Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
You need to be logged in to post
Options
Index
#374252 - 11/15/16 01:59 AM [User Showcase] If You Have A Friend
Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 3801
Loc: Sydney Australia
PeterF Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 3801
Loc: Sydney Australia

If You Have A Friend

A cautionary tale.
Leon lyric and vocal
I sang & played one of the finger picked acoustics, electric rhythm and lead guitars.

The Band
This is close but there is a few patch changes going on [size:14pt][/size]
RealTracks in style: ~~684:Bass, Electric, PopHalfNotesSync Ev 120
RealTracks in style: ~~405:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 120
RealTracks in style: ~~522:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 120
RealTracks in song: ~686:Organ, B3, Background Pop Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 408:Guitar, Resonator, Background Allis Ev 120
RealDrums in style: NashvilleEven8^5-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Ride
There is also an Accordion & Tamborine in there.

If you have a friend

Verse:

I met her for the first time at a wedding
She was there on someone else’s arm
She said I like your smile, I said I like yours too
Didn’t seem to be cause for alarm
We danced a little, later in the evening
I liked the unselfconscious way she moved
I thought there was a chance, she could be a friend
And to begin with that was how it proved

Bridge:
But if you have a friend you shouldn’t kiss her
And run your eager fingers through her hair
And if you say I’m sorry, I’m entangled with another
Your friend should never say she doesn’t care

Chorus:
A friend should never say let’s throw caution to the wind
And if it feels so right what can be wrong
A friend should never say I don’t believe this is a sin
And lying skin to skin’s where we belong

Verse:
She was staying at a house out in the country
A million stars at night wheeled overhead
Standing naked in the river, she looked like Aphrodite
There were soft white sheets upon her bed
Saint Augustine, he prayed he could be chaste one day
But Lord, if it pleases you - not yet
We spend a whole lot longer underground than up here breathing
Denial wasn’t in her alphabet

Bridge:

Chorus:

Verses:
Well I told her that I needed to accept the fact
It wasn’t just my happiness at stake
Other people’s futures were hanging in the balance
The decision wasn’t mine alone to make
She got herself a job, way up in the Pilbara
She always liked her men a little rough
I was the exception, I guess, that proves the rule
But love alone is never quite enough

I met her for the first time at a wedding
She was there on someone else’s arm
She said I like your smile, I said I like yours too
It was strange, but that was part of her charm
We danced a little, later in the evening
I liked the unselfconscious way she moved
I thought there was a chance she could be a friend
And to begin with that was how it proved

Bridge:

Chorus:
A friend should never say let’s throw caution to the wind
And if it feels so right what can be wrong
A friend should never say I don’t believe this is a sin
And lying skin to skin’s where we belong
No, a friend should never say I don’t believe this is a sin
And lying skin to skin’s where we belong

Top
#374290 - 11/15/16 07:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: PeterF]
Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 9428
Loc: GA USA
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 9428
Loc: GA USA
A cautionary tale, indeed and a fine write to tell it.

This tune has a very engaging arrangement with the build and different feels...particularly the end of the solo.

The RT choice really nails the production and Bud has to admit that the bass is a favorite RT.

The standout vocals and guitar pickin' top it all off. You two are a machine! And we enjoy them all.

J&B

Top
#374292 - 11/15/16 07:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: PeterF]
Registered: 02/11/03
Posts: 2426
Loc: Warwickshire, UK
Skyline Offline
Veteran

Registered: 02/11/03
Posts: 2426
Loc: Warwickshire, UK
An excellent song guys, great lyrics, backing and arrangement. Well placed guitar solo work, nice.

John
_________________________
Songs web site
YouTube Channel
BIAB 2019
Cakewalk by BandLab
Studio One 4

Top
#374335 - 11/15/16 12:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: PeterF]
Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 8686
Loc: Florida
floyd jane Offline
Veteran

Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 8686
Loc: Florida
Peter & Leon...

One of my favorites of your. A solid, interesting write with a good, singable melody....

Nice arrangement and production...good vocals, nice solo... good mix...

I enjoyed this. I like how you brought it back to "sparse" for the repeat of the first verse. I thought that would have made a good ending - just repeat the first half and end on "her charm..." at 3:36.

Another strong offering from you two.

fj

Top
#374354 - 11/15/16 01:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: PeterF]
Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 5238
Loc: Edmonton, Ab, Canada
Scott C Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 5238
Loc: Edmonton, Ab, Canada
Very cool tune. Loved the vocal and lyric. Great story telling

Top
#374360 - 11/15/16 02:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: PeterF]
Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 2998
Loc: Missouri
Torrey Bliss Offline
Veteran

Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 2998
Loc: Missouri
PeterF, you sir are a talented writer and musician. story telling in the verses and advice in the chorus. Really liked the guitar work in this one. Take care, Torrey.
_________________________
Torrey Bliss
www.soundcloud.com/torrey-bliss



Top
#374398 - 11/15/16 07:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: PeterF]
Registered: 05/11/15
Posts: 2059
Loc: Aichi, Japan
animarorecords Offline
Veteran

Registered: 05/11/15
Posts: 2059
Loc: Aichi, Japan
Hello, Peter

Very excellent Song.
Verse, Bridge and Chorus are very well constructed.
All parts have good melodies respectively.
Guitar solo work is so good.
And vocal is also great.
Very enjoyable listen.

Best Regards.

Shigeki Adachi

Top
#374443 - 11/16/16 05:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: Janice & Bud]
Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 3218
Loc: Florida
tommyad Offline
Veteran

Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 3218
Loc: Florida
Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
A cautionary tale, indeed and a fine write to tell it.

This tune has a very engaging arrangement with the build and different feels...particularly the end of the solo.

J&B
I agree! The guitar and vocal are really good. I liked it a lot. Tom

Top
#374469 - 11/16/16 07:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: PeterF]
Registered: 08/25/03
Posts: 3078
Loc: wales
gibson Offline
Veteran

Registered: 08/25/03
Posts: 3078
Loc: wales
Peter and Leon,
I went to a wedding once in the 1980's, and an extremely short marriage, when the bride *ahem* was the female in your song. We were on the groom's side and it only became funny many years later.
A cautionary tale indeed frown
A great solo as I have become to expect from you
Wonderful vocals and lyrics
Keep on producing these masterpieces cool

Alyn
_________________________
My showcase songs

My story

Top
#374499 - 11/16/16 11:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: Janice & Bud]
Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 3801
Loc: Sydney Australia
PeterF Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 3801
Loc: Sydney Australia
Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
A cautionary tale, indeed and a fine write to tell it.

This tune has a very engaging arrangement with the build and different feels...particularly the end of the solo.

The RT choice really nails the production and Bud has to admit that the bass is a favorite RT.

The standout vocals and guitar pickin' top it all off. You two are a machine! And we enjoy them all.

J&B





Janice & Bud
Thanks much appreciated.

Peter

Top
#374544 - 11/16/16 03:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: PeterF]
Registered: 05/02/14
Posts: 3180
Loc: The Netherlands
RnAM Offline
Veteran

Registered: 05/02/14
Posts: 3180
Loc: The Netherlands
Beautifully done guys! Such a nice fullness in the choruses (with that organ).
Good vocals, lyrics and a nice and bright mix.

Rob & Anne-Marie
_________________________
We are Rob Meulman and Anne-Marie Bovenkamp from The Netherlands.

RnAM Homepage (completely restyled)
YouTube Channel

Top
#374607 - 11/17/16 03:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: PeterF]
Registered: 11/13/14
Posts: 552
Loc: North Yorkshire, England
receder Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 11/13/14
Posts: 552
Loc: North Yorkshire, England
Peter,

Really enjoyed this. Great lyrics which tell the tale perfectly!

The songs builds really well and I also enjoyed your guitar solos.

Good job,
Jez
_________________________
Win 10 x64, BB 2017 E'Thing, Sonar Platinum (LT Updates), Variax JTV-89F, Fender USA Tele & others.
New Songs: In The Bleak Midwinter, O Come O Come Emmanuel

Top
#374688 - 11/17/16 12:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: floyd jane]
Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 5838
Loc: Davis, CA
Greg Johnson Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 5838
Loc: Davis, CA
Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Peter & Leon...

One of my favorites of your. A solid, interesting write with a good, singable melody....

Nice arrangement and production...good vocals, nice solo... good mix...

I enjoyed this. I like how you brought it back to "sparse" for the repeat of the first verse. I thought that would have made a good ending - just repeat the first half and end on "her charm..." at 3:36.

Another strong offering from you two.

fj


Could not agree more!! This is excellent. This is a little more folky than your usual Peter. "Singable" as Floyd said. Some really interesting lyrics. Great stuff!! Take care. Greg

Top
#374693 - 11/17/16 01:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: Skyline]
Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 3801
Loc: Sydney Australia
PeterF Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 3801
Loc: Sydney Australia
Originally Posted By: Skyline
An excellent song guys, great lyrics, backing and arrangement. Well placed guitar solo work, nice.

John

John
Glad you liked it.

Peter

Top
#374695 - 11/17/16 01:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: PeterF]
Registered: 08/09/10
Posts: 4440
Loc: New York
rsdean Offline
Veteran

Registered: 08/09/10
Posts: 4440
Loc: New York
Peter,

A great song... Love the vocal by Leon. Nice job all.

Bob
_________________________
SoundCloud Tracks


Top
#374757 - 11/17/16 08:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: floyd jane]
Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 3801
Loc: Sydney Australia
PeterF Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 3801
Loc: Sydney Australia
Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Peter & Leon...

One of my favorites of your. A solid, interesting write with a good, singable melody....

Nice arrangement and production...good vocals, nice solo... good mix...

I enjoyed this. I like how you brought it back to "sparse" for the repeat of the first verse. I thought that would have made a good ending - just repeat the first half and end on "her charm..." at 3:36.

Another strong offering from you two.

fj


Floyd
Thanks for all the comments and the arrangement suggestions.

Peter

Top
#374917 - 11/18/16 01:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: Scott C]
Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 3801
Loc: Sydney Australia
PeterF Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 3801
Loc: Sydney Australia
Originally Posted By: Scottt709
Very cool tune. Loved the vocal and lyric. Great story telling

Scott
Thanks a lot

Peter

Top
#374918 - 11/18/16 01:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: Torrey Bliss]
Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 3801
Loc: Sydney Australia
PeterF Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 3801
Loc: Sydney Australia
Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
PeterF, you sir are a talented writer and musician. story telling in the verses and advice in the chorus. Really liked the guitar work in this one. Take care, Torrey.

Torrey
Thanks for the kind words.

Peter

Top
#374990 - 11/18/16 09:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: PeterF]
Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 16691
Loc: Australia
Noel96 Offline
Veteran

Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 16691
Loc: Australia
Peter and Leon,



I really like this. It's outstanding musically and lyrically.

As the song progressed, I found myself completely hooked by the lyrics. They sit incredibly well on top of the musical rhythm... first class prosody.

What stood out to me?

  • An interesting and effective introduction.
  • I have never ever come across the word "unselfconscious" in a song before.
  • I don't think I've heard Aphrodite in lyrics before, either.
  • The chord sequence that begins with a minor sound on "If" in "But if you have a friend..." in the transitional bridge section is a perfect fit.
  • I thought that twisting the concept of "friend" worked really well.
  • I loved the musical flow of the internal rhyme sin/skin/skin.
  • Great guitar playing.
  • These lines really appealed to me...
    Quote:
    We spend a whole lot longer underground than up here breathing
    Denial wasn’t in her alphabet
  • By the end of the song, I couldn't believe how quickly those 5 minutes had passed.

I bet that when this is played live, the audience is in the proverbial 'palm of your hand'; they'd be captivated by the (im)moral of the story.

As I hear it, this is really clever writing!

All the best,
Noel
_________________________
LINKS TO MY BIAB/RB SONGS


Top
#375076 - 11/19/16 02:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: PeterF]
Registered: 12/26/11
Posts: 1944
F.M.M. Offline
Expert

Registered: 12/26/11
Posts: 1944
hi peterf nice write everything well done love the solo and the vocals nice work guys eric
_________________________
AMD (TM) 8150 3.60 GHz Eight Core Processor 64 bit windows 10 pro 64 bit os. sound card delta 1010 pci card 500 ssd drive 3 other drives guitars 1968 les Paul Custom and Cavin ae 185 Guitar boss Gt-100 pedal Carvin SRS Studio reference series

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >


PG Music News
The Guitar & Piano Chord Dictionary Programs

Happy National Dictionary Day!*

Head to our Other Windows Software page to find programs like PowerTracks, GuitarStar: Brent Mason Country, Video Guitar Lessons, and more!

Scroll down and you'll find our Guitar Chord Dictionary & Piano Chord Dictionary programs. Each Chord Dictionary allows you to choose a root note to select the chord you want to learn, and it will be displayed on-screen with either the piano keyboard or the guitar fretboard!

In the Guitar Chord Dictionary & Piano Chord Dictionary you can change the sounds within the Settings window, whether it be the Root note or the Chord, and it doesn't even have to be a guitar or piano! Looking through the options, there's various piano choices, guitar choices, organ, etc. - but you can also choose more unique sounds like the tuba, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, and more!

*October 16th

Band-in-a-Box® Video Testimonial by C. Dan Roberts

Our latest Video Testimonial comes from C. Dan Roberts, and his enthusiasm for Band-in-a-Box® is inspiring!

Watch the video...

Do you have a video testimonial that you would like to share? Contact us at marketing@pgmusic.com.

Visit C. Dan Roberts testimonial page here.

Train Your Brain with Band-in-a-Box®

Today* is National Train Your Brain Day!

You can definitely do that with Band-in-a-Box®

Open your Band-in-a-Box® program, and you'll find the [Practice] button in the toolbar - it's a GREAT resource!
Minimized your toolbar? Head to Window | Practice Window or ALT SHIFT L to access.

In this window, you'll find many options to help you practice, including Ear Training games (Pitch Invasion is my favorite!), access to the Chord Builder and Chord Subs, some helpful tools within the Playalong Features menu (like Trade 4s, woodshed tempo, etc.), and more!

Train Your Brain with Band-in-a-Box® today!

Resources:
Windows Online Manual: Practice Window
Mac Online Manual: Tools, Wizards, Tutors, and Fun

*October 13

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Updates for Windows & Mac!

We've just released FREE Updates for both Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows & Mac program users!

With the latest update for Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows, you can now choose the "Save Exact Chord Text" checkbox to the Save XML dialog, there are VST feature updates, Audio Chord Wizard enhancements, updated program messages, we've applied fixes to an assortment of user-reported issues, and the DAW Plugin 2.12.15 Update has been added too!

Review the complete list of updates for build 734 and download it here.

The newest Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac update also includes VST feature updates, as well as RealTracks & RealDrums Picker enhancements, smoother 'tabbing' between dialog windows, and additional fixes applied to an assortment of user-reported issues. If you missed adding the DAW Plugin 2.12.15 update from September, it will be added with this update too!

Review the complete list of updates for build 420 and download it here.

Video - How to Transpose a Region of a Band-in-a-Box® Song

Want to learn how to transpose just one chorus of your Band-in-a-Box® song?

Check out our latest video, shared to the I want a video that shows me how to... forum: https://youtu.be/XiMrgtQ7u14

Band-in-a-Box® - What People Are Saying...

Wow, check out the latest feedback from Band-in-a-Box® users!

"I have one song I've been torturing over to get the sound right for quite some time and I merely keyed in the chords and what BB generated is awesome. Just what I hoped that song would sound like. What had taken me months to get right (and couldn't), the program could do in about an hour - AMAZING!"

"Great Ear Training Exercises! And I love that that you can set the tempo to whatever you choose. It's great for learning a tune!"

"A very good and easy to use musical program!"

"It's amazingly easy to use! Write a song? No problem! Add background sound track to a video? No problem! Put notes on a staff and have BB make up a chord progression and tell what key you are in? No problem! Start with a chord progression and have BB make a melody line? No problem!"

"Still the best practice tool I have found, great for running lines, improvising over and really helpful for working on song writing ideas as well! Good for beginners, and the more musical skill and knowledge you have the more you will get out of the software."

"I create demo songs with Band-in-a-Box, it helps me to get my ideas across to my engineer!"

"Been using Band-in-a-Box for years. Outstanding product from a great company!"

"It's like buying a Musical History Jukebox. It comes with probably 3000 styles and is like hiring session musicians to play rhythm with you, they even have soloists! It introduces you to so many types of rhythms that you other wise would know nothing about. "

"Paul McCartney said you gotta have a great band behind you. Well, Band-in-a-Box is my band."

"It's as easy as typing in the chords, choosing your style, instruments, etc., and off you go! Learning the tune? You can slow it down while you work on it then speed it up. My favorite analogy is a good chess program, which will play at your speed and level and is eternally patient!"

"I love my Band in a box, it does so much! Besides all the RealTracks and song ideas, it's a great tool to stay sharp with your licks. Social distancing got you down? Can't jam with friends? Pick out any song and go to the mixer button, there you can mute any instrument that's playing so you can jump right in and play along!"

"I love it. I'm a drummer, and Band-in-a-Box really keeps me on my toes!"

"The DAW plugin is really great. Trust me on this. I use it with Studio One.

"This is how I've been able to gig solo for the past 20 years. Band-in-a-Box is the great equalizer for us none rhythm players."

"Wouldn't want to be without it! One of the best things I bought in my life. Simple as that."

"As a songwriter I really love to work with Band-in-a-Box. The only limitation is your own creativity."

"I've used Band-in-a-Box for 25 years and thanks to this program and the advice of PG Music staff I've written over 100 songs. It's great software and amazing help to me as a musician. CONGRATS!!!"

Thank you for all the amazing feedback!

Band-in-a-Box® - A Teaching Tool!

Did you know that we offer Band-in-a-Box® LabPAK and Site License purchase options for schools? This is an ideal option for any educational institution looking to add Band-in-a-Box® to their curriculum.

Learn more about the LabPAK purchase options here: Windows | Mac.

How would a teacher use Band-in-a-Box® in a school setting?

A few ideas:
-practice sight reading with the students by following the on-screen notation
-display the Guitar Fretboard or Big Piano Window to watch the notes being played
-Trading fours! (etc.)
-generate a song for accompaniment during practice sessions
-create a practice song and save it as an audio file to send home with the student for additional practice!

...and more!

Wondering how to add a Band-in-a-Box LabPAK to your school? Feel free to contact us directly with any questions you might have! Click here to send us an email.

Forum Stats
33049 Members
68 Forums
66566 Topics
566134 Posts

Max Online: 2537 @ 01/19/20 07:09 AM
Newest Members
fasteddy, MJStone, RedFridge, Jared, Stan_fr

33049 Registered Users
Top Posters (30 Days)
Janice & Bud 149
CaptainMoto 132
Planobilly 126
Al-David 123
eddie1261 122
VideoTrack 120
Pipeline 112
floyd jane 101
MarioD 75
rayc 73
Today's Birthdays
jjtime, Steve Young