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#731600 - 09/14/22 10:21 AM [User Showcase] Gypsy Days
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floyd jane Offline
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The life of a Country troubadour...
A co-write with Tim Keesee.


The BIAB stuff:

RealTracks in song: 518:Bass, Electric, Pop HalfNotes Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 407:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 165
RealTracks in song: 378:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming DoubleTime Ev 088
RealTracks in song: 836:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm AltCountryRootsy Ev 075 (A:muted)
RealTracks in song: 624:Fiddle, Soloist George Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 363:Pedal Steel, Background Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 622:Pedal Steel, Background Waylon Ev 176
RealTracks in song: 2003:Pedal Steel, Soloist CountryPaul Ev 165
RealTracks in song: 623:Banjo, Background Backporch Ev 098
RealDrums in Song: NashvilleBrushesCountryPopEv16



GYPSY DAYS

i track every road i travel one mile marker at a time
every lonesome highway, fayetteville to anaheim
beat-up gibson riding shotgun in a beat-up chevrolet
sharing a front seat view of my gypsy days

pour my soul out in a song, a little truth in every line
shooting straight from the heart, every word genuine
some might not understand...you're born to it or you ain’t
so i don't try to explain these gypsy days

this is who i am, a travellin’ troubadour
livin’ one song at a time, my curse and my reward
nights in half-filled dives as long as there's a stage
and a beer sign to light the way through my gypsy days

   i'll stop moving i'll stop singing
   when my resting place is dug
   music is my mistress
   the journey, my drug

i warned her not to fall for a rambling music man
promised i'd come 'round as often as i can
she sits waiting for that call - but what would i say
i live for those neon nights and these gypsy days
i live for those neon nights and these gypsy days



Thanks for listen.
Comments of any kind, of course...

fj

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#731601 - 09/14/22 10:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: floyd jane]
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Hey Floyd - welcome back! This song was well worth the wait. It really came out well. Another great write. Loved the production. The guitars at the beginning were perfection, the way the banjo appeared from out of nowhere and added so much, and that smooth sounding steel throughout with such a nice lick coming into the 3rd verse was a great choice. I hope it doesn't frustrate you that you don't get a lot of helpful hints on your song productions, but how would somebody improve this stuff? Great job - keep leading the charge!

Brad


Edited by Brad Williams (09/14/22 10:37 AM)

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#731605 - 09/14/22 11:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: floyd jane]
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Winner in the contest "most musician clichés per line" ... and I like it smile

To me the song sounds like 4 verses and a bridge, a bit unusual but it works really well.
I didn't expect a song without a proper chorus to work so well, in fact I think this choice is the reason for the great mood of your song.

Excellent mix and excellent choice of instrumentation!
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#731617 - 09/14/22 12:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi floyd jane,

Always so good at creating endearing musical pieces. I enjoyed this composition very well done.

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#731647 - 09/14/22 04:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd,

Another cool song.

Great vocals and good lyrics.


Best Regards
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#731654 - 09/14/22 05:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane

beat-up gibson riding shotgun in a beat-up chevrolet


Very clever line. Great song.
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#731671 - 09/15/22 12:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: floyd jane]
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Love the drums. (I'm a sucker for the sidestick).

Your vocals are as smooth as ever.

Subtle harmonies on the second verse.

Clever reveal in the final verse - didn't see that coming, but all the signs were there.

Nicely done, you and Tim.
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#731672 - 09/15/22 01:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: floyd jane]
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Ok. First: this song oozes experience. One can tell it's not been written by a beginner, not least by the tone in your voice. That soft change in the voice on the word "curse", in the third verse ... aha :-) You know just how to change your voice tone, how to change inflection, subtly, on words to bring them out, etc. ... this is a work done by a master.

The harmonic progression is not complex, but it works perfectly here. The instrumentation choices are excellent ... that fiddle solo is great, the pattern of the guitar I love. Subtle harmonies, too, as David says. And the lyrics: who ain't been there ain't a musician, in my humble opinion.

One of your best, I think.
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#731675 - 09/15/22 03:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: floyd jane]
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I'm impressed by the way an unconventional structure comes across as completely natural and right.
Your voice goes a long way in making this comfortable story telling.
The long list of instrumentation isn't apparent when listening - no clutter, no congestion...a really well mixed and mastered song.
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#731685 - 09/15/22 04:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: floyd jane]
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Floyd,

This for me is one of your very best... I love the wistful lyrics and your almost folky delivery. The arrangement is great as is the mix.

I'm reminded somewhat of Greg Brown and his approach to these types of songs - very authentic and full of emotional punch.

Going back for several listens.

Bob

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#731695 - 09/15/22 06:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: floyd jane]
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Good job. A nice memory kicker back to the days of gigging for a living in honky-tonk bands and staring through a windshield at the white lines coming past you at 3am headed home from the gig. Knowing every bump and pothole in the highways and back roads in multiple states.

Regarding the mix.... and the song. Good job on the song. Nice mix. I noticed there is a bass track in the song.... at least you listed it. Maybe you have it turned down and forgot to turn it up for the final export..... It's lacking on the bottom end. A closer listen on the buds let me know it's there but it's still barely perceptible. Might want to have a listen to that and bump it a bit.

Aside from the bottom.... nicely done.
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#731713 - 09/15/22 09:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: floyd jane]
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Perfect song, has all the elements. Was waiting for some reference to romance and finally got that in the last verse, so that's why I say the song was perfect. You use so many real tracks but it sounds so smooth and...perfect. Great work as ALWAYS.
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#731735 - 09/15/22 01:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: TuneMonger]
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floyd.

only one word, as always..SUPERB.

great lyrics eg 'music is my mistress'.

best

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#731761 - 09/15/22 10:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: floyd jane]
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floyd

An excellent story telling song - nicely produced, very effective and as usual beautifully sung.

I liked the song structure and the overall feel.

Excellent.

Peter

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#731769 - 09/16/22 04:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: floyd jane]
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Nicely done, floyd, everything sounds great as per usual!

Loved the line about the Gibson riding shotgun wink

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#731778 - 09/16/22 06:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: floyd jane]
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Man, I always use you as examples of how its done, Floyd. No one writes lyrics as well. You make every song a personal experience, and keep them so relatable to everyone. Always catchy melodies, always a great band, and always the perfectly pleasing mix. Man, I'm sure we passed each other on some of those highways. I like to take the backroads and listen to some Floyd Jane. My kind of travelling music. They have no mile markers on those roads, so I track my travel to the music, like, "One more album and I'll be in Albuquerque."
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#731780 - 09/16/22 06:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: floyd jane]
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Hey Man,

This is super catchy! I love it a lot!

You sure have written some great songs!

smile

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#731783 - 09/16/22 07:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd
Good song
Very catchy melody
I especially like the fiddle solo
Very nice work
Many greetings
Andi ;-)

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#731817 - 09/16/22 10:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: Ghostgum]
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Originally Posted By: Brad Williams
Hey Floyd - welcome back! This song was well worth the wait. It really came out well. Another great write. Loved the production. The guitars at the beginning were perfection, the way the banjo appeared from out of nowhere and added so much, and that smooth sounding steel throughout with such a nice lick coming into the 3rd verse was a great choice. I hope it doesn't frustrate you that you don't get a lot of helpful hints on your song productions, but how would somebody improve this stuff? Great job - keep leading the charge!

Brad


Thanks, Brad... appreciate that...


Originally Posted By: B.D.Thomas
Winner in the contest "most musician clichés per line" ... and I like it smile

To me the song sounds like 4 verses and a bridge, a bit unusual but it works really well.
I didn't expect a song without a proper chorus to work so well, in fact I think this choice is the reason for the great mood of your song.

Excellent mix and excellent choice of instrumentation!


Thanks, B.D....


Originally Posted By: Derochette
Hi floyd jane,

Always so good at creating endearing musical pieces. I enjoyed this composition very well done.

Kindly regard
Derochette
alias JaniJackFlash


Derochette - thanks for having a listen....


Originally Posted By: NigelSpiers
Hi Floyd,

Another cool song.
Great vocals and good lyrics.

Best Regards
Nigel


Thanks for dropping by, Nigel...


Originally Posted By: Ghostgum
Originally Posted By: floyd jane

beat-up gibson riding shotgun in a beat-up chevrolet


Very clever line. Great song.


Thanks, Brian!

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#731949 - 09/17/22 06:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: Gypsy Days [Re: musician17]
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Originally Posted By: dcuny
Love the drums. (I'm a sucker for the sidestick).

Your vocals are as smooth as ever.

Subtle harmonies on the second verse.

Clever reveal in the final verse - didn't see that coming, but all the signs were there.

Nicely done, you and Tim.


Much appreciated, David...


Originally Posted By: musician17
Ok. First: this song oozes experience. One can tell it's not been written by a beginner, not least by the tone in your voice. That soft change in the voice on the word "curse", in the third verse ... aha :-) You know just how to change your voice tone, how to change inflection, subtly, on words to bring them out, etc. ... this is a work done by a master.

The harmonic progression is not complex, but it works perfectly here. The instrumentation choices are excellent ... that fiddle solo is great, the pattern of the guitar I love. Subtle harmonies, too, as David says. And the lyrics: who ain't been there ain't a musician, in my humble opinion.

One of your best, I think.


Thanks for the nice comments, James...

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