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#348014 - 05/01/16 01:11 AM [User Showcase] All Is Wonderful
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 432
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All Is Wonderful

This song is a satire on political correctness, inspired partly by John Cleese's comment that nowadays it is not possible to tell a joke without someone getting offended. There's also a reference to George Orwell's 1984, although if I had chosen the "correct" newspeak format, the message of the song would have been "All Is Unbad" smile I'm sure the message of the song offends someone, sorry for that wink Vocals once again by RnAM, I was not sure how Rob's voice would fit funkier song, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Drums:
RealDrums Soul70sPerc
Loop: Ethnicgroove
ActionStrikes VSTi

RealTracks:
Electric Bass #2611
Acoustic Guitar #2403
Electric Guitar Wah Chords #2525
Electric Guitar Single Wah #2616
Electric Piano #2157, #912
Horn Section #2346
Sax Tenor #403, #715

Vocals: RnAM

Lyrics:

I've been taught to say
that I am fine
they ask me How are you?
I say I am fine, on the cloud nine.
Talking superficial things
not deep or shattering
just flattering chattering.

Say all, all is wonderful
all, all is wonderful
smile, be positive
turn a blind eye
and forgive
never tell that it is not ok.

They say I should
never criticize
They say my heritage
I should disguise culturewise.
Hiding religous signs
opinions, ironic lines
the outer shine
the heart of mine.

Say all...

One day you're eating freedom fries
the past is bright when the media rectifies
people don't die, they just pass away
deceased or challenged, black or gay
humor offending, cruel to tell
for an infidel.

They say I should praise
without a cause
they show me signs when I
should give applause or stomp aloud.
A puppet filled with superlatives
taboos, swear words exclusive
political correctness.

Say all...

---
Janne

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#348017 - 05/01/16 01:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: All Is Wonderful [Re: jannesan]
Noel96 Offline
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Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 11645
Loc: Australia
Hi Janne,

It's some really nice jazz-funk you've created this time around! There are so many people on this forum who write songs in languages other their own. I have no idea how anyone does that. That you are from Finland and write so competently in English is very impressive.

I have to say that Rob and Anne-Marie's work is amazing, too. The production is crisp and clean and sounds radio ready. They've really done an outstanding presentation of you work.

All the best,
Noel
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#348028 - 05/01/16 05:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: All Is Wonderful [Re: jannesan]
RnAM Offline
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Once again Janne managed to produce a song with very high standards, both lyrically and musically.
We are very happy to be a part of this project. This type of vocals is not something that we usually do, but definitely a learning experience.
Exploring and developing one's musical possibilities has a reward of its own.
Janne's songs are a very good example of what can be accomplished with Band in a Box on a professional level.

Rob & Anne-Marie
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#348045 - 05/01/16 08:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: All Is Wonderful [Re: jannesan]
boehm Offline
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Loc: Karlsruhe, Germany
Hi Janne, Rob and Anne-Marie,

great production all around.
Very enjoyable listen (especially Anne-Marie's background
vocals).

Guenter
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#348120 - 05/02/16 06:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: All Is Wonderful [Re: Noel96]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 432
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: Noel96
Hi Janne,

It's some really nice jazz-funk you've created this time around! There are so many people on this forum who write songs in languages other their own. I have no idea how anyone does that. That you are from Finland and write so competently in English is very impressive.

I have to say that Rob and Anne-Marie's work is amazing, too. The production is crisp and clean and sounds radio ready. They've really done an outstanding presentation of you work.

All the best,
Noel


Thanks Noel for your kind words! Writing in English is not straightforward, it requires lots of google search and google translation smile

Janne

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#348122 - 05/02/16 07:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: All Is Wonderful [Re: RnAM]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 432
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: RnAM
Once again Janne managed to produce a song with very high standards, both lyrically and musically.
We are very happy to be a part of this project. This type of vocals is not something that we usually do, but definitely a learning experience.
Exploring and developing one's musical possibilities has a reward of its own.
Janne's songs are a very good example of what can be accomplished with Band in a Box on a professional level.

Rob & Anne-Marie


Thanks Rob and Anne-Marie again, it seems that you can really make any kind of my song sound like a professional work wink And BIAB of course is also guilty for that smile I'm happy to have such musical friends smile

Janne

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#348123 - 05/02/16 07:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: All Is Wonderful [Re: boehm]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 432
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: boehm
Hi Janne, Rob and Anne-Marie,

great production all around.
Very enjoyable listen (especially Anne-Marie's background
vocals).

Guenter


Thanks Guenter for commenting and liking my song!

Janne

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#348307 - 05/03/16 12:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: All Is Wonderful [Re: jannesan]
Sergio Guarneri Offline
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Registered: 10/13/14
Posts: 1328
Loc: Cremona-Italy


Hello Jannesan
here's another great song! Very enjoyable.

Great interpratation by RnAM. the melody variation isn't easy to follow.

Sergio

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#348309 - 05/03/16 01:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: All Is Wonderful [Re: jannesan]
Greg Johnson Offline
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Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 3451
Loc: Davis, CA
Nicely done!! Very good song and production on all levels! Ironically, I was in a particularly un-PC mood last night and started singing an idea I had for a song "It's my G-- D---- opinion". Just came to me that way. Don Henley wrote the original PC buster (Get over it) before I even knew what PC was. Now, I know all too well. Nice job!! Take care. Greg

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#348478 - 05/04/16 11:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: All Is Wonderful [Re: Sergio Guarneri]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 432
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: Sergio Guarneri

here's another great song! Very enjoyable.

Great interpratation by RnAM. the melody variation isn't easy to follow.

Sergio


Thanks Sergio, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed my song and the singing of RnAM.

Janne

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#348479 - 05/04/16 11:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: All Is Wonderful [Re: Greg Johnson]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 432
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Nicely done!! Very good song and production on all levels! Ironically, I was in a particularly un-PC mood last night and started singing an idea I had for a song "It's my G-- D---- opinion". Just came to me that way. Don Henley wrote the original PC buster (Get over it) before I even knew what PC was. Now, I know all too well. Nice job!! Take care. Greg


Thanks Greg for your nice compliment and sharing your PC story. It is a good subject for a song, I only scratched the surface based on some recent news. I hope to hear your song one day smile

Janne

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#348502 - 05/05/16 05:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: All Is Wonderful [Re: jannesan]
Pat Marr Offline
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Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 7432
Loc: Winston-Salem, NC
Janne, Rob and Anne-Marie,

I really enjoyed this! The music is very energetic and well composed and instrumentally arranged! I also thought the lyrics were really clever... ESPECIALLY since English is not your first language! (I'm not so sure that most of us who do speak English natively would have come up with such a creative choice of words to express your thoughts here!)

Again, you couldn't have picked a more competent team to sing your song! Everything that Rob and Anne-Marie touch turns golden! Singing along in my head, I noted that the melody was not an easy one to sing... it has its twists and turns, yet Rob hit them flawlessly! And Anne-Marie's voice sounds perfect for the backing vocal parts! What a dynamic team!

I tend to agree with your observations about political correctness. The inability to criticize anything inhibits rational thinking. If all things are equally good, then there is no incentive to pursue true excellence... so the end result of political correctness is mediocrity at best.

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#348506 - 05/05/16 06:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: All Is Wonderful [Re: jannesan]
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Registered: 04/07/13
Posts: 3857
Loc: South Carolina
Nice song, mix and production. Rob's vocals fit this genre quite well in my opinion. This funk style is popular in the 'new' Carolina Beach Music circuit along the east coast here in the US. I hear similar songs (although with meaningless lyrics wink ) on 94.9 "The Surf" radio a lot.
Enjoyed this.
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#348655 - 05/06/16 07:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: All Is Wonderful [Re: Pat Marr]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 432
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: Pat Marr
Janne, Rob and Anne-Marie,

I really enjoyed this! The music is very energetic and well composed and instrumentally arranged! I also thought the lyrics were really clever... ESPECIALLY since English is not your first language! (I'm not so sure that most of us who do speak English natively would have come up with such a creative choice of words to express your thoughts here!)

Again, you couldn't have picked a more competent team to sing your song! Everything that Rob and Anne-Marie touch turns golden! Singing along in my head, I noted that the melody was not an easy one to sing... it has its twists and turns, yet Rob hit them flawlessly! And Anne-Marie's voice sounds perfect for the backing vocal parts! What a dynamic team!

I tend to agree with your observations about political correctness. The inability to criticize anything inhibits rational thinking. If all things are equally good, then there is no incentive to pursue true excellence... so the end result of political correctness is mediocrity at best.


Thanks Pat for your kind words! "Everything that Rob and Anne-Marie touch turns golden", I couldn't agree more, I hope they use that sentence to advertise their service smile I'm glad that people are not too politically correct on this forum and give also constructive criticism once in awhile.

Janne

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#348658 - 05/06/16 07:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: All Is Wonderful [Re: Charlie Fogle]
jannesan Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 432
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
Nice song, mix and production. Rob's vocals fit this genre quite well in my opinion. This funk style is popular in the 'new' Carolina Beach Music circuit along the east coast here in the US. I hear similar songs (although with meaningless lyrics wink ) on 94.9 "The Surf" radio a lot.
Enjoyed this.



Thanks Charlie for your positive comment! It would be nice if they played my song on your radio station, but I guess they play only politically correct harmless music wink

Janne

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