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#715525 - 05/03/22 04:04 PM [User Showcase] Lies and Rumors
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Hi, folks:

Here’s a new collaboration with John Vaughan, who penned the original lyrics. We played with them a bit thereafter and here’s where we ended up, word and sound-wise. I hope it’s worth the listen.

Stay safe and stay well, all!

Deej

Here’s the song:

LIES AND RUMORS

Here are the lyrics:

If you’re handing out a sentence
Can I add a few words
What will be my penance 
For the lies that you have heard
Not to touch your lips
To feel your kiss
To share your bed
All for his whispers in your head
 
Among the lies and rumors
There’s a strand of truth
In that tangled web
My innocence and proof
Among the lies and rumors 
Cruel flames of love burn free
Sparked by someone’s jealousy

He’s tried to win you over
With his artful deceit
Have you crying on his shoulder
And falling at his feet
How you believe a word
Of what you’ve heard
I can’t decide
But it makes me feel so dead inside

And I know he lies so well
But I thought you knew more about me
And they say that time will tell
But, love, how you could ever doubt me

And here’s the band:

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#715552 - 05/03/22 09:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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Deej,

Very heartbreaking song.
The lyrics by John Vaughan is wonderful.
Your singing is very realistic.
Your voice character is perfect for singing the lyrics like this.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#715571 - 05/04/22 05:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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I'm such a fan, Deej. Really like your vocals --always. What a brilliant opening line: "If you’re handing out a sentence
Can I add a few words". And those wonderful lyrics never stop delivering the perfect phrases. No lie, man, you guys write good music.
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#715590 - 05/04/22 06:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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another good one.

Nice job on the lyrics.
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#715613 - 05/04/22 09:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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Hi Deej ...

Well, I've been a big fan of yours since you joined the site. This is a particularly good example of why I say that. Strong lyric!

On the music side, that acoustic on the left, soon joined by the pop rhythm soon after on the right are the perfect primary backing tracks. And the lead guitar is just so good. Hats off for a job perfectly executed. That was a real joy to listen to.

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#715628 - 05/04/22 10:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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Deej,

A lot of cool stuff happening here.

Excellent vocal, as always.
Very cool BAND - great sound. Mix is good.
Loved the melody.

I find the lyrics to lack a specific focus - a bit confusing.


fj

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#715640 - 05/04/22 12:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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I liked it all but slightly agree with Floyd about the focus.
I had to think about it but that's sometimes a good thing too.

Vic

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#715645 - 05/04/22 12:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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Wow!
What a terribly good song.
You sing it with a lot of feeling.
Great lyrics too.

Enjoyed.

Rob and Anne-Marie
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#715659 - 05/04/22 02:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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Very well done. Liked it a lot. The chord progression, the vocals, perfect guitar work - I liked it all. You've got a great sound.

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#715662 - 05/04/22 02:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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Deej,
the package is really good.
I listen rather than read and from that perspective the words SOUND good.
Ace melody.
The singing over the lead outro is very cool.
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#715676 - 05/04/22 04:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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Deej, what a great write

I always said never sing over a solo but you blew that theory out the window

Outstanding vocal

Great band

Two thumbs up
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#715688 - 05/04/22 06:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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Very good song & production... great work...
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#715791 - 05/06/22 01:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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Brilliant. Dark, broody, absolutely wonderful. The guitar is also perfect for this song. Love the augmented chords and dissonances, especially towards the end. Great lyrics. Congratulations to you both.
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#715797 - 05/06/22 04:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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Strong lyric, melody and backing combine to make a powerful statement. Plenty of emotion in the vocals make for a worthwhile listening experience. Anyone who has been lied to or betrayed would identify with the message in this song. Well done.

regards,

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#715991 - 05/07/22 02:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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Deej

“How you believe a word
Of what you’ve heard
I can’t decide
But it makes me feel so dead inside”

That is so sad that Janice almost cried.

You and John make a good team, Deej. The lyric and melody were beautiful.

The BiaB tracks and your soulful vocal really serve this sad lyric well.

Awesome collab!

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#716156 - 05/08/22 08:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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Shigeki, Marty, Guitarhacker, Alan, Floyd, Vic, RnAM, Brad, ray, Mario, bloc-head, musician17, Ghostgum, and J&B:

Appreciate the listens and feedback. Thanks so much for stopping in and glad it seemed to work for the most part. A couple of specific replies as to the lyrics:

Floyd and Vic: John’s original lyric had some additional nuances to it . . . but as we refined the lyric we focused on this outcome. The story, or rather the singer’s state of mind, I think is there; though the first verse only hints at the intent (ultimately requiring the listener to pick up on “his whispers” in the first verse, and thereafter connect it to the second). But sure, it may require a listen or two to pick up on.

My best to you al,

Deej

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#716224 - 05/09/22 08:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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Hi David
Great song
But without your voice the song wouldn't work so well for sure
Really strong vocal performance
Many greetings
Andi ;-)

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#716635 - 05/12/22 11:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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Hey Deej...great song in every way...love your vocals...so well written...very conversational and nothing is forced...the guitar solo is fantastic...great handling of BiaB...five stars!
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#716692 - 05/12/22 06:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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Loved the mix. Vocal was excellent. Super backtrack. Well done Deej. One of my favs

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#716754 - 05/13/22 07:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lies and Rumors [Re: Deej56]
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I enjoyed the song very much, Deej. I read all the comments above and I can only agree with them. Although I wasn't confused by the lyrics.
they felt as a cry from your heart especially because of your strong vocals!

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