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#365941 - 09/18/16 07:28 AM [User Showcase] Stoplight On North Main Street
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A song about my high school girlfriend.

This uses several of my most favorite RTs (or MIDI SuperTracks)

MIDI SuperTracks in song: 2066:Piano, Rhythm NewAgeAnswers Ev16 110
RealTracks in song: 2200:Guitar, Nylon, Background CountryBrent Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 1856:Cello, Background PopCountry Ev 085

plus...
RealTracks in song: ~518:Bass, Electric, Pop HalfNotes Ev 085
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 2105:Piano, Rhythm PopShiningSync Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 2337:Violin, Background, PopHigh Ev 085 (1TrackStringSection)
RealTracks in song: 2338:Violin, Background, PopLow Ev 085 (1TrackStringSection)


STOPLIGHT ON NORTH MAIN STREET


we used to watch that stop light
shout commands up main street
no one there, it just went right on calling
I left you on that porch swing
loaded up the back seat
somewhere along the road i just stopped falling

   weren't we young, weren't we foolish
   talking like we meant it
   i had a list of reasons
   i guess i never sent it
   there's a time when innoncence must fall
   your faith can't stay so blind
   there's a stoplight on north main street
   that keeps changing it's mind

dark movies, lonely roads
we went as far as we could go
the radio playing songs we never heard
didn't you know it wouldn't last
it was just an even trade
love never more than a handy word

   weren't we young, weren't we foolish
   talking like we meant it
   i had a list of reasons
   i guess i never sent it
   there's a time innoncence must fall
   faith can't stay so blind
   there's a stoplight on north main street
   that keeps changing it's mind

that was a lifetime ago sometimes I think of you
I wonder do you wonder about me, too...

   weren't we young, weren't we foolish
   talking like we meant it
   i had a list of reasons
   i guess i never sent it
   there's a time innoncence must fall
   faith can't stay so blind
   there's a stoplight on north main street
   that keeps changing it's mind


Thanks for listening.
Comments welcome.

floyd

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#365944 - 09/18/16 07:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,

This song is really outstanding and quite beautiful.

"dark movies, lonely roads
we went as far as we could go
the radio playing songs we never heard
didn't you know it wouldn't last
it was just an even trade
love never more than a handy word"

Lyrics do not get much better than that...

Bob

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#365949 - 09/18/16 08:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,

Very fine.
Your vocal reaches a new level here - so tender in the bridge.
Crystal clear production and I liked it that you kept the backing restrained.That`s an amazingly real sounding midi piano.

Robert

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#365955 - 09/18/16 08:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: floyd jane]
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floyd,

I watched Neil Diamond for a few minutes on TV a few nights ago and thought that he was trying to copy your vocal style grin

I like this.
The American way of talking really lends itself to songs because in my town the title would be "There's a traffic light on Prince of Wales drive" which sounds ludicrous as a song title. laugh

I enjoyed that with the door open, volume at 11 etc

you excelled yourself this time

Alyn
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#365966 - 09/18/16 10:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: floyd jane]
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One listen and it's my all time favorite song of yours.

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#365976 - 09/18/16 10:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: floyd jane]
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Well done.
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#365998 - 09/18/16 03:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: floyd jane]
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This is just beautiful. You keep hitting home runs! Great vocals!

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#366029 - 09/18/16 06:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd

A beautiful song. Great production - excellent use of the strings and the mix is crisp and clean.
Lovely vocal - a nice set of lyrics - all so well done.

Peter

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#366045 - 09/18/16 10:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: floyd jane]
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Hey Floyd,

Well there's a lot to like with this one! It really takes me back to my H.S. girlfriend... My first true love! grin

I love the piano part and the other RT's have a nice synergism that just works. Excellent vocal (as usual) and mix.

A good job of songwriting! I thought the bridge part at the end:

"that was a lifetime ago sometimes I think of you
I wonder do you wonder about me, too..."

...Was damn tasty! cool

A fine job!

Greg


Edited by Achordocaster (09/18/16 10:17 PM)

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#366060 - 09/19/16 01:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: floyd jane]
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There is for me, nothing as lovely as a good song, well sung, where the piano is the dominant instrument
This song satisfies everything in me, for listening pleasure.

Well done Floyd

Paddy G

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#366077 - 09/19/16 04:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: floyd jane]
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We have to say, you've really outdone yourself here!
Definitely your best ballad so far. And definitely one of the best songs posted on the forum ever.
Terrific atmosphere, and beautifully (controlled) vocal.
The interaction between the piano and guitar is very professional.

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#366084 - 09/19/16 05:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd.

Well, what can I say? More poetic genius.

Sensationally thought out lyrics.

"there's a stoplight on north main street
that keeps changing it's mind"

Wow... Just how good is that?

Thanks Floyd for your continuing genius delivery.

Another feather.
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#366088 - 09/19/16 07:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: floyd jane]
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Great song that deserves all the accolades. Top notch write, mix, performance and production. Masterful ballad.

I grew up in a town so small the main street wasn't big enough to have a red light to separate north main from south main. But I still get it...

The song did invoke memories of a fellow several years ago telling me "weren't" isn't a 'real' word. You showed em'.

Enjoyed my listen.

Charlie
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#366090 - 09/19/16 07:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: floyd jane]
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[quote=there's a stoplight on north main street
   that keeps changing it's mind


floyd [/quote]

Wow!! Floyd, this is totally awesome man.!!!

I love this stop sign changing its mind line!!!

Killer!

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#366093 - 09/19/16 07:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: floyd jane]
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Beautiful FJ!
Great imagery.
Love the vocal and that piano sound is wonderful.
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#366175 - 09/19/16 03:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: Robertkc]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Floyd,

This song is really outstanding and quite beautiful.

"dark movies, lonely roads
we went as far as we could go
the radio playing songs we never heard
didn't you know it wouldn't last
it was just an even trade
love never more than a handy word"

Lyrics do not get much better than that...

Bob


Really appreciate those words, Bob - especially coming from a strong lyric guy... Thanks...



Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Floyd,

Very fine.
Your vocal reaches a new level here - so tender in the bridge.
Crystal clear production and I liked it that you kept the backing restrained.That`s an amazingly real sounding midi piano.

Robert


Thanks, Robert. The MIDI SuperTracks are great! Especially if you pair them with the right piano... this is 4Front TruePianos...

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#366322 - 09/20/16 09:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: floyd jane]
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Another beautiful tune Floyd. Loved the vocal and lyic

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#366381 - 09/20/16 02:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Floyd,

This song is really outstanding and quite beautiful.

"dark movies, lonely roads
we went as far as we could go
the radio playing songs we never heard
didn't you know it wouldn't last
it was just an even trade
love never more than a handy word"

Lyrics do not get much better than that...

Bob


Bob solved our problem on which of so many fine lines to quote -- that'll work.

We were grabbed from the get-go. That super midi piano is terrific. It filled up our room like we were sitting next to it. And the strings are terrific.

The way both the strings and piano support your outstanding vocal is amazing. It feels like the entire instrumental grouping was brought into the studio to support your write and vocal. The attention to detail in selecting and mixing RT's to work in that manner is a hallmark of your productions and one we never take for granted.

Lovely!

J&B

PS "there's a stoplight on north main street
that keeps changing it's mind" Now that will stick with you.
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#366384 - 09/20/16 03:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd, I enjoyed your song. The scaled down instrumentation was perfect for this song and sounded great! It cradled the vocal perfectly and the vocal and lyric delivered! Thanks,Torrey.
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#366404 - 09/20/16 07:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: Stoplight On North Main Street [Re: floyd jane]
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It is amazing what this program can do in the hands of someone who knows how to use it, and Floyd knows how!! Of all the wonderful arrangements I've heard on this forum, this is my all time favorite. The interplay between instruments is magical. The ONLY thing I like better than the arrangement/production is the song itself. SO BEAUTIFUL!!! This is a lovely bittersweet reflective song about the past we miss and long for, and the only thing more emotionally powerful than that period of young innocence is the intensity of the emotion with which we long for it. This is so wonderfully written, it would make Jimmy Webb jealous. If I ever get a record deal (don't hold your breath), this song is going on my first album, maybe as the title track. Absolutely WONDERFUL Floyd!!! Take care. Greg

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