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#359574 - 08/04/16 09:53 PM [User Showcase] Just A Closer Walk
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Sundance Offline
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Hello Everybody,

Between remodeling and having 3 family members get sick and pass away in three months - the latest being my husband's 94yr old Dad who died last week - I haven't had much time for music. I'm trying to catch up on listening. Sooner or later I hope to finish some original songs I have in the works but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy this.

Patsy Cline made this song famous so I wanted to keep a touch of that smooth country feel while making it different and my own with a more jazzy arrangement. I've been wanting to do a song with the Crooner horns RT's since we got them. So here we have a Big Band Crooner Jazz Country Gospel - I'm not really sure what genre to call it - but it is my version of this beautiful old public domain hymn.

Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Crooner horns, jazz drums, acoustic bass, Jazz acoustic guitar, country piano and me.
Thanks for listening. Appreciate your time and comments should you feel so inclined.

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#359576 - 08/04/16 10:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: Sundance]
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Josie,
You have had a tough 3 months

This is a beautiful rendition of a wonderful hymn, your voicedoes it proud.

all the best

Alyn
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#359587 - 08/05/16 02:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: Sundance]
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Josie,

I'm really sorry to hear that Life has been travelling through some rough patches for you. Please know that my thoughts are with you and husband.

Your version of "Just A Closer Walk" is superb.... truly beautiful. I've never heard you sound better. The arrangement is first class. I love the country piano set against the big band and jazz guitar.... very creative indeed.

I thoroughly enjoyed sitting here, listening and then listening again a couple times more.

All the best,
Noel

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#359588 - 08/05/16 02:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: Sundance]
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Hi Josie.

Fabulous arrangement and an absolutely super performance!

Sorry to hear you've had a difficult time and hope things start to improve for you soon.

Looking forward to hearing some more of your own songs again.

Take care, ROG.

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#359594 - 08/05/16 05:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: Sundance]
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Josie,

Good to have you back around. This is well done in all regards. Your best, I think - vocal, arrangement and mix...all super...

Best use of the horns I've heard...

fj



(thanks for visiting "Honky Tonk..." - time to let that one slide, so I won't bump it again)

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#359608 - 08/05/16 06:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: Sundance]
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Josie, That is a super rendition. Your vocal is absolutely terrific. I listened very carefully to the little nuances in your performance and I think your vocal is your best ever. The horns, arrangement and mix are great. I hope that better days are ahead for you. My condolences to you and your husband. Tom

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#359609 - 08/05/16 07:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: Sundance]
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Josie,
as soon as I saw your named attached to "Just A Closer Walk", I knew I was going to love it (and I was right)

First of all, you know I love your beautiful voice! And two of your strengths are jazzy songs and songs of faith... so this was a slam dunk!

In the past when I've tried to use horns in an arrangement I could never get them sounding as natural as you have them in this song... This really sounds like a professional arrangement!

I think it was a good creative choice to dip into the public domain for this one... it's a beautiful time honored bit of music and you really did a nice job with it!

The only nit is that your voice is kinda sexy and in the context of this song, it makes me feel guilty for enjoying it so much. But that says more about me than it does about the song.

Great job! Glad to see you posting again! Another in a long line of musical successes!

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#359611 - 08/05/16 07:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: Sundance]
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Hi Josie,

everything fits together perfectly.
Great vocals, arrangement and mix.
Very enjoyable listen.

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#359628 - 08/05/16 08:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: Sundance]
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Josie,
There`s a hint of ache in your voice which fits the song very well - (beautiful hold on the last note). I really enjoyed your take on this hymn.

Robert

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#359694 - 08/05/16 03:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: Sundance]
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Josie
Very impressive rendition. Agree with Floyd the best use of the Horns I've heard gives a very sophisticated sound.
Hope the next few months are an improvement.

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#359704 - 08/05/16 04:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: Sundance]
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Josie,

Very sorry to hear that news...

Your version of this song is outstanding - the arrangement really works. The quality of your vocal really comes through here - it somewhat reminds me of your voice on our rendition of Thunder Road that we did back in 2011, which was another stunning vocal.

Bob
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#359706 - 08/05/16 04:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: gibson]
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Josie,

We are very sorry to hear about all this, times surely can get tough....
But we definitely love this song, beautiful interpretation and very cool vocals!

Rob & Anne-Marie
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#359734 - 08/05/16 07:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: gibson]
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Originally Posted By: gibson
Josie,
You have had a tough 3 months

This is a beautiful rendition of a wonderful hymn, your voicedoes it proud.

all the best

Alyn


Thank you Alyn! I hope you are well.
Your talent and creative spirit always makes this forum a better place.

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#359735 - 08/05/16 07:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: Noel96
Josie,

I'm really sorry to hear that Life has been travelling through some rough patches for you. Please know that my thoughts are with you and husband.

Your version of "Just A Closer Walk" is superb.... truly beautiful. I've never heard you sound better. The arrangement is first class. I love the country piano set against the big band and jazz guitar.... very creative indeed.

I thoroughly enjoyed sitting here, listening and then listening again a couple times more.

All the best,
Noel



Noel that means so much coming from you. I was really hoping you'd be around to hear this because you've done such fabulous Big Band arrangements and mixes. I think if I'd been born in a different era I would have loved singing with a big band. Thank you!

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#359736 - 08/05/16 07:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: ROG]
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Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Josie.

Fabulous arrangement and an absolutely super performance!

Sorry to hear you've had a difficult time and hope things start to improve for you soon.

Looking forward to hearing some more of your own songs again.

Take care, ROG.


Thank you ROG. I'm hoping things will settle down for awhile now too.

I'm always humbled and happy to get such a positive review from our Music Prof who's talent and ears I admire so much.

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#359737 - 08/05/16 08:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Josie,

Good to have you back around. This is well done in all regards. Your best, I think - vocal, arrangement and mix...all super...

Best use of the horns I've heard...

fj



(thanks for visiting "Honky Tonk..." - time to let that one slide, so I won't bump it again)


Thank you FJ! You are the hardest working man in forum show business - I stand in awe of your consistent high quality standard and work ethic. And that last tearjerker vocal of yours was an outstanding country performance.

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#359739 - 08/05/16 08:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: Sundance]
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Such a heartwarming rendition. Reminiscent to me of some of the great covers by Lynn Anderson during her time with Lawrence Welk.

Great job. Enjoyed this a lot.

Good to see you back.
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#359740 - 08/05/16 08:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: tommyad]
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Originally Posted By: tommyad
Josie, That is a super rendition. Your vocal is absolutely terrific. I listened very carefully to the little nuances in your performance and I think your vocal is your best ever. The horns, arrangement and mix are great. I hope that better days are ahead for you. My condolences to you and your husband. Tom


Thank you so much Tom. My husband's Dad's health had deteriorated over the past six months to the point that he was no longer himself. We wish he could've made it to 100 which was always his goal and we will miss him. He was very blessed with a long mostly healthy and active life.

You are so talented and such an inspiration to me. Music is like medicine.

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#359743 - 08/05/16 08:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: Pat Marr]
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Originally Posted By: Pat Marr
Josie,
as soon as I saw your named attached to "Just A Closer Walk", I knew I was going to love it (and I was right)

First of all, you know I love your beautiful voice! And two of your strengths are jazzy songs and songs of faith... so this was a slam dunk!

In the past when I've tried to use horns in an arrangement I could never get them sounding as natural as you have them in this song... This really sounds like a professional arrangement!

I think it was a good creative choice to dip into the public domain for this one... it's a beautiful time honored bit of music and you really did a nice job with it!

The only nit is that your voice is kinda sexy and in the context of this song, it makes me feel guilty for enjoying it so much. But that says more about me than it does about the song.

Great job! Glad to see you posting again! Another in a long line of musical successes!


Thank you Pat. You are so thoughtful and detailed in your reviews. Just as you are with the wonderful work you do in your cartoons and in your music. I can see why you're such a crowd pleaser in your live shows. Yes, I've seen the videos. Loved them. I'd hire you.

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#359744 - 08/05/16 08:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: Just A Closer Walk [Re: boehm]
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Originally Posted By: boehm
Hi Josie,

everything fits together perfectly.
Great vocals, arrangement and mix.
Very enjoyable listen.

Guenter



Thank you Guenter. You have such a wonderful ear and gift for arranging. And you are such a consistent participant - we're really lucky to have you here.

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