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#269037 - 11/20/14 07:17 AM [User Showcase] Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar)
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FATHER TIME

SoundCloud Alternate: Father Time

Here's an experimental venture into Americana. We considered several different genres after I wrote the lyric but, FWIW, it seemed to work better with a roots rock groove and Janice came up with a melody that seemed to fit.

Vocal: Janice via Rodes NT1 interfaced to Logic Pro X via Blue Icicle and vocal effects by Izotope’s Necter 2
Lead Guitar: Tom Adams (tommyadmusic.com)
Rhythm Guitars 1: RT 835 Rendered thru Direct Input and distortion applied via a Logic Pro amp/speaker/mic module
Rhythm Guitars 2: RT 833 Rendered thru Direct Input and tremelo applied via a Logic Pro stomp box module
Bass: RT 700 EQ applied via Necter2's EQ module
Drums: N'ville Even 8's with EQ and Reverb from Necter2's modules
Mixing/Mastering: Logic Pro X and Izotope Ozone 6.

Big thanks to Tom for the cool lead guitar and for rhythm guitar effect suggestions/feedback, mix advice and lyric tweaks. And thanks to floyd jane for putting me on to one of the rhythm guitar selections and mix feedback. No way would I have ventured into electric guitar effects w/o their help and support.

Thanks for taking the time to listen and, as always, comments are both welcomed and appreciated.


Father Time
© Merritt/Adams

You ran with the bad crowd everyday after school
and fought imaginary enemies down the avenue
Always taking advantage of the less fortunate

made out like a bandit, never failed to take the credit

You're on a one way track, ain't nobody got your back

Chorus:
You may think you have all that you ever desired

but your memory is fading and your body grows tired 

There's one tall mountain you'll never climb

it's not long, you’ ll be brought down by Father Time

Sycophants danced 'round you like rock groupies 

you paid off everyone in sight even all the juries 

Said you were in Nam, claimed you earned the Heart

funny how your buddies don’t remember that part

You're on a one way track, ain't nobody got your back

Chorus

Bridge 

Now your bones are aching and your eyes are dimming
It won't be very long, you've played your swan song

Chorus





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#269039 - 11/20/14 07:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi Bud and Janice
That is quite some song! Being brought down by Father Time. The great leveller. Really enjoyed Tommýs guitar and as always Janice vocal is spot on'. Love the groupies/juries rhyme. Good one!

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#269043 - 11/20/14 07:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi Janice and Bud,

A very good song. Vocals nice, clear and crisp as always.
The guitar is very cool, Tommy has done a great job.

Regards,
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#269049 - 11/20/14 08:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Well, this one is a little different than some of your more recent offerings! I needed to step back a few paces and really listen for a while to get my brain wrapped around a whole new kind of Merritts song!

I am particularly interested in the lyrics. The specific observations being made suggest you may have somebody in mind. If so, would you care to elaborate? (If you'd rather not, I certainly understand) On the other hand, if its more of a generic observation about a certain KIND of person you've encountered in life, I'd like to hear more about that too. Anyway, I thought the lyrics stole the show on this tune! I'm guessing Bud wrote them? If so, AWESOME job, my friend! I am so envious! I can't write good lyrics to save my soul!

Its interesting to me that this song comes on the heels of Floyd's suggestion that JosieC revamp her folk tune as a frisco folk rock tune ala Jefferson Airplane, because I get a very similar vibe from this song.

One of the things that gives it that vibe is the fact that more modern pop music relies heavily on hooks and signature riffs that have sorta become the benchmark of commercial music. In the 60s most acts were highly resistant to the idea of making music for commercial reasons, and therefore the guitar parts were more ethereal. Whether the lack of recurring riffs in those days was planned, or whether it was just because they were stoned, and couldn't remember what they played in the last verse in order to play it again... is a moot point now. But its worth noting that the lack of hooks is somewhat characteristic of that era.

Having said all that, I notice that Tommy seems to have purposefully passed up the opportunity to rubber stamp the same riffs throughout this song. Instead he plays from the heart at each passage, which has the end result of making the decorations more varied and interesting from start to finish. Good job, Tommy!

Normally, this is the part of the review where I would take the rest of the day to craft a succinct paragraph of meticulously chosen words that describe Janice's awesomeness to the best of my verbal ability. But, I'm starting to feel like such a suck-up that I'm a little bit embarrassed to do it in every single review! Really, I am. So, this time, in an effort to scale the praise back a notch so that future praise isn't quite as eye-rollingly predictable, I'll leave it at this:

Janice, you are awesome. If you ever stop singing, boy will I be mad. If singers were food, all the singer chicks on the radio would be dog food, but you'd be steak. I think Guitar Center should have one whole wall painted as a mural of you. The next presidential function should feature music by the Merritts. The next space mission should include a time capsule with your CD in it so whatever alien civilization finds it will know that earth included a musically superior race of Merritts.

There. (Did that work as a scaled back and almost totally muted observation?)

;-)

disclaimer: only radio singer chicks are dog food in comparison. The forum singer chicks are all awesome, and they will get their own individual praise-fest each time they post their ear candy!


Edited by Pat Marr (11/20/14 08:31 AM)
Edit Reason: fixed various typos

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#269054 - 11/20/14 08:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Loved it!! Love the concept. We all have known someone like the character in this song, and had that emotion. Mix and arrangement are superb, and Tommyad is always going to be a great addition to a track. The live vibe to the track is great, and Janice delivers the vocals beautifully. What's not to like? A true gem!! BTW, for a different slant on the time angle, check out TIME THE CONQUEROR by Jackson Browne. It's worth the listen. Take care. Greg

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#269087 - 11/20/14 11:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Excellent write, excellent production, excellent Guitar and excellent vocals. Really enjoyed this and looking forward to hearing something from you guys again real soon.


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#269089 - 11/20/14 12:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Really loved this tune. Excellent lyrics. As always excellent singing and playing. Excellent guitar work. Great collaboration..
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#269110 - 11/20/14 02:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: RnAM]
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Originally Posted By: JosieC
Hi Bud and Janice
That is quite some song! Being brought down by Father Time. The great leveller. Really enjoyed Tommýs guitar and as always Janice vocal is spot on'. Love the groupies/juries rhyme. Good one!


Thank you Joanne. Mercifully folks of that ilk can't last forever.

Originally Posted By: R & AM
Hi Janice and Bud,

A very good song. Vocals nice, clear and crisp as always.
The guitar is very cool, Tommy has done a great job.
Regards,
Rob and Anne-Marie


We appreciate that guys. It was a fun departure.
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#269177 - 11/21/14 05:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi, Bud, Janice and Tommy !:))

Father Time, yeah seems we
are all slowly closing up to
that time ? I liked this
production really much and
Janice (what a voice !!!)
enhances every bit of the
melody ! WOW !

Cheers
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#269184 - 11/21/14 06:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi Janice & Bud and Tommy,

great collaboration.
Excellent lyrics. Janice's voice shining like always.
Tommy's guitar work makes it unique.
Enjoyable listen.

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#269228 - 11/21/14 10:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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J&B&T...

Stellar. Pro sound from every direction.

It sounds like Janice sat in as guest vocalist with The Grateful Dead.
Right down to that guitar guy... nice!

And... kudos for getting "sycophants" into a lyric! smile

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#269289 - 11/21/14 07:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hey!

The three of you, along with BIAB, sound super! Man, I can relate to the lyric. I'm close to 70 years old and growing old is not a graceful process! I figured out why I always have blisters on my fingers ... I thought it was from practicing guitar 2 or 3 hours a day, almost every day. Nope ...it's from having turned so danged many calender pages!

The soul in Janice's voice is perfectly matched with Tom's excellent guitar work. And Bud's lyric tells the tale!

Super job! i didn't listen to a lot of rock back in the 60's, 70's, & 80's, so I (Alan) can't comment too much on the groups that have been mentioned. Heck, I was playing lead guitar in a Country band 25 nights a month! It took all I had to keep up with that!

But, this is cool, regardless of who it might sound like. To me it sounded like a J&B hit featuring Tom Adams. That works for me any day of the week!

Best to you. All three of yas did down-right superb work!

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#269379 - 11/22/14 05:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: Pat Marr]
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Originally Posted By: Pat Marr
Well, this one is a little different than some of your more recent offerings! I needed to step back a few paces and really listen for a while to get my brain wrapped around a whole new kind of Merritts song!

I am particularly interested in the lyrics. The specific observations being made suggest you may have somebody in mind. If so, would you care to elaborate? (If you'd rather not, I certainly understand) On the other hand, if its more of a generic observation about a certain KIND of person you've encountered in life, I'd like to hear more about that too. Anyway, I thought the lyrics stole the show on this tune! I'm guessing Bud wrote them? If so, AWESOME job, my friend! I am so envious! I can't write good lyrics to save my soul!

Its interesting to me that this song comes on the heels of Floyd's suggestion that JosieC revamp her folk tune as a frisco folk rock tune ala Jefferson Airplane, because I get a very similar vibe from this song.

One of the things that gives it that vibe is the fact that more modern pop music relies heavily on hooks and signature riffs that have sorta become the benchmark of commercial music. In the 60s most acts were highly resistant to the idea of making music for commercial reasons, and therefore the guitar parts were more ethereal. Whether the lack of recurring riffs in those days was planned, or whether it was just because they were stoned, and couldn't remember what they played in the last verse in order to play it again... is a moot point now. But its worth noting that the lack of hooks is somewhat characteristic of that era.

Having said all that, I notice that Tommy seems to have purposefully passed up the opportunity to rubber stamp the same riffs throughout this song. Instead he plays from the heart at each passage, which has the end result of making the decorations more varied and interesting from start to finish. Good job, Tommy!

Normally, this is the part of the review where I would take the rest of the day to craft a succinct paragraph of meticulously chosen words that describe Janice's awesomeness to the best of my verbal ability. But, I'm starting to feel like such a suck-up that I'm a little bit embarrassed to do it in every single review! Really, I am. So, this time, in an effort to scale the praise back a notch so that future praise isn't quite as eye-rollingly predictable, I'll leave it at this:

Janice, you are awesome. If you ever stop singing, boy will I be mad. If singers were food, all the singer chicks on the radio would be dog food, but you'd be steak. I think Guitar Center should have one whole wall painted as a mural of you. The next presidential function should feature music by the Merritts. The next space mission should include a time capsule with your CD in it so whatever alien civilization finds it will know that earth included a musically superior race of Merritts.

There. (Did that work as a scaled back and almost totally muted observation?)

;-)

disclaimer: only radio singer chicks are dog food in comparison. The forum singer chicks are all awesome, and they will get their own individual praise-fest each time they post their ear candy!


Pat, when Janice and I decided to venture back into making music after nearly a decade off your comments on our early posts were and remain very meaningful to us. Since we were experimenting way out of our bluegrass comfort zone we didn't always get a lot of support from our old music friends. This forum and folks like you gave us the encouragement to forge on.

Father Time drew mixed comments from family and friends as it's more rock oriented than any previous efforts. We knew immediately that Tom's guitar was excellent and perfectly fit the song. However weren't completely sure if structurally, lyrically and melody wise we were on the "right" track for a roots rock tune. That's why responses like yours are such confidence builders and we always appreciate them.

You asked about the origin of the lyric. We all have seen many good caring people pass on way too early. And at the same time we see truly awful or even evil people live long lives. People without one whit of humanity. It seems that only Father Time brings them down. Yet it's hard to take solace in that as Father Time eventually takes us all. So I had no one person in mind - just a composite of a few personal encounters and characters from history and current news.

Thanks for your remarks and interest in the lyric. And Janice was just overwhelmed by your thoughts about her vocal.
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#269383 - 11/22/14 05:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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I want to check in here and thank all the listeners who commented on the guitar work. I viewed this as an alternative country roots rock sound and envisioned it being played in a club in Austin. There is something just a little off on the intro guitar lead, but we decided it added to the not-so-perfect vibe we were looking for. Thanks to Bud and Janice for letting me become a part of this one. Tom

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#269395 - 11/22/14 06:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Quote:
Pat, when Janice and I decided to venture back into making music after nearly a decade off your comments on our early posts were and remain very meaningful to us. Since we were experimenting way out of our bluegrass comfort zone we didn't always get a lot of support from our old music friends. This forum and folks like you gave us the encouragement to forge on.


that makes me happy!

Quote:
Father Time drew mixed comments from family and friends as it's more rock oriented than any previous efforts. We knew immediately that Tom's guitar was excellent and perfectly fit the song. However weren't completely sure if structurally, lyrically and melody wise we were on the "right" track for a roots rock tune. That's why responses like yours are such confidence builders and we always appreciate them.


friends and family are free to have their opinions... but I'm glad you have the strength of conviction to walk according to your own vision instead of mooing along with the herd. Creative people shouldn't moo. (there's a song there somewhere.. wink )

Quote:
You asked about the origin of the lyric. We all have seen many good caring people pass on way too early. And at the same time we see truly awful or even evil people live long lives. People without one whit of humanity. It seems that only Father Time brings them down. Yet it's hard to take solace in that as Father Time eventually takes us all. So I had no one person in mind - just a composite of a few personal encounters and characters from history and current news.


thanks for taking time to elaborate! Your lyrics did a great job of capturing the stated intent!

Quote:
Thanks for your remarks and interest in the lyric. And Janice was just overwhelmed by your thoughts about her vocal.

I always enjoy your stuff. I just hope you never hear the praise as anything but sincere. 'cause it is.

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#269396 - 11/22/14 06:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: tommyad]
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Originally Posted By: tommyad
I want to check in here and thank all the listeners who commented on the guitar work. I viewed this as an alternative country roots rock sound and envisioned it being played in a club in Austin. There is something just a little off on the intro guitar lead, but we decided it added to the not-so-perfect vibe we were looking for. Thanks to Bud and Janice for letting me become a part of this one. Tom


Tommy,

after many listens I can't hear anything in the guitar intro that sounds "off"

Your guitar work is characterized by its authenticity. Please never change.

wink

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#269439 - 11/22/14 09:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Janice and Bud,

It was a bit of a shock to her Janice's voice in front of distorted guitars but her voice is so beautiful as always.

Tom rocks as usual!!
Wonderful lyrics!!

Different but brilliant.
Good selection of guitars, floyd

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#269616 - 11/22/14 02:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: Charlie Fogle]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Loved it!! Love the concept. We all have known someone like the character in this song, and had that emotion. Mix and arrangement are superb, and Tommyad is always going to be a great addition to a track. The live vibe to the track is great, and Janice delivers the vocals beautifully. What's not to like? A true gem!! BTW, for a different slant on the time angle, check out TIME THE CONQUEROR by Jackson Browne. It's worth the listen. Take care. Greg


Thanks for the kind words Greg! We are familiar with the Jackson Browne song and, yes, it is definitely worth the listen and then some. It's very cool that you like this....as mentioned previously we were apprehensive about whether it worked or not. Thanks again.

J&B


Originally Posted By: c_fogle
Excellent write, excellent production, excellent Guitar and excellent vocals. Really enjoyed this and looking forward to hearing something from you guys again real soon.


Charlie


Glad it worked for you Charlie. Very nice of you say that.

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#269869 - 11/23/14 09:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: boehm]
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Originally Posted By: Scottt709
Really loved this tune. Excellent lyrics. As always excellent singing and playing. Excellent guitar work. Great collaboration..



Thanks Scott. Happy that it worked for you.

J&B

Originally Posted By: dani48
Hi, Bud, Janice and Tommy !:))

Father Time, yeah seems we
are all slowly closing up to
that time ? I liked this
production really much and
Janice (what a voice !!!)
enhances every bit of the
melody ! WOW !

Cheers
Dani


Thanks Dani!!

J&B

Originally Posted By: boehm
Hi Janice & Bud and Tommy,

great collaboration.
Excellent lyrics. Janice's voice shining like always.
Tommy's guitar work makes it unique.
Enjoyable listen.

Guenter


Thank you Guenter. We appreciate your remarks very much.
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#270345 - 11/25/14 06:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Father Time (feat: Tommyad on lead guitar) [Re: tommyad]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
J&B&T...

Stellar. Pro sound from every direction.

It sounds like Janice sat in as guest vocalist with The Grateful Dead.
Right down to that guitar guy... nice!

And... kudos for getting "sycophants" into a lyric! smile

floyd



Thanks floyd, kind of you, and yep Janice is a big time Garcia fan!

Yeah, I'd been waiting years to get that word in a line......

J&B



Originally Posted By: Al-David
Hey!

The three of you, along with BIAB, sound super! Man, I can relate to the lyric. I'm close to 70 years old and growing old is not a graceful process! I figured out why I always have blisters on my fingers ... I thought it was from practicing guitar 2 or 3 hours a day, almost every day. Nope ...it's from having turned so danged many calender pages!

The soul in Janice's voice is perfectly matched with Tom's excellent guitar work. And Bud's lyric tells the tale!

Super job! i didn't listen to a lot of rock back in the 60's, 70's, & 80's, so I (Alan) can't comment too much on the groups that have been mentioned. Heck, I was playing lead guitar in a Country band 25 nights a month! It took all I had to keep up with that!

But, this is cool, regardless of who it might sound like. To me it sounded like a J&B hit featuring Tom Adams. That works for me any day of the week!

Best to you. All three of yas did down-right superb work!

Alan & Di


Thanks y'all. Yep, father time will take us all down but there certainly characters who don't deserve a long run!

Thanks again and I'm with you on pushing 70 -- it's no cake walk!

Originally Posted By: tommyad
I want to check in here and thank all the listeners who commented on the guitar work. I viewed this as an alternative country roots rock sound and envisioned it being played in a club in Austin. There is something just a little off on the intro guitar lead, but we decided it added to the not-so-perfect vibe we were looking for. Thanks to Bud and Janice for letting me become a part of this one. Tom


Thanks Tom, w/o that guitar this project would never have come together. We do appreciate it.

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With over 64 new features and enhancements in Band-in-a-Box® 2019, we've made sure to add to, enhance, and update some of the Style features within the program: StylePicker, StyleMaker, and Song Titles browser within the StylePicker!

StylePicker Enhancements:
-If the style list needs rebuild, it tells you that within the StylePicker, instead of a message that requires a response.
-The rebuild is faster than before by 75%. It takes 1/4 of the time now.
-While the style list is being rebuilt, you can see the progress inside the StylePicker.
-The style list can be filtered by a specific RealTracks/RealDrums/MIDI SuperTracks or RealTracks/MIDI SuperTracks in a certain number range.
-You can filter the style list by a specific Xtra Styles PAK.
-The dialog to select an Xtra Styles PAK has a button to take you to the PG Music website that shows information about Xtra Styles PAKs.
-The StylePicker can list all styles (including N/A styles) in the default display.
-The Set number display is improved, including sort by type and Xtra styles.

StyleMaker Improvements:

-The new MIDI velocity offset allows you to make styles with altered loudness for MIDI tracks.
-Styles can be saved with information like a memo, examples, genres, and more, which will be displayed in the StylePicker.
-You can import information from another style. This is useful when you are making a similar style.
-A style can have a huge number of RealTracks (up to 70!) because the StyleMaker now supports RealTracks multi/medley feature, which allows a single track to have up to 10 simultaneous playing of RealTracks.

Song Titles Browser Enhancement

-We’ve added 300 more song titles including requests from users, so there are now over 10,600 titles.
-The chord density filter is available, and it’s also displayed in the memo.
-The chord complexity filter is available.

Review all the new features of Band-in-a-Box® 2019 here.

NEW! Traditional Celtic Tunes with Artist Performance Set 9: Celtic Flute with Geoff Kelly

Purchase Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows during our special (which ends December 31st), and you can add the 49-PAK to your order for just $49!

Among the great Add-ons included in the 49-PAK is our Artist Performance Set 9: Celtic Flute with Geoff Kelly, which includes 18 traditional Celtic tunes! You'll find beautifully performed songs like Boys of Bluehill, The Cliffs of Moher, Harvest Home, Rolling in the Rye Glass, and more!

The Celtic RealTracks backing up performances by Geoff Kelly sound amazing, and so do the duets with previous Artist Performance musician Daniel Lapp (on fiddle)! Listen to all the demos for these Artists Performances near the bottom of our Bonus PAKs page, here.

Here's a taste: Demo: Rolling in the Rye Grass

The Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Bonus PAKs!

Purchase Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows during our special (which ends December 31st), and you'll receive a FREE Bonus PAK overflowing with great Add-ons, including MIDI SuperTracks Set 28: Pop Basses with 6 MIDI SuperTracks, 21 RealDrums Transcriptions, 120 guitar licks and riffs in Instrumental Studies 7: Brent Mason 12-key CountryPop Guitar Licks, and 15 new MIDI Styles!

Or, upgrade it to the 49-PAK for just $49 and you'll add 40 UNRELEASED RealTracks, 10 "Low Man" & Re-amped "12-Key" Metal/Thrash Electric Guitar RealTracks, 6 more MIDI SuperTracks with Set 29: More Organ, Piano & Accordion, 120 more guitar licks and riffs with Instrumental Studies 8: Brent Mason 12-key Train-Beat Licks, 15 more MIDI Styles, and Artist Performance Set 9: Celtic Flute with Geoff Kelly!

Watch the video highlighting our 49-PAK here, or listen to demos and learn more here.

Free Bonus PAK Contents:
-Look Ma! More MIDI 1
-21 RealDrums Transcriptions
-MIDI SuperTracks Set 28: Pop Basses
-Instrumental Studies 7: Brent Mason 12-key CountryPop Guitar Licks

2019 49-PAK Contents:
-40 Bonus RealTracks!
-10 "Low Man" and Re-amped "12-Key" Metal/Thrash Electric Guitar RealTracks
-Artist Performance Set 9: Celtic Flute with Geoff Kelly
-Instrumental Studies 8: Brent Mason 12-key Train-Beat Licks
-Look Ma! More MIDI 2
-MIDI SuperTracks Set 29: More Organ, Piano & Accordion

Video - Band-in-a-Box® 2019 - Everything You Need to Know in Under 6 Minutes!

Get to know the new Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows with our Band-in-a-Box® 2019 - Everything You Need to Know in Under 6 Minutes! video: Click here to watch...

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