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Home Town, song for a warrior
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Released: Aug 3, 2008 | 7:03 PM
Category: Folk
Application: Acid
Loop Use: Some loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 8.96 MB

Plays: 1636
Downloads: 4
Weekly Plays: 0
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Sunday

License: Derivative works allowed on iCompositions only; contact artist for permission
This is my first new song in over a year and long overdue. It's a song about a journey's beginning. And ending. And beginning anew.

I wrote the song on a Wednesday in the parking lot at Wendy's. I was eating lunch when I started hearing the words and rhythm in my head. I threw the rest of my food in the trash and ran outside to the car, grabbed my notebook and scribbled away. I knew I needed better gear for this song, so I went out and bought a good microphone, cable and a USB interface. By Friday night I had recorded three separate and very different versions with my new gear.

Then my good friend Solo took it and did her magic with it in a real studio, using Pro Tools. When she sent it back to me and I listened to it, I loved it. And I hope you enjoy it too.

The version you'll be hearing here is the third version I recorded. That is not me on the guitar. It's a loop that I was listening to and decided that my song would work with it. So I grabbed the mike and what you're hearing is me fit my song to the guitar loop that was playing. So it's an improv but it's not. smiley I did improv the melody but I wrote the words beforehand and had already recorded two versions. I'll upload those versions here when they're ready. I'm still working on the guitar part which I will be playing on six- and twelve-string guitars. smiley

If anyone else on iComp (or elsewhere) wants to add anything to this song, send me a PM here or an email. I have ideas for other instruments and voices already and I'd love to hear your ideas too. Fact is, I want a pedal steel, a harmonica and one or two other voices for some subtle touches. smiley

Email Solo: jsolo0313ATaimDOTcom

Thanks for listening; as always, feedback is welcome. Without further adieu, I present to you my latest song, "Home Town, a song for a warrior." bama smiley

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RAVENS Artist

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Hey Bama,

You have no idea how this hit home tonight. You are very talented, and I would love to hear what others can add to this song. Although, I do love it the way it is. Those lyrics, I'm really feeling them!

RAVEN smiley
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9 years ago
Barretok Artist

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Your work is always moving. I love this lyrics and your vocals a guitar playing are perfect to deliver them. smiley
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9 years ago
Trilobite2 Artist

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Are you talking to me? This means a lot to me tonight. Thank You so much.

T2
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9 years ago
becwil Moderator

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Wonderful lyrically. I really like your vocal quality. Very natural. Very warm.

*me wants to hear your guitar version*
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9 years ago
Joanna Artist

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It's got a sort of country twang to it (though I'm far from a country expert so I could be totally wrong). Maybe it's the homespun message, though the lyrics fit beautifully with your source material. Great delivery on this.
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9 years ago
bama Artist Howdy, Ravens smiley

I'm glad you felt the song. That's what I was going for, the feeling. I was afraid maybe the lyrics were a bit too obscure, what with the mention of weapons and all...but I couldn't change them. Not for this one.

Thanks again, Ravens. smiley bama smiley
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9 years ago
bama Artist Thanks, Barretok smiley

I'm so glad you guys are feeling the song and that the lyrics are alright. smiley Not that I wuz gonna change 'em. smiley Glad you like the vocals. smiley

I'd like to take credit for the guitar work on there but it's a loop from a collection I own. There is another version of this song that I'm still working on. I'll play 6 and 12 string guitars on that one, so be watching for it. smiley

Thanks again, Barretok smiley bama smiley
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9 years ago
bama Artist Hey there, T2 smiley

Did the song sing to you? I'm glad it meant something to you.

Thanks again! bama smiley
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9 years ago
bama Artist Hey, Rebecca smiley

You're gonna hear the guitar version. It's got three voices too, so I'm having to wait until my throat problem clears up a bit before I can do much more with it right now. But I'm turning it over in my head, still working on it. smiley

Thanks again, Rebecca. And thanks for lettin' me bug ya earlier when I PM'd ya. bama smiley
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9 years ago
bama Artist Howdy, Joanna smiley

I prefer to think of it as a lovely Southern lilt with a lotta soul rather than country. (I'm not knockin' country at all, btw.) Thanks for listening to it. smiley And the words about the delivery too. smiley Wish I could put the other vocals, and the pedal steel, and the harmonica that I hear with it, right now. I'll upload that version later. When I find somebody to play those things! smiley

Thanks again for listening, Joanna. smiley bama smiley

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9 years ago
ShadowofNine Artist

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Fantastic song, excellent recording,super performance..Bravo...
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9 years ago
bama Artist Thank you, Shadow smiley

I have my wonderful pal, Solo, to thank for the sound that totally blew me away when she mastered it and sent it back to me. I'm a spoiled gal now, lemme tell ya. My original sounds ugh, flat, dull, compared to what she did with it. smiley

Thanks again, Shadow smiley bama smiley
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9 years ago
thenownows Artist

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There's a lot of heart in your performance here bama and it certainly works for me too! Looking forward to the updates in the future, as there is a lot of space here just waiting to be filled up smiley Cheers!
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9 years ago
bama Artist Yep, and that's exactly why I left that space there. Hint hint to anybody listening! smiley

Thank you so much for listening, Martin smiley All this response has made me wanna grab the mike and work on the other versions right now! Different tunes and back up and everything. Plus the other songs I'm working on. smiley Happy sigh.

Thank you again, Martin. You all are makin' me feel mighty good tonight. bama smiley
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9 years ago
RAMZAR Artist

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I find that the voice is a little left in the pan!
And doubling the track of the guitar?
Beautiful song Bama, are just my fantasies from the mix!!!!!!


smiley Cesare
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9 years ago
bama Artist Howdy, Cesare smiley

Yeah, I thought I had corrected for that. Somehow I recorded all the vocal on the left channel. I duped the track and tried to pan to adjust for it. But then I think Solo put the vocal on the left and the guitar on the right.

That guitar loop was driving her crazy, it was so processed on the CD I got it off of. And my vocals were overdriven until part way through the first chorus when I realized it and backed off.

We're learning, and I have a long way to go. The reason I didn't start over with this one is I have to go with the voice when it's working. I had been singing for a good part of the day, recording my first version, then added a second, then this one came along. I simply couldn't do another take. I can't do it even now. Throat issues.

But keep an eye out for the other ones when I post 'em and let me know what you think about 'em, okay? smiley

Thanks again, Cesare smiley bama smiley

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9 years ago
KCsGROOVE Artist

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Hey Bama, this is a very fine song..
I think you did good to buy a new microphone.
Love it!
KC
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9 years ago
eido Moderator

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I was going to comment on the mic overdriving, but I see you already know, so I'll skip it. smiley It does sound like a nice microphone, though -- overdriving aside, your voice comes through much more clearly and with much more expression and dynamic range than in your previous uploads. Once you get your recording setup sorted out, this is going to be amazing.

Somewhat redundantly, I'd like to repeat my request for a more varied song structure -- this song certainly has the length and depth to accommodate it, and while the loop you've chosen is a gorgeous one, I can't help feeling that the song would be even more moving with some structure.

Having said that, I might change my mind when I hear the real-guitar version. One of my biggest problems with loops is the lack of the natural dynamics in a live performance -- even when someone is trying to play the same riff over and over, small variations do creep in, and that makes even a repetitive riff more interesting for me. So perhaps I should reserve judgement until the next version is ready.

Hope it'll be done soon...

-Eido
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9 years ago
bama Artist Hello again, Eido smiley

Yeah, the mike is an AKG Perception 220, large diaphragm studio condenser mike with its own shock absorber cage thingy. I bought a Shure SM57 for my guitars and a boom stand for it. So I'm all set up to go.

I think joining this site has been really good for me because it is forcing me to get out from behind the loops. I may still use them from time to time. But I think from here on out I'm going to play and sing the way I used to, before I started leaning too heavily on the loops. Especially since I can record the guitar and the vocals separately. I won't have to worry about singing and playing at the same time.

Time to be a singer-songwriter again. A real one.

Thank you, Eido. You are absolutely right. Thanks for saying it. smiley bama smiley
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9 years ago
JSolo1 Listener

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Bama said:

"Yeah, I thought I had corrected for that. Somehow I recorded all the vocal on the left channel. I duped the track and tried to pan to adjust for it. But then I think Solo put the vocal on the left and the guitar on the right."

Nope, indeed not. Unless I am being deliberately experimental, main vocals I keep down the center. I did not pan Bama's vocal.

Incidentally, by no means is this a finished track. This song has huge potential, and as many of you guys have confirmed, Bama is a gifted writer. Hopefully, she'll allow me to continue helping her "get it out there". *grinning*

I asked her to throw me some wavs that I could work on, just to continue using the things I'm being taught at school, you know, just for the heck of it. I was so blown away at how excited she was about how the song turned out. I was honored to do this, and it gave me a lot of joy to see her so happy. Bama is a cool lady fo' sho!

Thanks for all the encouragement, accolades and constructive comments you guys are so kindly giving her. I'm paying attention to them as well, they'll assist me in continuing to sharpen myself too.

Peace & Respect,

Solo
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9 years ago
bama Artist Yo, Solo, my pal! smiley Good to see ya! =)

I love what you did for my song. I know, I know, I've told you that a million gazillion times now, but it's true! smiley I'm hoping that you will consent to work on some other things I have in mind as well. And certainly on the next versions of this one. You might even be able to do sumpin with Run Away. But I lost the originals in the hard drive crash, dang it. smiley

If you're willing, you know I'm certainly willing to do more stuff together. I need all the help I can get, donchaknow! smiley And the way you help out my poor lil voice...well, all I can say is thank you. My voice thanks you. The ears of listeners everywhere thank you... Heh. smiley

Namaste, Solo smiley

bama smiley
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JSolo1 Listener

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Hey Bam,

Thanks for telling me about this site. As you can see, I signed on. *grin*

Whatever you need me to do, I'm at your service, ma'am
*bows respectfully*

Thanks again for your confidence in me, you are GOLD!
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9 years ago
MishaThaler Artist

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A sad song about separation. Could be because of war, could be for some other reason. For me, there is nothing obscure about the lyrics. Poems should be like that. They must be interpreted and everyone can find his own answer by reflecting on the words. Very good, Bama.
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9 years ago
pharmakeus Artist

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Beautiful, tuneful singing. Powerful lyrics.
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9 years ago
bama Artist Thank you, M. Should I call you Michael or Misha? You're quite right about the role of the poet, I agree. I see/hear an image/song and I write/sing it to you. Who knows what you will find reflected in its depths? I'm glad this one speaks to folks the way it has. I'm a little surprised, but pleasantly so. smiley I hope the voice helps to carry the words home. And I hope the other versions do so as well. Thanks again, M. bama smiley
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9 years ago
bama Artist Thanks, pharmakeus. It's a simple little song, isn't it? But it took me nearly three days of singing it before I could get through it without crying. Thanks, pharamkeus. bama smiley
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Rusticalia Listener

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Even with a loop, you used it well
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9 years ago
bama Artist Thank you, Jesse. Glad you think so! smileyI hope to have some guitar up here soon. Still working on it now.

Thanks again, Jesse smiley bama smiley
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zallaz Moderator

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Sounding excellent, love the vocals, good instrumentation/production.

A longer track to, which was nice, and it was very good from beginning to end, you have a great voice bama. smiley
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9 years ago
bama Artist Thank you, Laz smiley I wanted to keep it really simple. I almost didn't do anything else to it at all. But I'm so glad that Solo and I talked and then I sent it to her and the results made me really happy. smiley

Thanks again, Laz. That made me feel really good. bama smiley
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9 years ago
mfwmiles Artist

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beautiful song...well crafted
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9 years ago
bama Artist Thank you, mfwmiles smiley I was just listening to the vocal you added to Rex's piano piece. Piano in the Dark is a beautiful song too and I thank you for listening and for your kind words about Home Town. I really felt your emotion coming thru on your song, btw. Beautiful. bama smiley
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9 years ago
MMI Artist

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Really beatiful song with an awesome voice. The guitar loop, not so much; but from reading above I see that you have a handle on the production issues.

And thanks so much for allowing us into your process. We all learn from it. This stuff ain't easy (as I found out with my own singer-songwriter friend).

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9 years ago
bama Artist Thank you, MMI smiley Those are very kind words and I appreciate them very much. smiley

You've given me an idea. I may get some files together and show how a song sometimes begins as the vaguest of notions; then show how it develops over time, with rough edges galore, especially early on when I may be just working out the tune in my head.
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8 years ago
Beengeleiding Artist

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excellent vocals! I agree with MMI on use of the guitar sample. What you could do in the future (although we are already a year further down the line) with these kind of samples is to put an effect on it (like phaser or chorus) that develops over time, it gives the sample a "uniqueness" it is lacking. Having said this, I still like this song a lot for the vocals. Nice one!
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7 years ago
bama Artist Thanks, Beengeleiding, for the kind words about the vocals and for the ideas about that hard-to-wrangle guitar track. That's what my friend called it when she was working on processing the song for me. I did have some ideas for re-doing it, adding harmonica, etc. But who knows when (if) I'll ever get around to it. It'll probably just have to stand the way it is, because I've gone in a different direction all together now. C'est la vie...

Thanks, again, Beegeleiding. Nice to meet you!
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