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#442248 - 12/03/17 03:11 AM [User Showcase] IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL
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My Christmas offering for 2017 - a straightforward traditional Christmas Carol.
Originally quite simply written for Congregational singing using 5 chords (3 major, 2 minor), I have arranged Verses 2 and 3 using slightly different or embellished chords. The Joy of Band In A Box!! This music is in the Public Domain and is not subject to Copyright so I guess is OK to post here.
Its a mix of 2 BB Styles -****** Song Summary *************
Title: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER2
File:IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER2.SGU
Key=D , Tempo 80, Length (m:s)=3:00
4 bar intro, 54 bar chorus, from bar 5 to bar 58. Repeat x1 chorus
Style is ARPORK44.STY (Orchestral Piano Arpeggios 4/4)
Style MIDI Instruments are : Acoustic String Bass (33), Acoustic Piano (1), French Horn (61), Slow Strings (50),
RealTracks in song: ~365:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 085
MIDI Drums :1 Standard Drum Kit (1) – for Lead in only
and also Style “Hymn_4_4” simply to get the midi Church Organ sections.
Tracks exported as individual wavs to my old DAW and mixed there.
IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER - https://app.box.com/s/wb8aojwbb7sfwx935qk7lbvimmz812ue

Main SGU for the backing track is available here if anyone is interested - https://app.box.com/s/8ohch8f8p7sa16h5td9g58ohm3k1o8hz

Or the BT itself - https://app.box.com/s/qk5lfylyg7rpp4s9dzqadnzu9zx21us6

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a happy, healthy, loving and musical 2018
Ian
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#442297 - 12/03/17 08:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: sixchannel]
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Nicely done, Ian.

Gorgeous tone on your guitar.

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#442414 - 12/03/17 04:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: sixchannel]
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Very pretty Ian!! I maybe wrong but it seems that the last time we saw you "around these parts" was with an instrumental Christmas tune. This is beautifully done!! Merry Xmas! Take care. Greg

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#442509 - 12/04/17 05:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: sixchannel]
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Nice work. The first time I heard this song was on the Cakewalk forum where one of the cakers from the UK posted it. It's a cool song. Love the Tine Thing Helseth version of this too ... just saying.

Really nice harmony chords in this version of yours. There was one glitch, sounds like a missed note at 1:08 but aside from that, very well done.

Since I have "discovered" this song, the season just isn't the same without hearing it. And you're the first Christmas season song this year... so... well done.
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#442524 - 12/04/17 06:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: sixchannel]
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Simply gorgeous

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#442536 - 12/04/17 07:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: sixchannel]
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Very nice. Guitar sounds excellent. Well done...

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#442537 - 12/04/17 07:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: sixchannel]
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Wonderful wonderful wonderful stuff Ian. Happy Christmas!

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#442559 - 12/04/17 09:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: sixchannel]
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You nailed this, Ian! I really enjoyed the somber mood of this. It's a beautiful tune, and you can hear a lot of emotion behind it.

Great job, and thanks so much for sharing smile
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#442567 - 12/04/17 10:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: sixchannel]
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Ian,
A lovely rendition of one of my Christmas favourites.
Thank you!

Robert

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#442573 - 12/04/17 10:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: sixchannel]
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excellent guitar playing. Very nice.
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#442593 - 12/04/17 11:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: sixchannel]
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Hello Everyone and thank you so much for taking the time to listen to this lovely traditional Christmas tune. It is very much appreciated. I use BIAB a lot but I seldom can post as it mainly makes Cover BTs for my guitar Sets and copyright applies.
Herb - you have good ears, my friend. It was a very slightly mis-picked double note and I thought I'd got away with it! lol! That'll teach me to be complacent. ;-)
Greg - Apart from working with the amazing Joanne Cooper on "Song Of Bernadette", I think you are right and it was "Away In A Manger" that last trod these boards.
Floyd and Scott C - thanks so much - you just got to love the tone of that Strat!!
Happy Christmas all
Ian
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#442596 - 12/04/17 11:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: sixchannel]
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I love this song. I will listen to your version tonight (audio links blocked from work). We'll be singing it for church service this Sunday. My favorite rendition is Julie Andrews version - beautiful, stark, and moving.

I look forward to listening to your version of this great Christmas song.
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#442603 - 12/04/17 11:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: jford]
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John
And we'll be singing it on Christmas Night at our "Midnight Service" along with my all time favourite Christmas song - "Silent Night".
I hope you like my interpretation. Fingers Crossed.
Ian
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#443167 - 12/06/17 10:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: sixchannel]
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Hello Ian.

Great arrangement and backing for that clean and clear style of yours.
Very Christmas.

Cheers.
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#443195 - 12/07/17 01:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: sixchannel]
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Dear "sixchannel"...

Here I am, not an overtly "religious" person, but aware of the presence of a Creator, nonetheless, and listening to your BIAB rendition of a Christmas carol, "In The Bleak Midwinter". And I realize suddenly that the music is awakening a spiritual response in me that is strong enough to cause me recall a biblical passage: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

This is an exquisite piece of music that shows off the potential of Band-in-a-Box's orchestral styles, which I have not used. It possesses and expresses all of the seasonal nostalgia of its title along with enough melancholy to bring out the seeming indifference of our Mother Nature as parts of her die a just little bit during her winter sleep.

For an instrumental piece, this song is filled to the brim with all of the emotion that lyrics typically deliver.

Moved,

LOREN
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#443211 - 12/07/17 04:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: sixchannel]
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Ian,

WHAT A WONDERFUL RENDITION! yOUR GUITAR SOUNDS FaNTASTIC AND YOUR DELIVERY IS SPOT ON. tOP SHELF ALL THE WAY! THIS IS SO PRETTY!

MERRY CHRISTMAS,

ALAN


Sorry for all caps ... just noticed that.
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#443529 - 12/08/17 06:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: sixchannel]
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To our ears this is a wonderful production that showcases your fine guitar.

We appreciate all the work that obviously went into this and thanks for sharing it.

Merry Christmas!

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#443759 - 12/09/17 06:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: sixchannel]
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Sorry for the delay. Being near Christmas, things have got a little "busy".
Hi Rich and thank you for your kind comment. Mmmh - maybe I DO have a Style of playing after all.
Hi Bluage - thank you too. I too am not "overtly religious" - I believe in what I believe. Even though we celebrate the Birth Of Christ at the wrong time date wise its the only opportunity we get to do it. So, I love all the Carol singing. Some of the best music in the World. And Winter is not a time of Death for Mother Earth. I remember my 6 year old daughter (now long grown up) being so upset at the thought of the trees and plants losing their leaves and flowers and "Dying" as Autumn came in. I told her that it was the time that they did NOT die but just threw off their old clothes that they'd been wearing all year and got down under the soil to make new ones for Spring. Bless her, she passed that on to HER daughter when she was a similar age.
Hi Al - CAPS no problem ! lol. Thank you for your kind words. Bleak Midwinter is one of my 3 favourite Christmas carols.
Hi Janice, Hi Bud - Yes, a fair bit of work went into it. I love the BB midi Orchestral styles and wish that there were RT equivalents. Initially I tried it with the BB midi Oohs and Aahs in the mix but they sounded bad. I'm hoping that the new 2018 RTs will address that. Thank you for your kind feedback.
Happy Christmas
Ian
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#444890 - 12/13/17 10:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: sixchannel]
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Delightfully done.I love traditionnal Carols and this is beautiful.I have downloaded yr sgu(luv the chord changes)and the BT cos I'm going to scare the kids Christmas day and sing it!Have a happy Christmas everyone.
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#444906 - 12/13/17 12:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER-A CHRISTMAS CAROL [Re: sixchannel]
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I finally got back to listen to this. Excellent job on such a wonderful song.
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