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#465797 - 04/06/18 12:35 PM [User Showcase] GREATER DAYS
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As many of you know, we sometimes receive bad news at the time we are least ready for it. We can let it make us bitter or we can look forward to a better day that's coming. I used my situation to create a song. Maybe someone can relate! The lyrics are a collaboration with my daughter. Thanks for listening, I really do appreciate it! Thanks, Torrey

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#465803 - 04/06/18 01:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Everything about this is great, vocals, harmonies, instruments, production. I am now feeling like a total beginner. THis is awesome music!!!!!

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#465813 - 04/06/18 01:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Really nice job on this one, Torrey smile I looove the guitars in the intro. It reminds me of Toto in the 80's almost. It is wonderfully smooth and so dang smooth. The instrumental is almost velvetty - and of course, your vocal performance is here near flawless.

Not a thing I'd change here - great job and thanks for sharing!
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#465822 - 04/06/18 03:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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When I saw the instrument list, I knew I'd like the track, but... you nailed this song!

Catchy chorus, great arrangement. Awesome guitars parts. This is one of those songs that makes me want to play it again and again. Definitely worth taking the time to put a stellar vocal on.

A nit: the mix lacks punch. Maybe I'm just used to everyone compressing the hecks out of their songs, but I'd love to hear a louder mix.

Anyway, great job. I'm listening through for a third time, and that just about never happens. laugh
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#465836 - 04/06/18 05:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Torrey,

Wonderfully smooth, uplifting and catchy; you own this style of soulful pop!
Maybe you hear something in the vocal I don`t, `cos they sound great to me.
Those twin (or delayed?) guitars are spine tingling good and the whole production seriously professional.

Robert

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#465848 - 04/06/18 08:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Torrey, You are a constant source of amazement. Your arranging skills are over the top.

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#465851 - 04/06/18 09:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Torrey

A really wonderful complex composition that sounds great.
Great songwriting.

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#465858 - 04/06/18 10:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Hi Torrey,

When I read your intro...

Originally Posted By: Torrey
As many of you know, we sometimes receive bad news at the time we are least ready for it. We can let it make us bitter or we can look forward to a better day that's coming. I used my situation to create a song. Maybe someone can relate!

...I sat here thinking, "Yup, I can totally relate to that". I've been having a bit of an adventure in this surprised-by-bad-news arena over the last few years myself. Music most definitely helps.

You've done a great job with this song. The composing, arranging and mixing are sensational. Robert called this 'soulful pop' and I agree with him wholeheartedly. You're the forum master in this genre!

All the best,
Noel

P.S. A phrase that I regularly find myself saying these days is the last line of "Gone With The Wind" where Scarlett O'Hara says, "After all, tomorrow is another day".
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#465864 - 04/06/18 11:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Hello, Torrey

Another Paul McCartney song!
As Robert said, wonderfully smooth, uplifting and catchy; you own this style of soulful pop!
And I entirely agree with Noel.
You've done a great job with this song.
The composing, arranging and mixing are sensational.
You're the forum master in this genre!
Your Vocals are also very comfortable as usual.
Your Guitars, too.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#465880 - 04/07/18 03:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Doesn't get much better than this IMHO!

Excellent composition and performance, enjoyed the listen!
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#465890 - 04/07/18 05:45 AM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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A great quality production from start to finish.

The harmonies give dimension, the choice of style is perfect, to musicality leaves nothing to be desired.

Excellent.
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#465899 - 04/07/18 06:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Torrey,

Great song and vocal. Love the track selection and mix.

Much enjoyed!

Bob
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#465906 - 04/07/18 08:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Vocals sound fine to us. "Soulful pop" is, indeed a great description.

For us, irrespective of genre, we tend to judge on whether or not the song has soul...and you have it in spades.

We hope this inspired production helps you work through the difficulties you alluded to.

As always it takes us several listens to appreciate all of the complexities in your productions and this is a fine example of that.

Enjoyed it!

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#465926 - 04/07/18 11:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: cliftond]
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cliftond, I appreciate so much that fact that you have taken time to listen and comment! When I listen to your stuff it inspires me!! I have realized I tend to bury my vocals in the mix sometimes and listening to your material reminds me to bring it out front a little more! Thanks again, T
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#465929 - 04/07/18 12:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Hi Torrey Bliss, Thank you for sharing this with us. This definitely has a classic rock vibe. Powerful lyrics too. Well done!


Edited by Catherine (04/13/18 10:04 AM)
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#465962 - 04/07/18 02:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Amazing!
Your recordings are always pro level, but you've outdone yourself here.
Again we detect that Donald Fagen feel.
And then all the instruments you play by yourself...

Rob and Anne-Marie
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#466007 - 04/07/18 05:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: Deryk - PG Music]
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Thanks Deryk for taking time to listen and comment! I appreciate it! T
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#466021 - 04/07/18 08:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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A big WOW on this one, Torrey!

A great listen. Loved it.

Good write. Super melody. Superb arrangement. Excellent mix.

One of my favorites from your.

Has a real Todd Rundgren sound and feel to it (like it came right off one of his records). A little hint of Boz Skaggs, too.

Excellent all around. (The vocal "pops" - don't mess with it too much)

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#466036 - 04/08/18 03:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: dcuny]
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Thanks David for listening and commenting! I appreciate it! I was still doing a lot of editing at the time you listened and since posted a new mix that is a little louder. I have refused though to get caught up in the “volume wars” because when I try to do that I seem to lose all the definition and clarity in my mix. Thanks again. T
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#466037 - 04/08/18 03:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: GREATER DAYS [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Sounds like Jeff Lynn singing & playing with Michael McDonald (?) era Doobies.
NOW, that could be awful but your bvox don't have the terrible Lynn stacking/synth thing.
Possible a little Steely Dan as well - from that general late 70s world anyway.
Well played and recorded.
Spit & polish mate.
Well done, very well done.
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