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#608863 07/31/20 08:02 AM
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I am a songwriter, first. Then a guitar player.
Mainly acoustic guitar.
I dabble with electric a bit.
And I dabble with piano.
I have also dabbled in...
...banjo, mandolin, bass, harmonica, saxaphone (I lent my sax to someone years ago and never got it back - no great loss), and fiddle.
You DO NOT want to hear me play fiddle. Trust me.

I constantly wish I were a piano player (as a songwriting tool, mostly).
And to that end, I've been dabbling a bit more lately.
Practice is always important.
So to practice, I decided to write a "piano song".
And to experiment further (after the guitar vst in the last one), I decided to record it...
Baby steps.


HARD

i don't know if you know about me
but i'm the guy that broke her heart
that's not someone you set out to be
you don't sign up for the part
through unexpected twists and turns
sometimes you turn the wrong card
you leave someone afraid of love
suspicious, hurt, hard
   
   it's my fault
   i'm to blame
   i dimmed that light
   i cut that flame
   it's on me
   i'm the reason she put up her guard
   I broke her
   I made her
   hard

it all started as roses and rose
sweet promises in the night
i loved her i can honestly say
she and i just felt right
without warning everything changed
now she's sullen, sad, and scarred
i left her afraid of love
haunted, hurt, hard
   
   it's my fault...



The BAND:

MIDI SuperTracks in song: 3254:Bass, PopHalfNotesPush Ev 085
RealTracks in song: ~2200:Guitar, Nylon, Background CountryBrent Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 3438:Guitar, Electric, Soloist BritPsycPopBallad Ev 065

Me: Vocals, harmony, piano


Any comments are welcome.
Thanks for listening.

fj

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<COPY> <PASTE>, if you know what I mean. Excellent, Floyd. Love the melody, and of course the vocal. Piano sounds great. A hard song not to really enjoy immensely. Again and again, like that new record you just bought and have to play it over and over.


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Floyd, you teach each time you write--hope you know that. Wonderful track, excellent all the way around. I really liked your choice of "-ard" as your rhyme scheme--opened you up to past-tense words.
And "roses and rose'"...great line!
Now that wasn't so hard...!

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No down tick at all in your usual quality by switching to piano. These are some of my favorite lyrics from you - what a story you tell. And of course the vocal and production are of the highest standard. Really nice tune, however sad it may be.


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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.


Cheers
rayc
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floyd jane #608960 07/31/20 04:35 PM
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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

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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 !

floyd jane #608983 07/31/20 10:38 PM
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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


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floyd jane #608994 08/01/20 01:23 AM
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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.


You can find my music at:
www.herbhartley.com

Add nothing that adds nothing to the music.

You can make excuses or you can make progress but you can't do both.
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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.

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Lovely song. Awesome vocal and lyric. Piano was an excellent choice to frame the vocal. Well done.


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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
<COPY> <PASTE>, if you know what I mean. Excellent, Floyd. Love the melody, and of course the vocal. Piano sounds great. A hard song not to really enjoy immensely. Again and again, like that new record you just bought and have to play it over and over.


smile Thanks, Marty. Nice to think back to those days of buying a record and playing it many, many times. These days I listen to a new record almost every day. A few I listen to more than once, but many I don't. There is just too much music available!!

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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.

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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


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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

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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

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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

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Originally Posted By: Tano Music
Floyd, you teach each time you write--hope you know that. Wonderful track, excellent all the way around. I really liked your choice of "-ard" as your rhyme scheme--opened you up to past-tense words.
And "roses and rose'"...great line!
Now that wasn't so hard...!


Thanks for having a listen Tano...


Originally Posted By: TuneMonger
No down tick at all in your usual quality by switching to piano. These are some of my favorite lyrics from you - what a story you tell. And of course the vocal and production are of the highest standard. Really nice tune, however sad it may be.


TM - it is always interesting to find out how a lyric is received. This was a really fast write in order to have a "vehicle" for practicing some piano... Thanks for the nice comments..

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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.

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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

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