All Night Long – The Tale of Two Singers

Posted: February 25, 2015 in MUSIC, My Tunes
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While this is not the first song I wrote I will use the same lyrics, the same instruments, the same arrangement, the same studio and recording gear to show how differently the same words can be interpreted. In this case the only difference is going from a male lead vocalist to a female lead vocalist…… but the outcome is totally different. No, I am not the lead vocalist, so that will have to wait a little longer. I am playing my favorite 12 string acoustic/electric guitar and a rhythm electric track. Writing lyrics is a powerful tool. Maybe because they can be interpreted in various ways.

Now the only change is the lead vocalist. The song has added controversy if you will, and maybe the subject has more acceptance now than in the past, but it changes how the lyrics are interpreted. All Night Long took me about fifteen or twenty minutes to write. I wanted a simple R&R theme. Most of my songs are not main stream. I do not pretend to be commercial. The other reason I wanted to introduce you to this song now is because it is not like any of the others I have written. Throughout my life I have searched out unusual artists and creative ideas. Art, poetry, sound engineering, acting, I have been drawn to and inspired by some amazing people. So this is more cookie-cutter. Predictable song with the usual topic and repeating lyrics. I still have fun with it!

As I was practicing my wife did a mic check to set levels and she started singing the song. I thought immediately that was IT! It totally changed the song’s meaning. So changing the vocalist in effect took it off main stream and cookie-cutter. The subject material was not so acceptable back then……..

I entered a few of my recent songs into a local radio band contest. Too much to go into now, but at this point, my wife had never really performed in front of an audience. She is a bit shy in that area. It was a total shock when one of the songs we submitted was played on the air and a runner in the contest and another song I submitted for another friend of mine was selected to a battle of the bands in a large venue to compete for title and prizes. We were jazzed…..

But there was one little detail missing; He did not have a band! His song was picked and we (we, because it was my bright idea to enter his song into the contest!) were to compete against other bands in less than three weeks from the day we were notified. We worked in the same music store at the time and we quickly merged members from three different local bands. Each band would bring 2-3 songs to be added to the set list. We had to play for about an hour! That is how All Night Long was performed for the first time; live, to a packed house. My wife will have to give you her thoughts of that evening. I cannot do it justice. All Night Long is added to the set list and we all agree that my wife should sing…… She is terrified. We practice for two weeks learning the other band’s songs…

On stage now and good crowd. We knew they were not here to see us, because until two weeks ago, there was no US! We also figured there was no way to win, but we were going to go up there slamming. We set up and play the first songs on the list. When it is time to start All Night Long, my wife….. A little bit nervous to say the least, walks up to me and says, “if nothing comes out of my mouth, START SINGING!”.

She did great and it was a blast. I will encourage all of you to push the comfort zone a little. Be prepared to take advantage of the feedback and be ready to change and adapt. Work with other artists you appreciate. Encourage them to adapt if needed and support them when they do. My friend would never have submitted a song on his own and he even had me pick out which songs to enter. My wife’s big ambition was not to sing in front of a crowd, but we all remember that event to this day. Fortunately, a friend of ours was in the audience with one of those hand-held video recorders and got the whole thing. WE didn’t win, but they knew who we were… we were NRSB!

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Comments
  1. erikafrancisphotography says:

    I smile at anyone who follows their dreams.

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  2. Really cool music.. I liked it a lot! It’s great you’re doing what you like 🙂 I wish you well and much success.

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    • midimike says:

      Well thank you very much! My definition of success has a lot of ‘wiggle room’ and I appreciate what I already have. It has been a blast contacting others and thanks again, I am glad you enjoyed the tunes and old stories! MIDIMike

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  3. blkkat49 says:

    Thank you for visiting my page, and thank you for sharing the link to your music. A lot of talent there. It always inspires me when others take their dreams to reality.

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  4. Dan says:

    OMG I totally adore the energy from the intro !!! This is cool. Mike, I am glad I found you. I missed this kind of energy in modern music. Takes me back to some cool classic rock songs. What a finding this blog !

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  5. now that is really cool!

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  6. Hi midimike . That was very interesting. Must be a great buzz in front of an audience as they listen to your songs. May I thank you so much for liking my poems Fragile! Touched! When! Haunted Liner and Medium! So appreciated. Peace and Best Wishes. The Foureyed Poet.

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    • midimike says:

      Howdy! I am glad you liked it. I sometimes see a big concert with thousands of people singing along with the artist and try to imagine what that feels like. I guess as you mentioned it feels the same as playing local gigs. As you may know from my posts, poetry is really what got me started in this whole experience, and I enjoy your work. Thanks for keeping in touch.

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  7. Hello Mike. Thank you for the follow, I appreciate the vote of confidence. I do hope you find something of interest in my writings
    On another note, the singing by your wife reminds me of Grace Slick during the early years of Jefferson Airplane. Not that I suggest she try singing White Rabbit. The late sixties are gone and so is the San Francisco I used to know.

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    • midimike says:

      Once we have confidence you don’t have you second guess everything you do. I enjoyed finding you. I will tell her what you said. She will get a kick. And you are so right! The late sixties ARE over. Lol.

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  8. nikgee says:

    hey Mike, curious, one song , two different people presenting it., with two different results. I’ d never considered that before. It add a new dimension to the process. Very cool…nick

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    • midimike says:

      A number of my songs go through revision after revision. Sometimes I cannot pick the winner and both versions keep floating around. This song demonstrated the difference more than others due to the subject material, but the mood of the song also changes dramatically with the different vocalists. It would be curious to take a survey or poll and see which one is the most popular. I plan on showing a few more examples of songs in the making and how small changes can have profound effects. It is a continual experiment and learn process as you know until we settle on the one that fits. Thanks again Nick, and maybe one of these tunes could use a harmonica solo!

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      • nikgee says:

        There are several examples in the music were different ones did the same song. The one that first comes to mind . The song is “Desperado” Linda Ronstadt sang it and I’ll be dammed if I can remember the dude who sang it. It was like a Chris Christopherson Joe Cocker did the one Beatle song” A Little Help from My Friends” His was more popular Hendricks did Dylan’s “All along the Watch Tower” .It’s not so much that on is better than the other . When it is shared a piece of person can’t help but shine through Straight from the heart Sorry Bon Jovi didn’t mean to steal that line. Anyway, I would love to try..It would be a first so be patient.nick

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  9. […] Something new for this dude. I’m intrigued by the technology, which shows how out of it I be. … […]

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  10. Thank you for vusting, you gave me the opportunity to discover you. Feileacan from Silence Like a Cancer Grows.

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  11. – jesus – that’s gorgeous!!! So beautiful, on every front – wow THANK YOU!!

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  12. […] piece.  Sparse percussion with a rolling sequenced bass line.  You have heard my wife before on “All Night Long” and “What I do at Night” and this is another one of her gems.  The intro and break […]

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  13. tripleclicka says:

    Do you have cds for sale?

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    • midimike says:

      Thank you very much for asking. I currently do not have CD’s available for sale, but the downloads are available from a number of channels. If you would like a CD, I can make one specially for you….! Seriously. e-mail me at midimike@midimike.com and we can arrange it. Much appreciated!

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