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What CD Would You Like To Hear Me Do?

Modern Pop (Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, etc.)
6
5%
Classic Rock (Stones, Beatles, Who, Zep)
8
6%
Prog Rock (Yes, Genesis, Kansas, etc.)
12
9%
Show Tunes Style (Sound Of Music, My Fair Lady, etc.)
3
2%
Country (Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, etc.)
3
2%
Disco (Bee Gees, Tramps, etc.)
16
13%
Metal (various sub genres)
14
11%
EDM (various sub genres)
16
13%
80s (various genres)
10
8%
Your Music Sucks. Please Stop Making It
40
31%
 
Total votes: 128

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KVRAF

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20449 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Post Fri Mar 19, 2021 2:50 am

digitalboytn wrote:
Thu Mar 18, 2021 7:39 pm
It was a compliment :tu:

What Rhodes were you using in that track ?

It could have used a little more compression,but the sound was pretty good :party:
It was the Arturia Stage 73. I don't like using a lot of compression. I prefer a more "natural" sound. I'm old. What can I say?

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KVRAF
2122 posts since 8 Dec, 2008 from Global Cowboy

Post Fri Mar 19, 2021 4:12 am

But there were a few notes that "jumped out" in that piano part and they were a little distracting...

Something like an LA-2A would just give it a bit of "smooth" :)
No auto tune and iLok free...

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KVRAF

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20449 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Post Fri Mar 19, 2021 4:15 am

digitalboytn wrote:
Fri Mar 19, 2021 4:12 am
But there were a few notes that "jumped out" in that piano part and they were a little distracting...

Something like an LA-2A would just give it a bit of "smooth" :)
For you, distracting. For me, just what I wanted it to sound like.

Can't make everybody happy so my main priority is to make ME happy.

Should have learned that a long time ago.

KVRAF
2091 posts since 22 Jan, 2011 from near Los Angeles

Post Sat Mar 27, 2021 7:31 pm

wagtunes,
Now listening to "Hop Skip and Jump": this starts with a strong 50's vibe (in my opinion)! I don't recall hearing a 50's influence from you, from what I recall. Skip to my Lou! The piano has a music theater vibe (good). OK, now I see this is a medley of sorts with "Jump" (not the Van Halen variety, ha ha). Nice combo of your vocals and what I assume are female Vocaloid vocals. Per usual you have higher volume than my music. I can picture dancers in this. Very nice! :)
You can hear my original music at this link: https://www.soundclick.com/artist/defau ... dID=224436

KVRAF
2091 posts since 22 Jan, 2011 from near Los Angeles

Post Sat Mar 27, 2021 7:39 pm

wagtunes,
"Ba Ba Ba": I will say this has a 70's vibe, with a bit of music theater (good; I can picture the dancers again). Nice melodies (so does the previous song)! Your singing works well on this. I can say with sincerity that you have a gift for song writing. :)
You can hear my original music at this link: https://www.soundclick.com/artist/defau ... dID=224436

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KVRAF

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20449 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Post Sun Mar 28, 2021 2:33 am

aaron aardvark wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 7:39 pm
wagtunes,
"Ba Ba Ba": I will say this has a 70's vibe, with a bit of music theater (good; I can picture the dancers again). Nice melodies (so does the previous song)! Your singing works well on this. I can say with sincerity that you have a gift for song writing. :)
Thanks for the kind words Aaron. Gift for songwriting? I think that came from 40 plus years of hard work and a lot of horrible music at the beginning.

FYI, Hop Skip And Jump are all covers.

At The Hop - Danny & The Juniors (from the 50s)
Skip To My Lou - Judy Garland (From the 40s I think)
Jump (For My Love) - Pointer Sisters (From the 80s)

I turned the whole thing into a medley with my own little twists. It was a lot of fun to do.

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KVRian
1269 posts since 23 Nov, 2018 from Birmingham, UK

Post Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:39 pm

She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
The words that she would say to me

She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
The words that she would say to me

She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
The words that she would say to me

She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
The words that she would say to me

Pretty soon I couldn't get them out of my head
They were the only words that I could hear


Dude, how'm I gonna sleep tonight ...help me!!!

Tried counting sheep....they said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba ! :)

Tried counting cows...they turned into sheep and said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba ! :)

That's possibly the greatest earworm of all time - good song!
Mark Taylor, Chameleon Music - Professional composition and sound design for all media since 1994.

https://www.chameleonmusic.co.uk/

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KVRAF

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20449 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Post Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:24 pm

ChameleonMusic wrote:
Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:39 pm
She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
The words that she would say to me

She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
The words that she would say to me

She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
The words that she would say to me

She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
She said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba
The words that she would say to me

Pretty soon I couldn't get them out of my head
They were the only words that I could hear


Dude, how'm I gonna sleep tonight ...help me!!!

Tried counting sheep....they said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba ! :)

Tried counting cows...they turned into sheep and said ba ba ba...ba ba ba ba ba ! :)

That's possibly the greatest earworm of all time - good song!
And that's probably the greatest compliment I've ever gotten. After playing it for me friend Paul, who is older than me and grew up in the 60s, he called me the next Ron Dante. I'm sure you're familiar with the name. If not, look him up. He has quite a bubble gum legacy behind him.

KVRAF
2091 posts since 22 Jan, 2011 from near Los Angeles

Post Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:47 pm

wagtunes,
"Ripped From the Headlines": I don't believe I have reviewed this song yet. Your voice has a twang to it (good) to go with the guitars. If the guitar parts are not real, they sound real to me (rather good!). Per usual, you have very good melodies all around. Audio quality sounds good; I liked the Hammond B3 organ sound. Nice song, I like it. :)
Last edited by aaron aardvark on Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:05 pm, edited 1 time in total.
You can hear my original music at this link: https://www.soundclick.com/artist/defau ... dID=224436

KVRAF
2091 posts since 22 Jan, 2011 from near Los Angeles

Post Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:04 pm

wagtunes,
"J-Lo No-Mo": I thought some of the lyrics were funny (in a good way). I don't think J-Lo will let you be part of her posse with lyrics like that, ha ha! Vocals are fine. Unless you/me/anyone else are doing the Black rap style of vocal, not sure what what you call it. I guess spoken word would be one way to name your style of verse vocal. The Pet Shop Boys (I like a number of their songs) often sing/talk/rap/spoken word the lyrics during the verse, are a bit similar. I like the song, has good melodies. Audio quality is good. Instrumentally sounds good too. :)
You can hear my original music at this link: https://www.soundclick.com/artist/defau ... dID=224436

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KVRAF

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20449 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Post Sat Apr 24, 2021 2:34 am

aaron aardvark wrote:
Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:04 pm
wagtunes,
"J-Lo No-Mo": I thought some of the lyrics were funny (in a good way). I don't think J-Lo will let you be part of her posse with lyrics like that, ha ha! Vocals are fine. Unless you/me/anyone else are doing the Black rap style of vocal, not sure what what you call it. I guess spoken word would be one way to name your style of verse vocal. The Pet Shop Boys (I like a number of their songs) often sing/talk/rap/spoken word the lyrics during the verse, are a bit similar. I like the song, has good melodies. Audio quality is good. Instrumentally sounds good too. :)
Aaron, thanks for the feedback on the tunes. Much appreciated. No, I don't think J-Lo will want me in her fan club. LOL

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KVRian
1326 posts since 22 Sep, 2016

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:57 am

Listening to https://soundcloud.com/steven-wagenheim/ba-ba-ba-ba-ba ...
Hm, I don't know why, but you have some kind of "ear worm" factor to some your your tracks. It's really good songs that keep my attention. Good work! It's simply catchy melodies and good song writing ...

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KVRAF

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20449 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 11:39 am

] Peter:H [ wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:57 am
Listening to https://soundcloud.com/steven-wagenheim/ba-ba-ba-ba-ba ...
Hm, I don't know why, but you have some kind of "ear worm" factor to some your your tracks. It's really good songs that keep my attention. Good work! It's simply catchy melodies and good song writing ...
Somebody else in this thread (think it was Chameleon) said it was the best ear worm he ever heard, or something to that effect. Honestly, it's just 60s bubble gum. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to write like Ron Dante.

Thanks for the kind words Peter.

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addled muppet weed
80658 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:03 pm

where the hell have you been? :P

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KVRAF

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20449 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Post Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:34 pm

vurt wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:03 pm
where the hell have you been? :P
:sigh: Yeah, I know. It's a very long story. Part of it has to do with my current CD. You know how everybody is always telling me that if I spent more time on my songs, they'd be better. Well, I'm testing that out. I started a CD on 2/22/2021. It's over 2 months later and I'm not even half way done with it. In fact, I don't expect to finish this CD until sometime in July or even August.

And while production wise it's excellent (so far) musically, taking time with my songs, for me anyway, doesn't make them better songs. In fact, I'd say just the opposite. I think when I'm really inspired by an idea and I put it together quickly, it tends to come out better, at least musically. This whole agonizing over every chord, every note, every second of the arrangement, I think is counter productive for me. So far, I can honestly say that this is one of the worse CDs I've ever done, from a musical perspective. The songs are missing that spark. There's no other way to explain it. When you hear it (I'm posting the playlist in its entirety when it's finished) I am 99% sure you will agree with me.

Ultimately, this will prove to people that my working longer on songs does not guarantee that they'll be better. So far, it appears they are worse.

But that's only part of why I've been away. The rest is very personal and not something I want to get into here.

On the plus side, I just heard from my band today. Sometime in May I will be getting a mechanical royalties (units sold) check for $74.29. It's not a fortune, but it's the first money I've made in the business. The album sold 3,534 units. Ironically, after 44 years of trying to reach this "goal" I'm not quite as excited about it as I would have been 44 years ago. Time does that to you. Still, it's a good feeling. My music hasn't been for nothing.

I'm going to try to pop in this weekend and listen to a few tracks here. I see DT has a new one and I really want to hear it.

Anyway, that's about it for now. Don't worry, I'll be okay but I've got a lot of stuff to think about.

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