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CLIMBING DOWNHILL

A Torrey and Ron song we wrote a couple of days ago. The climbing downhill title means that sometimes when we think we are coasting in life and taking it easy, that we are in reality choosing a harder way to live in the long run. Thanks for having a listen!

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Climbing Downhill
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Ron Helm and Torrey Bliss
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My sleep is gone
I'll turn the light on
I think it's hiding in the dark
I'll wait for the dawn
Then move along
Another thousand miles to get nowhere

I feel like I am climbing downhill
Going down, get back up
You know I can't stand still
Why am I still climbing downhill
Lessons learned the hard way
Didn't break my will
God will you show me the way

Can't live in the past
You know it won't last
Those broken dreams are dead and gone
I'll leave where I have been
Start over again
Lord give me live the life I've never known

Don't wanna keep on climbing downhill
Going down, get back up
Why can't I just stand still
I'm so tired from climbing downhill
I need a higher power
To come and break my will
God will you show me the way

I've been on the edge
I've chased the thrill
My wanderlust I followed
With foolish dreams unfulfilled
I see You
Lord, I see your truth
With eyes on You I'll follow
Lord lead me to the end of my road

I'm done with this climbing downhill
Going down, get back up
This time I'm standing still
I'm so tired of climbing downhill
Jesus, You're my higher power
You came and broke my will
I'm done with this climbing downhill
Going down, get back up
In You time I'm standing still
I'm done with this climbing downhill
Lessons learned the hard way
Thank God, He broke my will
Let Him show you the way
Let Him show you the way




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Torrey (& Ron),

The first thing that struck me was how good your guitar work is. Never "flashy", always serving the music/song as a whole. Nice tone, well played...

Drums and Bass sound good and "play nice together".

Strong vocal. Big, full harmonies.

Interesting progression and melody.

Good, solid mix.

Small thing - I thought that the bridge needed more to differentiate it. The melody changes, but perhaps not enough? And the overall band sound was similar to the rest. (again, a very small nit - this IS good music).

Impressive work. As Always.

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Wow, this is skillfully produced. Highly sophisticated when it comes to the chord structure.

Perfect control of all the instruments you are all playing!

You are certainly not afraid to take risks vocal-wise. I like that, and it works out very well.

Rob


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I'm not 100% sure I get the meaning of the song, but I like it. A lot.
Your voice with the guitar and the drums and bass combination work really well.

It has indeed an interesting chord progression, and I mean this in a positive way!


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Sounds really great Torrey! A rockin' praise song if there ever was one.

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Hello Torrey and Ron
The song sounds cool
Interesting melody perfectly staged
Very good work
Many greetings
Andi ;-)

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You are so good at this kinda stuff - rock praise, for want of a better description. And this is no exception. Daring and succeeding in what it sets out to do! Bravo!

And they say MY chord progressions are daring and "out there", haha ... you've schooled us all here :-)

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Torrey...The music you write (with Ron in this instance) is so unique and by now (to me) so recognizable...I think it's your chord arrangements which are so stylistic and artistic along with your vocals and harmonies that maybe reminiscent of others yet totally your own, that sets your songs apart from the rest of us... you remind me of NOBODY-else smile as usual I love this... I love the style, love the performance in all of it's aspects, love the compo and arrangement and I love the message and/or testimonial (I've ran downhill a lot in my life)...you are a "tool" man...your(His) song speaks to me!

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Torrey, very nice professional sounding production. Once again, I was very impressed by it. Personally, just as a style thing, I like some of your other melodies better, but like I said - this production is magnificent. I also really like the writing. So clever, correct, and right to the point. They really spoke to me. I also liked the idea of how you introduced that last verse, totally unexpected. Thanks for posting.

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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Torrey (& Ron),

The first thing that struck me was how good your guitar work is. Never "flashy", always serving the music/song as a whole. Nice tone, well played...

Drums and Bass sound good and "play nice together".

Strong vocal. Big, full harmonies.

Interesting progression and melody.

Good, solid mix.

Small thing - I thought that the bridge needed more to differentiate it. The melody changes, but perhaps not enough? And the overall band sound was similar to the rest. (again, a very small nit - this IS good music).

Impressive work. As Always.

fj


Thanks Floyd! I always appreciate your input! The bridge was something I went back and forth on, but decided to leave as is for now unless a bolt of inspiration strikes! T




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Torrey,
another classic Bliss piece...Ron's an excellent foil as well.
GREAT lead work throughout.


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Torrey & Ron,
Yes, this is unmistakably in the Torrey style; polished, sophisticated and impeccably accompanied pop with a strong message.
The guitarwork is, as ever, remarkably good and your vocals take some risks with the melody... which work!
I think the long ending chorus is excellent.
Great collaboration!

Robert

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Originally Posted By: RnAM
Wow, this is skillfully produced. Highly sophisticated when it comes to the chord structure.

Perfect control of all the instruments you are all playing!

You are certainly not afraid to take risks vocal-wise. I like that, and it works out very well.

Rob

Thanks for listening and commenting Rob! I appreciate it!




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Originally Posted By: B.D.Thomas
I'm not 100% sure I get the meaning of the song, but I like it. A lot.
Your voice with the guitar and the drums and bass combination work really well.

It has indeed an interesting chord progression, and I mean this in a positive way!

Thanks for having a listen! The climbing downhill title means that sometimes when we think we are coasting in life and taking it easy, that we are in reality choosing a harder way to live in the long run.




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Torrey, Love this one. The chord changes are unpredictable = refreshingly new (at least to me).

Great use of BIAB! Also love the surprise "echo" phrase about three-quarters through. Keep it up man!

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Torrey,

Excellent song and outstanding vocal! The production value on this (and all your other songs) is pro all the way.

Much enjoyed.

Bob

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Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Sounds really great Torrey! A rockin' praise song if there ever was one.


Thanks, David, for taking time to listen and comment! T




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This one really rocks in a unique way, excellent blend of different pop/rock styles, chording is especially interesting. Creative like The Beatles in their prime. Powerful vocals (amazing harmonies), good instrumentation and even the grungy guitar solo support the message of learning the hard way.

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Hello Torrey and Ron
The song sounds cool
Interesting melody perfectly staged
Very good work
Many greetings
Andi ;-)


Thanks, Andi, for taking time to listen and comment! I appreciate it!




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Haha. The title reminded of my youth. Funny I'm getting so old that's all I remember anymore. hehe I used to race friend up steps. They could run, but I had to climb on all fours. Never lost. Coming down that way was way different. Enough about me, huh?

You are such a master of this craft, Torrey. This is another piece of the master, a masterpiece. I'd say your vocals are the best, your guitar playing is top-notch, your writing skills are unmatched, you always fashion the best lyrics, then add the best musicians you find in the mirror. When all that is done, you master the mix in such a pleasing way. I believe even in my youth you could've beaten down the steps if I slid the banister and you crawled on all fours.


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