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#567393 - 11/29/19 08:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: Take The Pain Away [Re: HearToLearn]
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floyd jane Offline

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Originally Posted By: HearToLearn
I really am not sure where to start. I know for a FACT, I am going to leave something out.

1st off-This is my favorite song from you. That's been said a lot, but I have a specific reason for it. I absolutely love your songs that are built with a story. You are a master of that; and have done it more times than I can count. This song is not that style of writing.

To me pretty much everything about this song is you going in a direction that is different. The entire song sounds new. That being said, it also sounds like you've been writing this way for years.

I like hearing that a song is a "favorite". That generally means they are getting better - or at least staying consistent.
New? Maybe not "everything" - or else it certainly wouldn't sound like I'd been doing it this way for years smile


With this style, trying to say a lot without the lyrics doing it can be a challenge. Then it turns more to interplay of phrasing with every element. It relies MUCH more heavily on orchestration and arrangement in a way that really builds. That argument could be made for many genres of music; but to this is essential. It's not only building instrumentation for the sake of adding emotion to a song. It focuses much more on keeping the ear interested as well. However, you don't want it to be distracting. It shouldn't take you out of the song.

Over the last several years, I've focused as much on production as I have on song writing. So, this means a lot to me.


All of that being covered (like you didn't know it) brings me to the finer points :

Your vocal fits this perfectly. There's some great emotion to your singing. It's haunting, which I love.

Thanks! smile


The interplay between the vocal melody and guitar parts are fantastic! There is a groove that's established that compliments and supports the vocal as though it were written specifically for this song.

The picked the perfect real band styles to make it sound real. By no means does this sound like it's out of the box.

Those drums are placed and chosen so well that I sat here thinking "Yeah. That's how it's done." Looking forward to every fill. The entire time thinking it was just a really well played part. Great choice. The sound of the drums was excellent as well.

The shaker, the organ, every part building to keep interest and bring the song forward until the final few measures. What a great way to bring it back down to the essence without it just having a blunt ending. The release was a truly great choice in my book. is nice to have the subtlies of production appreciated (and noted).


Man, I could go on and on;

Ah...please do! HA! smile

but at the heart of it I am really drawn to this song. I love the mood. I love the groove. I wouldn't change a thing. Ok, I would maybe lower the shaker slightly when it first comes in. That would change nothing; but at least it's not all compliments all the time. wink

Thanks!! Yes, the shaker could have been more subtle...


Thank you for not only sharing this; but writing this. Is a new direction that I'm really liking. The cool thing is; there's room for the new creations along with the others. I hope you had fun with it!

Thank you! for listening and for all the great comments. It's nice when someone "goes a little deeper" than normal....


(Spoken into my phone, so I'm positive there will be errors. Just had to post something about this great song.)

Well, that is just impressive. I need to figure out a way to "speak" comments... would sure save a lot of time...

#567416 - 11/29/19 09:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: Take The Pain Away [Re: floyd jane]
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David Snyder Offline

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This is an awesome song man! Another winner dude.
David Snyder
Audiophile Everything + Studio + Instruments + Fingers

#567601 - 11/30/19 06:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: Take The Pain Away [Re: jimmadsen]
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floyd jane Offline

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Originally Posted By: Will Josef
Very nice track! The music and lyrics just works very well together.
Enjoyed listening to this!

Thanks for sharing!

Will - thanks for coming again smile

Originally Posted By: jimmadsen
Impressive track - well written!

Thanks, Jim...

#567838 - 12/01/19 06:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: Take The Pain Away [Re: dcuny]
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floyd jane Offline

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Originally Posted By: MarioD
I'm late to the party and everything I wanted to say already has been said. IMHO this is one of if not your best to date. But it seams I say that after hearing every song you sing!

I do have one question for you, how in hell can you keep coming up with winners after winners? Your songwriting, instrumentation, and processing skills are second to none.

Mario - always glad to have you come to the party regardless what time it is... smile

Thanks for the very kind words...

Originally Posted By: rsdean

This song is truly awesome! I love the country-rock feel...

Your vocals are always superb and your lyrics put the listener right in the scene.

Loved it all!


Thanks, Bob. Glad you came by to catch this one...

Originally Posted By: dcuny
Pro work, as usual. smile

Love this line:

our final moments coming back to me
so jim beam didn't do his job

But I'm disappointed you didn't use this rhyme:

take it any way you choose
all I know is I need some booze...

When I saw the title of the song, I thought How do you write a song about a hangover?

Of course, I'm asking the wrong question.

Because it's about why there's a hangover, and the answer is a broken heart, of course.

Thanks for showing me how it's done!

smile choose...booze... missed that one... smile smile

Thanks for raising a glass to this one, David wink

#568076 - 12/02/19 07:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: Take The Pain Away [Re: David Snyder]
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floyd jane Offline

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Posts: 8701
Loc: Florida
Originally Posted By: David Snyder


This is an awesome song man! Another winner dude.

Mr. Snyder - nice to see you drop by!!... New year coming - and a new BIAB version... that ought to get some music juices flowin' for ya...

Thanks to everyone who stopped by for a listen and a comment or two.
I do appreciate it...


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