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The Game


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rok41

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The Game – I do lots of collaborations as a bassist and they are always rewarding and present an opportunity for me to work with extraordinary musicians all over the world. These collabs have opened my eyes to new music, and best of all, new friends. In between these collabs I occasionally have time to work on my own “pet projects”. This is one of those “projects” in which I experiment with processes, compression, vocal layering. My vocal, guitar and keyboard skills are limited but I enjoy “figuring” it all out on occasion. It would be real easy to call on the greatness of Sig, Andrew, J Libby or Gaylen or any of the other number of great artists I’ve been privileged to work with and really ramp it up with another super collab, but unfortunately for you, the listener, I did it all myself. ☺ Please enjoy The Game.

Special thanks to Sig for letting me bounce a couple of mixes off of him.


Chris Flynn - All Vox, Bass, Guitar, Keys, percussion
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Lyrics
The Revelation
A sight to see
The cold conversation’s raining down on me
I’m fine in the moment; it’s easy to be
And I play the game

Deliberation
To disagree
The bold accusations you could not foresee
Alive in the moment, it’s easy to be
And I play the game

(chorus}
As your world burns down
(did you see the light)
Would you stand your ground?
(don’t give it up)
For the only life you’ve ever known
Or let go?

Bass solo
Guitar solo

Resignation
You take the fall
It’s all about change when you’re against the wall
I’m fine in the moment; it’s easy to be
And I play the game

The Revelation
A sight to see
The cold conversation’s raining down on me
I’m fine in the fire; I’m easy to please
Song Stats
Hits: 2875
Comments: 69
Fans: 43
Plays: 558
Downloads: 105

Uploaded: Mar 23, 2013 - 06:43:03 PM
Last Updated: Mar 23, 2013 - 06:43:03 PM Last Played: Feb 23, 2017 - 12:50:14 PM
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Comments
alackbass said 1555 days ago (March 23rd, 2013)
The Game
Great groove and bluesy changes! Well written! I particularly like the chorus. Awesome arrangement. The organ is an excellent touch. Some sweet bluesy guitar licks (nice tone too). The bass is spectacular. Great use of double stops and some sweet slippery slides. Killer bass solo. BTW: Your voice could front any band! Downloaded!
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rok41 said 1555 days ago (March 23rd, 2013)
Andrew
Thanks man! And your check's in the mail! Seriously, very kind words Andrew, and as you know. much respect.
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magnatone said 1555 days ago (March 23rd, 2013)
The Game
ooh - i love just about everything about this chris! i'm glad you decided to blaze this solo trail and do all of these parts yourself - great results and congrats sir!
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rok41 said 1555 days ago (March 23rd, 2013)
Karen
This one just kind of evolved from a bass loop,,,every now and then it's fun to just take a bite of everything. Thanks so much for the kind words!
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Sigmund said 1555 days ago (March 23rd, 2013)
The Game
Damn, this came out good, man! So smooth - your voice sounds great - I don't thnk we've heard it since "Not What she Seems" - very nicely done. The bass solo is all rok, but I especially like the guitar/bass duet right after - very cool! I appreciate the early listen, and definitely appreciate your friendship - keep rocking!
Sig
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rok41 said 1555 days ago (March 23rd, 2013)
Sig
Thanks man, I'm like you and hear things i wish I would've addressed differently, but overall I'm happy with it all. Thanks again for all you do my friend.

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tokai said 1554 days ago (March 24th, 2013)
Chris
Rich and Joyful. Always a pleasure to listen to your music, excellent guitar moments through this, you play with such feeling. I have to ask you one day for some of those fine bass lines.
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rok41 said 1554 days ago (March 24th, 2013)
Steve
You're on my bucket list of guys to collab with, anytime my friend. Thanks so much for always being supportive!
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4nglo said 1554 days ago (March 24th, 2013)
it's easy to be...

Great tune Chris, you've done great justice to yourself by keeping it in the house; intro/retrospective thoughts in the lyrics are in keeping with the project as well, eh?

Well-honed "limited skills", ha-ha. Wish I could be so limited.

∠ō


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rok41 said 1554 days ago (March 24th, 2013)
4nglo
Thanks man! I really appreciate the nice comment...and yes, you are dead on regarding the lyric.
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richard13 said 1554 days ago (March 24th, 2013)
All Chris, all the time
and it all sounds good. Who knew?
Andrew gives good comment, yes? You deserve 'em.
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rok41 said 1554 days ago (March 24th, 2013)
Richard
Good to see you my friend! This one took a different path and it was enjoyable. Thanks for always listening and being so generous.
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Symphony101 said 1554 days ago (March 24th, 2013)
I must say
this makes me feel quite depressive about myself but this is the risk we're willing to take, listening to the great masters. I so much admire your talents and specially knowing that you use (and advertize) them so little apart from your works as a bassist. Awesome playing on everything and special kudos on vocals. I still have another one with your vocals (Faded Smile I think) and I was really amazed.

Thoroughly enjoyed your talents through this song !
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rok41 said 1553 days ago (March 25th, 2013)
Yves
As always, I'm appreciative of your support in this forum. Macjams is a site for development and in my case, trying to stretch myself musically. It sometimes puts me out of my comfort zone but the growth is what counts. Yves I've listened to many of your songs and productions and your skills have grown significantly over the last couple years. You're a talent my friend! Thanks again!
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Vic Holman said 1554 days ago (March 24th, 2013)
game plan
well it seems to me chris, that you can cover all the bases very well.

excellent work
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rok41 said 1553 days ago (March 25th, 2013)
Vic
Thanks Vic, that means a lot coming from a multi talented instrumentalist like yourself!
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gadzooks said 1553 days ago (March 25th, 2013)
The Game
This has that touch of funk and blues groove that I love. All instruments played superbly. Guitar has just the right tone for this and some tasty riffs! Organ sounds great ,bass solo is killer! You need to sing more ... vocals sound real good. Well written tune and an excellent mix. This piece really showcases your talents Chris.
Cheers
SG
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rok41 said 1553 days ago (March 25th, 2013)
Stan
You know, the guitar is just not my thing, even though I 'get it", my interest is not great and my patience thin when recording guitar. I am sure I could've really made it special by bringing on a "real guitarist" like you, Sig, Andrew or Philip, but I went with the old thumb/finger picking blues style that gets me through. Thanks for the listen and nice comment, it means alot!
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Garni said 1553 days ago (March 25th, 2013)
The Game
Wow. What a spectacular piece of work you have done. Love everything you have given us. Professional composition with great guitar, baseline, vocals and brilliant lyrics. Yes, this a winner!

G-)
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rok41 said 1552 days ago (March 26th, 2013)
Gerald
Thanks, I sincerely appreciate your time in listening and the positive comments. Makes it all worthwhile!

Peace, RoK
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dave_b said 1552 days ago (March 26th, 2013)
The Game
I like the hook, both the lyric and melody support it well. Very expressive, tasty playing both on bass and guitar. Two thumbs up!
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rok41 said 1552 days ago (March 26th, 2013)
Dave
Glad you enjoyed my friend. Thanks for your support!
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Philip18 said 1551 days ago (March 28th, 2013)
The Game
I like the lyrics - a good blend of story telling and creating images in the listeners mind. Funky tune. Vocal are good - and the way you have the doubling adds to the interest. The bass solo is stunning - hats off to you for that one. Guitar and bass interplay works well. To sum up - great work, Chris!
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rok41 said 1549 days ago (March 29th, 2013)
Philip
Thanks my friend, it's fun to delve off into other waters from time to time. I'm a bassist, and I love what I do but sometimes I like to pretend that I'm Jeff Lynne or Lenny Kravitz; guys who do everything. Thanks again!
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J_Gretch said 1550 days ago (March 28th, 2013)
The Game
Solid composition,and musicianship.It really took off for me at the 1:32 mark...much enjoyed.
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rok41 said 1549 days ago (March 29th, 2013)
J_Gretch
Thanks very much for taking the time to stop in and listen!
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PeterB7858 said 1550 days ago (March 28th, 2013)
The Game
Immediately engaging groove, Chris. Smooth and bluesy. Fine, fine song. You have a wonderful voice and all of the musicianship is top drawer. Some Robert Cray tone and style in the lead work, too. No "unfortunately" about it. More please. Kind regards, Peter.
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rok41 said 1549 days ago (March 29th, 2013)
Peter
It's good to see ya! Robert Cray tone is what I was going for in the sense that he plays simple and dry for the most part. I'm a big fan of his...Much appreciated Peter!
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bassjam04 said 1550 days ago (March 28th, 2013)
The Game
Sorry for being late to this party! This sounds great!! As you and I have talked about many times its easy to tell a bass player wrote a song as it sounds like a "Bass" song-cool thing here is while the bass playing is great as usual,its also a really good song,not just a bass tune(if that makes sense). Tasty guitar playing and you voice sounds as good or better than Ive ever heard it! Also noted is your mix and production skills-you'se stepped it up to another level! Nice job man-I think you should do more of this!
rok41 said 1549 days ago (March 29th, 2013)
Brian
Yanno Brian, it's what we do man. This song actually started out as an instrumental similar to my "Faded Smile" project, but the melody was in my head so i expanded. My lead guitar playing is something to behold (eyes shifting), but I think it worked ok in this format. Thanks again for the support even though you were late! Peace!
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egobandit said 1547 days ago (March 31st, 2013)
dont know
what happened thought I left a comment, great singing restrained and to the point, then the chorus rules btw the organ is tops!
great song!
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rok41 said 1546 days ago (April 1st, 2013)
EB
Thanks man, I appreciate the comment! Especially about the organ, that was a real focus of mine on this track.
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Skean said 1537 days ago (April 10th, 2013)
The Game
Sounds great, a download for sure, thanks for sharing.
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rok41 said 1537 days ago (April 10th, 2013)
Kenta
Thanks for dropping in!
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Loob said 1535 days ago (April 12th, 2013)
Cool groove.
You're good singer Chris. Maybe little pitchy in places but really good! Bass shines!
rok41 said 1532 days ago (April 15th, 2013)
Freddy
Thanks, I appreciate the kudos and constructive criticism. I am working on being a better, more confident singer,
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FEEL said 1530 days ago (April 17th, 2013)
Note to self
If I ever need a vocalist/guitar player/bassist/keyboard player/arranger. I'm impressed, you are a very talented individual. It's nice to listen to your abilities and your sense of composition. Fantastic job, thoroughly enjoyed.
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rok41 said 1529 days ago (April 18th, 2013)
John
I'm humbled, thanks for the very kind words.
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TvRicky said 1523 days ago (April 24th, 2013)
The Game Played..Yeah!
Rock, Blues, Funk and just Bad Ass Music baby@ya...Yeah...Grooved so very slickly..Musical Magic my friend..So engaging and touching the soul Chris Kick us left baby...LYRICAL diamond...Guit it baby,,,,

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky
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rok41 said 1515 days ago (May 2nd, 2013)
Ricky!
Hay bro, good to see ya man!! Thanks for checking out The Game! Much appreciated!!
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Char said 1507 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
This is jazzy.
I feel more honored and somewhat awed that you did this all by yourself. And you look quite charming, without the sunglasses. By the way, you can sing better than most. If this were a band, then two more voices on And I play the game would be cool. Bravo. Enjoyed. Thank you.
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rok41 said 1502 days ago (May 15th, 2013)
Char
Why thank you Char! Those are very kind words, thanks so much for always being supportive.
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Soundhound said 1495 days ago (May 22nd, 2013)
Missed this 1....
Great tune...you've got a real good voice, don't sell yourself short..
Strong lyric solid backtrack, yep... you in the game.. :-)

Well done....
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rok41 said 1493 days ago (May 24th, 2013)
Soundhound
Thanks my friend for the nice comments!
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WharmtonRise said 1494 days ago (May 23rd, 2013)
Marvelous
Love it. Mix sounds solid to me. I might have spread the backing vocal parts of the chorus a bit to give them their own space (but that's me) Bass solo is magical the guitar work is just great too. Nice voice too. Man you got it all! Thanks for the D/L
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rok41 said 1493 days ago (May 24th, 2013)
Andrew
I agree with you on the spread of BGV on the chorus. That is one of the things that has bothered me about this mix, the narrowness of the width. Thanks so much for the nice words!
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paul f. page said 1494 days ago (May 23rd, 2013)
Among your legion of fans...
...I come with just this comment: the very first thing that struck me about this track is that it is so professionally performed and mixed...It is solid and interesting and exact right from the very first note. It is not surprising, considering all the other fine things you have presented here. But this one, to me, does stand out for its CLARITY. You have somehow mixed all the elements so that nothing springs out when it's not wanted, and the band stays in a supportive role without overpowering the voice at any point. Really excellent. It's like going to "mixing school" when I listen to your work. Thanks for your excellence.
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rok41 said 1493 days ago (May 24th, 2013)
Paul
Those are very kind words, I am pleased that the mix sounded good to your ears. That, if anything has been my drive when working on these "one man band" projects/ Again, thanks so much for the positive words and critique.
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echoroom said 1490 days ago (May 27th, 2013)
Limited?
er, I dont get that! Great guitar playing, and you have a great voice - reminds me of INXS. this track is radio ready, and should be a huge hit. Loved this.
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rok41 said 1484 days ago (June 2nd, 2013)
Steve
Thanks so much for the listen and the nice words!

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smokey bacon jnr said 1484 days ago (June 2nd, 2013)
very professional sound
This is great. Why isn't it on the radio now?!! Reminded me of Santana's later stuff - smooth etc. with a touch of Rainbow thrown in. Nice guitar playing for a bassist!! Perfect slice of pop.
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rok41 said 1484 days ago (June 2nd, 2013)
Smokey
I'm definitely no guitarist so I really appreciate that! This was a fun little project, thanks for checking it out!
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MikeHuntingford said 1484 days ago (June 2nd, 2013)
Really Cool Groove - Great Song
Radio ready - go sell it. Sounds ready for progressive play.

Mix is great, and instrumentation is very pro-level played. Song structure is commercially successful IMHO.

Mike
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rok41 said 1484 days ago (June 2nd, 2013)
Mike
I really appreciate you giving a listen, thanks again!
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Llarion said 1482 days ago (June 4th, 2013)
Boy...
You really undersold this one... :) I expected tentative vocals and tenderfoot guitars. Pooh on that; you rock. As always, the bass work is making me envious. :) Very enjoyable piece, I have no nits at all. Stop selling yourself short.
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awigze said 1482 days ago (June 4th, 2013)
Revelation
This sounds as good as anything I've heard that is great, that is....

nice nuance here and there. That keyboard is cool back there.
A
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paddler said 1412 days ago (August 13th, 2013)
This is so much better
than all the shit in the uk charts at the mo.I think you just added another reason to why I may be returning more often.What an amazing voice also.Cheers - Rich
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rok41 said 1411 days ago (August 14th, 2013)
Rich
Always an honor to see you, thanks my friend.
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ramonaji said 1404 days ago (August 22nd, 2013)
good stuff
that's for sure! The music is so real and great! WOW!
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rok41 said 1403 days ago (August 22nd, 2013)
Thanks!
Ramonaji!
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ste said 1403 days ago (August 22nd, 2013)
the
bass/guitar dual is top. well sung and put together. good song
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rok41 said 1403 days ago (August 22nd, 2013)
Ste
Much appreciated!
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speedonl said 1383 days ago (September 11th, 2013)
Chris
Listened to it, and enjoyed!! Good work all around.. Cheers!!
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ShadowofNine said 1382 days ago (September 12th, 2013)
The Game
A collab with yourself...my favorite was to go...enjoyed this track
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jordifiol said 1379 days ago (September 15th, 2013)
fantastic
great song, fantastic bass solo!
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hackneybloke said 1374 days ago (September 20th, 2013)
the game
how exciting.....chris flynn doing it solo. and he's taken his shades off too.
chris, why aren't you doing more on your own.....dude this is excellent. i really dig the arrangement - of course your guitars are going to be perfect....but i never expected such confident vocal.
this has a real easy late night feel to it.....driving home....warm summer ...window open. breezy, jazzy, bluesy....coolzy.
rok rocks :)
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rok41 said 1371 days ago (September 23rd, 2013)
Julian
Thanks my friend! It means a lot coming from you! And yes, I took my shades off for this one. :)
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DWL said 1348 days ago (October 16th, 2013)
Classy!
Reminds a little of Robert Cray. Fine guitar slinging I love the bass/guitar solo interplay. Great writing and a lovely clean production.

Cheers

Dick
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Devilbythedeed said 1334 days ago (October 30th, 2013)
^^
Very nice composition! And you really can sing. Your vocals remind me a little of Steve Lukather.
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