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#452786 - 01/21/18 11:08 PM [User Showcase] The Long Way Home
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guitar1 Offline
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Hello everyone. It has been a while since I posted anything. Good internet service is hard to come by on the road. I can surf a little bit, but an upload was not possible most of the time. I am posting a song that I wrote recently. I am just learning to navigate the 2018 upgrade, and the possibilities are intimidating at times, so I am struggling a little. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas season.


The Long Way Home
The Long Way home

She sits quietly by the roadside in the heat of the day
keeping her lonely vigil while we're gone
she understands our passion and our need to roam
and why we always take the long way home

Chorus

sustained by the memories contained within her walls
though her shutters are battered and worn
In the springtime all our attention will turn her way again
but we'll still take the long way home

Verse two

Her worth can't be explained by the name she is called
or the mere definition of home
though we will always love her, it still can't be explained
why we always take the long way home.

Chorus two
She suffers in silence but she knows there 'll come a day
There will be no reason to roam
So she sits by the roadside and knows until then
we will always take the long way home

tag-- So think of us gently and know we'll come again
but we'll always take the long way home

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#452842 - 01/22/18 07:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Long Way Home [Re: guitar1]
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I enjoyed your wistful lyrics and vocal... its a warm and different take on homesickness ( as I heard it), with the home doing the missing!
Are you recording in an RV? Its cool that you can get down the travel insights as you go.

Robert

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#452849 - 01/22/18 07:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Long Way Home [Re: guitar1]
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Loc: San Jose, CA
Marty Sorensen Offline
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A wonderful plaintive quality to this song.

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#452901 - 01/22/18 12:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Long Way Home [Re: guitar1]
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Scott C Offline
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So good to here from you Gary. Super tune. Excellent and vocal.. Loved it
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#452942 - 01/22/18 02:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Long Way Home [Re: guitar1]
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Gary, I always enjoy your posts! Your songs just have a way of really grabbing the listener and pulling them in. Your vocal in this is perfect for this song and you have placed some really great chord changes in the chorus! Thanks, Torrey
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#453011 - 01/22/18 10:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Long Way Home [Re: Robertkc]
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Thank you so much, Robert.
I can thank my wife for the idea behind this one. We have installed a security camera system that allows us to check on our house while we are away, using our cell phone. While checking it a few days ago, my wife remarked that the house looked lonesome without anyone there. That got the wheels turning and this is the result. Thanks again and be well.

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#453017 - 01/22/18 11:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Long Way Home [Re: guitar1]
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Gary,

This is a really pleasant and easy-on-the-ears listen. I love the sincerity and honesty of your performance.

That inner rhyme of 'sustained/contained' in the first chorus is inspired lyric writing. It's definitely a standout!

I enjoyed this journey.

All the best,
Noel
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#453100 - 01/23/18 07:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Long Way Home [Re: guitar1]
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cool tune. very bluegrassy in it's overall composition. I was thinking as I was listening, that this needed a more "organic" sound with acoustic instruments.....

fiddle, dobro, acoustic guitar, mandolin and acoustic upright bass. 5 instrument tracks, and necessary vocals. The vocals could stand to be lower and with a tad more high/mids in them. Do a low cut and it will clear them up nicely.

Good work.
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#453149 - 01/23/18 09:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Long Way Home [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Greg Johnson Offline
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Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Gary, I always enjoy your posts! Your songs just have a way of really grabbing the listener and pulling them in. Your vocal in this is perfect for this song and you have placed some really great chord changes in the chorus! Thanks, Torrey


I agree with Torrey. You have such an authentic, endearing sound!! It's hard sometimes to use technology and not lose the humanity but you manage it superbly!! Take care. Greg

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#453275 - 01/23/18 09:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Long Way Home [Re: Marty Sorensen]
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guitar1 Offline
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Thanks so much, Marty. I am glad you like it.

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#453276 - 01/23/18 09:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Long Way Home [Re: Scott C]
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guitar1 Offline
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Thanks Scott. It is good to hear from you as well. I have been out of touch for a while. I could check in every so often but that is about it.

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#453277 - 01/23/18 09:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Long Way Home [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Thank you Torrey. I always try to begin with as strong a lyric as I can. I read somewhere that if you don't engage your listener in the first few lines, they will move on. As a writer I don't want to be guilty of that. Thanks again, Be well my friend.

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#454124 - 01/27/18 11:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Long Way Home [Re: Guitarhacker]
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guitar1 Offline
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Thanks Herb. Sorry I am taking so long to get back to everyone. I appreciate the feedback and the advice. All I have to do is import some new RT's into Sonar, but I am sure I am not telling you anything you haven't done a thousand times. I am also going to try your suggestion for the EQ. I am very seldom satisfied with my vocals. They always sound too husky to me. I think this might help. Several of my tracks suffer the same malady. Thanks again, and be well.

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