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Alistair last won the day on October 24 2016

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About Alistair

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    The Beast Of Farlington
  • Birthday 04/02/1961

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  1. Tom Waits Neil Young Steve Earle Warren Zevon I disqualified myself from the top million the day I wrote a song called 'I Can't Be Your Bread and Butter If I'm Not Your Cup of Tea'
  2. The Slow Reveal: the song

    Hi Chalter If folks think it's not too long than I wouldn't want to shorten it. I felt that , given the title, there might be an expectation the song should be slower, which would make it too long and therefore what could I do to shorten it if it should be slower. If you removed the bridge you'd lose the hook, which is that the singer doesn't want to see the object of his desire actually naked, he wants her to bare her soul to him. So I am happy not to shorten it. After I wrote it I realised that you could interpret it that the last chorus is the guy singing to the girl, whereas in the first two choruses it's written as her singing to him, because she didn't really know him if he she thought that he just wanted her to take her clothes off. So I am going to claim that is what I intended all along! Thanks for the critique Alistair
  3. The Slow Reveal: the song

    Thanks for the feedback, folks. Rudi, this one was a lot of work as I remember. I only actually finalised the chorus a few weeks ago! The feedback from folks here was invaluable if contradictory. TC, thanks for the comparisons although I have never heard an Elliot Smith tune in my life. Your thoughts about the performance are spot on; in truth I approached this recording with some trepidation because this tune is quite difficult to play and sing live. I think that shows. I should relax rather than slow down. Simon, according to my SoundCloud stats for plays, you are my biggest fan! Simon and Ricky, I have had a band playing this in my head for the last 3 years so I'll have to see whether they would be willing to record it. I think I wrote the chorus tune first so for me this has always been the strongest part - but perhaps familiarity breeds content!
  4. The Slow Reveal: the song

    So, in keeping with its title, I finally got round to recording my song The Slow Reveal. The 'so' above implies that I am taking about a topic we have discussed previously, which we have, and which you can find here I have recorded a one on one version of the song here. It is not as slow as the title implies, nor is it supposed to be. I think it is long enough already and can't think what to cut to make it shorter if it was slower. All feedback welcome We had a long, protracted debate about the lyrics, in particular how to resolve the chorus, and I reflected on the feedback over a couple of years ( i was doing other stuff too!) and this is where they ended up. The Slow Reveal Anticipating Can’t stand the waiting Now it’s killing me How you’re thrilling me Seductive temptress Undress to impress I’m no average Joe At some cheap peep-show How can a man you’ve blindfolded see? I'll bet you enjoyed it when you told me (Chorus) You don’t know me Like you think you know me You have to show me your love is real But love at first sight That lasts one night And how could one night prove how you feel? It’s gotta last a lifetime The slow reveal The slow reveal Slip off your silk dress Show me some bare flesh Or must I suppose What’s beneath your clothes? Oh make it quick please Curtail your strip-tease Need more than a peek How my flesh is weak When will this man you have handcuffed be free? Oh how I loved it when you rebuffed me (Chorus) You don’t know me Like you think you know me You have to show me your love is real But love at first sight That lasts one night And how could one night prove how you feel? It’s gotta last a lifetime The slow reveal The slow reveal (Bridge) Do I hide behind a mask of pure lust Or is what you see all that is really there? Here lies a man you can trust Cause all I want, I swear Is to see your soul laid bare (Chorus) You don’t know me Like you think you know me You have to show yourme love is real But love at first sight That lasts one night And how could one night prove how you feel? It’s gotta last a lifetime The slow reveal The slow reveal ©Alistair McIntosh - 8 November 2013
  5. 'Darts and Beer' - great title for a song!
  6. Hey I'm Homer

    Benvenuto, Homer! Spero che ti diverta bene qua.
  7. Songwriting

    Rudi It turns out it was nearly 13 years ago!!!!
  8. Songwriting

    Rudi, you have an uncannily long and accurate memory. I must have told you that 10 years ago. You've probably got files on the CIA.
  9. Is there a point to making an album?

    When I say 'made' a physical CD, I mean that I made it rather than having it professionally pressed and printed. Take the Box of Goats album 'Universal Theory Of Everything'. That took roughly 9 months to make, on and off, spread across many evenings, recording all the different parts at Nick's house. We had recorded two tracks in a studio, were starting to gig, and needed something to give to venues to get us more gigs and to sell at gigs to anyone who wanted one. So an album was the logical thing to do as we already had loads of songs and we needed a physical product. It was fun making an album, at least to start with, though I think we ran out of steam towards the end and there are a couple of tracks that are not really finished. I designed the cover, burned and printed labels on to the CDs. We got played on the radio on the back of sending one in to the local radio station and I probably sold about 20-30 at gigs. That's not many. On the other hand I don't have boxes of unwanted 10 year old albums sitting at home either. I just made enough copies for what we needed. At least those who bought the album might have listened to it. I doubt they would have if we had just given them a link to Soundcloud - the moment would have been gone by then. Was it a waste of time? Well, no, it was hard work - but enjoyable work - and that's not the same thing. Whether you release physically or online you still have to make the recordings and, as I said previously, an album gives you a purpose and a focus that releasing single tracks doesn't. I don't miss all the printing of labels and burning of CDs though. I didn't make an album to make money and unsurprisingly I didn't make any! All my Soundcloud material can be downloaded for free, though it is generally not because why would you if you can come back and listen any time (or, it's crap!)?. What I do know is that many, many more people around the world have listened to my music online than ever did to the physical CDs or the cassette albums I made in my bedroom 35 years ago - and that's the main thing for me.
  10. Is there a point to making an album?

    Some of my Soundcloud albums were actual physical CDs. Everything up to Charm Offensive was. Though I have tinkered with Hidden Talent by adding and subtracting tracks. It's a compilation in any case.
  11. Is there a point to making an album?

    If you post a link to your online music I will gladly listen to it. But if I have to wait six aeons for a physical album I probably won't.
  12. Is there a point to making an album?

    Who cares what the survey says, I want to talk about making albums!
  13. Songwriting

    I am extremely rich so I bought a thousand monkeys and put them in a room with a thousand typewriters to write lyrics. Then I bought another thousand monkeys and put them in another room with a thousand guitars to write music. But for some reason that didn't work too well, so I had a thousand copies of Bert Weedon's 'Learn Virtuoso Guitar In Only Three Chords' book delivered to the room with the monkeys with the guitars. Then,not only being extremely rich but also blessed with infinite patience, I waited a while...quite a long while actually, but then realised that the monkeys with the typewriters and the monkeys with the guitars couldn't contact each other. So I bought another thousand monkeys, and trained them how to open doors,so they could move between the rooms of the monkeys with the typewriters and the monkeys with the guitars and match up the lyrics produced by the monkeys with the typewriters and the music produced by the monkeys with the guitars. That's how all the stuff on my Soundcloud site was written. Alistair McIntosh is just a stage name for 3000 monkeys. It turns out that somewhere along the way the monkeys wrote Adele's 'Chasing Pavements' before she did but no-one noticed because the lyrics got paired with a death metal riff and the melody with a rap song. If I'm honest, writing with monkeys doesn't work too well, they are much more interested in preening each other. I'll probably just go back to collaborating with McNaughton Park, he's much lower maintenance.
  14. Coming Up With Good Lyrics

    Another approach is not to worry too much about quality and write as many lyrics as you can. Many of them will be dross but parts of them might come in useful at a later date. Some of them will be good and then you have something to build on, to hone, to craft and develop. What good looks like is so much in the eye of the beholder too, I have put lyrics here for critique and have had completely opposite feedback from different posters on the same lyric. Who is right? Ultimately I have to decide which feedback, if any, I prefer. Sometimes, if I am happy with a lyric, I won't post it here. 'The perfect is the enemy of the good' - you just have to start. In my younger days I used to just start writing and then work out what I meant later. Sometimes, believe it or not, that worked. Usually it didn't but it gave me something to use.
  15. Is there a point to making an album?

    Oh, and I listen to about 200 new albums a year by other people.