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Reflections Of Hope - SoundCloud

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Reflections Of Hope - Video

The past few months have been rather difficult. I feel bad that I have not been around to contribute more to this very fine forum. We had a death in our family a few weeks ago. We have the great peace of knowing he is in heaven, but that took me out of commission for a little while.

This Tuesday I had my most recent MDA doctor visit, and the report from the doctor wasn't the best report I have had. I came home and decided I was going to do what I can do as long as I can (My health is not so bad, but I have lost significant strength in my hands). There is not a lot of Band In The Box on this one (I did use the bass part, to make it acceptable to submit here on the forum.) I probably would not be doing what I am doing today were it not for the day that I picked up a copy of Band In A Box a few years ago on a whim. But I wanted to play as much of the instrumentation on this one as possible, myself. I wrote the song around the piano, but kept adding orchestration, and ended up here.

I dusted off my old "Sam Ash Special" $80 Ibanez acoustic guitar and decided to play the guitar solo. The piano sound is Alicia's Keys in Kontakt 5. Most of the orchestration is EastWest Hollywood Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, and Percussion. All recorded in Logic Pro X with my M-Audio KeyStudio 49. The guitar is just single-mic'd with my MXL Live Series mic.

I'm calling this one Reflections Of Hope. I hope you enjoy it! (I will try to get to listen to some of the great songs I have been missing over the next few days.)


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RealTracks in song: ~2474:Bass, Acoustic, Held Ev 085

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Steve,

It's really good to see you. I'm so sorry to hear that things have not been travelling along as smoothly as possible for you and your family. I'm also very sorry to hear about your loss.

Like a few of us on the forum, I've discovered, over the last few years, that getting older has a price tag attached to it. Still, if that's what it costs to sit on Earth just a little bit longer, I'll pay smile

This composition of yours is stunning, really stunning.

The beauty of the music rolls along like a warm gentle breeze on a pleasant summer's day. Everything about this had me captivated from beginning to end. Your piano melody is really enchanting. Your choice of notes and the harmonising of them made for a wonderful journey in sound. And then there was the orchestra...

Your ability to orchestrate is up there with the best in the forum. I've said this many times over the years. Since your scores never diminish in quality, though, it's always worth saying again! I greatly admire your talent and the way you consistently manage to find exactly the right sound and combination of sounds to provide the best musical excursion possible.

As I said earlier... stunning, really stunning.

All the best,
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Steve

A beautiful composition and fabulous production. I'm very sorry to hear you're going through a bad patch health wise and family wise. I hope composing these beautiful tunes brings you some solace at this time.

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What a beautiful tune, Steve smile Sorry to hear about your health. At least it doesn't seem to have stopped you from making great music. The composition on this is truly stunning

Thanks so much for sharing - and from all of us at PG Music we hope the best for your health smile


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Sometimes words are not relevant. This composition is amazing. I could listen to it for hours. I am trying to put a little more of myself into my recordings, as well. I have problems recording bass as well. I don't play bass as often as I should, so my delivery has suffered for it. I haven't fired up my keyboards in months, so it is going to be a long process. I will say that the quality of your piano doesn't seem to be suffering. You play beautifully. Sorry you are having problems with your health. I wish you well, and pray for better days ahead.

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Hi Steve,

This is simply beautiful! What a marvelous piece of music. You made that $80.00 Ibanez sound like a million bucks.

The arrangement and tracks are splendid. I'd love to be able to do something like this. Don't think I'm that talented.

Sorry to hear about the family loss. And those health issues are always a matter of concern. I'm glad to hear the issues aren't as bad as could be. I know your frustration as I have Focal Dystonia, which has significantly hampered my guitar playing. I'm using BIAB guitar tracks on many of my compositions now. Aldo, the chemo left my left left hand fairly numb. Hang in there and keep doing what you can while you can. And Di is so weak now she can barely walk from the bedroom to the kitchen. But, we keep at it as much as possible. Good to see you are doing the same.

Wishing you the very best and, once again, a beautiful piece of music.

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Hi Steve,

We are very sorry to hear about your loss and the problems with your hand.
But wow... this really is gorgeous!
One small nit, we missed your beautiful voice wink

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Very nice Steve! Beautiful work that puts one in a very contemplative, reflective state of mind! Sorry to hear about your loss and best wishes for your health! It's amazing how sometimes the inexpensive instruments that we take for granted can make the best music! Your sound here is very good!! Thanks, Torrey




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Originally Posted By: Noel96
Steve,

It's really good to see you. I'm so sorry to hear that things have not been travelling along as smoothly as possible for you and your family. I'm also very sorry to hear about your loss.

Like a few of us on the forum, I've discovered, over the last few years, that getting older has a price tag attached to it. Still, if that's what it costs to sit on Earth just a little bit longer, I'll pay smile

This composition of yours is stunning, really stunning.

The beauty of the music rolls along like a warm gentle breeze on a pleasant summer's day. Everything about this had me captivated from beginning to end. Your piano melody is really enchanting. Your choice of notes and the harmonising of them made for a wonderful journey in sound. And then there was the orchestra...

Your ability to orchestrate is up there with the best in the forum. I've said this many times over the years. Since your scores never diminish in quality, though, it's always worth saying again! I greatly admire your talent and the way you consistently manage to find exactly the right sound and combination of sounds to provide the best musical excursion possible.

As I said earlier... stunning, really stunning.

All the best,
Noel


Noel, it is always so good to hear from you, my friend! Your comments are always so thoughtful, encouraging and uplifting. Music to my ears! smile So appreciate your kind words.

Originally Posted By: lambada
Steve

A beautiful composition and fabulous production. I'm very sorry to hear you're going through a bad patch health wise and family wise. I hope composing these beautiful tunes brings you some solace at this time.

Neil


Neil, thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate your thoughts of concern. God definitely uses music to strengthen me. Once again, thanks!

Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
What a beautiful tune, Steve smile Sorry to hear about your health. At least it doesn't seem to have stopped you from making great music. The composition on this is truly stunning

Thanks so much for sharing - and from all of us at PG Music we hope the best for your health smile


Thank you very much, Deryk! Glad you like this one. I also truly appreciate your comments of encouragement about my health. PG Music has had a greater impact on me and my music than I know how to express. Great product, great staff!

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Steve your work is always original and outstanding.
Very emotional and delicate.
Wonderful to listen to.
Sorry to hear of your loss.
Well done. Rob

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You have so much to say musically

this is beautiful, emotional, touchingly expressive

you are such an asset to this group

thank you for sharing

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Steve,

You never fail to impress me. That streak continues.

This is gorgeous - in all regards.

I wish you strength in all things.

Thanks for all you share with us.

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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Steve,

You never fail to impress me. That streak continues.

This is gorgeous - in all regards.

I wish you strength in all things.

Thanks for all you share with us.

floyd


Not only is Floyd a great songwriter. He is a master of the written word. I could not say it better. This is just beautiful!! Should be a movie score. I have some plugins and fool around with MIDI at times but cannot make anything that sounds like this. WONDERFUL!! Wishing you well. Take care. Greg

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Steve, so so sorry to hear about your problems recently. More often than not, when we're sad we compose the best music and THIS is one of the loveliest pieces of music I've ever heard on here. It would make fantastic incidental music for a movie or a series like the game of thrones.
You should submit this piece to Classic FM here in the UK for airplay they would play it for sure.

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Hello, Steve

Great orchestration!
I was deeply moved by your splendid score.
The melody is also very beautiful.
All the instruments are very well chosen and combined.
I think you really well studied the orchestral arrangement.
The skills of piano and guitar are also wonderful.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

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Hi, Steve !


Please accept my deepest condolences !
There is only the one road we must
go and time is the only healer !!
Hope you are allright ?

Wonderful music, could go
stright into a movie !!!!


Cheers
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Steve
Sometimes words are not relevant. This composition is amazing. I could listen to it for hours. I am trying to put a little more of myself into my recordings, as well. I have problems recording bass as well. I don't play bass as often as I should, so my delivery has suffered for it. I haven't fired up my keyboards in months, so it is going to be a long process. I will say that the quality of your piano doesn't seem to be suffering. You play beautifully. Sorry you are having problems with your health. I wish you well, and pray for better days ahead.


Thanks, Gary! So glad you like this one. I say it's time to fire up your keyboards and practice that bass! smile I look forward to hearing more of your stuff! Thanks again for your kind words.

Originally Posted By: Al-David
Hi Steve,

This is simply beautiful! What a marvelous piece of music. You made that $80.00 Ibanez sound like a million bucks.

The arrangement and tracks are splendid. I'd love to be able to do something like this. Don't think I'm that talented.

Sorry to hear about the family loss. And those health issues are always a matter of concern. I'm glad to hear the issues aren't as bad as could be. I know your frustration as I have Focal Dystonia, which has significantly hampered my guitar playing. I'm using BIAB guitar tracks on many of my compositions now. Aldo, the chemo left my left left hand fairly numb. Hang in there and keep doing what you can while you can. And Di is so weak now she can barely walk from the bedroom to the kitchen. But, we keep at it as much as possible. Good to see you are doing the same.

Wishing you the very best and, once again, a beautiful piece of music.

Alan


Thanks so much, Alan. Really appreciate your generous comments! I pray for you and Di, that you will both be strengthened and encouraged. You are a blessing to this forum. Always enjoy hearing from you.

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Hi Steve,

We are very sorry to hear about your loss and the problems with your hand.
But wow... this really is gorgeous!
One small nit, we missed your beautiful voice wink

Rob and Anne-Marie


Rob and Anne-Marie, it is always so good to hear from you! Glad you enjoyed this one. It has been allergy season in this part of Texas lately, and my voice has been just a little "scratchy". But I plan on recording some vocals real soon. Thanks again for your very kind words!

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Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Very nice Steve! Beautiful work that puts one in a very contemplative, reflective state of mind! Sorry to hear about your loss and best wishes for your health! It's amazing how sometimes the inexpensive instruments that we take for granted can make the best music! Your sound here is very good!! Thanks, Torrey


Thanks, Torrey! Always good to hear from you. Glad you like this. Thanks for your kind words!

Originally Posted By: Rob4580
Steve your work is always original and outstanding.
Very emotional and delicate.
Wonderful to listen to.
Sorry to hear of your loss.
Well done. Rob


Rob, I really appreciate your comments! Thanks for dropping in on this one!

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You have so much to say musically

this is beautiful, emotional, touchingly expressive

you are such an asset to this group

thank you for sharing

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Thanks so much, Kenny. Your kind words are very appreciated!

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Beautiful song Stephen. Sorry for your loss. Music has a wonderful way of making sad times a little bit better.


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hi steve sorry to hear about your lost and heath problems steve i enjoy your contributions very much this one is stunning a beautiful presence in this peace hope and peace thanks for sharing eric


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