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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!

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#452673 - 01/21/18 01:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: RichMac]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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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#452956 - 01/22/18 03:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: furry]
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Originally Posted By: furry
Noel that's simply brilliant thanks for sharing


Hi Graham,

That you for getting the chance to have a listen. I appreciate the feedback.

All the best,
Noel
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#453047 - 01/23/18 04:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Noel,

Another stunning presentation... Great all around!

Bob


Bob,

Thanks for visiting the thread. I always smile when I see your name appear. Appreciateit.

All the best,
Noel
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#453109 - 01/23/18 08:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
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Robert used the word "elegant" in describing your song.

We would add "classy" to that. Our collaboration with you, our conversations and ALL of your productions have been an inspiration to the two of us. And So Beautiful continues the trend in a most lovely manner.

The lyric, the melody and your vocal have a symbiosis which very few artists can match.

And we often voice our love of productions that work with a small number of tracks. This is a GREAT example of that.

Simply outstanding.

J&B
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#453200 - 01/23/18 11:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
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


Hey Dave,

Good to see you. Thank you for taking time to visit Soundcloud and listen. I appreciate comments.

All the best,
Noel
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#453299 - 01/24/18 12:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
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Hello, Noel

Simple but very beautiful song.
The acoustic arrangement really fits this tune.
I love very much the chord progression at end of the bridge.
Your vocal is very pleasant.
I think this tune is a little short.
I thought that it would be nice to repeat the bridge and the last clause after adding an interlude.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#453320 - 01/24/18 03:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: ROG]
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Originally Posted By: ROG
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.

ROG.


ROG,

I'm really thankful for all the support that you've give my growing songwriting and song-producing over the years. Thank you once again for taking time to listen and to comment. I sincerely appreciate it.

All the best,
Noel
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#453396 - 01/24/18 11:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
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Dear "Noel96"...

The title of your song, is what your song is. You sing of a kind of love that makes the lover feel that his feelings for the loved one are one with his experience of the natural world, such as the warmth of the sun, the radiance of which is as palpable as the emotion that pours forth from his (your) heart. Your lyrics are as elemental -- and powerful -- in their simplicity as the blue of the sky you sing about.

By taking your inspiration for your song from the created world, you could be singing as much about God, as you could be singing about another human being who is on the receiving end of what seems to be your personal, and immense capacity to share yourself, your whole being, with another being...and isn't that what "love" is all about -- sharing?

Your music has the effect of making time stand still.

Reveling in the peace you bring,

LOREN
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#453466 - 01/24/18 05:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: jannesan]
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Originally Posted By: jannesan
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

Janne

Janne,

I don't know what to say smile I really appreciate all your very kind and encouraging words. You've really taken me by surprise!

The great thing about this community is that the users here realise that each song that's posted is important to the person who posted it and that that person has done the very best he or she knows how to get the best possible result they can.... they are proud of their work, they want to share it with others and they feel that this community will support them.

I remember when Users Showcase first started out. It's certainly grown over the years to become an awesome little corner of the internet smile

Thank you for taking the time to have a listen and to write such supportive words. I am incredibly thankful.

May good things come your way as Finland starts to warm up a bit for Spring!
Noel
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#453502 - 01/25/18 12:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: David Snyder

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,

Thank you for the goosebumps! I can't recall that my music has ever done that to anyone before. Maybe it was measles or chicken pox. I hope they've settled down now smile Above everything else, though, I continue to be thankful for your support. I sincerely appreciate it!

All the best,
Noel
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#453515 - 01/25/18 03:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: So Beautiful [Re: Noel96]
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Me once again,

This is just so cool! You have made an indelible impression in our minds. We can't thank you enough!

And thanks to all the others with their kind comments about both the song and Di and me. God bless you all.

Alan & Di
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