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IT HAS TO BE ARRANGED


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jiguma

 Genre: Electropop

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I've been without musical inspiration for quite a while now, so I've started to investigate some different ways of making songs. My last post with Anne Cozean - "SHINY LOVE" - was written using some charting software that was recommended by one of my bandmates (iReal Pro - worth a look), and I have another mostly finished using the same process. This one however is different again, and is based on a bass riff that I've been messing about with for a few weeks. It's my first song in a long time - maybe ever - recorded using only midi.
Lyrics .............. they are sparse, 4 lines in total, and inspired by my fourth read of Dylan's "Chronicles Volume 1".
Drums are done using Drummer on one of the new electronic kits, played by "Magnus".
It kind of works for me.
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Lyrics
It Has To Be Arranged
©2015 Neil Porter

The wind could never blow you out of my head
The wind could never blow you out of my head
“It has to be arranged” she said
The wind could never blow you out of my head

The rain will never wash you out of my heart
The rain will never wash you out of my heart
“It has to be arranged” she said
The rain will never wash you out of my heart

Nothing’s gonna dig you out from under my skin
Nothing’s gonna dig you out from under my skin
“It has to be arranged” she said
Nothing’s gonna dig you out from under my skin
Song Stats
Hits: 1443
Comments: 23
Fans: 18
Plays: 74
Downloads: 11

Uploaded: Mar 16, 2015 - 05:39:30 PM
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2015 - 09:49:25 PM Last Played: Jul 17, 2017 - 11:55:19 PM
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Hardware:
iMac, Yamaha PSR300 midi keyboard, Rode NT3 mic
Software:
Logic X Pro, Ozone 5
Comments
groovehounds said 857 days ago (March 16th, 2015)
IT HAS TO BE ARRANGED
This is very different for you and I like it ... I think the programmed drums sound good ... catchy synth and bass lines ... a little bridge or some sort of musical change could make this even better.
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jiguma said 857 days ago (March 16th, 2015)
Stan
Thanks for listening and for your suggestion - I was fiddling with a bridge, but it just seemed to suck the energy out of it. I'm planning to keep working on this and will rethink what I've been trying.
It did shake out a few cobwebs ;)
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Warren Smith said 857 days ago (March 16th, 2015)
Alternative approach
When inspiration lags (and it will) .. messing around with different genres and alternative approaches to making music seems like a good way to clear out the channels. As simplistic as the music and lyrics are .. one still senses the Jiguma spark.
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jiguma said 857 days ago (March 16th, 2015)
Warren
Thanks for the comment - it was really enjoyable just doing something simple, and relying on the groove to make it interesting.
Cheers,
N
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Vic Holman said 857 days ago (March 16th, 2015)
well arranged
cool of you to try something a bit different. kinda has that '80's new wave electro-pop sound that i like.

Neil, you did a fantastic job on this.... sounds like you have been working in this style for years.
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jiguma said 857 days ago (March 16th, 2015)
Vic
Thanks. Had a real problem with genre selection on this - "electropop" it (now) is!
It was a very enjoyable couple of days messing around with keyboards and kit.
N
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Philip18 said 857 days ago (March 17th, 2015)
It has to be arranged
Well that's different! I admire your ability with midi, Neil. You've created a catchy tune hear that sits nicely on that bass riff.A powerful simplicity to the words.I enjoyed it! (PS Your 4th read of Dylan's book? Wow!)
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jiguma said 851 days ago (March 22nd, 2015)
Chronicles Volume 1
Thanks for listening Philip. I've never been a rabid Dylan fan, although I enjoyd a lot of his "electric era" stuff, but his book has moments of real lyrical beauty (and, consequently, some great lines to borrow from). The last song I used Dylan's Chronicles Volume 1 for was "Up To You" http://www.macjams.com/song/16923
It was nice writing something simple for a change, but I'm really hoping to get my mojo to come out of hiding for more complex, jiguma-like songs soon.
Cheers,
N
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
awigze said 856 days ago (March 17th, 2015)
inspiration from whatever source
is still inspiration. I can hear how this greased the wheels... nice tune.
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paul f. page said 856 days ago (March 17th, 2015)
A departure,
...but a nice one, Neil. The insistence of your rhythm track just drives this into my head in an unrelenting way. This is the kind of song that you can't ignore. Aside from the "cool" groove of that backing, the idea of the lyrics springs so organically from it and makes the point of it all so exactly. What a great experiment that has worked itself into a terrific song.
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egobandit said 856 days ago (March 17th, 2015)
Like Magnus
A different approach for you and I really dig it like when the synth stabs come in , great arrangement on this :) very cool!
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grah3am said 855 days ago (March 18th, 2015)
Jiguma?
Surprising style, but I agree it's good to try something unexpected to get things going. And this is a good tune, so it worked.
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PeterB7858 said 855 days ago (March 18th, 2015)
IT HAS TO BE ARRANGED
80's electro-pop but it has more style and innate "groove" than most music of that era (IMHO :-)). I like it. Fine production, as always. Take care, Peter.
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debmac said 855 days ago (March 18th, 2015)
It Has To Be Arranged
refreshing change to find this song, enjoyed our latest inspiration Jigma! always nice to hear something done differently and have it done very well, want to hear it again!
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jgurner said 854 days ago (March 19th, 2015)
Love It!
A little different sound for you, which is awesome, but still, your songwriting shines through no matter what genre. You definitely got an '80s retro feel going that is exactly the kind of thing I love. The bass line is very catchy and definitely drives the tune. Kind of picturing this playing in an episode of Miami Vice - circa 1985.
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rok41 said 853 days ago (March 20th, 2015)
It Has To Be Arranged
Something completely different from you Neil and I really like it. A couple of things; the space here feels really nice, with the percussion adding just the right feel. Secondly, I enjoy the understated vocal - perfect here. It's amazing how we find new ways of doing things when inspiration is waning - and how this opens new doors to future ideas.
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davisamerica2 said 853 days ago (March 20th, 2015)
It Has to be Arranged
It pays to explore, and something certainly inspired you here, Neil! I loved it! Another portal into your talent!
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Bob Rodgers said 853 days ago (March 20th, 2015)
Always
good to try something new and I like the different approach you've taken here to inspire you. I like the way you have phrased your vocals and the bass riff is very catchy.
Hope your inspiration comes back soon Neil and I really like the production on this number, very much enjoyed.

Bob
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Sigmund said 853 days ago (March 20th, 2015)
ARRANGED
This is very different from your usual sound, Neil (duh). I admit at first it made me cock my head, but as the midi beat begins to take hold I find myself moving and grooving with it - it's definitely infectious. Vox sound good - tight and up close - very nice. Enjoyable experiment - well done!
Sig
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alackbass said 852 days ago (March 21st, 2015)
IT HAS TO BE ARRANGED
Now that's how you throw your listeners a curveball! Well done!
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KCsGROOVE said 852 days ago (March 21st, 2015)
the muse
will always be back, although it can take sometime...
I usually go through my drives with unfinish stuff and songideas
you tried something new and it worked
cool synthsound
enjoyed
KC
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tf10music said 851 days ago (March 22nd, 2015)
woah
out of left field, man. This is fun. I listen to a fair amount of stuff from this genre, and I like what you've done with the instrumentation and the mix. I'd actually suggest that you try singing a bit farther away from the mic to give the vocals a bit more of a yelp-y feel. maybe some ragged harmonies, as well.
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debmac said 818 days ago (April 24th, 2015)
It Has To Be Arranged
Now for a second listen, still really like it, great beat to it! I see in my last comment I made a mistake and missed the "y" that should go with your inspiration, is what it should have said, sorry about that! Anyway, great song Neil!
Check out my latest song called I've Tried Everything (I Know)
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Name: Neil Porter
Location: Pambula Beach, Sapphire Coast NSW Australia
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Electropop (also called Technopop) is a subgenre of synth pop music which flourished during the early 1980s, although the first recordings were made in the late 1970s. Numerous bands have carried on the electropop tradition into the 1990s and 2000s.

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