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#228577 - 12/16/13 01:16 AM [User Showcase] Christmas Town
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I wrote this one while driving past a Santa billboard during Christmas season I think it was 2009.

I just got my new BIAB 2014 and what a perfect time for the new New Orleans realtracks! The rhythm I had in mind as I wrote the song was closer to Professor Long Hair from "Big Chief part I", but these realtracks suit the tune just fine!

https://soundcloud.com/lawrence-olivier/christmas-town

Christmas Town

Santa Claus, Papa Noel
That jolly fat man ringing his bell
This time of year, he's spreading cheer around
You can always find joy in Christmas town

Check out them lights, red green and white
Pass me that eggnog I'm feeling tight
Take that ol' from and turn it upside down
Ma Cher we makein some joy, down here in Christmas town

What I got here some mistletoe
Come on Charice mama let's go
Give me some sugar if you please right now
You got me smiling with joy in Christmas Town
I hear that sleigh and dos reindeer
That means one thing Santa is near
You best be good quit acting like a clown
Yeah days plenty of joy right here in Christmas Town


****** Song Summary *************
Title: Christmas Town
Key=G , Tempo 155, Length (m:s)=2:13
No intro. 84 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 84. Repeat x1 chorus

Style is _BOOGNO2.STY ()

RealTracks in style: 2149:Bass, Electric, NewOrleansBoogie Ev 165
RealTracks in style: 2151:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm NewOrleansBoogieKevin Ev 165
RealTracks in style: 2150:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm NewOrleansBoogie Ev 165
RealTracks in song: 2152:Piano, Acoustic, Soloist NewOrleansBoogieKevin Ev 165

RealDrums in style: NewOrleansBoogie^04-a:Funky Snare , b:Snare, Tom Ride

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#228592 - 12/16/13 02:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: Christmas Town [Re: gruverider]
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Hey Lawrence,

Now that sets the mood for not just a good time but a brilliant time!

As always, you've written a great piece of music, performed up a storm and produced a mix that sparkles with talent.

I was really wanting to hear more of this! It's such a feel-good, happy song. After that last break (starts somewhere around 1:55), why not repeat from "What I got here some mistletoe ..." The song would surely stand it! (As an aside, in his uptempo songs, Elvis was never backward about re-performing the whole song to extend its length.)

"Outstanding" is what's rattling around in my head as I'm typing this!

All the best,
Noel
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#228602 - 12/16/13 04:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: Christmas Town [Re: Noel96]
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Hey - I've looked and looked and I cant find that Jerry Lee RT anywhere!!! grin grin
Excellent up-tempo song and the style fits great whatever you had in mind.
Loved it!
Merry Christmas
cheers
ian
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#228603 - 12/16/13 05:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: Christmas Town [Re: gruverider]
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Hi, Lawrence !

What a sweet little rocker........!!
Made one want to be in Xmas town ?
I am going to Xmas town myself this X mas !:))


Have a Merry Xmas and a rockin´New Year !!


Cheers
Dani

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#228614 - 12/16/13 06:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: Christmas Town [Re: dani48]
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To Gruvrider:

Groooovy

12 bar blues just don't ever seem to go out of style, do they?
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#228631 - 12/16/13 08:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: Christmas Town [Re: gruverider]
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My kind of Christmas song. Well done. Great way to start the day
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#228635 - 12/16/13 08:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: Christmas Town [Re: gruverider]
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Lawrence, That thang rocks! Love the new RT, the piano sounds great. Very well written and very well sung. Nice job, I really enjoyed it. Merry Christmas, Tom

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#228654 - 12/16/13 09:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: Christmas Town [Re: gruverider]
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Hi Lawrence,

Nice, rockin' Christmas tune! Jerry Lee would be proud! Like your vocals.

Steve
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#228708 - 12/16/13 03:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: Christmas Town [Re: gruverider]
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Lawrence -

Rockin'! Fun. Great vocal. The style is tailor-made for your voice!

Enjoyed it.

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#228802 - 12/16/13 10:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: Christmas Town [Re: gruverider]
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Lawrence:

I liked this tune. Fun lyrics and catchy tracks.

Good job.

John

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#228906 - 12/17/13 09:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Christmas Town [Re: gruverider]
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Hi Lawrence,

rocking fun Christmas tune.
Your vocals fit very well.
Merry Christmas.

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#228941 - 12/17/13 11:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: Christmas Town [Re: gruverider]
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Hi Lawrence,

I have to confess to not being a great fan of Christmas songs, but this is ONE BIG EXCEPTION. I guess it's because I AM a fan of Rock and Roll.

This is the sort of song which has everyone rushing to get on the dance floor and and I found I couldn't listen to it sitting down!

Really. really enjoyed that, thanks.

ROG.

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#229239 - 12/18/13 01:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: Christmas Town [Re: gruverider]
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Oh yeah, a rockin' Christmas song that doesn't have that contrived feel. A great vehicle for your voice and cool lyrics. This one is right dead center in our wheelhouse. Man, I hope the Mac 2014 will have those tracks. Great work!!!
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#229329 - 12/18/13 05:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: Christmas Town [Re: gruverider]
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Thank you everyone for stopping in to listen and comment!

The new realtracks are Fab, the new GUI is smooth, and BIAB has outdone itself with the 2014 upgrade!

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#230388 - 12/23/13 05:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: Christmas Town [Re: gruverider]
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Howdy Lawrence...

We've only been here a couple of days and still finding our way around. Nothin' wrong with a good, rockin' 12 bar Christmas blues!!! Probably got Jerry Lee wishing he was younger and still popular so he could so this one! Great song...we loved it! thanks for the musical treat!

I (Al) have written 2 songs who had their genesis on a billboard. In southern Missouri there was a billboard for a Southern Baptist Church saying something to the gist of come on down for some Southern hospitality and some great gospel music. I wrote a song called "Southern Gospitality". Another one was for a payday loan company. the sign said "We're not your genie in a bottle but we'll help you through the hard times". I wrote a song called "Jeannie In The Bottle"...typical country, crying in your beer song about a guy seeing his beloved but long gone Jeannie at the bottom of every bottle of Bud Lite. Inspiration can come from anywhere!

Anyway...nice song and delivery! Merry Christmas...

Al & Di
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#230519 - 12/24/13 04:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: Christmas Town [Re: gruverider]
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Al & Di, thanks for listening. and for sharing your Billboard inspiration stories. Both are very clever!

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#230564 - 12/24/13 10:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: Christmas Town [Re: gruverider]
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Lawrence,

You captured that South Louisa vibe ma man, as Russ often says "Good on you".

Merry Christmas,
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