Description : This is another protest song - literally - happens during a protest. Teargas, police violence, mayhem. In this time of national insanity, how should one respond? I've been pondering that and this song is part of the answer for me. We live in a divided house and everybody's packing. If we focus on hating each other, we're doomed and damned. If we focus on helping each other, maybe we can climb back into the land of the sane. At least that's what I'm trying to believe. Features Sunny War on vocals and guitar, together with a lot of loops, including a backwards guitar in the chorus. Also did an evolving melody chorus to chorus. The bridge - I guess that sort of sums up my present philosophy. Little too much guitar noise (including my dumbass voice) at the very end which I'll have to clean up. Comments welcome!

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  1. Burtsbluesboxes
    Burtsbluesboxes on Sun 26th Feb 2017 - 2 years ago

    Any custom requests for that train tin cbg , like right or left handed, oak/maple fretboard/neck, colors or natural wood, anything special written on it (I sign and date them all and write built for 'name')? Got an oak neck blank ready to go and a maple piece ready to become a neck blank. I'll pm you to work out postage details when get to that point, will be a few weeks. Any customizations are simple when I know in advance of the build. Stay safe in those riots!!

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Hey man, thank you.

    She's right-handed.
    Oak's always been my favorite wood. I don't really care though - maple would be beautiful as well. Since oak's ready to go, maybe oak. Natural finish, please.

    I think all it needs to say is:
    Built for Sunny War

    "The Lone Rider"

    That plus the train really says it all. Your signature and date. Doesn't need my name on it.

    I'll look for your instructions as to postage. Thanks!

  2. MeIodicDreamer
    MeIodicDreamer on Wed 22nd Feb 2017 - 2 years ago

    Great message and song! Very well produced, keep it up!

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Thanks, MelodicDreamer. Keeping it up is the only option!

  3. ladyinred
    ladyinred on Wed 22nd Feb 2017 - 2 years ago

    amazing !
    it's a real lovable cinematic track .
    I like space rock taste of guitar in it , and singer's voice .
    I admire the subject (protest) of this .
    very welldone .

    Elena

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Thanks, Elena. I appreciate your listening and your kind comments, which I'll pass on to Sunny War, the singer and guitar player. Thanks again!

  4. mindhiest
    mindhiest on Wed 22nd Feb 2017 - 2 years ago

    awesome track. love what you did with the vocals. very dramatic sound. I picture a slow motion sequence with this. great job.

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Thank you, mindhiest. I really appreciate the comment and am glad you enjoyed it. Nothing makes a songmaker happier. I'll pass on your comment to Sunny.

  5. jamid
    jamid on Tue 21st Feb 2017 - 2 years ago

    Hello CitizenMofo
    I think you've done a wonderful job here.
    I love the sound of the whole composition.
    I love the dramatic sound of the whole of the composition. 
    As regard to your description mate I do agree with you Wholeheartedly.
    Really Well done.
    Jamid

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Thank you, Jamid! Our music is heartfelt and I'm really happy it struck a chord with you. Along with the sentiment behind it. I appreciate your listen and comment.

  6. StaticNomad
    StaticNomad on Tue 21st Feb 2017 - 2 years ago

    Yo.

    Good bell, decent groove and a nice, big synth rise and then it's vocals time. Everything's sitting nicely and I can hear her really well.

    0:41 things get bigger and better. It's a good chorus. Most people wouldn't complain but those trap hi hats annoy me a bit . Probably a reminder of hearing them in so many shit trap songs.

    Nice, wide stereo field. This is really well produced. A slightly minimal feel but there's also quite enough going on. A moving track.

    1:56 that's a decent break and I like the fat drum loop. Then some more prominent guitar. Guitar is sort of subtle in this. I don't think of it as an obvious guitar track. Reversed guitar in the chorus is cool and adds an extra dimension to things but I might not have noticed it as being reversed if you hadn't pointed it out.

    Nice, final chord ending. Much better than a fadeout. Nothing really to criticise so congratulations again!

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Thanks, StaticNomad. I always appreciate your thorough attention and generous comments. Yes, this is not a big guitar song where you go, holy crap! that's some crazy good guitar playing! We did a couple of those songs last night - just massively transformed by Sunny's guitar, though we had to work at it, doesn't always fall from the sky, but does always come, if we're patient. Songs that are GUITAR SONGS. Those really hit the spot. But with this one, a lot of the loop orchestration survived, even some of the guitar loops, and Sunny played around and within it. More GUITAR SONGS coming soon though - songs where Sunny shines like no one else. Also, kudos to David, our guy at In Fidelity Recordings in LA - it's just one guy. There's just 3 of us in there and so he's very important in capturing the sounds, helping to shape the mix, and keeping things rolling and efficient. By the way, I'm trying a specialty mastering service for the first time, just heard the free sample of one of our tracks - it really does sound way better. Fuller, richer, louder but still well-defined high quality. Sorry to blather on but thought that's something you might be interested in.

  7. JoeFunktastic
    JoeFunktastic on Tue 21st Feb 2017 - 2 years ago

    Yeah! Man great way to lay it all done. I love this song. Great production work on this. Awesome arrangement and sound. You do really amazing work man. Keep up the awesome work! Love the detail work on the guitars.

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Thank you! All hail Sunny War, guitar goddess! We just recorded two songs last night and they came out awesome. By the way, I have several of your loops downloaded in my go-to file, so thank you for the loops and the inspiration. And the comment - much appreciated and I'll share as always with Sunny. We're on our way to doing 3 albums/30 songs in 4 months - seems like now's the time. So I'm having a blast and really glad you appreciate the work.

  8. Burtsbluesboxes
    Burtsbluesboxes on Tue 21st Feb 2017 - 2 years ago

    Music soothes the savage beast. Peaceful protest gets alot further than violence. The country is divided and people are acting fkn insane! I'm out in the country so not much going on around here, nice and quiet just the way I like it. 'If we focus on helping each other, maybe we can climb back into the land of the sane' you speak truth right there CM. If more people would just see that. Keep doing what you do, loving the tunes!

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Thank you, phatkatz. Yeah I'm too busy making music to hate anybody right now. And every time I make a new song with Sunny I feel like hugging someone instead of punching someone. So there must be something to that savage beast bit! Thanks for listening and commenting. Let's all try to stay sane and nice!

  9. toastedavalanche
    toastedavalanche on Sat 18th Feb 2017 - 2 years ago

    I love the beautifully sparse arrangement. It really allows the vocals to shine. I'm definitely getting a Florence and the Machine vibe from the chorus Vox.
    It's a good message and shows that sometimes it is best to protest against injustice through empathy instead of anger.

    TA

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Thanks for the listen and comment, TA. Florence and the Machine - I hadn't thought of that but now that you said it, yeah, definitely! Yes, I am full of rage, and it scares me. So I am trying to turn it into music instead of something ugly. Focus on the things I'm for and not the things I'm against. It does me some good, at least. Again, thanks.

  10. danke
    danke on Sat 18th Feb 2017 - 2 years ago

    great song again...you can't make a mistake with this voice...brilliant groovy this time and the structure is awesome too...soft parts than the 'radical' ones...

    handshake, Danke

    CitizenMofo
    Reply by CitizenMofo

    Thanks, danke. I had fun writing this one and Sunny as always hit it out of the park. We're recording tonight - can't wait. Many's the danke loop that will be involved...

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HEY BUDDY HEY

by Citizen Mofo

Hey hey, hey buddy hey
You don’t really look ok
Your face is bleeding and you’re kinda gray
Let’s get you over here out of the fray
There’s a clinic not far away
And you don’t need no money to pay
Say hey, I got all day
So I know that we can find a way

CHORUS
We’ll find a way through this crazy maze
Everything and everyone’s a fast-moving haze
Looks like they might set this whole town ablaze
We’ll find our way through these dangerous days

Hey hey, hey buddy I
Got some tear gas in my eye
I ain’t someone to normally cry
But burns so bad I wanna die
Let’s sit here til the cops go by
Nurse our wounds while we’re getting high

CHORUS

Maybe I can’t stop the evil
Can’t fix the world and make it right
But I can help a few good people
Make it through another night

Hey hey, hey buddy we
Will make it through this mess, you and me
My eyes are burning, I can barely see
And you’re bleeding from your face and your knee
I watched the police attack with glee
I only wish that they would let us be
We’re just tryna live, be a little free
If we can get through this insanity

CHORUS

We’re just tryna live, be a little free
We’re just tryna live, be a little free
We’re just tryna live, be a little free
We’re just tryna live, be a little free

 


 

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