Come what May – album in the making

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Peace Machine



that my friend
was a rookie mistake
in the end
the boogieman
got to you

I know you know
are lost on cynics
whatever they wanted
you to believe

where is the window to joy?
where is the peace machine
where is the engine of life?
where is the halo of love?

Lord Teach me how to dance
find a way
to romance

Your goth attitude
and swamp logic
my stiff upper lip
and reservation
could be matched
Lord oh Lord
where is the peace machine
where is the engine of love?



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The time has come


New song – lyrics by Stan Major.

Comments welcome, here, on soundcloud or at the Kitchen Songwriter Forum

Lyrics by @smajor1

The Time Has Come

Verse 1:
No one shoots the messenger who only brings them lies
it’s the one who brings the truth who always has to die

Verse 2:
Will you make a stand beneath this misbegotten moon
or are you among the ones who’ll let the deal go through?

The time has come, the time has come
will you stand or will you run,
you must decide, ’cause the time has come

Verse 3:
Every moment that we’re living we’re trembling on the wire
trying to make the choice between the water or the fire

Verse 4:
You can be a bloody fool insufferable and loud
or you can seek the truth and do the heavens proud.

Repeat Chorus:

The music has a.o. parts: Fender stratocaster, V-drums and some Cubase 8 enhanced VST’s.
Thanks for listening and do check out other music with Stan’s lyrics. Always a treat.

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Kasteel – Castle – Chateau

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Picture – Cothen, Open Monumentendag 2017
Used VST’s: Shortcircuit with Soundfonts Sonatina Symphonic Orhestra and Campbells Harpsichord; Portatief One free edition 2009 Virtual Organ Company, TyrellN6 01, Redtron from Artifake Labs.
Also containing bird sounds : Knossos Ruins, Crete – crows by Maciej Janasik – CC BY NC

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Demon of Love

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Watercourse – VST test + waterfall clip

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A downloadable MP3 version without the 2 guitar parts is available at:

After watching a tutorial from JunkieXL about his favorite Plugins I decided to give Native Instruments another try. Two years ago I downloaded their player Reaktor and a Module but never got any sound out of it, as it used a ‘slightly’ different technique for being activated into my DAW Cubase. Without going too much into details here is a recipy: Download the native NI player Reaktor 6
It comes as an ISO file (277 Mb) , you’ll need some program to ‘mount’ it. In my case I found WinCDEmu-4.1 to do the trick.
But then you are only halfway – you will also need to have installed Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable (x64 in my case).
During this installing and mounting – the PC needs to be restarted several times, so take some time for this.
The you have a lpayer, but no sound yet. You may freely download a softsynth from NI. I chose MIKRO PRISM
That cannot play in a DAW (Cubase in my case) on its own, but needs to be loaded as an ‘ensemble’ into the player. After some tweaking and trying, lo & behold, the Reaktor Player is visible in the VST plgin list in Cubase.
The sound is convincing, CPU usage must be quite high.

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Ukele played live and recorded with the trusted EdirolR-09HR, piano played with the freeware VST Piano One, and harpsichord with Soundfonts from Campbell Harpsichord. The synth at the end is done with freeware VST Orpheus made by B. Serrano…=Orpheus&id=2278

This piece is dedicated to the house where my sister and me were born and grew up – fond memories. Passing it on to new generations.

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