One of a Billion Stars

Posted by: BlueAttitude

One of a Billion Stars - 12/02/19 09:54 AM

Something a little different from us: One of a Billion Stars

The band:

RealTracks in song: 1174:Bass, Electric, PopCalypso Ev 100
RealTracks in song: 2906:Piano, ElectricVintage, Rhythm BluesyPopMike Ev 100
RealTracks in song: 2905:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BrightBluesyPopColin Ev 100

I used EZDrummer2 for the drums and percussion

I'm playing the intro guitar part and the leads, and Chris is playing one of the piano parts

Production notes:

I used a combination of "/" chords and melodyne to get the bass player to play the notes I wanted for the main theme.

Mixed in reaper using plugins from reaper, iZotope, and Waves, mastered in Ozone9 (more details available upon request)

One of a billion stars (2019, Christiane Spruit)

One day , one night
Strangers are passing by
Taking my backpack and leave, following the street
lights shine on brightly , from a star that already died
but his light still shines on, to navigate us home by night

Time after Time
how amazing it can be
one of a billion galaxies
me and my feet tied to the ground in gravity

how near or far
no matter who we are
we are the one of a billion stars

shine in the dark
no matter where we are
we are the one of a billion stars


Hopefully this will be enjoyable to some!

As always, all comments are welcome.

EDIT: Chris just did a video for the song:
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/02/19 03:54 PM

Dave & Chris,

That opening BLEW ME AWAY! It is SO MUSICAL. Goosebumps-good. I played it 3 times before moving on... Every part is cool. Rhythm guitar, lead guitar, BASS!! (Sweet!) Drums, Organ... Gorgeous...

Chris has out-done herself on this. Solid Rock ballad write. Exquisite vocal. Soulful.

Another beautiful solo.

Gorgeous mix.

This is up there. Gotta say it - "My new favorite!"

SO good. Going back for more...

fj
Posted by: PeterF

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/02/19 04:36 PM

Dave / Chris

Loved all the subtle touches the excellent vocals and beautiful playing.
Really up there with your best and a great listen.
Thoroughly enjoyed.

Peter
Posted by: Deryk - PG Music

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/02/19 06:54 PM

Wow - what a tune! The intro on this is amazing and sets it up perfectly. As Peter and Floyd said above - the vocals on this are phenomenal and the playing soars. It packs a punch and really makes for a captivating listen.

You should be proud of this one - thanks for sharing smile
Posted by: Leon1

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/02/19 09:15 PM

Dave and Chris
Stellar work on this one (pun intended). Very much enjoyed it.
Regards,
Leon
Posted by: Torrey Bliss

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/03/19 12:42 AM

What a BIG beautiful sound Dave and Chris! That intro and solo parts are over the top good!! Chris's vocal is perfect again! It's a wonderful song with a backtrack that suits the imagery in the lyrics extremely well! I loved everything about it! Thanks, Torrey
Posted by: rayc

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/03/19 03:08 AM

The intro & the line Time after time: they're the tingle bits but it's a terrific song over all.
Dave, you've excellent fingers & tone, while Chris' voice is in the zone for this one.
Posted by: musician17

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/03/19 06:46 AM

Professional job on this one - and that's intended as a massive compliment. Congratulations - an excellent, clinical effort - you hit this one out of the park.
Posted by: Rustyspoon#

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/03/19 07:11 AM

Dave & Chris.
Silky smooth. Guitars and EP are in good tradition of JJ Cale. Vocals are amazing! Love it.

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.
Posted by: Crossroads

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/03/19 07:35 AM

Hi Chris, hi Dave,

yes, different, but as good as the other songs you published so far.

The intro is a killer, no doubt about that! Melodically and harmonically a very, very pleasant composition, and Chris, you're a fabulous singer !!!

You really keep indulging us with sheer ear candy!

All the best,

Stefan

PS: Almost forgot to mention the video: I LOVE those 'starry nights' vids a lot (used them myself in some videos) - they fit the song perfectly. So it's eye-candy, too !
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/03/19 09:22 AM

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Dave & Chris,

That opening BLEW ME AWAY! It is SO MUSICAL. Goosebumps-good. I played it 3 times before moving on... Every part is cool. Rhythm guitar, lead guitar, BASS!! (Sweet!) Drums, Organ... Gorgeous...

Chris has out-done herself on this. Solid Rock ballad write. Exquisite vocal. Soulful.

Another beautiful solo.

Gorgeous mix.


I thought you would like the intro! I've had that for a while, at least a year. Took me a while to figure out where to take the song after that, but once I did the rest of the song came together pretty quickly.

Originally Posted By: floyd jane


This is up there. Gotta say it - "My new favorite!"


HaHa, touché ! Thanks very much, floyd grin
Posted by: Scott C

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/03/19 10:03 AM

Wowser Loved your intro. Was very cool how you panned the guitars. The separation allows them to blend but be so distinct. The strat solo was very cool. Super clean and pick attack really was very cool. Chris’s vocal was awesome. A real professional level production
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/03/19 12:50 PM

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Dave / Chris

Loved all the subtle touches the excellent vocals and beautiful playing.
Really up there with your best and a great listen.
Thoroughly enjoyed.

Peter


Thanks for the listen, Peter, happy you liked this one!
Posted by: Robertkc

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/03/19 03:50 PM

Dave & Chris,
When you put a little space (Lyrically and musically) into your bluesy rock you enter a new zone for me- definitely the best I`ve heard from you!
Amazing intro and with Chris finding an almost ethereal tone at times- marvelous music (and a cool video).

Robert
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/03/19 06:48 PM

Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
Wow - what a tune! The intro on this is amazing and sets it up perfectly. As Peter and Floyd said above - the vocals on this are phenomenal and the playing soars. It packs a punch and really makes for a captivating listen.

You should be proud of this one - thanks for sharing smile


Thanks for the listen and comments, Derek, I appreciate it smile
Posted by: Ember - PG Music

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/03/19 08:28 PM

The intro was really amazing and left such an impact! It definitely set the mood for the rest of the song. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Deej56

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/03/19 09:08 PM

Dave and Chris,

My, my . . . what an impressive, magnetic opening, and it goes on from there as rich and engaging from that first note to the last . . . beautiful, flawless production. Your lead singer nails it. Among the best things I’ve heard on this site . . . rivals any professional production an artist could ask for. I am in awe! Do they have an emoji with a gaping mouth, jaw on the floor?

My beyond humble regards,

Deej
Posted by: TuneMonger

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/03/19 09:34 PM

Great intro as others have said. One of your best, and I like that lyrically you kept some mystery to the meaning of a billion stars and didn't go in a particular direction. Enhanced everything you did musically.
Posted by: Birchwood

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/04/19 01:30 AM

Hi Dave and Chris,

This is indeed somewhat different from what I heard from you. But there is certainly nothing wrong with that, when listening to it.
It's the mood of the song that's so catchy (to me). Really a song I like listening to, sipping from a glas of wine near a fireplace.
And the vocals of Chris completes that picture. Only, like TuneMonger is refering too, I must have missed why the song is called 'a billion stars'. I only heard two; Chris and you.

Hans
Posted by: Tangmo

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/04/19 07:11 AM

What is not to love about this? The opening is killer. It's the kind of thing that instantly brands the song. Very nice work on the bass-line as well, melodic and thematic. Chris' vocal and the mixing thereof is spacious and clear. The band is solid and present. Your leads are, as per usual, tasty and emotive. Top-notch musicality from the both of you.
Posted by: jannesan

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/04/19 07:43 AM

Not really that different, a classic blues ballad in your recognizable style. Lovely intro, enjoyable minor chording with some intriguing melodic elements. I really like the imagery in the lyrics, beautiful awe of the universe and (positive) melancholy in the smallness of a man. Guitars are once again very atmospheric and Chris's vocals never fail to amaze. So many top quality songs on this forum lately and this is one of the best.

Janne
Posted by: Jim

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/04/19 11:17 AM

This is one heck of a song from both of you...
I enjoyed it immensely...
I especially liked the imagery created by the lyrics...
★★★★★
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/04/19 04:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Leon1
Dave and Chris
Stellar work on this one (pun intended). Very much enjoyed it.
Regards,
Leon


Nice pun!

Thanks, Leon, I appreciate you stopping by smile
Posted by: Will Josef

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/04/19 05:22 PM

What a wonderful track!

I love the song, the instrumentation and the mixing, which is outstanding good.

I am on my third listen now... you just made my day so much better!

Will
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/05/19 07:22 AM

Oh yeah...we are all space dust....

Chris has a real talent obviously vocally but also for packing so much
into relatively sparse lyrics. She says it all w/o overstating the theme
with a lot of redundancy. And her phrasing makes it all even sweeter.
Makes you want to come back again...

Your guitar is sublime...Janice commented during your solo on the
video about how the water seemed to be moving with your notes.

Pro level production all the way. Everything, and I don't say this
lightly, sounds wonderful on the KRK's. Rich and velvety as
Janice said.

Over the top of that bar y'all keep raising.

J&B
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/05/19 11:44 AM

Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
What a BIG beautiful sound Dave and Chris! That intro and solo parts are over the top good!! Chris's vocal is perfect again! It's a wonderful song with a backtrack that suits the imagery in the lyrics extremely well! I loved everything about it! Thanks, Torrey


Hey Torrey, happy you liked this!

I got the idea for the harmony lead during the intro from one of your recent songs BTW cool
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/06/19 03:02 AM

Originally Posted By: rayc
The intro & the line Time after time: they're the tingle bits but it's a terrific song over all.
Dave, you've excellent fingers & tone, while Chris' voice is in the zone for this one.


Cheers, Ray!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/06/19 07:14 PM

Originally Posted By: musician17
Professional job on this one - and that's intended as a massive compliment. Congratulations - an excellent, clinical effort - you hit this one out of the park.


Thanks, I appreciate that! smile
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/07/19 03:10 AM

Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
Dave & Chris.
Silky smooth. Guitars and EP are in good tradition of JJ Cale. Vocals are amazing! Love it.

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.


Hmmm, I've never been compared to JJ Cale before I don't think.

Thanks, Misha!
Posted by: Ezekiel's Storm

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/07/19 06:36 AM

I love this. I love the whole feel of this song. It's one of my favorites that you have posted. As others have stated, the intro is magnificent: It's one of those musical pieces that one can listen to over and over, let oneself be immersed in it, and never grow tired of it. The vocals could not be done any better.
Posted by: David Snyder

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/07/19 03:00 PM


Man,

This is great Dave. I loved it.

The music is kinda Santana (early) but the overall production with Chris's vocals reminds me of a famous song from the 70s but I can't place it. It is driving me crazy!

Well, maybe I will remember.

Anyway, this is awesome!!
Posted by: mkg50 (Mike G)

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/07/19 04:52 PM

Love that intro. Your guitar work, as always, is impeccable. The sound you get and the notes you play always sound so fresh and original.
Chris's vocal as usual is spot on. Her understated style fits the song perfectly.
The quality of your production is something I aspire to.
Thanks for sharing.
Cheers,
Mike
Posted by: jimmadsen

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/07/19 10:13 PM

I really like this....Nice stuff!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/08/19 02:21 AM

Originally Posted By: Crossroads
Hi Chris, hi Dave,

yes, different, but as good as the other songs you published so far.

The intro is a killer, no doubt about that! Melodically and harmonically a very, very pleasant composition, and Chris, you're a fabulous singer !!!

You really keep indulging us with sheer ear candy!

All the best,

Stefan

PS: Almost forgot to mention the video: I LOVE those 'starry nights' vids a lot (used them myself in some videos) - they fit the song perfectly. So it's eye-candy, too !


Hi Stefan,

Happy you liked this one!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/09/19 02:16 AM

Originally Posted By: Scott C
Wowser Loved your intro. Was very cool how you panned the guitars. The separation allows them to blend but be so distinct. The strat solo was very cool. Super clean and pick attack really was very cool. Chris’s vocal was awesome. A real professional level production


Hey Scott,

Thanks for mentioning that pan! I tried a few different approaches before I settled on doing it that way.
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/09/19 02:18 AM

Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Dave & Chris,
When you put a little space (Lyrically and musically) into your bluesy rock you enter a new zone for me- definitely the best I`ve heard from you!
Amazing intro and with Chris finding an almost ethereal tone at times- marvelous music (and a cool video).

Robert


Very kind of you, Robert, I really appreciate those comments!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/09/19 02:30 PM

Originally Posted By: Deej56
Dave and Chris,

My, my . . . what an impressive, magnetic opening, and it goes on from there as rich and engaging from that first note to the last . . . beautiful, flawless production. Your lead singer nails it. Among the best things I’ve heard on this site . . . rivals any professional production an artist could ask for. I am in awe! Do they have an emoji with a gaping mouth, jaw on the floor?

My beyond humble regards,

Deej


One of the nicest reviews we have ever received! Thanks very much smile
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/09/19 02:35 PM

Originally Posted By: TuneMonger
Great intro as others have said. One of your best, and I like that lyrically you kept some mystery to the meaning of a billion stars and didn't go in a particular direction. Enhanced everything you did musically.



I liked the write on this one too, different than anything we have done before.

Thanks!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/10/19 03:17 AM

Originally Posted By: Birchwood
Hi Dave and Chris,

This is indeed somewhat different from what I heard from you. But there is certainly nothing wrong with that, when listening to it.
It's the mood of the song that's so catchy (to me). Really a song I like listening to, sipping from a glas of wine near a fireplace.
And the vocals of Chris completes that picture. Only, like TuneMonger is refering too, I must have missed why the song is called 'a billion stars'. I only heard two; Chris and you.

Hans


Thanks for the listen and the kind words, Hans! It is appreciated smile
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/10/19 03:21 AM

Originally Posted By: Tangmo
What is not to love about this? The opening is killer. It's the kind of thing that instantly brands the song. Very nice work on the bass-line as well, melodic and thematic. Chris' vocal and the mixing thereof is spacious and clear. The band is solid and present. Your leads are, as per usual, tasty and emotive. Top-notch musicality from the both of you.


Thanks for the listen and comments, Tangmo!

I really appreciate you stopping by, I know internet is a problem for you at the moment.
Posted by: F.M.M.

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/10/19 09:44 AM

hi dave super vocal love the intro for sure I got say everthing sounds great really well done thanks eric
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/10/19 10:28 AM

very cool..... this reminded me of some old Traffic..... until the singing starts.
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/10/19 04:26 PM

Wonderful vibe to this!! Sort of has that Low Spark of High Heeled Boys fused with Santana feel! The groove is infectious! Great vocals and guitar, of course!! Love it guys!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: cubanpete

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/10/19 05:37 PM

Hey Dave, very nice indeed tune and superior vocals. Wonderful production.

Mike B.
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/11/19 01:45 AM

Originally Posted By: jannesan
Not really that different, a classic blues ballad in your recognizable style. Lovely intro, enjoyable minor chording with some intriguing melodic elements. I really like the imagery in the lyrics, beautiful awe of the universe and (positive) melancholy in the smallness of a man. Guitars are once again very atmospheric and Chris's vocals never fail to amaze. So many top quality songs on this forum lately and this is one of the best.

Janne


Thanks for the support, Janne, it is appreciated!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/11/19 01:59 PM

Originally Posted By: Jim
This is one heck of a song from both of you...
I enjoyed it immensely...
I especially liked the imagery created by the lyrics...
★★★★★


Happy you liked this one, Jim!

Yes, Chris did a nice job with the write on this one. Something s little different!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/12/19 01:47 AM

Originally Posted By: Will Josef
What a wonderful track!

I love the song, the instrumentation and the mixing, which is outstanding good.

I am on my third listen now... you just made my day so much better!

Will


Couldn't ask for more than that!

Thanks, Will!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/12/19 05:10 PM

Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
Oh yeah...we are all space dust....

Chris has a real talent obviously vocally but also for packing so much
into relatively sparse lyrics. She says it all w/o overstating the theme
with a lot of redundancy. And her phrasing makes it all even sweeter.
Makes you want to come back again...

Your guitar is sublime...Janice commented during your solo on the
video about how the water seemed to be moving with your notes.

Pro level production all the way. Everything, and I don't say this
lightly, sounds wonderful on the KRK's. Rich and velvety as
Janice said.

Over the top of that bar y'all keep raising.

J&B



Thanks very much Janice and Bud! I always enjoy reading your comments, and so does Chris smile
Posted by: HearToLearn

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/12/19 05:18 PM

Dave, this song is VIBE brother! It's just sooooo cool. I may be way off with this; but to me, this almost seems like it could be a Sade song. Smoooooth.

I would mention all of the typical things; but am I allowed to just say I have all of those bases more than covered?

Keep THESE coming! They are a treat to listen to.
Posted by: Noel96

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/12/19 09:26 PM

Hi Dave and Chris,

This is...



With each new song that you two do, the bar just gets higher and higher and higher! The guitar work and the production sizzle and Chris's writing and singing is nothing short of 'top notch and then some'.

You have really settled into your respective strengths and compliment one another so very, very well.

For me, the presentation of this song is like teamwork on steroids! Everything, absolutely everything is exactly right!

What a listen!
Noel
Posted by: VideoTrack

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/12/19 11:08 PM

Awesome, Sensational, Outstanding, the list goes on.

This is up there with the very very best that has ever been produced.

What a sensational mix, what a sensational delivery, what a sensational performance.

Amazing intro, amazing guitar break, amazing vocals.

I'm going back for more.
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/13/19 03:50 AM

Originally Posted By: Ezekiel's Storm
I love this. I love the whole feel of this song. It's one of my favorites that you have posted. As others have stated, the intro is magnificent: It's one of those musical pieces that one can listen to over and over, let oneself be immersed in it, and never grow tired of it. The vocals could not be done any better.


Thanks for the listen and comment, it is appreciated!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/14/19 04:19 AM

Originally Posted By: David Snyder

Man,

This is great Dave. I loved it.

The music is kinda Santana (early) but the overall production with Chris's vocals reminds me of a famous song from the 70s but I can't place it. It is driving me crazy!

Well, maybe I will remember.

Anyway, this is awesome!!


Hey David, great to see you!

It's been *way* too long since you have posted a song, you have been missed around here.
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/14/19 07:24 PM

Originally Posted By: mkg50 (Mike G)
Love that intro. Your guitar work, as always, is impeccable. The sound you get and the notes you play always sound so fresh and original.
Chris's vocal as usual is spot on. Her understated style fits the song perfectly.
The quality of your production is something I aspire to.
Thanks for sharing.
Cheers,
Mike


Thanks, Mike!

Guitar tone and production are two things I spend a lot of time on, so I appreciate those comments smile
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/14/19 07:25 PM

Originally Posted By: jimmadsen
I really like this....Nice stuff!


Thanks for stopping by, Jim!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/17/19 01:52 AM

Originally Posted By: F.M.M.
hi dave super vocal love the intro for sure I got say everthing sounds great really well done thanks eric


Thanks, Eric!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/17/19 01:54 AM

Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
very cool..... this reminded me of some old Traffic..... until the singing starts.


Definitely was a traffic/Stevie Windwood fan back in the day.
Thanks, Herb!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/17/19 01:55 AM

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Wonderful vibe to this!! Sort of has that Low Spark of High Heeled Boys fused with Santana feel! The groove is infectious! Great vocals and guitar, of course!! Love it guys!! Take care. Greg


Love that song! Thanks for the listen, comments Greg!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/17/19 01:55 AM

Originally Posted By: cubanpete
Hey Dave, very nice indeed tune and superior vocals. Wonderful production.

Mike B.


Good to see you back here, Mike! Thanks for the comments.
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/17/19 02:00 AM

Originally Posted By: HearToLearn
Dave, this song is VIBE brother! It's just sooooo cool. I may be way off with this; but to me, this almost seems like it could be a Sade song. Smoooooth.

I would mention all of the typical things; but am I allowed to just say I have all of those bases more than covered?

Keep THESE coming! They are a treat to listen to.



Thanks very much, Caaron, I really appreciate it when you stop by!
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: One of a Billion Stars - 12/17/19 02:03 AM

Originally Posted By: Noel96
Hi Dave and Chris,

This is...



With each new song that you two do, the bar just gets higher and higher and higher! The guitar work and the production sizzle and Chris's writing and singing is nothing short of 'top notch and then some'.

You have really settled into your respective strengths and compliment one another so very, very well.

For me, the presentation of this song is like teamwork on steroids! Everything, absolutely everything is exactly right!

What a listen!
Noel


We have a blast working together, no doubt about that, and at the end of the day that's what matters.

Thanks, Noel!

Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
Awesome, Sensational, Outstanding, the list goes on.

This is up there with the very very best that has ever been produced.

What a sensational mix, what a sensational delivery, what a sensational performance.

Amazing intro, amazing guitar break, amazing vocals.

I'm going back for more.


Really appreciate that, thanks, Trev!