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#452303 - 01/19/18 07:28 PM [User Showcase] So Beautiful
Noel96 Offline

Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 12610
Loc: Australia
Last year (2017) in August, I read the below post of Alan's and watched the videos that he linked to that post.

In addition to his and Di's immense love of life, love of music and love for one another that Alan's videos showed, there was one line in his post, that my brain kept returning to.

Originally Posted By: Alan David
Don'tcha think she looks pretty danged good for 65 years old at the time??!!

I don't know why, but every now and then, these words kept resurfacing in my mind.

It was a slow journey, but eventually his comment morphed into "She's so beautiful to me" and, once that happened, a song began to grow.

If you are interested in having a listen, here is that song. [Thank you Alan and Di smile I dedicate this composition to you.]

Please feel free to comment on any aspect of the work.


P.S. Those of us who have been on the forum for a few years are aware that life has not always been generous to Alan and Di. Through whatever has come their way, though, they have kept shining and, moreover, they have kept shining brightly. I marvel at their resilience and their positivity. For me, they stand amongst the most inspirational people I have ever known.

= = = = =


1190: Bass, Electric, ModernRnBRock Ev 065
1676: Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking CountryBrent Ev 065
1595: Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Pop8thsSteady Ev 065
1539:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopBelieveHeldDry Ev16 065

RealDrums: NashBrushBalDbKEv16^1-a: Snare, HiHat , b: QuarterHat, TripletSnare

= = = = =


Through the leaves and branches
Look at all that sunshine
A new tomorrow and it’s breaking free
You know, like the rising sun
You are so beautiful to me

When I’m on my own
Just me and memories
I’m usually smiling ‘cause you’re all I see
You know, like the rising sun
You are so beautiful to me

I don’t know what each new day will bring for us
What surprise will knock knock knock at the door
But as long as you’re beside me skies are blue for us
And life is true for us
Come sunshine, rain or storm

On all this planet
So vast and awesome
It’s here with you that I choose to be
You know, like the rising sun
You are so beautiful, so remarkable
You’re the sunshine that makes my day
You are so beautiful to me

©2018 Noel Adams, words and music, all rights reserved.

#452305 - 01/19/18 07:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
sslechta Offline

Registered: 12/27/13
Posts: 1097
Loc: St. Louis, MO. USA
Sounds great Noel! I think that's the first time I've heard one of yours. I like your vocal style.

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#452322 - 01/19/18 10:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
dcuny Offline

Registered: 09/27/10
Posts: 1813
Very, very nice. The arrangement feels organic, tailored for the song. The balance between the instruments and the vocals is great. Your voice is pleasant, and a perfect match for the arrangement and lyrics.

The held strum on the introduction is very effective, as are the other flourishes you've put in the song. Your little asymmetric Noel-isms come out smooth and natural.

I like the chord changes going into "blue for us/true for us", and that rhyme works really well. Plus, it distracts me from the fact that you already used it at the beginning of the verse. wink

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#452336 - 01/19/18 11:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
RichMac Offline

Registered: 05/23/10
Posts: 1536
Loc: New Zealand
Beautiful lyrics and presentation.
Your voice suits the song also Noel.
Great sentiments.
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#452338 - 01/20/18 12:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
Rob4580 Offline

Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 1922
Loc: Murgon Queensland Australia
Hi Noel. This sentimental song has a wonderful delicate melody.
Most enjoyable mate. Rob

#452342 - 01/20/18 02:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
furry Offline

Registered: 06/28/06
Posts: 5458
Loc: Scottish Highlands
Noel that's simply brilliant thanks for sharing

Whenever I have a problem, I just sing, Then I realize my voice is worse than my problem.

#452347 - 01/20/18 03:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
rsdean Offline

Registered: 08/09/10
Posts: 2811
Loc: New York

Another stunning presentation... Great all around!

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#452354 - 01/20/18 04:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
BlueAttitude Offline

Registered: 11/30/07
Posts: 1095
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I read that post from Alan too back then, and also watched the videos.

Nice that it inspired you to write such a lovely song!

Really enjoyed this one Noel, well done smile

Blue Attitude: Homepage, Latest song: No One Knows

#452358 - 01/20/18 04:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
ROG Offline

Registered: 12/12/11
Posts: 2470
Loc: York, England
Hi Noel,

A fabulous song with wonderful lyrics, a super professional arrangement and a perfect mix.

This has to be your best vocal performance ever.

I sat and listened to it spellbound.


#452367 - 01/20/18 06:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
jannesan Offline

Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 588
Loc: Finland
It is always pleasure to hear your new songs, they are always so positive, beautifully arranged with excellent vocals. This one is no exception, everything works perfectly, song that is "so beautiful, so remarkable the sunshine that makes my day". Your comments to other forum members' songs reflect also the same positivity that your songs. I feel I'm blessed to be part of this community where it is possible receive such a positive feedback and also get inspiration to songs from other members, like you have got here. Thanks Noel for sharing your new masterpiece and the story behind it smile


#452390 - 01/20/18 08:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
David Snyder Offline

Registered: 08/29/14
Posts: 3179
Loc: North Carolina

Hey Noel,

This one gave me real goosebumps man. Just awesome--and beautiful.

I could blabber and go on and on, but really this one just seems to come straight from the heart and is so pure, it is really what music is all about.

The music and the phrasing reminds me of the best of Cat Stevens. It's hard to know what to say except that it is just so simple and so perfect.

Well done sir!!!
David Snyder
Audiophile Everything + Studio + Instruments + Fingers

#452404 - 01/20/18 09:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
Robertkc Offline

Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 1252
A wonderfully heartfelt lyric, strong vocal and lovely, elegant melody...this is pure Noel!
Those three guitars blend seemlessly.
I concur with Janne : your beautiful songs and ever positive contributions are a highlight of this forum.


#452417 - 01/20/18 10:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
VideoTrack Offline

Registered: 06/05/12
Posts: 7744
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Extraordinarily beautiful Noel.

You've paid a superb and generous tribute to Alan & Di. They will be thrilled with your dedication.

Melodically and Lyrically this is just brilliant.

And your selfless comment that 'that life has not always been generous to Alan and Di'. I'm sure that might apply to others who visit here also. Wishing them all health and happiness for 2018 and beyond.


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#452445 - 01/20/18 11:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
PeterF Offline

Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 1882
Loc: Sydney Australia

Superb work. Lovely lyric, melodic appropriate backing and nicely performed.
An excellent production.


#452467 - 01/20/18 01:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
Ember - PG Music Offline
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Registered: 06/19/17
Posts: 410
Loc: Victoria, BC
Wow, I really love how inspired everyone is here by one another! I think that's probably one of my favourite things about this forum. Everyone encourages and inspires everyone else's creativity! This was a really great song, and you made some really beautiful choices.

Thanks for sharing.

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