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#435229 - 10/25/17 08:21 PM [User Showcase] New Song - After The Sunset
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Pardon me while I wax philosophical. I just lost one of my dearest friends yesterday to cancer. We worked together side by side in the ministry for over 30 years. As I was driving home from spending time with him and his family Sunday evening, I was contemplating how powerful a force music is.

Music literally impacts all 5 senses. God has used it to minister healing to me so many ways and times. So I wrote this song as the person Music singing to me.

This is not a sad song, just contemplative. I played all the keyboards. There is one Realtrack - the acoustic guitar. The piano sound is the Alicia's Keys in Kontakt 5. The orchestration is mostly EastWest with a bit of Logic Pro X softsynth mixed in.

I hope you enjoy this one.

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After The Sunset
©Stephen W. Young

You were just a child when you first heard me
I was singing in your car
A melody that moved your feet
And settled in your heart

You joined a band so you could know me
You learned to play an old guitar
But that piano set you free
And you played with all your heart

After the sunset
Will you still remember me
Will I be forgotten
Or a distant memory
Will you sing along with my old songs
And dream about your friends
After the sunset

Sometimes I sing about the future
At times I sing about the past
I sing of winners and losers
And questions never asked

After the sunset
Will you still remember me
Will I be forgotten
Or a distant memory
Will you sing along with my old songs
And dream about your friends
After the sunset

I am more than just a melody
More than empty words
I'm the fragrance you remember
When you try to forget the hurt

After the sunset
Will you still remember me
Will I be forgotten
Or a distant memory
Will you sing along with my old songs
And dream about your friends
After the sunset

----

Steve
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#435232 - 10/25/17 09:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: Steve Young]
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Hi Steve,

First, I am so sorry you lost such a dear friend. Please accept condolences from Di and me.

This such a beautiful and quietly powerful song. It literally brought tears to my eyes - I tend to be a little emotional. But this transcends emotion and tugs at the inner soul and one's civility and humility towards the gifts He has given us - our close friends among the most cherished of those gifts.

I'm sure you will be remembered. God bless and strength to you and his loved ones.

Alan & Di


Edited by Al-David (10/25/17 09:13 PM)
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#435255 - 10/26/17 07:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: Steve Young]
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I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, Steve. Our deepest condolences from us at PG Music.

This is a beautiful and sincere song, I was so moved listening to it. I can't think of anything I would change here. It is powerful and moving, and overall just a well thought and perfectly written song.

Thank you so much for sharing, and baring your soul here smile
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#435272 - 10/26/17 09:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: Steve Young]
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So sorry to hear of the loss of a good longtime friend.

this is inspired, he would be proud

the delicate touch in the arrangement

the strings alone are unbelievably good,

we're are blessed by your sharing of your

soulful and heartfelt songs

thank you,

Kenny

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#435277 - 10/26/17 11:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: Steve Young]
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Steve,

Man this is so beautiful! That subtle silence/pause just before the chorus does wonders to the song.
The chord progression of the chorus itself is super.
And then of course your voice. Beautiful as ever!

I'm very sorry for the loss of your friend.

Rob
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#435331 - 10/26/17 03:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: Steve Young]
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Sorry for your loss Stephen. Loved this song. Super lyric and heartfelt vocal. Well done..
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#435344 - 10/26/17 04:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: Steve Young]
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Steve,

So sorry for your loss.

This song is one of the most beautiful writes I've heard in a long, long time. Brought to mind the songs that come from a collaboration between Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin - as good as it gets.

Your productions and vocals are always top notch - but this might beat them all in both regards.

WOW.

floyd
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#435349 - 10/26/17 05:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: Steve Young]
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Hi Steve,
Condolences on ur loss and heavens gain,I guess thats it isnt it, no matter how much we understand our friends destination its still heavens gain and our loss.
Love this song so well produced.Particularly the pause before the chorus is so powerful .Alicia Keys really piano great plug in.Perfect
urs Hugh


Edited by Hugh2 (10/26/17 05:14 PM)
Edit Reason: missed a word

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#435364 - 10/26/17 06:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: Steve Young]
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Steve, I can't say enough about this one. The feel of this moves me. I am certain that you could feel it as well. I just turned my old Korg keyboard on for the first time in a long time. I am sorry for the loss of your friend.

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#435379 - 10/26/17 07:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: Steve Young]
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Beautiful and touching. Fantastic chorus.
Love the clarity.
Thank you for the song. Cheers.
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#435456 - 10/27/17 07:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: Steve Young]
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Really beautiful song Steve.
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#435464 - 10/27/17 07:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: Steve Young]
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Steve,


Sorry for your loss, but it's only temporary. This is exquisite.


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#435484 - 10/27/17 09:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: Steve Young]
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So powerful, but at the same time also relaxing and beautiful, I really like the chord progression and your vocal. Very nice details in the arrangement, especially the acoustic guitar and cello. The power of music is deeply present.

Janne

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#435522 - 10/27/17 01:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: Steve Young]
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Hi,Steve !


This tune conveys your
big loss profoundly !
Accept my condolences also !
Take care, Steve !

This is so very, very
beautiful !!

Dani

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#435525 - 10/27/17 02:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: Steve Young]
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Its all been said Steve. Wobderful.
Rob

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#435603 - 10/27/17 10:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: Steve Young]
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Hello, Steve

So sorry to hear of the loss of a good longtime friend.
Very beautiful song.
The quiet but powerful melody and your pleasant vocal deeply reach into my heart.
I like very much the chord progression of piano intro. G - D(F#Bass) - Dm(Bass) - A7sus4(Ebass) - A7, maybe.
It is really nice.
Elegant and discreet orchestration is also wonderful.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#435680 - 10/28/17 11:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: Steve Young]
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Dear Mr. Young...

If I didn't know better, I would have sworn that I was listening to this misty, meditative song on the radio! The production quality is that professional.

"After The Sunset" is a sublimely beautiful title for the song. I agree with what you said that "this is not a sad song, just contemplative". The lyrics ache with the weight of memory and its accompanying nostalgia. The string arrangement is one of the most symphonically "true" sounding virtual orchestral renditions I've ever heard on this forum. Your piano playing is somber, quietly powerful.

If that was you singing, you could have pulled this off without the music, a capella. Your vocal track was just that sensitive and yearning in its effect.

Losing people we love deeply usually leaves a gaping hole in our hearts that rarely gets filled in our own lifetimes. Nonetheless, your musical testimonial to your late friend floats down from the heavens to cover that hole like a blanket of affirmation of the spiritual bond you both enjoyed while he was alive.

Respectfully,

LOREN


Edited by bluage (10/28/17 11:39 AM)
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#435682 - 10/28/17 11:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: Steve Young]
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I could have sworn I posted in here already! I must have just forgotten to hit enter.

How could I not, this tune is so wonderful. And I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I know you said the song is not meant to be sad, but more contemplative, but I do find some sense of sorrow in it, but a beautiful sense of sorrow.


I especially love these lyrics:

"I am more than just a melody
More than empty words
I'm the fragrance you remember
When you try to forget the hurt"

Keep up the amazing work. It's amazing how much music can heal our pains, and I am glad to see you are still creating despite all you have been through.

<3
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#435740 - 10/28/17 07:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: 44kfl]
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Originally Posted By: Al-David
Hi Steve,

First, I am so sorry you lost such a dear friend. Please accept condolences from Di and me.

This such a beautiful and quietly powerful song. It literally brought tears to my eyes - I tend to be a little emotional. But this transcends emotion and tugs at the inner soul and one's civility and humility towards the gifts He has given us - our close friends among the most cherished of those gifts.

I'm sure you will be remembered. God bless and strength to you and his loved ones.

Alan & Di


Thanks Alan & Di! Glad you were touched by this one.

Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG Music
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, Steve. Our deepest condolences from us at PG Music.

This is a beautiful and sincere song, I was so moved listening to it. I can't think of anything I would change here. It is powerful and moving, and overall just a well thought and perfectly written song.

Thank you so much for sharing, and baring your soul here smile


Thanks so much, Deryk! It is always good to hear from you. Glad you like this one. Really appreciate your encouraging words.

Originally Posted By: 44kfl
So sorry to hear of the loss of a good longtime friend.

this is inspired, he would be proud

the delicate touch in the arrangement

the strings alone are unbelievably good,

we're are blessed by your sharing of your

soulful and heartfelt songs

thank you,

Kenny


Thanks, Kenny! Really appreciate your thoughtful comments. My loss is Heaven's gain. I do have great peace. I know I will see my loved ones again, when I join them (many years from now) in Heaven! Really glad you like this song.

===

Steve
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#435793 - 10/29/17 11:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - After The Sunset [Re: Steve Young]
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Steve,

I'm so very saddened to hear about the passing of your good friend. Saying goodbye to those who have been an important part of our life is never easy. I offer my sincere condolences to all.

This is a stunning composition and presentation. I found it impossible to listen to without being emotionally moved. Everything about it glistens. Your playing is superb, your melody is sublime and your arrangement made my imagination soar. I loved the bridge. This is one of the best songs I've heard, ever.

Absolutely beautiful music.

Thank you for starting my day in such a glorious way.
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