Just because I can...until I can't (feel the music!)
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Knee-Jerk Reaction (Ray Brookes)
Late to the party... Very late! The arrangement on this is great. I dig the lyrics. They get right to the heart of the matter. I for one am tired of being lead around by my nose by the media. Seems that everything is geared to make us hate each other. I think Terry did a fine job singing those lyrics. On a side not I have an artist that I think you should check out ( I'm talking to Terry) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and the album Skeleton Tree. I'd be interested in your thoughts on it. I think this might be a sound you could explore that would work well with your vocal style. :) Take care my friends
This is great, superb instrumentation and vocal. Need to mention the brass and the keys, Rhodes sound? playing out the groove, all good. Enjoyed and rated, nice collab guys. Gibbo
Top collab indeed
Wow guys!!! Had me foot tappin and drum playin on my kitchen counter to this one..Great vocals, instrumentation, mix and production!!!!! Very COOLLLLL!!!
Kind of a sister-piece to my "Clickbait" - commenting on the same cynical cyber territory? Good recording - although I did think the arrangement was perhaps a little over-busy at times? Fade out a little rapid too. But, hey, what do I know...
Totally concur with all the comments. The boys done good!
This has a Donald Fagan Nightfly vibe.
pretty funky number. very jazzy
must of took ages musically to make
good groove and vocal.
like the subtle backing vocal only heard it in one part !more of that would of been cool., really liked the 2,53 part
good lyrics would fit well to a rock song.
nice work guys.
Terry's contribution to this song is more significant that what he's letting on. Apart from the brilliant vocal work he also modified my lyrics to make them more cohesive and incisive. Well done, Terry for making this one work so well.
Terry, you had fun singing this one! Rays musicianship is nothing short of awesome.
Can't beat a bit of funky-funk. The 'orchestration' in the backing is brilliant! horns etc ...wow...guitars too...vocals, clever words...keys...its got the blinkin' lot. Its like everything you could want all in one song. Pro mix! No "over-dubs" here....You little funksters ya! Its a veritable supermarket of funky musical sounds...take your pick...just help yerself...and scarper orf without paying! Blimey! Who could wish for a better deal! :-) Sassy.....swishy....dishy....k
Groovy Funk music, with a strong Jazzy vibe, Clever, pertinent lyrics, great vocal from Terry, and wonderful Funk backing by Ray, It's a clever song indeed, instantly enjoyable and very clever songwriting, cool lyrics!
Excellent, going back in for another listen.
Totally enjoy this. Now all you need is autotune, you know, a singer that sounds like a robot..., this hits where i live(d). Funk, personified by a couple guys who can deal with it in a time gone by, cept now of course....lyrics are so,well, correct (not politically of course...)..;-). Love the big band sound in the funky house....
cool jazzy vibe, great instrumentation, and interesting content, Cool collab guys.
A nice funky, jazz song. I like it, all sounds good. good lyrics too.
Mmmmm, this hip, sassy and way cool....superb performances abound, I don't know where to start! Keys, guitars,yeah....Drums, a killer beat! Where'd that drum track come from? Slick work with the horns, sweet leads when they come in....and Terry! Smooth vocals, you old hipster :) Ray has some witty lyrics here, you work 'em well
Song-writer, arranger, guitar, keyboard/synth, vocals.
Exploring various styles and topics. Variety is the spice of life.
Joined this community of artists in July of 2011, and quickly observed the community-spirit of artists who take the time to listen to other artists' work and comment meaningfully and positively. The vibe is one of encouragement and helping out.
This was quickly expressed more tangibly in the number of collaborations that were being uploaded and that caught my attention. People were willing to offer skills and abilities, knowledge and understanding, and check their egos at the door and be willing to engage the difficult task of trying to work together for a common good - a better track. THIS has been an education for me and the learning that occurs as a result of working together is extraordinary.
Special mentions to those who have included me in their work, and they in mine: James Bell - not only got the ball rolling but is a kindred spirit; Dachleigh Music (Adam) - who used my cello lines in a some electronic music; Deggsy Music and DawnSinclair - the two are not always inseparable but they work so well together (that RnB will be a highlight!); Deon - we didn't do a lot together, but the journey was expansive; Rich Lodato, whose voice and guitar invites the cello to weave a melody too; AmorfoxiZ (Alfonso,) more cello; Left Ear Bleed (Jeff)...always good to help younger artists; Liquid (Anthony Gee) the budding rock keyboardist ;) and Michael Ritchie - consummate riff-meister and gentle spirit...thanks to one and all for including me in their journeys! FUN!...gotta be more fun than work or it isn't fun any more ;) Special mention to TomC (CyberJazz) in PC FL, for sharing his journey and struggles but the absence of more than a year suggests a final succumbing to cancer, though I have no way of checking that.
Also a note of GRATITUDE...that is the theme for my class of students. A number of artists from mp3u have contributed messages addressed to my class, and some have written wonderful tracks to help us find a calm and gentle start to our days of turbulence. Dan Michaelson, Peter Vines...great ambient tracks and such wonderful messages - you two were the first off the mark and set the bar very high for how to approach a class that you didn't really know; Will Riding...the Sleeping Giants was an awesome introduction to story-telling through music; Erik Jurado...straight from you heart to right where my kids are...amazing intuition; Kelly Mitchell...your artist comment narrative was inspirational on over-coming obstacles; Mike Ritchie - one boy has become filled with hope because of a specific word of encouragement...how incredibly awesome! ; Deon -many positive messages and ideas about life and existence, as well as ways to find calm in the midst of Life - looking forward tomore of your special way of looking at life; Rich - sent along some A/V material...journey into visual art...chalked full of encouraging words... some fine vocal/visual/philosphical chicken soup for the teen-aged soul, I think; Liquid (Anthony Gee), who has created some fine music for the class and sent a wonderful interview for the class to listen to. We are also enjoying some wonderful orchestral arrangements from AndyF (Andrew Foyston), and a superbly written note to the students.
In 2013 we heard from KtA (Marty Etheridge) - the students love the DnB stuff; ATuesdayParadox (Kevin Gibbons) - a very encouraging message and pics of Wales; Lazy Jane (Will Walton) sent along well-wishes from Georgia, DNA Codex (Andrew Shields)- not only introduced us to Surrealism, he showed us how to paint in a surealistic style with some extraordinary youtube clips with his wonderful ambient/electronica in the background; Essence - little did I know that in trying to find female artists to represent more gender equity, you would step in and tell a heart-changing story that resonated in all of us, and in one young woman in particular - you cast the seeds and often never know what good will result, so we trust and carry on; Keith Allen and Wednesday Wilson are also going to contribute their own stories and words of encouragement. In all of these personal touches and positive interactions there will be Wellness!
If there are any artists who wish to learn about the Wellness Project for this school year (Sept 2015 - June 2016), or who wish to contribute, please feel free to contact any of the artists who have participated already, or contact me directly by clicking on the "e-mail" button at the top of the page here, or send along a PM (I do check fairly regularly)
Looking back over 2013, it seems to have been a year featuring a lot of collaborations with Keith Allen and Kevin Gibbons, in particular, and KALLEN - as the 3 amigos have become known - have enjoyed having a dozen or more tracks played on BBC Introducing Tees, with host Bob Fischer. This culminated in an interview with Keith, and developed a sidebar plot - what I affectionately call "The Mug Caper," in which, through a relentless process of e-mails, the DJ, Mr. Bob Fischer, was graciously able to provide an autographed BBC mug for Keith as a souvenir of a place and time in his long and illustrious musical career. Lots of FUN and Funny Business going around on mp3u this year.
2013 has also been a year of connecting with newer (to me) faces on mp3u..FXMAN, The Refined Poet, Idiom, and Master Peo. Jazzz and Swing have become new areas of effort this past year and I hope that will continue in 2014.
Always open to possibilities of collaborations and helping to build connections on mp3u. I have enjoyed making friends and aquaintances here on this site. It is a place that has a comfort level and feels, as Anthony Gee once said, "like coming home."
2014-2015 I don't think I updated this information so I'm just mentioning all the fine musicians, artists, composers, and just nice people I have had the pleasure to work with in the past year or so: Anna Brag, Mon Che, Fokker, Black Park, KoolKevDJ, Phil McC, Derek Evans (Deggsy), Peo (swing, jazz and blues), Ray Brookes (loads of Blues and Jazz ), David Main, and continuing to write and record with Keith Allen (Just Kallen) and Kevin Gibbons (A Tuesday Paradox) - those guys can make a song out of the barest of skimpy ideas I shoot their way. Rich Lodato has continued to give me a lot of advice on recording, techniques and gear. If I have not mentioned someone, just give me a nudge ;)
What I have enjoyed is experimenting with techniques and styles. I have learned to appreciate the crooner style of music and singing. I don't hear many doing this style, and although I am no Bublé, I do enjoy writing and singing in this classic style.
2016? I am excited by what the year ahead may hold. KALLEN ( Wigmore, Allen, Gibbons) has been dabbling in Pop, while continuing the experimental/electronic stuff. Nice to be getting some attention still on BBC Tees Introducing. Maybe we'll try DnB this year? I hope to work with Tomas (Just Kent) as well. Ray keeps those superb blues and jazz coming my way, and Peo, I hope, will continue his band/swing/jazz/blues tunes as he is able to. More just singing, less arranging and composition? More encouraging others to take risks and more just being a nice nuy, commenting and voting for anyyone who comes into this site and participates, regardless of skill level. There is something to celebrate in everything.
MP3U is a great place for that diversity of community!
Norman Acoustic, Epiphone SG Double Neck Electric, Ibanez Roadstar II, Cello, Ensoniq EPS, Korg M1Rex, PC, M- audio 410, Cakewalk Platinum, Sony MDMX-4, Aiwa powered speakers, most mixing done using Sennheiser HD598 headphones, AKG C1000S mic and Rode NT1A - bottom-line…it may be old(er) gear for the most part, but like myself, all the parts work (at the moment) ;) I use Cakewalk Sonar Professional for my DAW
**My creative space -a.k.a. "hobbit hole studio" - is a cinder block fruit cellar, 6x9, with a 6in poured concrete slab ceiling…nice reflective surfaces for some interesting vocals if they are not tamed..the furnace is old and loud and is adjacent, and the main waste pipe from the second floor passes through the “studio” so I have to record before the household awakes or after they are asleep because a single toilet flush can “wh- o-o-o-s-s-h-h-“ through a track like a roar of a jet engine, giving new meaning to the phrase I have come to accept as part of my Buddhist experience - “Flushed Away!”