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About BirdOfPreyBand

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    United States of America

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    Navajo Sky
  • Musical / Songwriting / Music Biz Skills
    Lyricists, guitars, bass, keys, vocals, some production, and some recording
  • Musical Influences
    Jimi Hendrix, Tycho, Bob Marley, Adele, Prince, Gov't Mule, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Grizzly Bear, Ryan Adams, Eric Clapton, Black Dub, Feist, The Police, Pixies, Black Keys, White Stripes, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Sublime, and on and on wherever the wind blows....


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  1. Ouch... it hurts lol. i get it
  2. Caveat: I'm not happy with my vocals on this and I would like any suggestions for improving them. I've been working hard on my voice and have noticed an improvement, but it's still miles from where I want to be. Any advice on EQ or really anything would be great. This is an old song I wrote and my old female singer originally sang on the recording, but she's no longer in the picture, so I am trying to rework all my old tracks. It's really tough transitioning to main vocals, and there are some glaring errors obviously. It was hard for me to even hit the low notes (limited range!) But any feedback would be great. This song is about rejecting materialism in favor of a stronger connection with other humans, genuine emotion, and love. (If it doesn't appear in the window, just click on the link) <iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164496889&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe> [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164496889" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] Riverside Love (copyright 2013) Oh can you see, the changing colors in the sky? They're turning grey and we wonder why The key to this highway lies ahead of you We live in our minds while the world is spinning around Our shadows collide, can we lay these burdens down? Would you know love if it found you? Can you lay your money down? I look in the mirror and what I see brings a smile It's nice to see you 'cause it's been a while Tell me, my friend, about the lands we've traveled to I found you by the look in your eye I found you by the riverside Would you know love if it found you? It's waiting by the riverside Would you know love by the look in my eyes? I'm waiting by the riverside
  3. Definitely a HUGE Beatle flavor to it, but it's damn good. Your voice doesn't sound anything like a Beatle voice and that was cool - I really liked the tone and "sound" of your vocal on this. And the production is very professional sounding and polished. Was the piano a setting in your DAW, or did you actually put mics up to a real piano?
  4. Interesting tune. I really like the lyrics. I love cryptic lyrics that leave a lot to the imagination of the listener. But...I'll be honest: I don't think I would have even know what most of the lyrics said if you hadn't posted them. Definitely need to bring the vocals up in the mix, in my opinion. It might even be cool to just run stereo tracks of the vocals panned halfway left and right and then the beat will still seem very prominent in the mix. Liked the flutes a lot as I tend to like any instrument that is used in an unconventional genre.
  5. Man - I loved whatever effect you're using on the vocals. Could you share..? After reading about your friend and listening to the song, i got some goosebumps at times. Pretty heavy. Great minimalistic tune. Almost a little Pink Floyd flavor to it, but without the later buildup of drums, bass, and David Gilmour's lead guitar of course. Really liked it. The only real issue I can come up with is that it seems a little long due to the repetition, but man, it's really good.
  6. Thanks for all the encouraging and critical comments. It's nice to receive a healthy balance of both to help one make some growth, i think. I worked on the vocals for the verse and have updated the song in the original post. I also changed the keyboard part out, but am struggling with whether I like the new part or not. Decisions, decisions... Dek, great memory. You are right.
  7. Wow - you made my day, man. Thank you. Roy Orbison. Love it!
  8. Thank you very much for your supportive comments!!! I agree with you on changing the keyboard part to a guitar
  9. David, First off, thank you for taking the time to listen and comment. I remember your critiques from the songs I have posted previously and know that you shoot from the hip, and I like that. I think what happened with that little piano/synth line is that my keyboard is velocity sensitive and changes pitch when played too hard and that is what happened. By this point, I was kinda burnt on the recording process and just left it. I am going to change it to a wah wah guitar. By the reverb on the vocal, are you referring to the verse or chorus sections? Or both..? And by legato on the chorus, do you mean vocally or with an instrument...? There are some "oohs" and "ahhs" there now, but i found if I turned them up too loud, they detracted from the main melody and hook. I like the slide part, but I think it could end a little better - my favorite part of the song (after the chorus) is that baseline in the bridge under the solo and bridge vocals - I just love it I've got some changes to make, and I appreciate your input..!
  10. this is the first tune I have recorded in a year, but please don't go easy on me. i sprinkled some different flavors here: slide guitar, reggae rhythm, pop chorus, bouncy basslines, and some "oohs" and "aaahs" for effect i know the verse vocals suck - in fact i never could stand the sound of my own voice, but it's just me doing all the writing and recording these days, so i'm stuck with it the drums...yes, they are just a basic loop, but what about the rest...? UPDATED / EDITED TRACK BELOW <iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164497364&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe>https://soundcloud.com/navajosky/stay Won't You Stay - Copyright 2014 There's light and then black As a matter of fact there's more colors than we really can see Whose version of history your teachers had you read depends upon government policy There's as many fish in the ocean As prescription drugs to pacify the emotion Can you tell us all your secrets, Mr. President, and do you remember what it's like to be free? If you believe in magic, I can show you the way If you believe that sometimes the rules are meant to break, won't you stay? It's seven cold years Since the tears have been dry You left me all alone in this world to get by You've been a pine-box, shallow-grave resident And I'm singing this song for your benefit In case you never knew it God blessed you, my friend I miss you Come again If you believe in magic, I can show you the way If you believe that sometimes the rules are meant to break, won't you stay? There's a color for every mood There's a day for every due You never thought to lie Maybe I respect you Maybe I reject you You tried to keep me satisfied Look into my eyes As the sun rises Please take me home I'll buy the gasoline And never tell you what I've seen We've got miles of empty road.... Won't you stay...?
  11. I loved the subtle texture of this. I only listened through my laptop speakers, but did i hear a very subtle cello or other string going on? If so, I would bring that up louder during the second verse just to offer the listener something different from the first verse, and if it's not there at all, maybe introduce something subtle and tasteful in the second verse. Loved, loved, loved the backing vocal during the chorus! I can see it both ways - louder or as it is. Very pretty - almost sad in a "beautiful darkness" sort of way. No criticism of the production other than what I said - this seems very professional to me. Great piece man!
  12. MAJOR REVISIONS MADE! Please have a listen on us.
  13. Wow... What a voice! I loved the way the recording helped to create a warm and intimate atmosphere, like we are just chillin in the living room and you're like "I wrote a new song. You wanna hear it?" Then you crack open your guitar case and bust into this. Haha! You're very good. I do have some criticism: The song is long and a little drawn out. Shorten it - give us a little taste of each part and then shift into the next section before we get bored The others made some good points about the recording I also didn't really like the break in the middle where you do the slide down the strings. Maybe just my taste, but I think you could come up with something better. I'm not super crazy about the lyrics - they seem kind of plain-Jane to me, especially considering the quality of your voice and playing, but again, maybe that's just me. Honestly - you never know what to expect when you open someone's song on here and i like that unpredictability, but I like it even more when I find something...beautiful. Your singing and playing are just that, my friend. * Have you always been able to sing like that or is it something you worked hard at? (If only I could sing like that...)
  14. Dude - love it! Great angular riffs that really stand out and just sound...different. But, yes...I was immediately thinking of Steely Dan. The thing is I LOVE Steely Dan. The bridge (Gotta learn to stay calm and collected..) is something that I've never heard Steely Dan do, though. Killer guitar playing - just great tone and substance. - Let me guess...a strat? Really liked this and think it is very, very well done. Great job!
  15. Love the beat and the guitar groove on this! Those little starts and stops on the guitar just make it groove so well! In my head I was hearing more of a continuous vocal melody during the verses - either that or some melodic female background vocals or a melodic synth or something - to me it would just add so much in those parts. I also felt the itch for a giant "pink-Floyd-like" chorus..? Also really like Mono Stone's contribution - just warm and pretty floating clouds. Love the texture they add! Is that a pic of you with the SG on the soundcloud page? Cool guitar...