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I used to play in a band a few years back, but have started writing and recording again, just for myself this time. This is my first (nearly) finished effort, and wanted to see what people think? I'm not that confident vocally, and was wondering whether to do music instrumentally instead? I'm not even sure what genre of music this is! So I was hoping people could give it a listen and give me some pointers etc.

Everything is my own, except for the drums which are mixed samples/loops. To be honest I'm trying to find my true calling/passion - call it what you will - and feel I'm still finding my feet with which direction I want to go in.

Anyway, if you have the time give it a listen and let me know your thoughts - might help give me some direction with what I'm doing!


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Making Sense Of It All
© 2010 by John Joseph Smith

You can look, but can you see?
Not in a cage, but are you free?
Learnt to swim, but afraid of the sea?
It’s like talking to the wall, tryna to make sense of it all

You can touch, but can you feel?
Live the dream, but is it real?
Learnt to drive, but asleep at the wheel?
There’s no one left to call, tryna make sense of it all

Do you know what I mean?
Have you seen what I’ve seen?

Do you ever feel
Like it all isn’t real?
We’re all holding on
For something that we know will never come

You can breathe, but are you alive?
Believe in truth, but living a lie?
Learnt to fly, then put a hole in the sky?
Think I’m about to fall, tryna to make sense of it all
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Uploaded: Jun 01, 2010 - 09:33:39 AM
Last Updated: May 27, 2010 - 10:14:05 AM Last Played: Mar 05, 2019 - 05:55:54 PM
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guygrooves said 3311 days ago (June 1st, 2010)
You are in the right place...
Ask and you shall receive. Your vox are better than you think and you are aware of why they need a little work, it's only confidence bro. Your pitch and tone are Ok. We all realize that Vox might be the hardest to put together effectively. This is a very good song on all levels. Delivery, mix and writing are all top quality. My only nit would be the the sampled and looped drums both from a choice as well as mix standpoint. They seem to be a bit of an odd choice for the song although I think they work (in an odd way). Now as far as mix wise, I think they are a touch high in the mix. I think it might be question of eq. The problem with working with samples and loops is that when it comes to mix down you have so many tracks of un-mastered instruments and vocals, and then you have mastered drum loops and samples which make it difficult to marry the two. You seem to have had some success in this regard, as this is very well mixed but I think what happened to the drums was this, when you eq'd the final mix they went "hot" on you, and it may be as simple as rolling off a bit of the high end on the drums themselves then I think they will settle into the mix better.

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guygrooves said 3311 days ago (June 1st, 2010)
On second listen it...
might just be my speakers lol... This is going into my ipod.

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Johnjoesmith73 said 3310 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
Just not that keen on the tone of my own vox - which keeps pulling me back. I had a hard time mixing this as well due to the main drum sample being so deep that it competed with the bass guitar. I'm still new to all this mixing - its certainly not as easy as it looks!
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alackbass said 3311 days ago (June 1st, 2010)
Love the changes
Great guitar changes. Love the sound of the acoustic. When the band kicks in this piece takes on new life. Great harmony vocal along with a clear and strong lead vocal. Top notch rock music here.
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Johnjoesmith73 said 3310 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
Yeah I tried to let rip in the chorus - a bit like Foo Fighters or Linkin Park, but its not easy singing into the closet in your bedroom suffocating in draped curtains and blankets ha. Hopefully things will get easier.
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kingbee said 3311 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
Good stuff
Well, if you're not confident about your vox it didn't come through on this.
A touch of mark Hollis of Talk Talk in your voice which is a good thing in my book.
I Iike the way the song opened up and then built up and the chorus is good.
The opening 'scratch ' drum loop works well at the beginning but you might want to bring 'proper' drums in as the song builds up as it doesn't feel like the loop lifts the song where it should lifted as in the chorus.
I'm not sure about the scratch loop right at the end but apart from that a really good song.
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Johnjoesmith73 said 3310 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
Yeah I wasn't sure about the structure of this song and had to mess around a lot with it - usually i think the structure should write itself, but this time it didn't. Need to think where I want to go with all these samples ha - I just feel that trying to get a proper drum sound with a keyboard wouldn't sound real - playing as well as sounds. Need to decide where to go with this still... Hopefully time will tell.
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MannequinRaces said 3310 days ago (June 2nd, 2010)
This is awesome! You have a great voice. I have been in your shoes before where I am constantly trying to decide if I want to do instrumentals only or full on productions with vocals.

Like others have mentioned it would be cool to have some more natural sounding acoustic drums come in but I dig the beginning. Not crazy about the scratch parts @ 2:55 and at the end.

Great guitar sound and mixing job. Everything seemed nicely balanced on my system.
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Johnjoesmith73 said 3310 days ago (June 3rd, 2010)
Yeah I think one of my dream jobs would be writing the likes of video game music, but with being quite new to recording on my mac I don't know how good I could get my instrumentals to sound (especially lead/melody sounds), as I'm guitarist by heart and have a lot to learn about synths etc.

I think next time I might simplify things, as I've loads of songs but it can take so much time putting all the music to them with samples etc, as I'd like to get most recorded eventually to see which could be worked on further.

Thanks for the kind words/advice!
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hackneybloke said 3290 days ago (June 22nd, 2010)
making sense
dude...your voice is excellent and very individual...you don't need to worry on that score. this is also a fantastic track. it builds nicely. i would increase your lyric content in the first 'Do you know what i mean' section just because you have some 'empty space' there which if filled would add another dimension to the track. apart from that, i think this is a superb creation. total fan (apart from the end scratch that freaked me out) ha! more please.
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