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Tension (with Vic Holman)


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MarkHolbrook

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Tension has been far too much a part and controller of my life for the last year. It's been one big downhill spiral since December 2012. This is a song about tension and how its stealing away my life.

I did this song in pieces. I worked on recording a short tight piece then I either looped it or copied it. Sorry but I never could have played these parts all the way through! After I laid down the music and did my usual weeks worth of nudging and fixing I found I simply could not sing it, at least not to my liking plus my lead guitar skills (what few I have) seem to have headed south for the winter. Everything I tried sounded like twinkle twinkle little star!

Anyway I thought about several people to help out with this. I wasn't sure any of them would be interested. I sent a note off to Vic Holman and I was surprised and honored that he jumped right in! I mean I've always looked forward to trying something with him but lets be real... this is Vic Holman we are talking about!

Anyway I did something different. I sent Vic ONLY the music and words. I didn't send my lame vocal attempt and I didn't try to drive a melody along with the song. I was curious what he would come up with for the melody. Well I'll be damned if he didn't hit it perfectly. But then again... this is Vic Holman we are talking about! What was interesting was Vic's timing. He took a slightly different timing approach to the lyrics than I imagined and frankly a far better one. This is Vic Holman we are talking about!

From Vic:
When Mark sent me the music and lyrics i was pretty well blown away with what he had. It took several passes on the vocals to get a certain amount of tension that i thought was appropriate. Adding my contribution on guitar was basically plug in and play. However, i could of done take after take, mostly out of the fun of just playing along.

(plug-n-play lead guitar... wow...)

Tracks:
Picked and strummed acoustic - MarkHolbrook
Two chuck guitar tracks left and right (these were bits and pieces nudged and massaged to fit) - MarkHolbrook
Bass track - MarkHolbrook
Piano track - MarkHolbrook
Organ track - MarkHolbrook
Kyle the Logic Drummer (went bonzo-crazy a few times... Had to rein him in)
Vocals - Vic Holman, center, left and right
Lead guitar - Vic Holman

I need to give thanks to alackbass for an initial listen and ideas on contributors! Thanks Andrew!
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Lyrics
Tension (2013)

Tension takes all that you have
It never gives anything back
It threatens to shorten your life
It makes you just want to die

Tension, takes whatever it wants
Tension, it always leaves scars
Tension can take over your soul
And tension will never let go

Tension
Tension

It steals away the time that you have
It steals away the life that you lead
Tension turns your soul dark
Tension takes your mood apart

Tension, it takes whatever it wants
Tension, it always leaves scars
Tension takes over your soul
And tension never lets go

Tension
Tension

Tension, it comes from inside
It takes control of your mind
It spends all of your time
And leaves you with a wasted life

Tension it takes what it wants
Tension, it always leaves scars
Tension it takes your soul
And tension never lets go

Tension
Tension
Song Stats
Hits: 2681
Comments: 41
Fans: 33
Plays: 222
Downloads: 58

Uploaded: Dec 15, 2013 - 05:40:22 PM
Last Updated: May 20, 2015 - 09:25:37 PM Last Played: Jan 31, 2017 - 10:10:18 AM
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Software:
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Comments
davisamerica said 1228 days ago (December 15th, 2013)
first
... damn brother ... you choose wisely.
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davisamerica said 1228 days ago (December 15th, 2013)
david
bowie
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davisamerica said 1228 days ago (December 15th, 2013)
down
downloaded .... gents .... hats off.
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MarkHolbrook said 1215 days ago (December 28th, 2013)
Hi Jack
Thanks... Vic made this shine for sure!
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Bob Rodgers said 1228 days ago (December 16th, 2013)
I
really like this Mark, great drums and guitars.
Vocals are top notch Vic.
A wonderful collab from both of you, great stuff!

Bob
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MarkHolbrook said 1215 days ago (December 28th, 2013)
Hi Bob
Thanks so much. Vic nailed it for me thats for sure!
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woofer3 said 1227 days ago (December 16th, 2013)
Tension
This is absolutely beautiful and the continuity of it all works perfectly. You are too modest by far. The song is so well balanced and intelligently assembled with a strong hook. I was reminded of Todd Rundgren in the writing department. Must mention Vic's contribution as well, lovely playing and with such conviction. - an excellent collab. On a personal note I hope the tension in your life will soon ease.
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MarkHolbrook said 1215 days ago (December 28th, 2013)
Hi John
Well thank you so much!
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Vic Holman said 1227 days ago (December 16th, 2013)
finally back up
well you know how much i enjoyed contributing to this song Mark. you did up a fabulous music track and great lyrics just made it that much easier for me to jump in.
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MarkHolbrook said 1215 days ago (December 28th, 2013)
Vic
You didn't just jump in, you brought your entire toolbox and air nail gun and nailed this thing first time through! Thank you so much. I'm hoping I have something worthy of another collab sometime! It was my pleasure completely!
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magnatone said 1226 days ago (December 17th, 2013)
Tension
wowzers - you are on such a roll Mark - what a fabulous collab this is! i can just picture you reining in Kyle (lol)! The exceptional talents of Mark and Vic really shine. Thanks for the D/L guys - and congrats!
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MarkHolbrook said 1215 days ago (December 28th, 2013)
LOL
Kyle the drummer seemed easy but once in a while after reloading the song in logic I'd look at the drum track and it was like he went punk / headbanger on me. There was so much going on I'd have to delete the track and start again. It was pretty funny a couple times! Thanks for your support.
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Doug Somers said 1226 days ago (December 17th, 2013)
Kyle and the Lads
This grabs from the opening and it builds from there. I'm smitten with the production quality - both the mix and the performance too. Very crisp, clean and top drawer. The Bowie like influence is freaking brilliant. This is one of those inspired songs where everything JUST WORKS. The contribution you made together I suspect is a 1+1=4. Thanks for the dload. Just finished my 3rd listen.
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MarkHolbrook said 1215 days ago (December 28th, 2013)
Hi Doug
Thanks so much. I worked pretty hard to get it in good shape before I handed it to Vic. Not my usual trashy approach. I wanted it tight this time.
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PeterB7858 said 1226 days ago (December 18th, 2013)
Tension
This has turned out just great, Mark. You can't go wrong getting Vic on board. The result is a really fine song. Really, really fine. It certainly got my at(tension) :-) Fantastic synergy between you two. Thanks, Peter.
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MarkHolbrook said 1215 days ago (December 28th, 2013)
Vic
can make any song a total hit! It wouldn't be much without him. Thanks Peter. Still looking for a chance to work with you!
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DWL said 1226 days ago (December 18th, 2013)
All came together very well.
An important subject given the appropriate treatment.

Heavy stuff to work with chaps but so well done.

Cheers

Dock
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MarkHolbrook said 1215 days ago (December 28th, 2013)
Hi Dick
er "Dock" LOL... Sounds like your keyboard is like mine. I get I and O mismatched all the time. Thanks so much for the listen and support Dick!
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gadzooks said 1226 days ago (December 18th, 2013)
Tension (with Vic Holman)
I'm back for another listen and comment ...That opening is sublime ... the acoustic guitar with that lead from Vic sounds great. What a great melodic build. You guys sound great together.
Excellent song and mix,
Cheers
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MarkHolbrook said 1215 days ago (December 28th, 2013)
Hi Stan
Thanks so much. Vic makes everything easy! Glad you enjoyed it!
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sschedra said 1225 days ago (December 18th, 2013)
I love it
when a collaboration goes right. Absolutely Vic was the right guy for this (it would have made an interesting challenge too, like "The Front Porch" challenge). Andrew has an excellent producer's ear, so I am not surprised that he came up with this. I am sorry that you are going through this now, but it is a good move on your part to keep the creative expression going. As an artist you can give form to what you are experiencing and others (who may not have the same abilities or experience) can identify. well done.
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MarkHolbrook said 1215 days ago (December 28th, 2013)
Hi Stephen
Thanks so much. I always appreciate your input. I think you and Andrew share the same talent from what I've heard of your work. Always top drawer!
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alackbass said 1225 days ago (December 18th, 2013)
Tension (with Vic Holman)
Mark, thanks for the early listen. The instrumental you sent was so polished and well done. I was instantly impressed. Your palm muted electric rhythms and lines are outstanding. And that acoustic guitar sound is so sweet. Great bass & drums. Rock solid and in the pocket. Impeccable mix.

While reading the lyrics you sent I immediately heard Vic's voice. I knew his voice would fit like a glove. And it sure did!!!!
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MarkHolbrook said 1215 days ago (December 28th, 2013)
Hi Andrew
Thanks for the suggestions early on. You are always a great person to get ideas from! I will want to work on something big with you someday. But like you I'm person with not too many musical ideas right at this moment. Got one working but it's very rough. Anyway thanks!
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Narad said 1224 days ago (December 20th, 2013)
Tension
Instant fav and dl. Fantastic work and what a tension ! Bravissimo !
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slopartner said 1224 days ago (December 20th, 2013)
Tension
AWESOME! Love this so much.
FEEL said 1222 days ago (December 21st, 2013)
Stellar
Really digging the tune. Kyle fits nicely, I especially like the layered guitar, the changes through out and that nice Bi-Bop vibe. Vic also does a fine job on the vocals. I bet you guys are stoked with the results.
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jiguma said 1222 days ago (December 21st, 2013)
Good one gents!
Bowie for sure - excellent post!
Cheers and beers,
Neil
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Charday said 1222 days ago (December 22nd, 2013)
Yo gents!
Jd of charday here, so cool how this blossomed great creativity, excellent collb, really good work on the mix/master, impressive!
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KCsGROOVE said 1221 days ago (December 22nd, 2013)
tension
great song, guys!
old school quality :-)
good lyrics, can relate to them
dig the guitarwork and the mix
a fine collab
KC
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peacepiano said 1221 days ago (December 22nd, 2013)
tension
Powerful lyrics. Super collaboration. Glad you were able to cut through everything to put this together. I appreciate how much work goes into a collab of this calibre. Bravo gentlemen.
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egobandit said 1221 days ago (December 22nd, 2013)
This is
What I come to Macjams for, This is a great combination of talents here, Like the vocals Vic really shines on this This is greatness thanks !
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Philip18 said 1220 days ago (December 23rd, 2013)
Tension
Fine work here, Mark. The musical bed this sits on is interesting and drives the song well. Vic's addition of a strong vocal and a soaring guitar mean that you have a stunning performance. Much enjoyed!
BirdmanWayne94 said 1218 days ago (December 25th, 2013)
Can't go...
... wrong with two of MJ's finest. Great song! It's refreshing to hear your sounds again.

I hope 2014 treats you and yours much better than 2013 did. Happy holidays!
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stevel said 1215 days ago (December 28th, 2013)
Great track
Really like this...a great collaboration I think!
Steve
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paul f. page said 1191 days ago (January 21st, 2014)
Driving bass...
...is what hooks me into this great song. All that solid backing gives the vocals something to play against that won't let them down. Really wonderful collaboration all around. ... The vocal coming out of the instrumental bridge is really nicely mixed in in my opinion. Just overall a very solid composition and performance.
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lengold said 1152 days ago (March 2nd, 2014)
This is really
a great song, I think it would work with any genre.
Loving the way you have both treated it, perfect collaboration.
Cheers
Len

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bud said 1135 days ago (March 18th, 2014)
wow this is good
and unfortunately i can relate. when my kids were little i learned about periods of equilibrium and disequilibrium in the form of a parabolic graph that was a picture of our experience. sometimes it's hard to see the transition at the bottom when you start to rise up again. you and vic did a great thing here. hope the curve is on the up swing.
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thetiler said 1131 days ago (March 22nd, 2014)
Vic
has a great vocal talent for this type of music and it's very cool to listen to. Again great vocal for this type of music. And the lyrics really fit quite perfectly. Impressed with it all ! Cool delay type ending as well !!!

WaY tO Go ! ! !
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Bowman said 1100 days ago (April 22nd, 2014)
A quality
piece Mark. A song of substance and pleasure.
Great VOX Vic.
Cheers,
Charlie
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Calchas said 114 days ago (January 2nd, 2017)
I missed some real gems
while I was away. This is one of the best!

Awesome tune! Just AWESOME! Vic did a marvelous job with what you sent him. But your lyrics and composition are outstanding Mark.

Soooooooooo freakin' good!

Be well bro!
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