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Re: Rise Above - June 2018 challenge
« Reply #30 on: June 08, 2018, 12:03:51 AM »
dont forget RED.......each time you "sing a bit" it has to be at least 16 Bars on each occasion  ;) :D

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Re: Rise Above - June 2018 challenge
« Reply #31 on: June 08, 2018, 12:40:05 AM »
dont forget RED.......each time you "sing a bit" it has to be at least 16 Bars on each occasion  ;) :D
Just make it one reaaaaaaaaallly long note each time  :P
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Re: Rise Above - June 2018 challenge
« Reply #32 on: June 11, 2018, 11:17:54 PM »
i'm sure you all will have no problem competing with my garbage vocals.

this is song is a small milestone for me.  this is the first time i've used my nanokey i've had for 2 or 3 years, and my first attempt using mt-drumkit midi plugin.  no loop programming, just a couple of midi tracks recorded separately, kick/snare, hihat, cymbals.  let me know if this is something i should post a howto on.


this is a test
it is only a test
a test you can pass
if you can overcome the temptation

no one deserves this
it makes me pissed
to see you like this
your letting her win

don't fail them now
put that drink back down
don't fail them now
put that drink back down

chorus

chorus with key change 1

heavy riff with key change 1

heavy riff with key change 2

chorus music with key change 2

after all this pain you endure
one thing is for sure

you'll be free again
free to love again

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Re: Rise Above - June 2018 challenge
« Reply #33 on: June 17, 2018, 08:48:10 PM »
With great irony, I'm no sure I'll be able to 'rise above' for this challenge.  It's turning out that my ideas are bigger than my current skill-set.  I simply have NOT been able to play what I hear in my head!   :'(

If my schedule changes, I might be able to try again later but I'm not hopeful.

Edit: I just realized I may have one more shot at recording. Even if I simplify from what I wanted, it still counts, right?  ???

Also, if anyone sees that missing beat in the chorus, can you send it back my way?  I'm seems to routinely wander off when I'm trying to record the guitar part...
« Last Edit: June 17, 2018, 09:25:05 PM by RedJoker »

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Re: Rise Above - June 2018 challenge
« Reply #34 on: June 18, 2018, 10:26:33 PM »
I haven’t even started on this one as I’ve been focusing on the BOTB challenge.

Plus there’s a World Cup on!!😆

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Re: Rise Above - June 2018 challenge
« Reply #35 on: June 19, 2018, 01:16:26 AM »
I haven’t even started on this one as I’ve been focusing on the BOTB challenge.

Plus there’s a World Cup on!!😆

Last minute goal ruined my day  :P
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Re: Rise Above - June 2018 challenge
« Reply #36 on: June 19, 2018, 05:01:29 PM »
Last minute goal ruined my day  :P

Eh? Canada and Scotland aren’t in it!😆

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Re: Rise Above - June 2018 challenge
« Reply #37 on: June 21, 2018, 05:31:17 AM »
Thanks for the verification papaG, and a  :P for Mr. Dino!  ~:)  8)
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Re: Rise Above - June 2018 challenge
« Reply #38 on: June 21, 2018, 11:24:32 PM »
Eh? Canada and Scotland aren’t in it!😆

Lmao no......  ;D
#anyonebutengland

Just kidding  :P
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Re: Rise Above - June 2018 challenge
« Reply #39 on: June 24, 2018, 08:00:05 PM »
Well, I ran out of time.  I'm heading out of town so I won't be able to work on it anymore.  It's not where I'd like it but at least you get the idea.

Here's the rest of the story on this song:

Almost all of these lyrics are true and are about the time I had to rebuild my Shelby Cobra replica for an upcoming track day at Mid-Ohio.  In the song, I hit a wall to damage my car but in reality, I hit a deer on the way to work the week before.  I scrounged parts together and even fabricated some suspension components to improve handling.  I did all the corner balancing in my garage on bathroom scales and and a homemade alignment gauge.  I show up to the track and the other guys had fancy car haulers and trailers but I just drove my car there towing a small trailer with a tool box and my race tires.  (Yes, I fabricated a tow hitch for my Cobra replica.)  My car had the least horsepower of any other but handled the best.  I ended up being last down the long straight but then my car really showed them in the corners.  In fact, at lunch, Adam Andretti (nephew to Mario) pulled me assigned and asked who did my suspension setup because he had never seen a cobra kit car handle that well.  (He could be lying but he didn't have to say anything.)

This was about 8 years ago and I've since sold the car.  But, I kept the license plate and built a three-string 'cigar-box' type electric guitar out of it.  (Pic attached below)  I used that guitar for both guitar parts in this song and my torque wrench was the guest percussionist.

Anyway.... Weekend Racer


All of the damage on my race car
The brush with the wall it left more than a scar
The right front corner is just destroyed
No time or money when you're under-employed

So it's Parts from a mustang, t-bird and jeep
Most from a junk-yard, free or dirt cheap
And more fabrication to make it all fit
A rattle can paint job to make it legit

The doctors and lawyers write checks for their cars
And go to the track like they're some kind of star
But good old boys with gas in our veins
Will race them all to victory lane.

[Key change]

I pull in to the pit, towing tools and race tires
some of the parts held on with just wire
Rusted old bolts all over the place
I know that she runs, now, let's see if she'll race

A misty grey morning out on the track
all of the drivers were still in a pack
The first turns was scary, the tires were cold
Slipping and sliding could not get a hold

The doctors and lawyers write checks for their car
Drive on the track like they're some kind of star
But the good old boys with gas in our veins
Can almost smell that victory lane.

[Key change]

Down the straight with my foot to the floor
On the rev limit she just had no more
The roar of exhaust, the pack pulled away
But we came to the corner she jumped on her prey

Cutting and dicing through the whole field
Holding the line and refusing to yield
Leaping and spitting like an angry barn cat
Even Andretti's never seen one like that

The doctors and lawyers write checks for their car
To drive the track like they're some kind of star
But the good old boys with gas in our veins
Will race them all to victory lane.

[Key change back to original]

The doctors and lawyers write checks for their cars
And go to the track like they're some kind of star
But the good old boys with gas in our veins
Give them the bird from victory lane.


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Re: Rise Above - June 2018 challenge
« Reply #40 on: June 24, 2018, 08:07:37 PM »
You scared me there RJ lol
Had to go make sure the deadline was the 28th  :P :P
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Re: Rise Above - June 2018 challenge
« Reply #41 on: June 24, 2018, 08:14:37 PM »
You scared me there RJ lol
Had to go make sure the deadline was the 28th  :P :P

Yeah sorry, I'm just heading out of town so I won't be able to work on it any more. :/

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Re: Rise Above - June 2018 challenge
« Reply #42 on: June 28, 2018, 02:37:16 AM »
Here's my effort this month.....

Witness the debut of The Blue Bastard on rhythm guitars  ;D

Couldn't quite bring myself to play the solos on it :P
Yes...scaredy cat, I know :P

I think for a $130 DIY kit with 2 x $40 Retro(Filtertron)tron GFS pickups in it, it sounds pretty darn good through the G5 pedal board lol
Although I suspect a 2x4 and a couple lengths of cheesewire would sound good through that thing :P

Nevertheless - a song was made :P

It's not about anything specific...just life in general....two steps forward, one back...I'm sure you all know what I mean....

Rise Above It

Problems, Problems, Problems,
Problems all the time.
Get one solved, up pop two more,
There's no rest from this grind.
It might seem impossible, it might seem too hard,
But there's one thing that you can do,
'Cause you hold all the cards.
You gotta rise above it, never let it get you down,
When the hurricane comes you bend don't break,
until you almost touch the ground.

Just when you think you got it right,
Something will go wrong.
You prepare and plan and god will laugh,
And knock you right back down.
It might seem impossible, it might seem too hard,
But there's one thing that you can do,
'Cause you hold all the cards.
You gotta rise above it, never let it get you down,
When the hurricane comes you bend don't break,
until you almost touch the ground.

One of these days you're gonna win,
And life will be so fine.
You beat them all and still stand tall,
You made it just in time.
It seemed so impossible, it seemed way too hard.
But you did the one thing you could do,
When you played the final card.
You managed to rise above it, didn't let it get you down.
When the hurricane came you didn't break,
And you never touched the ground.

"If it looks good, you'll see it.If it sounds good you'll hear it. If it's marketed right you'll buy it. But if it's real, you'll feel it"

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Re: Rise Above - June 2018 challenge
« Reply #43 on: June 28, 2018, 01:12:34 PM »
Its been difficult for me to "rise above" so I didn't get a song done. I'll give this another 12 hours for any last minute entries and then I'll start a new voting thread.

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Re: Rise Above - June 2018 challenge
« Reply #44 on: June 28, 2018, 09:30:25 PM »
No entry from me this time.