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#485551 - 08/12/18 10:26 AM [User Showcase] Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad)
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Recently, I posted lyrics that I wrote a little while ago for a song called "Deciduous Love". I made these lyrics available to anyone who wanted to use them.

For anyone who is interested in knowing what style of song I had in mind when I wrote these words, the below link should give some insight.


♫♫ Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad)


Please feel free to comment on any aspect of the song.

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Lyrics

Lost and lonely autumn leaves
My only friends tonight
We're tumbling headlong down a road going nowhere
Forgetting once we had a happy life
All alone, where cold winds blow
Don't we deserve a home?

Deciduous love
Deciduous love
Lives for summer sun
Deciduous love
Deciduous love
Leaves when summer is done

I remember back in springtime
My life was looking good
When summer shone and love got strong as days got longer
I felt invincible and self-assured
But seasons changed, blue turned grey
And then came autumn's blade

Deciduous love
Deciduous love
Lives for summer sun
Deciduous love
Deciduous love
Leaves when summer is done

One day
I’m hoping that one day
Summer will never go away

Deciduous love
Deciduous love
Lives for summer sun
Deciduous love
Deciduous love
Leaves when summer is done

It’s always needing some summer sun

©2018 Noel Adams, words and music, all rights reserved
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#485556 - 08/12/18 10:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: Noel96]
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Finally the real version!

Love it Noel.

The mix here is incredible. What a gorgeous professional, warm sound. Truly sounds likes a professional recording studio.

Awesome vocals and I loved the harmonica. Great choice of instruments.

So well done on every level.
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#485565 - 08/12/18 11:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: Noel96]
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It's always so cool to hear what the writer had in mind. There are always surprises.

The one thing that wasn't a surprise was the quality of what you've done. Really great job Noel!
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#485566 - 08/12/18 11:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: Noel96]
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Hi Noel,

Always impressed by your pristine mixes. Really enjoyed this. I have to say I don’t think I had heard the word deciduous before. Not only did I enjoy the tune, but I learned sonething too.

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#485582 - 08/12/18 01:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: GocartMoz]
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Loved it, Noel. Professional throughout!
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#485589 - 08/12/18 04:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: Noel96]
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Hi Noel,

As has already been mentioned, it's always interesting to hear what the composer had in mind as he/she wrote a lyric. It takes a real talent to make a relatively simple song sound so full and vibrant. Not easy to pull off but you handled it with ease.

Your mixing and mastering are second to none. You have a special touch with your music that escapes common words to describe. It's as though your heart and your brain conspired to write this one. I know I've listened to a masterful production and song when ordinary words are inadequate to describe it. This is one of those songs.

Wishing you well, my friend.

Alan
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#485592 - 08/12/18 04:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: Noel96]
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Just loved this tune Noel. Super vocal and lyric. Such a wonderful story and delivery. Cool mix too. Harmonica really a nice touch. Well done..

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#485603 - 08/12/18 05:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: Noel96]
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Super song Noel,

beautiful flow to it, love the harmonica part

this should be pitched to the Finn bros. or maybe Neil

I really enjoyed the listen,

Kenny

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#485612 - 08/12/18 05:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: Noel96]
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Noel this is fantastic. Your lyrics are top notch. Your vocal is perfect for this song. Love that chord progression also. Plus as always your mix is pro.
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#485613 - 08/12/18 05:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: Noel96]
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Noel,
well done. I really enjoyed the reverb or delay thrown on love.
Backing, lyric and melody work very, very well together.
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#485635 - 08/13/18 02:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: Noel96]
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Hi Noel,

Love it!

Very nice flow to this, the sort of song you don't want to end. Just finished my third listen actually smile

I love your attention to detail! The delay you add to "love" for example, and that subtle sound effect that comes in every so often. Choice of notes during the vocal too, "away" for example, wasn't expecting you to sing that note but very effective.

My new favorite from you, hands down!

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#485644 - 08/13/18 05:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: David Snyder]
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Originally Posted By: David Snyder
Finally the real version!

Love it Noel.

The mix here is incredible. What a gorgeous professional, warm sound. Truly sounds likes a professional recording studio.

Awesome vocals and I loved the harmonica. Great choice of instruments.

So well done on every level.


David,

Thank you for taking the time!

Recently I purchased a collection of CLA plugins from Waves when they were on special for $69. I've been very tempted to buy these over the years because Tom Adams has regularly used them and his works always sound excellent. When the sale price went way down, I thought "why not!".

I have no doubt that it's these plugins that helped me capture the sound you describe. They really are excellent. I used them on the bass and the electric and acoustic guitars as well as my vocals.

All the best,
Noel
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#485672 - 08/13/18 10:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: Noel96]
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This is really gorgeous ballad with lovely beautiful melancholy melody and chord progression. Reminds me of some western movie. Great lyrics fits the current mood when summer is gradually fading away here. Your vocals are excellent as always. And the arrangement and mix are superb with all those little details.

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#485677 - 08/13/18 10:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: Noel96]
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Noel,

Deciduous. What an interesting word to base a (lost) love song on!
The write does a great job of developing the idea, too.
The cold drop of autumn, remembering the strength of Spring, the hope of summer renewal...

The production and mix are tight. All the instruments have a good sound.
The vocals sit perfectly in the mix.
(One of your best mixes, I think).

Very well done.

fj

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#485681 - 08/13/18 11:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: Noel96]
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Noel, we commented on the nice lyrics on the others' versions and we feel the same after hearing it again. A great write!

"I remember back in springtime
My life was looking good
When summer shone and love got strong as days got longer
I felt invincible and self-assured
But seasons changed, blue turned grey
And then came autumn's blade"

We particularly enjoyed the journey and imagery through the seasons.

As others have pointed out the mix is pro level all the way and very supportive of your excellent vocals.

This is one that we have no interest in parsing out...we just enjoyed listening the the SONG.

Kudos!

Bud

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#485685 - 08/13/18 12:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: Noel96]
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Cool song Noel!! Very clever metaphor you've created here.......I love using weather metaphors myself. Melody is nice and has a fresh feel. Your mixes are always clean and clear. Nice vocal! Good job on everything!! Take care. Greg

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#485757 - 08/13/18 09:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: Noel96]
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Quote:
Deciduous love
Leaves when summer is done

I see what you did there. wink

To be honest, the title sort of put me off - a bit too clever for my taste. And although I'm still a bit on the fence about that, everything else - singing, production, arrangement, lyric - is stellar.

Excellent.
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#485773 - 08/14/18 06:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: Noel96]
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What a tune! This sounds like the kind of tune I'd imagine coming out of California in the late 60's/early 70's. It is wonderfully catchy, and your vocal performance is stunning. It sounds really well mixed too. Very crisp. I wouldn't bat an eyelash hearing this on the radio.

Great work and thanks for sharing smile
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#485829 - 08/14/18 01:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: HearToLearn]
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Originally Posted By: HearToLearn
It's always so cool to hear what the writer had in mind. There are always surprises.

The one thing that wasn't a surprise was the quality of what you've done. Really great job Noel!


Hi HearToLearn,

Thank you for listening and commenting! More important, though, thank for being the one who started all this. In honesty, I would never have thought of doing this had it not been for you and Joanne Cooper.

All the best,
Noel


Originally Posted By: GocartMoz
Hi Noel,

Always impressed by your pristine mixes. Really enjoyed this. I have to say I don’t think I had heard the word deciduous before. Not only did I enjoy the tune, but I learned sonething too.


Thanks David. I'm glad you had time to visit! I dare say that coming from Florida, there's not really all that many reasons to use the word 'deciduous'! From what I see on TV, your state is the land of evergreens, sunshine, beaches and palm trees!

Thanks again!

Best regards,
Noel
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#485891 - 08/14/18 08:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: Deciduous Love (Rock Ballad) [Re: Noel96]
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Noel,

lt was very cool to hear other’s versions of this song, and then to finally hear yours. I really liked animarorecords version of this song, but this is equally terrific. Just amazing to hear the contrast in styles, yet each have great results. This is an admirable production with a some nice vocal work. Very engaging listen, and love the use of the harmonica here. Great stuff!

All the best,

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