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The Reason I Breathe (Ashes for Dreams)

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MonnoDB

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« on: November 28, 2021, 09:21:47 PM »
Hi all..

Catching up on the forum tonight and I'll get to more over the coming days, some great stuff floating about..

A new one from yours truly and the wonderfully talented @Jambrains .. a love song with a bit of a dark undertone (surprise surprise! :) ).. 

All and any words of feedback wisdom will be more than welcome as we get some distance from it - as usual it's come together quickly from demo to this... and we're reeling a little as we've discovered this is the 30th song we've done together... Not entirely sure how that came about cos it certainly doesn't feel like we've been at this long enough for this to happen.. Time flies when you're having fun, I guess! And this one no less fun than any of the previous 29... :)

Thanks in advance for giving it a listen!  Please share your crits and comments as we appreciate your ears and your expertise...


I don’t want you to go
I want you to stay
But I can’t let you know
That I’m so afraid

I know that you think
It’s a casual affair
And that love has no place
In the game that we play

You’re the reason I breathe
You’re the push and the pull in my days
And I know that I shouldn’t need
You to lead the way
But I need you, I need you to be there
So I can breathe

I fear if I show
That my love hasn’t waned
But instead it has grown
That I’ll scare you away

You’re the reason I breathe
You’re the push and the pull in my days
And I know that I shouldn’t need
You to lead the way
But I need you, I need you to be there
So I can breathe

A chance I take
A choice I made
To feel but hide the fear inside
To go so far
And then retreat
To show the the want, conceal the need

You’re the reason I breathe
You’re the push and the pull in my days
And I know that I shouldn’t need
You to lead the way
But I need you, I need you to be there
Do you need me to need you to be there?
So I can breathe

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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2021, 02:00:32 PM »
Hola @MonnoDB @Jambrains
Happy to see you back!!!!
I cannot criticize anything, I liked everything, the style, the atmosphere, the voice, the arrangement, lyrics, the chorus, which I love, it is very catchy but also ,pvomg, an unbeatable work, I think. congratulations!!!!!

Big kiss for you from your fan from Madrid.

See you soon

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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2021, 11:00:13 AM »
hi
I've said it before
at time you remind me of Morrissey
He does have a nasty bite in his writing (which i like)
He's not half as good a singer as you and not as industrious, but
maybe if you listened, imagined yourself singing "let me kiss you" by Moz. you might know what i mean.

the song is lovely
engaging lyrics, great sound, stunning voice

ah but I think the jazzy twist is a lot fun
is that Jambrains? excellent, really enjoyable.
helluva of a band here!

why not dig into the jazz thing completely, however briefly?
in any case keep 'em coming guys!
It's either this or that, then again it might be the other. 

I can promise you a future of slow decline.

And there you have it. 

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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2021, 08:56:20 AM »
Another great number from the 2 of you.  I really like the Chorus especially the final chorus/outro, very powerful.  But then that fade out!  Nooooo not for me ;D

Great song!
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2021, 08:08:57 PM »
Thanks guys for the listen - wow it is a bit quiet around here at the mo, right? I thought it had picked up a bit but apparently not..

@moraamarolaloba thank you so much - you're always so kind! And your comments are very much appreciated! You live in Madrid? I think I didn't know that - I lived there for a year MANY years ago (near Quatro Caminos - fun and crazy days)... Graçias!!!

Hey @rightly - thank you.. Interesting re Morrissey - I listened to that song and yes I think I know what you mean (great lyrics but even darker than my stuff I think!!).. Yes that is @Jambrains .. and I agree, it's fab!! Interesting suggestion.. Thanks a mill...

@PeteS - thanks a mill for the listen and the comments.. yes the outro was fun!! Noted re fade out.. Thanks so much...

Thanks all! :)

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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2021, 09:00:13 PM »
This is a very beautiful ear worm, Love the music and writing......really love the vocal.
Great melodic hook!!
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2021, 12:15:39 AM »
Another nice song from you guys..really enjoyed the jazzy interlude & the descending bass piano towards the end. Marvellous production although I was disappointed that it faded out when it did with everything building up. I`d definitely buy the 12 inch six minute version.  :). You both work so well together @MonnoDB & @Jambrains . Lovely jubs.

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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2021, 09:30:49 AM »
.. a love song with a bit of a dark undertone (surprise surprise! :) ).. 

'Dark undertone'... I can't say I noticed...  ;)

OK that was Super Lush... Loved it... Vocals, Lyrics, Jazzy Sound & Production... 

Call me Mad...  But I'm getting a mild case of 'Kate Bush' in the vocals...? OK OK I'll get my coat...
« Last Edit: December 05, 2021, 10:57:44 AM by Fletch »
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2021, 11:57:31 AM »
@MonnoDB and @Jambrains,

You always present the clearest recordings.  This is a great mood song with lovely instrumentation.  I always admire songs that are constructed with lyrics that fit the musical framework so precisely.  This is a really cool song that connects on an emotional level.  Super m8 section too!

Well done

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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2021, 03:10:12 PM »
Hi Karen/JB,

Very nice minimalism in the verses, builds nicely into the chorus.
The drums have a healthy thud to them which helps set off the tinkling keys, especially during the bridge.

Now Rightly mentions Morrisey I hear exactly where he's coming from. You have that edginess in delivery.

As always, the production is exceptional. The vocal handling is brill - please send a tip sheet for mixing like that as I struggle big time on every production.
I would say 50% of my time is spent trying to mix the vocals in properly (and i'm rarely happy with the result. Either sounds too loud, too soft, too much reverb/not enough.

Seemed to close of rather abruptly.

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« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2021, 03:20:11 PM »
Hi @MonnoDB and @Jambrains Absolutely loved this guys. It is mighty quiet around these parts these days. It's a shame. The atmospherics are superb and vocals sounding top quality Karen. I loved the breakdown into 3/4 and Johans guitar on the outro. Top quality stuff

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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2021, 08:46:00 PM »

@moraamarolaloba thank you so much - you're always so kind! And your comments are very much appreciated! You live in Madrid? I think I didn't know that - I lived there for a year MANY years ago (near Quatro Caminos - fun and crazy days)... Graçias!!!

Hola @MonnoDB
Yes, we live in Madrid, well, 15 kms. Although we are urbanites we prefer to live in the countryside, the views, the air and the tranquility are important.
Cuatro Caminos hahaha I lived near there for a year, I had a beautiful attic with a huge terrace. I was very young. What times of laughter.

Big kiss for you

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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2021, 09:22:23 PM »
Ah bollocks!

I wrote a long (and slightly gushing) review and clicked “post” and then got some bullshit “you are not allowed to post in this section” twaddle…and everything I had typed was gone. Drag.

In summary…I thought this was really wonderful. Vocals have a beautiful fragile quality to them that’s really appealing.

JBs production is excellent, as ever…and I’m amazed at how you two are able to keep improving when you were so good in the first place.

I always love your songs!


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« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2021, 11:13:54 PM »
Hey @PaulAds - (again) lovely to see you back and I thank you for those lovely comments.. Well it's lovely to hear that we're not getting worse :) ! Honestly it's still as exciting (for me at least) as it was at the very beginning.. Thanks again!

@moraamarolaloba yes I was too v young when I lived there... great memories... I remember frequenting a bar called Dylan way too much! :)

@pompeyjazz thanks so much for those lovely comments - yes I love that jazzy break too! Lovely to sing to.. You're as always very kind..

Hey @digger72 - delighted you liked it.. Can't help you with the vocal mix obviously - all @Jambrains .. I will say though that Katja always sounds fab on your tracks.. That's gas about the Morrissey ref.. I'd never have thought it but I kinda think I see where you're both coming from.. You're just calling me mean, really lol! :) ... Thanks again...

@Wicked Deeds - thanks a mill.. Interesting comment re the lyrics connecting with the music.. all down to @Jambrains - it's actually JB matching the track to the lyric as he builds the track around a raw vocal track..

@Fletch thanks so much.. Kate Bush, eh? If only... Thanks for the listen and the lovely comments..

@5 guys named Lars - you are too kind.. yeah, I do love working with the Swede :) ! Noted re fade out - not the first time that's been mentioned.. Thanks again...

@IronKnee - thanks a mill for your lovely comments - delighted you liked it.

Thanks all... :)

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« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2021, 02:19:38 AM »
Hi Karen,
 
You and Jambrians have really clicked and produced some wonderful stuff, and this one is right up there with my favourites  :)

Beautifully produced and your voice is really stellar. Love the "love song with a bit of a dark undertone (surprise surprise!" lyrics :o

Sometimes I worry about you ;D LOL!  I have no crits, as I'm certainly no expert  ::) All I know, is that I loved listening to this song  :)