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#416552 - 06/05/17 05:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Natural Partners [Re: PeterF]
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Originally Posted By: David Snyder
Hey Floyd,

Great song.

In terms of production, overall sound and relationship to storytelling giants this reminded me a lot of Dan Fogelberg.

So much so, I feel I could go to one of this albums, put on the needle and hear his.

Probably one of your best productions yet, and very 70s in its sound and arrangement--and I mean that as a high compliment.

Awesome job.


Thank you, Mr. Snyder... I had forgotten about Fogelberg... he was a good storyteller, too - though I did not spend a lot of time listening to (or "studying", since that is how I approached a lot of these writers) his catalogue. Had one of his early records...






Originally Posted By: PeterF
Floyd,

Great song and vocal excellent story telling - I can hear the Fogelberg that David mentions.
From the production point of view I see you've used 2 violins a cello and a midi string section and it sounds really nice - well done!
Gets better each play.

Peter



Thanks, Peter... The violins and cello are mixed in with the midi string section at fairly low levels in order to give movement (and "reality") to the strings... just one more GREAT thing about BIAB...
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#416734 - 06/06/17 05:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Natural Partners [Re: Al-David]
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Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
Really excellent delivery here Floyd. As usual, your arrangements are first class, and this is no exception.

Your intention to tell a story has certainly been achieved.

Consider this story 'told'



Appreciate that, Trev!


Originally Posted By: Al-David
Originally Posted By: Scott C
This was very cool song Floyd I swore I was watching a movie while listening to the lyrics . Backtrack was so complimentary to your vocal Well done


Alan here - Di is not feeling well
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Scott pretty much took the thoughts straight from my mind. This is a three-and-a-half minute movie that tells a two-hour story - and tells it superbly. Your writing created all the images necessary - camera not needed.

You're a musical wizard. It seems all you have to do is pick up a pen and magic ink takes over. You open your mouth and vocal excellence falls out with no effort. You turn a "knob" on the mixing gear and suddenly some words and notes become an audio masterpiece. By the way - I liked the song!

The name that came to mind after the first verse and chorus was Tom T. Hall, probably the greatest story-teller in many decades.

Another "Floyd song".

Alan (I'm sure Di would want me to say "Hi" on her behalf)


Thanks, Alan. Hope that Di is feeling better. Appreciate all the nice comments... No question Tom T. is one of the great story tellers...
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#416742 - 06/06/17 07:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: Natural Partners [Re: floyd jane]
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I'm growing up listening to a lot of songwriting story tellers.
John Prine, Steve Goodman, Danny O'Keefe, Randy Newman.
Jim Croce, Paul Simon, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joel.
Cat Stevens, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, Bruce Sprinsteen.
Joni Mitchell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Janis Ian, Gordon Lightfoot.
Tom Waits. Harry Chapin. Floyd Jane.(The masters...) That may sound like some smart arse, trying to be funny remark. It's not. I mean it!

This song is beautiful Floyd. You know exactly what to put at the right time. The percussion comes in to move things forward in a sensible way. The strings give it the warm lift at the perfect moment. The interplay between the piano and guitar is gorgeous!

It's timeless.

Thank you for writing and sharing this.


Edited by HearToLearn (06/06/17 07:46 PM)
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#416798 - 06/07/17 05:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: Natural Partners [Re: floyd jane]
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I enjoyed the story especially as I've just returned to ballroom dancing. Here in Hong Kong, about 10 years back the daughter of one of the powers in HSBC sued a dance teacher for the return of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Ballroom dancing can be big money in Asia. Great topic, great song and I enjoyed it. Check out the original Japanese Movie "Shall we Dance" for a big laugh.



Edited by lambada (06/07/17 05:20 AM)
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#416869 - 06/07/17 03:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: Natural Partners [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: tommyad
This is an amazing write on a difficult subject handled with great care and skill. A terrific vocal delivery. The bridge is great. The strings are excellent. The nylon guitar fits really well. Great choice of percussion. It is a testament to your arranging how well all the real tracks work together. Perfect mix. Another one in a long list of winners. Superb,Tom


Well, Tom... in a few sentences you cover ALL the things that I think are important. So if I go those right, how could I not be pleased. Thanks for a wonderful review. Warmed my heart...



Originally Posted By: rsdean
Floyd,

I think this is a new favorite for me... I really love the song and production, but your voice and delivery is truly outstanding - there is a quiet restraint to your vocal that really brings this song home.

Excellent!

Bob


Thanks, Bob. That means a lot to me...

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#417032 - 06/09/17 07:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Natural Partners [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: 90 dB
Originally Posted By: tommyad
This is an amazing write on a difficult subject handled with great care and skill. A terrific vocal delivery. The bridge is great. The strings are excellent. The nylon guitar fits really well. Great choice of percussion. It is a testament to your arranging how well all the real tracks work together. Perfect mix. Another one in a long list of winners. Superb,Tom



What he said.

Regards,

Lefty


I certainly don't mind having that repeated... Thanks, Robert...
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#417146 - 06/10/17 05:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: Natural Partners [Re: rayc]
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Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
"This is a three-and-a-half minute movie that tells a two-hour story - and tells it superbly. " Man, did Al ever sum it up with that.

You could be scat singing the melody and it would still be a lovely and remarkably well arranged/produced song. But the subject matter takes it to another realm. We think very, very few writers (good writers) could read the history of these predators and then manage to so powerfully create a lyric.

For us it's thought provoking on two levels, firstly, the exposure to a tragic scenario we never knew existed and all the implications of it and, secondly, the song writing process behind it. I can readily think of situations that I've encountered or read about in my life - some of which perhaps "deserve" to be told - but the song writing skill necessary to accomplish this will likely forever elude me.

Well done on so many levels.

J&B


I appreciate such a nice review. I'd have to say... you are pretty good at "seeing" a situation and applying it to song...


Originally Posted By: rayc
REALLY fabulous. Your voice and the narrative are the stars.


Thanks, ray....
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#417291 - 06/11/17 07:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Natural Partners [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Floyd, this is simply great songwriting! You have presented us with a very large body of work, but in my humble opinion, this is one of your very best! You should be proud of this one! Also, lets not forget James Taylor in that list of writers. I could hear subtle hints of his influence in the music bed of this one. Two thumbs up! Torrey


Thanks, Torrey, that is much appreciated... JT influenced me as much as any did... though I never thought of him as a "story teller writer" - more a "song guy"...




Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
I grew up listening to a lot of songwriting story tellers.
John Prine, Steve Goodman, Danny O'Keefe, Randy Newman.
Jim Croce, Paul Simon, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joel.
Cat Stevens, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, Bruce Sprinsteen.
Joni Mitchell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Janis Ian, Gordon Lightfoot.
Tom Waits. Harry Chapin. (The masters...)

I heard Alan Shamblin once say that he liked to feed his brain with great music. He said the computer science guys at his college said "garbage in, garbage out". So apparently, Floyd fed his brain with great music, and great music comes out. This is BEAUTIFUL!!! Such a pretty melody, and a sad story delivered with wonderful craft. AND, what a great use of BIAB. If I worked at PG music, I would ask Floyd for permission to use this to market the product- "This is what this product is capable of in the right hands". This is masterful!! It belongs on the PG wall of fame! Great one Floyd! Take care. Greg


Greg - thanks for such a wonderful review... any time you get a chance to sit around listening to guys like Alan talk about songwriting, it is time well spent...
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#417437 - 06/12/17 05:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: Natural Partners [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: edshaw
Top shelf, Floyd. Gut wrenching, to think....


Thanks, Ed...


Originally Posted By: RnAM
Floyd,

Beautiful, engaged lyrics.
And again, that Garth Brooks sound we love!

Rob and Anne-Marie

Appreciate that, y'all...
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#417550 - 06/12/17 02:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Natural Partners [Re: HearToLearn]
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Originally Posted By: HearToLearn
I'm growing up listening to a lot of songwriting story tellers.
John Prine, Steve Goodman, Danny O'Keefe, Randy Newman.
Jim Croce, Paul Simon, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joel.
Cat Stevens, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, Bruce Sprinsteen.
Joni Mitchell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Janis Ian, Gordon Lightfoot.
Tom Waits. Harry Chapin. Floyd Jane.(The masters...) That may sound like some smart arse, trying to be funny remark. It's not. I mean it!

This song is beautiful Floyd. You know exactly what to put at the right time. The percussion comes in to move things forward in a sensible way. The strings give it the warm lift at the perfect moment. The interplay between the piano and guitar is gorgeous!

It's timeless.

Thank you for writing and sharing this.


Caaron - You've left me speechless - so I'll just say - Thanks for listening and making such nice comments....
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#417619 - 06/13/17 05:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: Natural Partners [Re: lambada]
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Originally Posted By: lambada
I enjoyed the story especially as I've just returned to ballroom dancing. Here in Hong Kong, about 10 years back the daughter of one of the powers in HSBC sued a dance teacher for the return of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Ballroom dancing can be big money in Asia. Great topic, great song and I enjoyed it. Check out the original Japanese Movie "Shall we Dance" for a big laugh.



lambada - Thanks for dropping in for a listen... I sometimes wonder if this type thing still goes on... probably, somewhere.. I haven't seen a dance school for many years... hope you are enjoying yours...
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#417826 - 06/14/17 01:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: Natural Partners [Re: floyd jane]
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hi Floyd awesome work great write just blows me away how you do that very engaging vocals mix ever thing perfect thanks for sharing eric

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#417884 - 06/15/17 05:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: Natural Partners [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd, how do I get to the song? I don't see it on your page.

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#417885 - 06/15/17 05:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: Natural Partners [Re: 2bSolo]
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Originally Posted By: F.M.M.
hi Floyd awesome work great write just blows me away how you do that very engaging vocals mix ever thing perfect thanks for sharing eric


Thanks, Eric.





Originally Posted By: 2bSolo
Floyd, how do I get to the song? I don't see it on your page.


There is a link in the original post - The big, blue title...

otherwise, try this:

https://soundcloud.com/floydjane/natural-partners

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PG Music News
Beginners Help - Muting the Melody Notation

Visit our Beginners Forum, and you'll notice our amazing Forum Community helping out new program users!

Like this recent post regarding Muting the Melody Notation: http://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=458716 - Forum user Matt Finley did a great job of answering the new program user!

Our Beginners Forum really is a great resource for new program users!

Q: When I have entered chords and notation for a song, is it possible to mute the notation and just have the chords playing? This would be helpful for when I just want the chord backing track but want to read the notation.

A: There are several ways to do this. The easiest is probably to use the Mixer window and change the volume slider to zero for the Melody track. Or, hit the Mute icon on the Mixer for the Melody Track.

Another way, with more control rather than all or nothing, is to press F5 at the measure where you want to mute, and select mute or change the volume to zero. Later, press F5 and select Return to Normal, or change the volume back.

Introducing... RealTracks Artists David Wise & Shelly Justice!

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David and Shelly have recorded with many different artists, including CeCe Winans, Dolly Parton, Don Henley, Donnie McClurkin, Jeremy Camp, Lady Antebellum, OneRepublic, Steve Green, and more!

RealTrack Set 278: Shiny Vocals Oohs and Aahs includes a three-part, six-voice arrangement – which you can use all together in your song or individually for more delicate textures! Listen to the demos for RealTracks Set 278 here.

Purchase RealTrack Set 278: Shiny Vocals Oohs and Aahs for just $29 here. It's also included in the Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows PlusPAK, UltraPAK, and Audiophile Edition.

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#TechTipTuesday - Band-in-a-Box® Patch Updates

If you're ever experiencing an issue with your Band-in-a-Box program, make sure you have the most recent patch update for your version - this can be done at http://www.pgmusic.com/support.updates.win.htm.

Patch updates are released frequently, and are created by our development team to fix any reported bugs, tweak existing features within the program, update demos and other files as needed, and more!

To find out which version of the program you have, visit Help | About Band-in-a-Box within the program. You will see the full version number listing as:
Band-in-a-Box® for Windows
Version 2018 (512)

The number in parentheses is the build number. As you can see, my Band-in-a-Box is up to date and will continue to stay that way because I've selected "Automatically check for updates every 7 days" within the Help | Check for Updates.... option (you can set the number of days to a different number). This window will also look to see if you're version is up to date, so you don't technically have to visit http://www.pgmusic.com/support.updates.win.htm if you didn't want to!

Once you've installed your patch update (make sure the program is closed when you're doing this), give it another try - if you are still experiencing the same issue you can report it by contacting us directly, or you can post your result to the Forum thread that also announces the patch update, like our recent Band-in-a-Box 2018 Build 512 Update (Feb 15) post.

YouTube Find - How To Play SLOW A7 BLUES Guitar Solo With 4 NOTES

Check out one of EricBlackmonGuitar's latest videos, How To Play SLOW A7 BLUES Guitar Solo With 4 NOTES and you'll hear a great Band-in-a-Box backing track!

http://www.pgmusic.com/?vid=blJPIX-9YbE

...and you'll also learn how to play blues with just a few notes!

A Little Bit Of Me Music Video!

A great music video created by forum user Floyd Jane! https://youtu.be/qPrejgnwb4M?t=3600

This song was featured in a detailed "The Birth of a Song" video created by Floyd Jane - watch the complete video here:
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RealBand 2018 Build 5 Update Available!

RealBand 2018 customers can download the latest free patch update here: http://www.pgmusic.com/support.realband.htm#2018_5

Summary of Changes for Build 5
Added: When generating the input file for saving as an MGU/SGU SongMode128= is saved to the input file.
Added: Localization support for 2018.
Added: flyby hints to new dialogs.
Fixed: Save As with a filename greater than 128 chars could cause an error 123 plus access violation.
Fixed: Rebooting RealBand after a filename with 128 chars was saved could cause an access violation.
Fixed: Pressing the Change button in the Event List Window could result in an access violation if an event was not a Note event.
Fixed: When running in Win 10, and using BBW or PT to generate audio harmonies, an error would occur saying that you need BB 2011 or PT 12 to generate audio harmonies.
Fixed: Midi Thru Method was not being saved to the .INI file. It always reverting to Track-Specific when booting up RealBand, even if the user manually changed the setting to Global in the Midi Thru Settings dialog.
Fixed: Delete All Notes on This Peg menu item in notation window right-click menu was missing.
Fixed: Potential crash on exit (having to do with the DLL attempting to free up a dynamic array that was passed to it).

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Build 512 Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows customers can download the latest free patch update here: www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#512

Summary of changes for Build 512 since 510 (Feb 15 2018):
Fixed: "Load SoundTrack Song" and "Load song with RealDrums Audio" buttons in the Sound Track dialog were not working.
Fixed: After returning Band-in-a-Box to factory settings the File Open dialog would default to the bb\Data\Lib directory.
Fixed: Choosing a custom chord sheet font would ignore any color choice made in the font selection dialog.
Fixed: Drum names were sometimes truncated in the RealDrums MultiDrums and Quicklist dialogs.
Fixed: Exporting a MIDI file might cause the error, "MIDIConv.exe no found".
Fixed: Mixer changes were not undoable, and would not cause user to be prompted to save their song when exiting.
Fixed: Static in RT2438 and other various RealTracks fixes.
Fixed: StylePicker database various updates. Some styles were displaying the wrong feel (swing/even) in notation. A few styles incorrectly showed missing Drums.
Fixed: The audio latency setting would increase every time leaving the Windows Audio Devices dialog.
Fixed: The Download Manager folder name defaulted to 2016 instead of 2018.
Updated: Help file.

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