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#515167 - 01/04/19 08:46 AM [User Showcase] Because Of You
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Because Of You


I made this blues song couple of years ago, but so far I have thought I don't have capacity to sing it. But for the start of the new year, I tried how it would sound with my voice. Fortunately I had a good day and I managed to sing in tune most of the time. Naturally, there are still issues with pronunciation and essing, but the end result is IMO good enough for publishing on this friendly forum smile

The arrangement is based on the _ANGUISH.STY style, but I have added acoustic guitars, piano and organ.

RealDrums: BluesRock128
RealTracks:
Acoustic guitar #536, #2674
Electric guitar #1923, #1924, #2686 (solo)
Electric bass #1922
Organ: 2734
Acoustic Piano #2368

Vocals by me
Mixed in Adobe Audition 2019

Lyrics:

I'm not afraid to show them
the bond we have is real
the misfits can appeal
the world can despise
but I won't apologize.

Days in your glow
drew a shadow
I have lost old friends
because of you
nights in your arms
awoke the demons
I've got new enemies
because of you
but I don't regret
love we do.

They said I should not play with you
they frightened me in dreadful ways
but I'm prepared for their blaze
they can batter me
but they can't break my loyalty.

Days...

My firm fist is stronger than their hate
it has more patience than the
vengeful who wait
it stands much longer than
their brittle ties
it has more faith than those
who moralize.

Days...
but I still defend
love we do

------
Janne
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#515180 - 01/04/19 09:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: jannesan]
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The lyrics are intriguing showing the strong stance of love against all foes. Love the frank acknowledgement of this personal love. The lyrics speak truth, which I so love. The melody and vocals fit the message perfectly.

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#515213 - 01/04/19 11:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: jannesan]
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Janne,

This sounds good. A very good mix - crisp and clear.

"nights in your arms
awoke the demons
I've got new enemies
because of you"

That brought a smile.

Enjoyed it.

fj

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#515258 - 01/04/19 02:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: jannesan]
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Loved this Janne. Kudos for putting your vocal on the track. I thought you did a great vocal and I the backtrack was just excellent..

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#515262 - 01/04/19 02:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: jannesan]
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Yes there are a few things you could work on BUT I think it works pretty well.
The only thing that I'd suggest is bringing the vocal down a little bit so it sits "in" the track.
Nice work.
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#515367 - 01/04/19 10:22 PM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: jannesan]
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Hello, "jannesan"...

Wow! Allow me to say first that the chord changes in your song, "Because of You" chart an arc of emotions that ranged from chilly darkness to the liberating light. Listening to it was like turning corners in a maze: there was some suspense over what new feelings I would run into.

Your lyrics tell a strong story of an obviously strong committment/involvement with a person who clearly arouses envy in others. By the time I got to the line, "My firm fist is stronger than their hate", I said to myself, "This man (the subject of your song) is not to be played with!" The possibility of using violence to defend, or protect a romantic relationship, is final, powerful, and very real, as we all know how our emotions can escalate when our feelings for another are threatened.

Your RealTracks arrangement fully supported the dramatic intensity of the lyrics. The song ended up being memorable because of its unflinching declaration of the "loyalty" that is spoken of in it.

Strong stuff, "jannesan"! And don't worry about your vocal. I understood every word that you sang.

Sincerely,

LOREN (a.k.a. "bluage")
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#515524 - 01/05/19 02:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: jannesan]
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I like the chord progression, some minor sections and some major sections. Matches well with lyrics.

-rob

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#515547 - 01/05/19 03:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: jannesan]
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Like others, I'm impressed with your chord progressions...
They really add to the cool appeal of your composition...
I'm glad you went with own voice & I heartily agree with you...
you vocal is more than "good enough for publishing on this friendly forum".
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#515651 - 01/06/19 01:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: Belladonna]
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Originally Posted By: Belladonna
The lyrics are intriguing showing the strong stance of love against all foes. Love the frank acknowledgement of this personal love. The lyrics speak truth, which I so love. The melody and vocals fit the message perfectly.


Thanks Belladonna for your kind words smile I'm glad you found so many nice things to say about my lyrics blush

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#515652 - 01/06/19 01:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
This sounds good. A very good mix - crisp and clear.
"nights in your arms awoke the demons
I've got new enemies because of you"
That brought a smile.
Enjoyed it.
fj


Thanks Floyd, I appreciate your kind comment smile I'm glad to make you smile laugh

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#515653 - 01/06/19 01:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: Scott C]
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Originally Posted By: Scott C
Loved this Janne. Kudos for putting your vocal on the track. I thought you did a great vocal and I the backtrack was just excellent..


Thanks Scott for your kind and encouraging words smile

Janne
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#515662 - 01/06/19 03:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: jannesan]
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Hello Janne,

Great song! Loved the backing tracks and your vocal works fine. The lyric speaks truth and is very well written. loved it!

Alan
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#515665 - 01/06/19 04:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: jannesan]
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Janne,

I think you nailed this... Great job - much enjoyed my listen.

Bob

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#515666 - 01/06/19 04:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: jannesan]
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Good writing here, I enjoyed your lyrics, and nice job on the production and mix also.

Enjoyed!

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#515704 - 01/06/19 08:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: jannesan]
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Janne,
Cheers to those good days!
Good composition and production, I liked some twists in lyrics/vocal articulation.

Say hi to beautiful Moominland.

Best regards,
Misha.

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#515711 - 01/06/19 08:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: jannesan]
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Hi, Janne !:))


Great tune, my friend !
Enjoyable tune as your
tunes always are !:))


Cheers
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#515779 - 01/06/19 02:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: jannesan]
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Janne,

I always enjoy the way you move around genres in your songs- the structure of this is more straightforward than some and that highlights the lyrics: an interesting mix of affirmation and opposition!
Your vocals and the mix sound good.

Robert

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#515831 - 01/06/19 06:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: jannesan]
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Really interesting lyric angle on this Janne!! Very creative! And the music matches with some darkness/bluesyness in the chorus. Mix/arrangement work great!! Very good job on this one!! Take care. Greg

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#515840 - 01/06/19 07:15 PM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: jannesan]
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Janne

Really interesting song, nice progression and lyrics and the overall production is very strong.
Good work.

Peter

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#516256 - 01/08/19 11:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: Because Of You [Re: rayc]
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Originally Posted By: rayc
Yes there are a few things you could work on BUT I think it works pretty well.
The only thing that I'd suggest is bringing the vocal down a little bit so it sits "in" the track.
Nice work.


Thanks Ray for your kind words smile I usually get feedback to put vocal up, so I guess I have learned that lesson and now I have to get back to find the perfect spot smile

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