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#452490 - 01/20/18 03:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
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Hi, Noel !

So sweet, so beautiful !
The best from you without
doubt, friend Noel !!

Wonderful music !

Cheers
Dani

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#452503 - 01/20/18 04:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
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What a lovely tune Noel. I first want an excellent vocal. It was so tastefully down and expressed such a lovely lyric. The guitars in the background were the perfect choice. Well done
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#452521 - 01/20/18 08:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
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Noel,

What a wonderfully moving and touching song. I watched Alan and Di's videos, and like you was very impressed at their loving interaction. Your song is so well written. One of your best. Really enjoyed it!

Your Texan friend,

Steve
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#452536 - 01/20/18 10:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: sslechta]
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Originally Posted By: sslechta
Sounds great Noel! I think that's the first time I've heard one of yours. I like your vocal style.


Thanks for having a listen, Steve. Appreciate it.
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#452562 - 01/21/18 12:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
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Hi Noel,

I left a couple of comments on your Soundcloud post not long after you posted it (thanks for the PM!). But i never got back here, until now, to leave a comment on this great forum.

Di and I are both so appreciative of this. It literally brought tears to our eyes. We can't thank you enough for rendering such a beautiful song that cma e as an inspiration from one of our forum posts. It sounds like Noel Adams - no one else. And that makes us very happy. That Adams guy is pretty danged good, you know!

we all have our challenges in life and sometimes get a burnt burger when we were expecting a steak. Every day is a struggle for her - and sometimes me - but we have a closet full of tenacity. I miss those days when she and I would spend hours in front of that camera and sing our silly butts off. And she's always been gorgeous to me.

Again, a personal and very heartfelt thanks for this masterpiece. God bless, my friend. And we send our love and well wishes for others on this forum who have to face uphill battles of their own.

Alan & Di
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#452584 - 01/21/18 05:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: dcuny]
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Originally Posted By: dcuny
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



David,

Thanks for taking time to be analytical. As always, I found your insight informative and valuable. You have quite a knack for analysis plus you're also really good at explaining your thinking. Reading what you write always gets my brain travelling along pathways that would never occur to me. Thank you for that.

Regarding the repetition of 'for us' in lines 1, 3 and 4... I've recently been reading some articles on terms of rhetoric and literary devices and this particular one is called "epistrophe". It's where phrases or clauses end in the same word or words and it is a technique that is sometimes used to create emphasis. I've never purposefully done this before so it was a bit of an experiment in this song. To be honest, I think I find anaphora more useful and comfortable to work with than epistrophe.

Again, thank you for taking the time.

Regards,
Noel
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#452635 - 01/21/18 10:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
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Wonderful tribute to Al and Di!

I love your choice of realtracks and your arrangement. It blends smoothly with the lyrics and together they make for a beautiful song.

It's always good to see a new song posted by you and I enjoy and appreciate the stories behind the inspiration. You are always so generous with your comments and time. You make this community all the more engaging and warm.

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#452638 - 01/21/18 10:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
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Noel,

This is beautiful. A beautiful tribute to beautiful forum friends.

A lovely write. I especially like the "knock knock knock" - most folks would not think to do that. The melody is extraordinary - going places that surprised me at ever turn.

The production is super. Those acoustics sound SO good. Excellent mix - everything sits well. A delightfully "relaxed" vocal. So nice!

fj
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#452673 - 01/21/18 01:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: RichMac]
Noel96 Offline
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Originally Posted By: RichMac
Beautiful lyrics and presentation.
Your voice suits the song also Noel.
Great sentiments.
Cheers.


Richard,

It's always a pleasure to see that you've visited. Thank you for your support. Much appreciated.

All the best,
Noel
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#452677 - 01/21/18 01:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
dcuny Offline
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Originally Posted By: Noel96
I've never purposefully done this before so it was a bit of an experiment in this song.

Given that you wrote it, I figured that nothing was left to chance. smile

I really did like the repetition in the phrase, and it wasn't until I went to cut and paste it that I noticed you used it at the start of the verse.

So I've filed it away as a useful tool in case I get stuck in the future.
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#452692 - 01/21/18 01:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: dcuny]
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Originally Posted By: dcuny
Originally Posted By: Noel96
I've never purposefully done this before so it was a bit of an experiment in this song.

Given that you wrote it, I figured that nothing was left to chance. smile

I really did like the repetition in the phrase, and it wasn't until I went to cut and paste it that I noticed you used it at the start of the verse.

So I've filed it away as a useful tool in case I get stuck in the future.


David,

Just in case you're interested, here is a really comprehensive list of literary terms and rhetorical devices.

https://www.litcharts.com/literary-devices-and-terms

I periodically read through lists like this to give me some inspiration and also to give me some techniques that I can experiment with in lyrics.

For example: Three or four years ago I read about 'foreshadowing'. Since my education was 100% science based, I'd never come across this term before. But after reading more about the concept, it occurred to me that lyrics can be strengthened if a chorus in a verse-chorus song has some degree of foreshadowing.

As a consequence of writing the above, I've put together a brief article in the Songwriting forum about how I use foreshadowing in a chorus. If you're interested, the article is at the below link.

Article on foreshadowing

Regards,
Noel
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#452703 - 01/21/18 02:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
Torrey Bliss Offline
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What a great song Noel! Just like the title, it is "Beautiful" as well as the thought behind the composition! There is a ton of feeling exuding from this that just reaches out and grabs the listeners heart! Wonderful job! Thanks, Torrey

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#452718 - 01/21/18 03:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
dcuny Offline
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Originally Posted By: Noel96
Since my education was 100% science based, I'd never come across this term [forshadowing] before.

Wow, that really is a 100% science education. sick

When I was a kid, I wanted to be either be a writer like Ray Bradbury or an animator like Ray Harryhausen.

Unfortunately, I didn't have the talent to do either, but I have a couple Super 8 reels of Plasticine characters rolling and melting (because walking is hard to animate), as well as a couple of not very good short stories.

Which is just a long way of saysing, yes, Chekov's gun is a familiar device. smile
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#452801 - 01/22/18 03:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Rob4580]
Noel96 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Rob4580
Hi Noel. This sentimental song has a wonderful delicate melody.
Most enjoyable mate. Rob


Thanks Rob. Appreciate your listen and comment.

All the best,
Noel
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#452817 - 01/22/18 05:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
tommyad Offline
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Noel, This is an amazing tribute ti Alan and Di. Exquisite production and sung with the perfect amount of expression and emotion. The arrangement is top notch with the holds and mix can't be topped. I love the chord choices. In a word - Fantastic, Tom

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