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#609353 - 08/03/20 08:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: floyd jane]
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Well played song. Great lyrics and vocals. Lovely piano. I am primarily a lyricist who uses guitar and piano (not good on either) to get my songs across - until BIAB came along. The piano playing was well done. I wish I played that good. Nice song.
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#609380 - 08/04/20 06:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: Leon1]
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Originally Posted By: rayc
fj,
your voice communicates honesty.
The narrative encapsulates taking ownership of wrongs = honesty.
Your piano playing is where you are at present and that's solid as well as honest.
Terrific.


ray - thanks for the honest feedback smile


Originally Posted By: Leon1
Hi Floyd
Proof, if any needed, that a well written song doesn't need all the bells and whistles to make it work. Lovely job.
I notice you didn't include 'singer' in that list. I'm sure we'd all agree you're a very fine one.
Regards,
Leon


Thanks, Leon. An interesting point you bring up (for me anyway)... "singer" has never been a label I applied to myself - although I've been singing in public since I was 14. I guess because even then I was writing and was always working to improve that as a skill. Singing, on the other hand, I never really thought about (or "worked" on). I would actually list "producer" these days after "song writer" and before "guitar player". Which brings up another thought... I think of myself as a "guitar player", but I have never called myself a "musician" - it just did not seem appropriate somehow...

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#609410 - 08/04/20 10:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: floyd jane]
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The first two lines immediately grabbed me.

The chorus is one of the best I heard. Lyrics are brutally honest and so effective at touching the listener.

Another superb vocal performance.

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#609488 - 08/05/20 04:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: floyd jane]
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floyd, first of all, that does not sound like dabbling in the least. The piano is the perfect palette for this song and played very very well! There is little doubt that we will be hearing more of that in the future. The write is another fine relationship song that you do so well. The bass fits in amazingly well and the nylon guitar is one of my favorite real tracks. Congratulations on your first piano song. It’s a success, Tom

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#609500 - 08/05/20 06:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd,

This is a very nice piece of work you made!
And surprisingly this time you took the piano as the lead instrument. I didn't know you also play the piano. I am impressed by your play. Very good!
But NOT surprisingly it is a quality song. Of course it is, I should say because I haven't heard anything less from you than quality songs.
With your voice this sad song really sounds sad. Nearly desperate. In these times it can ease people.

Very well done,
Hans
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#609524 - 08/05/20 08:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: floyd jane]
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FJ,
A little late for the party. Very nice tune. A little more than just piano dabble there. Ace composition and vocals. Liked that solo!
Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

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#609525 - 08/05/20 08:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,
The piano based simple production gives your fine vocals more of a vulnerable feel.
This might be the most pared down song I`ve heard from you (guitar outro excepted), and it shows how well you write emotion into a familiar heartbreak lyric (never maudlin, always sounding real).
A brave and enjoyable venture away from the Biab toolbox!

Robert

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#609623 - 08/06/20 06:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: Al-David]
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Originally Posted By: Gary Weder
Beautiful song in every way , melody ,lyrics ,vocals, instrumentation ,production.
The first four bars set the mood and the piano structure throughout laid a perfect bed to support the song.

Floyd wrote >"I constantly wish I were a piano player"<

You ARE !


Thanks, Gary. I appreciate the vote of confidence... But I feel like I have a ways to go before I would call myself a piano player... (but I am working towards that - so I feel good about that...)


Originally Posted By: Al-David
Floyd ...

Yes, you're a terrific songwriter and musician. But I think an even better description is that you're an exceptionally gifted creator of all things musical. In the several years I've listened to you, I don't think I've heard a less than wonderful lyric, arrangement and presentation.

This is another treat for your listeners. And your piano playing is a perfect fit for this song. Also, this song is just more proof that talent doesn't need a lot "icing" to make its point. Great song. Totally enjoyed my listen.

Best to you & yours. Be safe ...

Alan


Alan - Thanks for all of that. Hope that you guys are doing well. Stay safe!!

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#609628 - 08/06/20 09:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,

This is awesome!!!!!

I remember you told me you were practicing piano. This is gorgeous.

May just be my favorite song of yours so far. Really authentic sounding!!! Incredible!!
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#609656 - 08/06/20 01:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: floyd jane]
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#609741 - 08/07/20 08:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,

A stunning piece of work, both lyrically and vocally...

Bob
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#609844 - 08/08/20 06:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: ROG]
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Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Jackson Brown might have to start looking over his shoulder.... That is a great job on keys.

Practice gets the job done.

I like the song too.


That's nice of you to say, Herb. Thanks...


Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Floyd,

Hey, nothing wrong with that piano at all in my book. It's very
singer-songwriter and more Elton John than Richard Clayderman, but
exactly right for that song. Looking forward to more piano tracks from you.

The whole backing hangs together beautifully and the lead guitar was
a nice touch, but you knew I'd say that.

Super vocals which poured emotion into the excellent story line.

One of your best, (though I still like your heavier side).

Stay safe,
ROG.


Thanks, ROG. "Singer-songwriter piano" is really all I'm after (so thanks for that) - I don't expect to do anything more than that - nothing fancy or complicated - certainly no extended piano solos in my future...I'll leave that to the John Jarvis RealTracks smile ....

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#609935 - 08/08/20 06:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: Scott C
Lovely song. Awesome vocal and lyric. Piano was an excellent choice to frame the vocal. Well done.


Thanks, Scott!


Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Piano sounds good to me, Floyd. I actually started on piano and it's the only instrument I actually had any lessons for, took them for a couple of years. But it was all classical music, once I heard the Beatles on the Sullivan show all I wanted to do was play guitar in a rock and roll band smile

Good song! As always, I love your lyrics and vocals.


Thanks, Dave...

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#609984 - 08/09/20 06:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Originally Posted By: mkg50 (Mike G)
Hi Floyd, This is a beautiful, understated and uncluttered song that sounds, dare I say it, straight from the heart.
The piano is perfect.
Cheers,
Mike


Mike - thanks for the very nice comments...and I appreciate the mention of the piano part - hopefully that will improve in time...


Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
We were very much engaged by the structure of the write...with the singer addressing his former's new.

No need to pull out lines for comment as it's such a fine write from start to finish. Love the rhymes and the alliterations.

In the no surprise department your vocals are simply outstanding. Huge soul!

Ok, the piano smile Your vocals and that piano are both, as Gregg Allman would say "hittin' the note!" And that says it all. Perfect together.

Oh, and the rest of the band were in the pocket with the singer and that piano guy.

Singer-songwriter goodness to the max!

J&B

That first line just kind of "fell out of me" and then directed what the song would become. I hadn't considered how seldom I've heard that perspective until you mentioned it...so thanks for that. And for all the other nice comments...

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#609995 - 08/09/20 09:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd,

Nice song and voice with a sober but effective arrangement. Well done.

Kindly regard

Dero13 alias JaniJackFlash

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#610005 - 08/09/20 10:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: floyd jane]
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Just heard this on soundcloud. Awesome work Floyd. As soon as I read the lyrics, I was blown away. Thanks for sharing.

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#610006 - 08/09/20 10:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: floyd jane]
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More talented than we knew.

Based on the lyrics, I was wondering what the melody and the arrangement might be - they are absolutely spot on. Your vocals are always great, Floyd, and they're typically very convincing and filled with emotion. That's especially so in this song.

There's a YouTube Vevo Go Show of John Legend walking into a bar sitting down at the piano and performing 'All Of Me' - this reminds me of that.

Be well.

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#610125 - 08/10/20 07:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
floyd

Lovely song - no surprise there, and beautifully sung. Piano sounds good throughout (always wanted to play myself but can only do the basics).

Another top notch example of songwriting and production skills.

Peter


Thanks, Peter!

I have always felt like that - that I "could only do the basics". And I've held that opinions for so many years (always saying "I should learn more..."). I know chord structure well (not a hard thing to do), but never knew how to "strum" the piano - meaning even the basic rhythm patterns... Youtube to the rescue...ended up on one of those rabbit-hole journeys, but I think it might pay off this time! We'll see...



Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
What a beautiful song!!! I'm a sucker for a piano/vocal tune and this is an outstanding one!! Lyric is sweet, and the emotion in the vocal delivers it perfectly!! That nylon acoustic (Brent?) fits beautifully into the sparse arrangement as does the solo (Brent?)! Wonderful work my friend!!! Take care. Greg


Thanks, Greg! I do know how you like a piano/vocal styled song! Right up your alley, for sure... (I think you OWN that alley). The nylon is Brent. But the electric solo is Mike Durham's BritPsycPopBallad - one of the new RealTracks in the 2020 version...

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#610129 - 08/10/20 08:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd,

Often times it's "hard" just to comment on the songs you post.
Your lyrics are always constructed in a a way that paints a such a vivid picture. In this case, this picture seems to be of a lonesome saloon and a desperado coming to terms with the man he has been.

Your mastery of the various instruments you play, never cease to amaze. Are you a self-taught musician or do you actually have formal music training?

In any case, thanks for posting this song. I enjoyed it.

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#610232 - 08/10/20 07:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: Deej56]
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Originally Posted By: musician17
Holy so and so!!!!!!!!!!!

Those lyrics grab you from the first line.

Your piano playing is beautiful, I don't care about technique or anything, and anyway I can't tell of any mistakes. This is stunning.

And, blooming so and so can you sing. Singing alone with piano (and the occasional guitar, etc.) can be such an exposed thing. Your voice just soars.

Love the electric guitar brief entry, too.

Perhaps your best so far? You are consistently "up there", that goes without saying, but - even for you, this is something else. Wow. Wow. Wow.


James - thanks for all those nice comments. appreciate that...


Originally Posted By: Deej56
Floyd,

First off, I share your desire to be more proficient at piano (actually, I'd have to know how to play at all to be "more proficient", LOL!)—but if that’s you playing, well, you’re pretty darn far along because it sounds great. As for the song, very pretty, very sad and soulful tune—and another great write. Really nice piece, Floyd! Impressive work here.

All my best,

Deej


Thanks, Deej...

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