Home Music Articles Forums Blog Chat More...      

Heartbreak Track w Philip18


by

PeterB7858

 Genre: Folk-Rock

Get Flash to see this player.

Description
I wrote this short song in January while fiddling with an acoustic riff and I decided to test run some of the new (for me) skills that I had garnered from a number of Logic Pro X tutorials I worked through on macprovideo.com. There are lots of different tutorials, on different DAWS and aspects of recording, harmony, songwriting, etc.. It costs but you can join for a month or two and watch as many as you can stand in that time. Worth a look if you want to consolidate your recording skills.

I asked Philip if he would help out with a lead break and some backing vocals and, as always, he repaid my faith.

Recorded and mixed in Logic Pro 10.1 (nice - especially the new compressors) and mastered in Ozone 6.

Kyle was the drummer du jour, on a modified SoCal kit. I worked out how to get him to do rim shots!

Anyway, see what you think.

Thanks,

Peter & Philip
Leave a Comment
You must be registered and logged-in to comment.
Lyrics
Heartbreak Track – Peter Bowen (Jan 2015) (Capo 6)

Intro
[Am] [Em] [Dsus /] [Riff1 - A B C/G]
[Am] [Em] [Dsus /] [Riff 2 - C B G]

[Am] I’ve been [Em] walking, [Dsus2 /]
[walkup A C] Down a hard road [Am] [Em] [Dsus /] [Riff1 - A B C/G]
[Am] Ain’t go no [Em] money, [Dsus /]
[walkup A C] To ease my heavy load [Am] [Em] [Dsus /] [Riff 2 - C B G]

Heat haze a’rising, far as I can see
Nothing but trouble, out there in front of me (Riff 2)

No [C] hope for the [G] future
No [Am] joy in the [Fmaj7] past
[Am] Guess I’ll keep [Em] drifting [Dsus2 /]
[walkup A C] Along Heartbreak Track [Am] [Em] [Dsus /] [Riff 2 - C B G]

Acquisitive woman, took all that I own
Malevolent mamma, she was bad to the bone

Gave her a diamond, she wanted a mine
Nothing could please her, she was evil all the time

No hope for the future
No joy in the past
Guess I’ll keep drifting
Along Heartbreak Track

Break over two verses

No hope for the future
No joy in the past
Guess I’ll keep drifting
Along Heartbreak Track

Yeah, I’ll keep to drifting
Along the Heartbreak Track

Still I keep drifting
Down that old track
Song Stats
Hits: 2451
Comments: 58
Fans: 31
Plays: 105
Downloads: 26

Uploaded: Jan 25, 2015 - 05:48:43 AM
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2015 - 05:48:43 AM Last Played: Aug 11, 2017 - 01:44:37 PM
Song License
Creative Commons License:
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Creative Commons

Song Actions
share on facebook share on twitter download song
Hardware:
PRS Angelus acoustic (me), Gibson Howard Roberts (Philip).
Software:
See description
Comments
lyzak said 970 days ago (January 25th, 2015)
"Nothing but trouble.."
You two take the enticing acoustic riff nice places. Simple and clear arrangement works well with the lyrics.
Check out my latest song called Playful Al with A-man
PeterB7858 said 970 days ago (January 25th, 2015)
Enticing
Thanks, Greg. "Enticing acoustic riff" - I like that. It was great to have Philip along for the ride again. Take care, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
KCsGROOVE said 970 days ago (January 25th, 2015)
heartbreak
enjoyed this collab, guys
KC
Check out my latest song called 600 MILES
PeterB7858 said 970 days ago (January 25th, 2015)
A bit of fun
Thanks, KC. A bit of fun from the boys down under. Take care. Regards, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
Little_Hooligan said 970 days ago (January 25th, 2015)
Solid
I liked this straight off the bat.. the solid acoustic playing, the chords, the singing..Blues- folk..liking the lyrics too..( listening as I type) 'gave her a diamond, she wanted the mine'- LOVE THAT LINE! My sincere compliments to you both. Dang, this was impressive...
Check out my latest song called Worry Is a Pile Of Noise
PeterB7858 said 970 days ago (January 25th, 2015)
First world blues... :-)
Thanks, Joyce. Glad you liked the lyrics. Just a bit of fun. How can anyone have the blues surrounded by guitars :-) Philip and I appreciate your kind words. Regards, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
jiguma said 970 days ago (January 25th, 2015)
Niiiiice!
Happy Oz Day Peter!

The intro guitar somehow reminded me of Jethro Tull - go figure! - and I like it a lot

Lots of other stuff to like here too, including the lyrics - "malevolent mama" is a classic - the acoustic and lead tracks and the vocal. A couple of nits though - as a bass player, dropping the bass in the chorus doesn't work for me (especially where the drums start in for the first time, and the kit replaces the bass), and there are also a few glitchy moments where the kick and the bass don't mesh very well. I think Kyle could have nailed the groove a little better, especially on the kick..

Nits aside, this is a terrific post - love the song.

Cheers,
Neil
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
PeterB7858 said 970 days ago (January 25th, 2015)
Kyle was off colour...
Hi Neil. Thanks for the kind words and the constructive comments. I was trying to focus the listener's attention on the heart-rending lyrics in the chorus :-), hence the low-key arrangement, but I did think of reintroducing the bass during choruses 2 and 3, but didn't follow through with it. I agree with the Kyle comments. He seemed to be a bit off his game :-) (but I was making him follow a groove track based on the acoustic guitar......) Glad you liked it. Talk soon, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
jiguma said 970 days ago (January 25th, 2015)
Follow the bass!
I reckon it's really important that Drummer tracks are set to follow the bass in most cases. Had Kyle been drinking? Just the first question I ask when someone has drummer concerns ;)
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
PeterB7858 said 970 days ago (January 25th, 2015)
The magic of Logic Drummer
Your concerns are well founded, Neil. Logic Drummer is so real that they make sure he turns up half-pissed every couple of performances :-)
I agree that the bass should be the "go to" groover. The reason I set the groove track to the acoustic guitar in this case was whenever I set the guitar to groove to the bass or the drums it just lost a touch of tune in a couple of places, especially where I had delayed or syncopated parts of the riff, and it drove me crazy, so I thought &#@$ it, this is my tune, the boys can follow me for a change. Kyle struggled manfully... :-)
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
jiguma said 968 days ago (January 27th, 2015)
Bloody Kyle!
I usually set up an empty midi track and drag the whole Drummer track into it. Then you can go in to the midi editor and fine tune the drums to cater for those little syncopated moments. It's really easy to do and very effective.
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
PeterB7858 said 968 days ago (January 27th, 2015)
Drummer to midi
Yes, good idea. I am aware you can do that and I should have done it in this case. I will tighten it up a bit and try out a few other bass arrangements, as well. In hindsight, I probably should have made it a Great Southern Band collab. Perhaps we still can if you feel inclined :-) Your (real) bass, drums and organ are going to be better than what I came up with. Let me know if you have the time and inclination and I will set up a share project. Thanks, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
Narad said 969 days ago (January 26th, 2015)
Heartbreak
Very nice work, vocals and riffs ! :)
Check out my latest song called Serenade CCLXII
PeterB7858 said 969 days ago (January 26th, 2015)
Catchy
Thanks, Harald. Glad you liked this. That riff is pretty catchy. Philip and I I appreciate your support. Kind regards, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
groovehounds said 967 days ago (January 28th, 2015)
Heartbreak
You know what I think ... a touch of the alternative contemporary blues slash folk that sounds awesome. You're on to something here ... I don't think I have ever heard Philip rock a lead out in that style ... the repetitive acoustic riff drives this ... makes the groove ... organ is a nice topping. Bass and drums would kick this out of the ballpark if they were a touch tighter.
Cheers
Check out my latest song called Dead Mans Shoes
PeterB7858 said 967 days ago (January 28th, 2015)
Amalgam
Thanks for the positive comments, Stan. It is an interesting amalgam of styles. I was wondering if anyone would comment on the "rock out" nature of Philip's lead. A Mr "Smooth Jazz" epiphany :-) Real bass, organ drums would certainly tidy this up nicely. Feel free to play it on tour :-) Take care, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
Philip18 said 966 days ago (January 29th, 2015)
The lead break
I always wanted to play Rock 'n' Roll! I think I'll go out and buy some blue suede shoes.
Check out my latest song called First Night Alone
PeterB7858 said 965 days ago (January 29th, 2015)
Elvis has left the building...
blue shoes :-) And a white jump suit? Please, don't. I want to be able to sleep at nights...
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
Bob Rodgers said 967 days ago (January 28th, 2015)
A
fine song Peter, I like the acoustic riff, chords and lyrics. Philip plays a great solo and this was very much enjoyed.
Great vocals too :-)

Bob
Check out my latest song called The Lonely Man
PeterB7858 said 965 days ago (January 29th, 2015)
Riff inspired
Thanks, Bob. I knew I had to turn that riff into something when it came along. Glad you thought it turned out okay. It was good to collab with Philip again. Take care, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
Ibstrat said 967 days ago (January 28th, 2015)
This
is a great song, reminds me of the Dead like "Bird Song' (A big compliment I am a big Dead fan) I like the 6/4 2/4 alternation, vocals, lyrics, guitars all excellent.
Check out my latest song called What the
PeterB7858 said 965 days ago (January 29th, 2015)
A nod's as good as a wink :-)
Thanks, Mark. Happy with a "Dead" nod any day. The timing just seemed to flow with the riff. Philip and I appreciate you dropping by for a listen and comment. Kind regards, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
egobandit said 964 days ago (January 30th, 2015)
heavy loud
sold me and I was sucked into this , those keys are right on ,simple with great seperation, you guys got it right in everyy note thanks and downloaded :)
Check out my latest song called You Can Try
PeterB7858 said 964 days ago (January 30th, 2015)
D/L :-)
Thanks, Tim. Glad you thought enough of it to download. Philip and I appreciate you dropping by. Take care, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
thetiler said 964 days ago (January 31st, 2015)
Enjoyed your description
about Macprovideo.com, it is difficult to find great tutorials and great you took advantage of that.
Cool sounds and important lyrics to describe the blues your feeling in song.

Thanks for sharing and contributions to MJ!!!!!
Check out my latest song called They Went Underground
PeterB7858 said 960 days ago (February 4th, 2015)
Glad
Thanks, Bill. MacProVideo is worth a look. Glad you liked what Philip and I came up with. Take care, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
tf10music said 963 days ago (February 1st, 2015)
predictably,
was instantly drawn in by the opening lick. a folk melody with a flat third? count me in -- i can't seem to stop writing those myself. liked the metre of the lyrics in a vacuum, but felt like they could have been phrased a bit better in the vocal if you had mixed up your emphasis a bit (for example, try putting the emphasis on 'heart' in the phrase 'heartbreak track' -- it'd be the same as jim morrison's emphasis when he sings the phrase 'moonlight drive' in the song "Moonlight Drive"). the lyrics are pretty interesting in places, and that was good. my only real critique is about the emphasis stuff.
Check out my latest song called If The Body Fades
PeterB7858 said 960 days ago (February 4th, 2015)
Thanks
Thanks for the thoughtful comments. Glad you liked the lick. It is kinda catchy. I will sing the song a few times and think about emphasis more. Philip and I appreciate your listen and constructive feedback. Take care, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
bud said 962 days ago (February 2nd, 2015)
Nice collab
Good job on doubling the vocals - very effective. Excellent guitar work from you and Philip.

Check out my latest song called Interdependence
PeterB7858 said 960 days ago (February 4th, 2015)
Appreciative
Thanks for the listen and kind words, Kevin. We both appreciate you dropping by. Take care, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
Warren Smith said 959 days ago (February 5th, 2015)
Story telling
Neil noted the timing issues .. which can be problematic when rendering a straightforward production that excels in its simplicities. It's always harder to pull off the simple - there's no room for mistakes : )

But that's what makes this little collaboration fun to hear .. the unambiguous singing and musicianship telling a simple story. What is working far exceeds any of its tiny glitches.

As for the storyline, I have the feeling the narrator isn't giving us the whole story as to why he is walking down heartbreak track. I'm thinking there is more to it than just a mean woman who did him wrong : )

"Malevolent" .. good word. In fact, the way you articulate "malevolent mama" is the special moment of the song. And that gets followed by the best line, "Gave her a diamond, she wanted the mine."

All in all .. nice work!
Check out my latest song called Nowhere
PeterB7858 said 956 days ago (February 7th, 2015)
The other woman
Thanks, Warren. Philip and I appreciate your time and comments. I am going to tidy up the drums a bit via midi editing (as Neil suggests). And, of course, there is more to the story than meets the eye. There may well have been another woman in the frame somewhere... :-) Glad you liked the lyrics. Take care, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
Hydrogen3 said 955 days ago (February 8th, 2015)
VERY Nice acoustic guitar playin!
The organ and guitar solo really build substance to this production! Awesome vocals!
Check out my latest song called Friday Night
PeterB7858 said 952 days ago (February 12th, 2015)
The Melbourne push
Thanks, HHH. The riff seemed too good to lie dormant. Glad you liked what us Melbourne boys put together :-) Take care, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
Vic Holman said 953 days ago (February 10th, 2015)
heartbreak
playing catch up. pretty cool piece peter & philip. i like the laid back feel to this piece.
Check out my latest song called Photographs
PeterB7858 said 952 days ago (February 12th, 2015)
Strange brew
Thanks, Vic. It is a bit of a strange concoction, genre wise, but I was looking for a laid-back, bluesy vibe, so I am glad that came across. Thanks for getting across to listen. Regards, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
DWL said 950 days ago (February 14th, 2015)
A laid back groove
As others have said that acoustic lick really drives this.

I keep missing songs without notifications. I really need to check out MJ more.

Cheers

Dick

Check out my latest song called This Empire's State
PeterB7858 said 949 days ago (February 14th, 2015)
A hook to hang
Thanks, Dick. That acoustic lick had a hook that I just had to hang somewhere :-) Philip and I appreciate you dropping by. Regards, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
grah3am said 945 days ago (February 19th, 2015)
"Acquisitive"!
I don't think I've ever heard that in a song before. Good production, guys.
Check out my latest song called Ghost in the Machine
PeterB7858 said 940 days ago (February 24th, 2015)
Speculative... :-)
Ha. Acquisitive was just figurative and comparative :-) Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the production nod. That was one of my goals for the song. Take care, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
eleveneyes said 940 days ago (February 23rd, 2015)
she was evil all the time...
i think i know hers.
it might be a heartbreak but it sounded great! everything had it's own space, the instruments were big and warm, the vox had some interesting fx but they were still intelligible. Especially impressed with the sound of that PRS.
Check out my latest song called You And Me
PeterB7858 said 940 days ago (February 24th, 2015)
Mean-hearted Minnie
I think we all know someone like her... :-) Glad you liked the mix. I am trying to get some more space and definition in my mixes. Thanks for dropping by. Take care, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
paul f. page said 937 days ago (February 26th, 2015)
Great comments...
...(all the above)...
Which shows just how carefully folks have listened to this track. That in itself says a lot about the quality of your collaborative work. I've not anything substantive to add to these comments, but I do want to chime in with my own positive reaction to your creation. I'm especially drawn to the clarity of the mix, both in the vocal delivery and in the minimalist accompaniment — all delivered with great attention to the levels in the overall mix. You guys know what you are doing and the diligent work on writing and recording has paid off in a beautiful song. So nice to hear such quality work.
Check out my latest song called 124
PeterB7858 said 933 days ago (March 3rd, 2015)
Tutorials
Thanks, Paul. I thought that the the song lent itself to a simple approach, so I am glad that people seemed to agree. And I appreciate your comments re the mix. I learnt quite a few new tips from the MacProVideo tutorials mentioned above and it is good to know that they work. Take care, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
J_Gretch said 932 days ago (March 4th, 2015)
Heartbreak Track w Philip18
Wow...I've been away too long.You guys were already good but this is taking it to the next level. Cool lead work Philip nice and gritty :)....Much enjoyed!
Check out my latest song called Only what you feel
PeterB7858 said 932 days ago (March 4th, 2015)
Nitty with the gritty...
Yeah J-man, it was good to hear Philip get down and gritty, I agree. Glad you thought this turned out okay. Thanks for dropping by. Take care, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
Bowman said 932 days ago (March 4th, 2015)
No
wrong notes here. A pleasure to hear this fine work Peter.
Cheers,
Charlie
Check out my latest song called A FISTFUL OF PENNIES
PeterB7858 said 932 days ago (March 4th, 2015)
Appreciative
Thanks, Charlie. Philip and I appreciate your listen and supportive comments. Take care, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
Charday said 927 days ago (March 9th, 2015)
Hey Peter!
And Phillip! A special treat from a couple of macjams staples! Well written song, cool chord structure, great tasty lead, well done gents! Jd.
Check out my latest song called Payin' The Piper w/Awigze
PeterB7858 said 927 days ago (March 9th, 2015)
Thanks, man
Thanks, JD. A riff that morphed into a song. Philip and I appreciate you dropping by, man. Take care, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
abzwork said 921 days ago (March 15th, 2015)
Heartbreak....
A most excellent composition here gents...guitars weave...vocals are warm even though its a sad song...a beauty 4sure...cheers
Check out my latest song called Excerpts From "A Shade of Blue"
PeterB7858 said 921 days ago (March 15th, 2015)
Kind
Thanks, Erin. Philip and I appreciate you dropping by and leaving a kind word. Take care, Peter
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
Franciscus_Henri said 913 days ago (March 22nd, 2015)
great
love the "chunky sound" you had me singing along
Check out my latest song called Our Best Work Undone
PeterB7858 said 913 days ago (March 23rd, 2015)
Extra gristle
Thanks, Franc. We were aiming for "chunky", with extra gristle :-) Phil and I appreciate you stopping by. Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
mystrag said 913 days ago (March 23rd, 2015)
Drifting
Two of my favorite acoustic guitarists in macjams working together. The song is a bit sad, almost poignant. The lyrics, vocals and guitarworks all work great in harmony. Also, whatever technique that site is offering must be working well, because this sounds excellent. Cheers.
Check out my latest song called Fuguelogue
PeterB7858 said 913 days ago (March 23rd, 2015)
Cloaking
Thanks Jay. Philip and I appreciate your comments. Philip fired up the Howard Roberts for the lead and I cloaked it with some pedal attitude :-) Take care, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
Relic67 said 912 days ago (March 23rd, 2015)
nice
i like the laid back groove and the guitar solo part is fantastic. the capo'ed up acoustic is a cool sound too.
I actually wanted the guitar solo to keep going for a while longer...
really enjoyable song guys.
Check out my latest song called Dead Archive
PeterB7858 said 911 days ago (March 24th, 2015)
Supportive
Glad you liked how this collab turned out. Philip and I appreciate your dropping by and taking time to comment so supportively. Take care, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
Artist Info
artist photo
Name: Peter Bowen
Location: Melbourne Victoria Australia
send a note

Check out some of my other songs:

Genre Info
Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. In the original and narrowest sense, the term referred to a genre that arose in the United States and Canada around the mid-1960s. The sound was epitomized by tight vocal

More songs in Folk-Rock:

Chat
Who's Online
Invisible Members: 0
Visitors: 96