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#533004 - 04/16/19 11:12 AM [User Showcase] NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander)
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Hello forum friends. Have not spent too much time here lately.....crazy life....but I drop by and hear a lot of great stuff. Eddie Icelander posted an instrumental a while ago, and I was intrigued by the vibe and the title. I contacted him and he sent me the SGU from which this song was born. Hope you enjoy. Love to hear what you think! Take care. Greg

https://soundcloud.com/gjohnson-2/winterleaves

Winter Leaves

Who knows the reasons
Love can change just like the seasons
It can catch you a a rainstorm with no coat
The clouds on the horizon
You may try to keep your eyes on
But still you might just find that cold air
Deep in your throat

We had a Spring of love and passion
Where romance was the fashion
Flowers bloomed and green leaves sprouted on the trees
Summer time was golden
Autumn chill....we tried to hold on
Now love has fallen down like winter leaves

Winter leaves on the ground
Sorrow surrounds me
I know love may come again if my heart still believes
Right now the wounds are still raw
But emotions may thaw
I'll see how I feel when winter leaves

Winter leaves on the ground
Sorrow surrounds me
I know love may come again if my heart still believes
But I have no one to warm me
My mood's cloudy and stormy
We'll see how I feel when winter leaves

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#533011 - 04/16/19 12:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Wow. This is really, really top notch. I've always liked Eddie's instrumentals too and you've picked a great one. This is a top notch collaboration and it sounds like an instant classic to me. Enjoyed this a lot.
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#533015 - 04/16/19 12:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg and Eddie.

Wonderful & smooth collaboration. From arrangement to vocals this is solid joy. Production is definitely among top artists of this showcase. Good stuff! Congrats to both of you!

Misha.

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#533031 - 04/16/19 02:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Wow - this is a beautiful and lush tune smile Very easy on the ears, and very peaceful to take in. I can imagine this sounding amazing at a ball or something, for a slow dance. The production is top notch too - very crisp and professional sounding.

You guys nailed it - thanks for sharing!
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#533073 - 04/16/19 11:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

Wonderful production—lots of mood and atmosphere here—reminiscent of something that might find it’s place on a killer soundtrack. Smooth, pulling vocals. Very compelling piece. Well done!

All the best,

Deej

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#533102 - 04/17/19 05:27 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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I listened to this yesterday when it appeared on my Sound Cloud notifications, and I came back here today for another listen because I absolutely loved it. Vocal is superb. I also like the tracks Icelander created. That also stands out. Great lyrics. This is a gem of a song!

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#533105 - 04/17/19 06:17 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Love everything about this!

Very cool track instrumentally, love the groove and the feel. Great lyrics, and of course the vocal is as good as it gets.

Well done guys!

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#533107 - 04/17/19 06:42 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

This is totally gorgeous man. Kudos to you and Eddie.

I love the whole thing, and the vocals are incredible. Wonderful.
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#533122 - 04/17/19 07:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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VERY VERY cool. Wonderfully smooth backing and great vocals

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#533129 - 04/17/19 08:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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the sound of an instant classic

from the days of sweet and soft melodic songs

a double entendre maybe even a double metaphor

woven in between the changing of seasons

very nice music and inspired writing

Greg, you are downright Gershwin like.

Wow!

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#533160 - 04/17/19 01:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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This is indeed a very impressive song...
The lyrics alone are classy & expressive...
And the musical score is equally smooth & classy...
You & Eddie should really be proud of this great write...
And I will just have to be envious!
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#533162 - 04/17/19 01:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,

You have a true gift with words. A gorgeous lyric. One cannot help but think "WOW!"

The backing tracks are perfect. Your vocal is exceptional - one of your best (among so many good ones). Well sung, well recorded, well mixed.

This is a delight to listen to. An instant classic.

fj

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#533213 - 04/18/19 03:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg,
that's a lovely lyric and delivery. The backing is smooth and on point except for the synth/midi string line that runs almost throughout - it's a little synthy and the level fluctuates with notes. I reckon you could throw some delay, reverb and cut off some high end to make it sit better but, then again, the strings in 2019 would probably sit even better.
Nice work and a terrific narrative.
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#533214 - 04/18/19 03:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg / Eddie,

This is an outstanding song... The lyrics, vocal, arrangement and mix are all pro-level.

Beautiful all around.

Bob
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#533258 - 04/18/19 08:49 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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This simply oozes class and sophistication. Harkens back to the early Capitol Sinatra years during the early 50's.

There is a wonderful coming together of every element in the song...the lyric, melody, arrangement, terrific vocal and the perfectly selected backing tracks.

Gorgeous!

J&B

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#533261 - 04/18/19 09:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Nice images of nature in the lyrics, combined with the feelings of love in coldness, clouds, storms, rain, blooming flowers... holding on like last leaves (I like the leaf-filled wordplay). Superb vocals and simple but effective backing track. Ageless music.

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#533287 - 04/18/19 09:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Great work on this Greg, this was wonderful! The arrangement is a pleasure to listen to and the vibe is very appealing. Very stunning tone with the guitar too!
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#533368 - 04/18/19 06:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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What a cool collaboration. What a beautiful vocal and lyric. Sat in so nice with Eddies instrumental. Well done.

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#533380 - 04/18/19 07:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Head-nodding deliciousness.
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#533385 - 04/18/19 07:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Winter Leaves (Collab with Eddie Icelander) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg and Eddie,

I think that Janice and Bud have hit this very musical nail on its head perfectly when they say...

Originally Posted By: Janice and Bud


This simply oozes class and sophistication. Hearkens back to the early Capitol Sinatra years during the early 50's.

There is a wonderful coming together of every element in the song...the lyric, melody, arrangement, terrific vocal and the perfectly selected backing tracks.

Gorgeous!

J&B

A terrific listen. I love how you've used the two meanings of "Winter leaves" to create such a wonderful lyric.

All the best,
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