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#480553 - 07/04/18 04:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: dcuny]
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Originally Posted By: animarorecords
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


Originally Posted By: PeterF
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


Originally Posted By: dcuny
Fun listen, solidly done all around. Loved the banjo poking through near the end.

The only nit is "what you're made of"... Hey, I had to look for something! grin

It's a good reminder that it I looked hard enough, I could find everything I needed to build my track in BiaB.

Except for Janice, of course! laugh


Thanks for commenting on the harmony!

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#480627 - 07/05/18 07:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: P Glaser]
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Originally Posted By: P Glaser
Holy Cow! First class all the way!


Paul - I certainly appreciate that. Thanks for stopping in for a listen...

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#480647 - 07/05/18 10:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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TOP TOP TOP NOTCH!!! As a bunch of songwriters, all of us know how difficult it is to find rhymes which are not overused or lines that are fresh and really convey the message. Floyd does it all the time, and beautifully so here. This is so sharply written and so well produced. The repeated use of "twisted" makes the hook even hookier. Great melody, great write, great production, and great use of "the band"! Another home run Floyd!!! Take care. Greg

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#480779 - 07/06/18 12:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: PeterF]
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Originally Posted By: dcuny
Fun listen, solidly done all around. Loved the banjo poking through near the end.

The only nit is "what you're made of"... Hey, I had to look for something! grin

It's a good reminder that it I looked hard enough, I could find everything I needed to build my track in BiaB.

Except for Janice, of course! laugh


Thanks, David. I corrected my spelling error. smile I don't know about "looking hard" - but there is so much to choose from, you seldom need to look elsewhere - and looking is half the fun. (Oooh! Song title! Don't steal that one...).

It is surprising there isn't a Janice RT yet...


Originally Posted By: Deej56
Floyd,

Boy, I really like this tune. The repetition of “twisted’ in the chorus really gives this tune a hook—magnetic. But the lyrics just work throughout the song and it’s what, for me, makes this song work in all the right ways. Killer guitar solo, BTW. Add to it the great production—you have a terrific song here. Bravo!

All the best,

Deej


Deej - thanks for the nice review...


Originally Posted By: PeterF
floyd,
Sent Leon a link and he said:

"Tell Floyd great job from me"

Peter (it's the best I can do....)


Peter - thanks for relaying the message! Nice to hear form Leon! smile

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#480917 - 07/07/18 02:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: dani48]
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Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
I really love the chorus. It's so punchy and really sticks with you. I can definitely relate to this song right now. Thank you for sharing this song with us all. Also just wanted to say that the lyrics of this song are really lovely and perfect.


Ember - Thanks for having a listen to this one....


Originally Posted By: dani48
Hi, Floyd and Janice !:))


You´ve just produced my
new Floydfav !
Ubelievable wonderful
and such a superb collab
too !

Congrats to both of you !

Cheers
Dani


Thanks, Dani - we appreciate it..

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#481012 - 07/08/18 01:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: RnAM]
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Originally Posted By: DIOECHOOTO
Tight as all get- out! Floyd and Janice, this is really, really nice work... in every aspect. Kudos!


Eric - thanks for stopping by for a listen...


Originally Posted By: RnAM
Hi Floyd and Janice,

This has a slightly more rock feel, than some of your previous recordings.
Very cool chord progression and craftsmanship as usual.

Rob and Anne-Marie


Thanks to you both...

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#481031 - 07/08/18 04:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd, this is as well written and performed as anything I have heard from you. The mix on this is as good as it gets! You have raised the bar once again!

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#481119 - 07/09/18 12:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: dani48
Hi, Floyd and Janice !:))


You´ve just produced my
new Floydfav !
Ubelievable wonderful
and such a superb collab
too !

Congrats to both of you !

Cheers
Dani


Originally Posted By: DIOECHOOTO
Tight as all get- out! Floyd and Janice, this is really, really nice work... in every aspect. Kudos!


Originally Posted By: RnAM
Hi Floyd and Janice,

This has a slightly more rock feel, than some of your previous recordings.
Very cool chord progression and craftsmanship as usual.

Rob and Anne-Marie


Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
A great write, performance and production. You really have the drums popping on this one. You and Janice are developing an almost signature sound and there's a tightness that can't be overlooked. Enjoyed this one a lot.


Thanks y’all. I know it’s gonna be fun when floyd invites me to Sing!
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#481207 - 07/10/18 07:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: Charlie Fogle]
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Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
A great write, performance and production. You really have the drums popping on this one. You and Janice are developing an almost signature sound and there's a tightness that can't be overlooked. Enjoyed this one a lot.


Thanks for the nice review, Charlie. I love singing with Janice - we've been at it for at least 5 years now... one of the great advantages of this forum...

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#481295 - 07/10/18 08:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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Fabulous job, Floyd. There's only one thing wrong with this song, and I do mean only one. I didn't write it. Waaaaaa!

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#481331 - 07/11/18 06:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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A great song in every way, the vocals, lead and harmony are so clear and consistent, the music is just amazing, and the lyrics define the emotion so well. Great song Floyd and Janice!!!!

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#481334 - 07/11/18 07:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi floyd. This is excellent. That is quite a list of realtracks. Wonderful production all round.

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#481440 - 07/12/18 03:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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Excellent songwriting & vocal performance.
The arrangement, production and mix, (that wonderful kick that kicks), mark you out as a classic.
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#481649 - 07/13/18 05:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: guitar1]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
TOP TOP TOP NOTCH!!! As a bunch of songwriters, all of us know how difficult it is to find rhymes which are not overused or lines that are fresh and really convey the message. Floyd does it all the time, and beautifully so here. This is so sharply written and so well produced. The repeated use of "twisted" makes the hook even hookier. Great melody, great write, great production, and great use of "the band"! Another home run Floyd!!! Take care. Greg


Greg - thanks for that very nice comment. Could not ask for any more than that!!



Originally Posted By: Steve Young
Floyd, this is as well written and performed as anything I have heard from you. The mix on this is as good as it gets! You have raised the bar once again!

Steve


Steve - I really appreciate all of that... Thanks!




Originally Posted By: guitar1
Fabulous job, Floyd. There's only one thing wrong with this song, and I do mean only one. I didn't write it. Waaaaaa!


Thanks, Gary...

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#481721 - 07/13/18 01:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: rayc]
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Originally Posted By: cliftond
A great song in every way, the vocals, lead and harmony are so clear and consistent, the music is just amazing, and the lyrics define the emotion so well. Great song Floyd and Janice!!!!


Thanks, Cliff, for that very nice review...


Originally Posted By: JoanneCooper
Hi floyd. This is excellent. That is quite a list of realtracks. Wonderful production all round.


Joanne - thanks for stopping in...


Originally Posted By: rayc
Excellent songwriting & vocal performance.
The arrangement, production and mix, (that wonderful kick that kicks), mark you out as a classic.


ray - thanks for having a listen....

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#482668 - 07/20/18 10:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: cliftond]
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Originally Posted By: cliftond
A great song in every way, the vocals, lead and harmony are so clear and consistent, the music is just amazing, and the lyrics define the emotion so well. Great song Floyd and Janice!!!!


Thanks for mentioning my part. I always look forward to singing with floyd!

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#484977 - 08/08/18 05:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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floyd,

I might late to the party with this one but WOW! that has done nothing to diminish just how impressed I am with what I've just heard (a few times, in fact).

As you know, your writing has been inspirational to me in so, so many ways over the years. This chorus is a fantastic example of creating a list chorus. It's not a skill I have but I think with a little of my own modelling based on how you've done it here, I might, at last, be able to create one.

These lyrics flow so incredibly well, too. As I was reading them out loud, I marvelled at how you managed to join the words together so seamlessly while maintaining an easy conversational lyric flow.

I really enjoyed this a great deal. You and Janice sound really awesome singing together!

All the best,
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#626679 - 11/30/20 04:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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I really love the feel and flow of this one Floyd! Especially partial to the texture change in the chorus!

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#626692 - 11/30/20 06:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: Smoke And Mirrors [Re: floyd jane]
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What can i say that others haven't?

Polished to perfection.
Excellent writing!
Fantastic vocals.

Mixed just right.

And..............a timely message.

Well done!

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