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#203623 - 05/19/13 08:13 AM [User Showcase] New Production: "Heaven's Stairway"
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Hi all,

Brenda and I wrote this song a couple of years go. Recently, I revisited the production and had a play around with some things I've picked up since first putting the song together. Hopefully it's improved things.

The song is all Realtracks/Realdrums and can be found at ...

... Heaven's Stairway (on Vimeo; better quality audio/video)

... Heaven's Stairway (on Youtube)

If anyone is interested in the music for this, a pdf of the lead sheet is available at the below link.

... Lead sheet - pdf (right-click and "save as")

Please feel free to critically comment on any aspect of the song, arrangement and production.

Regards,
Noel

SONG INFORMATION

STYLE
_DRDUN_G.STY (Slow Rock Ballad (85 RS))

REALTRACKS
518: Bass, Electric, Pop HalfNotes Ev 085
508: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Dire Ev 085
542: Guitar, Electric, Rhythm Dreamy Ev 085
363: Pedal Steel, Background Ev 085


LYRICS

Heaven's Stairway
©2013 Noel Adams and Brenda Smith

He came to Earth with Heaven's peace
The gentle man from Galilee
He came for you, and me, and all mankind
With tender words, He spoke of love
He showed us how to walk with God and built a way of hope
For all of us to climb

[CHORUS]
Come to Him
Run to Him
Jesus always hears us when we pray
He's the one
God's only son
He helps us, step by step, up Heaven's stairway

Trust in Him and trust His words
Share the love of His holy church
Believe in Him with all your heart and mind
Endless days of peaceful grace
And endless joy that never fades await in paradise
For all of us to find

[CHORUS]
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#203651 - 05/19/13 03:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: Noel96]
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hi noel great lyrics and mix everything fits well very good production plus 10+ thanks for sharing eric

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#203665 - 05/19/13 04:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: F.M.M.]
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Hi Eric,

Thank you for having a listen. I appreciate it.

All the best,
Noel
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#203670 - 05/19/13 04:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: Noel96]
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Hi, Noel and Brenda !:)

I enjoyed this tune very much !:)
I only have superlatives for you
two on this lovely tune !:)

Cheers
Dani

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#203683 - 05/19/13 06:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: Noel96]
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Noel,

There is SO much to like about this! Best vocal ever. To begin with.

Best cadence to the lyrics - ever. EVER! They roll off the tongue SO nicely. Nothing ever in the way, just a natural feel. Big time bravo on that. The words SING.

Cool instrumentation. The guitar... the steel... perfect. Great tracks and a great mix. Cool.

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#203701 - 05/20/13 03:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: Noel96]
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Outstanding! Production is superb! Thanks for sharing!
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#203714 - 05/20/13 07:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: dani48]
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Hi Dani,

Thank you smile I know that when Brenda reads your comments, a huge smile will appear on her face (like it did on mine). I appreciate your dropping in and having a listen.

All the best,
Noel
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#203717 - 05/20/13 07:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: floyd jane]
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Hi Floyd,

It's always good to hear from you. I've got to say, though, you've done it again! My computer monitor blushed a bright shade of red blush when I put your comments on-screen.

Thank you for taking time to listen and to pass on your thoughts. Your ideas always help me see my songs with new eyes and I always find that extremely beneficial. Much appreciated.

All the best,
Noel
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#203718 - 05/20/13 07:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: PgFantastic]
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Hi Robert,

Good to see you! Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate them.

Best wishes,
Noel
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#203721 - 05/20/13 07:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: Noel96]
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Very nice work. I have seen quite a few groups in some local churches who perform this style of music.

Christian country is one of my favorites. I love a steel guitar.
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#203739 - 05/20/13 10:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: F.M.M.]
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Hi Noel and Brenda,

I'm not a fan of Christian country.
But this song is completely rounded:
good lyrics, vocals and mix.
Congratulations.

Guenter
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#203802 - 05/20/13 10:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: Noel96]
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Noel,

There's nothing left for me to say....

Well done ya'll. smile

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#203830 - 05/21/13 07:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: Noel96]
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Noel,

Very well done.


Regards,


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#203892 - 05/21/13 02:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: Noel96]
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Nice all the way around. Great mix -- particularly the way it supports the vocal. Really cool the way the song has such a relaxed, loose feel (and I mean loose in a very positive manner). I agree with Floyd re the way the lyrics flow -- nothing forced. I'm an old Southern rocking gospel fan and don't listen to much of the new Christian music as it seems to always have a breathy/overly angst vibe. This production is very different as it really draws you into the words - and the vocal is outstanding.


Edited by Janice & Bud (05/22/13 06:14 AM)
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#203901 - 05/21/13 02:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: Noel96]
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An enjoyable listen.

Later,
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#203973 - 05/22/13 03:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: Guitarhacker]
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Hi Herb.

Thank you for the thumbs up. I'm with you regarding steel guitar. It's an amazing instrument. I appreciate your comments and I know Brenda will too when she reads them.

Best regards,
Noel
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#203974 - 05/22/13 03:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: boehm]
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Hi Guenter,

Thank you for taking time out to have a listen - especially so when this is not a genre you like. We appreciate your time and your comments.

Best wishes,
Noel
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#203975 - 05/22/13 03:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: Sundance]
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Hi Josie,

Thank you for popping in and listening. It's always good to see your smiling avatar in a thread. Brenda and I appreciate your time and thoughts.

All the best with your songwriting,
Noel


Edited by Noel96 (05/22/13 03:33 AM)
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#203977 - 05/22/13 03:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: 90 dB]
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Hi Bob (90 dB),

Thank you smile

All the best,
Noel
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#203978 - 05/22/13 03:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Production: "Heaven's Stairway" [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hi Janice and Bud,

I really appreciate all the positive comments. I know you'll give Brenda a huge smile, too. She'll be over the moon when she reads them. To be honest, I think good fortune was on our side when we wrote this song!

Once again, thank you!
Noel
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