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#421907 - 07/16/17 11:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: High in Hawaii [Re: Greg Johnson]
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A great write! Haunting and sublime.


I love your instrument choices and the levels that you mixed them - that held chord piano just peeking through. And your vocals are spot on.


Great song!

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#421920 - 07/16/17 12:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: High in Hawaii [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg my friend this is your best to date. Everything is spot on! Your instrumentation is perfect for the groove and your vocals. Your lyrics are fantastic!

This is a keeper.

PS - I listened very carefully because I thought high in Hawaii might be something else whistle

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#421989 - 07/17/17 02:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: High in Hawaii [Re: Greg Johnson]
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HI Greg,

Was gonna point out the really good lines ... but I'd simply have to report the entire lyric ... every line is a gem!

As others have said ... a wonderful vocal. This is a sit back, close your eyes and smile as you listen song. Fabulous in every way. This is a textbook example of how to write a an excellent song in its entirety. Simply wonderful!

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#422272 - 07/18/17 03:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: High in Hawaii [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Greg,

This is outstanding... Loved the vocals and production - also a very cool backdrop for the lyrics.

Bob


Thanks Bob. Much appreciated! Man, you've been on a roll lately!! Take care. Greg

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#422273 - 07/18/17 03:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: High in Hawaii [Re: RnAM]
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Originally Posted By: RnAM
Wow Greg, this is gorgeous!
A very surprising beginning. And after that a perfect buildup of the instruments.
Especially the pedal steel guitar works great.
Your vocals are beautiful.

Rob & Anne-Marie


Thanks R and AM. That means a lot coming from you guys-your productions are always over the top! Take care. Greg

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#422274 - 07/18/17 03:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: High in Hawaii [Re: Ember - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
What a hauntingly beautiful song. I especially love these lyrics:

"Because dreams of Hawaii
They never come true
Now I find myself dreamin’
Of a life back with you
It may not be paradise
But it’s the best thing I’ve known"

Keep up the great work.


Thanks so much Ember! I don't remember seeing your comments until recently. New there? Or just started checking out the forum? Take care. Greg

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#422294 - 07/18/17 08:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: High in Hawaii [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Great song construction,lyrics and vocal.
I feel a two bar intro would have helped a little.
Nicely done.
Rob

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#422484 - 07/20/17 08:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: High in Hawaii [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg, As Bud said, you truly are a master of the ballad. Great song and expertly delivered. Excellence, Tom

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#422814 - 07/22/17 11:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: High in Hawaii [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Greg,

A beautiful write. Solid from start to finish and from every angle. It's natural to go with a Buffett comparison, but to me it calls to mind the best of Don Henley's introspective stuff...

The production is "just right". Excellent mix. Gorgeous vocal. Such "feeling" to it..

What's not to like...

floyd


Thanks so much for the nice review Floyd. As you know, I'm a huge Henley fan and that is a very flattering comparison. Take care. Greg

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#422815 - 07/22/17 11:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: High in Hawaii [Re: tsanders]
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Originally Posted By: tsanders
Really nice - great vocals and a beautiful mix - everything sits just right.


Thanks so much for the listen and comment. I'm really liking what you're doing-very good stuff!! Take care. Greg

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#422825 - 07/22/17 01:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: High in Hawaii [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi, Greg !

What a beautiful tune
and voice, just lovin´it !


Cheers
Dani

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#422982 - 07/23/17 08:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: High in Hawaii [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Sooo soulfully sung and beautifully done Greg!

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#423189 - 07/26/17 02:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: High in Hawaii [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

This is simply stunning... a first class write and presentation in absolutely every way. I really enjoyed listening.

All the best,
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#472454 - 05/11/18 03:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: High in Hawaii [Re: Greg Johnson]
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