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#258873 - 08/08/14 06:01 PM [User Showcase] Eric, Whaddaya Say?
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My wife owns a yoga studio.
Saturday at 10:30 is a class known by those who attend as "Yoga Gone Wild".
About a dozen regulars (sometimes 15-18) who rib each other for the entire hour and 15 minutes...
Cutting up, telling jokes, laughing at and with each other.
It is a very irreverant yoga class.
My wife uses pretty hip playlists during her class (she's way cooler than me).
She decided she wanted a playlist that would included everybody's name.

Brandy
Proud Mary
Tell Laura I Love Her
Susie Q

... that kind of thing.

The one name she could not match (find) in a song was Eric.
Google it... there aren't any...

So... I wrote one for her (or, actually.. for Eric).

It's a song about finding your dreams right in front of you.

Hope you enjoy it. (Eric did)


ERIC, WHADDAYA SAY?

you always had the wildest of dreams
some crazy new idea every week or two it seems
to buy yourself some old boat.. to fix up some old loft
we'd just laugh, pretending, you just might pull it off

eric, where'd you go.. eric, where'd you land
eric, did you see it through.. did you make your stand
did you live out that dream.. did you find that perfect life
did you save the world from darkness by sharing your light
eric, whaddya say.. did it go your way
eric, whaddya say.. did it go your way

you were gonna backpack from amsterdam to spain
and climb some silly mountain, so the whole world knew your name
then make your way to hollywood to grace the silver screen
and write the greatest novel new york had ever seen

eric, where'd you go.. eric, where'd you land
eric, did you see it through.. did you make your stand
did you live out that dream.. did you find that perfect life
i heard tell of a son or two and a lovely wife
eric, whaddya say.. did it go your way
eric, whaddya say.. did it go your way

did you live out that dream.. did you find that perfect life
i heard tell of a son or two and a lovely wife
eric, whaddya say.. did it go your way
eric, whaddya say.. did it go your way


... and the Band...
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1677 Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking CountryBrent Ev 120
1755 Mandolin, Rhythm Pop8ths Ev 110
2035 Mandolin, Soloist CountryAndy Ev 120
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Comments?

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#258876 - 08/08/14 06:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: floyd jane]
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Hey Floyd,

Well, we're not sure what Eric said, but we say pretty danged cool, Floyd!"

We loved the lyric and, as always, your voice shines. What we loved most is the simplicity of the tracks. Nothing real fancy, just enough of everything that was needed and nothing that was unnecessary.

Great song and a great listen. You never fail to amaze us with your music!

Alan & Di
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#258877 - 08/08/14 06:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd. Living in NZ gives me first comment! Can really relate to this one. Love the lyrics and they really suit your voice. The backing is perfect for it. Nice one! Cheers.

Edit. Bugger! I was too slow and Alan beat me to it.


Edited by RichMac (08/08/14 06:21 PM)
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#258879 - 08/08/14 06:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: floyd jane]
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I like this song a lot. You took a smooth, low-key production approach that suits the lyrics very well. I think electric guitars or a B3 would only have subtracted from the soul of this one. The song, the lyrics have a weight all their own and you did a masterful job of giving them center stage.

much enjoyed!

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#258893 - 08/08/14 08:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: floyd jane]
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Rich,

I just happened to be on the site at the same time Floyd posted this. Look at it this way ... you were the first from New Zealand!
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#258915 - 08/09/14 02:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: floyd jane]
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floyd,
What a good song, very clever of you to write a song with Eric in the title. Very clever.
Glad Eric liked it!

As always, an impeccable production.

your wife seems a good laugh by wanting a play list like that. She should start each Yoga session with "Bend it" by "Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch" A great(?)70's UK band.

Alyn

ps
And now for something completely different I do have to say that there IS a song with Eric in the title and I sadly had no need to google it, except to remember what it sounded like after all these years. Do a search for "Eric the half a Bee" by Monty Python from 1972.


Edited by gibson (08/10/14 01:59 AM)
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#258917 - 08/09/14 02:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi, Floyd !

I got myself a new fav Floydsong now !:))
And I am sure our own Eric will love it too (chuckle) !:))
...and thank you again for lending your wonderful
vocal to me on "You Are So Beautiful" !
Just love your voice !:))


Cheers
Dani

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#258949 - 08/09/14 08:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd,

lyrics, chords, arrangement, vocals and harmonies:
a real Floyd production.
Together with the funny background story
a perfect entertainment.
Thanks for that.

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#258960 - 08/09/14 09:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: floyd jane]
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floyd, I read the lyrics first and tried to imagine what was coming. What happened was that I was singing along by the second verse. The second time through I knew it by heart. Perfect instrumentation and mix. Perfect melody and the vocal is absolutely among your best. Can i be in your band ? We won't even have to practice. Another outstanding creation. Tom

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#258965 - 08/09/14 09:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: floyd jane]
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Good job on the song and yeah...top notch production.

When I need to find some music I turn to youtube because it has songs from hundreds of thousands of artists and some of them are the most obscure but..... it's literally my "go-to" place for music.

So in that vein..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1aCDnNriFI

that would be a "stretching" tune for the yoga folks.
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#258972 - 08/09/14 09:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: floyd jane]
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I bet everyone knows an "Eric" which makes your song so easy to relate to by all. Beyond the top notch writing and production of your songs, you make every song different yet your songs always are recognizable as a Floyd Jane song. Not many people can accomplish establishing their own distinct sound as you have. Enjoyed this one as I always do your submissions to the forum.

Regards,

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#258975 - 08/09/14 10:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd,

This is my favorite so far. "eric, where'd you go.. eric, where'd you land" Very nice!
A relaxed and very smooth musical arrangement.
Well sung (with that full American pronunciation, I wish I had smile ).
Everything is perfectly in balance.

Regards,
Rob


Edited by R & AM (08/09/14 10:37 AM)
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#258994 - 08/09/14 02:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd.

Very original idea and performed with all your usual polish.

I did find at first that occasionally it sounded like "Ear-ache, where'd you go?" and then I couldn't hear anything else, but that's my problem, not yours.

Everything sounded great on the speakers but, (and I know I've said this before) the stereo panning seemed a little harsh in the 'phones. Other than that, brilliant.

I'm with Alyn in that I'm a great fan of Python and remember that song too. It's not as catchy as yours.

ROG.

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#259002 - 08/09/14 03:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd, +1 all the good stuff above. This was nice, laid back and entertaining. Everything rolled along nicely. Only at the very end was my mind brought back, wondering if everyone's yoga postures were 'going their way' smile. Thanks for sharing the story and tune.


Edited by nobilis (08/09/14 05:07 PM)

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#259015 - 08/09/14 09:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: floyd jane]
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Well you asked for comments so I will give you one!
If under the song title it says "by Floyd James" then I know that it is a winner!

This song has everything going for it, a great vocal with super lyrics, and the perfect backing tracks to match.
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#259043 - 08/10/14 07:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd, more genius from you. Really nicely done, great melody, and easy to listen to, no matter what your favorite genre.

The harmonies worked very well to fill out the vocal, with a very sensibly chosen balance.

Thanks again for your contribution.

Whaddaya say!

Cheers
Trevor
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#259057 - 08/10/14 11:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: gruverider]
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Originally Posted By: Al-David
Hey Floyd,
Well, we're not sure what Eric said, but we say pretty danged cool, Floyd!"
We loved the lyric and, as always, your voice shines. What we loved most is the simplicity of the tracks. Nothing real fancy, just enough of everything that was needed and nothing that was unnecessary.
Great song and a great listen. You never fail to amaze us with your music!
Alan & Di

Alan & Di - Thanks guys...that seems a nice summary...

Originally Posted By: RichMac
Hi Floyd. Living in NZ gives me first comment! Can really relate to this one. Love the lyrics and they really suit your voice. The backing is perfect for it. Nice one! Cheers.

Edit. Bugger! I was too slow and Alan beat me to it.

Richard - "..to the swiftest", I guess.. I appreciate you popping in...

Originally Posted By: gruverider
I like this song a lot. You took a smooth, low-key production approach that suits the lyrics very well. I think electric guitars or a B3 would only have subtracted from the soul of this one. The song, the lyrics have a weight all their own and you did a masterful job of giving them center stage.

much enjoyed!

Lawrence - always pleased to catch your ear... thanks for all of that..

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#259099 - 08/10/14 06:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: dani48]
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Originally Posted By: gibson
floyd,
What a good song, very clever of you to write a song with Eric in the title. Very clever.
Glad Eric liked it!

As always, an impeccable production.

your wife seems a good laugh by wanting a play list like that. She should start each Yoga session with "Bend it" by "Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch" A great(?)70's UK band.

Alyn

ps
And now for something completely different I do have to say that there IS a song with Eric in the title and I sadly had no need to google it, except to remember what it sounded like after all these years. Do a search for "Eric the half a Bee" by Monty Python from 1972.


Alyn - I always enjoy your responses - but this one especially...
"semi- carnally"????? Y'all being couped up on that island does some weird things to the mind methinks... smile Thanks so much for your delightful visit


Originally Posted By: dani48
Hi, Floyd !

I got myself a new fav Floydsong now !:))
And I am sure our own Eric will love it too (chuckle) !:))
...and thank you again for lending your wonderful
vocal to me on "You Are So Beautiful" !
Just love your voice !:))

Cheers Dani

Aw, Dani... you always say that! (and thanks)

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#259146 - 08/11/14 12:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: tommyad]
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Originally Posted By: boehm
Hi Floyd,

lyrics, chords, arrangement, vocals and harmonies:
a real Floyd production.
Together with the funny background story
a perfect entertainment.
Thanks for that.

Guenter

Guenter - Thanks - you are always most kind with your comments..


Originally Posted By: tommyad
floyd, I read the lyrics first and tried to imagine what was coming. What happened was that I was singing along by the second verse. The second time through I knew it by heart. Perfect instrumentation and mix. Perfect melody and the vocal is absolutely among your best. Can i be in your band ? We won't even have to practice. Another outstanding creation. Tom

Tom - you ARE in my band, aren't you?!? Appreciate all those nice things you say...

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#259159 - 08/11/14 01:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: Eric, Whaddaya Say? [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,

Another classic, great Floydsong! Very well produced, and written. Your vocals are always where they need to be. I am always impressed by your work and this is no exception!

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