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#664362 - 07/16/21 06:03 AM [User Showcase] Back To The River
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A song about leaving without saying goodbye. Perhaps another mystery disappearance like in my You Coulda Fooled Me. In this one we don't know if she died by accident or suicide, left him for someone else or just left him. She's gone and ain't commin' back. Your comments and suggestions are MUCH apreciated. Thanks.

Style is _PJONPBA.STY (Pop Ballad Piano & Acoustic Guit)

RealTracks in style: 1728:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopBalladJohn Ev 085
RealTracks in style: ~362:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 1766:Mandolin, Rhythm Pop16Sync Ev 085
RealDrums [in style:NashvilleEven8^2-a:Sidestick, HiHat , b:Snare, HiHat
Utility Track: 1903 Acoustic Guitar
Utility Track: 1601 Mandolin
Utility Track: 2976 Ooz & Oz
I added bass and vocals and some acoustic guitar for the bridge. Couldn' fashion the right solo so lo I wrote the Sforzando midi flute & piano parts. Since it turned out to be a sad attempt at conterpoint, the sadness seemed to fit the song so it stayed. Suggestions?

Back To The River

She was waving from the bank of the river that night as I watched from the bridge.
She will never know how hard I cried after what she did.
And now Heaven only knows where that river's gonna flow.
She's never coming back this way I know.
So now I know I cannot go back to the river.

I remember all those times when she looked into my eyes
as she promised me her love.
My only vision now is sadness in those lies when I watched her from above.
Was she waving me goodbye? Was I too scared then to try?
She's never comin' back to hear my cry,
and, yes, I know I'll never go N

BR: I will never hold you in my arms again, never have a chance to say goodbye.
Was there someone else? Something that I did?
Now what can I do? You never even told me why.

Such a long, long time ago, but this feeling never passed.
There's still no answer why.
We were taking it all slow, but it happened all too fast.
I had no chance to say goodbye.
Was she waving me goodbye? Was I too scared then to try?
She's never comin' back to hear my cry,
and, yes, I know I'll never go N
Oh, God, I know I cannot go N
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#664372 - 07/16/21 06:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: BabuMusic]
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Marty,

This is excellent! Killer chorus and great vocal.

Loved it all!

Bob

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#664511 - 07/17/21 02:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: BabuMusic]
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Beautiful song, Marty!

Really well written, and one of your best vocals I think.

Nice!

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#664521 - 07/17/21 05:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: BabuMusic]
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Really nice song. Good performance and production.

Charlie
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#664532 - 07/17/21 06:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: BabuMusic]
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Hi Marty,

Yes I agree - a good song and well performed.

I liked the way you dropped out the bass and drums after the instrumental break to give the song a bit of light and shade.

Best Regards
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#664539 - 07/17/21 06:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: BabuMusic]
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Marty,
Fantastic performance and composition. Big acoustic sound. Arrangement is ace. Nice use of mandolin, OOhs and that flute sounds really good. Sad and beautiful piece. Thank you for sharing.

Misha.

P.S. That girl dancing on a remains of the wall made me nervous.

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#664545 - 07/17/21 06:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: Rustyspoon#]
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beautifully emotive with great lyrics.

if i can make a suggestion ?
for some reason, i hear... try a vocal double marty ?

ie keep current vocs but do another vocal trak singing along with original and placed just under the current vocal.
its an old production trick and can work really well on this type of song.
experiment with it only in places and also all the way through in a subtle fashion. eg choruses// changes.

nice song.
best.
OM
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#664561 - 07/17/21 08:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: justanoldmuso]
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Mary, this is a super sad love song. Your instrumentation is perfect for this song. Super lyrics sung by a fantastic singer; I could hear the pain in your voice. The mix was spot on also.

Two thumbs up!
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#664573 - 07/17/21 11:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: BabuMusic]
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Hi Marty,

Had me reaching for the Kleenex after the first verse!

Good song and a super vocal performance.

Nice instrumentation and an excellent mix.

Enjoyed.

ROG.

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#664586 - 07/17/21 12:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: BabuMusic]
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Marty,

Sad song. Very well done. The arrangement/production fits the song perfectly.

Good vocal. Well mixed.

Great job on all the parts!

fj

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#664595 - 07/17/21 01:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: BabuMusic]
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Hi Marty,

These rivers gave us a lot of inspiration, don't they?
Your and my rivers give a lot of emotion too!

But to focus on your 'river'; A very nice song, a lovely melody and -of course- a lot of heartbreak.
(some women don't know what they can cause to a man).

I agree with Floyd this is one of your best vocals. I don't know why, because you sing in the same stacato way as before, but here it fits more in the rhythm I think.

A very good song, Marty. Enjoyed it!

Hans
(it's still in my head, I like to sing along...)
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#664614 - 07/17/21 10:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: BabuMusic]
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Reminds me of Bobby Goldsboro's Honey...without the detail and without showing the monster.
As cool as the arrangement is I reckon you should go the whole hog and add strings.
Well done and a really, really good vocal performance + capture.
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#664627 - 07/18/21 02:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: BabuMusic]
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Hi Marty,

great song and very nice video. A teriffic write and well-produced.
Yes, things like that happen, and if they happen to you they can make you go nuts...

Liked the song a lot.

Take care,

Stefan

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#664715 - 07/18/21 04:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: BabuMusic]
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Lovely vocal Marty. Harmonies were excellent as well. Very cool laid back piece of music. Very cool lyric. Well done.

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#664725 - 07/18/21 04:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: BabuMusic]
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Marty

A really nice tear-jerker. Nicely played sung and arranged.

Agree with Ray some really soppy strings would sound good.

Excellent work.

Peter


Edited by PeterF (07/19/21 09:52 PM)

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#664907 - 07/19/21 07:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: BabuMusic]
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Hi Marty
Good story telling, lovely melody and excellent arrangement. Really good vocal, with plenty of emotion and conviction.
Regards,
Leon

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#664944 - 07/20/21 04:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Marty,
This is excellent! Killer chorus and great vocal.
Loved it all!
Bob

Thanks, Bob.
Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Beautiful song, Marty!
Really well written, and one of your best vocals I think.
Nice!

Thanks, Dave. I know a solo by you would make it much better, but I can't ask every time. Thanks for the help on the mixing.
Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
Really nice song. Good performance and production.
Charlie

Thank you, Charlie.
Originally Posted By: NigelSpiers
Hi Marty,
Yes I agree - a good song and well performed.
I liked the way you dropped out the bass and drums after the instrumental break to give the song a bit of light and shade.
Best Regards
Nigel

Thanks, Nigel. I tried making that verse a little like the solo was flashing "Years Later..." if that makes any sense.
Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
Marty,
Fantastic performance and composition. Big acoustic sound. Arrangement is ace. Nice use of mandolin, OOhs and that flute sounds really good. Sad and beautiful piece. Thank you for sharing.
Misha.
P.S. That girl dancing on a remains of the wall made me nervous.

Thanks so much, Misha. Yeah, she reminded me of my recently acquired fear of heights, too.
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Me on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/marty-straub

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#664973 - 07/20/21 07:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: BabuMusic]
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A different type of tune for you Marty but you did in excellent fashion! Very nice vocal and your bass is as good as any of the realtracks or better! Thanks, Torrey
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#665027 - 07/20/21 02:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: BabuMusic]
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Very poignant and well sung with emotion and confidence.

And all of your instrumental performances are right in the pocket with the well selected BiaB tracks.

Great soundstage too ... we are suckers for open mixes like this. Well done.


Enjoyed it and now off to the video,

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#665040 - 07/20/21 04:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: Back To The River [Re: BabuMusic]
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This is one of your best. What a fabulous vocal!

A song from an era long gone by.

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