Don't Play Me

Posted by: tommyad

Don't Play Me - 06/14/15 05:50 AM

On this one I used the duplicate drummer feature in Pro Logic. It maps out a midi track and

allows you to either replace or double the kick, toms, or snare. I chose to double the kick with a

Roland TS-808 sound. This resulted in a low end mess. After 16 mixes I turned to Dr floyd for

help. In 5 minutes he got back to me with the proper prescription and the patient recovered.

After I rolled off the low end on the bass, I found mix #17 to be the keeper. Thanks floyd! I hope

everyone likes it.

All comments/suggestions encouraged. Tom



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Don’t Play Me


You dont have to tell me twice No i dont think you're playin nice It’s heating up round here

Think that I will just kick back Brush off your last attack get lazy maybe have a beer



ive been up Ive been down lived my life on both sides of town

you could say ive been around so don’t play me

It’s who i am and what I’ve found is If you don’t know me by now

take a closer look My life’s been crazy My life’s been crazy



Spinning out can’t grab hold Everything that I was told is upside down these days

I can see how you react to my almost total lack of changing my well worn ways



ive been up Ive been down lived my life on both sides of town

you could say ive been around so don’t play me

It’s who i am and what I’ve found is If you don’t know me by now

take a closer look My life’s been crazy My life’s been crazy

©2015 Thomas Adams
Posted by: JoanneCooper

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/14/15 07:58 AM

Hi tommy. You consistently produce such high quality and this is no exception. I loved the harmonies on this one. The drums certainly do sound different to the normal real tracks but I am no expert on drums. Good job!
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/14/15 08:50 AM

Spinning out can’t grab hold Everything that I was told is upside down these days

I can see how you react to my almost total lack of changing my well worn ways

Great writing!! This is just one example of some great lyric writing in this song. It is written in such a natural, comfortable narrative style, which ironically is very difficult to do. Love the way the guitar comes in at the chorus and energizes the song. Your vocals get better and better Tom. There's a John Hiatt feel to this vocal that I love. I did feel the chorus structure could have more impact if it ended with "Don't play me" and that were set up more with a melodic peak. The chorus lyrics are great but I don't feel it ends in a climax but more sort of lets go. Just a thought. Really love the song as a whole. You are doing some great stuff Tom. Another great song!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/14/15 09:01 AM

I like this song a lot Tommy. The melody is so pretty. Your vocals and harmony are really nice. And as someone who's been played, I can relate to the lyrics.

The guitar solos and Dr. F drums sound great as far as I can tell, I'm not in a good listening environment with lots of other noise going on this morning so I'll leave my two cents on the mix at that.
Posted by: boehm

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/14/15 09:55 AM

Hi Tommy,

good write. I love your vocals and guitar. Nice harmonies
in this. The drums sound good.
A very enjoyable listen.

Guentewr
Posted by: Sergio Guarneri

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/14/15 02:25 PM

Hi Tom
I like this song expecially at this point:

"ive been up Ive been down lived my life on both sides of town
you could say ive been around so don’t play me"

High rock music here!

Good real tracks used.

Hello.
Posted by: RnAM

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/14/15 03:09 PM

Hi Tommy,

We agree with Greg about the John Hiatt feel, we noticed the similarity in your voice before.
Dr. Floyd did a good job on the drums wink and both the vocals and instruments sound very crisp.
Good job!

Rob and Anne-Marie
Posted by: gibson

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/14/15 11:51 PM

Tom,

up to your high standards!
I like the processing on you vocals.
Good guitar playing as usual

great stuff

Alyn
Posted by: Charlie Fogle

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/15/15 04:11 AM

Great song. This one resonated with me and I think it is one of your best. A bit out of character from some of your other posts but in such an enjoyable way. Your vocals stood out to me this time. This is my new personal favorite Tom Adams song. Back for another listen...

Charlie
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/15/15 06:17 AM

Originally Posted By: JosieC
Hi tommy. You consistently produce such high quality and this is no exception. I loved the harmonies on this one. The drums certainly do sound different to the normal real tracks but I am no expert on drums. Good job!
Thanks Josie, Yeah the drums are a bit different. Tom
Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Spinning out can’t grab hold Everything that I was told is upside down these days

I can see how you react to my almost total lack of changing my well worn ways

Great writing!! This is just one example of some great lyric writing in this song. It is written in such a natural, comfortable narrative style, which ironically is very difficult to do. Love the way the guitar comes in at the chorus and energizes the song. Your vocals get better and better Tom. There's a John Hiatt feel to this vocal that I love. I did feel the chorus structure could have more impact if it ended with "Don't play me" and that were set up more with a melodic peak. The chorus lyrics are great but I don't feel it ends in a climax but more sort of lets go. Just a thought. Really love the song as a whole. You are doing some great stuff Tom. Another great song!! Take care. Greg
Thanks Greg. I appreciate all the nice things you say about my songs. I value your comments and am thankful for your ongoing support. Tom
Originally Posted By: Sundance
I like this song a lot Tommy. The melody is so pretty. Your vocals and harmony are really nice. And as someone who's been played, I can relate to the lyrics.

The guitar solos and Dr. F drums sound great as far as I can tell, I'm not in a good listening environment with lots of other noise going on this morning so I'll leave my two cents on the mix at that.
Josie, Glad you came by. I always look forward to what you have to say. Tom
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/15/15 06:57 AM

Man! I like this!

Tom, you step it up a little on each write and each production.
They seem to be getting a little more "catchy" with each one, too!

This is pure ear candy - start to finish. Love the phrasing - both the writing and the vocal - of the verses.

The production is crisp! and clear! - perfect pop production.

Top notch everything.

(don't want anyone to get the wrong idea - all I did was lend a quick ear - and a quick suggestion or two - this is all Tom - he's the man - and, I'm happy to say... a friend - he's done the same for me a time or two.)

Awesome song!

floyd
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/16/15 09:04 AM

Originally Posted By: boehm
Hi Tommy,

good write. I love your vocals and guitar. Nice harmonies
in this. The drums sound good.
A very enjoyable listen.

Guentewr
Thanks G, Tom
Originally Posted By: Sergio Guarneri
Hi Tom
I like this song expecially at this point:

"ive been up Ive been down lived my life on both sides of town
you could say ive been around so don’t play me"

High rock music here!

Good real tracks used.

Hello.


Sergio, Love that comment --High rock music here! Thanks, Tom
Originally Posted By: RnAM
Hi Tommy,

We agree with Greg about the John Hiatt feel, we noticed the similarity in your voice before.
Dr. Floyd did a good job on the drums wink and both the vocals and instruments sound very crisp.
Good job!

Rob and Anne-Marie
R&A-M, Thanks for commenting. Tom
Posted by: sinbad

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/16/15 10:28 AM

Originally Posted By: boehm
Hi Tommy,

good write. I love your vocals and guitar. Nice harmonies
in this. The drums sound good.
A very enjoyable listen.

Guenter


That just about sums it up for me too, great song!
Posted by: Steve Young

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/16/15 05:17 PM

Tom,

Any time I see your name on a post, I know I am going to be in for a real treat. I'm never disappointed. This is really good! You just keep getting better and better. Good chorus, and good break in the second chorus. Very nice.

Steve
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/17/15 01:05 PM

Originally Posted By: gibson
Tom,

up to your high standards!
I like the processing on you vocals.
Good guitar playing as usual

great stuff

Alyn

Alyn, Thanks for your kind remarks. Tom
Originally Posted By: c_fogle
Great song. This one resonated with me and I think it is one of your best. A bit out of character from some of your other posts but in such an enjoyable way. Your vocals stood out to me this time. This is my new personal favorite Tom Adams song. Back for another listen...

Charlie
Charlie, Anytime anyone says new favorite it means I am headed in the right direction. Thanks so much. Tom
Posted by: dani48

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/17/15 02:26 PM

Tom, I think this
must be one of your
best ! I love the harmonies
well in fact everything
about this sweet tune !

Cheers
Dani
Posted by: ROG

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/17/15 03:14 PM

Hi Tom.

Great rock track!

Nice guitar, great vocal and harmony.

I particularly liked the pick-up into the choruses - clever bit of arranging.

Excellent mix, with a really big sound and nice stereo wash.

ROG.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/18/15 02:27 PM

We've said it before and here it is again. Your lyrics are
just so "singable." They flow like clear water out of a
mountain spring. Nothing is contrived, nothing is forced
and the rhymes are amazing. Hook these lyrics up with
your singing, the melody and your guitar and it's...well
it's something that demands to be heard again and again.

I tried the Logic thing on the drums...it worked but, man,
it does not sound like this. You taken RD's to a new
dimension.

Congrats on doing it all again Tom.

PS Love that guitar and the tone!

J&B
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/19/15 05:41 AM

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Man! I like this!

Tom, you step it up a little on each write and each production.
They seem to be getting a little more "catchy" with each one, too!

This is pure ear candy - start to finish. Love the phrasing - both the writing and the vocal - of the verses.

The production is crisp! and clear! - perfect pop production.

Top notch everything.

(don't want anyone to get the wrong idea - all I did was lend a quick ear - and a quick suggestion or two - this is all Tom - he's the man - and, I'm happy to say... a friend - he's done the same for me a time or two.)

Awesome song!

floyd
Thanks for having my back on this one. I appreciate it. Tom
Originally Posted By: sinbad
Originally Posted By: boehm
Hi Tommy,

good write. I love your vocals and guitar. Nice harmonies
in this. The drums sound good.
A very enjoyable listen.

Guenter


That just about sums it up for me too, great song!
Thanks! Tom
Originally Posted By: Steve Young
Tom,

Any time I see your name on a post, I know I am going to be in for a real treat. I'm never disappointed. This is really good! You just keep getting better and better. Good chorus, and good break in the second chorus. Very nice.

Steve
Steve, That's a very nice thing to say. I always look forward to your posts too. Tom
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/20/15 06:19 AM

Originally Posted By: dani48
Tom, I think this
must be one of your
best ! I love the harmonies
well in fact everything
about this sweet tune !

Cheers
Dani
Dani, Anytime someone says it is one of the best, well, it doesn't get much better than that. Thanks, Tom
Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Tom.

Great rock track!

Nice guitar, great vocal and harmony.

I particularly liked the pick-up into the choruses - clever bit of arranging.

Excellent mix, with a really big sound and nice stereo wash.

ROG.
ROG, Thanks for the wonderful comments. Tom
Posted by: PatrickH

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/20/15 07:47 AM

Nice Tom. Great harmonies. I like the way song builds. By the time you do the last couple chorus into the guitar solo is going full steam ahead. I liked " well worn ways" . That may sneak its way into my writer toolbox .
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/20/15 09:31 AM

Great production, love that guitar sound, very catchy.
Enjoyed the listen.

Kenny
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/21/15 04:28 AM

Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
We've said it before and here it is again. Your lyrics are
just so "singable." They flow like clear water out of a
mountain spring. Nothing is contrived, nothing is forced
and the rhymes are amazing. Hook these lyrics up with
your singing, the melody and your guitar and it's...well
it's something that demands to be heard again and again.

I tried the Logic thing on the drums...it worked but, man,
it does not sound like this. You taken RD's to a new
dimension.

Congrats on doing it all again Tom.

PS Love that guitar and the tone!

J&B
B&J, Sure do love your comments. Thanks, Tom
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/22/15 05:34 AM

Originally Posted By: PatrickH
Nice Tom. Great harmonies. I like the way song builds. By the time you do the last couple chorus into the guitar solo is going full steam ahead. I liked " well worn ways" . That may sneak its way into my writer toolbox .
Patrick, Thank you for taking the time to listen and comment. Tom
Originally Posted By: 44Aceman
Great production, love that guitar sound, very catchy.
Enjoyed the listen.

Kenny
Kenny, Thanks for coming by. I appreciate it. Tom
Posted by: aleck rand

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/24/15 06:49 AM

Hey Tom,

This song is a treasure chest. All the lyrics are good, but this line really jumped out and rang a personal bell,

"Thought that I would just kick back, brush off your last attack." Damn! And for the same reason: couldn't change.

Driving beat grabs you by the lapels; the guitar won't let go; you cannot not listen to the whole thing. Most of all, though, the thing that can't be taught and no one else has: your voice. You can't fake authenticity. As they say in Spanish, you are "El trato real" - the real deal.

Dean
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/24/15 08:53 AM

Originally Posted By: aleck rand
Hey Tom,

This song is a treasure chest. All the lyrics are good, but this line really jumped out and rang a personal bell,

"Thought that I would just kick back, brush off your last attack." Damn! And for the same reason: couldn't change.

Driving beat grabs you by the lapels; the guitar won't let go; you cannot not listen to the whole thing. Most of all, though, the thing that can't be taught and no one else has: your voice. You can't fake authenticity. As they say in Spanish, you are "El trato real" - the real deal.

Dean
Dean, I drive the wife up the wall with that attitude! I appreciate the comments especially coming from one of the finest musicians on this forum. Tom
Posted by: Scott C

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/24/15 09:39 AM

Hi Tom

Loved the title. As usual awesome tune.
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/25/15 05:18 AM

Originally Posted By: Scottt709
Hi Tom

Loved the title. As usual awesome tune.
Scott, good to see you back. Thanks, Tom
Posted by: musiclover

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/25/15 05:39 AM

A really enjoyable Listen Tom, great song, great lyrics professional production, just like something that you would hear on radio in car going to work to help wake you up.

Looking forward to more.
Musiclover
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/25/15 09:48 AM

Originally Posted By: musiclover
A really enjoyable Listen Tom, great song, great lyrics professional production, just like something that you would hear on radio in car going to work to help wake you up.

Looking forward to more.
Musiclover
ML, Thanks for the nice review. Tom
Posted by: dcuny

Re: Don't Play Me - 06/27/15 10:33 AM

There's such a lot to like about this song. It's polished, but feels effortless. I really like the way it starts with a sparse arrangement - and lyric - to build and pound in a catchy chorus.

Pop song goodness throughout.