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#409920 - 04/29/17 07:55 AM [User Showcase] Daddy
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I wrote this back in 2001. My former wife and I were talking about our long deceased fathers (mine in 1968 and hers in 1987). I teared up a bit when I told her I couldn't remember my father's voice. She said the same was true for her and asked me if I would write a song about her father. This is what I came up with.

Since it's written in the female voice, you might ask why I didn't ask Di to sing it. Simple - she and my former wife don't like each other - like really, really intensely dislike each other. It wouldn't be fair of me to ask her to sing it because of that.

I've not felt well lately and my voice is a little off pitch (more than usual) on a couple of the high notes in the chorus, as well as scratchy over all. But I liked the cut anyway and kept it. So, here it is, warts and all.


Here are the backing tracks I used:

****** Song Summary *************
C_Balad.sty demo - -
File:Al - Daddy BG Trax 1.SGU
Key=C , Tempo 76, Length (m:s)=3:03
4 bar intro, 50 bar chorus, from bar 5 to bar 54. Repeat x1 chorus
Melody has 809 notes, Melody harmony is < no harmony >(0)
Soloist track - me!
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Song is saved with bar changes for Volume Changes,
Style is -C_BALAD.STY (Country Ballad )
Style MIDI Instruments are : Strings (49),
RealTracks in song: 366:Bass, Electric, Country Ev 065
RealTracks in song: 1595:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Pop8thsSteady Ev 065
RealTracks in song: ~364:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 065
RealDrums in style: CountryEven8: a: Brushes, HiHat b: Snare, Ride

I played the acoustic lead on my wife's Yamaha acoustic guitar - all finger picking.

Also, I changed all the tracks from the original BIAB style except for drums.

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https://soundcloud.com/alananddi/daddy

Daddy

(c) January 2001, Alan D. David, BMI
All Rights Reserved

(v1)
I wonder if he ever knew
Exactly how I felt
How that certain special smile
Would always make me melt
I know he wasn't perfect
No better than the rest
But to me he was Daddy
In my heart he was the best

His hands were rough and calloused
From working all day long
I didn't always understand
But in my eyes he did no wrong
He wasn't always easy
Didn't always show his charm
But it always gave me comfort
When he held me in his arms

(CHORUS)
I don't go to see him
As often as I should
I'd stop by to visit
More often if I could
But the tears always blur my eyes
As I read his name in stone
Daddy won't you wait for me
Someday we'll all be home

(v3)
It breaks my heart and makes me cry
Cuz I can't recall his voice
Or the nursery rhymes he used to tell
To me and to the boys
How I wish that I could tell him
How I miss him so
But somehow deep inside my heart
I think that he might know

Repeat Chorus


Edited by Al-David (04/29/17 08:02 AM)
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#409925 - 04/29/17 09:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: Al-David]
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Beautiful song Alan and Di. Heartfelt lyric. Loved the vocal. Well done. Guitar was excellent as well


Edited by Scott C (04/29/17 09:03 AM)
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#409930 - 04/29/17 09:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: Al-David]
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Very emotive. I dig the vocal, sounds "real" to me. Plus I like the finger style acoustic guitar solo. Good song!
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#409942 - 04/29/17 11:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: Al-David]
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Very nice work Al,

Your emotive voice in this one, in combination with your cool acoustic guitar picking strongly reminds me of one of Willie Nelson's songs, really ;-)
I think that would be a compliment.

Rob
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#409950 - 04/29/17 12:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: Scott C]
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Originally Posted By: Scott C
Beautiful song Alan and Di. Heartfelt lyric. Loved the vocal. Well done. Guitar was excellent as well


Thanks so much, Scott. Those nice words are very encouraging that as a couple of old farts we're still doing reasonably good! (Both 70 years old). Have a great weekend,

Alan & Di
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#409951 - 04/29/17 12:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Very emotive. I dig the vocal, sounds "real" to me. Plus I like the finger style acoustic guitar solo. Good song!


Thank you so much for your kind words. we're delighted you enjoyed it - thanks for letting us know. Best to you,

Alan & Di
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#409953 - 04/29/17 12:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: RnAM]
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Originally Posted By: RnAM
Very nice work Al,

Your emotive voice in this one, in combination with your cool acoustic guitar picking strongly reminds me of one of Willie Nelson's songs, really ;-)
I think that would be a compliment.

Rob


Hi Rob & Anne-Marie,

Yes, that's a wonderful compliment. Thank you so much. I've been told I do a half-way decent Willie impression. Maybe I'll go back and do my best Willie on a new version. I like the idea!

The vocal is not quite as good as I'd hoped for but I'm very happy you enjoyed it. And thank you for the nice comment about the lead guitar track. It was my second effort - first one had too many "squeaks" in it. Best to both of you,

Alan & Di
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#409956 - 04/29/17 02:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: Al-David]
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Alan,

This is a wonderful listen. Your arrangement and guitar playing are a superb fit. Then there's your singing.... it truly is the perfect vehicle to express these excellent lyrics. I cannot imagine a better nor more fitting presentation. You've done a great job!

From start to finish, I was with you all the way.

Regards to you and Di,
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#409993 - 04/29/17 08:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: Al-David]
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Loved that solo! nice sound

well written, heartfelt honest delivery

Bien mi amigo


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#410028 - 04/30/17 06:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: Al-David]
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This is really touching and beautifully produced!! Loved it!
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#410042 - 04/30/17 09:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: Al-David]
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Nice, Alan. A touching write. Sung with heart - just as it should be.

Well done.

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#410100 - 04/30/17 06:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: Noel96
Alan,

This is a wonderful listen. Your arrangement and guitar playing are a superb fit. Then there's your singing.... it truly is the perfect vehicle to express these excellent lyrics. I cannot imagine a better nor more fitting presentation. You've done a great job!

From start to finish, I was with you all the way.

Regards to you and Di,
Noel


Noel,

You are much too kind! We sure do appreciate all that kindness. Thank you so very much. Made our day!

Alan
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#410101 - 04/30/17 06:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: 44kfl]
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Originally Posted By: 44kfl
Loved that solo! nice sound

well written, heartfelt honest delivery

Bien mi amigo


Kenny


Thank you very much, Kenny. You put a smile on my face with your comment about the short acoustic solo. As you might know, due to the effects of a mild stroke and remaining issues from 8 months of chemo, my guitar playing has suffered dramatically. This is about as good as it gets for now - hopefully back to where it was before all that. Thanks again.

Alan
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#410102 - 04/30/17 06:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: David Snyder]
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Originally Posted By: David Snyder
This is really touching and beautifully produced!! Loved it!


David, Tis always a treat to hear from you. I'm more than happy you were touched by it. That's a real nice compliment - thank you!

Alan
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#410103 - 04/30/17 06:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Nice, Alan. A touching write. Sung with heart - just as it should be.

Well done.

fj


Thank you, Floyd. the singing leaves a lot to be desired but it is, indeed, from the heart. I never met my former wife's father - he died 5 years before she and I met. But she cherished him. I was happy to write the song for her. I shared some of the feelings about my father as well, especially the part about not remembering his voice. That still makes me sad. Best to you,

Alan
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#410177 - 05/01/17 08:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: Al-David]
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Alan,

Your vocal sounds just right for the warm nostalgia of the lyrics.
Definitely has shades of Willie Nelson. A very sweet write and your guitar sits perfectly in there.

Robert

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#410178 - 05/01/17 08:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: Robertkc]
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Alan,

Your vocal sounds just right for the warm nostalgia of the lyrics.
Definitely has shades of Willie Nelson. A very sweet write and your guitar sits perfectly in there.

Robert


Thank you very much, Robert. I mentioned earlier I might go back and do it "Willie Nelson Style". Hope you have a great week.

Alan
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#410236 - 05/01/17 01:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: Al-David]
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Alan, the vocal is just as it should be. Sincere, heartfelt, emotive and believable. Great acoustic lead. A fine tribute write and well arranged and produced. I liked it a lot. Tom

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#410240 - 05/01/17 02:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: Al-David]
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Al,

Beautiful song and a great vocal.

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#410257 - 05/01/17 02:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: Daddy [Re: Al-David]
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That, for me, would be so hard to write about. You handled the subject in such an impressive way. Honest with appreciation. Really well done!

I think any "Daddy" would be so proud to have a song like this written about them.

Great job!


Edited by HearToLearn (05/01/17 02:39 PM)
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