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#485333 - 08/10/18 07:43 PM [User Showcase] Lighthouse
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Last Sunday afternoon I watched a documentary, Tennessee Whiskey: The Dean Dillion story. He wrote many songs , most of George Straits hits.
Monday morning I got up and began writing for the first time this year, not in his style but in his inspiration. He said that he couldn’t imagine doing anything else. That’s how I used to feel.
I’d forgotten how fun songwriting can be.

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Lighthouse
© 2018 Kenny Leverett

A single point of light
In a storm raging night
You’re the voice I’ve always heard

The better part of me
When I can’t always see
What’s good in this world

I’m not an easy one I know
Sometimes I steer
Where no one wants to go
But you calm my troubled seas
Somehow find what’s best in me

You are a lighthouse
A beacon from the top of the world
Shining brightly
Smiling sweetly
For me girl

And if I am a fool
Who has too much to say
You listen anyway

The better part of me
Deserving so much more
Than I’ll ever be

You are a lighthouse
A beacon from the top of the world
Shining brightly
Smiling sweetly
For me girl

You are a lighthouse
A beacon from the top of the world

Drums Blues Rock EV
Bass 1825 Pop Modern
Pedal Steel 2666 Lush Chords
Acoustic Guitar 1595 Pop 8ths
Electric Guitar 834 Alt. Country Moody
Solo Guitar 1514 Country Brent



Edited by Andrew - PG Music (08/26/20 12:58 PM)

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#485334 - 08/10/18 08:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: 44kfl]
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Hi Kenny,

More great music from you. Besides your immediately recognizable voice, several things caught my attention.

The number one thing is how you sang the first pre-chorus and then used it as your instrumental riff the second time. Cool!


Second, there are so many dynamics on the lyrical journey. The sung (first) pre-chorus is the main attraction for me on that path:

I’m not an easy one I know
Sometimes I steer
Where no one wants to go
But you calm my troubled seas
Somehow find what’s best in me



Third, the guitar lead was nasty sweet - so cool and cutting it has frost hanging from the percolating notes.

Best to you.

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#485354 - 08/11/18 03:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: 44kfl]
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Nice to see you posting music here again, Kenny!
Good song, I like the chorus especially. Very effective the way you dropped everything out except the acoustic and steel for the last one too.
Nice solo too!

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#485356 - 08/11/18 04:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: 44kfl]
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Excellent tune Kenny. Loved the lyrics. Excellent vocal. Loved the chorus as sell. WEll done. Guitar was so sweet..

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#485406 - 08/11/18 02:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: 44kfl]
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Hi Kenny, Great work on this! I really enjoyed the overall progression and found this very easy to listen to. Nice work on the vocals too!
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#485467 - 08/11/18 09:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: 44kfl]
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Beautiful!!! Glad to see you're writing again Kenny. Your hiatus has NOT left you rusty. I can't imagine you doing anything else. So glad to have you back my friend! Everything about this is wonderful. I love deep, thoughtful, heartfelt songs, and outside this forum, it seems they are hard to find. Never stop writing!!! Take care. Greg

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#485499 - 08/11/18 11:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: 44kfl]
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Nice song, but your singing is what really sold it for me. Loved the ending.
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#485503 - 08/11/18 11:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: 44kfl]
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Kenny

Really nice work on this and as stated above a very engaging vocal.
The band and mix sound really nice.
Nice to have you back writing again.

Peter

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#485507 - 08/12/18 12:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: 44kfl]
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Top arrangement and song.
The melody is on point.
The vocals seem to be a little distorted, (very bright on the top with frequent clipping), actually, the solo too now I listen again. It may be Soundcloud's compression on perhaps something in the "mastering".
I'll listen again later with different headphones, (I've checked levels on soundcloud& my computer).
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#485530 - 08/12/18 06:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: 44kfl]
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So you have returned with a fury!

Nice work!

Making up for lost time??

smile

P.S. Great lyrics
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#485552 - 08/12/18 10:31 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: 44kfl]
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Kenny,

This one goes for the heart with that powerful image in the lyrics and your excellent vocals... somehow your rough edges just make the delivery warmer.
Cool simple backtrack and the ending is nicely done too.
That inspiration you had is a sign- you`re tapping into the right stuff again!

Robert

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#485577 - 08/12/18 12:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: 44kfl]
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That one will rip the paint right off of your heart.

As Greg said "I love deep, thoughtful, heartfelt songs, and outside this forum, it seems they are hard to find. Never stop writing!!! "

We are glad you watched the Dean Dillon doc...we did also but, alas, no song came out of it smile

That wonderful lyric is well supported by the backing tracks and is sung with heart and soul. You have a wonderful gift in being able to express so much emotion in lyrics w/o over intellectualizing or drowning the song in angst.

Superb!

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#485673 - 08/13/18 10:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: 44kfl]
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Kenny,

An excellent write. As Greg said "thoughtful, heartfelt". What a song should be.

Your songs (melody) always "sing well". A real talent.

The production on this is a delight. Super choice for the ending...

Top-shelf (again...)

fj

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#485679 - 08/13/18 11:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: 44kfl]
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Combination of the beautiful lyrics, your heartfelt voice and the arrangement, especially the picking acoustic, make this really nice listen. The fun of songwriting is really shining brightly here.

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#485700 - 08/13/18 12:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: 44kfl]
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Wow, I really loved this song. Really enjoyed the imagery in this song.
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#485897 - 08/14/18 09:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: 44kfl]
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Hello, Kenny

Very nice song and great vocal!
I entirely agree with Janne.
Combination of the beautiful lyrics, your heartfelt voice and the arrangement, especially the picking acoustic, make this really nice listen. The fun of songwriting is really shining brightly here.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#486054 - 08/15/18 08:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: Al-David]
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Originally Posted By: Al-David
Hi Kenny,

More great music from you. Besides your immediately recognizable voice, several things caught my attention.

The number one thing is how you sang the first pre-chorus and then used it as your instrumental riff the second time. Cool!


Second, there are so many dynamics on the lyrical journey. The sung (first) pre-chorus is the main attraction for me on that path:

I’m not an easy one I know
Sometimes I steer
Where no one wants to go
But you calm my troubled seas
Somehow find what’s best in me



Third, the guitar lead was nasty sweet - so cool and cutting it has frost hanging from the percolating notes.

Best to you.

Alan


Thank you Alan for noticing all that

As always, I appreciate your listen, comments and being a good friend

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#486055 - 08/15/18 08:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Nice to see you posting music here again, Kenny!
Good song, I like the chorus especially. Very effective the way you dropped everything out except the acoustic and steel for the last one too.
Nice solo too!


Hey Dave,

Thanks for the kind words

appreciate your comments on the arrangement

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#486056 - 08/15/18 08:04 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: Scott C]
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Originally Posted By: Scott C
Excellent tune Kenny. Loved the lyrics. Excellent vocal. Loved the chorus as sell. WEll done. Guitar was so sweet..


Thanks Scott

for the very kind words, love it when someone likes the lyrics

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#486057 - 08/15/18 08:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lighthouse [Re: Joe -PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Joe -PG Music
Hi Kenny, Great work on this! I really enjoyed the overall progression and found this very easy to listen to. Nice work on the vocals too!


Joe,

thanks, appreciate your listen and comments

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