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#301880 - 07/05/15 08:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Brother Rhino [Re: PgFantastic]
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Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Nice work....


Yup.... writing to a specific topic is hard


You did a good job.
Thanks Herb! Tom
Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Tom.

What a great way to get across the message.

I didn't expect anything that heavy, but it sure works well. That chorus is pure stadium rock.

Excellent vox and guitar and a great mix.

ROG.
ROG, Just trying to hammer the message home. Thanks, Tom
Originally Posted By: PgFantastic
Nice mix. some nice guitar work; thanks for sharing!
Robert, Thanks for checking in on this one. Tom

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#301901 - 07/05/15 01:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: Brother Rhino [Re: tommyad]
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Excellent song and performance. All for a good cause

too.


Charlie

+ 5 from me too !!!

Cheers
Dani

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#301906 - 07/05/15 02:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: Brother Rhino [Re: tommyad]
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Amen Bro'

"Aren’t we all connected in some mysterious kind of way
Don’t we all live and breathe the same air every day
can’t seem to stop the killing no matter how we try
can we go on living while part of us is dying"

You packed more food for thought in those four
lines than is contained in many a book. We all
live and breathe the same air and we are all
literally made of star dust but like you said
"no matter how hard we try....."

No need to parse things out here. It's all outstanding,
the message, the vocal, the signature guitar and the
production. The message is neither maudlin nor
didactic -- as with all aspects of the production
it hits the sweet spot. Outstanding.

J&B

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#301923 - 07/05/15 08:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: Brother Rhino [Re: tommyad]
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Hey Tom,

I don't know if you like the word "vibrant" as much as you like the word "poignant" but it was the first one that appeared in my mind after I clicked the 'play' icon so I'm putting it out there smile

This is such a good write. As Herb has pointed out, it's a challenge focusing the lens of creativity onto a given topic and working within the walls of that room. You've acquitted yourself real well!

For what it's worth, I didn't hear these lyrics as 'preachy' in any way at all. The second verse with all its questions really diffuses the potential for preachiness. In addition, using first person plural when you ask the questions has both a personal and yet inclusive feel. The phrase "skilful craftsmanship" sums it up perfectly!

I also really liked that odd numbered bar you added in the chorus (at least it felt like an odd number!). It really made me sit up and pay attention!

All in all... terrific (and then some).

All the best,
Noel


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#302071 - 07/07/15 05:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Brother Rhino [Re: RnAM]
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Originally Posted By: Don Gaynor
Excellent throughout - writing, singing, playing, mixing! I'm listening on Near Field Monitors with EQ set flat. Everything sounded excellent.

Another keeper, Tommy! Thank you, amigo.
Don, I am always happy to see the dancing chicken show up for a listen. I hope you are doing well. Thanks for the nice comments. Tom
Originally Posted By: cubanpete
Hi Tom, great tune, simple but to the point. Nice playing as usual.

Mike B.
Mike, You are right. It is a pretty standard chord progression. In a message song I think it works better to keep it simple. Thanks, Tom
Originally Posted By: RnAM
Hi Tom,

Good song, lyrics and vocals and we love the way you play the guitar!

Rob and Anne-Marie
RnAM, Thanks. I appreciate it very much when you listen and comment. Tom

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#302112 - 07/07/15 11:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: Brother Rhino [Re: tommyad]
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Addendum:

We had listened to this several times on our monitors and in both vehicles...but this
morning we streamed it on the living room "sorta big system." I have an even deeper
of appreciation the mixing/mastering skills that went into this. The soundstage
was outstanding.

J&B

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#302123 - 07/07/15 01:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: Brother Rhino [Re: Scott C]
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Originally Posted By: Rob4580
I feel your pain Tommy.
There's a need for something better.
Great write my friend.
This is up to you usual high standard.
Rob
Thanks Rob. If only one person hears this and switches to the good side, it will have been a huge success. Tom
Originally Posted By: gibson
Tom,

good one!! This world is a mess and thank goodness the fight to preserve wild animals continues, but it is sad this fight has to even exist.
This such a wonderful song but the words are so hard.

Well done!!

Alyn




Alyn,This is so true. How sad it is to think that this problem even exists. All we can do is continue to push on. Thanks, Tom



Originally Posted By: Scottt709
Excellent song with an excellent message. Well done

Scott, Thank you for coming by. Tom


Edited by tommyad (07/07/15 01:54 PM)

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#302188 - 07/08/15 06:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Brother Rhino [Re: 44kfl]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Tom,

I like everything you do. This is one of my favorites (so far).

An excellent write. Says all it needs to with nothing out of place - and terrific phrasing. Gets the message across in a perfect package.

Nice vocal. The production is crisp, clean, clear, punchy. Nice guitar playing (and signatures).

The drums sound great.

I like everything about this.

Excellent.

floyd
I like everything about this review. Thanks much! Tom
Originally Posted By: JimFogle
Tommy and Joanne,

Excellent collaboration. What a passionate song and strong production!
Thanks Jim, Glad you came by. Tom
Originally Posted By: 44Aceman
A Rocker with a message, I love it! Man those drums sound awesome,
nice guitars.

Kenny
Kenny, I spend a lot more time these days trying to get the drums right. Glad you liked them. Tom

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#302230 - 07/08/15 01:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: Brother Rhino [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Originally Posted By: c_fogle
Excellent song and performance. All for a good cause too.


Charlie
Charlie, Thanks for coming by and commenting. Tom
Originally Posted By: JosieC
Hi Tom. Thank you so much for your excellent contribution to this effort. I really appreciate it and I am sure we will get something really good going for this foundation. It is such a worthy cause and the past has shown that we can wipe out the demand for rhino horn and other animal parts with the carefully coordinated effort that this foundation can help with. THANK YOU.
Joanne, Thank you for asking me to be a part of this. Tom


Edited by tommyad (07/08/15 01:12 PM)

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#302235 - 07/08/15 03:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: Brother Rhino [Re: boehm]
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Originally Posted By: boehm
Hi Tommy,

you can write, sing and play.
Very strong song.
Enjoyed this a lot.

Guenter


I fully agree with Guenter !!!

Cheers
Dani

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#302374 - 07/10/15 03:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: Brother Rhino [Re: Sergio Guarneri]
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Originally Posted By: Sergio Guarneri
Hi Tom

great song for all!!

melody, voice, mixing and real tracks used.
I like the refrain of the song.

Very important the message you want to give.
I agree with you.

More respect for animals in the world!!

Hello.
Sergio, more respect is needed. Thanks, Tom

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#302375 - 07/10/15 03:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: Brother Rhino [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: dani48
Excellent song and performance. All for a good cause

too.


Charlie

+ 5 from me too !!!

Cheers
Dani
Dani, Glad you liked it! Tom
Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
Amen Bro'

"Aren’t we all connected in some mysterious kind of way
Don’t we all live and breathe the same air every day
can’t seem to stop the killing no matter how we try
can we go on living while part of us is dying"

You packed more food for thought in those four
lines than is contained in many a book. We all
live and breathe the same air and we are all
literally made of star dust but like you said
"no matter how hard we try....."

No need to parse things out here. It's all outstanding,
the message, the vocal, the signature guitar and the
production. The message is neither maudlin nor
didactic -- as with all aspects of the production
it hits the sweet spot. Outstanding.

J&B

Thank you both for one of the best reviews I have ever gotten. Tom
Originally Posted By: Noel96
Hey Tom,

I don't know if you like the word "vibrant" as much as you like the word "poignant" but it was the first one that appeared in my mind after I clicked the 'play' icon so I'm putting it out there smile

This is such a good write. As Herb has pointed out, it's a challenge focusing the lens of creativity onto a given topic and working within the walls of that room. You've acquitted yourself real well!

For what it's worth, I didn't hear these lyrics as 'preachy' in any way at all. The second verse with all its questions really diffuses the potential for preachiness. In addition, using first person plural when you ask the questions has both a personal and yet inclusive feel. The phrase "skilful craftsmanship" sums it up perfectly!

I also really liked that odd numbered bar you added in the chorus (at least it felt like an odd number!). It really made me sit up and pay attention!

All in all... terrific (and then some).

All the best,
Noel


Noel, you are right. Vibrant is another great word. I did add an extra bar to the otherwise straightforward progression. I'm happy you brought attention to it. Sometimes it's the littlest things that can help to improve a song. I'm also glad you didn't find it preachy. Thank you very much for always taking the time to express your thoughts in detail. Tom

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#302448 - 07/10/15 07:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: Brother Rhino [Re: tommyad]
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What a cool rocker for the rhino cause with a great message. Well done Tom. Good luck with it.

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#302461 - 07/11/15 04:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: Brother Rhino [Re: Sundance]
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Originally Posted By: Sundance
What a cool rocker for the rhino cause with a great message. Well done Tom. Good luck with it.
Josie, I am always glad to see you pop in for a spin. Thanks, Tom

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#302630 - 07/13/15 09:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: Brother Rhino [Re: tommyad]
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It's all been said, but I'd like to add my "well done!", too.

Thoroughly enjoyable. smile

Thanks for the music,
Dan
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#302647 - 07/13/15 01:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: Brother Rhino [Re: big741]
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Originally Posted By: big741
It's all been said, but I'd like to add my "well done!", too.

Thoroughly enjoyable. smile

Thanks for the music,
Dan
Dan, thanks for listening and commenting. Tom

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#302688 - 07/13/15 09:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: Brother Rhino [Re: tommyad]
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Nice strong stuff Tom. Goes particularly well in the rock setting. Cheers.
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#302722 - 07/14/15 06:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: Brother Rhino [Re: RichMac]
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Nice strong stuff Tom. Goes particularly well in the rock setting. Cheers.
Thanks Richard, I appreciate it. Tom

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