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#442213 - 12/02/17 06:51 PM [User Showcase] One Night In Chi-Town
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Hi Everyone. I'm loading an instrumental I did a little while back.

Di's health has taken a sudden very serious downward turn - almost lost her night before last. Her heart rate got over 150 bpm and they couldn't bring it down for quite some time. They finally did and she's home from the hospital and resting fairly good.

I'm working on a couple of new songs but putting them on the back burner until Di's health improves.

This is a George Benson style Smooth Jazz song I created all on BIAB. Hope you like it a bit. Will post the tracks, ect., when I get a chance.

Mty comments on your wonderful music will be rather brief for a little while, but I'll get to them all in time.

Thanks in advance. Best to everyone.

Alan


One Night In Chi-Town


Edited by Al-David (12/02/17 06:53 PM)
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#442215 - 12/02/17 07:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Al-David]
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Good work Al. Nicely produced.
All the best with every thing.Rob

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#442301 - 12/03/17 08:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Al-David]
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Very cool tune Alan. Excellent listen. Hoping for a speedy recovery for Di
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#442394 - 12/03/17 03:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Al-David]
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Awesome, Alan. Great listen.

Glad to hear Di is back at home.

Best to you both...

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#442421 - 12/03/17 04:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Al-David]
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Dear Mr. Al-David...

Well, now, you know Chicago is my (much-missed) hometown, and my memories of its nightlife are as vivid as the day after! laugh

So, please allow me to affirm the sleek swing and the cool after-hours sheen on the finish of your instrumental composition, "One Night In Chi-Town". It has that hip & mellow kind of jazzy swagger that conjures up A.M. cruises along Lake Shore Drive and after-party walks down Michigan Avenue.

I'd say it's the perfect underscore for seekers of nocturnal excitement who's taste in music always leads to jazz clubs, and who's answer to the question, "Where to, next?" could only be, "Well, all I know is, it's too early to go home!"

And, as usual, your chord progressions are as sublime and musically sensual as ever cool.

LOREN

P.S. Ms. Diane, obviously your love of life is stronger than what's ailing you, so, hold on tight and don't give up the fight!!! smile smile smile
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#442425 - 12/03/17 04:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Al-David]
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Sounds great man!

I am so glad Di pulled through!

God bless you both.
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#442499 - 12/04/17 04:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: bluage]
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Originally Posted By: bluage
Dear Mr. Al-David...

Well, now, you know Chicago is my (much-missed) hometown, and my memories of its nightlife are as vivid as the day after! laugh

So, please allow me to affirm the sleek swing and the cool after-hours sheen on the finish of your instrumental composition, "One Night In Chi-Town". It has that hip & mellow kind of jazzy swagger that conjures up A.M. cruises along Lake Shore Drive and after-party walks down Michigan Avenue.

I'd say it's the perfect underscore for seekers of nocturnal excitement who's taste in music always leads to jazz clubs, and who's answer to the question, "Where to, next?" could only be, "Well, all I know is, it's too early to go home!"

And, as usual, your chord progressions are as sublime and musically sensual as ever cool.

LOREN

P.S. Ms. Diane, obviously your love of life is stronger than what's ailing you, so, hold on tight and don't give up the fight!!! smile smile smile



Hi Loren!

Thank you so much for all of that! I do not simply brush over your remarks and give them a shrug. Your replies and comments are always insightful and inspiring. It's the inspiration of your remarks that matter most to me, although I do, indeed, appreciate the accolades.

I write this with a friend of mine in mind, also named Al, who is a Jazz Sax player from Chicago. It's his hometown, as well. Chicago has a great live music scene, better than many other large cities. I used to drive up there from my hometown of St. Louis a couple times each year to catch some of the great sounds coming from the bars and lounges.

Thank you for thinking of Di. Her health is very tenuous. It seems we spend more time in Drs' offices and hospitals than we do at home. Much affection and warm feelings from us to you.

Merry Christmas!

Alan & Di
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#442500 - 12/04/17 04:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: David Snyder]
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Originally Posted By: David Snyder
Sounds great man!

I am so glad Di pulled through!

God bless you both.



Hi David.

Glad you liked it! It's one of my favorite Jazz tunes to be created with BIAB tracks. Wishing you well, my friend! Also, many thanks for your kind wishes for Di ... truly appreciated.

Alan

PS: I answered your last email!


Edited by Al-David (12/04/17 04:18 AM)
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#442569 - 12/04/17 10:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Al-David]
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Alan,
Subtle swing - nicely done!
I hope making music continues to give you and Di joy.
Best wishes to you both,

Robert

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#442571 - 12/04/17 10:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Al-David]
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Very nice and relaxing.
I wish all the best for you

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#442723 - 12/05/17 06:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Al-David]
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Wonderful job here Alan smile It's a wonderful little jazz tune, definitely! It's a real finger-snapper. The choice of RealTracks here couldn't be better - everything just melds and flows together so nicely. It's the kind of music I imagine a band playing in a nice lounge in the 70's.

Great work, and as always - thanks for sharing!
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#442928 - 12/05/17 10:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Al-David]
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Alan
Very nice - best wishes for Di's recovery.

Peter

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#442969 - 12/06/17 04:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Al-David]
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Great sound! I love hearing this kind of groove.

Nice one Alan, and I'm happy to hear Di is doing better.
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#443039 - 12/06/17 10:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Al-David]
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Sweet tune here Alan!! Sorry to hear Di is having such a hard time. Give her my best. Take care. Greg

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#443059 - 12/06/17 11:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Al-David]
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Great song Alan.
This fits the genre perfectly.
Smooth, relaxing.

Best to Di for a continued recovery.

Trev
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#443224 - 12/07/17 04:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Rob4580]
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Originally Posted By: Rob4580

Good work Al. Nicely produced.
All the best with every thing.Rob


Thank you Rob! Appreciate the kind words on the song and your well wishes otherwise. Wishing you well,

ALan
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#443225 - 12/07/17 04:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Scott C]
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Originally Posted By: Scott C
Very cool tune Alan. Excellent listen. Hoping for a speedy recovery for Di



Thanks so much for all the kindness. Di and I both appreciate it! Glad you enjoyed the song!

Alan
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#443226 - 12/07/17 04:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Awesome, Alan. Great listen.

Glad to hear Di is back at home.

Best to you both...

fj



Hi Floyd,

Thanks for those words of encouragement. And, also, for your kind thoughts regarding Di. She's holding steady, doing slightly better.

Brest to you & yours.

Alan
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#443228 - 12/07/17 04:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Robertkc]
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Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Alan,
Subtle swing - nicely done!
I hope making music continues to give you and Di joy.
Best wishes to you both,

Robert



Hi Robert.

Many thanks for all that! Glad the song works for you.

Di's days as a singer are drawing to a close ... she simply doesn't have the strength to sing anymore. She tried one last week and it wore her completely out.

But I'll continue to make music as long as i can ... or until someone tells me it's not worth listening to anymore!

Wishing you the very best,

Alan
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#443230 - 12/07/17 04:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Sergio Guarneri]
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Originally Posted By: Sergio Guarneri

Very nice and relaxing.
I wish all the best for you

Sergio


Hi Sergio,

Many thanks for those very nice words. We appreciate them very much!

Alan
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#443232 - 12/07/17 04:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Wonderful job here Alan smile It's a wonderful little jazz tune, definitely! It's a real finger-snapper. The choice of RealTracks here couldn't be better - everything just melds and flows together so nicely. It's the kind of music I imagine a band playing in a nice lounge in the 70's.

Great work, and as always - thanks for sharing!



You are much too kind, Deryk! I'm glad this one pleased you ... it's one of my very favorites that I created using all BIAB tracks. Again, thanks you!

ALan
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#443233 - 12/07/17 04:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: PeterF]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Alan
Very nice - best wishes for Di's recovery.

Peter



Hi peter,

Your kindness, about the music and Di'sa well-being, make us very happy. Thanks you so much!

Wishing you the bes6t,

Alan
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#443234 - 12/07/17 04:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Great sound! I love hearing this kind of groove.

Nice one Alan, and I'm happy to hear Di is doing better.



Thanks so much! We both appreciate all that. She's stable and doing a little better! Wishing you the best,

Alan
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#443236 - 12/07/17 04:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Sweet tune here Alan!! Sorry to hear Di is having such a hard time. Give her my best. Take care. Greg



Greg, Thanks you very much, my friend! She is doing somewhat better! Glad you enjoyed the song. Di says "Hi!" And we both wish you and yours everything good.

Alan
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#443237 - 12/07/17 04:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: VideoTrack]
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Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
Great song Alan.
This fits the genre perfectly.
Smooth, relaxing.

Best to Di for a continued recovery.

Trev



Hi Trevor,

Glad you enjoyed it! And thanks for letting us know! Wishing you the very best.

Alan
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#443489 - 12/07/17 11:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Al-David]
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Hello, Alan

Yes, this is George Benson!
It is not the fusion or vocal sound that he recorded with Warner Bros, but this is his original jazz sound.
Very cool and pleasant!
I love this very much.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best wishes for Di's recovery.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#443605 - 12/08/17 12:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Al-David]
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Hi Al.
I’ve been so wrapped up with my stuff that I haven’t had chance to hear many other members tracks recently,so I thought I’d have a listen,especially as you’ve been so enthusiastic about my work.
Well this is a cool groovy song,love the solo work and the nice easy rhythm,I shall explore the jazz tracks a bit more myself I think.
Sorry to hear about Di,hope she’s on the mend.

Thanks again for your support mate.
R.

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#444007 - 12/10/17 11:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Al-David]
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Sweet stuff here Alan! I love it! Hoping and praying the best for you and your wife! Thanks, Torrey

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#444109 - 12/10/17 07:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Wonderful job here Alan smile It's a wonderful little jazz tune, definitely! It's a real finger-snapper. The choice of RealTracks here couldn't be better - everything just melds and flows together so nicely. It's the kind of music I imagine a band playing in a nice lounge in the 70's.

Great work, and as always - thanks for sharing!



Hui Deryk,

Always a pleasure when you drop in with your kind words. And yes, it's written with the "lounge lizards" in mind! Glad you liked it ... thanks!

Alan
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#444111 - 12/10/17 07:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: animarorecords]
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Hello, Alan

Yes, this is George Benson!
It is not the fusion or vocal sound that he recorded with Warner Bros, but this is his original jazz sound.
Very cool and pleasant!
I love this very much.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best wishes for Di's recovery.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi



Hi Shigeki,

Thank you very much for taking some time to listen. I'm delighted you liked it! And yes, this is original george Benson style - when he still had a lot of Wes Montgomery influence in his writing and playing. Again, thank you so much! Wishing you the very best.

Alan
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#444112 - 12/10/17 07:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Riccled]
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Hi Al.
I’ve been so wrapped up with my stuff that I haven’t had chance to hear many other members tracks recently,so I thought I’d have a listen,especially as you’ve been so enthusiastic about my work.
Well this is a cool groovy song,love the solo work and the nice easy rhythm,I shall explore the jazz tracks a bit more myself I think.
Sorry to hear about Di,hope she’s on the mend.

Thanks again for your support mate.
R.



Hi Rick,


Thank you for those very nice comments! Thank you for your kind thoughts about Di - she is doing better.

As far as your music - I enjoy the diversity and original sounds in your music. I like how you mix various genres and use unanticipated tracks.

Thank you again. Best to you.

Alan
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#444625 - 12/12/17 11:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: One Night In Chi-Town [Re: Al-David]
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Super cool swing! Hope you have this one uploaded at Songtradr...it's got film all over it!

Trust that all is better....

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-Delete highlighted notes in notation right-click menu lets you delete all highlighted notes.
-Delete all notes on this peg in notation right-click menu lets you delete all notes on the nearest peg that was clicked on.
-You can now enter Section Numbers. Previously, you could enter letters (A-Z) only, but now you can also enter numbers (1-9).

...a full list of the new features in PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 is available at http://www.pgmusic.com/powertracks.features.htm

http://www.pgmusic.com/powertracks.htm

#TBT - The Beginning of Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box®

We released the much-loved Xtra Styles PAKs in August 2016! This release included 164 RealStyles for Jazz, Country, Rock-Pop, and Singer/Songwriter and worked with any Band-in-a-Box® 2016 or higher UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition!

Xtra Styles PAKs were such a hit... we couldn't stop making them! Since their introduction, we've released 3 more PAKs with a total of over 600 Xtra Styles in all!

Want to hear what other program users are doing with their Xtra Styles? Visit our Xtra STyles Contests forum to hear all the songs submitted during previous song contest we've had: http://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=102&page=1

Learn more about Xtra Styles PAKs and listen to their demos at http://www.pgmusic.com/xtrastyles.php?os=win.

Band-in-a-Box® Customer Feedback - Feel The Love!

Check out some great feedback we've received on our Facebook account from program users:

"I have been using Band-in-a-Box for years. It is the anchor of my music gigs as well as my fun in my studio. I have used other software but Band-in-a-Box is my main go to."
-Jack T.

"Love Band-in-a-Box. As someone who played professionally for 20 years and retired from live performing years ago, I still love music. Band-in-a-Box allows me to create fun arrangements which I can sing over or play over. There are THOUSANDS of different variations plus you can enter any chords you like and create any chart. It's also great for creating background tracks for videos and audio content for websites, training etc. And like everything else in the world . . . it may not be right for everyone. For those who love music and don't have the time to shed five or six instruments it's way cool."
-Vinnie R.

"This program has completely changed my playing for the good. I can experiment with playing chords and leads over various scenarios that I can quickly create and change. Love this program. I use it nearly every day."
-Dave R.

"I bought my first version in 1994 and have progressed to 2018 version. I use it to create backing tracks for live music performance. I currently have over 2,000 songs performance ready. If you can and type, and use mouse it will work for you."
-Roger M.

"The premiere reason for me for buying this program; it has given me the freedom to fully complete the foundation for my songs without the confinement of limited minded musicians. After the song concept is complete, it can then be presented those musicians to play as a cover song. Also writing a song with a band gives them partial ownership of your idea... not cool... especially since they may have fought your idea every step of the way.. Every member of an organized band should own a copy of this program to compose or to even give legitimate composition alternatives to the original songwriter."
-Paul V.

Thanks everyone!

Support for ABC Notation Format in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows!

ABC notation is the simple text-based notation system used by musicians worldwide to store chords, melody, and lyrics of songs. Now with Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows you can open and save songs in ABC notation format!

To save the song in ABC notation format, press the [Save As] toolbar button and choose Save as ABC notation file from the menu. Once opened, select a track that you want to save and choose your other criteria - The [Copy to clipboard] button will copy the file to the clipboard (that you can then paste it into other programs). The [Save as File] button will let you type a name and select the destination in your hard drive.

Band-in-a-Box® Song Title Browser Requests Forum

Have you stumped the Song Title Browser feature in the Band-in-a-Box® StylePicker?

If you tried to search for a popular song and this feature didn't offer you any listings, we'd love it if you'd let us know in our Wishlist forum here.

Posting your requests to this forum really does work - we used it to increase the database with the Band-in-a-Box® 2018 release!

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