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#375357 - 11/20/16 08:58 PM [User Showcase] NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley)
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Hello forum members. This is a song that is mostly true. I grew up in a small suburb which is now part of the Silicon Valley. The area was pretty quiet then. Fortunately, the topography was such that the neighborhood could not be built in the normal fashion. There were gullies, big hills, and small canyons through which streets were interwoven. It was a wonderful place to grow up. Lundy's Lane is actually a small cul-de-sac off of my street (Bunker Hill Drive). The steep hill at the end of the cul-de-sac prevented cost effective building of homes there. Things changed when homes in the area became worth 1.5M dollars. Now those spaces, and the few with similar challenges on Bunker Hill Drive have been filled in. I drove through the old neighborhood, in truth, not the day my dad passed away, but instead on a trip to visit him at the VA hospice in Palo Alto. I thought Lundy's Lane just sounded like a good title but the song is more about the area as a whole. The buckeye trees were actually in an open field off Bunker Hill Drive which has also been filled in (we walked our dog there), and the Polywog pond was near the bottom of the street. Now, the whole area is swarmed with people, incredibly expensive, and has little of its original charm. The last verse refers to my best boyhood friend. I believe his mom still lives there but in truth I have never knocked on the door. She was a very sweet lady, a Japanese American who actually was in an internment camp for a period. It was at her house that I first had sushi, before many Americans knew what that was. I'm afraid if I saw her, my emotion would get the best of me. Still trying to work up the nerve. My mom lives in Foster City, about 6-8 miles east of that neighborhood. When I visit her, I feel like a stranger in my own land. It is heart breaking. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the song. Comments very much appreciated. Take care all.


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Lundy’s Lane

Took a drive through my old neighborhood, the day my father passed away
Just felt the need for reconnecting with my past
In this once quiet little suburb off the San Francisco Bay
I could feel the memories come flooding back

Fields with families walking dogs, streams with children catching pollywogs
Flying kites and friendly little football games
Down on Lundy’s Lane

With the advent of the internet, techies took my town by storm
Unlike justice, it seems ambition’s truly blind
When there’s lots of money to be made, opportunists swarm
And one may not recognize the place they leave behind

Where once were open fields and buckeye trees, now there’s Priuses and SUVs
My home is gone now; nothing looks the same
Down on Lundy’s Lane

I guess there’re places deep in each of us that we’re never gonna find
They elude our maps and compasses, existing only in our mind

I knocked on an old friend’s door and is mother opened up
She was frail now, and her hair was white as snow
Her eyes lit up to see me and we had a cup of tea
And tried to figure out where the time goes

We talked about the early years, shared some laughs and shared some tears
And talked about how much the world has changed
And so has Lundy’s lane



Edited by Greg Johnson (11/20/16 09:03 PM)

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#375360 - 11/20/16 09:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg,

I really enjoyed that. It was a beautiful trip along the roads of nostalgia.... a very effective use of AABA form

The bridge really appealed to me.

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
I guess there’re places deep in each of us that we’re never gonna find
They elude our maps and compasses, existing only in our mind


As always, your singing is superb, you songwriting is excellent and your production sounds first class.

It's two thumbs up from me!

All the best,
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#375361 - 11/20/16 10:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Your voice is pure summer in this very personal song, the best kind I rethink. Well now when I drive by on 280 it will have a whole new meaning.

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#375363 - 11/20/16 10:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg

Beautiful ballad - loved the lyric - superb ending with the backing vocal and repetition of Lundys Lane.
A real songwriting lesson. Great stuff.

Peter

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#375397 - 11/21/16 03:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg, it's no surprise that this is another excellent delivery.

Your material is always of the highest standard and this is no exception.

What a great nostalgic tribute. I can picture the scenic view of Lundy's Lane just from listening to the superb lyrics.

Outstanding vocal delivery.

Another masterpiece. Take a bow, you deserve it.
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#375398 - 11/21/16 04:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg, this is excellent - love the story line and delivery. Great mix as well.

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#375401 - 11/21/16 05:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Thoroughly enjoyed Greg, nice and nostalgic!
And definitely up to your usual high standard.

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#375429 - 11/21/16 09:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Thank you for posting this song Greg!

I agree:
Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
What a great nostalgic tribute. I can picture the scenic view of Lundy's Lane just from listening to the superb lyrics.

Outstanding vocal delivery.

Another masterpiece. Take a bow, you deserve it.


This is our "Hot Forum Topic" for today!

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#375446 - 11/21/16 11:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Excellent tune Greg. Loved the lyrics and another awesome vocal. Well done.
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#375449 - 11/21/16 12:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Cleverly constructed and beautifully sung.
Bravo Greg!
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#375499 - 11/21/16 03:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg, great song and great performance! The best songs are not fiction but based in fact. Liked the background vocals also. Take care, Torrey
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#375515 - 11/21/16 05:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

A really fine vocal( love your voice in the upper register) on a good wistful ballad. I enjoyed the reminiscenses in the lyrics - they reminded me of Jackson Browne`s Looking Into You.
I agree with Noel that the bridge melody stands out and the arrangement is just right - cool that you saved those harmonies for the end.

Robert

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#375639 - 11/22/16 01:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: Noel96
Hi Greg,

I really enjoyed that. It was a beautiful trip along the roads of nostalgia.... a very effective use of AABA form

The bridge really appealed to me.

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
I guess there’re places deep in each of us that we’re never gonna find
They elude our maps and compasses, existing only in our mind


As always, your singing is superb, you songwriting is excellent and your production sounds first class.

It's two thumbs up from me!

All the best,
Noel


Thanks so much Noel. I appreciate your continued wonderful support! Much appreciated. Take care. Greg

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#375736 - 11/22/16 05:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg,

I think this might be the first song of yours I have had the pleasure of listening to.

Nice storytelling on this, I very much enjoyed that aspect of it. And I loved your vocal! Such a great tone. Also liked the way you brought in the background vocal.

Enjoyed the listen!

Cheers,
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#375746 - 11/22/16 06:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Moving song Greg.
Sweet melancholy lyrics and beautiful arrangement.
Great job.

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#375833 - 11/22/16 11:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hello, Greg

Sweet, melancholic, nostalgic and beautiful tune with soft and warm vocal!
I especially like the start of A part melody.
And I like the background vocals also.
It's cool the repeat and repeat of the chorus at the ending.
Very enjoyable listen.

Best Regards.

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#375961 - 11/23/16 06:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

Your work gets better all the time - in every regard. This might be your best mix that you have posted... every instrument sounds good.. the piano has all the power it needs to carry this. The bass is full and punchy. The drums are "supportive" - perfect for this song. The steel is the perfect addition for "sweetening".

Your vocal is beautiful - and nicely recorded.

An incredibly well-written song. You are an amazing wordsmith.

"With the advent of the internet, techies took my town by storm" --- there are not many writers who could have done that line any better - and few who could even get close... nice alliteration, too... Every line in this is well crafted.

A Jackson Browne feel - with an "upgraded" lyric... Beautiful sentiment without getting overly sentimental... Thoughtful.

Top-notch.

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#375981 - 11/23/16 07:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

This is masterful. The BGV outro blew me away. This is exceptional!








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#376007 - 11/23/16 08:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Sweet. A very moving song. Super lyrics delivered so well, all beautifully engineered.

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#376472 - 11/24/16 02:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Lundy's Lane (A tale of the Silicon Valley) [Re: Marty Sorensen]
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Originally Posted By: Marty Sorensen
Your voice is pure summer in this very personal song, the best kind I rethink. Well now when I drive by on 280 it will have a whole new meaning.


Thanks for checking it out and commenting Marty! Yeah, you should shoot down Bunker Hill Drive someday when you're cruising by on 280. Still a nice area, although not as special as it was to me then. Take care. Greg

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