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Ronnie Atkins (of Pretty Maids) - 'Make It Count' (video)

From the very day that you were born
You’ve been cast
To play your part
Through light and darkness it’s your destiny
But there is always an open door
A four leaf clover to be found
A spark endowing you with clarity

Cause inside of you there’s something beautiful
Can tell from that look in your eyes
You gotta confide in yourself

Every little moment make it count
Every precious smile you see around
Every wishful dream that may come true
You gotta remember
Every traveled mile just make it count
Every day in life that your allowed
Every ray of light that shines on you

Ablaze yourself before the fire dies out
Take it all in
Your sails are set
There’s no regrets when you've passed the line
A fragile journey sometimes an uphill climb
But don’t despair, be you, be there
We’re all just here on borrowed time

In all rainy clouds there’s a silver lining
There’s always a light at the end
And dare to dream my friend


You struggle you strive your whole life through
Sail with your anchor down
Now open your heart expand your view make it count


Μετά από δύο κυκλοφορίες πέρυσι ("One Shot" Μάρτιος 2021 και "4 More Shots (The Acoustics)" Οκτώβριος 2021) συνεχίζει σε φουλ δισκογραφικούς ρυθμούς και το 2022 ο Ronnie Atkins. Ο τραγουδιστής των Pretty Maids θα κυκλοφορήσει στα μέσα Μαρτίου το full length album "Make It Count" με μία πλειάδα μουσικών να συμμετέχει στο εγχείρημά του.

Σήμερα σας παρουσιάζουμε το βίντεο του ομότιτλου τραγουδιού, για το οποίο ο τραγουδιστής των Pretty Maids μας λέει:

«One of these songs that took a slight change during the making of it. Starts out as a ballad really and then later turns into something quite different.

Despite the genre that I’ve delved into for the last 40 years, I guess It’s no secret that I’m a big pop fan as well. And one of the bands I grew up with in the '70s and that always influenced me big time were ABBA and quite frankly, they are some of the greatest songwriters ever in the music industry, if you ask me.

So, when Chris Laney [producer] brought up the opportunity to have legendary ABBA guitarist Lasse Wellander playing on this song, there was no way I could resist that. He does a great job and I’m honored to have him playing on one of my songs. Hope you’ll like the song as much as I do....

Ο δίσκος του Ronnie Atkins 'Make It Count'
Δελτίο τύπου: «Respected Danish hard rock singer / songwriter Ronnie Atkins has announced the upcoming release of his new studio album, “Make It Count” on March 18, 2022. The electrifying melodic hard rock masterpiece "Make It Count" will be released almost one year to the day after the release of Atkins' last solo album, the critically acclaimed "One Shot".

Rather than hyperbole from the record label, we'll let Ronnie tell the story of "Make It Count" in his own words...

"Me and my great team of musicians followed exactly the same procedure as we did with "One Shot," since I still feel a bit like I am racing against time because of my diagnosis. So, I basically sent my songs to Chris [Laney, producer], who would then work on a demo.

When we were satisfied with the arrangements, I would then record the vocals and then the individual musicians laid down their tracks. I already had quite a few ideas from when "One Shot" was released back in March 2021 and continued writing on and off through the spring and summer of 2021.

The album was then recorded between April and October 2021," explains Atkins. "Let me also state that I felt pretty good during the whole process, at least physically. :-) And this time, I had the chance to actually meet with some of the musicians in-person because the Covid-19 restrictions were not as tough as they were back in 2020 when we recorded the last album,
" adds Atkins.

As for the music, Ronnie says, "Once again it was quite an easy going proces! Some of the songs were written on piano and some of them on guitar. I write the way I write, which means that the melodies and toplines are the first priority.

If I feel I got a good song with the right chord structure and a strong melody that sticks in my head, then I know I’m on to something good and from there it can only get better. :-). And that’s when I send it on to Chris Laney, who then listens to it with a new set of ears and comes back with his input about the arrangement and additional little bits and pieces.

As said, it is an easy going process since we’re on the same page and that’s a great way of collaborating. Style wise, it’s basically just melodic pop/rock songs, so to speak, that we turn into something suitable for those who followed me all those years. To me, a good song is a good song and then it’s a matter of how you wrap it up.

He continues, "Finally, the great thing about doing this is that I don’t have to argue with anyone whether it’s too pop or too lightweight, etc. I do what I do, 'cause that’s what I like and I’m my own boss for these solo albums and therefore, also the only one to take responsibility if it doesn’t live up to people's expectations. But, this is what I wanna do at this stage of my life and I think I’m convinced that “Make It Count“ is a great melodic rock album and I hope the fans won’t be disappointed."

As to the lyrical themes on the album, Ronnie says, "The lyrics are always the hardest part of an album from my perspective! It’s way easier for me to write a song than a lyric, to be honest. But of course it varies.

Sometimes you already have the title and the topic when you’re writing the song and at other times you’re just out of ideas. This time, it was tough at times since my health issues are somehow in my subconsciousness 24/7. No matter what I do, I’m being confronted with it everyday one way or the other.

So, some of the songs are touching on this issue of course, can’t help it. That said, I’m also trying to give it a positive twist, meaning that we just have to get the best out of life and love the one we’re with while we’re here.

It’s just impossible to write about sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll or whatever living with a life threatening disease and a dagger hangin' above your head!!! Or it is for me, at least! So, bottom line, I guess the lyrical content on this album is partly about the aforementioned topics, the climate, and in general, topics that make sense to everyone without being political.

Since the start of his rock 'n roll journey with Pretty Maids, Ronnie Atkins has consistently gifted fans with quality, melodic rock and "Make It Count" delivers again in spades.»

Artist: Ronnie Atkins
Video: "Make It Count"
Album: "Make It Count"
Type: Full length
Release date: March 18th, 2022
Label: Frontiers Music Srl

Track listing:
01. I've Hurt Myself (By Hurting You)
02. Unsung Heroes
03. Rising Tide
04. Remain To Remind Me
05. The Tracks We Leave Behind
06. All I Ask Of You
07. Grace
08. Let Love Lead The Way
09. Blood Cries Out
10. Easier To Leave (Than Being Left Behind)
11. Fallen
12. Make It Count

Ronnie Atkins - Lead and backing vocals
Chris Laney - Rhythm guitar, keyboards
Alla Sørensen - Drums
Pontus Egberg - Bass
Morten Sandager - Keyboards
Linnea Vikström Egg - Backing vocals
John Berg - Guitars
Olliver Hartmann - Guitars
Pontus Norgren - Guitars
Anders Ringman - Acoustic guitars

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