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#524051 - 02/12/19 08:31 AM [User Showcase] Words
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Phil Leith Offline
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Words

I wrote this song probably 8 or so years ago for someone I know who had taken his eye off the ball momentarily, that's about as much as I'll reveal. And the situation was corrected and everything is more than hunky-dory now. Not necessarily due to this song. He's aware I wrote it for him, but he wasn't even aware of the song until after all this passed. It was just the inspiration for the song.

It's another hybrid BIAB - Pre-BIAB arrangement. It was pretty simple to start with. The guitar you hear in the beginning is me, and it's the "riff" (probably an overstatement) that kicked the whole idea for the song off. My first recording IS out there, when I did it on my old BOSS-600 - just me and the guitar. I'd applied an effect to the guitar with this kind of hard-echo that actually made it sound like a chugging-train high-hat beat, but it was all an artifact of the guitar, and I liked it - but the performance and recording left much to be desired.

I did it again a few years later, in Reaper, with the same riff, FX dialed back, and a pattern picking track (me again) and I programmed a midi drum track which was in keeping with the slap-back "ghost drums" the guitar FX in the original recording had suggested - but is much fuller and has changeups.

Still, not up to snuff with my post BIAB productions. And I have a soft spot for this song. And my wife really likes it. So, time to polish it up for the upcoming CD.

This new version I kept my original riff and the drums, swallowed my pride a bit and dropped my pattern picking track in favor of one from BIAB (1526:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopPowerPushA-B Ev 120 - seriously, I can barely call myself a guitar player). I also added a bass track(1523:Bass, Electric, PopPowerA-B Ev 120), and a piano track(1535:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopPowerPushA-B Ev 120), which I think adds a bit of a spiritual aspect while keeping the energy up. Re-did all the vocals, adding some backing vocals. It's a very repetitive song so I needed to break it up a bit. I looked and looked in BIAB Real Tracks Solo Guitar options for something that fit the feel.

I settled on this (2203:Guitar, Electric, Soloist PopPromiseBrent Ev16 100), though at first I thought it a bit over-the-top. But it's always been a high-energy song, and with a little slicing and dicing and re-arranging of bits and pieces, I have an arrangement I think works.

Words
(Phil Leith/Walking Bird Music)

"I Love You" ain't just three words
That you can forget about once they've been heard
Actions speak louder than words
So come on, boy, this is your chance

"I Do" ain't just two words
That turn life to a fairy tale once they've been heard
Actions speak louder than words
So show her a little romance

Our Baby ain't just two words
He's our little miracle, the center of our Earth
Actions speak louder than words
So show him your love every day

Sometimes Words really do hurt
We say we don't mean 'em but they start a slow burn
The ashes crumble, it's too late too learn
To show her how you really feel

Actions speak louder than words
So watch what you're doing and think about her first
You can't hide it despite what you've heard
It's love and trust makes your house a home

"I'm Sorry" ain't just two words
That make everything better once they've been heard
Actions speak louder than words
So show her a little romance

"I Love You" ain't just three words
That you can forget about once they've been heard
Actions speak louder than words
So get up on your feet and dance!


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#524097 - 02/12/19 12:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: Phil Leith]
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Phil,

A good song. A well thought out lyric and a really nice melody. Very Catchy.

A good arrangement. The drop at 1:50 is well done. Very pleasant vocals. And a good mix.

An enjoyable listen.

fj

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#524172 - 02/12/19 06:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: Phil Leith]
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Excellent backtrack Phil. Super vocal and lyric. Well done. Harmonies were excellent as well

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#524224 - 02/13/19 01:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: Phil Leith]
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Impressive song...
Strong lyrics with good hooks & appeal...
Reinforcing the message "Actions speak louder than words"...
I enjoyed the listen!
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#524278 - 02/13/19 08:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: Phil Leith]
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Wow - what a tune! Very impressive, I agree with Jim. It showcases a strong understanding of songwriting. Really powerful vocals and poignant lyrics that help them stand out. It flows magnificently well, and it perfectly as as well.

You should be proud of this one - thanks for sharing smile
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#524318 - 02/13/19 11:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: floyd jane]
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Thanks, Floyd, that means a lot to me.

I really enjoy your compositions. I think "Mistakes" is still my favorite -- I need to go through your "catalog" out there on SoundCloud and really dig into more of your work.

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#524320 - 02/13/19 11:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: Scott C]
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Thanks, Scott. As I'm sure you know, songs are a little bit like your kids ... always want to give them the best treatment I can.

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#524321 - 02/13/19 11:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: Jim]
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Enjoyed the listen -- hey, can't ask for a better compliment. That's kind of what it's about. :-)

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#524325 - 02/13/19 11:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Deryk, when it comes from the heart, you pour a lot into it.

I ran across my first draft of this song. The heart was there, but the flow wasn't.

Like most of my songs, they start out with a basic shape, and they get re-worked and honed over time as I play them, make recordings, listen to them, and work on spots that seem awkward.

There's ONE awkward spot in this song that I hear every time I listen, but I can't think of a better way to say it -- so like I've done from the beginning when I hit a spot like that, I just do my best to "sell" it! :-D

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#524373 - 02/13/19 05:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: Phil Leith]
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Wow, the lyrics seem super profound and cleverly written. Thanks for sharing!
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#524380 - 02/13/19 06:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: Phil Leith]
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As an English teacher, I really appreciate good lyrics in a song. I really like the repetition of "words" and the change you bring to the start of each verse. Great lyrics -- they caused me to eagerly anticipate the content of each verse. Good melody and singing. Yes, very catchy--keeps me humming.

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#524531 - 02/14/19 01:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: Phil Leith]
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Ezekiel's Storm ...

Thanks, I'm a lyric guy, too. A good song can have a catchy tune, or good lyrics, true. You can have one without the other and have it be enjoyable (up to a point).

But the very best songs have both!

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#524576 - 02/14/19 06:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: Phil Leith]
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Great write

very nice vocals

a catchy song

enjoyed the listen,

Kenny

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#524698 - 02/15/19 04:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: Phil Leith]
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Hi Phil, nice work on this! Really enjoyed the overall chord progression. The vocals are great too and harmonize very well with each other. Thanks for sharing!
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#524757 - 02/16/19 05:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: Phil Leith]
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Hi Phil,

very impressive - I like everything about it: awesomebacking track, top-notch vocal, great job on the guitar! Emjoyed the listen.

Take care,

Stefan

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#524837 - 02/16/19 03:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: Phil Leith]
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Very nice Phil! You are really stepping out there more and more with your vocal work and it's great...harmonies also! Very good song and highly enjoyable! Thanks, Torrey
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#525137 - 02/18/19 01:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: Phil Leith]
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Thanks, 44kfl,Joe, Crossroads, Torrey ... this is good to hear. I'm trying to put together a dozen or so of my originals for a CD sometime this year ... in my spare time, such that it is.

Getting a bit more confident in the vocals... hopefully I won't get OVERconfident :-P

Doubt it. :-D

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#525193 - 02/18/19 09:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: Phil Leith]
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#525234 - 02/19/19 06:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: Phil Leith]
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Excellent. The various permutations of "words" in the lyric is clever and delivers a good message.

Take that lyric and wrap it in a fine production featuring nice vocals, an engaging melody, a great arrangement and the result is one memorable song.

Well done!

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#525616 - 02/21/19 10:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: Words [Re: Phil Leith]
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This sounds really great Phil. Super job. I could hear the vocals a little but louder though. But great song, like I said.

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