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#487977 - 08/26/18 08:34 PM [User Showcase] The Lessons We've Learned
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I have been out of commission for the past couple of months. Overwhelmed with work, and then I have had a strange infection in my head/sinuses that caused me to lose almost all my hearing for a few weeks. I'm doing better now, so I wrote a new song. The guitar and bouzouki are RealTracks. The piano and all the other orchestration are all EastWest sounds. I recorded this one in Studio One, and did the mix in Harrison's MixBus 32c. I hope you like it!
(I will try to get to some of the great songs on this forum, and comment on them in the next couple of days - I have really missed you guys!)


The Lessons We've Learned



The Lessons We've Learned
©Stephen W. Young

He stares at the face in the mirror
And he swears it could be the old man
He's forgotten the last words that were spoken
Can't remember how it got out of hand

After years of regrets, he thought it ended
When they told him the old man was dead
They found a letter his daddy had written
Never sent, he wept as he read

I hope you will come when you're able
Maybe Autumn, when the leaves start to turn
We'll laugh and forget all our troubles
And remember the lessons we've learned
Remember the lessons we've learned

Now, it could be pride or foolishness
Keeps a good man from doing what's right
In his heart, he knows of forgiveness
But it's so easy to keep it inside

I hope you will come when you're able
Maybe Autumn, when the leaves start to turn
We'll laugh and forget all our troubles
And remember the lessons we've learned
Remember the lessons we've learned

Now the memories and pain fade away
As he kisses his little baby's head
Asleep in his arms, in a moment of grace
He whispers the words that he read[b][/b]
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#487986 - 08/27/18 02:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: Steve Young]
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Steve,

Oh my goodness... this is such a wonderful journey in lyrics and music. I found myself sitting here and just staring at the monitor when the song had finished. Absolutely everything about this is outstanding. So much skill and talent radiating from every aspect of this production.

You've created something very, very special with this composition. The arrangement led me along like I was travelling on a boat drifting downstream. I love the way that you've shaped the emotional contour of the instrumental backing so that it frames the lyrics, the melody and your singing for maximum impact.

(AGAIN!)

I'm heading back for a few more listens, now!

All the best,
Noel
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#487987 - 08/27/18 03:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: Steve Young]
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Steve,

This is beautiful and the mix / vocal is outstanding... So nice to hear from you!

Bob
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#487989 - 08/27/18 03:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: Steve Young]
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Hi Steve,

There have been lots of excellent songs on the forum recently, but this
stands head and shoulders above them all. It's simply in a class of it's own.

I called my wife in to listen to it and we both sat there with tears in our eyes.
So emotive, so beautiful.

I don't think there's anything more I can add.

ROG.

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#488010 - 08/27/18 07:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: Steve Young]
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Steve,

How do you do it with every song you write/sing??

3.33 the crash cymbal was perfect, absolutely perfect.

Yes there are some great songs on the forum these days and this is at the top

good to hear you again

Alyn
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#488020 - 08/27/18 07:58 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: Steve Young]
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What a beautiful song smile You really did an amazing job with this. It sounds sincere and lush. The kind of tune you can close your eyes and get completely lost in. The lyrics too - oh boy, I can imagine this being played live and there not being a dry eye in the house.

You should be really proud of this one - thanks for sharing!
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#488028 - 08/27/18 09:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: Steve Young]
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A beautiful piece Steve in all respects, oozing sincerity and meaning. A perfect vocal. And impeccably arranged and engineered as usual. Above first class.

I'm glad you're on the mend Steve.

John
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#488030 - 08/27/18 09:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: Steve Young]
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Lush and lovely.

It's a wonderful write and it would be hard to imagine anybody singing this other than you. Each listen takes one on a remarkable four minute journey.

The theme of the lyric, your vocals and the crystal clear production are ear candy of the highest order.

Congrats on a stunning production. Wow!

J&B

PS It's great to see you back here and we hope the sinus issue doesn't linger (Bud has experienced a similar issue).

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#488036 - 08/27/18 10:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: Steve Young]
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You really should warn a guy. You made my driving a bit difficult. wink

What an amazing song. The chimes, strings, cymbal swells were all perfection.

The lyric and vocal go without saying.

...and mixed SO well.

Don't make me pick a favorite part. I would rather pick a favorite Grandma kind of thing.

This song truly moved me.

Thanks you for such a wonderful perspective.
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#488059 - 08/27/18 12:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: Steve Young]
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What a beautiful song. The vocals were especially brilliant. Thanks for taking the time to share!
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#488065 - 08/27/18 01:52 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: Steve Young]
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Love it! laugh

The writing is amazingly good - each verse gives the chorus a different meaning, and you've built a story arc of redemption out of a minimum number of words. The opening of stares/swears is nice.

Great orchestration as well, and as always, heartfelt vocals. Soooo good.

Sorry to hear about the hearing issue - hearing loss is always frightening for a musician! I'm glad you're doing better.

It's always a treat to hear one of your songs, and as impossible as it seems, you just keep getting better.
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#488073 - 08/27/18 02:44 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: Steve Young]
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Beautiful, Steve.

A thoughtful, touching write. Extraordinary arrangement and mix (as always!)

You always "make it look easy". Everything in the perfect place...

Your vocals are SO well recorded. I would love to hear what your equipment is AND how you process them. I'm sure everyone else would, too. I recall you wrote up a Mixing Tutorial years ago - if it is in there, perhaps you could just point to that here again?

fj

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#488080 - 08/27/18 03:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Your vocals are SO well recorded. I would love to hear what your equipment is AND how you process them. I'm sure everyone else would, too. I recall you wrote up a Mixing Tutorial years ago - if it is in there, perhaps you could just point to that here again?

fj



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#488084 - 08/27/18 03:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: Steve Young]
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The Mixing Thread is here:

http://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=162045#Post162045

I bumped it in the Tips forum - worth another read (or a first read for those who haven't seen it).

Quote:

... I do everything "in the box" - I my computer for all my recording/mixing/etc.
...I use a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB interface, and have a couple decent mics that I use - Audio Technica 3525 and a MXL. They're not too expensive $200 or so, each.
... Usually record 1 track for Lead Vocals verses, and a separate track for Lead Vocals choruses (maybe a 3rd for bridges, transitions, etc.) When I record my Background Vocals, I record usually at least 3 separate tracks for each harmony part.
...I also send all my Background vocals to a bus where I put reverb/delay, etc. I also eq the BGV pretty thin, with a High-Pass filter taking out everything below around 200Hz or so - sounds drastic, but I don't want my BGV's competing with the Lead Vox.


I believe that is everything you wrote about vocals. Good information, but I'm not sure it tells "why do Steve's vocals sound "SO RIGHT"???". Clean, clear, natural... Are your mics going directly into the Focusrite and straight to your DAW (no other outboard equipment)?

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#488092 - 08/27/18 05:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: Steve Young]
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Steve

Beautiful work - a truly lovely composition. Superb arrangement and an excellent vocal.
Deserves all the accolades from others.

Peter

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#488116 - 08/27/18 07:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: Steve Young]
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Beautiful song, a super write

and your vocals and mix are so good!

enjoyed the listen very much

Kenny

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#488148 - 08/28/18 06:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: Steve Young]
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Steve this is simply beautiful. Gorgeous arrangement, and great lyrics and vocals. Extremely poignant.

I am sorry to hear you weren't feeling good but it's great to see you back in the game!
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#488158 - 08/28/18 07:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: Steve Young]
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That is some nice work.

The lesson here, from the song, is, don't put it off.

I enjoyed that.
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#488220 - 08/28/18 01:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: Steve Young]
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Hi Steve, Great work on this! I enjoyed the overall tone of this and find the chord progression wonderful. Great use of EFX on vocals too. Glad to hear you're feeling better!
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#488282 - 08/28/18 08:58 PM [User Showcase] Re: The Lessons We've Learned [Re: ROG]
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Originally Posted By: Noel96
Steve,

Oh my goodness... this is such a wonderful journey in lyrics and music. I found myself sitting here and just staring at the monitor when the song had finished. Absolutely everything about this is outstanding. So much skill and talent radiating from every aspect of this production.

You've created something very, very special with this composition. The arrangement led me along like I was travelling on a boat drifting downstream. I love the way that you've shaped the emotional contour of the instrumental backing so that it frames the lyrics, the melody and your singing for maximum impact.

(AGAIN!)

I'm heading back for a few more listens, now!

All the best,
Noel


Thanks, Noel! I always look forward to your comments. They are always so uplifting. Very much appreciated, my friend!

Originally Posted By: rsdean
Steve,

This is beautiful and the mix / vocal is outstanding... So nice to hear from you!

Bob


Bob, it is always a pleasure to hear from you! You are one of my favorite writers, and an inspiration to me. Your kind words mean a lot to me.

Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Steve,

There have been lots of excellent songs on the forum recently, but this
stands head and shoulders above them all. It's simply in a class of it's own.

I called my wife in to listen to it and we both sat there with tears in our eyes.
So emotive, so beautiful.

I don't think there's anything more I can add.

ROG.



Rog, thank you so much for sharing that with me! I have always had a lot of respect for your work. As a writer, particularly of this type of song, it is my greatest desire that the song would touch people's hearts like you have described. Thanks again!

==

Steve
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