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#395644 - 02/11/17 11:20 PM [User Showcase] This Road
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This is my first song for 2017. It began in December as a chord progression. The lyrics followed and the melody was last to arrive.




The song started in BIAB. Additional tracks were then generated in Realband. Following this, the MIDI piano and wav files from Realband were taken to Reaper and vocals were recorded and effects were added (i.e. reverb, panning, Nectar, Ozone). For the piano sound, I used PG Music's HiQ 'Acoustic Grand Piano' playing in unison with a slightly brighter sounding piano from Dimension Pro.

Please feel free to comment in any way on any aspect. Also, if you have any questions about any settings or technicalities, please ask. I'll do my best to answer.

Regards,
Noel



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#395648 - 02/12/17 12:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
jannesan Offline
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What a great song, an enjoyable journey, I like the positive lyrics, beautiful singing and the interesting chord progression.

Janne

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#395653 - 02/12/17 01:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
PeterF Offline
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Noel,
A really nice piece of songwriting.
Strong lyric, strong melody, and strong vocal make for a really pleasurable listening experience.
Excellent stuff!

Peter

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#395658 - 02/12/17 01:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: jannesan]
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Originally Posted By: jannesan
What a great song, an enjoyable journey, I like the positive lyrics, beautiful singing and the interesting chord progression.

Janne


Hi Janne,

Thank you for taking time to have a listen. I appreciate it.

All the best,
Noel
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#395659 - 02/12/17 01:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: PeterF]
Noel96 Offline
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Noel,
A really nice piece of songwriting.
Strong lyric, strong melody, and strong vocal make for a really pleasurable listening experience.
Excellent stuff!

Peter


Hey Peter,

Thanks for the comments. I appreciate that you had a chance to give the song a run though.

Best regards,
Noel
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#395667 - 02/12/17 04:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
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Noel, this one has the WOW factor. Superb write, mix, arrangement and performance. Enjoyed my listen of this fine song.


Charlie


Edited by Charlie Fogle (02/12/17 04:41 AM)
Edit Reason: Typo
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#395671 - 02/12/17 04:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
Andy A - USA Offline
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Really nice balance in the story and fits your voice so well. You have a distinct , singing voice, and a narrator quality in your voice, also. Have you ever done talk shows or radio? Curious.
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#395678 - 02/12/17 05:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
Scott C Offline
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Just loved this song Noel. The piano was very nice. Vocal and lyric was excellent. Super clear mix...
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#395685 - 02/12/17 05:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
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Noel,

More great material from you.

The build provides anticipation. The choice of instruments works just so absolutely well. And all the while it is delivered with a really outstanding and interesting set of lyrics.

There was a subtle oriental persuasion within the melody, that I found very appealing.

You obviously went to great lengths to put this together so well. Well done.
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#395692 - 02/12/17 06:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
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What a beautiful song Noel!
Intelligently arranged with a relatively small set of instruments.
The transformation into the chorus works great.
Nice and melodic all the way, and beautiful lyrics too.

Rob & Anne-Marie
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#395709 - 02/12/17 07:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
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"Sometimes my legs get weary
And it hurts with every step I take
Sometimes I fall or stumble
But I keep walking, ‘cause that’s the only way"

A terrific start to a "journey" song, Noel. A good write - with your usual positive message...

Well sung and nicely produced. The piano-only start sounds great. The build is nice. The shaker was a clever idea for verse 2. Nice use of BIAB throughout.

Really enjoyed the listen.

floyd
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#395712 - 02/12/17 08:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
rsdean Offline
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Noel,

This song is excellent - very beautiful and inspirational. Great vocal and top notch mix as well.

Bob
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#395731 - 02/12/17 08:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
BlueAttitude Offline
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Great vocal! Love the piano and the percussion, and the way you bring in the shaker, very effective. As always just a top notch job on the production.

Enjoyed the listen, great way to start off 2017!
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#395768 - 02/12/17 11:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: jannesan]
Robertkc Online   content
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Originally Posted By: jannesan
What a great song, an enjoyable journey, I like the positive lyrics, beautiful singing and the interesting chord progression.

Janne


Noel,
I agree with the above and would add that for me this is your best vocal performance.
I`m curious about your reasons for choosing the midi piano - it sounds great - over a Real Track?

Robert

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#395786 - 02/12/17 12:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
Janice & Bud Offline
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"This road is the journey that I’ve been given
So I keep on walking from day to day
Where I’m going, I don’t know
And though I’m in destiny’s hands
On this road, I plan to travel as far as I can"

Wow! That is lovely and wonderfully produced. Janice is neck and neck with you
on positivity and me (Bud)? Well, lord knows, I try!

Everything -- absolutely everything - about your production sounds superb on our
monitors. The soundstage is lovely and the vocal sits so nicely. And that midi super
track just nails it (we really like those tracks - so much flexibility in the sound).

You certainly picked a great song for your first post this year.

J&B

Kudos!!

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#395834 - 02/12/17 10:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
Marty Sorensen Offline
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I very much enjoyed your lyrics.

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#395840 - 02/13/17 12:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
bluage Offline
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Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 444
Loc: Washington State
Dear "Noel96"...

"This Road" was interesting to listen to. The opening bars of solo piano made it sound as though it would be a wistful ballad. But then, the addition of the medium-tempo "bossa nova" percussion and rhythm was rather startling, and gave the song a novel sound. In another way, it had the effect of somehow enlarging the emotional "space" around the song after that plaintive opening, as though I had been listening to it standing in front of a door that you opened suddenly so I could hear the fullness of it rolling out on a breeze. The subtle, measured dramatic build delivered me to an ending/beginning that summoned a strongly visual impression/image of the road stretching out before you.

I agree with the other respondents about the uplifting lyrics, too. No head-hanging in this song! There was obvious inspiration and passion in your singing voice. It would fit nicely as an anthem played before the commencement of an Olympics event.

Another excellent example of the BIAB school of songwriting!

LOREN (a.k.a. "bluage")





Edited by bluage (02/13/17 01:21 AM)
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#395845 - 02/13/17 01:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
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Registered: 12/12/11
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Hi Noel,

A beautiful song, beautifully performed.

Super arrangement and an excellent piano sound.

Your lyrics as always, are clever and thought provoking and you sing them as though you mean every word.

An excellent start to the year.

ROG.

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#395871 - 02/13/17 06:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Noel96]
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Loc: Middletown, PA.
The road of life, great write, love the mix and piano
nice performance, enjoyed

Kenny

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#395877 - 02/13/17 09:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: This Road [Re: Charlie Fogle]
Noel96 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
Noel, this one has the WOW factor. Superb write, mix, arrangement and performance. Enjoyed my listen of this fine song.

Charlie


Hey Charlie,

Thanks for taking the time. I sincerely appreciate your it.

All the best,
Noel
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