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#400813 - 03/15/17 07:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
jannesan Offline
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Great relaxing tune, enjoyable chord progression, like going back to 70's. Everything in place in the arrangement and the sax is the cherry on the top. It is also amazing how the music and lyric together create the melancholy sea atmosphere. And not to forget the superb vocals by one of the best vocalists on this forum. One of the best songs of the year so far smile

Janne

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#400863 - 03/15/17 10:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
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"Comments from you guys is the only feedback I get."

Same here Greg, glad this forum and group are here.

It's so nice to have you back around here,
This is a beautiful song and I love the ideas and images
in this.

Kenny

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#400872 - 03/15/17 11:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
floyd jane Offline
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Registered: 08/10/12
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Loc: Florida
Greg,

This is so beautiful and so powerful.

"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"

Amazing writing.

Gorgeous production.

I could listen to this all day long...

We are lucky to be witness to your talent...

floyd
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#401014 - 03/16/17 04:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
Noel96 Offline
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Loc: Australia
Greg,

You certainly know how to shape a melody, choose the right notes and craft the best words so that a person's heartstrings resonate. The ambience you create with your composing, your singing and your arranging is magical. To my ears, everything about this is first class music.

All the best,
Noel
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#401037 - 03/16/17 07:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Registered: 11/30/07
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
Excellent! Doesn't get much better than this. Love your vocal! Backtrack is perfect, especially liked the bass and the sax. Best of luck with the CD!
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#401241 - 03/17/17 11:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
David Snyder Offline
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Gorgeous Greg. Loved the chord progression, especially the part during "sailing ships...." in the chorus, love that diminishment (even if it isn't a diminished chord per se) and the sax solo is wonderful.

Your vocals are outstanding here. Really, really good.

And the lyrics are superb.
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#401692 - 03/20/17 07:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
Scott C Offline
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Beautiful vocal Greg. Am a little late posting as I was down traveling around in your home state for about a week. Pretty hot down there for this Canadian kid.

Loved your vocal, lyric and backtrack. Well done
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#401805 - 03/20/17 03:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
gruverider Offline
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Registered: 07/15/12
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Marvelous melody! Some sophisticated structure and writing. And your vocal nails it.

And I love the instrumentation you've used.

Wonderful song.

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#402399 - 03/24/17 08:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Achordocaster]
Greg Johnson Offline
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Loc: Davis, CA
Originally Posted By: Achordocaster
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!


Thanks so much Greg. Much appreciated! Been loving your stuff lately! Take care. Greg

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#402400 - 03/24/17 08:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: VideoTrack]
Greg Johnson Offline
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Registered: 12/21/13
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Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
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.


Thanks Trevor. I really appreciate your consistent wonderful support! Take care. Greg

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#402539 - 03/24/17 03:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
Sergio Guarneri Offline
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Registered: 10/13/14
Posts: 1566
Loc: Cremona-Italy


Excellent song and vocal.
Real tracks used are very great. Super sax ending.

Sergio
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#403552 - 03/25/17 10:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
dani48 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 3378
Loc: Helsinki, Finland
Stunning, Greg !


I love this not only for
your superb vocals but also
for the Bacharachian chords
! A Masterpiece allthrough !


Cheers
Greg

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#403936 - 03/27/17 10:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: RichMac]
Greg Johnson Offline
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Registered: 12/21/13
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Loc: Davis, CA
Originally Posted By: RichMac
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.


Thanks so much for the very kind words Richard. Wonderful to have you around the forum again! Take care. Greg

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#407003 - 04/12/17 02:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Skyline]
Greg Johnson Offline
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Registered: 12/21/13
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Loc: Davis, CA
Originally Posted By: Skyline
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.

John


Thanks so much John. Your last one really blew me away! Incredible!! Take care. Greg

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#407005 - 04/12/17 02:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: PeterF]
Greg Johnson Offline
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Registered: 12/21/13
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Loc: Davis, CA
Originally Posted By: PeterF
Greg,
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.

Peter


Thanks Peter, I was glad to finally find a home for this long lost melody. I felt like it really fit with the Lighthouse keeper lyrically and melodically. Thanks for your support. I'm diggin' the songs your posting! Take care. Greg

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#407006 - 04/12/17 02:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: rsdean]
Greg Johnson Offline
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Registered: 12/21/13
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Loc: Davis, CA
Originally Posted By: rsdean
Greg,

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

Bob


Thanks Bob! Much appreciated. The sax RT just happened to fit really well-had a custom feel. I love it when that happens! You're doing a lot of great stuff lately!! Take care. Greg

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#407007 - 04/12/17 02:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Charlie Fogle]
Greg Johnson Offline
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Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 3984
Loc: Davis, CA
Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
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.

Charlie


Thanks so much Charlie for your wonderfully kind words and consistent support! Your last one was really good. Looking forward to your next! Take care. Greg

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#407008 - 04/12/17 02:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: 90 dB]
Greg Johnson Offline
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Registered: 12/21/13
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Loc: Davis, CA
Originally Posted By: 90 dB
Greg,


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



Regards,


Bob


Thanks so much Bob! Just listened to one of your old ones, which I thought was a new one. Couldn't disagree with you more on the vocal-it is BEAUTIFUL!!! Take care. Greg

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#407025 - 04/12/17 05:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
MarioD Offline
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Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 11071
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I'm late and everything has been said that I was going to say. Things like great lyrics, arrangement, mic, orchestration, mix, and of course your super excellent vocals.

Let us know when the CD comes out.

This is a keeper.
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#407172 - 04/13/17 02:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Janice & Bud]
Greg Johnson Offline
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Registered: 12/21/13
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Loc: Davis, CA
Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
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!

Kudos.

J&B


Thanks so much J and B for the very kind review! You guys are so kind. Loved the vocal in the recent post-Janice killed it!! Take care. Greg

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Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows Build 520 Available!

Band-in-a-Box® Version 2018 for Windows users can download the latest free patch update, Build 250, here.

Summary of changes for Build 520 since 519 (July 17 2018):
Added: Save As style feature has support for MIDI velocity changes if volumes aren’t 90 on mixer when saved.
Added: Support for MIDI velocity changes in styles. Use the Misc-More dialog in StyleMaker to set velocity changes in MIDI styles.
Fixed: [Style Memos etc] button was not visible in the Style Editor -> Misc dialog.
Fixed: Bar lines would not display properly in the Audio Edit window if launching through the menu item "Audio Chord Wizard (Audio Edit)".
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User Blog - Recording and Processing Vocals Using RealBand...

Joanne Cooper's latest blog post is a "start to finish" of how she records and processes vocals for her songs using her three "go-to" programs: RealBand, Melodyne, and Nectar from Izotope (with a little help from Band-in-a-Box...)!

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Save Notation Window as a Video with Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac

Did you know... Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac allows you to save the Notation Window as a video? What a great way to share your songs with users, and LEARN from the notation as you listen!

From the program manual:
[Save As] | Save as video
-In the Make Notation Video dialog, select a track at the upper left corner. (Note: The dialog title says “Make Chord Sheet Video” until you select a track.)
-You can also set the dimension (width/height) of the video and select the number of frames per second and a specific codec.
-Press the [OK - Render Video] button to start rendering the video. When the video has been created, press the [Show Video File] button.
-You can then double click on the file to watch the rendered video.

Note: A special use of this feature is to combine a Video RealTracks (new with version 2018) with the corresponding notation in a single video. This creates an educational video, which shows the actual performance with notation/tab, playing over your chord progression! To do this, right-click on the Master button or one of the track buttons at the top of the main screen and select Render Video(s) from the menu.

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