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This one started in GarageBand with the rhythm (starting with Deep Dance House Beat 04 because I dig its congos), and then I found the bassline. I doubled up the bass with an electric guitar, using chorus effects on both. If I could play guitar, I'd love to play with melodies on top of this. It feels like a fun rhythm for improvisation.

If anyone wants the backside without the lead guitars, let me know and I'll make a mix available.

I reverse engineered the chords from the bass line. This is in the key of E flat with an E, F#m, G#m verse and A, G#m, B, G#m chorus.

Sometimes you just have to find an excuse to use an instrument (hello cowbell) or an effect. In this one, I wanted to work with pitch bending. Let me know if you think I overdid it.

BTW-- What genre do you think applies to this? I'm not sure where to categorize this and another-- World Burning http://www.macjams.com/song/49458

I'm thinking it's a "roadtrip" sound.
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In Bogota, they paint these four pointed stars, black outlined in yellow, on the streets where pedestrians have died from car crashes. The plenitude of them in some locations requires that they be painted on the curb sides-- like some sort of urban corn cob count. Street people-- window washers, magicians, fruit sellers, orphan panhandlers and fire jugglers standing on the shoulders of their partners will work the large, main boulevards. To be a passenger in one of their ubiquitous subcompacts is like watching a pachinko flow of mostly taxi cab yellow marbles beeping and rattling-- mostly the wrong way-- around double parked offenders and scrambling motorcyclists. The cabs and motorcyclists flutter around the big buses and various delivery trucks like those birds who make company with wildebeests. Among all this, pedestrians fend for themselves-- even where there are crosswalks.

On one curb, I counted over two dozen stars alone.

night cracks
boss is gettin on my back
gotta serve, gotta swerve
don't want to be a star

keep it up
earn a bill to fill the cup
be a tool, some burned fuel
sure you won't go far

we were young
we were strong
we weren't long, we were wronged

the stars of Bogota

'marillo cabs
driving through the greedy grabs
watch em sing, watch 'em fling
then get out of the way

stepped over glass shards
didn't look, a life was took
and they'll paint another star

they could smile
they could dance
they never really had a chance

those stars of Bogota
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TracyVosh said 3867 days ago (January 17th, 2009)
Hi Leap4rog - welcome! This is really nice...does have a roadtrip feel to me as well - cool beat. I really like the lyrics too.
leap4rog said 3867 days ago (January 17th, 2009)
thank you
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Char said 3867 days ago (January 17th, 2009)
I was moved
by what you wrote. The piece is Latin, jazz... and captures attention. It is nice to have you here. We all benefit from an intelligent and thoughtful contributor who can make good music. Thanks.
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leap4rog said 3866 days ago (January 18th, 2009)
Thank you for the warm welcome. I am very much enjoying this community, the supportive attitudes and the ability to contribute, music, art and writing.

Good to meet you, Char.
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Savage_Beast said 3866 days ago (January 18th, 2009)
Very Cool
Great sound and composition here.
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leap4rog said 3866 days ago (January 18th, 2009)
thanks, much
I saw that you had a recent upload. I'll take a listen shortly.
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Kicbal said 3865 days ago (January 19th, 2009)
Cool Combination
Great mix of sounds. Nice space between everything. Reminds me of Peter Gabriel a bit with the circular rhythms and world beat stuff. The bending notes area nice touch. Welcome to MJ. Keep up the good work.
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leap4rog said 3863 days ago (January 21st, 2009)
Thanks Kicbal
I like the word "space." I kept it in mind as I was working on a collab (http://www.macjams.com/song/49637). I imagine there are tools that help a producer visualize the layering among tracks as it relates to audio space. If you have any recommendations for better managing it, let me know.
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egobandit said 3864 days ago (January 20th, 2009)
glad I found your music very interesting mix here. I get a peter gabriel sound from this. I was waiting to here your voice and the lyrics. Someone should sing this. Outstanding!
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leap4rog said 3863 days ago (January 21st, 2009)
Thank you
I'm glad I found yours too. Who would you recommend to sing to it?
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