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PlaySong of the Open Road

by Merry Ellen Kirk

Uploaded: February 16, 2009
Duration: 3m 26s

Comments for Song of the Open Road

Portrait of Pete Warren
BTW, songpilot. Thanks for the kind words.

Portrait of Pete Warren
Hi fellow commenters. I'm the guy that produced this record. First of all, you have to know that this IS NOT the final version of the song. There's several parts missing in this, and it's not a final mix by a long shot! I'm not sure why it's posted here. It shouldn't be up anywhere. If you want to hear the final version, visit her myspace page (I believe it's posted there) or search her on iTunes, where you can get the final version.

I'm also kind of curious what "clout around the ear" means?!? I'm guessing this has something to do with the mix quality? IF so, then again, realize this was posted prior to being finished. I'd say what you're hearing here is about 60% into the process of working on this song

Portrait of SongPilot
What does it mean, "clout around the ear?" referring to the producer? I think she produced this herself. It sounds amazing to me and she should be congratulated for an amazing recording!

Portrait of SongPilot
It doesn't sound like they've used any form of tuning on this vocal. If you listen to singers like Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Sarah McLaughlan and Allannis morrissete (forgive my poor spelling please), you'll hear them use similar techniques, and I don't believe they had autotune back then

BTW, this is a great song and great recording! Love the organ (hammond I think?) and that strange wind instrument. Sometimes it sounds like a bagpipe, other times a flute. Very cool. Maybe both?

Swedenuffe, I think you're dead wrong. The instruments around the voice and song are amazing. What would you do different, put electric guitars screaming in there or something dumb like everyone else does?

What I love about this artist is how unique everything is about her. She looks unique, sounds unique, writes unique, and produces herself unique! I'd love to hear your stuff. Bet it's not like this!

Portrait of RebekahAnnCurtis
I don't think that's autotune, I believe that's her switching notes very cleanly (without scooping) in the middle of a long phrase... Sounds like she's classically trained to me. Unfortunately, autotune can mimic what the human voice can do, but sounds mechanical and forced, that didn't sound forced to me... good job

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What a wonderful voice thats amazing but you need the right instrument for the sound arround the voice.

Portrait of Darowyn
Can I hear Autotune on this? I don't object to the use of it, but it can be used without it being audible, and in my opinion, should be
I like the song, I like Merry's voice, but the producer needs a clout round the ear.

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Merry Ellen Kirk