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#480521 - 07/04/18 12:54 PM [User Showcase] California Mattered
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Hi All,

Here's something new...

This is called California Mattered.

We drove all night
To visit California
We watched the sun come up
That old moon was a goner
You can rest your head
On my rolled up coat
Close your eyes to the lights
Drift away and float

And maybe today
We’ll arrive in the morning
Yes, maybe today
We’ll find the big waves calling
Yeah maybe today
We’ll collect what we've scattered
East fell into west
California mattered

Our days were alive
With the sound of road and gravel
From the top of the night
We can see how far we travelled
There was wind from the valley
And hail from the skies
Pull the car to the far right
Let it pass us by

And maybe today
We’ll arrive in the morning
Yes, maybe today
We’ll find the big waves calling
Yeah maybe today
We’ll collect what we've scattered
East fell into west
California mattered

We drove all night
To visit California
We turned around with the sun
When we reached the border
You can lay back in your seat
And hang on to my coat
Close your eyes to the lights
It wasn’t all that we hoped

And maybe today
We’ll arrive in the morning
Yes, maybe today
We’ll find the big waves calling
Yeah maybe today
We’ll collect what we've scattered
East fell into west
California mattered

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2877: Bass, Acoustic, AmericanaSlow16thsByron Ev16 060
2704: Synth, Rhythm CloudRapLowOrgan Ev16 075
1596: Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Pop16ths Ev 065
2878: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm, AmericanaSlow16ths Brent Ev16 060
2666: Pedal Steel, Rhythm LushChordsSlow Ev 085
RealDrums: AmericanaRoots 16ths-04-SdStk, Tms

As always - thanks for listening! smile
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#480526 - 07/04/18 01:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: rsdean]
Robertkc Offline
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Bob,
A cool,spacey journey...and the understated but catchy chorus melody had me singing along.
The lyrics are very accessible with details that bring the road trip to life.
Nice spare production - very good music!

Robert

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#480534 - 07/04/18 03:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: rsdean]
Al-David Offline
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Hi Bob,

I really like this! The music and the lyric takes me on the journey with you. Love the lush pedal steel and the percussions. This song has a heartbeat of its own. It's fully alive but in an understated way. It speaks to the listener as the he'she is willfully carried away. Great backing tracks and your vocal is perfect for this. Thanks for a really terrific listen. This was a real treat! WOW!

Alan
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#480576 - 07/04/18 06:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: Robertkc]
rsdean Offline
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Robert,

Thanks - much appreciated.

Bob
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#480580 - 07/04/18 06:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: rsdean]
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This is very smooth. Almost like a country rap. Reminds me a bit of Dylan. Very well done. Rob

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#480590 - 07/04/18 11:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: rsdean]
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Loc: Sacramento, California
As others have alerady said, a nicely understated journey song. I enjoyed going along for the ride. You've got a nice conversational tone, with lines like:

Pull the car to the far right/Let it pass us by

nicely emoted. The line:

California/goner

is "near rhyme" excellence!

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#480603 - 07/05/18 02:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: rsdean]
BlueAttitude Offline
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Posts: 1460
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Very cool, Bob!

You reminded me of Lou Reed in places with your vocal delivery.

Good song, nice mix too. Enjoyed!
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#480614 - 07/05/18 05:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: Al-David]
rsdean Offline
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Alan,

Thanks - I really appreciate that.

Bob
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#480629 - 07/05/18 07:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: rsdean]
Deryk - PG Music Offline
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Registered: 02/15/17
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Oooh - the California beach vibes are strong with this one! I was down there recently, and this tune definitely evokes imagery of the seemingly endless beaches they have down there. The lyrics are poetic too, and I love the dreamy backing tracks you paired with them.

Thanks for the throwback - thanks for sharing smile
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#480691 - 07/05/18 05:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: Rob4580]
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Rob,

Much appreciated - thank you.

Bob
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#480728 - 07/06/18 01:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: rsdean]
PeterF Offline
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Posts: 2223
Loc: Sydney Australia
Bob

Really nice song - great sound, lyric and vocal. A wonderful piece of writing and story telling.
Great work.

Peter

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#480757 - 07/06/18 08:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: rsdean]
David Snyder Offline
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Loc: North Carolina

Another classic Bob.

I really liked the lyrics on this one. Some of your most evocative to date.

All of your stuff is just so good!!
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#480773 - 07/06/18 11:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: rsdean]
floyd jane Offline
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Bob,

A good write - cinematic (as so may of yours are).

Another cool BAND! (you've been coming up with a lot of them!)

Enjoyed this (as always).

fj
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#480804 - 07/06/18 04:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: rsdean]
Greg Johnson Offline
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Loc: Davis, CA
Another great groove song!! Love the band...that drum part works perfectly with the contrast of the floating pedal steel. Great images, nice vocal. Really good stuff!! Take care. Greg

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#480814 - 07/06/18 05:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: dcuny]
rsdean Offline
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David,

Appreciate the listen and kind words... Thanks.

Bob
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#480815 - 07/06/18 05:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: BlueAttitude]
rsdean Offline
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Dave,

Thanks! I appreciate that.

Bob
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#480857 - 07/07/18 04:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
rsdean Offline
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Deryk,

Thanks - very kind of you.

Bob
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#480902 - 07/07/18 12:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: rsdean]
dani48 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 3378
Loc: Helsinki, Finland
Hi, Bob !


What a superb tune
with such wonderful
lyrics that only you
can write !

I´m in awe Bob !

Cheers
Dani

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#480910 - 07/07/18 02:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: rsdean]
musician17 Offline
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Registered: 05/05/18
Posts: 13
Loc: United Kingdom
Beautiful! Great "smokey" vocals and great job with the BIAB tracks! You've obviously got wonderful command of both and know exactly what you're doing ... wish I could claim any of those things, haha. Very laid back song - enjoyed it, thanks!

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#480923 - 07/07/18 03:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: California Mattered [Re: rsdean]
Joe -PG Music Offline
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Registered: 01/18/16
Posts: 830
Hi rsdean, I really enjoyed the overall tone of this. Fantastic choice of instrumentation. I found this very easy to listen to. Great use of the pedal steel guitar. Nice subtle use of effects on the vocals. Thanks for sharing!
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