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Take It Outside w/ D. Jorden, Students, Gaylen75, Sigmund, five_extra_arms, Scofugate


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I woke up one Saturday morning back in January and saw someone had left a comment on the song “What Kind of Person Do You Want to Be?” The comment from morgan102 read;

Great message to all, especially the young. Now if we can come up with one about going outside and playing for an hour a day, lol.

My response read;

What a great idea! We will absolutely be writing the "get outside and play for an hour song!" And I will be sure to credit you when we post it! Thanks so much for commenting on this one and inspiring a future one!

As luck would have it that same Saturday I was meeting Bob (five_extra_arms) for lunch. I told him about the idea morgan102 had suggested and asked if he would supply the artwork and play synths on this one. Of course he generously agreed.

I brought the idea to David the following Monday. By then the title had occurred to me. David had wanted to take “Don’t Bully Me” in a heavy direction. So this time he was determined to go heavy. Okay then, I set upon writing some suitable heavy guitar riffs. By the time we had chance to schedule a writing session David had written several of the lyrics that appear in the final recording. We spent a few hours rearranging the lines and writing new ones to fit the main idea of each verse and the song form I brought to the session. We finished that afternoon recording several tracks of scratch vocals.

The next step was bringing it to my after school 5th grade enrichment students. Using the equipment from an elementary listening center (books on tape) I brought the students into my class where they sat around a USB mic while wearing headphones to record the chorus chant. The kids did a great job capturing the attitude I was looking for.

Now we needed a band. I asked Scott to supply drums. He quickly came through with a great track. The first take he submitted is the take you hear in the final mix. What a pro!

I’m not playing any heavy lead guitar as long as Sigmund is a member here. He graciously agreed to play all the guitar solos. He was so dedicated that when I asked if they could be wah-wah solos, he went out and purchased a new Cry Baby wah pedal. I just figured he’d use the auto-wah sim in GarageBand. But he went all out for this project. Just as Scott had done earlier, the first takes Sigmund delivered are what appear in this final mix.

Bob sent me several synth tracks. He gave me more than I could use. There was so much great material it was difficult to choose what not to use. I loved the way the synths liven the track. And of course, one of these posts would be incomplete without Bob’s charming artwork.

The final band member to sign on was Gaylen. There was no way I could post something this heavy without Gaylen’s distinct voice. And he nailed it just as I knew only he would!

Thanks so much to all the adults and students who worked so hard on this track. And many thanks to morgan102 for the inspiration that got the ball rolling.

Gaylen75: lead & background vocals
D. Jorden: vocals
5th Grade Enrichment Students: vocals
alackbass: rhythm & bass guitars
Sigmund: lead guitar
five_extra_arms: keyboards & artwork
scofugate: drums
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Lyrics
Take It Outside
By D. Jorden & alackbass

I’m stuck in here going insane
Ten hours of the same game
My life is feeling real lame
No one but me to blame
I’ve gotta get away you see
My head is glued to this TV
Absorbing everything it say
X Box is all I play

I’m gonna take it outside
Take my bike for a ride
Have to get some fresh air
Show my body I care
I’m gonna take it outside
It’s a matter of pride
It’s a beautiful day
Go outside and play

So much outside that’s good for y’all
Soccer, tag, and even football
Go to a field take a swing or two
Running or jogging will get you through
Shoot some hoops or inline skate
Get off the couch and don’t you wait
It’s a public announcement you might not have heard
So we’re here to spread the word

I’m gonna take it outside
Take my bike for a ride
Have to get some fresh air
Show my body I care
I’m gonna take it outside
It’s a matter of pride
It’s a beautiful day
Go outside and play

Your body is a temple and you only get one
So you better treat it with some respect
Get up and get outside exercise can be fun
Or bad choices you will live to regret

You’re much too young to just lay around
Get yourself out there to the playground
Strong heart and lungs make a body great
Gain muscle, lose fat and a little weight
The choice is clear what you gonna do?
It’s decision time and it’s up to you
Shut off the games and pause that DVD
Put an end to childhood obesity

I’m gonna take it outside
Take my bike for a ride
Have to get some fresh air
Show my body I care
I’m gonna take it outside
It’s a matter of pride
It’s a beautiful day
Go outside and play
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Hits: 4488
Comments: 161
Fans: 70
Plays: 264
Downloads: 95

Uploaded: Apr 22, 2011 - 10:29:36 AM
Last Updated: Dec 16, 2012 - 08:29:31 AM Last Played: Jan 30, 2017 - 05:46:14 PM
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Comments
RochaMalhada said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Let's go play
Really cool rock song! Another in the benevolent series...

You guys rock! god bless you!

. - Harold
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Harold
We appreciate the listen. Have a wonderful Good Friday!
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davisamerica said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Excellent
track. Hats off to all the "crew" !
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Jack
We all thank you for stopping by to listen!
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dave_b said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Take It Outside
Great track! Tight & tasty playing from the all star band. Cool sound choices, great production. I can relate to the lyric - good advice for everyone, not just kids.
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Dave
We appreciate the listen and kind comments. I need to go for a run myself!
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papag said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Take it
Great stuff all the way around.

Thanks for the download :)
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks papag
There's nothing better than being downloaded!
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Moviz said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Such a
fantastic collab and a great song...... Gaylen really hits the top and Sigmund's lead is fab.... guys and gals at school are doing good too..... everything spot on.... good one, regards M
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thank You Maurice!
Gaylen, Sigmund, Bob, & Scott did such a great job on this! I know the kids and David were as pleased to be working with them as I was!
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TERRAPLANE said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
ROCK THE HOUSE
I mean playground,,, Wo,, I bet the kids had a blast with this one,,Excellent band! Luv Sigs shredding with harmonies With David & Gaylen bringing the attitude over a solid backbone by the rhythm section.. Gee Andrew, you guys & the students have 1/2 of a full length LP already,,,keep em coming
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Terry
We all appreciate the listen and kind comments. The school-year is almost over. This will be it for now. Both Yves and Karen contributed great ideas for other songs. More to come in the fall!
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Char said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Excellent.
Thanks, everyone.
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
And Thank You Char,
for listening!
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Sigmund said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Finally!!!
This song was a blast to play on! Everyone in this lineup was perfect, including the kids! Thank you for the privilage of being a part of this wonderful project, and kudos to all my fellow players who all helped, with their contributions, to make this song special.
Sig
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thank You Sig!
You absolutely shine on this one! Thanks for contributing a killer performance!
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ted23 said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Blimey!
Killer wah intro! Tasty lead and riffing. Excellent solos. Gluey bass and smart drums.... Powerful vox. High energy song.
Most excellent!
alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Ed
We all really appreciate the support!
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MarkHolbrook said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Andrew...
Let's face it... You guys simply need to form a real band! You all work so well together! Make it so!!!

Outstanding!
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Mark
At $4.00 a gallon I think we'll have to keep this one an Internet band! Thanks for the listen! We appreciate it!
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Symphony101 said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Oh boy ....
they say the sky is the limit, but as far as you guys are concerned, I'm not sure one can think about limits ... There are so many things to praise that I'm afraid of leaving someone out. It's such a pro work guys, each and every one !
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Yves
We all appreciate you stopping by to listen! And thanks for all the kind comments. Your idea for one of these is on the '"to-do list" for the fall. I'll keep you posted!
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smokey bacon jnr said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Ozzy lives!
Great Ozzy voice! Metal doesn't usually have a positive message, so it sounds a bit odd to me, but nice effort. Good riff.
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Smokey
One of our kindergarten teachers thought she heard a bit of Ozzy in this!

When Gaylen emailed me to sign off on the mix he said something to the effect that nothing this heavy should have a positive message LOL!

Thanks again for the listen!
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Ed Hannifin said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Oh gosh....
Where was this song when I needed it?

Nowadays my son tells ME that he needs to get outside, and he does...

This is ALL good... astoundingly good... I'm particularly blown away by Sigmund's wah leads, but really... It's all really rocking... Great mix... Great wit...

Those have got to be the most hip fifth graders in the world...
alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Ed
When I was young I was out playing all the time because there was nothing cool to do inside!

I'm with you! Sigmund's playing is particularly mind blowing and those 5th graders are very hip!

Thanks again for the listen and kind feedback!
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bud said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Big smile
nuff said
you guys rock
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Bud
We appreciate it! Nuff said :)
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Skunkwrx said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Take it outside
Makes me want to play guns with sticks.


Totally pro metal with a playskool message. My head is spinning. Love it.

SW
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Guns With Sticks
I love that game! And I was pretty good at it too!

Thanks for the listen and taking the time to comment! We all appreciate it!
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magnatone said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Take it Outside
Andrew et al - this is just fabulous!! i'm so SO impressed with how this was put together. gaylen's incredible voice tops it all off perfectly - man, this is just SO SO GOOD!!! congratulations to one and all!
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thank You Karen
And as always thanks for taking the time to listen to the earlier versions as this grew.
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hackneybloke said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
take it outside
wow....reminds me of robin trower....cool guitar sigmund. great vocals gaylen. cool chorus of kids....very 'brick in the wall'. lovely guitars andrew and very clear mix...sounds really powerful on headphones. and scott on drums....you can't go wrong with such a cool crowd. i'm so taken by the talent on this site. wow gaylen...give it some....you sound amazing...i can hear your hair growing with each note....and your t-shirt getting darker and darker. cool collab.
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thank You Julian
We all appreciate the listen and thoughtful comments! Maybe we should have included a line or two about kayaking!
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sewer rod said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Great song
Very good job to all on this! It's fun and a refreshing difference from the doom and gloom vibe that metal usually has.
Enjoyed!
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Jay
I really appreciate those comments coming from a man like you who knows about metal!
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Saltaireguru77 said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Awesome
Gaylen's voice on this just nails it, especially where it's doubled. I love the attitude on this - it just screams through and grabs you by the ears. The production is par excellence which is just another day for you Andrew of course but that says a lot I think. Great work from the students and I look forward to hearing what they do next. As for that guitar solo...... I think the rest of us all need to practice more! Sigmund, I'm not sure if I want to shake your hand or punch you! Excellent excellent playing sir.

So what's next Andrew? I'd like to hear a grindcore/polka jam arranged for tibetan nose flutes and zither. Is there nothing you can't do?
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Wow! Thank You Stephen!
That's a lot of kind, thoughtful, and supportive feedback! We all really appreciate it!
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Sigmund said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
I think
a handshake will more than suffice :)

Thank you for your nice comments, Stephen
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Philip18 said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Take it outside
What's interesting for me in this song is that you need a heavy approach to get kids to go outside - in previous generations, getting them back inside was the tricky part! The song is great - the instrumentation, the vocal, the lyrics and of course the children's chorus which adds reality to it. Congratulations on the project!
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Philip
We didn't need it to be heavy! We wanted it to be heavy. But I know what you mean. My mom had to yell my name repeatedly to get me to come in! Thanks for the listen and kind comments!
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Cheeto said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
I'm taking it outside..
and gonna play this song loud and proud!! Great song.. I love the chorus on this!! AWESOME!!!
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Paul
You know, I find I do sing the chorus while I'm out for a bike ride or go for a jog. Thanks for the listen. We appreciate it!
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Relic67 said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
rocking
good message, great singing and playing from all involved.
impressive guitar soloing!
5extra and scofugate showing tasteful mastery as always.
enjoyed it!

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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Relic
We're all glad you dropped by for a listen. And thanks for the kind comments!
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PeterB7858 said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Metal to the pedal :-)
Heavy metal with a social conscious! Where do I start? Sig's lead guitar work soars over your fantastic rhythm and bass work, Andrew. The choice of Gaylen for the lead vocals was inspired. Scott's drums are stellar. David and the kids do a great job with the backing vocals. And Bob's keys and his professional artwork complete the package. Another great, great project! Kudos to all. Regards, Peter.
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Peter!
"Metal to the pedal!" LOL! I love that line!

Thanks from all of us for taking the time to listen and comment!
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rok41 said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Outside
Soundgarden meets School of Rock! This is excellent, nicely conceived, constructed and performed. Everyone shines on this! SMOKING!
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Chris
I was totally going for that drop D Alice in Chains/Soundgarden thing with the main riffs! Although I think the bass sound leans a bit more toward Guns & Roses!

Thanks for the listen and positive feedback!
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awigze said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Excellent
Another great message and production by all. Thus will make an impact as well as you'd other projects. All one has to do us look around and see the growing epidemic of obesity. I think allot of it is because people don't think about it on any personal level. This certainly will help the kids on thinking about it.
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Andy
The message is after all the most important thing. And morgan102 deserves the credit for that. Thanks for the listen. We appreciate it!
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chinaman2 said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
nice
heavy sound to the guitars. just as I like it. vocals sound like Robert Plant, this rocks.
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chinaman2 said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
with
a little alice in chains thrown in for good measure
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks chinaman
I asked Gaylen if he could give the bridge an Alice in Chains vibe. Clearly he delivered! Thanks for listening. We all appreciate it!
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scofugate said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
SO NEw
Sounds so different now !! Great job in turning this into something so special!! (Take it outside)
Thanks Andrew for letting me jam here!!!
Great work ALL!!!!
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thank You Scott
We all appreciate the outstanding job you did on this! Thanks for making it special!
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mike_d said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Heavy!
What an awesome track! Inspired so much by this that I will get my lazy behind on my bike tomorrow and hit the trails :)

Super job everyone!
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Mike
I don't think any of us every considered motivating adults with this one, but we'll take it! Thanks for listening. We all appreciate it!
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RAVENS said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Whew
First and foremost, the whole reasoning behind doing these projects is just wonderful. Andrew your dedication is so inspirational. Kick butt bass too, sweet!

Now on to the song, wowzers! Gaylen, as usual, fan-freakin-tastical, that voice is killer. David, like I said about Andrew, your dedication to these songs are just wonderful. It was hard deciphering your vox from Gaylen's vox at times, just awesome! Sig, your playing is sick man, your solo was incredible! Bob, I love synths so much. Wow, they sound so terrific here, just perfect! Scott, is there anything you can't do? You commit to so many projects, and bring it every single time. Your drumming always blows me away, triple cannolis for you this week!

And, my favorite part are the kids. They sound just fabulous! Oh and super props to Morgan for suggesting the idea. You guys ROCK!

RAVEN ;-)
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Wow! Thank You Dani!
I know everyone involved is loving reading every word you wrote!
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Sigmund said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Can
it get any better than that? Thanks Dani!
Sig
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morgan102 said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Yeah
Thats what Im talking about!Kids take it outside and put down the game box,and have some real fun.Great track guys,this is so crucial for our kids today.SWEET!!
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Morgan
It never would have happened had you not suggested it! Thanks for the great idea!
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morgan102 said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Pal
I want to thank my pal RAVENS for giving me a heads up this very important song and message.GREAT JOB GUYS!!!
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Now I'm Feeling Bad
I was going to PM you. But I thought I'd give it a day. I was kind of hoping you would stumble upon it. I wanted to surprise you! Again thanks for sharing a terrific idea!
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strangedream said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Oh Sh***
This is cool. Gave me goosebumps! SO well done. Sig, you're a star...Gaylen, your vocals are perfect on this. Andrew, I know you put this together just like a pro. Thanks for posting.
alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Thanks Natalie
That means a lot! We all appreciate it!

Don't we have something to finish :)
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morgan102 said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Andrew
Don't feel bad my friend,its a great song and so meaningful.Dani and I communicate a lot,so we give each other heads up on important projects like this.
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alackbass said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Whew!
Thanks! I feel better!
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Carrie71 said 2342 days ago (April 22nd, 2011)
Take it outside...
First, this tune is fantastic and Sig is a god! I actually just listened to it 4 times before commenting! Mr. Jordan, the kids,Scott, Bob, you, oh...and the G-man put together a rockin great tune! This one is so freaking catchy! What a message too. You boys and girls are just awesome! Oh...did I mention Sig is a GOD! My new favorite! Great post Andrew, your the bestest!
alackbass said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Thanks Carrie
I know we all appreciate the four listens and loads of kind comments. Thanks so much!
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Gaylen75 said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
take it outside
Well, it came out great. I love everybody's contribution. It is strange for me to hear these lyrics with metal but it works. thanks for bringing me on board.
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alackbass said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Thank You Gaylen!
We're all so glad you chose to climb on board. You really brought this one home. We could not have done this without you.
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neilh79 said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Take it Outside
These projects with your students just get better and better. Sigmund Van Halen really lets rip with some awesome soloage in here. The vocal of course is superb Gaylen in his niche and the students complements it perfectly.... bring on the next!
alackbass said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Thanks Neil
I thought about trying to do the lead solos for about one minute. Then I decided why am I doing this when Sigmund can do it a trillion times better. I was looking for a Kirk Hammett vibe in the solos. That was the reason I requested the wah. And man! Did he deliver the goods.

This was written for Gaylen from the start. And he delivered the goods as well.

I love the attitude in kids' performance. There was nothing timid about them.

The next will have to wait until the fall. There's not much time left in the school year. Stay tuned!

Thanks for the listen and all the kind feedback! We appreciate it!
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Sigmund said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
No one
influenced me more as a young guitarist than Eddie - much appreciate the compliment!
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CounterHarmony said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Awesome
Awesome lyrics, awesome chorus, and that lead guitar......wow, such talent. You are all amazing musicians. Great message too.
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alackbass said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Thank You
Thanks for listening and taking the time to leave such supportive comments!
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sheilad said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
wouldn't it be easier
to list who DIDN'T add to this fabulous track? Seriously great message and the vibe makes you want to get up and move. I saw Karen mention that you should take this to Michelle Obama and I agree! I made sure I grabbed a copy before this goes national!! Wow
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alackbass said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Thanks Sheila
I do enjoy these big collaborations! So asking three or four macjams friends to participate just makes it more fune (and easier) for me. And with so much amazing talent hanging around here why wouldn't I?

I have visited the Let's Move website. But I can't find a "contact us" link. So I'm not sure how to reach the website administrators, let alone the First Lady!

Thanks again for taking the time to listen and comment. We all appreciate it!
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Feter said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Take It Outside
Super group ...super project and Andrew you always so insightful and have too many fruitful thoughts with your friends and music and I m really impressed by the out come with everybody efforts on ...this is just great ..kudos to all !!
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alackbass said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Thanks Feter
We all really appreciate your kind comments. Thanks so much for stopping by to listen!
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particledots said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
nice
singing sounds like that bloke out of gun and roses - in fact the whole track does a bit
how did you do that!!!
lovely sound

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alackbass said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Thanks Bryn
I'd imagine Gaylen's range and the grit he brought to this performance brings Axl to mind! Then the heavy guitars, dirty bass, and heavy drums are right out of the G&R playbook! Thanks for the listen!
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J_Gretch said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Lots of good stuff
going on here....You guys rock!!
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alackbass said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Thanks J!
There always good stuff going on at MacJams! Thanks so much for stopping by to listen. We all appreciate it!
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Vic Holman said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Take It Outside
it's a wonderful day in the neighborhood and at macjams, excellent job from everyone involved on this production. sounds great!
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alackbass said 2341 days ago (April 23rd, 2011)
Thanks Vic
We all appreciate the support!
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Alannah said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Luvvin the 5th grade students here .....
.. well ok whole thing rawks .... sounds great ... a fab cast of characters ! :)
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alackbass said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Thanks Alannah
Good to see you! And thanks for dropping by to listen!
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five_extra_arms said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Bob Used a Uniball Pen
This is a rocker and a half! What a great concept and a brilliant performance by everyone.

Let me just say that Sigmund's lead is out of control! I'm blown away. You couldn't have picked a better vocalist to accompany him either. Great work guys. The kids are gonna love this!

This kid does!

Bob
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alackbass said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Thanks Bob
Thank you for being a big part of all four of these projects. It's particularly cool to finally have you playing on one. You did a great job taking this in a direction it wouldn't have gone in otherwise.

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FEEL said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Rock'n tune
loved the intro with the wah. Catchy progression... I really like when the crowd comes in. Nothing like going out side and getting away from that TV.
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alackbass said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Thanks John
On behalf of everyone involved thank you for the support! I think I need to get away from this laptop and go for a bike ride!
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drakonis said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
GET UP!
Wow, this just rolls over everything, insistent, positive, and unstoppable message... First class performances (ShredderSig, NightenGaylen, Scott "Noise" Gate, Bob the Bouncer, and DnA and the awesome 5th grade class!) And super songwriting, this thing rocks your roots and propels you OUTSIDE! Excellent excellent stuff! Love it!
ttfn,
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alackbass said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Thanks Eduard
Your feedback is always so thoughtful and creatively worded! Thank you so much from all of us!
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FrankAxtell said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
rockin'
wah guitar...very cool arrangment
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alackbass said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Thank You Frank!
We're so glad you stopped by to listen and thanks for the positive comments! We all appreciate it!
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PockBluesman said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Oh to have my hair back
Id be rocking to this one. Hair flying everywhere. I 'll have to settle for a more sedate headbang. Awesome guitar great rockin number from all involved.
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alackbass said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Thanks Rick!
If hair is a requirement for one to rock to this, I'm in big trouble! Thanks for listen and commenting. We all appreciate it!
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ktb said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Take It Outside
Just too cool. I wish I could implant this message in my own kids heads. I think this whole series is incredibly creative. Great work all.


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alackbass said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Thanks John
A series! You know, when the school year began I had no clue there would be a series of tunes before summer vacation. I have so many people to thank, David, the students, and soooooooo many of my MJ friends. Thanks again for helping me on two of them and being supportive of all of them.
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Bob Rodgers said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
A
great performance and collab from everyone involved.
A wonderful intro, the wah guitars and the vocals are superb, love the whole production.
Excellent work and very much enjoyed.

Bob
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alackbass said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Thank You Bob!
We all appreciate it!
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sammydix said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
big surprise!!!
rockin! didn't see it coming and delivered so well. kids are great as usual and didn't even take from the song's edge. impressed again.
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alackbass said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Thanks Sammy!
"kids are great as usual and didn't even take from the song's edge." I love that! I agree completely! You should have seen them. That edge was all over their faces! Thanks for stopping by to listen!
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ChristopherCihon said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
WOW!!!
This ROCKS!! Love your rhythm playing man...

Great job everybody!!

Blew me away...
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alackbass said 2340 days ago (April 24th, 2011)
Thanks Chris
That means a lot coming from you, a man who knows his metal! We all appreciate the support!
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Ibstrat said 2339 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
I
love this- reminds me of older Chili Peppers.Fantastic lead guitar,vocals- the bass and drums sound great!
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alackbass said 2339 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Thanks Mark!
We all appreciate that. Thanks for listening!
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jdholliday said 2339 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Mr. Lack
I am always taken aback by your shining positive influence that you share with so many young and old, to me and i am sure many, you are a true inspiration, you make me want to be a better person and from the bottom of my heart I thank you for that, David's and your lyrics are so very well written with just the right amount of diplomacy while still delivering a strong message about a sensitive subject, Your rhythm and electric bass parts sound great, sigmund rocks the house as always, the guy with all those extra arms really puts them to good use, I bet his taylor loves him, and Scott is the man! Gaylen sounds phenominal! The students have outdone themselves again and I hope they are very proud, I truly believe these songs could be used on any number of children's television shows, thank you all for not only sharing your talents but for using them for so much good! Bravo!
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alackbass said 2339 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Wow! James!
I'm overwhelmed! Thank you so much for all the kind support! We all appreciate it!
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ShadowofNine said 2339 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Made it
To hear this gem, Fab performances, stunned me, lead guitar is outstanding...as is every other part...WOW I'm so blown away that I cannot write any more so see Dani and JD they said it all...
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alackbass said 2339 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Thanks Dave
So glad you liked it and thanks for stopping by to listen.
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grahame1956 said 2339 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Take it outside
Really like this. The students vocals lend a Pink Floyd Brick in the Wall element, but the whole things rocks really well. The wah lead is inspirational
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alackbass said 2339 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Thank You Grahame
We all appreciate that! Thanks for the listen!
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finkeldink said 2339 days ago (April 25th, 2011)
Wha wha the heck!
Very cool! Sorry I'm late to the party.

man this really came together well!
Nicely done by all.
I really dig Sig's solo. Very tasty!

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alackbass said 2338 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Thank You Michael!
That means a lot coming from someone who fully rocks!
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ktholliday said 2338 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
~ Take It Outside ~
Wowza!!!! I am so blown away by this rockin tune!I love this! So well done by all! I had to listen to this several times, as the kidlets did amazing too! I have an instant download! Very superlative sound and track! I will play this over and over, for a work out indeed! This Rocks!!!! I can see how the 5th graders are so inspired! They have such a phenomenal music teacher! ~ Have a terrific Tuesday and enjoy the rest of the week!
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alackbass said 2338 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Thank You Katy
There is never a better compliment than being downloaded! Thank you! We all appreciate it!
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BlueFlameRoom said 2338 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Roosters.....
Are always outside.... can always use somebody to play with.... maybe this tune is the key.... Great playing all around.
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alackbass said 2338 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Thank You!
Well when you rule the chicken coop why wouldn't you? And aren't there several hens out there to play with? Thanks again for the listen!
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KCsGROOVE said 2338 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
made me smile
although the message is serious
Great performance, Andrew!
Love those lyrics!
Fav and download! :-)
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alackbass said 2338 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Thank You Cees
The download is always the best of all compliments! We all thank you!
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Slashh! said 2338 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
My gosh!
When did Ozzy join MacJams?
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alackbass said 2338 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
Thanks Slashh!
And start doing songs aimed at a youth audience (well....in a positive way that is!) Thanks again for the listen. We all appreciate it!
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Carrie71 said 2338 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
fyi
I downloaded to my phone so I could lets the girls at work listen. They love it. How about a flossing an brushing tune!
alackbass said 2338 days ago (April 26th, 2011)
The Oral Hygiene Song!
We will be adding that to our to-do list. Thanks for the support and the great idea!
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DWL said 2337 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
Rocking stuff
Absolutely wonderful. Loved just about everything about it!

Cheers

Dick


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alackbass said 2337 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
Thanks Dick
We're so glad you liked it. Thanks for taking the time to give it a listen!
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Leon said 2337 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
Outside the ballpark
This is so tightly mixed and well-produced that it sounds like you guys actually came together and recorded it in the same studio room. Energized, crisp, powerfully played instruments, crazy cool lyrics, and listen-to-me vocals. This is a testimony to the power of technology and the incredible musical sense and abilities of everyone involved!
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alackbass said 2337 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
Thanks Leon!
We all really appreciate the listen and all the kind feedback!
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Jarvoid said 2337 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
Right ...
good one ...now if you can do one about getting us home studio couch potatoes outside for an hour a day then you will have really risen to an uphill challenge ;0)!

Smashing job all round.....School of Rock I wot !

Jarvoid
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alackbass said 2337 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
Thanks Chris
There were a few comments (see above) from folks who felt compelled to get out and get some exercise. So while it wasn't aimed directly at them, the message appears to have come across, at least for a few people! Thanks again for dropping by to give this a listen!
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SCJohnson59 said 2337 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
Not generally ...
my taste but I can dig it!!! ... If I may offer one(albeit minor)quibble ... to my ears I'd like to hear the lead vocals panned a little more in the stereo field ... sounds like he's 'answering' himself(if that makes any sense)...it'd be a bit more interesting if it 'sounded' like he were having a conversation with his 'twin' ... I'm rambling ... excellent effort all the way around!!
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alackbass said 2337 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
Thanks Scott
Good suggestion regarding the vocal. I'd don't think it would have occurred to me because I was never thinking of the vocal as a call and response thing. Gaylen gave us that flat out hard rock sound we were looking for. In my mind his performance deserved to be front and center. But there's endless possibilities and no right or wrong way.

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egobandit said 2337 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
You guys
Im speechless! sorry for being so late! The power of the internet!
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alackbass said 2337 days ago (April 27th, 2011)
Thanks Tim
You're not late! You get here when you get here! Thanks for stopping by for a listen. And we all appreciate the support!
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thetiler said 2336 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
Cool rockin
Kind of reminds me of the singer of cream. Team spirit and so much more!
What great soul rockin in a heavy element! Thanks for sharing, lots of talented stuff. Nice lyrics about health, my son would love those words being a fitness fanatic, he probable would love to ex-cerise to this tune. In fact I'll send him this link. He'll be supprised ol' dad send him a hard rockin tune :) Very impressed!
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alackbass said 2336 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
Thanks Bill
We all appreciate the listen, the kind comments, and you passing the link along!
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867-5309 said 2336 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
X Box
! classy collaboration with great everything !
' like the lyrics too. solos are slicing . . .
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alackbass said 2336 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
Thanks Scott
Thanks for dropping by for a listen. We all appreciate it!
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jibes said 2336 days ago (April 28th, 2011)
Take It Outside
Super job by all!!!
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alackbass said 2335 days ago (April 29th, 2011)
Thanks Neal
We appreciate the listen!
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mrattue said 2334 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Stirring!
Heavy metal is the perfect genre for a song like this! i don't see how you can listen to a bar of this without getting up and rocking!

i think i prefer the first person voice in the lyrics, as if the kids are expressing their own determination, rather than the adult 'public announcement' voice.

Great idea, and very well executed!

Marc
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alackbass said 2334 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Thanks Marc
I really appreciate you perspective on the lyrics. I'm finding that I really do draw upon the writing concepts we teach the kids. Point of view is one! David and I will discuss "who is saying this?" and how can we change a line to make that clear.

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Komrade K said 2334 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
School of Rock
Digging that chorus - those kids sure have attitude. Well done all!

KK
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alackbass said 2334 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Thanks KK
I agree! The kids nailed this! Thanks for listening!
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scaustrita said 2334 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Outstanding!
Great sound, what a full mix!
The musicians play flawlessly.
Love the Enrichment Students vocals too . . .

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alackbass said 2334 days ago (April 30th, 2011)
Thanks Steve!
So glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by to listen. We all appreciate it!
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ste said 2332 days ago (May 2nd, 2011)
wow
great vocals. like the guitars on this too. good message
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alackbass said 2332 days ago (May 2nd, 2011)
Thanks ste
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TobinMueller said 2322 days ago (May 12th, 2011)
Outdoor respect
I totally dig the lead vocals, and then the children's chorus, what a great idea. Very cool concept. I can imagine this being performed on the final day before summer vacation by the 5th grade for the entire school. It would be way cool...
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alackbass said 2322 days ago (May 12th, 2011)
Thanks Again Tobin!
I really appreciate you taking the time to catch up with my recent posts! All four of these songs have been getting played in the morning over the school's TV system. I think it's making everyone involved feel pretty darn good. Thanks again for the listen!
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PrototypeEightyOne said 2305 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Nice
This track is really well done. Gaylen sounds great and the guitars and drums sound crisp and mixed well. Cool message too, radio worthy in my opinion. Great work!
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PrototypeEightyOne said 2305 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
oh yea and..
I neglected to mention the great work by "all", I loved every element in this track. Really good stuff.
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alackbass said 2305 days ago (May 29th, 2011)
Thank You!
We all appreciate the listen and supportive feedback.
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abzwork said 2115 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Blazin'...
Reminds me of Zep...nice ride here..luv guitarwork..:)peace
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alackbass said 2115 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
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gadzooks said 1952 days ago (May 16th, 2012)
Take It Outside
When you replied to my comment on your Alone on a River tune you mentioned you had a few hard rockers posted so I looked back and found this gem! This is about the time I came on board ... there are a lot of tunes that when I have time I will try and listen too. This is a killer tune. I love the fact you got the 5th graders in on it and they did a great job. Gaylens voice is so suited for this. The whole tune is really well done.
SG
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