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#536028 - 05/08/19 04:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Jim]
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Originally Posted By: Jim
Good job...
I can't think of anything more than what others have already said...
Its good & I do hope you get a call-back.
BTW... Give Di a hug & best wishes from me.


Thanks Jim ... much appreciated. You never know about those film & TV music directors. I'm always the optimist but never get down if I don't get the call. Life brings what it does (or doesn't) and I deal with it! Again, many thanks. Wishing you the best ...

Alan
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#536040 - 05/08/19 05:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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I feel like it's really appropriate for a talent show! If you do ever make it in to a full song like you want to please make sure to share it with us. grin
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#536049 - 05/08/19 09:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Sounds really good to me, Alan! Have you submitted it anywhere?

As to the guitar chord at :09, what I will often do is find a measure on this instrument that's not a "come in" measure that has the same chord in beat 1, and it is generated differently - so I copy that 1 measure, and paste it in place of the offending measure. You probably already do this, and perhaps this particular rt is stubborn. smile

Love this one!

Steve
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#536077 - 05/09/19 03:54 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Nice piece. I like the end chord. Because it is a talent show, I agree with you that it builds the anticipation of what is to come, the excitement of the competition. If this were an intro for a sitcom, then I think it wouldn't work.

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#536128 - 05/09/19 10:53 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Nice little instrumental Alan!! Very spirited song! Good luck on the pitch!! Take care. Greg

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#536160 - 05/09/19 02:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Alan, I can see this fulfilling it's intended purpose! Everything sounds right to me! You have a remarkable ability to write to many different needs for songs and seem to be able to it quickly! Good work! Thanks, Torrey
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#536190 - 05/09/19 05:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Wonderful vibe! And when the lead guitar kicks in it's captivating!

Great composition!

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#536194 - 05/09/19 05:56 PM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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I think it is a very good piece of music and it is their loss if they do not respond to you.

Well done!
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#536292 - 05/10/19 04:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Awesome guitar work Alan. Well done
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#536295 - 05/10/19 04:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Many thanks to all who have commented since my last reply. I sincerely appreciate all the kind words. Di's medical issues have kept me away from the boards other than very short look-ins. But ... she is getting better!

Again, thanks so very much!

Alan
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#537296 - 05/19/19 08:46 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Hi, dear Alan,

whatever song you write, they're all great and I haven't heard a single one which I wouldn't have liked a lot. This one is no exception: very, very nice. I can't imagine it was put in a trash can; I'd rather put it on a mantlepiece ;-)).

I definitely would love to listen to a longer version - the material is just too good to leave it at that.

Al, please excuse the shortness of this comment - I do hope that you and most of all Di are good.

All the best to you and Di, dear friend,

Stefan

PS: I'd like to have rayc's ears...

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#537364 - 05/20/19 03:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Ember - PG Music]
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Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
I feel like it's really appropriate for a talent show! If you do ever make it in to a full song like you want to please make sure to share it with us. grin


Thank you, Ember! It's great to know the PG Music folks look in our use of your great software! Berst to you ...

ALan
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#537365 - 05/20/19 03:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Steve Young]
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Originally Posted By: Steve Young
Sounds really good to me, Alan! Have you submitted it anywhere?

As to the guitar chord at :09, what I will often do is find a measure on this instrument that's not a "come in" measure that has the same chord in beat 1, and it is generated differently - so I copy that 1 measure, and paste it in place of the offending measure. You probably already do this, and perhaps this particular rt is stubborn. smile

Love this one!

Steve


Hi Steve ...

It's just a stubborn track! No matter what I put in that measure, it comes out truncated. I've even tried different instruments and get the same results. But thanks for the suggestions anyway! Gl;ad you like it! Still haven't heard back. Oh well!

Wishing you & yours the very best ...

Alan
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#537367 - 05/20/19 03:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Originally Posted By: Ezekiel's Storm
Nice piece. I like the end chord. Because it is a talent show, I agree with you that it builds the anticipation of what is to come, the excitement of the competition. If this were an intro for a sitcom, then I think it wouldn't work.


Good Morning!

Thank you for the very nice comments! Sure do appreciate them! Best to you & yours ...

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#537368 - 05/20/19 03:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Nice little instrumental Alan!! Very spirited song! Good luck on the pitch!! Take care. Greg


Thanks Greg! Still haven't heard anything back, yet! If it's accepted, that's good. If it's not accepted, my life won't be ruined! I've always believed that things happen the way they do. I can live very comfortably with that.! Best to you. Wishing you and yours nothing but the best ...

Alan
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#537369 - 05/20/19 03:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Torrey Bliss]
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Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Alan, I can see this fulfilling it's intended purpose! Everything sounds right to me! You have a remarkable ability to write to many different needs for songs and seem to be able to it quickly! Good work! Thanks, Torrey


Hi Torrey ...

Thank you very much. I appreciate those very nice words! We'll see what happens with the pitch! Best to you, my friend!

Alan
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#538483 - 05/27/19 11:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Alan,

Great sound!
I also think it would make a good opening song to a musical TV program.
I agree with Dave.
I also could see this as full length piece, it has good bones.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi

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#541032 - 06/14/19 06:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: rsdean]
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Alan,

Great piece! I love the way it kicks into high gear around the 34 second mark...

Awesome mix - you can clearly hear the way this is layered.

Loved it!

Bob



Hi Alan,

I agree with Bob. When you opened full throttle, my first reaction was "This is great!". Arrangements such as these seem to come so very easily to you. you definitely have the knack for fine and diverse music.

All the best,
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#541040 - 06/14/19 07:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Late to the party, but hopefully not to late to say I like it.
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#541958 - 06/20/19 08:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Working My Way To The Top [Re: Al-David]
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Good work on this Al-David! That piano really does shine through the mix. Thanks for sharing!
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