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#102047 - 01/15/11 12:34 PM [User Showcase] "Hawks"
rsdean Offline
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Hi All, here's a new song I just finished - it's all done in BIAB/RT, then exported to my Tascam DP-008 for vocals and mixing. Hope you enjoy - thanks for listening.

Bob

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"Hawks"

Just another morning
The moon is growing dim
Snowflakes in the empty sky
Like whispers in the wind
I could stand here for hours
But the winters blowing in
Spread your wings and circle once again

Like a shadow on a meadow
Unbroken by light
She haunts my deepest thoughts
In the middle of the night
Like a songless Troubadour
Whose words are on the mend
Spread your wings and circle once again

An angel or a phantom
Memories can rob you blind
But I can still remember
What she looked like the last time
I saw her in the city
The way you recognize a friend
Spread your wings and circle once again

It's coming up on midnight
It's another cold December
And I should get some sleep
While the ghosts of time remember
The long golden strands
That twists in the summer wind
Spread your wings and circle once again

We sometimes spoke of children
The way you speak of plans
Neither of us settled down
Just held their unborn hands
We circled from afar
Like two hawks just closing in
Spread your wings and circle once again

Repeat first verse - end

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#102048 - 01/17/11 08:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: rsdean]
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Bob,

Good song as I mentioned on the other forum. Why don't you list the instruments used? You know, the song has a 12/8, 6/8 or swing feel, but the percussion seems to be 4/4 time -- is that right?

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#102049 - 01/17/11 10:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: Kemmrich]
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Kevin, thanks again. The style is EAGF_GF.STY (136 RS). The instruments are BossaRockPerc 1 Congas, 362 Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming EV 085, 365 Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking EV 085 and 120 BigPop Harmonica. The song does have a bit of a swing feel, but it is 4/4.

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#102050 - 01/17/11 11:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: rsdean]
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I am using eagf_gf.sty for a current song too -- but I switched out all the instruments, so I guess the style doesn't matter any more (ha, ha).

What is the RT# on that "120 BigPop Harmonica"? I don't have anything that matches that -- unless you mean #685, Harmonica, Background Pop Ev 120

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#102051 - 01/17/11 11:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: Kemmrich]
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That's it Kevin - it's named a bit differently on my Mac version of BIAB - but it's #685.

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#102052 - 01/17/11 05:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: rsdean]
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Nice stuff, as usual.

This is the sort of song that would be awesome to have a slow bowed bass or cello on... To bad there's no RealTrack of that yet...

One thing that struck me - it would have been nice to have a vocal bridge to break up the repetition of the verses. But the instrumental in the middle helps, and you did some nice bits in the melody to add variety. Yeah, you didn't ask for any crits, I'm just being bad...

Thanks for posting!
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#102053 - 01/17/11 07:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: rsdean]
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Hi Bob,

This is a very tasteful composition and arrangement. The harmonica solo was an excellent choice. I think that I'm developing a taste for the more surrealistic approach to songwriting

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#102054 - 01/17/11 08:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: dcuny]
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David, thanks - your insight is always welcome and suggestions appreciated. I like the idea of the cello

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#102055 - 01/17/11 08:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: Noel96]
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Noel, thanks very much. It's a style I really like to work in - I appreciate your kind words.

Bob


Edited by rsdean (01/17/11 10:03 PM)
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#102056 - 01/18/11 10:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: rsdean]
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Just wanted to share some good chart news! "Hawks" is #1 today on the Soundclick Folk charts - so thanks to everyone that has supported this song. I have received a lot of emails and download requests for it - which is always very much appreciated.

Now where's my Grammy? LOL!
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#102057 - 01/18/11 10:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: rsdean]
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Congratulations Bob! Good job. Keep up the good work!

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#102058 - 01/18/11 11:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: Steve Young]
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Steve, thanks so much.

Bob
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#102059 - 01/18/11 07:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: rsdean]
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Do I hear a Roger McGuinn influence here? Had me wondering what it might sound like with a Rickenbacker.

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#102060 - 01/18/11 07:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: RobbMiller]
rsdean Offline
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Robb, thanks - Roger is a favorite of mine. Appreciate the listen and kind words.

Bob
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#102061 - 01/19/11 10:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: rsdean]
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Congratulations on your #1 ranking.

This song certainly deserves that position.

Great sound!
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#102062 - 01/19/11 02:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: MarioD]
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Mario, thanks very much.

Bob
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#102063 - 01/19/11 10:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: rsdean]
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Nice production. Thanks for sharing!


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#102064 - 01/20/11 04:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: PgFantastic]
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PgFantastic,

Thanks - much appreciated.

Bob
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#102065 - 01/29/11 09:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: rsdean]
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Hi Bob,

I love your lyrics especially "Spread your wings and circle once again"
what a great hook. This is one of your best songs!

(I'm sorry to be a bit late on posting but I've been sick and couldn't concentrate well enough to really listen. Feeling more myself now, thank God.)
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#102066 - 01/29/11 09:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: "Hawks" [Re: Sundance]
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Josie, thank you so much for listening - I really value your opinion and kind words.

Sorry to hear you were sick - glad you are feeling better now!

Bob
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