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#629986 - 12/13/20 03:29 PM [User Showcase] I Still Smell Smoke
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There are times when something I experience during the course of a day triggers a memory.

Also it’s a fact that I spend a lot of time around campfires. Both of these entered into this song.

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I Still Smell Smoke

next time you see her won’t you give her my best

I should have said that the day that she left

seems i’m at a loss on matters of the heart

When trying to put together all the broken parts


Back in the day
Before it all went to hell
We wrapped ourselves in love
And wore it so well

When I think of her now I still smell smoke

we laid by the fire burning seasoned oak

The flames were hot it ended all too fast

Before I knew it she was in my past

seems kinda funny but it ain’t no joke

When I think of her now I still smell smoke


If you ever hold on to a little bit of sand

the tighter you squeeze the more it runs through your hand

once we were close as one is to two

there’s only so much air to breathe in a room

Back in the day
Before it all went to hell
We wrapped ourselves in love
And wore it so well


When I think of her now I still smell smoke

we laid by the fire burning seasoned oak

The flames were hot it ended all too fast

Before I knew it she was in my past

seems kinda funny but it ain’t no joke

When I think of her now I still smell smoke


©2020 Thomas Adams


Edited by tommyad (12/13/20 05:25 PM)

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#629989 - 12/13/20 03:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: tommyad]
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Wow! What a sound! Solid,descriptive writing delivered really well.
I have to say, you are great at picking RT's that work well with loops!
I'm all around impressed. I'm not sure this could be written any catchier either!
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#630031 - 12/13/20 06:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: tommyad]
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Hi Tom
Taste and smell are renowned for generating what Proust called involuntary memories, as opposed to those we consciously try to recall (his most famous example provoked by the taste of a madeleine). You've constructed a beautiful lyric around the concept and delivered it via another great song and performance. So good.
Regards,
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#630038 - 12/13/20 08:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: tommyad]
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Tom

What Leon said!

Excellent songwriting and performing.

Peter

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#630039 - 12/13/20 08:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: tommyad]
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Hi Tom ...

Another super terrific song! Leon stated it very astutely. All I know to say is that the smell of smoke can trigger so many emotions, whether we intend for that to happen or not. And your song also leaves a long-term imprint in my memory ... and that's a good thing!

Everything cooks on this one. Great song and great listen. Best to you & yours. Be safe.

Alan
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#630070 - 12/14/20 12:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: tommyad]
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Great idea for a song!

Strong chorus, love the "When I think of her now I still smell smoke, we laid by the fire burning seasoned oak" line.

The song, performance, and production are top notch, and as always, a pleasure to listen to.

What are you using for drums if you don't mind me asking, they sound great!

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#630118 - 12/14/20 07:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: tommyad]
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Tom,

"If you ever hold on to a little bit of sand
the tighter you squeeze the more it runs through your hand"

Great line. Excellent write start to finish. Excellent hook idea!!

Excellent backing.
Excellent guitar. Nice mandolin.
Excellent mix.

A great listen.

fj

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#630146 - 12/14/20 10:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: tommyad]
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This is a class act of a song. The musical writing and performance are wonderful, but the lyrics make it go that all-too-crucial extra mile. The memory of the smoke and the line about the sand are particular highlights. Wow. Nothing else to say - just that this song made me feel as if I was there with the character and his memories. And that's something special to convey to a listener, I feel. Thanks for sharing this and sincerest congratulations.
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#630164 - 12/14/20 01:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: tommyad]
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Olfactory memories, like Leon said, can catch you off-guard and- in this case, prompt you to buy a pack of Lucky's. Love it, Tom. Everything about it. Really top-notch.
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#630198 - 12/14/20 03:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: HearToLearn]
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Originally Posted By: HearToLearn
Wow! What a sound! Solid,descriptive writing delivered really well.
I have to say, you are great at picking RT's that work well with loops!
I'm all around impressed. I'm not sure this could be written any catchier either!
#StuckInMyHead
CAM, thanks for giving me a moment of your time. I appreciate the great review, Tom

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#630210 - 12/14/20 03:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: tommyad]
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Several great lines in this song: 'if you ever hold on to a little bit of sand
the tighter you squeeze the more it runs through your hand' and 'We wrapped ourselves in love and wore it so well' were my favorites. And sung so well! Excellent work!
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#630342 - 12/15/20 04:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: Leon1]
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Originally Posted By: Leon1
Hi Tom
Taste and smell are renowned for generating what Proust called involuntary memories, as opposed to those we consciously try to recall (his most famous example provoked by the taste of a madeleine). You've constructed a beautiful lyric around the concept and delivered it via another great song and performance. So good.
Regards,
Leon
Thanks for those insightful comments. I had to look up Madeleine. Coming from such an accomplished lyricist it means that much more,Tom

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#630444 - 12/15/20 11:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: PeterF]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Tom

What Leon said!

Excellent songwriting and performing.

Peter
Glad you liked it. Thanks Peter, Tom

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#630479 - 12/15/20 01:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: tommyad]
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Another quality write. Everything is top notch.
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#630577 - 12/15/20 07:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: tommyad]
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Beautiful song Tommy. It is amazing how powerful our senses are. A sound, a fragrance can take you back to a place in time. Beautiful lyric an awesome vocal and guitar work. Well done

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#630596 - 12/15/20 11:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: tommyad]
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Big drums, good instrumentals, nice mix. Subtle backing vocals, nice sound!

I like the phrasing, especially the I still smell smoke.

Favorite line: Before I knew it she was in my past.

I really enjoyed listening!
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#630631 - 12/16/20 06:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: tommyad]
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Hello tommyad,

It is a beautiful composition. I enjoyed the introduction of the mandolin. The melody and the mix are well done. And everything pleases the ear. Well done.

Happy new year

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#630710 - 12/16/20 12:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: tommyad]
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What the heck to say?
Leon set the piano on fire and exited the stage after his comments smile

You threw it all out there ...
Great vocals, write, instrumental performances and your always high production values with those RT's, loops and TA.

Cool to hear the mando in there too.

"Back in the day
Before it all went to hell
We wrapped ourselves in love
And wore it so well"

Janice wanted to single that out as it flowed so well...

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#630753 - 12/16/20 04:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: Al-David
Hi Tom ...

Another super terrific song! Leon stated it very astutely. All I know to say is that the smell of smoke can trigger so many emotions, whether we intend for that to happen or not. And your song also leaves a long-term imprint in my memory ... and that's a good thing!

Everything cooks on this one. Great song and great listen. Best to you & yours. Be safe.

Alan
Thanks Alan. I sure do appreciate you coming by and commenting, Tom
Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Great idea for a song!

Strong chorus, love the "When I think of her now I still smell smoke, we laid by the fire burning seasoned oak" line.

The song, performance, and production are top notch, and as always, a pleasure to listen to.

What are you using for drums if you don't mind me asking, they sound great!
Dave, thanks for all that. The drums are loops run through CLA drums. I sometimes use Neutron2 as well as Logic Pro x , which has some amazing tools that can double, change kits or individual drums ( kick, snare etc.) and then route everything to 3 individual busses, so before you know it you have a lot of tracks. I pay extra attention to drums. I think it makes a huge difference in the end product. Also, I played many many years in a band that played country music as well as blues and our long term drummer was a Rock drummer with a capital R. So I now have ingrained in me the penchant for turning them up. Sometimes way up. Happy Holidays to you and yours,Tom

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#630855 - 12/17/20 08:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Still Smell Smoke [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Tom,

"If you ever hold on to a little bit of sand
the tighter you squeeze the more it runs through your hand"

Great line. Excellent write start to finish. Excellent hook idea!!

Excellent backing.
Excellent guitar. Nice mandolin.
Excellent mix.

A great listen.

fj
fj, thanks for very generous review. I always look forward to hearing from you,Tom

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