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#682274 - 11/13/21 07:12 AM [User Showcase] Something To Prove
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It used to be in order to be considered good at something, you had to prove yourself.
A show-your-work thing.
These days, all you have to do is tell people over and over and over how good you are...that you are an expert.
The BS is piled so high no one can see over it.


The BAND (showing their work)
Style is _PWPOWER.STY (Praise&WorshipGuit&Piano[120RS])
RealTracks in style: 1523:Bass, Electric, PopPowerA-B Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1535:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopPowerPushA-B Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1529:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopPowerBrightA-B Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1526:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopPowerPushA-B Ev 120
RealDrums in style: PraiseWorshipPowerPush^1-a:Qck, b:PHt
RealTracks in song: 698:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm ElecRockDirty Ev 120 (A:muted)
RealTracks in song: 1167:Guitar, Electric, Soloist RockBalladBrent Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 1169:Guitar, Electric, Soloist RockMediumBrent Ev 120



SOMETHING TO PROVE

how many years since you climbed that hill
yet here you are, bragging still
we all know your story well
it gets a little deeper with every tell

spitting out someone else's words
rehashing something that you heard
repeated enough that you believe
you earned the right to wear it on your sleeve
   
   big man, big talk
   never actually made that walk
   i paid my dues out on these streets
   i know a liar, i know a cheat
   god knows what you'll claim next
   it's anybody's bet
   if you've got something to prove
   you ain't proved it yet

ready with excuses for
why they never let you in that door.
guarded like some precious vault
sure as hell that ain't your fault

you tell us how things should be done
you know what's right you know what's wrong
but shown the truth you get offended
the life of a party you never attended
   
   big man, big talk...

back in the day
a conquering hero, so you say
self-made, center stage
ah, weren't you all the rage
   
   big man, big talk...



Comments encourged.
Expertise welcomed.
Have at it.

fj

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#682285 - 11/13/21 08:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: floyd jane]
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Brilliant. Hard-hitting, modern-sounding and biting (in the best way) lyrics. YES!!!

I was hoping for a fast-paced piece from you, because you are superb at ballads - and I hadn't heard a faster-paced song from you for a while (my fault, not yours!). This is wonderful and more. A joy to hear - thanks - and yes, you've proved yourself once more as one of the best singers and songwriters I am aware of. Bravo.
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#682307 - 11/13/21 09:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: floyd jane]
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After a song like that you really don't have Something To Prove...you already did. I mean, damn! I've heard those drums before, but the way you processed them, I've never heard THOSE drums before!

That was insanely powerful. Love it.

Quote:
how many years since you climbed that hill
yet here you are, bragging still


If this doesn't set the stage beyond the song in so few words...brilliance!

Quote:
the life of a party you never attended

shocked In a song full of zingers, this zung(?) the most for me. It put a HUGE smile on my face!

Great choice of hiring a session guitarist for the solo. Wait a minute...ya could of fooled me! Executed so well!

And about that bridge. Perfect change of feel for this song. It created and interesting new direction without sounding at all out of place. It's like the bridge I wanted to hear, but didn't know it until I heard it.

One other little note about the bridge. You really had a great song bridge that was thematically burning a bridge simultaneously. That's next level my friend!

MY WORRY-I hope this song isn't about me! eek smirk

In my first listen, it was already stuck in my head. This is a powerful example of excellently written, performed and produced song.

Amazed again, yet not surprised. The expectation is always there and exceeded.

Thanks for sharing this jaw dropping example!
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#682313 - 11/13/21 09:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: floyd jane]
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Hello Floyd
Wow !!! What is this for a good rock song ?
There you have to immediately turn up the volume full.
The song is just fun
Since you have hit the bull's eye with me (do you say that with you at all so ???)
Full score Floyd
Gladly more of it
Thanks a lot
Many greetings
Andi ;-)

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#682341 - 11/13/21 10:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd...great in your face song...reminds me thematically of "Get Over It" by the Eagles for some reason...super vocal, harmonies and band...really enjoyed...Dan
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#682365 - 11/13/21 12:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: floyd jane]
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floyd

Amazing! The big vocal sound alone is worth the price of admission.

This should be on the PG Music sampler disc!

Great write, performance, mix, lyric and the overall production shines.

That's certainly how it's done.

Peter

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#682377 - 11/13/21 01:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: floyd jane]
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Wonderful recording. Excellent song. A Bruce type song and the band sounds like the E Street Band to boot. Outstanding vocal delivery. Nice work.

Great line:

"the life of a party you never attended"
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#682384 - 11/13/21 02:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: floyd jane]
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I haven't heard your voice stride like this before.
There's an excellent clarity and edge to the annoyed fj.
Good use of analogies.
The band keeps up the pace and the snare thumps the table to make the point.
Excellent writing, ace narrative, terrific arrangement and, a wonderful vocal performance.
A song that can be aimed, Woody Guthrie style, at many folk high n low.
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#682409 - 11/13/21 03:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: rayc]
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fj.
like the simplicity of the song start, and then the build up.
as always v v nice vocs. like the subtle voc doubles.

i like that lyric bout 'big man big talk etc..'
EXCELLENT BGV's at 2m14 secs etc. very well done mate.
and then the way the lead comes in etc..nice.
classic nice ending.

best to you.
om
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#682523 - 11/14/21 12:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: floyd jane]
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That was a blast to listen to! laugh

Love the snark.

That pretty much covers it.
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#682549 - 11/14/21 05:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: floyd jane]
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Oh, yes, I see the moniker of "Expert" here above my avatar and cringe. Actually I think I could more easily prove that I'm not. As for Floyd Jane --haha. I remember someone once telling me that if you can't catch a producers attention in the first 15 seconds, you're time is up. It wouldn't take anyone more than 5 seconds to be totally taken away by your magic. Of course you're not talking about you in this song, and I totally agree with your sentiment.

Man, your vocal always shows why it deserves center stage. This is a wonderfully aggressive song that is perfect for the lyrics, and you belt it out with such a strong feeling. Your songs --this one included-- always have a cool story that is brought out so very well with the lyrics and music. Your songs are permanently installed on my phone and are my go-to travel tunes. Not sure what that proves, but it's not uncommon for someone next to me at a traffic light to smile and nod to the groove.
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#682559 - 11/14/21 06:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd,

I think it was about time to write these lyrics - and as everybody would have expected you wrote them extremely well. You're so right, man. And don't you think that this is a special American phenomenin...

Great uptempo rocker (was surprised to see they were P&W styles), as always remarkably well sung - you just hammered your anger and scorn all out. Superb.

Stay safe,

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#682578 - 11/14/21 08:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: musician17]
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Originally Posted By: musician17
Brilliant. Hard-hitting, modern-sounding and biting (in the best way) lyrics. YES!!!

I was hoping for a fast-paced piece from you, because you are superb at ballads - and I hadn't heard a faster-paced song from you for a while (my fault, not yours!). This is wonderful and more. A joy to hear - thanks - and yes, you've proved yourself once more as one of the best singers and songwriters I am aware of. Bravo.


Appreciate that, James...

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#682681 - 11/14/21 01:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,

Great song! Love the rock edge. Your vocal is awesome as always.

Big hard-hitting mix. Excellent!!!

Bob

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#682751 - 11/14/21 05:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: floyd jane]
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These days, all you have to do is tell people over and over and over how good you are...that you are an expert.
The BS is piled so high no one can see over it.


I like that just as much as the lyrics........which I like A LOT!!!!

I love songs that just spit attitude!!!!!.......sometimes you just gotta let it out, and nobody can do that any better than you my friend!!!! I find it cathartic to hear you sing this!!!! Everything done perfectly!!!! You are D' MAN!!!!! Take care, Greg

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#682788 - 11/14/21 06:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: floyd jane]
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WOW Floyd Jane!
I believe you just became the country music version of Bruce Springsteen! Bruce Jane, Kinda has a nice ring to it??? Brilliant writing! Excellent use of the BIAB and playing. Honestly, I have to tell you, I think this is my favorite FJ song yet! I'd say that writer's block got busted. Kinda like Chuck Norris Karate chopping through a concrete block! Floyd Norris???

I can identify with all of the lyrics having spent 21 years in the Army. When you sang "you earned the right to wear it on your sleeve" I immediately thought of how many civilians used to brag that they would have been the toughest guy in the Rangers or Special Forces if they joined the Army. But they wouldn't let some drill sergeant tell them what to do...

Wow, You've really nailed this personality type!

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#682796 - 11/14/21 07:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: floyd jane]
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Cool lyric Floyd. Loved the hard driving backtrack. Another super vocal. Production was perfect. Well done.

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#682854 - 11/14/21 10:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,

Dang, you just nailed this one. I think this might be the best write from you I’ve seen—so focused on the message, so tight. And then you add the great production, and a killer vocal. This is a hit song . . . or should be, IMHO. How do you get the BIAB drums to pop like that? I just can’t ever get them to shine like that. Love the guitar solo, love the sweet harmonies. Outstanding in every way!!!

My very humble regards,

Deej

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#682878 - 11/15/21 01:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,
Wow, great song and vocals!
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#682904 - 11/15/21 04:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: Something To Prove [Re: floyd jane]
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Hmmm, the backstory inspiration behind this write could be entertaining as well I think... You've put it all together on this one, from the outstanding choice of instruments, the arrangement and top level production. A "little bit of" this song's antagonist really does go "a long way."

Enjoyed my listen.

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