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#460266 - 03/03/18 05:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Wow - what a tune! There isn't anything I didn't enjoy about this. It's wonderfully catchy, got a great groove, and both of your vocal performances are seriously on point. I'm getting a Highwayman sort of vibe here - which is definitely a good thing in my books. It showcases a clear understanding of songwriting, and is overall just a great tune.

Great work, and thanks for sharing smile


Thanks Deryk. We had a blast working with Tom and floyd on this!

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#460283 - 03/03/18 09:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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Happy Birthday gentleman !

Wonderful all around by everyone

you guys are the high shining beacon of light!

great musicians, super song

enjoyed,

Kenny

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#460284 - 03/03/18 09:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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Janice, Bud, Tom and floyd,

'Outstanding' is a word that I regularly type when I respond to one of your posts on the forum. It seems that no matter how much I use it, though, this word never gets tired in my mind. Time after time, the compositions, performances and productions that are left in the wake of each of your individual creativities are outstanding. And with "Pier Pressure", yet again you've all comfortably jumped that often admired bar of achievement that separates the 'cream of the crop' from the 'rest of world'. I sit here at my computer in Australia and marvel at the consistency of your work.

The lyrics and the lyric flow are fantastic! I don't know how these words grew but the finished product travels along like greased lightning and with highly focused attention to lyric detail. I loved the way that the pun 'pier/peer pressure' developed.

In these lyrics, what stood out most to me was the way with which the inner rhymes worked in conjunction with the end-of-line rhymes and accented that laid-back, rock-meets-swing lilt that's often found in Caribbean/Island styled music. That...

  • A A
    B
    C C
    B

...rhyme pattern found in the first four lines of each of the verses is the stuff of genius. This pattern also helps to drive the tongue-in-cheek humour that radiates from these words.

Something that I discovered a while back but have never tried is that if rhymes are plentiful and happen in quick succession, they can enhance any comedy that's present in the words. The master of this technique was Cole Porter. Have a look at and listen to his lyrics for "Your The Top" (Youtube link) and I think you'll see what I mean. While Porter also uses clever lists that anticlimax (i.e. Mickey Mouse, cellophane, etc.) to deliver laughs, rhyme-flow is the generator that paces and powers the lyric humour.

Originally Posted By: Cole Porter
(a lyric excerpt)

You're the top! You're the Colosseum,
You're the top! You're the Louvre Museum,
You're a melody from a symphony by Strauss,
You're a Bendel bonnet, a Shakespeare sonnet,
You're Mickey Mouse.

You're the Nile, You're the Tower of Pisa,
You're the smile on the Mona Lisa.
I'm a worthless check, a total wreck, a flop,
But baby, if I'm the bottom,
You're the top!

(Full lyrics found here)


As I see it... with "Pier Pressure", just like Cole Porter, Merritt/Adams/Jane have shown us all how it's done! Outstanding!

Last, and most important... Tom and floyd, I wish you both a sincere and enthusiastic...



...may you enjoy many, many more as you both march forth into the years to come! (Thanks for the 'march forth' pun, Tom, I'd never have stumbled onto it myself.)

Best wishes to everyone,
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#460318 - 03/04/18 03:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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Sometimes the stars align perfectly in the sky over the Pier called Mallory Square. The right day, the right beer and the right group of friends. Magic happens.

For those stars to be the BIAB Forum superstars, B&J, Tom and Floyd and on their BIRTHDAY to boot ---

Nothing else could come of such a happening except the perfect song to commemorate it.

Excellent job and enjoyable song to listen to this morning.

Happy Birthday to you guys and thanks for sharing it with us in song....


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#460340 - 03/04/18 05:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: Scott C]
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Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
This is such a cool way to celebrate a birthday together! You guys did a really great job on the vocal performances. Happy birthday guys (a few days early), and hope it treats you well!
Ember, Thanks for listening and for the birthday wishes, Tom
Originally Posted By: Sundance
Happy Birthday fellow March babies! Made me smile! Always up for some Jimmy Buffet influenced island beer and snark. You three (four counting Bud) always sound good together. I enjoyed it a lot.
Well hey there March Mama, sure am glad you were able to check in on this one. It was fun for all of us, Tom
Originally Posted By: PeterF
Tom,floyd,Janice & Bud

Happy birthdays.

Well that was a treat. Great work from all involved. Super engaging, comfortable, catchy and fun.
Loved the mix of vocalists, lyrics, harmonies and and excellent backing track.
Top song.

Peter
Peter, We are glad you liked it. Your opinion is highly valued, Tom


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#460341 - 03/04/18 05:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: Scott C]
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Originally Posted By: Scott C
Happy Birthday Tom and Floyd. Loved this tune. Super vocal and backtrack. Has the Jimmy Buffett feel.. Guitar was excellent.
Scott, Thanks for stopping by and giving it a spin. The guitar track was that Brent Mason nylon real track, one of our favorites, Tom

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#460345 - 03/04/18 05:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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Great collab y'all! And Happy Birthday!

Love the title, hook, mix, vocals, everything.

Just a great song. Love it!
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#460444 - 03/04/18 01:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: Robertkc]
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Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Tom,Floyd,J&B,
Everything about this is kicking-back fun! Nice to hear the "brothers" trading verses and Janice adding her warmth on the chorus.
I love the humour in the lyrics- especially this nugget:
"I won't post what i eat
try not to tweet
and pull my hat down low"
Jimmy Buffet`s got nothing on you guys - Happy Birthday!

Robert




Hey Robert, you can throw some ideas at Tom or floyd and, man, they're off and running. I was thrilled to be along for the ride. smile

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#460572 - 03/05/18 05:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Originally Posted By: Samuel Davis
Cool collaboration. It has a lovely island vibe that would make Jimmy Buffet smile. Now I need some rum. Cheers and Happy Birthday.
SD, Thanks for the birthday wishes and thanks for dropping by, Tom
Originally Posted By: Mikke - PG Music
I came for the Pun, I stayed for the song.
I can see by your signature line you enjoy a good pun. Thanks for listening, Tom
Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Some really cool TROP-ROCK.

This has a definite Jimmy Buffet sound, groove, vibe, to it.

It was so good I had to go back for another round. I have a few Corona's in the fridge.... kinda makes me wanna grab one.

I love the twist of the phrase...... pier pressure. Perfect.
Herb, We're glad you liked it, Tom

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#460575 - 03/05/18 06:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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A late Happy Birthday to both of you. Mine is coming up real soon - March 22. I'll be 71 - yikes!!!

Love when the birthday guys give us a gift, and such a great one! never been to Key West but it's on my bucket list! great job on this - lots of fun and some great entertainment.

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#460598 - 03/05/18 07:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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@Sundance - thanks...

@Peter - thanks for all of that from all of us...

@Scott - thanks for having a listen...

@Samuel - appreciate the listen...

@Mikke - HA!

@Herb - save one for us!

@Richard - thanks fro the thumbs...
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#460636 - 03/05/18 10:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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Great song, puts me on the beach laying back in chair!!!!

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#460707 - 03/05/18 04:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: Sundance]
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Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
This is such a cool way to celebrate a birthday together! You guys did a really great job on the vocal performances. Happy birthday guys (a few days early), and hope it treats you well!



Originally Posted By: Sundance
Happy Birthday fellow March babies! Made me smile! Always up for some Jimmy Buffet influenced island beer and snark. You three (four counting Bud) always sound good together. I enjoyed it a lot.


Thanks y’all. Janice enjoyed singing on the project and I had a blast writing with these guys. I learned a lot.

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#460773 - 03/06/18 05:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: RnAM]
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Originally Posted By: RichMac

All very together (prosody).

Very good lyrics and sentiments to live by.
I could imagine this as part of Jimmy B's repertoire.
Not that it needs any improving.
Great as it is.
Thumbs up.

Cheers.
Thanks a lot, Tom
Originally Posted By: dcuny
I love birthdays where you give gifts to us. Like Josie, it made me smile, too. laugh
Thanks David. We had a lot of fun with this one, Tom
Originally Posted By: animarorecords
Hello, Tom, floyd, Janice & Bud,

A very nice collaboration!
Super vocals and harmonies!
It is very well mixed everywhere.
Very comfortable!
I have little knowledge about island style, but it is a very happy and good sound.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.
Happy birthday, Tom and floyd,

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi
Shigeki Adachi, Thank you for the nice comments and the birthday wishes, Tom
Originally Posted By: RnAM
Happy birthday Tommy and Floyd!
Nice song too!

Rob and Anne-Marie
Thanks, We appreciate it, Tom

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#460838 - 03/06/18 09:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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@David - smile

@Shigeki Adachi - we all say "Thanks!"

@RnAM - glad y'all stopped by...

@Kenny - good to see you!

@Noel - We ALL LOVE! to be compared to Cole Porter!!!! smile smile smile
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#460879 - 03/06/18 12:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: Scott C]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Tom,floyd,Janice & Bud

Happy birthdays.

Well that was a treat. Great work from all involved. Super engaging, comfortable, catchy and fun.
Loved the mix of vocalists, lyrics, harmonies and and excellent backing track.
Top song.

Peter


Thanks Peter. I got lucky with this one. Nearly tossed the idea. These guys turned it into a real song!

J&B

Originally Posted By: Scott C
Happy Birthday Tom and Floyd. Loved this tune. Super vocal and backtrack. Has the Jimmy Buffett feel.. Guitar was excellent.


Thanks Scott...yep, it has Buffett written all over it!

J&B
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#460962 - 03/07/18 05:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: Charlie Fogle]
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Originally Posted By: 44kfl
Happy Birthday gentleman !

Wonderful all around by everyone

you guys are the high shining beacon of light!

great musicians, super song

enjoyed,

Kenny
Thanks Kenny, Glad to hear from you, Tom
Originally Posted By: Noel96
Janice, Bud, Tom and floyd,

'Outstanding' is a word that I regularly type when I respond to one of your posts on the forum. It seems that no matter how much I use it, though, this word never gets tired in my mind. Time after time, the compositions, performances and productions that are left in the wake of each of your individual creativities are outstanding. And with "Pier Pressure", yet again you've all comfortably jumped that often admired bar of achievement that separates the 'cream of the crop' from the 'rest of world'. I sit here at my computer in Australia and marvel at the consistency of your work.

The lyrics and the lyric flow are fantastic! I don't know how these words grew but the finished product travels along like greased lightning and with highly focused attention to lyric detail. I loved the way that the pun 'pier/peer pressure' developed.

In these lyrics, what stood out most to me was the way with which the inner rhymes worked in conjunction with the end-of-line rhymes and accented that laid-back, rock-meets-swing lilt that's often found in Caribbean/Island styled music. That...

  • A A
    B
    C C
    B

...rhyme pattern found in the first four lines of each of the verses is the stuff of genius. This pattern also helps to drive the tongue-in-cheek humour that radiates from these words.

Something that I discovered a while back but have never tried is that if rhymes are plentiful and happen in quick succession, they can enhance any comedy that's present in the words. The master of this technique was Cole Porter. Have a look at and listen to his lyrics for "Your The Top" (Youtube link) and I think you'll see what I mean. While Porter also uses clever lists that anticlimax (i.e. Mickey Mouse, cellophane, etc.) to deliver laughs, rhyme-flow is the generator that paces and powers the lyric humour.

Originally Posted By: Cole Porter
(a lyric excerpt)

You're the top! You're the Colosseum,
You're the top! You're the Louvre Museum,
You're a melody from a symphony by Strauss,
You're a Bendel bonnet, a Shakespeare sonnet,
You're Mickey Mouse.

You're the Nile, You're the Tower of Pisa,
You're the smile on the Mona Lisa.
I'm a worthless check, a total wreck, a flop,
But baby, if I'm the bottom,
You're the top!

(Full lyrics found here)


As I see it... with "Pier Pressure", just like Cole Porter, Merritt/Adams/Jane have shown us all how it's done! Outstanding!

Last, and most important... Tom and floyd, I wish you both a sincere and enthusiastic...



...may you enjoy many, many more as you both march forth into the years to come! (Thanks for the 'march forth' pun, Tom, I'd never have stumbled onto it myself.)

Best wishes to everyone,
Noel
Noel, Your reviews are always so informative and educational. We all are thankful for your kind words and your willingness to share your knowledge, Tom
Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
Sometimes the stars align perfectly in the sky over the Pier called Mallory Square. The right day, the right beer and the right group of friends. Magic happens.

For those stars to be the BIAB Forum superstars, B&J, Tom and Floyd and on their BIRTHDAY to boot ---

Nothing else could come of such a happening except the perfect song to commemorate it.

Excellent job and enjoyable song to listen to this morning.

Happy Birthday to you guys and thanks for sharing it with us in song....
Charlie, Thank you so much for your extremely generous comments. We are very appreciative, Tom

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#461095 - 03/08/18 04:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: Al-David]
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Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Great collab y'all! And Happy Birthday!

Love the title, hook, mix, vocals, everything.

Just a great song. Love it!
David, Thanks. Glad you liked it, Tom
Originally Posted By: Al-David
A late Happy Birthday to both of you. Mine is coming up real soon - March 22. I'll be 71 - yikes!!!

Love when the birthday guys give us a gift, and such a great one! never been to Key West but it's on my bucket list! great job on this - lots of fun and some great entertainment.

Alan
Alan, Thanks for dropping by and giving it a spin, Tom

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#461271 - 03/09/18 04:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: cliftond]
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Originally Posted By: cliftond
Great song, puts me on the beach laying back in chair!!!!

cliftond, Thanks for listening and commenting, Tom

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#461275 - 03/09/18 05:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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All, great song! Very clever and wonderful production / delivery.

Enjoyed!

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