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#607473 - 07/22/20 11:25 AM [User Showcase] Turn Around
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Just got back from 49 days deep in the North Carolina mountains with no cell service. I’m sure I missed a lot of great songs here. I plan on going back and listening to some of them. I won’t be commenting on the older songs so I don’t mess up the normal flow of the forum. I wrote this as I was driving. It started as a road song, then turned into a breakup song. I hope everyone is staying safe and well in these unusual and trying times.


https://soundcloud.com/tommyad/turn-around


http://tommyadamsmusic.com/track/2424147/turn-around


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Turn Around


Miles and miles of winding roads

reminding me what i should have known

it never felt right from the start

Tank’s as empty as my broken heart

Can’t recall the last car I passed

Headlights dimming nearly out of gas


It’s a long hard road to the next town

Ain’t no place to be broken down

I just reached up and tore off the rear view mirror

if i keep driving I might disappear

Radio’s dead don’t make a sound

I’m too far gone now to turnaround




Who’s to blame I’ll take my share

On a road that leads to who knows where

some things are never meant to last

When it breaks down it breaks down fast

This trucks not as good as it used to be

Bout twenty years out of warranty



It’s a long hard road to the next town

Ain’t no place to be broken down

I just reached up and tore off the rear view mirror

if i keep driving I might disappear

Radio’s dead don’t make a sound

I’m too far gone now to turnaround

©2020 Thomas Adams


Edited by tommyad (07/22/20 06:55 PM)

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#607478 - 07/22/20 11:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: tommyad]
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Tommy, this is fantastic. I really liked your vocal and the lyrics in this one. Your playing was top notch, as usual, and your mix was exceptional!

This may be your best to date.


Edited by MarioD (07/22/20 11:41 AM)
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#607530 - 07/22/20 04:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: tommyad]
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Tom

Loved it - instantly accessible - great hooks, lovely playing and singing.
Nailed everything.

A real treat.

Peter

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#607540 - 07/22/20 05:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: tommyad]
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Love your songs Tommy. This was no exception Guitars were excellent. Loved the way they framed your vocal. Well done

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#607554 - 07/22/20 06:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: tommyad]
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Great imagery--the road and break-up (or break-down). I liked the line "if i keep driving I might disappear".
Was the break-up with a girl or with your truck??!?
Real nice track, and I enjoyed it throughout.

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#607555 - 07/22/20 06:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: tommyad]
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Some really nice writing here, but I'll just pick one:
Tank's as empty as this broken heart

Love rhyming mirror with disappear. smile

Well sung, well produced, nice melody. Subtle harmony, excellent playing, great dynamics... Even heard a bit of that mandolin hidden in the background.
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#607579 - 07/23/20 01:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: tommyad]
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Man, so good! Great song, great performance.

And man, I just love listening to your mixes! Such a treat through the 'phones, the way you can hear everything so clearly. Would love to be a fly on the wall during one of your mixing sessions.

Very much enjoyed, Tom, and good to see you back smile

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#607607 - 07/23/20 05:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: tommyad]
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49 days in the NC mountains.... nice vacation. I'd hate to have to leave after a month and a half in the hills.

I really like the song. Another good writing and recording job my friend.
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#607611 - 07/23/20 06:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: tommyad]
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Wow this is excellent work tommy very professionally done nothing out of place well done thanks eric
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#607651 - 07/23/20 09:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: MarioD]
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Originally Posted By: MarioD
Tommy, this is fantastic. I really liked your vocal and the lyrics in this one. Your playing was top notch, as usual, and your mix was exceptional!

This may be your best to date.
Mario, thank you for your continued support for many years. I always appreciate your comments, Tom

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#607743 - 07/24/20 05:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: PeterF]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Tom

Loved it - instantly accessible - great hooks, lovely playing and singing.
Nailed everything.

A real treat.

Peter
Peter, thanks for the kind words. It means a lot coming from you as I am a big fan of your music, Tom

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#607801 - 07/24/20 10:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: tommyad]
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Right. After spending 49 days in the hills of NC the first song you'd write would be called Turn Around. Great delivery and inspiration!!
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#607819 - 07/24/20 12:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: tommyad]
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Good song with excellent lyrics and vocals. Pro production all the way. Really enjoyed it!
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#607864 - 07/24/20 11:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: tommyad]
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Hey Tommy,

after way too long away from the user showcase, I stopped in tonight and saw your name. I KNEW I would be happy if I clicked on the link, and danged I wasn't exactly right! Making good music requires a person to wear a lot of hats, and you wear them all so well! I know you have done your time on the smoky stages, so you come by your expertise honestly. As others have already said, everything you do is good, and this is no exception. The tone, the mix, the lyrics, the vocals.. everything sounds top notch to me! And, apart from the technical stuff, I just like the song.

Having said all that, there is one small disappointment. You were in NC and I didn't know. Bummer. But the music is not disappointing in any way shape or form. Just keep on doing what you do so well.

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#607902 - 07/25/20 07:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: tommyad]
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Tom,

Love the minimalist opening. Band sounds great when they join - every piece so clear in the mix and all blended perfectly (including the vocals). A truly great drum sound. Nice guitar work.


"it never felt right from the start
Tank’s as empty as my broken heart
Can’t recall the last car I passed
Headlights dimming nearly out of gas"

Nice.

"...This trucks not as good as it used to be
Bout twenty years out of warranty"

HA! Nice.

One measure of a good song is being so wrapped up in it that you do not notice time passing. When this finished I was surprised to find it at 3:30. It felt like about a minute.

Great to see you back. Welcome home.

fj

(something is going on... i have notes on my phone for a song about running away from a broken relationship and running out of gas...)





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#607931 - 07/25/20 10:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: Scott C]
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Originally Posted By: Scott C
Love your songs Tommy. This was no exception Guitars were excellent. Loved the way they framed your vocal. Well done
Scott, thank you so much for your very nice comments, Tom

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#607940 - 07/25/20 10:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: tommyad]
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Janice's first thought was "it sounds like a Tom Petty song." And I gotta agree.

The lyric is one to dream about writing...just excellent. And, man, your vocal sounds so rich in that mix. You have a fine ability to get EVERY track cooperating with one another. Clarity and openness to the max.

Your guitars, RT's, loops and the MST ALL sound like a bunch of fine musicians having fun in a studio. As though they've played together for years.

Back to your vocal...so plaintive and it exudes THE word for us - soulful!

Outstanding our friend...

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#607985 - 07/25/20 04:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: tommyad]
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Great song Tommy.
I love these lines:
"I just reached up and tore off the rear view mirror
if i keep driving I might disappear".
The mix is terrific. Can I ask where those guitars are panned in the verses? The separation is stunning.
Cheers,
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#607987 - 07/25/20 04:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: tommyad]
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Just great, Tommy. May I call you Tommy? Forty-nine days in the mountains sounds a real treat. The lyrics are very evocative as road-trip songs seem to tend to be. Maybe it's those hours of boredom punctuated by moments of terror that does it.

I don't usually do this, but I first heard this on my crappy little phone speaker...and it sounded good! I don't think that happens by accident, so I'm just reporting success.

Admirable piece from first lick to that unsettled and unsettling ending. Loved the tasty guitar coming in the left. A lot happens in the left on a road trip (at least in countries where they drive on the correct side), so even that little "touch" was very nice.

I like this one plenty.


Edited by Tangmo (07/25/20 04:52 PM)
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#607988 - 07/25/20 04:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: Turn Around [Re: tommyad]
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Excellent all around, Tom. Everything shines and the clarity of each track is wonderful. Those drums are clean and crisp. Instruments and vocals are where they belong. Very well done.
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