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#433388 - 10/14/17 11:45 AM [User Showcase] The Man In My Mirror
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Hello all. It's been a while since I posted. We are getting everything ready for our winter trip to the western end of this great nation. I am posting a new song. It is a country gospel song I wrote a while back. I spent some years traveling the country gospel road. I backed away when politics entered the picture, but that doesn't make the genre any less important. This one is a little darker than some, but anyone who has ever dealt with depression will understand where I am coming from. Very few of the creatives I have ever had dealings with have escaped this entirely. I hope you like it.



The Man In My Mirror

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#433392 - 10/14/17 12:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: guitar1]
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Hi Gary,

Yeah, slightly dark but not too much so. I would say more intuitively perceptive of one who's lost his way and can't find a place to make a U-turn. Your vocal has quite a bit of George Jones in it to my ears.

Di and I are people of faith but don't write a lot of gospel music. I think we've done, perhaps, half a dozen or so over the years. Of we could write them this good, we'd probably do more of them.

A nice approach to a tough subject. Kudos for taking it on! Ya did good! Safe travel on your trip.

Alan
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#433395 - 10/14/17 12:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: Al-David]
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Thanks Alan
I didn't write gospel until the nineties. I hit a really bad patch of my own, and started writing out of personal desperation. but I discovered that a lot of people identified with them. This led to performing my songs in churches for years. I didn't return to writing in different genres until much later. I am trying to record some 200 songs that I have in backlog. Have you ever written a song and then discovered that you were not capable of singing it? Talk about humbling.

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#433406 - 10/14/17 12:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: guitar1]
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Gary this is fantastic. Outstanding performance in this one. A strong voice, great lyrics and a super mix, this song has everything. Your vocal had a touch of George Jones and Bill Anderson in it. Extremely well done.

This is a keeper for sure.


Edited by MarioD (10/14/17 12:55 PM)
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#433411 - 10/14/17 01:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: guitar1]
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Wow, I really enjoyed this Gary smile It has a genuine, sincere quality to it. It's beautifully haunting, and the vocal performance is near flawless. It indeed has a darkness to it, but personally I feel it made it even more compelling to listen to.

Thanks so much for sharing!
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#433412 - 10/14/17 01:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: guitar1]
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A nicely done country song... I enjoyed it.
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#433460 - 10/14/17 05:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: guitar1]
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Gary, this is real country! A message that many can relate to! I agree with Alan about the George Jones comparison, It really sounds like something he would have done! Thanks, Torrey
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#433490 - 10/14/17 07:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: guitar1]
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Great country song. Very Johnny Cash.

Great job. Excellent title and hook.
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#433500 - 10/14/17 10:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: guitar1]
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Sounds like an old classic.
Love the feeling behind the lyrics.
This to me is real country.
Thanks for bringing back that feeling.
Rob

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#433538 - 10/15/17 07:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: guitar1]
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Gary,

Well this sure sounds as authentic as it gets! It is also the kind of country music I first heard in my youth. Speaking of which, it made me think of Charlie Rich's Long long way from Tennessee. Love that song.
Your vocals are cool and with emotion.

Rob
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#433561 - 10/15/17 07:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: guitar1]
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Well done Gary. Heartfelt vocal. Well done
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#433564 - 10/15/17 08:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: guitar1]
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I love the George Jones reference made here by listeners

I can hear it too

very nice song, sounds like classic country to me

enjoyed the listen

Kenny

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#433565 - 10/15/17 08:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: guitar1]
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Hi, Gary !:))


What a nice tune !
Dark or not I like it
nonetheless !:))

You sure have a voice
as made for country !!!!:))

Cheers
Dani

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#433613 - 10/15/17 04:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: guitar1]
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Gary,

Really nicely done. Your vocals on this sound great.

Would love to see you post lyric to these when you put them up.

Solid old-school Country. Enjoyed.

fj

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#433633 - 10/15/17 05:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: guitar1]
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Gary,
Plus 1 to all the kudos above. Such a strong sense of experience behind the song and your vocal.
Very well done!

Robert

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#433635 - 10/15/17 06:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: guitar1]
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Originally Posted By: guitar1
Thanks Alan
I didn't write gospel until the nineties. I hit a really bad patch of my own, and started writing out of personal desperation. but I discovered that a lot of people identified with them. This led to performing my songs in churches for years. I didn't return to writing in different genres until much later. I am trying to record some 200 songs that I have in backlog. Have you ever written a song and then discovered that you were not capable of singing it? Talk about humbling.



Gary,

If I had a dollar for every song I've written I can't sing (that's a majority of the 800 or so I've written), I'd be one wealthy guy! Fortunately, I have a beautiful wife with an equally gorgeous voice who can sing many of them. Her health has declined dramatically over the past two years and rarely has enough strength/energy to sing a song these days. But, I have a mediocre voice on the best of days and it's usually a good idea to let someone else sing my songs!

If you're interested, here is a link to our most current gospel:

https://soundcloud.com/alananddi/he-believes-in-me

Hope you enjoy it, if you get a chance to listen.

Alan & Di
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#433644 - 10/15/17 07:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: guitar1]
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Very well written, classic country sound. Definitely hear some Jones in there (and that's very good).

Enjoyed this one.

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#433756 - 10/16/17 03:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: Rob4580]
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Originally Posted By: Rob4580
Sounds like an old classic.
Love the feeling behind the lyrics.
This to me is real country.
Thanks for bringing back that feeling.
Rob


Agreed!! Very heartfelt and authentic song and delivery. Cannot think of anything I would change. Truly excellent!! Take care. Greg

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#433818 - 10/16/17 08:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Thanks Deryk. I have never recorded a vocal that I was satisfied with. I am not particularly enamored of my vocal abilities, but I like to try. It is however, very humbling to think that people actually like to hear my songs. I haven't really found my niche yet, but there is a good chance I never will, since I like so many styles of music. Thanks again for your comment. I told a Nashville producer years ago that I was not a singer. His reply was puzzling for about six seconds. He said.

"Neither is Johnny Cash or Willy Nelson, but If you them today and then hear them again twenty years from now, you'll recognize their voice. You can't buy that."

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#433960 - 10/17/17 01:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Man In My Mirror [Re: guitar1]
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Oh yeah! That is a great heartfelt and soulful vocal that harkens back to the masters of the genre - George Jones, Mark Chesnutt, Vern Gosdin and others.

We like it. All of it. The write, the vocal and the production.

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