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#384619 - 12/17/16 02:47 PM [User Showcase] HARD BELIEVING
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Hello everyone,

This is our last forum post of 2016.
I consider this one of our best ballads. It features the beautiful Eddy Dunlap pedal steel guitar RT.
It wasn't easy to sing (took us quite a few takes) because the song's key wasn't really our comfort zone.
But it resulted in one of our most powerful harmonies, I think.

Any comments are welcome.

Rob

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1536:Bass, Electric, PopBelieve Ev16 065
2542:Pedal Steel Background ModernBalladAtmosphere Ev16 065
1543:Synth Pad, PopBelieve Ev16 065
1037:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm NorthernRockBallad Ev 065
1542:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm PopBelieve Ev16 065
Loop in Style: Chillout\Chillout - lounge_85_fx_f_sharp_minor.wav
Loop in Style: Chillout\Chillout - destiny_71_drum_loop_b_minor ev16.wav

Hard believing
It's what you made me do
No matter where we're falling
No matter where we look

Now did you leave
the best of worlds behind
could you not see
just what it is we'd find
Oh my love we should be healed

It's hard believing
With all the things you said
No matter where I'm running
Whatever love I'd get

How could I leave
your precious world behind
Too blind to see
It's only pain I'll find
Oh my Love you should be here

Hard believing
It's what you made me see
No matter where we'll end up
No matter what we'll be

Or did you need
me running back to you
Not make me see
just what it is you do

And all our dreams
What did they mean to you
All this revealed
My barren heart is sealed
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#384625 - 12/17/16 03:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: RnAM]
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Hi Rob & Anne-Marie,

What a super power ballad.

Loved the whole thing, but in particular the pick-up at around 1.28 - beautiful bit of production.

Vocals? Maybe not in your comfort-zone, but you'd never know - both the lead vox and harmony are stunning.

Very atmospheric video to complete the package.

An excellent way to end the year.

ROG.

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#384653 - 12/17/16 05:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: RnAM]
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Rob & Anne-Marie,

Terrific! Yes, you are ending the year on a high note.
The melody ( and your vocals ) are so captivating that its easy to float by the lyrics...and they are good, avoiding the big ballad cliches.
To my ears this has real commercial potential.
Lovely video images too.

Robert

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#384655 - 12/17/16 05:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: RnAM]
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Wow...very nice. Pro in every way. Great vocals, production, instrumentation. Thanks for posting.

Bob

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#384667 - 12/17/16 06:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: RnAM]
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I think I posted a review on this..?

pro sound and again pro sound you got it as Roy Orbison would say.

I sent you a pm.

Hopefully you get the time to reply.


Take care

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#384670 - 12/17/16 06:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: RnAM]
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Rob & Ann-Marie

Just superb. Lovely vocals, excellent song. A great way to end the year with one of your best.

Peter

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#384785 - 12/18/16 09:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: ROG]
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Thank you ROG for such a thoroughly positive comment! laugh
About the break:
It was quite tempting to do this, considering the beautiful style which already had a lot of "fullness" in it.

We wish you al the best and a very musical 2017.

Rob and Anne-Marie
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#384791 - 12/18/16 09:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: RnAM]
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What a song to end 2016 on. Great production, music and video.


As Rog noted, this is the complete package. Very enjoyable listen.


Charlie
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#384809 - 12/18/16 11:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: RnAM]
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Rob & Ann-Marie,

A great ballad to end the year on!

By the way, I loved the dark and moody colours in the video.

I and no doubt many others look forward to your future offerings in 2017.

All the best,
Jez
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#384832 - 12/18/16 12:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: RnAM]
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Rob, excellent work all the way around as always! Video and audio complement each other completely. Vocals shine! Thanks, T
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#384899 - 12/18/16 04:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: RnAM]
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Your vocals make this song! Such a good power ballad, great mix, production.
Enjoyed!

Kenny

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#384905 - 12/18/16 05:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: RnAM]
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Beautiful! Wonderful sound. Some of the prettiest harmonies I've heard you do. Great arrangement of the backing tracks too.
Love it.

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#384911 - 12/18/16 06:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: RnAM]
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Awesome vocals and lyric. Well done Rob and Marie
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#384968 - 12/19/16 05:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: RnAM]
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Rob & Anne-Marie,

I agree with all that's been said already. Your vocals and harmonies are always good - and this might be one of your best! Strong.

Excellent arrangement. Terrific build. Excellent mix. The piano is EQ'd nicely. Nice use of the steel (the new ones are a great addition to BIAB!).

Beautiful song. Nice video! A great listen (many, in fact).

Wishing you a productive 2017 (for our sake! smile )

fj
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#384983 - 12/19/16 06:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: Sundance]
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Originally Posted By: Sundance
Beautiful! Wonderful sound. Some of the prettiest harmonies I've heard you do. Great arrangement of the backing tracks too.
Love it.
I thought I commented on this but I must have been called away before I typed it in. Great job as usual. I really enjoyed it! Tom

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#385087 - 12/19/16 02:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: Robertkc]
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Thank you Robert, we really hope to score that hit one day laugh
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#385164 - 12/20/16 04:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: RnAM]
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Rob,

Great song - very atmospheric... Outstanding vocals!

Bob
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#385223 - 12/20/16 09:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: floyd jane]
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What's left to say? It's the quintessential power ballad. Absolutely nothing left to add to it and nothing to take away.

The arrangement, vocals and both the audio and video production are spectacular. What a way to close out the year.

Have a great holiday season!

J&B
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#385227 - 12/20/16 09:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: RnAM]
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Very enjoyable. I'm learning so much from you. I hope some day to be able to produce such wonderful sound.

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#385276 - 12/20/16 01:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: HARD BELIEVING [Re: Buford]
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Thank you Bob, much appreciated!


Best wishes to you.

Rob & Anne-Marie
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