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#1136951 - 02/12/18 01:27 PM Strange Is Your Life  
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Here's another I have been working on ... would love feedback


Strange Is Your Life

You like to pretend that your spirit is free
You poor thing, you're misunderstood
And no one can see all the things you can see
You don't think they would if they could
You don't believe there's any point in convincing them
You don't believe in anything but yourself
Strange is your life

You don't get the credit your surely deserve
For reasons you don't understand
It's hard to think straight when you're touching a nerve
You just do the best that you can
You don't believe there's any point in forgiving them
You don't believe anyone but yourself
Strange is your life

How can you get them to believe in all things you do and say?
How can you get them to believe that some of it is true?
They don't even have the sense to understand it's just a game
They don't recognise the truth

For once in your life you should let down your guard
Who knows what it just might reveal?
Your life may be strange but it's just not that hard
To show them all just how you feel
I don't believe there's any point in confusing them
I don't believe in anything but the truth
Strange is your life

Strange is your life
Strange is your life



#1136953 - 02/12/18 01:40 PM Re: Strange Is Your Life [Re: kevinism]  
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Hello Kevin,

Nicely done, you got a good sound here.



#1136970 - 02/12/18 04:30 PM Re: Strange Is Your Life [Re: kevinism]  
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Cool Bowie-esque song.

What I liked most is the vibe, the vocals, and the bass line.

The arrangement and mix are good, too. After listening to this again, you might want to consider more backing vocals, and a bit of a mid-scoop on the bass.

Sounds good!


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#1136980 - 02/12/18 06:48 PM Re: Strange Is Your Life [Re: kevinism]  
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Nicely done, Kevin.

Very Bowie-like. Cool bass line. Nice guitars and vocals.

A good listen.


#1136997 - 02/12/18 11:22 PM Re: Strange Is Your Life [Re: kevinism]  
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This tune takes me back to my 80's college days, very drunk dancing on the crowded floor of "Fat Daddy's," the local dance bar. Which is to say, I think this is pretty cool. Liked it a ton.

Hang true,


#1137033 - 02/13/18 08:57 AM Re: Strange Is Your Life [Re: kevinism]  
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Hey Kevin:

Your vocal reminds me every now and then of "Sting" in his early days. True enough, I hear some "Bowie" in the phrasing but your own style is in the mix. Interesting lyric and the backing is spot on for the genre. Thanks for sharing. ----Dave

#1137061 - 02/13/18 05:34 PM Re: Strange Is Your Life [Re: kevinism]  
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Well done write, arrangement and performances.

Man, does that bass ever carry the groove.



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#1137112 - 02/14/18 07:50 AM Re: Strange Is Your Life [Re: kevinism]  
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Good song Kevin in the Bowie groove.
Loved the intro!

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
#1137208 - 02/15/18 05:38 AM Re: Strange Is Your Life [Re: kevinism]  
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Many thanks for all the feedback. As a huge Bowie fan, I never get tired of hearing that I sound a little like him! This song was kind of inspired by one of his "Thin White Duke" era songs called "Stay".



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#1137225 - 02/15/18 09:57 AM Re: Strange Is Your Life [Re: kevinism]  
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Hey Kevinism,

I was reading your bio on LinkedIn, and I believe the true story is that Bono told someone who knows someone I know who told someone else that the reason he stopped writing songs is because he heard you playing in a Dublin bar and realized he could no longer compete. Man, that is so sad. But now I least I understand what happened. smile

Seriously though, this is a really cool song, and as others have stated, very David Bowie. Very. I think all songs can stand on their own the way the producer (you) decided, but since you solicited production advice I have an idea on the guitar. The music is pretty solid in a Let's Dance kind of a way. The electric guitar part is kinda busy over that rhythm and you might simply want it to emphasize the dance and hip movements of the song, so to speak. This is hard to describe in words, but if you were to watch someone dancing to the bed of this song you would see their hips move very rhythmically but sultry, since this is essentially a dance tune. The guitar might experiment with being more "punctuated" against this pelvic rhythm like:

bump...ba dump....bump...ba...dump...ba da ba.......bump...ba...dump...ba da ba...bump...ba dump....know what I mean??

Like an initial quarter beat downstroke and then two quick beats, down and up...

1...and a....1... and a 1 and a....(i.e. "funk.")

with slightly different variations on the tag of the riff.

Hope that makes sense. It might make it even more danceable than it already is. That is all I can think of from a production standpoint, unless you want to also add a version short "scorching lead" (not too long) over top of that repetitive primal beat I just described.

Or, it can go just the way it is. Great song man.

David Snyder, Composer, Author
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#1137414 - 02/18/18 08:52 PM Re: Strange Is Your Life [Re: kevinism]  
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Wow Kevin, i don't know what I was expecting but this is pretty awesome. I was chair dancing and the chair almost got the better of me! grin Great vocal and production.

Lyrically I like the overall feel. The only thing I would suggest, if you ever plan to re-visit, is cut out all the extra words, especially "just". That last verse could be a lot tighter without all that fat. I realize you may be concerned with syllable counts, in which case, disregard, but thought it was worth mentioning. Sometimes less is more. smile

For once in your life let down your guard
Who knows what it might reveal?
Your life may be strange but it's not that hard
To show them all how you feel
I don't believe there's any point in confusing them
I don't believe in anything but the truth
Strange is your life


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