Description : Although I really enjoy all types of music, R&B is the genre I love the most. Frustratingly, it is also the genre where I know that the tracks I create are very far from the quality I strive for. Part of it is the superior musicianship that goes into really good R&B tracks. And, part of it is the vocal that I hear in my head but can never hope to create in the track. The Rhodes piano lead provides a sense of what the melody line would be. Incomplete song, but I'm posting it anyway.

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  1. 2nick8
    2nick8 on Sat 26th Sep 2020 - 17 hours ago

    Such a calming and soothing vibe to the track..I can picture the vocals in your lead...Patricia Edwards would do some magic vocals with this..

    EricMilligan
    Reply by EricMilligan

    Hi, Nick. Thanks for the supporting words! I agree. Patricia could do something special with vocals on this. I've got several unfinished tracks using her acapellas. Would be amazing to have her Collab on a track like this, but I think she's very selective about working with others, which I totally understand. I actually had thought of this with a male vocal, but your comment is making me re-think that. Could be either.

    Eric

  2. terryjmhitsong
    terryjmhitsong on Thu 17th Sep 2020 - 1 week ago

    SWEET TRACK ERIC....SPOT ON TIGHT TOO....LOVELY

    EricMilligan
    Reply by EricMilligan

    Thanks, Terry. I think I did a pretty good job on the bass line, if I say so myself. Well, perhaps not the bass line itself, but the bass sound is pretty good I think. This might be one where, after letting it marinate for 4 years, I should spend some time trying to write a chorus and bridge section so it can grow up and be a real song! :)

    Eric

  3. theHumps
    theHumps on Wed 16th Sep 2020 - 1 week ago

    Pretty nice track. It sounds like Hall and Oates, if you had them singing on this it would be a hit! Philly sounding r n b. Mix is well done, soothing soft mix for a relaxing track.

    I see you have a collab request posted. I was noodling some short melodies and phrases here and there on my acoustic to this. Would that be something you might want to add? I could even give you a couple dry tracks of me trying things thru the song which you could chop up and/or pick and choose what parts go where and how much you want to add to the production. Basically it would be giving you a bunch of loops to pick through. Let me know.

    Cheers!

    Wayne

    EricMilligan
    Reply by EricMilligan

    Hi, Wayne. Thanks for the encouragement!

    Yes, I thing it has flavors of Philly RnB and a bit of Motown as well. I’ve got a couple of tracks that need a Barry White type vocalist, some others meant for somebody along the lines of Marvin Gaye, some that were my attempt to write an R. Kelly song, and some that definitely are influenced by Hall and Oates.

    I really like Hall and Oates. And, I just ate up every episode of “Daryl’s House”. They are both great musicians and songwriters.

    Yes, I’d definitely be interested in getting your noodling on the track. I will PM you with my email address so we can get connected on that.

    Eric

  4. JoeFunktastic
    JoeFunktastic on Tue 15th Sep 2020 - 1 week ago

    Mr. Eric! Whats going on man. Staying healthy is all anyone can do. Hey, are you still getting your COVID updates from governor Cuomo in Ottowa? Lol!

    Well, do you want to know something? The R&B genre has been taking a brutal bruising lately. The kids today make it sound just like a Trap hybrid. But you are showing them how it is supposed to be done. You got all the right elements in your song. You know, when you got a Rhodes to something as you laid out here, 9 times out of 10 it will be a great snazzy-jazzy R&B tune.

    Awesome job! Its laid out in such a way that I might have done. It has pizzaz, color, and a distinct smooth mature character about it. Now, I am not sure if it was by accident or design, but the loudness level is perfect!

    So, as far as getting that vocal out of your head, what did you have in mind? Is that why you have the collab request up? I have sung in the past, but I am rusty as a tin can now. I hope you find someone. Very nice tune you got here. Take it from the funk man, this one is great!

    Cheers!
    Joe

    EricMilligan
    Reply by EricMilligan

    Hi, Joe! Very nice to hear from you. And thanks for the very supportive comment on this track. I really value your judgment and advice.

    No, sadly Gov Cuomo has discontinued his daily briefings. But, my wife and I have a steady diet of watching CNN and MSNBC for coverage of the unbelievably disconcerting situation south of our border. And, I’m not just talking about Covid-19. Quite apart from the fact that I was born in the US, and my entire extended family is American, we are seriously worried about the country.

    Anyway, I’m very happy that you thought I was on the right track with this project. I think there were different flavors of RnB influences in it. It SO, needs a vocalist though. Would be nice if there were lyrics as well! :)

    I am reading a biography of Marvin Gaye. Have read a lot about Motown. those songwriters, particularly Smokey, really crafted wonderful songs, great melodies, and the lyrics were simple but meaningful. That’s a lost art.

    Loudness level was part accident and part design, I guess. I didn’t fuss much over the mix, just tried to keep the various instruments in balance and the mix clean. I always try to keep decent dynamic range in my tracks and my mastering settings were definitely on the conservative side. I have a tape machine plugin that I probably should have used, but forgot about it until now. I’ve read a few articles and watched a YouTube video about emulating the Motown sound. I should dig them out and refresh my memory.

    Eric

  5. xstokes
    xstokes on Tue 15th Sep 2020 - 1 week ago

    hello eric. it’s so cool to hear someone really stretch out on the rhodes, reminds us the instrument is capable of producing so much more than great vamps! everything is so lyrically played that the track certainly doesn’t suffer from lack of vox. you know sometimes when i hear something this straightfowardly melodic, my inner grinch starts with ‘get me off this fuckin love boat,’ but i’d have to be more of a curmudgeon than even that not to be digging this.

    EricMilligan
    Reply by EricMilligan

    I know exactly what you mean about “love boat”, xstokes. I am acutely aware that when I play in a melody line using a Rhodes or B3 patch, the track can sound like Muzak (elevator music). It bothers me quite a bit, actually, because with a good vocalist, I think the tracks would not sound that way at all. I do know that my melody sense is more lyrical and simple than contemporary pop songs or alt and NuRnB for that matter. If I was a student in a music school like Berkeley (I’d never get in) I am sure I’d be severely criticized for a lack of imagination in the construction of melodies. I’ve been thinking that I should spend a bit of time studying artists like Charlie Puth who really knows how to do this well. :)

    Eric

  6. Micky
    Micky on Tue 15th Sep 2020 - 1 week ago

    To me this is not at all far from the quality you strive for. It sounds well produced and lush indeed. It's just the vocalist missing. I guess Phil Perry would fit perfectly, but ... I know, I know, what can we do? Eric, maybe you should check out Mykael's profile here (Mykael). I've heard very nice vocals on some of his tracks and had contact with him. He's a very nice person and ready to collab if the track matches his taste, of course. Just a suggestion.
    This is a wonderful track that deserves to be completed!
    Have a nice day,
    Micky

    EricMilligan
    Reply by EricMilligan

    Thanks for the positive comment, Micky. Definitely needs a vocalist. I will check out Mykael as you suggested.

    Eric

  7. 4maly
    4maly on Tue 15th Sep 2020 - 1 week ago

    Nice track
    Super vibey

    EricMilligan
    Reply by EricMilligan

    Thanks, 4maly. That’s what I was trying for.

    Eric

  8. crucethus
    crucethus on Tue 15th Sep 2020 - 1 week ago

    Great tune mate! The rhodes is awesome. perfectly balanced EQ and a really nice mix. Great job!
    Steven

    EricMilligan
    Reply by EricMilligan

    Thanks, Steve. I actually didn’t fuss much over the mix. As I mentioned to CinCoCent, this track is actually 4 years old. I have updated versions of some of the instruments (the Rhodes in this version is the stock instrument included with Logic Pro) and better effects plugins. But, I didn’t replace anything, so I think that’s telling me something. Sometimes better to just leave well enough alone, I guess.

    Eric

  9. CinCoCent
    CinCoCent on Tue 15th Sep 2020 - 1 week ago

    Well the rhodes surely makes it rnb tho. I like the bells. Good stuff. Well put together. That synth sound to nice!

    EricMilligan
    Reply by EricMilligan

    Thanks, CinCoCent. Very nice to get some positive feedback. I had forgotten about this track entirely. I actually did it 4 years ago! Ran out of ideas on how to extend it, I guess. But, the reaction from LM members has been pretty good, so perhaps I should try again.

    Eric

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