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#642451 - 02/16/21 11:14 AM [User Showcase] Here's To You
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Saying goodbye to good friends...


HERE'S TO YOU

i don't take well to strangers
you didn't need another casual friend
we talked music, we talked movies
over my beer and your gin
for some reason i impressed you
i thought you were older, too
we thought we had a lot in common
strangers usually do
it wasn't true
here's to you

it's a bond not easy to come by
between friends it needn't be explained
some call fate, some call it a love
call when you're caught in the rain
we called each other buddy
we'd talked the whole night through
it's not often a man's allowed to cry
but i feel i can with you
sometimes i do
here's to you

   but the climate here doesn't suit me
   i've got wings and i must fly
   i don't care much for this city
   but i hate to say goodbye

i don't take well to stangers
you're all i leave behind
should it be so hard to let go
of what we never expected to find
let's say adieu
here's to you



Old song.
1978, I think.


New BAND:

RealTracks in style: 1825:Bass, Electric, PopModernGrooveHeld Ev16 075
MIDI SuperTracks in song: 2066:Piano, Rhythm NewAgeAnswers Ev16 110
RealTracks in style: 1595:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Pop8thsSteady Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 2780:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm Songwriter8thsBrent Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 1856:Cello, Background PopCountry Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 2338:Violin, Background, PopLow Ev 085 (1TrackStringSection)
RealTracks in song: 2337:Violin, Background, PopHigh Ev 085 (1TrackStringSection)
RealDrums in Song: BossaBrushesPerc^1-a:Congas, No Kit , b:Congas, Shaker, Triangle, No Kit
Additional Beat created in Studio One.


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#642455 - 02/16/21 11:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: floyd jane]
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BEAUTIFUL modulation on "I've got wings ..." .

You have the talent of saying something without decorating it. It shows in every single song of yours that I've heard so far. That "getting to the point" is one of the main things, in my view, that makes you the musician you are. That, and a certain hue of experience that we all wish we had.

Hats off, again ... what can I say?
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#642456 - 02/16/21 11:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: floyd jane]
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Man...this may be one of the most emotional songs I've heard on the forum. The vulnerability of this is amazing! Truly, truly amazing!

Quality-wise it has everything I would expect from you on production and performance. As always, top notch.

The lyric and structure I didn't see coming though. I really like it. You very effortlessly made your rhymes work without having that sense of "he wrote that line to get to that rhyme" kind of a feel. That fake forced from lack of word rhyme choices kind of thing.

Your lines sound completely intact on their own and that they happen to rhyme sounds like was a happy coincidence...but not nursery rhyme-y at all. Your treatment of suprasegmentals shows your attention to intent. The progression and retraction of instruments, the lift in melody and management of energy all complimenting the intent of lyric.

Out of this world song! Loved it!
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#642457 - 02/16/21 12:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: floyd jane]
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Cool song indeed. I really liked that false modulation you did .... that's unique. I don't think I can name any other song where it sounded like it modulated then you realize, it didn't.... it's still in the same key. Brilliant move.
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#642459 - 02/16/21 12:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Old song.
1978, I think.

Is there a time you didn't write excellent lyrics?

I have this image of little baby floyd jane clutching a crayon and scrawling out masterpiece lyrics on the wall of his bedroom. wink

Love it! Exceptionally good.

Really, I could quote every line, because you manage to make everything pay off one way or another, like trying to figure out what to say. Do you say "love" in a man-to-man conversation?

some call fate, some call it a love
call when you're caught in the rain


Yes. Yes you do. And then effortlessly turn the meaning of "call" while you're at it.

The "nothing in common" is nicely developed:

we talked music, we talked movies
over my beer and your gin
for some reason i impressed you
i thought you were older, too


It's a confessional that draws me in deeper as the song goes along. I really like how it adds additional details that take the idea further than expected, or somewhere unexpected. Like:

we thought we had a lot in common
strangers usually do


Good line! But then:

it wasn't true

The twist of the knife!

Or:
it's not often a man's allowed to cry
but i feel i can with you


Again, pulling into the confession, but then:

sometimes i do

Much deeper than expected.

Your voice is perfect for this - expressive and emotive.

There's nothing obviously flashy about the arrangement, but just a bit of focus of attention from the vocal - which the arrangement keeps the focus on by being understated - shows off some really nice elements. There's the subtle but funky kick and the congas, for example. Elements which wouldn't be expected in a "classic" country arrangement but fit right in.

The build of the arc is also subtle, but impressive. The strings rise from solo cello to violin, and then a small section, and then back down again. The vocal becomes more intense and the harmony grows. Really nice.

I won't mention the structure or chords (because I was busy paying attention to other stuff), other than to say that takes the song another level. But it was noticed!

I'm too lazy to come up with any new adjectives, so I'll just repeat: exceptionally well done - even for you. laugh
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#642461 - 02/16/21 12:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: floyd jane]
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FJ,
Nice harmonies. Musical bed is awesome! From hand drums and simple guitar strums to all those strings. Really opens up toward the end. Vocals & Mix is PRO level. Listens very well, and that what I think matters the most. Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

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#642503 - 02/16/21 04:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: floyd jane]
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floyd

A lovely ballad that flows effortlessly. Superb storytelling and performing.

Great mix and production.

Another top notch effort (but I was expecting that).

Peter

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#642514 - 02/16/21 05:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: floyd jane]
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The power of friendship is a beautiful thing, and I think you did a really lovely job with this song. Thanks for sharing!
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#642522 - 02/16/21 06:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: floyd jane]
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Excellent tune Floyd. Loved the message in the lyric. Super vocal and harmonies. Drums were very cool.. The conga drums was a nice touch..

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#642523 - 02/16/21 06:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: floyd jane]
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You are a true artist, Floyd.
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#642533 - 02/16/21 09:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: floyd jane]
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Another high quality piece of writing, Floyd. Terrific vocal, full of emotion and the band sounds great.
Regards,
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#642541 - 02/17/21 12:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: floyd jane]
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Wonderful song on all levels.
The hand claps don't excite me but that's me.
A voice that simultaneously radiates hurt & healing.
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#642545 - 02/17/21 01:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd.
Wonderful song, well performed and written.
On the downside, for me the congas were distractingly cheerful though.

Vic

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#642554 - 02/17/21 04:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: floyd jane]
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Absolutely love this, floyd!

The music bed is perfect, great choice of instruments. Vocals and harmonies are your usual high standard.

The mix sounds fabulous though my studio 'phones, couldn't possibly be better.

And then we get to the write. 1978, really?! Sheesh! smile


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#642557 - 02/17/21 05:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi, Floyd. You should know that (other than working on songs of mine and others) YOU have become my go-to artist to listen to for inspiration and --well, really good songs. Ok. 1978. So now I'm getting the picture of your birth as you popped out singing and strumming. You're a natural, man.
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#642569 - 02/17/21 06:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: floyd jane]
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Enjoyed this one a lot. Every element comes together perfectly.
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#642602 - 02/17/21 09:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: floyd jane]
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Man what a beautiful song. Perfectly mixed, I could listen to it all day!!

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#642634 - 02/17/21 12:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: floyd jane]
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A fine write Floyd; wise and vulnerable at the same time.
Vocals, arrangement and production all serve the song so well; very, very good.

Robert

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#642755 - 02/18/21 08:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: musician17]
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Originally Posted By: musician17
BEAUTIFUL modulation on "I've got wings ..." .

You have the talent of saying something without decorating it. It shows in every single song of yours that I've heard so far. That "getting to the point" is one of the main things, in my view, that makes you the musician you are. That, and a certain hue of experience that we all wish we had.

Hats off, again ... what can I say?


Thanks, James. "...getting to the point" is kind of the point, isn't it... any time you can "paint pictures" AND "tug at the heart" in as few words as possible, you will find yourself on the right track...

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#642759 - 02/18/21 08:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: Here's To You [Re: floyd jane]
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Good one, Floyd. Sweet arrangement...especially that bass moving down. This is more thoughtful than "bro country" and I really appreciate this intimate portrait on a theme seldom written about. In fact, I don't know of another song that explores this off the top of my head.
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