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#400448 - 03/13/17 01:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
tommyad Offline

Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 2707
Loc: Florida
Greg, A wonderful transition into Sailing Ships. These are extraordinary chord changes and an exquisite vocal. Arranged and mixed with great skill. Beauty at it's best. Tom

Edited by tommyad (03/13/17 06:33 PM)

#400458 - 03/13/17 02:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
Al-David Offline

Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 2734
Loc: Alabama, USA
Hi Greg,

Using this and Lighthouse as bookends for your CD certainly makes the listener, to include us, wonder just how great a pleasure lies twixt and between.

The sax is a superb choice. It's bluesy and wailing ... totally relevant and ingratiating to the aura of the great production and delivery. And although so simple, the piano track is a strong contributor to the overall captivation of the production.

We're not sure if there's a specific reason you chose to fade in the vocal but it was very nice ... kind of eases the listener into the song.

Wishing you good luck with the CD and hope the rest of the year goes smoothly. We listened to it three times!

Alan & Di

Edited by Al-David (03/13/17 02:18 PM)
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#400544 - 03/14/17 12:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
animarorecords Offline

Registered: 05/11/15
Posts: 1035
Loc: Aichi, Japan
Hello, Greg

Very beautiful and superb song.
And your vocal is so wonderful and impressive.
Taking the chord progression of "The Lighthouse Keeper", changing the key to D major but the chord progression of "SAILING SHIPS" also starts with Sub-Dominant chord and expands the progression.
The place where the chord changes from Dmaj7th to Dm7th is so cool and I love there a lot.
The backing orchestration is modest but so nice and beautiful.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

I am looking forward to hearing the CD.
Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

#400742 - 03/14/17 07:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Andy A - USA]
Greg Johnson Offline

Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 3857
Loc: Davis, CA
Originally Posted By: Andy A - USA
Beautiful music, Greg. Congratulations and much success to you with your CD release.

Thanks Andy. I consider success anyone who wants to listen more than once or twice. Thanks so much for the nice comments. Take care. Greg

#400743 - 03/14/17 07:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Andy A - USA]
Greg Johnson Offline

Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 3857
Loc: Davis, CA
Originally Posted By: Andy A - USA
Beautiful music, Greg. Congratulations and much success to you with your CD release.

Thanks so much Robert. You have been such a great presence on the forum-great songs and great vibes! Much appreciate that. Take care. Greg

#400813 - 03/15/17 07:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
jannesan Offline

Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 680
Loc: Finland
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


#400863 - 03/15/17 10:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
44kfl Offline

Registered: 11/19/12
Posts: 1402
Loc: Middletown, PA.

"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.


#400872 - 03/15/17 11:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
floyd jane Offline

Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 5700
Loc: Florida

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...

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

Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 12915
Loc: Australia

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,

#401037 - 03/16/17 07:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
BlueAttitude Offline

Registered: 11/30/07
Posts: 1254
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!

Blue Attitude: Homepage, Latest song: The Blue Line

#401241 - 03/17/17 11:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
David Snyder Offline

Registered: 08/29/14
Posts: 3467
Loc: North Carolina
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.
David Snyder
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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

Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 3028
Loc: Edmonton, Ab, Canada
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
Scott Collingwood

#401805 - 03/20/17 03:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Greg Johnson]
gruverider Offline

Registered: 07/15/12
Posts: 1434
Marvelous melody! Some sophisticated structure and writing. And your vocal nails it.

And I love the instrumentation you've used.

Wonderful song.

#402399 - 03/24/17 08:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: Achordocaster]
Greg Johnson Offline

Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 3857
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

#402400 - 03/24/17 08:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Sailing Ships [Re: VideoTrack]
Greg Johnson Offline

Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 3857
Loc: Davis, CA
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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With the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2006 for Windows we added two great games for ear training: Pitch Invasion and Music Replay!

Pitch Invasion helps to develop perfect pitch as you shoot down "alien" notes invading from above (you hear the note sound, and click on the on-screen piano/MIDI or QWERTY keyboard to shoot them down).

Music Replay develops your pitch, rhythm, and melody recognition by replaying what the program plays, in note, rhythm, or melodic modes.

These games can still be accessed with newer versions of the program - in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 you'll find these by accessing the Practice Window or Ear Training Window, both located in the Window drop-down menu. The Practice Window can also be accessed using the Practice button within the main Band-in-a-Box screen (don't see it? CTRL+T to change the view).

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Video: Exporting Audio Files in Band-in-a-Box® 2018

Our latest video, Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows - Exporting Audio Files Tutorial walks you through the different options to export your Band-in-a-Box® songs and song tracks from Band-in-a-Box® as an audio file (WAV, MP3, etc.)!

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Summary of changes:
Improved: More RealTracks have HiQ transcriptions. Fixed Bass AmericanaSlow16thsByron bad chords.
Improved: The Audio Drivers dialog for WAS devices now shows Bit Depth in the device description.
Improved: WAS audio driver performance has been Improved when using 44.1 kHz sample rate.
Improved: Windows Audio Session error messages contain more specific information.
Updated: Misc. updates to StylePicker database, memos, manuals, help files.
Fixed: "BBW.LST not found" errors when using the Hybrid Style maker dialog.
Fixed: "mono" was being ignored when rendering a batch of songs to audio files.
Fixed: "normalize individual tracks" was only working for MIDI tracks.
Fixed: "One file per track" was being ignored when rendering a batch of songs to audio files.
Fixed: Access violation on bootup if using a Roland audio interface (ASIO) that is not connected.
Fixed: Adjusting Melody or Soloist tracks to fit a new number of choruses was not undo-able.
Fixed: An access violation error might occur in the RealTracks Picker if quickly scrolling and double-clicking to hear demos.
Fixed: Changing a track name using the StylePicker mixer controls might open a hidden popup window.
Fixed: Changing the number of choruses was not undo-able.
Fixed: Clicking on the far left of the Guitar window would cause a "!!!!!" flash message to show.
Fixed: If adjusting the number of choruses in your song, choosing Cancel is ignored when asked, "OK to adjust Melody track to fit new # of choruses?".
Fixed: JazzBebopDannyBrushes sometimes out of sync.
Fixed: Panning the audio track did not work.
Fixed: Some Amplitube presets/styles/demos pointed to a preset which wasn't available in some installs.
Fixed: Some typos and omissions in RealDrums Picker.
Fixed: The [.STY] button in the Hybrid Style maker dialog.
Fixed: The [Get Patch/Drum Kit Info] button in the MIDI drivers dialog would not find the synthesizer documentation.
Fixed: The About dialog was not showing the Fretlight Ready logo.
Fixed: The Audio Chord Wizard would always run in English.
Fixed: The busy mouse cursor might remain after analyzing audio with the Audio Chord Wizard.
Fixed: The PDF driver installer could not be launched from Band-in-a-Box.
Fixed: The Plugins window would be too small when using plugins that have a small GUI.
Fixed: Using a Coyote DXi synthesizer (eg CoyoteWT or ForteDXi) might cause crackling/buzzing noise during playback.
Fixed: Using a multi speaker layout (eg. 4 speakers surround sound) instead of stereo might cause failure to connect to audio hardware with error -9996. This only happened when using WAS as audio driver type.
Fixed: Video rendering would fail if saved using Japanese characters in file name.
Fixed: When saving a Hybrid style for the first time, the File Save dialog should start in the Styles directory.

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Great program with lots of support through the publisher and after-market. Use it for teaching, practicing, and gigging.
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I love this program. I have only had it for around a month but it has made things a lot easier for me. I no longer have to scour the internet for backing tracks. I just plug in the chords I want to use, find the style I want and done. Saving me so much time and being able to transpose into different keys is awesome too.
As the days go on I will be delving deeper into what it can do, importing some of my backing tracks into Abelton 9 to play with and writing some songs.
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