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Title: That Thing Goin' 'Round (special thanks to Andrea, RK and Aaron G)
Track Time: 06:00  Tempo: 135 BPM

VS 1
Have you heard about it -
COVID-19 goin' 'round? 
Seems to be spreadin' -
all over town

Hard to keep from gettin' -
you down 
That corona virus -
has been given a crown

Have you heard about (it)
that thing goin' 'round? (2x)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
CH
Have you heard 'bout it?
That thing goin' 'round
Across the sea - over hill and dale
Target-ing - both strong and frail 

Challenges that we all share
Soon will be found everywhere
Have you heard about
that thing goin' 'round?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

VS 2
Have you heard about it -
that virus goin' 'round? 
Gotta keep your distance
or you're goin' down

Cover your mouth
and wash your hands
That's the news
across the land

Have you heard about
that thing goin' 'round?

CH

VS 3
Have you heard about it -
shortages goin' 'round?
The world ran out of toilet rolls,  
hand sanitizer and pasta to boil 

The store shelves are empty
but the parking lot is full
Infection rates are rising
as the stock markets fall  

Have you heard about
that thing goin' 'round?

CH

VS 4
Have you heard about it -
isolation goin' 'round?
Can't go to the office -
they're all closed down

Caught on camera
helping folks who need ya
As evidence trending now
on social media 

Have you heard about
that thing goin' 'round?

CH/ending -- slower

We're now in a downward spiral
I hope at least this song goes viral

And if we're brought down to our knees 
don't forget to look up please

Take care of the ones you love
We'll survive with some help from above

Have you heard about
that thing goin' 'round?


© Steve Lundgren 2020 
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I like it, the „dum di da“ gives it a nice flow and let it seem well almost funny, Makes it easier to deal with and to hear about the very serious background. I may say that it’s a bit long tho, but it is a demo after all.

Dum di da dum di da....RK



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Not too bad. Reminds of Schoolhouse rock. I really like the sound of the chorus - like a group singing.



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RainbowKeeper wrote: I like it, the „dum di da“ gives it a nice flow and let it seem well almost funny, Makes it easier to deal with and to hear about the very serious background. I may say that it’s a bit long tho, but it is a demo after all.

Dum di da dum di da....RK

Thanks.
Hopefully you could identify the parts where you had some influence.
It was fun and challenging for me to work in so much great input.
From you, Andrea and Aaron G. (and others across the world)

I'm a Van Morrison fan. He does the "dum di da" stuff on some of his older music.
I always liked that.

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Andrea wrote: Not too bad. Reminds of Schoolhouse rock. I really like the sound of the chorus - like a group singing.
Thanks.
Hopefully you could identify the parts where you had some influence.
Your rhymes were so good. You were probably the most directly quoted.
Especially in the first half of the chorus.

I realize that the song is a bit of a novelty. But speaks to this time in history.
Maybe someone will run across it in 2045 and say, "Who's Andrea?" - lol

I like what you are saying about the chorus sounding like a group.
On playback I was thinking it was representative of the global situation.
Many voices as one.

- Sketch

PS -- What did you think of the scary sound at the end?



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Hey Sketch, I thought the same thing about the chorus - 'many voices as one'!

Yes, I see my suggestions that you included. Thanks

"I realize that the song is a bit of a novelty. But speaks to this time in history.
Maybe someone will run across it in 2045 and say, "Who's Andrea?" - lol - even better - yeah, I know that Andrea, she writes awesome lyrics - lol



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Andrea wrote: Hey Sketch, I thought the same thing about the chorus - 'many voices as one'!

Yes, I see my suggestions that you included. Thanks

"I realize that the song is a bit of a novelty. But speaks to this time in history.
Maybe someone will run across it in 2045 and say, "Who's Andrea?" - lol - even better - yeah, I know that Andrea, she writes awesome lyrics - lol

Right.
More likely, "Who's Sketch, and why was Andrea working with him?" - lol



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Motorist Sketchbook wrote:
Andrea wrote: Hey Sketch, I thought the same thing about the chorus - 'many voices as one'!

Yes, I see my suggestions that you included. Thanks

"I realize that the song is a bit of a novelty. But speaks to this time in history.
Maybe someone will run across it in 2045 and say, "Who's Andrea?" - lol - even better - yeah, I know that Andrea, she writes awesome lyrics - lol

Right.
More likely, "Who's Sketch, and why was Andrea working with him?" - lol






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Andrea wrote: :worthyface:worthyface:worthyface:worthyface:worthyface
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I suppose we could discuss my process on this a bit. If that would inform our inspire others.

As a general statement, I encourage everyone to find the process that works best for them.
While I am open to hearing about the process of others, I am most comfortable with my
own process. Which is making some small changes over time. (evolving)

For those who are not familiar, I am a lyrics first writer. I don't develop any instrumental
accompaniment prior to writing lyrics. Most recordings are not made this way. But it is at the
core of what I am doing. Song concept is the top priority, followed by lyrics.

I am also very process driven creatively. I usually don't know what the finished piece
will sound like going into it. The finished song is the result of the creative process.
In the case of this song I had a vague direction to pursue, I wanted to give a bit of a
1940s Pop/Jazz feel. As if I know what that actually means. - lol
Even the theme and lyrics were written with that feel. (note all the apostrophed words)
That Thing Goin' 'Round (era inspired)

To begin the recording process the software asks for a tempo in beats per minute (BPM)
I read through the lyrics to determine what pace I want. I actually changed the tempo on this
one in the final mix. It seemed to be dragging slightly. So I increased the tempo from
130 BPM to 135 BPM. Anyway...

Percussion is the first thing when recording. I make my basic rhythmic decisions at this point.
And this gives me something to record my parts over instead of metronome, which I hate.

Then I begin to lay in simple guitar parts for each section of the song.
Laying each part over the previous track. And then finally my bass parts.
Which many prefer to do earlier in the process.

In this song I varied the bass rhythm in each song part. Using eighth notes to drive
some parts and a push (bump, bump) part on others. And straight four on another. 
If I remember correctly. I might not have done that if the bass had been recorded first.

I usually record any lead guitar stuff after the vocals, but since I was having trouble
formulating the vocal melodies, I laid down the solo stuff first. Whereas I usually work
the guitars around the vocals, I did somewhat the opposite on this one. Having the
lead parts running while I recorded the vocals was very helpful in informing the
vocal melodies. I was glad I did it that way.

That's probably enough for now. Let me know if you have questions. Thanks.

- Sketch

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Good stuff guys. I realize this was thrown together fairly quick but the quality is still there.
I like the way it starts with the Dum di da. Very catchy!
Vocals sound great Sketch. Especially the harmonies.
I like that this was a collaboration of some of my favorite lyricists here at TSF.
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Hey Sketch,
Yes I noticed how you worked my input in. Good job!
Happy Easter!
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samiamiamsam wrote: Good stuff guys. I realize this was thrown together fairly quick but the quality is still there.
I like the way it starts with the Dum di da. Very catchy!
Vocals sound great Sketch. Especially the harmonies.
I like that this was a collaboration of some of my favorite lyricists here at TSF.
Great job all around.

Thanks for the listen and encouraging comments.
The team aspect really helped this song. The input was so great.
And it was interesting to see how we are pretty much in the same boat worldwide.

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RainbowKeeper wrote: Hey Sketch,
Yes I noticed how you worked my input in. Good job!
Happy Easter!
RK

Thanks.

Happy Easter to you as well!

- Sketch

PS -- What are your traditions in Germany?
Do you get an Easter basket with chocolates and jelly beans too?

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samiamiamsam wrote: Good stuff guys. I realize this was thrown together fairly quick but the quality is still there.
I like the way it starts with the Dum di da. Very catchy!
Vocals sound great Sketch. Especially the harmonies.
I like that this was a collaboration of some of my favorite lyricists here at TSF.
Great job all around.

Here are a few production notes that I thought you might appreciate,
since we use the same recording software.

I didn't use any amp or speaker effects on the guitar and bass
on this one. All DI sound. I'm amazed at how great the guitars sound
direct in on this software and AUDIOBOX setup.

Something I have been doing, as you know, is using stomp box
pedals on the front end input. As I said in an earlier post, I used a reverb pedal
on the three lead guitar parts. I love the way they set against the clean jazzy
rhythm guitar parts. You can hear me chunking away on those fine
Major seventh eighth note chords. So much fun.

- Sketch



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Motorist Sketchbook wrote:
samiamiamsam wrote: Good stuff guys. I realize this was thrown together fairly quick but the quality is still there.
I like the way it starts with the Dum di da. Very catchy!
Vocals sound great Sketch. Especially the harmonies.
I like that this was a collaboration of some of my favorite lyricists here at TSF.
Great job all around.

Here are a few production notes that I thought you might appreciate,
since we use the same recording software.

I didn't use any amp or speaker effects on the guitar and bass
on this one. All DI sound. I'm amazed at how great the guitars sound
direct in on this software and AUDIOBOX setup.

Something I have been doing, as you know, is using stomp box
pedals on the front end input. As I said in an earlier post, I used a reverb pedal
on the three lead guitar parts. I love the way they set against the clean jazzy
rhythm guitar parts. You can hear me chunking away on those fine
Major seventh eighth note chords. So much fun.

- Sketch



Sorry for the late response, Sketch.
That's interesting. Yeah, It's really awesome how good the software is.
I doubt I'll ever have time to get into all the options.
I probably use 20% of it's capabilities. lol

Well, the guitars on this sound amazing, so great job.

I've been trying to dial in a metal sound. For one of the songs I'm working on.
I had to buy the vst plugin extension.
I'm using Pulse from Lancaster as my impulse response loader.
It's pretty cool. I'm using my little Orange rig.. with my new Revv G3 distortion pedal.
And the send from the effects loop straight into the audio interface.
That way I don't have to deal with miking my cabinet.
I don't always have the quietest place to record, so that helps.

We had talked about using high gain and low gain for recording distorted guitars.
I am still experimenting with that.



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samiamiamsam wrote: ... I've been trying to dial in a metal sound. For one of the songs I'm working on.
I had to buy the vst plugin extension.
I'm using Pulse from Lancaster as my impulse response loader.
It's pretty cool. I'm using my little Orange rig.. with my new Revv G3 distortion pedal.
And the send from the effects loop straight into the audio interface.
That way I don't have to deal with miking my cabinet.
I don't always have the quietest place to record, so that helps.

We had talked about using high gain and low gain for recording distorted guitars.
I am still experimenting with that.

Yes, keep me in the loop on what you discover with heavy guitar research.
I have never quite arrived in that category. That total wall of sound is a bit elusive.

It seemed we were talking about high shelf/low shelf features in Fat Channel.
As additional "panning" options. I remember a speaker at MixCon saying something about mixing to all six directions. Right, left, front, back, top, bottom. And that effect is natural in an omni-directional microphone. Interesting that we can hear all that through stereo headphones/speakers. Which are basically only side to side. (right/left)

I don't recall if I mentioned that I had assigned each of the four part vocal harmonies in this song to a different spot in the panning mix (two on mid-right, two on mid-left) to give them as much separation as possible.

- Sketch

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WOW!

I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy!!!:worthyface:worthyface:worthyface

This is great! I love it! Love the music, love the vocals, love the guitar work!

You rock...um, or Jazz, dude!

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moptop wrote: WOW!

I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy!!!:worthyface:worthyface:worthyface

This is great! I love it! Love the music, love the vocals, love the guitar work!

You rock...um, or Jazz, dude!

Thanks for the listen and comments. - lol

I am planning to do another group project soon, so watch for that.
This will be unprecedented. (for me any way)

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