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#399472 - 03/08/17 03:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Steve

Great production - strong sound - very melodic and nicely gets your message across.

Peter


Thank you for taking the time to listen and comment, Peter! Glad you like it.

Originally Posted By: Pat Marr
Steve,

well, you sure echoed my political point of view! I'm tired of people on both sides of the aisle sowing seeds of animosity toward their fellow citizens. It's long past the time for finding fellowship based on the ways in which we are alike and stop focusing on the ways in which we are different.

Having said that...

I think this mix is cleaner than distilled water! You really know how to put a song together and make it sound awesome! You also have one of the best singing voices I've heard in the forum (my opinion, others surely have their favorites).

Speaking purely from personal preference, I'd have to say that I tend to be MOST blown-away when your vocals are wrapped around lush strings and pianos. You are one of the few forum vocalists who can make a highly orchestrated song sound like it was recorded in a Nashville studio.

This song was more of a rocker than most of what you present, and that sort of jars my expectations. But, you easily make it work, and it does a good job of illustrating just how flexible you are as a song writer!


Pat, it is good to hear from you! You are too kind. I really appreciate your comments, and I'm glad you like this one. I will have to do another lush strings and pianos song next! smile Thanks again, my friend.

Originally Posted By: 44kfl
Professional touches are evident throughout this song,
You always deliver top notch efforts
man, this is so good, great subject, great vocals
and you make the biab instruments fit eloquently
to your arrangement. It sounds like a good tight
band behind you, love the breaks, love the mix.
Enjoyed it

Kenny


Thanks so much, Kenny! Your comments are always appreciated!

Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
We admire your consistently positive writes and this one certainly doesn't disappoint with it's timely message.

As Kenny said "professional touches are evident throughout this song..."

That pretty much covers it for us.

One word always comes to mind when we listen to your productions. Classy.

Whether it's the write, the vocal, the arrangement or the mix there's always just the right amount of everything. Never too much or too little.

Well done!!

J&B


Janice and Bud, I always appreciate hearing from you! As you know, I am a fan of your music, and your kind words really mean a lot to me.

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Steve
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#399923 - 03/10/17 09:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Robertkc]
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Registered: 12/21/13
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Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Steve,
No arguments here with the sentiment on your very enjoyable song.
The sing along feel of the chorus is just right and I thought the band sound was great.
Sweet vocals as well.

Robert


I agree with Robert!! We need a little unity and positivity. Music is great. Drums have great punch, and the vocal is sweet. Great stuff!! Take care. Greg

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#403781 - 03/26/17 03:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: floyd jane]
Steve Young Offline
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Loc: Canyon Lake, TX
Sorry it's taken so long to respond! I've been in and out of town the past couple of weeks...


Originally Posted By: Skyline
A great groove Steve, and top class vocals - and harmonies - and the usual first class production. A super listen.
We've got similar social strife here following the Brexit referendum. Things are still very fraught...

John


John, thanks so much! It's great to hear from you!

Originally Posted By: Sergio Guarneri


Nice one, well sung and played.
Excellent mix.

Interesting lyrics.

Sergio


Thank you, Sergio. I really appreciate your comments.

Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Sounds great Steve! What a great message and the Vocal superb!! Thanks, Torrey


Torrey, I really appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment! Glad you like this one.



Originally Posted By: tommyad
Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
We admire your consistently positive writes and this one certainly doesn't disappoint with it's timely message.

As Kenny said "professional touches are evident throughout this song..."

That pretty much covers it for us.

One word always comes to mind when we listen to your productions. Classy.

Whether it's the write, the vocal, the arrangement or the mix there's always just the right amount of everything. Never too much or too little.

Well done!!

J&B
That's what I was thinking. I am never disappointed when I see your songs pop up. This is no exception. Loved the stops and the superb vocal. Tom


Always appreciate hearing from you, Tom. Glad you like this one!

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Steve,

J&B covered all the bases... This is up to your usual standards of excellence - the writing, the production and arrangement, the vocals - all top-shelf.

A great message, well presented.

Excellent.

fj


Thanks so much, Floyd. Your comments are always appreciated and welcome!

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Thanks again to all of you for your kind words!

Steve
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#403803 - 03/26/17 04:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
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You definitely know how to get the best out of Biab. This is another fantastic song and mix. WTG !!!

TRax

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#407750 - 04/16/17 08:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
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Registered: 10/31/08
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Hi Steve,

This morning I went back to re-listen to this song and discovered that I haven't yet commented on it! I'm sincerely sorry that it's taken me so long.

This is spectacular! The 4:25 disappeared in a flash. I don't know how you manage to think of such incredible and inventive arrangements but I'm awfully glad you do smile Every time I need some aural inspiration, a visit to a few of your songs always helps.

Everything about this song from writing to singing to final mix is radio ready! The lyrics really appealed to me. They flow fluidly and musically from beginning to end and are very engaging. By my third listen, I couldn't stop myself from singing along. A standout for me was the way you used a rest in "Take my .... hand and walk, etc."; this is excellent. It totally grabbed my attention and even got my head nodding a little more vigorously.

Whichever speaker I turn and face while the song is on its journey, there is nothing but great music!

If I had only a single word to comment on this song with, I'd enthusiastically go with...

...BRILLIANT!

All the best,
Noel
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#409008 - 04/23/17 08:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Noel96]
Steve Young Offline
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Registered: 06/17/10
Posts: 1625
Loc: Canyon Lake, TX
Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Steve,
No arguments here with the sentiment on your very enjoyable song.
The sing along feel of the chorus is just right and I thought the band sound was great.
Sweet vocals as well.

Robert


I agree with Robert!! We need a little unity and positivity. Music is great. Drums have great punch, and the vocal is sweet. Great stuff!! Take care. Greg


Hey Greg, sorry it has taken me so long to respond! I almost didn't notice your comments. smile Thanks so much for your very kind words! Yes, we sure can use some more unity and positivity in this country! Again, thanks for listening and commenting.

Originally Posted By: Muzic Trax
You definitely know how to get the best out of Biab. This is another fantastic song and mix. WTG !!!

TRax


TRax, thanks so much for your generous comments on this one!

Originally Posted By: Noel96
Hi Steve,

This morning I went back to re-listen to this song and discovered that I haven't yet commented on it! I'm sincerely sorry that it's taken me so long.

This is spectacular! The 4:25 disappeared in a flash. I don't know how you manage to think of such incredible and inventive arrangements but I'm awfully glad you do smile Every time I need some aural inspiration, a visit to a few of your songs always helps.

Everything about this song from writing to singing to final mix is radio ready! The lyrics really appealed to me. They flow fluidly and musically from beginning to end and are very engaging. By my third listen, I couldn't stop myself from singing along. A standout for me was the way you used a rest in "Take my .... hand and walk, etc."; this is excellent. It totally grabbed my attention and even got my head nodding a little more vigorously.

Whichever speaker I turn and face while the song is on its journey, there is nothing but great music!

If I had only a single word to comment on this song with, I'd enthusiastically go with...

...BRILLIANT!

All the best,
Noel


Thanks so much, Noel! It is always so good to hear from you! I really appreciate your comments on this song. Glad you enjoyed it!

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Steve
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#409140 - 04/24/17 04:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
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Well done, Stephan.
Assuming the responsibility of leadership, on one hand;
taking it gladly, on the other.
Agree with the board, very well produced & great voice.
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#409168 - 04/24/17 06:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
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Steve, I'm very late coming to this party but I'm glad that I did get to hear this one. As I am very late everything that I wanted to say already has been said. All I can add is if I heard this at a record store I would have bought the CD on the spot. It is that good!

This is a keeper.
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#409353 - 04/25/17 09:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: 44kfl]
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Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 2814
Loc: Alabama, USA
Originally Posted By: 44kfl
Professional touches are evident throughout this song,
You always deliver top notch efforts
man, this is so good, great subject, great vocals
and you make the biab instruments fit eloquently
to your arrangement. It sounds like a good tight
band behind you, love the breaks, love the mix.
Enjoyed it

Kenny


We totally agree with Kenny, and the other folks. Great message wrapped inside a fine production. And your vocal shines light an afternoon sun in the desert. Great song & production. Standing "O" from both of us.

Alan & Di
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#409485 - 04/26/17 04:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Al-David]
Steve Young Offline
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Registered: 06/17/10
Posts: 1625
Loc: Canyon Lake, TX
Originally Posted By: edshaw
Well done, Stephan.
Assuming the responsibility of leadership, on one hand;
taking it gladly, on the other.
Agree with the board, very well produced & great voice.


Thanks so much, Ed. Glad you like it.

Originally Posted By: MarioD
Steve, I'm very late coming to this party but I'm glad that I did get to hear this one. As I am very late everything that I wanted to say already has been said. All I can add is if I heard this at a record store I would have bought the CD on the spot. It is that good!

This is a keeper.


Thanks Mario! It's always good to hear from you, my friend! Very much appreciated.

Originally Posted By: Al-David
Originally Posted By: 44kfl
Professional touches are evident throughout this song,
You always deliver top notch efforts
man, this is so good, great subject, great vocals
and you make the biab instruments fit eloquently
to your arrangement. It sounds like a good tight
band behind you, love the breaks, love the mix.
Enjoyed it

Kenny


We totally agree with Kenny, and the other folks. Great message wrapped inside a fine production. And your vocal shines light an afternoon sun in the desert. Great song & production. Standing "O" from both of us.

Alan & Di


Thank you, Alan & Di! I appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment! Thanks for the kind words.

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Steve
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#409743 - 04/28/17 05:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
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Hey Steve,

I think this is a good message.

I believe I remember a phrase: "A government of the people, by the people and for the people."

It did NOT say, a people "of the government, for the government and by the government." I thought that was the motto in the old Soviet Union.

When things start to get blurry, we need all the songs we can get.

Keep writing.
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#410664 - 05/03/17 08:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: David Snyder]
Steve Young Offline
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Registered: 06/17/10
Posts: 1625
Loc: Canyon Lake, TX
Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Hey Steve,

I think this is a good message.

I believe I remember a phrase: "A government of the people, by the people and for the people."

It did NOT say, a people "of the government, for the government and by the government." I thought that was the motto in the old Soviet Union.

When things start to get blurry, we need all the songs we can get.

Keep writing.


Thanks, David! I appreciate your thoughtful comments! Thanks for giving this one a listen!

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Steve
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