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#495241 - 10/11/18 01:35 PM [User Showcase] A little gift from the archive...
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...for all you song-writers. A collaboration with a fella named Trev Brown who played the mando and fiddle. I think the remainder were pushed through the Kurzweil. Neither of us liked the drums, so out they came.

Info pulled from the old .sgu opened in the new BIAB.


Soloist is saved with the song : Country Waltz Even Chet (130)
Style is WALZFAST.STY (Fast Waltz - Country Pop)
Style MIDI Instruments are : Acoustic String Bass (33), Acoustic Piano (1), Acoustic Guitar (26), Pad-Warm (Slow) (90),
MIDI Drums :1 Standard Drum Kit (1)


Just Trying to Write a Song

He knew of a woman lived across the great water
He asked for the hand of her beautiful daughter
Sure, it's cheap and cheesy to go for that rhyme
But I'm just trying to write a song.

He'd met the girl first at the worst time of his life
She knew before him that she'd be his wife.
I wasn't there, so don't ask how I know
I'm just trying to write a song.


The days grew more gentle, the night grew more faint
Their lives were a canvas on which they would paint
And they had their struggles...just like that last line
Hey, I'm just trying to write a song.

Short Instrumental

Married on Tuesday with some circumstance
She smiled like a Sunday when he asked her to dance
Some days I know what that feels like, and some days I don't
Still I'm just trying to write a song.

Words will all fail me defining their joys
and run like a houseful of unruly boys.
I'm no shaman, no prophet, but I know what I dream
And I'm trying to write this song


Maybe one day the glow will fade and the bills will come due
Maybe they'll settle into grayness like most people do.
That's hard to imagine as I sit here right now,
Just trying to write a song

(Instrumental verse)

It isn't easy to capture the part
about the light in her eyes and the fire in his heart
'cause music's too weak and language too strong
when you're just trying to write a song

No profit, no shame in saying what I mean
But I'm just trying to write a song

I'm trying to write
Lord, let me write
I'm just trying to write a song.


Just Trying to Write a Song

Tangmo 2005



Edited by Tangmo (10/11/18 01:48 PM)
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#495253 - 10/11/18 02:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: A little gift from the archive... [Re: Tangmo]
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Hi, Tangmo !:))


You really did write the song
in the end ! I liked everything
about it and want to congratulate
you and your buddy for the nice playing, singing and mixing that can be heard here !

Cheers
Dani

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#495262 - 10/11/18 02:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: A little gift from the archive... [Re: Tangmo]
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That was a very pretty song - enjoyed the lyric, catchy melody,excellent mandolin, fiddle and vocal.
Good work by all concerned.

Peter

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#495264 - 10/11/18 02:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: A little gift from the archive... [Re: Tangmo]
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very melodic, a good write

the mandolin sounds great

enjoyed the listen,

Kenny

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#495311 - 10/11/18 06:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: A little gift from the archive... [Re: Tangmo]
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Loved this song. Super vocal. The mandolin dancing around the vocal was very cool. Well done

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#495317 - 10/11/18 07:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: A little gift from the archive... [Re: Tangmo]
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LOL! That is too funny. Much enjoyed.

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#495355 - 10/12/18 03:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: A little gift from the archive... [Re: Tangmo]
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Well, I think you wrote a pretty good one! Very clever. I'm hopeless when it comes to lyrics which is why Chris writes most of ours.

Nice to hear Trev in there too! I still see him on facebook from time to time, he is enjoying the good life I think.

Enjoyed the listen!

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#495381 - 10/12/18 06:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: A little gift from the archive... [Re: Tangmo]
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Tangmo,

HAHAHA! This is VERY clever! An exceptional write. The humor/cleverness is integrated into the write in a professional manner - not many can pull that off. In addition to the humor, there are a number of excellent lines. This is an impressive write.

And a very nice recording. Nicely played and a really nice vocal (very "comfortable") and nicely mixed.

I thoroughly enjoyed this.

fj

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#495448 - 10/12/18 11:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: A little gift from the archive... [Re: Tangmo]
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Tangmo, you did a great job with this one! Vocal is so good on this and everything just sounds right in place! This song kind of puts me in mind of a cross between Cat Stevens and the nitty-gritty dirt band and that is not a bad thing! Thanks,
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#495719 - 10/13/18 12:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: A little gift from the archive... [Re: Tangmo]
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Thanks all for the kind comments.

You know if a member of the general public had reacted with LOL, I'd worry. But among us "insiders" it is great to read and received with gratitude. Graci.

I'm glad you liked it.
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#495737 - 10/13/18 02:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: A little gift from the archive... [Re: Tangmo]
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That's cool.
The intimate vocal works really well, (could use a tiny bit of de-essing), I know that Blockfish has an amzing preset for intimate vocals - & it's free.
The mandolin and lyrics star.
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#495887 - 10/14/18 01:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: A little gift from the archive... [Re: Tangmo]
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Words will all fail me defining their joys
and run like a houseful of unruly boys.

That`s my favourite among many very good lines...the whole song is very inventive on a good original idea. Warm, wise and sweet but not too cute!
Its a good recording ( is this the Farfetched Tangmo Band?)- has that friends in a living room sound most of us lost when we switched to BiaB.

Robert

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#495931 - 10/14/18 07:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: A little gift from the archive... [Re: Sundance]
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Originally Posted By: Sundance
LOL! That is too funny. Much enjoyed.


Yes, very clever and funny!! And the way it basically comes off so straight during most of the song even makes it better..........like the chief playing the straight man on Get Smart. Really, really enjoyed this!! BTW, the vocal performance and processing is fantastic...What was your signal path in recording/mixing? Take care. Greg

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#496014 - 10/15/18 07:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: A little gift from the archive... [Re: Tangmo]
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Nice work on this one smile Love the light-hearted nature of the tune, and the progressions really stand out to me. As others said, the lyrics are really standout and the mandolin sounds fantastic.

Great job and thanks for sharing!
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#496019 - 10/15/18 08:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: A little gift from the archive... [Re: Tangmo]
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It's hard to add to what floyd wrote...he's one of the absolute best lyricists here so we'll just say ditto!

The words that come to mind...clever, catchy, fun, well sung, instrumentally well performed and well produced. And, hey, its a waltz!

It sounds excellent on our monitors.

Janice mentioned the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band...yeah.

We enjoyed it and will again...

J&B

PS The song is marked "private" on SC which precludes likes, shares, and keeps us from adding it to our favorite SC playlist (which we often listen to)!

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#496099 - 10/15/18 02:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: A little gift from the archive... [Re: Tangmo]
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What was your signal path in recording/mixing? Take care. Greg

Not sure what Trev did, but I recorded with a condenser mic, through a radio shack mixer with phantom power, to stock sound-card, into Acid Pro 4. I also did the mixing with that DAW.

Robert, Farfetched Tangmo Band started with me and loops, broadened to include song-writing and/or recording collaborations over the internet (Trev, here, was in Alabama, me in Tennessee) with various partners and players. When I discovered BIAB, the "band" seemed a perfect fit to add to the umbrella term.

Trev and I did a fair number of songs on a fairly strict regimen. He would "bandify" a song for me if I would write a lyric and (preferably) sing for him on one of his. This one falls under the first of those categories. I haven't really counted, but he is certainly in the top three of people with whom I've worked like this in terms of number of songs completed.

If it sounds like we were in the same room, I'd say it was something of a sonic success. We were on the same wave-length in most every project we managed to complete.

There is a "serious side" to this song. I am he, and he is me and song-writing is symbol. It's sort of a lyrical hall of mirrors, but I wanted it to work both in text and subtext. I haven't been disappointed.

J&B, I didn't know making it private would do all that, so it's public now as long as I decide to leave it.

Thanks, again, all.


Edited by Tangmo (10/15/18 02:52 PM)
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#496151 - 10/15/18 07:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: A little gift from the archive... [Re: Tangmo]
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Tangmo, there are some wonderful vivid lines in this song. Lines that keep you awake at night trying to piece together the way that you feel. I think I can speak for most songwriters on this on. We've all been there. Well done.

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