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Crystal Skies (PVD/AndyG/Pleasuredome/Zax/Drumguy)

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First one done for 2014, thiis one was carried by the excellence of my fellow collaborators.

Paul - A very well written lyric indeed. I liked the social commentary.

Frank - Special thanks for doing all the heavy yards, putting the arrangement together, playing the fab guitar parts, and finally bringing it home with excellent mixes.

Steve - You were your usual excellent self, great vocals interpreting the lyric perfectly.

Mark - Great to have you on board, for a new guy you've fitted right in from the start. A fantastic drums track, played with super feel, sound, meter and skill. I believe this could be your first completed collab on MCS, congratulations!!

Thanks again, guys.

PS - Frank produced a couple of great mixes, we couldn't decide which one to choose as the final, so we posted both!

Crystal Skies (Paul Dempsey/Andy Gupta/Frank Zax) (c)2012,2014

bpm=90

Intro riff: Am figure (over Am C G Am G Am chords)
(v1)
   Am
Beneath the warm feeling
   G                    Dm         Am
A prism of colors begins to rise
   C                 G
A heightened awareness
Dm          G             C  G/B Am
Sheltered under the Crystal Skies

(v2)
But no one is crying
Even though there may be pain
As long as they can stay
Covered under the Crystal Skies

Riff2 : Am (notes: A C D D# E)/G (notes:G B C C# D) Am C Am G x2

(chorus)
       Am   G             C               Am
Yes, all is well, for a moment or two
Am        G        C            G     Am
Powerful colors changing their hue
Am               G                        C            Am
Although it is well known and it would be wise
Am          G                            Dm  G  Am
Few ever touchdown from The Crystal Skies

(v3)
And fear comes and goes
Feeling it crawl under the skin
They hide in the corner
And wait to start all over again

(v4)
There are illusions of life
Where no one ever dies
As long as they stay
Under the cloak of the Crystal Skies

(bridge)
Hope lies,
Em                         Bm
That one day they'll long for something new
       A                 F#m
And find a way to change their view
Em                      Bm
For this prism can be like a prison
                A                      D
Can they open their eyes
     F#m         E
To see all the lies

Riff3: Bm (notes:B D E F# B(oct))/A (notes: A C# E F# A) Bm D Bm A x2 then G
Solo over intro and 2 verses
Chorus
Outro over Riff3 (2 semitones down on Am)

Personnel:

Paul Dempsey (PVD) : Lyrics
Frank Zax (Zax): Arrangement, guitars including solo, Mix
Steve McAndrew (Pleasuredome): Lead and backing vocals, harmony guitar
Mark R Cole (Drumguy): Drums
Andy Gupta (AndyG6508) : Music, arrangement, Bass
« Last Edit: October 14, 2023, 01:34:22 PM by AndyG6508 »


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two thumbs up.
mix1 is great - even sounds good on the crappy little speaker on my phone.
and congrats to Mark (drumguy) on completing his first collab here at mcs.
great sound, great performances, great tune.

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Love this song!!  :)

Great lyrics and a catchy tune!!

Steve, Andy, and Mark... You guys are GREAT musicians!!  And Mark... with drumming like this, I got a feeling you'll be pretty popular on this site.   8)

Thanks for letting me be part of this,

Frank


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two thumbs up.
mix1 is great - even sounds good on the crappy little speaker on my phone.
and congrats to Mark (drumguy) on completing his first collab here at mcs.
great sound, great performances, great tune.



Thank you, Mark!!  Very much appreciated!   :)

Frank


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Everyone:

Great work all around.  Andy, I looked back and I wrote this in June of 2012, that's when you first started this.  Great to see it in the finished area.

Always a pleasure.

Paul


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Hey Marks,

Thanks for the kind comment, much appreciated!

Andy
two thumbs up.
mix1 is great - even sounds good on the crappy little speaker on my phone.
and congrats to Mark (drumguy) on completing his first collab here at mcs.
great sound, great performances, great tune.




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Thanks Frank, as I said earlier, you pulled this one together! Love the solo!

Andy

Love this song!!  :)

Great lyrics and a catchy tune!!

Steve, Andy, and Mark... You guys are GREAT musicians!!  And Mark... with drumming like this, I got a feeling you'll be pretty popular on this site.   8)

Thanks for letting me be part of this,

Frank


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Hi Paul,

Glad you like. Yes, it's been a long and winding road hasn't it. Always good to work on your lyrics we have done a few over the years :)
Andy

Everyone:

Great work all around.  Andy, I looked back and I wrote this in June of 2012, that's when you first started this.  Great to see it in the finished area.

Always a pleasure.

Paul


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Thanks to everyone for all the great comments. And thanks to all the members of this collaboration for letting me be a part of it!  :)

You guys are all great musicians and so easy to work with, but let's face it, I just hit stuff with a couple of sticks.  ::)

Looking forward to more great collaborations in the future!

Mark R Cole (Drumguy)


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Very nice work guys!  Really lifts nicely in the Chorus's with those classic McAndrew wall of pristine vocals. Very interesting solo. Great song.. Great listen.
« Last Edit: January 19, 2014, 04:11:33 PM by HDA »
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Hey Jay,
Thanks for the listen and kind comment, yes, Zax and the Dome were special on this song, as was Mark the new drummer!

Andy

Very nice work guys!  Really lifts nicely in the Chorus's with those classic McAndrew wall of pristine vocals. Very interesting great solo. Great song.. Great listen.


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Very nice work guys!  Really lifts nicely in the Chorus's with those classic McAndrew wall of pristine vocals. Very interesting solo. Great song.. Great listen.

Hey, HDA... Thanks very much for listening and posting!!

Frank


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Nicely done. I didn't even realise it was Steve singing until all the harmonies came in on the chorus.

Good stuff.  :) :)

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Thanks Mark, yes a great vocal from Steve indeed, nicely laid back at places.

Andy
Nicely done. I didn't even realise it was Steve singing until all the harmonies came in on the chorus.

Good stuff.  :) :)

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Love it. Great songwriting and great playing/singing!  Love the way the music started out....reminded me of Tom Petty.

Great work everyone!


 

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