Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
You need to be logged in to post
Options
Index
#599017 - 05/25/20 03:09 PM [User Showcase] Castaway
Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 2715
Robertkc Offline
Veteran

Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 2715
The following is not really what the song is about- just a trivia test for those interested.

In my old trade there`s something called "borrowed landscape"- incorporating a distant landscape into the design. In songwriting you`d likely call it plagiarism, but I think it can work... you can let me know; if you don`t get the reference to a famous song in this sad ballad you must have been a

Castaway

Style is _HOMESIK.STY (Homesick Soft Pop Serenade)

RealTracks in style: ~2474:Bass, Acoustic, Held Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 2195:Piano, ElectricVintage, Rhythm CoolJazzPopHeld Ev 085
RealTracks in style: 3059:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm Muted16thsFintan Ev16 080
RealTracks in song: 2542:Pedal Steel, Background ModernBalladAtmosphere Ev16 065
RealTracks in song: 3230:Guitar, Electric, Background CinemaHeldLowDarin Ev16 090
RealDrums [in style:CongasEv16[single] [Multi]




Castaway


in a field sitting adrift
knees up to his chest
a bitter boy`s first glimpse of a last breath
he`ll soon find a tune
wish I had more illusions
planet earth is blue nothing I can do

for a touch without hurting
a heart quietly enduring

with rescue uncertain
through a gap in the curtain
you`ll see his candle holding out
he`ll be the hammer the anvil
pray for an angle
under a roof of ragged dreams

for a touch without hurting
a heart quietly enduring
shining on endless islands
count them above diamonds
tears of the castaway

city lights receding from on high
visions rise on the ebb tide

the boy will be a man
marooned til he understands
planet earth is blue one thing I can do

touch without hurting
a heart quietly enduring
shining on endless islands
count them above diamonds
tears of the castaway

© Robert Cordrey May 2020



Edited by Robertkc (05/27/20 08:32 AM)

Top
#599051 - 05/25/20 09:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: Robertkc]
Registered: 06/05/12
Posts: 391
jptjptjpt Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 06/05/12
Posts: 391
Neat song. Poetic lyrics. The production of the song captures the mood perfectly. I think I get the hints you are giving. Reminds me of Ashes to Ashes "Do you remember a guy that's been in such an early song?"
_________________________
My music can be heard at: http://thecracks.bandcamp.com/

Top
#599059 - 05/26/20 01:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: Robertkc]
Registered: 04/13/16
Posts: 2191
Loc: Stanwell Park NSW Australia
rayc Offline
Veteran

Registered: 04/13/16
Posts: 2191
Loc: Stanwell Park NSW Australia
The pedal steel works really well.
The muted acoustic & percussion really belong together - well done - it's a very satisfying arrangement.
_________________________
Cheers
rayc
"What's so funny about peace, love & understanding?" - N.Lowe
Pop on over to The Recording Rebels for positive, honest commentary, critiques and support. https://therecordingrebels.com

Top
#599068 - 05/26/20 02:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: Robertkc]
Registered: 12/12/11
Posts: 2901
Loc: York, England
ROG Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/12/11
Posts: 2901
Loc: York, England
Hi Robert,

"planet earth is blue nothing I can do" - Major Tom?

Loved the whole thing.

Wonderfully atmospheric backing and the vocal and harmony were sublime.

Always like your lyrics - there's just so much which you can read into them.

One of your best.

ROG.

Top
#599084 - 05/26/20 05:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: Robertkc]
Registered: 11/30/07
Posts: 3264
Loc: Ontario, Canada
BlueAttitude Offline
Veteran

Registered: 11/30/07
Posts: 3264
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Good stuff, Robert, love the pedal steel and the congas!

Also like your vocals, especially the harmonies.

And no one writes lyrics like you do. I'm also thinking the Bowie song?
_________________________
Dave

Blue Attitude Website

Top
#599116 - 05/26/20 08:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: Robertkc]
Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 8348
Loc: Florida
floyd jane Offline
Veteran

Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 8348
Loc: Florida
Robert,

A very original sound in all regards (I think) - lyrically, melodically and overall sound. A cool BAND. An expressive vocal and nice harmonies.

A good mix.

(the reference to any previous known work is lost on me)

I enjoyed the listen. It takes one to a new place...

fj

Top
#599119 - 05/26/20 08:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: ROG]
Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 2715
Robertkc Offline
Veteran

Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 2715
Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Robert,

"planet earth is blue nothing I can do" - Major Tom?

Loved the whole thing.

Wonderfully atmospheric backing and the vocal and harmony were sublime.

Always like your lyrics - there's just so much which you can read into them.

One of your best.

ROG.


First prize to you ROG for recognizing the David Bowie line!
Major Tom was adrift on the airwaves when the young lad in the song was having a tough time.
Many thanks for your kind comments.

Robert

Top
#599143 - 05/26/20 12:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: Robertkc]
Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 5049
Loc: Edmonton, Ab, Canada
Scott C Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 5049
Loc: Edmonton, Ab, Canada
Very pretty song Robert. Super vocal and harmonies. Love instruments you chose for the piece. Steel is a very nice touch. I missed the Major Tom. Loved this one. Well done Robert

Top
#599151 - 05/26/20 12:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: Robertkc]
Registered: 09/30/16
Posts: 676
Loc: Netherlands, Haarlem
Birchwood Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 09/30/16
Posts: 676
Loc: Netherlands, Haarlem
I fear I am a castaway, Robbert.

There wasn't any 'borrowed landscape' related to your song, much to my regred.
So it must be an original song. I only recognized the style. I used it as well. Only some other instruments.
Although I think I have given you enough compliments on your writing- and singing skills in the past, I will continue saying that again.
Your voice easily gets you pinpointed to the song. It is soft, but so present! Enjoyed it very much.
The band played very gentle. 'Even the pedal' had a nice role in the song.
Nicely done!

Hans
_________________________
Hans Berkhout
(Birchwood)
https://soundcloud.com/user-296497130

Top
#599166 - 05/26/20 02:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: Robertkc]
Registered: 08/24/07
Posts: 1512
Loc: Florida, USA
cubanpete Offline
Expert

Registered: 08/24/07
Posts: 1512
Loc: Florida, USA
Hi Robert, this is a great tune all around. Thanks for posting.

Mike B.
_________________________
Music should be part of your life
http://www.soundclick.com/blackcatjazzcafeband

Top
#599185 - 05/26/20 03:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: Robertkc]
Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 5655
Loc: Davis, CA
Greg Johnson Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 5655
Loc: Davis, CA
Love the musical texture you've created here Robert.......beautiful and meditative!!! Vocal is one of your best!! Lyrics are interesting.....nothing wrong with borrowing a line now and then! VERY COOL!!! Take care. Greg

Top
#599190 - 05/26/20 04:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: Robertkc]
Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 3602
Loc: Sydney Australia
PeterF Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 3602
Loc: Sydney Australia
Robert

One of your best arrangements, both vocally and musically.
Excellent sounding band and very nice harmonies and your always inventive lyrics.

Peter

Top
#599206 - 05/26/20 05:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: Robertkc]
Registered: 04/02/19
Posts: 133
Loc: Canberra, Australia
Leon1 Offline
Apprentice

Registered: 04/02/19
Posts: 133
Loc: Canberra, Australia
Hi Robert
Sitting in a tin can, high above the world. One of my favourites. Nice touch that your line the second time says there is something that can be done. Plagarism? I prefer to think of it as 'the folk process.' If it's good enough for the likes of Bob Dylan, who has borrowed both lyrics and melodies throughout his career, I reckon it's good enough for you and me. Always enjoy your lyrics and singing and this is another fine piece of work.
Regards,
Leon

Top
#599219 - 05/26/20 06:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: Robertkc]
Registered: 04/23/18
Posts: 691
Loc: Mill Valley, California USA
Deej56 Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 04/23/18
Posts: 691
Loc: Mill Valley, California USA
Robert,

Great feel to this song. Some really creative near rhymes in this song that work well and a poetic, emotive write Terrific production work on this as well. I’m not sure how I feel about the Bowie lyric reference. I get the rationale, but that line is somewhat iconic—perhaps if it were more clear a reference to that song, it might work better for me and divert my attention less. A subjective comment—it will hit people in different ways—but offering it up for what it’s worth.

Enjoyed this one! Nice work!

All my best,

Deej

Top
#599225 - 05/26/20 07:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: Robertkc]
Registered: 09/09/17
Posts: 672
Loc: Virginia
Belladonna Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 09/09/17
Posts: 672
Loc: Virginia
Love the imagery and the pedal steel is one of my favorites. A song that your mind can drift on and be interpreted by the listener. Interesting lyrics.

Top
#599226 - 05/26/20 07:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: Robertkc]
Registered: 09/09/17
Posts: 672
Loc: Virginia
Belladonna Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 09/09/17
Posts: 672
Loc: Virginia
Love the imagery and the pedal steel is one of my favorites. A song that your mind can drift on and be interpreted by the listener. Interesting lyrics.

Top
#599231 - 05/26/20 07:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: Robertkc]
Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 4645
Loc: Originally Missouri ... Now Al...
Al-David Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 4645
Loc: Originally Missouri ... Now Al...
Hi Robert ...

I have to admit the reference passed right by me. But, at the time, i was playing nothing but what was then Contemporary Country ... 25-28 nights a month. So, 98% of my listen was country.

Regardless, this is one really great song. You've painted your own musical landscape ... a soundscape, I suppose ... that is so magnetic. it just clings to your brain ... in the best of ways. there's a magnetism that makes this wonderful listen cling to your soul. Such a wonmderful delivery!

Wishing you the very best ...

Alan
_________________________
BIAB 2018 Ultra Plus-all StylePaks*Win10*8GB DDR4*I5-6th Gen*AT 2035 Mic*Peavey Nashville 112 Amp*Ibanez ART120 Electric/Washburn D200S Acoustic*Stromberg Monterey Jazz Guitar

Loops: https://aldavidmusic.wixsite.com/bestmusicloops


Top
#599312 - 05/27/20 08:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: Scott C]
Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 2715
Robertkc Offline
Veteran

Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 2715
Originally Posted By: jptjptjpt
Neat song. Poetic lyrics. The production of the song captures the mood perfectly. I think I get the hints you are giving. Reminds me of Ashes to Ashes "Do you remember a guy that's been in such an early song?"


Truth is I was never a big Bowie fan- I hadn`t heard that Ashes to Ashes song!
Thanks for your listen and sending me there.



Originally Posted By: rayc
The pedal steel works really well.
The muted acoustic & percussion really belong together - well done - it's a very satisfying arrangement.


Thank you!

Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Good stuff, Robert, love the pedal steel and the congas!

Also like your vocals, especially the harmonies.

And no one writes lyrics like you do. I'm also thinking the Bowie song?



Dave,
This style is a kind of old friend for me now- I hope it doesn`t disappear from the menu!
Thanks for the nod to my harmonies and lyrics.
Yes, right answer to the trivia test!


Yes, you got
Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Robert,

A very original sound in all regards (I think) - lyrically, melodically and overall sound. A cool BAND. An expressive vocal and nice harmonies.

A good mix.

(the reference to any previous known work is lost on me)

I enjoyed the listen. It takes one to a new place...

fj


Floyd,
I appreciate those positives- thank you!

Originally Posted By: Scott C
Very pretty song Robert. Super vocal and harmonies. Love instruments you chose for the piece. Steel is a very nice touch. I missed the Major Tom. Loved this one. Well done Robert


I`m pleased the reference wasn`t obvious, Scott- and glad you liked the song!


Robert

Top
#599323 - 05/27/20 10:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: Robertkc]
Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 8942
Loc: GA USA
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 8942
Loc: GA USA
We've never listened to Bowie...other than very peripherally...so the reference blew by us.
Bowie's popularity was during our lost bluegrass years smile

Irrespective of all that we enjoyed the walk across another one of your
always creative and vivid sonic landscapes.

As always you tell a story that leaves plenty of dots for the listener to connect.
We like that.

Standouts for us were your vocals and the steel. We've used that RT several before
and feel it is one of the best. It adds so much and distracts from nothing.

Really nice.

J&B

Top
#599505 - 05/28/20 09:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Castaway [Re: Leon1]
Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 2715
Robertkc Offline
Veteran

Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 2715
Originally Posted By: Birchwood
I fear I am a castaway, Robbert.

There wasn't any 'borrowed landscape' related to your song, much to my regred.
So it must be an original song. I only recognized the style. I used it as well. Only some other instruments.
Although I think I have given you enough compliments on your writing- and singing skills in the past, I will continue saying that again.
Your voice easily gets you pinpointed to the song. It is soft, but so present! Enjoyed it very much.
The band played very gentle. 'Even the pedal' had a nice role in the song.
Nicely done!

Hans


Thank you for those likes, Hans.
In retrospect I think I`d have done better to leave out that intro and just see if anyone recognised the reference.



Originally Posted By: cubanpete
Hi Robert, this is a great tune all around. Thanks for posting.

Mike B.


I appreciate your listen, Mike.

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Love the musical texture you've created here Robert.......beautiful and meditative!!! Vocal is one of your best!! Lyrics are interesting.....nothing wrong with borrowing a line now and then! VERY COOL!!! Take care. Greg


Very kind, Greg- thank you for commenting.

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Robert

One of your best arrangements, both vocally and musically.
Excellent sounding band and very nice harmonies and your always inventive lyrics.

Peter


Peter,
Many thanks for that!

Originally Posted By: Leon1
Hi Robert
Sitting in a tin can, high above the world. One of my favourites. Nice touch that your line the second time says there is something that can be done. Plagarism? I prefer to think of it as 'the folk process.' If it's good enough for the likes of Bob Dylan, who has borrowed both lyrics and melodies throughout his career, I reckon it's good enough for you and me. Always enjoy your lyrics and singing and this is another fine piece of work.
Regards,
Leon


Hi Leon,
Its nice to know someone got the subtle change in that borrowed lyric, and heard good things in this.
Thank you!

Robert

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >


PG Music News
Video - Entering More Than 4 Chords Per Bar in Band-in-a-Box!

One of our latest support videos created by Tobin shows off a great workaround for entering more than 4 chords per bar in your Band-in-a-Box song, using a combination of half-time and normal RealTracks - check it out!

Video Testimonial - Dennis Dearing Talks Band-in-a-Box®

Dennis remembers Band-in-a-Box® from years ago, but his connection to Mike Harrison and hearing him talk about the RealTracks is what really got him excited about the program!

Hear his thoughts and see how he uses the Band-in-a-Box® VST DAW Plugin for his projects with his Video Testimonial:

https://youtu.be/WqmtoxfJwDw

It's been a great addition to my workflow!
-Dennis Dearing

To learn more about Dennis, check out his testimonial page here.

You can create your own video testimonial letting people know how you use the program too! Learn how here.

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Polish for Windows is Here!

Dodaliśmy ponad 50 nowych funkcji do Band-in-a-Box® 2020! Są udoskonalenia ścieżek RealTracks (Delikatniej brzmiące wokale RealTracks, Pogrubianie RealTracks, funkcja "Znajdź odmianę" dla RealTracks i MultiRiffów). Większość RealDrums ma teraz RealCharts (z dokładną Notacją Bębnów). Jest nowa Przeglądarka Artystów RealTracks umożliwiające znalezienie informacji/biografii/linków/listy ścieżek RealTracks dla wszystkich artystów. Nowa Przeglądarka Funkcji pozwala nowym lub "zapominalskim" użytkownikom na łatwe znalezienie i użycie większości funkcji/skrótów/dokumentów z poziomu jednego okna. Funkcja Wyrównaj Tempo pozwala na zmianę utworu nagranego w rytmie rubato i dostosowanie go do ustalonego tempa. Udoskonalono funkcje rozciągania brzmień audio w czasie/wysokości dźwięku (Elastique). Są też udoskonalenia opcji Wybory Utworu, automatycznych wstępów na Basie/Bębnach lub tylko samych bębnach (Auto-Intros), dodano 3,400 tytułów, są udoskonalenia w zakresie MusicXML, mamy widok dla gitarzysty "Leworęcznego" oraz "Widok dla ucznia" przy grze na gitarze, udoskonalenia opcji Przeciągnij i Upuść, multi-okna wyświetlającego Magika Audio Akordów i wiele innych poprawek!

ZAKUP/UAKTUALNIJ & POBIERZ TERAZ!

Add-ons Special EXTENDED! Xtra Styles PAK 9 & Loops-with-Style PAK 2...

There's still time to SAVE when you SUPERCHARGE your Band-in-a-Box® 2020 UltraPAK, UltraPAK+, or Audiophile Edition with 200 new RealStyles with Xtra Styles PAK 9, and 100 NEW Loops & 50 NEW Styles with Loops-with-Style PAK 2!!

We've EXTENDED our special until JULY 15TH!

Xtra Styles PAK 9 includes deep-south New Orleans gospel, a country soul groove, a psychedelic pop ballad, action-sequence cinematic metal, a Cajun jaw harp boogie, post-punk folk rock, quarter-feel jazz blues, several modern jazz styles, a modern Celtic folk reel, multiple 6/8 grooves, and so much more! There's a MultiStyle in every genre, and our biggest MultiStyle has a total of ten substyles! Add it to your collection today for just $29 (reg. $49)!

Loops-with-Style PAK 2 includes 50 new Styles & 100 new Loops to add to your Band-in-a-Box® collection! There are two new genres: gospel and funk, and we've added to the selection for electronic, hip hop, jazz, pop, R&B, rock, and world! Purchase Loops-with-Style PAK 2 on sale for only $19 (reg. $29)!

Already have a few of our Xtra Styles PAKs? Top up now - each of our 9 Xtra Styles PAKs are just $29 (reg. $49)! Don't have any, and want them ALL? Grab all during our sale for just $199 (reg. $349)!

Learn more about Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box and listen to demos here.

More information on Loops-with-Style PAKs can be found here.

Mac user? Click here for OS specific purchase links.

DAW Plugin FAQs Resource!

We've added a new Band-in-a-Box DAW Plugin for Mac FAQ to our FAQ and Knowledge Base Forum - make sure you check it out!

This is where we'll be sharing any solutions we discover for frequent problems reported while working through our DAW Plugin tech support.

Like this post from Andrew: StylePicker does not see my styles and RealTracks, or they are showing as N/A.
Click here for the solution.

Windows user? Click here for your forum links.

Add-ons Special Almost Over! Xtra Styles PAK 9 & Loops-with-Style PAK 2...

There's still time to SAVE when you SUPERCHARGE your Band-in-a-Box® 2020 UltraPAK, UltraPAK+, or Audiophile Edition with 200 new RealStyles with Xtra Styles PAK 9, and 100 NEW Loops & 50 NEW Styles with Loops-with-Style PAK 2!!

We've EXTENDED our special until JULY 15TH!

Xtra Styles PAK 9 includes deep-south New Orleans gospel, a country soul groove, a psychedelic pop ballad, action-sequence cinematic metal, a Cajun jaw harp boogie, post-punk folk rock, quarter-feel jazz blues, several modern jazz styles, a modern Celtic folk reel, multiple 6/8 grooves, and so much more! There's a MultiStyle in every genre, and our biggest MultiStyle has a total of ten substyles! Add it to your collection today for just $29 (reg. $49)!

Loops-with-Style PAK 2 includes 50 new Styles & 100 new Loops to add to your Band-in-a-Box® collection! There are two new genres: gospel and funk, and we've added to the selection for electronic, hip hop, jazz, pop, R&B, rock, and world! Purchase Loops-with-Style PAK 2 on sale for only $19 (reg. $29)!

Already have a few of our Xtra Styles PAKs? Top up now - each of our 9 Xtra Styles PAKs are just $29 (reg. $49)! Don't have any, and want them ALL? Grab all during our sale for just $199 (reg. $349)!

Learn more about Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box and listen to demos here.

More information on Loops-with-Style PAKs can be found here.

Mac user? Click here for OS specific purchase links.

An Updated Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac is Here!

The latest Band-in-a-Box 2020 update announcement is HUGE!

With this updated version, easily find your (purchased) Xtra Styles PAK 9 RealStyles in the updated StylePicker window, [ctrl] and [shift] shortcut keys will allow you to open your RealDrums picker and preferences windows with one 'click', there are improvements to Bar Based Lyric entry, stable playback of style demos, the UPDATED DAW Plugin is included, and more!

The updated DAW Plugin 2.9.41 adds additional and redesigned action buttons, refined DAW syncing, Chord Sheet enhancements, improvements to MultiRiffs, RealTracks, RealDrums, and MIDI features, and so much more!

We've made a video that highlights all the changes to the DAW Plugin with build 2.9.41: Watch it...

Learn more about the newest Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac b412 and download here.

Forum Stats
32459 Members
68 Forums
65114 Topics
551671 Posts

Max Online: 2537 @ 01/19/20 07:09 AM
Newest Members
Brian J, rod_house, RichOnStage, Budgeman, JohnyBlacks

32458 Registered Users
Top Posters (30 Days)
VideoTrack 180
MusicStudent 143
Matt Finley 139
Jim Fogle 135
Rustyspoon# 105
MarioD 105
rayc 100
Pipeline 100
Janice & Bud 100
floyd jane 96
Today's Birthdays
Ember - PG Music, jhk, john wakefield