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#424748 - 08/06/17 04:52 AM [User Showcase] The Music Of Life
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Jon Thomas Offline
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Hi all
I never posted in this forum. Don't know why really, silly me :-)
Anyway, for my first post, I'm inviting you to listen to this song, which I submitted to the ongoing Xstra style contest, and Noel suggested that I posted the song here as well. So, here it is. I hope you enjoy it.

It's called THE MUSIC OF LIFE

I used the following style:
_HARPING.STY. Harp and Fingerstyle Boom Chick
RD: TrainBeatBrushes: a: Brushes, Kickb: BusyBrushes, Kick :Shannon Forrest
RT2421: Bass, Acoustic, RockabillySlapBoomChicka Ev16 100 , Dave Roe
RT2708: Autoharp, Rhythm OldTime Ev16 110 , Quinn Bachand
RT2517: Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking BoomChickHighJoe Ev16 110 (Simple) , Joe Robinson
RT2518: Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking BoomChickJoe Ev16 110 (Simple) , Joe Robinson

I also added:
Fiddle, Soloist Bluegrass Ev 130 #596
Accordion, Rhythm TexMexCountry Ev 120 #1292

I also added my own ukulele / banjolele, mandolin, and a little touch of acoustic guitar. And vocals of course.

It's a song about the beauty of nature, expressed in my own words.
Any feedback or critique is always very welcome.
Here's the lyrics:

THE MUSIC OF LIFE

Life is on its way now
and every living being has its place now
and I feel like I found my own space now
and everything's ok

I'm living for today now
I don't need to wait or care about tomorrow
I don't have to look for someone else to follow
cause I don't have any chains

And I know, the orchestra is playing
I know, the symphony is changing

It's the sound of the trees, it's the sound of the clouds
It's the sound of the breeze, and it's spreading around
it's the music of life, evolving through the years
It's a beautiful choir, and it brings me to tears

I'm riding like a free man
I don't need to come up with some sort of "B" plan
I don't have to lock myself inside a tin can
and everything's ok

And I know, the orchestra is playing
I know, the symphony is always changing

It's the sound of the sky, it's the sound of the sea
It's the sound of the tide,
and the sound makes me breathe
it's the music of earth, evolving through the years
and for what it's worth, it still brings me to tears

And I know, the orchestra is playing
I know, the symphony is always changing

It's the sound of the trees, it's the sound of the clouds
It's the sound of the breeze, and it's spreading around
It's the sound of the sky, it's the sound of the sea
It's the sound of the tide,
and the sound makes me breathe
it's the music of life
evolving through the years
It's a beautiful choir
and it brings me to tears
it still brings me to tears
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#424750 - 08/06/17 05:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Hey Jon,

Great to see you here in the forum! I'm glad you took my advice. Welcome to Users Showcase.

I'm heading to Soundcloud for another listen now. I already know that I'm going to enjoy this lots!!! It's an excellent song you've created smile

All the best,
Noel
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#424754 - 08/06/17 06:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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90 dB Offline
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This is wonderful! Excellent choice of instruments. This ain't your first rodeo.

Nice second guitar as well. cool


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#424771 - 08/06/17 07:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Hi Jon,

As I said in the contest forum, this is great. I loved the song, the arrangement and the vocals, along with the second guitar.

Great job and please post more often!!
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#424984 - 08/07/17 12:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Jon,

I've just come back for yet another listen. I'm about to head off to work and this song is such a great way to start the day!

Regards,
Noel
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#424986 - 08/07/17 12:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Jon,

Very well done. A very interesting rhythm to the song - both lyrically and melodically.

Nice full production, excellent mix, really nice vocals and harmonies...

A terrific listen.

Welcome to the Showcase!

fj
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#425005 - 08/07/17 01:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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I agree with Noel. This is so good. The backtrack is so upbeat. And what a super vocal well done. As David said please some more of your tunes. Really enjoyable
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#425022 - 08/07/17 02:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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What a great tune to break the ice with.
Excellent, more please.
Rob

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#425023 - 08/07/17 02:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Jon Thomas Offline
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THANK YOU guys, you are really generous :-)
I promise, I will post more soon. It's such a joy to do it!
Thanks again
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#425140 - 08/08/17 09:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Welcome and we can certainly hear why Noel recommended you post it here. Like so many of Noel's great compositions this is a well crafted tune with an uplifting lyric and melody. Janice says it gives her "happy feet!" smile

And a nice choice of RTs, vocals and mix.

Kudos!

J&B
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#425149 - 08/08/17 10:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Hello,
very nice song. Great performance. Excellent vocal
I really liked it.

Sergio
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#425153 - 08/08/17 10:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Thank you Janice - to give happy feet and a slightly warmer heart is exactly what I'm hoping :-)

E grazie Sergio, siamo non solo connazionali, ma abitiamo non troppo lontano l'uno dall'altro! (io sono in provincia di Bologna). Musicisti italiani unitevi! :-)

Ciao!!
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#425276 - 08/08/17 09:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Sweet upbeat Vibe! The production is spot on. And your vocal is very engaging.

Would love here any comments you might have on my song "Summer Chaser".

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#425932 - 08/13/17 12:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Jon, this is a beautiful, masterful piece of music! I love the soft sound you have created and those wonderful chord changes took me back many years ago to a Country-Folk sound popular on the radio then. Looking forward to more from you. Thanks, T
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#425938 - 08/13/17 01:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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What a pretty tune, Jon! The entire delivery of the song is really just stunning. It's so happy, and so beautiful smile You absolutely nailed it! I really enjoyed the lyrics too.

Thanks for sharing!
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#426447 - 08/17/17 07:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Jon Thomas Offline
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Thank you Deryk, Torrey and Gruverider,
your comments are highly appreciated!
I look forward to submit more songs. I'm in a little vacation right now, but as soon as I come back home I will post more songs.
Thanks again!
J.
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#426459 - 08/17/17 08:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Great uplighting song ,got me smiling from ear to ear .this could work really well in a Disney film.thanks for sharing
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#427158 - 08/22/17 03:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Welcome, and congrats on a lovely song-so upbeat, inspirational!! Great melody, and wonderful vocals. Everything works for me!! Come back soon! Take care. Greg

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#427280 - 08/23/17 11:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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Hello Jon,

Welcome to the forum. What a fabulous piece of music this is! Upbeat, cheerful and calmly thrilling. I know that sounds as though it's in diometric opposition. But that's what I felt as I listened. Thanks for a wonderful listen! Also, your vocals are fantastic.

Alan
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#427289 - 08/23/17 12:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Music Of Life [Re: Jon Thomas]
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LOVE this song John, welcome along to the forum.
Great melody, nicely arranged and good lyrics. Great voice too !!
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