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I'll Just Sing Another Song


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Dadai.2

 Genre: Rock & Roll

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First original song, solely on my part, for almost a year and a half - [correction, make that 2 and 1/2]! Where have I been? Well, I've been here, more or less, just not producing anything new apart from a few collabs.

Came across an old song sketch about a week ago. Here's what it came to:
A loosey-goosey uptempo R&R tune for these trying times.
Happy New Year...

Vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass, some percussion - Jack
Percussion: loop
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Lyrics
Happy days, they say are here again,
But who can say for sure?
Maybe now this is the end,
Then I'm heading for the door.

Misery likes company,
But I'm glad to be alone.
Heartaches are for those who love,
So you know I'm on my own.

On my way to better things,
Now that the day is done.
I just can't hang on to empty dreams,
I did that for too long.

Master plan has gone awry,
All hell has broken loose.
Comes a time, you must admit
They've finally cooked your goose.

Where's my hat? It's time to go.
But where to go when you're gone? (hat-tip snowdragon)
What's the plan, you ask of me?
I'll just sing another song!

Bridge:
Trouble is it's so hard to see
When you're going blind.
Turn around and let it be,
There's something new to find...

Happy days, they say are here again,
But who can say for sure?
Maybe now we're near the end,
Then I'm heading for the door.

Misery likes company,
But I'm glad to be alone.
Heartaches are for those who love,
So you know I'm going home.

Where's my hat? It's time to go.
But where to go when you're gone?
What's the plan, you ask of me?
I'll just sing another song!
Song Stats
Hits: 1952
Comments: 44
Fans: 22
Plays: 375
Downloads: 38

Uploaded: Jan 12, 2013 - 11:21:00 AM
Last Updated: Jul 07, 2017 - 08:19:42 PM Last Played: Sep 13, 2017 - 05:33:19 AM
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Hardware:
Epiphone Les Paul, Ovation 148-5 Acoustic-Electric, M-Audio mobile pre, Nady condenser mic, A2 Zoom effects pedal, Roland Micro cube, iPad, MacBook 2.4
Software:
GarageBand, Audacity, Channel Strip, GarageBand iPad app
Comments
Philip18 said 1717 days ago (January 12th, 2013)
I'll Just Sing
Full backing. Good use of harmony. Thoughtful lyrics. Flowing melody and chord progression. I like the tones of the guitars. It's all good, Jack!
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Dadai.2 said 1717 days ago (January 12th, 2013)
Hey, Philip...
Thanks for stopping in. Glad to read your comments. I wasn't really sure if this worked as a whole. You helped buck up my confidence. Thanks!
bud said 1717 days ago (January 12th, 2013)
I love the production on this
has a great natural feel and cool levels of back - mid - foreground. Excellent tune all the way around. I realize now it reminds me slightly of something Eric Anderson may have done in the sixties.
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Dadai.2 said 1717 days ago (January 12th, 2013)
natural feel...
Really nice to read your opinion on this song. I'm never sure. Always good to have a few thumbs up. I'm not familiar with Eric Anderson. I'll have to check him out. Thanks, Kevin.
Hickling_Stan said 1717 days ago (January 12th, 2013)
Mmm
Got a Creedance Clearwater feel on the guitar a la Bad Moon risin. I like the juxtaposition of uptempo tune and down tempo lyrics (or at least ironic ones). The bridge was interesting and in terms of song structure I wonder if it could have been used a little more? As Brits would say "Good Effort"!!! cheers mark
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Dadai.2 said 1717 days ago (January 12th, 2013)
A little more...
The bridge idea could have been used more, I think you've got a point there. I thought about a longer tune with an instrumental break using the bridge chords/idea. Maybe that'll be part 2. The juxtaposition thing is something I've used before. Don't why. Just seems to happen. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your reaction to the song.
cheers, Jack
PaulaMunk said 1717 days ago (January 12th, 2013)
The vocal in the first four
lines of the bridge seem a little too quiet, as if someone stepped far away from the rest of the band or was sung by someone on the back of the room. (You know, the drop in volume you get when the band asks the audience to sing a passage.) Could be, you intended that, hmm? Your swinging style and the lyrics reminded me of the accessibility and folky-ness of Pete Seeger. Neat. Thanks.
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Dadai.2 said 1717 days ago (January 12th, 2013)
Trouble is...
... It's hard to see... and hear. Yeah, it's intended. Maybe I should've up the volume a bit more. I did do that when mixing, 'cause I was aware of the volume issue. Hmm... Any way, the bridge was meant as a pause and a thought reflection on the singer's situation. So, I'm glad you noticed. Still, maybe I should have nudged the dial up a bit further. Pete Seeger... to remind you of him in this song is a compliment. Many thanks.
alackbass said 1717 days ago (January 12th, 2013)
I'll Just Sing Another Song
Cool 60s vibe. The bridge reminded me of the Kinks. Not sure why. I think its the sound of the vocal blend there. I like retro and live sound.
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Dadai.2 said 1717 days ago (January 12th, 2013)
Hey, Andrew
I seem stuck in the retro sixties' vibe. Could be worse! I love the Kinks, so any reminder of them gives this MJ-er a smile. Thanks for dropping in...
BirdmanWayne94 said 1717 days ago (January 12th, 2013)
Lovely...
I like the "classic" sound/vibe that this song has. Always a pleasure to hear your voice! Thank you.
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Dadai.2 said 1717 days ago (January 12th, 2013)
Yeman...
Thanks, my friend. And thanks for your email. I need to reply to you. Good to see you and hear music.

D
CraizeeMusic said 1717 days ago (January 12th, 2013)
good stuff!
Reminds me somewhat of sixties rock & roll! Good stuff!
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Dadai.2 said 1717 days ago (January 12th, 2013)
60's R&R...
Thanks, Marshall, for stopping in and giving this a listen. That this song reminds you of the sixties is an indication of my roots. No surprise... No coincidence! Cheers...
TvRicky said 1717 days ago (January 13th, 2013)
A Dillon Thing...
The whole production has an originality and folk rock feel for me. Takes me to my early years when we were open and free to express our inner feelings without judgment. A song our youth should here and feel!

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky
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Dadai.2 said 1716 days ago (January 13th, 2013)
A Million thanks...
I love your comments ... Original and inspiring just like your music. By the way, I hope to send an old recording to see what you can do to clean it up. Thanks, my friend...
Charday said 1716 days ago (January 13th, 2013)
Hey Jack!
You are one of those I really missed here, nice to be back hearing gems like this one! I'd love to sing this song! Great post! jd.
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Dadai.2 said 1716 days ago (January 13th, 2013)
Hey jd...
Yeah, my first fully original song in about a year and a half. Good to hear from you and, heck sing this song, cover it if you want. I'd be honored. Blessigs, bro...
SylviaD said 1716 days ago (January 13th, 2013)
Happy sounds
I've said it before and I'll say it again....you, sir, are a master entertainer! This is brilliant.
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Dadai.2 said 1716 days ago (January 13th, 2013)
Sylvia...
Your comment brought a big smile to my face. I can only reply with thanks... many thanks.
Blessings to you,
Jack
AllenDean said 1716 days ago (January 13th, 2013)
Man!
Ook at all these comments!! I need to change genres!! Great song, Dad!
RAD13
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Dadai.2 said 1716 days ago (January 13th, 2013)
Genres....
It's all about the genre. LOL... thanks allendean. That you chose to listen to this song is most appreciated. That you commented is a bonus! Thanks...
D
Vic Holman said 1716 days ago (January 13th, 2013)
a new one
great tune jack. and it's nice to know you haven't lost the touch.

a nice nostalgic style rooted throughout.
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Dadai.2 said 1716 days ago (January 13th, 2013)
Trying...
... to wipe off the cobwebs... trying... hard... but maybe, hopefully, another tune may follow? We'll see, eh?
Thanks, Vic.
richard13 said 1715 days ago (January 14th, 2013)
Ain't no rust on you!
It's obvious to me that, for you, songwriting is like bike riding: way to stay upright ;-) You play well, you sing well and you write well (and you sure can choose a good picture). Good stuff "cousin" Jack. I enjoyed my several listens.
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Dadai.2 said 1715 days ago (January 14th, 2013)
No rust...
Yeah, but I have plenty of aches and pains. Thanks, Richard, for you kind comments. This was an enjoyable song to make. Maybe it'll inspire some more creativity!

cheers...
peacepiano said 1714 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
Cooked
You cooked up a fun song. Lyrics make me smile and want to sing right along. Thanks
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Dadai.2 said 1714 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
Cooked...
... this goose is glad you liked the tune. Sing along, my friend. Thanks and peace...

Jack
Outtaorbit said 1714 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
Hahahahaha
They finally cooked your goose........
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Dadai.2 said 1714 days ago (January 15th, 2013)
LOL...
Yeah, isn't that the case....

cheers
gadzooks said 1711 days ago (January 18th, 2013)
I'll Just Sing Another Song
This does have that 60's feel ... like the trippy bridge ... this song feels good. Nicely done
Cheers
SG

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Dadai.2 said 1710 days ago (January 19th, 2013)
trippy...
Hi Stan. The bridge was indeed an intended reach back to the sixties. The rest just was the natural flow of things which, being a product of the sixties, points there also. Glad you enjoyed this. Always nice to see you and hear your music.
VicDiesel said 1710 days ago (January 19th, 2013)
Another song
Nice song.

I like your performance style. It's kinda loose. An occasional straying pitch, or rhythm slightly next to the beat, or 2nd vocal that is more with the main in spirit than in actual harmony; it all gives it an easy-going feeling.

Enjoyed.
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Dadai.2 said 1710 days ago (January 19th, 2013)
Kinda loose?
... kinda my style, eh? The straying pitch or the rhythm slightly next to the beat... It's apparently what I do. Nice to know you liked it and... Thanks for taking the time to say so!
Roxylee said 1709 days ago (January 20th, 2013)
Chiming in
I like how you put serious words to fun music, so it comes off as a happy song.Like when you sing this line:" Comes a time, you must admit They've finally cooked your goose."
They may turn up the heat, but you remain optimistic. I'll be humming this all day. Cool art, too.
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Dadai.2 said 1708 days ago (January 21st, 2013)
serious words...
... fun music - perhaps a function of the competing natures within me. Thanks, Roxylee. I try to stay optimistic. Not always an easy thing in this life. Best to you.
Ed Hannifin said 1709 days ago (January 20th, 2013)
So I gave this a few listens...
...most recently on my better headphones....

I think for me I'd like to hear a clearer mix, mostly so that I can get a better sense of the primary groove and really hear what's in there...

I think there's a funky, syncopated rhythm in there, but to some extent it's fighting itself. It if resolved into the sort of 'Sympathy For The Devil' riffing that the guitar in the right channel is implying, I think that would solidify the vibe. Then the slide sound would have some of that Mick Taylor-against-Keith Richards sloppy-but-good solidity... If there are two rhythm guitars in there, it would be cool if they're looked to each other's groove, I think...

If the keyboard that I think I'm hearing supported that groove, and if all of it was tighter against the drums, I think the whole thing would sound clearer...

All of this would be in service of, among other things, making a solid space in the center for the vocal. I think this song needs the rhythms to make it catchy and then the vocal to draw the listener in... Again, I'd lean into the Jagger/Dylan school of, "It doesn't have to be conventionally GOOD, but it has to be solid and confident..." It can't hide, it's gotta be front and center and out there. In my own head I'm thinking of 'Blonde on Blonde' and 'Exile On Main Street'.

I like that the bridge bit gets different, but listening over speakers, it's also a spot where the intensity and general loudness and vocal intelligibility goes down. As in, say, "Itchycoo Park' or 'Sky Pilot' or "Ten Thousand Light Years From Home', a spacier part can really work if it's bold or out there...

On my own stuff, I often work to loops because that keeps me a little steady, and then I ask people like jiguma and perceptualvortex to step in and do drums that accent the the rhythms and changes.

Lyrically, I find myself wanting to have a clearer sense of what the song is about overall. I have a sense in particular parts of particular verses that I've got a handle on it, but then, taken together, I'm not sure what the song overall is trying to say... For instance, it's hard to tell at parts whether the song is complaining about national politics or the singer's particular choices and situation...

Anyway, Jack, I gave it a few good listens, and those are the thoughts that I came up with...
Dadai.2 said 1708 days ago (January 21st, 2013)
another song...
Ed, first off - thanks for such a thoughtful critique. More than I expected and maybe more than my initial efforts in this song deserve. All I mean by that is that over the last few years my motivation to attend to the production side of a song has waned. Your review may help reverse that trend and given its specifics really requires a like response on my part.

To the substance of your comments:
1. the “syncopated rhythm... fighting itself” - do you see that as mainly a result of a poor choice on the drums? I thought of Dave Thomas, who has generously added drums to some of my songs in the past. Why didn’t I? Back to that motivation thing. Is the song worth putting more work into it? Maybe it is.

2. There are two rhythm guitars (one electric, one acoustic-electric). How do you mean “it would be cool if they're looked to each other's groove?” I like what that concept implies.

3. The keyboard is no more than a throw away plunked out on the iPad GB “smart keyboard.” Again a function of - it was an easy way to add a little organ - without much of a view to the song structure. Needs a real keyboardist...

Ditto for the bass (iPad GB bass instrument). I thought of Neil. Kinda hate to bother him with this little song as he is doing so much with his own music (but maybe I will now), and again the lack of motivation thing finds me saying about the sketch-bass “that’ll do” as if checking off a box.

4. “I think this song needs the rhythms to make it catchy and then the vocal to draw the listener in...” You should have been a song producer. Your comments wrapped around the one just quoted really give me a smile. You bring in your familiarity of the music scene as you give direction for the song to take. That's cool.

5. The bridge - a very late idea in the process - one that I am a little embarrassed at, in that I think its a decent idea but needed more work, on which I punted. I’m not happy with it. As both you and Paula Munk pointed out, it has volume issues at a minimum. Also, I think if one is going to put this kind of trippy transition in a song it needs to be more of a jewel than this rough-cut stone.

6. What’s the song about? Good question. Somewhat a stream of consciousness reflecting places where I sometimes go. It’s not meant to be a political statement. The photo I found frames it more that way than I was thinking as I wrote. Every sphere of life has its explicit or implicit dreams, hopes, maybe even promises. Some true, some false. And they all tend to more or less disappoint. It’s a given in this life (sister songs of this - Drawn Into The Light and I Feel Like I'm Falling)). One can fault the government, family, friends, etc. But that things let us down is a fact of life in this world.

I like how Scott Peck began his book - The Road Less Traveled - “Life is difficult... Life is a series of problems...” once one accepts that truth, life becomes more hopeful and manageable because one is freed from role of a victim demanding that it be otherwise to that of one acting on his world, charting his own course. That’s the spirit of the song. And something I need to remind myself of again and again.

The "heading for the door... I just can’t hang on to empty dreams..." speak to leaving behind the foolishness of hitching one’s wagon to that which disappoints. "I’ll just sing another song" - start over, compose a new course, take a new direction... sing a new song.

Thanks again, Ed.
Ed Hannifin said 1708 days ago (January 21st, 2013)
#2...
That's a typo...Supposed to be "locked to each other's groove."
Dadai.2 said 1708 days ago (January 21st, 2013)
...
duly noted...
dave_b said 1707 days ago (January 22nd, 2013)
I'll Just Sing Another Song
I can appreciate the sentiment, and the breezy progression and melody supports it well. Vocs/harmonies are effective. Something sounds like a pedal steel or a slide in the background.
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Dadai.2 said 1707 days ago (January 22nd, 2013)
hey dave...
The slide in the background is the acoustic-electric guitar with the A2 pedal "National Resonator" setting. I wonder, was it too far in the background? When I came back to this song sketch (it's several years old) it was that breezy melody line and initial progression that convinced me I wanted to make it into a song. Thanks much for stopping by.
paul f. page said 1707 days ago (January 23rd, 2013)
A lot going on...
I have to agree with Ed regarding the business of clarity in the inner voice of the band as well as the vocals. At around 1:50 the sound suddenly just kind of drops out. ... All of that having been said, the piece itself is full of energy and cooks along with a happy little tune that is (probably purposefully) in juxtaposition to the actual lyrics. THAT is a cool technique and very effective.
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Dadai.2 said 1706 days ago (January 23rd, 2013)
something going on...
Well - you, Ed, and me agree. There's indeed more work to be done on this demo. The bridge thing is the biggest unfinished element as you both (and PM) point out. Although I think the concept is a good one, as it stands it detracts more than adds to the song. I appreciate the feedback and the listen.
cheers...
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