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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


Edited by Guitarhacker (02/05/18 12:27 PM)
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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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Originally Posted By: MarioD
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.

Thanks
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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.

Robert

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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.

Peter

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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.

Peace,

Ian
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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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Originally Posted By: Robertkc
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....

Thanks for listening
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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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Originally Posted By: Ian Ferrin
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.

Thanks for dropping in on this
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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.


Regards,


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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