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#455298 - 02/02/18 11:36 AM [User Showcase] LOVE BITTER BLUES
Torrey Bliss Offline

Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 1187
Loc: Missouri

A silly little bluesy love song. Had a lot of fun doing this one and I hope someone likes it! Thanks again PG Music for helping me get my ideas into a tangible form!

Bass - 1845 Electric Country Boogie SW 110
Drums - Funk Swing
Piano - 1854 Acoustic Rhythm Country Boogie SW 110
Acoustic Guitar - 1795 Dixieland Medium SW 110
Organ - 425 B3 Background Blues SW 120
Guitar - 953 Electric Rhythm Country Boogie Clean SW 110

Electric Guitar Lead and Rhythm

Edited by Torrey Bliss (02/02/18 03:49 PM)

#455338 - 02/02/18 04:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: LOVE BITTER BLUES [Re: Torrey Bliss]
PeterF Offline

Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 1892
Loc: Sydney Australia
A damn fine - "silly little bluesy love song"....
Sophisticated, clever and interesting. Great vocal arrangement and some excellent guitar playing - loved the octave section.


#455339 - 02/02/18 04:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: LOVE BITTER BLUES [Re: Torrey Bliss]
Noel96 Offline

Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 12628
Loc: Australia

There's a clarity to this production that is incredible. Right from the start, the sound was crisp and crystal clear. It made me sit up and pay attention.

Your singing is great and the song is really entertaining. I didn't hear anything 'silly' about this at all. What I head was talent shining brightly in every direction.

All the best,

#455383 - 02/03/18 04:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: LOVE BITTER BLUES [Re: PeterF]
BlueAttitude Offline

Registered: 11/30/07
Posts: 1105
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: PeterF
A damn fine - "silly little bluesy love song"....
Sophisticated, clever and interesting. Great vocal arrangement and some excellent guitar playing - loved the octave section.


Yes, pretty much exactly what I was thinking.

I loved this one, outstanding!!

Edited by BlueAttitude (02/03/18 12:28 PM)
Edit Reason: Typo

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#455392 - 02/03/18 06:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: LOVE BITTER BLUES [Re: Torrey Bliss]
floyd jane Offline

Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 5552
Loc: Florida

This is REALLY nice. A terrific Pop write. Awesome melody (you are SO god at that!).

Your vocal on this is exceptional - one of your best, I think.

Nice production and mix. Super guitar.

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#455430 - 02/03/18 09:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: LOVE BITTER BLUES [Re: Torrey Bliss]
F.M.M. Offline

Registered: 12/26/11
Posts: 1077
hi torrey wow this is great peace great vocal mixed so clear excellent work. and great guitar chops thanks for sharing eric

#455441 - 02/03/18 09:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: LOVE BITTER BLUES [Re: Torrey Bliss]
Robertkc Offline

Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 1252
A very Beatles sounding blues - maybe a bit looser than the arrangements on your recent songs, but still so catchy (to my ears you own that adjective when it comes to song melody!),
Nice to hear your lead guitar in a different style and the vocal is one of your best.


#455452 - 02/03/18 11:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: LOVE BITTER BLUES [Re: Torrey Bliss]
Scott C Offline

Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 2843
Loc: Edmonton, Ab, Canada
My kind of blues Torrey. Super guitar with a super vocal. Loved your phrasing. Very cool. Harmonies were exceptional
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#455453 - 02/03/18 11:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: LOVE BITTER BLUES [Re: Torrey Bliss]
Deryk - PG Music Offline
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Registered: 02/15/17
Posts: 700
Wow - you nailed this, Torrey! I can't get over how well produced this sounds. I wouldn't flinch hearing this on the radio. The harmonies on the chorus are superb, and overall it's just a very well written song. Not to mention, that groove is great! It had my foot tapping within a few bars.

Great work, and thanks so much for sharing smile

#455466 - 02/03/18 12:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: LOVE BITTER BLUES [Re: Torrey Bliss]
RnAM Offline

Registered: 05/02/14
Posts: 2918
Loc: The Netherlands
Wow Torrey, this really is a great bluesy song!
Very cool vocals and the guitar sounds so good!
Your best!

Rob and Anne-Marie
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#455560 - 02/04/18 07:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: LOVE BITTER BLUES [Re: PeterF]
Torrey Bliss Offline

Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 1187
Loc: Missouri
Thanks Peter!? I really appreciate that! T

#455671 - 02/04/18 06:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: LOVE BITTER BLUES [Re: Noel96]
Torrey Bliss Offline

Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 1187
Loc: Missouri
Thanks Noel for those kind comments! I appreciate it! T

#455674 - 02/04/18 06:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: LOVE BITTER BLUES [Re: Torrey Bliss]
Steve Young Offline

Registered: 06/17/10
Posts: 1589
Loc: Canyon Lake, TX
Really nice, Torrey! Great guitar work, and your vocals shine as always. Very well written, and I particularly like the progression.

Steve Young
"In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of." - Robert Schumann

#455718 - 02/05/18 06:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: LOVE BITTER BLUES [Re: Torrey Bliss]
David Snyder Offline

Registered: 08/29/14
Posts: 3184
Loc: North Carolina

I don't have have time to write down everything I like about this. It is classic pop rock in the Style of Steely Dan. Magnificent chord progression and jazz soloing. Great vocals and harmonies--totally pro.

Loved it man. You are a true artist!!

David Snyder
Audiophile Everything + Studio + Instruments + Fingers

#455728 - 02/05/18 07:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: LOVE BITTER BLUES [Re: Torrey Bliss]
Janice & Bud Offline

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5227
Silly? Little? Hahahaha!

What so many would give to be able to write and perform and arrange and mix a song like that.

Posters have already thrown accolades at the progression, the write and the performances on vocals and guitar.

We'll only add that this is the kind of bluesy production that can also serve to draw new listeners into the blues...yes to us it's the blues but it has a light and very cool pop vibe to it. Heck maybe that's why people mentioned Steely Dan - but not having listened to them what would we know? Well, we know this is a great production and a wonderful addition to our SC favs playlist.

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