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#442243 - 12/03/17 02:34 AM [User Showcase] "The Rain Song"
bluage Offline
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Registered: 12/10/09
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"The Rain Song" is the story of a husband -- somewhat of a homebody -- who is reluctant to walk in the rain with his free-spirited wife:

https://www.soundclick.com/html5/v3/player.cfm?type=single&songid=13663744&q=hi&newref=1

Style is: B140_GB.STY. Contemporary Med. Bossa / All RealTracks
Key of B (I think?), tempo @ 155, meter = 4/4

Craig Scott on Real Drums/Bossa Brushes
Neil Swainson on acoustic bass, RealTrack #464
Oliver Gannon on electric rhythm guitar, RealTrack #467

At the bridge, and at the end of the song, P. J. Perry solos on flute, Real Track #705, the "bluesy" variation, and also on alto sax, Real Track #475.

Intro flute solo is a Uberschall loop fragment.
MIDI strings & piano arrangement rendered by Miroslav Philharmonik.
MIDI vocal "Ooos" rendered by SampleTank Vocal Collection.

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Of the lyrics, please note that the husband (me) sings the lyrics in that are in standard font; the wife (Courtney Grace, who recorded my recent song post, "How Do You Know When Someone Loves You"), sings the lyrics that are in italic font. Lyrics sung in unison and/or harmonized are in bold font.

VERSE ONE

Oh, look, it’s raining, and I don’t want to go out
Oh, stop complaining, my wife says with a pout
I’ve got the blues, dear, and of that there’s no doubt
I don’t want to go out in the rain

VERSE TWO

You could imagine, the rain is not what it is
How about champagne, dear – raindrops that fall with a fizz!
You are so clever, oh, yes, you’re some kind of whiz!
Now, let’s go out and go walk in the rain


REFRAIN(???)

The air smells like perfume
From flowers in full bloom!

(In unison, harmonized)
Everywhere the rain has fallen looks so new…
It’s not a strain to maintain that the rain is a good thing to view!


VERSE THREE

How nice the world is, when it’s dripping and wet
I’m glad you noticed, so you don’t have to fret
I know I love you, and on that you can bet
I’m so glad we went out in the rain

VERSE FOUR

The rain has stopped, now, and the sun is so bright
But it’s so hot, now, that I can’t wait for the night!
And I agree, dear, so there’s no need to fight
Let’s go home and stay cool in the dark.


ENDING VERSE

And then tomorrow we’ll go to the park…
Or, to the ocean and swim with the sharks…
Or to the sky where we’ll fly with the larks...
(ad-lib, or scat to fade out)

To those of you who listen to, and comment on the song, thank you. You're the best friends I'v never met laugh !!!
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#442258 - 12/03/17 04:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: bluage]
Torrey Bliss Offline
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bluage, you did a wonderful job putting this track together! The way the male/female vocal parts work off of each other is professionally delivered ! This jazz track should be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone who's into the genre ( I'm one )! Great job working that flute into the song, it's what really give it sparkle! Thanks, Torrey
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#442304 - 12/03/17 08:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: bluage]
Scott C Offline
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Very cool listen. Super vocals
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#442324 - 12/03/17 10:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: bluage]
Robertkc Online   content
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Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 1486
Loren,
Wonderful musical conversation - Courtenay is a great singer and you sound so darn in sync together you could be, well- married!
Musically smooth and delightful use of the flute.
This is not my genre, so you`ll forgive me for saying the back and forth of the vocals reminded of Dan Hicks.
Needs several listens to catch the nuance.

Robert

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#442329 - 12/03/17 11:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: bluage]
Rob4580 Offline
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Registered: 01/28/12
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Loc: Murgon Queensland Australia
This one ticks all the boxes. Good work guys.
Rob

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#442411 - 12/03/17 03:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: bluage]
cubanpete Offline
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Registered: 08/24/07
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Loc: Florida, USA
Hi Loren, wonderful duet and production all around. Certainly my kind of music.

Mike B.
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#442502 - 12/04/17 04:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: bluage]
Al-David Offline
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Registered: 12/29/12
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HI Loren,

What a great song! the tightness of the vocals is fabulous! You and Courtney were splendid. Love the arrangement and the mix. This is kick-back and take it easy at a fast pace. I know, it sounds like a contradiction, but that's how it came across to me.

This is a great piece of musical entertainment and a terrific example of the flexibility of BIAB. What a super listen! Thanks for the treat! Wishing you the very best,

Alan
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#442506 - 12/04/17 04:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: bluage]
Jon Thomas Offline
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Registered: 12/18/15
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If someone told me this is a song written by Tom Jobim I would have certainly believed them. And for me this one of the greatest compliments - Jobim is a musical hero of mine.
Wonderful song Loren. Really really great.
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#442538 - 12/04/17 08:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: Torrey Bliss]
bluage Offline
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Registered: 12/10/09
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Loc: Washington State
Hi, Mr. Bliss...

Thank you for listening. Ms. Grace deserves the "lion's share" of your compliment on the "professionalism" you perceived in the song. She recorded her part remotely after I e-mailed the track to her.

Sincerely,

LOREN
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#442539 - 12/04/17 08:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: Jon Thomas]
bluage Offline
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Loc: Washington State
Mr. Thomas...

It would nearly impossible to speak about anything concerning bossa nova music without mentioning Antonio Carlos Jobim. Thank you for listening!

LOREN
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#442540 - 12/04/17 08:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: Al-David]
bluage Offline
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Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 444
Loc: Washington State
Dear Alan...

You're welcome for the "treat", and thank you for listening!

LOREN
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#442541 - 12/04/17 08:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: Scott C]
bluage Offline
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Loc: Washington State
Hi, "Scott C"...

"Cool" certainly was something I was aiming for, thank you!

Concerning the vocals, Ms. Grace being a professional singer made me sound better, I'm sure.

Sincerely,

LOREN
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#442543 - 12/04/17 08:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: Robertkc]
bluage Offline
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Loc: Washington State
Hi, "Robertkc"...

I'll have to look Dan Hicks up and give him a listen, but if anything about "The Rain Song" reminded you of his music, then I must be in good company.

Thank you for listening!

LOREN
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#442545 - 12/04/17 08:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: Rob4580]
bluage Offline
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Loc: Washington State
"Rob4580":

Thanks for the "ticks", and for listening to the song!

Sincerely,

LOREN
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#442546 - 12/04/17 08:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: cubanpete]
bluage Offline
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Loc: Washington State
Dear "Mike B."

From one "jazzician" to another, thank you for listening, sir!

Sincerely,

LOREN
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#442658 - 12/04/17 05:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: bluage]
VideoTrack Offline
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You've taken the amazing abilities of this product and used your skills to generate a masterpiece.

This is knockout from the very first note.

The choice of style, the instrumentation, the fills, the vocals, the everything, is, well, just sensational.

Back for another listen...
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#442677 - 12/04/17 07:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: bluage]
RichMac Offline
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Registered: 05/23/10
Posts: 1646
Loc: New Zealand
Hi Loren and Courtney

Love the jazz, the arrangement and the phrasing.
Have had several listens and it just gets better.
Could be from a movie and something a little Manhattan Transfer about the cool style.

Oh, and my favourite line -- 'Or, to the ocean and swim with the sharks…'

Two thumbs up. Cheers.


Edited by RichMac (12/04/17 07:20 PM)
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#442731 - 12/05/17 06:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: bluage]
Deryk - PG Music Offline
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Registered: 02/15/17
Posts: 1156
Wow - great job on this tune! It's got a ton of soul and character, and both of your vocal performances were absolutely spot on. It makes me think of the 60's. I love the groove here too, and honestly the arrangement and mix here sounds super professional!

Thanks so much for sharing this smile
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#442848 - 12/05/17 01:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
bluage Offline
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Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 444
Loc: Washington State
Dear Deryk...

I appreciate your comment about my singing, as I believe Ms. Grace's professionally-trained voice really made my own sound better crazy!

By the way, I believe I should thank you and the other folks at PG Music for allowing me to post the song. Why? Because I used SampleTank vocal patches when I could have used the new "ooos" and "ahhhs" that are part of the new 2018 version.

I actually ordered the new version and await its delivery. However, before I ordered it I didn't do a thorough job reading about the new additions to the software and therefore missed the announcement about the "ooos" and "ahhhs", which I apologize for. I auditioned them and they sound gorgeous! I can hardly wait to use them in my future compositions.

After I receive the 2018 update I will re-post "The Rain Song" with the seamless and meltingly mellow "ooohs" and "ahhhs" that Mr. David Wise and Ms. Shelly Justice recorded so everyone in the User's Forum can hear how great they sound.

Gratefully,

LOREN
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#442857 - 12/05/17 01:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Rain Song" [Re: RichMac]
bluage Offline
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Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 444
Loc: Washington State
Originally Posted By: RichMac
Hi Loren and Courtney

Love the jazz, the arrangement and the phrasing.
Have had several listens and it just gets better.
Could be from a movie and something a little Manhattan Transfer about the cool style.

Oh, and my favourite line -- 'Or, to the ocean and swim with the sharks…'

Two thumbs up. Cheers.


Hello, "RichMac"...

So, you like swimming with sharks, eh? You're a braver man than me laugh !

Seriously, though, your attentive remarks about the arrangement and phrasing song are deeply appreciated. It takes me a long, long, l-o-n-g time to decide when I've gotten those aspects of producing a song "right".

I will let Ms. Courtney know of your response to her performance. Thank you for listening, "RichMac!"

Sincerely,

LOREN
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