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I Tried.

By orangedrink on January 19, 2020 11:59 pm

EDIT: https://soundcloud.com/orangedrink/i-tr … on/s-xodKD

Click here for the touched-up version with a few fixes and edits.


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Uploaded with seconds to go.  SWEET IRONY.  The mixing has issues, accidentally left wrong stuff in WHATEVER.  I'll fix it and reupload a thing whatever.


The song is about not winning or losing but just trying, so it's perfect that this song got messed up and I ran out of time.  My challenges to myself:

1) Play my new 12-string guitar
2) Don't play an E chord like I always do
3) Don't do a guitar arpeggio like I always do
4) Don't do an EQ drop out like I always do

The volume of the end chorus is too loud.  The vocal accidentally comes in early and that was left in by mistake.  Didn't do the car speaker test to see how the fuzz bass was.



Lyrics:

Can somebody tell me if I'm worth anything?
It's not right; I can't explain
I almost believe the awful words that they say
They run laps inside my brain.


Invisible forces want to pull me away
SMILE AND NOD CAUSE THAT'S THE GAME.
They say I'm not welcome; they say I can't stay
But they're the first ones for running away.


IT'S FINE.
IT'S NOT LIKE I ALMOST DIED.
WHERE WAS I AT THE TIME?
WHEN THEY JUST STOOD ASIDE?


No more comparison and begging for worth.
It turns to stone only when you gaze
Everything crumbles in the light of the day
And they don't own me cause I was here first!


Not that I won, not that I lost, but I tried.


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January 20, 2020 12:18 am

This rocks. Other than the minor production flaws you note, this is awesome!  One of my faves of all the submissions I’ve ever heard on WB.

January 20, 2020 12:49 am

You tried very well, this is a lovely tune. Love how CRONCHY it is smile

January 20, 2020 1:46 am

that 12 string sounds amazing

January 20, 2020 2:11 am

Great track. Has a nice live feel. Drums are a little flat, would love to hear the no-deadline remix. wink

January 20, 2020 2:20 am

Man, sounds perfect! Can't imagine it any other way.  Smashy blown out drums sound awesome against the cleaner 12-string. Awesome bass vocals at the end, too.  Maybe panic and rush are a beneficial production technique to the raw truth of the song? Downloading smile

January 20, 2020 2:43 am
E-dub wrote:

This rocks. Other than the minor production flaws you note, this is awesome!  One of my faves of all the submissions I’ve ever heard on WB.

Mortistar wrote:

You tried very well, this is a lovely tune. Love how CRONCHY it is smile

zirafa wrote:

that 12 string sounds amazing

Graabthar wrote:

Great track. Has a nice live feel. Drums are a little flat, would love to hear the no-deadline remix. wink

NWSPR wrote:

Man, sounds perfect! Can't imagine it any other way.  Smashy blown out drums sound awesome against the cleaner 12-string. Awesome bass vocals at the end, too.  Maybe panic and rush are a beneficial production technique to the raw truth of the song? Downloading smile


Thanks everyone!  Here's a link for up touched-up version if you care to listen smile
https://soundcloud.com/orangedrink/i-tr … on/s-xodKD

January 20, 2020 10:09 am

I don't know if this was intended to be uplifting but this song really breathed some energy into my night. Good job.

January 20, 2020 11:44 am

Hi 12 string, I'd like you to meet, 7 string. Seriously though this is incredible. It's like this crazy mash up of time, everything from the Beatles, to Oasis, to Little Big Planet. Crazy good.

January 20, 2020 6:28 pm

Beautiful chord progressions and guitar tones as always!

January 20, 2020 7:02 pm

Great guitar tone! Tried to find out the chords, is it D Dmaj9 C G? Haven't been figuring out guitar chords in a while, your song inspired me to do it! Also love the vocals, they sound like they have been recorded in one take with no post-production, no lining up and tuning, with all little imperfections left over, very genuine sounding song

January 20, 2020 8:29 pm

i enjoyed this even more, the drums make it all come together

January 20, 2020 8:42 pm

really dig this song, nice work!!

January 21, 2020 12:23 am

The fuzz bass is the winner!  Nice work pulling all this together.

January 21, 2020 4:48 pm

This is a hella good indie rock song. Reminds me of the Kinda thing that would be on the radio back in the days when The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Modest Mouse (etc.) were dominating

January 21, 2020 8:30 pm

Wow, very unexpected - nice work, reminds me a bit of James (the band)

January 22, 2020 12:20 pm

Love this chord progression soooo hard

January 23, 2020 12:25 am

its fine , its not like i almost died

i love that

January 23, 2020 3:54 pm

This is great! Really dig the 12-string. I like the loose feel. Sort of a Guided By Voices vibe in that respect. Well done!

January 23, 2020 10:26 pm


derek thinks you are worth something & likes you & raw track worts & all wink

January 24, 2020 8:50 pm

OOOhhh nice guitar!

January 26, 2020 12:16 am

That's all that matters. Except when it isn't.

January 28, 2020 1:50 am

Damn, this rocks! Catchy, airy, nice saturation on drums. You can sing too. Congrats.

January 30, 2020 4:38 am

Great lyrics, you got an awesome voice, drums sound fantastic

January 30, 2020 5:19 am

Nice fat drum sounds! I'm always impressed on WB. The stereo image with your vocals is super interesting toward the end. Very sweet tune.

January 30, 2020 8:52 pm
Jason Nijjer wrote:

Great lyrics, you got an awesome voice, drums sound fantastic


double that!

February 6, 2020 3:39 pm

Awesome drums!  Had me grooving along the second they kicked in.  Your vocals have a nice effect in the mix too.  Catchy as hell melody too.  Yais!

May 2, 2020 4:06 pm

Great Song
It Sounds like a live track, in a positive sense

May 12, 2020 10:00 pm
Ryan wrote:

I don't know if this was intended to be uplifting but this song really breathed some energy into my night. Good job.

Thanks, it was supposed to be a "positive song" smile

Tweaklab wrote:

Hi 12 string, I'd like you to meet, 7 string. Seriously though this is incredible. It's like this crazy mash up of time, everything from the Beatles, to Oasis, to Little Big Planet. Crazy good.

Thanks boss!  extra strings for the WIN

Reilly Farrell wrote:

Beautiful chord progressions and guitar tones as always!

That means a lot to me!  Thanks

miau wrote:

Great guitar tone! Tried to find out the chords, is it D Dmaj9 C G? Haven't been figuring out guitar chords in a while, your song inspired me to do it! Also love the vocals, they sound like they have been recorded in one take with no post-production, no lining up and tuning, with all little imperfections left over, very genuine sounding song

YIKES I don't remember how to play it - I will check my notes and get back to you tongue  Glad you liked it!

milkish wrote:

i enjoyed this even more, the drums make it all come together

thanks!

defensem3ch wrote:

really dig this song, nice work!!

thanks DM!

rdomain wrote:

The fuzz bass is the winner!  Nice work pulling all this together.

aww yeah fuzzed OUT

ViridianLoom wrote:

This is a hella good indie rock song. Reminds me of the Kinda thing that would be on the radio back in the days when The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Modest Mouse (etc.) were dominating

I MISSED MY CHANCE wink

DataJanitor wrote:

Wow, very unexpected - nice work, reminds me a bit of James (the band)

wow!  trememdous comparision, love James wow thank you

Hot Science wrote:

Love this chord progression soooo hard

thank u boss!  congrats on the new release which is new when this comment is commented but old when this track was done because I am hella L A T E on responses

franky wrote:

its fine , its not like i almost died

i love that

Thank you.  That's the biggest line for me and obviously spoken with the most intense sarcasm I could muster

May 12, 2020 10:04 pm
roboctopus wrote:

This is great! Really dig the 12-string. I like the loose feel. Sort of a Guided By Voices vibe in that respect. Well done!

heart GBV so than you

kaedo sevaada wrote:


derek thinks you are worth something & likes you & raw track worts & all wink

I love YOU and DEREK thank you

Ipaghost wrote:

OOOhhh nice guitar!

::guitar emoji::

Devieus wrote:

That's all that matters. Except when it isn't.

That's what WB is all about, trying.

djippy wrote:

Damn, this rocks! Catchy, airy, nice saturation on drums. You can sing too. Congrats.

wow, thanks!!

Jason Nijjer wrote:

Great lyrics, you got an awesome voice, drums sound fantastic

y'all are too kind, i'm going to start believing in myself if you guys don't knock this off smile

ngineer wrote:

Nice fat drum sounds! I'm always impressed on WB. The stereo image with your vocals is super interesting toward the end. Very sweet tune.

thanks!

theGuen wrote:
Jason Nijjer wrote:

Great lyrics, you got an awesome voice, drums sound fantastic


double that!

double thanks!

Tone Matrix wrote:

Awesome drums!  Had me grooving along the second they kicked in.  Your vocals have a nice effect in the mix too.  Catchy as hell melody too.  Yais!

TM, you are such a good friend and terrific musician - glad to know you and have your tireless support

m2K7 wrote:

Great Song
It Sounds like a live track, in a positive sense

wunderbar! smile

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