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#455247 - 02/02/18 05:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: How are you [Re: RnAM]
tommyad Offline

Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 2601
Loc: Florida
Beautiful song. The stereo field is fantastic in the headphones. Super vocals and I also listen for your signature unexpected chord changes. As usual they are there and you always make them work. The production is pro all the way. As a long time waterman and diver I enjoyed the video, Tom

#455290 - 02/02/18 10:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: How are you [Re: RnAM]
bluage Offline

Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 444
Loc: Washington State
Dear Rob and Anne-Marie...

I'm not surprised by your admission that the song's lyrics are "semi-autographical", because the title, "How Are You?", is an intimate, concerned way of addressing a human being, which suggested that the songwriter(s) was/were referring to, and recalling a personal experience wih someone who must have mattered a great deal to him/her.

The RealTracks/Drums you selected to adorn your lyrics -- and the singer's voice -- lent an Elton John-ish feel to the song, while sustaining a dreamy, starry-eyed sound that was reminiscent of the more passionately emotive 50's pop ballads such as, "I Only Have Eyes for You."

The backwards-in-time-looking lyrics really command the listener's attention as they describe feelings such as regret, dashed hopes, and the painful effort of offering wishes of well-being to someone your heart cannot let go of.

That the song was so brief heightened its dramatic effect.



"Music is what feelings sound like."-- borrowed from a Cakewalk Music Creator forum member, "Mamabear".

#455334 - 02/02/18 04:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: How are you [Re: RnAM]
PeterF Offline

Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 1892
Loc: Sydney Australia
Rob & Anne-Marie

As I've come to expect and absolutely wonderful vocal performance and a pretty and engaging song.
Excellent in all ways - a super pro sound.


#455397 - 02/03/18 06:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: How are you [Re: RnAM]
Janice & Bud Offline

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5227
It’s a beautiful song with great vocals as Robert very eloquently stated, “My interest was taken by the emotional depth here - the cameo vocal by Anne-Marie making such a nice contrast to Rob`s sweet lead and addind something mysterious.”

The production and particularly the piano add to the melancholy feel of the lyrics and melody.

As always your choice of video clips and their arrangement well support the lyrics and mood.

Kudos you two!

Never grow's a trap.
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#455471 - 02/03/18 01:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: How are you [Re: RichMac]
RnAM Offline

Registered: 05/02/14
Posts: 2918
Loc: The Netherlands
Thanks Richard and... nice dreams!
We are Rob Meulman and Anne-Marie Bovenkamp from The Netherlands.

RnAM Homepage (completely restyled)
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#455490 - 02/03/18 03:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: How are you [Re: RnAM]
VideoTrack Offline

Registered: 06/05/12
Posts: 7761
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Rob, more absolutely excellent quality material from you and Anne-Marie.

This is beautiful from start to finish. An absolutely first class ballad.

Very enjoyable.

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#455676 - 02/04/18 07:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: How are you [Re: Al-David]
RnAM Offline

Registered: 05/02/14
Posts: 2918
Loc: The Netherlands
Originally Posted By: Al-David
Hi Rob and Ann-Marie,

So nice to have you back on the fortum. I've been rather spotty with my attendance, too. But i get here as much as I can.

This is just so good! You two post of the most professional sounding music on the forum. It's always a pleasure to click onto one of your songs. I really enjoyed this - the video, too! Terrific work!


Thank you Al, that is a very flattering response indeed!
We are Rob Meulman and Anne-Marie Bovenkamp from The Netherlands.

RnAM Homepage (completely restyled)
YouTube Channel

#455717 - 02/05/18 06:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: How are you [Re: RnAM]
David Snyder Offline

Registered: 08/29/14
Posts: 3184
Loc: North Carolina
Rob and Anne-Marie,

This was so beautiful. I wish I could have seen the lyrics somewhere so I could have read along.

I was using my own speech recognition software though and this is what I saw on the screen while you were singing:

Oh I miss David Snyder
I do, I do
I just miss him so much, so much
I wish he was here
I am drowning in my tears
oh I wish David Snyder was Dutch

Is that what it said? I am trying to work out some kinks in my software so thanks for letting me know!

David Snyder
Audiophile Everything + Studio + Instruments + Fingers

#456061 - 02/06/18 04:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: How are you [Re: RnAM]
gruverider Offline

Registered: 07/15/12
Posts: 1399
Yes, so heartfelt. Another wonderful song!

And the song is moving from the vocals to the production to the arrangement and everything else.

#456105 - 02/06/18 08:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: How are you [Re: floyd jane]
RnAM Offline

Registered: 05/02/14
Posts: 2918
Loc: The Netherlands
Thank you Floyd, appreciated. We knew you'd like that piano.;-)
Rob & Anne-Marie
We are Rob Meulman and Anne-Marie Bovenkamp from The Netherlands.

RnAM Homepage (completely restyled)
YouTube Channel

#456143 - 02/07/18 02:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: How are you [Re: RnAM]
Noel96 Offline

Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 12628
Loc: Australia
Rob and Anne-Marie,

What a really, really wonderful listen.

The relaxed, flowing lilt of 12/8 lulled me into a pleasant, relaxed state of mind. It's a really beautiful ballad that you've composed. You deserve all the accolades that have come your way.

As always, your performances, your arrangement and your production shine bright with professionalism. The two of you are a formidably talented music duo.

All the best,

#456529 - 02/08/18 06:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: How are you [Re: Noel96]
RnAM Offline

Registered: 05/02/14
Posts: 2918
Loc: The Netherlands
Thank you Deryk, Molsenhouse, Graham, Ember, Robert, Torrey, Herb, Janne, Scott, Tommy, Loren, Peter, J&B, Trevor, Lawrence and Noel.
Your positive comments are really appreciated!

David, with that kind of results you must be using Windows Speech Recognition and not Dragon NaturallySpeaking right?
Those sweet lyrics your speech program was hearing got her all flamed up again...
Remember Amsterdam, the nightclub we went and the girl you met?
We thought she would never stop calling us: "Rob and Anne-Marie where's your pal David? I wish he was Dutch, I wish he lived here".
Well, she's back again, just when I thought I could finally work on my software in peace frown
We are Rob Meulman and Anne-Marie Bovenkamp from The Netherlands.

RnAM Homepage (completely restyled)
YouTube Channel

#456560 - 02/08/18 11:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: How are you [Re: RnAM]
dani48 Offline

Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 3217
Loc: Helsinki, Finland
Hi Rob and Anne-Marie !

This unmistakebly RnAm, which
for us means quality in every
aspect ! The good thing is that
it is so recognizable you and that
it is immediately so from the
start ! Notwithstanding your
superb vocals there is something
in your use of chord progressions
that makes a tune an RnAM tune and
that is IMO simply brilliant !


#456712 - 02/09/18 07:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: How are you [Re: dani48]
RnAM Offline

Registered: 05/02/14
Posts: 2918
Loc: The Netherlands
Thank you Danny, keep those compliments coming ;-)
Appreciated as always.

We are Rob Meulman and Anne-Marie Bovenkamp from The Netherlands.

RnAM Homepage (completely restyled)
YouTube Channel

#457221 - 02/12/18 05:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: How are you [Re: ROG]
Greg Johnson Offline

Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 3730
Loc: Davis, CA
Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Rob & Anne-Marie,

Hey, good to have you back!

And back with a superb track too.

Fabulous professional backing track and your vocals are absolutely top class.

Great video and perfect mix to finish off.

Cheers, ROG.

Exactly!! You guys always produce such excellent recordings with beautiful vocals!! Everything just sounds right! Enjoyed the video as well. Great stuff!! Take care. Greg

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