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Metro Gnome (Beep Beep)



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This is based on a character in a book I finished recently - Mr Finley was a sleazy, pathetic ex-mayor of a local council in a small country town. Always on the lookout to make financial gain out of any situation, and with a history of very dubious personal behaviour behind him, he decides to run again for town mayor. His motives are transparently obvious.

I'm on a bit of a roll after 18 months without much recorded output - spent mostly trying to get an RnB band together (great potential, but shall we say there were "musical differences"?) and recording other people's songs in the PBGB Shed. There's also been some travelling happening to the West Coast of Canada and back to Europe.

All me here, playing acoustic, bass and electric guitars drums and percs by Gavin and Quincy respectively. It's one of those songs I keep refining, and I've decided I have to let it go. For the first time in many years I have 5 songs in various stages of development at the moment - I think I can safely say "drought broken!".
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Beep Beep
©2019 Neil Porter

You oughta take a good look at yourself
Seems you’ve got a lot on your mind
You want a piece of the action
You’re not getting any traction
The others leave you behind

Maybe you wanna be somebody else
Some sort of metro gnome caricature of yourself
You’re not for turning
Keep the home fires burning
Seems you’ve got a lot on your mind

Your motor’s humming
Arguments are coming
Got a new car and it’s better than mine
The highway’s calling
But you keep on stalling
You think your new life’s better than mine


You want a house with a view of the sea
Looking down on your yacht, yeah you’d like that a lot
You want some more of the action
You don’t get satisfaction
The world has left you behind

Your motor’s humming
Arguments are coming
Got a new car and it’s better than mine (beep beep)
The highway’s calling
But you keep on stalling
You think your new life’s so much better than mine
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Uploaded: May 17, 2019 - 11:58:02 PM
Last Updated: May 19, 2019 - 06:38:51 AM Last Played: Jul 13, 2019 - 04:55:50 PM
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DWL said 156 days ago (May 18th, 2019)
Well written
and well played!

Loved the lyrics and the playing was none too shabby.

On a roll indeed!


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Narad said 156 days ago (May 18th, 2019)
Metro Gnome
Very cool stuff ! Much enjoyed the listen ! :)
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Warren Smith said 156 days ago (May 18th, 2019)
New work
Great laid back groove. It probably keeps morphing every time you sit down and try to define it : ) Some songs are like that; they refuse to be categorized. Nasty lyrics .. I'm sure they are fun to sing.
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Ed Hannifin said 156 days ago (May 18th, 2019)
...when it arrives...

As always, we are dealing with the patented jiguma smack, and I like the unusual rhythm pattern...and the attitude in the vocals...
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sammydix said 156 days ago (May 18th, 2019)
chords in this. Sort of dreamy-like.
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Vic Holman said 156 days ago (May 18th, 2019)
on a roll
the rhythm pattern here is cool. the gtr solo is unique as well. beep beep
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KCsGROOVE said 155 days ago (May 19th, 2019)
beep beep
some cool chords here, Neil
that's a great solo..
yeah, excellent song!
very much enjoyed
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Daugrin said 155 days ago (May 19th, 2019)
Classic Forms Revisited
Thanks for posting your songs at MJs. The genre bag you are in here fits perfectly with the predominance of current posting and supports the high bar the community has established. Your increase in postings is welcome!
That "down under" flavor comes through and sets your work apart! Culture makes all the difference. Bravo Aussie!
I have production suggestions if you please or if you don't, erase them. (People do.) Vocals with pitch challenge is endemic in your productions. Put a pitch correction tool on the lead vocals here, turn off the correction feature and just watch the meter, if a lead guitar player on this session played with the loose sense of pitch shown in the vocals you would can the guy. I don't think it is possible to fix this vocal with pitch correction because of the artifacts it would create. I would challenge you to sing on pitch unless the material calls for singing out of tune on purpose.
More unpleasant suggestions? Your singing voice has an annoying nasal quality. What to do? Scoop the low mids. Then, add a buss high pass filter with subtle saturation on the resultant, the breathy highlights which will result will combat the natural nasal quality of your instrument, add this sweetener a bit at at time until you can just discern it is present. I just suggested adding to a vocal, but, subtraction is the best way to improve vocals unless ya got Pavarotti like pipes lol.
Try a subtle boost in the conga mix at 2K. This will increase the sound of the hand on the drum. It will add snap and cut through the mix.
One more? The cat playing rhythm guitar needs to get off the barbs, he is being such a good boy following behind the bass player. Bass leads the rhythm here instead of being the drive on the record. You have great experience as a bass player blah blah lol. Allow that guitar player dude to do his real job and create tension with his playing within the framework of the composition :)


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jiguma said 155 days ago (May 19th, 2019)
"erase them"? - I don't think so :)
Thanks for taking the time listening to this one Daug - I always appreciate constructive criticism, and there are certainly ideas here that I plan to investigate.
Having been here as long as you have, you know that I have never really seen myself as a singer, so all advice is welcome. On this I was purposely sliding into notes, but I am also aware that my pitching is always an issue.
I'll have a word with the guitarist and bass players.
You've probably figured out that this was a bit undercooked in some ways - I was perhaps so excited about having songs to post that I was in a rush to get on to the next one.
Thanks again for your input - much appreciated.
Cheers from Oz,
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Loob said 155 days ago (May 19th, 2019)
I dig the syncopation
Well performed. Nice mix! I think the lower range of your voice somehow get grabbed by this freqs. It's just the nature of your voice, that those freqs need to be rolled off I think. Just my ear. Very sudden ending. Did it all get sent up?
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Calchas said 152 days ago (May 22nd, 2019)
Had me from the intro chords...
Wow Neil... Great arrangement. Really like the chorus and the subsequent breakdown. Production is superb as always. Kudos to Gavin and Quincy as well!

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ste said 150 days ago (May 24th, 2019)
the chord prog and solo a lot. agree the r guitar could do a little more but enjoyed the song!
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