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Author Comments

Song written and recorded specifically for the 2015 NGAUC, pretty short one but the structure felt right.


So take a chance
Have one last dance
The footprints left as we advance

Time, it passed you by today
But when you stop to check it goes.
Life, goes on without you
For the first time you've been too slow

So take a chance
Have one last dance
The footprints left as we advance

That's why I'm telling you

Fading's not what I wanna do
So jump into the fray
If you keep shying away their words will come true
and I don't want to stay x2
I don't want to stay


== This is an NGAUC Knock-Out Round Review ==

Dang, son! This is a great song.

The mixing is spot on! It would be really hard for me to distinguish this song from a professional track. The vocals sit in the mix just right, and the guitars and drums are mixed very well.

Not only that, but the composition is really good, too. This is one of those rare songs where composition and mixing are both solid! Right from the lead in at :15, I could tell that this track was going to be really good - the opening melody is great, and it’s properly expanded upon with lyrics afterwards. The whole verse section is really good.

If I was to complain a little, I’d say that the transition from the verse to the, eh, other verse? The transition (At “that’s why I’m telling you”) seems rather abrupt. Nothing about the song changes at all when you switch between one melody and the other, except for the melody itself. I think it would have been more effective if you had a slightly longer transitory phrase than just a single line, and if you added or removed some elements from the second melody section so that it would sound suitably different from the first. This would give the feeling that the song evolved a little bit. As it is though, I’m not sure if that final section is quite as strong melodically as the verses that precede it.

Anywho, this is a really good song. I had a few minor nit-picks, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit - it was one of my favorites of the underdogs.

Overall Score: 9/10

* Composition: 4/4
* Arrangement: 3/4
* Mixing: 4/4

Hey there. Some general commentary on your song for NGAUC.

-Aw yeah, this is pretty nice. I like the guitars at the start, though the panning to the left feels a bit odd. Perhaps it would have been better to have it start as the other instruments come in.
-Nice singing there! You have a really nice singing voice.
-Not sure what the instrument panned to the right is, but it sounds somewhat like a fake horn.
-I like how you switch off the panning, it works really well, particularly the little breathing bit at 1:55 - nice little ear candy!
-Not too much here to critique, but I understand writing lyrics and everything for a piece can be a bit hard, so that's understandable.

Final score: 8.2/10

This is mixed and recorded very well! Love the writing! Great submission my fellow competitor! Break a speaker!

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Credits & Info


3.82 / 5.00

Jul 31, 2015
7:14 AM EDT
File Info
4.7 MB
2 min 4 sec

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