NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last

Posted by: Greg Johnson

NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/18/19 12:39 PM

Hi forum friends. Kind of a typical goofy, romantic love song. For 5 years or more in the early 90's, I listened all the time to Michael Franks. I just loved his mellow, sweet, romantic songs. That type of music has always stuck with me, despite all the cynical, sarcastic, and depressing stuff I frequently write (still love that stuff too!). I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Take care all. Greg

https://soundcloud.com/gjohnson-2/make-the-moment-last

The lights on the hill
The music from not so far away
But far enough still
Not to get in the way

The tropical breeze
That comes at the perfect moments
And tickles the trees
Oh, it seems heaven sent

I'm here with you in this cherished moment
No future and no past
Is there a way to make the moment last?

That first taste of rum
That hint of a smile reminds me
Of pleasures to come
In the night that will be

But this warm afternoon
I hope this sublime perfection
Won't end to soon
For time, it goes just one direction

I'm here with you...
Posted by: Mark K

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/18/19 01:52 PM

Enjoyable "feel good" listen. Vocals seemed so effortless adding to the feel.
Posted by: Jim

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/18/19 02:11 PM

Man...
What a lovely song...
You certainly know how to capture the listener's emotions...

Man o man...
I really love this beautiful tune Greg...
This is one I can listen to over & over again!
Posted by: PeterF

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/18/19 07:46 PM

Greg

Always liked Michael Franks whispery vocals and light jazz arrangements. You take it up a notch because of your truly excellent vocals.
Lovely song, pretty melody and as anticipated a superb vocal.

Really nice work.

Peter
Posted by: Ghostgum

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/18/19 07:53 PM

Like everything about this song - arrangement, lyrics, vocals - nothing strained, everything flowing with such perfect ease. Great job!
Posted by: Buttrey

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/18/19 08:19 PM

Nicely done.
Posted by: Rob4580

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/18/19 09:44 PM

This is a great song Greg.
Production vocal and band is spot on. Rob4580
Posted by: rayc

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/19/19 01:15 AM

Smooth and lovely Greg.
The ch, t and related sounds seem to work with the reverb to make an aggressive sibilant sound.
The esses aren't too bad at all but the ch/t could use a little taming.
Sounds great over all.
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/19/19 10:27 AM

Smooth! Love the laid back groove.

And an excellent vocal as always.

Nothing wrong with a feel good type song in my book, well done smile
Posted by: Scott C

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/19/19 11:59 AM

Awesome vocal Greg. Lovely tune. Such as nice listen.
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/19/19 03:06 PM

Gorgeous vocals with standout harmony.

Cool lyric and the perfect backing tracks for it.

The production invites many pastoral images.

Janice said it reminds her of our visit last week to a favorite B&B and sitting on the
front porch with a lovely mountain scene...and wanting to make it last.

Superb!

J&B
Posted by: Joe -PG Music

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/19/19 03:57 PM

Hello Greg, fantastic choice of instrumentation on this. Fantastic selection of instruments here and I really dug the chord progression. Great work!
Posted by: Ember - PG Music

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/19/19 05:12 PM

This was a really smooth, feel good song. Thank you so much for taking the time to share it with us.
Posted by: F.M.M.

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/19/19 05:37 PM

love this great job on all of it mixed is excellent great vocal love your tunes eric
Posted by: dcuny

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/19/19 07:26 PM

I'm a big Michael Franks fan (and a Greg Johnson fan, for that matter).

I've always thought that these sorts of songs - light and airy like a delicate pastry - were always the hardest to write.

This is mellow and smooth - it nails the Franks feel, and lingers like a soft perfume. laugh
Posted by: jannesan

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/20/19 11:42 AM

Interestingly starts without a real intro, straight into the mellow paradise feeling.
"The tropical breeze
That comes at the perfect moments
And tickles the trees
Oh, it seems heaven sent"
describes this song perfectly, heaven sent. Superb arrangement, chord progression is perfect. And your voice is more sublime than ever, reminds me lot of George Michael on his Older album. I would definitely like to hear more romantic songs like this, please smile

Janne
Posted by: Deryk - PG Music

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/21/19 08:02 AM

Really nicely done - it has a really warm atmosphere to it, and your vocals are stunning on this smile It is really gentle, and easy to take, and sounds like it comes from a sincere place. It is just so soft, delicate, and velvety - I enjoyed my listen thoroughly.

Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Robertkc

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/21/19 09:37 AM

Greg,
One of the more sublme songs and vocals I`ve heard on this forum. Perfect progression and as pretty a melody as you`d expect for smooth jazzy pop.
Your vocals are alwaysa standout- here you capture the relaxed breathy feeling wonderfully.
Those harmonies moving across the soundstage are also nicely done.

Robert
Posted by: Crossroads

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/22/19 03:06 AM

Hi Greg,

that's a really nice and appealing love song. Your singing is, no doubt about that, top-notch, and the composition is great. Love the chord progression at "no future and no past" - pretty unexpected at that position but marvellously working. Great backing track.

All in all a really professional production one wouldn't be surprised to hear on the radio - very, very enjoyable !!!!

Take care,

Stefan
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/22/19 06:01 PM

I knew this would be another good one from you. Your vocals sound so smooth and effortless.
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/23/19 04:10 PM

Originally Posted By: Mark K
Enjoyable "feel good" listen. Vocals seemed so effortless adding to the feel.


Thanks Mark! Appreciate you taking the time to listen and your kind words! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Noel96

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/23/19 05:38 PM

Hi Greg,

Wow! This is such wonderful listening.

I love everything about it. Your singing is superb. It carried me along on a journey of eidetic imagery created by the intertwining effect of your relaxed, carefree melody and hypnotic, palm-trees-swaying accompaniment.

To my ears, this is inspired music creation in every way.

All the best,
Noel
Posted by: Al-David

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/24/19 03:06 AM

Greg ...

Your songs always move me ... move to laugh, move me to cry, move me to realize the talent I'm listening to is some of the best in world .... and I'm among the privileged few who see/hear it before the rest of the world does. What an honor!

You have more talent in one nose hair than many of the pop artists of the day have in their luggage. This is simply gorgeous! I'm awe-stricken.

wishing you the very best ...

Alan
Posted by: Birchwood

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/24/19 06:50 AM

Hi Greg, that really is a sweet song. I enjoyed listening, although the songmarker said Jazz.
It wasn't. It is a song that fits more categories. And you can (still) sing very high and pure. Love that.
I can only agree with the way Noel said it.

Nice day,
Hans
Posted by: Rustyspoon#

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/24/19 07:46 AM

Greg,
Beautiful tune in every way! Production is top tier.
Enjoyed it!

Thank you for sharing!
Misha.
Posted by: rsdean

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/24/19 10:39 AM

Greg,

Love this! To me, it has that mid 70s Jack Jones feel and vibe...

Excellent song, vocal and mix.

Bob
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/26/19 07:49 AM

Greg,

Romantic? - yes! Goofy? - Not Even Close. Talent, skill and craft are all required to write really good "simple 'silly' love songs" - and you've got it in spades. The lyrics here are so smooth and "fall on the ear" so well one doesn't even think about the song being "written" - it just IS. Talent, skill, craft.

The production is just as smooth and subtle as the song.

The vocals are typical Greg-Johnson-to-die-for vocals.

And all mixed perfectly.

As good as it gets (which is becoming a standard response to your song posts).

A truly great listen.

fj
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/26/19 10:25 AM

nice job... I like the island feel to the music.
Posted by: Deej56

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/26/19 07:03 PM

Greg,

Oh, boy, your vocal here is so soft and sweet—magnetic. And the production is perfect. Got nothing else to offer beyond my utmost admiration. Outstanding!

All the best,

Deej
Posted by: TuneMonger

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/26/19 07:52 PM

I've become a huge fan, Summer Comes Along might be my fave track on the showcase. Now this is right up there with it. I saw Franks in '76, so close I could reach out and touch him. He had the tightest band I ever heard. No critiques, just listening in awe here.
Posted by: Tangmo

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/26/19 10:18 PM

I don't know Michael Franks, which clearly is my loss. I love, love, love this song. Wonderful progression and melody full of sweet turns. Such a great simple lyric so well phrased and sung. There's nothing like a love song to get me "into" the song. And this one is a rare beauty. The band is excellent in this arrangement as well. Just great.
Posted by: ROG

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/27/19 10:57 AM

Hi Greg,

By the second bar I had a huge smile on my face.
I've listened twice now and I can't stop smiling - it just does that for me.

I think I've loved everything I've heard from you and this is no exception.
Everything about it is just right. Gosh, I wish I could sing half as well as that.

Lovely chord progression, terrific choice of instruments and a classic mix.

Brilliant.

ROG.
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/30/19 01:48 PM

Originally Posted By: Mark K
Enjoyable "feel good" listen. Vocals seemed so effortless adding to the feel.


Thanks Mark for the listen and the nice comments. Much appreciated!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/30/19 01:49 PM

Originally Posted By: Jim
Man...
What a lovely song...
You certainly know how to capture the listener's emotions...

Man o man...
I really love this beautiful tune Greg...
This is one I can listen to over & over again!


Thanks Jim! I really appreciate it! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/30/19 01:50 PM

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Greg

Always liked Michael Franks whispery vocals and light jazz arrangements. You take it up a notch because of your truly excellent vocals.
Lovely song, pretty melody and as anticipated a superb vocal.

Really nice work.

Peter


Thanks Peter. Just listened to some of your sweet blues playing today! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/30/19 01:50 PM

Originally Posted By: Ghostgum
Like everything about this song - arrangement, lyrics, vocals - nothing strained, everything flowing with such perfect ease. Great job!


Thanks Brian! Liking your classical style instrumentals! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 08/30/19 01:51 PM

Originally Posted By: Buttrey
Nicely done.


Thanks so much for taking time to listen. Appreciated! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 09/01/19 01:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Rob4580
This is a great song Greg.
Production vocal and band is spot on. Rob4580


Thanks Rob! I've been enjoying a lot of great tunes by you lately! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 09/01/19 01:27 PM

Originally Posted By: rayc
Smooth and lovely Greg.
The ch, t and related sounds seem to work with the reverb to make an aggressive sibilant sound.
The esses aren't too bad at all but the ch/t could use a little taming.
Sounds great over all.


Thanks Ray! The person who mixed it is far better than I am....maybe a problem with the way I recorded it. Take care. Greg
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 09/01/19 01:27 PM

Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Smooth! Love the laid back groove.

And an excellent vocal as always.

Nothing wrong with a feel good type song in my book, well done smile


Thanks Dave! LOVE your new one.....so good! Take care. Greg
Posted by: animarorecords

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 09/13/19 09:47 PM

Greg,

Nice song!
A very beautiful melody is on top of the flowing chord progression.
Your soft vocal like Michael Franks really fits this tune.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi
Posted by: Torrey Bliss

Re: NEW SONG POST: Make the Moment Last - 11/08/19 08:54 AM

Greg, I just want to send a BIG word of encouragement to you today. You have one of the absolute best voices on the forum. You deserve to be heard way more than you are!! Great tune here that sounds like it's right off of 70's radio! Keep at it and don't ever give up! Thanks, Torrey