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Oh Mama Hey!

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Last year I wrote a song about my Dad. I figured it was time I wrote one for my Mum. Finn M-K goes folk rock!

Why sing the bridge in German? My Mum is a first-generation German immigrant and learning the language and living in the culture has been a big part of my childhood and life. If I'm writing about my Mum, that angle can't be forgotten.

If you'd like to support me, you can buy this song on my Bandcamp: https://finnmk.bandcamp.com/track/oh-mama-hey

Original background photo by Susanne Nilsson -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/infomastern/ - then edited by me.

LYRICS
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Out in the woods where the cities don't grow
One little light is on; it cuts through the cold
The snow is falling like it does half the year
My Mum is waiting for her sons to be here

The farm life isn't easy
Especially when you are alone
And though I live in the city
I want you to know

Mum, I promise when you're feeling low
It's not so bad with all the love you know
Your child I'll be until my days are through
My heart is in this song I wrote for you

Oh mama hey!
Oh mama oh

Cutting the lawn takes a day or two, yeah
And if you're bored there's always weeding to do
But if you bring the sheep in; put them back in their pen
You've earned some Scrabble 'cause the fun never ends

The farm life isn't easy
Especially when you are alone
And though I live in the city
I want you to know

Mum, I promise when you're feeling low
It's not so bad with all the love you know
Your child I'll be until my days are through
My heart is in this song I wrote for you

Oh mama hey!
Oh mama oh

Ein lied ist nicht genug (a song is not enough)
Aber was sonst kann ich noch tun (but what else can I do (from here))

Music has a power to heal
Love has a power to heal

Mum, I promise when you're feeling low
It's not so bad with all the love you know
Your child I'll be until my days are through
My heart is in this song I wrote for you

Oh mama hey!
Oh mama oh

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Beautiful presentation. Poppy without being disingenuous. This one is going on my personal playlist,. I really, really like it. There's not much critique I have minus the snare having a couple frequencies that stick out here and there, perhaps needing a bit more compression on the percussion, and perhaps a little loose tuning on the acoustic guitar.

Great, great, great! <3 I'll be singing it.

Please, run full speed ahead into this genre, and never stop. You own it. :)

FinnMK responds:

Thanks for the kind words. I hear you on the snare - I can never seem to get a 100% perfect snare tone. As for doing more folk rock, eeeeeeeehhhhhhhhh...we'll see. But good to know I don't suck at it!

I like the fun, organic feel. The piano that comes in at around :10 is very bright and upbeat, yet seemed to be slightly out-of-tune, unfortunately, unless my ears betray me. That said, it almost fit with the down-to-earth, campfire sing-a-long vibe of the piece. The lyrics are amusing and light-hearted, and the production quality is really strong. It was absolutely fantastic to see you express so much of your upbringing and heritage in the song, too. If I had to complain about one thing, it was that you didn’t do anything particularly interesting with the piece after the bridge. It still comes together pretty nicely, but at this stage of the competition the last refrain sounding exactly the same as the others seems a tad underwhelming. But allow me to put that last comment into perspective: this piece is still a wonderful achievement that makes me want to call my mother right away. Keep up the good work, Finn!

Mixing, mastering, and balance
2/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1.75/2
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1.75/2
Instrumentation and sound design
1/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1/1
Originality and uniqueness
1/1
Overall (how do the above elements interact?)
1/1
Composite score
9.5/10

FinnMK responds:

I detuned the piano on purpose! I liked the feel of it.
That's a good point about the last refrain. I'll make sure to keep things fresh for the grand finale...

Oh wow, I really love this! You've got such a great voice, and it's very apparent in this track in particular. The "farm life" paragraph (pre-chorus? :p) is definitely my favorite!

Wonderful job on this, and good luck! :3

FinnMK responds:

Thanks very much, o all-powerful scribe!

Nice job! Like how well mixed and crisp everything is.

For the lyrics, should you say

Oh mam Hey!
Oh mama oh (x2)

since it is repeated twice?

Anyway great job and I look forward to hearing more from you!

FinnMK responds:

Thanks a bunch! And yep, maybe I should. When I write down the lyrics I'm always pretty lazy when it comes to sections with repeated phrases, so I never write the number down haha.

random thought: during the "oh mama hey" section, could the drums accentuate the rhythm of the vocals somehow (rather than continuing the same rhythm)??

anyway great song finn!!! its super duper catchy and fun and enjoyable. i think its your best one??

good luck vs etherealwinds, thats a scary matchup!

FinnMK responds:

Dang, that's a good idea. If only you'd told me sooner! :0

Yep, we'll see. I don't think this is my best work, honestly, but maybe the judges will think differently.

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