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#268052 - 11/11/14 01:11 PM [User Showcase] New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME
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Hello PG music makers. This is a straight rocker with a bit of a lyrical twist-sort of a Joel and Ethan Coen version of a straight rocker. The real tracks used are the following:

Bass 388
Guitar 629 Elec pop
Nashville even ^6 H hat O
Guitar 632 Elec rhyth
Guitar 405 Ac
Organ 688 B-3
Guitar 1030 soloist

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REAL GOOD TIME

Got in her daddy’s car, she took a drive
Behind the wheel at fifteen, she felt alive
Stereo blastin’ her favorite song, her vision of life gettin’ clearer
Feelin’ so good, nothin’ could go wrong, then she sees the cops in the mirror
But daddy comes to her rescue, says passion ain’t no crime
That’s my baby, she sure has a real good time
She sure has a real good time

Hangin’ with the wild kids, they get the itch
Drivin’ a stolen Benz, the put in a ditch
Her parents try to tell her, you’re playin’ with fire, just think of the bridges your burnin’
You gotta get control of those bad desires, girl it’s time you start learnin’
But she feels like it’s her life, and livin’ it ain’t no crime
Oh yeah baby, she sure has a real good time
She sure has a real good time

Walkin’ the wild side, she jumps the track
Criminals, orgies, and thugs
It’s a one way street and she can’t turn back
She’s dabblin’ in [*****], and peddlin’ drugs

Her reality’s slippin’, she’s losin’ her grip, and her life’s spinnin’ out of control now
Too many run-ins with John Q Law, and the judge says “aren’t you on a roll now”
“Girl, the party is over, you’ll be punished for your crime”
“Hey now baby, your gonna do some time”
“Your gonna do some time”
“Your gonna do some time”

Let me know what you think Take care, Greg


Edited by Greg Johnson (11/11/14 02:22 PM)

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#268060 - 11/11/14 02:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

Not long ago, I mentioned to Bud that I wanted to do sort of an Elvis Costello song/production. Pop-y, punch-y, catchy.

I think you beat it to it!

Needless to say, I really like this! A GOOD pop song. On several levels. A good (well-written) lyric, not just a string of clichés (so often found in these type song). A terrific, SINGABLE melody - interesting changes without seeming like musical gyration just for the sake of change. Good instrumentation, well paced.

And a concise, yet, well developed story.

I like the vocal processing, but I think it is just a tad too wet. It made me miss parts on the first listen - which I typically do without looking at a lyric. You sing this well and you have a good voice. I think it could be a little more in the limelight (i.e. drier)

Awesome job on an awesome song.

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#268078 - 11/11/14 04:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Wow Greg!

I agree with Floyd this has a Costello sound!
And it sounds excellent. The bridge part (without the drums) is very functional.
This song has the feel of lots of songs from my youth, gives me a nostalgic feeling. Very well done!

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#268095 - 11/11/14 05:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg, Now that was worth the wait. Fabulous song! Great chord choice on the word crime. Nice editing throughout. I agree with with floyd somewhat re the vocal processing. Your radio ready voice is one of the best on the forum and doesn't need that much enhancement. I have never heard anyone reference the Coen brothers in a musical context before but I get it after reading the lyrics. I like everything about the arrangement. Again nice editing and as I have said before- Dude you can really sing! Going back for another listen, this is so good!!! Tom

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#268101 - 11/11/14 06:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: tommyad]
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Wow....Greg

This song is really great....I love it....but I think Floyd nailed it on suggestions....Vocal is a little wet.

Other than that the song has a great feel to it and it's a real catchy tune....not to mention good advise to all those wild teenager daughters out there...

Great Job

Horst
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#268128 - 11/11/14 08:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: Greg Johnson]
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This is really good in every category. Nice job. Enjoyed the song a lot.

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#268137 - 11/11/14 10:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg ...

It's always nice to see a new one by you. For us, the lyric is the strongest element of this one. Don't get us wrong ... the musical tracks, arrangement and performance were all great. But the lyric sold this one for us. It was very easy to put ourselves in the picture, like we were right there in the middle of it.

BTW, the distortion guitar was very nicely done! Best to you ...

Alan & Di
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#268184 - 11/12/14 11:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg,

nice lyrics, a little Floydish.
Great arrangement and vocals. (I agree with the suggestion of others referring the effects).
A very good choice of the lead guitar.
I especially like the aahs in the background.

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#268327 - 11/13/14 03:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

This is great. Floyd gave many particulars, but the thing that struck me first was your outstanding voice. Man, you're dead center on every note and terrific harmony back there. This is all beside the song itself, which is hard not to listen to all the way to the end.

Dean

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#268330 - 11/13/14 04:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Excellent production work here, great vocal; thanks for sharing!
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#268354 - 11/13/14 03:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Gregg.

In a word, BRILLIANT.

Loved everything.

Excellent production involving constant changes in instrumentation and rhythm and a spot-on mix.

And the reverb on the vocal? Perfect. Just perfect. Suited the style of song and blended the voice into the backing seamlessly. (Sorry Floyd!) And it's not as if I had a reputation for piling on the reverb, is it?

Don't change ANYTHING.

ROG.

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#268368 - 11/13/14 05:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Wow...that's a nasty sounding guitar lead there at the end...

Love It !!!

Yup I caught the EC vibe.....

cool tune.
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#268375 - 11/13/14 06:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Love the EC influence. Ear candy for me, you know I'm a fan of your voice. I also think the arrangement and the production fit the song perfectly. And aah those aahs. One other thing I'll mention is I thought the melody on this was especially nice too.

Great job Greg.

Josie

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#268377 - 11/13/14 06:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Holy #$#%%&, that is a fantastic tune.

I could single out every part and throw
superlatives at them but the complete
package is so strong that I have no
desire to try and parse it out. Like
floyd said "punch-y!"

Yeah maybe a little less processing would
make the lyric a bit easier to follow but, hey,
it's rock so listen a bunch of times!

And if imagery is what a great song
writing is all about you have nailed
it, set the piano on fire and left the stage.

Yup, we love it.

J&B

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#268389 - 11/13/14 08:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

that was top-notch! I liked everything about it! I'd have to agree with everybody's praise... Dude, you have an excellent voice! and you maneuvered the lyrics through that chord pattern slicker than a red hot snow plow cuts through a snow flurry!

And speaking of the chord pattern... that was very interesting.. it wasn't just one of the standard regurgitated patterns that shows up in many many songs. The closest song it reminds me of is "BLINDED BY THE LIGHT" by Manfred Mann (in places, not the whole way through)

You did an AWESOME job of picking real tracks and sewing them together so tightly that I can't even see the seams!

And that solo at the end really rocked.. !

Maaaaaan.. right now the quality of music on the user showcase is STEAMIN'!! EVERYbody is posting one song after another that blows me away!

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#268453 - 11/14/14 11:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi, Greg !


This is your best so far !!!:))
WOW, I love it !!!:))
from start to finish, just loved it !
Thank you for this wonderful song !


Cheers
Dani

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#268507 - 11/15/14 01:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

I hear Elvis Costello playing with The Cars. Brilliant!!!
The backing vocals are wonderful.

Nice guitar break at 2.45.

I had a real good time listening to that!!!

Alyn
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#268537 - 11/15/14 06:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Vocal awesome, Playing Awesome. Song awesome. Well done
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#268596 - 11/15/14 01:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Floyd, R and AM, and Tommy, thanks for all your kind words. I've always been into Elvis Costello ever since my brother played me the MY AIM IS TRUE LP back in the 70's. Maybe that's where the dark vibe came in subconsciously. Elvis did that sometimes. I first did the vocal with just Echoboy (Soundtoys) and when I played it on the speakers, it didn't jump enough. Maybe I got a bit carried away with the doubling thing (one track chorused) but it gave more thickness and edge to the sound. I'll probably try backing it off a bit. Thanks again for listening and commenting.

Take care all. Greg

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#268598 - 11/15/14 01:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song Post: REAL GOOD TIME [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Horst, Thanks for the positive feedback. I really appreciate it. It has been great having you join the forum. There are a lot of creative people doing really cool stuff but you have a niche that's unique and appeals to a lot of us. Thanks again!

Charlie, thanks for the kind words. They mean a lot to me. I've been really diggin' your recent posts.

Alan and Di, really appreciate the feedback on the lyrics. I love lyrics, and I try to make them different and interesting. Glad you appreciate them.

Take care all, Greg

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