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#433040 - 10/10/17 07:44 PM [User Showcase] NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty)
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What a terrible day that was. I have been busy lately but try to "come by" as often as I can to listen to many wonderful contributions to the forum. I was so sad to lose Tom Petty (after waking to hear about the Vegas massacre). I loved his music and his energy. Only recently have I watched the documentary Running Down a Dream and realized that he was such a cool guy as well. We've lost so many great ones lately. It's truly heartbreaking. I'd love to get your feedback on the song (you are my only audience). Hope you enjoy. I'll post the lyrics soon. Take care all! Greg

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Edited by Greg Johnson (10/12/17 11:45 AM)

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#433041 - 10/10/17 08:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Great job Greg!

You're saying a lot of what I've been feeling.

What a terrible day

i thought about trying to do something but I don't really

do the TP sound. I reference his writing and ideas all the time

so he's in many of my songs even if it's not apparent to others.

nice mix, great solo, the song sounds kinda like the Heartbreakers

thanks for sharing this and sharing your feelings about a great guy

that left us way too soon. I feel like we're losing something so precious,

that there will be no one to replace these people who gave us magic.

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#433055 - 10/11/17 05:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Good tribute song! Really nice lyrical touches, and musical nods.

Very well done. I really enjoyed this.

What a sad thing about Tom though. I sure am going to miss him as well.

What a force of nature he was.
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#433063 - 10/11/17 07:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,
The chorus ( great harmonies!) on this song is beautiful-reminds me why you are one of my favourite vocalists on this forum.
Though not a huge Tom Petty fan I can relate to these fine lines:

I remember loving American Girl
when rock`n roll was a force in the world
nowadays music is so absurd
what are we gonna do
now we`ve lost you too

you`ve channelled a sad feeling into a very good song; I hope doing that helps you keep going.

Robert

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#433072 - 10/11/17 08:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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You sang what we've all being thinking, Greg. A beautiful tribute, and just overall a beautiful song. It's certainly sad times lately, we can all agree.

Thanks for sharing this touching song with us smile
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#433084 - 10/11/17 12:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

A nice tribute. A sad day. Damn The Torpedoes is one of my all-time favorite records. I put it on the other day, closed my eyes and let Tom & the HBs wash over me. This song continues that...

A beautiful write. The chorus melody is a true delight - much like TPs choruses always are (were). So very catchy! Excellent instrumentation and mix.

Your vocal is in-the-pocket - full of the feeling of loss. The harmony/echoes are superb.

Another killer from you.

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#433086 - 10/11/17 12:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: floyd jane]
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One thing I forgot to mention is a know a guy who was around Tom Petty when he was really young in Gainesville, and was playing with other people on the scene. He said, and this is pretty much verbatim:

"Whenever Tom Petty walked into a room, everything stopped. He just had this look and this aura about him that said 'you guys have just been clowning around but I'm about to show you how it's done.' And you could also distinctly hear him saying, without speaking a word, 'Oh, and by the way I plan on completely dominating the entire rock and roll planet even though no one knows me yet. But I will be one of the most famous people you have ever heard of.' And so he did, and so he was."

The guy said he acted that way from the time he was a teenager and hardly knew how to play.

I just thought that was funny.
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#433097 - 10/11/17 02:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Certainly can hear the influence.
Nicely done.
Rob

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#433100 - 10/11/17 02:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi, Greg !:))

One of your best
without doubt that
is for sure !!!

Liked everything about it !

Cheers
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#433116 - 10/11/17 04:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg, what a great tribute! You did an absolutely fantastic job on this! The vocal work could not be done any better (along with those awesome background vocals)! I was amazed at how great this track sounds! Tom has been remembered and honored with this! Thanks, Torrey
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#433130 - 10/11/17 08:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Super tribute Greg. I am with Robert on this one. You are definitely one of my favorite vocalists as well on the forum. Another super vocal and lyric. The loss of Tom Petty will be felt for a long time to come. The world is in a very strange state right now. It does not seem real with the constant devastating news that just continues to come. So glad to have such enjoyable music to visit and escape from the everyday chaos..
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#433203 - 10/12/17 03:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: 44kfl]
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Thanks Kenny! Appreciate the kind words. I can hear a lot of Petty influence in your music-there's a heartland sound and a wonderful honesty that reminds me of him. Loved your new one (along with many, many others!) Take care. Greg

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#433207 - 10/12/17 03:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

A perfect song for the occasion. Your vocal is outstanding on this. Take a bow ... you are entitled to one. Big kudos! This is really a super song - nuff said.

Alan


Edited by Al-David (10/12/17 03:35 PM)
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#433277 - 10/13/17 11:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: David Snyder]
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Thanks David. Much appreciated! Yes, I will miss Tom Petty, along with all of the other greats lost in the past year or two. You've been doing some really great stuff lately! Take care. Greg

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#433283 - 10/13/17 12:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Great tribute, Greg. It also has a Don Henley "End Of The Innocence" vibe. I think that might be apropos.
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#433414 - 10/14/17 01:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Yes, that was truly sad news.
Tom Petty was one of our favorites too (Free Falling, such a great song among many, and Refugee of course).
But man, your song is truly great in all aspects. We really loooooove your backing vocals here.
And of course the lead vocal and the guitar work are gorgeous!

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#433445 - 10/14/17 04:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Wonderful job Greg. I didn't hear about it till later in the day. I have a grandson living in Vegas, so I was naturally concerned with making sure he and his wife were OK. You did amazing work on this. I am impressed!

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#433449 - 10/14/17 04:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: guitar1]
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Greg, this is a great song sung with a lot of passion. Great mix, lyrics and vocals make this a super tribute.

Yes we are losing a lot of musicians these days and it is sad. But the message that should be heard is stay away from drugs and cigarettes and use alcohol in moderation. YMMV

Regardless this is one fantastic song.
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#433530 - 10/15/17 05:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Excellent harmonies.
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#433811 - 10/16/17 06:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Oct. 2, 2017 (Tribute to Tom Petty) [Re: Robertkc]
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Thanks for the kind words Robert. I really appreciate them! I'm glad a song came out of this tragedy. Such a sad time these days. Really loved your new one! Take care. Greg

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