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#438783 - 11/19/17 02:20 AM [User Showcase] Did You See It Coming
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
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Did You See It Coming


WARNING: This is the first song with my own vocals showcased here, I've just recently started singing my songs, so the end result is still quite bad, lots of pitch drifting, problems with pronunciation etc. Lots of Melodyne used, but it cannot fix everything. I hope you are merciful blush and hopefully my singing gets better smile

I made this song after seeing the movie Bridge to Terabithia. It reminded me of a girl who died in an accident in my childhood. The song is a story about one memory when I was about 6 years old, one of the rare ones from that age which I can still remember clearly, playing with her in a snowy forest.

RealDrums: BossaLewis
RealTracks:
Acoustic guitar #362, #676, #1595, #2677
Electric bass: #518
Fiddle #624

Vocals: Janne

Mixed in Adobe Audition 2017

Lyrics:

The first adventure of our lives
little kids frisking in the snow
going downhill by the rock
hidden dangers below.
You were my first friend
you were the first one I ever kissed
if you can hear me on your cloud
you should know you are still missed.

Did you see it coming
I saw something in your eyes
was it fear, was it your fate
did you realize everything dies?
I didn't cry then
but I cried today
an accident reminded of you
too short was your stay.

I persuaded you to try
hadn't courage to follow
I gave you a little push
if you were scared, you didn't show.
On the flat ground, you stood up
like a braveheart born to excel
after the next time you had wings
and you sang your farewell.

[Chorus]

[Chorus]

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Janne

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#438791 - 11/19/17 04:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: jannesan]
Al-David Offline
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Hi Janne,

Congrats on having the courage to do your first vocal. It can be daunting!

It's not nearly as bad as you think it is. I have a lot of pitch problems, too. But I sing my songs so i can give a "real" singer a good, personal idea of what I'm trying to accomplish vocally.

It's a very good song with a great story, even if it's poignant. The vocal harmony is excellent. And your choice of backing tracks is perfect, as is the arrangement.

I enjoyed my listen. Wishing you the very best. And keep singing!

Alan
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#438800 - 11/19/17 05:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: jannesan]
ROG Offline
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Registered: 12/12/11
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Loc: York, England
HI Janne.

Great song!

Hey the vocal is OK - nothing really to worry about. Just have the confidence to sing out loud and clear and you can ditch the Melodyne. If it was me mixing, I'd brighten your voice up a bit with a boost around 4Kz and a roll-off on the low frequency. Other than that, fine.

Loved the song. I'm so impressed with how you guys write and sing in English when it's not your native language.

Keep singing!

ROG.


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#438920 - 11/20/17 07:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: jannesan]
Scott C Offline
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Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 3369
Loc: Edmonton, Ab, Canada
Song was very enjoyable. I thought your vocal was ok. The more you sing the better you will become. Adds another dimension to your music. Well done
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#438940 - 11/20/17 08:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: Al-David]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 820
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: Al-David
Congrats on having the courage to do your first vocal. It can be daunting!

It's not nearly as bad as you think it is. I have a lot of pitch problems, too. But I sing my songs so i can give a "real" singer a good, personal idea of what I'm trying to accomplish vocally.

It's a very good song with a great story, even if it's poignant. The vocal harmony is excellent. And your choice of backing tracks is perfect, as is the arrangement.

I enjoyed my listen. Wishing you the very best. And keep singing!

Alan


Thanks Alan for your kind words smile Yes, I'll try to keep singing, I know it requires hundreds of hours to get even to a decent level, but this was one of the first steps on the road. And as Florence Foster Jenkins said, they can say that I can't sing but they can never say I didn't sing smile

Janne

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#438963 - 11/20/17 10:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: jannesan]
Joe -PG Music Offline
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Registered: 01/18/16
Posts: 863
Hi Jannesan, thank you for sharing this with us, and for posting your first vocal work! - Nice work with the progression, I found the whole piece very easy to listen to. I look forward to hear your next piece!
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Cheers,
Joe

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#439009 - 11/20/17 04:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: jannesan]
Robertkc Offline
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Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 1598
Janne,

I liked the story in the lyrics which carry the sad feeling even without your introduction ( I liked the Terebinthia movie too).
Your simple arrangement suits the song well.
As ROG says there`s no reason to hide your vocal... and this is a great place to practice in public.

Robert

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#439112 - 11/21/17 07:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: jannesan]
Deryk - PG Music Online   content
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Registered: 02/15/17
Posts: 1348
Good job on this - and for your first time singing, it doesn't sound bad at all! There is infinite potential here, and as you get more confident and continue practicing, you're just going to get better smile I found that this tune sounded sincere and emotional. I liked how easy on the ears it was too.

I can't wait to hear more! Thanks so much for sharing this with us smile
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Cheers,
Deryk

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#439187 - 11/21/17 09:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: ROG]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 820
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: ROG
Great song!
Hey the vocal is OK - nothing really to worry about. Just have the confidence to sing out loud and clear and you can ditch the Melodyne. If it was me mixing, I'd brighten your voice up a bit with a boost around 4Kz and a roll-off on the low frequency. Other than that, fine.
Loved the song. I'm so impressed with how you guys write and sing in English when it's not your native language.
Keep singing!
ROG.


Thanks ROG, I really appreciate your encouraging words smile And thanks for the tips. Yeah, I could sing out loud but I don't want to upset my neighbors wink I have a high pass filter on my vocals to cut the low parts but I guess that needs some tweaking still, including that 4K boost.

Janne

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#439194 - 11/21/17 10:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: Scott C]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 820
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: Scott C
Song was very enjoyable. I thought your vocal was ok. The more you sing the better you will become. Adds another dimension to your music. Well done


Thanks Scott for your kind comment smile Yep, I hope to have enough time to practice my singing. It is really a new direction in my music making - trying to arrange the songs to my own voice.

Janne

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#439197 - 11/21/17 10:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: Joe -PG Music]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 820
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: Joe -PG Music
Hi Jannesan, thank you for sharing this with us, and for posting your first vocal work! - Nice work with the progression, I found the whole piece very easy to listen to. I look forward to hear your next piece!


Thanks Joe for your kind words smile I hope to share another one with my vocals during this year... unless next BIAB version comes out and takes all my time wink

Janne

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#439284 - 11/21/17 12:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: jannesan]
44kfl Offline
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Registered: 11/19/12
Posts: 1447
Loc: Middletown, PA.
Janne,

You always write good songs

your vocals sound good, keep it up

touching story

enjoyed the listen,

Kenny

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#439295 - 11/21/17 01:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: jannesan]
Ember - PG Music Offline
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Registered: 06/19/17
Posts: 965
Loc: Victoria, BC
For a first vocal this is quite fantastic! You did such a great job. Knowing the story behind this song makes it all the more memorable and spectacular. The lyrics are quite poignant, and I think that you don't have nearly as much work to do in your voice as you might think! We are always our own worst critics. I look forward to your next piece that include vocals.
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#439580 - 11/22/17 12:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: Robertkc]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 820
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: Robertkc
I liked the story in the lyrics which carry the sad feeling even without your introduction ( I liked the Terebinthia movie too).
Your simple arrangement suits the song well.
As ROG says there`s no reason to hide your vocal... and this is a great place to practice in public.
Robert


Thank Robert for your positive feedback smile I'm glad you liked the story also. You are right, great place to receive such nice words even as a novice singer blush

Janne

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#439582 - 11/22/17 12:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 820
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Good job on this - and for your first time singing, it doesn't sound bad at all! There is infinite potential here, and as you get more confident and continue practicing, you're just going to get better smile I found that this tune sounded sincere and emotional. I liked how easy on the ears it was too.

I can't wait to hear more! Thanks so much for sharing this with us smile


Thanks Deryk for your kind words smile Yeah, I hope I'll get better by practicing.

Janne

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#439763 - 11/22/17 10:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: jannesan]
PeterF Offline
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Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 2297
Loc: Sydney Australia
Janne

A nice arrangement with a pleasant melody. Well done.

Peter

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#439860 - 11/23/17 08:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: 44kfl]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 820
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: 44kfl
Janne,
You always write good songs
your vocals sound good, keep it up
touching story
enjoyed the listen,
Kenny


Thanks Kenny for your very kind words about my songs smile

Janne

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#439861 - 11/23/17 08:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: Ember - PG Music]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 820
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
For a first vocal this is quite fantastic! You did such a great job. Knowing the story behind this song makes it all the more memorable and spectacular. The lyrics are quite poignant, and I think that you don't have nearly as much work to do in your voice as you might think! We are always our own worst critics. I look forward to your next piece that include vocals.


Thanks Ember for your positive and kind feedback about the song and my singing smile It surely gives me more confidence to continue to use my own vocals blush

Janne

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#439862 - 11/23/17 08:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: PeterF]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 820
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: PeterF
Janne
A nice arrangement with a pleasant melody. Well done.
Peter


Thanks Peter for listening and giving such a good review smile

Janne

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#440121 - 11/24/17 12:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: Did You See It Coming [Re: jannesan]
animarorecords Offline
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Registered: 05/11/15
Posts: 1322
Loc: Aichi, Japan
Hello, Janne

Congratulations on having the courage to do your first vocal!
Very tasty!
As Alan said, it's not nearly as bad as you think it is.
I also have a lot of pitch problems.
But I like to sing my songs by myself sometimes.
Certainly a good vocalist is great, so I am always looking for vocalists who often sing my songs.
However, the author's singing has a distinctive taste.
Please sing your songs more often.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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