the Testing Season tracks on Soundclound

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LAST CHANCES ARE CANCELLED AT THE LAST CHANCE SALOON!
the Testing Season

Just a bit of guitar impro in the Mark Knopfler stylee. Hope its ok. Thank you for listening. The phrase above has slightly different connotation in British English. If you say it is the last chance saloon for someone, you mean that it is their final opportunity to succeed in what they are doing. Just so you know:))

Ambient
580
IVORY TOWER
the Testing Season

About 30 odd years ago I was doing this sort of music with a band called Liberty. So, with this, its kind of gone full circle. A tad different from my last couple of tracks. My apologies in advance for couple of swear words. I just felt strongly about the subject matter. Thank you as ever for listening. There's also video with this song: https://youtu.be/iKebO5dESgo Lyrics: Whilst they're signing peace treaties, they're sending weapons to a war, 10 billion bucks for Trident, but nothing for the poor. Raise your arm in salute, nail your poppy to the door. What the hell did your Grandad(and grandma)fight in World War 2 for? Lest we forget. Pull down their Ivory Towers, take back what is rightfully ours. So that finally starving children can feed. Put an end to the 'Fat Cats' wealthy greed. We're governed by bigots and liars, who have lead into nothing but sh1t. Who will strike up the fanfare for the common man? To save the face of the human race and the heroes of the land

Rock
377
SILVER ON FIRE ft Evguenia Ratsouk
the Testing Season

Wanted to create feel good positive vibe, summer is sadly slipping away for us in the northern hemisphere. There's no better way to chill and cheer than listen to the sounds from the Caribbean I threw in some African/ 70's disco flavours also. Thank you for listening. My thanks to these great musicians for lending their talent to make this song possible. Main vocal: Evguenia Ratsouk https://soundcloud.com/ratsouk `California vocal`: Dopplergamma from looperman,com Dancehall riddim: Stevenabbs from looperman. com Jamaican voice: Samples.com Bass, Keyboard, mix and master t.T.S

World
872
IVY & NEAT (This Mortal Coil cover)ft SHARON CHEN cello
the Testing Season

This Mortal Coil were a collective of musicians from the independent label 4AD. in London. This track was recorded by them in way back in 1986. I have been a long time fan of their music and as the cupboard of inspiration was empty, I decided to give it a go. I kept the foundation and sort of ad-libbed the sax part. I am privileged to have the awesomely talented Sharon Chen play cello on this track. To check out her wonderful compositions just click on the link. https://soundcloud.com/contemplativeclassical Thank you very much Sharon.

Soundtrack
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CAUGHT IN THE FIRE ft eSonori & Evrim(PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTION)
the Testing Season

This track is about someone, who during their busy day, their mind is transported to the place where they grew up. I had a rough idea but to complete it, I used some downloads from Looperman. com There´s a video on YouTube youtu.be/kQkN8WVe2E0 Thank you for listening. My thanks to the following for making their pieces available to use. Evrim……….. Turkish vocal eSonori………. ' caught in the fire' English vocal Katerina Mufitek Mrazkova……. backing vocal Kiestyle productions…... Ethnic drums Tilyu……….. Flute Techno drum loop...…….. Mr ROBOT Everything else......Me

World
531
TOUR DE LA TERRE (Tour of the Earth) (collab with SPECIAL CECILIA)
the Testing Season

I'm delighted to have Cecilia adorn this track with her great vocals and lyrics with a beautiful message of hope for the future! Thank you for listening. Lyrics and vocals: Cecillia Music: TTS CHORUS > Si un jour je devais faire le tour de la terre je ferai le vide au fond de moi pour mieux sentir la vie autour de moi Si un jour je devais faire le tour de la terre je voudrais semer des poussières d'étoiles pour que chacun puissent s'élever, lever les voiles s'élever, lever les voiles Si un jour je devais faire le tour de la terre je leur donnerai des ailes pour qu'ils puissent s'èvader vers un monde surréel. English: If I had make the Tour of the Earth I wish to sow stars dust for let everyone lift up & raise the sails lift up & raise the sails If I had make the Tour of the Earth I will give them wings so that they can escape to a Surreal World. If I had make the Tour of the Earth i'll will empty my mind to Better feel energies of Life If I had to Tour around the Earth will wish to make everyone Feel & Be Better Feel & Be Better Feel & Be Better

World
1,368
SCHÖNLIND
the Testing Season

I have finally got around to extending this piece . On adding the flute I accidentally played an old Irish folk song called "Danny Boy", I thought it sounded ok, so I left it in the final mix. The guitars for the initial part are recorded on two stems/tracks. Schönlind btw is a small, beautiful village I drive through on the way to work. Thank you for listening.

guitar/classical
687
DEZELO VECHNOSTI collab with SPECIALCECILIA & STINA
the Testing Season

This track(originally ´Music without Borders` then TOSHKA) took on International proportions. So from me, an English guy living in Germany, with vocals from Cecilia in Belgium and Stina in Sweden singing in Slovenian, the music having a Middle East/ Oriental influence. Music does indeed transcend borders. My heartfelt gratitude to these two very talented ladies for lending their voices to complete this track. Here are the links: https://soundcloud.com/user-195223991 for Stina and Cecilia https://soundcloud.com/specialececilia to check their awesome compositions.( Cecilia´s vocals were from her song`Parallel World`.) Vocals: Specialcecilia and Stina a.k.a Stina of Creation. Music: T.T.S Lyrics:Enter the Musical land, Wonderland, Dreamland Enter the Noman land, Cosmic Land , Universal Land Beyond all Barriers , all Borders (English translation of Stina's lyrics) We hide ourselves in a Shell We hide ourselves from the World We fight for the rights Come on follow me now, to the land of Eternity We hide ourselves from the world We hide ourselves in shell We fight for the rights Come on follow me now, to the land of Eternity We hide our feelings We hide our tears In the nightlights.... Come on follow me to the land of Eternity We hide our feelings We hide our tears We hide ourselves in a Shell We hide ourselves from the World We fight for the rights Come on follow me to the land o Eternity aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa come on follow me aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa come on follow me Who can see how we feel? Who will help us? Who will lead us to the Eternity? We hide ourselves in a Shell We fight for the rights.. Come on follow me to the land of Eternity ! Beyond all Barriers , all Borders Life is more than what you see, more than what they say

World
1,473
IN THE WIND collab with STINA
the Testing Season

I asked the very talented Stina if she would put some vocals on this track and faster than you can say "Could you put some vocals on this track, please?", I received the finished product. I´m really chuffed at how this song turned. So it`s a HUGE thank you from me. To hear Stina's amazing songs, please click on the link https://soundcloud.com/user-195223991 Thank you for listening. Vocals and lyrics: Stina Music: T:T:S Lyrics: In a cloudy day pigeons passed my way. In a sunny day butterflies I see. In the wind I breathe the air. In the ocean I see myself. In a cloudy day I walked in the grass. In the sunny days we have a blast... Every Day is a memory in your heart And in the wind we fly Every Day is a memory in your heart And in the wind we fly In a cloudy day seagulls passed my way In the sunny day butterflies I see.. and in the wind I breathe the air.. Every Day is a memory in your heart And in the wind we fly Every Day is a memory in your heart And in the wind we fly

Alternative Rock
1,869
CROSSROAD
the Testing Season

One of my favourite tracks of all time is "The Tenant" by a band called Japan. I loved the interplay between sax and guitar they did. While, not in any way replicating that track, I took the idea and did a little jazz impro. with it. The title? I think you know those moments. Many thanks for listening and your top support!! There is also a video of this tune. Please click in the link :https://youtu.be/W5Q7HLu8KiI

Jazz & Blues
1,540
THE TOWN
the Testing Season

This track had been sitting in recording machine for 18 months it needed a finish, a eureka moment. So verily one late September I shaped G barre chord an octave higher and bingo that moment had arrived. This song itself is a true story that has been seen, not just in the town where I grew up in England, but throughout the world . Pic from "The Thames Facing East" Lyrics: There's no laughter in the streets no more, the children have nowhere to play. Street upon street of emptiness. The spirit of this town is starting to decay Where once stood the corner shop, peeling posters now fill its windows. Consumer city has moved out of town. A sad testament to the town that lost its soul. The town that lost its soul. A minute of silence please, to the town that lost its soul. This once breathing metropolis is laying in state , a tragic end, its heart beats no more. There's no mourning or obituary, of that I'm sure. So let's raise a glass to the movers and shakers the big money makers. Who played with our lives like monopoly, world domination. Our fate sealed with a throw of a dice. Who destroyed the lives of the average Joe, because we are all easy come, easy go. Just so long as we make a bit of dough. So how many Mercs is it going to be, 1,2,3? So lets raise a glass to you the big money makers. CHEERS!

ambient/rock
1,701
WAITING FOR THE DAYBREAK
the Testing Season

Those wonderful voices (except mine :)) were sampled from www.sampleswap.com. I lived in south London for a long time where there is huge Caribbean community, who are rightly proud of their heritage. Those who became friends shared their music as well their food. ;) So music from the islands has been a big part of my life. The picture is of Pigeon Point Tobago. Lyrics: Violence and war, what are we fighting for? Malice and hatred, there must be more!

Reggae
926
LOCH ACHRAY
the Testing Season

About 1996 my first wife and I went to Scotland, a stunningly beautiful country . A place that inspires. During those few days this tune was in my head. This piece is in honour to Scotland and in memory of my first wife who died a few years later. Thank you very much for taking the time to listen.

Ambient
1,060
IN THIS DREAM collab with BE ANOTHER ft Alice Ciacco
the Testing Season

Recently, I asked my good friends Francois and Alice if they could add some lyrics and vocals to this song. That they did with savoir faire (expertise)In so doing, gave this piece some much needed direction. So, I am honoured to have this track adorned with the vocals of Alice Ciacco and the superb lyrics of Francois Tamby aka BE ANOTHER. To check out more of their excellent music click on this link: https://soundcloud.com/be-an-other. Vocals: Alice Ciacco Lyrics: Francois Tamby Music: T. T. S

Alternative Rock
1,620
DON´T GIVE UP! collab with PETRA HALL
the Testing Season

This song was written about a good friend( not connected to Soundcloud)who had severe depression and is for anyone that is being bullied or has feelings of worthlessness. You ARE the `pearl shining in the sand`, as such you ARE valued and valuable! I am very privileged to have Petra adorn this track with her wonderful vocals, thank you so much, my friend! You have transformed this song with your beautiful singing!!!! Thank you also dear listener for dropping by. To check out more music from the very talented Petra, click on this link https://soundcloud.com/user-197723196 or @petrahall. Vocals and vocal arrangement: Petra Hall Music: The Testing Season What is this love? what is this dream? That billions search for, like some priceless gem.. But you´re the gem they search for, you´re the pearl shining in the sand. What is this life without you! You´re important as the sun, life giving as the rain. Some treasure can´t be valued, you´re as priceless as those gems! So don´t walk away! Don´t walk away from the page, before finishing your story. Don´t take you bow, before your song is done, Don´t take your life, without fulfilling your dreams. Fulfill your dreams!! We´re in this together, birds of a feather Fighting this fight as one. Shoulder to shoulder, fighting together as one. We´re in this together, birds of a feather What is this love? What is this dream? We´re in this together!

Indie
1,486
ROLLERCOASTER Collab with TRACEY CRACKNELL
the Testing Season

I am privileged to have this adorned by Tracey`s excellent vocals. Thanks so much, my friend, for your kind help. To check out Tracey´s fabulous music please click on the link https://soundcloud.com/user-656984672. Be sure to check out Tracey´s videos too, they´re absolutely brilliant!!! I began scribbling some lyrics using the rollercoaster as a metaphor to describe our up and down lives. A good friend also wrote that same day mentioning the subject. It was a sign, I must finish this:). There was, however, always another verse to add this. Since my singing is a bit dodgy, I decided to speak it. Please excuse my souf London accent;) Thank you for dropping by! lyrics: Someone get me, take me from this roller coaster life, I want to live on solid ground. Someone get me, take me away from all this din. I just wanna hear no sound. Do you ever get moments throughout your day, when your mind starts to drift away? Wishing you were somewhere else, someone else? In a different time and different place with a different face? Not feeling like you're left upon a shelf or didn't make the grade. Not feeling like when you left you should have stayed! When we look upon the world stage we see wrong is right and right is wrong. Love, respect and honour are being gradually eroded. Then its no surprise we feel like we are living on a roller coaster ride.

Rock
2,525
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