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#629222 - 12/10/20 12:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi, Floyd !


You really found a
better you if that was possible ?
I loved it ! Can´t get any
better or can it ?
My new Floydfav !


Cheers
Dani

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#629365 - 12/11/20 06:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: floyd jane]
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Babu, David S, BlueAttitude, Scott, Tom & Hans,

Thanks y’all for mentioning the harmony!

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#629443 - 12/11/20 01:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: Crossroads]
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Originally Posted By: dcuny
Someone mentioned the stripped-down instrumentation, but I'm always impressed with how lean your lyrics can be:

but i live in a constant rain
i hear devils even god ain't heard


Short, to the point, and original.

Loved the delivery, with some of the words almost spoken.

Nice arrangement - I liked the build. The kick drum was super-effective in the in mix.

i've actually considered showing up on sunday

Excellent. laugh


David - It is always nice when someone chooses to quote lyrics. Thanks for that - means a lot. "Short, to the point, and original." - couldn't ask for a better comment...


Originally Posted By: Crossroads
Hi Floyd,

first of all: Your lyrics are always amazing, but this one truely stands out - marvellous. Scott mentioned that line 'I hear devils even god ain't heard' - like hom I thought that this one can hardly be beaten.

A wonderful song, like always sung with such a lot of cogency. Very well-instrumented, great acoustic lead. Flawless sound, too.

Janice, even if a song is close to perfect, you can always make it shine a little more!

That's really one of the big ones, Floyd!

All the best,

Stefan


Stefan - thanks for the terrific review. I appreciate the mention of the lyric, the vocal, the sound and my singing partner!!

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#629873 - 12/13/20 07:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BabuMusic
Can I just say I love it, and you'll understand I have no words to praise your accomplishments, Floyd? Please post one of those throw-away songs so I can say, "See? He IS human." Great choice asking Janice. I love her voice. She makes you a better you. A drummer friend from NY still claims that he and I wrote like 5,000 surfer songs in the 60s. I correct him by saying we wrote one surfer song 5,000 times. Thanks for all you do here, man!!


HA! Thanks, Marty. Yes, Janice makes me a Better Me (and you are a clever man)...


Originally Posted By: David Snyder

This sounds great man. I really like the choice of tracks, and Janice is doing a super job as usual.

As always, and excellent mix dude!!

smile


Thanks, David.



Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
I've said it before; the blend of your voice with Janice is special, just sublime.

Wonderful song, bring back some more of these old ones please smile


Thanks, Dave! (this is actually a fairly recent write...)

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#630027 - 12/13/20 06:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: floyd jane]
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FJ,
Very nice "searching for self" tune. Easy listening, laid back performance from you and Janice. Acoustic arrangement is super nice. Pedal steel was a very good choice. I've heard some pretty complex, and in sense more powerful songs by you, but I believe I can see why this is special to you.
You mastered your production skills so well that I think if I tried very hard, I would not be able to find any issues. Enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

P.S. Wow 1000 tunes! I have to re-evaluate my goals smile

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#630032 - 12/13/20 06:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: floyd jane]
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Al & ROG,

I appreciate the harmony mention. Thanks guys!

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#630119 - 12/14/20 07:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I could praise this song until my fingers fell off from typing!!! EVERYTHING is PERFECT!!!! Love the lyric, which matches perfectly with the melody.....some of your best lyrics EVER, and that's a high hill to climb!! Love the dry sound of the guitar and drums which makes the lyrics more haunting and lonely. AND, that vocal....WOW....maybe your best ever!! AMAZINGLY GREAT!!!!! Take care. Greg


Greg - I might have to print this one off and hang it on my wall.

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#630236 - 12/14/20 05:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: Scott C]
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Originally Posted By: Scott C
So glad you did not throw this one out Floyd. Just a beautiful song. As always a heartfelt lyric and vocal. Janice's harmonies so well blended in to the vocal. I love your backtracks and production. All the instruments so well placed. Well done


Thanks, Scott...nice of you to say...

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#630244 - 12/14/20 06:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: floyd jane]
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I'm all over it, Floyd.
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#630288 - 12/14/20 08:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: floyd jane]
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Everything flows so nicely : the vocals, lyrics, the accoustic guitar.. This track shows how deep your sensitivity is. Enjoyed it very much!
EDIT : forgot to add that the strings add a very melancolic and beautiful touch!


Edited by Angelomusic (12/14/20 08:28 PM)
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#630369 - 12/15/20 06:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: tommyad
Yeah Man and not whispered. You're right this is some of your best work. Great choice of backing. It creates the perfect setting to deliver the melancholy lyric of disappointment and hopefulness. A beautiful portrait of an introspective man seeking a change. Great vocal and perfect harmony from Janice. This is how it's done! Expert songwriting, performance and production. Nice little restrained acoustic lead also. You're just so good at this, Tom


Tom - thanks for such a fine review. Means a lot coming from you. Thanks for the comments on the lyric and songwriting. And for noting the acoustic lead.
And my singing partner, of course....

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#630494 - 12/15/20 01:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: Al-David]
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Originally Posted By: Birchwood
Hi Floyd,

You can make such sensitive songs and keep them sounding cool!
That is surely a gift!
I always get that image of a tough cowboy, silently weeping somewhere in a corner where no one can see him.
And we can hear his revelations in so welchosen language!

And in the chorusses it was good to have Janice along. Your voices complement each others and made the chorusses ounded richer.
Still you stay in front. So the image of the 'loner' stays intact.

Enjoyed it, Floyd and -of course- Janice!
Hans



Hans - Thanks from a sensitive guy smile and his singing partner!!



Originally Posted By: Al-David
Floyd ...

I can't top anything that's already been said, so I won't try. I'll simply state that this is as close to perfection as country music (or any other genre, for that matter) could hope to be. Everything fits like a finished puzzle. You're one of the very best I've heard in my 55+ years in the music business. Don't know what else I can say ... it's just the truth, plain and simple.

Wishing you and yours nothing but the best. Stay safe ...

Alan

PS: Almost forgot ... that Janice lady sure knows how to put the sweetest icing on an already terrific cake.


Dang, Alan! That is one of the nicest compliments I've ever received! Thank you....

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#630644 - 12/16/20 08:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: Gary Weder]
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Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
We love this song. When I (Janice) was learning my harmony part I kept forgetting to sing because I was caught up in the story and so wanted a happy outcome for this good man.

The imagery in the write is so vivid that it's almost like watching a movie trailer.

What a perfect lyric accompanied by the perfect vocal. Your guitar and the strings are such a nice touch to the band.

Just cool little touches everywhere like your artwork and the "yeah man" at the end.

Superb!

J&B



You forgot to mention the perfect harmony!!! Thank You! (both!)



Originally Posted By: Gary Weder

Floyd wrote <" Over the years, I've dabbled with creating large abstracts. This one (the "cover art") is 4' X 4'. The others that I've used are similar sizes. Sometimes 3' X 4', sometimes 4' X 5'... Several were sold by an art dealer - into commercial offices in the St. Louis area, typically selling in the $800 range (but that was years ago and I haven't pursued that further). Mostly they hang in our house (or get stacked in the garage)...">

This tells me two things. 1. Your art is very desirable and people are willing to pay good money for it .
2. Your marketing skills do not match your musical skills.

What's that "1% inspiration - 99% perspiration" thingy? Your beautiful art should be out making the world a brighter and better place , not languishing in your garage .


HA! Marketing has never been my strong suits. Because my canvases are typically so large, it becomes an expense hobby (if you aren't selling them). I trade off expensive hobbies all the time - Music. Golf. Art...
Thanks for the interest, Gary...

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#630778 - 12/16/20 05:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: ROG]
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Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Floyd,

Beautiful.

A very nice and detailed arrangement without being overdone or messy.

Very tasteful acoustic lead work.

It has Janice!

A super mix - loved the kick drum.

ROG.


Thanks, ROG...

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#630980 - 12/17/20 05:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: dani48]
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Originally Posted By: dani48
Hi, Floyd !


You really found a
better you if that was possible ?
I loved it ! Can´t get any
better or can it ?
My new Floydfav !


Cheers
Dani


smile

Thanks, Dani....

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#630993 - 12/17/20 06:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: floyd jane]
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WOW, this really the spot from the get go. Guys the two of you should seriously think about an album. Floyd, your voice along with that of Janice is simply amazing. Thanks for this

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#631050 - 12/18/20 04:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: floyd jane]
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Another winter your stuff always has very polished and professional
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#631190 - 12/18/20 05:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: floyd jane]
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Love the way the band just creeps up from such simplicity and slowly builds. Never over the top, but giving that buoyancy. Lyrically I can see why this is one of your favorites. Everything is in flux, the end results (even the means towards the reaching of the goal) is without certainty. This is no looking-back-and-crowing song....just the the pre-dawn thoughts of a man with an unfolding sense of mission.
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#631296 - 12/19/20 06:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: Angelomusic]
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Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
FJ,
Very nice "searching for self" tune. Easy listening, laid back performance from you and Janice. Acoustic arrangement is super nice. Pedal steel was a very good choice. I've heard some pretty complex, and in sense more powerful songs by you, but I believe I can see why this is special to you.
You mastered your production skills so well that I think if I tried very hard, I would not be able to find any issues. Enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

P.S. Wow 1000 tunes! I have to re-evaluate my goals smile


Thanks, Misha. (I started writing when I was 14 - so it is easy to rack up those numbers...but I think I was about 21 before I ever kept one...)


Originally Posted By: edshaw
I'm all over it, Floyd.


Thanks, ed...


Originally Posted By: Angelomusic
Everything flows so nicely : the vocals, lyrics, the accoustic guitar.. This track shows how deep your sensitivity is. Enjoyed it very much!
EDIT : forgot to add that the strings add a very melancolic and beautiful touch!


I appreciate that, Angelo....

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#631484 - 12/20/20 08:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Better Me [Re: Tangmo]
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Originally Posted By: furry
WOW, this really the spot from the get go. Guys the two of you should seriously think about an album. Floyd, your voice along with that of Janice is simply amazing. Thanks for this


Thanks for stopping by, Graham....


Originally Posted By: Westside Steve
Another winter your stuff always has very polished and professional
WSS


WSS - good to hear from you....


Originally Posted By: Tangmo
Love the way the band just creeps up from such simplicity and slowly builds. Never over the top, but giving that buoyancy. Lyrically I can see why this is one of your favorites. Everything is in flux, the end results (even the means towards the reaching of the goal) is without certainty. This is no looking-back-and-crowing song....just the the pre-dawn thoughts of a man with an unfolding sense of mission.


Tangmo - thanks for the great comments...





JANICE - A special THANK YOU!!! for adding your voice to my music all these years!!! I treasure it...

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