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I’m Having Too Much Fun Tonight

Kyle Mercer

February 24, 2018

Genre: Country

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Work tape for an upbeat little country song about a fellow whose social skills might leave a little something to be desired.

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This piece didn't work out at all like I wanted it to. I know what all I think is wrong with it, but I'd love to hear other people's critiques.


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Frank Renfordt

It’s not the kind of music which blows me away, but I love your awesome stories and ideas - really great stuff!

February 26, 2018

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Ronnie Glenn

Hey Kyle, that guitar player caught my attention right away. Who is that guitar picker? I like the background music even though the mix between the two are different.

I think the song has potential. Thanks for sharing.

March 02, 2018

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Kyle Mercer

Thanks, Frank, I appreciate that. I’ve heard these songs way too many times at this point to be able to judge what’s working and what isn’t. 

The tapes I’m posting here are rough first drafts for what’s supposed to be music that was found on an old, beat-up bootleg cassette tape from the 70’s—a live performance by a fictitious, obscure and slightly quirky bar band. My Billy Bobbie character came of age during the sixties’ folk revival and has an inordinate fondness for music from the first half of the twentieth century. He’s supposed to be a never-has-been-never-will-be singer/songwriter, so you don’t want the stuff to sound commercial. But it needs to be interesting enough to have been able to keep a bar or dance hall full of people with their bellies full of beer entertained.

As musical concepts go, I figure do that sort of thing well and there’s not going to be much contemporary audience interest. Do it poorly and you’re not going to get any.

But I’m still trying to figure out just where on that tiny little spectrum my efforts to date have fallen…

March 03, 2018

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Kyle Mercer

Thanks for commenting, Ronnie. Almost, if not all, of the guitar solos you’ll hear on the BBH songs are Brent Mason samples I’ve stitched together. When I decided I wanted to hear these pieces in a band context, I took my copy of Band-In-A-Box, auditioned a bunch of Real Track styles and instruments, recorded takes of anything I thought I could use and then dumped those takes into a DAW and started slicing and dicing, mixing and matching.

Not an ideal solution, music-wise, but it didn’t cost anything and allowed me to rough out some musical ideas while I tinker with the lyrics. As for the mixing problems, well, that’s what happens when you’ve got somebody who doesn’t know what they’re doing sitting at the board. When I started making these tapes, I had never tried to arrange music or work a DAW before, so I’m just winging it. And I’ve tried harder on some of them than on others. I didn’t like this piece much, so I walked away from it as soon as I could.

But at least I know the difference between a noise gate and a compressor now, even if I don’t know how to use them…

March 03, 2018

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Frank Renfordt

It’s not the kind of music which blows me away, but I love your awesome stories and ideas - really great stuff!

February 26, 2018

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Ronnie Glenn

Hey Kyle, that guitar player caught my attention right away. Who is that guitar picker? I like the background music even though the mix between the two are different.

I think the song has potential. Thanks for sharing.

March 02, 2018

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Kyle Mercer

Thanks, Frank, I appreciate that. I’ve heard these songs way too many times at this point to be able to judge what’s working and what isn’t. 

The tapes I’m posting here are rough first drafts for what’s supposed to be music that was found on an old, beat-up bootleg cassette tape from the 70’s—a live performance by a fictitious, obscure and slightly quirky bar band. My Billy Bobbie character came of age during the sixties’ folk revival and has an inordinate fondness for music from the first half of the twentieth century. He’s supposed to be a never-has-been-never-will-be singer/songwriter, so you don’t want the stuff to sound commercial. But it needs to be interesting enough to have been able to keep a bar or dance hall full of people with their bellies full of beer entertained.

As musical concepts go, I figure do that sort of thing well and there’s not going to be much contemporary audience interest. Do it poorly and you’re not going to get any.

But I’m still trying to figure out just where on that tiny little spectrum my efforts to date have fallen…

March 03, 2018

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Kyle Mercer

Thanks for commenting, Ronnie. Almost, if not all, of the guitar solos you’ll hear on the BBH songs are Brent Mason samples I’ve stitched together. When I decided I wanted to hear these pieces in a band context, I took my copy of Band-In-A-Box, auditioned a bunch of Real Track styles and instruments, recorded takes of anything I thought I could use and then dumped those takes into a DAW and started slicing and dicing, mixing and matching.

Not an ideal solution, music-wise, but it didn’t cost anything and allowed me to rough out some musical ideas while I tinker with the lyrics. As for the mixing problems, well, that’s what happens when you’ve got somebody who doesn’t know what they’re doing sitting at the board. When I started making these tapes, I had never tried to arrange music or work a DAW before, so I’m just winging it. And I’ve tried harder on some of them than on others. I didn’t like this piece much, so I walked away from it as soon as I could.

But at least I know the difference between a noise gate and a compressor now, even if I don’t know how to use them…

March 03, 2018


I’m Having Too Much...

Written by Kyle Mercer

Well I got out of jail
Felt like raisin' some hell
So I wandered down to Hurly's saloon
Scored a booth in the back
Stole some meth, little crack
Off a couple of Columbian goons
I think I's on my fifth beer
Maybe my fourth Everclear
I'd won two out of three bar room fights
I hit on Hurly's wife Flo
So Hurly asked me to go
He said I'm having too much fun tonight

He said, You're having too much fun tonight now boy
You're having too much fun tonight
Best take your foot off the gas
'Fore I put mine up your ass
You can't be havin' that much fun tonight.

Well I can take me a hint
When I see gun metal glint
I grabbed a waitress and I rolled out the door
She said, I'm still on my shift
I said, Hey babe, don't be miffed
Life is short, a gal like you deserves more
I got a '65 Bonneville
A big back seat
I got a pillow for your head
I got stirrups for your feet
She said, That sounds mighty fine
We'll have to try it sometime
But you've been having too much fun tonight

She said, You're having too much fun tonight, pretty baby
You been having too much fun tonight
She said, You talk mighty big
But there's no steel in your rig
'Cause you been having too much fun tonight

Well she jumped out at the light
Blew me kisses goodbye
I watched her wiggle-walk herself down the road
I know the gal she's a tart
But there's this pain in my heart
Like she done popped it with a double-ought load
Now I been shot down by the best
Been slapped around by all the rest
But I've never known it ever fail
To ring a lady's bell
It's a pickle of a plight
You know I hate it when they're right
I might be havin' too much fun tonight

She said You're having too much fun tonight, pretty baby
You been having too much fun tonight
She said, We gave it our best
Go home and give it some rest
'Cause you been having too much fun tonight

Well when I got out of jail
I felt like raising some hell
So I wandered down to Hurley's saloon
Scored a booth in the back
Stole some meth, little crack
Off a couple of Columbian goons
Then Hurley gets a little pissy
'Cause I'm hitting on his missy
And his waitress jumps shift and takes flight
To make a long story short
The evening wasn't worth a fart
'Cause I was having too much fun tonight

Well I've been having too much fun tonight, pretty baby
I been having too much fun tonight
I'll make a long story short
The evening wasn't worth a fart
'Cause I was having too much fun tonight

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