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#350227 - 05/16/16 09:33 PM [User Showcase] You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu)
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Alright my PG family . . .

I paid to have Athena's vocals recorded in a studio in Hawaii by Pierre Grill of Rendez-Vous Recording before entering it as songwriting contest submission.

This is the result of that recording and his mix of that recording. Let me know what you think . . .

You Are My LIFE

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#350237 - 05/17/16 01:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: Even If]
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Sounds really professional and crystal clear - lovely vocal and harmonies.

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#350242 - 05/17/16 01:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: Even If]
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Hello, Even If

Very good song. I love it.
I like both versions.
The previous version was very nice.
But this version is even better.
As Peter said, Sounds really professional and crystal clear - lovely vocal and harmonies.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.
Good luck with the Songwriting Contest.

Best Regards.

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#350247 - 05/17/16 04:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: Even If]
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Nice.

All the best wishes for a win in the contest.

This version is really well done. Everything is in it's proper place. No crispy vox.... Loved that cry in her vox at 2:30. The BGV are really good. Tight but they don't sound mechanically done.

To beat that in the contest, another song is going to have to be amazingly good.
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#350252 - 05/17/16 05:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: PeterF]
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Thanks PeterF!
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#350253 - 05/17/16 05:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: animarorecords]
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Thanks Shigeki and thanks for the encouragement!
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#350254 - 05/17/16 05:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: Guitarhacker]
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You are very kind Herb, thanks! smile
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#350257 - 05/17/16 05:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: Even If]
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Sounds great to me!

This is a real departure from the hard-edged stuff you produce... but for the contest audience probably a much better selection

Best of luck to you in the contest!

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#350262 - 05/17/16 06:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: Pat Marr]
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Thanks Pat!

About half of my stuff is like this . . . they are just harder for singers to sing so I haven't posted as much because many of them are waiting for vocals grin

I was once told by a PhD I was studying under in college:

"Ballads are the true test. They expose every weakness in a player - timing, craft, ability, musicianship. There are many gaps in a ballad that produce silence. Weak players are exposed in these gaps because they are early, late, not properly muted, etc . . ."

In my experience, this is one of the truest statements I have ever heard in music. Ballads expose a lack of practice, a lack of understanding, a lack of timing, and weaknesses in the craft.

Hopefully, I can get some more of them recorded and share them on here . . . they are about all I have left to do before starting preproduction for the albums . . .

thanks for the encouragement! Blessings!
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#350266 - 05/17/16 06:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: Even If]
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You have got to be happy with how this turned out! Great job! Good luck with the contest!

If I was nitpicking, and this 100% comes down to opinion, I feel the vocal level is slightly to loud for the mix. Not by much...and again, opinion. Others may not feel that way at all. I'm coming from a background of jingles where the vocal HAS to be more prominent than it would be in a typical song. This seems slightly mixed that way.

Also, realize, I would typically never say a critique unless someone was asking, and even then, I typically don't respond. Because this means so much to you, and it's for a contest, I thought I would give my 2 cents. Let others weight in, and take it for what it's worth. With good intentions smile

Great vocal, great sound, great song! Be proud. You are serving God well with your talents!
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#350280 - 05/17/16 08:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: Even If]
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Wonderful job with the vocals -- performance, processing and mix.

Best of luck re the contest!

Nice....

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#350291 - 05/17/16 09:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: HearToLearn]
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I appreciate the critique HearToLearn!

As I try to stay humble, I am reminded that songs do not go out with explanations . . . you either achieved your goal or you did not. Once you send it out, it is no longer yours.

Thanks you for listening and being thoughtful enough to comments.

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#350292 - 05/17/16 09:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Thanks J&B! smile

blessings to the both of you!
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#350388 - 05/17/16 06:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: Even If]
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Great production, great vocals. Kudos.
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#350476 - 05/18/16 07:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: Even If]
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Hi Even,

great vocals and mix.
It's a pity I can't compare with the old version as it's gone.
Best wishes for the contest.

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#350512 - 05/18/16 12:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: Even If]
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Hello,
great song.
Very compliments to your singer that in this song remember me Emmylou Harris.

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#350557 - 05/18/16 09:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: David Snyder]
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#350558 - 05/18/16 09:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: boehm]
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#350559 - 05/18/16 09:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: Sergio Guarneri]
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#350624 - 05/19/16 09:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: You Are My LIFE (Vocals recorded and Mixed by Pierre Grill in Honolulu) [Re: Even If]
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