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#538877 - 05/31/19 05:01 AM [User Showcase] How Tough Are You
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For those who will listen and comment, thank you

High praises to Country Andy

https://soundcloud.com/kfl44/how-tough-are-you-3


How Tough Are You
© 2019 Kenny Leverett

Far from your pretty dreams
When your world was new
Can’t go back to your Momma’s apron strings
So how tough are you

Do you sit there by the phone all alone
Waiting for me to call you
Thinking I’ll be the first to break
How tough are you

How tough are you
Do you feel the same heartache
That I do
I can’t go on
In this state of blue

Two sweethearts stand side by side
And think love will see them thru
It’s not an easy thing to do
So how tough are you

How tough are you
Do you feel the same heartache
That I do
I can’t go on
In this state of blue

Far from your pretty dreams
When your world was new
Can’t go back to your Momma’s apron strings
So how tough are you

Bass: 2877 Americana Slow
Drums: Americana Roots
Piano: 910 Elec. Smooth Ballad
Guitar: 3113 Nylon Fingerpicking
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#538882 - 05/31/19 07:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: 44kfl]
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Nicely done! It sounds really sincere and heartfelt, and some of the melodies are so sweet on the ears. Love how gentle it is, and the way it pairs with your slightly gritty vocals really does it justice.

Thanks for sharing smile
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#538897 - 05/31/19 08:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: 44kfl]
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Beautiful song Kenny. Loved the lyric and heartfelt vocal. Nicely done. Violin was a very nice touch.
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#538914 - 05/31/19 10:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: 44kfl]
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Another lovely song Kenny...
I really liked the vocals & harmony effects you put on the 1st "state of blue"...
I think I've gone back & listened that one section several times...
Its pretty cool sounding!
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#538926 - 05/31/19 11:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: 44kfl]
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Kenny, this is a SUPERB love song. And, in our book, that ain't easy to write or perform.

Two real standouts here: Kenny and Andy.

And right off the bat Janice commented on how much she likes the bass.

As with all your material it's the totality of things...the write, the vocal performance and the well selected backing tracks all, as Gregg Allman says, are "hittin' the note."

And, man, that melody is wonderful. Stick with you wonderful.

Congrats on another one...

J&B

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#538950 - 05/31/19 01:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: 44kfl]
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Kenny,

WOW! What a song! Goosebumps.

The BAND is EXCELLENT. Love it!

Your melodies these days are to die for! (the lyrics are stellar, too).

Your vocal, (though a bit hot), is... awesome.

This sounded like Chris Stapleton singing a J.D. Souther song.
What could be better?

Exceptional.

fj

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#538958 - 05/31/19 02:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: 44kfl]
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Holy catfish, Kenny, you are on a roll.
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#538959 - 05/31/19 02:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: 44kfl]
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Darned it, someone already used heartfelt, as well as mentioning the J.D. Souther vibe.

Excellent lyrics, well sung.

The chorus did exactly what it needed to. Sounded great the first time, and then again after the instrumental.

To me, this song hits that "sweet spot" of sounding vaguely familiar without being derivative.
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#538962 - 05/31/19 02:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: 44kfl]
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Kenny

That's a very pretty song - lovely work, excellent emotive performance and a superb choice of band.
Great melody and lyric.
As others have said you are really on a roll.

Peter

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#538972 - 05/31/19 04:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: 44kfl]
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The lyrics really evoked a strong emotional response. Thanks for sharing!
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#538979 - 05/31/19 04:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: 44kfl]
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All I can say is WOW! This is perfect in every way. Super choice for your backing tracks as this sounds live! Your vocals are outstanding and your lyrics are heart touching.

This should be on the radio!
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#539001 - 05/31/19 06:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: 44kfl]
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An excellent song.
Is the hot vocal through VST, (decimator, drive or similar), proximity, intimate compression or something else?
The distortion on the vocal isn't a liability but "I can't go on.." does get too close to unpleasant in headphones.
A lovely arrangement and sentiment.
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#539011 - 06/01/19 12:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: 44kfl]
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Wonderful melody that has stayed with me for 15-20 minutes between listens and now. Hard to pin down this lyric. Stark is an adjective I'd use. I don't really know which way to plug into it emotionally. Part of me senses the realism of a relationship. And part of me senses it's about to end. Nothing at all wrong with not tying up neatly with a bow. Insted, it drew me in.
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#539015 - 06/01/19 04:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: 44kfl]
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Kenny,

This song and performance is absolutely exquisite... None better.

I am enjoying every single song you release. You are at the top of your game.

Bob
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#539050 - 06/01/19 11:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: 44kfl]
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SO SO SO SO GOOD!!! Love the space in the band, and that sweet nylon guitar. The lyrics are gripping and the melody carries them perfectly....artistry!! Wonderful passionate vocal, and the fiddle is PERFECT! A GREAT SONG from a GREAT WRITER!!! LOVE IT!! Take care. Greg

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#539163 - 06/02/19 09:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Nicely done! It sounds really sincere and heartfelt, and some of the melodies are so sweet on the ears. Love how gentle it is, and the way it pairs with your slightly gritty vocals really does it justice.

Thanks for sharing smile


Thanks Deryk,

I appreciate your support and kind words.

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#539164 - 06/02/19 09:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: Scott C]
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Originally Posted By: Scott C
Beautiful song Kenny. Loved the lyric and heartfelt vocal. Nicely done. Violin was a very nice touch.


Hey Scott,

Appreciate the listen and kind words.

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#539165 - 06/02/19 09:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: Jim]
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Originally Posted By: Jim
Another lovely song Kenny...
I really liked the vocals & harmony effects you put on the 1st "state of blue"...
I think I've gone back & listened that one section several times...
Its pretty cool sounding!


Jim,

Thanks, I was tempted to repeat that part the second time around,

decided that it should stay as simple as possible.

Thanks for mentioning it, you might know that it's borrowed from a Linda Ronstadt arrangement

at least that's where I heard it first.

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#539166 - 06/02/19 09:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
Kenny, this is a SUPERB love song. And, in our book, that ain't easy to write or perform.

Two real standouts here: Kenny and Andy.

And right off the bat Janice commented on how much she likes the bass.

As with all your material it's the totality of things...the write, the vocal performance and the well selected backing tracks all, as Gregg Allman says, are "hittin' the note."

And, man, that melody is wonderful. Stick with you wonderful.

Congrats on another one...

J&B



I'm touched by you guys incredibly kind words,

thanks

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#539167 - 06/02/19 09:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: How Tough Are You [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Kenny,

WOW! What a song! Goosebumps.

The BAND is EXCELLENT. Love it!

Your melodies these days are to die for! (the lyrics are stellar, too).

Your vocal, (though a bit hot), is... awesome.

This sounded like Chris Stapleton singing a J.D. Souther song.
What could be better?

Exceptional.

fj


Thanks , you are the ambassador of kind words around here,

you make me and everyone here feel worthy,

you know that I absolutely love both those artists.

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