Gotta Walk The Foot Log

Posted by: Sundance

Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/01/18 09:41 AM

Hello Friends,
Long time since I posted a new song. This is a little bluegrass with washboard ditty that I wrote for fun. The inspiration came from thinking about a friend's log cabin that was built by her great grandparents. The cabin sits on a hill overlooking a creek which has a foot log to get across it. I hope you enjoy. Thanks for listening.
Josie

GOTTA WALK THE FOOT LOG

Gotta Walk The Foot Log ©2/10/2018 Josie Beck ASCAP

Grady built a cabin way back in the holler
Spends his evenings picking banjo and taking a few swallers
You can see the creek from the big front porch
that was a present for his bride
Folks say he went bat crazy when the fever took her life

You gotta walk the foot log if you wanna cross the creek
That old log gets mighty slippery and the water's cold and deep
Ain't no way around it. Go steady on your feet.
You gotta walk the foot log if you wanna cross the creek

Grady raised a daughter with red hair just like her Ma
Before he'll let you court her you have to go meet her Pa
He'll be picking banjo on the porch
with his shotgun and his jug
If you cross that old creek twice high and dry
More power to you son.

You gotta walk the foot log if you wanna cross the creek
That old log gets mighty slippery and the water's cold and deep
Ain't no way around it. Go steady on your feet.
You gotta walk the foot log if you wanna cross the creek

The Doc Bluegrass style RT's were used with the addition of the new washboard.

This song was put together with BIAB and Realband. Mixing and final editing were done in Reaper where the lead vocal and background vocals were recorded.
Posted by: Ember - PG Music

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/01/18 10:40 AM

The inspiration behind this song is really cool yet simple, and I really like the washboard ditty you utilized in your song. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: VideoTrack

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/01/18 11:26 AM

Toe-tappingly good Josie.

The harmonies are sensational. Lyrically this is outstanding. Actually, everything is outstanding.
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/01/18 01:43 PM

Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
The inspiration behind this song is really cool yet simple, and I really like the washboard ditty you utilized in your song. Thanks for sharing!


Thank you for listening and commenting Ember. Hey once I saw that washboard on the list - I couldn't help myself. grin
Posted by: RichMac

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/01/18 01:52 PM


Hi Josie.

Good to hear from you again!
The lyrics are great, nice laidback vocal and very appropriate backing.
Loved it all.

Cheers.
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/01/18 01:57 PM

Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
Toe-tappingly good Josie.

The harmonies are sensational. Lyrically this is outstanding. Actually, everything is outstanding.


Thank you! After ten years on here, one would think I'd have nerves of steel but it's scary posting when it's been months since I've been on here with a new one. I hope to be back here more often this year God willing.

I'm so happy you like it!
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/01/18 02:00 PM

Originally Posted By: RichMac

Hi Josie.

Good to hear from you again!
The lyrics are great, nice laidback vocal and very appropriate backing.
Loved it all.

Cheers.


I feel like Minnie Pearl. I'm just so proud to be here with a new song.
Thank you so much Rich!
Posted by: PeterF

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/01/18 02:01 PM

Josie

Wonderful song - excellent vocals & harmonies, loved the lyric and the chorus is brilliant.

Peter
Posted by: rsdean

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/01/18 04:42 PM

Hey Josie,

This is great! Love everything about it - perfect vocal and mix.

It's so good to hear you again. smile

Bob
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/01/18 05:43 PM

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Josie

Wonderful song - excellent vocals & harmonies, loved the lyric and the chorus is brilliant.

Peter


Thank you Peter! Chorus came first, then after getting that ironed out the verses took a few rewrites. I picked up Waves vocal rider on sale for really cheap a few months ago so I finally had a chance to try it. It's so cool watching it "ride" the music with the lead vocal just like an engineer would. Not a new plug but new to me. I love doing harmonies - it's the most fun part of any of my projects.

Thank you again.
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/02/18 04:26 AM

Josie, I have missed you and am thrilled to see you back. Love the song and the vocals. I've walked more than a few foot logs myself. I also use the vocal rider on all my vocals. After your 10 years here I do believe your vocals keep getting better. Best to you, Tom
Posted by: Deryk - PG Music

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/02/18 07:58 AM

Awesome work here, Sundance! I enjoyed everything about this one - the vocal performance is excellent, the arrangement is superb, and it's very catchy. Just a well written song, through and through. Not to mention - that groove got my foot tapping in about 10 seconds! I can imagine this sounding unreal in a live setting, and packing the dancefloor in no time.

Great job and thanks for sharing smile
Posted by: Samuel Davis

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/02/18 08:19 AM

Nice tune. This is very well put together. Love your choice of instrumentation. Very Appalachian sounding.
Posted by: F.M.M.

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/02/18 09:23 AM

great work Josie love the vocal perfect thanks for sharing eric
Posted by: Robertkc

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/02/18 10:22 AM

Josie,

A cute idea for a song that you turned into a great story.
Your vocal ( and harmonies) sounds so comfortable and relaxed and the production ticks all the boxes.
Love that washboard!
I hope you`ll be bringing us more like this.

Robert
Posted by: gruverider

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/02/18 02:31 PM

Great story song. Love the harmonies and the vocal brake down in the second verse. Great arranging there.

much enjoyed!
Posted by: Scott C

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/02/18 06:45 PM

Loved this song Josie. Brought memories of Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. Super vocal and lyric.
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/02/18 07:33 PM

Originally Posted By: rsdean
Hey Josie,

This is great! Love everything about it - perfect vocal and mix.

It's so good to hear you again. smile

Bob


Hey Bob! Thank you! As an old partner in rhyme of mine used to say "onward and upward". grin I sure hope so.
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/02/18 08:15 PM

Originally Posted By: tommyad
Josie, I have missed you and am thrilled to see you back. Love the song and the vocals. I've walked more than a few foot logs myself. I also use the vocal rider on all my vocals. After your 10 years here I do believe your vocals keep getting better. Best to you, Tom


Tommy, Thank you. I am thrilled that you are thrilled because you are one of my favorite writers and producers here.

Hard to believe it's been a decade - yikes it went by fast. When I signed up I was too chicken to show my face or say my real name. It was my first music forum and I didn't want the 99% male population here then to know I was a female until they got to know me. I was so rusty and so ignorant. I knew zero about computer music production but I loved BIAB and I wanted to learn. It's been an interesting trip interacting with all the wonderfully talented and helpful people who've come and gone since I joined. I'm thankful to still be here.
Posted by: dcuny

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/02/18 11:06 PM

What a fun tune! It sounded great through my phone's speaker, which is a sign of a great mix.

I was hoping that you'd include a verse where Pa takes potshots at the suiter's feet as they try to cross the creek. wink

I enjoyed the listen!
Posted by: animarorecords

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/03/18 12:21 AM

Hello, Josie

Super vocals and harmonies!
Your vocal is perfect. Really comfortable.
As trevor said, toe-tappingly good!
As Robert said, I also hope you'll be bringing us more like this.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi
Posted by: RnAM

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/03/18 01:54 PM

Hi Josie,

Good to have you back with such a subtle and groovy folk song.
Vocals are emotive, bright and sparkly as always.
Very good work.

Rob and Anne-Marie
Posted by: jannesan

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/04/18 01:15 AM

Very nice catchy folky song with great vocals and harmonies. And those fiddles really make the sun shine smile

Janne
Posted by: Charlie Fogle

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/04/18 02:57 AM

What a great tune. Very true to the genre and everything is spot on. I'm glad to see you posting again and listening to your song first thing this morning is a wonderful way to start the day.
Posted by: Torrey Bliss

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/04/18 04:24 AM

Josie, I loved everything about this one! Vocals/harmony are great! Your mix is excellent and you did a very good job with the instrumentation! Thanks, Torrey
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/04/18 04:36 AM

Great to hear you again Josie. As you know we come from a long bluegrass background so this is right in our wheelhouse. Janice mentioned that the feel is a lot like The Marshall Family that we used to listen to many years ago. A very similar vocal style - nice and flowing. Your use of those RTs shows a genuine appreciation for the nuances of arranging and mixing a bluegrass based tune.

The imagery rich lyric was terrific and we really liked the stopped vocal section.

Well done!!

J&B

PS There was a foot log on our family farm to get to the best fishing spot.
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/04/18 07:27 AM

Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Awesome work here, Sundance! I enjoyed everything about this one - the vocal performance is excellent, the arrangement is superb, and it's very catchy. Just a well written song, through and through. Not to mention - that groove got my foot tapping in about 10 seconds! I can imagine this sounding unreal in a live setting, and packing the dancefloor in no time.

Great job and thanks for sharing smile


Thank you very much Deryk!
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/04/18 07:28 AM

Originally Posted By: Samuel Davis
Nice tune. This is very well put together. Love your choice of instrumentation. Very Appalachian sounding.


Thank you Samuel!
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/04/18 07:29 AM

Originally Posted By: F.M.M.
great work Josie love the vocal perfect thanks for sharing eric


Thank you Eric!
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/04/18 07:30 AM

Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Josie,

A cute idea for a song that you turned into a great story.
Your vocal ( and harmonies) sounds so comfortable and relaxed and the production ticks all the boxes.
Love that washboard!
I hope you`ll be bringing us more like this.

Robert


Thank you Robert!
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/04/18 07:32 AM

Originally Posted By: gruverider
Great story song. Love the harmonies and the vocal brake down in the second verse. Great arranging there.

much enjoyed!


Thank you Lawrence!
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/05/18 06:48 AM

Josie, Your chorus works well with the bluegrass sound/instruments. The holler/swallers rhyme is clever.
Posted by: David Snyder

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/05/18 07:00 AM


Josie,

I love everything about this!

Great arrangement, singing, production, lyrics and vocals.

Love it! A classic.
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/08/18 06:27 PM

Originally Posted By: Scott C
Loved this song Josie. Brought memories of Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. Super vocal and lyric.


Thank you Scott!
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/08/18 06:33 PM

Originally Posted By: dcuny
What a fun tune! It sounded great through my phone's speaker, which is a sign of a great mix.

I was hoping that you'd include a verse where Pa takes potshots at the suiter's feet as they try to cross the creek. wink

I enjoyed the listen!


Thank you David! Maybe I'll do the sequel one of these days.
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/08/18 06:35 PM

Originally Posted By: animarorecords
Hello, Josie

Super vocals and harmonies!
Your vocal is perfect. Really comfortable.
As trevor said, toe-tappingly good!
As Robert said, I also hope you'll be bringing us more like this.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi


Thank you Shigeki!
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/08/18 06:36 PM

Originally Posted By: RnAM
Hi Josie,

Good to have you back with such a subtle and groovy folk song.
Vocals are emotive, bright and sparkly as always.
Very good work.

Rob and Anne-Marie


Thank you Rob and Anne-Marie!
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/08/18 06:37 PM

Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
What a great tune. Very true to the genre and everything is spot on. I'm glad to see you posting again and listening to your song first thing this morning is a wonderful way to start the day.



Thank you Charlie!
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/10/18 07:02 PM

Originally Posted By: jannesan
Very nice catchy folky song with great vocals and harmonies. And those fiddles really make the sun shine smile

Janne


Thank you Janne, I really appreciate it!
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/11/18 05:10 PM

Good to hear from you again Sundance!! I heard this earlier on Soundcloud. It is really fun and creative.....a real true country feel! Vocal and mix are top notch!! Keep posting (miss you)!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Noel96

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/12/18 12:26 AM

Josie,

It's really great to see you posting a song again! I've definitely missed having you around smile

I really enjoyed this. I'd love to be able think of some of the lyrics that seem to come so effortlessly to you. Try as I might, though, they never seem to pop into my head. You're a very talented songwriter!

I'm looking forward to more smile

All the best,
Noel
Posted by: ROG

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/12/18 12:19 PM

Hi Josie,

Yes, it's REALLY good to see you posting songs again. Not been here much myself, since
the new year, but didn't want to miss your return.

This is absolutely brilliant, both in it's concept and it's execution. I smiled all
the way through. (Twice.)

A perfect backing track and wonderful vocals, with harmonies which are just inspired.

It's great to have you back and I'm looking forward to more songs from you this year.

Cheers, ROG.
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/13/18 07:25 PM

Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Josie, I loved everything about this one! Vocals/harmony are great! Your mix is excellent and you did a very good job with the instrumentation! Thanks, Torrey


Thank you Torrey! Your heaven sent encouragement was right on time.
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/13/18 07:35 PM

Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
Great to hear you again Josie. As you know we come from a long bluegrass background so this is right in our wheelhouse. Janice mentioned that the feel is a lot like The Marshall Family that we used to listen to many years ago. A very similar vocal style - nice and flowing. Your use of those RTs shows a genuine appreciation for the nuances of arranging and mixing a bluegrass based tune.

The imagery rich lyric was terrific and we really liked the stopped vocal section.

Well done!!

J&B

PS There was a foot log on our family farm to get to the best fishing spot.


Thank you Janice and Bud! I appreciate that alot.
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/13/18 07:37 PM

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Josie, Your chorus works well with the bluegrass sound/instruments. The holler/swallers rhyme is clever.


Thank you FJ!
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/13/18 07:38 PM

Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Josie,

I love everything about this!

Great arrangement, singing, production, lyrics and vocals.

Love it! A classic.


Thank you David!
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/13/18 07:40 PM

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Good to hear from you again Sundance!! I heard this earlier on Soundcloud. It is really fun and creative.....a real true country feel! Vocal and mix are top notch!! Keep posting (miss you)!! Take care. Greg


Thank you Greg! You too!
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/13/18 07:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Noel96
Josie,

It's really great to see you posting a song again! I've definitely missed having you around smile

I really enjoyed this. I'd love to be able think of some of the lyrics that seem to come so effortlessly to you. Try as I might, though, they never seem to pop into my head. You're a very talented songwriter!

I'm looking forward to more smile

All the best,
Noel


Thank you Noel! Hugs!
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/13/18 08:00 PM

Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Josie,

Yes, it's REALLY good to see you posting songs again. Not been here much myself, since
the new year, but didn't want to miss your return.

This is absolutely brilliant, both in it's concept and it's execution. I smiled all
the way through. (Twice.)

A perfect backing track and wonderful vocals, with harmonies which are just inspired.

It's great to have you back and I'm looking forward to more songs from you this year.

Cheers, ROG.


Thank you ROG! You too!
Posted by: Curt Young

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/21/18 12:20 PM

Josie,

I've been wanting to comment on this, and have neglected in doing so.

This is a very enjoyable listen... I'm a huge fan of story songs, anyway. This a well-crafted work, all the way around.
Posted by: Rob4580

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/21/18 02:22 PM

Good one Josie smile. Rob
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/27/18 07:40 PM

Originally Posted By: Curt Young
Josie,

I've been wanting to comment on this, and have neglected in doing so.

This is a very enjoyable listen... I'm a huge fan of story songs, anyway. This a well-crafted work, all the way around.


Curt! Wonderful to hear from you. Thank you so much.
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Gotta Walk The Foot Log - 03/27/18 07:44 PM

Originally Posted By: Rob4580
Good one Josie smile. Rob


Thank you Rob. I appreciate that very much.