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Let It Ring

By orangedrink on July 8, 2018 11:12 pm

My monitor speakers are still on the fritz, so I had to mix this with one speaker working + headphones.  I'll certainly have to remix it once my set up is back in order, fingers crossed I can get it fixed!  I don't want to get a new system.


I tried to write a song with really disturbingly dark lyrics.  But only if you actually listened to it and kind of figured out the mystery.  I'll write the lyrics below, and my explanation below, in case you want to listen before reading my interpretation.  I'd love to hear your interpretation!


lyrics:
the silence swells over everything
you might as well cry; it’s ending    
could you run away?
get set on your mark
but can you survive or see in the dark?

I wouldn’t pray now for anything
nobody’s coming, so let it ring
there’s no taking it back over anything      
open your eyes and just let it ring

the daylight is fading into nothing
we’re going outside, the wall’s closing in
I wish you could stay
and see this with pride
there’s no greater pain than being alive

I wouldn’t pray now for anything
nobody’s coming, so let it ring
there’s no taking it back over anything      
open your mouth and just let it ring


just let it ring



To me, this is about a serial killer taking a victim's life.  "Let it ring" refers to a phone ringing, that the killer won't pick up, and then the "beautiful" sound of the gunshot ringing out, and also the sound of the victim's screams ringing out.  "Open your mouth" means to both scream, and to receive a barrel of a gun.  Tried to dig deep for some really disturbing content.  Tried to mix pretty guitars with disgusting thoughts.  Hope you like it!  Apologies for not responding, I will soon I SWEAR smile


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July 9, 2018 1:15 am

Nice flow: I like that you're not straining for tidy rhymes. Although the overall sound is quite different, reminds me of Wye Oak's "I Hope You Die."

July 9, 2018 4:08 am

Great song writing once again.  Unique feel to it also.

July 9, 2018 8:03 am

It's a good song, well executed, although the vocal does miss the right note a couple of times. smile

July 9, 2018 12:40 pm

Great song!
Mixing seems not so bad on my headphones...

July 9, 2018 3:00 pm

One of your best!  I think the mixing of the track sounds great!

July 9, 2018 7:52 pm

I like the arrangement and the way the vocals sound.  It's interesting to read your intention behind the lyrics and it's interesting to see how widely they can be interpreted.  I wasn't really thinking serial killer, although I can totally see it now that you mention it.  To me it was maybe more describing an anxiety attack, although I figured it was something darker than that since you described it as disturbing.

July 9, 2018 9:52 pm

always a surprise what i'm going to find when i click on your beats, but i really appreciate your exploration & melding of genres. i really like how the vocals are done in this one, and the mix seems solid to me (though i'm not very good at mixing, so that doesn't count for too much coming from me hah). nice work!

July 9, 2018 10:26 pm

Chorus, really makes the song. Great vocal work and some really nice production surprises... You really pack a lot in a week! I'm in awe. One of my favs. 

July 10, 2018 10:08 pm
Jim Wood wrote:

Nice flow: I like that you're not straining for tidy rhymes. Although the overall sound is quite different, reminds me of Wye Oak's "I Hope You Die."

Thank you.  Never heard that track before - great singer and super creepy track!  Thanks for the recommendation and for listening!

rdomain wrote:

Great song writing once again.  Unique feel to it also.

Means a lot coming from you.  Thank you.

thawkins wrote:

It's a good song, well executed, although the vocal does miss the right note a couple of times. smile

Thanks for this feedback, I am inclined to agree as well.  Do you have any particular notes on lines/places it is off?  I was also thinking of doing some sort of tuning of the vocal file to fix it, if not re-record outright.

theGuen wrote:

Great song!
Mixing seems not so bad on my headphones...

Thanks!  I just want to give it a whole touch up before proper release, thank you though!  Glad you are into it.

demonzor wrote:

One of your best!  I think the mixing of the track sounds great!

Wow!  Very flattering!  I am really excited about the composition, but was bummed about the production because of the speaker issue.  I am definitely going to work on it a bit more.

CosmicCairns wrote:

I like the arrangement and the way the vocals sound.  It's interesting to read your intention behind the lyrics and it's interesting to see how widely they can be interpreted.  I wasn't really thinking serial killer, although I can totally see it now that you mention it.  To me it was maybe more describing an anxiety attack, although I figured it was something darker than that since you described it as disturbing.

Ooh, I like your interpretation of anxiety creeping in and taking over.  Very nice.  Thanks for listening and "going there" with me on the journey.

ahhsumx wrote:

always a surprise what i'm going to find when i click on your beats, but i really appreciate your exploration & melding of genres. i really like how the vocals are done in this one, and the mix seems solid to me (though i'm not very good at mixing, so that doesn't count for too much coming from me hah). nice work!

Thanks man!  I just want to be remembered as a musician that was expectedly unexpected wink  Glad you enjoyed the vocals and the mix.  I think I can improve a bit of the delivery at a few places and can't wait to really polish this.

NWSPR wrote:

Chorus, really makes the song. Great vocal work and some really nice production surprises... You really pack a lot in a week! I'm in awe. One of my favs.

Thanks!  I could have made it even better had my equip. not freaked out!  Very flattered and I always hope to surprise you with the WBs!



HEY LOOK I RESPONDED TO SOME MESSAGES

July 11, 2018 1:33 am

Re: the off vocal notes - listening again it's not super obvious, but the places that felt off for me were:
but can you *survive* or see in the dark?
I wish you could *stay*
there’s no greater *pain* than being *alive*

Basically it's the places where you have a bigger interval jump. I think it's not so much that the notes are off (if they are, it's just a tiny little amount), but that it seems that you initially end up on the wrong note and then "glide" up to the correct one. I think maybe that's what you actually wanted to do, but it ends up sounding a little bit like you didn't plan it so it's sort of a nervous wobble trying to get to the right note. Maybe I am imagining things though. smile

July 11, 2018 4:59 am
thawkins wrote:

Re: the off vocal notes - listening again it's not super obvious, but the places that felt off for me were:
but can you *survive* or see in the dark?
I wish you could *stay*
there’s no greater *pain* than being *alive*

Basically it's the places where you have a bigger interval jump. I think it's not so much that the notes are off (if they are, it's just a tiny little amount), but that it seems that you initially end up on the wrong note and then "glide" up to the correct one. I think maybe that's what you actually wanted to do, but it ends up sounding a little bit like you didn't plan it so it's sort of a nervous wobble trying to get to the right note. Maybe I am imagining things though. smile

This is really helpful because your notes corroborate my own impressions.  I have such a hard time judging vocals.  I've been thinking about investing in some pitch correction software, not so much as to digitally correct my voice, but for the visual note tracking features so I could "see" where I am off.  Another thing that I've tried, that just takes extra time, is to play a piano track with the notes of the vocal line, and then isolate the two and then it is a lot easier to hear any off notes.

Also, made some headway into looking up some vocal teachers in the area!  I want to get back into performing guitar + singing live! smile

Thanks for your help, (you and everyone else) this is very encouraging.  I have been very insecure about my singing but I feel like I have a good start and just need some help and some time to become better heart

July 11, 2018 7:01 am

I would strongly suggest not to get software to fix your vocals, but instead really play the piano or any other tuned instrument along with your singing. This way you will get a much better feeling how to sing the way you want *and* get all those intervals and sounds into muscle memory. Also you will train your hearing to know when something's wrong. Even if you do get software down the line, you will still need your ears to know if it's actually working, because that's where it matters - you can't put the readouts of some software dial saying it's pitch perfect on your album after all. smile

I am glad if my advice is useful. I would say your music is pretty well sung and produced already, but I also know how you can be your own worst critic. Just keep on trying to do better, as long as there are some moments when you record something feeling that "yeah, I am enjoying this!", then you are on the right path. It's way better to be a little insecure and striving to do better than being self-confident but terribly bad at what you do. smile

July 11, 2018 11:42 am

It gives me a 90s alt rock kinda vibe. Nice work!

July 11, 2018 1:44 pm

Sweet tune! I thought this was about the world going to shit..which in a way, I guess it is for the victim. Awesome work!

July 11, 2018 2:27 pm

Damn that was such a catchy chorus, I was hum-singing along.  Without realizing the intention of the lyrics it reminded me slightly of the Get Up Kids' Campfire Kansas. Just in the strummy-you-gotta-sing-along feel smile  Your voice actually reminded me a bit at times of Sponge back in the 90s too.  *listens to the chorus again!*

July 12, 2018 5:36 pm

Back to your grungy ways this week, I see.

HEY LOOK I RESPONDED TO SOME MESSAGES

That's how you become internet famous on WB.

July 14, 2018 3:13 pm

Great songwriting, reminds me that I still have a soft spot for 90's alt-rock. Love this!
The mix works well for me, in my headphones at least.

July 15, 2018 6:34 am

Very cool track young man... Like the boldness of guitar and vocals, really strong open honest and in your face (in a great way)

July 15, 2018 10:33 pm

Man, this is so good.

July 17, 2018 8:49 am

Oh this is easily one of your best. Love the chorus on the vocals! I'd love to remix this one day. Uplifting future bass? big_smile

August 3, 2018 12:44 am

Great vocal and lyrics, refreshing to hear a vocal/ guitar forward song, you have great voice!

August 6, 2018 7:24 pm

Ohhh Wow, Großartig!
Sorry for my late quote
And sorry had to talk in German.
Du bist unglaublich abwechslungsreich in deinen Stilen, der absolute Hammer !!
I Love your Music >ILYM<
 

September 16, 2018 11:16 pm

This makes me happy. Reminds me of the feeling I got from Oasis records in the 90s.

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