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New remix version available

Who Ya Gonna Call, Big Daddy? - RECALL
https://soundcloud.com/user-426611522/who-ya-gonna-call-big-daddy-recall

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Title: Who Ya Gonna Call, Big Daddy?
Track Time: 02:02 / BPM: 75

Vs 1
So when it all comes down
and you can't get around
to the old part of town
where you get the low-down  

Who ya gonna call, Big Daddy?

Vs 2
Now you think you will drown
have a total melt-down
but you won't hear a sound
on this merry-go-round  
 
Who ya gonna call, Big Daddy?

Vs 3
Suit in a button-down
gave you a thumbs-down
just flew in from boomtown
he'll give you the runaround

Who ya gonna call, Big Daddy?

Vs 4
Heading out to midtown
right up to the slowdown
set up for a go-round
get caught in the smack-down

Who ya gonna call, Big Daddy?


© Steve Lundgren 2018  
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Motorist Sketchbook, very cool! Loved the guitar in the beginning of the song and the groove. That really got me.

Did you use a ''cuíca''?

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alcapone_dudu wrote: Motorist Sketchbook, very cool! Loved the guitar in the beginning of the song and the groove. That really got me.

Did you use a ''cuíca''?

Hey, thanks.
And welcome to the forum.
You can call me Steve, if you like.

The percussion is programmed. I think there is a "cuíca".
I can't remember all the names. But I love to add those spicy percussion instruments.
I started this song with the percussion and the bass groove. Which is unusual for me.
I usually lay down some guitar rhythm tracks before the bass.

This demo is a stylistic experiment. If you listen to some of my other music
you get more of the range. I have three Demo Reels on my SoundCloud page.
Each has just three songs. Perhaps start with the first one and continue as you
are interested. Thanks for listening and commenting. See you around. 

- Steve

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Thank you for the welcoming, Steve.

I see. The ''cuíca'' is really commom here in Brazil especially in ''samba'' music.

I'm definetly checking your songs!

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Nice! Love the interplay of sounds. The bass line is my favourite, but the guitar is very cool too. And I like the pauses there at the "Big Daddy" lines.

Perhaps tone the cymbals down on the percussion? I like the overall groove, and the extra whistles and percussion but those cymbals feel like they cut through too strongly for me.

Are you doing some FX on the vocals? It fits well with the overall tone.

I like the ending too, those drumbeats to go out on work really well.

Nicely done Steve!

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RainyDayMan wrote: Nice! Love the interplay of sounds. The bass line is my favourite, but the guitar is very cool too. And I like the pauses there at the "Big Daddy" lines.

Perhaps tone the cymbals down on the percussion? I like the overall groove, and the extra whistles and percussion but those cymbals feel like they cut through too strongly for me.

Are you doing some FX on the vocals? It fits well with the overall tone.

I like the ending too, those drumbeats to go out on work really well.

Nicely done Steve!

Thanks, RDM.

Yes, I really piled on the effects on the vocals. (sounded terrible without them)
I ran them through a British Drive amp sound with some stomp boxes as well.
The FX were so high gain I had to trim out the quiet spots in between lyrics.
The roaring silence was a bit much. What I ended up with sounds like an over-driven PA
system with electrical issues in an outdoor urban environment bouncing off the buildings.

I ran the lead guitar (Strat equipped with hot rail pickups) through my pedal board stage setup.
But I added the delay in the software rather than using the delay on my pedal board.

- Steve

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Who Ya Gonna Call, Big Daddy? - RECALL
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Groovy bassline! I love distortion on vocals, it fits this tune nicely. I have a go-to number of vocal busses that I set up in most of my projects that I send to and one of them usually has some sort of overdrive on it :D

I could see this tune being a fun one to play live and jam with.

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Thanks Bacco,

I think there is a name for the genre for this lyrical style, but I can't remember what it is.
Related to Rap somehow. Do you know?

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Not 100% sure but I've heard of "Talking Blues" which is similar! Obviously, that is tied to blues, maybe if there was another genre that had that vocal style it would be coined "Talking <genre>"? :D

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Bacco wrote: Not 100% sure but I've heard of "Talking Blues" which is similar! Obviously, that is tied to blues, maybe if there was another genre that had that vocal style it would be coined "Talking <genre>"? :D
Talking Blues. There it is.
Thanks, that's a great observation/comment.

I did a little research and found this link to a National Public Radio segment. (NPR)
https://www.npr.org/2001/03/23/1120459/talking-blues - 6:13 length

It points back to Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan and the blues-men that preceded them.
I first took note of this style while listening to Michael Franks and Ben Sidran.
Both influenced by Mose Allison, of course.

And in a sense, we see the roots of Rap as well.
But I think you are correct, what I have done in this song more closely ties to Talking Blues.

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1926, it's amazing to hear music recordings that are 90+ years old! Thanks for the link.

When I think about it more, there're subtle hints of this style in rock that I've noticed with both Robert Plant and Steven Tyler, I'm sure there are more singers that do this too but those two come to mind. Sometimes I'll hear Robert Plant and think that he could sing without any notes.

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Bacco wrote: 1926, it's amazing to hear music recordings that are 90+ years old! Thanks for the link.

When I think about it more, there're subtle hints of this style in rock that I've noticed with both Robert Plant and Steven Tyler, I'm sure there are more singers that do this too but those two come to mind. Sometimes I'll hear Robert Plant and think that he could sing without any notes.

The Talking Blues style is all over Pop music. (and Jazz)

I remember as a teen, getting a hold of two albums that really shaped my interest in music.
Led Zeppelin II and The Best of Cream.

Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton were both members of the Yardbirds previously. (separately)
As was Jeff Beck. Another early influence.

This was at a time when heavy music was just making its way onto daytime radio.
Prior to that it was only heard late at night on "underground" radio programming.

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PS -- I remember listening to the car radio when my Mom was in the store.
Two songs had a tremendous effect on me and you can hear it my music today.

I Think We're Alone Now - Tommy James & The Shondells
Hush - Deep Purple

The muted "heartbeat" palm-muted picking on I Think We're Alone Now and
the jungle beat on Hush are evident on my song recordings.

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Steve, as stated above this is cool. From the intro to the overall feel of it nice work!

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Great little track Sketch. Reminds me of old ZZ Top, the way you sing it.
Love the distorted vocals. A nice nod to one of my favorites by you, Yellow Hand.
Awesome lyrics, they are the star on this song, verse 3 in particular.
The new mix is very easy on the ears. Great job man!

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Hey MP and Sam,

Thanks for the listen and comments guys.

ZZ Top is a cool reference. The Tres Hombres album was
a big influence on guitar tone for me when it came out.

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