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#414303 - 05/20/17 02:25 AM [User Showcase] We'll Keep the Stars
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Here's a new song I thought would be easy to mix and release. Guitar, voice and some sweeteners. Sure didn't turn out that way but it's a step forward, I reckon. Comments and suggestions welcome.

We'll Keep the Stars

Realtracks for bass and organ. Mixed in Logic Pro X with the addition of acoustic and electric guitars, resonator and blues harp.

We'll Keep the Stars
Don’t stand so close to the window
River below us deep and wide
Come over here and let me hold you
Let’s see if we can turn back time
Night falls slowly in this southern town
Home is but a drink in a foreign bar
They can have it all, they can break us down
No matter what, we’ll keep the stars

We’ll keep the stars though we’re hurting
We’ll keep the stars beyond the dawn
We’ll keep the stars til we’re dead and gone
We’ll keep the stars, we’ll keep the stars

Your suitcase is like a stranger here
The air hangs heavy in the room
I never thought it would end this way
By the light of a Gallic moon
Hold back your shame and your anger too
And I will hold back mine
I’d do it all again to spend this time with you
Your clear blue eyes, your taste like wine

(Repeat chorus)
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#414306 - 05/20/17 03:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: Matcham]
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Wow, I really like this song. Whatever problems you experienced mixing it are long gone, the mix is excellent in my ears. This sounds radio ready. Excellent lyrics, arrangement, performance and production. Enjoyed this one a lot.

Charlie
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#414319 - 05/20/17 05:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: Matcham]
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Sounds great just like Matcham.
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#414360 - 05/20/17 09:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: Matcham]
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A very good song and nicely balanced production ( sounds simple but I can tell alot of work went into this).
Interesting slightly dark Matcham style lyrics and excellent vocal - I enjoyed listening.

Robert

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#414393 - 05/20/17 02:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: Matcham]
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Thanks guys seems I'm gaining something of a reputation for my lyric style(!) Yeah production was a long time coming, mainly in working out the arrangement. For a while there I was trying layers of Alchemy synths. Worked out I should just stick to organic instruments. Shoulda known all along.
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#414401 - 05/20/17 04:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: Matcham]
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matcham

I've been looking through the posted songs in this forum doing a wee catch up .

this and your others do stand out good on you.

I liked this .
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#414421 - 05/20/17 06:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: Charlie Fogle]
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Originally Posted By: Charlie Fogle
Wow, I really like this song. Whatever problems you experienced mixing it are long gone, the mix is excellent in my ears. This sounds radio ready. Excellent lyrics, arrangement, performance and production. Enjoyed this one a lot.

Charlie


I agree! Excellent job with this!! The harmonica fits perfectly with the mood. Very, very good stuff!! Take care. Greg

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#414428 - 05/20/17 07:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: Matcham]
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Matcham

Really liked this one - reminded me a bit of Tom Rush.
Agree with Greg the harmonica sounds Very nice.

Peter

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#414436 - 05/20/17 09:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: Matcham]
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fantastic mix, love the balance of everything

cool song, really like the progression

and the write

Kenny

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#414472 - 05/21/17 09:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: Matcham]
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Nice poetic write and vocal performance! We agree with
all of the above regarding the production. It is classy.

And, yep, as I often mentioned these "airy" productions
with relatively few tracks are much harder to mix than
one would assume.

You pulled it off very well.

Kudos.

J&B
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#414532 - 05/21/17 05:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: Matcham]
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Thank you everyone. Peter will be pleased about the harmonica. He's a gentle artist and musician who lives nearby. He's never had any of his stunning songs recorded so I spent the day with him getting quite a few down. He did Stars during a break. One listen. One take. Bam.
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#414582 - 05/22/17 03:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: Matcham]
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Hi!

Well, we don't find anything wrong with mix or arrangement on this. Sounds pretty danged cool to us! Your usual interesting lyric. Perfect use of that organ, too! Sounded like a B3?

Thanks for a great listen! Best to ya,

Alan & Di
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#414610 - 05/22/17 05:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: PeterF]
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Matcham

Really liked this one - reminded me a bit of Tom Rush.
Agree with Greg the harmonica sounds Very nice.

Peter
I haven't thought of Tom Rush in years. But Peter nailed it. Matcham, This is my new favorite of yours. Great production and write. Bravo! Tom

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#414688 - 05/22/17 02:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: Matcham]
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Well I'm obviously gonna have to look closely into this Tom Rush character. I'm only vaguely aware of him. I do know he wrote No Regrets and that's clearly a high water mark in songwriting. Yep it's a B3 in all its glory. Perfect pad for this style of music. Thanks for the input.
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#414725 - 05/22/17 06:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: Matcham]
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Matcham, you are a very good lyricist and this one puts those skills on display! There are some very emotive chord/melody changes in this that really grab the listener. Very good! Thanks, Torrey
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#414896 - 05/24/17 02:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: Matcham]
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Matcham,

Great song! Excellent production and mix as well.

Bob
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#414924 - 05/24/17 08:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: Matcham]
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Love your folk songs. Another superb vocal and lyric
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#414967 - 05/24/17 02:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: Matcham]
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Thank you! I have another couple of songs like it in the pipeline. Just waiting for my new mic preamp to turn up.
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#414971 - 05/24/17 02:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: Matcham]
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very nice song. Excellent mixing and vocal.
I like the arpeggiated guitar too.

Sergio
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#415891 - 05/30/17 06:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: We'll Keep the Stars [Re: Matcham]
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Lovely song Matcham. Terrific blend of BIAB and other resources.
Is that you on Blues Harp?
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