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Old 01-28-2013, 03:44 PM   #1
DG_Griffin
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Move A Mountain (Christian)

Hey everyone, my girlfriend and I just released a our first single called "Move A Mountain". Hope everyone likes it. Also if your interested we will be performing with our band "Higher Calling" at the Alive Festival in Ohio this year. You can follow the link below for ticketing information.

Song- https://soundcloud.com/daniel-griff...untain-official

Tickets- https://secure.alive.org/?indie_artist=HigherCalling
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:47 PM   #2
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Heya,

Firstly, congrats on your song, and the slot at the festival...I listened to the song a couple times and then had it running around in my head when I was having a shower, nice.

Now to my comments. Hope you don't find them to be digging too far, just trying to provide a few ideas that may or may not work for you.

I'm not hugely familiar with Christian music, but from what I've heard I've noticed a lot of the songs use the moving moutain imagary, and feet, and stuff like that, which obviously holds biblical significance, but I really wish that Christian bands would push themselves outside of the same imagary just a little bit more. It doesn't help that the choruses are also often chord I, V, IV, and then either IV or the V to IV decscend like you have in this song. My feelings that although these chords are tried and true, and they work really well, even slight subtle changes here and there on certain words and phrases can hold so much more weight and take away from the loop-ish standard vibe of a lot of Christian music.

From an arranging point of view, for this style of music I feel like the payoff isn't given the attention it needs, for example in the first verse you have very similar instrumentation as in the chorus, when the chorus comes in there is that piano and then a bit later there's the lead parts, but the impact isn't there because the verse is pretty full as it is - that chorus or even prechorus type thing could hold so much more weight if you played around with the instrumentation so that it wasn't this constant strumming+pad type feel all the way through. That little swelly guitar intro thing could be so cool in the background of a really sparse verse, then in a chorus or prechorus if you had like a bass drop with some subtle piano it could be really effective.

Although the intensity does build around the later choruses, with the key change helping alot too, so that's cool..

Anyway just some general comments and ideas...

Nice work and I like the vocal.

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Old 01-28-2013, 06:34 PM   #3
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Thanks very much for the input! I agree with a lot of what you said. Unfortunately I didn't have a lot of say in the arrangement. She was pretty set on how she wanted the song to go. It was actually recorded for a christian song writing contest for a chance to be on an upcoming project from Urshan College. It was also my first foray at recording/mixing a full song on Garageband.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:01 PM   #4
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Has a Great Vibe man has a post rock kind of feel abit ur Katelyn did a good job on vocals can hear alot of soul which I think embellishes the feel of the song, Dan pro performance on the guitar and the recording was great = ) I enjoyed it
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:00 AM   #5
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This is pretty good, the vocals are very good. I must say though i cant really feel the vibe from you though, i heard your other stuff and you play blues/rock type of vibe. The song is well written but it does follow that "Sing along" feeling to it that we hear in Christain music, but thats the point of the song. I think you should of blasted out a solo man! Danananana! Haha jk
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:16 AM   #6
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This is pretty good, the vocals are very good. I must say though i cant really feel the vibe from you though, i heard your other stuff and you play blues/rock type of vibe. The song is well written but it does follow that "Sing along" feeling to it that we hear in Christain music, but thats the point of the song. I think you should of blasted out a solo man! Danananana! Haha jk


Haha, thanks man, I definitely wanted to. Unfortunately part of being a worship guitarist is just "serving the song" on occasion. I just wanted to keep it simple and add a little something when I was able to. We initially recorded this for some songwriting contest, and it was "her" song so I just did my job as "producer" and recorded the project that she wanted to hear.

Sucks not being able to be a self centered guitarist all the time haha.
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