5 years ago I was sitting on mixes, frankly terrified to share them with anyone. It was major paralysis. I shared a track on here, Mike Robinson took the time to give a massively helpful critique and that fear of exposing all my flaws vanished (by like 90%). That moment where I hit "submit" was super scary and I'm so darn glad I did it...I ended up releasing the album in Nov of 2019 and it felt so good just to release it...something I had written and re-written so many times. I'm trying to improve my work flow and I've accepted I am not an engineer but can get the songs to a good demo point of mixing to show the engineer what I am shooting for.
I would love any feedback on this track. Specifically, I feel it's about a minute too long. This is a song that came to me in a dream (at least the first descending chord progression) and I just went for it and figured I would chop it down later.
My current thoughts are to cut the bridge in half and completely remove the backwards guitar solo.
I realized i go right back into my old habits and don't offer any dynamics, just pound through the whole song with no breaks. I've tried to create some subtle stops for variety.
The bridge starts at 2:52 and goes to 3:28.
The guitar solo goes from 3:29-3:59. I grew up listening to 5 minute songs by Def Leppard and wanted the guy who was playing lead to really have some space to spread out. I ended up really liking the part I wrote and found myself back in that territory of "I'll just keep it for me" all the while feeling it's way too long.
My plan is to chop the bridge in half, 86 the guitar solo and just go straight to a bare bones pass of the chorus, then rest and bring it home for the full chorus at the end.
The female bgvs on the second chorus I'm thinking of moving to the last chorus because of the emotion/vibe she delivers.
So those are my plans...would love to hear your thoughts.https://soundcloud.com/themusicofjeff/the-only-way-53121/s-tNN9tbdNkUR
Thank you for your time and for being a part of this forum. It's gotten me through basically everything.