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#309741 - 09/08/15 10:13 PM [User Showcase] Meet Me Down In New Orleans
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This is the first song I've written in two years.

https://soundcloud.com/lawrence-olivier/meet-me-down-in-new-orleans

It was inspired by a beautiful song: John Hiatt's "Feels Like Rain" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tw-yZB-frc

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Meet Me Down In New Orleans (8-11-2015)

You are tender as a rose/ and I am a storm
You’ve had the moonlight in your eyes/ since the day you were born
There’s a south wind blowing/ the salt air in from the sea
Meet me down in New Orleans baby/ Meet me down in New Orleans

Come hear the Paddle boat calling/ hear it’s steam whistle blow
It’s playing just for you darling/ It misses you don’t you know
Come feel the rolling Mississippi/ Come find me on St. Peters Street
Meet me down in New Orleans baby/ Meet me down in New Orleans
Meet me down in New Orleans baby/ Meet me down in New Orleans

Don’t bother bringing your umbrella/ I’ll be your shelter if it rains
And I won’t wait to read your letter/ I’m headed there right now on faith
Were all of my mistakes so binding/ Am I ever to be free
Meet me down in New Orleans baby/ Meet me down in New Orleans
Meet me down in New Orleans baby/ Meet me down in New Orleans
I’ll be waiting there for you lady / in New Orleans
Meet me down in New Orleans baby/ Meet me down in New Orleans


Edited by gruverider (09/10/15 03:00 PM)

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#309745 - 09/08/15 10:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: Meet Me Down In New Orleans [Re: gruverider]
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Lawrence,
love the song
the soloist goes a "little of the wall" in places, needs to push the bend a little more imho. but otherwise a wonderful song deserving of at least 2 plays smile

nice vocals as usual.
love the brass (?) under "meet me down in New Orleans"

One thing I noticed is the song went too quickly considering the length and never lost my attention.

A bit of a Joe Cocker vibe

good stuff, don't wait 2 years to write another grin

enjoyed a lot

Alyn
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#309747 - 09/08/15 11:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: Meet Me Down In New Orleans [Re: gruverider]
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Hey, Lawrence,

Very nice. Your vocals and expression really make this an enjoyable song.

I really like the section with the entrance of the horns, followed by the guitar. Great choice of instruments.

Two years is a long interval - glad the inspiration hit you, and I hope there's more to follow.

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#309750 - 09/09/15 01:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Meet Me Down In New Orleans [Re: gruverider]
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Very good tune. I also liked the Horns and the slide fills later in the song. Sung with feeling.

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#309759 - 09/09/15 04:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: Meet Me Down In New Orleans [Re: gruverider]
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Lawrence,


I get the Cocker reference, but you are unique. You've got that Delta vibe in your voice that reminds me of Dr. John - only better.

Love the instrumentation, and the build on this one. Two years? Get busy, man! grin


Regards,

Bob

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#309788 - 09/09/15 09:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Meet Me Down In New Orleans [Re: gruverider]
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Love it, and I'm a big fan of John Hiatt. I get the connection.
Love the guitar, great song.
Kenny

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#309823 - 09/09/15 03:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: Meet Me Down In New Orleans [Re: gruverider]
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You know, all of your tracks that I've heard share an authenticity and a real sense of personal expression in the music and in your vocals. It could be on the radio, while driving on a hot, steamy night in the rain. Like a previous post said, don't wait another two years.... Good guitar and fills, always like horns, and I'll be listening again.
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#309826 - 09/09/15 03:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: Meet Me Down In New Orleans [Re: gruverider]
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Hi Lawrence,

I just love your expressive vocals.
This is no exception.
Nice horns.
Enjoyed it a lot.

Guenter
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#309833 - 09/09/15 04:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: Meet Me Down In New Orleans [Re: gruverider]
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Powerful stuff. This is excellent at every level. Some of the highest vocal emotional energy I've heard on the forum in a while.

Excellent, excellent work all around.

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#309857 - 09/09/15 11:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: Meet Me Down In New Orleans [Re: gruverider]
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Very nice this one Lawrence. Like everything about it and did not seem at all long.
Swamp music? Cheers.
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#309922 - 09/10/15 09:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: Meet Me Down In New Orleans [Re: gruverider]
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Always love to hear you sing. This was a great vehicle!

That opening piano was super.

Very expressive slide - you played that, I assume?

Great listen.

floyd

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#309949 - 09/10/15 01:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Meet Me Down In New Orleans [Re: gruverider]
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Man, I wish I could sing like that!!! Your vocals always kill me. This is a killer song with a fantastic delivery. Please don't wait another 2 years. Simply loved this! Take care. Greg

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#309956 - 09/10/15 03:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: Meet Me Down In New Orleans [Re: 90 dB]
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Originally Posted By: gibson
Lawrence,
love the song
the soloist goes a "little of the wall" in places, needs to push the bend a little more imho. but otherwise a wonderful song deserving of at least 2 plays smile

nice vocals as usual.
love the brass (?) under "meet me down in New Orleans"

One thing I noticed is the song went too quickly considering the length and never lost my attention.

A bit of a Joe Cocker vibe

good stuff, don't wait 2 years to write another grin

enjoyed a lot

Alyn
Alyn, thank you for commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed the song. I comped the solo in Sonar from four takes. Sonar has a really fluid comping system now. But I'd like to now what you mean by "push the bend". Do you mean string bending? I've added the realtracs and the brass are horns 2290.

Originally Posted By: Curt Young
Hey, Lawrence,

Very nice. Your vocals and expression really make this an enjoyable song.

I really like the section with the entrance of the horns, followed by the guitar. Great choice of instruments.

Two years is a long interval - glad the inspiration hit you, and I hope there's more to follow.
Thank you Curt. I did 8 vocal takes over two days looking for the right feel. Some were too soft, some to gravelly. I went with take six with no edits. I added Melodyne about 60% pitch correction and about 30% pitch shift correction.

Originally Posted By: PeterF
Very good tune. I also liked the Horns and the slide fills later in the song. Sung with feeling.
Peter, thanks for listening and commenting

Originally Posted By: 90 dB
Lawrence,


I get the Cocker reference, but you are unique. You've got that Delta vibe in your voice that reminds me of Dr. John - only better.

Love the instrumentation, and the build on this one. Two years? Get busy, man! grin


Regards,

Bob
Bob, thank you. I'm glad you like it. That's a big complement being compared to Dr. John thank you. And I hope it doesn't take me two more years to write again.


Edited by gruverider (09/10/15 03:18 PM)

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#309972 - 09/10/15 04:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: Meet Me Down In New Orleans [Re: gruverider]
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Well worth the wait I would say. Sounds like Leon Russell. I was dying to play some guitar. I felt like a howling wolf and I wanted to go down to the crossroads for some strange reason. I also wanted to go back to Alcatraz. What kind of a weird Cajun voodoo spell have you cast on me brother? smile

Love it! Write a another one. Gregg Allman wants to hear it I swear.
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#310002 - 09/11/15 12:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: Meet Me Down In New Orleans [Re: gruverider]
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Quote:
Alyn, ....... But I'd like to now what you mean by "push the bend". Do you mean string bending? I've added the realtracs and the brass are horns 2290.


sorry Lawrence but yes,string bending. I thought the bend didn't quite hit the "intended" note.
But I withdraw my comment, with embarrassment, because listening to my latest song MY 1st bend misses the mark also, and I was playing it blush

Also wow you used Melodyne, I thought your vocal was un-tuned.
Another listen confirms that this song is STILL absolutely excellent.
oh and get writing some more soon grin

Alyn
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#310236 - 09/12/15 01:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: Meet Me Down In New Orleans [Re: RichMac]
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Originally Posted By: 44kfl
Love it, and I'm a big fan of John Hiatt. I get the connection.
Love the guitar, great song.
Kenny
Kenny, thanks for listening and commenting.

Originally Posted By: mwgilbert
You know, all of your tracks that I've heard share an authenticity and a real sense of personal expression in the music and in your vocals. It could be on the radio, while driving on a hot, steamy night in the rain. Like a previous post said, don't wait another two years.... Good guitar and fills, always like horns, and I'll be listening again.
MWG, thank you for your generous comments. I'm glad you liked it.

Originally Posted By: boehm
Hi Lawrence,

I just love your expressive vocals.
This is no exception.
Nice horns.
Enjoyed it a lot.

Guenter
Guenter, thank you for listening and I'm glad you enjoyed the song.

Originally Posted By: c_fogle
Powerful stuff. This is excellent at every level. Some of the highest vocal emotional energy I've heard on the forum in a while.

Excellent, excellent work all around.

Charlie
Charlie you're very kind and I'm glad you liked it.

Originally Posted By: RichMac
Very nice this one Lawrence. Like everything about it and did not seem at all long.
Swamp music? Cheers.
Rich, Swamp music indeed! Thanks for stopping by.

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#310237 - 09/12/15 01:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: Meet Me Down In New Orleans [Re: gibson]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Always love to hear you sing. This was a great vehicle!

That opening piano was super.

Very expressive slide - you played that, I assume?

Great listen.

floyd
Floyd, I listened to your recent post carefully so that I could get the piano as close to what you did. The slide was BIAB.

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Man, I wish I could sing like that!!! Your vocals always kill me. This is a killer song with a fantastic delivery. Please don't wait another 2 years. Simply loved this! Take care. Greg
Greg thank you very much. I'm glad you liked it.

Originally Posted By: David Snyder
Well worth the wait I would say. Sounds like Leon Russell. I was dying to play some guitar. I felt like a howling wolf and I wanted to go down to the crossroads for some strange reason. I also wanted to go back to Alcatraz. What kind of a weird Cajun voodoo spell have you cast on me brother? smile

Love it! Write a another one. Gregg Allman wants to hear it I swear.
David I'll have to ask my Cajun grandmother about the voodoo. Thanks for listening.

Originally Posted By: gibson

sorry Lawrence but yes,string bending. I thought the bend didn't quite hit the "intended" note.
But I withdraw my comment, with embarrassment, because listening to my latest song MY 1st bend misses the mark also, and I was playing it blush

Also wow you used Melodyne, I thought your vocal was un-tuned.
Another listen confirms that this song is STILL absolutely excellent.
oh and get writing some more soon grin

Alyn
There is some dissonance in there. I think it may be the horns trying to play some jazz chording? And I'm working on a new one right now with the funk groove. Steely Dan style.

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#310469 - 09/15/15 07:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: Meet Me Down In New Orleans [Re: gruverider]
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Well, it appears that everybody has parsed out
all the components pretty well so we'll stick
with the overall song. As I mentioned when we
like a song it's hard for us to break it down for
analysis. So......we are also Hiatt fans and
are familiar with the song you mentioned. But
we like your voice a lot better. You are really
good at putting a ton of emotion in your vocals
and never sounding overwrought. Got that
sweet spot nailed!

Great write and production to go with the killer
vocal.

J&B
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#310510 - 09/15/15 02:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: Meet Me Down In New Orleans [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
Well, it appears that everybody has parsed out
all the components pretty well so we'll stick
with the overall song. As I mentioned when we
like a song it's hard for us to break it down for
analysis. So......we are also Hiatt fans and
are familiar with the song you mentioned. But
we like your voice a lot better. You are really
good at putting a ton of emotion in your vocals
and never sounding overwrought. Got that
sweet spot nailed!

Great write and production to go with the killer
vocal.

J&B
Thank you both for the kind words.

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