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Catchy chorus, easygoing melody. Nicely sung. The steel drums really helped set the mood.

I enjoyed ready the backstory. I've also had to go into some BiaB tracks (typically drums) to calm them down. My son says he can always tell BiaB drum tracks because the drummers use the tome way too much.

Good to hear the song had a happy ending! laugh


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Cool tune Marty. I got a Jimmy Buffet vibe as well. Cool when you go through the toy box and find something so cool. Super vocal and lyric. Loved the bass lines. Well done


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"Has a Buffettt-By-Babu vibe" Nailed!

We had to pay special attention to a bass that you thought you could not better smile

"Open up and step inside Forever.
There's a calmness there that takes your breath away."

That was worth the price of admission.

Strong write, vocal, arrangement and mix plus the vid keep ya on board from the get go.

Well done Mr. Straub!
Happy anniversary - 41 here,

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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Originally Posted By: floyd jane


Has a Buffettt-By-Babu vibe, smile



Man, I am so stealing that! floyd nailed it I think cool

Good song my friend, nice mix too.


Right? Floyd is one of my favorite lyrists. Thanks, Dave!

Originally Posted By: rsdean
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This is great... Your vocal is really outstanding on this song.

Excellent mix and overall production as well.

Bob


Thanks, Bob, and thanks for the idea.

Originally Posted By: jannesan
Nice backstory, I'm glad you revisited the song. Great title and strong lyrics.
The instrumentation works excellently, I really like the Tex-Mex style combined with steel drums, very refreshing approach. Maybe the solo guitarist is bit too busy. The chorus is really catchy, classic. Great vocals once again.

Janne


Thanks a lot, Janne. Very encouraging comment. Yeah, I think I just wanted to be done with the song --that's why I left the bass and accepted the solo. I agree with you. The solo should have been more melodic and slower to catch the feel of the song.

Originally Posted By: jptjptjpt
Well done. Great lyrics. Cool video too. Nice use of the band. I liked it.


Thanks, jptjptjpt. Glad you liked it.


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Originally Posted By: justanoldmuso
nice song. cool lyrics and arrangement.
standing like a statue of salvation << BRILLIANT and very poetic.
oooh ..nice lead gtr. nice sound picture.
might i suggest doubling the vocs on the chorus ?
eg take it or leave me...
best/happiness
om


Oh, man, that's a great idea, om. I was trying to fit in some harmony but it wasn't working. Why didn't I think of double tracking. Thanks. man.

Originally Posted By: Ezekiel's Storm
That is one great chorus! Good song all around, but that chorus is the frosting.

Excellent vocal. Engaging melody.



Thanks, Ezekiel, Very kind of you.

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Marty

Nice laid back easy listen. Nice steel drum and engaging vocals, with a good chorus hook.

Excellent work on video as well.

Peter


Thanks, Peter. The steel drums took a bit to make them sound more subtle, but I like the results. It's great having so many options in one program.


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I was really impressed with the Steel Drums in the backing. A nice surprise and perhaps unexpected after reviewing the lyrics.

The way you fitted in the guitar break was great.

Overall, everything works great.


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Originally Posted By: Leon1
Very nice, Marty. The steel drums were an inspired choice (although that pencil thing sounds cool).
Regards,
Leon

Thanks, Leon. Yeah, I was surprised the steel drums were actually a part of the Tex-Mex style, but I like how they filled in the chorus. Still, that pencil idea worked better than I thought too.

Originally Posted By: Elliott Kayne
Cool Song ... Nice hook .. good mix and tone. I like how it gets an island groove in the chorus. Good vocal sound as well.


Thanks, Elliott. Everything sounds better on the islands. Thanks for listening.

Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
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Sweet tune with Latin Caribbean flavor. Excellent production and it looks like you had fun with it too. Excellent timeless composition. You know, like some Pop tunes of 50s, you start playing them and they flow right in, without the need to "tune" your ears. Very good vocals. Mix is crisp. Enjoyed it and thank you for sharing. Made my day.

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"Happy ending: she stayed for 44 years so far." LOL!


You're the best, Misha. Thank you.

Originally Posted By: dcuny
Catchy chorus, easygoing melody. Nicely sung. The steel drums really helped set the mood.

I enjoyed ready the backstory. I've also had to go into some BiaB tracks (typically drums) to calm them down. My son says he can always tell BiaB drum tracks because the drummers use the tome way too much.

Good to hear the song had a happy ending! laugh


Haha. Thanks, David. Your son would have really hated a late friend I used to play with. He'd used the toms way too much, and every time he did he'd come out of the roll a bit faster. I remember one time we were playing Chuch Berry's Rock 'N' Roll Music. Eventually our singer couldn't get the words out fast enough and the people actually had to stop dancing. I believe drummers rule, but only when they don't roll.


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Marty,

Terrific tune—really enjoyed my listen. Great write and a wonderful vocal. Love the Tex-Mex, Buffet like feel to this one. That steel drum really stands out and gives the song a cool vibe. Outstanding work on this one!

My very best to you,

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I'll take It!

I like the island vibe.

cool!

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Originally Posted By: Scott C
Cool tune Marty. I got a Jimmy Buffet vibe as well. Cool when you go through the toy box and find something so cool. Super vocal and lyric. Loved the bass lines. Well done


Thanks, Scott. Much appreciated.

Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
"Has a Buffettt-By-Babu vibe" Nailed!

We had to pay special attention to a bass that you thought you could not better smile

"Open up and step inside Forever.
There's a calmness there that takes your breath away."

That was worth the price of admission.

Strong write, vocal, arrangement and mix plus the vid keep ya on board from the get go.

Well done Mr. Straub!
Happy anniversary - 41 here,

J&B


Ah, that Floyd guy sure has a way of attaching monikers that fit and stick. But wait a minute, guys. There is not a single bassist in the BiaB repertoire that doesn't play far better than me. I usually use mine because it's fun and I believe it helps the song when at least one of us playing actually knows the song. wink hehe. I liked this one because I wouldn't have thought to play it that way and I like what he did. Thanks, J&B, and congratulations. Your 41 seems to show a lifetime of love and friendship.

Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
I was really impressed with the Steel Drums in the backing. A nice surprise and perhaps unexpected after reviewing the lyrics.

The way you fitted in the guitar break was great.

Overall, everything works great.


Oh, thanks so much, VT. I really enjoy your comments.


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