_b said 2251 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
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Hi Bob, thanks for the listen & the comment. I grew up on the Eagles, they were a big influence so thanks for that comment.
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ramonaji said 2247 days ago (June 23rd, 2011)
well done!
good songwriting!
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dave_b said 2247 days ago (June 24th, 2011)
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Hi Ramona, thanks for listening & commenting. Glad you liked the songwriting!
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airportseven said 2247 days ago (June 24th, 2011)
Can't really find fault with the mix
your songwriting is top notch - excellent set of lyrics. The production and vocals are first rate Nashville. Congratulations - you must feel great.
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dave_b said 2247 days ago (June 24th, 2011)
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Hi Kevin, thanks for listening & commenting. I worked hard on the songwriting, so thanks for noticing! I agree that the production & vocals are top notch and I'm really happy with the result.
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J_Gretch said 2237 days ago (July 3rd, 2011)
American Dream
Sorry I'm late to the party man..Don't know how I missed it....Dave this is most excellent!!!

Man I cut my teeth on this genre ,,and let me say it again,,this is most excellent,...
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dave_b said 2237 days ago (July 3rd, 2011)
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Hi J, thanks for the listen & the comment! This one was a lot of work, and I'm happy with the way it turned out. Glad you dug it!
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lonmore said 2226 days ago (July 15th, 2011)
Great Writing
The lyric is well crafted, terrific job! Enjoyed the song very much!
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dave_b said 2226 days ago (July 15th, 2011)
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Hi Lonny, thanks for listening & commenting, glad you dug it!
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Slashh! said 2205 days ago (August 5th, 2011)
Dude
I could easily hear this on the radio. Poingnant imagery created by these lyrics. Really nice single.
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dave_b said 2205 days ago (August 5th, 2011)
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Hi Slashh!
Cool comment! Thanks for listening, I worked hard on this one.
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Bob6stringer said 2194 days ago (August 15th, 2011)
Quite an anthem ya got here.
Rock-solid guitar intro; great control of your axe; great vocal pitch and delivery (including deftly mixed harmonies); solid lyrics and, finally, a very honorable treatment of a lousy reality, DB.
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dave_b said 2194 days ago (August 16th, 2011)
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Hi Bob, thanks for listening & commenting. I'm just the songwriter on this one, a bunch of Nashville session guys did all the playing and singing. Glad you liked it!
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Jockamo said 2192 days ago (August 17th, 2011)
I love the concept
I love the concept of this song....great lyrics, spot on for the times. Good demo also...
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dave_b said 2192 days ago (August 17th, 2011)
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Hi Ned, welcome to MacJams. Thanks for listening & commenting, glad you liked the song. I'll get around to checking your latest out when it's approved.
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Jockamo said 2190 days ago (August 19th, 2011)
Goose bumps
This is my second listen to this tune. Sometimes I judge a song by the goosebumps it creates... too many to count for this great tune. I agree it should be a hit... i think you right about the mix, I can hear a duet here, maybe a Brooks and Dunn type with
raw voice of Ronnie Dunn kicking in on the chorus and especially the bridge......GREAT LYRICS...Very well Dunn...Pun intended
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dave_b said 2190 days ago (August 19th, 2011)
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Hi Ned, Hmm that's a nice fantasy! Thanks for coming back for a second listen. Maybe one of these days I'll get around to pitching this song someplace :).
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shazbotgreens said 2176 days ago (September 2nd, 2011)
Lyrics
Great lyrics. I've actually been harassed for my views on America, but this is the way to do it. Like it a lot.
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dave_b said 2176 days ago (September 2nd, 2011)
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Hi Chad, thanks for the listen & the comment, glad you liked this one!
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TvRicky said 2076 days ago (December 12th, 2011)
A cardboard box by the overpass a new home for the pain
Mr Brown such a wonderfully felt song. Lyrics so real and deeply felt. The production is wonderful with the drums holding everything together. My man you are a musician of the common man. Always remain that way.

Great piece..Heartfelt

A SincerelyZippeds TvRicky
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dave_b said 2075 days ago (December 12th, 2011)
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Hi TVR, thanks for listening & commenting. I give props to the Nashville session players that did this for me, I think they hit it out of the park. Glad you liked the lyrics. My business is doing poorly so I come by the feelings expressed by the song honestly :)
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kaidavis said 2074 days ago (December 13th, 2011)
Professional
Man!!! you did it on this one,this sound like it is already out there the guitars are well balance your background sits nice with your voice everything is pan well keep up you'll be on CMT
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dave_b said 2073 days ago (December 14th, 2011)
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Hi Kai, I give the credit to the Nashville session pros who played and sang on this, I'm just the writer here :) Thanks for the listen & the comment.
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awigze said 2058 days ago (December 29th, 2011)
Dig
This one too. How s this project going.?
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dave_b said 2057 days ago (December 30th, 2011)
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Hi Andy, thanks for listening & commenting, glad you like this one. I've put pitching this song on hold until I have some more pitchable songs to back it up.
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Joe Brady said 2044 days ago (January 12th, 2012)
i really love this!
Great piece of writing and the vocal's texture is really nice. This sounds like a hit to me, no kidding. The words express the things I feel but could not articulate this well. Nicely done.
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dave_b said 2043 days ago (January 13th, 2012)
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Hi Joe, thanks for listening and commenting, glad you liked it. I worked hard on the writing, thanks for noticing. Welcome to MacJams!
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Slashh! said 2042 days ago (January 15th, 2012)
This American Dream
Stellar recording. Concept very appropriate for the times. Great lyrics. I feel your pain. This is a hit record.
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dave_b said 2041 days ago (January 16th, 2012)
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Hi Slashh, thanks for listening & commenting. My business is not doing well so the economic pain is real! Glad you think it's a hit. I've put pitching this song on hold until I have some more pitchable songs to back it up.
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