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#459749 - 03/01/18 05:33 AM [User Showcase] Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song
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A few years ago while working on a song together floyd and I discovered we share a

birthday. (March 4th) In an unusual moment of clarity, I realized this week that it also

serves as a code to live by. (March Forth!). We have posted collabs the past few years

to celebrate. This year it is a little different. Bud Merritt had sent me some notes on a

song he was working on using the words pier and peer. He wanted an island feel and I

immediately thought to bring in floyd and turn it into a duet. I knew that both floyd and I

have spent many wasted hours with beers in hand at the famed sunset celebration at

the pier in Key West called Mallory Square, so we used that as the setting. With Bud’s

OK we decided to use this as our annual birthday post. Of course Janice was willing to

help out with harmonies. To make an already long story short, here it is.



https://soundcloud.com/tommyad/pier-pressure


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Style is _ISLANDP.STY

RealTracks in style: ~~519:Bass, Electric, Pop HalfNotes Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1564:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm IslandJohn Ev 110
RealTracks in style: 1175:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm PopCalypso Ev 100
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RealDrums: RealDrums in Style: PopCalypso^1-a:Snare, Closed HiHat , b:Snare, Ride
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Plug Ins : Nectar 2, Neutron 2, Ozone 8, Tonal Balance, Waves LinMB, Waves, L3-LL Multi Limiter


PIER PRESSURE

I don't feel the need to intercede
Y'ALL can right the ship
i might get loud, but i don't follow the crowd
ain't in nobody's grip
I make my own decisions
when I cast my vote
You can leave me here
I’ll just drink my beer
don't feel i'm missing the boat

always going along to get along
how'd we all get there
That little voice inside of me asking
do you really care

Yeah I’ve been giving in to pier pressure
I join my friends for a drink at Mallory Square
as long as the beach is within reach
there's treasure
Let’s have another rum
before the setting sun
THAT'S pier pressure


my Facebook friends with their latest trends
tend to bring me down
I don’t wanna text what happens next
my every mis-step making the rounds
If they want to give their opinion
i’ll tell them where to go
I won't post what i eat
try not to tweet
and pull my hat down low

always going along to get along
how'd we all get there
That little voice inside of me asking
do you really care

Yeah I’ve been giving in to pier pressure
I join my friends for a drink at Mallory Square
as long as the beach is within reach
there's treasure
Let’s have another rum
before the setting sun
THAT'S pier pressure

drink 'em down
here comes another round
that's pier pressure

2018 B. Merritt/ T. Adams/ floyd jane

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#459764 - 03/01/18 06:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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Happy Birthday, bro!

J&B - smile thanks!

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#459767 - 03/01/18 06:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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Nice one, guys, and happy birthday!

Vocals are great, I think Tom is the first vocal, then Floyd the second? And I love the harmonies too of course.

Nice mix too!

BTW, no such thing as a wasted hour if you have a beer in your hand IMHO wink

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#459791 - 03/01/18 08:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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Wow - what a tune! There isn't anything I didn't enjoy about this. It's wonderfully catchy, got a great groove, and both of your vocal performances are seriously on point. I'm getting a Highwayman sort of vibe here - which is definitely a good thing in my books. It showcases a clear understanding of songwriting, and is overall just a great tune.

Great work, and thanks for sharing smile
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#459805 - 03/01/18 10:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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Tom,Floyd,J&B,
Everything about this is kicking-back fun! Nice to hear the "brothers" trading verses and Janice adding her warmth on the chorus.
I love the humour in the lyrics- especially this nugget:
"I won't post what i eat
try not to tweet
and pull my hat down low"
Jimmy Buffet`s got nothing on you guys - Happy Birthday!

Robert

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#459808 - 03/01/18 10:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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This is such a cool way to celebrate a birthday together! You guys did a really great job on the vocal performances. Happy birthday guys (a few days early), and hope it treats you well!
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#459821 - 03/01/18 12:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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Happy Birthday fellow March babies! Made me smile! Always up for some Jimmy Buffet influenced island beer and snark. You three (four counting Bud) always sound good together. I enjoyed it a lot.

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#459833 - 03/01/18 01:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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Tom,floyd,Janice & Bud

Happy birthdays.

Well that was a treat. Great work from all involved. Super engaging, comfortable, catchy and fun.
Loved the mix of vocalists, lyrics, harmonies and and excellent backing track.
Top song.

Peter

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#459868 - 03/01/18 04:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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Happy Birthday Tom and Floyd. Loved this tune. Super vocal and backtrack. Has the Jimmy Buffett feel.. Guitar was excellent.

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#459923 - 03/02/18 03:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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@Dave - this Bud's for you!

@Deryk - Highwayman...cool...

@Robert - thanks!

@Ember - no one I'd rather share a birthday with! Thanks for dropping by..

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#459933 - 03/02/18 04:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Happy Birthday, bro!

J&B - smile thanks!

Back at ya! Let's have many more!
Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Nice one, guys, and happy birthday!

Vocals are great, I think Tom is the first vocal, then Floyd the second? And I love the harmonies too of course.

Nice mix too!

BTW, no such thing as a wasted hour if you have a beer in your hand IMHO wink
Dave, You are correct on three counts. That was me on the 1st verse, floyd on the 2nd, and beer is a good thing. Thanks, Tom

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#459970 - 03/02/18 08:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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Cool collaboration. It has a lovely island vibe that would make Jimmy Buffet smile. Now I need some rum. Cheers and Happy Birthday.
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#459979 - 03/02/18 09:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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#460001 - 03/02/18 11:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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Some really cool TROP-ROCK.

This has a definite Jimmy Buffet sound, groove, vibe, to it.

It was so good I had to go back for another round. I have a few Corona's in the fridge.... kinda makes me wanna grab one.

I love the twist of the phrase...... pier pressure. Perfect.
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#460020 - 03/02/18 01:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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All very together (prosody).

Very good lyrics and sentiments to live by.
I could imagine this as part of Jimmy B's repertoire.
Not that it needs any improving.
Great as it is.
Thumbs up.

Cheers.
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#460043 - 03/02/18 03:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Nice one, guys, and happy birthday!

Vocals are great, I think Tom is the first vocal, then Floyd the second? And I love the harmonies too of course.

Nice mix too!

BTW, no such thing as a wasted hour if you have a beer in your hand IMHO wink


Particularly if it is a handcrafted IPA from a small brewery smile

Janice said thanks for mentioning the harmony.

Bud
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#460096 - 03/02/18 11:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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I love birthdays where you give gifts to us. Like Josie, it made me smile, too. laugh
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#460106 - 03/03/18 12:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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Hello, Tom, floyd, Janice & Bud,

A very nice collaboration!
Super vocals and harmonies!
It is very well mixed everywhere.
Very comfortable!
I have little knowledge about island style, but it is a very happy and good sound.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.
Happy birthday, Tom and floyd,

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#460129 - 03/03/18 05:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: Robertkc]
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Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Wow - what a tune! There isn't anything I didn't enjoy about this. It's wonderfully catchy, got a great groove, and both of your vocal performances are seriously on point. I'm getting a Highwayman sort of vibe here - which is definitely a good thing in my books. It showcases a clear understanding of songwriting, and is overall just a great tune.

Great work, and thanks for sharing smile
Deryk, thanks so much for stopping by and giving it a listen. All four of us appreciate it. Tom
Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Tom,Floyd,J&B,
Everything about this is kicking-back fun! Nice to hear the "brothers" trading verses and Janice adding her warmth on the chorus.
I love the humour in the lyrics- especially this nugget:
"I won't post what i eat
try not to tweet
and pull my hat down low"
Jimmy Buffet`s got nothing on you guys - Happy Birthday!

Robert


Thanks Robert. Glad you liked it. If I remember correctly the first two lines you quoted were floyd's and the hat line was Bud. Those guys always make me laugh, Tom

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#460230 - 03/03/18 01:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: Pier Pressure (Merritt/Adams/Jane) - Tom & floyd's annual birthday song [Re: tommyad]
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Happy birthday Tommy and Floyd!
Nice song too!

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