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#170229 - 08/14/12 01:33 AM [User Showcase] I Sing This Song
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Mandolin Mike Offline
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Hey All,

Got a new song here. This one inspired by my late Dad, who's been gone now for 6 years. I guess he would've turned 88 years old a couple weeks back, so he's been on my mind. Anyway, this one is about losing one's "hero", the loss one never seems to get over. Bu,t it is also about paying tribute and due respect, so there are some positive "vibes" as well.

Mostly used Realtracks on it (piano, fiddle, bass, drums), but there is an acoustic guitar, faintly in the back, that I played. I edited the fiddle, using appropriate bits and pieces where I felt they were appropriate. Timing is off on background vocals in the chorus, but it's late, dog ate my homework, etc, etc...

I Sing This Song

Here are the lyrics, in case anyone cares to follow...

Thanks for the listen!

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I Sing This Song

You know you meant so much to me
You gave me eyes so I could see
You know I was your biggest fan
You made me proud of who I am

I think of you every day
I won’t forget you, tho’ you’ve gone away
You taught me how to tell right from wrong
It’s for you, I sing this song

(chorus)
I miss you more than you’ll ever know
I try to be brave, but my pain still shows
I know you’d want me to be strong
And it’s for you, I sing this song

You’ve been gone now for several years
The day you left is still so clear
I never wanted you to go
I sing this song, so you will know
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#170230 - 08/14/12 04:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Sing This Song [Re: Mandolin Mike]
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Nice. Really like the simplicity of the lyric and arrangement.
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#170231 - 08/14/12 12:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Sing This Song [Re: floyd jane]
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Mike,

Late last night noticed your posting, right before sack time.
Thought NAW, will listen in the morning, glad I waited.
Excellent story you told of your father and the relationship.
Like the simplicity of the background music. the violin was
a nice touch. Also the chorus harmony is very nice.

My parents took their final journey 20 years ago this year.
They were physically distant from us, but still close.
Dad hard, but loving, took care of all 6 of us kids.

I still miss them as you mentioned, primarily on special days
in our lives. The loss fades, but never goes away.

Enjoyed your music, lyrics and the arrangement.

Thanks for sharing part of your heart!
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#170232 - 08/14/12 01:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Sing This Song [Re: seeker]
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Excellent! Love the arrangement, the fiddle fits so perfectly. Lyrics are perfect, thanks for sharing your God given talent.



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#170233 - 08/14/12 02:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Sing This Song [Re: PgFantastic]
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Thanks for the nice comments, guys. I guess when something comes from the heart, it takes on a certain life of its' own.

Frank - your Dad deserved a medal to have raised 6 kids (not to mention your Mom too!)
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#170234 - 08/14/12 02:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Sing This Song [Re: Mandolin Mike]
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This is a very touching lyric.

Nicely done.
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#170235 - 08/14/12 03:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Sing This Song [Re: Mandolin Mike]
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Mike...nice one. No Nashville song factory can turn out music from the heart like this. In order to write it you had to live it, and you have. Good use of the pan for the fiddle and keys. Simple and touching. I like the harmonies and use of reverb on your vocal. My only suggestions: cut those extraneous drum drops off of the beginning and end. And don't forget to pull the fiddle down when it's playing during your vocal. Actually any instrument that parallels your vocal range should be pulled down during your vocal so as not to compete. Just create a gain/volume envelope in your DAW for the fiddle and keys tracks and use them to adjust the volume in relation to your vocal track.

Your work just keeps getting better and better. Kudos, my friend.

Keep 'em coming.

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#170236 - 08/14/12 03:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Sing This Song [Re: Buford]
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Thanks, Danny and Bob.

Bob, you always know how to put the finer touches on my material and I do appreciate all the input. Since it's such a simple song, there shouldn't be much left to do.
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#170237 - 08/15/12 12:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Sing This Song [Re: Mandolin Mike]
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Heartfelt and moving Mike. Nice work.

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#170238 - 08/16/12 03:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Sing This Song [Re: Sundance]
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Good stuff - nicely understated.
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#170239 - 08/16/12 08:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Sing This Song [Re: dcuny]
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I love it Mike, very well written! I agree with Hawgly you do get better with every song.

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#170240 - 08/18/12 09:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: I Sing This Song [Re: Tommyc]
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#170241 - 08/23/12 12:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Sing This Song [Re: MarioD]
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Very touching. I miss my Mom and Dad every day too. I lost both of them this year.

Great use of BIAB. I love that piano especially.

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#170242 - 09/07/12 09:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: I Sing This Song [Re: jptjptjpt]
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Great song! I liked everything from the lyrics to the arrangement.

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