Jon Solo- 2020 RPM Challenge (Completed)

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wagtunes
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Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:41 am

digitalboytn wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:33 pm
Jon...you write great songs and put them together really well...

Take a bow :clap:
I agree. He's way too modest.

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wagtunes
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Re: Jon Solo- 2020 RPM Challenge

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:42 am

thejonsolo wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:39 pm
Oh come on...ha ha. Thank you for the listen. I haven't done a vocal album since 2008 and no where near as prolific as you, so I got lots to pool from.

My wife videos many of my sessions. Maybe I can get a few together for you.

Jon
Anybody can write a whole ton of crappy songs. Just ask some of the members here. But quality like you do takes time.

But obviously not as much time as I thought.

You got 11 days to finish this up. I know you can do it.

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thejonsolo
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Re: Jon Solo- 2020 RPM Challenge (5 tracks done)

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:50 am

And here is track 6. Another hard one to sing. But I really like this one. Fun to do!

It is called Ugly Girl.

https://soundcloud.com/jonsolo/ugly-girl

Ugly Girl

I am a normal man but I realize
There clearly is something amiss with my eyes
She is a normal girl but you understand
She’s as big as the side of a barn and looks like a man
But I’m her biggest fan

I am straight as an arrow and have been from the start
She reached right in and she took me by the heart
She reached straight in and tore from the middle
And since then my life is a riddle
Though she loves to swarm around me
It’s just a poor side effect because she is a queen B, you see

All my friends they call me crazy
Oh lord it seems my whole life is hazy
She’s the only one that I see
Because I’m only for her
And she is only for me, You see

I’m in love with an ugly girl
She’s the best in the whole wide world
Every aspect may seem wrong
But I am crazy for her so I just keep hanging on
I’m strong
Though I feel like I’m gonna hurl
I still love my ugly girl
Everyone thinks I’m insane
And though I strongly agree
I still keep racking my brain for my girl
My Ugly Girl

We fell in love from the first day that we met
And it wasn’t because I had lost a bet
It was because though she is homely
Like her I was quite lonely
Lonely sad and blue I swear
And if it wasn’t for her I would still likely be there

All my friends they call me crazy
Oh lord it seems my whole life is hazy
She’s the only one that I see
Because I’m only for her
And she is only for me, You see

I’m in love with an ugly girl
She’s the best in the whole wide world
Every aspect may seem wrong
But I am crazy for her so I just keep hanging on
I’m strong
Though I feel like I’m gonna hurl
I still love my ugly girl
Everyone thinks I’m insane
And though I strongly agree
I still keep racking my brain for my girl

There really is something that I must confess
There is much more to this loving awful mess
How can I possibly put this lightly, honestly, truthfully

I am really an ugly guy
She loves me and I don’t know why
Every aspect seems so wrong
But she is crazy for me and she keeps hanging on
Shes strong
Something must be wrong with her eyes
She really loves this ugly guy
Everyone says she’s insane
She probably should go but I hope she remains

I’m in love with my ugly girl
She’s the best in the whole wide world
We stick tight through thick and thin
And if you still wonder why I will remind you again
We love our little ugly world
Me and my precious ugly girl
Every aspect seems so right
And if we keep holding on, holding each other tight with our might
Last edited by thejonsolo on Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:18 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Jon Solo- 2020 RPM Challenge (6 tracks done)

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:47 am

What's to say? Must have been a bitch to sing. I can't even imagine attempting it. Nice brass. Catchy. Well done. Some lyrical changes but eh, who cares?

There are very few people here who I wait for to post music. You are one of them. I would love to hear collaboration between you and Donkey Tugger. I think that would be absolutely awesome.

Anyway, 11 days and 4 songs to go.

Can't wait to hear what's next in the pipeline.

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thejonsolo
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Re: Jon Solo- 2020 RPM Challenge (6 tracks done)

Post Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:10 pm

Yes, I sometimes make vocal decisions on the fly and forget to change the lead sheet. Ha. I will try to go back and correct it.

Edit- lyrics fixed, heh.

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thejonsolo
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Re: Jon Solo- 2020 RPM Challenge (6 tracks done)

Post Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:09 pm

A new track...my 7th for the RPM Challenge. It stinks fighting a cold. Trying to finish this thing up...ok 1st world issues.

Here is Walking on the Moon.

https://soundcloud.com/jonsolo/walking-on-the-moon

Walking on the Moon

I never meant to say goodbye
I never meant to make you cry
I only wanted to break away
To leave these worldly things behind
Spread my wings and began to fly
I only wanted to leave this place
And surf the waves of another shore
And finally find what I was looking for
I only fear that I left too soon
To blast off to another world
I’m walking on the moon

I never meant to walk away
With you around I would gladly stay
The rock that calls me
Calls me home
Its time to spread my wings and fly
Surf the waves in a different sky
If you would join me in this place
Step right in to another land
Come on in I will take your hand
I hope that you will join me soon
And live our lives in another world
Please join me on the moon

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Re: Jon Solo- 2020 RPM Challenge (7 tracks done 02/22)

Post Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:36 pm

Waiting for one of your songs is like when I used to wait for the new album by one of my favorite groups.

Anyway, my only complaint about this one is it's too short.

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Re: Jon Solo- 2020 RPM Challenge (7 tracks done 02/22)

Post Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:52 pm

Thanks man! I really appreciate that. Fighting this cold is really making the challenge difficult. But I am on a home stretch. I will be revisiting all of the tracks in the month or two to follow to redrop some parts (primarily vocals). I also have two-three other songs that were written over the last few years that are "un-released" that will be a part of this album just because they fit so well.

Just a few more to complete now!

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Re: Jon Solo- 2020 RPM Challenge (7 tracks done 02/22)

Post Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:55 pm

thejonsolo wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:52 pm
Thanks man! I really appreciate that. Fighting this cold is really making the challenge difficult. But I am on a home stretch. I will be revisiting all of the tracks in the month or two to follow to redrop some parts (primarily vocals). I also have two-three other songs that were written over the last few years that are "un-released" that will be a part of this album just because they fit so well.

Just a few more to complete now!
3 songs in 7 days. You can do it and in style.

Hope you feel better soon. You've had this cold for a while now.

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Re: Jon Solo- 2020 RPM Challenge (7 tracks done 02/22)

Post Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:31 pm

Getting close to the line. I have two songs waiting for my voice to drop on them...once it gets a little clearer (my voice, that is). Hopefully tomorrow. And I have several tracks in the pipeline, but which one is the strongest? The clock is ticking ha!

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Re: Jon Solo- 2020 RPM Challenge (7 tracks done 02/22)

Post Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:55 pm

thejonsolo wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:31 pm
Getting close to the line. I have two songs waiting for my voice to drop on them...once it gets a little clearer (my voice, that is). Hopefully tomorrow. And I have several tracks in the pipeline, but which one is the strongest? The clock is ticking ha!
You're really running down to the wire.

Can't believe I finished this 15 days ago.

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Re: Jon Solo- 2020 RPM Challenge (7 tracks done 02/22)

Post Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:00 am

So here is the 8th track. I was able to get a satisfactory enough vocal down, I hope.

It is called By Morning.

https://soundcloud.com/jonsolo/by-morning

By Morning

I know exactly what you’re thinking
What I don’t know is what is on your mind
And since the both of us have been drinking
I’m probably better off to leave this one behind

If you’ll remind me once again just why I’m here I’ll probably be gone by the morning
If you don’t know that is ok cause I don’t care because I will be gone tomorrow

We knew that this was temporary
Another sullied sad affair
Another stupid situation
I don’t know, and I ain’t all here

If you’ll remind me why I stayed this long I promise that I will be gone by morning
And if I leave something of mine behind I promise it will be alright, just throw it away

And if you try to follow me I probably will act like I don’t even know you
But I leave right now in all reality I’ll probably be back here by morning

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Re: Jon Solo- 2020 RPM Challenge (8 tracks done 02/26)

Post Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:45 am

Loving these tunes, reminds me of early Status Quo (Matchstick Men), Britpop and Hendrix (Hey Joe).
These tunes would be great for a band's album, very Britpop. Super solos.
Currently trying to turn noise into music. :neutral:

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Re: Jon Solo- 2020 RPM Challenge (7 tracks done 02/22)

Post Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:44 am

thejonsolo wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:00 am
So here is the 8th track. I was able to get a satisfactory enough vocal down, I hope.

It is called By Morning.

https://soundcloud.com/jonsolo/by-morning

By Morning

I know exactly what you’re thinking
What I don’t know is what is on your mind
And since the both of us have been drinking
I’m probably better off to leave this one behind

If you’ll remind me once again just why I’m here I’ll probably be gone by the morning
If you don’t know that is ok cause I don’t care because I will be gone tomorrow

We knew that this was temporary
Another sullied sad affair
Another stupid situation
I don’t know, and I ain’t all here

If you’ll remind me why I stayed this long I promise that I will be gone by morning
And if I leave something of mine behind I promise it will be alright, just throw it away

And if you try to follow me I probably will act like I don’t even know you
But I leave right now in all reality I’ll probably be back here by morning
Excellent as always.

2 to go.

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thejonsolo
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Re: Jon Solo- 2020 RPM Challenge (8 tracks done 02/26)

Post Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:39 pm

Ok. Fine. Track 9. This track is a strong revisit to an unfinished track. I have wanted to do this for sometime but had to pull an arrangement and vocal parts together.

With this piece I officially hit past the 35 minute requirement for the RPM Challenge. However, my goal is to finish an album. I will get the 10th track in, but I have two additional tracks I want to include in my album. So 12 songs in all.

Here is Fall to Pieces.

https://soundcloud.com/jonsolo/fall-to-pieces

Fall to Pieces

I’ve been waiting for you so long
Something so good so right so strong

We both knew before we met
Lots of mistakes Lots of regret
It can’t be that way again
If we are to make it

Now here we stand your hand in my hand
How did you ever find me
Whenever you’re here it becomes clear
You are the strength that binds me

But when you’re gone
And I’m alone
I fall
I fall
I fall to pieces

So much water under the bridge
Many damaged relationships

We never knew what we could have
We only knew what made us bad
It can’t be that way again
If we are to make it

Now here we stand your hand in my hand
How did you ever find me
Whenever you’re here it becomes clear
You are the strength that binds me

But when you’re gone
And I’m alone
I fall
I fall
I fall to pieces
I fall
I fall
I fall to pieces

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