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#686977 - 12/01/21 01:21 PM [User Showcase] Couldn't Get It Right
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COULDN't GET IT RIGHT

the difference between wonderin' and knowin'
might not mean anything at all
but when you figure out just where you're goin'
i hope you'll drop a line or give a call
i'd like to know that you're okay
that you found what you were looking for somewhere along the way
   
   there'll be no you and me
   we just weren't meant to be
   we're just ships that pass in the night
   apologies, abuses
   alibis, excuses
   try as hard as we might
   we couldn't get it right

i gave you little more than contradiction
a clever nonchalance, a casual smile
i guess i never asked with much conviction
that you consider hanging here a while
that's a lack of commitment that i regret
a huge chunk of stupid that i won't soon forget
   
   there'll be no you and me...




All the usual suspects...
Do your thing.

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#686981 - 12/01/21 01:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: floyd jane]
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One of your best. FJ in storytelling mode, once more. The confessional tone of the second verse takes this over the top ... especially those last two lines. How you sing/speak those is just wow.

The first two lines of the first verse hook you in straight away. "The difference between wonderin' and knowin' ". Wow. And "a huge chunk of stupid" pulls no punches - the strength of the word "stupid" contrasts perfectly with the otherwise mellow nature of the song ... makes you sit up and notice, once more.

A confessional, "mea culpa" kind of song, absolutely superbly crafted - and sung in that storytelling mode of yours that you are so, so incredibly good at.

One last thing: I've been there myself, in that place from which the character of this song sings (I guess so many of us may have been there, too) ... and that, to me personally, gives the song added poignancy. In short: you've nailed it. In every way. Bravo.
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#687005 - 12/01/21 02:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: floyd jane]
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floyd

Nice melancholy song, pretty backing, and I particularly liked the use of the strings.

Excellent vocal as usual that sets the mood perfectly.

Lovely songwriting.

Peter

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#687006 - 12/01/21 02:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: floyd jane]
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Wow Floyd,

That's a very classy song, great singing and superb production.

I enjoyed it start to finish.

Thanks

Best Regards
Nigel
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#687019 - 12/01/21 03:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: floyd jane]
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Another fine tune. You produce real country music. This is well written and well performed. The band had the right touch. Good one.
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#687054 - 12/01/21 04:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd, you really outdid yourself on this one and raised the musicianship bar here by a number of notches!

Your story telling via song is always great but this one is your best to date IMHO.

I could list all of the great lines here but all I would do is to copy the lyrics!

Absolutely an outstanding song that should be on the radio today!

Loved it.
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#687055 - 12/01/21 04:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: floyd jane]
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Call me crazy, but I'm picking up on a different tone and energy than you last song. I can pick up on these subtleties. grin

A beautiful heartfelt heartbreak.

Quote:
that's a lack of commitment that i regret
a huge chunk of stupid that i won't soon forget

there'll be no you and me...


This song isn't long on lyrics; but is so potent with what is there.

Your semi-conversation delivery actually sounds like someone having it happen in the moment.

I'm on the wrong sound system to know if that kick kicks too much. Everything seems to on the system in the vehicle I'm in. But wow-zer! I'll let others with better systems sound off. I'm guessing it's nothing, knowing your mixing abilities.

I know not every song is a winner. I'm just curious if I will ever hear something subpar from you. Again, this was fantastic!

BTW, I really do love the tone of your voice in this song too. The throw away at the end of some of your lines implies the exact sentiment of the song. VERY well done!
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#687072 - 12/01/21 05:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: floyd jane]
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There're a few things that make me smile immediately - seeing a new Floyd Jane song in the forum is one of them.
I really like the space around the words - allowing the narrative to breathe with just enough backing to remind me it's a song rather than a melodic confession.
"apologies, abuses
alibis, excuses"
OUCH and WOW.
Mea culpa with a large cup of regret to help swallow it.
Brevity certainly works for this sad, sweet, bitter pill.

Mix & arrangement wise I'd be inclined to soften the strings toward the end with some more reverb & top end roll off EQ...just to reduce the "midiness" a little.




Edited by rayc (12/01/21 05:09 PM)
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#687114 - 12/01/21 07:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: floyd jane]
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That's a lot of kick in the drum! I haven't listened to the radio recently enough to know what passes for Country music these days, I'll just take your mix's word for it that this is what drums now sound like.

Makes me feel old. wink

I like the way the strings sneak up to fill the space at the end.

The vocal's excellent - gentle and reflective. Subtle but big backing vocals on the chorus. Those Ooohs and Aaaahs blend well with your vocals.

Solo cello sounds great.

You're really good at sounding like you're dropping into regular speech while continuing to sing. You make me feel the song, which is what it's all about.

I had to check the lyrics, because I heard "televised excuses" instead of "alibis, excuses", which was an interesting mishearing, but clearly wrong. Your actual lyric makes a lot more sense. laugh

As usual, excellent work!
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#687122 - 12/01/21 07:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: floyd jane]
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Another great tune by the master. Like everyone else, I love the 'stupid' line. Strings and cello were oh so nice to my ear. Much to learn from here.
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#687137 - 12/01/21 08:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd ...

It goes without saying your work is always hanging from the highest rafter in the studio.

As you sang, I kept thinking Ronnie Dunn would have kicked this one all over country radio. And that graphic on Soundcloud reminded me a bit of Kix Brooks. In my estimation, that's pretty good company to hang around with.

Aaron has already mentioned a couple of other things that crossed my mind - that part of the lyric he quoted, in particular.

I have a new motto: If I were but half as good as Floyd Jane, I'd be twice as good as almost everyone else. That pretty much sums it up for me. Excellent work!

Take care ...

Alan
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#687174 - 12/02/21 01:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd,

I've got to use that word again: very flydish. Which always includes 'brilliant'! Very melancholic, but not over-sentimental.

I was surprised by the list of RealTracks etc. you used - I guess that it's not easy to get a mix so well-balanced with all those instruments - chapeau!

Marvellous (what else?).....

Take care,

Stefan

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#687192 - 12/02/21 02:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: floyd jane]
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Hello Floyd
You have written a really great song.
I think the programmers at BiaB are always amazed at what you get out of it.
But you also sing at least as well
Great work
Many greetings
Andi ;-)

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#687206 - 12/02/21 05:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: floyd jane]
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Wow, Floyd. Your lyrics are always paid such homage by all that you surround them with, with all the magic you add in your production, the passion you bring in with your vocals, and the expertise you apply to the knobs on the board. So well done.
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#687300 - 12/02/21 10:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: PeterF]
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Originally Posted By: musician17
One of your best. FJ in storytelling mode, once more. The confessional tone of the second verse takes this over the top ... especially those last two lines. How you sing/speak those is just wow.

The first two lines of the first verse hook you in straight away. "The difference between wonderin' and knowin' ". Wow. And "a huge chunk of stupid" pulls no punches - the strength of the word "stupid" contrasts perfectly with the otherwise mellow nature of the song ... makes you sit up and notice, once more.

A confessional, "mea culpa" kind of song, absolutely superbly crafted - and sung in that storytelling mode of yours that you are so, so incredibly good at.

One last thing: I've been there myself, in that place from which the character of this song sings (I guess so many of us may have been there, too) ... and that, to me personally, gives the song added poignancy. In short: you've nailed it. In every way. Bravo.


James - thanks for the great comments. You are too kind...


Originally Posted By: PeterF
floyd

Nice melancholy song, pretty backing, and I particularly liked the use of the strings.

Excellent vocal as usual that sets the mood perfectly.

Lovely songwriting.

Peter


Thanks, Peter!!

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#687389 - 12/02/21 03:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: floyd jane]
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Hey man,

This is a very pretty song. Well done all around.

Love those strings. Nice touch!

Another classic.

smile

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#687450 - 12/02/21 08:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,

Another terrific write and the production has all your usual touches. Powerful and passionate vocal.

It’s probably just me, and so I'm a little hesitant to mention, but as it hit me in both choruses each time I listened to it, perhaps worth noting. The vocal on that first line of the chorus jumps out a bit (particularly on the end of "there'll, and on “no” and “me”) and struck me as a tad piercing—then again it could be my lousy laptop speakers, so ignore if that’s the case. It’s a small nit regardless.

For me, the write is the star here—you’re on a roll in that regard. Too many great lines here to quote. Impressive stuff!

My very best to you,

Deej

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#687705 - 12/03/21 01:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: jptjptjpt]
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Originally Posted By: NigelSpiers
Wow Floyd,

That's a very classy song, great singing and superb production.

I enjoyed it start to finish.

Thanks

Best Regards
Nigel


Thanks, Nigel!!


Originally Posted By: jptjptjpt
Another fine tune. You produce real country music. This is well written and well performed. The band had the right touch. Good one.


Thanks, Sean!!

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#687910 - 12/04/21 06:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: floyd jane]
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Excellent, Floyd!

Lots of great lines, and vocal is just top notch.

Nice intro and outro, and the drums sound great.

Really well done!

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#687930 - 12/04/21 07:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: Couldn't Get It Right [Re: BlueAttitude]
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floyd.
only one word for this...SUPERB.
very impressive.great vocs.
merry xmas.
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