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#237092 - 01/25/14 10:01 PM [User Showcase] New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind
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Dear fellow PG music community, it has been a pleasure getting to know your work. This is a wonderful forum and I continue to enjoy it a great deal. This is another BIAB creation, inspired by a band combo they have (it may be called calypso rock). Used it intact and EZDrummer for drums. I use Pro Tools MP-9 and Waves plugins. This is a Jimmy Buffett homage. The tracks put me in that mood and I wrote it that way. Like THE RIGHT LANE OF LIFE, it represents my fantasy of freedom versus my 6 days of work and 7 days of kids reality. Hope you enjoy it. Take care all!

https://soundcloud.com/gjohnson-2/mercy



AT THE MERCY OF THE WIND

Ever since I can remember, I’ve heard Poseidon calling me
The freedom and the wonder of a life out on the sea
No property to bind me, No borders to defend
Adrift without an anchor, at the mercy of the wind

I once tried my hand at business, but their values clashed with mine
It was take control and sell your soul just to make the bottom line
At sixty-five, if you’re still alive, you can be that lucky man
To finally earn the freedom that was yours when you began

A speck out on the ocean, to Saint Anthony I pray
For the wind to keep my sails filled, and the stars to guide my way
I cherish every day

While man hammers on the planet, does what damage he will do
I’ll find some distant ocean refuge where the water’s still as blue
I cast my line at sunset, pull my dinner from the sea
One day I will return there and set me spirit free

There’ve been many roads not taken, far fewer still to come
My few regrets I swallow, with the passion fruit and rum
No property to bind me, No borders to defend
Adrift without an anchor, at the mercy of the wind

Adrift out on the ocean at the mercy of the wind

Adrift without an anchor at the mercy of the wind

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#237094 - 01/25/14 10:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Very well written and performed thanks for sharing!
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#237097 - 01/25/14 10:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg...

This is a really cool song! Light and easy-going to the max. And your vocal really shines. Nice instrument selection and well-mixed.

If you click onto the memo of the song (in BIAB), it will give you all the information for the tracks and style. we always enjoy checking out the tracks used by our forum friends.

Again, A real nice song. We totally enjoyed the listen...thanks!

Al & Di
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#237137 - 01/26/14 08:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Very nice Greg. BTW - spiced rum goes well with passion fruit. wink


Regards,

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#237139 - 01/26/14 08:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Loved your song. Excellent vocal and playing
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#237151 - 01/26/14 09:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

A VERY well-written song! Obviously, you did not "just pick this up"!
A well-honed craft in that pen.

And this ain't your first rodeo recording-wise either... nice mix. Excellent vocals - so "comfortable". A truly enjoyable listen...

I would really like to hear why you choose to use EZDrummer instead of a RealDrum. The rimshot is nicely done. The snare seemed slightly "mis-matched" in the mix (VERY slightly - not trying to take away from the overall song/mix/listen) - just "a little thing" that sort of caught my attention... (maybe too much actual snare - springs - a more "leathery" snare might set in better? - just thinking out loud).

Terrific stuff!

floyd

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#237175 - 01/26/14 10:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg,

a nicely written song, excellent vocals and well-mixed.
En enjoyable listen.

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#237188 - 01/26/14 11:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: Greg Johnson]
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We enjoyed it all. A nice crispy well mixed production on my monitors. Great sound on the vocal. Well written and a fine melody to support it. Looking forward to more.

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#237191 - 01/26/14 12:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Always enjoy your work Greg, and this one is no exception. Nice smooth bounce with well placed holds. Great solo.
Thanks again
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#237288 - 01/26/14 10:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Beautiful song Greg. Love the lyrics and melody. We all know how I feel about your voice. LOL! I'm a fan.


Josie

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#237341 - 01/27/14 08:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg, Very well written and sung. The mix sounds good. Thanks for sharing. Tom

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#237405 - 01/27/14 02:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: Greg Johnson]
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What a great song. I love Jimmy Buffett, and you have captured everything I love best about his music. The lyrics are wonderful and reminiscent of John Masefield's "Sea-Fever" ("all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.") Beautifully arranged and pleasant to listen to, and as others have mentioned, your vocals are a real treat.

The whole thing makes me long to be out on the waves. Thank you for sharing this!

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#237410 - 01/27/14 02:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: Summer Russell]
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Loved the lyrics!
At 65 + a "bit" I can feel what you are getting at. grin
Classy backer too - the dubro guitar is great .
We must enjoy this Planet whilst we can - there won't be much left for future generations at the rate we are going.
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#237464 - 01/27/14 09:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: Greg Johnson]
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'To finally earn the freedom that was yours when you began'

What a line! What a lyric!!

This is a beautiful song, beautifully performed. Take a bow.

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#237670 - 01/29/14 03:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi, Greg !:))

I liked your sweet little tune
with those lyrics that included
a dream I guess many of us share !
Who knows, maybe I´ll join you
someday on that far away Island ?:))
In fact, me and my wife used to dream
about moving to an Island the kind
you are describing !:))

Cheers
Dani


Edited by dani48 (01/29/14 03:51 AM)

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#237685 - 01/29/14 08:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Nice tune..... it took me back to the Jimmy Buffet album "Son of son of a sailor" ..... lots of great songs about freedom and sailing and swimming in a sea that's not roped off....

Loved your take on this topic.


Edited by Guitarhacker (01/29/14 08:25 AM)
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#237754 - 01/29/14 03:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Everything I wanted to say has already been said!

So all I can add is you did Jimmy justice!
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#237932 - 01/30/14 10:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: floyd jane]
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Thanks Floyd. Really appreciated the feedback and nice words. The main reason I don't use real drums too often is the inability to separate the different drums/cymbals for processing. A lot of the real drums are excellent in terms of feel (very natural). The snare may have been a bit too much. When it comes to mixing, I feel Waves plugins make it pretty easy to get a decent sound. They've helped me a lot as I'm relatively new at mixing. THanks again for your feedback. Take care. Greg

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#237933 - 01/30/14 10:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: Sundance]
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Thanks much Josie. Always appreciate your positive vibes!! Take care. Greg

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#237934 - 01/30/14 10:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: New song post: At the Mercy of the Wind [Re: Summer Russell]
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Thanks so much. I love Jimmy Buffett as well. He wrote some beauties, a lot of which are unknown by much of his audience (When the coast is clear, Changing channels, The 12 volt man)-true genius. I'm glad you felt the "Buffett vibe" from my song. Take care. Greg

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