How Tough Are You

Posted by: 44kfl

How Tough Are You - 05/31/19 05:01 AM

For those who will listen and comment, thank you

High praises to Country Andy

https://soundcloud.com/kfl44/how-tough-are-you-3


How Tough Are You
© 2019 Kenny Leverett

Far from your pretty dreams
When your world was new
Can’t go back to your Momma’s apron strings
So how tough are you

Do you sit there by the phone all alone
Waiting for me to call you
Thinking I’ll be the first to break
How tough are you

How tough are you
Do you feel the same heartache
That I do
I can’t go on
In this state of blue

Two sweethearts stand side by side
And think love will see them thru
It’s not an easy thing to do
So how tough are you

How tough are you
Do you feel the same heartache
That I do
I can’t go on
In this state of blue

Far from your pretty dreams
When your world was new
Can’t go back to your Momma’s apron strings
So how tough are you

Bass: 2877 Americana Slow
Drums: Americana Roots
Piano: 910 Elec. Smooth Ballad
Guitar: 3113 Nylon Fingerpicking
Fiddle: 2028 Country Andy
Posted by: Deryk - PG Music

Re: How Tough Are You - 05/31/19 07:24 AM

Nicely done! It sounds really sincere and heartfelt, and some of the melodies are so sweet on the ears. Love how gentle it is, and the way it pairs with your slightly gritty vocals really does it justice.

Thanks for sharing smile
Posted by: Scott C

Re: How Tough Are You - 05/31/19 08:27 AM

Beautiful song Kenny. Loved the lyric and heartfelt vocal. Nicely done. Violin was a very nice touch.
Posted by: Jim

Re: How Tough Are You - 05/31/19 10:52 AM

Another lovely song Kenny...
I really liked the vocals & harmony effects you put on the 1st "state of blue"...
I think I've gone back & listened that one section several times...
Its pretty cool sounding!
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: How Tough Are You - 05/31/19 11:40 AM

Kenny, this is a SUPERB love song. And, in our book, that ain't easy to write or perform.

Two real standouts here: Kenny and Andy.

And right off the bat Janice commented on how much she likes the bass.

As with all your material it's the totality of things...the write, the vocal performance and the well selected backing tracks all, as Gregg Allman says, are "hittin' the note."

And, man, that melody is wonderful. Stick with you wonderful.

Congrats on another one...

J&B
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: How Tough Are You - 05/31/19 01:39 PM

Kenny,

WOW! What a song! Goosebumps.

The BAND is EXCELLENT. Love it!

Your melodies these days are to die for! (the lyrics are stellar, too).

Your vocal, (though a bit hot), is... awesome.

This sounded like Chris Stapleton singing a J.D. Souther song.
What could be better?

Exceptional.

fj
Posted by: edshaw

Re: How Tough Are You - 05/31/19 02:32 PM

Holy catfish, Kenny, you are on a roll.
Posted by: dcuny

Re: How Tough Are You - 05/31/19 02:37 PM

Darned it, someone already used heartfelt, as well as mentioning the J.D. Souther vibe.

Excellent lyrics, well sung.

The chorus did exactly what it needed to. Sounded great the first time, and then again after the instrumental.

To me, this song hits that "sweet spot" of sounding vaguely familiar without being derivative.
Posted by: PeterF

Re: How Tough Are You - 05/31/19 02:50 PM

Kenny

That's a very pretty song - lovely work, excellent emotive performance and a superb choice of band.
Great melody and lyric.
As others have said you are really on a roll.

Peter
Posted by: Ember - PG Music

Re: How Tough Are You - 05/31/19 04:37 PM

The lyrics really evoked a strong emotional response. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: MarioD

Re: How Tough Are You - 05/31/19 04:57 PM

All I can say is WOW! This is perfect in every way. Super choice for your backing tracks as this sounds live! Your vocals are outstanding and your lyrics are heart touching.

This should be on the radio!
Posted by: rayc

Re: How Tough Are You - 05/31/19 06:49 PM

An excellent song.
Is the hot vocal through VST, (decimator, drive or similar), proximity, intimate compression or something else?
The distortion on the vocal isn't a liability but "I can't go on.." does get too close to unpleasant in headphones.
A lovely arrangement and sentiment.
Posted by: Tangmo

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/01/19 12:38 AM

Wonderful melody that has stayed with me for 15-20 minutes between listens and now. Hard to pin down this lyric. Stark is an adjective I'd use. I don't really know which way to plug into it emotionally. Part of me senses the realism of a relationship. And part of me senses it's about to end. Nothing at all wrong with not tying up neatly with a bow. Insted, it drew me in.
Posted by: rsdean

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/01/19 04:15 AM

Kenny,

This song and performance is absolutely exquisite... None better.

I am enjoying every single song you release. You are at the top of your game.

Bob
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/01/19 11:01 AM

SO SO SO SO GOOD!!! Love the space in the band, and that sweet nylon guitar. The lyrics are gripping and the melody carries them perfectly....artistry!! Wonderful passionate vocal, and the fiddle is PERFECT! A GREAT SONG from a GREAT WRITER!!! LOVE IT!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/02/19 09:33 AM

Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Nicely done! It sounds really sincere and heartfelt, and some of the melodies are so sweet on the ears. Love how gentle it is, and the way it pairs with your slightly gritty vocals really does it justice.

Thanks for sharing smile


Thanks Deryk,

I appreciate your support and kind words.
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/02/19 09:33 AM

Originally Posted By: Scott C
Beautiful song Kenny. Loved the lyric and heartfelt vocal. Nicely done. Violin was a very nice touch.


Hey Scott,

Appreciate the listen and kind words.
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/02/19 09:36 AM

Originally Posted By: Jim
Another lovely song Kenny...
I really liked the vocals & harmony effects you put on the 1st "state of blue"...
I think I've gone back & listened that one section several times...
Its pretty cool sounding!


Jim,

Thanks, I was tempted to repeat that part the second time around,

decided that it should stay as simple as possible.

Thanks for mentioning it, you might know that it's borrowed from a Linda Ronstadt arrangement

at least that's where I heard it first.
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/02/19 09:38 AM

Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
Kenny, this is a SUPERB love song. And, in our book, that ain't easy to write or perform.

Two real standouts here: Kenny and Andy.

And right off the bat Janice commented on how much she likes the bass.

As with all your material it's the totality of things...the write, the vocal performance and the well selected backing tracks all, as Gregg Allman says, are "hittin' the note."

And, man, that melody is wonderful. Stick with you wonderful.

Congrats on another one...

J&B



I'm touched by you guys incredibly kind words,

thanks
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/02/19 09:40 AM

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Kenny,

WOW! What a song! Goosebumps.

The BAND is EXCELLENT. Love it!

Your melodies these days are to die for! (the lyrics are stellar, too).

Your vocal, (though a bit hot), is... awesome.

This sounded like Chris Stapleton singing a J.D. Souther song.
What could be better?

Exceptional.

fj


Thanks , you are the ambassador of kind words around here,

you make me and everyone here feel worthy,

you know that I absolutely love both those artists.
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/02/19 09:41 AM

Originally Posted By: edshaw
Holy catfish, Kenny, you are on a roll.



love it! Holy catfish indeed (great song title)

I appreciate your listen and kind words.
Posted by: Robertkc

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/02/19 10:22 AM

Kenny,

Very very good! Love the melody, the "how tough are you" refrain and the band...oh, and that "blueoooo" thing you do.

Robert
Posted by: TuneMonger

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/02/19 02:15 PM

Another great tune, liked the walkdown on the word blue. Liked the whole thing, in fact.
Posted by: Deej56

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/03/19 07:21 PM

Kenny,

Love the tune, love the lyrics—sets just the right mood, and sung with a lot of emotion and heart. Could possibly dial back the vocal in the mix a bit, or maybe take off a shade of reverb . . . but it’s sounding pretty darn good as is. Really strong offering, Kenny. I think it’s one of my favorites from you (which is saying a lot giving how many terrific tunes I’ve heard from you).

Hope all is good with you!

Deej
Posted by: Rustyspoon#

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/03/19 08:08 PM

Kenny,
not sure how this escaped me. I usually pay attention to your releases.
Nice laid back rock ballad. Usage of strings is excellent. I like your vocal chain FX or the things you used on it. Got this early Pink Floyd vocal tone to it. This is an nice addition to your heavier tunes! Enjoyed my listen.

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.
Posted by: jannesan

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/04/19 10:13 AM

Your interpretation of the heartaching lyrics is magical, so much feeling in your voice and I like that breathing is not cut out. Superb band, simplicity just works here.

Janne
Posted by: David Snyder

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/04/19 11:14 AM


Great song Kenny. Really love the strings, and the overall production. Very warm. A truly rich production.

You just keep knockin' out the hits.

smile
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/06/19 04:53 AM

Hi Kenny,

Man, this has to be one of your best vocals yet! Heartfelt and just dripping with emotion.

Just an outstanding song, one of your best IMHO.

Is that you playing guitar on the soundcloud pic?
Posted by: Biglad

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/06/19 07:21 AM

top notch Kenny,vocals are sweet with a touch of dirt.very springsteen in quality.production is excellent loving the Rhodes .thanks for sharing
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/08/19 02:29 PM

Originally Posted By: dcuny
Darned it, someone already used heartfelt, as well as mentioning the J.D. Souther vibe.

Excellent lyrics, well sung.

The chorus did exactly what it needed to. Sounded great the first time, and then again after the instrumental.

To me, this song hits that "sweet spot" of sounding vaguely familiar without being derivative.


David,

Thanks so much for dropping by for a listen,

I appreciate the very kind words and I appreciate that you'd tell me

if you disagreed or didn't like something you heard!
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/08/19 02:30 PM

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Kenny

That's a very pretty song - lovely work, excellent emotive performance and a superb choice of band.
Great melody and lyric.
As others have said you are really on a roll.

Peter


Peter,

Thanks so much

I appreciate your listen and kind words
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/08/19 02:30 PM

Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
The lyrics really evoked a strong emotional response. Thanks for sharing!


Thanks Ember!
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/08/19 02:31 PM

Originally Posted By: MarioD
All I can say is WOW! This is perfect in every way. Super choice for your backing tracks as this sounds live! Your vocals are outstanding and your lyrics are heart touching.

This should be on the radio!


Mario,

Thank you so much!
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/08/19 02:32 PM

Originally Posted By: rayc
An excellent song.
Is the hot vocal through VST, (decimator, drive or similar), proximity, intimate compression or something else?
The distortion on the vocal isn't a liability but "I can't go on.." does get too close to unpleasant in headphones.
A lovely arrangement and sentiment.


Thanks Ray,

sorry that the vocals didn't quite make it for you

it's all a learning experience
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/10/19 06:47 AM

Originally Posted By: Tangmo
Wonderful melody that has stayed with me for 15-20 minutes between listens and now. Hard to pin down this lyric. Stark is an adjective I'd use. I don't really know which way to plug into it emotionally. Part of me senses the realism of a relationship. And part of me senses it's about to end. Nothing at all wrong with not tying up neatly with a bow. Insted, it drew me in.


Thanks Tang,

open to interpretation
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/10/19 06:47 AM

Originally Posted By: rsdean
Kenny,

This song and performance is absolutely exquisite... None better.

I am enjoying every single song you release. You are at the top of your game.

Bob


Thank you Bob, I can say the same about your music

you are on fire
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/10/19 06:49 AM

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
SO SO SO SO GOOD!!! Love the space in the band, and that sweet nylon guitar. The lyrics are gripping and the melody carries them perfectly....artistry!! Wonderful passionate vocal, and the fiddle is PERFECT! A GREAT SONG from a GREAT WRITER!!! LOVE IT!! Take care. Greg


Thanks Greg,

I appreciate your steady support, encouragement, and kind words.
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/10/19 06:49 AM

Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Kenny,

Very very good! Love the melody, the "how tough are you" refrain and the band...oh, and that "blueoooo" thing you do.

Robert


Thanks Robert!
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/10/19 06:50 AM

Originally Posted By: TuneMonger
Another great tune, liked the walkdown on the word blue. Liked the whole thing, in fact.


Thank you Tunemonger
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/10/19 06:51 AM

Originally Posted By: Deej56
Kenny,

Love the tune, love the lyrics—sets just the right mood, and sung with a lot of emotion and heart. Could possibly dial back the vocal in the mix a bit, or maybe take off a shade of reverb . . . but it’s sounding pretty darn good as is. Really strong offering, Kenny. I think it’s one of my favorites from you (which is saying a lot giving how many terrific tunes I’ve heard from you).

Hope all is good with you!

Deej


Thank you Deej for the listen, comments, and kind words.
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/10/19 06:53 AM

Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
Kenny,
not sure how this escaped me. I usually pay attention to your releases.
Nice laid back rock ballad. Usage of strings is excellent. I like your vocal chain FX or the things you used on it. Got this early Pink Floyd vocal tone to it. This is an nice addition to your heavier tunes! Enjoyed my listen.

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.


Misha,

Thank you for your listen and kind words, the strings are an electric piano.
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/10/19 05:44 PM

Originally Posted By: jannesan
Your interpretation of the heartaching lyrics is magical, so much feeling in your voice and I like that breathing is not cut out. Superb band, simplicity just works here.

Janne


Thanks Janne,

I appreciate those kind words.
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/11/19 12:07 PM

Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Great song Kenny. Really love the strings, and the overall production. Very warm. A truly rich production.

You just keep knockin' out the hits.

smile


Hey David,

Thanks for the listen and kind words

(it's a pee-nanner not a stringy-thingy)
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/12/19 07:29 PM

Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Hi Kenny,

Man, this has to be one of your best vocals yet! Heartfelt and just dripping with emotion.

Just an outstanding song, one of your best IMHO.

Is that you playing guitar on the soundcloud pic?



Hey Dave,

thanks,

that's me and a bandmate around 1980 or 81
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/12/19 07:30 PM

Originally Posted By: Biglad
top notch Kenny,vocals are sweet with a touch of dirt.very springsteen in quality.production is excellent loving the Rhodes .thanks for sharing


Thank you Biglad, love your country songs.
Posted by: Joe -PG Music

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/13/19 06:35 AM

Nice work Kenny, wowzers! This sounds very full and the chord progression flows together well. The lyrics are nice too. Keep em comin'!
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/13/19 07:16 AM

Nice work. The chorus rise from the verse is climactic. Another great set of lyrics.
Posted by: Torrey Bliss

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/13/19 05:40 PM

A classic Kenny tune! Really soul felt with a beautiful chorus! Loved the electric piano! I liked the fact that you left the breath sounds in between the lines, it really adds to the emotional vibe to the tune! Nice work Kenny!! Thanks, Torrey
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/13/19 09:10 PM

Originally Posted By: Joe -PG Music
Nice work Kenny, wowzers! This sounds very full and the chord progression flows together well. The lyrics are nice too. Keep em comin'!


Thanks Joe!
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/13/19 09:10 PM

Originally Posted By: Ezekiel's Storm
Nice work. The chorus rise from the verse is climactic. Another great set of lyrics.


Thanks for the listen and the kind words.
Posted by: Al-David

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/13/19 09:44 PM

WOW, Kenny!

Everything that should be said has ready been said, as far as I can tell. I'll pile on to all those accolades. If awards were given for cutting edge emotion, this would be an easy winner. Your vocal delivery is all a listener could hope for. And the band ... well, they got their stuff together and soared. Simply astounding. This is eloquent as only you could do it.

Alan
Posted by: Sundance

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/13/19 11:50 PM

Kenny, I loved the rawness of this song. Not many singers/writers can carry this kind of raw emotion off as well as you do with the subtle builds and valleys moving the listeners heart right along with you.

Josie
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/14/19 08:20 AM

Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
A classic Kenny tune! Really soul felt with a beautiful chorus! Loved the electric piano! I liked the fact that you left the breath sounds in between the lines, it really adds to the emotional vibe to the tune! Nice work Kenny!! Thanks, Torrey


Thanks Torrey

I love that piano sound too, seems to work well in a sparse arrangement

appreciate the kind words
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/16/19 09:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Al-David
WOW, Kenny!

Everything that should be said has ready been said, as far as I can tell. I'll pile on to all those accolades. If awards were given for cutting edge emotion, this would be an easy winner. Your vocal delivery is all a listener could hope for. And the band ... well, they got their stuff together and soared. Simply astounding. This is eloquent as only you could do it.

Alan


Hey Alan!

good to hear from you, hope that you and Di are doing well.

as always I appreciate your listen, support, and kind words
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: How Tough Are You - 06/16/19 09:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Sundance
Kenny, I loved the rawness of this song. Not many singers/writers can carry this kind of raw emotion off as well as you do with the subtle builds and valleys moving the listeners heart right along with you.

Josie


Hi Josie,

Thank you so much!