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#540000 - 06/08/19 07:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: HearToLearn]
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Originally Posted By: HearToLearn
Strangely, this is the second time that I signed on to find you posted a song only minutes ago. I love that because if it's been up for an hour, I feel like I'm the 100th person to reply. wink

Anyway, this song is perfection. I'm not kidding. I seriously wouldn't even have a suggestion of something different to try.

"perfection"? well what can I say to THAT? smile

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First when I see FJ and J&B before even hearing the song...I know my chance of liking it are high. Really high. There is a chemistry there, no doubt. From writing, to backing, to mixing, to just everything that makes a song this damn good!

It is always a treat to have Janice sing with me...

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One specific thing I wanted to note, the delivery of the lyric is something I experience very rarely. For me, in the verses, it brought it to somewhere between hearing a conversation or story, to also emphasizing words by holding them out longer to give it more emotional lift. Then the chorus just sang! Wonderfully cohesive contrast! That's brilliance to me. What an absolutely cool effect.

As both a "singer" and a "songwriter", I take that as a real compliment...

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Something I touch on lightly now and then, but here I'm going to go further. Drums. Those are some of the best drums I've heard on here. Not just one element, ALL of them. The processing and production are killer. But, man...I am a sucker for those ghost notes on the snare. It's all locked in with all of the other instruments so well that I would be impressed hearing it and not knowing at all that "drummer" wasn't in the room playing along. AND I would have thought he was doing the song perfect justice. I'm not sure if you took different parts and copy/pasted but the breaks in the chorus were EXACTLY as they should be. I'm seriously impressed by the treatment of the drums!

The drumtrack is pretty much as it is played out of BIAB. A Shannon Forrest track which simply "DOES ALL THE RIGHT THINGS"...right outta the box. No cut and paste involved. I drop the Studio One "S1 Drumgroup" preset on it - like I always do - an EQ and a MultiBand Compressor that accentuates the kick and snare slightly...
To have a guy who drums be that impressed with the drum track is a treat. The credit goes to Band-In-A-Box (and Shannon Forrest, of course).

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Love, love, love this song!


Music to my ears!!
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#540002 - 06/08/19 07:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd, this is a nice piece of work!
Strong voice(s) and very nice deep beats.
Enjoyed it,
Hans
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#540064 - 06/08/19 02:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: floyd jane]
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just about perfect!

love the chord progressions

the wonderful laid back mix

all vocals are present, mixed well, and pleasing(how bout that description)

I love this write!

Kenny

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#540074 - 06/08/19 03:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: floyd jane]
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Dave, Biglad & HTL,

Thanks for mentioning my small part in this wonderful production!

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#540146 - 06/09/19 07:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Nicely done! Really catchy, and your vocals are stunning. The harmonies on the chorus knock it out of the park for me. Really good lyrics on it too - it comes across as sincere and heartfelt.

Great work, and thanks for sharing smile

Deryk - thanks for that very fine review!!


Originally Posted By: rsdean
Floyd,

This song is awesome! Love the sentiment in the lyrics and your vocal. A perfect selection of tracks as well for the band.

Great harmony by Janice - it's become such a classic sound within your music.

For my money, "Figure It Out" rises to the top of your already well stocked catalog it's just so good.

Bob

Thanks, Bob...can't ask for nicer comments than that!...
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#540211 - 06/09/19 06:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: floyd jane]
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Just love this song style. Very warm and comfortable. A super vocal and lyric. Janice's harmony was excellent as well. Just loved that guitar. Very cool song
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#540336 - 06/10/19 09:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: Jim]
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Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Sounds like you got this one all figured out. Nice work. Very pro sounding on the mix.


Thanks, Herb...

Originally Posted By: Jim
Your 1 to 6m chord changes really give your new tune a lot of clout...
IMHO Very catchy... Like a hook...
You have another talented write on this one...
I enjoyed listening to your song & ...
Of course, Janice's lovely harmonies.



Thanks, Jim...
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#540340 - 06/10/19 09:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: floyd jane]
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Another hit. Your vocals sound particularly good on this one. Honest, pure sound. What I like to hear in good vocals.

Like the tremolo guitar. And Janice is always a treat.

Glad I heard this one!

Steve
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#540350 - 06/10/19 10:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: floyd jane]
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Bit mysterious song, have to figure it out smile Very tight mix, especially drums sound great. Great vocals, including harmonies. I'm listening on headphones, there's a low thump at 0:48, everytime I heard it I had to check is somebody coming in smile

Janne

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#540455 - 06/11/19 07:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Floyd,

Terrific relaxed vocal (matched by the peerless harmonies- mixed just right).
I enjoy the alt country style ,especially that muted rhythm guitar.
Super drum sound... is that where the loops are?
Very solid write, performance & production!

Robert

Thanks, Robert. It is always wonderful to have Janice singing with me.
The drums are RealDrums. The loops I used were guitar loops - kind of a high "bell-sounding" thing to give some atmosphere....


Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
WOW!!! Really captures the essence of the human condition in a way that is simple but deep!! I'm reminded of a Todd Rundgren lyric "We're all homeless boys and girls, and we are never heard". That line, like many in this song, strikes at the core of how vulnerable we can feel at times. Love the musical change in the chorus which kind of lightens it a bit....don't know where I'm going, but.....I'm going...carry on. The vocal is rich and warm, and ......PERFECT (aided nicely by our forum queen!!). Great stuff FJ!!! Take care. Greg


Greg - thanks for the thoughtful review. I wore out a couple of the early TR records...And a Runt record or 2...
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#540515 - 06/11/19 02:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: floyd jane]
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Deryk, Bob, Jim & Robert

Thank y'all for including mention the harmony in your nice reviews of floyd's great song. It was my pleasure!

Janice
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#540600 - 06/12/19 07:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: Ember - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
floyd

Certainly nailed that one! Lovely mix - sounded like you were in the room singing.
Great set of lyrics, wonderful harmony by Janice, some tasty guitar parts, and an excellent vocal.
I'm running out of superlatives.

Peter


Thanks, Peter... "in the room singing" - boy, I wish I could capture that all the time!!


Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
The vocals on this are really great!

Thanks, Ember...
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#540767 - 06/13/19 11:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: Rustyspoon#]
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Originally Posted By: dcuny
As already mentioned, there's a very laid back an conversational vibe to this song. Your vocals always sell me on the song - they feel effortless and honest.

I love the baritone guitar.

The arrangement is lean without sounding like anything is missing, and the mix is crystal clear. Nice.

Maybe PGMusic will offer the _JANICE_BGV RealTracks in the 2020 release. wink


Thanks for the nice review, David. I'm really trying to keep Janice so busy she has no time for anything else... smile


Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
FJ & Janice,
Nice, easy listener! Vocals and production are excellent.
Lyrics reads as a poem. I actually read the lyrics first and then followed with music smile
I liked that:
"I don't know if you love me
so I pretend not to care
in my heart I have to admit
I'd be lost if you weren't here"

Tremolo guitar was cool touch. I liked the ending too.
Janice was nice and loud on this, but personally, I think her vocals are a little dry. Maybe I am hallucinating.. smile

Thank you for sharing,

Misha.


Thanks, Misha. I can understand someone wanting more reverb on the harmony, but in this case, I wanted Janice to sound like she was "right there beside me" (not back a step).
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#540895 - 06/14/19 06:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: Tangmo]
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Originally Posted By: Tangmo
Usually when I listen to/hear a country song (at least one that doesn't on the surface have anything to "say" beyond trucks, bars, and rowdy friends) I can only sense a "message" about relationships and all that goes with that. Nothing wrong with any of that. But that's as far as the song will carry me (right or wrong).

What you've done here, though, while it retains meaning to a relationship and is couched in those familiar relationship "tropes", opens up to a universe of implied and applied meaning. Part of the time I joined the song as a father. Part of the time as a citizen. Part of the time as a man who has faith, even if he lacks religion. And the rest of the time in the cracks and overlap between those things.

I can't know for sure if that was your intention in the writing, but I can testify that this has been the result. Moved me. Thanks.


Wow, Tangmo... I could not ask for a better "review" than that!! Thanks so much for putting YOUR thoughts into words here. Heartwarming for me...
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#540957 - 06/14/19 10:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: rayc]
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Originally Posted By: rayc
As close to perfection as a country rock'n'ballad can get.
I do have ONE complaint though...
you wrote
"Been thinkin'..."
and I desperately wanted to hear that just before the 1st verse.


Thanks, ray... nice of you to say.... (when the tour happens, I'll introduce the song that way... smile )
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#541054 - 06/14/19 09:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd, how can you sound so laid back and not fall over? I just can't Figure It Out!
This is very nice. All the moving parts work together as one.
Love the baritone/tremolo guitar.
Cheers,
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#541100 - 06/15/19 07:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: TuneMonger]
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Originally Posted By: Joe -PG Music
Hey there Floyd, I admired the overall vibe on this. The arrangement is wonderful to the ears and the vibe is very appealing. Fantastic work on the vocals. Well done!


Thanks, Joe...


Originally Posted By: TuneMonger
Love the baritone guitar, not just the sound but how you used it. And, of course, you always sound like radio gold.


Appreciate it, TM...
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#541169 - 06/15/19 03:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd again you have delivered a great song, the space you leave in your mixes are what give the pro sound you achieve each and every time.

The lyrics are well worked on and not churned out, the vocals are laid back and relaxed just the way they should be for this style.

You keep the bar high for us all, and that's a good thing.

Thanks
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#541249 - 06/16/19 07:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: 44kfl]
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Originally Posted By: Birchwood
Hi Floyd, this is a nice piece of work!
Strong voice(s) and very nice deep beats.
Enjoyed it,
Hans



Thanks, Hans...


Originally Posted By: 44kfl
just about perfect!

love the chord progressions

the wonderful laid back mix

all vocals are present, mixed well, and pleasing(how bout that description)

I love this write!

Kenny


Kenny - that is so nice to hear...thank you...
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#541408 - 06/17/19 11:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: Figure It Out [Re: Steve Young]
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Originally Posted By: Scott C
Just love this song style. Very warm and comfortable. A super vocal and lyric. Janice's harmony was excellent as well. Just loved that guitar. Very cool song


Thanks, Scott. It is always nice having Janice back me up on theses things....


Originally Posted By: Steve Young
Another hit. Your vocals sound particularly good on this one. Honest, pure sound. What I like to hear in good vocals.

Like the tremolo guitar. And Janice is always a treat.

Glad I heard this one!

Steve


I appreciate that, Steve...
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