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#407336 - 04/14/17 11:50 AM [User Showcase] Vacant Chair (with Janice)
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Vacant Chair (with Janice)

This is an old song I wrote & thought only family would relate to.
Since getting up & running with BiaB I`ve rewritten and revived a few old songs and with a couple of simple changes, figured this one was ready for a wider audience.
Over the last year I`ve listened to Janice singing many different songs and enjoyed them all, but hadn`t heard her sing a really sad one. Listening to her beautiful interpretation of this has been a highlight of the year for me...and working with Bud, who suggested and processed the piano track and gave excellent feedback on the mix, a pleasure.
We hope you enjoy our collaboration!

Key=Bb , Tempo 90, Length (m:s)=4:37
2 bar intro, 98 bar chorus, from bar 3 to bar 100. Repeat x1 chorus
Melody has 1425 notes, Melody harmony is < no harmony >(0)
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Song is saved with bar changes for Volume Changes,
Style is M_CPOPSL.STY (Slow Country Pop w/ Piano )
RT 1856 Cello
RT 2773 Harp
MIDI SuperTracks in style: 1887:Piano, Solo-Accompaniment CountryPopJohn Ev 085


Vacant Chair

there`s a path through the autumn woods
his footsteps turned from
a song I can almost hear
a girl had begun
in the evening I still see her
collecting stones and questions from the air
to throw into the silent pool
around a vacant chair

who is wearing all the big shoes
taken from the closet
why are wedding photographs
in a box under the bed
that man said he`s in a better place
but I saw I heard the piper`s air
walking to tree seventeen
across town from a vacant chair

sometimes I go back to the old house
to look at fading pictures
blow the dust from the shadows
chase the grey from his hair
when the RCA radio plays Waltzing Matilda
I am dancing with my daddy
and there is no vacant chair

and wallpaper swallows
still fly toward the windows
his grey hat by the door
is dripping with cold rain
in the evening I still see her
singing her song her heart to repair
as long as sweet smoke lingers
above a vacant chair

sometimes I go back to the old house
to look at fading pictures
blow the dust from the shadows
chase the grey from his hair
when the RCA radio plays Waltzing Matilda
I am dancing with my daddy
and there is no vacant chair

dancing dancing with my daddy
dancing with my daddy

© Robert Cordrey May 1995



Edited by Robertkc (04/14/17 05:10 PM)

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#407362 - 04/14/17 01:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: Vacant Chair (with Janice) [Re: Robertkc]
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Very, very pretty!! You simply CAN'T do better than Janice for a vocal, and she nailed this!! The arrangement and mix are great. Wonderful job by all of you!! Take care . Greg

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#407385 - 04/14/17 04:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: Vacant Chair (with Janice) [Re: Robertkc]
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What a lovely composition. And Janice was flawless - isn't she always? The piano guides the music exactly as it should. The strings are such a nice touch. Not overwhelming - just enough the know they're there.

Great job by both of you! Wishing you nothing but the best.

ALan & Di
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#407401 - 04/14/17 06:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: Vacant Chair (with Janice) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Very, very pretty!! You simply CAN'T do better than Janice for a vocal, and she nailed this!! The arrangement and mix are great. Wonderful job by all of you!! Take care . Greg


Greg, you are so kind to say that. When Robert asked if I'd like to sing this sweet song I was happy to oblige. I loved singing to the piano accompaniment and thought about my own Daddy quite a bit. It was a pleasure to be a part of this.

Janice
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#407402 - 04/14/17 06:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: Vacant Chair (with Janice) [Re: Robertkc]
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Beautiful song Robert. You have a wonderful way with a song and lyric. This song was perfect for Janice's voice and she performed a perfect vocal. Simply a beautiful collaboration..
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#407418 - 04/14/17 09:33 PM [User Showcase] Re: Vacant Chair (with Janice) [Re: Robertkc]
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Hello, Robert and Janice

Great collaboration!
Very pretty song.
As Greg said, you simply CAN'T do better than Janice for a vocal, and she nailed this!!
The chord progression at "chase the grey from his hair" is very nice.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#407464 - 04/15/17 06:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: Vacant Chair (with Janice) [Re: Robertkc]
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Very nice indeed! The Instrumentation was perfect for this. And Janice has such great tone and phrasing, always a pleasure to hear her sing.
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#407483 - 04/15/17 07:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: Vacant Chair (with Janice) [Re: Robertkc]
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Simply sublime guys. A very moving listen.

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#407496 - 04/15/17 08:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: Vacant Chair (with Janice) [Re: animarorecords]
Robertkc Offline
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Originally Posted By: Al-David
What a lovely composition. And Janice was flawless - isn't she always? The piano guides the music exactly as it should. The strings are such a nice touch. Not overwhelming - just enough the know they're there.

Great job by both of you! Wishing you nothing but the best.

ALan & Di


Alan & Di,

Thank you!
Yes, Janice could sing the phone book and make it sound great... this was one take btw.
We listened to every piano accompaniment available before settling on the Supertrack ( and I think still find it just a little busy in places). I liked the lift the cello and harp gave to the chorus.

Robert

Originally Posted By: Scott C
Beautiful song Robert. You have a wonderful way with a song and lyric. This song was perfect for Janice's voice and she performed a perfect vocal. Simply a beautiful collaboration..


Many thanks for your kind words,Scott!

Robert

Originally Posted By: animarorecords
Hello, Robert and Janice

Great collaboration!
Very pretty song.
As Greg said, you simply CAN'T do better than Janice for a vocal, and she nailed this!!
The chord progression at "chase the grey from his hair" is very nice.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi


Shigeki,

I`m glad you enjoyed our song... and of course you noticed the only place where the chords move from a standard folk progression!
Regards,

Robert

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#407527 - 04/15/17 11:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: Vacant Chair (with Janice) [Re: Robertkc]
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A beautiful ballad, Robert. The melody kept me guessing (where it would go next) throughout. Melancholy.

The piano/cello/Janice combination - well, that's about as good as it gets... a gorgeous vocal.

fj
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#407528 - 04/15/17 11:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: Vacant Chair (with Janice) [Re: Robertkc]
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WOW!

Janice's vocal is top shelf. The lyrics are super. I liked the way the cello came in as well as the piano.

You two should be very proud of this one.
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#407537 - 04/15/17 01:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: Vacant Chair (with Janice) [Re: Al-David]
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Originally Posted By: Al-David
What a lovely composition. And Janice was flawless - isn't she always? The piano guides the music exactly as it should. The strings are such a nice touch. Not overwhelming - just enough the know they're there.

Great job by both of you! Wishing you nothing but the best.

ALan & Di


Thank you so much. I appreciate your support over the last few years. It means a lot to me!

Janice
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#407543 - 04/15/17 01:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: Vacant Chair (with Janice) [Re: Robertkc]
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Robert, Nicely written and arranged. The harp and cello work well. Beautifully sung by Janice. That one part of the melody where it goes low seems difficult to sing but she made it sound easy. It adds to the song by making it unique. Great job by all. Tom

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#407582 - 04/15/17 05:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: Vacant Chair (with Janice) [Re: Scott C]
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Originally Posted By: Scott C
Beautiful song Robert. You have a wonderful way with a song and lyric. This song was perfect for Janice's voice and she performed a perfect vocal. Simply a beautiful collaboration..


Thank you Scott. You're very kind to say that!

Janice
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#407587 - 04/15/17 06:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: Vacant Chair (with Janice) [Re: Robertkc]
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Robert and Janice,

Perfect! The melody, piano solo and strings, Janice's vocal, and everything. I enjoyed all.

Hiroshi

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