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#678806 10/22/21 09:22 AM
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I had a bit of "writer's block" recently.
Spent far too long worrying about it.
Decided I needed to write a song about it.

This is as much about the production as the writing.
(the "block" was, as well...exploring...)
This is best heard using headphones or ear buds...


WASTED

gotta a white board list of a hundred things
half of them there since before last spring
but today slipped by undetected
any motivation, long defected.
   
   the days i've wasted, i've wasted, wasted
   can't get 'em back...
   the days i've wasted, i've wasted, wasted

sometimes i dread even raising my head
getting outta bed, i just lay there instead
thoughts locked, can't clear the block
one eye on the clock tick tock tick tock
   
   the days i've wasted, i've wasted, wasted
   can't get 'em back...
   the days i've wasted, i've wasted, wasted


The BAND and then some:

RealTracks in song: 2578 Bass, Synth, RetroPop Ev16 085
RealTracks in style: 833:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm AltCountryMoody Ev 075 (A:held)
RealTracks in style: 2667:Pedal Steel, Background DreamySingleNote Ev 075
RealTracks in song: 3321:Guitar, Acoustic, Soloist RnBPopDblBrent Ev 055
RealTracks in song: 3159:Guitar, Baritone Electric, Rhythm AmericanaSlow16thsBrentFX Ev16 060
RealTracks in song: 3520:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Americana16thsDelayBrent Ev16 075
RealTracks in song: 3440:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BritPsycRockMarchGrittyChords Ev 110
RealTracks in song: 3629:Guitar, Electric, Soloist AmbientGrittyDarin Ev16 065

I programmed an acoustic track using Ample Martin Lite (free acoustic VST)
The verses bass track was programmed using SubLab (vst)
Royalty Free Loops
Drums loops came from varios places. Mostly content that comes with Studio One Professional.


Hope you hear something that catches your ear...
Comments of any kind, of course.

fj

floyd jane #678812 10/22/21 09:37 AM
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Good effort Floyd!

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Hello ;-)
I like the song very much.
The idea of writing a song about writer's block is cool.
I especially like the bass work like at 0:32.
It gives it a great vibe.
Really great.
Did you do this with BiaB as well?

I wish you many greetings
and many new ideas
Andi ;-)

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Floyd!

Wow. This is so cool. The song is very well done, as always, but the zeitgeist of what you are talking about really interests me.

I think a lot of artists and songwriters are "stunned" right now and feel blockades to creativity around a lot of things, for a lot of reasons. I know because they tell me so in droves. Some people are wondering if it all makes any difference, if anyone cares, if the world is going to blow up, etc. There are as many reasons and stories as there are people.

BUT, if any of us were to succumb to silence, that would be tragic. It would be (to use a fact or a metaphor, depending on your religion, or lack of it) "just what the devil wants."

SO, I always tell people, JUST KEEP WRITING!!! Just go up to the mic and yell, but don't stop. Don't be afraid of feedback either. Just DO IT. Make some noise!! Be yourself! Keep on rockin'!!

I am glad you did it and I hope you do more.

Also, I hope anyone reading or listening will do the same.

Keep singing y'all. We will get through this!!

Go Band-in-a-Box forum!!

P.s. I will be out for a week or so y'all do don't think I am abandoning ya, I just have to go see a man about a dog, as they say.

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Floyd,

I love the sentiment and message in this song. I believe we all can relate to this.

Great, great vocal as usual. The moody arrangement and instrument choices really highlight the overall feeling - I know how hard that is to do.

To me, this is just another one of your excellent creations.

Bob

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Hi Floyd,

WOW...
In 20 foot letters made of plywood WOW!
Such profound lyrics. You're using a lot of more modern touches in your music and integrated them very well. Really cool tune and usual on the money vocals. Thanks for posting, I enjoyed the listen!

Every man looks at the whole "wasted time" scenario at one time or another. As I look back the thing I view as wasted time was working too hard for people who didn't appreciate me and would have worked me to death if they could make another buck off me. All this just to buy stuff... Worthless stuff! Maybe you could follow up with a song called worthless???

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The narrative is cool and I love the way you counter it with the progressive steps forward i the backing.
Sometimes new tools inspire, sometimes the lack inspires but you're out of the dead zone with an ode to it.
It sounds great, you held notes are wonderful, the backing is a wonderful combo.
Exemplary on a few levels.


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Well, my friend, I think you blew through that writer's block with a dozen sticks of dynamite......this is brilliant!!!! LOVE the tension in the song, LOVE the lyrics, especially this verse

sometimes i dread even raising my head
getting outta bed, i just lay there instead
thoughts locked, can't clear the block
one eye on the clock tick tock tick tock

That song is very experiential......kind of echoes in the mind/soul!! LOVE your use of the rhythmic lyrics....can't get 'em back.......AWESOME!!! Take care. Greg

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Well, this resonated strongly with me - for every song I post on the forum, I've written ten that are mundane and go straight in the can. Many of us here are older and watching our lives just pass us by. Gotta get those songs out, stay alive, keep the circulation flowing. Terrific song that many will relate to vividly.


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To Mr. Floyd Jane:

Let's see...You say you got 'writer's block', but then you turn around and write a song about it. Funny kind of 'writer's block' you there, partner. Ha, ha laugh !!!

You certainly brought the frustration thing front-and-center, that's for sure:

"sometimes i dread even raising my head
getting outta bed, i just lay there instead
thoughts locked, can't clear the block
one eye on the clock tick tock tick tock"


Here's what 'caught my ear': Got the full-bodied vocal harmonies workin' just fine as usual. The band you selected sounds like your personal orchestra, as usual. Your vocal track is clear and strong, as usual.

Sure sounds like you cured yourself of your 'writer's block', Mr. Jane. Oh, happy day !!!


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Yep, this one speaks truth.

Some nice melodies in the different sections of the song. Nice writing. Very catchy tune. Good use of the band. Good one all around.


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Listening in my 'phones. Great use of stereo. The production (your main focus) really shines here.

Yep, it's go repetition. And it works. wink

The processed claps at 2:42 were a bit too processed for my non-adventuresome ears.

Everything else was just delicious ear candy.

Last edited by dcuny; 10/23/21 12:52 PM. Reason: Added a missing "non-".

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Hi floyd,

Listened a couple of times through the phones, great stereo mix!

Love the intro! And the outro too for that matter wink

Vocals are top notch, and I really like the melody too.

The chorus is great! One that will stick in your head long after the song is over.

As far as the message goes, wasting time ... yeah, been there, done that!

I always love the attention to detail in your songs, very inspiring, and makes me strive to do more with my productions.

Excellent song, really enjoyed it.

BTW, the first few notes of the lead guitar that comes in at 2:05 reminds me of a Lynyrd Skynyrd song from way back. Can't put my finger on which one, going to drive me nuts until I figure it out! wink

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Ah, yes, worrying about it only makes it worse (true for everything). Man, you took that block and carved out a masterpiece of music, Floyd.

"gotta a white board list of a hundred things
half of them there since before last spring"

Oh, yeah, who can't identify with this song right from the opening. Gave it the first spin with the desktop Bose, but you're right, nothing beats the closeness of the cans. You know you can do no wrong in my ears, so my only advice (a request really) is to erase a couple more from that white board.


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Originally Posted By: Dewey_MI
Good effort Floyd!

Thanks, Dewey

Originally Posted By: PROJECT M
Hello ;-)
I like the song very much.
The idea of writing a song about writer's block is cool.
I especially like the bass work like at 0:32.
It gives it a great vibe.
Really great.
Did you do this with BiaB as well?

I wish you many greetings
and many new ideas
Andi ;-)


Thanks for having a listen, Andi...

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as always nice vocs/talent.

AND YOU KNOW VOCAL DOUBLING TECHNIQUES.
excellent floyd.

nothing matter with repitition.
question is does song warrant it.
in this case it does.

cute ending/song mate.
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I read the comments before listening and agree with them. Good, cool song and excellent band and production. And yes, great sounding mix in the phones. Enjoyed my listen.

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Oh, I've been there.
Nice job of capturing the malaise of being stuck in nowhere.
Somehow you've managed to turn it into a great song.

moto

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Good one, Floyd. Like the guitar break at 2:25. Overall, excellent listen.


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The molasses malaise?


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