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#496118 - 10/15/18 04:23 PM [User Showcase] Listen to the Rain
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This is a leftover from the Xtra Styles contest. I never posted it for that, but Eastside Eddie asked me why I never put this on the forum so I'm doing it now.

https://soundcloud.com/david-snyder-gigs2/listen-to-the-rain

What I did was to take the basic chord progression from Bach Prelude I in C (Well-Tempered Clavier) and use it for a song. So there is a chorus I and chorus II, not a typical song structure. (This is close to the progression Gounod used for his version of Ave Maria.)

Hope you like it.

Listen to the Rain

By David Snyder

V1

Everything I see around us
Is a wide and wonderful world
There’s a universe of imagination
Inside of us girl
A little bit above the earth
And this kingdom on the ground
There’s a hidden door to happiness
That few have ever found
So stay in bed with me
And sail away
Hold my hand
‘Cause it’s time to pray
Turn off the lights
And close the blinds
It’s time to chase the rainbows
In the corners of our minds

CH

And just love one another
While we listen to the rain
Just love one another
While we listen to the rain
Since the dawning of the universe
The best things never change
So let’s just love one another
and listen to the rain

V2

Everything I see around us
Is what was meant to be
For love is all there really is
And it’s all we ever need
A little bit behind the sky
Above this kingdom on the ground
You can see that we are only made
Of the righteousness of sound
So close your eyes
And hold my hand
In just a moment
You will see
That from the beginning
We were always free

CH 2 (Ending)

So close your eyes my love
And listen to the rain
Let’s just love one another
and listen to the rain
Let’s just hold one another
Love one another
And listen to the rain

All Words and Music Copyright
2018 by David Snyder, ASCAP/Day of Faith Records

Produced, Arranged and Engineered by David Snyder

David Snyder: Acoustic Guitar and Vocals

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#496134 - 10/15/18 04:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: David Snyder]
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It reminded me a lot of Procol Harum, but I guess that is natural since you both are using Bach as inspiration.

I enjoyed listening to this!
Will

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#496147 - 10/15/18 07:05 PM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: David Snyder]
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Very imaginative David. Altogether well done. insightful as well.

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#496159 - 10/15/18 08:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: David Snyder]
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love the lyrics,

very nice progression and arrangement

with an engaging vocal

really enjoyed!

Kenny

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#496169 - 10/15/18 10:16 PM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: David Snyder]
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Everything everyone else mentioned - great use of the progession, sweet lyric and a melody that carries it very well.
The ONLY nit is that the vocal is essing quite a bit as well as some initial sounds.
I reckon a de-esser and a fast attack compressor would see those sorted.
I get a strong, and welcome Randy Newman feel on this.
Good stuff, well done.
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#496173 - 10/16/18 01:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: David Snyder]
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David,

This is a great chord progression and you've used it really well.

The lyrics are choc-a-bloc full of imagery! I'm not sure what it means, but I love the phrase "righteousness of sound"! As I've said before, you are definitely one of the most inventive and creative people on this forum.

All the best,
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#496175 - 10/16/18 03:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: David Snyder]
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Man, very cool chord progression! And interesting how you came up with it in the first place.

Great write as always, like Noel I also really like the "righteousness of sound" phrase.

Something a little different, and that's a good thing!

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#496177 - 10/16/18 04:02 AM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: David Snyder]
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Hi, David !:))


One of your absolute
best without no doubt !
I may even have to go
and love my Lady while
listening to the rain
(though, there+s no rain
over here for the moment
but it will, come, be sure
of that) !

Beautiful tune !!!!

Cheers
Dani

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#496190 - 10/16/18 05:59 AM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: David Snyder]
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David,

For a song based on progressions hundreds of years old, this is supremely original.

The lyric is superb. Engaging.

The backing does a nice job of allowing the vocal to shine.

I just listened to this 4 times. THAT says it all.

fj

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#496207 - 10/16/18 07:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: David Snyder]
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Nice work David smile Floyd nailed it in his last comment - you managed to make this entirely your own, and I'd have never though it was based around a piece by Bach. Your vocals are top notch too, and the lyrics add a whole other dynamic.

You should be proud of this one - thanks for sharing!
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#496208 - 10/16/18 07:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: David Snyder]
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You skipped the light fandango on this one David.

What a write, What a talent really enjoyed this one.
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#496270 - 10/16/18 01:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: David Snyder]
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Wow, we love this David. For us the lyric evoked a spiritual feel -- of the type that transcends labels.

Well done all the way around and we enjoyed the backstory on the progression, etc.

Very nice!

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#496368 - 10/17/18 06:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: David Snyder]
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Very cool David. Very interesting source for your song. Loved what you did with these chord progressions. Excellent vocal and lyric. Well done

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#496418 - 10/17/18 12:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: David Snyder]
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Pretty song!! Nice vibe and some really nice lyrics! I found a few of the changes quite unusual but wouldn't say they don't work. Very cool! Very creative! You are a whirlwind of creativity my friend!! Take care. Greg

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#496425 - 10/17/18 01:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: David Snyder]
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I love that style. And, the lyrics strike me as profound; esp. V2,
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#496430 - 10/17/18 01:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: David Snyder]
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David,

Spiritual balm. Wonderful lyrics and a heartfelt vocal.
Very creative use of that progression and the Rainin style.
I think the Old Wig (Bach) would enjoy this too!

Robert

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#496602 - 10/18/18 01:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: Will Josef]
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Thanks Will!

I could feel the room humming harder and the crowd crying out for more when I wrote thus for sure.

smile

Thanks for the kind words.

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#496603 - 10/18/18 01:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: guitar1]
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Thanks guitar1!

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#496604 - 10/18/18 01:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: 44kfl]
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Thanks for the listen and the kind words Kenny! I really appreciate that!

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#496605 - 10/18/18 01:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Listen to the Rain [Re: rayc]
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Thanks Ray! I am glad you enjoyed it. I will take a listen to what you are talking about.

Thanks again.

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