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#422432 - 07/19/17 05:38 PM [User Showcase] Kindness of Strangers
tsanders Offline

Registered: 07/03/07
Posts: 36
Loc: Houston, TX
This tune was conceived a few years ago around Christmas time when I saw some homeless people just trying to get through another day (yes, I helped out). So in a way it is a Christmas song, but is really a country waltz with a tinge of R&B/Gospel. It's called the Kindness of Strangers. Hope you enjoy.

From a BIAB perspective, it is my usual approach. Compose the tune then apply multiple styles and render tracks that I then take into Reaper. The piano part is midi from 2 different styles - part A (verse) is very straight from a Country Waltz style, Part B (Chorus and Bridge) is from a 6/8 praise and worship style - both midi played through Lounge Lizard VSTi. The organ is from a 3/4 Gospel style and is midi played through Kontakt where I could automate the speed of the Leslie - you can hear the slow down in the very beginning just before the vocals come in. Drums, Acoustic Guitar, and Pedal Steel are all Real Tracks from a slow country waltz style. I played bass and my amazing wife (Patty) sang all the vocal parts. We both wrote lyrics. BTW - we love BIAB!! What a great tool.
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#422481 - 07/20/17 07:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: Kindness of Strangers [Re: tsanders]
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Registered: 02/15/17
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What a tune, tsanders! I really am surprised how well the country and R&B elements meld together perfectly here. They definitely aren't two genres I'd ever think to combine like you did. Also - that chorus is addictively catchy! Thanks so much for sharing smile

#422538 - 07/20/17 02:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: Kindness of Strangers [Re: tsanders]
Rob4580 Offline

Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 2315
Loc: Murgon Queensland Australia
Nicely done.
I'm a sucker for a good harmony.
Good work.

#422653 - 07/21/17 09:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Kindness of Strangers [Re: tsanders]
Greg Johnson Offline

Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 4077
Loc: Davis, CA
Very very pretty!! The melody is just fantastic. Great message. I hear some Carole King, and a lot of 70's vibe. The instrumentation is a little unconventional (pedal steel with a bluesy melody) but it works great. Vocal is amazing! Great job on this one!! Take care. Greg

#422696 - 07/21/17 03:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: Kindness of Strangers [Re: tsanders]
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Registered: 06/19/17
Posts: 960
Loc: Victoria, BC
Deryk pretty much took the words right out of my mouth! They mesh so seamlessly together! Never would have thought they'd go together.

#422764 - 07/21/17 09:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: Kindness of Strangers [Re: tsanders]
dcuny Offline

Registered: 09/27/10
Posts: 2308
Loc: Sacramento, California
Nicely done - and sung! smile
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Vocal control, you say. Never heard of it. Is that some kind of ProTools thing?

#422776 - 07/22/17 03:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: Kindness of Strangers [Re: tsanders]
ROG Offline

Registered: 12/12/11
Posts: 2577
Loc: York, England
A really beautiful song. A haunting backing and wonderful vocal.

The title reminded me that David (dcuny, above) once described the forum as a "Small Family of Strangers". At least, I seem to remember it was you, David.

Loved the whole thing and would like to hear more from you on the Showcase.

Cheers, ROG.

#422790 - 07/22/17 07:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: Kindness of Strangers [Re: tsanders]
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Registered: 08/29/14
Posts: 4011
Loc: North Carolina

Very touching song, and great vocals.

Patty's voice has a slight touch of Karen Carpenter to it, and that is a great thing.

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#422792 - 07/22/17 07:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: Kindness of Strangers [Re: tsanders]
VideoTrack Offline

Registered: 06/05/12
Posts: 8204
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
A very likeable tune, the harmonies provided a very professional sound.

Great vocals from patty.

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#422890 - 07/23/17 04:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: Kindness of Strangers [Re: tsanders]
Scott C Offline

Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 3363
Loc: Edmonton, Ab, Canada
Loved the vocal. Melody was very pretty. Lovely tune
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#423379 - 07/27/17 12:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: Kindness of Strangers [Re: tsanders]
Janice & Bud Offline

Registered: 12/05/11
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Like Greg mentioned we also hear a touch of Carole King here.

Very nice vocals and harmony arrangement.

Enjoyed the spin!

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