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#610308 - 08/11/20 01:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: MusicStudent]
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Originally Posted By: jptjptjpt
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.


jpt3 - thanks! I appreciate that...


Originally Posted By: Ezekiel's Storm
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.


Thanks, EZ...


Originally Posted By: tommyad
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


Tom - thanks for the confidence boost regarding the piano parts... I feel it is "a beginning", but did hope that it would a least be passable at this point...


Originally Posted By: Birchwood
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


Appreciate all of that, Hans...


Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
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.


Thanks, Misha. Thanks for mentioning the solo - I like it, too!!



Originally Posted By: Robertkc
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


Robert - thanks for taking the time to listen and comment (and for the fine comments they are...)


Originally Posted By: David Snyder

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!!


Thanks, David... still practicing, of course...



Originally Posted By: MusicStudent
crazy


Dan - I am disappointed that you deleted your comments. I felt they were worthwhile and valid from your perspective and worth giving a response to...

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#610320 - 08/11/20 04:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: floyd jane]
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I can't do much more than noodle, so you already sound like a pro to me. Like you, I wish I knew more piano if only as a writing tool. It's a different beast, and in my opinion, usually a better "tool" in that box.

Anyway. Extra fine song. I'm imagining the narrator speaking to the guy left to pick up the pieces with both an explanation and a warning.

Mix-wise, the piano might could use a bit more presence. That's probably the downside--it's harder to record than an acoustic.
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#610395 - 08/12/20 08:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: Bawb]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Floyd,

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

Bob


Thanks, Bob. That is nice of you to say.


Originally Posted By: Dero13
Hi Floyd,

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

Kindly regard

Dero13 alias JaniJackFlash


Thanks for having a listen, Dero...


Originally Posted By: toucher
Just heard this on soundcloud. Awesome work Floyd. As soon as I read the lyrics, I was blown away. Thanks for sharing.

Rob


Rob - good to see you dropping by... you should hang out here more often - been a long time...


Originally Posted By: olemon
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.

Scott


Thanks, Scott... nice to see you around...



Originally Posted By: Bawb
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.


Bawb - thanks for the nice comments.

No formal training. All self-taught... (although there is plenty of help to be had these days just for the lookin'... finding a lot for the piano on Youtube)



Originally Posted By: Tangmo
I can't do much more than noodle, so you already sound like a pro to me. Like you, I wish I knew more piano if only as a writing tool. It's a different beast, and in my opinion, usually a better "tool" in that box.

Anyway. Extra fine song. I'm imagining the narrator speaking to the guy left to pick up the pieces with both an explanation and a warning.

Mix-wise, the piano might could use a bit more presence. That's probably the downside--it's harder to record than an acoustic.


Thanks, Tangmo.

The piano was played on a Yamaha-P85 (digital piano) via the MIDI out (so not the Yamaha direct sound) through an EZKeys piano module (the Grand) using a preset (Swedish Pop, I think) which adds a little chorus, so gives a spread-out fuzziness to the piano. I though it best to leave the piano less-than-crystal-clean to hide my imperfections to some degree smile


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#612102 - 08/25/20 12:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: floyd jane]
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floyd,

Nice piano ballad!
Your vocals are great as always.
And your piano is also very good.
Playing the piano yourself without using RT is wonderful.
It gives this song a very nice feel.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#612141 - 08/25/20 05:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: Hard [Re: floyd jane]
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Stripped down like this the songwriting is front and center. And in that case the song... lyrics/harmony/melody needs to be strong, just like this one. Great job, I really enjoyed your tune and performance.
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