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#479037 - 06/23/18 01:18 PM [User Showcase] Smoke And Mirrors
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SMOKE AND MIRRORS

i ain't saying you're a liar
but you ain't on the up and up
always preaching to your choir
only fillin' your own cup
seems there's nothing you can't taint
a fact is a fact until it ain't
   
   twisted logic
   twisted reason
   twisted words
   twisted lies
   fairy tales and fables
   your favorite alibis
   hiding you intentions
   only makes 'em clearer
   it's what you're made of
   smoke and mirrors

so you tell us one more time
how truly great you are
the perfect picture of sublime
hero, god, superstar
you've done it all, you've told us so
over and over making certain that we know
   
   twisted logic
   twisted reason
   twisted words
   twisted lies
   fairy tales and fables
   your favorite alibis
   hiding your intentions
   only makes 'em clearer
   it's what you're made of
   smoke and mirrors



The BAND:

RealTracks in song: 1418:Bass, Electric, SouthernRock Ev16 085
RealTracks in song: 380:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Syncopated Sugar Ev 102
RealTracks in song: 836:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm AltCountryRootsy Ev 075 (A:muted)
RealTracks in song: 2690 Guitar, Electric, Soloist Slow16thsPopBrentSimple Ev16 075
RealTracks in song: 2203:Guitar, Electric, Soloist PopPromiseBrent Ev16 100
RealTracks in song: 623:Banjo, Background Backporch Ev 098
RealTracks in song: 3020 Vocal Aahs, Background Pop3-part Ev 085
RealDrums in Song: ModernPopBallad16ths^01-a:Quiet hat, Sync-kick, b:Open hat, Sync-kick

Harmonies: Janice Merritt (Thanks to you both!!)


Comments welcomed and encouraged.
Have at it.

floyd


Edited by floyd jane (06/25/18 01:34 PM)
Edit Reason: Teach is scolding me for bad spelling

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#479049 - 06/23/18 02:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,

A really excellent song... Love your vocal and the harmonies by Janice. Great arrangement and mix as well. Some high production values here!

Loved it.

Bob
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#479062 - 06/23/18 03:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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Great production again. Vocal and harmonies are spot on ,another great write.well done to you all
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#479070 - 06/23/18 04:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Floyd,

A really excellent song... Love your vocal and the harmonies by Janice. Great arrangement and mix as well. Some high production values here!

Loved it.

Bob


I agree 100%.

This is another winner from Floyd and Janice!
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#479075 - 06/23/18 04:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd

That was a song I would swear I've heard before, because its catchy and commercial and just so easy going and simple.


I'm singing the chorus as I type.
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#479093 - 06/23/18 06:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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Cool song. Sounds great!!!

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#479104 - 06/23/18 07:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,

All the hallmarks of a Floyd rocker are there- sharp, honed lyrics, feeling and prescence in the vocals, a punchy chorus and nothing out of place in the production.
So darn good.
I should add I enjoyed thinking about who I pictured as the song`s villain... could be wrong, but if I`m right, someone call Stephen Colbert and get Floyd on the show!

Robert

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#479108 - 06/23/18 10:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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Another great one from the master king.
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#479121 - 06/24/18 04:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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Yeah, I love this!

Vocal and harmonies are spot on.

Great job on the write and I really like the chorus, very strong.

Production as always is top notch, man, those drums! Such a great sound.

Enjoyed the listen, floyd!

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#479128 - 06/24/18 05:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd,

A fabulous track and for me, it has to be my favourite so far.

A wonderful production with so much going on, yet all still coherent and everything
in it's own space. Excellent stereo both on the mains and the 'phones. Loved the whole
thing, but especially the sound of the bass and the kick drum, which REALLY kicked.

Great lyrics, melody, harmony and super performance from both you and Janice.

All this and a guitar solo too! I'd like to think you put that in just for me, but
I have to be realistic....

Not been here as much as I'd like recently, but happy to have caught this one.

Cheers, ROG.

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#479138 - 06/24/18 08:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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What? What?! WHAT?!? Who wrote this? Did you hire a ghost writer? Floyd, you are a MASTER of story telling in a song. That's your lane. Stick to it. You are NOT allowed to venture over to the "non-specific listener fill in their own story" lyric and dominate that too! No! No! No! Go back to what you were great at before you were great at this please. I'm not sure how you got in here, but...security!

Seriously, I am beyond impressed. I love everything about this song.

The lyrics are fantastic...
Quote:

hiding your intentions
only make 'em clearer


the production is fantastic...
You had me at the drums and never lost me. Everything is clear and represented so well.


The performance is fantastic...
Anyone with ears and a heart can tell that!

The arrangement is fantastic...
Love the structure and how parts move in and out as they should. A sprinkle of guitar between vocal phrasing to keep in interest, the backing vocals at chorus two forward for heightening was OMG! I'll stop but...just...wow!

Melodically, THAT sir, was CATCHY!

I noticed people only bring Janice in when they have a song good enough to be awesome. Or is it when people bring Janice in, the song is now awesome? OH! That's what it is! (secret to a great song there.)

You may want to consider a name change. Drop the "e" in "Jane" and just add "ice." wink

**Edit**

Oh yeah, if this song is about me, then forget everything I said. Actually, I wouldn't be able to deny that it would still be my favorite song I've heard on the forum so far. smile

Thank you for making this song!







Edited by HearToLearn (06/24/18 02:36 PM)
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#479140 - 06/24/18 08:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,

I swear to God I have heard this before. Maybe it was in a conversation or something, but I KNOW I have heard these words before.

Strangely enough, I think I know WHO it is about.

I called Carly and she swore it wasn't about Mick, so now I think I know for sure. But I ain't saying.

smile

Great song man!!
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#479144 - 06/24/18 09:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: HearToLearn]
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Oh now I remember who it was about. Caaron, we need to talk man. I want you to be sitting down and take a deep breath first though.

Kidding!!!!!!

smile

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#479155 - 06/24/18 12:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: Biglad]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Floyd,

A really excellent song... Love your vocal and the harmonies by Janice. Great arrangement and mix as well. Some high production values here!

Loved it.

Bob


Appreciate that, Bob - and thanks for your continued support...



Originally Posted By: Biglad
Great production again. Vocal and harmonies are spot on ,another great write.well done to you all


Thanks for having a listen, John...

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#479176 - 06/24/18 03:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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Boy this song has such a cool feel to it. Lyrics were just excellent. You tell such a great story with you lyrics. Super vocal and harmonies were so well done. I just loved the guitar on it. Just growled on the low register and the highs have such a cool bite to them.

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#479182 - 06/24/18 05:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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As a self-proclaimed songwriter/lyricist, I'm supposed to be able to come up with new, catchy ways to say something. But ya know what, Floyd? I agree with all that has been said. The only words that comes to mind I've not yet seen is ... WOW!

It's a great song, production and delivery in every sense of the word. Who says only Nashville can produce top-quality country music suitable for the massive audience of the genre? Some of those Nashville suits might want to have their guys take a listen to this - they might get a real good lesson on lyric writing, production technique,arrangement and delivery. That's all I have to say about this gem.

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#479208 - 06/24/18 10:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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Hello, floyd

Excellent song!
Very catchy and melodically,.
Really love your vocal and the harmonies by Janice.
The chord progressions repeated one after the other with descent and ascend of the bass line many times are very powerful.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#479211 - 06/24/18 11:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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floyd

Loved it!
Brilliant song writing - great concise lyric and a really catchy hook.
Janice & you always sound wonderful together and this is no exception.
Superb production & excellent all round.

Peter

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#479244 - 06/25/18 06:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: beatmaster]
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Originally Posted By: MarioD
Originally Posted By: rsdean
Floyd,

A really excellent song... Love your vocal and the harmonies by Janice. Great arrangement and mix as well. Some high production values here!

Loved it.

Bob


I agree 100%.

This is another winner from Floyd and Janice!


Thanks, Mario.


Originally Posted By: beatmaster
Floyd

That was a song I would swear I've heard before, because its catchy and commercial and just so easy going and simple.


I'm singing the chorus as I type.


beatmaster - what more could a songwriter/producer want to hear???... Thanks!

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#479286 - 06/25/18 12:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: Robertkc]
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Originally Posted By: Sundance
Cool song. Sounds great!!!


Thanks, Josie.


Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Floyd,

All the hallmarks of a Floyd rocker are there- sharp, honed lyrics, feeling and prescence in the vocals, a punchy chorus and nothing out of place in the production.
So darn good.
I should add I enjoyed thinking about who I pictured as the song`s villain... could be wrong, but if I`m right, someone call Stephen Colbert and get Floyd on the show!

Robert


Appreciate all that, Robert. Let me know if you run into Stephen Colbert!!!

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