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#455806 - 02/05/18 12:25 PM [User Showcase] That's How The Story Ends
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...or something like that.

This is some serious country music. It was intentionally kept a little more country sounding. It still rocks in a country way of course. See what you think.

I listened to Joanne Cooper's song "Diamond Blue Eyes" about a girl who can't seem to break the cycle she was stuck in with guys, and it gave me the inspiration to write this.

It's called: That's How The Story Ends

The band is:

Bass 518
Drums Nashville even 8
Guitars 362 & 365 acoustic
Fiddle 1760
Mando 1876
Steel 2540 & 2824
B3 689

All guitar fills and lead is live.
One vocal track with no layers and no harmony. (huh?)

Have a listen. Comment if you wish.

Lyrix:

I saw her walk in take a seat at the bar
order a drink,check the clock, lay down the keys to her car.
She looked like she was waiting, for someone to walk throught that door
Stares at the ring on her finger, it doesn't matter anymore.

There's a promise bout to break, it's love she can not fake
She'll tell herself again, she can keep him just as friends
welcome to the dark side, of lies and deceit.
She plays that role one more time ... that's how the story ends

She leaves her drink on the counter grabs her bag and heads to the door
with a change of mind and a change of heart, she's not playing that role anymore
there's too much to lose in a game she knows she'll never win
be careful about walking on water when the ice is so thin

There's a promise bout to break, it's love she can not fake
She'll tell herself again, she can keep him just as friends
welcome to the dark side, of lies and deceit.
She plays that role one more time ... that's how the story ends


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#455815 - 02/05/18 12:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Herb this is absolutely fantastic. Great lyrics and a super vocal along with a super mix, you have just raised the bar for country songs!

I an not a big fan of the new Nashville country but I do like country like this.

Extremely well done and it's a keeper.
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#455818 - 02/05/18 12:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: MarioD]
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Herb this is absolutely fantastic. Great lyrics and a super vocal along with a super mix, you have just raised the bar for country songs!

I an not a big fan of the new Nashville country but I do like country like this.

Extremely well done and it's a keeper.


Glad you liked it Mario. I like to listen on my cans where I can hear the details in the mix. I'm thinking you may have done that too. This took a few days to write and mix.... I was making fixes and changes up to and even after I posted it.... in fact this is the latest version.

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#455845 - 02/05/18 03:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Herb,
I enjoyed the story - details held my interest and well its real country, so we know there`s a truth coming in the chorus-you make it a good one!
I guess you could add harmonies but it has a live band sound to it this way.
I agree wth Mario-this is my kind of country.

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#455860 - 02/05/18 04:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Herb this truly is real Country Music! You always offer interesting lyrics and produce a great sound! I like the way you made use of multiple instruments coming in and out to make this one happen! Thanks, Torrey

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#455897 - 02/05/18 08:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Herb. This is just awesome. Loved the story. So glad my “Diamond Blue Eyes” inspired this great country song. When that chorus comes in it is just like sweet honey. Now you have inspired me to write a country song for FAWM. Thanks

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#455911 - 02/06/18 01:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Herb

An excellent composition. Nicely played and performed.
A good catchy chorus and really nice choices for the instrumentation.

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#455927 - 02/06/18 03:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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It's a really good tune Herb. The lyrics are pretty perfect IMO for a story song. Really good all around.

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#455971 - 02/06/18 07:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Robertkc]
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Herb,
I enjoyed the story - details held my interest and well its real country, so we know there`s a truth coming in the chorus-you make it a good one!
I guess you could add harmonies but it has a live band sound to it this way.
I agree wth Mario-this is my kind of country.

Robert


Robert, I've always been a fan of the story songs. And I really love the country that used to play in the radio in the 70's and 80's....

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#455972 - 02/06/18 07:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Herb this truly is real Country Music! You always offer interesting lyrics and produce a great sound! I like the way you made use of multiple instruments coming in and out to make this one happen! Thanks, Torrey


Thanks for listening.

The production is all in Sonar and I use automated volume envelopes in every track. It makes editing the fills and other things just so easy. And, it also lets me fade the endings perfectly.
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#455974 - 02/06/18 07:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Originally Posted By: JoanneCooper
Herb. This is just awesome. Loved the story. So glad my “Diamond Blue Eyes” inspired this great country song. When that chorus comes in it is just like sweet honey. Now you have inspired me to write a country song for FAWM. Thanks


JC.... yep, you never know what's going to spark the imagination for the next song. Sadly, I knew way to many girls with Diamond Blue Eyes through the years.

"When that chorus comes in it is just like sweet honey." I like that.... might be a song hiding in that quote somewhere.....

Thanks for commenting ...


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#455975 - 02/06/18 07:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Good stuff, Herb. Enjoyed it.


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#455976 - 02/06/18 07:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: PeterF]
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Herb

An excellent composition. Nicely played and performed.
A good catchy chorus and really nice choices for the instrumentation.

Peter


Peter, the hardest thing in mixing like I do it, is to decide what instrument to use because they all sound so good and fit so well. It takes discipline to pull those sweet tracks down.....

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#455977 - 02/06/18 07:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Ian Ferrin]
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It's a really good tune Herb. The lyrics are pretty perfect IMO for a story song. Really good all around.

Peace,

Ian


Ian, I took your advice and played the guitar on this one. I still "cheated" on the acoustics for the sake of time. Seems so hard to get free time to do what absolutely needs to be done let alone having the time to do things I like to do.

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#455978 - 02/06/18 07:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: 90 dB]
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Good stuff, Herb. Enjoyed it.


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Bob



Bob, I kind of figured you might like this.... thanks for listening.
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#455979 - 02/06/18 07:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Wow - you nailed this! It reminds of old school country from the 70's. It sounds sincere and heartfelt - you can really hear the passion in both the instrumental and the vocals. I also really found the lyrics helped push it to the next level. You did an amazing job writing this. It makes it really relatable.

Great job here, and thanks so much for sharing smile
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#455998 - 02/06/18 09:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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I don't much like country songs, but if I have to listen to one, this would be high on my list smile Beautiful melancholy melody, great arrangement and excellent mix, that bass is really strong.

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#456030 - 02/06/18 12:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Really strong lyrics most people can relate to. Nice layering of textures with the fiddle and the pedal steel. Good job.
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#456032 - 02/06/18 12:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Great country sound, excellent performance as usual.
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#456170 - 02/07/18 05:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Wow - you nailed this! It reminds of old school country from the 70's. It sounds sincere and heartfelt - you can really hear the passion in both the instrumental and the vocals. I also really found the lyrics helped push it to the next level. You did an amazing job writing this. It makes it really relatable.

Great job here, and thanks so much for sharing smile



Deryk, thanks...!! I love that old school Bob McDill composed country music.

Now that we're finally moved in at the farm and getting settled, I will have time to write and record quite a bit more than I did during last year. I was so busy moving, and getting things done here on the farm getting ready for the house and everything else that was going on..... I don't think I even turned on my DAW from late spring until the fall.....

But, I'm back..... as Jack Nicholson said in one of his movies.
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#456171 - 02/07/18 05:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: jannesan]
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I don't much like country songs, but if I have to listen to one, this would be high on my list smile Beautiful melancholy melody, great arrangement and excellent mix, that bass is really strong.

Janne


"don't much like country songs"? huh? Well, I'm glad you took the time to "choke this one down" and have a listen. I really appreciate it when folks who don't necessarily like the style and genre take the time to listen and then comment.

Yep.... the bass is strong. Perhaps a bit. I need to run ARC on my studio and get it tuned more accurately to reflect what's really going on in the mix. Moving from one studio to a new one kinda throws you off a bit. Gotta relearn this room. Thanks
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#456172 - 02/07/18 05:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: eddie1261]
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Really strong lyrics most people can relate to. Nice layering of textures with the fiddle and the pedal steel. Good job.


Eddie, thanks for listening. I appreciate it.
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#456174 - 02/07/18 05:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Sergio Guarneri]
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Great country sound, excellent performance as usual.
Sergio


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#456396 - 02/08/18 04:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Herb, I made a good living playing this kind of George Strait style country for many years. Good write and performance. The guitar adds a lot to this fine production and your editing on steel. mando,fiddle and B3 was exceptionally well done. My kind of song. Worth many listens, Tom

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#456409 - 02/08/18 06:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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For us this harkens back to that, for us, golden period of Strait, Jackson, Chesnutt, et al — and maybe a bit further back on to Gosdin.

For us it has a live “small venue” feel to it that enhances the “tears in your beer” lyric. It’s very easy to visualize sadness of the story.

The band is hittin' the note and sounds well honed - both your performances and the BiaB guys.

We enjoyed it.

J&B

PS if you ever need or want a reminder of this era check out Chesnutt’s recent album “Tradition Lives.”



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#456419 - 02/08/18 07:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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A good '70's Country sound to this. Your vocals work well for that era.

The mandolin is well placed and your guitar fills work well. A good mix here.
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#456423 - 02/08/18 07:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Good old country style song. Liked the story and nice job of putting it together. Alright!!!

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#456441 - 02/08/18 09:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Hi Herb,

What I thought after getting to the chorus first time is "David Frizell doing an Alan Jackson song". That's pretty good company in my book.

Like Tom, I enjoyed a real nice lifestyle playing lead guitar on music like this for many, many years. this is legitimate, true country. Great arrangement and delivery. loved the band!

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#456459 - 02/08/18 10:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Hi, Herb !

I liked this tune of yours
truly much ! True country
such as I´ll never be able to
produce !

You know that you are good at
this and it is your genré
would be really interesting
to hear you on other genrés
too !:))

Cheers
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#456596 - 02/09/18 06:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: tommyad]
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Herb, I made a good living playing this kind of George Strait style country for many years. Good write and performance. The guitar adds a lot to this fine production and your editing on steel. mando,fiddle and B3 was exceptionally well done. My kind of song. Worth many listens, Tom


thanks Tom, yeah, I hear ya.... there was many hours spent on dimly lit stages playing all the "good" country music that folks loved so they could slow dance for a bit.

Glad you found something in it worth a few listens.
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#456597 - 02/09/18 06:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Janice & Bud]
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For us this harkens back to that golden period of Strait, Jackson and Chesnutt — maybe a bit further to Gosdin.

It has a live “small venue” feel to it that enhances the “tears in your beer” lyric. It’s very easy to visualize the story.

And the band is fine - both your performances and the BiaB guys.

We enjoyed it.

J&B

PS if you ever need or want a reminder of this era listen to Chesnutt’s recent album “Tradition Lives.”





Thanks... I think I've seen you mention Chesnutt's Tradition Lives before. I'll need to check it out. I absolutely love "real country" music.

Thanks for listening and commenting.
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#456598 - 02/09/18 06:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: floyd jane]
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A good '70's Country sound to this. Your vocals work well for that era.

The mandolin is well placed and your guitar fills work well. A good mix here.



Thanks.... I wasn't real satisfied with my vocal performance on this but it is what it is. They're not clamoring for my vocal abilities in the Ville.

I guess My playing of the guitar has to suffice. Thanks for listening...... and commenting.
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#456599 - 02/09/18 06:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Belladonna]
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Good old country style song. Liked the story and nice job of putting it together. Alright!!!


Thanks Belladonna. This song was inspired by another recent song in the forum. Another take on the story in that song. I appreciate your comments and time to listen. THanks
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#456600 - 02/09/18 06:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Al-David]
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Hi Herb,

What I thought after getting to the chorus first time is "David Frizell doing an Alan Jackson song". That's pretty good company in my book.

Like Tom, I enjoyed a real nice lifestyle playing lead guitar on music like this for many, many years. this is legitimate, true country. Great arrangement and delivery. loved the band!

Alan


AL DAvid.... yep... that would indeed be excellent company. Thanks for listening and commenting... I appreciate it.
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#456602 - 02/09/18 06:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: dani48]
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Hi, Herb !

I liked this tune of yours
truly much ! True country
such as I´ll never be able to
produce !

You know that you are good at
this and it is your genré
would be really interesting
to hear you on other genrés
too !:))

Cheers
Dani



Dani.....

somebody once told me .... "Never say Never" almost anything is possible if you work on it. Things just don't generally magically happen, we have to lay the groundwork and put in the time to make it happen.

Regarding hearing me other genre's...... hold on to your hat.... there's an individual here in this forum putting something together that is going to be really interesting. I'm playing guitar on this particular project.... I don't know the time frame.... but it's actively working it's way through the process. It's probably one of the larger forumite collabs..... there's a number of players, writers, and producers on this, all from this forum. So.... keep watching.

Thanks for listening.
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#457492 - 02/14/18 02:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Herb,

This is really excellent - I love the way you handled the vocal here - very straightforward and kept it uncomplicated.

The interplay between the mandolin, fiddle and B3 is perfect - really sets the right tone.

Much enjoyed.

Bob
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#457679 - 02/15/18 08:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: rsdean]
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Herb,

This is really excellent - I love the way you handled the vocal here - very straightforward and kept it uncomplicated.

The interplay between the mandolin, fiddle and B3 is perfect - really sets the right tone.

Much enjoyed.

Bob


Bob... I almost missed this.... thanks for listening... I'm glad you enjoyed this tune
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#457776 - 02/16/18 01:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Very nice, Herb, I like country songs that tell a story. Great hearing that live guitar in there too, that kicks it up a notch IMHO.
Mix sounds well balanced too, I'm listening on my studio headphones here.
Good to see you posting songs again!
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#457778 - 02/16/18 01:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Hi Herb.

Very wholesome reassuring lyrics in the style that you do so well.
Super quality like all your songs.

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#457786 - 02/16/18 04:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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This is nice and done very well vocals/track.

This is where some win a watch with BIAB as the strongest genre in BIAB is the country/cowboy/hillbilly one.

There are those who will argue against what I'm saying, but be truthful it is and always will be, harder to do songs in other genres and if you don't come from certain parts of the world (accent etc.).

Then you wouldn't do country/cowboy/hillbilly and sound good would you now..!
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#458011 - 02/17/18 02:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Herb,

Very nice authentic country touch!
Love the mandolin.

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#458105 - 02/18/18 02:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Wonderful write. And filled with tasteful flourishes. Production is top notch.

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#458205 - Yesterday at 06:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Very nice, Herb, I like country songs that tell a story. Great hearing that live guitar in there too, that kicks it up a notch IMHO.
Mix sounds well balanced too, I'm listening on my studio headphones here.
Good to see you posting songs again!


I mixed this primarily on my Yamaha cans then checked it later on the reference speakers. I love the sound in the cans. It's good to have the time again to write and record.... hopefully this year will allow me the time to get some studio time on a regular basis.

Glad you like this.
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#458207 - Yesterday at 07:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: RichMac]
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Originally Posted By: RichMac
Hi Herb.

Very wholesome reassuring lyrics in the style that you do so well.
Super quality like all your songs.

Cheers.


Thanks Rich. I like to write positive songs every now and then...
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#458210 - Yesterday at 07:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: beatmaster]
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Originally Posted By: beatmaster
This is nice and done very well vocals/track.

This is where some win a watch with BIAB as the strongest genre in BIAB is the country/cowboy/hillbilly one.

There are those who will argue against what I'm saying, but be truthful it is and always will be, harder to do songs in other genres and if you don't come from certain parts of the world (accent etc.).

Then you wouldn't do country/cowboy/hillbilly and sound good would you now..!



Beatmaster.... thanks for listening and commenting.

You're correct about a few of those comments. National accents are a factor, and if you're not familiar with a genre, yep... it can be hard to do it justice. However, you can study that genre and practice writing in the style/genre and get good at it regardless of your home country. Among other things, I write for film and TV and have a number of placements, but I don't try to write for rap and hip hop listings because I'm not a student of those styles and genres and if I did attempt it, the results would be less than stellar so I concentrate on the things I know and what I'm relatively good at doing. As a result I end up with a lot of my material being reviewed and some of those get placements.

BB can do many different genre's exceptionally well.... rock, country, bluegrass, funk, soul, new age and more. It goes back to what I said above... you have to know the genre and how it's written and put together in order to use BB effectively.

I've heard some really well done jazz, rock, folk, country, bluegrass, and some other styles and genre's here in the forum. We don't get a lot of funk or soul or new age, and almost no hip hop or rap.... but I have no doubt it can be done effectively with BB.

It's all dependent upon you knowing the genre well enough and knowing how to use BB effectively in that genre.
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#458211 - Yesterday at 07:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: RnAM]
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Herb,

Very nice authentic country touch!
Love the mandolin.

Rob and Anne-Marie


Thanks for listening. That was a BB/RB real track mando. I love the sound of a mandolin and have one.... but I don't often play it. Mainly due to a lack of time or being in a hurry..... it's quicker to do a RT mando... it takes a few seconds to render..... vs, setting up a mic, tuning the mando, and figuring out a decent part.... then recording it. Could easily be an hour or three.....

real tracks make me lazy.....
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#458212 - Yesterday at 07:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: That's How The Story Ends [Re: gruverider]
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Wonderful write. And filled with tasteful flourishes. Production is top notch.

much enjoyed!


Thanks for the listen.... I think the production part of this is one of my favorite things to do...... but I also love the playing of the guitar, the writing of the lyrics and music, the recording of the tracks..... etc....
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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.

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 is Here!

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 is here! PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 includes many new features and enhancements:

Windows Audio (WASAPI) driver support. This allows for low latency audio recording/playback without requiring ASIO. Note that this supports 1 stereo input plus 1 stereo output at a time. For multiple inputs/outputs, you should continue to use either MME or ASIO.

ABC Notation format support. You can save a track of notation in a popular ASCII text format to import into other programs, or you can paste this format into a user forum as a way of sending the track (usually the melody and chord symbols) to other users without having to attach a file.

The built-in Audio Chord Wizard detection in the Chords window automatically detects the chords of the song, based on the audio data from all non-muted audio tracks. This works similar to the standalone Audio Chord Wizard, except that it uses the current bar lines of the existing song.

Notation Enhancements:
-X/8 time signature support. This is a special method of displaying 6/8, 9/8, or 12/8 time signatures in the Notation window.
-The Duplicate previous chord in notation right-click menu lets you quickly duplicate the previous chord (group of notes on same peg) without having to reenter it.
-Delete highlighted notes in notation right-click menu lets you delete all highlighted notes.
-Delete all notes on this peg in notation right-click menu lets you delete all notes on the nearest peg that was clicked on.
-You can now enter Section Numbers. Previously, you could enter letters (A-Z) only, but now you can also enter numbers (1-9).

...a full list of the new features in PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 is available at http://www.pgmusic.com/powertracks.features.htm

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#TBT - The Beginning of Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box®

We released the much-loved Xtra Styles PAKs in August 2016! This release included 164 RealStyles for Jazz, Country, Rock-Pop, and Singer/Songwriter and worked with any Band-in-a-Box® 2016 or higher UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition!

Xtra Styles PAKs were such a hit... we couldn't stop making them! Since their introduction, we've released 3 more PAKs with a total of over 600 Xtra Styles in all!

Want to hear what other program users are doing with their Xtra Styles? Visit our Xtra STyles Contests forum to hear all the songs submitted during previous song contest we've had: http://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=102&page=1

Learn more about Xtra Styles PAKs and listen to their demos at http://www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=win.

Band-in-a-Box® Customer Feedback - Feel The Love!

Check out some great feedback we've received on our Facebook account from program users:

"I have been using Band-in-a-Box for years. It is the anchor of my music gigs as well as my fun in my studio. I have used other software but Band-in-a-Box is my main go to."
-Jack T.

"Love Band-in-a-Box. As someone who played professionally for 20 years and retired from live performing years ago, I still love music. Band-in-a-Box allows me to create fun arrangements which I can sing over or play over. There are THOUSANDS of different variations plus you can enter any chords you like and create any chart. It's also great for creating background tracks for videos and audio content for websites, training etc. And like everything else in the world . . . it may not be right for everyone. For those who love music and don't have the time to shed five or six instruments it's way cool."
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"The premiere reason for me for buying this program; it has given me the freedom to fully complete the foundation for my songs without the confinement of limited minded musicians. After the song concept is complete, it can then be presented those musicians to play as a cover song. Also writing a song with a band gives them partial ownership of your idea... not cool... especially since they may have fought your idea every step of the way.. Every member of an organized band should own a copy of this program to compose or to even give legitimate composition alternatives to the original songwriter."
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Thanks everyone!

Support for ABC Notation Format in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows!

ABC notation is the simple text-based notation system used by musicians worldwide to store chords, melody, and lyrics of songs. Now with Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows you can open and save songs in ABC notation format!

To save the song in ABC notation format, press the [Save As] toolbar button and choose Save as ABC notation file from the menu. Once opened, select a track that you want to save and choose your other criteria - The [Copy to clipboard] button will copy the file to the clipboard (that you can then paste it into other programs). The [Save as File] button will let you type a name and select the destination in your hard drive.

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