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  1. Hi all - well having not managed to get near the studio for a couple of weeks, I decided to spend an hour before bed and came up with this. This is the instrumental version as the vocal version is just a mishmash of lyric ideas to get a vocal melody and does not make any sense or context. The title is something I had in my head all day (no idea why) and when I got home I came up with the part that became the chorus. I then made what I thought was the verse, but turned into a pre-chorus when I came up with the verse part. I'm just looking for any comments to see if this idea is working. All parts are played by hand, including the drums (hence why they are not complicated). It is not complete instruments wise, as I can still hear other parts/melodies/counter melodies, but I want to get the lyric finished first and see where that takes me. Since then, this weekend I have managed to spend a couple of hours in the studio and came up with another 3 tracks that are in early development arrangement wise, so hopefully have something to share soon. Let me know what you think... cheers and yes David did post a track called Molecules and this might think that I have used a similar idea, but I promise I did come up with this before he posted his idea https://soundcloud.com/moodman-1/nucleus-of-an-atom-instrumental-17052017-2228/s-az5Fs
  2. **** I DID A LITTLE WORK ON THIS EARLIER - ADDED SOME EXTRA INSTRUMENTATION AND BASS (FOR STEVE). I HAVEN'T RE-RECORDED THE VOCALS YET, BUT INTEND TO DO THAT NEXT AT SOME POINT THIS WEEK. I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY COMMENTS ON THE NEW MIX AND EXTRA INSTRUMENTATION... CHEERS THE NEW MIX IS FURTHER DOWN THE PAGE - WILL KEEP THE ORIGINAL HERE, IF ANYONE WANTS TO HEAR THE DIFFERENCE **** Hi all - this track is composed using the new Output Analog Strings and drums by Battery 4 (not really happy with them listening back). I will be adding more instrumentation and harmonies, but just looking for opinions so far. It is deliberate that I have kept the same pattern going throughout with slight changes. (Once I had got this far, I thought it was sounding like something else - if you have heard Dream To Sleep by H2O or Something Good by Paul Haig - you may think it sounds familiar!!! ) Hope you like... https://soundcloud.com/moodman-1/i-know-15042017-2115/s-pYc2E I KNOW (music/lyrics by Richard Tracey) If there was a little moment For me to be by myself Then I would take it Every once in a while If there was a little time That I could put aside for me Then I know I would be A better person for it I know I know If there was a little high To go with all of the lows Then I know I could See the clearing from the trees I know I know If there was a little feeling In amongst all the pain Then I know I'd live The life I'd want for me I know I know All the little things that make me feel this way All the little things that I need to do today I know I know I know
  3. Hey there, This is motions, a song I'm working on. The lyrics, I'm not sure if I have taken a good direction. Any critique appreciated, * The demo was recorded before I wrote the second verse. Cheers, Motions I am going through the motions, Not quite sure what lays ahead, being pulled from out the ocean, into a soft fine grated sand, You can see I am devoted, Though I very easily break, I'm a mass in a direction, Fuelled with many O's and H's, I can get you more than wet, You use me to take your bath, It's the runaway train game, I will change in a splash, Bet you didn't think that, Mother will strike back, Iv'e got temper that is rising, And a stomach full of ash, My heart burns with a desire, To spit out all that I have, I wipe-out entire cultures, That don't know when it's too close, While you humans play with fire, I will show you how to bake, Come to play a little longer, This will never be your place, It's the runaway train game, I will change in a flash, Bet you didn't think that, Mother will strike back, https://soundcloud.com/leosherman/motions
  4. Hi all, started this track earlier while I was trying out the demo's for Rob Papen's Blue 2 and Output's Signal. The drums are Battery 4 and played by me (for a change). The vocal is a first take to give me a feel for what is working and what needs fixed. Need to do extra lyrics as these were the start of something I wrote a while back and forgot about, but they went with this piece. There is still to be more instruments added and a slight tweak of the arrangement, but I am hoping it feels like it is working, so I am looking for some advice for what is working, not working etc. Cheers Richard https://soundcloud.com/moodman-1/beyond-the-veil-09042017-1825 BEYOND THE VEIL (lyrics and music by Richard Tracey) Like de-ja-vu I saw the soul in you A heart that was so pure A moment frozen in time Unspoken words Hanging in midair Full of love and care The feelings were sublime And in that moment I realised I had passed Beyond the Veil Beyond the Veil No-one needs to know No-one needs to see Just what happened To me To me
  5. Hi all - haven't managed to get on much lately due to work and family commitments, but I started this a couple of weeks ago and meant to have had it finished by now, but can't find the time to continue with it. I am just looking for an overall feel from everyone to see whether the track seems to be working so far. The vocals are a temp at the moment just so I could get a feel for them. The lyrics were something I wrote for one of ImKen's tracks, but felt they worked with this piece. The drums were played by me for a change as I wanted something simple. The instrumental part is nowhere near finished instruments wise, but does it sound better with less and then build it up? What about the vocal harmonies? Any input would be much appreciated as it may give me the kick up the butt to get on with it. Anyway, thanks for listening and I am going to try and devote some time over the weekend to have a listen to the stuff you have all been posting. Cheers Richard https://soundcloud.com/moodman-1/guiding-light-25032017-2327/s-AVXXr
  6. ********* Hi all - I have added an updated version of the song within the topic and left the original here if anyone wants to listen to it... Cheers ******** Hi all - it's a bit quiet in here at the moment. Finally managed to find time to sit down and try and come up with something new - started this today. I like the little middle 8 (**cough**) bit and would like to work out how to get it to fit, as it sticks out like a sore thumb at the moment. Just looking for feedback and crits on music and lyrics. Also on how the mix is sounding at the moment. Cheers https://soundcloud.com/moodman-1/midnight-hour-24022017-2235/s-TN04a MIDNIGHT HOUR (music/lyrics by Richard Tracey) V1 How do you say you're sorry When there's nothing left to say Do you feel your life has been complete When you've given it all away V2 All the questions needing answers Are just left there in the wind All the righteous and the pious Take no notice that you've sinned CHORUS In the Midnight Hour You will come alive In the Midnight Hour You'll block out all the cries In the Midnight Hour The truth is clear to see In the Midnight Hour Is when you are truly free V3 All the things you're thinking They don't make sense to me All the battles you have lost Resigned to history But still a twinkle Is burning in your eyes No time to dwell on A life built on all your lies CHORUS In the Midnight Hour You will come alive In the Midnight Hour You'll block out all the cries In the Midnight Hour The truth is clear to see In the Midnight Hour Is when you are truly free
  7. I still have to finish it. But I'll be glad to read your reviews and what the lyric made you feel and imagine. Running Trying to escape but it’s all around Hopelessness is what comes with the light Holding on tight to a promise that seems so far I am reaching out But calling your name is the worst thing that I can try And I keep on thinking I hope you’ll be safe tonight Although what tomorrow brings Just might push us farther away from the goal that we aim… For it’s always darker before the sunrise And it’s always colder after the dawn And I hope that you’ll remember me Believe in me When it all comes down To the end that you are seeking Believing you can fight the dark And I hope that you’ll remember me Believe in me When it all comes down To the end that you are seeking Believing you can fight the darkness around.
  8. **** UPDATE ADDED ON PAGE 2 **** Hi all, I had this idea for a piano based song with the title Broken. I wrote the most of the lyrics the other night and then came up with part of the music on Friday and decided to finish it today with a sample vocal. I would be obliged if you could have a listen and critique all aspects from music/lyrics/vocal delivery/melody etc and even how the mix sounds at this time. Does it need anything else added (I had thought about female vocal in background - but it would be midi notes). Cheers BROKEN (music and lyrics by Richard Tracey) I cannot escape A life that's pre-defined The choices I make They're not really mine A path that's laid out Like the turn of a wheel But I'm not in control Of the way that I feel I'm Broken I'm Broken I'm Broken I'm Broken Walls that are closing Cutting out the light Tremors I'm feeling Hidden out of sight No longer the master I'm now the servant Continually searching For a life that's distant I'm Broken I'm Broken I'm Broken I'm Broken But there must be a way To turn this all around Why live from day to day When there is so much to be found I cannot live like this Without the love or a kiss I need the touch of a friend I cannot remain Broken till the end
  9. ***** HI ALL - I'VE POSTED A NEW VOCAL VERSION ON PAGE 2 - WOULD APPRECIATE ANY CRITIQUE... CHEERS ****** Hi all, this was originally going to remain as an ambient instrumental piece (already posted as Ethereal in the Instrumental section), but on @MonoStone suggestion, I have added lyrics and vocal. Dek thought maybe go down the David Sylvian route, which I decided to do, hence the strange title and subject matter It is by no means finished - the vocal, lyrics, arrangement etc need work, but I am just looking for feedback on all the parts that are there at the moment. Does anything work? Is there parts that don't work? Am I finally going mad?!?!?! - I was trying to make the vocal sound a bit strange to go with the content - a bit ethereal so to speak. Any critique would be most welcome... Cheers Lyrics (feel free to critique) Can you pay The ferryman There's a cost He will demand If you don't have the coin He will not take you on He will leave you to wander Acheron Charon Help me out Please I just want to see my family If you can let me on your boat Then I know that I can go on home If you're lost Or if you know Just how far You must go With the souls of the others Who can't move on You will be left to wander Acheron Charon Help me out Please I just want to see my family If you can let me on your boat Then I know that I can go on home
  10. *****NEW UPDATE - I have posted the new update further down the comments - keen to keep the other versions here for anyone to listen to the changes... Cheers***** *****UPDATED - new version has been posted in the comments below. I am leaving the old one up just now incase anyone wants to hear the changes... Cheers***** Hi all. I have decided to spend some time over the next couple of months going over some of my older music and seeing if I can finish any of it to a decent standard (I have 2 songs I want to start, but trying to hold off!!). This is a song I made in 2014 and didn't go back to - last night I decided to change the strings to a new VST from the stock Logic ones, which were kind of rubbish. I know they need a bit of work to get them to sound nice, but I was hoping for a bit of critique on the song as it stands before I go in and make lots of changes/tweaks. I always liked this song, but just didn't know what to do with it as it needed a really nice string backing and I'm not trained in that way. Again, any crits are welcome.... and I know the lyrics are a bit cliche, but it is a love song EVERY TOUCH WE TAKE (MUSIC/LYRICS BY RICHARD TRACEY) Don't you know I, held you so Close tonight Please don't go We should be So complete I feel the fire Burning deep And every look we have And every touch we take It brings us back to now And how we should be I can feel That, you must see All the things Inside of me When we touch I, feel the heat The passion grows Nothing competes And every look we have And every touch we take It brings us back to now And how we should be Repeat at end
  11. Hi all - I promise not to do this too often. Looking through all my old songs I have done and came across this one. It is just a drum, bass and piano at the moment (there was a small vocal idea, but it sounded terrible so I just removed it). Does this sound interesting enough to take forward to a full song? I am not sure why I never did anything with it as the idea is almost there bar some extra instrumentation and the vocal/melody/lyrics. What do you think - yes or no? Cheers
  12. Hi all - because I can't just get on with all the stuff I have started this year, I ended up starting something else late last night. It is a very rough work in progress. I like the start part, but don't know if it should remain a verse or change to a chorus, or if the chorus I have at the moment should become a bridge!!! Excuse the singing, it was a rough one to get an idea of a melody over the music and it was quite late on last night, so didn't want to wake anyone up. The title is a place holder at the moment and probably the lyrics for what is the chorus at the moment are ad-libbed and place holder. I quite like the lyrics for the verse, but not sure of the last line. Any thoughts at this time would be a big help. Cheers Lyrics so far (words and music by Richard Tracey) I've not regretted what I've done I've been the father and the son I've been together and I've been as one I've seen the storm, I've seen the calm I've lived through cold I've lived through warm I've been the right hand to your left arm But I need to tell you Things are going crazy Never want to feel like This is all a cliche Need to do it once As I won't get a replay Please remember me I don't want to fade away
  13. I would like to thank everyone that has posted comments on this one so far - very much appreciated. I completed the lyrics last night (well I hope I have) and recorded a new vocal today to give an idea if they work or not. I have removed the piano piece from the beginning (Justin and David you were correct - it would be better on it's own) and tweaked the drums (bit more oomph) and did a rough mix, as well as tweaking a couple of other parts. Until the guitar is recorded for real, it is difficult to say if this is how it is going to remain, or if it will change again. I like the arrangement, but feel it could maybe do with something extra, which I can't put my finger on. Any further critique would be welcomed on all aspects - lyrics / vocal delivery / mix so far etc. The track is now called 'I Will Not Surrender' and lyrics are below. Cheers again. Richard I WILL NOT SURRENDER (words and music by Richard Tracey) I've been burned I've been frozen I've been lost inside your dreams I've been forgotten I've been remembered I've been the subject of your screams And through it all When the silence calls I will not surrender I will not surrender One final sip From your blood red lips I will not surrender I will not surrender To you I've been lost I've been found I've been the heart inside your head I've been remorse I've been defiance I've been the soul that you must shed And through it all When the silence calls I will not surrender I will not surrender One final sip From your blood red lips I will not surrender I will not surrender To you I have left the original post below incase anyone wants to hear the original before the changes.... Hi all, Started this one last night and really wanted something with a nice guitar driven melody and as I can't play guitar, played it on the keyboard meantime until I can get someone to play it onto the track. There is a quick vocal on the first verse and chorus area as a guide for what I am hoping to go with. The lyrics are not final and were off the cuff. Any feedback would be appreciated to see if this is worth continuing with. It is obviously not completed and there is no mixing etc done at this time - very raw. Cheers
  14. Hi all, I have finally managed to get some time to sit down at the computer and keyboard - this is a small idea I had yesterday (only had the chorus idea) and developed from there. The vocals are guide only at the moment to make sure I am happy with the lyrics etc. There are some pitch issues and this will be corrected once I record the proper vocal line. Any critique is welcomed re the music, orchestration, vocal delivery, lyrics etc. Cheers Lyrics: FOLLOW ME (words and music by Richard Tracey) v1 What do you want In your life What do you see As a compromise v2 Do you see Giving Do you see Taking Do you see Fighting Do you see Caring Do you see Living Do you see Killing Do you see Feeling Do you see Meaning In this world pre-chorus I'll never stop believing If you never stop your dreaming So take my hand and don't let go You just need to follow me CHORUS If you follow me You will know If you follow me You will know If you follow me You will know Just how far you will go Just how far you will go v4 What do you need To feel complete What do you want To not feel obsolete v5 Do you want Shyness Do you want Guidance Do you want Madness Do you want Wiseness Do you want Brightness Do you want Blindness Do you want Sadness Do you want Kindness In this world pre-chorus I'll never stop believing If you never stop your dreaming So take my hand and don't let go You just need to follow me CHORUS bridge CHORUS
  15. I'm running out of the thousand reasons that kept me tethered, And this stormy season is my new permanent state of weather, This hurricane is hitting harder than ever, Lost in the sea - doesn't matter if it gets any better, Between dreams of eastern bays and western shores, Left all these fake windows and closing doors, I had finally found a way over to you, Now I'm lost in this ocean of blue
  16. Hi all - started this tonight and was hoping for some feedback before I continue. I cannot get my head into my music at the moment, so hoping for some inspiration. This is a first draft work in progress. There is no bridge/middle 8 thingie yet, but all comments are welcomed on the music and lyrics (the lyrics need tweaked). ReBorn (lyrics and music by Richard Tracey) A flicker burning in the night I walk towards the sound of your voice Booming in my head I know that I am waiting for the moment I'm ReBorn Just like a butterfly bursting Out of it's cocoon My moment's come Can you feel it Can you see it Do you know just how to dream it Can you make it Can you break it Do you know just how to take it It feels like I'm feeling life For the first time (Do you know how good it feels) It feels like I'm feeling life For the first time (Do you know how good it feels) I feel the sun upon my face As I stand naked looking out upon a world That once Knew what I was before I started thinking for myself I knew that I must rewind to a point Where I'm with you My only hope Can you feel it Can you see it Do you know just how to dream it Can you make it Can you break it Do you know just how to take it It feels like I'm feeling life For the first time (Do you know how good it feels) It feels like I'm feeling life For the first time (Do you know how good it feels)
  17. Hi all, it's been a while since I was last on the forums due to work and family commitments (never seem to have any time to myself at the moment - there might be a song in that somewhere!!), but I have just recorded an idea I had and wanted to know what everyone thought. It is a rough draft at the moment and the vocal is a guide for timing and the lyrics etc (I am still taking medication for my pro-lapsed disc in my back and they play havoc with my throat and voice!!). The arrangement isn't 100% yet, I've got ideas for a bit of automation and certainly more sounds and counter melodies going on in the background, but just wanted to see if I was on the right track with this one. Any critique is welcome... there isn't much going on in the mix as there is only about 5 tracks so far. I also mucked up one of the lines in the chorus near the end - just ignore..... Cheers, Richard - I'll have a listen to some of your newer tracks this week and hopefully get a couple of comments posted.... Lyrics: MY CONFESSION (music and lyrics by Richard Tracey) VERSE 1 The writing was upon the wall The past catching up with me The little white lies I once told Were starting to unfold VERSE 2 And all the people that I hurt Their tears were drowning me And the weight of all the guilt Crushed the walls I built CHORUS x2 And this is my confession This is how it's going to be This is how we're going to see All the things that save me VERSE 3 And now I wish for a second chance To show what I've become Renewed with a driving force A man full of remorse VERSE 4 On the ground upon my knees To plead forgiveness I don't want to forget All of my regret CHORUS x2 And this is my confession This is how it's going to be This is how we're going to see All the things that save me BRIDGE CHORUS to end
  18. Hi all, while I am trying to get myself motivated to do some of the tracks I am working on and to stop me composing a new one each day (started 2 over the past 2 days!!), I decided to listen to some of my older stuff that I haven't bothered my backside doing anything with..... Below is a song I wrote with one of my friends who plays guitar in 2013/2014 ish. We did a rough sketch in about an hour (before we had to pick the kids up from school) and it was only about a minute long. I took that and created this arrangement and fired on lyrics and vocals. It is not complete and needs a bit of work, but it would be interesting to see what you all think. Cheers Lyrics: Come With Me (music by Richard Tracey and Graham Stephen - lyrics by Richard Tracey) Verses Do we ever find the things we want Do we ever find the things we need If we want to we can hold on tight To all we can see Do they ever have to find the time Do they ever have to dance all night If they want to they can all give in To all they can be Chorus Come with me And I'll make you see All the things we are meant to be Come with me Cause I am the key And I'm here to set them free
  19. This is a small instrumental piece I started the other day.. I just don't know what else to do with it to keep it ambient, but not have it repeating too much. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Cheers
  20. Okay, promise this will be the last new track I'll post this week and I will get back to listening and posting comments on other people's tracks etc. I started this one today and got right into the groove with it, so would be interested to hear what you all think of it so far. It is still a work in progress and vocals are first draft. Lyrics aren't complete for the second verse part. Any critique is welcomed. Cheers Lyrics so far: Cloud Nine v1 The moment has come And you know what you've got to do (got to do) There is somewhere that you've got to go That's deep inside you (deep inside you) v2 If I could give a helping hand To wake the feeling (wake the feeling) Then we can start the process Of your inner healing (inner healing) Chorus Listen to your heart Listen to your head Listen to every word that's said Listen to your fears Listen to your dreams They will show you the way ahead All the little things don't mean nothing If you've got something you can bring And if you can find a way to shine You can live your life on cloud nine v3 (placeholder) The moment has come And you know what you've got to do (got to do) There is somewhere that you've got to go That's deep inside you (deep inside you) v4 (placeholder) If I could give a helping hand To wake the feeling (wake the feeling) Then we can start the process Of your inner healing (inner healing) Chorus Listen to your heart Listen to your head Listen to every word that's said Listen to your fears Listen to your dreams They will show you the way ahead All the little things don't mean nothing If you've got something you can bring And if you can find a way to shine You can live your life on cloud nine Bridge Listen to your heart Listen to your head Chorus Listen to your heart Listen to your head Listen to every word that's said Listen to your fears Listen to your dreams They will show you the way ahead All the little things don't mean nothing If you've got something you can bring And if you can find a way to shine You can live your life on cloud nine
  21. Hi all, I wouldn't mind a quick critique to see if this sounds any good. Started on it this morning and it is only verses and pre-chorus as yet as I am still trying to work out drums for the chorus part. It is a different style for me, so just wondering what people think as to whether I should spend any time on it. Only drums, bass and vocal yet. Cheers
  22. Hi all, I have thought long and hard about posting my first track for critique and after seeing the recent posts from MonoStone, have decided to revisit a track I started in December 2015, which I couldn't work out what to do with. This is a very early work in progress and took about an hour to get to this state. I would appreciate any critique as well as where you think the track could go - does it need something else added - what to do with the lyrics etc. There is no real mixing of the tracks at this time, so don't really know if anything sounds muddied. Anyway, any input would be much appreciated. Cheers Lyrics (so far) DESIRE And I I can see the fire I can see the desire In everything we've done And I I can see the light I can see the fight In everything you do And every dream you hold on to It means nothing to you And every dream you give away A penny for another day (the lyrics repeat - this was to give me an idea of what could come next - unfortunately, I didn't revisit the track)
  23. https://soundcloud.com/burton-m/a-forfeit-life-rough-mix Here's a rough mix for a new song I've been messing with. The bass is too hot and the levels are off, but I'll tone it down once I do some more mixing. Been a while since I've posted anything, so I wanted to get a draft out there. Lyrics are below: A Forfeit Life My life has grown pale It is forfeit A kingdom for sale A clown on the throne I’ve swallowed my pride Dug out the splinters A lost ship has sailed To carry me home [Chorus] A soul, freely given A song, sung at night To light up my world I give up the fight I’m tired and weary Crumbled to time Slipped out in the vastness Blind to the light Your hand pulls me under Your lips are my guide Sweetness consumes Delight in your eyes. A tourniquet tightened Bleeding subsides My soul feeling stronger I rest in your light The wheel turning faster Dust covered road Your sonnet I sing The love that I chose.
  24. So I've got a first draft of a song I'm working on. Ignore the guitar playing and recording here - mostly looking for feedback on the lyrics and tune. I am also trying to decide to go with a basic acoustic version or a bigger, more rock, version. https://soundcloud.com/burton-m/love-grave-first-draft Love Grave I’ve been kicked around I’ve been ridden hard I’ve been shut into the stables of your mind I’ve been dragged on board The air dry and thin You walked away, leaving me to die. My heart has stopped My body’s cold I’m numb but I don’t care Stillness. Bury me under your love grave Plastic flowers never die I’ve made my peace My light has left your eyes. I’ve been cut in half Taken down to size Your knife edge has been dulled upon my bones All my blood’s been drained I’m your slaughtered lamb Lay your curse on me your sins have been atoned. My heart has stopped My body’s cold I’m numb but I don’t care Stillness. Bury me under your love grave Plastic flowers never die I’ve made my peace My light has left your eyes. I’m coming back I’ll have your soul I’m bruised but my love will make you whole Bury me under your love grave Plastic flowers never die I’ve made my peace My light has left your eyes.
  25. Hi All! This one got written back in the mid-90's and loaded on to a floppy that I recently stuck into an old Compac 486 before having it recycled. I didn't jot any chords or notes down back then, so I decided to use a loose version of another song I wrote about moving to So Cal from Seattle and perhaps bookend an EP with the two songs. This was recorded live, 1 shot for the vocals & rhythm guitar and 1 track of acoustic lead. The bridge starts off with a B/F# 9th..... which these days is one of my favorites... ok, TMI I haven't decided if I should go bigger, or keep it simple stupid...perhaps you might comment on directions this might go. As written, the original bridge is longer than the rest of the song, so I only put in one verse to see how it works while I edit the longest bridge I've ever written! Thanks for listening! Rick http://soundcloud.com/rick-glynn/welcome-to-california Welcome to California Music & Lyrics by Rick Glynn All Rights Reserved And the sign says welcome to California you weren't listening when we tried to warn you it's hard to leave once you've been there At first it seem everything's wrong those freaks put everything in a song but it won't be long and you won't even care once you've been there Three long years up in the rain Seattle's fine but it soaked my brain and how much coffee can you drink anyway? the girls up there are really white if they'd get some sun they'd be alright but the sun don't ever shine even in the day I told her that I was through with the cold and the rain and no, not you she smiled and said ...but we had fun California's a long long way and I think I'll miss these rainy days but I'll follow you to find your sun Welcome, to California we hope you're listening we're trying to warn you it's hard to leave once you've been there And I can wait to sing our songs they'll think we're freaks, and they won't be wrong but it's been so long that we won't even care once we get there