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#397893 - 02/26/17 05:25 PM [User Showcase] New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song)
Registered: 06/17/10
Posts: 1905
Loc: Canyon Lake, TX
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This one is a political song. But before you pick up any stones - I wanted to write something to address all the division and even hatred in my country (USA). So this is an upbeat song with a positive message. Doesn't matter which way you lean, politically, I pray that we can find a way to walk hand in hand. I hope you enjoy this one...

Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) - YouTube

Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) - Soundcloud

Here are the RealTracks/RealDrums used on the song...

RealTracks in song: 995:Bass, Electric, HardRockLA Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 2764:Organ, Rhythm CountryBluesRockMike Ev 110
RealTracks in song: 845:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm CountryRockPopping Ev 120 (A:sync)
RealTracks in song: 1259:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopShiningRockA-B Ev 120
RealTracks in song: 2763:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm CountryBluesRockMike Ev 110
RealTracks in song: 1169:Guitar, Electric, Soloist RockMediumBrent Ev 120
RealDrums in Song: BluesRockEv^1-a:Snare, HiHat , b:Snare, Open HiHat

Hand In Hand (Freedom Song)
©Stephen W. Young

There's a light on a hill for all to see
A flag waves proud in the land of the free
And even though the storm clouds come along
You can still hear the sounds of the freedom song

Take my hand and walk with me
Walk together in unity
Lay aside the things that tear us apart
We'll take our stand for liberty
Show the world what it means to be free
May the Lord continue to bless this land
Hand in hand

And even in the times we disagree
There's a truth that we all must come to believe
It's time for us to stop and look around
Keep looking 'til we find the common ground

Take my hand and walk with me
Walk together in unity
Lay aside the things that tear us apart
We'll take our stand for liberty
Show the world what it means to be free
May the Lord continue to bless this land
Hand in hand

==

Steve
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#397900 - 02/26/17 06:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
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Posts: 4327
Loc: Woodstock, NY
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Steve,

This is excellent! Great groove on this one and strong vocal. Outstanding production as well...

A new favorite from you for me.

Bob
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#397901 - 02/26/17 06:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
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Steve,
No arguments here with the sentiment on your very enjoyable song.
The sing along feel of the chorus is just right and I thought the band sound was great.
Sweet vocals as well.

Robert

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#397960 - 02/27/17 04:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: rsdean]
Registered: 04/07/13
Posts: 5519
Loc: South Carolina
Charlie Fogle Offline
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Loc: South Carolina
Originally Posted By: rsdean
Steve,

This is excellent! Great groove on this one and strong vocal. Outstanding production as well...

A new favorite from you for me.

Bob


Same for me. Hope you share on social media so the message gets out. Good song for all to hear.

Charlie
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#397977 - 02/27/17 06:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
Registered: 06/22/16
Posts: 338
Loc: england
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Registered: 06/22/16
Posts: 338
Loc: england
excellent production and loved the track ,a little bit of springsteen going on in there .I was waiting for a big clem sax solo.great work steve
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#397985 - 02/27/17 06:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 4760
Loc: Edmonton, Ab, Canada
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Very cool guitar and excellent vocal
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#398014 - 02/27/17 08:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: rsdean]
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Posts: 3180
Loc: The Netherlands
RnAM Offline
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Steve,

This is excellent! Great groove on this one and strong vocal. Outstanding production as well...

A new favorite from you for me.

Bob


Bob said it here.
Let us add: your music is always beautiful and you never disappoint!

Rob & Anne-Marie
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#398047 - 02/27/17 11:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 3845
Loc: Helsinki, Finland
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Hi, Steve !


What a superb song and so
wonderfully performed too !
I dig this, dig your voice
and dig the harmonizing !

Cheers
Dani

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#398145 - 02/27/17 10:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
Registered: 05/11/15
Posts: 1914
Loc: Aichi, Japan
animarorecords Online   content
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Hello, Steve

Very uplifting song with great vocal.
As Robert said, the sing along feel of the chorus is just right and the band sound is great.
The momentary rest at "Take my hand" is very effective.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#398161 - 02/28/17 01:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
Registered: 12/06/03
Posts: 3419
Loc: Sydney Australia
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Steve

Great production - strong sound - very melodic and nicely gets your message across.

Peter

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#398172 - 02/28/17 04:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
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Loc: Winston-Salem, NC
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Steve,

well, you sure echoed my political point of view! I'm tired of people on both sides of the aisle sowing seeds of animosity toward their fellow citizens. It's long past the time for finding fellowship based on the ways in which we are alike and stop focusing on the ways in which we are different.

Having said that...

I think this mix is cleaner than distilled water! You really know how to put a song together and make it sound awesome! You also have one of the best singing voices I've heard in the forum (my opinion, others surely have their favorites).

Speaking purely from personal preference, I'd have to say that I tend to be MOST blown-away when your vocals are wrapped around lush strings and pianos. You are one of the few forum vocalists who can make a highly orchestrated song sound like it was recorded in a Nashville studio.

This song was more of a rocker than most of what you present, and that sort of jars my expectations. But, you easily make it work, and it does a good job of illustrating just how flexible you are as a song writer!

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#398188 - 02/28/17 05:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
Registered: 11/19/12
Posts: 2360
Loc: Middletown, PA.
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Professional touches are evident throughout this song,
You always deliver top notch efforts
man, this is so good, great subject, great vocals
and you make the biab instruments fit eloquently
to your arrangement. It sounds like a good tight
band behind you, love the breaks, love the mix.
Enjoyed it

Kenny

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#398214 - 02/28/17 08:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 8565
Loc: GA USA
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We admire your consistently positive writes and this one certainly doesn't disappoint with it's timely message.

As Kenny said "professional touches are evident throughout this song..."

That pretty much covers it for us.

One word always comes to mind when we listen to your productions. Classy.

Whether it's the write, the vocal, the arrangement or the mix there's always just the right amount of everything. Never too much or too little.

Well done!!

J&B

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#398435 - 03/01/17 08:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Biglad]
Registered: 06/17/10
Posts: 1905
Loc: Canyon Lake, TX
Steve Young Offline
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Registered: 06/17/10
Posts: 1905
Loc: Canyon Lake, TX
Originally Posted By: rsdean
Steve,

This is excellent! Great groove on this one and strong vocal. Outstanding production as well...

A new favorite from you for me.

Bob


Thanks, Bob! I always appreciate hearing from you.

Originally Posted By: Robertkc
Steve,
No arguments here with the sentiment on your very enjoyable song.
The sing along feel of the chorus is just right and I thought the band sound was great.
Sweet vocals as well.

Robert


Thank you, Robert. Glad you like this one!

Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
Originally Posted By: rsdean
Steve,

This is excellent! Great groove on this one and strong vocal. Outstanding production as well...

A new favorite from you for me.

Bob


Same for me. Hope you share on social media so the message gets out. Good song for all to hear.

Charlie


Charlie, thank you for your very kind words! Feel free to "share" the YouTube, if you are so inclined. I am trying to get this one spread around. (Not just to promote me, but I believe in the message on this one.)

Originally Posted By: Biglad
excellent production and loved the track ,a little bit of springsteen going on in there .I was waiting for a big clem sax solo.great work steve


Thanks,Biglad. I "auditioned" the sax RT's, and they are excellent, but I just couldn't come up with one that I felt really fit the vibe and energy I was looking for here. Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment!

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Steve
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#398527 - 03/02/17 12:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
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Posts: 2423
Loc: Warwickshire, UK
Skyline Offline
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A great groove Steve, and top class vocals - and harmonies - and the usual first class production. A super listen.
We've got similar social strife here following the Brexit referendum. Things are still very fraught...

John
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#398537 - 03/02/17 12:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
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Loc: Cremona-Italy
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Nice one, well sung and played.
Excellent mix.

Interesting lyrics.

Sergio
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#398959 - 03/05/17 03:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: animarorecords]
Registered: 06/17/10
Posts: 1905
Loc: Canyon Lake, TX
Steve Young Offline
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Registered: 06/17/10
Posts: 1905
Loc: Canyon Lake, TX
Originally Posted By: Scott C
Very cool guitar and excellent vocal


Hey Scott, thanks for the kind words! Glad you like it.

Originally Posted By: RnAM
Originally Posted By: rsdean
Steve,

This is excellent! Great groove on this one and strong vocal. Outstanding production as well...

A new favorite from you for me.

Bob


Bob said it here.
Let us add: your music is always beautiful and you never disappoint!

Rob & Anne-Marie


Rob & Anne-Marie, thanks so much for listening and posting! I always appreciate hearing from you. Really appreciate your generous words.

Originally Posted By: dani48
Hi, Steve !


What a superb song and so
wonderfully performed too !
I dig this, dig your voice
and dig the harmonizing !

Cheers
Dani


Thanks so much Dani! Appreciate hearing from you!

Originally Posted By: animarorecords
Hello, Steve

Very uplifting song with great vocal.
As Robert said, the sing along feel of the chorus is just right and the band sound is great.
The momentary rest at "Take my hand" is very effective.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi


Thank you, Shigeki! I enjoy your work. Thanks for your comments!
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"In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of." - Robert Schumann

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#398968 - 03/05/17 04:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 2782
Loc: Missouri
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Sounds great Steve! What a great message and the Vocal superb!! Thanks, Torrey
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#399018 - 03/06/17 04:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Janice & Bud]
Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 3029
Loc: Florida
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Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
We admire your consistently positive writes and this one certainly doesn't disappoint with it's timely message.

As Kenny said "professional touches are evident throughout this song..."

That pretty much covers it for us.

One word always comes to mind when we listen to your productions. Classy.

Whether it's the write, the vocal, the arrangement or the mix there's always just the right amount of everything. Never too much or too little.

Well done!!

J&B
That's what I was thinking. I am never disappointed when I see your songs pop up. This is no exception. Loved the stops and the superb vocal. Tom

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#399396 - 03/08/17 06:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - Hand In Hand (Freedom Song) [Re: Steve Young]
Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 7979
Loc: Florida
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Loc: Florida
Steve,

J&B covered all the bases... This is up to your usual standards of excellence - the writing, the production and arrangement, the vocals - all top-shelf.

A great message, well presented.

Excellent.

fj

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