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#344237 - 04/10/16 01:05 PM [User Showcase] Rooftop in New York
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Will Rockwell Offline
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This is part of a larger project called See Rock City, for which "Looking For a Friend" is also a part. Thanks to my son's girlfriend Azalea for vocals in the dialogue section, she had never recorded before.

https://soundcloud.com/willrockwell/rooftop-in-new-york

****** Song Summary *************
Title: rooftop
File:rooftop2.SGU
Key=D , Tempo 120, Length (m:s)=5:46
20 bar intro, 150 bar chorus, from bar 21 to bar 170. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Song is saved with bar changes for Tempo ,
Style is _PMODGR1.STY (Pop Ballad w/ Strummed Acoustic)

RealTracks in song: ~2486:Bass, Acoustic, Bowed Held Sw 110
RealTracks in style: 1839:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopModernGrooveA-B Ev16 075
RealTracks in song: 2534:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, HeldChords
RealTracks in song: 2336:Viola, Background, Pop Ev 085 (1TrackStringSection)
RealTracks in song: 1681:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 2456:Cello, Background PopSwing Sw 110 (1TrackStringQuartet)
RealDrums in Song: NashPopBallad^01-a:SideStick, Partially Closed HiHat , b:Snare, Partially Closed HiHat
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Rooftop in New York

DGA I fell in love, on a rooftop in New York
DA She was reading the Daily News
DGA I'm a little bit shy, but I had to interrupt her
DA in the middle of the book reviews
AD on a rooftop in New York
DGA DGA

DA Have you been here long?
DGA No, I come from California
DA In film school at NYU
DA DGA If you've got the time, I'd like to get to know you
DA there's lots of things that we could do
DGA it was springtime in New York
DBmA and a gentle breeze was blowing
GA there was magic in the air
EmAD on a Sunday made for love


Edited by Will Rockwell (04/10/16 01:07 PM)
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#344273 - 04/10/16 07:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rooftop in New York [Re: Will Rockwell]
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I like this!! It just feels spontaneous and natural. A little more of a ballad than your usual style. Your son's girlfriend did a nice job with the vocal. Very pleasant tune! Take care. Greg

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#344292 - 04/10/16 11:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rooftop in New York [Re: Will Rockwell]
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Very nice song and a beautiful voice !
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#344301 - 04/11/16 01:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rooftop in New York [Re: Will Rockwell]
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Will and Azalea,

The two of you have created a really happy sounding and really enjoyable musical journey. I was there with you both all the way!

I was particularly taken with the arrangement and the way in which you developed it. Even though I could never anticipate what was going to happen next, when it happened, every time I thought to myself, "That's perfect!"

Congratulations to you both!

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#344322 - 04/11/16 05:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rooftop in New York [Re: Will Rockwell]
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Will Rockwell Offline
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Thank you all so much, Azalea will be delighted.
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#344345 - 04/11/16 08:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rooftop in New York [Re: Will Rockwell]
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Hi Will!

I like the band you used in this.. the acoustic guitar paired with cello and strings especially. It reminded me of something that might have been played by Simon and Garfunkel or other groups from that era.

Send my regards to Azalea for her part in the song.. she did a great job for a first time in front of a mic!

Your voice is perfect for this song, and I found it very easy to listen to. The tail end sounds like it got clipped at some point in the production, but apart from that, I loved everything about it!

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#344389 - 04/11/16 01:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rooftop in New York [Re: Will Rockwell]
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Nice song, I like it
Interesting idea to sing in duo. Enjoyable vocal.

Sergio
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#344589 - 04/12/16 01:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rooftop in New York [Re: Sergio Guarneri]
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Will Rockwell Offline
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The version I posted was a rough mix, the program crashed and I thought I had lost Azalea's vocal. I found her parts in temp files and manually rebuilt the track, then made a final mix. Here it is.

https://soundcloud.com/willrockwell/rooftop-in-new-york
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#344593 - 04/12/16 02:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rooftop in New York [Re: Will Rockwell]
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Another good write Will. I found it rather catchy.
Rob

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#344685 - 04/13/16 04:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rooftop in New York [Re: Rob4580]
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Originally Posted By: Rob4580
Another good write Will. I found it rather catchy.
Rob


Thanks Rob. Because it's part of a larger piece, I didn't feel I had to flesh it out into a complete song. Even so, it's over 3 minutes long.
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#344698 - 04/13/16 05:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rooftop in New York [Re: Will Rockwell]
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This is a very soothing and enjoyable tune!

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#344743 - 04/13/16 12:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rooftop in New York [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
I like this!! It just feels spontaneous and natural. A little more of a ballad than your usual style. Your son's girlfriend did a nice job with the vocal. Very pleasant tune! Take care. Greg


We like Greg's choice of words "spontaneous and natural." Everything about it
seems organic and there's something magical about the way it flows.

We enjoyed everything aspect...

Well done!!

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#344873 - 04/14/16 04:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rooftop in New York [Re: David Snyder]
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Originally Posted By: David Snyder
This is a very soothing and enjoyable tune!


soothing....ha....I hope you stayed awake.
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#345042 - 04/14/16 04:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rooftop in New York [Re: Will Rockwell]
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I appreciate the kudos for Azalea's vocal, I will read the complements to her. She was perfect, I wanted a naive, untrained performance, and she delivered.
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#345043 - 04/14/16 04:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rooftop in New York [Re: Will Rockwell]
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Great song! I love your ability to insert lyrical lines that are grounded, palpable.

"reading the daily news...the book reviews" Bravo!!!

And I always enjoy your instrument choices too.

much enjoyed!

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#345119 - 04/14/16 10:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rooftop in New York [Re: Will Rockwell]
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Love it, especially call and response part. And the following vocal harmony. Well done!


Edited by dga (04/14/16 10:23 PM)
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#345172 - 04/15/16 04:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: Rooftop in New York [Re: Will Rockwell]
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This is a good song on every level. Great concept and you did a very good job of keeping all the elements on track. The right instrumentation for the lyrics and a perfect melody and chord progression for the song theme. Excellent write, mix and performance. Azalea certainly delivered the perfect vocal for the song and the song was perfect for your vocal delivery. Yep, this is a good song on every level
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#345712 - 04/17/16 12:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: Rooftop in New York [Re: Charlie Fogle]
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Thank you Charlie, Azalea will love the compliment
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