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#466014 - 04/07/18 05:48 PM [User Showcase] Desert Crossing
Tano Music Online   content

Registered: 12/29/10
Posts: 445
Loc: Charlotte, NC
Long time in making, just finishing up..

Desert Crossing

On my way 'cross a desert of plenty and opulence;  
Far away from oases of blessed emptiness;
The blazing, endless dunes,
And sizzling afternoons,
Scorched by the heat of wealth.
Straight ahead is an image of quenching luxuries
Or instead should I wander the path my spirit sees?

For this desert trek of life
Isn't barren and parched by the heat of the sun
But it's marked with 
Comfort and wealth and all the finest things
This quest for my soul.

On my way 'cross a desert of plenty and opulence  
Far away from oases of blessed emptiness
But this desert of my life
Isn't barren and parched by the heat of the sun
I see a vision--
Riches and wealth, all the finest wonders 
So cooling! Right in front of me!
It's just a mirage that can't mislead me;
This desert has freed me--I'm home!


Style = _SLBOSKB - Slow Bossa w/ Poll Winners
RD = BossaBrushes#1, BossaLewis01 and BossaRockPerc^9
RT's = 465 Bass, 1104 Nylon Rhythm Guitar, 1773 E Piano JazzFunkMovin Solo, 1070 Trumpet Solo, Jazz Poppy
MIDI from ST3 = Strings, Surdo, Tremolo Strings, Wood Block, Shaker, Piano

#466062 - 04/08/18 08:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: Desert Crossing [Re: Tano Music]
Scott C Offline

Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 3018
Loc: Edmonton, Ab, Canada
Love this piece of music. So cool how the backtrack and vocal had three different timings but fit so well together. Very interesting. Well done..
Scott Collingwood

#466165 - 04/08/18 02:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: Desert Crossing [Re: Tano Music]
MarioD Offline

Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 10796
Loc: Hamlin NY
EXCELLENT! Your vocals and lyrics are super! Your backing tracks fit perfectly. I can hear John Pizzarelli doing this.

Two thumbs up.
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#466242 - 04/09/18 06:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: Desert Crossing [Re: Tano Music]
Deryk - PG Music Online   content
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Registered: 02/15/17
Posts: 931
Wow - you did a great job making a unique piece here. The groove is infectious, and so unique. There is a lot happening here, but it avoids sounding crowded. I'm really curious what time signature this is in!

Great job, and thanks for sharing smile

#466255 - 04/09/18 07:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: Desert Crossing [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
Tano Music Online   content

Registered: 12/29/10
Posts: 445
Loc: Charlotte, NC
Thanks for comments! Regarding time sign, it’s just a 4/4..If you think about the rhythm section like a piano, then the “chords” are in the right hand, and play on the off-beats.

#466309 - 04/09/18 10:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: Desert Crossing [Re: Tano Music]
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Registered: 06/05/12
Posts: 8017
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Musically, this is just so well written.

The chord structure gives complexity to the overall delivery.

Lyrically, this is just so catchy.

Great, great, great.

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#466331 - 04/09/18 12:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: Desert Crossing [Re: Tano Music]
dani48 Online   content

Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 3292
Loc: Helsinki, Finland
Hi !

I also fell for this
superb bossa of yours !
It videly overhoots
most tunes in originality
This is simply genial !!!!

Congrats for your long job
so absolutely well done !


#466347 - 04/09/18 01:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: Desert Crossing [Re: Tano Music]
Janice & Bud Offline

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 5449
Now that one grabs you for the duration.

Love it!

Excellent demonstration of the power of BiaB + talent.

Never grow's a trap.
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#466359 - 04/09/18 03:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: Desert Crossing [Re: Tano Music]
Rob4580 Offline

Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 2100
Loc: Murgon Queensland Australia
Great script tune that carries a lovely melody. Rob

#466387 - 04/09/18 06:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: Desert Crossing [Re: Tano Music]
Robertkc Offline

Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 1362
Very nice bossa groove with an interesting existential lyric.
I enjoyed the journey!


#466414 - 04/09/18 10:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: Desert Crossing [Re: Tano Music]
animarorecords Offline

Registered: 05/11/15
Posts: 1035
Loc: Aichi, Japan
Hello, Tom

The influence of Tom Jobim is felt everywhere.
Speaking of which, your singing way is exactly like Tom Jobim.
It sounds like hearing Jobim's new song with his own vocal.
How to use each instrument is also very nice.
Strings are comfortable, too.
I would like to hear your spectacular orchestration once some day.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

#466491 - 04/10/18 08:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Desert Crossing [Re: Tano Music]
Ember - PG Music Offline
PG Music Staff

Registered: 06/19/17
Posts: 637
Loc: Victoria, BC
This song has a nice little bop to it. It painted a very distinct image in my head. I can see a guy in a suit with his tie loose and crooked around his neck, his arms sagging at his sides and he takes this fast-long strides and just bobs along as he wanders this this opulent desert. Like he's not bothered by being there under the blazing sun, but like he's looking for something and hasn't found it yet.

Very cool tune. Thanks for sharing.


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Video: Exporting Audio Files in Band-in-a-Box® 2018

Our latest video, Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows - Exporting Audio Files Tutorial walks you through the different options to export your Band-in-a-Box® songs and song tracks from Band-in-a-Box® as an audio file (WAV, MP3, etc.)!

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Summary of changes:
Improved: More RealTracks have HiQ transcriptions. Fixed Bass AmericanaSlow16thsByron bad chords.
Improved: The Audio Drivers dialog for WAS devices now shows Bit Depth in the device description.
Improved: WAS audio driver performance has been Improved when using 44.1 kHz sample rate.
Improved: Windows Audio Session error messages contain more specific information.
Updated: Misc. updates to StylePicker database, memos, manuals, help files.
Fixed: "BBW.LST not found" errors when using the Hybrid Style maker dialog.
Fixed: "mono" was being ignored when rendering a batch of songs to audio files.
Fixed: "normalize individual tracks" was only working for MIDI tracks.
Fixed: "One file per track" was being ignored when rendering a batch of songs to audio files.
Fixed: Access violation on bootup if using a Roland audio interface (ASIO) that is not connected.
Fixed: Adjusting Melody or Soloist tracks to fit a new number of choruses was not undo-able.
Fixed: An access violation error might occur in the RealTracks Picker if quickly scrolling and double-clicking to hear demos.
Fixed: Changing a track name using the StylePicker mixer controls might open a hidden popup window.
Fixed: Changing the number of choruses was not undo-able.
Fixed: Clicking on the far left of the Guitar window would cause a "!!!!!" flash message to show.
Fixed: If adjusting the number of choruses in your song, choosing Cancel is ignored when asked, "OK to adjust Melody track to fit new # of choruses?".
Fixed: JazzBebopDannyBrushes sometimes out of sync.
Fixed: Panning the audio track did not work.
Fixed: Some Amplitube presets/styles/demos pointed to a preset which wasn't available in some installs.
Fixed: Some typos and omissions in RealDrums Picker.
Fixed: The [.STY] button in the Hybrid Style maker dialog.
Fixed: The [Get Patch/Drum Kit Info] button in the MIDI drivers dialog would not find the synthesizer documentation.
Fixed: The About dialog was not showing the Fretlight Ready logo.
Fixed: The Audio Chord Wizard would always run in English.
Fixed: The busy mouse cursor might remain after analyzing audio with the Audio Chord Wizard.
Fixed: The PDF driver installer could not be launched from Band-in-a-Box.
Fixed: The Plugins window would be too small when using plugins that have a small GUI.
Fixed: Using a Coyote DXi synthesizer (eg CoyoteWT or ForteDXi) might cause crackling/buzzing noise during playback.
Fixed: Using a multi speaker layout (eg. 4 speakers surround sound) instead of stereo might cause failure to connect to audio hardware with error -9996. This only happened when using WAS as audio driver type.
Fixed: Video rendering would fail if saved using Japanese characters in file name.
Fixed: When saving a Hybrid style for the first time, the File Save dialog should start in the Styles directory.

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