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L.A. Suite


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dak

 Genre: Progressive Rock

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This is my attempt at a song suite/progressive rock thing.

Mark Westerfield-gtr,keys,bass,vocals
Joe Scott-lead gtrs
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L.A. SUITE
Music and Lyrics by Mark Westerfield (except where noted)

A) PRELUDE (It’s a Sham)

IT’S A SHAM
IN THE SKY LAY BROWN LAYERS
TRAFFIC JAM
TOO MANY LONG COMMUTERS
SO WHAT’S THE PLAN?
WE NEED MORE SOLUTION MAKERS
WHO GIVES A DAMN?
IN THE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
THAT IT’S A SHAM, IT’S A SHAM

B) IN MY KIND OF CITY Starting at 3:16

TO BECOME WHAT IT COULD
IS A PLACE WITH A CENTER
LIKE OUR HOLLYWOOD
IN MY KIND OF CITY

BE A CITY FULL OF WALKERS
IN SHADE OF TALL CONDOS
WOULD BE BLISSFUL & BONKERS
IN MY KIND OF CITY

CONTAIN URBAN SPRAWL
DRAW ‘EM ALL BACK IN
AND LIVE MORE VERTICAL
IN MY KIND OF CITY

PEOPLE COME TOGETHER
FROM POCKETS OF MADNESS
IN A SOCIAL MIXER
IN MY KIND OF CITY

C) PIGEON ON THE L.A. SUBWAY 4:45 (Music by Ron Hernandez)

I’M A PIGEON ON THE L.A. SUBWAY
LETTING THE TRAIN NAVIGATE
GONNA RIDE IT ROUND TRIP
I’LL BE DONE BEFORE IT’S LATE

TODAY I BEGAN FROM UNION
LAST TIME FURTHER DOWN THE LINE
SOME WOULD SAY I DON’T BELONG
LIKE I AM OUTTA MY MIND

I SEE TOURIST FROM JAPAN
A FILTHY HOMELESS MAN
A CENTRAL AMERICAN
A WORRIED LOOKING BUSINESS MAN

D) SKYSCRAPPERS 6:35

E) BACK TO THE OUTSKIRTS 9:30

AS MY DAY DRAWS NEAR THE END IN TOWN
I SEE AND FEEL WHAT TRANSPIRES AROUND
I ROARED INTO THIS BUSY MAZE WITH THIRST
NOW I’M CRAWLING BACK TO THE OUTSKIRTS

TO THE CONVENIENT MODEL COMMUNITY
AND MY CONTEMPT FOR ITS DULL SCENERY
I’LL WAIT THERE FOR THE “GREAT INVERSION”
OR MAYBE I’LL MAKE MY OWN BOLD CONVERSION
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Comments: 10
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Plays: 58
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Uploaded: Jul 15, 2012 - 03:16:57 PM
Last Updated: Sep 05, 2012 - 10:54:48 PM Last Played: Jan 02, 2017 - 01:08:33 PM
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Comments
Charday said 1926 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
So....
my 2nd comment as a new macjammer, maybe the first for this song if I don't carry on too long. As I'm listening, I love the intro and guitar sound, nice Beatle-esque opening harmony, great change, gets a little too 80's prog for me, but not for long, nice recovery, now the vocals come in, surprising style, you make good use of your voice, very reminiscent of Steely Dan, I really like how you don't try to over sing, very cool to hear your influences, this is really good dude! Great hook!!! Well written, very impressive piece of work, I love it! GREAT LYRICS! I have to say this is one of the best pieces of music I have heard from an independent artist in quite some time, and I listen to a lot. Well done! Now I'm 7 minutes in and you have more than kept my interest, I think you have stumbled on a way to create something longer than 3 minutes that will keep the short attention spanners attention, brilliant! I'm just gonna kick back and enjoy the rest! Thank you!
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dak said 1925 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
LA Suite
I'm glad to hear you're trying to sit thru the whole thing. Enjoy! Thx.

Check out my latest song called Four Times Back In
Les_Kloo said 1925 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
LA
I like the patience of it. Well done. Always nice to see MJers working up extended pieces. Interesting read along, too.
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dak said 1925 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
LA Suite
I see you're a progressive rock fan as well. Right on! I'm going to sleep now ('cause I'm tried), but tomorrow I'm gonna give your stuff a good listen the next few days and give you my feedback. Thx.
Check out my latest song called Four Times Back In
bud said 1925 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Great concept - well executed
I like the level of busyness - more minimal than I expected from the description and I think that really works in its favor. Good melody lines coming and going and the dynamics are solid but they don't hit you over the head. In some weird way it reminds me a little of Steve Harley with Cockney Rebel - which likely makes no sense to you at all - except that he was something of a dramatist in his writing. Very cool.
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dak said 1925 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
LA Suite
I'll have to check out the Steve Harley reference.
It's interesting you noticed the minimal arrangements. I made a conscious effort to do that, because my thought was to make it realistic for a group I've been playing with (or would play with) to perform it live without too much difficulty.
Check out my latest song called Four Times Back In
Symphony101 said 1925 days ago (July 16th, 2012)
Great work
VEry much enjoyed
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dak said 1925 days ago (July 16th, 2012)
LA Suite
Thx Symphony
Check out my latest song called Four Times Back In
gadzooks said 1925 days ago (July 16th, 2012)
L.A. Suite
Enjoyed this straight ahead rock tune, Good melody and some fine guitar. I almost would have liked the vocals to come in earlier ... Getting a nice tone on the bass. Well performed and crafted tune.
Cheers
SG
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dak said 1925 days ago (July 16th, 2012)
LA Suite
Thx Gadzooks. The gtr work that Jscott did really helped impact the song. The vocals ended up coming in later I guess ...mainly 'cause I was trying to preview snipets of music that would be feature in full later on in the suite. Thx for listening.
Check out my latest song called Four Times Back In
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Name: Mark Westerfield
Location: Corona California USA
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Progressive rock (shortened to prog, or prog rock when differentiating from other "progressive" genres) is an ambitious, eclectic, and often grandiose style of rock music which arose in the late 1960s, reached the peak of its popularity in the early

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