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#235645 - 01/17/14 04:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: olemon]
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Hi Oleman,

Thank you for your thoughts. The New Orleans swing piano is an amazing track. It's not possible to feel miserable after listening to it!

Thanks again,
Noel
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#235652 - 01/17/14 04:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: Noel96]
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Noel:

This is a very catchy song. You've done a good job with picking the right RTs for the mood -- and the mix is very good.
Also, I think your vocal is very strong.

Nice job.

John

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#235728 - 01/18/14 08:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: Scott C]
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Hi Scott,

I appreciate your dropping in to have a listen and to comment. Thank you for the positive comments!

Regards,
Noel
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#235729 - 01/18/14 08:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: JoanneCooper]
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Hi Joanne,

Thank you for the smile your comments gave me. It's a great way to start the day. Hope you're settling back into work after you break.

Best wishes,
Noel
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#235730 - 01/18/14 08:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: Don Gaynor]
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Hey Don,

Love the phrase "squattin' in cotton"! I hope your cotton bushes are the Irish-lovin' and friendly kind smile It could be a bit nasty if they're not.

I'd love to take credit for the fiddle and the other instrumentation but, I have to be honest and say that I couldn't have put anything like this together without Peter Gannon's vision that has made BIAB what it is today. It's an incredible program!

One thing that might interest you is that I used some volume envelopes on the fiddle solo to shape the performance a little more and to give it more of a live feel. The below image of the fiddle track will show you what I mean.



Thank you for dropping by. It's always good to see you.

Regards,
Noel
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#235743 - 01/18/14 09:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: Noel96]
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Hi Noel
Sorry I'm late to the Party!!
Fun track for sure.
What a great idea. Pull another cold beer out of the shallows for me, will ya??!!
Enjoyed it very much
Cheers
ian
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#235761 - 01/18/14 10:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: Al-David]
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Hi Al and Di,

Thank you for the uplifting comments! You made my day smile

Best wishes,
Noel
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#235763 - 01/18/14 10:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: floyd jane]
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Hey floyd!

Yep, it's a simple song this time around. If I only count the chorus once, the lyrics come in at 103 words. The challenge with that (at a tempo of 128 bpm) is how to make it a worthy listen because the whole song is done in less than 2 minutes.

I needed to be able to repeat a fair bit of the material if I was going to get a song of any significant length. Since repetition can be boring for all involved, I wasn't quite sure how to go about doing it effectively and avoiding that boredom factor. Then it struck me that if I could go somewhere in the arrangement that was musically so completely different from anything thing that had come before it, people might be able to hear the repetition with a fresh enough sound that they could enjoy it reasonably well the second time through. That's where the piano and fiddle duet came from. To enhance the duet's contribution, I also made their section 12 bars long. All other sections of the song are 8 bars long.

It was a fun challenge!

All the best,
Noel

P.S. Straw hat, seersucker suit, can and soft shoe. Now there's a thought wink
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#235768 - 01/18/14 11:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: Noel96]
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Hi Noel.

Been missing for a while, but this was a nice tune to find when I got back.

Basically, it's all been said and it's all been good.

Just to say I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing.

ROG.

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#235830 - 01/18/14 06:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: Noel96]
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Wow! What can I say, super use of BIAB and the lyrics are out of the park!!!!

What a treat to listen to!

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#235879 - 01/19/14 05:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: MikeK]
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Hi Mike,

Glad you dropped in. Thanks for taking a listen and giving me some feedback. It's always good to know how others hear you work.

Regards,
Noel
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#235880 - 01/19/14 05:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: Sundance]
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Hi Josie,

Thank you smile

You've interpreted the lyrics exactly how they happened in my head when I wrote them. That's how I wanted them to come across. I appreciate your telling me all this because it helps me see my song better.

I still haven't forgotten that I'm putting together some more advanced tips on Reaper. It's just taken me longer to get to than I anticipated. Hopefully, by the end of this week I'll have the document finalised!

All the best,
Noel
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#235881 - 01/19/14 05:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Hey Bud,

I don't know what to say! Obviously your amazing speakers can make an ordinary singer like me sound good. I should get some! Your comment about George Harrison made me smile for the rest of day! I'd love to be able to write something like "Something". I reckon that that's one of Harrison's best. For the moment, though, I'll just keep on doing what I do. (As I've said before, 90% of Dylan's work is not his best 10%. That thought keeps me going.)

Please tell Janice that the world needs eternally optimistic people. There's not enough them these days.

All the best,
Noel
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#235885 - 01/19/14 06:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: jphillips]
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Hi John,

Appreciate your calling in and listening. Thank you for the positive comments.

Regards,
Noel
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#235886 - 01/19/14 06:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: sixchannel]
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Hi Ian,

Good to see you! Ahhhh, I see you're a fishing man. Cool. Thanks for taking time out to have a listen.

All the best,
Noel
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#235887 - 01/19/14 06:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: ROG]
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Howdy ROG,

Hope you were doing enjoyable things while you were out in the real world! I've got to say you did a great job on James's song he posted recently. Your skills are very extensive, that's for sure.

All the best,
Noel
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#235888 - 01/19/14 06:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: gruverider]
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Hi Lawrence,

Thanks for taking time to listen. I really appreciate the comments. Lyric writing has been a long slow road for me but, at last, I seem to be getting somewhere! I'm not in your league yet, though.

Regards,
Noel
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#235889 - 01/19/14 07:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: Noel96]
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Noel,

After reading the other comments this is obviously just my opinion: I would have rather been able to listen to the song first because reading how you "clinically" wrote the lyrics before I listened to the song spoiled the experience, a bit, for me.

That saying it IS a good song and the chorus IS catchy and was stuck in my head for a while laugh

As I said this is just my humble opinion!

Alyn
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#235960 - 01/19/14 04:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: Noel96]
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Hi Alyn,

I hear what you're saying. When read back over what I wrote in the initial post, it does sound a little clinical. That gives the wrong impression, though, because the process was highly creative - especially the short story that began the journey of the lyrics.

The reason I put that information into my post was because I thought that some people might like an insight into how I came up with the song's words. There are some outstanding musicians on here who don't know how to write lyrics and who are even intimidated by the thought of trying. I wanted to give them a little bit of hope and to say "it's not hard as you might think once you have a couple of basic tools in your tool-belt" smile

For me, creating a first draft of a lyric is more creative than clinical. When it comes to polishing up the lyric, though, and rewriting it to make it as strong as possible, that's definitely more clinical than creative smile

Thanks for listening and for the positive feedback. It's always good to see you.

All the best,
Noel

P.S. Every time I look at your new avatar I think "such an impressive looking guitar!"
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#236033 - 01/19/14 11:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song: "This Is The Life For Me" [Re: Noel96]
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I thought I was hearing the next hit by Ringo Starr. Nice!!!!

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