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Inspired by Kevin's (bud) post Slomo in the thread "Slow Life", I decided to post this workprint mix from my Musical Job Jar. It's a drive-time chill-out tune, geared to all the poor souls stuck in rush hour gridlock — and The DAILY GRIND.

For the final version, I'll be replacing the scratch vocal and there will be subtle changes in the final lyrics and probably some additional instrumentation, but that's why I do these early conceptual mixes... to get an idea of what works best in the song.

Although I have disabled downloads for this demo mix, if you'd really like a copy, *Fave* my song and then message me and I will provide a download link for you. ;)
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The Daily Grind
Music and Lyrics © 2014 By J.A. Stewart
— ALL RIGHTS RESERVED —

We spend so much of our lives just running around
Gettin’ to here and there, chasing all over town, well,
We’re killing ourselves
We’re grist for the Daily Grind ---------

Day after day, goes much the same way
People hurrying to places, seems the whole Human Race
Is rushing Downtown
Lined upon the ground for the Grind -----------

We’re at work by eight and there until Five
We put in our time just so we can survive
The day-to-day drag,
The weight of this Daily Grind

Harried at work and hurried at home
We long for a life where our time’s still our own, but
We’re foolin’ ourselves
We’re stuck in this Daily Grind ---------

The weekend it comes, a time for our chores
We clean up our houses and head for the stores
We’re still rushing around
Still stuck in this Daily Grind -----------

There’s no real day of rest when there’s so much to do
Just a precious few hours for us to renew
And get ready again,
Head back to that Daily Grind -----------
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Uploaded: Apr 06, 2014 - 12:28:26 PM
Last Updated: Apr 29, 2014 - 11:51:04 PM Last Played: Mar 17, 2017 - 08:43:42 AM
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rok41 said 1147 days ago (April 6th, 2014)
Daily Grind
What a catchy melody! very well written. Everything works well together, laid back and smooth. The lyrics are dead on and hit the mark. My only nit, being a bassist, is where is the bass? :) Sounds great as is, but that fullness might add some warmth. It's great as is though, and you've done a really excellent job here.
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J.A.Stewart said 1146 days ago (April 6th, 2014)
Hey, Chris
Thank you for listening and for your kind comments. I actually recorded a melodic synth bass part for this, but had trouble taming it in the mix, so I muted it for this demo. If all else fails, I'll be adding an electric bass, or a sw stringed instrument part to it for the final version. ;)

--- Joe
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Vic Holman said 1146 days ago (April 6th, 2014)
daily grind
i think you got a good thing going here. super vocal melody actually like how the vocal sounds. i agree with chris about adding bass
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J.A.Stewart said 1146 days ago (April 6th, 2014)
Thanks, Vic
I appreciate the listen and props. I like how the vocal sounds, but lyric changes demand a retake. Still, I'm pretty good at repeating my vocal performances, so I doubt there will be much difference. And Yes, there will be a bass part... read my reply to Chris (above). ;)

--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
davisamerica said 1145 days ago (April 7th, 2014)
BeachBoys and GeorgeHarrison
... in a blender ... I dunno why. I love this and want a download!
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J.A.Stewart said 1145 days ago (April 7th, 2014)
Do You Want...
... a little umbrella in that concoction, Jack? LOL!

Thanks for listening and commenting, Jack. The download link was sent to your MJ Inbox. ;)

--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Franciscus_Henri said 1145 days ago (April 7th, 2014)
Fab song
I was immediately captivated by this. The vocal sounds great.and I'd like to steal the settings
I too longed for some bass and then found myself singing harmonies...
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J.A.Stewart said 1145 days ago (April 7th, 2014)
Re: Fab Song...
Thank you, Franc. Vocal harmonies are like food to my soul. I'm glad you joined in. ;)

--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Philip18 said 1145 days ago (April 8th, 2014)
Daily Grind
Smooth flow to the chord progression and gentle melody. Quality arrangement. Guitars are bright and tasteful. I agree with Chris about the bass - that would give it more drive. I like the lyrics and the overall feel. Good one, Joe.
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J.A.Stewart said 1145 days ago (April 8th, 2014)
Thanks, Philip
I'm pleased you liked this tune and the arrangement. As I responded to Chris, I muted a melodic synth bass part for this mix because it was a bit unruly. But there will definitely be a bass part of one sort or another in the final version. ;)

--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
magnatone said 1145 days ago (April 8th, 2014)
Daily Grind
Hi there Joe - this is going to be such an ear worm for me! Your vocals already sound terrific - total winner!
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J.A.Stewart said 1145 days ago (April 8th, 2014)
Hi Back At You, Karen
I'm glad you enjoyed this little groove. Sit back and enjoy the ride... Oh, but I believe you already do — on your super-cycle! ;)

--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
FEEL said 1145 days ago (April 8th, 2014)
I really like the choice of chords
and a nice melody to compliment. Well executed guitar playing and I like the dreamy keys. Even though we deal with gridlock life goes on/Beatles vibe. Digging the sound effects as well.
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J.A.Stewart said 1145 days ago (April 8th, 2014)
Re: I really like...
Thanks, John. Yeah, I've always liked the somewhat jazzy mix of Minor, Major 7th and Diminished chords... they play so well together. I must admit that I managed to avoid most of the gridlock for the last two decades of my career — thanks to telecommuting — and now that I'm retired it's all in the rear-view mirror.

This might have had even more of a Beatles vibe to it... I originally had sort of a *dirge-y* "Glass Onion" exit for it, but decided to go with a breezier cruising fade-out. ;)

--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
bud said 1143 days ago (April 10th, 2014)
excellent tune - very relaxing for sure
doing my shoulder rehab with this feels much better. glad slomo got you to post this.
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J.A.Stewart said 1143 days ago (April 10th, 2014)
Ouch!
Yeah, thanks for posting that Slomo piece. An interesting slice of Life perspective.

Sorry to learn of your shoulder injury, Kevin... but glad to see you're not taking it lying down. ;)

I know from my pinched nerve experience a few years back how frustrating it can be not to be able to play guitar, but I also found my way to an instrument keyboard during that period. Good move. ;)

--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Doug Somers said 1132 days ago (April 20th, 2014)
A salve for the Grind
Smooth one Joe - and I love the chord progressions that end each verse. They make this song fresh and vibrant. Are the backing vocals you?

I too am done with commuting and am not missing sitting in traffic a bit.

Thanks for posting so we can have a listen!

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J.A.Stewart said 1130 days ago (April 23rd, 2014)
Re: A salve...
Thank you, Doug. The combination of minor, Major 7th and diminished chords make for a very pleasing progression that has always resonated within me. The background vocals are *sort* of me... an experiment with highly limited and compressed samples of my voice, which I then played on my keyboard. My intent is to mix them in with my live background vocals for a bigger, richer sound in the final version. ;)

--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
PeterB7858 said 1132 days ago (April 21st, 2014)
DAILY GRIND
Super smooth song, J.A. Sorry to be a late. It has a classic early 70's vibe to me and is catchy as all get out. The vocal is sounding fine and I like the acoustic guitar balance in the mix. Nice changes. The background vocals work a treat as well. Nice one. Thanks, Peter.
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J.A.Stewart said 1130 days ago (April 23rd, 2014)
Re: Super smooth...
Thanks, Peter. No need to apologize for being late... perhaps you were stuck in traffic? :P

I'm pleased you you listened and enjoyed this initial version. ;)

--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
TobinMueller said 1131 days ago (April 22nd, 2014)
Classic writing
A most excellent song. Love the chill out almost Brazilian guitar progression, the easy tempo. Fab balanced writing. My only critique is that the compression and edgy EQ is either a really interesting conceptual choice (as if you are stuck in this compressed world) or slightly incongruous for such rounded, decompressive and soft sentiments. So, it might be genius. But seemed a tad harsh. Unless its conceptually on purpose, then, way cool.

Love the tune. Classic. Thanks for sharing.
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J.A.Stewart said 1130 days ago (April 23rd, 2014)
Re: Classic writing...
Thank you, Tobin. Yes, by all means let's go with the *genius* theory. *lol*

In truth, while the antipodal elements of the song and mix reflect a bit of my intellectual process, it more fully reveals my emotional process. I approached this particular mix with an emotional — rather than a critical — ear. I tried to capture the feel of an unpleasant experience I had many years ago as a pedestrian, walking on a main avenue during rush hour.

The *whooshing* cars, the annoying horn bleats, the noxious smells all remain vivid in my memory. So at some subconscious level the nature of this mix owes its sound and feel to that experience. So yes, the contrast was intentional. ;)

--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
paul f. page said 1110 days ago (May 12th, 2014)
Put it on the stage!!!
Such an accessible song with a great tune and those wonderful chord changes, all pointing to a theatrical production. The lyrics are tight, too, and you deliver them with such a pleasant and secure voice. I really love the SOUND of this track. Demands several listens just because it so very pleasant. Wow. I know I am a bit late to the party, but this is just terrific and I am glad I found it.
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J.A.Stewart said 1109 days ago (May 14th, 2014)
Re: Put it on...
Thanks, Paul. I never imagined it as a theatrical piece, but I can see your point. With some clever staging, imaginative props and special effects, it could become an interesting theatrical statement. ;)

--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
VicDiesel said 1014 days ago (August 17th, 2014)
Grind
This song has an interesting flow. You basically have only one block, right? No verse/chorus alternation. I guess that goes with the "daily grind" notion. But there is development anyway in the texture; I loved the hummed part towards the end.

The instrumental part at 1:40 sounds like it modulates, but it actually comes back to the original key. If I had more time or better ears I'd figure out the chords.

Btw, the "contact" button on your artist page seems broken. Can you let me know if and when you do a final mix? I'd be interested in a download.
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J.A.Stewart said 1013 days ago (August 18th, 2014)
Re: Grind...
Thank you, Vic. Yes, much like being stuck in traffic with nowhere to go, the song's only real variation is the modulated instrumental break (a momentary daydream while waiting for traffic to inch up again).

Lots of diminished, minor, Major 7ths and chord fragments in this tune, but I stopped thinking about actual chord names years ago, preferring to just play what pleases my ears. :)

My *Contact* button seems to work for me, but that doesn't do me much good, does it? LOL!
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Warren Smith said 983 days ago (September 16th, 2014)
Rush Period
Such as sweet melody and smooth delivery .. for such a harsh subject : )

But incongruities seem to be the marrow of life.

I like the noises of life rushing around in the sound track. It lends an urban feeling to it .. and perhaps an element of authenticity to the grist of the rat race.

In New York City they no longer call it "Rush Hour" - it's become "Rush Period" because it lasts for a minimum of three hours .. and often longer.
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J.A.Stewart said 983 days ago (September 16th, 2014)
Re: Rush Period...
Thanks for your comments, Warren. Yes, population density certainly exacerbates the problem, grinding overtime to turn people into *pulp*le. ;)

--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
mr_mordenus said 968 days ago (October 2nd, 2014)
A touch of Klaatu
Poetic and gently, wistfully lush - it puts me in mind of Klaatu's "A Routine Day". I love your use of the bells to highlight the delicate soundscape of time slipping by. This is beautiful - just beautiful.
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J.A.Stewart said 968 days ago (October 2nd, 2014)
Klaatu barada nikto
Thank you, Rik. Yes, Klaatu's *A Routine Day* explored similar concepts and thoughts, but I never heard the song until a few moments ago. The youtube video I watched included an unreleased animation for the song that would fit quite nicely for this song, as well.

Thanks for pointing me to their song — and for your kind comments about this one. ;)

--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
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