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#538127 - 05/25/19 09:56 AM [User Showcase] NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David)
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Hello forum friends. Happy Memorial Day weekend! Al David posts some great stuff. He has posted a few instrumentals which immediately caught my attention. And, I love some of his titles. This song started from an instrumental he posted with the same title. I contacted him, got the SGU, made some changes and wrote lyrics around the title line. WIll post the lyrics soon and also catch up on my listening on the forum. Would love to know what you think. Take care all.


https://soundcloud.com/gjohnson-2/heartbroke-in-la

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#538139 - 05/25/19 12:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg / Alan,

Outstanding! I could listen to a whole album of this stuff...

Great lyrics, vocals and mix. Love the instrumentation.

Loved it all!

Bob

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#538142 - 05/25/19 12:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Great song but sad & soulful story...
But often thats what makes some songs great smile...
I enjoyed listening to your collaboration...
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#538163 - 05/25/19 03:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg (& Alan)...

I thought I was listening to a lost track from the Hotel California recording sessions! This is very cool. The opening acoustic sets that tone. And the leads sound like there was a Don Felder RealTrack!! Is that an RT?? - or did you get someone to play for you - it SO fits. And that vocal sounds like Greg Johnson "doing his Don Henley"...

Excellent write - cool story (only wish the lyric were up already to follow along).

Incredible stuff.

Cool. Cool. Cool!!!

fj

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#538197 - 05/25/19 06:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Greg (& Alan)...

I thought I was listening to a lost track from the Hotel California recording sessions! This is very cool. The opening acoustic sets that tone. And the leads sound like there was a Don Felder RealTrack!! Is that an RT?? - or did you get someone to play for you - it SO fits. And that vocal sounds like Greg Johnson "doing his Don Henley"...

Excellent write - cool story (only wish the lyric were up already to follow along).

Incredible stuff.

Cool. Cool. Cool!!!

fj


I agree completely and I couldn't have said it any better.

Who is playing that lead guitar? Very impressive!

A great collaboration.
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#538208 - 05/25/19 07:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Greg and Alan,

What a song!!!!!!



I thoroughly enjoyed listening. This could be on any radio station, anywhere in the world, and people would instantly feel comfortable with what they're hearing... it's first class music all the way.

A terrific write and an outstanding presentation!

All the best,
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#538217 - 05/26/19 12:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Hi Everyone ...

Greg always does such a fantastic job turning my instrumentals into wonderful, full songs. No exception here. He's simply the best! Thank you Greg ... what fantastic job you did with this ... totally loved your touches.

Here are the tracks in the SGU I sent to Greg:

- Heartbroke In LA -

File:Heartbroke In La.SGU
Key=Am , Tempo 70, Length (m:s)=3:18

Style is _WILLFUL.STY (Willful Modern Dreamy Guitar Pop)

RealTracks in style: 1827:Bass, Electric, PopModernGrooveA-B Ev16 075
RealTracks in style: ~367:Guitar, Electric, Background Dreamy Ev 065
RealTracks in style: 1004:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Rhythm ClassicRockStrumming Ev16 065
RealTracks in style: 1828:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm PopModernGroove Ev16 075
RealTracks in song: 1167:Guitar, Electric, Soloist RockBalladBrent Ev 065
Loop in Song: Dubstep\Dubstep - no_way_out_140_choir_f_sharp_minor.wav
RealDrums [in style:RetroPop^05-a:Bass, SharpeSnare, b:Bass, Snare

Greg dropped the key to Ab minor to fit his vocal. As far as the lead guitar, it's Brent Mason Track # 1167:Guitar, Electric, Soloist RockBalladBrent Ev 065

Thanks again Greg!!!!!

Alan
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#538218 - 05/26/19 12:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Hello forum friends. Happy Memorial Day weekend! Al David posts some great stuff. He has posted a few instrumentals which immediately caught my attention. And, I love some of his titles. This song started from an instrumental he posted with the same title. I contacted him, got the SGU, made some changes and wrote lyrics around the title line. WIll post the lyrics soon and also catch up on my listening on the forum. Would love to know what you think. Take care all.


https://soundcloud.com/gjohnson-2/heartbroke-in-la


You're the best, Greg! You simply turned my little bit of guitar music into a splendid piece of musical art. I cannot thank you enough. What a voice!!!! Many thanks ...

Alan
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#538220 - 05/26/19 12:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Greg / Alan,

Outstanding! I could listen to a whole album of this stuff...

Great lyrics, vocals and mix. Love the instrumentation.

Loved it all!

Bob


Thanks, Bob. I was so lucky Greg approached me about this! Best to you ...

Alan
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#538221 - 05/26/19 12:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: Jim]
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Originally Posted By: Jim
Great song but sad & soulful story...
But often thats what makes some songs great smile...
I enjoyed listening to your collaboration...


Thanks Jim. Greg is just so good! Wishing you the best ...

Alan
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#538222 - 05/26/19 12:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Greg (& Alan)...

I thought I was listening to a lost track from the Hotel California recording sessions! This is very cool. The opening acoustic sets that tone. And the leads sound like there was a Don Felder RealTrack!! Is that an RT?? - or did you get someone to play for you - it SO fits. And that vocal sounds like Greg Johnson "doing his Don Henley"...

Excellent write - cool story (only wish the lyric were up already to follow along).

Incredible stuff.

Cool. Cool. Cool!!!

fj


Hi Floyd ...

Di said something similar ... "What a great song this would have been for The Eagles". But I'm more than happy with the Greg Johnson version. Hard to believe they could have done any better than Greg did. Glad you like what he did with my basic offering. Best to you ...

Alan
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#538223 - 05/26/19 12:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: MarioD]
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Originally Posted By: MarioD
Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Greg (& Alan)...

I thought I was listening to a lost track from the Hotel California recording sessions! This is very cool. The opening acoustic sets that tone. And the leads sound like there was a Don Felder RealTrack!! Is that an RT?? - or did you get someone to play for you - it SO fits. And that vocal sounds like Greg Johnson "doing his Don Henley"...

Excellent write - cool story (only wish the lyric were up already to follow along).

Incredible stuff.

Cool. Cool. Cool!!!

fj


I agree completely and I couldn't have said it any better.

Who is playing that lead guitar? Very impressive!

A great collaboration.


I'm delighted you liked what Greg did with this ... he's the real star here. I just threw a few chords together, picked out a few tracks and let BIAB do the rest. Greg took those bits and turned it into this great song! Wishing you the best ...

Alan

PS: That lead guitar is Brent Mason Track # 1167:Guitar, Electric, Soloist RockBalladBrent Ev 065.

It was the first one I tried and I didn't sense a need to look any further.


Edited by Al-David (05/26/19 12:24 AM)
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#538224 - 05/26/19 12:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: Noel96
Hi Greg and Alan,

What a song!!!!!!



I thoroughly enjoyed listening. This could be on any radio station, anywhere in the world, and people would instantly feel comfortable with what they're hearing... it's first class music all the way.

A terrific write and an outstanding presentation!

All the best,
Noel


Hi Noel ...

Thank you so much. Greg deserves the biggest round of applause. Isn't he just the best??!! Glad you liked it! Best to you ...

Alan


Edited by Al-David (05/26/19 12:26 AM)
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#538246 - 05/26/19 07:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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The perfect marriage here. The backing is outstanding and so west-coast. The vocal is outstanding and delivers this sad and seedy tale slowly and with such a sense of inevitability. I mean that two ways. It sounds like it couldn't (and shouldn't) be otherwise, and as a listener I just knew this wasn't going to end with a win on American Idol. Those stories, by definition, rarely do. Left me pulling for her and what's left of normal.


Edited by Tangmo (05/26/19 07:07 AM)
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#538255 - 05/26/19 08:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Boy do I love this song. I got the Eagles vibe too. What a cool collaboration. That guitar solo was incredible. Greg just loved your vocal and lyric. Such a nice compliment to Alan's instrumental.

One of the best songs I have heard on the forum and should be on iTunes. Well done

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#538274 - 05/26/19 01:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg and Alan

That came together incredibly well. Nice chord progression and track selection and Greg, what a vocal!
Stunning work on a great song.

Peter

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#538321 - 05/26/19 05:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Couldn't wait to hear this

two of my favorite musicians,

absolutely love the chord progressions (does have a touch of Hotel Cal.)

great write and mix Allen

Greg, what a voice! beautiful melodies

very creative

what a song!!!

Great one!

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#538322 - 05/26/19 05:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: rsdean]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Greg / Alan,

Outstanding! I could listen to a whole album of this stuff...

Great lyrics, vocals and mix. Love the instrumentation.

Loved it all!

Bob


Thanks Bob! Just listened to your new one....Wonderful!! Take care. Greg

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#538330 - 05/26/19 08:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Greg and Alan, this is great. Love the song, the production ... AND THOSE VOCALS!


Edited by mkg50 (Mike G) (05/26/19 08:36 PM)
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#538335 - 05/27/19 12:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: NEW SONG POST: Heartbroke in LA (collab with Al David) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Blooming wow. This is absolutely top-notch. I'm not even going to start analysing it because I wouldn't know where to start. Everything is top quality, every single element of this. Genuinely, congratulations to all involved!!!
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