I appreciate your ears, Emma. It’s still raining here off and on, and I confess to having written several rain songs over the years.
I am going to pay more attention to the spots you pointed out, maybe it is something I can fix, or maybe I will consciously decide to let slide.
The rippling chords were the last part added, and they were an exact copy of the midi of a non-rippling track with my hand edited staggered strumming.
I’m skipping past the very positive to the critical part, Michelle, because it is not easy to get the delay to sound good. I’ve learned to duck to some degree in recent times, so it is much better than most of my old stuff which I now hear as way out of control. And that boxy radio like midi guitar is designed to have a lo-fi cheesy vibe as if coming through a cheap amp akin to what my imaginary reggae band guitarist might play.
I am not saying all reggae is like that. In fact, I have a 15 year old song that my friend in the UK performed and recorded that has amazing guitar, but as good as it is it doesn’t sound as reggae vs. fused rock/reggae/raga/dub step. To me authentic reggae doesn’t depend on the rock guitar aesthetic, more the ambiance it adds.
Having said all that, this is really the first complete mix, so it wouldn’t hurt to try these suggestions and see if it helps or hurts.