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Feel The Beat w Anne Cozean


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jiguma

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Our keyboard player presented us with a song based on this chord sequence - I decided to funk it up a little and changed the beat, the lyrics and just about everything about it really. Thanks Bill :)

It's dedicated to our bass player Peter, who is learning (and pretty quickly too) the instrument. He has a habit of wanting everything written down, and our drummer and I are constantly at him to "feel the beat" instead. Playing with real people in a garage is a heap of fun, and in a roundabout way I owe it to MacJams that I've been able to do it again.

Anne Cozean kindly agreed to do some "girlie chorus" stuff for me on this. Anne knows how much I appreciate her helping out on my tunes, and hopefully has a bit of fun at the same time.

All instruments are me (the kit was played in, drum by drum, hihat by hihat, cymbal by cymbal on my trusty Yamaha PSR300 midi keyboard, as were the horns and B3).
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Lyrics
Feel The Beat
© 2009 Neil Porter/Bill Cairncross

You want to do it, you try so hard
Want things to come naturally
Turn up the radio
Put on a CD
You can get there just feel the beat
Close your eyes
Feel the beat
Move your body ‘til the groove locks in yeah
Clap your hands
Move your feet
When this song ends you can do it all again

You can’t write it on a sheet of paper
Don’t have to read it from a cold white page
Just listen closely let the music take you
Take a chance, leave your cage
It’s time to let your heart take over
The muse is calling, you can tag along
Close your eyes don’t run for cover
Lose yourself in every song

Don’t start out with inhibitions
Leave your left brain at the door
Loosen up
Move with the music
Slide and sway and let the good times roll

Grab the moment
Take a chance
Kick off your shoes, get up and dance
Don’t stop moving
Wait and see
Close your eyes and feel the beat

You can’t write it on a sheet of paper
Don’t have to read it from a cold white page
Just listen closely let the music take you
Take a chance, leave your cage
It’s time to let your heart take over
The muse is calling, you can tag along
Close your eyes don’t run for cover
Lose yourself in every song

Song Stats
Hits: 5689
Comments: 76
Fans: 48
Plays: 471
Downloads: 138

Uploaded: Apr 11, 2009 - 12:11:50 AM
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2009 - 06:48:45 PM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 03:23:09 AM
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Hardware:
The usual:
Fender Tele
Fender Precision Bass
Rode NT3 mic
Yamaha PSR300 midi keyboard
Behringer USB802 mixer/preamp
iMac G5
Software:
Logic Studio
Ozone 3
Comments
Feter said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Feel The Beat
This is powerful rockin ...all classy and right...the guitars speaks the sense
of time ..the vocal works with the choruses ..just a real ice cream ..Anne sis
is all the wonderful ..the structure of the song itself is a top notch with
marvelous lyrics ...Rock on folks ..this is just fabulous ...thnx alot for
sharin such gem !!!!
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jiguma said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
You are
most welcome Feter my friend. I'm glad you enjoyed this - it started out as a bit of an experiment to see what I could do with the feel of Bill's original song, and then I sort of got carried away with it :)
N
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magnatone said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Feel The Beat
oh RATS - i listened to this just before bed. now i can just FORGET about going to sleep, because i'll be groovin' to this great tune in my head. this ain't no lullabye - it's a FABULOUS rocker. So well put together, and the addition of Anne's "girl vocals" (LOL) - were inspired. THANKS!!
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jiguma said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Anne's vocals
are always inspired - for me, ASKING her to do them was inspired :)
Thanks Karen,
N
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mvh9591 said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Nice______

Neil this song is mixed very well. I liked every element including the B3. (You have one of those?) Very impressed with the mix.

Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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jiguma said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
I wish Michael
No its just a Logic Studio instrument, but it does sound kind of nice I think. I've always wanted a B3, but the size of them made it unlikely that my wife would ever think it was a good idea. The fact that I can't actually play keys (in the live performance sense at least) never came into it - I just wanted one. Now with Logic I can play whatever I like really. Much easier than lugging a real one around.

Glad you enjoyed this one - working with Anne is always a dream for me.
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davajonah said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Neil
Great stuff - the "girlie chorus" works really well. Very impressed that you "played" the drums - wish I had the patience to do that. Very good instrumentation and, as we've come to expect, top notch production and mixing. An excellent addition to the NP playlist - thanks!
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jiguma said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Glad you enjoyed it Dave
Anne does such great vocals. The first time we worked together on one of my tunes I think I suggested what she should sing - I don't do that any more as she always nails something so right for a song. I feel very blessed that she sings on my stuff at all.

The drums were not that difficult to do. I simply sat at the keyboard and on the first pass played the kick drum only - second pass, the snare etc until the kit was roughly done. Then into the "piano scroll" in logic and some pencilling (and a lot of rubbing out!) and it was there. Best part of course is putting in the crashes, fills etc.

I've played "air drums" for so long that it comes fairly naturally ;)

Cheers from Oz,
N
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DeathArrow said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
lalala

nice !!

this is a nice groove !!

like the guitars !!

great rock song !!!

i'd prefer to turn up the drums..all the instruments and the voices overlay them..

except that, this is a really succeeded song !


fav'd !


cheery cheers, Luke ! xD
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jiguma said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Thanks Luke
Glad you liked this one. This is one I started mixing by setting the drums' volume and worked from there to get a balance. I think the vocals may have taken over a little at some stage. I can still hear the cymbals (crash and hihats) at the right level, and the kick is fine in my phones. I think the quietest is the snare and I expect that's a result of it being pretty much on the same beat as the rhythm guitar. Ah, the joys of mixing - a black art if ever there was one.

I'm wondering if you listened on phones or speakers - just as a reference for me for the future.

Even now on my first listen to the MJ mp3 I'm hearing a different sounding mix to what I uploaded - vocals big, horns very big. I guess there must be a lesson in there somewhere.

Thanks for listening,
:)



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DeathArrow said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
lalala
so i listened on in-ear phones, which are very neutral to all frequencies..and my first thought was that the drums are just a bit too quiet. well, it's just like everything comes together..you mix your file perfectly, bounce it to an aiff for mastering, bounce it again...convert it to an mp3 for the upload on macjams...and then what you hear is just...ugly..i think mp3 is such an awful format..it makes your songs sound so cheap..well, the reason for that is that mp3 "delets" all the frequencies above 15.000Hz..when i'm listening to AACs i don't hear any difference to the original AIFF..hm..maybe macjams should start to support AAC also..it's a really great codec...
and yeah, mixing is taste..everyone tastes different..but what i meant with drums too quiet..i think modern music shows us how drums should not be...because of all the compression, all the limiting the peaks get destroyed..and when there is no peak anymore, there will be no loudness coming from the drums..we just remembered this sound..and we like it...but i think it's way too quiet. limiting and compression takes away the peaks, it destroys the punch of the drums...the brain cannot recover and gets tired while listening to modern music...well, that sound we remembered we want to reproduce cause we now like it...but just listen to older records..do you notice how loud the drums really are?? and this will be my goal for my new EP, to make the drums sound again as they really sound...loud and powerful...this is why i "complained" about quiet drums..hope you understand me now..!!

cheers, Luke xD
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Macaudion said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
It's never just that simple with you...
Kind of a quirky fun melody and beat, Sir. A bit of a different sound for you. too. Talk about who's Mr. Creative... I was thinking this about you the other day... You truly are a man of many a different sounds, all original and undeniably, you. But there's this other thing that you do w/ your music that I interesting, too. There's almost always a lesson to learn... Your words tend to be pointing someone or, the many and the few, including, world leaders and sometimes, just yourself) in "the obvious" "better direction". As in, "this is Neil's reality check station"... or it's a message being delivered with a, "come on, get with it" tone... My favorite of your less than subtle messages is - "are ya gettIng that you're the only one working it in your mind like this, do ya think there's a clue there"... attitude. Sometimes the tone is with a, "did ya really think that would work" mood to it. I almost always hear irony, your lack of more patience", a bit of sarcasm, humor and last but not least, often it's been your own humility that we're to know. Maybe just me, but when I'm about to listen to one of your tunes, I know that most likely, I'll be entertained by the offering of information/knowledge that mostly, you're just wanting to get off your chest...

Anytime, Neil... And thanks for putting things the way you put them, too...

Wonderful job by both you and Anne! She seems to sweeten what she touches, nice choice! Thanks! Dion
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jiguma said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Mr Macca
Now how do I respond to that!?!

Dion, we've been "virtual friends" here for a long time now, and all I can say is that I enjoy every single communication that I have with you. Sometimes they are short and sweet and other times they can be short essays.

As far as my writing goes, I think I've reached a different stage to maybe a year ago. Because I'm playing with a band these days I'm tending to write more for them than myself. As a result, I'm moving pretty solidly into more "danceable" music, and music with less crazy chords than previously. I'm also shifting from acoustic to electric guitar as my main writing medium. The writing periods happen less frequently, but to me the songs are getting better. The other aspect of the band thing is that I'm really enjoying the musical cameraderie of learning songs (not just mine) with other people who are in the same room. We have good equipment and the best beer fridge you're ever likely to see, so rehearsals are a much anticipated event for us all. And, considering that half of us have never gigged on the instruments we are currently playing, it's also a nice challenge.

There - answered one set of words with another. I wonder whether we covered some similar ground :)

Thanks again Dion,
Neil
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Bob Rodgers said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Feel the beat!
An excellent tune Neil, I really love this!
Great rhythmn, nice and tight and so good to hear the girlie chorus, the drums are spot on and I love the guitar lead when it comes in, great playing and a great tone!
Yes, I love everything on this, so well put together and the horns are the icing on the cake for me.
Really great stuff and very much enjoyed!
Thanks for the D/L

Bob


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jiguma said 3143 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
You're most welcome Bob
Lead guitar for so many years was something I wanted to be able to do. I have "bass player's fingers" - short and broad - and have had to work on developing a few styles that I can play without having to have long reach and quick reflexes. This is one of them.
Really pleased you enjoyed this.
Neil
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tokai said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Big hair tune
this has some oil and diesel in it. Upbeat and with a smooth production quality. I reckon everybody will like this. Next time you fire up the barbie this should be on in the background, i can hear clanking beer bottles and dancing in the moonlight. Like it.
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jiguma said 3143 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Big hair :)
Thanks Steve, I'll throw an extra steak on for you. If you can hear clanking beer bottles then the music isn't loud enough ;)
Thanks for stopping by,
Neil
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Roxylee said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Groovy
Neil, I love this. Great song to loosen up with. Anne's vocals were just right, and your guitar and bass were, as usual, perfection as well as the mixing. I'm keeping this to play whenever I feel unmotivated and need to dance. :-)
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jiguma said 3143 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Hi Roxylee
Having Anne sing with me on the few we've done together has been such a blast! Where else but here could I get someone that good to do backup - seems crazy, but I love it :)
Even I can dance to this.
Thanks for the visit.
Neil
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MarkHolbrook said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Neil!
I really like the guitar and bass mix on this... They work so tightly!

So this your bass player or yourself? Whoever is working it nicely!

Thanks!
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jiguma said 3143 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Hi Mark
Thanks for listening - glad you enjoyed it. Apart from Anne, I'm playing everything here, so te bass player is me. We'll be starting work on this one soon, so maybe there'll be a band version eventually..
Cheers from Oz,
N
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davisamerica said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Dang ....
the groove just walked in and hit me right between the eyes. Neil this rocks and the horns are sweet man. What a lot of work on the drums and they sound like it. Anne is a treat and simply perfect in backing. Man ... I have so far to go ... excellent stuff man ... no nits here ... just a download ...
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jiguma said 3143 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Jack
I keep imagining doing this live and having a blast. One of my earliest bands (when I was around 19) would have suited this perfectly. We had - for a few weeks - an awesome horn section which would have just ripped this apart. Unfortunately, they were brilliant and we were average (on a really good night!), so it never reached maturity.
I digress ....thanks for the visit and the comment.
Cheers,
N
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chronologic said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Good addition
Your band is coming along great Neil. Very accessible stuff but also interesting for the more discriminating. I personally dig your vocal style more and more as time goes on. Technically you appear to be a master of the gear so there's nothing for me to say.
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jiguma said 3143 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Ah, the band
Although, apart from Anne - or "Miss Annie" as Coop calls her - this is all me. We haven't really taken a good look at this yet at "band camp" (my daughter's expression for where I go on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays), but it should sound pretty good when we do I think. I'm starting to accept the way my vocals sound after a very long period of doubt.
Thanks for having a listen and leaving such a kind comment.
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chronologic said 3137 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
oh, ok
Didn't mean to be presumptuous. I get the "band" idea in my head. I guess it's just a "band" song... I think it would go over very well live. Good luck either way! On your voice... no really it's awesome. I'm not saying it's like Dylan where he's not, well, actually technically good but you get used to it and learn to love it. Though I am reminded in some weird way of Dylan. It's not like Lou Reed, though I am again reminded in some weird way of Lou Reed. It's just your own style. You are very fluid, totally on key but in more of a silky, talky kind of way. It's a cool style. Run with it!
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T_Being_esq said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Feel The Beat
Superb song. Superb arrangement. Excellent all round. Brass is just right. Is the picture of your bassist? If so he looks like the guy out of the Blues Brothers.
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jiguma said 3143 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Hi Martin
Well, in a way, the bassist in the photo is my bassist - it's a pic of me taken nearly 30 years ago now, and I play bass on this, so yes it is a pic of my bassist ;)

Glad you enjoyed it.

Neil
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kassia said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
lose yourself in every song
this is awesome. i love both your vocals and anne's supporting vox. this has a fun energy, great movement that had my toe tapping. love those horns! you did an incredible job putting this all together and the mix is awesome. your patience with the midi drums is inspiring. this is a great tune, neil!
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jiguma said 3143 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Lose yourself in every song
Now that I think about it, "lose yourself in every song" could be my motto :) I do get a little obsessed sometimes, and this one has been a song I found particularly hard to leave alone. I now have a new obsession, which will hopefully up once this one has had a reasonable run - some serious tweaking still to come.
Thanks for the listen Shay - I appreciate you calling by.
Neil.
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Vic Holman said 3144 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
seductive
Neil, the song has a great seductive groove to it. This is great.i dig the classic r & b rock style. You didn't miss a thing. Annes back vocals and the additional horns really complete the song. way to go!
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jiguma said 3143 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Thanks Vic
Isn't this music making thing a buzz! A person really can't go wrong with Anne doing bgvs, that's for sure.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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mikkinylund said 3143 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Some things...
..are worth waiting for? ;) This is REALLY groovie and really well put together. Has a lot of Tom Petty'ish-feel to it, which is not a bad thing of course. First, the bass; wow! Second the vocal: wow! Third: Anne's backing vox: WOW! Fourth: The guitar! Fifth: The key's! Sixth: The Song! It's rock "n" Roll, but in the mellow school, story-telling - sounds like it was recorded live. I could live with a bit more B3 on tis one personally, on the other hand it blends well into the mix. Overall, this is so f-ing great! I am also glad to see you use the universal: "clap your hand and move your feet"! :)
This is nothing less than a 5!!!
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jiguma said 3143 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
But .......
..... did you like it ;) Mikki, this goes down as one of the best ever comments on one of my songs - thanks so much. I'm really pleased you enjoyed yourself. I'm a little disappointed that no-one mentioned the cameo role of the handclaps after "clap your hands" though :)
Certainly one of the best songs I've doe so far - funny, because it started out as a rehearsal track to work out a bassline for Peter the bass player for the original song by Bill the keyboard player. I liked how it turned out so much that I just kept developing it to the stage its at now.
Thanks again from the land of Oz,
Neil
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Ed Hannifin said 3143 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
The progression goes on...
...with your tunes and mixes getting leaner and more spare, simpler and less cluttered... And then becoming "in your face" through the magic of Ozone... and now there's this nicely mixed and mastered but very natural sounding blend, with in-the-pocket bass and very drummerly drums and the Telecaster that I keep coming back to listen for...

Ahem. And now that you're done with Anne...


Ed
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jiguma said 3143 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Ed
Thanks for the listen and comment - the Tele bits are tending to be my favourite parts to put in these day.

Do I owe you some tracks? Or do we have something new to play with? Whatever, send it quick as I'll be out of action for 3 months from the end of June. How is the mixing going?

I always enjoy seeing your name as a visitor to my tunes Ed.

Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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Joe Brady said 3143 days ago (April 11th, 2009)
Love the bass and guitar
I like what Vic said about the sound; it is seductive to the ear. Great chording and guitar playing and the bass is flawless. The horny keys work for me too; can almost see Tower of Power doing their thing.
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jiguma said 3137 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
Horny keys
Thanks for listening Joe, glad you enjoyed it. Horns are one of the things I love about Logic/GB etc - being able to just play the in without having to get a horn section involved makes it so much easier.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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echoroom said 3143 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Cool groove
Firstly great photo, and great chord sequence. The time on the drums really played off - they sound great. The two voices work together wonderfully, and give this a wonderful rolling feel (reminds me of Lenny Cohens later work).

Leave your left brain at the door indeed!
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jiguma said 3136 days ago (April 19th, 2009)
Asante Steve - hujambo?
Unafanya nini?

Well, that is the rock bottom of my well of Swahili knowledge :)

Glad you liked it - I'm really enjoying midi drums. I think the next step might be a real kit (but don't tell the neighbours!).

Cheers,
N
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mowguy3 said 3143 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Another fine rocker
Your vocal style and delivery is to cool. Kind of like a whisper and filled with air. Not what you would expect on a song of this nature. Great track and put togeather well. As usual your musical skill shines. Good stuff bud.
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bud said 3143 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Cool groove Neil
nice horn arrangement s and a fine idea to bring Anne on board for this one. Reminds me a bit of Ian Gomm - are you familiar with him? Fine work all around - a fun listen.
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jiguma said 3136 days ago (April 19th, 2009)
Kev
I didn't think I knew of Ian Gomm, but when I googled him and saw Brinsley Schwarz, I was very much in the picture - a guitarist I used to play with raved about BS. I'll have to listen to his more recent work.
Thanks for the listen.
N
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I.G.M. said 3142 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
cool artwork :)
"feel the beat" you say?
at your service! very cool backup vocals, grooves like hell, yeah!
once again the backups are absolutely top notch!!!

would have loved to play a solo on this...

maybe sometime? :o)

I.G.M.
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Patriotpizzaman said 3142 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Grooving
Nice retro groove bro. Well worth the time to rock to. Has a bit of a Doors vibe. Love it!
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egobandit said 3142 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Feelin it
Anne so so good behind you Neil, Great song from start to finish!
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said 3142 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
just a gorgeous song
Radio stuff, for certain - anne was a great choice for backing. This has everything in components I enjoy in a big hit.

Very humbly, I would offer this, my Nit - the mix is way too hot, you lost most of the dynamics in the parts and elements that make this a super song by using the mastering you have chosen.. "Wall of sound" is what you have. Easy to ignore this moron (me). But you really need to take a longer look at what you're doing in the mastering settings. This has very little depth.

Respectfully,

. - Harold
jiguma said 3142 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Harold
I just did an A/B test listen of the mp3 - one in iTunes and one in Quicktime. It sounded pretty awful as an mp3 in iTunes, but much much cleaner in Quicktime. I hadn't realised there could be such a difference.

Maybe there's some other explanation, but the mp3 waveform is definitely not too hot - lots of dynamic space in there.

If you're listening to a downloaded mp3, run it in Quicktime instead of iTunes.

N
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peacepiano said 3142 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Feeling it
Love to the rocking beat. Girl chorus comes in at just the right times and livens it up even more. Rockin' tune!

Thanks
Bill
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sloparts said 3142 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
Very cool Neil
Love the funky rhythm on this. It's kind of infectious and make me wanna get up and dance, (no mean feat at my age). Anne's additions work really well and I'm impressed by your one instrument and part at a time technique. It worked really well. Man is there nothing you can't tackle musically, this is great, lyrics and all.

Bravo my friend, Bravo

ed
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Calchas said 3142 days ago (April 12th, 2009)
I feel it!!!
Of course, you guys helped out quite a bit! lol

Wow Neil, you're on a roll lately with RnB style rockers. Really great funky groove this has. Nice and tight.

Excellent!

Be well!
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T_Being_esq said 3142 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
I've
just remebered the guys name. Donald 'The Duck' Dunn bassist with Booker T and the MG's as well as The Blues Brothers. I'm sure you know the guy, smoked a pipe.
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jiguma said 3142 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
A most
acceptable comparison from my point of view - Duckie may not approve though ;)
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Dadai.2 said 3142 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
Hey Neil....

you certainly are in the groove here. I continue to be amazed and to enjoy the variety of music you churn out. Not to forget the level of arrangement and instrumentation you produce... really top notch stuff. This song is just one more in that line. Great feel and vibe... and I love those backup vocals by the "sisters' Anne ;-)

Jack
SISTERS said 3142 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
8)
i like it, too!
thanks for the invite, neil.
i loved feeling this beat,
anne
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lengold said 3141 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
One of your
very best Neil. Rocks along - great vocal and Anne's contribution is the icing on the cake. Mix sounds spot on to me. Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len

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sonnyjim said 3141 days ago (April 13th, 2009)
Squeeze!
Pure, unapologetic pop song; I could definitely hear this wafting out of every radio on the beach. Fine groove, brilliant mix. Personally, I'd like to hear the lead vocal build a little in intensity from "Grab the moment..." on through to the end.
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dolby said 3141 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
Love it!
Aww this is really good 'perfect' pop - great bg vox, lovely little shifts throughout - and very funky. Yep, another good 'un. I really like the 'brass' thatyou've got here - how are you getting that - it sounds pretty real?

Phil
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Cori Ander said 3141 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
Wonderful composition
Wonderful composition. Backing really groovy and professional.

But I would have liked to hear you take out more of your natural voice. Hope I haven't missheard you .. maybe this IS your natural voice .. but somehow to me it sounds like you are dissimulating your voice .. making it more dense .. Excuse me a lot if I am misstaken, but if I'm right I feel sure that you'd have a lot to win here by being your natural!

I have been thinking about this for a while now concerning your contemporary songs, but haven't been able to put words to it until now. I'd be happy if you send me a note after and if you have replied to this because I really want to know if I'm misstaken, and how you feel about what I've said here!

Your great fan
Johannes
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jiguma said 3139 days ago (April 15th, 2009)
Johannes
Thanks for the listen. I was interested to read your comment, and have thought about the "making my voice more dense" idea. For quite a while I used to double track my vocals and delay the right hand track a little - this gave my voice a "thicker" sound, but lost clarity. Recently i've been using a pretty mild Ozone setting on my vocals. I thought that sounded more natural, and couldn't really hear that it sounded unnatural. I have a new track in the works (at mixing stage in fact), and I'll try to address your comment and Harold's above in the mix. I'm away from home for a little while at the moment, but will listen and experiment with my vocal some more when I get back.

Good to hear from you again, and I appreciate your advice/suggestion/observation.

Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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Peter Greenstone said 3140 days ago (April 14th, 2009)
Groovy
Great groove and I love the arrangement. It has a really full sound and immediately catches. Nice touches throughout. Much enjoyed, Neil. I feel it.
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Ibstrat said 3139 days ago (April 15th, 2009)
I liked
this from the first second- that is such a great groove.I'm reminded of old Steely Dan like "Do it Again". That telecaster sounds so good!I continue to be impressed with your excellent bass playing.Vocals are very cool- perfect for the song.
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Moviz said 3139 days ago (April 15th, 2009)
Great song
with a great beat and top artists performing too. Goes without saying that it's a good all round sound, but It really is and I'm very impressed with how you did the drums on midi, which sound just great. While it has a retro feel it's also up to date too, cheers M
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gail60 said 3138 days ago (April 16th, 2009)
great song Neil
This is such a cool tune. I thoroughly enjoyed this. You cannot go wrong with adding Anne, that is for sure! Neil you sing so smoothe and this fits you perfectly. You really do have so much musical talent! Great collab here. Kudos to all involved.
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composerclark said 3138 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Amazing mix
I love the overall sound of this... I know nothing about mixing, but it sounds to me like a fantastic mix... everything is so clear, and fits so well with everything else. You did the drums one instrument at a time? Wow! That is REALLY impressive... you obviously took a lot of care with this, very meticulous, and it shows. Fantastic work here!
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segiperkasa said 3138 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
cool..
that was cool and funky...
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hongshan said 3138 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Excellent tune
Neil! love the tune. Dig the female harmonies (really good touch) with a catchy groove and cool lyrics.
Production is great (as always). I'm envious of your ability in this area!
I haven't been online for a while, been up in noosa QLD for a well needed escape! Lately really been missing Oz rock and lifestyle.

Cheers mate!
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thoddi said 3138 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
hook line
I'm immediately hooked on the hook-line you do with the guitar from the start. Just waiting for it to appear again, and it comes tickling my ears every now and then. Very cool and tasty choice. The beat sure is a catchy one, and with Anne on backing vox you have a winner here.
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Sigmund said 3137 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Feel the beat
I feel a bit unoriginal saying how groovin the beat is to this tune Neil, but, that's what this tune is all about, isn't it, the groove, feeling the groove; feeling the beat. And it is built all around that premise: great rhythm, funky bass, poppin horns, the cool chick backups, and a sassy lead vocal and lyric - it all comes together and you have, well, a really groovin tune! Nice job - well put together - thanks for sharing this.
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dajama said 3137 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
What
What a great groove this has. The bass and drums just power it along, and the guitar is lovely. I think the vocal works very well, and Anne's lovely singing really adds to it. I think you really have a way with words; your lyrics really use nice imagery ("leave your cage" "a cold white page") to perfectly illustrate the story of the song. Terrific sound - this is really nicely mixed, and it sounds terrific. Nicely done. Feeling the beat indeed! Very cool. Peace.
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lavalamp said 3137 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
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Love the music bed.

Told ya, that's exactly what some of your tunes need- A female vox.

One of your best- Anne do great.

Dave
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Char said 3131 days ago (April 23rd, 2009)
Shades of
Robert Palmer and his use of the model band/chorus. Anne is exquisite. Good advice.."leave your left brain at the door." My entire brain enjoyed this and I can't stop my leg because I feel the beat. Thanks.
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TERRAPLANE said 3131 days ago (April 24th, 2009)
WOW!
I really haven't cruised MJ near enough,, Top notch all around here >> vox, harmonies, instruments & pro mix ,,
chalk up another artist fan!! Thanks for the DL...Terry
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Doadars Uncle said 3128 days ago (April 27th, 2009)
Hey Neil
I go the beat! Nice mix. Love the vocals! Well done on the percussion! All around fun.
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VicDiesel said 3121 days ago (May 3rd, 2009)
Fine song
Your bass player should take lessons from you. It's a simple bass part, but it grooves! Nice guitars too. I'm not so sure about the keyboard that comes in halfway. Too fake.

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tadashi said 2766 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Youth of Australia
Hai Neil.
The smell in youth drifts in this song.
It is sweet, and a desire of regret a little.
Song of life.

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