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#540470 - 06/11/19 09:58 AM [User Showcase] New Song - The Dream
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Loc: Canyon Lake, TX
Steve Young Offline
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It has become a tradition for me to write a song for my wife (Rachel) every year around the time of our anniversary. Today is our 43rd anniversary, and we are still going strong. I love her just as much or more than when we married. We have 2 wonderful daughters and 6 amazing grandchildren. God is good!

SoundCloud version...
The Dream - SOUNDCLOUD

For those interested in the sappy video I made for her...
The Dream - VIDEO

On this one, BB was used, but the only instrument that made it into the song was the bass...
RealTracks in song: ~2474:Bass, Acoustic, Held Ev 085

All the other instruments, I played, using various softsynth sounds from Native Instruments and SoniVox. I hope you enjoy it...

The Dream
©Stephen W. Young

I had a dream that we were young again
I heard familiar voices of old friends
And some were there that long have gone away
This dream that was so clear of yesterday

And in this dream we traveled hand in hand
So full of life, and love, we made our plans
And you were standing there so young and free
The love God gave to make my life complete

Now time has come and left it's little scars
The wounds that heal and tell of mended hearts
And wisdom gives a strength I can't explain
A knowing in my heart that will remain

And as I look to see what lies ahead
Some things that I don't want to leave unsaid
You're still the one, and you will always be
The love God gave to make my life complete

So as I look to see what lies ahead
Some things that I don't want to leave unsaid
You're still the one, and you will always be
The love God gave to make my life complete
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#540476 - 06/11/19 10:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: Steve Young]
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Hey there Steve, fantastic choice of instrumentation on this. This is beautiful and the vibe is very appealing. Great effects on the vocals. Thanks for sharing!
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#540479 - 06/11/19 10:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: Steve Young]
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Steve,

This is absolutely beautiful... You have a timeless voice that really captures the emotion and feeling of the song.

Awesome mix and just wonderful all around.

Bob
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#540488 - 06/11/19 12:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: Steve Young]
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A beautiful love song

Steve, you are so talented

with your writing and excellent vocals

this arrangement is super

Kenny

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#540495 - 06/11/19 12:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: Steve Young]
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I really enjoyed the lyrics that were written for this one. Thanks for taking the time to share this with us.
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#540514 - 06/11/19 02:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: Steve Young]
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Steve,

About 10 seconds after I clicked on "play" over at Soundcloud and your song started streaming, my headphones filled my mind with the most glorious and wonderful sound. "Stunning" was the first word that came to my thoughts.

This is such a very rich composition. The texture and warmth of the instruments and your singing are incredible. Your production overflows with aural elegance.

I absolutely love the melody and how it gently swept me along. As a vehicle for carrying your wonderful lyrics, I cannot imagine anything better. I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes right now. Even though your lyrics were written to say 'thank you' to Rachel, they are a perfect fit for me. Your words take me back 2014 when life turned upside down for me for a while. Thank you for taking me on that journey... I am sincerely grateful.

This song and its presentation define the phrase 'Beautiful Music'.

43 years, 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren are quite a set of achievements that you have every right to feel immensely proud of. My congratulations to your both smile

Sending good thoughts your way,
Noel
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#540597 - 06/12/19 07:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: Steve Young]
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Steve,

An absolutely beautiful song.

The production, vocal and mix are all super.

The video is really nice. You actually "choked me up" a bit...

Happy Anniversary!

fj

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#540604 - 06/12/19 08:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: Steve Young]
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Beautiful and touching lyrics, your voice is a messenger that carries those words gently. Great arrangement, I like those lush strings.

Janne

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#540620 - 06/12/19 12:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: Steve Young]
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I loved your composition as well as your "sappy video"...
I didn't find it sappy at all...
Both the song and the video seemed to be filled with love...
Congratulations on a great song...
And Happy Anniversary to both of you!
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#540640 - 06/12/19 04:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: Steve Young]
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Wow - this one really touches the soul. Your vocals are stunning, and the composition itself is absolutely gorgeous. It is soaked in emotion and absolute sincerity - I have no doubt your wife won't be able to keep a dry eye after hearing this.

You should be proud of this one - thanks for sharing smile
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#540651 - 06/12/19 06:11 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: 44kfl]
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Loc: Canyon Lake, TX
Steve Young Offline
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Originally Posted By: Joe -PG Music
Hey there Steve, fantastic choice of instrumentation on this. This is beautiful and the vibe is very appealing. Great effects on the vocals. Thanks for sharing!


Thanks, Joe! Really appreciate your nice words!

Originally Posted By: rsdean
Steve,

This is absolutely beautiful... You have a timeless voice that really captures the emotion and feeling of the song.

Awesome mix and just wonderful all around.

Bob


Hi Bob! Always good to hear from you. Really appreciate your taking the time to listen to this one and comment! Glad you like it!

Originally Posted By: 44kfl
A beautiful love song

Steve, you are so talented

with your writing and excellent vocals

this arrangement is super

Kenny


Thank you, Kenny! Your words are too kind! Glad you like this one!

===

Steve
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#540653 - 06/12/19 06:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: Steve Young]
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Lovely stuff.
Simple arrangement, flowing melody and a narrative to match.
A little de-essing might be nice but otherwise WELL DONE.
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#540671 - 06/12/19 10:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: Steve Young]
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Sublime.

Happy Anniversary!
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#540679 - 06/13/19 02:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: Steve Young]
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A Happy Anniversary to you both. Wonderful flowing melody and beautifully sung. Simple but powerful arrangement, and words full of love and appreciation. Moved me here. Thanks.
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#540688 - 06/13/19 04:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: Steve Young]
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Beautiful song, love the melody and your vocal is fabulous.

I watched the video, enjoyed seeing your family grow over time.

Happy Anniversary!
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#540758 - 06/13/19 10:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: Steve Young]
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I am with Noel on this one. Just stunning song Steve. I think I have a new favorite of your songs. Just beautiful song. The mix was just awesome as well. I think it would be very difficult for someone to not become fully engaged in this song..
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#541175 - 06/15/19 03:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: jannesan]
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Steve Young Offline
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Originally Posted By: Ember - PG Music
I really enjoyed the lyrics that were written for this one. Thanks for taking the time to share this with us.


Thanks so much, Ember! Glad you like the lyrics on this one. Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment!

Originally Posted By: Noel96
Steve,

About 10 seconds after I clicked on "play" over at Soundcloud and your song started streaming, my headphones filled my mind with the most glorious and wonderful sound. "Stunning" was the first word that came to my thoughts.

This is such a very rich composition. The texture and warmth of the instruments and your singing are incredible. Your production overflows with aural elegance.

I absolutely love the melody and how it gently swept me along. As a vehicle for carrying your wonderful lyrics, I cannot imagine anything better. I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes right now. Even though your lyrics were written to say 'thank you' to Rachel, they are a perfect fit for me. Your words take me back 2014 when life turned upside down for me for a while. Thank you for taking me on that journey... I am sincerely grateful.

This song and its presentation define the phrase 'Beautiful Music'.

43 years, 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren are quite a set of achievements that you have every right to feel immensely proud of. My congratulations to your both smile

Sending good thoughts your way,
Noel


Noel, I always look forward to reading your comments on any song. You are so thoughtful, and always find creative ways to express your thoughts on our work here on the forum. Thanks for all you do! (And I really appreciate your thoughts on this song!)

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Steve,

An absolutely beautiful song.

The production, vocal and mix are all super.

The video is really nice. You actually "choked me up" a bit...

Happy Anniversary!

fj


Thanks for your very nice words, Floyd. This one choked me up, when I was trying to sing it. I am so thankful to have such a beautiful (inside and out) wife. I'm really glad you liked this one, and thanks for the anniversary wishes!

Originally Posted By: jannesan
Beautiful and touching lyrics, your voice is a messenger that carries those words gently. Great arrangement, I like those lush strings.

Janne


Thanks, Janne! Very nice of you to listen and comment on this one. Means a lot to me. Glad you like the strings.

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Steve
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#541178 - 06/15/19 03:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: Steve Young]
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Firstly belated Congrats, This is a lovely lyrical song and to me an Andy Williams feel in the vocals and the style/band.

You done this so cleverly that I honestly feel, your feelings.

Thanks
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#541205 - 06/15/19 11:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: Steve Young]
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Steve I love all your songs and this one is no exception. You've got a fabulous voice for ballads. The whole song has been beautifully put together. Altogether an all round masterpiece from start to finish
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#541216 - 06/16/19 12:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: New Song - The Dream [Re: Steve Young]
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Steve

Beautiful song, lovely performance both vocally and on keyboard.
A gorgeous ballad.

Peter

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