Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write)

Posted by: tommyad

Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/15/18 02:50 PM

In 2016, over 64,000 people in the US died from opioid overdoses. ( painkillers, heroin,

fentanyl) To put that number in perspective, that’s more Americans killed by opioids in 365

days than were killed during the entirety of the Vietnam War. Opioids in America are more

than a crisis, they’re a national emergency.I read an article recently in the USA Today

about the opioid crisis in Middletown, Ohio. Having lived some of my childhood in small

Ohio towns, I had a connection to this type of town. I sent the article to Bud Merritt and

then dove right in and started writing. He sent back some lines that formed the basis of

the second verse and first pre chorus. Janice then added her brilliant harmony. Thanks to

all that listen and comment.


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Harmony vocal, Janice Merritt
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Middletown

The only sound in Middletown
are the sirens screaming in the night
Stores closed up and the mill closed down
And another angel’s taking flight


All we got is family getting smaller everyday
Friends have turned up missing guess they couldn’t stay


She got that call again you know it’s happened twice
All his answers shot into a vein
Round here Dying’s just another part of life
But No No Not this way



she is just Too wasted to turn another trick

The kitchen table’s always such a wreck

her only son is chasing their next fix

And trying to cash her unemployment check


lined up at the pawnshop whatever they can sell
It’s sad to see how my hometown gave up and went to hell


She got that call again you know it’s happened twice
All his answers shot into a vein
Round here Dying’s just another part of life
But No No Not this way

©2018 Thomas Adams/Bud Merritt
Posted by: PeterF

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/15/18 03:06 PM

Tom , Bud & Janice

Superb, thought provoking lyrics, and a wonderful production.
Tom - loved the vocal, guitars and keyboard - beautiful mix.
Janice - spot on backing vocals and the little haunting lead "no no" part.
Truly exceptional.

Peter
Posted by: rsdean

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/15/18 04:07 PM

Tom, Bud & Janice,

A heartbreaking and beautifully written song. The vocals and production are incredible - pro all the way and really drive the emotional aspects of this song home.

Well done - does not get better than this...

Bob
Posted by: MarioD

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/15/18 06:03 PM

This is one hell of a powerful song!

These lines really moved me:

"She got that call again you know it’s happened twice
All his answers shot into a vein
Round here Dying’s just another part of life
But No No Not this way"

I think the last anti-drug song that moved me this much was John Prine's "Sam Stone".

This should be the theme song for an anti-opioid campaign.

This is a keeper for sure.
Posted by: Tano Music

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/15/18 06:54 PM

Hits right to the heart of the matter..outstanding production, and feels "right" for the topic/lyrics.

My favorite lyric element: "But No No Not this way"

BTW...was the drum track generated with RD's?
Posted by: dcuny

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/15/18 11:20 PM

Excellent in every way.

To my ears, it's got a strong Warren Zevon vibe.

Great stuff.
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/16/18 04:06 AM

Wow, such a powerful song! Excellent write, you really brought the story home (it's a big problem here too)

Production of course is totally pro, and it's the little things that really stand out and make it special. The second "no, no, not this way" line for example with just Janice.

Really good guys and gal!
Posted by: David Snyder

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/16/18 05:57 AM


Ouch!

Powerful, and punchy. So close to home for America. Painful subject, but you handled it so well.

The subject matter at hand is so heart breaking for our country. Whenever I read about, and see pictures, I really want to cry.
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/16/18 06:51 AM

Tom, Bud And Janice...

This is STUNNINGLY good.

Songwriting at its very best. Not a wasted word. Every line is excellent. Every line is important. So much said in so few words.

The production is (as always) clean, clear, concise. No fat. Stellar mix.

The vocal has the empathy required. The harmonies are exquisite.

Y'all are all pros.

Extraordinary.

fj
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/16/18 08:15 AM

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Tom , Bud & Janice

Superb, thought provoking lyrics, and a wonderful production.
Tom - loved the vocal, guitars and keyboard - beautiful mix.
Janice - spot on backing vocals and the little haunting lead "no no" part.
Truly exceptional.

Peter
We certainly appreciate your review Peter. Thank you from all three of us, Tom
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/16/18 12:14 PM

We
Originally Posted By: PeterF
Tom , Bud & Janice

Superb, thought provoking lyrics, and a wonderful production.
Tom - loved the vocal, guitars and keyboard - beautiful mix.
Janice - spot on backing vocals and the little haunting lead "no no" part.
Truly exceptional.

Peter


Thanks Peter! Considering the small contribution I (Bud) made I consider Tom to be very generous in listing me as a co-writer. Janice quickly fell into the harmony and it was Tom’s skillful editing that created her little lead from a harmony line.

Appreciate the nice comments!

Bud
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/16/18 05:40 PM

Originally Posted By: rsdean
Tom, Bud & Janice,

A heartbreaking and beautifully written song. The vocals and production are incredible - pro all the way and really drive the emotional aspects of this song home.

Well done - does not get better than this...

Bob
Bob, Thank you for the wonderful comments, Tom
Posted by: Scott C

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/16/18 07:17 PM

Wow Tom what an awesome song and vocal. Awesome write Tom, Bud and Janice and such a beautiful harmony.
I have to respond to the lyrics separately.
The lyrics were so heart wrenching. It just seems the tragedy we are subjected today just keeps getting more and more extreme each day. That fentanyl just seems so insane why anyone would want to use it. Even the people cleaning up after these overdoses are getting wacked with just trace amounts of it lying around. Sad song awesome delivery
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/17/18 09:03 AM

Originally Posted By: MarioD
This is one hell of a powerful song!

These lines really moved me:

"She got that call again you know it’s happened twice
All his answers shot into a vein
Round here Dying’s just another part of life
But No No Not this way"

I think the last anti-drug song that moved me this much was John Prine's "Sam Stone".

This should be the theme song for an anti-opioid campaign.

This is a keeper for sure.
It is quite the compliment to have a John Prine reference in this review. Thanks, Tom ( back in my Chicago days I heard Prine do Sam Stone before he had a record deal. He remains a favorite)
Posted by: Deryk - PG Music

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/17/18 09:24 AM

Wow - you guys absolutely nailed this. It is so haunting, and so moving. The subject matter of this one really hits close to home for me personally. It isn't often you see this issue addressed. Topic aside - this is a brilliant write and perfectly executed. Your harmonies on the chorus gave me goosebumps. Simply beautiful, and incredibly touching.

Thanks so much for sharing this smile You guys should be very proud of this one.
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/17/18 10:46 AM

Here's one for the forum hall of fame, for sure!!! Powerful and painful, brilliant and beautiful, stellar and stunning!! Easiest way to sum it up.....everything done right, nothing done wrong. My favorite for both of you, and THAT is saying A LOT!!! Love it!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: ROG

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/17/18 12:41 PM

Hi Tom,

A great song, beautifully performed and mixed.

It comes across at first as a really nice rock ballad, until you start to pick up
on the lyrics and then it gets difficult to listen to without being moved.

A very powerful and clever piece of writing.

Cheers, ROG.
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/17/18 12:57 PM

Yep..... got to agree, this is a really poignant song about a topic that is difficult at best to write about.
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/18/18 04:05 AM

Originally Posted By: Tano Music
Hits right to the heart of the matter..outstanding production, and feels "right" for the topic/lyrics.

My favorite lyric element: "But No No Not this way"

BTW...was the drum track generated with RD's?
Thanks much. The drums were cut from loops, Tom
Posted by: Torrey Bliss

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/18/18 12:31 PM

Sad and beautiful Tom! It's packed full of truth that many can relate to! As for the production .... It has the awesome sonic quality an high production level we have come to expect from you! Great work! Thanks, Torrey
Posted by: Rob4580

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/18/18 02:41 PM

Nothing better than a great story to carry a great ballad through. I love the power that the backing vocals add. Nice work on the production.Congrats to all involved. Rob
Posted by: Robertkc

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/18/18 04:04 PM

Tom, Janice & Bud,

This song opens up so pretty and melodic it takes a while for the depth of the lyrics to sink in... this is a powerful and moving picture of such a devastating problem. Its an epidemic here as well and as a parent who tried a few things in my youth, the deadly potential of one choice to pop that party pill scares me.
Great vocal delivery and lovely harmonies.


Robert
Posted by: RichMac

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/19/18 11:54 PM


Hi People.

Love your song.
Realistic contemporary feel.
Great lyrics and drama sympathetically presented.
Like the ghostly no no not this way.

Cheers.
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/20/18 02:16 PM

Originally Posted By: dcuny
Excellent in every way.

To my ears, it's got a strong Warren Zevon vibe.

Great stuff.
Thanks David, Tom
Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Wow, such a powerful song! Excellent write, you really brought the story home (it's a big problem here too)

Production of course is totally pro, and it's the little things that really stand out and make it special. The second "no, no, not this way" line for example with just Janice.

Really good guys and gal!
Dave, thank you for all your support. We appreciate the fine review, Tom
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/20/18 06:30 PM

Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Ouch!

Powerful, and punchy. So close to home for America. Painful subject, but you handled it so well.

The subject matter at hand is so heart breaking for our country. Whenever I read about, and see pictures, I really want to cry.
David, it is a heartbreaking subject. Sometimes it needs to be said. I think we all share the pain. Tom
Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Tom, Bud And Janice...

This is STUNNINGLY good.

Songwriting at its very best. Not a wasted word. Every line is excellent. Every line is important. So much said in so few words.

The production is (as always) clean, clear, concise. No fat. Stellar mix.

The vocal has the empathy required. The harmonies are exquisite.

Y'all are all pros.

Extraordinary.

fj
Thank you much. I guess they all can’t be love songs. Whenever I feel down about this music thing I can always look back at your reviews and become reenergized. Your opinion means a lot to us all, Tom
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/21/18 12:48 PM

Originally Posted By: Scott C
Wow Tom what an awesome song and vocal. Awesome write Tom, Bud and Janice and such a beautiful harmony.
I have to respond to the lyrics separately.
The lyrics were so heart wrenching. It just seems the tragedy we are subjected today just keeps getting more and more extreme each day. That fentanyl just seems so insane why anyone would want to use it. Even the people cleaning up after these overdoses are getting wacked with just trace amounts of it lying around. Sad song awesome delivery
Thank you Scott. We appreciate the kind words. Tom
Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Wow - you guys absolutely nailed this. It is so haunting, and so moving. The subject matter of this one really hits close to home for me personally. It isn't often you see this issue addressed. Topic aside - this is a brilliant write and perfectly executed. Your harmonies on the chorus gave me goosebumps. Simply beautiful, and incredibly touching.

Thanks so much for sharing this smile You guys should be very proud of this one.
Derek, we are glad it touched you. That’s what it’s all about. Thanks, Tom
Posted by: animarorecords

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/22/18 01:00 AM

Hello, Tom, Janice & Bud,

I think that difficult themes are being expressed beautifully.
The way to use the piano and the drums is wonderful.
Vocals and harmonies also fit spectacularly this song.
It is a splendid collaboration.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/22/18 10:49 AM

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Here's one for the forum hall of fame, for sure!!! Powerful and painful, brilliant and beautiful, stellar and stunning!! Easiest way to sum it up.....everything done right, nothing done wrong. My favorite for both of you, and THAT is saying A LOT!!! Love it!! Take care. Greg
Greg, that sure is a great review! Thanks, Tom
Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Tom,

A great song, beautifully performed and mixed.

It comes across at first as a really nice rock ballad, until you start to pick up
on the lyrics and then it gets difficult to listen to without being moved.

A very powerful and clever piece of writing.

Cheers, ROG.
ROG, thank you for stopping by. We appreciate the kind words, Tom
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/23/18 04:26 AM

Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Yep..... got to agree, this is a really poignant song about a topic that is difficult at best to write about.

Thanks Herb, Tom
Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Sad and beautiful Tom! It's packed full of truth that many can relate to! As for the production .... It has the awesome sonic quality an high production level we have come to expect from you! Great work! Thanks, Torrey
Torrey I am glad you came by. Thanks, Tom
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/23/18 05:41 AM

Originally Posted By: rsdean
Tom, Bud & Janice,

A heartbreaking and beautifully written song. The vocals and production are incredible - pro all the way and really drive the emotional aspects of this song home.

Well done - does not get better than this...

Bob


Thanks Bob. Janice and I were excited to play a part in this. Tom’s production carried the message so well...just the right touch.

Originally Posted By: MarioD
This is one hell of a powerful song!

These lines really moved me:

"She got that call again you know it’s happened twice
All his answers shot into a vein
Round here Dying’s just another part of life
But No No Not this way"

I think the last anti-drug song that moved me this much was John Prine's "Sam Stone".

This should be the theme song for an anti-opioid campaign.

This is a keeper for sure.


Playing a part, albeit small, in a song that you mention in the same paragraph with Sam Stone is overwhelming. Sam Stone to this day is about as strong as it gets. Thank you Mario.

J&B
Posted by: hitsman

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/23/18 10:49 AM

this is so different to what Ive heard on Showcase..such a well developed song with such haunting melody licks and vocal backing..this is a powerful song that deserves to be out there not covered by another artist but by you...brilliant
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/24/18 05:01 AM

Originally Posted By: Rob4580
Nothing better than a great story to carry a great ballad through. I love the power that the backing vocals add. Nice work on the production.Congrats to all involved. Rob
Glad you liked it, Tom
Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Tom, Janice & Bud,

This song opens up so pretty and melodic it takes a while for the depth of the lyrics to sink in... this is a powerful and moving picture of such a devastating problem. Its an epidemic here as well and as a parent who tried a few things in my youth, the deadly potential of one choice to pop that party pill scares me.
Great vocal delivery and lovely harmonies.


Robert
Thank you Robert for the kind words, Tom
Posted by: Sundance

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/24/18 06:50 PM

Such a sad, sad thing this epidemic is. Great job on the song and the very moving production by you all.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/25/18 12:08 PM

Originally Posted By: Tano Music
Hits right to the heart of the matter..outstanding production, and feels "right" for the topic/lyrics.

My favorite lyric element: "But No No Not this way"

BTW...was the drum track generated with RD's?


Originally Posted By: dcuny
Excellent in every way.

To my ears, it's got a strong Warren Zevon vibe.

Great stuff.


Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Wow, such a powerful song! Excellent write, you really brought the story home (it's a big problem here too)

Production of course is totally pro, and it's the little things that really stand out and make it special. The second "no, no, not this way" line for example with just Janice.

Really good guys and gal!


Thanks y’all! That line was all Tom’s idea including using Janice’s harmony line solo.

Bud
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/27/18 05:10 AM

Originally Posted By: RichMac

Hi People.

Love your song.
Realistic contemporary feel.
Great lyrics and drama sympathetically presented.
Like the ghostly no no not this way.

Cheers.
Thanks Richard, Tom
Originally Posted By: animarorecords
Hello, Tom, Janice & Bud,

I think that difficult themes are being expressed beautifully.
The way to use the piano and the drums is wonderful.
Vocals and harmonies also fit spectacularly this song.
It is a splendid collaboration.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi
We are surely glad you liked it, Tom
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/27/18 02:14 PM

Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Ouch!

Powerful, and punchy. So close to home for America. Painful subject, but you handled it so well.

The subject matter at hand is so heart breaking for our country. Whenever I read about, and see pictures, I really want to cry.


Thanks! Tom has a heckuva with with being powerful and punchy...but with relatively few words. So effective.

Bud
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/27/18 02:17 PM

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Tom, Bud And Janice...

This is STUNNINGLY good.

Songwriting at its very best. Not a wasted word. Every line is excellent. Every line is important. So much said in so few words.

The production is (as always) clean, clear, concise. No fat. Stellar mix.

The vocal has the empathy required. The harmonies are exquisite.

Y'all are all pros.

Extraordinary.

fj


That is most kind of you mr jane. Tom is THE man on this production. As I've mentioned my contributions were relatively minor and Janice? Well what can I say w/o showing all my bias. What the heck....she nailed it all in one take. So there smile

Bud
Posted by: dani48

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/27/18 03:36 PM

Hi, Tommy, Janice & Bud !

This must be one of your
absolute best tunes at least
in MHO ! Super lyrics and
vocals make the icing on this
wonderful cake !

Congrats to all involved !

Cheers
Dani
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/28/18 12:53 PM

Originally Posted By: Scott C
Wow Tom what an awesome song and vocal. Awesome write Tom, Bud and Janice and such a beautiful harmony.
I have to respond to the lyrics separately.
The lyrics were so heart wrenching. It just seems the tragedy we are subjected today just keeps getting more and more extreme each day. That fentanyl just seems so insane why anyone would want to use it. Even the people cleaning up after these overdoses are getting wacked with just trace amounts of it lying around. Sad song awesome delivery


Thanks Scott. It is a sad story indeed. And I get very tired of hearing folks blame nobody but the users when these drugs are frequently prescribed like candy.

J&B

Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Wow - you guys absolutely nailed this. It is so haunting, and so moving. The subject matter of this one really hits close to home for me personally. It isn't often you see this issue addressed. Topic aside - this is a brilliant write and perfectly executed. Your harmonies on the chorus gave me goosebumps. Simply beautiful, and incredibly touching.

Thanks so much for sharing this smile You guys should be very proud of this one.


Thank you Deryk. We appreciate you mentioning the write and the harmony. Tom did an amazing job with the entire production.

J&B

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Here's one for the forum hall of fame, for sure!!! Powerful and painful, brilliant and beautiful, stellar and stunning!! Easiest way to sum it up.....everything done right, nothing done wrong. My favorite for both of you, and THAT is saying A LOT!!! Love it!! Take care. Greg


Wow! Those are might kind words Greg...and they are greatly appreciated.

J&B
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/29/18 06:06 AM

Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Tom,

A great song, beautifully performed and mixed.

It comes across at first as a really nice rock ballad, until you start to pick up
on the lyrics and then it gets difficult to listen to without being moved.

A very powerful and clever piece of writing.

Cheers, ROG.


ROG, thank you. We always appreciate your thoughts!

Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Yep..... got to agree, this is a really poignant song about a topic that is difficult at best to write about.



Thanks Herb.


J&B
Posted by: cliftond

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/29/18 06:53 AM

Great and powerful message song, could not be any better written or performed. I thought that was Janice doing harmony.
Posted by: Noel96

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/29/18 08:45 AM

Tom, Bud and Janice,

This is an incredibly powerful write and an equally powerful presentation. The vividness and starkness of your story really hits home. A few years ago, I lost a family member to prescription medication and a large part of that medication included the opioids oxycondone and oxycontin. The tragedy still haunts me. Stories such as yours need telling over and over and over. Only then will people hear.

The arrangement is outstanding. I loved the thump thump thump sound of the drums. For me it was like a racing heartbeat. The tension that they created drove the song like a paramedic racing to the scene of disaster. These drums added to the urgency and and the sense of helplessness of the situation.

I have no doubt that this song will make a difference somewhere to someone. You've all done a really great job. Thank you for making a difference.

Noel
Posted by: F.M.M.

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/30/18 05:47 PM

hi tommy really great song leaves a impression on your heart excellent job guys thanks eric
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 03/31/18 05:51 PM

Originally Posted By: hitsman
this is so different to what Ive heard on Showcase..such a well developed song with such haunting melody licks and vocal backing..this is a powerful song that deserves to be out there not covered by another artist but by you...brilliant
Frankie, thank you so much for stopping by. We appreciate the kind words. Tom
Originally Posted By: Sundance
Such a sad, sad thing this epidemic is. Great job on the song and the very moving production by you all.
Thanks Josie. This song was a social commentary on a harsh reality that touches nearly all of us in one way or another. Tom
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 04/01/18 01:59 PM

Dani, thank you for the kind words, Tom
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 04/02/18 04:54 AM

Originally Posted By: cliftond
Great and powerful message song, could not be any better written or performed. I thought that was Janice doing harmony.
Clifton, Thank you for stopping by. We really appreciate it, Tom
Originally Posted By: Noel96
Tom, Bud and Janice,

This is an incredibly powerful write and an equally powerful presentation. The vividness and starkness of your story really hits home. A few years ago, I lost a family member to prescription medication and a large part of that medication included the opioids oxycondone and oxycontin. The tragedy still haunts me. Stories such as yours need telling over and over and over. Only then will people hear.

The arrangement is outstanding. I loved the thump thump thump sound of the drums. For me it was like a racing heartbeat. The tension that they created drove the song like a paramedic racing to the scene of disaster. These drums added to the urgency and and the sense of helplessness of the situation.

I have no doubt that this song will make a difference somewhere to someone. You've all done a really great job. Thank you for making a difference.

Noel
Noel, I am sorry for your loss. We didn't mean to bring up sad memories. The song is meant to be a social commentary on a harsh reality. The drums played a big part in this and thanks for pointing that out. I don't know if this song will make a difference in regards to this huge problem but it made a difference for us. Thank you for taking the time to comment and share part of your experience with us, Tom
Originally Posted By: F.M.M.
hi tommy really great song leaves a impression on your heart excellent job guys thanks eric
Eric, Thank you for coming by and commenting, Tom
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 04/02/18 01:15 PM




Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Sad and beautiful Tom! It's packed full of truth that many can relate to! As for the production .... It has the awesome sonic quality an high production level we have come to expect from you! Great work! Thanks, Torrey


Thanks Torrey...and, yep, that sonic quality Tom does is remarkable.

J&B


Originally Posted By: Rob4580
Nothing better than a great story to carry a great ballad through. I love the power that the backing vocals add. Nice work on the production.Congrats to all involved. Rob


Thanks Rob!

J&B

Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Tom, Janice & Bud,

This song opens up so pretty and melodic it takes a while for the depth of the lyrics to sink in... this is a powerful and moving picture of such a devastating problem. Its an epidemic here as well and as a parent who tried a few things in my youth, the deadly potential of one choice to pop that party pill scares me.
Great vocal delivery and lovely harmonies.

Robert


Thanks Robert...it is sad indeed and more so that more help cannot be afforded to both the victims and to stop the circumstances that allow so much of that product to reach the streets.

J&B
Posted by: gruverider

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 04/02/18 05:08 PM

It's a song and a prayer and a plea.



As to the writing and performances and production - exceptional in every way!

I'm particularly drawn to Janice' harmony. The notes chosen and the performance.

And also to the overall arrangement, the mix of instruments and percussion and the choices made in bringing them in and out of the song.

So tragic, yet a wonderful song.
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 04/03/18 04:59 AM

Originally Posted By: gruverider
It's a song and a prayer and a plea.



As to the writing and performances and production - exceptional in every way!

I'm particularly drawn to Janice' harmony. The notes chosen and the performance.

And also to the overall arrangement, the mix of instruments and percussion and the choices made in bringing them in and out of the song.

So tragic, yet a wonderful song.
Lawrence, Thank you for the wonderful review, Tom
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 04/03/18 03:53 PM

Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Tom, Janice & Bud,

This song opens up so pretty and melodic it takes a while for the depth of the lyrics to sink in... this is a powerful and moving picture of such a devastating problem. Its an epidemic here as well and as a parent who tried a few things in my youth, the deadly potential of one choice to pop that party pill scares me.
Great vocal delivery and lovely harmonies.


Robert


Robert, we understand your feelings completely. Just today we received some sad news about a niece's addiction. Who would have ever dreamed it would come to this?

J&B

Originally Posted By: RichMac

Hi People.

Love your song.
Realistic contemporary feel.
Great lyrics and drama sympathetically presented.
Like the ghostly no no not this way.

Cheers.


Thanks you! Tom created that part from Janice's harmony and it very pleasantly surprised us.

J&B
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 04/04/18 07:23 AM

Originally Posted By: animarorecords
Hello, Tom, Janice & Bud,

I think that difficult themes are being expressed beautifully.
The way to use the piano and the drums is wonderful.
Vocals and harmonies also fit spectacularly this song.
It is a splendid collaboration.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi


Thank you Shigeki, we agree that Tom really created a great arrangement for the tune. Thanks for mentioning the harmonies also.

J&B


Originally Posted By: hitsman
this is so different to what Ive heard on Showcase..such a well developed song with such haunting melody licks and vocal backing..this is a powerful song that deserves to be out there not covered by another artist but by you...brilliant


Thanks for the kind and supportive comments!

J&B

Originally Posted By: Sundance
Such a sad, sad thing this epidemic is. Great job on the song and the very moving production by you all.


Thank you Josie,

J&B

Originally Posted By: dani48
Hi, Tommy, Janice & Bud !

This must be one of your
absolute best tunes at least
in MHO ! Super lyrics and
vocals make the icing on this
wonderful cake !

Congrats to all involved !

Cheers
Dani


Thanks for listening and commenting Dani.

J&B
Posted by: Skyline

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 04/04/18 08:09 AM

Looks like it's all been said, and deservedly so.
A stunning piece of work, big congratulations to all concerned.
cool
John
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 04/04/18 05:09 PM

Originally Posted By: cliftond
Great and powerful message song, could not be any better written or performed. I thought that was Janice doing harmony.


Thanks and we appreciate you mentioning the harmony.

J&B

Originally Posted By: Noel96
Tom, Bud and Janice,

This is an incredibly powerful write and an equally powerful presentation. The vividness and starkness of your story really hits home. A few years ago, I lost a family member to prescription medication and a large part of that medication included the opioids oxycondone and oxycontin. The tragedy still haunts me. Stories such as yours need telling over and over and over. Only then will people hear.

The arrangement is outstanding. I loved the thump thump thump sound of the drums. For me it was like a racing heartbeat. The tension that they created drove the song like a paramedic racing to the scene of disaster. These drums added to the urgency and and the sense of helplessness of the situation.

I have no doubt that this song will make a difference somewhere to someone. You've all done a really great job. Thank you for making a difference.

Noel


Noel, your reviews always are insightful, thought provoking and very meaningful to us.

We are sorry to hear of your loss - it’s all so tragic.

We couldn’t agree more about the drums. When Tom sent us the mix we were transfixed by it all.

Thank you very much.

J&B



Originally Posted By: F.M.M.
hi tommy really great song leaves a impression on your heart excellent job guys thanks eric


Thanks Eric!

J&B
Posted by: Samuel Davis

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 04/04/18 10:21 PM

Awesome song with a great message. Very nicely done.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 04/05/18 02:23 PM

Originally Posted By: gruverider
It's a song and a prayer and a plea.

As to the writing and performances and production - exceptional in every way!

I'm particularly drawn to Janice' harmony. The notes chosen and the performance.

And also to the overall arrangement, the mix of instruments and percussion and the choices made in bringing them in and out of the song.

So tragic, yet a wonderful song.


We appreciate your thoughtful and supportive remarks. Janice was swept away by the song and fell right into that harmony past. Thank you for mentioning it.

Bud


Originally Posted By: Skyline
Looks like it's all been said, and deservedly so.
A stunning piece of work, big congratulations to all concerned.
cool
John


Great to hear from you John and thanks for the kind words!

J&B

Originally Posted By: Samuel Davis
Awesome song with a great message. Very nicely done.


Thank you Samuel!

J&B
Posted by: Joe -PG Music

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 04/05/18 03:45 PM

Thanks for sharing this tommyad, very important topic to bring light to. Great instrumentation choices too. Well done!
Posted by: cubanpete

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 04/05/18 05:29 PM

Oh wow! heck of a piece!Don't know what else to say other than one cannot go wrong with Tommy and Bud.

Mike B.
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 04/06/18 05:30 AM

Originally Posted By: Skyline
Looks like it's all been said, and deservedly so.
A stunning piece of work, big congratulations to all concerned.
cool
John
John, It is always good to hear from you. Thanks for the wonderful comments, Tom
Originally Posted By: Samuel Davis
Awesome song with a great message. Very nicely done.
Samuel, Thanks for dropping by. We appreciate it, Tom
Posted by: RnAM

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 04/07/18 02:56 PM

Truly great work!
We've seen documentaries about this on Dutch television as well.
You guys managed to create a great pop song on this subject.
Very well done!

Rob and Anne-Marie
Posted by: tommyad

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 04/08/18 05:21 AM

Originally Posted By: Joe -PG Music
Thanks for sharing this tommyad, very important topic to bring light to. Great instrumentation choices too. Well done!
Joe, Thanks for dropping in. We are glad you did, Tom
Originally Posted By: cubanpete
Oh wow! heck of a piece!Don't know what else to say other than one cannot go wrong with Tommy and Bud.

Mike B.
Mike, Glad you liked it, Thanks, Tom
Originally Posted By: RnAM
Truly great work!
We've seen documentaries about this on Dutch television as well.
You guys managed to create a great pop song on this subject.
Very well done!

Rob and Anne-Marie
RnAM, The addiction problem here in America is at crisis level. This song was meant as a social commentary that we hope at some small level could touch someone and maybe make them think twice about bad choices, Tom
Posted by: gruverider

Re: Middletown (Tom & Bud Co-Write) - 06/06/18 09:44 PM

Wow!



I've been negligent in my participation.