open your mind, open it wide, then take it to the moon
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When You Need A Friend (with Michael Ritchie)
Hi Erik, been a while since you and i spoke. I have been away from the site for a while. Anyhow, got some new tunes up myself. This is a great song. Your style has developed well over the last couple of years. nice solo... Nice checking you out again.
Come back to us ...... We all miss ya... Dam this track is sweet.... Caught you post on FB.... Had to return for another listen... Take care my friend.!
Missed this somehow - two artists with very distinctive styles. Its an interesting mesh of guitar talent with licks and lead work cutting through the mix left, right and centre. Really like the melody and lyrics Erik. Production has a raw and organic feel to it - just as a dirty sounding rocker like this should have. Enjoyed this collaboration enormously. James
Cool dudes, cool song, cool playing.
a great guitar tune thats right up my street, love it, well done man
Erik, every time I come over to listen to this I realize more and more what an outstanding job you did with this song! Just dig your guitar sound! -Mike
Have you been eating gravel for breakfast? Love the manic guitar so much. Rockin it up this Friday night. Love Wednesday x
Very Raw sound :) Vocally still remind me of Lenny kravitz :) With a touch of Cheech and Chong LOL I think they are more because it sounds like you are having fun with what you are doing. Nice ending with the acapella :) Raw and edgy. Peace,Ricky
How did you get a friend...dressed in your bear paws? LMAO! Mike didn't mind, I guess, but how did you play guitar with those things on? :D Lyrics come like a flood when the music moves you! A sure sign of connecting! Good for you, Erik...and Mike's signature riffs...then that dirty little lead you snuck in there...couldn't resist? LOL!
Well done guys!
This jumps out n bites ya ...A laid back pop snake ...I smile as Erik's signature Vox seems to always move moutains ...
Great track to begin with (Michael ) great combo of gtr tones n riffs...tad o jazz..then rocks ya like a wall falling on you..thus the bite ...Great track n collab !!!!!!
Great collab Erik and Mike, this is one powerful beast. Excellent, easy rate. Gibbo
This track is a Jack, straight "Out Of The Box" dude!!!! It is an attention grabber mate!!! Those axes are sharp bud!!!
Hey guys thanks,total enjoyment
Excellent work guys. A blend made in heaven. Well done to both.
Amazed by this collab as you have managed to blend 2 guitarists styles into one track and pull it off!!! Love the message and delivery of the lyrics. Bravo and an easy thumbs!!
cool Track Guys , great coming together of two of this site coolest guitar rockers. Nice vocal and arrangements. Good work guys.
What a great song Erik/Michael, I love it right form the first drum beat, and then the guitar/s! Wow!
I love songs that have strong message, meaning, and this has one, a powerful one, done with your wonderful soul inflected vocals!
Super rated, and easy vote and D.L!
Great collab guys. I'm so glad you two are working together. I like the balances of the guitars just push that upper midrange eq on the entire mix and that should clear things up a bit. But if ya don't, I still love this big time. I just lift the mids myself.
Cool track guys! Very likeable raw rock/blues energy to this one. Great guitar licks as always from Mike! I would have dug a harder drum part but that's just personal preference. Nice job. Thumbs
I really like this. Has a bit of a RHCP feel to me. Only crit would be maybe Michael's guitar is mixed a bit loud during the verses and distracts from the vox a bit. Nice work from both of you, good collab. Rated, Craig.
Erik, sounds good but needs more time spent on the mix. Also, there's too much verb on the whole which muddies the brightness and dulls the the contrast of the individual tracks. Other than that, I like what you've done with it brother! -Mike
WOW!!! Two of the best rockers ever get their guitars jumpin'. In a jam?? Guys.. I think you were! Magnificent!! Yup...Im liking it! keith
For some reason I can't get this track to play. Will try later on me proper computer.
I started making these songs in December 2009 and worked at it for at least a few hours each and every day until Summer 2013, when I was in the middle of mixing a song and decided I was finished making music.
I had to figure out how to play each instrument, record, mix, and pretty much everything else associated with what you will hear on this page, although, I was fortunate enough to be able to collaborate on a few tracks with other musicians here, and that was cool for a long time until I started getting frustrated with the limitations of my recording set up. Latency issues threw off the timing on each track, so that created a lot of extra work, and the mixing would sound right to my ears through the monitors, but once the song was finalized and played the sound never matched, so I would mix it again, and again. In other words, I wasn't creating the music I was expecting to make, I was spending more time editing my drum tracks and re-finalizing mixes that it wasn't fun any more. I was stuck in beginner land and I finally had enough of the limitations and just said, "... it!"