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#423353 - 07/27/17 09:31 AM [2017 Xtra Styles Contest] The Music Of Life
Jon Thomas Offline
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Registered: 12/18/15
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Hi all
this is my submission for the contest.
It's called THE MUSIC OF LIFE

I think it should be in the "Country" category.
I used the following style:
_HARPING.STY. Harp and Fingerstyle Boom Chick
RD: TrainBeatBrushes: a: Brushes, Kickb: BusyBrushes, Kick :Shannon Forrest
RT2421: Bass, Acoustic, RockabillySlapBoomChicka Ev16 100 , Dave Roe
RT2708: Autoharp, Rhythm OldTime Ev16 110 , Quinn Bachand
RT2517: Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking BoomChickHighJoe Ev16 110 (Simple) , Joe Robinson
RT2518: Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking BoomChickJoe Ev16 110 (Simple) , Joe Robinson

I also added:
Fiddle, Soloist Bluegrass Ev 130 #596
Accordion, Rhythm TexMexCountry Ev 120 #1292

I also added my own ukulele / banjolele, mandolin, and a little touch of acoustic guitar. And vocals of course.

It's a song about the beauty of nature, expressed in my own words.
The mix is not 100% where I want it, but it's reasonably close.
Hope you like it :-)
Any feedback or critique is always very welcome.
Here's the lyrics:

THE MUSIC OF LIFE

Life is on its way now
and every living being has its place now
and I feel like I found my own space now
and everything's ok

I'm living for today now
I don't need to wait or care about tomorrow
I don't have to look for someone else to follow
cause I don't have any chains

And I know, the orchestra is playing
I know, the symphony is changing

It's the sound of the trees, it's the sound of the clouds
It's the sound of the breeze, and it's spreading around
it's the music of life, evolving through the years
It's a beautiful choir, and it brings me to tears

I'm riding like a free man
I don't need to come up with some sort of "B" plan
I don't have to lock myself inside a tin can
and everything's ok

And I know, the orchestra is playing
I know, the symphony is always changing

It's the sound of the sky, it's the sound of the sea
It's the sound of the tide,
and the sound makes me breathe
it's the music of earth, evolving through the years
and for what it's worth, it still brings me to tears

And I know, the orchestra is playing
I know, the symphony is always changing

It's the sound of the trees, it's the sound of the clouds
It's the sound of the breeze, and it's spreading around
It's the sound of the sky, it's the sound of the sea
It's the sound of the tide,
and the sound makes me breathe
it's the music of life
evolving through the years
It's a beautiful choir
and it brings me to tears
it still brings me to tears


Edited by Jon Thomas (07/27/17 09:35 AM)
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#423692 - 07/30/17 02:05 AM [2017 Xtra Styles Contest] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
jannesan Offline
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What a lovely upbeat song smile Nice folky melody. Really expresses the beauty of music in our lives. "Evolving through the years", very well said. Singing style and the lyrics reminds me of Paddy McAloon.

Janne

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#423718 - 07/30/17 06:57 AM [2017 Xtra Styles Contest] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
Jon Thomas Offline
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Thank you Janne, very much, I really appreciate.
J.
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#423751 - 07/30/17 12:17 PM [2017 Xtra Styles Contest] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
David Snyder Offline
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Hey Jon,

This is a very catchy and infectious tune. I love the arrangement and mix. Great vocals.

Best of luck on the contest!!

smile
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#423777 - 07/30/17 01:44 PM [2017 Xtra Styles Contest] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: David Snyder]
Jon Thomas Offline
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Thank you David, best of luck to you!

(by the way I changed the mix a little bit. Now the instruments come in a bit more gradually).
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#423995 - 08/01/17 07:33 AM [2017 Xtra Styles Contest] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
VideoTrack Offline
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Really enjoyed this.

What a great feel, the sound is rich and full and the rhythm sits perfectly to give the song dimension and drive without overdoing anything.

Nice.
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#424061 - 08/01/17 12:46 PM [2017 Xtra Styles Contest] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
Jon Thomas Offline
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Thank you Videotrack!! Highly appreciated :-)
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#424405 - 08/03/17 08:12 PM [2017 Xtra Styles Contest] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
Robertkc Offline
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Registered: 06/09/16
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As Jannesan said, this is a lovely upbeat song - simply eloquent lyrics and who could resist that train beat?
Excellent vocals and a fine production all round.
Glad I came by to listen!

Robert

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#424703 - 08/05/17 04:34 PM [2017 Xtra Styles Contest] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
Noel96 Offline
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Hi Jon,

There was only a single thought that kept bouncing around my mind as I listened to this...



This is such a strong, strong song. In every music direction that I turned, I was met by quality; the words, the music, your singing are all outstanding, and your production sparkles brilliantly.

I love the vibe, the message and the sound. Everything sits perfectly.

I strongly encourage you to post this over in Users Showcase, too. There are many there that would love to hear what you've done but might not visit here.

All the best with the contest!
Noel
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#424732 - 08/05/17 09:35 PM [2017 Xtra Styles Contest] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
Jon Thomas Offline
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Robert, Noel
thank you very, very much. You guys make me blush :-)
Anyway, there's PLENTY of good songs in this contest, it's really a lot of fun. And when I receive comments like yours, well ... I can't deny that they make me happy! Also, I'm not an english mother tongue, so I'm glad that my accent is not so noticeable to ruin the song (I hope) ... smile
thanks again
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#427339 - 08/23/17 09:41 PM [2017 Xtra Styles Contest] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
Rob4580 Offline
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Just perfect!!! smile
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