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#539083 - 06/01/19 03:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Greg Johnson]
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Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
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


Hi Greg,

Thank you for both the listen and your comments. Appreciate it.

Best wishes,
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#539085 - 06/01/19 03:24 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Deej56]
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Originally Posted By: Deej56
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.


Hi Deej,

Sincerely, thanks for ton for taking the time to pass through the thread. Your words brought a huge smile to my face because mixing and singing is something I've only been working on for the last 10 or so years. It's been a slow road of learning on both fronts.

All the best,
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#539202 - 06/02/19 02:43 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Rustyspoon#]
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Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
Noel,
Very nice theme song. Composed and sung very well!
Honest and soulful.

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.


Thanks Misha. I appreciate your visiting smile

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#539204 - 06/02/19 02:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: MarioD]
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Originally Posted By: MarioD
Noel, IMHO this is your best to date. Your backing tracks are perfect! Your vocals are excellent, as usual, but your lyrics took it over the top for me. Your mix is also perfect!


Hi Mario,

Thank you for noticing the lyrics. There were some challenging moments when putting them together. I've found that the more words I use in sections, the harder it is to find suitable rhymes as well as getting the melody's rhythm to align with the rhythm of the words. These lyrics kept my head very busy!

All the best,
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#539208 - 06/02/19 03:41 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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As others have said, you've done a truly excellent job here.

I especially liked how you added variety to the melody, adding syncopation in some spots, and speeding it up in others.

I can't help but mention this lyric:

You carried me inside you and you never once complained

How does the singer know the bit of information? After all, they're not likely to have complete recollection of the experience. wink

But seriously, well done. This sort of write isn't easy, and you've done a fantastic job of it.
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#539217 - 06/02/19 05:03 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Hi Noel,

I feel embarrassed that this masterpiece of music slipped under my radar for so many days... so sorry!

It really is a masterpiece show-casing your talent for song writing, arrangement and producing unforgettable melodies.

And your vocal performance is just outstanding... I wish I had just a little bit of your talent for singing.

You are one of the artists that makes this forum a "must-visit" place for me!

Will

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#539545 - 06/04/19 04:13 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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This is really beautiful Noel!

The first string part when it comes in is goose-bump material.

Your vocal sounds awesome. The second string part is genius. The third one blew me away. Then the fourth...Mozart dude.

smile

Thanks for this.
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#541086 - 06/15/19 05:01 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Janice & Bud]
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Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
Noel, to have played ANY part in this song is an honor.

It's a touching production in ALL aspects.

It meant so much to Janice's mother...more than we can ever express.

Coming from the depth of your soul and heart makes it a very special production.

Thank you.

J&B


Hi Janice and Bud,

I huge "Thank you" for making this journey possible. I know that I would never have thought of putting a song like this together without the stories that you shared. I'm forever grateful for that. In all honesty, Janice's mama was the inspiration behind every word of my lyrics. What an amazing lady!

May good things come your way!
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#541088 - 06/15/19 05:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: Ezekiel's Storm
Beautiful music and lyrics. And most excellent use of instrumentation. Your voice sounds great on this.


Hi Scott,

Thank you! I really appreciate your listen and comments.

All the best,
Noel



Originally Posted By: PeterF
Noel,

That was very pretty, a moving tribute, and some lovely sentiment.
I liked the build, production and performance.

Peter


Hi Peter,

Thanks for taking the time.

All the best,
Noel



Originally Posted By: dani48
Hi, Noel !:))


What a beautiful tribute to
your mother as well as all
other mothers ! Thank you for
that lovely tune and wonderful
lyrics !:))

Cheers
Dani


Hey Dani,

Nice to see you smile Thank you for dropping in and having a listen.

I hope that your summer in Finland was worth the winter wait!

All the best,
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#541453 - 06/17/19 03:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: Al-David
Noel ...

Stunningly beautiful!

You've never sounded better. Everything concerning this is just so well done. This song is universal, timeless and gorgeous. Thank you for that emotional listen. Wishing you and yours the very best ...

Alan


Hi Alan,

Thank you for taking the time smile I know that you are a busy man and I am very grateful that you managed to have a listen.

Best regards to you and Di,
Noel



Originally Posted By: dcuny
As others have said, you've done a truly excellent job here.

I especially liked how you added variety to the melody, adding syncopation in some spots, and speeding it up in others.

I can't help but mention this lyric:

You carried me inside you and you never once complained

How does the singer know the bit of information? After all, they're not likely to have complete recollection of the experience. wink

But seriously, well done. This sort of write isn't easy, and you've done a fantastic job of it.


Hi David,

Thanks for visiting the thread. Appreciate it.

Thanks for isolating that line, too. It caused me all sorts of grief! As you mention, it was exactly for the reason you described that I pondered that line many, many times. I couldn't come up with anything better however much I thought about it, though. As you say, for a foetus to know this information first-hand is impossible. I was having lunch at work one day when I heard a colleague talking about her daughter who'd just had a baby and she said something like, "It wasn't an easy pregnancy. She never complained though and just took each day as it came."

That was the "ah-ha!" moment that I needed. It occurred to me then that reported conversation is very common where pregnancy is concerned. As a result, the more I thought about it, and even related it to my own experience, the more I realised that it's a phrase that a father or grandmother would say at some point to a child or granchild if it was something out of the ordinary (and to be proud of) given the circumstances surrounding a pregnancy.

... so I kept the line.

All the best,
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#541454 - 06/17/19 03:31 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: Will Josef
Hi Noel,

I feel embarrassed that this masterpiece of music slipped under my radar for so many days... so sorry!

It really is a masterpiece show-casing your talent for song writing, arrangement and producing unforgettable melodies.

And your vocal performance is just outstanding... I wish I had just a little bit of your talent for singing.

You are one of the artists that makes this forum a "must-visit" place for me!

Will


Hi Will,

Thanks for dropping in. Rest assured that there is nothing to feel embarrassed about. I never have expectations regarding who does or who does not visit my threads. The forum is a very busy place and I know from my own experiences that it's quite a challenge trying to keep up with it all. If it's any consolation, at the moment I'm feeling REALLY guilty because I'm two songs behind in commenting on floyd's works....

Thanks for the really positive thoughts, too. I'm very grateful for those.

I don't see myself as a good singer at all. It's something that I've struggled a lot with over the years. One day a few years back, I just thought "What the heck!" and decided if I'm going to sing, I'll do it with lots of bravado and try to fake it: as the saying goes, I might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb. So I turned on "sheep" mode for my next song, boldly faced the microphone and gave performing the song my all, recorded eight takes, comp'd a final vocal track from the eight takes and fixed up any wonky notes with Reaper's Reatune.... and I have never looked back smile You should try it!

Thanks again for taking the time,
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#541455 - 06/17/19 03:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: ♪ The Best Gift Of All (Mama, Thank You) [Re: Noel96]
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Originally Posted By: David Snyder
This is really beautiful Noel!

The first string part when it comes in is goose-bump material.

Your vocal sounds awesome. The second string part is genius. The third one blew me away. Then the fourth...Mozart dude.

smile

Thanks for this.


David,

One thing is for sure, you know how to give someone the biggest smile! laugh Thanks for that. I'm glad that you found time to have a listen. I know that you are a very busy man these days.

All the best to you and your songs,
Noel
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