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#354277 - 06/18/16 07:24 AM [User Showcase] My Hometown
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The paint's not nearly dry on this one but I was excited to post this first version. Thanks for listening and commenting,
Kenny

My Hometown
© 2016 Kenny Leverett

Bass 531 Acoustic Pop
Guitar 2052 Acoustic fingerpicking Brent
Guitar 526 Acoustic fingerpicking Hank

https://soundcloud.com/kfl44/my-hometown

(the lyrics are on the Soundcloud page)

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#354278 - 06/18/16 08:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: 44kfl]
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Hi Kenny,

I like the sparse and very clean mix.. and the finger picked guitar real track was perfect for the song!

Your lyrics do a good job of expressing a sentiment that everybody should be able to identify with. IMO, that's a highly desirable trait for any song!

It is also very easy to listen to... a well executed project across the board!

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#354282 - 06/18/16 08:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: 44kfl]
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Nice, Kenny.

Really cool chords to this - like a mixed bag between JT and Paul Simon - in a way that comes out completely original... Really nice movement in the melody.

Nice harmonies!

Nice bridge! I like how it leads right back to the chorus/tag...

Everyone needs a "hometown song". This is a good one.

Enjoyed several listens.

fj

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#354294 - 06/18/16 10:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: 44kfl]
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Kenny, very intriguing chord progression. Nice melody and well written and arranged. Good subject. It's amazing to think back about how many people pass through our lives. Lovers friends etc. Great vocals on this. A really good listen. Tom

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#354297 - 06/18/16 11:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: 44kfl]
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Wow Kenny, I really, really like this!! I love the sparse arrangement. Lyrics are powerful and your delivery awesome-wonderful emotion!! Great stuff! Take care. Greg

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#354313 - 06/18/16 04:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: 44kfl]
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Kenny,

I like this one as it is. It feels honest. I am not sure I would mess with it too much. I think you got it right the first time. Good song man.
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#354325 - 06/18/16 05:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: 44kfl]
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Hi Kenny,

Again, this sounds very much like James Taylor.
Very cool!
Definitely a way of using the RTs so that it sounds like a genuine unplugged session.
That's very rare here on the forum.
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#354360 - 06/19/16 05:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: 44kfl]
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Kenny,

Great song and good vocals. I really like the way it's presented here - not sure I would change anything on this. The arrangement really drives the message home.

Bob
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#354379 - 06/19/16 09:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: 44kfl]
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Hi Kenny,

nice. Don't change anything. It is powerful as it is.
Enjoyable listen.

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#354416 - 06/19/16 02:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: 44kfl]
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Hello

Very good listen. Great fingerpickin' guitar and great vocals.

Sergio
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#354536 - 06/20/16 02:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: Pat Marr]
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Originally Posted By: Pat Marr
Hi Kenny,

I like the sparse and very clean mix.. and the finger picked guitar real track was perfect for the song!

Your lyrics do a good job of expressing a sentiment that everybody should be able to identify with. IMO, that's a highly desirable trait for any song!

It is also very easy to listen to... a well executed project across the board!


Thanks Pat,
Good description of evrything, of course if I sat down with the intention of writing something that everyone would be able to identify with I'd probably fail miserably.
I always appreciate your comments and kind words.

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#354538 - 06/20/16 02:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Nice, Kenny.

Really cool chords to this - like a mixed bag between JT and Paul Simon - in a way that comes out completely original... Really nice movement in the melody.

Nice harmonies!

Nice bridge! I like how it leads right back to the chorus/tag...

Everyone needs a "hometown song". This is a good one.

Enjoyed several listens.

fj


Thanks fj, I think the very first song that I wrote years ago I was imitating JT and I felt the presense of another influence on this one and couldn't place it. I believe you're right, it's Paul Simon, tho maybe not nearly as detailed or as good as he gets but still...This song just fell into my lap, blame it on an old friend's Facebook posting, followed by several dreams that I had where I was much younger and back in the red clay hills of Georgia again. If you want a challenge, try recording with no drums and fingerpicking guitars, even tho I had a click track on to sing with it was still kinda slippery. I think I really lean on that drummer for my timing and place in the song.

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#354539 - 06/20/16 03:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: tommyad]
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Originally Posted By: tommyad
Kenny, very intriguing chord progression. Nice melody and well written and arranged. Good subject. It's amazing to think back about how many people pass through our lives. Lovers friends etc. Great vocals on this. A really good listen. Tom


Thanks Tom for the very kind words, the progression is simpler than you might think, it repeats in a number of places. There is no better compliment than praising melody I think. Thanks for that.

Kenny

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#354597 - 06/21/16 05:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: 44kfl]
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Kenny
Really nice arrangement - pretty backing and sincere delivery.

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#354616 - 06/21/16 06:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: 44kfl]
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Hi Kenny

You have a nice timbre to your voice. This is very well put together, nicely mixed and I enjoyed listening!

The only thing that I'd tweak is to back off the reverb a tad on the vocals. Reverb always adds that certain 'something' but I think in this case the lyric needs to feel more intimate/closer to the listener, and reverb moves it away. (Just my personal taste!)

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#354685 - 06/21/16 01:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: 44kfl]
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Kenny that is a fine heartfelt hometown song. I've tried to write them but
mine come out more like Steve Earle's "Won't Nothing Will Bring You Down
Like Your home Town" smile You managed to bring in the sadness of going
back only in your dreams AND the upbeat aspects of it being a good town.
That's a great balance.

The production well supports the lyric feel and your vocal.

Nice one!!

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#354841 - 06/22/16 05:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Wow Kenny, I really, really like this!! I love the sparse arrangement. Lyrics are powerful and your delivery awesome-wonderful emotion!! Great stuff! Take care. Greg


Thanks Greg,
I always appreciate your very kind words.

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#354843 - 06/22/16 05:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: David Snyder]
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Originally Posted By: David Snyder
Kenny,

I like this one as it is. It feels honest. I am not sure I would mess with it too much. I think you got it right the first time. Good song man.


Thanks David,
Appreciate what you're sayin'

Kenny

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#354844 - 06/22/16 05:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: RnAM]
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Originally Posted By: RnAM
Hi Kenny,

Again, this sounds very much like James Taylor.
Very cool!
Definitely a way of using the RTs so that it sounds like a genuine unplugged session.
That's very rare here on the forum.


Thanks guys, I love your recordings and videos.

Kenny

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#354845 - 06/22/16 05:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: My Hometown [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Kenny,

Great song and good vocals. I really like the way it's presented here - not sure I would change anything on this. The arrangement really drives the message home.

Bob


Thanks Bob,

I appreciate the kind words.

Kenny

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