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Caught Out in the Rain

THANKS for all the listens and encouragement! I might get the hang of this stuff yet...
I start this tune with the sound of rain, so I feel a little silly saying that I've always thought the "rain" here is a metaphor. Or...maybe not. Hope you enjoy it either way. Stay dry out there!

Lyrics: R.W. Davis
Vocals: D.A. Hughes
Me: Incidental guitar licks and other stuff

Style is _GO.STY (Go Low Folk Rock Quartet) with a few other RTs added on top
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Caught out in the rain
With so far left to walk
To get to the train
You know, it’s not your fault
You cry to the wind
And simply close your eyes
They open again
To see the stormy skies

You must make it work
No matter the cost
You’ll only get hurt
Or you will get lost
You wander down the one-way street
You find it going west not east
You turn around
What’s that sound?
You can’t make it out
You’re havin’ some doubt
You see the water circlin’ the drain
You’re caught out in the rain, caught out in the rain
The cars all start to hydroplane
You’re caught out in the rain, caught out in the rain

Thought you’d be clever
And cut through the alley
But all this weather
Is turning out badly
Your boots get so wet
And splash in the puddle
You’ll never forget
You’re in so much trouble

You must make it work
No matter the cost
It clings to your shirt
Like an albatross
You run on down the busy street
Past the buildings and concrete
You spin around
What’s that sound?
You can’t make it out
Like a muffled shout
They’re hidin’ behind the windowpane
You’re caught out in the rain, caught out in the rain
It feels more like a hurricane
You’re caught out in the rain, caught out in the rain

Bought you a raincoat
That was yellow but clear
With a matching tote
Then the clouds disappear
The sun starts to shine
And it is yours alone
You glance at the time
As you walk on home…

You must make it work
Caught out in the rain
Caught out in the rain
Caught out in the rain
You must make it work
No matter the cost


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Nice work. It has an 80s pop rock feel. I like the singers voice.

I enjoyed the listen.


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Hi Ron,

As Herb said, a strong 80s feel. I particularly like the phase shift by one of the guitars at just the right places. Your vocalist has the perfect voice for this. I'm really liking the subtle variations in the backing tracks. A pretty catchy tune - had to listen twice. Nicve work!

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Originally Posted by Guitarhacker
Nice work. It has an 80s pop rock feel. I like the singers voice. I enjoyed the listen.

Herb, THANKS for the listen! Yes, the 80s were good for me. Ha!

Originally Posted by Al-David
Hi Ron, As Herb said, a strong 80s feel. I particularly like the phase shift by one of the guitars at just the right places. Your vocalist has the perfect voice for this. I'm really liking the subtle variations in the backing tracks. A pretty catchy tune - had to listen twice. Nicve work! Alan

Alan, yeah, those RT pairs have a neat sonic effect when panned apart. Thanks for noticing the other little stuff. I probably fussed over long on it so good to get feedback. Dusty did nail the vocal (again). Glad you liked it!


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Ron,

You definitely have the hang of this! What a great song. Love the arrangement and the vocal is perfect.

Love your work!

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Good melody and arrangement.
A bit heavy on the kick but that's just my preference.

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Very well done, Ron. Yes! You have the hang of this for sure. Good write and D.A. Hughes sings R.W. Davis's lyrics to life. Rain IS a metaphor -well, caught out in the rain is- and it fits so well. What a catchy hook you have there. Metaphor aside, I can see someone skipping around in puddles when suddenly caught out in the rain and enjoying it while singing this song. Could be a Fred Astair follow-up.


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Originally Posted by rsdean
Ron, You definitely have the hang of this! What a great song. Love the arrangement and the vocal is perfect. Love your work! Bob

Thanks, Bob. Glad you enjoyed it!

Originally Posted by vicarn
Good melody and arrangement. A bit heavy on the kick but that's just my preference. Vic

Vic, thanks for the feedback! You may be hearing the percussion loop that kicks in at the 1st chorus. I'll go back and give it a listen...

Originally Posted by BabuMusic
Very well done, Ron. Yes! You have the hang of this for sure. Good write and D.A. Hughes sings R.W. Davis's lyrics to life. Rain IS a metaphor -well, caught out in the rain is- and it fits so well. What a catchy hook you have there. Metaphor aside, I can see someone skipping around in puddles when suddenly caught out in the rain and enjoying it while singing this song. Could be a Fred Astair follow-up.

Thanks for the listen, Marty! Y'know, I storyboard a music video in my head but for this one I left out a Gene Kelly "Singing in the Rain" segment. Good catch! I may do the video one day if I catch up with AI...


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Still sounding good on third listen!


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Ron, really well arranged and the vocals are great. Very nicely done, Tom

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Originally Posted by Al-David
Still sounding good on third listen!
Alan, I can't be responsible for the side effects from prolonged exposure. Ha! Thank you for the compliment, so glad you are enjoying the tune. But do stay dry!

Originally Posted by tommyad
Ron, really well arranged and the vocals are great. Very nicely done, Tom
Tom, thanks for the listen and the feedback. Glad you enjoyed it.


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Another good song! Well written, and man, love the vocal!

The fills are very effective, nice playing, and I love the way you are panning them.

Good stuff!

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There's nothing to say that hasn't already been said: good vocals, good song, good production with some cool ideas.

Keep up the good work!


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Ron,

You are making a fan out of me.

Everything about this is good.
Excellent punkish-Pop write.
The BAND is perfect.
Terrific Pop vocal, too. Not everyone can pull that off. (not many)

Great use of BIAB.
The combination of bass & drums is Superb. (How are you processing your drums?)

I'm glad you came back around. I am thoroughly enjoying the Music you create.

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Hi, Ron.

Fun song. Catchy and poppy.

Clever write, with some great lines. My favorite:

   You wander down the one-way street
   You find it going west not east


Of course, if you're "caught out in the rain", you're on foot so it doesn't really matter if the street is one-way, does it? wink

I enjoyed this one a lot! smile


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Originally Posted by BlueAttitude
Another good song! Well written, and man, love the vocal! The fills are very effective, nice playing, and I love the way you are panning them. Good stuff!

Dave, THANKS for the listen and your thoughts on the fills. I'm a less-is-more first guy and was concerned the panning fills might be too much. But then again, I thought they sounded cool in the context of a disorienting rainstorm. Glad they (and the song) worked for you!

Originally Posted by B.D.Thomas
There's nothing to say that hasn't already been said: good vocals, good song, good production with some cool ideas. Keep up the good work!

B.D., thanks for the listen and encouragement! The bar around this forum is ridiculously high, which is good motivation to try to keep my stuff to the requisite quality.

Originally Posted by floyd jane
Ron, You are making a fan out of me. Everything about this is good. Excellent punkish-Pop write. The BAND is perfect. Terrific Pop vocal, too. Not everyone can pull that off. (not many) Great use of BIAB. The combination of bass & drums is Superb. (How are you processing your drums?) I'm glad you came back around. I am thoroughly enjoying the Music you create. fj

Floyd, thank you for the generous comments! The vocalist (Dusty) has great pipes but also a nuanced musical touch. I love everything he does. Drums and percussion are generally the only BiaB instruments I process. The drums are processed through a Studio One effects chain titled "S1 Drum Group", consisting of a multiband equalizer and a multiband compressor. The magic is in the compressor settings. I like the way it makes the upper frequencies pop without sizzling, and gives the toms more depth. (These are my imprecise interpretations of what I hear). Once I put this chain on the drums, I'll generally adjust the drum track level until the snare sets about right in the mix, and if everything else in the kit sounds good I'm done. Thanks again for the input. Am having a blast with everyone on the forum...

Originally Posted by dcuny
Hi, Ron. Fun song. Catchy and poppy. Clever write, with some great lines. My favorite:    You wander down the one-way street    You find it going west not east Of course, if you're "caught out in the rain", you're on foot so it doesn't really matter if the street is one-way, does it? wink I enjoyed this one a lot! smile

David, thanks for the listen, so glad you liked it! My lyricist, being a big fan of lyrical ambiguity, will seldom interpret his lyrics, so I do it myself: The pedestrian is walking to the train station, which is to his east. But he is disoriented by the rain, and realizes the street he is on is NOT the one going east to the train station, it is going west, and he is lost. At least that's the way I story boarded it in my head. I may do that dang video yet. Ha!

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"You see the water circlin’ the drain
You’re caught out in the rain, caught out in the rain
The cars all start to hydroplane
You’re caught out in the rain, caught out in the rain"

Cool imagery!

Vocals, write, mix and an engaging arrangement are all hittin' the note.

Really good use of those RT's and your bits.
A lot tracks but all is open, airy and sets up an excellent soundstage on our monitors.
Those RD's pop!


Great listens,


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Originally Posted by Janice & Bud
"You see the water circlin’ the drain
You’re caught out in the rain, caught out in the rain
The cars all start to hydroplane
You’re caught out in the rain, caught out in the rain"

Cool imagery! Vocals, write, mix and an engaging arrangement are all hittin' the note. Really good use of those RT's and your bits. A lot tracks but all is open, airy and sets up an excellent soundstage on our monitors.Those RD's pop! Great listens, J&B

Janice and Bud, oh, wow. You had to go back a few days to find this one in the forum listing. Glad you enjoyed it! Lots of panning and leveling going on in the mix to keep everything clear. The two basses are actually trading places several times. There are some notes further up about the drum FX chain in Studio One. It does a subtle magic that I keep going back to. THANKS AGAIN!!!


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