• Six Good Strings - New Oorlab Major Project song
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Six Good Strings - New Oorlab Major Project song
on: October 06, 2018, 02:36:38
« Last Edit: October 06, 2018, 07:15:57 by smajor »
Hi Everyone,

@oorlab  and smajor have recently begun releasing recordings under the moniker Oorlab Major Project. Our song "Overton Window" is now up on Spotify and other streaming sites.

This is our first new song under this name as well as one of the first songs to come out of my new lyric site...    http://smajorlyricist.com/

"Six Good Strings" is, lyrically, more or less a self-portrait. I see myself as having been stripped down to the basics. But, since I'm doing what I love to do, doing what gives my life meaning, on the whole I feel pretty damn lucky.

I think Dick did a great job of putting across this sense of engagement and underlying optimism. 

We'd appreciate any thoughts or comments you might have  :)


https://soundcloud.com/oorlab/sixgoodstrings-demo2/s-CAeCd


   Six Good Strings

Verse 1:
I lay my hat down,
down in the dust,
sing for my dinner
or just a crust.

But I'm a doin'
what I came here for
when you're doin' that
ya don't ask for more.

Chorus:
Your ears and my guitar
that's all I need;
a sidewalk or a bar
and six good strings.
Your ears and my guitar
that's all I need;
a sidewalk or a bar
and six good strings.

Verse 2:
I keep makin' songs
inside my head
sing 'em out loud
to earn my bread

Then I lay me down
in my backseat bunk
with my old guitar
safe in the trunk.

Repeat Chorus:

Bridge:
Nobody's listen'n now
that's okay
maybe they'll listen
some other day.
I'll keep on singin'
from my heart...
the heart is where
listening starts.

Repeat Chorus:
I'm a lyricist seeking music writers to work with.


Re: Six Good Strings - New Oorlab Major Project song
Reply #1 on: October 06, 2018, 09:20:03
thanks @smajor for posting our song. Extra info: this is the first recording with my newly acquired second hand RØDE NT1-A . Guitar was recorded with AKG 1000 - in one take with the vocals , so there is no 100% separation.
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Re: Six Good Strings - New Oorlab Major Project song
Reply #2 on: October 06, 2018, 20:25:59
hi @oorlab and @smajor , what a nice song, the bridge stood out to me, nice turns  ::headphone::, very good in my opinion (as well as the rest of the song)
this music and lyrics totally capture the love for songwriting  ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb::


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Re: Six Good Strings - New Oorlab Major Project song
Reply #3 on: October 06, 2018, 21:22:40
I agree with @Dutchbeat about how this entire production captured the essence of songwriting. This seems to be a perfect collaboration.

I love the lyrics and how the music fits them....particularly that kind of loose double vocal. Production wise, I think this song does not need a lot of separation. The way the live take mixes with the studio stuff is a fantastic dynamic.
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Re: Six Good Strings - New Oorlab Major Project song
Reply #4 on: October 08, 2018, 01:26:04
I like the pure and positive message in those lyrics!
Nice folky melody  and a good bridge .
The live recording is a fit for the song with engaging vocals ( both parts!)
Looking forward to hearing more of your collaborations.

Robert


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Re: Six Good Strings - New Oorlab Major Project song
Reply #5 on: October 08, 2018, 08:13:25
I love simple music and this has all the hum along qualities to hem..... hum along.
Like it a lot.
Kind regards, Gus


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Re: Six Good Strings - New Oorlab Major Project song
Reply #6 on: October 08, 2018, 18:59:06
Very good song guys @oorlab and @smajor  ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb::

I like the verses and ending especially, perhaps because those parts sound a little tighter but since this is a demo I gather it’s gonna sound tight all round when finished.  ::Note::

I like the vocals as much as the arrangement and from my experience with Stan’s lyrics they bring forward a great story and melody is building easily around them  ::Hoss::

I’ve also played trough the “Overtone Window” release in Spotify today and that sounds great too. You’re great at capturing the instrumentals and overall the mix is very good.  :thumbsup:

 ::Rachel::

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Re: Six Good Strings - New Oorlab Major Project song
Reply #7 on: October 08, 2018, 19:34:10
Hi @Layerson , @LePlongeur , @robertkc , @Leonard Scaper , @Dutchbeat , @oorlab

Thank you all for the positive comments.

Personally I like the "unfinished" quality about this recording, Micke. It fits the story of a guy (or gal, for that matter) drifting around busking for a living. Don't know what Dick's take on this is.

Later,
Stan


Re: Six Good Strings - New Oorlab Major Project song
Reply #8 on: October 08, 2018, 22:41:00
@Layerson @Leonard Scaper  - will listen to it later  - probably the loose vocals are keepers, but I think some instrumentation can be tweaked a bit more.. Nothing dratsic though. Will make the track public later, post it in this thread and also mention this thread on SC - so it can be a two way cross reference.
Thanks 2all for the comments indeed.


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Re: Six Good Strings - New Oorlab Major Project song
Reply #9 on: October 08, 2018, 23:19:38
May I ask something please?
In my opinion, the prime quality of this song is the up front kind of honesty that you've given it.
Is tweakin' this or polishing that give a so much pleasing kind of song compared to what you have now?

OK, so it's your baby. You have all the rights to fiddle about all you like.
My question/plea is to keep this one, simply because i think that none of all the tweakin' is giving a better or more satisfying song than the one you've made now.

I think it's like making photos or paintings.
With photos, after some time you look at the same picture 'with different eyes' when given a certain time to pass.
with paintings, it's not unusual to step back to evaluate your work.

My very blunt opinion is, that right now, you are not in a position to judge your work.
After 10 days perhaps? Well maybe.

So, my suggestion would be to wait at least 10 days before you do anything about it.
Simply because there is a risk that you trade spontaneity for slick results. Do I make sense? I really hope so.

As I said, I leave it all up to you.
I don't very often give advice on technicalities, but I tell what music does for me.
Now, the choice is yours.
Sorry to burden you with this.
Kind regards, Gus


Re: Six Good Strings - New Oorlab Major Project song
Reply #10 on: October 09, 2018, 23:57:28
@LePlongeur  thanks for your true words and honest thoughts. I guess you're right. 10 days is a good period to get fresh ears. I think what I had in mind checking would be to make this track less 'thin' by adjusting EQ and panning, while listening on a good set of speakers. I recorded this quite fast, and on headphones only. But possible I was lucky and nothing needs to be done, soundwise. I'll trust your ears.


Re: Six Good Strings - New Oorlab Major Project song
Reply #11 on: October 10, 2018, 15:16:25
 ::heart:: Wonderful  ::heart::
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Re: Six Good Strings - New Oorlab Major Project song
Reply #12 on: October 10, 2018, 19:35:43
Fantastic collaboration from you two... The song instantly put me in an easy going good mood :)

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I see myself as having been stripped down to the basics. But, since I'm doing what I love to do, doing what gives my life meaning, on the whole I feel pretty damn lucky.

Last night I went to a local singer/songwriter competition here in VT where I live, and started chatting with an older dude whose name I won't mention since this is a public forum. As we talked he came to tell me how he ran a studio in Manhattan called Chung King Studios in the 80's and 90's... Turns out that this dude produced then-unknown artists such as  Amy Winehouse, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Jay Z,  Run-D.M.C., Beastie Boys, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., and LL Cool J. At it's highest point, he said the studio was pulling in 36 million a year.

He had a private jet and 4 homes at the time. Had to have been quite a cocaine fueled ride I would imagine.
 
Now he lives in his son's barn in the middle of nowhere in Roxbury VT. The industry collapsed as we all know when computers exploded...

But now he is re-discovering his own personal music. He said that during all those years of producing other people's music, he never found the time to produce his own. So he's writing music, reconnecting with the music community and forming a band.

Really quite an interesting character... And was a treat to hear him play a couple songs.


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Re: Six Good Strings - New Oorlab Major Project song
Reply #13 on: October 10, 2018, 21:38:22
A nice bit of work @oorlab and simple but effective lyrics from you @smajor.
It's hard to write a simple song that just works, and hummable as @LePlongeur mentioned, but you can just do it of course.
I particularly like

Quote
I'll keep on singin'
from my heart...
the heart is where
listening starts.

I like the loose busking feel of the track and overall delivery. You certainly don't need any extra instrumentation unless you wanted a tiny bit of harmonica to add to the overall busking feel maybe just following the melody at some point.

Good work guys

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