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#536443 - 05/12/19 05:59 AM [User Showcase] ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You)
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A little while back, and as a result of some emails between Janice and Bud and me, I got to thinking that I'd like to write a song to say "Thank you" to mothers. Here is where I ended up...




Right now it's May 12, 2019, and I hope that all the mothers who visit this forum are having a wonderful and very happy Mothers' Day. In all sincerity, you deserve everything good thing that comes your way.

I'd also like to say a huge "Thank you" to Janice and Bud for taking on the role of muses for this creation. I am sincerely grateful.

As always, please feel free to ask questions or to comment on any aspect of the song and its production if you wish to.

Best regards,
Noel



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  • Strings: MIDI with Miroslav Philharmonik
  • Guitars: run through CLA Signature Series Unplugged
  • Bass Guitar: processed using Renaissance Bass
  • Vocals: processed with Nectar 2
  • Final mix: produced with Ozone 8


The Lyrics
Standing on this hillside, sun upon my face
Mama, thank you
And that gliding, circling eagle, a vision of nature’s grace
Oh mama, thank you
Without you, none of this could be
You gave me legs that walk, eyes that see
And a happy smile that keeps me standing straight and tall
Such amazing gifts
And I’m so thankful for them all

You carried me inside you and you never once complained
Mama, thank you
You taught me right from wrong and how to cherish every day
Oh mama, thank you
Because of you, I am who I am
You gave me endless love with all your might
And when I needed courage, you held me tight so I would not fall
Such amazing gifts
And I’m so thankful for them all

And I like to think, in a thousand years from now
Our souls will be together, sailing free
Exploring galaxies
Chasing stars
And unravelling the mysteries of eternity

Standing on this hillside, creation all around me
Mama, thank you
Whichever way I turn, the incredible surrounds me
Oh mama, thank you
Because of you, my every day is gold
You made me a heart that beats with joy and peace
That’s full of dreams and free to follow tomorrow’s call
You gave me Life
And that’s the best gift of all

Oh mama, you gave me Life
The most wonderful gift of all

©2019 Noel Adams, words and music, all rights reserved.
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#536445 - 05/12/19 06:12 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Oh my. Beautiful, and what a lovely vocal! Well done.
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#536450 - 05/12/19 07:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Man, you brought a tear to my eye with this one, Noel!

Just a wonderfully written and performed song, one of your best vocals I think. Nice arrangement too.

Well done!
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#536451 - 05/12/19 07:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Noel,

This is absolutely beautiful. The lyrics, vocal and pacing of the song are stunning.

Tremendous mix as well.

Bob
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#536456 - 05/12/19 08:43 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Nicely done... Nicely sung...
A very tasteful arrangement with pleasant build up of instrumental voices...
I guess you know...
You are an extremely talented songwriter & arranger!
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#536493 - 05/13/19 12:50 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Noel,
really pretty arrangement and a fabulous narrative.
My ONLY quibble, (& it's a common, modern issue), would be as a curmudgeonly grammarist:
When so is used there ought to be a conclusion based on it as in "You hit me so I hit you back"
"It was so hot that I burnt my fingers" etc.
"And I’m so thankful for them all" begs a conclusion such "that I pray each night for your safety." etc etc.
I only mention that because there's nothing else in the lovely piece that made me think "If it were me..."
I do take much from the fact that sentence, stanza, paragraph or lyric didn't start with so!
Moel,
Classic stuff and someone should pick it up and use it in time for Mum's Day 2020.
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#536511 - 05/13/19 04:24 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: olemon]
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Originally Posted By: olemon
Oh my. Beautiful, and what a lovely vocal! Well done.



Thanks, Scott. I'm glad you liked it.

All the best,
Noel
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#536521 - 05/13/19 06:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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I didn't make here on the 12th and I'm not a Mother

but I think it's a lovely tribute

simple, effective backing and melody

Noel, you have a great touch with arrangements

a really beautiful and timeless song,

thanks for sharing

Kenny

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#536528 - 05/13/19 06:44 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Noel,

A lovely song. I especially like the B section... good write.

The production is superb. The guitars sound as good as guitars can.

Your vocal is good on every level. Well sung, well recorded, well processed - and sitting perfectly in the mix. And the mix is excellent throughout.

A beautiful sentiment, a beautiful package.

fj
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#536538 - 05/13/19 07:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Wow - this is absolutely stunning smile You can tell it is right from the heart, and it is really touching and sincere. Definitely a truly capturing tune. It almost demands your attention.

Not a thing I'd change on this one - you should be proud. Thanks for sharing!
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#536561 - 05/13/19 10:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Another polished musical jewel from you with simple arrangement and perfect vocals. The message is full of love, beauty, sincerity and optimism, definitely the best gift for all mother smile

Janne

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#536579 - 05/13/19 02:23 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Nice work Noel, this was wonderful! The arrangement is wonderful to the ears and I really dug the chord progression. The vocals harmonize well with the other instruments. Looking forward to hear more!
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#536595 - 05/13/19 05:19 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Fantastic Noel! You've put in words and song what so many of us feel! Your vocal is exceptionally good! Perfect actually! What a wonderful tribute! Thanks, Torrey
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#536627 - 05/14/19 04:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Mother's Day is hard for some folks. I often try to get through it by convincing myself it's really just a man-made holiday invented to strengthen certain economic sectors. But, like other holidays, if it can get a human for one day to look through the small end of the telescope and begin to connect some of the dots of creation than I can be thankful for that, for this, and for her.

Nice one, Noel.
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#536633 - 05/14/19 06:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Beautiful song Noel. A very touching tribute. Made me think of my mom while listening to your lyrics. Backtrack was perfect for the song. Excellent vocal. Well done.
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#536666 - 05/14/19 09:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Noel, this is simply beautiful. And I mean just that. The simple arrangement makes room for the powerful message, and builds so tastefully, it only serves to enhance the sentiments expressed. Well done, my friend!

Your vocals have never sounded better, and your lyrics really shine on this one.

This is one of my favorites of yours!

Steve
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#536757 - 05/14/19 11:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Man, you brought a tear to my eye with this one, Noel!

Just a wonderfully written and performed song, one of your best vocals I think. Nice arrangement too.

Well done!


Hi Dave,

Thanks for visiting. And thank you, too, for passing on your comments. I really appreciate the insight.

All the best,
Noel
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#536950 - 05/16/19 10:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Very sweet song!! A great reminder for all of us on Mother's Day. I lost my Mom about 8 months ago....very hard. Thanks for sharing this Noel!! Take care. Greg

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#537020 - 05/16/19 08:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Noel,

What a pretty, pretty song . . . and wonderful tribute to Moms. Done with your usual expert production. Really compelling song, beautiful construction lyrically, with the internal rhymes and phrasing. And so well sung. Just . . . . awesome, every little bit of it.

My best to you,

Deej

P.S. Thanks much for your wonderful comment on my song “If I Stop Loving You”. I’m not going to comment on that thread as I’m reluctant to “bump it up—but didn’t want to let it go without a word of thanks.

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#537156 - 05/17/19 07:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: rsdean]
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Noel,

This is absolutely beautiful. The lyrics, vocal and pacing of the song are stunning.

Tremendous mix as well.

Bob


Hi Bob,

Thanks heaps for visiting yet again! I really appreciate it.

All the best,
Noel
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