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#481934 - 07/15/18 12:46 PM [User Showcase] Live By The Gun
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A 4-minute Country-EDM-Spaghetti-Western

The BAND (and what-not)

RealTracks in style: 1536:Bass, Electric, PopBelieve Ev16 065
RealTracks in song: 2702:Bass, Synth, CloudRapSub Ev16 075
RealTracks in song: 2741:Bass, Synth, AltHipHopA-B Ev16 085
RealTracks in style: 1543:Synth Pad, PopBelieve Ev16 065
RealTracks in song: 2446:Guitar, Baritone Electric, Background SpaghettiWestern Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 836:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm AltCountryRootsy Ev 075 (A:muted)
RealTracks in song: 2714:Guitar, Nylon, Background SlowSwingBrent Sw 065
RealTracks in song: 3027:Vocal Oohs, Background Pop3-part Ev 085
RealDrums in Song: NashvilleBrushesCountryPopEv16: a: Sidestick, Brushes b: Brushes

A couple of Loops (Studio One) - shakers, guitar
I created drums beats and bass and organ patterns (MIDI)



LIVE BY THE GUN

you don't turn away from a stranger's stare
you don't turn the corner without saying a prayer

he had no choice but to saddle up
for the sake of his young wife and son
it broke his heart to be runnning
but the town had learned the story of his gun
a peaceful sunday, just out of church
they heard his name called from the street
the whisper of leather, the thunder of guns
and one more man lay dying at his feet
   
   when you live by the gun
   they don't leave you room to run
   a legend has a life of its own
   so you face all that come
   when you live by the gun

for years he drifted from town to town
to find one where no one knew his name
but he could never hide from the bitter regret
of the price of unwanted fame
passing a church, lost in reflection
a voice challenges, "i've heard you're the best"
could that be the face of his own son
through the smoke as the bullet hits his chest
   
   when you live by the gun
   they don't leave you room to run
   a legend has a life of its own
   so you face all that come
   when you live by the gun

you don't turn away from a stranger's stare
you don't turn the corner without saying a prayer
now, he'll face all that come
he lives by the gun



Listen in phones to catch everything...
Hope you find this interesting.
Comments welcome.
Have at it.

floyd

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#481935 - 07/15/18 12:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: floyd jane]
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floyd,

This is exceptional.

I was enthralled as I listened... so much quality everywhere! The effects, the harmony, the words, the melody, your performance, the arrangement, the production....



All the ear candy that you've incorporated into this production makes for a fantastic ride. As I'm typing this, I'm sitting here thinking, "Is this floyd's best? His songs are always brilliant but this one really grabs me. Is it his best? I really don't know. Right at this moment, it is, for sure."

This reminded me of "The Gambler" in that the lyrics presented a very engaging narrative with a powerful message threaded through the them.

A wonderful listen in every way possible.

Regards,
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#481936 - 07/15/18 01:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: Noel96]
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Noel said it much better than I could. Floyd you always sound professional but this one is really exceptional. Your vocals (loved those soft delays!), lyrics and one hell of a backing track.

This is one of your best if not your best to date.
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#481950 - 07/15/18 01:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: floyd jane]
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Wonderful song. Really enjoyed this.
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#481960 - 07/15/18 02:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,

Love the drama in the music. There's perfect prosody between music and lyric. I'm enjoying some these "outta the box" tunes you've posted lately - really, really good stuff. This one has a ton a of dynamic tension throughout - it's near impossible to not listen all the way through.

I'm not sure what the level above "excellent: is called, but this certainly earned its way there. Really really super.

Alan
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#481964 - 07/15/18 03:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,

This is just SO GOOD! Great song and a tremendous vocal...

Love the band, mix and the handclaps are very cool. Everything about this mix is so nuanced - sounds like a record to me!

Loved it!!!

Bob
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#481965 - 07/15/18 03:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: floyd jane]
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floyd

Looking forward to the movie this is the theme song to!
Some amazing touches and attention to detail, along with a terrific composition.
Fantastic a real treat.

Peter

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#481968 - 07/15/18 03:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd,

Professional as ever, this fabulous song paints pictures as I listen.

Entertaining and thought provoking at the same time.

Lots of messages here, all wrapped up in an excellent package.

Faultless mix.

ROG.

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#481970 - 07/15/18 03:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,

A very dramatic song with wonderful production details- particularly the EDM touches.
Loved everything about this!

Robert

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#481976 - 07/15/18 04:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: floyd jane]
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Grabbed my attention from the first word till the last. What a masterful production. Plenty of emotion going on here. Great mix and performance. Thanks for listing Floyd. Rob.

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#481994 - 07/15/18 07:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: floyd jane]
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This an incredible tune Floyd. I think this has to be my favorite vocal of yours.

The guitar in the background was very cool. Cool tone. I was listening on the headphones and was trying to isolate the different things you had going on. Your mix blows me away. What was really cool was the kick drum. Very neat how you did that.

Super song Floyd...

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#482017 - 07/16/18 03:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: floyd jane]
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WOW!! Definitely one of your best, my new favorite hands down.

Excellent song, superb vocal, but man, the production and mix!! Possibly the best I have heard here on the forum, so many things going on and such attention to detail.
You have set the bar very high indeed and give the rest of us mortals something to strive toward smile

Just top notch in every way, thoroughly enjoyed.

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#482022 - 07/16/18 04:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: floyd jane]
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real nice song with great vocals, you do the cowboy style effortlessly.

As was said in previous post, I could see this being the track played when the credits roll by at the end of an old western.
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#482028 - 07/16/18 05:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: floyd jane]
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Country-EDM-Spaghetti-Western...my favorite genre.

I was trying to figure out if it was notes 1 and 2 that grabbed me; or if you already had me on the first note. I think maybe right at the first note. Either way, you really had me. You VERY effectively set the tone of the song immediately.

What a cool song. Man, I know I say this; but I'm big on atmosphere. Every single element is there to create it. From the lyric, to the performance, to all of the various things you did to support it. So interesting.

I am a big fan of ear candy. I had no idea you opened an ear candy shop.


Edited by HearToLearn (07/16/18 05:17 AM)
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#482033 - 07/16/18 06:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: floyd jane]
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What a tune! It is so powerful, and has an epic feeling to it. I'm a sucker for the spaghetti western sort of style, and this nailed it while also providing a modern twist to it. Those harmonies on the chorus as so gigantic and luscious - it drew me in instantly.

You really did a great job here - thanks so much for sharing smile
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#482036 - 07/16/18 06:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Yeah, I am a big Western fan, love this, those delays are awesome!!! Great song Floyd

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#482084 - 07/16/18 12:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: Noel96
floyd,

This is exceptional.

I was enthralled as I listened... so much quality everywhere! The effects, the harmony, the words, the melody, your performance, the arrangement, the production....



All the ear candy that you've incorporated into this production makes for a fantastic ride. As I'm typing this, I'm sitting here thinking, "Is this floyd's best? His songs are always brilliant but this one really grabs me. Is it his best? I really don't know. Right at this moment, it is, for sure."

This reminded me of "The Gambler" in that the lyrics presented a very engaging narrative with a powerful message threaded through the them.

A wonderful listen in every way possible.

Regards,
Noel


Noel - Thanks for such a nice write up! I did have a lot of fun putting this together - trying a few new production techniques to keep things moving forward...

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#482087 - 07/16/18 01:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: floyd jane]
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Hey Floyd,

I really loved the atmospheric feel you conjured up in this, and the loops were a nice addition.

It did seems like a mini movie, very visual--a song movie with a built in soundtrack. Cool stuff.

The lyrics are among your very best. Very cinematic. Great job man.
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#482093 - 07/16/18 01:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi, Floyd !:))

One of your ultimate best
without question ! Could
go into a Western film anytime !
Those lyrics of yours were
also marvelous, one almost got
the feelin´you´d really been
there (as a guy livin´by the gun
with all the anxiety it surely
must mean) !

Cheers
Dani

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#482132 - 07/16/18 09:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Live By The Gun [Re: floyd jane]
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Wow.

To be honest, I saw the lyrics, and thought "A corny Western song?" And then I hit the play button and it sucked me right in. laugh

One of the biggest problems that I have in songwriting is thinking that I've got to say something new.

This shows that the real trick is to tell it well. And this song does it in spades.

Great storytelling, cool stereo effects that really add to the atmosphere, super effective return to the opening line. Evocative descriptions, emotional.

Wow.
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