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#400303 - 03/12/17 06:54 PM [User Showcase] NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships
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Registered: 12/21/13
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Loc: Davis, CA
Hello forum friends. This is my first post of 2017. It has been a busy and relatively stressful start to the year. I missed a lot of time on the forum but played a lot of catch-up in the last week and really enjoying your fine new tunes. I am trying to finish a CD (still like things you can hold in your hand). The title is The Lighthouse Keeper (after a track of the same name I posted over a year ago). At some point, I realized a melody that I've had for more than 30 years with only an opening line, could work as an answer to the Lighthouse keeper. This song will go at the end of the CD and have a Lighthouse Keeper reprise (I think that's what they called it in the LP days) to end the CD. Hope you enjoy it. Comments from you guys is the only feedback I get. Much appreciated. Take care.

For those who have not heard The Lighthouse Keeper, or want to again, here is a link


Sailing ships, looking for a light
On a sea of loneliness, drifting through the night
On these sailing ships, restless spirits roam
The ghosts of lonely sailors, souls without a home
Aboard the sailing ships
Not a trace of land in sight

On distant shores, fires warm the homes
Families share an evening meal and no one feels alone
But on the sailing ships, emptiness abounds
The ocean sings a low, sad hymn to this hopeless lost and found
Aboard the sailing ships
And still, not a trace of land in sight

#400304 - 03/12/17 07:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Beautiful music, Greg. Congratulations and much success to you with your CD release.

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#400308 - 03/12/17 07:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 1369

Good to have you back- looking forward to hearing the CD.
I`m a big fan of songs about the sea and really enjoyed the mood of this ballad and can see it would make a nice reflective end to an album.
The sax is terrific and your upfront vocal very expressive.
The opening threw me a little even after reading the " reprise " idea - I thought it might have worked better (for the casual listener- probably not relevant if you`re listening to the CD) to begin at "he`ll be laid to rest"... going to listen to the Lighthouse Keeper to better understand.


#400318 - 03/12/17 09:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 523
Loc: Grand Junction, Colorado USA
Hey Greg,

This is very nice. Everything sits together well. The sax sounds great! So does your vocal. The transition to Sailing Ships is cool. I like the strings too... Great Job!

#400328 - 03/12/17 11:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Registered: 06/05/12
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Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Marvelous Greg

Well written and produced.

This song stands out with the cool style, the sax work, the melody and the sensational vocal delivery.

Another winner.

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#400343 - 03/13/17 01:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Registered: 05/23/10
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Loc: New Zealand
Hi Greg.
Your music, vocals and lyrics are so tasteful and evocative of the scenes described.
The two pieces certainly belong together.
Beautiful music. Very skillful production. Thank you. Cheers.

#400344 - 03/13/17 01:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Registered: 02/11/03
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Loc: Warwickshire, UK
A superb piece Greg, with lovely changes that reflect the shifting emotions of the lyrics. Expertly sung, arranged and engineered. Sounds like this will be a pretty impressive collection of songs.

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#400345 - 03/13/17 02:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 2012
Loc: Sydney Australia
A really pretty piece and it compliments the Lighthouse Keeper track perfectly.
Really nice up front vocal and the track has been beautifully mixed with the haunting sax playing a strong role.
Very atmospheric and well composed.


#400360 - 03/13/17 04:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Registered: 08/09/10
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Loc: Woodstock, NY

I really like this song - excellent lyric and vocal. Your mix is also great - loved the sax.

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#400363 - 03/13/17 05:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Registered: 04/07/13
Posts: 4272
Loc: South Carolina
This is over the top good. The lighthouse light is shining bright. Looking forward to release of your CD. You are one of my favorite vocalists on the forum, or anywhere for that matter. This is a very sophisticated write, arrangement, mix, performance and production. Enjoyed this one a lot.

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#400386 - 03/13/17 07:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Registered: 04/20/10
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Loc: Florida

Great project, great songs. Good luck with the CD.


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#400390 - 03/13/17 08:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Registered: 12/05/11
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Lighthouse remains one of our favorite tunes of yours.

We think you richly fulfilled your goal with this reprise. It is beautifully written, sung and produced.

And we have no doubt that equally excellent material will lie between these two compositions on the CD!


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#400418 - 03/13/17 11:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Beautifully done Greg! Moving introspective flowing from that deep sensitive soul of yours drawing us in. Wonderful arrangement, sax and vocal. Congrats on the new CD!
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#400430 - 03/13/17 11:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 1354
Loc: Missouri
Great work Greg! Such a pretty and clean sound! I was particularly impressed with the string sounds here, they were excellent along with the vocal.
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#400432 - 03/13/17 12:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
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A reprise on an album is such a great idea. Reminds me of 'wasted time' as an intro for the song 'victim of love' on the hotel California album.
This is some very good songwriting and both songs fit very well together.
The vocal delivery, as others said, is beautiful.
And indeed the saxophone is a great choice.

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