On The Bayou

Posted by: Danny C.

On The Bayou - 01/30/13 05:17 PM

This is an original song inspired by an old Louisiana tradition of family dances. My uncle used to have an old dance hall on Delacroix Island with dances at least once a month where the whole family attended. In fact they would rope off a section on the dance floor in front of the stage for the little kids to dance. They also provided "Army cots" to put the kids to sleep on while the parents danced till early morn. Truly some great memories.

The tune is here on YouTube and entitled On The Bayou

As always, your time and comments are appreciated.

Edited portion . . . Graham I have a slide in this montage especially for you.

Later,
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: On The Bayou - 01/30/13 06:20 PM

Danny,

Another nice one! Made me hungry...and thirsty! Good lyric. Good tracks and mix. The mods are very well done. A very enjoyable song... and the perfect story to go along with it... you got more hidden away??...keep 'em coming.

floyd
Posted by: austin51

Re: On The Bayou - 01/30/13 11:12 PM


I agree with everything Floyd said. Great descriptive lyrics and music to bring the listener into an experience.
Posted by: MarioD

Re: On The Bayou - 01/31/13 09:29 AM

Danny, it’s all been said, super song with super backing tracks. Pretty neat guitar work there also!

Loved the parking sign!

You should post more songs my friend!
Posted by: occ

Re: On The Bayou - 01/31/13 09:41 AM

Hey Danny!! Very good song and vocal was great. This reminds me of when we used to go down to Breaux Bridge and ate at Mulates. They always had Cajun band playing and every one danced. Little children and Grownups having a family good time. Thanks for this song. I think this is my favorite song. occ
Posted by: Danny C.

Re: On The Bayou - 01/31/13 02:29 PM

Floyd . . . Thanks and I hope you had a big lunch today. I have to admit we do have some pretty good chow down here in South Louisiana. Also I do have a few ideas lyric wise that I have not gotten to yet, we'll see maybe next rainy day I am not playing a gig.

Austin51 . . . Thanks for the kind words.

Mario . . . Thank you partner for the kudos and yes that sign is outside a little joint in Cajun Country. When I saw it I thought of Graham and had to include it in montage. Now if I only had photo of your cannolis to go in the video, but then we would have to change the theme music to a tarantella.

OCC . . . Thank you so much and I am happy the project brought back some fond memories of Louisiana. The family dances tradition may just be my favorite Louisiana tradition as I enjoy so much seeing families having good clean fun together.

On a side not I have these older friends, husband and wife, who love to dance and many times we would be at a dance and they would have their heads slumped down actually sleeping where they sat. But when the band started it would not take more than 5 notes before they would (in one motion) wake up and head for the dance floor.

Later,
Posted by: Brallan

Re: On The Bayou - 01/31/13 02:46 PM

Nice tune, Danny. Made me want to dance (I know, it made others want to eat. I confess, that too.)

I am reminded that when I posted a similar tune a couple of years ago ("Laissez les Bon Temps Boogie") in celebration of the Saints' 2010 Superbowl victory, you gave me a mild criticism, saying, in effect, that there was too much french in the tune, and "not everybody in N.O. speaks French". I had stuff like "Jolie Blonde," and "je t'aim."

I don't live there, and I'm not French either (well, maybe 1/8th) but is it fair to criticize you back?
Posted by: MarioD

Re: On The Bayou - 01/31/13 04:24 PM

Danny, if I ever make it down to your area we will jam and we will call ourselves CCR: “Cajun Cannolis Reunion”

What do ya think?
Posted by: musiclover

Re: On The Bayou - 01/31/13 05:13 PM

Very enjoyable mix Danny, love the vocal as well.

Good song.

All the best
Musiclover
Posted by: ROG

Re: On The Bayou - 01/31/13 06:46 PM

Danny - good song, well mixed and great vocals.

Everything worked well with the images and produced an enjoyable end product.

ROG.
Posted by: Danny C.

Re: On The Bayou - 01/31/13 07:50 PM

Quote:

Nice tune, Danny. Made me want to dance (I know, it made others want to eat. I confess, that too.)

I am reminded that when I posted a similar tune a couple of years ago ("Laissez les Bon Temps Boogie") in celebration of the Saints' 2010 Superbowl victory, you gave me a mild criticism, saying, in effect, that there was too much french in the tune, and "not everybody in N.O. speaks French". I had stuff like "Jolie Blonde," and "je t'aim."

I don't live there, and I'm not French either (well, maybe 1/8th) but is it fair to criticize you back?




1st af all thanks for the listen and the feedback. With this said, absolutely it is fair to criticize me back . . . or front.

When I commented on your song what I meant, and I am trying to remember the context of both the tune and my response, was that sometimes some people who do not have strong enough New Orleans connection assume that the city and area are 100% French. And while there is a very strong French presence in Southwest Louisiana that is not particularly true of the New Olreans city limits.

Regarding On The bayou and the Cajun references they are all based on the lifestyle of Cajuns in Acadiana "not" New Orleans, almost like two different worlds. But go ahead and let me have it, I am a big boy.

Take Care,
Posted by: Danny C.

Re: On The Bayou - 01/31/13 07:52 PM

Quote:

Danny, if I ever make it down to your area we will jam and we will call ourselves CCR: “Cajun Cannolis Reunion”

What do ya think?




Great but we are not taking Billy Bob back . . . he stays in NY.

later,
Posted by: Danny C.

Re: On The Bayou - 01/31/13 07:53 PM

Musiclover and Rog . . . thank you guys so much for the time to listen and your very kind comments.

Later,
Posted by: MarioD

Re: On The Bayou - 01/31/13 08:42 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Danny, if I ever make it down to your area we will jam and we will call ourselves CCR: “Cajun Cannolis Reunion”

What do ya think?




Great but we are not taking Billy Bob back . . . he stays in NY.

later,




He's not here anymore!

We told him to beat it
Posted by: 90 dB

Re: On The Bayou - 02/01/13 07:26 AM

Love this one Danny! I don't dance, so I'll just be over here by the bandstand with my gumbo and cold beer.





Regards,


Bob
Posted by: boehm

Re: On The Bayou - 02/01/13 12:24 PM

I agree with ROG: good song, well mixed and great vocals.
Everything worked well with the images and produced an enjoyable end product.

Guenter
Posted by: Noel96

Re: On The Bayou - 02/01/13 04:29 PM

Hi Danny,

I remember reading in a recent post of yours that these days you're starting to feel more like you're getting the hang of being a songwriter. In my opinion, this song clearly shows that you are indeed a competent songwriter. Moreover you're an equally competent arranger and mixer and an excellent performer. You're way way past merely "getting the hang of it"!

This is a great composition. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing it. Having a slide show to watch while I listened was the proverbial icing on the cake. Sorry I can't type more but I'm feeling a very strong urge to go back and listen to it again.

All the best,
Noel
Posted by: Don R

Re: On The Bayou - 02/01/13 04:54 PM

Heya Danny, well done. Thx for posting.
Posted by: rsdean

Re: On The Bayou - 02/01/13 05:36 PM

Danny,

Fun song and a good mix. Nice job.

Bob
Posted by: Danny C.

Re: On The Bayou - 02/01/13 08:51 PM

90db . . . Thanks for the listen and nice comment. Re: dancing, especially these days I truly believe anything goes . . . what's the old saying, dance like no one is watching? I guess that is a great goal, that I too have not mastered. I will sit on stage with you grazing on the gumbo and boiled seafood, heck I'll even buy the beer!

boem, Don and rsdean . . . thank you so much for the time to listen and the wonderful comments.

Noel . . . what can I say in return after reading your wonderful comments other than the check is in the mail. One caveat it will be you who will have to tell Mario I spent my cannoli money as a reward for your nice comments.

You guys made my day!

Later,
Posted by: Sundance

Re: On The Bayou - 02/01/13 09:49 PM

Hey Danny,

You got dat.
Posted by: Danny C.

Re: On The Bayou - 02/02/13 12:43 AM

Thanks neighbor, I always welcome your input.

Later,
Posted by: Rob Helms

Re: On The Bayou - 02/02/13 06:21 PM

Great song Danny, loved it. The guitar work was stellar. One phrase I would change where said after jambalaya I would say crawfish pie. Gives a shout back to ole hank.
Posted by: cubanpete

Re: On The Bayou - 02/02/13 08:42 PM

Well, what can I say? +10 to everything said above!
Posted by: Danny C.

Re: On The Bayou - 02/03/13 09:55 AM

Robh, it was actually in there for weeks but did not make the final cut. My 1st thought was (like you) everyone would sing that line automatically because of Hank's son. But at final cut I thought that using that strong a line from an iconic song would be a bit to presumptuous on my part. But just between us chickens when I do this song live, sometimes I throw in the Craw fish Pie.

Cubanpete, thanks for the listen and kind words.

Later,
Posted by: Pat Marr

Re: On The Bayou - 02/03/13 10:08 AM

Hey Danny,

I really enjoyed this song... and it reinforces my conviction that there is something extra in songs that are written by performing musicians. To my ears this is clearly the song of a man who has spent a lot of time in front of live audiences. Good job! I see why you get so many bookings!
Posted by: sixchannel

Re: On The Bayou - 02/03/13 02:13 PM

Beautifully done, both the song and the video.
That kind of thing - a "family" event - has all but disappeared in the UK.
And dancing OUTSIDE and IN THE DAYLIGHT???!! Unthinkable!
We holidayed in Longboat Key, Florida in September and these kind of things are "normal". Made me very jealous.
More of the same please Sir.
Ian
Posted by: Danny C.

Re: On The Bayou - 02/03/13 06:26 PM

Pat,

Thank you for the kind words and observation re: live gigging as that is exactly what I want to do with my recordings, record them as if they were played to a live audience. In fact 99% of the time before I put anything in the can I play it at least 5-6 time before my audiences, with many tweaks and often as many style and lyric changes as well during these trial runs. Many trials and then every once in the while I get it right.

In fact this tune started as a 180 BPM 16 Bar Train, moved to a R&B style and finally to the end result. But BIAB makes these trials so easy these days. Heck I'd hate to think how long a process like this would take 20 years ago.

Later,
Posted by: Danny C.

Re: On The Bayou - 02/03/13 06:35 PM

sixchannel,

Thanks you for the kind words and time to listen. And yes the family dances are indeed a big part of Louisiana heritage, no matter what part of the world our Louisiana ancestors came from this seems to be a tradition with everyone. Whether it be BBQ in Nawlins, Craw-fish Boils in Acadiana or Shrimp and Crab Boils down where I come from I would say not one weekend passes without some of these family outings and food fest going on. We really like to eat down here!

Later,