After a long break, I have returned to submit my entry for the Song Fight 11/10/13 - Bully. This was an 8 day deadline. After a few months of not recording, it was hard to find my flow again. Although this started off with a lot of promise, it quickly turned into quite the battle. My original approach at a chorus for this fell through. The second idea didnt materialize either, so the chorus is extremely week in this tune, and will need to be revisited and approached differently. This ate up a ton of my time, and I never quite recovered from it. I was hoping to have a more detailed rhythm track in there, but time just ran out, and I had to settle with some generic loops that I had been using as my click track. EQ'ing was painful task as well. All the ideas/sounds I had in my head for this tune starting out, were just not materializing as I had hoped. Vocals are getting lost in the mix quite often. This is a constant battle for me. Must do more research into vocal compression / treatment / EQ. Solo gave me a tough time to, but it ended up passable, so not to many complaints on that. I actually missed the dealine on this tune because I was so unhappy with it that I decided not to submit. After sleeping on it for a night, and noticing the songfight songs had yet to be posted, I decided to take an hour and polish it up as best I could using what I had, and submit. So at least its submitted and I can chalk this up to succesful. Submitted means I actually practiced my hobby, and got something done (for the most part). I will post Reviews from the songfight community as they come in. Until then, I would like to share this quote from Ira Glass from NPR that made me feel a little better about my recording/songwriting ability:
For the first couple of years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer.And your taste is why your work disappoints you.
A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have.
And if you are just starting out or you are still in that phase,you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is a lot of work. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close the gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.
- Ira Glass (National Public Radio)
Reviews from Songfight
The intro hooks me right away. Great harmonies, heroic sound, nice changeup at :45 and again at 1:00. This has the push-pull I was hoping for from Hoglen. Nice eastern flourishes. Vote.
- Josh Woodward ( http://www.facebook.com/joshwoodwardmusic )
Like: Super intro, tricks me into thinking the "Who", lead guitar around 1:20, harmonized vocals. Dislike: nothing
- EvelBist/New Image
The droning, sparkling, reverberating, pulsating sound is what I would call "trippy" or "groovy," and I mean that in a good, retro way. Sweet harmonies. The vocals get a bit crowded and uncoordinated in the part around 00:54 -- the sibilances aren't timed with precision, for example -- and murky around 1:04, where they compete for sonic space with the low mids of the rhythm guitar. Hey, is that a backwards lead? Good call! As I say, it's got a good groove, and although it might benefit from a contrasting segment somewhere, it's short enough to work.
intro is quite nice. the spot where you are talking in the vocals reminds me of earlier (less poppy) incubus. I like the entire sound. The vocals feel more of a texture than a focus - but they sound good. Reverse solo. Please tell me how. I couldn’t pull much from the vocals but the overall sound is excellent.
Nice opening. Broad horizons and I'm digging the delayed Araby riff and vocals. I can't understand the vocals, but don't mind as the mood is good. This could use a face melting synth or guitar lead, maybe even some crazed mid-eastern horn all woodly. regardless, nice textures and good work despite lacking a change-up somewhere in there.
-Paco del Stinko