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#375151 - 11/20/16 01:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: animarorecords]
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Originally Posted By: animarorecords
Hello, Peter

Very excellent Song.
Verse, Bridge and Chorus are very well constructed.
All parts have good melodies respectively.
Guitar solo work is so good.
And vocal is also great.
Very enjoyable listen.

Best Regards.

Shigeki Adachi

Shigeki

Thank you very much for the nice review. Much appreciated.

Peter

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#375243 - 11/20/16 11:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: tommyad]
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Originally Posted By: tommyad
Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
A cautionary tale, indeed and a fine write to tell it.

This tune has a very engaging arrangement with the build and different feels...particularly the end of the solo.

J&B
I agree! The guitar and vocal are really good. I liked it a lot. Tom


Thanks for the comments Tom.

Peter

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#375362 - 11/20/16 10:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: gibson]
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Originally Posted By: gibson
Peter and Leon,
I went to a wedding once in the 1980's, and an extremely short marriage, when the bride *ahem* was the female in your song. We were on the groom's side and it only became funny many years later.
A cautionary tale indeed frown
A great solo as I have become to expect from you
Wonderful vocals and lyrics
Keep on producing these masterpieces cool

Alyn


Alyn
Thanks for the review the story and the nice comments. Much appreciated.

Peter

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#375438 - 11/21/16 11:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: RnAM]
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Originally Posted By: RnAM
Beautifully done guys! Such a nice fullness in the choruses (with that organ).
Good vocals, lyrics and a nice and bright mix.

Rob & Anne-Marie


Rob & Anne-Marie
Much appreciated.

Peter

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#375439 - 11/21/16 11:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: receder]
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Originally Posted By: receder
Peter,

Really enjoyed this. Great lyrics which tell the tale perfectly!

The songs builds really well and I also enjoyed your guitar solos.

Good job,
Jez


Thanks a lot.

Peter

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#375459 - 11/21/16 12:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: PeterF]
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Like the organ on this one - that and the story of course!

Was a bit surprised at how quickly the piece develops (musically speaking).
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#375532 - 11/21/16 10:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Peter & Leon...

One of my favorites of your. A solid, interesting write with a good, singable melody....

Nice arrangement and production...good vocals, nice solo... good mix...

I enjoyed this. I like how you brought it back to "sparse" for the repeat of the first verse. I thought that would have made a good ending - just repeat the first half and end on "her charm..." at 3:36.

Another strong offering from you two.

fj


Could not agree more!! This is excellent. This is a little more folky than your usual Peter. "Singable" as Floyd said. Some really interesting lyrics. Great stuff!! Take care. Greg


Thanks Greg

Peter

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#375533 - 11/21/16 10:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Peter,

A great song... Love the vocal by Leon. Nice job all.

Bob


Thanks a lot Bob.

Peter

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#375534 - 11/21/16 10:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: Noel96
Peter and Leon,



I really like this. It's outstanding musically and lyrically.

As the song progressed, I found myself completely hooked by the lyrics. They sit incredibly well on top of the musical rhythm... first class prosody.

What stood out to me?

  • An interesting and effective introduction.
  • I have never ever come across the word "unselfconscious" in a song before.
  • I don't think I've heard Aphrodite in lyrics before, either.
  • The chord sequence that begins with a minor sound on "If" in "But if you have a friend..." in the transitional bridge section is a perfect fit.
  • I thought that twisting the concept of "friend" worked really well.
  • I loved the musical flow of the internal rhyme sin/skin/skin.
  • Great guitar playing.
  • These lines really appealed to me...
    Quote:
    We spend a whole lot longer underground than up here breathing
    Denial wasn’t in her alphabet
  • By the end of the song, I couldn't believe how quickly those 5 minutes had passed.

I bet that when this is played live, the audience is in the proverbial 'palm of your hand'; they'd be captivated by the (im)moral of the story.

As I hear it, this is really clever writing!

All the best,
Noel


Noel thanks for the encouraging comprehensive review.
Leon is however Noel spelt backwards but I'm assuming it's you!

Peter

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#375535 - 11/21/16 10:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: F.M.M.]
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Originally Posted By: F.M.M.
hi peterf nice write everything well done love the solo and the vocals nice work guys eric


Thanks Eric.

Peter

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#375536 - 11/21/16 10:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: mglinert]
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Originally Posted By: mglinert
Like the organ on this one - that and the story of course!

Was a bit surprised at how quickly the piece develops (musically speaking).


Thanks for the comments.

Peter

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#375590 - 11/22/16 09:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: PeterF]
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The solo around the 3 minute mark is awesome - it really caught my attention!

Thanks for posting this song - it's our "Hot Forum Topic" for today!

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#375629 - 11/22/16 12:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: PeterF]
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Good song! Nice job with the guitars, loved the solo.

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#376258 - 11/23/16 06:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: PeterF]
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That lyrical story made me laugh. Love the satirical wit.
Vocal fit perfectly. Cool production and guitars.
I agree with FJ about coming back to the soft part and ending with it.
Fun song.

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#376550 - 11/24/16 08:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: Callie - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Callie - PG Music
The solo around the 3 minute mark is awesome - it really caught my attention!

Thanks for posting this song - it's our "Hot Forum Topic" for today!

smile


Thanks Callie

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#376552 - 11/24/16 08:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Good song! Nice job with the guitars, loved the solo.

Dave

Much appreciated.

Peter

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#376553 - 11/24/16 08:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: If You Have A Friend [Re: Sundance]
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Originally Posted By: Sundance
That lyrical story made me laugh. Love the satirical wit.
Vocal fit perfectly. Cool production and guitars.
I agree with FJ about coming back to the soft part and ending with it.
Fun song.


Josie
Thanks for the comments much appreciated.

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