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#439812 - 11/23/17 05:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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You the man FJ.
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#440010 - 11/23/17 03:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: PeterF]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF

A wonderful piece of storytelling.
The music sits perfectly behind the lyric with your trademark delivery.
Lovely mix and full of superb lines and touches.


I could quote all the praise of listeners so far- Peter sums up my thoughts well.
This is the best song I`ve heard about "bums" ( we called them tramps in the UK) since Ralph McTell`s Streets of London.
Going back for another liten to all that streetwise wisdom!


#440122 - 11/24/17 12:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Registered: 05/11/15
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Hello, floyd

There is a deep taste of the folk song in this tune.
I like your rock vocals very much, but this song is also very nice.
How to use RealTracks is really wonderful.
Particularly Mandolin, Soloist CountryAndy Ev 165.
And as always, your vocals are noteworthy.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

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#440174 - 11/24/17 05:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: ROG]
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Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Floyd.

The number of instruments in your track list belies the wonderful open feel of the arrangement.
I expected something more intense and involved, but was enthralled as the track evolved.

Terrific story. I think that the hardest thing to achieve in life is just being happy
and as I look around I don't see that the people with money and possessions are always the
best at that.

Loved the whole thing. As professional as always and a super mix. Particularly liked the
stereo on this one - big without sounding artificial.

One of your best. (Though I still like your heavier side!)

Cheers, ROG.

ROG - thanks for all of that. Really appreciate it...
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#440441 - 11/25/17 04:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Wow - I thoroughly enjoyed this, Floyd. I love how vivid your storytelling is here. There's some seriously great lyrics here. I almost feel like the lack of a chorus made it hit even harder. It's a fantastically written song.

You should be very proud of this one - thanks so much for sharing smile

Nice of you to say, Deryk... Thanks.
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#440447 - 11/25/17 04:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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I like it very much Floyd.
As someone said, the lack of chorus may seem odd at first, but it does add power to the storytelling element.
Great job. Wow.
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#440707 - 11/26/17 06:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Did we just hear a lost Prine write?

Never noticed the lack of a chorus as the arrangement is perfect for the story and supporting imagery.

The build and variety of instruments is extremely effective and indicative of a heckuva mix.

The vocal was perfect and full of, as Janice said, “richness.”

Many singer songwriters would be delighted to have one or two tunes like this in their repertoire but, man, you are a cornucopia!


PS We used to talk to an elderly lady, Pearl, who much reminds us of your story.
Never grow's a trap.
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#440863 - 11/26/17 05:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Registered: 12/21/13
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Loc: Davis, CA
A BIG WOOOOOOOOOW!!!! This is just great storytelling! I was first struck by the line David referenced. BUT, the whole song is so beautifully put together. Brilliant writing! The repetition of the verse structure as the story unfolds just tangles the listener into the story. Reminds me of something by Jerry Jeff or Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone. The arrangement is PERFECT! And the vocal is exactly the right tone for the story. In the LP days, this would be a first or last song on one side of the Best of Floyd Jane. Awesome Floyd!!! Take care. Greg

#441021 - 11/27/17 03:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: 44kfl]
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Originally Posted By: 44kfl

"the state of the world for a crutch"

that's a line that I wish I'd written

the entire song is a super write and shows great storytelling ability

I instantly fell in love with that acoustic bluegrass Doc soloist

easy flowing, takes you along gently painting images

makes you want to hear it again as soon as it ends

"I could've been rich if I wanted"

even if he could not have, his experiences made him

wonderful mix

as always, I enjoyed this very much


Thanks, Kenny. Can't think of anything I like to hear more than a writer like you say "...that's a line that I wish I'd written"... Really appreciate that... your stuff has been blowing me away...
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#441031 - 11/27/17 04:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: Ember - PG Music]
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Loc: Florida
Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
I think that this song is probably my new favourite from you. Victoria has a pretty high homeless population (perhaps because it is so temperate year round; some also choose it as a lifestyle), so this song hits pretty close to home and almost moved me to tears. There is so much that we will never understand that they go through on a daily basis, and I feel like this song gives us a small glimpse in to what it's like.

Thanks for making and sharing this song with us! <3

I appreciate that, Ember. Glad you liked the song. Indeed, there are far more (obvious) homeless these days. Far too many.
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#441152 - 11/28/17 05:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: David Snyder]
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Loc: Florida
Originally Posted By: David Snyder
All the lines are great, but these are genius:

his hands were swollen and bleeding
his stories as raw as they come
his whole life a matter of waiting to hear
he traveled the world on a thumb


Great song, Floyd. Kinda reminds me of Mr. Bojangles.

I have a story kind of like this. The result of it was REM's third album. Maybe I will tell it later.


Happy Thanksgiving.

Bojangles was a classic. Looking forward to hearing that REM story...
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#441207 - 11/28/17 08:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Registered: 05/12/12
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Loc: South Africa
Ah floyd. This is just lovely. Sell you a story for a cigarette. Great line.
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#441236 - 11/28/17 10:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Loc: South Carolina
Great story over a top notch arrangement. The entire musical bed is outstanding. It really holds my interest. Enjoyed this a lot and for some reason the bass had my attention throughout the song. It really fit the vibe of the song. A good story of life, and a bit in the vein of "Wrong Mailbox"

Good song by every measure.

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#441348 - 11/28/17 04:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: floyd jane]
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Registered: 07/11/15
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Loc: Missouri
This is great Floyd! What a story teller you are! Top level Singing/writing/production and I mean it!!! Veteran musicians have some of the best tales to tell! Thanks, Torrey

#441420 - 11/28/17 08:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Bum [Re: Joe -PG Music]
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Loc: Florida
Originally Posted By: Joe -PG Music
Hi Floyd Jane, well done on this! I found the vocals quite captivating and an excellent groove with this. The Mandolin is a great touch too!

Thanks for having a listen, Joe.
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The idea for this project came about when many members on this forum and elsewhere were asking questions about the song writing process. There are many aspects, and many parts of it necessary to create a song, get it arranged, performed, and then published on the internet. So we asked the great songwriter Floyd Jane, who is a regular member on this forum, if he could help. Floyd agreed and was even able to collaborate with other forum members, Janice and Bud. The result is this video we put together that you can see on YouTube or Facebook, called "The Birth of a Song (w/Floyd Jane)".

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