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#645009 - 03/04/21 07:04 AM [User Showcase] Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom
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Tom Adams (tommyad) and I share a birthday - March 4th. Today!
We discovered that on our first co-write/collaboration post.
On our birthday! Pure coincidence.
It is now our tradition.

I was wanting to do something with a baritone guitar.
Poking around the Styles (which I don't often do), I found a BAND that I liked.
_MIRE.STY (Mire Swampy Blues)
I tweaked the demo a bit and used that to set up a song.
And then wrote a lyric (another "topline" write).
Reflection of having had SO many birthdays...

It seemed like a good song to have some Tom Adams magic on...
So I sent him the stems including a vocal and the SGU and let him take it from there.
He dropped one of the original guitar tracks and added 3 or 4 of his own.
And harmonies. And spent time tweaking the drums.
And mixing. And mastering
(His fills, leads and solos on this are heavenly!! The stuff he did under the chorus is killer.)

Tom can correct me if I'm wrong...and further explain...

And we have Birthday Song, 2021...



ESCAPE VELOCITY

long as i can remember
i been looking for some way out
and still i'm seeking answers
i kick, i scream, i shout
it's all nebulous, so ambiguous
someone tell me "what's it all about?"

confusion and delusion
spinning my head around
washed in illusion
i swear i'm about to drown
should i try to make an exit
or just hit some bar downtown
   
   i need a little help
   i need a safe place to be
   or a good running start
   so i can hit escape velocity

i look over my shoulder
i don't like what i see
i look in the mirror
and wonder "is that really me?"
so doc gave me a card
so i can fly legally

one moment i think i'm immortal
the next i think i'll die
don't know where this [*****] comes from
but you ain't never been this high
now i know what jimi meant
when he talked about kissing the sky
   
   i need a little help
   i need a safe place to be
   or a good running start
   so i can hit escape velocity



The BAND:
RealTracks in style: 2903:Bass, Acoustic, BluesyPopByron Ev 100
RealTracks in style: ~~674:Organ, B3, Background Blues Roadhouse Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 3351:Guitar, Baritone Electric, Rhythm SwampyBluesBrent Ev 095
RealDrums [in style:FunkSanFran

Tom Adams: electric guitars, harmonies, mix, master
fj: vocal


Happy Birthday, bro! Hope you have a great one.
Going camping.

fj



Here are the previous Birthday Songs if you are interested...

Tell Her - March 4, 2014
https://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=242609#Post242609

She's Going Through Some Changes - March 4, 2015
https://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=286531#Post286531

Too Dangerous - March 4, 2016
https://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=338948#Post338948

A Hole The Size Of Texas - March 4, 2017
https://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=398420#Post398420

Pier Pressure - March 4, 2018
https://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=459749#Post459749

I Want You To Know Me - March 4, 2019
https://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=527305#Post527305

One Sure Thing - March 4, 2020
https://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=583565&page=1

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#645024 - 03/04/21 08:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: floyd jane]
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I was just thinking the other day that the annual Tom and floyd birthday collaboration must be coming up soon, and here it is!

You two never disappoint, excellent track as usual! Great vocals and playing.

Man, love that chorus!

Happy birthday!

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#645047 - 03/04/21 11:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi foyd Jane
Hi Tommyad,

I wish you both a happy birthday. Lots of love from those around you, good health and the creation of lovely melodies. This one is well done, the playing and the voice are very pleasant with a well done arrangement. Very pleasant.

Kindly regard
Derochette
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#645055 - 03/04/21 12:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: floyd jane]
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Happy Birthday to the two of you!

floyd jane, your vocal sound a bit different here - maybe a different range, or perhaps a different stylistic approach. In any event, it sounds great!

Tom, the mix is impressive - nothing sticking out, everything fits into place. The guitar solos and harmony are top-notch. Everything is clear, and balanced - sounds awesome in my headphones.

I enjoyed this a lot - a fun song!

Thanks for the present! smile
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#645075 - 03/04/21 02:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: floyd jane]
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Alright guys I love that swamp rock/bluesy thing going on this! Yes Floyd the additions Tom put in this are killer!! Floyd I like it when you venture into these genres a little distance away from the Country sound! You handle all of this stuff like a pro! Great song and collaboration! Take care, T
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#645094 - 03/04/21 05:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
I was just thinking the other day that the annual Tom and floyd birthday collaboration must be coming up soon, and here it is!

You two never disappoint, excellent track as usual! Great vocals and playing.

Man, love that chorus!

Happy birthday!
Hey Dave. Thanks for the birthday wishes and for commenting. Happy birthday floyd and happy camping, Tom

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#645097 - 03/04/21 06:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: floyd jane]
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Happy Birthdays, Fellers. Thanks for the gift!
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#645099 - 03/04/21 06:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: floyd jane]
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Happy Birthday. Nice track... I enjoyed listening!


Take care,
Will

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#645113 - 03/04/21 08:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: floyd jane]
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floyd & Tom

That came around quickly - Happy Birthdays.

Excellent work by you both, wonderful guitars, top notch vocals and a great mix.

Just superb professional songwriting and playing.

Peter

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#645136 - 03/05/21 02:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: floyd jane]
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The first beat told me that there was something good coming along.

Great driving delivery.

I think you came close to 'escape velocity'. Drivin' Blues, yes.
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#645141 - 03/05/21 02:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: floyd jane]
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APPEE BURPHDAEZ,
Very cool collaboration..the Tommy touches really are magic ones.
The drum massaging REALLY is cool.
That held note at the end really shows how relaxed and into the song you are fj.
Excellent stuff gentlemen.
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#645150 - 03/05/21 03:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: dcuny]
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Originally Posted By: Derochette
Hi foyd Jane
Hi Tommyad,

I wish you both a happy birthday. Lots of love from those around you, good health and the creation of lovely melodies. This one is well done, the playing and the voice are very pleasant with a well done arrangement. Very pleasant.

Kindly regard
Derochette
alias JaniJackFlash
Thanks much for stopping by and giving it a spin. We appreciate the birthday wishes and the kind words,Tom
Originally Posted By: dcuny
Happy Birthday to the two of you!

floyd jane, your vocal sound a bit different here - maybe a different range, or perhaps a different stylistic approach. In any event, it sounds great!

Tom, the mix is impressive - nothing sticking out, everything fits into place. The guitar solos and harmony are top-notch. Everything is clear, and balanced - sounds awesome in my headphones.

I enjoyed this a lot - a fun song!

Thanks for the present! smile
David, it’s fun and easy to collaborate with floyd. His lyrics and vocals are always so good. Thanks for the wonderful review and the b’day wishes, Tom

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#645161 - 03/05/21 04:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: floyd jane]
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I love "a safe place to be". Reminds me of where I live.

Nice one Floyd and Tom.

Vic

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#645228 - 03/05/21 04:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: floyd jane]
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Happy Birthdays!
Wow! excellent tune. I have heard several of your colabs, this one definitely stands out!
Super vocals, playing and production! Radio quality stuff. Ohh yeah, lyrics are great!
Best to both of you, don't get too drunk. Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

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#645252 - 03/05/21 08:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: floyd jane]
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Cool rocker, fj. Great guitar playing Tom. I am always impressed with your:

a) songwriting
b) production
c) vocals
d) Use of the band
e) All of the above

Correct answer: e - All of the above.
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#645258 - 03/06/21 01:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: floyd jane]
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Oooo, I'm telling. You said the "S" word. Safe. I can't say that I know what a "topline" write is, but it was tops, alright.

This was great fun to listen to. Great groove, a real funky dancer. Vocals and guitars rode it hard and put it away wet. That last vocal note killed me. Nothing swampy about the mix, even at it's busiest. Nice work.

A happy belated birthday to the both of yas.
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#645269 - 03/06/21 04:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Alright guys I love that swamp rock/bluesy thing going on this! Yes Floyd the additions Tom put in this are killer!! Floyd I like it when you venture into these genres a little distance away from the Country sound! You handle all of this stuff like a pro! Great song and collaboration! Take care, T
Thanks Torrey. floyd is a pro and I always look forward to working with him. It’s almost too easy, Tom

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#645284 - 03/06/21 06:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: dcuny]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude

You two never disappoint, excellent track as usual! Great vocals and playing.
Man, love that chorus!

Thanks, Dave!!
Originally Posted By: Derochette
... This one is well done, the playing and the voice are very pleasant with a well done arrangement...

Thanks, Derochette!!
Originally Posted By: dcuny
...it sounds great! Thanks for the present! smile

David - thanks for the fine review...

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#645297 - 03/06/21 07:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: floyd jane]
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Well,
That's a fine happy birthday gift to us all!

"kissing the sky"? Well excuse me, Is it tomorrow or just the end of time?

Cool lyrical write and well put together band.

All the extra touches come together in a great mix.

Nice job gents!

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#645330 - 03/06/21 10:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: Birthday Song 2021 - fj & Tom [Re: floyd jane]
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Happy birthday! Your musical wine just tastes better when getting older.
Lyrics and melody flow together flawlessly. Catchy groove really flies, does not matter legally or not. "Kissing the sky" reference and the funny story made me smile. Mix and vocals are top 10 radio friendly, excellent band selection - love the BIAB baritone guitars. The guitar solo couldn't be better for the song, excellent collaboration all together.

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